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Mehrangarh Fort

January 11, 2018

Mehrangarh Fort

Located in:     Jodhpur '  Rajasthan

Built by:          The ruler Rao Jodha

Entry ticket:   Indians is Rs 60 and  foreigners Rs 400

 On Jodhpur foundation day, the 12th of May, entry in Mehrangarh Fort is free for all visitors.

Camera Fees   Rs.100

Timing:             All days of the week

                             9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Availability of Guides

Audio guide tours are available at the following prices.

Foreign visitors- Rs.600

Foreign students- Rs.400

Distance from

Jaipur:                336.1 km

Jodhpur:            11.7 km

About Fort

The Mehrangarh Fort was originally built by Rao Jodha in 1459, although most of the existing fort building dates from Jaswant Singh’s period. Standing on a 125 m high hill in the outskirts of the city, this fort is spread over an area of 5 sq. km. The fort’s bulwarks offer an overview of Jodhpur with the city seeming like a blue carpet laid at the foot of the hill. The fort walls are up to 36 m high and 21 m wide and enclose beautifully carved red sandstone palaces and exquisite temple architecture. This fort had been extended and embellished a little more with every new ruler who reigned here. Thus, this remarkable piece of architecture showcases a historical timeline with some remnants of each period preserved in its walls.

Interesting Facts

  • Mehrangarh Fort was built in 1438 by Rao Jodha, after whom the city of Jodhpur is named.
  • The walls of the fort have a height of 118 feet and a width of 69 feet that protect the massive area of it.
  • There are various palaces located inside the walls of the fortress, which have their separate, distinct identities with intricate Rajasthani carvings and design.
  • Two ancient temples are also situated in the fort, which, along with the rest of the building, bear the work of over 500 centuries of different artists.
  • The museum inside the fort contains relics and ancient artefacts that come from not only the royal families of Rajasthan, but also of the Mughal dynasty culture.
  • Musicians play traditional folk songs at the entrance of the fort, giving it a charming allure for tourists.
  • The name Mehrangarh is derived from a combination of two Sanskrit words: ‘Mihir’ meaning the Sun god, and ‘Garh’ meaning fort.
  • The families that lived in Mehrangarh fort were believed to have their origins in the Sun God from Hindu mythology.
  • Legend has it that a hermit called Cheeria Nathji used to reside on the hill when Rao Jodha had the hermit move so the fort could be built. Angered by having his home taken away, Cheeria Nathji cursed Rao’s family saying that his fort would always suffer from scarcity of water. Rao Jodha then had a separate home built for the hermit in the fort premises, but until today the area faces draught every 3 to 4 years.
  • The construction of the fort was started by Rao Jodha in 1438, but most of the other developments within the grounds of the fort were done during the time of Jaswant Singh in 1638 to 1678.
  • The popular 2012 film from the Batman series ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ had a significant scene shot at Mehrangarh Fort.
  • The Mehrangarh Fort Museum has a vast collection of paintings, costumes, arms, and carved rooms from the time when the royal family lived there.

Things to Do/See

Mehrangarh Fort

  • The temples located inside the premises of the fort are known as the Chamunda Mataji temple and Nagnechiji temple, which have fascinating tales behind their idols.
  • The ziplining activity known as Flying Fox is quite an enjoyable experience at Mehrangarh Fort, and many tourists make it a point to indulge in it while at the location.
  • The palaces at Mehrangarh Fort are called Sheesh Mahal (the mirror hall), Moti Mahal (glass-painted windows of pearl colours where the Maharajas held their courtroom), Phool Mahal (the extravagant hall of leisure activities of the royal family), and Zenana Deodi (women’s quarters made of sandstone).
  • Performances of people wearing traditional Rajasthani costumes are usually on going at Mehrangarh Fort, who represent authentic culture of Rajasthan through playing instruments and singing folk songs.
  • The atmosphere of the fort is relaxing if you were to explore all the nooks and crannies. That way you can also see the Chokelao Gardens, situated in the fort premises.
  • More than 200 eagles gather every day from 3.30pm to 4pm, when a young boy employed by the fort management feeds the eagles from on top of the tower across from the Chokelao Gardens, which is quite the interesting sight to see.

How to Reach Mehrangarh Fort

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.

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