The Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur Rajasthan features among the most magnificent forts in India. Built by Rao Jodha in 1459, this splendid fort saw further additions to it by successive rulers to achieve the legendary status it enjoys today. The fort is much more than legend and history and a visit here means enjoying one of architectural gems of the medieval era. Its 68 feet wide and 117 feet elevated walls will leave you in awe for sure!
Out of the seven gates of the Mehrangarh Fort, the Jayapol (meaning victory) is perhaps the most famous as Maharaja Man Singh contrasted it to celebrate the victories over Jaipur and Bikaner. The Fattehpol gate, raised by Maharaja Ajit Singh, was meant to symbolize the defeat of the Mughals. In true sense, the fort and its parts are a true testimony to the valor and bravery of the Rathore kings of Jodhpur.
Further, the remarkable sandstone palaces within the Mehrangarh Fort symbolize the magnificent craftsmanship of the Jodhpuri craftsmen. Some of grand and popular palaces inside the fort complex include the Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace, the Phool Mahal, the Rang Mahal and the Chandan Mahal. Other attractions inside the fort include the Umaid Villas and its Rajput miniature paintings, the Ajit Villas and its musical instruments and the Museum with royal artifacts.