is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan which was constructed in 1459 by Rao
Jodha. This splendid structure is positioned on a hilltop at an elevation of
about 410 feet and is well concealed by the huge walls on all sides. The fort
has also featured in several Bollywood and Hollywood movies such as The Dark
Knight Rises, The Lion King, and Thugs of Hindustan. The important attractions
within the fort are the Phool Mahal (Rose Castle) and Sheesh Mahal (Castle made
seven gateways in the fort and each has been built for a specific purpose and
at different times. The names of the gates are Fateh Gate, Marti Gate Gopal
Gate, Dedh Kamgra Bhairon Gate, Gate, Loha Gate, and Victory Gate. To date, you
can spot the marks left by cannonballs on these gates and walls of the fort.
Few of the gates even have spikes on it to protect the fort from the invasion
done through elephants and other fierce animals. Of these gateways, Victory
Gate was built to celebrate the victory of Maharaja Man Singh over the Bikaner
majestic fort has excellent architecture, detailed and beautiful wall carvings,
museums, galleries, humongous courtyard, etc. that attract the tourists from
all over the world. The fort houses six galleries that exhibit the rich antique
heritage. Galleries such as Daulat Khana, the Turban Gallery, Elephant’s
Howdahs, Armoury Gallery, Palanquins Gallery, and Paintings Gallery are open
for exploration to the general public. Other attractions in the fort are Rao
Jodha Desert Rock Park, Nagnecha Mataji Temple, National Geological Monument,
and Chamunda Temple.
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Mehrangarh Fort History
Mehrangarh Fort is the symbol of prestige and
honor among the Rajputs. It was constructed in the 15th century by
Rao Jodha who was the son of Raja Ram Mal. After shifting his capital to
Jodhpur, Rao Jodha continued his rule in the city of Mandore. Eventually, he
laid the foundation of Mehrangarh Fort on the Bhaucheeria hill which is about 9
km away from Mandore. The name of the fort is derived from the word ‘Mehran’
which means the sun.
Apart from the major construction, many more
establishments were erected within the fort by the other rulers of Jodhpur such
as Maharaja Hanwant Singh, Takhat Singh, Maldeo Maharaja, and Ajit Singh
Maharaja. The fort was the symbol of prestige and power among these rulers and
hence, there was a constant clash amongst them in order to annex the fort.
Architecture of the Fort
Mehrangarh Fort is as old as 500 years and
represents the architectural style that existed between the 15th to
20th centuries. The fort is as wide as 68 ft and the walls that
encircle the fort premise is as tall as 117 ft. The fortress comprises of seven
gateways and Jayapoli is the most prominent among them. The architecture of the
fort underwent several developments over a period of 500 years.
Several establishments were built following
the Mughal architectural style during the rule of Maharaja Ajit Singh. in
addition to the majestic gateways, there are also many beautiful places within
the fort such as the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace),
Daulat Khana, Sileh Khan, and Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace).
Maharaja Abhaya Singh constructed the Phool
Mahal with the help of sandstones and it showcases elegant craftsmanship of
Jodhpuri artisans. Moti Mahal also is known as the Pearl Palace, was built by
Raja Sur Singh. Sheesh Mahal, or the Hall of Mirrors is popular across the
world for its intricate designs on the pieces of mirror.
Galleries of Mehrangarh
The six galleries within the fort house a few
of the exquisite and authentic artifacts of the bygone Rajputana era.
Here, the swords used by great rulers such as
Akbar and Timur are displayed. In addition to this, the gallery also houses
shields that are studded with emeralds and guns covered with silver and
As the name suggests, in this gallery you will
be fascinated by the detailing and precision found in the Marwar Paintings of
All sorts of turbans that are worn by
Rajasthani people during different festivals can be seen in this section of the
Palanquins are a wagon-like structure that was
used by the royal for commuting to different places. The fort has the most
delicate designs of palanquins including
Rajat Khas and Pinjas.
Elephant howdahs is a wooden seat that is
placed on the back of the elephant for traveling. There are some of the finest
howdahs that you will get to see in the galleries of Mehrangarh Fort.
Note: Additional Costs
If you want to take a camera or hire a guide,
it will some additional charge.
