Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in the country stands on a huge hill in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan. The first view from the road leading to the fort creates a remarkable picture in my mind. The name MEHRANGARH itself is sufficient to create an impression of royalty in our hearts and soul forever. This fort is enclosed by huge and massively thick walls for its safety from enemies during a war. The fort relates to the royal families of Rajputs and Chauhans.
Lets gather some more information about the fort-
History and Intro of Mehrangarh Fort-
- The Fort is one of the largest forts of the country and was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. Rao Jodha founded Jodhpur in1459 AD as the capital of Marwar.
- The fort is situated 125 m above the city and is protected by thick walls having thickness up to 70 feet in some areas.
- The hill on which the fort is situated was known as Bhakucheeria, the Mountain of Birds.
- Mehrangarh relates to the meaning ‘The Fort of the Sun’.
- According to the legends, foundation of Bikaner and Jodhpur forts was laid by Shri Karni Mata by asking an influential Saint Cheeria Nath Ji to displace from there, in case of Jodhpur.
Interior parts of the fort–
- This fort has Seven Gates, some of them are Jayapol, Fatehpol and Lohapol. Jayapol was built by Maharaja Man Singhji to commemorate his victory over Bikaner and Jaipur armies.
- Jaswant Thada- It is a memorial built of marble in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singhji II of Jodhpur by his son Maharaja Sardar Singhji. This beautiful memorial was completed in 1906.
- The Mataji Temple- Rao Jodha brought the idol of goddess Chamunda from the old capital of Mandore and installed her in the fort in 1460.
- There is a huge collection of Elephant Howdahs, Palanquins, clothes, paintings and weapons of the royal families inside the galleries of the fort.
- Few cafes and restaurants like Chokhelao Mahal, Vaara Café, Palki Café, and Café Mehran are situated in the fort which offer a good quality food along with varieties to the tourists.
How to reach there-
- The fort is about 8.5 km from the Jodhpur Airport through which the fort is accessible through the air.
- The city is connected to major cities by means of railways also. The railway station is around 7 km from the fort.
- Taxis could be hired for transportation to and from the fort to various places.
Celebrations and Movies Shot there-
Various artists, musicians, and dancers showcase their piece of art at various places like entrance, main halls and markets inside the fort. The fort had been a shooting location for a number of Bollywood and Hollywood films like The Dark Knight Rises of 2012, The Jungle Book of 1994, Awarapan and many more such movies from other languages. Recently, Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan starrer movie Thugs of Hindostan (2018) was shot here.
- Rajasthan International Folk festival is organised every year in the end of October or beginning of November, where various local folk artists get a chance to showcase their talent at the international levels.
- World Sacred Spirit Festival is organized annually in the fort premises in which the finest musicians from across the world showcase their talent. It is a 4 days event organised in the month of February. Various international conferences and exhibitions are held inside the fort annually.
Timings of the Fort-
- The timings of the fort are 9am-5pm. The fort is open for public on all days of a week.
- Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park-April- Sept. – 7:00 hrs to 18:30 hrs.
-Oct. to March – 8.00 hrs to 17:30 hrs.
- Jaswant Thada- 9:30 hrs.-17:00 hrs.
The applicable entry fees are as follows-
- Domestic visitor- INR 120
- Domestic Visitor (Concession for Sr. Ctzn/Students- INR 60)
- International visitor- INR 600
- International visitor with concession- INR 400
- Elevator (one Way)- INR 50
- Audio Guide- INR180
- Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park- INR 100
- Jaswant Thada-Domestic Visitor- INR 30
- For World Sacred Spirit Festival fees is around INR 4,500-8,000. BOOK NOW
Visit to the fort should be made in the morning time to spend more time exploring the fort using audio guide devices there. During afternoon time the blue city gets much hot. The night view of the fort is very mesmerising. My visit to the fort was at the time of hot summer month of May and it could be imagined how exhausting itinerary it had been to visit a desert area in summers. There I got a chance, by luck, to watch the live shooting of a wedding sequence for a Chinese movie, going on in the premises. Such type of locations are frequently used in movies to create a sequence of some festival or some celebration. The night view of the fort is also very charming when the whole fort is lit up in golden lights.