One of the largest forts in India, Mehrangarh Fort is situated at Jodhpur
. Built in 15th century, this 5 km long majestic fort is on a rocky cliff, which rises to about 400 ft above the Jodhpur town.
This majestic and impressive structure can be entered through seven gates approached by a winding road. Its 68 ft x 117 ft high walls dominate the surrounding plain. Inside the fortification are some magnificent palaces with exquisitely carved panels, latticed windows and elaborately garnished windows and walls. Most noteworthy among them are Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Jhanki Mahal (Queenís Palace) and Sheesh Mahal.
Moti Mahal encompasses nine chairs set aside for the heads of Jodhpurian state. In Jhanki Mahal one can find vivid collection of cradles of former rulers. Phool Mahal houses a dancing hall meant for the entertainment of the Maharaja.
Away from the gigantic final gate, Suraj Pole, lies the Mehrangarh Museum. It houses a marvellous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a fine collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, elephant howdahs (elephant seats), musical instruments, costumes, furniture, miniature paintings of various schools. Most noteworthy feature of the museum is that it holds a 250-year-old pure silk tent detained in a raid on the Mughal court of Delhi.
The fort is opened for public daily.
Summer timings: 08:30 to 13:00 hrs and 14:30 to 17:00 hrs.
Winter timings: 09:00 to 13:00 hrs and 14:00 to 17:00 hrs.