Mehrangarh Fort found in the city of Jodhpur is built on a hill rising 400 feet above the surrounding plains. The city of Jodhpur was ruled by the Rathore clan for more than five centuries and this fort was where they stayed and ruled from. Many generations of the Rathore family have lived in Mehrangarh.
Mehrangarh means ‘Fort of the Sun’. It is more than 500 yards long and is the largest fort in India. The height of this magnificent fort is 120 feet and thickness is about 70 feet. It is an almost impenetrable fort. Visitors enter through the Jai Pol which was built in the 19th century by Maharaja Man Singh.
The foundation of the Fort was laid in 1459. The palace and its interiors are carved with ornate figurines and has a host of stunning treasures in its possession including silver ware, gold palanquins, paintings, swords, jewellery boxes and many other priceless artefacts. The Fort offers a stunning view of the beautiful blue city of Jodhpur.
It is a very popular tourist destination not only because of the brilliant architecture and stunning views but also beacuase it hosts a number of events for the tourists like tying turbans, palm readings and even folk music performances amongst others. The Fort is maintained well and has a number of food and drink options available.
The fort also offered sanctuary to the great Mughal emperor Humayun after his defeat by Sher Shah Suri. The Fort also has a museum which depicts the phenomenal history of the Rathore clan and all information regarding historical events at Mehrangarh Fort.
You will find the finest Mughal miniature paintings here at the Daulat Khana. The fort also hosts the Rajasthan International Folk Festival and World Sufi Spirit Festival. Every year on May 12th, the Fort celebrates its foundation day wherein entry to the Fort is declared free.