Mehrangarh Fort

up closeSituated at a height of 400 feet above the city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, this majestic fort offers breathtaking views of Jodhpur. Its immense size makes it one of the largest forts in India and it has been designated as “the work of giants” by Rudyard Kipling.

The fort, constructed out of red sandstone, was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 when he transferred his capital from Mandore.  

The fort itself is surrounded by impressive fortifications that are six meters thick. Moreover, seven gates have to be crossed in order to reach the fort.

gate

The gates of the fort are witness to the attacks it bore by various attackers in the past. The second gate still carries the scars and impressions of the cannonballs which were hurled at it during attack. To the left of the fort is a memorial dedicated to the brave soldier by the name of Kirat Singh Soda who sacrificed his life to protect the fort.

jodhpur

Out of these seven gates, two are marked specially as gates of victory. The first one is Jayapol was built by Maharaja Man Singh to celebrate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. The second one, Fattepol, was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to commemorate the defeat of the Mughals. The palm imprints on these gates are the centre of attraction of tourists even today.

front view

side view

The major attractions of this fort are the palaces located within the fort. The most prominent of these grand palaces being the Moti Mahal or Pearl Palace that houses the royal throne of Jodhpur, known as Sringar Chowki. It is also a living proof of the magnificent Jodhpuri architecture and craftsmanship. The other palaces within the fort area are the Phool Mahal, whose ceiling is adorned with beautiful embroidery carved in gold, the Rang Mahal and the Chandan Mahal. Umaid Villas, Ajit Villas and Maan Villas are the other mansions in this spectacular fort. Ajit Villas exhibits the musical instruments and the royal attires while Umaid Villas displays the Rajput miniature paintings.

grand interior

interior 2

interior

Various articles of historical importance which were used by the Rathores such as old royal palanquins, arms, costumes and paintings have been stored in the museum of the Mehrangarh Fort. This museum has got one of the largest collections of that period.

at night

58 comments to Mehrangarh Fort

  • Sujath Kumar

    Thanks for showing this magnificient fort which was hitherto unknown to me. I am so much impressed by the photos and descriptions of the fort.

  • Bhalchandra

    Magnificent!
    In spite of this the Jodhpur king became a vassal of the Mughals.
    Was not Akbar’s wife JodhaBai from this Royal Vassal Family?

  • Tanvirali

    India, rock,, the ancient construction is much more stronger and designed, the proverb is right “old is gold”

  • anand

    Indians wee/are great Engineers.

  • Ratilal V. Shah

    The Fort and the Palaces in Jodhpur are just beautiful. Although I have seen them twice, I would like to visit them again and again. I recommend both young and old to visit and see these magnificent works of art and architechture.

  • Raman

    its too great…

  • V Raghavan

    Fabulous indeed! Never heard of it before. Should visit it some time!

  • Govind Pant

    Very nice. I hv visited once & foound it very impressive with rich museum.

  • Sankar Mukherjee

    I have visited the place with all my family members and relatives during December 2010 when we had been to Jodhpur to attend the marriage of my nephew. We got amazed to see the wonderful palaces within the fort alongwith its museum. We also enjoyed the beautiful view of the entire Jodhpur city from the top of the Fort.

  • shivaprasad s patil

    Mind blowing & beutiful monument

    Shivaprasad Patil

  • Rajendra Karnawat

    Jodhpur the SUN CITY Mehrangard Fort is Must for any Indian who loves to see historic Places. It has been maintain very well .

  • Pankaj Shah

    Hello!!!

    Simply it is SUPERB!!!!!!!!!

    Would like to visit if possible send more details.

  • mehboob

    what a beautiful palace I have seen for the first time

  • poongodi ganesan

    Nice article.Nice place to visit.

  • chandra sekaran Raju.

    fantastic place to visit and to know the strenght of the mighty MANPOWER’S CAPACITY, THANKS.

  • Vidhu

    Fantastic & very educative.very much impressed.

  • bhaskar

    Have visited..but did not know so much about it till now

  • RAMAGOPAL

    mind blogging to see..

  • Dhansukh Vaghella

    Fantastic done those year back so many 1780

  • s a shah

    good- great work- lighting especially in those days adds to the beauty.

    shirish shah

  • mahesh gehlot

    so nice place in rajasthan.

  • Shah Madhusudan

    thanks for giving details about such strong fort. the fort is aproof that we indians can make such strong forts.

  • saibaba.k

    During my two visits to Rajasthan, I could not visit the Jodhpore Fort
    Now, I myself worrying, how can it be missed. May be lack of information
    to the South Indian like me about this Fort. Thanks to see the glory of the fort.

  • sharma manish

    THIS PROVES THAT WE WER AN ARE BEST IN ANY OF WORLDS BEST MONUMENTS TILL CREATED……!

  • poonam

    its great work of ancient india

  • P.D.Mehta

    The Great Fort worth to visit reflects old security system and livehoods of King Family.Awesome.

