Ideal Time: 2-3 hours
Open Time: 9AM to 5PM
Cost: International Guests (Includes the Audio): INR 600
Domestic Guests: INR 70
The Mehrangarh Fort, built by Rao Jodha in 1459 in Jodhpur, is one of the largest forts in the country. It is situated at the top of a 410 feet elevated hill and guarded by massive walls. Located in the centre of the city, the fort covers an area of approximately 5 Kms of a hill. Its walls have a height of 36 metres and width of 21 metres.
The interesting history of Mehrangarh Fort takes us back to the time when Rao Jodha, the 15th Rathore ruler founded Jodhpur in the year 1459. Son of Raja Ram Mal, Rao Jodha ruled the city from Mandore but shifted his capital to Jodhpur. He, then, laid the foundation of the fort on Bhaucheeria hill which was just 9 km away from Mandore. The Fort was named as Mehrangarh Fort since the chief deity of Rathores was the Sun and the meaning of ‘Mehran’ is the sun. Apart from the major construction, many more additions were made by the other rulers of Jodhpur like Maldeo Maharaja, Ajit Singh Maharaja, Takhat Singh and Maharaja Hanwant Singh. There were many clashes between the rulers at those times, and then the Fort like this one was an object of great power and prestige.
The Fort and palaces were built over a period of 500 years, and thus one can see the basic architectural style of the mid 15th century along with the features of 20th-century architecture. The fort has 68ft wide and 117 ft. Long walls were overlooking the surrounding areas. It has seven gates, and the most popular one among them is the Jayapoli. The architecture of the fort went through several developments over the period of 500 years. During the rule of Maharaja Ajit Singh, many buildings of the fort were constructed in Mughal design. Besides the seven gates that leave tourists awestruck, there are several brilliantly crafted rooms like Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Daulat Khana, Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) and Sileh Khan. Moti Mahal, or the Pearl Palace, was built by Raja Sur Singh. Sheesh Mahal, or the Hall of Mirrors is famous for intricate designs on the pieces of mirror. Maharaja Abhaya Singh created Phool Mahal. One can see the magnificent craftsmanship of Jodhpuri craftsmen in the sandstone used for the construction of the palace.
Some of the well-known artefacts of the fort are:
If you want to take a camera or hire a guide, it will cost you some additional bucks. Video Camera Fee: INR 200 Still Camera Fee: INR 100 Audio Guide for Domestic Guests: INR 150 Audio Guide for Senior Citizen & Student: INR 100 Chokelao Garden: INR 30
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The best time to visit Mehrangarh Fort is during winters. Between October to March, the weather remains cool and pleasant and offers you with an excellent opportunity to explore the entire fort.
The ideal time of the day to visit the fort is the winter mornings. Right after breakfast, set out to the fort as it gets opened for tourists at 9:00 am. After spending two or three hours, you can head to the nearby tourist's places to spend the rest of the day.
There are some scintillating festivals, reflecting the rich culture and heritage of Jodhpur, which takes place in the fort. Some of them are:
Gangaur- It is held every year in the month of April, and a grand procession of Gangaur Mataji is carried out from the fort
Rajasthan International Folk Festival- This musical festival brings together some of the finest singers and artists. Spectacular concerts and musical events are held in Mehrangarh Fort.
Dusshera- To celebrate Lord Ram?s victory over Ravana, a procession is taken out from the fort which later concludes in the city.
The city of Jodhpur has well established rail, road and air network connections with all the major cities in India. Railways: Jodhpur railway station is well connected to major Indian cities and there are trains available on a daily basis. The nearest railway station is the Rai ka Bagh railway station. Airways: One of the prominent airports in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is now being transformed into an international one. There are daily flights from various parts of the country. Roadways: The city of Jodhpur is connected by road to all the important cities of Rajasthan, as well as those of the neighbouring states. There are deluxe and express bus services to the city. In the city one can travel by auto rickshaws, buses, cycle rickshaws or cabs.
Here are some of the temples and gardens that are built within the fort-
The Mehrangarh Fort has a little surprise for adventure enthusiasts too!
Zipline activity from the top of the fort will surely give you an adrenaline rush. As you glide through Jodhpur, you get to experience the scintillating view of the Blue City.
The minimum age requirement is ten years. Once you arrive at the zipline office, written and verbal training will be given to you. Also, you can have the opportunity to practice on a short trial zip.
Shopping in Mehrangarh can prove to be a lifetime experience. Mehrangarh Museum Shop is the only professional museum store which is situated in the fort itself. A wide variety of traditional stuff like jewellery, bags, books, perfumes and textiles can be bought. Some of the souvenirs that you can shop for are:
Handmade home decoration items, products based on Graden paintings like tote bags, caps and clothes, Silver Jewelry, etc.
There are many restaurants and cafes near Mehrangarh Fort offering you delectable Rajasthani cuisines. Some of them are:
The fort is one of the largest, best preserved and most impressive monument. Perched on a perpendicular cliff, it is located at the height of around four hundred feet above the skyline.
To construct the fort, Rao Jodha had to shift a sage Cheeria Nathji forcefully. He cursed the king that the fort will face water scarcity. Rao Jodha later pleased him by building a temple and a house for him.
You will also find people performing folk dance in front of the main entrance.
Many films from Hollywood and Bollywood have been shot here. The Prison escape scene in the movie The Dark Night Rises was shot in Mehrangarh fort.
Carry sunglasses and enough water as a protection from scorching heat.
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