The Blue City as well as the Sun City of India, Jodhpur is eminent for its imperial blend of fortress and palaces. Nestled in the historic state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur sees a huge footfall of visitors from all across the sphere. Amongst all its iconic forts, there is one of the largest and best preserved forts located in the city, which is called the Mehrangarh Fort. Keeping a note on the mounting visitors to this colossal fort, Exciting India lays emphasis on some of the alluring pointers about this breath-taking fortification:
It adds immense bliss to someone’s voyage when he/she gets an opportunity to witness the city, which is laid out with plenty of attractions to offer. Perched around 126 metres above the city, the tall stand Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is enclosed with a blend of imposing wall and enticing Polish red stones taking hardly a moment to captivate the beholder. The splendid vista on a cliff towering over the Sun City has been well described by visitors as “the work of giants”.
Leaving Jodhpur without paying a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort is like departing Goa without exploring its single coastline. Akin to its substantial wall, the regal fort is evenly worth visiting for its arresting decor and magnanimous courtyards. There lies a meandering road that takes one to the city below. Heading towards the second gate in the castle offers you a vista on the cannonballs caused by the fire attack of Jaipur army. Inching little left of the fort leads you towards the Chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a valiant combatant who fell on the spot while safeguarding the Mehrangarh Fort from the invaders. If you plunge into the history of this regal fort, it was constructed way back in 1460 by Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathore clan. Today this iconic fort of Jodhpur carries its century old glorious tales to every visitor step into the city.
There are seven different thresholds to the fort including the following four as the most eminent:
- The Victory Gate, also known as Jai Pol, which was built ages back in 1806 by Maharaja Man Singh. The main reason behind the construction of this gate was Maharaja Man Singh’s triumph over Jaipur and Bikaner combat.
- The second gate is the Dedh Kamgra Pol, which portrays the dreadful instance of bombardment by cannonballs.
- One more major entry gate to the Mehrangarh Fort is Fateh Pol, which was constructed in 1707 by the king to celebrate his prevail over the Mughals.
- The final gate to the momentous fortification is Loha Pol that takes you inside the premises. Heading towards the left side of the gate makes one notice the handprints of those who burnt themselves on the funeral pyre of Maharaja Man Singh in 1843.
Despite being one of the key tourist pullers in the city, the fort is also popular for housing an informative museum showcasing an array of historic musical instruments, weapons, cannons, exotic furniture, Mughal paintings and ancient miniatures. In addition, the museum also boasts various galleries including Daulat Khana, Turban Gallery, Elephant’s howdahs, Palanquins etc. The historic site of Mehrangarh also pulls visitors for its various attractions like Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, National Geological Monument and The Nagnecha Mataji Temple.
Being one of the frequented tourist destinations in India, Jodhpur is well-accessible from various parts of the nation by any of the following modes of transport:
By Air: Located nearly 6Kms away from the city center, Jodhpur airport is well-connected to various destinations in India like Jaipur, Mumbai, Udaipur and Delhi. On reaching the airport, one can easily hire a cab or auto to commute further. International commuters can fly till IGI airport Delhi, and then travel by road from Delhi to Jodhpur.
By Train: Akin to air travellers, reaching Jodhpur by train is evenly convenient for tourists. Jodhpur has its own railhead connecting the city with various major destinations covering most of the major Indian cities. For railway travellers, some of the suggested trains on this route include Jaisalmer Delhi Express, Rajasthan Sampark Kranti, Yesvantpur Bangalore Jodhpur Express etc.
By Road: Please like Delhi, Ahmadabad and other neighbouring cities like Udaipur and Jaipur are well-connected to Jodhpur by road. One can find number of private and state run buses from Delhi to reach Jodhpur quite conveniently. Apart from buses, travellers can also get there by car from Delhi and other nearby destinations.
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