Mehrangarh Fort is located in Jodhpur which comes in Rajasthan. This is one of the largest and most preserved forts of India. It’s thick walls, carvings, museum, interesting history and those views from the top of this fort are wonderful.
Fort, Palaces, and Museum
Temple, History and all about Mehrangarh Fort
Big walls on a hill is a thing of attraction. Its one of the most popular tourist places in India. Its unique construction makes it an interesting place to visit. It shows the hard work and magnificent architecture of history. However other than the things we see here, there are some interesting facts related to its construction.
Construction of Mehrangarh fort is a mystery. Many historians say that it was built by god and some say that a supernatural power helped in the construction of this fort. Though There were some rulers who were the actual builders of the fort according to history. Its architecture and design are unbelievable. Carvings on a rock are splendid. As it’s located on a hill called “Chiriatuk hill” (hill named on a bird), it was very difficult to make this huge fort.
Its name came from “Mehr” means Sun and “Garh” means fort so it’s known as Mehrangarh Fort. As this place faces sunny weather so also known as suncity. The architecture is unique and is fascinating. There is a museum inside this fort, where you see ancient royal chairs, chariots, and some unique antiques. After this, when you go to its roof then there are around 20 canons. The view of a lake from its top is amazing. You can see the whole city from this place with many beautiful views.
After taking tickets of visiting this fort, you see a huge gate and walls with great height. It’s crowded with many tourists as this is among one of the most visited places in India. There were five gates in this fort but after it’s expansion now these are seven entry gates in this fort. The most common are Fateh pol, Loha pol and Jay pol. Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, and fool Mahal are the Royal palaces in this fort.
There are canon’s placed on top of this fort. As the name of this hill, vultures and eagles can be seen here from its top. Name of a canon is “Kilkila Canon” which is placed on the top of this fort. After these canons now comes a zig-zag path to the temple. This is a temple of Karni Mata. Some scholars say that it was a troublesome place for making a fort and some say it’s a haunted place of Jodhpur.
Its construction was started by Rao Jodha in 1459 after he decided to move his capital from Mandore to Jodhpur. Most of the parts which we see now in this fort were built by Ajit Singh.
While construction of this fort, as it was under construction on a hill, they were facing problems in its construction. Then they asked an astrologer who suggested to give the sacrifice of a person before construction of its foundation. A man was buried under foundation for well-off of this fort. The man buried was “Raja Ram Meghwal” but Before he died, Former ruler promised him to treat his family like Maharaja. Till now, his relatives are treated as Maharaja. Then after this sacrifice of a human, you see a great fort called Mehrangarh Fort.
The name of this hill is because of a hermit(someone who lives alone because of religious reasons) whose name was chiria nathji. When Rao Jodha told him to go somewhere else then he denied. But after this, Chiria nathji who went off cursed this place for the draught. Till now this city face draught sometimes. The Foundation stone of its construction was first led by Karni Mata. That’s why there is a Karni Mata temple in this fort.
Personal tips– Avoid taking pictures near walls as it may be risky
Take a water bottle and have breakfast before the visit.
It took about 500 years to build what we can see here now after the day of its foundation. As it was started in 1459 and the present fort was built till the 17th century.
I didn’t expect something like this about Jodhpur. What I thought was ” camels, sand dunes in the desert and lack of water as it’s located near to desert. but the reality is much different from what we see in our films. They represent only one side of this region.
A musical band plays some melodies when you are on the way to temple after visiting this fort. In different courtyards of this fort, they organize some Rajasthani folk cultural shows for the entertainment of tourists. Some instrumental players, Rajasthani dancers, and puppet shows(Kathputli) can be good experiences for those who visit Rajasthan for the first time. No doubt it’s a good place but its construction is in pages of a mystery. Those views and landscapes are worth visiting for those who want something more than history. You can visit the cafe and have energy drinks after being tired.
There are some places where you can experience some cultural festivals and organizations. At most historical places, you will hear sounds of a Rajasthani musical instrument called RawanHattha. Its sound is very attractive.
Know more about jodhpur- Mandore in Jodhpur
Time to visit:
The best time to visit this city is winter as it’s temperature is comparatively high than other destinations of Rajasthan.
It will take about 2 hours to visit this fort
100 rs for Indian tourists
400 rs for foreigner tourists
+ 100 rs for camera
How to reach:
Jodhpur is well connected with other major cities by train, plane, and bus.
To reach by bus or train depart from Ajmer or Fulera
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