A structure rising from a rocky hill that stands 120 meter above Jodhpur’s skyline, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most magnificent forts in India. You can virtually explore and know about the history & present status of the fort by reading our detailed guide on Mehrangarh Fort.
WHAT IS MEHRANGARH FORT ALL ABOUT?
A rocky mountain in Jodhpur is covered by Mehrangarh Fort that rises 400 feet above the plain area of the city. Inside the fort, you will find a museum preserving several priceless objects and few beautiful palaces with florid architectural style.
Mehrangarh Fort (Credit: www.mouthshut.com)
STEEPED IN HISTORY
In the end of 12th century, the Rajput rulers were defeated by the invaders from Afghanistan resulted in the migration of the early Rajput clans and had to settle in Marwar, Rajasthan. Rao Jodha, who ruled after two generations, began to build a fort named ‘Mehrangarh’ meaning ‘fort of the sun’.
WHY MEHRANGRAH FORT?
Mehrangrah Fort is one of the most famous forts in India and is packed with history and culture. The fort still bears the prints of cannonball attacks. The fort is known for its exquisite latticed windows, carved panels, decorated windows and magnificent walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal.
MEHRANGARH FORT: PRESTIGE & POWER
Mehrangarh Fort symbolizes prestige and great power. The current head, Maharaja Gaj Singh II has preserved the premises and designed a museum. His ancestors controlled the state of Marwar since centuries and built this elephantine treasure so it is his responsibility to maintain their legacy.
BEWITHCED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL BEAUTY
The fort was built over the period of 500 years & hence the designs and palaces represent the art of those centuries. The Mehrangarh Fort was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 and has been strengthened several times to make it strong. As the new rulers came from time to time, the fort underwent a renovation and alteration, elimination of some damaged parts and addition as well.
A series of seven gates fits the fort nicely and each has a different story. The most famous gates include Jai Pol (Gate of Victory), Fateh Pol, Dedh Kamgra Pol and Loha Pol.
Cannons on the Top of Mehrangarh Fort
The fort is also enriched by several decorated and brilliantly crafted palaces include Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesha Mahal (Mirror Palace), Daulat Khana and Sileh Khana.
Chokelao Bagh is a restored and gorgeously planted 18th-century Rajput garden. You could well spend an afternoon at Chokelao Bagh under shady trees reading a book.
The museum contains elephant’s howdahs, palanquins, armoury, paintings and the turban gallery. The Great Palanquin – Mahadol is an exquisite piece of art and of great historic significance. Maharaja Abhay Singh brought this magnificent palanquin to Jodhpur as war booty after defeating the governor of Gujarat Sarbuland Khan in 1730.
The Mahadol is executed in the rich Gujarat tradition of carved and painted woodwork. The eves of the canopy are of beaten, cast and cut ironwork. The glass panes in wooden casements decorate the walls of the palanquin.
MOVIES SHOT IN JODHPUR & MEHRANGARH FORT
Great Palanquin- Mahadol
Jodhpur is not only one of the most famous tourist attractions in Rajasthan but also the most flavoured location on cinema. Here is a list having all the movies names which have been partially or wholly filmed in Jodhpur –
– Manguru Male 2 (2016)
– Ek Paheli Leela (2015)
– I (2015)
– Suddh Desi Romance (2013)
– The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
– Kaalo (2010)
– The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
– The Fall (2006)
– Shakti: The Power (2002)
– Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999)
– The Jungle Book (1994)
– Autobiography of a Princess (1975)
TICKET PRICES MEHRANGARH MUSEUM
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“The charges mentioned above is only for Fort Museum and not for entering in the fort. However, I strongly recommend you to visit the historical museum & witness the grand history of Mehrangrah Fort and of Rajasthan.”
TIMINGS OF MEHRANGARH FORT
Sunday – Saturday 9:00am – 05:00pm [Ticket sales close at 5pm sharp]
Note: In year 2017, two-day colourful festival has been celebrated that marks the foundation day of Jodhpur, which turned 559th on 12th May. The entry for all guests was free on the foundation day, only elevator charges were applicable. Be prepared next time.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MEHRANGARH FORT & JODHPUR
Mid-October to mid-March is a pleasant time to visit Mehrangarh Fort and all places nearby. Actually, it depends on Jodhpur’s climatic conditions and also on what your complete itinerary says. The highest temperature recorded in Jodhpur was on 18th May 2016 when it rose up to 53.2° Celsius.[BetterWeather location=”26.2989,73.0334″ /]
ZIP-LINING AT MEHRANGARH FORT! DON’T MISS OUT!
