Mehrangarh Fort is an ancient royal fort with a splendid architecture and a diverse history. Located in the city of Jodhpur , it is one of Rajasthan’s most magnificent royal forts, and covers a total area of 1200 acres.
The fort complex is located on a hilltop which is about 122 metres above the ground level.
Mehrangarh fort was built by a Rajput ruler called Rao Jodha in the year 1459 AD.
Mehrangarh fort is spread over an area of 5 km or 1200 acres. It is built on a hill that is 125 m high and lies on the outskirts of Jodhpur city.
This fort has a total of seven gates, each of which were built by different rulers. Its complex consists of various palaces, a museum, and some temple quarters.
The main palaces inside Mehrangarh Fort include –
The museum inside the fort exhibits a rich collection of palanquins, musical instruments, royal cradles, costumes, arms, furniture and paintings belonging to the family of rulers who lived here through the years.
The main temples inside this fort are - Chamundi Devi Mandir (dedicated to the famous Hindu Goddess Durga) and Nagnechiaji Mandir (dedicated to a Hindu Goddess called Kuldevi).
The exterior of the fort is beautiful and spacious and offers a stunning panoramic view of the city of Jodhpur which, with its blue buildings appears like a lovely blue carpet laid at the foot of the hill.
Mehrangarh Fort is open to visitors between 9 AM and 5.30 PM every day, on all days of the week.
An entry fee of INR 100 per head is applicable for every Indian national (adult) visitor to this place, INR 50 for senior citizens and military personnel (Indian) and for foreigners (adult), the entrance fee applicable is INR 500 per head. Additional fees are applicable for camera (INR 100), video camera (INR 200), tour escort (INR 120) and audio guide (INR 120 - 180).
Jodhpur is well connected to cities across India, and is also in close proximity to Jaipur which is connected to other parts of the world. The city can be reached by air, rail or road.