Mehrangarh is one of the most magnificent forts in India. The battlements are 6m to 36m high, and as the building materials were chiselled from the rock on which the fort stands, the structure merges with its base. Still run by the Jodhpur royal family, Mehrangarh is packed with history and legend.
Jai Pol was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1808 following his defeat of invading forces from Jaipur. Past the museum ticket officeand a small cafe, the 16th-century Dodh Kangra Pol was an external gate before Jai Pol was built, and still bears the scars of 1808 cannonball hits. Through here, the main route heads up to the left through the 16th-century Imritia Pol and then Loha Pol, the fort’s original entrance, with iron spikes to deter enemy elephants. Just inside the gate are two sets of small hand prints, the sati (ritual suicide of widow on husband’s funeral pyre) marks of royal widows – the last to commit sati were Maharaja Man Singh’s widows in 1843.
Past Loha Pol you’ll find a restaurant and Suraj Pol, which gives access to the museum. Once you’ve visited the museum, continue on from here to the panoramic ramparts, which are lined with impressive antique artillery. The ramparts were fenced off in 2016 after a fatal selfie accident – hopefully a temporary measure, as the views are spectacular.
Also worth exploring is the right turn from Jai Pol, where a path winds down to the Chokelao Bagh, a restored and gorgeously planted 18th-century Rajput garden (you could lose an afternoon here lolling under shady trees reading a book), and the Fateh Pol . You can exit here into the old city quarter of Navchokiya.
You don’t need a ticket to enter the fort itself, only the museum section. However, the museum guards may not let you walk past the museum entrance, so it’s better to enter from Fateh Pol if you wish to just wander about the grounds.
Highlights of Mehrangarh Fort: View of the Blue City, seven gates called Pol, museum (housing armoury, paintings, documents, etc. ), temples and palaces
Entry fee: INR 70 per person (Indians) | INR 600 per person (Foreigners)
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tourist attractions near MehrangarhFort: Jaswant Thada, Balsamand Lake, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Kaylana Lake are among the best places to visit.
The Museum has participated in many international exhibitions all over the world, displaying and sharing the rich heritage of Marwar, and interacting with prestigious institutions in the field. The remarkable painting exhibition ‘Garden and Cosmos’, was displayed at Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the British Museum and the Art gallery at New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. An incredible, first of its own kind exhibition; ‘Peacock in the Desert; The Royal Arts of Jodhpur’ was displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Seattle Art Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario.
There is a beautiful ‘Art Gallery’ at the Mehrangarh Fort where various exhibitions are displayed from time to time for the visitors.