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Step into a world of delicately chiseled Mehrangarh Fort embellished with exquisite stain-glass windows with striking Zenana palaces, corridors that lead to awe-inspiring frescoed rooms at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Also see the imposing, Sheesh Mahal, Daulat Khana and the Chamunda Devi Temple during your Mehrangarh Fort travel, facilitated by Rajasthan, India tourism.


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Meherangarh Fort



Meherangarh Fort Fast facts

  • Built- 1459

  • Built by- Rao Jodha

  • Location- 5km away from Jodhpur, Rajasthan

  • Elevation- 150m

  • Timings- The fort is opened for the public daily. But the timings for visit are as follows

  • Summer timings- 08:00 am to 1:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 05.00 pm

  • Winter timings- 09.00 am to 1:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm

  • The fort does organize dinner at the ramparts, however in this case tourists are allowed to stay only till 11:00 pm

  • Entry fee- For Indians the entry fee is Rs 220/- (including admission, camera and videography charges)

For foreigners the entry fee is Rs 250/- (including admission, camera and videography charges)


Meherangarh Fort can be best described as towering majesty. This fort epitomizes keen foresight and the brilliance of craftsmanship visible in every detail. This is also counted as one of the most beautiful and at the same time historic places in Rajasthan. There has also been strenuous effort to sustain the richness of this palace in every possible detail be it the decorated rooms, royal palanquins, miniature painiting, antique furniture, defence artery etc.


History- the Meherangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459. With the building of this monument he transferred his capital to Mandore to Meherangarh. Subsequent rulers to the throne made various extensions with the passage of time. This historic fort does bear the reminisces of the past. Be it the cannon ball marks that are prominent on the second gate of the fortress or the vermillion simmered palm imprints of the various palm imprints of the queens and princesses who commited self immolation not willing to bow down to the enemy.


Architecture- The architecture of Mehranghar can only be termed as simply majestic. The fort which is 36 meters high and 21 meter wide walls can be entered by crossing the seven gates. The Jaypol or the gate of victory is the starting point of the fort. Maharaja Man Singh who ruled Jodhpur in the 19 century used this gate to commemorate his victory over the armies of Jaipur and Bikaner. Apart from this gate there are six other gates. The Iron Gate preserves the handprints of wives of Maharaja Man singh who sacrificed her life for the sake by taking to her husband’s burning funeral pyre. These handprints are considered as a symbol of reference to the queen who was ready to face death rather than humiliation. The area within this majestic fort is covered with spacious courtyards and decorated palaces. The main palaces of the fort include Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesha Mahal (Mirror Palace) Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana. The characteristic of this palace include the gold filigree work and various miniature paintings. Some artifacts of the era like musical instrument and royal attire is also preserved in the palace.


Attractions of Mehranghar Fort-

  • Moti Mahal- Known as the pearl palace. This was the place where the king used to sit and have his royal darbar. This was also utilized as hall for the King’s public audience. The room still has the royal alabaster throne that is a central attraction of the place. This palace is well maintained and the entire ceiling covers with mirrors and guilds and is as smooth as it was in the days of the Rajas.


  • Phool Mahal- The flower palace as it is known lies adjacent to the Moti Mahal. The best part of the palace is the wall paintings that bear distinctive resemblance to European paintings. This hall also served as the private audience hall. This hall is also embellished with various musical quotations that adorn the melodies and rythyms.


  • Khabka Mahal- Also known as the slepping palace, these two rooms was built by the then prime minister of Jodhpur and Chandmal. This room was used as the place where he discussed affairs with the ministers and also dignitaries of various states.


  • Jhanki Mahal- The palace of glimpses as it is referred is next door to the Khabka Mahal. This is the place where the females of the royal palace could look to the outside world through the grilled lattices. The Jhanki Mahal is also filled with mirrors that proverbially assert that the palace was used by women. Other interesting features of this palace include exquisitely embellished cradles.


  • Daulat Khana Palace- Right behind the Phool Mahal is the Daulat Khana palace. The unusual artifacts of heavy locks, liquor bottles, coin boxes, carpets weight, vanity box of the royal women and also intricately decorated hookahs. But the distinctive feature of the Khana is silk tent made of red and gold brocade.


  • Moti Vilas and Sardar Vilas- The Moti Vilas Palace is known for beautifully carved lattice screens. The detailing is so fine so much so that one may mistake it for a prison. The Sardar villas are known for its exquisite woodwork. Much of the woodwork is gold plated and embellished with ivory. It also has a splendid marble table which was presented by the King of Kabul.


  • Umaid Vilas-The Umaid Vilas contains a galore of miniature painiting which belong to the Jodhpur school of art. Earlier Jodhpur was strongly influenced by Jain art. However the places also bears distinctive Mughal style of painting that is distinctive. Umaid Vilas Palace has paintings of Maharaja Pratap Singh and Jodhpur artist Amar Das.


  • Takht Vilas- This addition to the fort was made by Maharaj Takht Singh. The walls of this palace are embellished with scenes from the Krishnaleela.


  • Sileh Khana- The Sileh Khana is bursting at the seams with all antique artifacts and artillery. The main artifacts of this temple include sword of Rao Jodha called Khanda. Also present are swords used by Tamerlane the ancestors of the Mughals who sacked Delhi in 1398.


  • Jaswant Thada Cenotaps- The marble walls of the cenotaph are extremely thin, at some points only about six inches thick. Needless to add all the wives and concubines of Jaswant commited sati on his funeral pyre and their memorials are found alongside him.


  • Nagnechiji temple- This is the family temple of the Rathore dynasty. The Nagnechiji idol was enshrined in the temple in the 14th century by Rao Dhuhad.


  • Chamunda Devi temple- Adjacent to the Nagnechiji temple is temple dedicated top Goddess Durga. The idol of Goddess Durga was bought by Rao Jodha himself and was destroyed by gun powder in 1857. It was reconstructed by Takht Singh. The Gulab Sagar or Rose-Water Sea is the larger of the two and situated to the south of the complex. The other tank is called the Rani Talao or Queen’s Lake which, as the name suggests reserved for the ladies of the zenana (royal ladies).


The fort is still in the possession of the descendants of the royal family.


Meherangarh Fort Batman

The opening scenes of the movie ‘The Dark Night rises’ the last part of the celebrated comic book character Batman was shot in this fort. Director Christopher Nolan and lead actors Christian Bale and Josh Pence shot in the fort for a couple of days in the summer of 2011. There are very few places in India that have been selected for shooting scenes for Hollywood motion pictures. The movie released in 2012 opened up to positive reviews both in India and abroad as well. It also critically acclaimed. The Meherangarh fort has a distinctive identity of being one of the most majestic forts in Rajasthan and India and today is also now known as being a pivotal location for the shoot one of the best and at the same time most awaited action film of our time.





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