1. Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh, also known as Mehran Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 in Jodhpur and it is one of the largest forts in the country. It is situated 410 ft above the city and guarded by massive walls. It have seven gates. These are called Victory Gate(Jaypol), Fateh Gate, Gopal Gate, Bhairon Gate, Dedh Kamgra Gate, Marti Gate and finally Loha Gate. Each of these was built at different times and serves a very specific purpose. While one still has marks of cannon balls being hit on it, the other has spikes that can protect it from elephant and animal attacks. However, Victory Gate was built to commemorate the win of Maharaja Man Singh over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. The fort also has opulent palaces such as the Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace) and Phool Mahal (Rose Palace).
The intricate carvings on the walls of the Mehrangarh fort, the sprawling courtyards, a winding road leads to city, its impressive history, striking palaces, museums and galleries attract tourists from all over the world. The fort also has one of the well-stocked museums of Rajasthan. There are six different galleries in the Mehrangarh Museum: Elephant’s howdahs, Palanquins, Daulat Khana, Armoury, Paintings and the Turban Gallery. National Geological Monument, Nagnecha Mataji Temple, Chamunda Matakji Temple are the tourist attractions in Mehrangarh Fort.
The Mehrangarh fort has musicians performing folk music at the entrance and houses museum, restaurants, exhibition and craft bazars. The fort was one of the filming location for film Hollywood movies like “The Dark Knight”, “The Jungle Book” and as well as Bollywood movies like “Veer”, “Baadshaho” and recently “Thugs of Hindustan”.
Tips for Tourist:
- Wear comfortable shoes while you hiking up the hill and Fort. You can also take the stairs leading up to the fort from central market.
- Hats are recommended during afternoon or day time in summer because heat is unbearable in Jodhpur.
- If you wish to explore the deep history and culture of Jodhpur then you should the fort as best you can.
- There are also a rope gliding over through two desert lake.
9 am to 5 pm daily