About Mehrangarh Fort
I was on my first trip to Rajasthan just a few days back with my friends. One of the finest attractions in Rajasthan was the very beautiful and majestic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the wife of the 35th President of the United States once said about Mehrangarh Fort, “I have just seen the eighth wonder of the world.”
Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved forts in India.
The fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 when he transferred his capital from Mandore. Subsequently more additions were made by the other rulers of Jodhpur with passing time. It has 68-ft wide and 117-ft elevated walls which overlook the surrounding plain. The fort has seven gates and the most famous among them is the Jayapol (meaning victory). This gate was constructed by Maharaja Man Singh to celebrate his triumph over the armies of Jaipur and Bikaner.
Not surprisingly this is privately managed by the local Maharajah’s trust and not the government. It allows you to really soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful Rajput fort/palace in the Blue City. This fort is really fantabulous and stunning. Currently the fort encloses the Mehrangarh Fort Museum where all the decorated rooms of the palaces and villas are exhibited along with the royal palanquins, miniature paintings, furniture, and historic armory and etc.
The fort is situated 410 feet (125 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls at a distance of 5km from Jodhpur.
Best Time to Visit
If you are on a trip and you already dreamt of witnessing the richness of the fort and its minutely made architecture, then it is advisable for you to plan it in any month between September and March. The reason is simple; you will not have to encounter the scorching heat, which shoots up to 45 degrees during the summers.
How to Reach
Reaching Jodhpur city is simple. Jodhpur airport is the nearest airport from the city which is just 5km away from the fort. You can also reach the city by train or bus. Once you are in the city, you can book a cab, either online or from the hotel or any local agent. If you want to see how the local people commute every day and how it feels to travel like the people of Jodhpur, you can take auto-rickshaws or local buses.
Admissions Timings & Ticket Prices
Sunday–Saturday : 9:00 hrs.–17:00 hrs.
Note – The ticket sales close at 17:00 hrs. And on account of Jodhpur Foundation Day on 12th May entry for all guests is free, only elevator charges are applicable.
International Guests – Rs. 600 (Concession for Sr. Citizen and Students – Rs. 500)
Domestic Guest – Rs. 70 (Concession for Sr. Citizen and Students – Rs. 40)
Elevator – Rs. 40