Mehrangarh Fort

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FoxyFauz FoxyFauz
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Mega Fort! Feb 02, 2016
Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur Rajasthan is one of the largest fort in India. It was built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the same Rathore ruler who founded the city of Jophur.

The Mehrangarh Fort is built in the centre of the city of Jodphur standing tall and mighty on top of a hill at 150 metres above the city. Spreading 5 kilometres wide with walls as high as 36 metres high, this fort provides an amazing panaromic view of the entire city.

There are 7 entry gates leading to this amazing fort with each gate depicting the battles fought during the royal days and within it are several palaces, extensive courtyards and a museum with the richest collection in all of Rajasthan. It is a show of how massively wealthy and grand life was during the royal era.

This is by far, my favourite fort during this trip to Rajasthan.
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Posted on: Feb 02, 2016
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EpicTraveler EpicTrav…
4 reviews
Visit to Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur Apr 25, 2016
Mehrangarh Fort doesn’t need any introduction for those who have been to Jodhpur. Mehrangarh Fort is one among the largest fort in India and the only one which is managed by a private trust. The fort is most popular tourist attraction in Jodhpur city.

Mehrangarh Fort was built around 1460 by Rao Jodha. Thick walls were imposed around the fort which it stands at 125m above the city. Mehrangarh is a massive hilltop castle situated at a rocky site filled with gardens, huge walls, lakes, battlements & moats. The fort also comprises of ornamented private residences, balconies, arched galleries, misleading passageways and stairs.

The views of the blue city from the top of Mehrangarh Fort are mesmerizing and tourists never miss on this wonderful experience. There is tempting question which comes in the mind of people visiting Jodhpur that why there are blue painted houses around the fort palace.

There are many entertaining and adventure activities at the fort which visitor loves to do. Aerial zip line adventure activity, camel riding, Puppet show are some of activities which visitors to the fort can try out.

The Flying Fox team conducts zip tour at the fort. The zip tour includes 5 zip lines which starts from the top of the fort, fly over the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, lakes and ends back to the fort. The whole zip tours takes around 90 minutes to do. During the zip tour, marvelous views of fort & the blue city are witnessed.
Toonsarah Toonsarah
522 reviews
A visit to Mehrangarh Fort Oct 25, 2015
I start this review with some practical information, and will continue then to describe what we saw here.

The entry fee for foreign visitors is 400 IR, plus an additional 100 IR for camera use. As it’s a steep climb up from the first gate to the main part you may want to consider taking the lift which costs an additional 35 IR. This had been prepaid for us by TransIndus and I wasn’t sorry to take advantage of it, but after our visit we walked down so we did get to see the many gates. In any case you will pass through the first of these, the Jai Pol (Victory Gate), before entering the lift (see photo two). This was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806 to commemorate victories over the armies of Jaipur and Bikaner. On the outside of this gate are some interesting paintings depicting these battles.

Once through the gate, if you do take the lift (which has been cleverly cut into the rocks) you will find yourself exiting it in the Shrinagar Chowk or Anointment Courtyard. This was used for royal ceremonies such as the anointing of maharajas and you can see a throne used for the crowning of the current Maharaja Gaj Singh II. A board nearby has photos of that event. From here you get wonderful views of the city below, and can then proceed to explore the museum galleries that open off the courtyard.

Unlike many of the other forts we visited, much of Mehrangarh is devoted to museum-style exhibits rather than restored rooms – in fact, there are fourteen display rooms and just four “period rooms”. While this made a change, on the whole I preferred seeing the old furniture etc. in a room setting. It’s possible too that my experience of visiting these displays was adversely affected by our guide who, although informative, seemed much of the time to be in a bit of a rush, and in particular irritated us by several times by insisting that Indian visitors move aside to let us look in a display case. We would have been more than happy to take our turn, or to look at something else instead while we waited.

Having said all that, there was lots to enjoy and admire here. I was especially fascinated by the howdahs and palanquins displayed in the rooms around the Shrinagar Chowk, and our guide was helpful in pointing out the different constructions and designs. The howdahs were made of wood, and many beautifully decorated in silver or gold. They were used by maharajas for travel or hunting (hence the lion that appears on many of them) and all have an additional smaller seat for a servant to sit and fan the important passenger. The palanquins could be used by men or women, and the design differs accordingly, with those for ladies having screens or curtains for privacy and little peepholes so they could look out.

