Ensconced atop a hill at a height of 410 feet above the city, Mehrangarh Fort stands tall with pride and valor in Jodhpur. As a majestic castle of colossal proportions, the fortress boasts a history of more than 550 years and is engulfed by imposing walls. It is amongst the largest forts in India and is among the most formidable ones in Rajasthan. While the fortress is itself an ode to Rajputana grandeur and architectural brilliance, it offers pleasant views of the Jodhpur city. Unsurprisingly, Mehrangarh Fort is a prime attraction for travelers while planning a Jodhpur Tour Package.
To know more about Mehrangarh Fort, one of the top historical forts in Rajasthan keep reading further as we are going to share some details about Jodhpur.
Mehrangarh Fort owes its origin to Rao Jodha, the former ruler of Mandore and the founder of the city. When Rao Jodha decided to shift his capital to a safer and elevated location in the city. He laid the foundation of this massive fortress in 1459 on a hill called Bhakurcheeria aka the Mountain of Birds. The cornerstone of the fort was laid by Shri Karni Mata, a female warrior sage.
The legend has to say that Rao Jodha had to relocate the sole occupant of the hill, a hermit named Cheeria Nathji, in order to build the fort. The furious hermit was cursed that would suffer scarcity of water forever. To appease him, the king built a temple and a house for him within the fort premises. Some local folklore says that Rao Jodha buried alive a common man called Raja Ram Meghwal to contradict the impact of the curse. Since the man had agreed to sacrifice his life willingly, the king assured him to look after his family and continued to fulfill his promise diligently. Over the years, Rao Jodha’s successors contributed much to enhancing the fort’s structure. They strengthened the fort’s walls and gates and also constructed new palaces and temples within the premises. It was dated back to the 17th century, during the reign of Jaswant Singh of Marwar, that fort was built into what we see today.
One of the best places to visit in Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort is a celebration of various architectural style. The fort and the structures within it were dated over a long period of five centuries starting from the middle of the 15th century till the 20th century. The architecture reflects influences and elements from different reigns, giving it a unique charm. The majestic fortress is spread over an expanse of 5 km and is encircled by the walls that are around 117 feet long and 70 feet wide. In some places, the walls of the fort rises up to a height of 120 feet adding its formidable structures. The fort complex features a number of exquisitely adorned palaces and temples.
The museum at Mehrangarh Fort has many different galleries showcasing an amazing collection of artifacts and decorative arts. The gallery in museum shows –
- Elephant Howdah Gallery
- Daulat Khana Gallery
- Turban Gallery
- Palanquin Gallery
- Painting Gallery
- Textile Gallery
- Sileh Khana or Arm Gallery
- Wood craft Gallery
- Cradle Gallery
Zip Lining at Mehrangarh Fort
Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort offers zip lining activities at the Mehrangarh Fort which allows travellers to see the incredible views of the fort along with its step-well, battlement, lakes, the Rao Jodha eco-park, and the city as well. One can enjoy Zip lining activity for 45 to 90 minutes and capture the stunning views of the city which is also a must-do thing in Jodhpur Tour.
Tourist Attractions in Mehrangarh Fort Complex
Inside the Mehrangarh Fort complex, you can see these most interesting architectural jewels –
- Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Mirror
- Phul Mahal or the Palace of Flowers
- Moti Mahal or the Palace of Pearls
- Takhat Vilas
- Dedh Kamgra Pol
- Imritia Pol
- Suraj Pol
- Loha Pol
- Kirat Singh Soda’s Chhatri
- Chamunda Mata Temple
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry Fee –
Museum Entry Fee –
- 100 for Indians, 50 for Senior Citizens, Students, Paramilitary
- 600 for Foreigners
- 400 for foreign students
Now that you know all about Mehrangarh Fort, plan your Rajasthan trip package to see this impressive fortress on a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Whether you are a history buff, casual backpacker, art admirer, or adventure seeker, we assure you won’t have a dull moment in the city.