Mehrangarh Fort means “Majestic Fort” and that’s exactly what it is. This ancient fort is found in the historic city of Jodhpur in the northern state of Rajasthan, India. Mehrangarh Fort is beautiful in many levels, and you have all the reasons you need to visit this magical place when in Rajasthan.
Mystical Rajasthan is home to India’s biggest desert, the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert. This, however, does not mean the state is barren, isolated or lifeless. On the contrary, it is full of music, color and festivities, and one of the most significant things that give life to the state is Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, which is the second largest city in Rajasthan.
Jodhpur is an enticing city that is teeming with a number of historic landmarks. It is home to ancient temples, palaces and monuments. It also offers several natural attractions such as lakes, parks and picturesque hills.
While there may be several choice destinations for you to tour around, all roads lead to the Majestic Fort. Everyone in the city can get a good glimpse since it towers more than 400 feet over the city. It was constructed on top of a rocky hill.
So, what is amazing about Mehrangarh Fort? Everything. It has an amazing history, architecture and artistry.
The fort was constructed by Rao Jodha in 1459. Rao Jodha was not just a builder, architect or construction worker. He is an important historical figure, the ruler of Mandore (which then referred to the entire state of Rajasthan) and considered by many as the founder of Jodhpur.
Through the years, the fort has kept its integrity and was never overtaken by invading forces. Today, you can still figure cannonball markings on some areas on the fort’s wall. It has kept Jodhpur safe and protected down the centuries.
The architecture is quite unique since it practically built a thick wall around the rocky hill. It is as though the fort grew out from the hill. The rocky structure has seven 36-meter high gates, making it look truly intimidating and impregnable.
Inside the gates and walls are well preserved palaces, halls and pieces of artwork that speak volumes about the glory of Rajasthan. The palaces have names, and a few of them are called “Moti Mahal” (Pearl Palace), “Phool Mahal” (Flower Palace) and “Sheesha Mahal” (Mirror Palace). You will wonder at the palaces’ intricate carvings, stone etchings, royal residences, narrow staircases, beautifully adorned walls, carved porches, floor mosaics and the eye-catching stained glass windows; there is also a museum inside the fort and it displays old pieces of furniture, palanquins, royal cradles, cannons and traditional costumes, to name a few.
Finally, some believe that Mehrangarh doesn’t exactly mean “majestic”. The etymology might very well be pointing to “mihir”, which is Sanskrit for “sun” and “garh” for “fort”, suggesting that this fort was built in honor of a sun deity. Nonetheless, no matter what its name really means, no one can argue against the fact that Mehrangarh Fort is truly a majestic fort.