Other collections are dotted throughout the complex. Among those we saw were the paintings (in the regional Marwar style – very rich and colourful), various weapons (many of them intricately worked but of less appeal for me) and various treasures and textiles.

State rooms of the Maharaja

There are four period or state rooms open to the public here. These are the:

Palace of Flowers or Phool Mahal

This, possibly the grandest of the state rooms, was created by Maharaja Abhaya Singh (1724-1749) and decorated with gold seized in Gujarat as war booty. It is thought to have been the maharaja’s pleasure palace, where he would sit on his throne and be entertained by dancing girls, music etc. It was also used for private celebrations, such as birthdays. It was modified in the mid 19th century and the paintings around the cornice date from that time, although the wall and column painting is original.

Hall of Mirrors or Sheesh Mahal

This is in the Raiput style, different from the Mughal Sheesh Mahals we had seen elsewhere (e.g. the Amber Fort) in having larger, more evenly shaped pieces of mirror rather than small mosaic fragments. Also, there are paintings superimposed on the mirror work in places and these show religious figures (among them Brahma, Shiva, Krishna and Ganesh all sit enthroned; while elsewhere Krishna plays the flute and Rama and Sita confer with Hanuman). These paintings have led to the conclusion that this palace was used not for the rather decadent pleasures enjoyed in such richly adorned rooms elsewhere but for worship or, as our guide suggested, meditation.

Takhat Vilas

This colourful room was built by Maharaja Takhat Singh (1843-1873), the last of Jodhpur's rulers to live in the Mehrangarh Fort. It blends traditional styles with some more recent influences. Takhat clearly liked colour, as the glass balls hanging from the ceiling like giant Christmas ornaments show. There are also beautiful paintings on the walls and on the wooden ceiling beams, showing various scenes – some religious, some from folk tales and even a favourite sport of the Rathores, pig-sticking. The floor here is painted to look like a carpet.

Pearl Palace or Moti Mahal

This is the largest and I believe the oldest of the period rooms at Mehrangarh, having been built by Raja Sur Singh (1595-1619). It was used as a hall of private audience, where the maharaja could discuss matters of state with his closest advisors. It is located within the Zenana or ladies’ section of the complex and has five alcoves which lead to hidden balconies where, it is thought, the queen and most favoured ladies of the court could listen in on the discussions and later their views sought by the maharaja. If this is so he must have been somewhat ahead of his time in recognising the value of female advice!

I loved the richness of these rooms which are on the whole in very good condition – perhaps in part because you are not able to enter any but have to look in from a doorway.
Shrinagar Chowk
Throne in Shrinagar Chowk
Museum exhibit
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raghunathsingh503 raghunat…
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Majestic fort May 06, 2013
Mehrangarh fort is imposing and hits you with its first sight on a 125 mtr high hilltop. It is visible from a distance. Its the must visit in city.The fort was built in 1459 AD by Roa Jodha.The entrance fee to fort for foreigners is about 8$ in which audio guide is included which is available in diff languages.The charges for still camera is around 2$.Fort has elevators for guesst charged around 1$.The vertical stone walls show a rugged and military look. But inside reveal an area that people, nobles and commoners, used to live in. One can see rooms and living areas, decorated for men and women to live in.The fort has got good collections from medieval history

The phool mahal,sheesh mahal ,howdah gallery and armoury section are among best .Fort has museum shop from where you can buy souveniers.

You can enjoy the magnificient views of city from the top.

On the western side you will see lot of blue houses giving another name to city (Blue city)

The Mehrangarh cafe inside serves you with refreshments.

There is zip line tour inside operated from Chokelao garden which is worth for young and adventure loving people

The charges are around 25$.There is roof top restaurant at Chokelao garden which serves thali at dinner time.

The lighting of the fort walls from the outside in the late evening is excellent and creates a lovely image.
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sylviandavid says:
This sounds really wonderful.... Thanks for this review.
Posted on: Jun 24, 2013

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