Mehrangarh is fabricated by two words ‘Mihir’ (Sanskrit) which means sun or Sun-deity and ‘Garh’ (Sanskrit) which means fort. Mehrangarh fort is one of the hypnotic jaunts amongst Rajasthan forts because of its charismatic edifices travelers around the world comes here to see the beauty of Rajput’s architecture. Sometime it is also called “The Fort of the Sun” And Jodhpur itself called Sun City. It is one of the largest forts in India and was built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. The fort is situated 410 feet above the city. The fort is well guarded by seven gates which come on the trek to the main entrance, the evidences of round shot hits by attacking ground forces of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate, besides this some important gates are-
Jai Pol ("Gate of Victory") - it was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806 to celebrate his victory in a war with Jaipur and Bikaner.
Fateh Pol- it was built to celebrate a victory over the Mughals in 1707.
Dedh Kamgra Pol- the Pol still bears the scars of bombardment by cannonballs.
Loha Pol- This is the final gate into the main part of the fort complex. Immediately to the left are the handprints (sati marks) of the royal lady who in 1843 immolated themselves on the funeral pyre of their husband, Maharaja Man Singh.
After entering into the main complex you will find some charismatic sites and palaces which takes you to the another world of beautification, these include, Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana.
There are some adorned galleries with their unique importance within the fort which are –
The Turban Gallery; this gallery in the Mehrangarh Museum seeks to preserve, document and display the many different types of turbans once prevalent in Rajasthan.
The Painting Gallery; This Gallery displays colours of Marwar-Jodhpur, the finest example of Marwar paintings.
Armory; this gallery displays a rare collection of armor from every period in Jodhpur. On display are sword hilts in jade, silver, rhino horn, ivory, shields studded with rubies, emeralds and pearls and guns with gold and silver work on the barrels. The gallery also has on display the personal swords of many emperors, among them outstanding historical piece like the Khaanda of Rao Jodha, weighing over 3 kg, the sword of Akbar the Great and the sword of Timur.
Apart from these attractions there are some more places to visit in Mehrangarh which worth’s.
Places like The Chamunda Mataji Temple, National Geological Monument, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur State, Mandore, Balsamand Lake, Kaylana Lake, Ghanta Ghar (Jodhpur), Gangaur, Rai ka bagh palace.
Mehrangarh Fort is also shooted for many films like Veer, Batman, The dark knight rises, Emran hashmi Awarapan and many more…
Timings to visit: It is open Sunday to Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Entry fee- Mehrangarh Museum: Rs. 60 and Jaswant Thada: Rs. 15.
The Sun City is very well connected via roads many interstate buses government and privates running from and to Jodhpur city and the nearest railway station is Rai ka bagh, you can also hire local cabs for your ease. Some trains running from New Delhi towards Jodhpur are-
Ranikhet exp (15014), Salasar sup fast (22421), DLI JSM Express (14659), Mandor Express (12461), Rajasthan s kranti (12463).
Travelling to Jodhpur is worthy and Places near jodhpur which you can enlist in your travelling are
BIKANER 245 kms via NH 62
UDAIPUR 267 kms via NH 58
AJMER 210 kms via NH25 and NH 58
MOUNT ABU 280 kms via NH 62
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