Mehrangarh Fort- Intriguing and Exotic fort @ Jodhpur!!
Mehrangarh Fort is a magnificent monument perched at an altitude of 150 m high hill in the Blue city of Jodhpur. It is an ancient structure with awe inspiring architecture that is very well maintained with spectacular views. The fort has musicians performing folk music at the entrance of the gate that is interesting and welcoming. This massive structure is a must visit for history, architecture and heritage lovers- someone like me!! This is one of the biggest fort that I have visited and is very well preserved.
History and Facts of the Fort-
It was constructed by Rao Jodha in the year 1459 when he transferred his capital from Mandore. The fort has 68-ft wide and 117-ft elevated walls which overlook the surrounding plain. The fort has seven gates and the most famous among them is the Jayapol (meaning victory). This gate was constructed by Maharaja Man Singh to celebrate his triumph over the armies of Jaipur and Bikaner. Another gate- Fattehpol, which also means victory gate was raised by Maharaja Ajit Singh to commemorate the defeat of the Mughals. The palm imprints are placed on the porch leading to the place of funeral pyre. At the left, lies the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, the valorous soldier who died on the spot while guarding the fort against the Amber armies. The splendid cenotaphs testify the valor and fearlessness of the Rathore kings of Jodhpur.
The magnificent craftsmanship of the Jodhpuri craftsmen is exhibited in the fascinating sandstone palaces within the Mehrangarh Fort. The Mehrangarh Fort houses grand palaces like the Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace that houses the royal throne of Jodhpur known as the Sringar Chowki, the Phool Mahal whose ceiling is adorned by gold filigree work, the Rang Mahal and the Chandan Mahal. Other mansions are the Umaid Villas that showcases the Rajput miniature paintings, the Ajit Villas displays the musical instruments and the royal attires and the Maan Villas.
Currently the fort encloses the Mehrangarh Fort Museum where all the decorated rooms of the palaces and villas are exhibited along with the royal palanquins, miniature paintings, furniture, and historic armory and etc.
Best time to visit-
The best time to visit this place is during winters as summers get very hot. So, if you are planning to visit plan anytime between October-February. It is easily accessible. You can hire a cab and he will guide you or you can even get information from the Hotel.
The entry fees are very nominal for Indian origins, whereas they are higher for foreigners. You can opt for audio travel guides that will give you the broader perspective and knowledge of the fort.
- Please wear your sport shoes or any comfortable foot wear as you will have to walk and climb a lot.
- Carry water bottles, scarfs and sun-glasses with you.
- Take an audio guide to get the best knowledge about the fort.
- Elderly people can opt for lift if they are not able to climb.