Films like The Dark Night Rises, The Jungle Book and Thugs of Hindostan have been shot here.
Standing chiselled and sturdy since the 15th century is Jodhpur's historic Mehrangarh Fort, which still bears the imprints of cannonball attacks. Its fretwork adorned windows and carved panels are perched perpendicularly atop a hill that is 125 metres above the Blue City's skyline. Let's take a digital stroll along the ancient corridors of Mehrangarh that have been the backdrop of major cinematic productions, such as The Dark Night Rises, The Jungle Book and Thugs of Hindostan.
Chronicling tales of power, prestige, art & culture
Built by Rao Jodha in 1459, Mehrangarh's sandstone structure, its sprawling courtyards, museums and galleries allure tourists from all over the world. Apart from emerald-studded shields and gold plated guns, the armoury of this fort is home to rare artefacts such as the swords of great rulers- Emperor Akbar and Timur.
Beautiful Marwar paintings, royal palanquins and elephant howdahs are showcased within the premises of Mehrangarh that shed light on the cultural affiliations of the city. One of the best-preserved monuments in India, it is home to opulent palaces like the Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Daulat Khana, Sheesh Mahal and Sileh Khan. Each of these brilliantly crafted chambers reflects the penchant of their creators who belonged to the royal family.
Further, if you are a nature-enthusiast then we suggest you visit the Rao Jodha Desert Park, whose 72-hectare campus is home to unique flora. Adding to this list is the 18th century Chokelao Garden, where you can enjoy meals as you enjoy the picturesque view of Jodhpur city. Moreover, adventure aficionados can indulge in zip lining offered by Jodhpur Flying Fox to get that adrenaline rush!
Overview of Mehrangarh's architecture
The Mehrangarh Fort's architecture derives its uniqueness from the fact that it was built in sections between the 15th century to 20th century. This fort has seven majestic entrances namely Victory Gate, Fateh Gate, Gopal Gate, Bhairon Gate, Dedh Kamagra Gate, Marti Gate and Loha Gate.
All these gates were built over the span of almost 500 years and served different purposes at the time of their construction. Today, the most famous among these is the Victory Gate, which is said to be built by Maharaja Man Singh after he registered victory over the armies of Jaipur and Bikaner.
Know before you go!
Which places to visit at Mehrangarh?
Fort Armoury, Nagnechji Temple, Rao Jodha Desert Park and Chokelao Garden, among others.
When should Mehrangarh be visited?
Visit fort premises between 9 AM and 5.30 PM, seven days a week. Timings may differ as per curfew protocol.