Video Camera charge: INR 200
Camera Fee: INR 100
Audio Guide for Domestic Guests: INR 150
Audio Guide for Senior Citizen & Student:
Entry to Chokelao Garden: INR 30
Best Time to Visit Mehrangarh Fort
The ideal time to visit Mehrangarh Fort is
during winter months i.e., anytime between October and March. Known for
scorching heat during summer months, Rajasthan’s weather cools down during
winter season, thereby offers the tourists a relaxing and exciting opportunity
to explore the fort on foot.
The fort is open at sharp 9 am for the
tourists and it will take you around two to three hours to explore the entire
fort. Afterward, you can travel to nearby tourist places. A couple of festivals
are also celebrated with great enthusiasm in Jodhpur and you ought to plan your
trip somewhere around those festive times. 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 from
the Rajasthan region. Spectacular concerts and musical events and light and
sound shows are held in Mehrangarh Fort.
Dusshera- This festival is celebrated in
October to celebrate the victory of Lord Ram over the evil King Ravana. A
procession is taken out from the fort which later ends in the city.
Sightseeing Around Mehrangarh Fort
You should also visit a few of the temples and
gardens that are established within the fort. Few of the must-visit gardens and
temples are as follows:
The Chamunda Mataji Temple
Maharaja Rao Jodha brought along an idol of
Goddess Durga while he shifted his capital from Mandore to Jodhpur. He
installed the idol in the fort and a temple was constructed. Currently, a lot
of devotees visit Chamunda Mataji Temple, mainly during the Dusshera festival.
Nagnechj temple is located on the extreme
right side of the fort. It was constructed in the 14th century by Rao Dhuhad.
He brought the idol of Nagnechji to Marwar, which was later installed in the
fort and simultaneously this temple was erected.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
If you are a nature lover, Rao Jodha Desert
Rock Park is just for you. The park stretches over an area of 72 hectares and
is rich in the desert and arid ecosystem. The visitors along with guides and
naturalists take a stroll on a path in the park which is about 880 to 1100
meters long. The park houses a few exotic and unique species of flora.
This beautiful garden is located right below
the Mehrangarh Fort and dates back to the 18th century. It has now
been renovated and offers its visitors with a peaceful ambience. It also has a
restaurant where you can enjoy scrumptious cuisine along with a picturesque
view of Jodhpur.
Activities at Mehrangarh Fort
The Mehrangarh Fort will surprise you with its
adventurous Zipline activity. Undertaking zipline activity from the top of the
fort will surely give you an adrenaline rush. As you drift through Jodhpur, you
witness an amazing and unique view of the Blue City.
The minimum age requirement is ten years. Once
you arrive at the zip line office, written and verbal training will be provided
to you. Also, you will get an opportunity to practice on a short trial zip.
Restaurants Near Mehrangarh Fort
There are many restaurants near Mehrangarh
Fort that offers a variety of mouth-watering Rajasthani delicacies. Some of
This restaurant is located within
the Mehrangarh Fort. Savor the unique taste of both vegetarian and
non-vegetarian dishes with live music playing in the background. The ambience
is pretty romantic and you can take your date or lovers for a candle-lit
Kesar Heritage Restaurant
This is an entirely vegetarian restaurant and
you will get the real taste of Rajasthani food at this place. It also has a
rooftop dinner setting which provides you with an amazing view of the nearby
Cafe Royale at Clock Tower
Situated in the Ghantaghar Market, the cafe is
famous for its masala chai and different types of coffee. Experience the
bustling market of Jodhpur while sipping the tea.
This is also a rooftop restaurant from where
you can get fantastic views of the Mehrangarh Fort and the Clock Tower. The
famous cuisine includes tandooris, biryanis, and North Indian curries.
Positioned behind the Clock Tower, this
restaurant will serve you with some of the fantastic dishes and drinks.
Cuisines such as Kaju Curry and other
Indian dishes like Butter Chicken and Naan are popular at this restaurant.
How to Reach Mehrangarh Fort
The city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan is
well-connected by all means of transportation to all the major cities in
India. It has well-established roadways,
rail, and aviation networks.
The nearest railhead is the Raj ka Bagh
Station, however, the major railway station is Jodhpur Railway. The closest
airport is Jodhpur Airport which is now being transformed into an international
The city of Jodhpur is connected by road to all
the important cities of Rajasthan, as well as those of the neighboring states.
There are deluxe and express bus services to the city. In the city one can
travel by state buses, auto-rickshaws, buses, cycle rickshaws or cabs.