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Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 125 m above the city.
1458, in a year of his accession Rao Jodha decided to build a new capital. The fort in Mandore, already over a thousand years old, was no longer considered strong and safe. In doing so he bequeathed to India one of her greatest forts and most beautiful cities.
The fort has 68-ft wide and 117-ft elevated walls which overlook the surrounding plain.Seven gates have to be crossed to reach the fort. The gates still bear the marks of the various battles fought in the bygone era. Its second gate still stands witness to canon ball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur during wars. One of the gates is Jayapol, meaning victory. It was built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Another gate, Fattehpol, again meaning victory, was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh as a celebration for defeating the Mughals.
Other attractions of Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan include several palaces inside the fort, with their sprawling and huge courtyards. One of the fort's palaces, The Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace, has the royal throne of Jodhpur, the Sringar Chowki. The fort also has galleries, temples, etc. To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort is the Chhatri of a soldier, Kirat Singh Soda. It is the spot where he fell while defending the fort against the armies of Amber.
The foundation of this fort was laid on 12th May,1459 by Jodha himself on a rocky hill six miles south of Mandore. The hill, a hundred and twenty meters high, was known as Bhakurcheeria, the Mountain of Birds, or Cheeriatunk, the Bird's Beak. Its lone human occupant at the time was an old hermit called Cheeria Nathji, the Lord of the Birds.
The Mehrangarh Museum Trust was settled in March,1972 by His Highness The Maharaja Gaj Singh II with the principal objective of setting up a world class museum in Jodhpur.It was intended that this museum eventually house and display the Maharaja's substantial collection of Elephant showdahs,Palanquins,
Daulat Khana - Treasures of Mehrangarh Museum,Armoury,Paintings.
This beautiful network of stone-latticed courtyards and halls, formerly the fort’s palace, is a superb example of Rajput architecture, so finely carved that it often looks more like sandalwood than sandstone. The galleries around Shringar Chowk (Anointment Courtyard) display India’s best collection of elephant howdahs and Jodhpur’s royal palanquin collection.
Fort Timing: 9:00 Am to 5:00 Pm.
Indians - 60 Rs.
Children and Sr. Citizen - 30 Rs.
Audio guide for Indians : 150 Rs.
Audio guide for Children and Sr. Citizen - 100 Rs.
Foreigners with audio guide - 500 Rs.
Children and Sr. Citizen with audio guide - 400 Rs.
Chokelao Garden per person: 30 Rs.
Camera Fee: 100 Rs.
Video Camera Fee: 200 Rs.
Jaswant Thara for Indians : 15 Rs.
Foreigners : 30 Rs.
Children & Sr. Citizen is free.
Camera Fee :25 Rs.
Video Camera Fee :50 Rs.
How to Reach,
Nearest railway station: Raika Bagh Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Jodhpur Airport
Fateh Pol Rd,