Also known as Mehran Fort, Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 in Jodhpur, and is one of the largest forts in the country. It is situated atop a 410 feet elevated hill and guarded by massive walls. The entrance of the fort, atop a hill, is majestic and has seven gates. These are called Victory Gate, Fateh Gate, Gopal Gate, Bhairon Gate, Dedh Kamgra Gate, Marti Gate and finally Loha Gate. Each of these was built at different times and serves a very specific purpose. While one still has marks of cannon balls being hit on it, the other has spikes that can protect it from elephant and animal attacks. However, Victory Gate was built to commemorate the win of Maharaja Man Singh over Jaipur and Bikaner armies.
Rao Jodha, the 15th Rathore ruler founded Jodhpur in the year 1459. Son of Raja Ram Mal, Rao Jodha ruled the city from Mandore but shifted his capital to Jodhpur. He, then, laid the foundation of the fort on Bhaucheeria hill which was just 9 km away from Mandore. The Fort was named as Mehrangarh Fort since the chief deity of Rathores was the Sun and the meaning of ‘Mehran’ is the sun. Apart from the major construction, many more additions were made by the other rulers of Jodhpur like Maldeo Maharaja, Ajit Singh Maharaja, Takhat Singh and Maharaja Hanwant Singh.
The Mehrangarh Fort and palaces were built over a period of 500 years. The fort boasts of basic architectural style of the mid-15th century along with the features of 20th-century architecture. It has seven gates, and the most popular one among them is the Jayapoli. During the rule of Maharaja Ajit Singh, many buildings of the fort were constructed in Mughal design. Besides the seven gates, there are several brilliantly crafted rooms like Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Daulat Khana, Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) and Sileh Khan. Moti Mahal, or the Pearl Palace, was built by Raja Sur Singh. Sheesh Mahal, or the Hall of Mirrors is famous for intricate designs on thepieces of mirror. Maharaja Abhaya Singh created Phool Mahal. One can see the magnificent craftsmanship of Jodhpuri craftsmen in the sandstone used for the construction of the palace.
The timing to enter the Mehrangarh Fort is between 9 AM to 5 PM.
International Guests INR 600
Domestic Guests INR 100
Photography Permit INR 100
Video Permit INR 200
Elevator (One-way) INR 50
The best time to visit Mehrangarh Fort is during winters, between the months of October and March since the weather remains cool and pleasant.
Mehrangarh Fort is located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
The best time to visit Mehrangarh Fort is between the months of October and March.
The city of Jodhpur has well established rail, road and air network connections with all the major cities in India.