Intriguing Stories about Mehrangarh Fort
Settled on a high rocky cliff, Mehrangarh fort got its name from “MehrGarh” which again is divided into ‘Mehr’ and ‘Garh’ meaning ‘sun’ and ‘fort’ respectively. It is built on “Bhakur-Cheeria” meaning ‘Mountain of Birds’. Constructed by the Rathore King Rao Jodha in the 1460s, the architecture of the Fort was smartly planned with the enclosing strong fortified walls. The walls still stand strong despite the blows of time – the battles it survived are quite evident in the canon marks present on the walls.
The history of Mehrangarh Fort states that there was a Hermit residing on that hill who was disturbed by the construction of the fort. The hermit cursed Rao Jodha that the fort will face droughts. As preventive measures, several human sacrifices were given to protect the fort. It is also said that 4 people were buried alive in the four corners of the ancient fort. There is another story of a man Mehran who was pushed from the hill top and sacrificed. Doesn’t these stories excite you to listen some more? Reach Mehrangarh Fort to hear some from the locals.
Best Time to Visit Mehrangarh Fort
The most suitable time to visit the fort is in the winter months, from October to March. During these months, you will find pleasant weather. On visiting n these months, you might get lucky to be a part of the international festivals organized here.
Places to Visit in Mehrangarh Fort
The architecture of Mehrangarh will leave you stunned. The glasswork interiors will take you to some other world.
The alluring and elaborate glass and mirror work in this chamber of the fort were named Sheesh Mahal where ‘sheesh’ means ‘glass’. The glass palace is not directly visible to the tourists. You can only see the amazingly carved walls of the palace through a tiny enclosure. The place walls are said to be adorned with beautiful flower paintings and motif from Indian mythology.
Phool Mahal was the private party space of men during ancient times. The palace walls still have the paintings of the members of the royal family. This palace in the fort looks vibrant and colourful. You can feel royalty reeking from every corner of the shining ceilings, the glasswork windows and carpeted rooms.
Jhanki Mahal was the palace belonging to the princesses and queens of Jodhpur. They used this palace to see the royal proceedings through the windows. Today, Jhanki Mahal consists of some cradle of the ancient times. The ceilings of the palace are designed using blue colored motifs.
Mehrangarh Fort Museum
It is a museum in the massive fort in Jodhpur where you can shop various products such as jewellery. T-shirts, postcards, textiles, caps, perfumes, postcards, books, tote bags and more. The items in the museum represent the culture and history of Jodhpur.
The Chamunda Mataji Temple
Within the fort premises, there is a beautiful temple named Chamunda Mataji Temple. The goddess idol in the temple was brought by Rao Jodha from Mandore in the year 1460. The temple is popular among both locals and tourists.
Chokelao Mehran Terrace
It is a royal and fancy restaurant where you can enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner with your partner. The place is set in the stunning backdrop of the city of Jodhpur on one side and the spectacular view of the fort.
Entry Fee: INR 50 -100
Fort timings: 9:00am-5:00pm
How to reach Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur
Book flights to Jodhpur to witness the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. The airport in Jodhpur is well-connected to the major Indian cities. Hire a cab or auto-rickshaw to reach Mehrangarh fort. It is at a distance of 10 kilometres from the city centre.
Jodhpur Railway Station is well-connected to the major cities of India. The luxurious train “Palace on Wheels” also covers Jodhpur in its list of itineraries. Once you disembark from the train at Jodhpur station, get a private car or auto-rickshaw to the Mehrangarh Fort.
Note: From old town are the fort is just 2 kilometers whereas the distance from city center to the fort is 10 kilometers.