Zip Lining at Mehrangarh Fort
One life is enough if you live right and exquisitely. Zip-lining is a must activity if you are on the way to Jodhpur because a farrago of adventures is there to experience fraught with fun. I am remembering some happy times in the past at Jodhpur with Zip-Line.
The entire process takes approx more than 1 hour which includes briefing & assessment, practice zip, and short walks between each zip. Happy Zip flying! Check out Flying Fox Zip-line at Jodhpur.
QUICK TIPS FOR MEHRANGARH FORT
- Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the fort. Arms, ammunitions, chewing gums & smoking items, liquor, knives and wire etc. are also prohibited.
- You should switch off your mobile phone while roaming in the museum to avoid a public nuisance.
- Do not go with a lot of bags or big rucksack because this may increase your security check time.
- These architectures bring to splendour of the bygone era and its maintenance is our duty so we must prevent ourselves and others from scribbling on the walls.
- Visitors are advised to hire approved guides only & photographers who exhibit their identity cards.
- Respect the culture of the state and also participate in the regular cleanliness drive inside the fort through putting waste material into dustbin only.
LOCAL RECOMMENDED THINGS & SIGHT SEEING IN JODHPUR
Based on our reader’s valuable feedback’s , I teamed with Diksha Bissa, a frequent traveler of Jodhpur to come up with exactly what you can do and see in Jodhpur. We included top sightseeing in blue city, i.e. Jodhpur.
BEST WAY TO REACH THE FORT
You can directly reach from Delhi and Mumbai within 12 and 18 hours respectively by train but you must pre-book the tickets to get confirmed seats. The Pink City is around 300 km far from Jodhpur and it would be very convenient by train.
Jodhpur by bus may be a good option and it takes 13 hours to reach from Delhi. A very limited number of buses are available from Delhi that charge around Rs.600 to The Blue City. You will not find any difficulty while coming from Jaipur but it might be a long trip if you are starting from Mumbai.
Jodhpur Airport is very well connected to Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and major cities in India. Mehrangarh Fort is just 8.5 km far from the airport.
RECOMMENDED STAYS NEARBY THE FORT
Mapple Abhay is one of the bestsellers of Jodhpur every month. It may be a good choice because several tourist destinations including Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, and Rameshwar Nehru Market are located within 4 km.
It is just 3 km from Jodhpur Railway Station and 5 km from Jodhpur Airport. Mapple Abhay has traditional Rajasthani architecture along with state-of-the-art amenities.
The Fern Residency
Located just 3 km from Jodhpur Airport and 1.3 km from Jodhpur Railway Station, the Fern Residency features scenic fine dining and 24-hour coffee shop with a trendy nightclub. Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace is 5.4 and 2.6 km away respectively.
Shri Ram Empire
The hotel is at a distance of 7 km from Jodhpur Airport and 2.6 km from Jodhpur Railway Station. You may experience a comfortable stay and a warm hospitality here that is just 3 km away from Mehrangarh Fort.
The Gandhi International
The Gandhi International is an ideal hotel for leisure, only 15 minutes distance from Jodhpur Railway Station and 6 km from Jodhpur Airport. This hotel offers various amenities and located just 2.7 km far from Mehrangarh Fort.
Jee Ri Haveli
Located close to Gulab Sagar Lake, Jee Ri Haveli is just 5 minutes away from Mehrangarh Fort and very near to Jodhpur Railway Station. Jee Ri Haveli provides services in the traditional Marwar style with contemporary comfort.
RAJASTHAN TOURISM DEPARTMENT CONTACT DETAILS
Government of Rajasthan Tourist Office
JODHPUR RTDC Hotel Ghoomer Campus, High Court Road, Jodhpur Tel.: 0291-2545083/1364 Tourist Information Counter, Ratanada Airport[email protected]
CHECKLIST FOR YOUR SAFE JODHPUR TRIP
I want you to be safe and enjoy your memorable travel to Jodhpur & Mehrangarh Fort. Below are few important points for yours and your loved one’s safety –
- Carry your wallet/cash/credit cards in the inside pocket or in backpack. NEVER in the rear pocket.
- Do not leave your valuables, important documents unattended in your room. Keep them safely stored in the hotel’s safe boxes or lockers.
- Carry hand towel.
- Summer can be harsh, keep yourself dehydrated.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT?
So, this was about virtual exploration of grand Mehrangarh Fort. In my upcoming post, I will tell you about India’s Blue City – Jodhpur.
A section of the post shall also elaborate upon the reasons why Jodhpur is called The Blue City and why it is a must to explore for all sorts of tourists.
To know more about our awesome and diverse country, do visit us again. I shall be back very soon with more interesting stuff from different parts of our country. Until then keep traveling and keep exploring.
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