  • ANAND CHADHA

    Rajputs were not only brave warriors and patriots ,but they were also true lovers of art and architecture.

  • Harry Mathew

    I have been there for over five good years. AMAZING is a very small word to explain the beauty of this place.

  • Karunakaran

    Built hundreds of years before Taj which was actually Hindu also. You can see the similarities of these forts and temples in Rajastathan which were built hundreds of years before invasions.

  • k p subramanian

    unable to imagine how this was possible – year 1459 – heavy weight lifting machines were not there – man power – carried all the construction materials and built it ?? – unimaginable. Number of workers it must have used ?? Can any body throw some light on this ??

  • meenakshi

    MAGNIFICANT,BEAUTIFUL,GREAT WORK.

  • Ritesh Mattar

    This is my city. JODHPUR. Simply Amazing. A must visit.

  • M.Younas

    Very Nice Website

  • Paulo Rattes

    Belas Fotos.
    Brasil

  • LK Kandpal

    Let’s all try to reclaim India! We are the proud Indians- successors of great heroes and warriors. We can regain the lost glory if we re-unite.

  • Sarvesh Pareek

    Proud to b a Jodhpurian

  • M V Ravindran

    The article was fantastic. It kindled our desire to visit that place immediately along with like minded people. The colour photographs were breathtakingly beautiful. What all required are a minimum of 10 days leave & a good climate , & yes of course, good health.

  • parthesh

    India is proud of its Architectural Heritage…..this is one of the reasons!!!!

  • Parthasarathi S

    Thanks for uploading the photos. Being in India we are not aware of so many beautiful place & gives an opportunity to know about the place to visit them.

  • Anandaraj T

    Hi,
    marvelous architecture.

    Very nice.

  • Neelima Ghosh

    Nice photographs with good descriptions. But it is incomplete without the description of the Chamunda Temple. It is because of the Goddess in it that so many bombings during the various wars after India’s independence (Border is very close from Jodhpur and the enemy always targeted Jodhpur)no damage was done to the temple nor the Jodhpur town. I visited this fort quite sometime back. Went up in the lift but walking down is really enjoyable

  • Shah Madhusudan Chandulal

    JUST MAGNIFICENT…good photos…will visit it

  • Gopalakrishnan

    Marvellous!!! I still keep wondering at the skills and workmanship of those who created this and did they acquire these skills? I wish the present day enginners/architects take a clue or two from these monuments.

  • CHANDRAKANT PARIKH

    INDEED MAGNIFICENT.THIS TRULY INDICATES THE SKILLS AND FORESIGHT INDIA HAD IN THOSE DAYS. ACCORDING TO DR.P N OAK OF PUNE ALL THE SO CALLED MOGHUL ARCHITECTURES WERE OF RAJPUT PERIOD AND MOGHULS ONLY NAMED IT AFTER THEM THIS INCLUDES,THE TAJ OF AGRA, FORTS OF DELHI,AGRA,FATEHPUR SIKRI,KUTUB MINAR OF DELHI AND MANY MORE. ANY ONE INTERESTED CAN REFER THE BOOKS OF DR.OAK.

  • Dr.T.V.M.Murty, Surgeon, Hyderabad

    Really fantastic.
    I have never heard of it before.
    I think the Govt should do more to bring it to the notice of the public and the Indian and Foreign tourists.

  • hekmat

    Once I have been india I wishh to visit it again
    Thanks for your sending emails

  • R.Bhaskara Rao .Bsnl

    we are lucky ,we pray to god to born in India again and again

  • Sethuraman

    The most elegant and glorious

  • Amit

    Ancient Indians were talented in their traditional craft. Today we only boast of ancestor achievements. Indians today are mentally lowest.

  • prakash39

    Rajasthan with its monuments and colorful culture has cast spell on me.

  • anil avachat

    Excellent historical heritage. Must be maintained.

  • Y M Joshi

    Fantastic creation by our ancestors!
    Hetherto I did not know this fort! Now I will have to plan to visit this fort at an early date!

  • Pankaj Shah

    Great! we wish to keep such sculpture of India.

  • nikunj

    i have visited this fort 100 times as i was staying at jodhpur for four years . yes it is really BEAUTIFUL.

    NIKUNJ

  • Ramkrishna Hardikar

    Magnificent Indian Heritage for which we should be proud of.

  • Manchi Sarat Babu

    Dear friends, Good morning! How are you! You have enjoyed reading this very much as I did! This is really a good part of their doing nice things! Let us thank them for giving us a very great picture and excellent comments on greatest things of India! With regards, Manchi Sarat Babu

  • Avijit Roy

    Its really amazing to visit this place. I visited here in December 2011. Its a memorable moment for me to visit this fort.

  • DINESH CHANDRA NAVAL

    Nice place in rajasthan.

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