Rajasthan has always been famous for its forts and palaces. The majestic grandeur showcased by these gargantuan structures of scintillating architectural beauty has instilled awe in the minds of the people from time immemorial. You may visit numerous places which drench your eyes in their ethereal beauty, but you can never return without your feet leading you to the most spectacular destination of Rajasthan- the Mehrangarh fort.
Standing as an epitome of the enormous strength and might of Rajasthan, the fort, located in the city of Jodhpur, is one of the largest forts in India. Rising 400 feet above the city, the fort is protected by thick, impregnable walls -which treasure intricate and exquisite carvings in their domain. The fort houses seven gates in its vicinity, which grab a lot of attention because of the palm imprints whose fading reminiscence stills narrates an entire episode of history. The fort survived major attacks during its regime, which is evident from the cannon-ball marks on its walls.
The fort also stores some of the most fascinating historical objects like the royal palanquins and also displays the heritage of the Rathores in the form of intriguing and exquisite art works, paintings, costumes, designs and decorations.
Fascinating stories revolve around the legend that narrates that laying of the foundation of the fort. It is said that the hill, on which the fort was built, was inhabited by Chiria Nathji, the lord of the birds. When forced to leave the hill side, the lord cursed the then Rathore ruler Rao Jodha that the monument would always suffer from lack of adequate amount of water. But the ruler tried to appease Chiria Nathji, and was successful in doing so.
The fort plays host to many mind-boggling attractions like the Sheesh Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Takhat Vilas, the Daulat Khana, armoury gallery and many more.
The allure of the fort is so powerful that it compelled Hollywood director Christopher Nolan to film certain scenes of his ambitious project ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ using the charismatic beauty of the fort in the backdrop.
Well, now you know for sure that Mehrangarh fort is a bold-italic word in your list of places to visit in Rajasthan. So don’t miss out on this magnificent landmark that in itself,treasures entire Rajasthan.
How to reach : Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh- the symbol of strength of Regal Rajasthan is near the Jodhpur airport, 5kms from the City Centre. It is well connected by train network as well, just 6kms from Jodhpur Railway station.
When to visit : Mehrangarh Fort
Best time to visit: October - February
Opening hours:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM