Mehrangarh Fort is an ancient fort built around 1460, by Rao Jodha. It is situated in Jodhpur city, Rajasthan, India.
Mehrangarh at Jodhpur is an exquisitely-carved fort known for its expansive and stone-latticed courtyards. Its a fine example of Rajput architecture. It is situated on a Cliff.
Jodhpur ka Mehrangarh or Mehrangarh Fort, is at a elevation of 410 feet above the city. There are seven gates for this historic fort, namely Jai Pol, Loha Pol, Fateh Pol, Amrita Pol, Doodkangra Pol, Gopal Pol and Bheru Pol. One among the seven gates, Victory gate or Jaipol or Jayapol, was built to commemorate the victory of Jodhpur army over the attack of Jaipur, Udaipur and Bikaner armies. This gate was built by Maharaja Man Singh. Fattehpol is another victory gate built by Maharaja Ajit Singh,to commemorate the victory of Jodhpur army over Mughals. Another gate, Dedh Kamgra Pol, has still the cannonballs scars; caused by Jaipur army’s attach. Loha Pol is the last gate to the Mehrangarh fort complex.
Remains of the marks of Sati, a practice prevailing those days, when woman burns to death on her husband’s funeral pyre, can be seen immediately to the left of the Loha Pol . This happened in 1843, after the death of Maharaja Man Singh.
Jodhpur which was previously known as Marwar, was founded in 1459, by the chief of the Rathore clan, Rao Jodha. An year after his accession to the throne, he sifted the capital to Jodhpur from the 1000 year old Mandore fort. Mehrangarh fort or Jodhpur ka Mehrangarh, is one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur. Folk artists perform different cultural programs daily, in different courtyards at the fort.
Chamunda Devi temple is temple inside the fort. A stampade killed hundreds of people here at this temple, in the last decade. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is an adjoining park spread over an area of 2 hectares near the Mehrangarh fort. This Rock park and its surroundings has distinctive volcanic rock formations. Some are aged 600 million years. Nagnecha Mataji Temple is another tourist attraction at Jodhpur.
Museum Inside Mehrangarh Fort
There is a Museum in the fort. There are different galleries for Art and Armour, along with an excellent collection of elephant howdahs, costumes, Marwar paintings royal artifacts and palanquins. Collections dating back to the Mughal period, including those of Emperor Akbar, can be seen here. Turban Gallery has different types of turbans on display, used by different communities or regions of Rajasthanis (natives of the state of Rajasthan).
How Do I Go to Mehrangarh Fort?
Jodhpur is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. ‘Jodhpur Junction railway station’ with station code JU, is the railway station at the city of Jodhpur. Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport to Mehrangarh Fort.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, Heritage Palace cum Hotel Near Mehrangarh Fort?
Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur is one of the best hotels near Mehrangarh fort. Taj Umaid bhawan palace was once the residence of the Great King, Gaj Singh II. The palace has 347 rooms. A portion of the palace serves as the principal residence of erstwhile royal family and the reaming part is converted into hotel, which is run by the Taj Group. Construction of Umaid Bhawan palace was completed in 1943. Taj Umaid bhawan palace, is located at Chittar Hill, the top point in Jodhpur. In the past, it has been awarded World’s best hotel organized by TripAdvisor, at the Traveller’s Choice Award. In conclusion, Umaid Bhawan palace Jodhpur is the best place to stay in Jodhpur.
There are many other hotels, near to the fort and, in and around the city of Jodhpur .
Which is the Best Time to Visit Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur?
The best time to visit Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur, is from October to March, when the climate turns pleasant. April to September are summer months and should be avoided.