Rao Jodha, the chief of Rathore clan, got the Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur constructed in 1459. It is situated on 150 m high hill and can be reached from the city through a circular road. It is one of the largest and most magnificent forts in India. Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur, Rajasthan has 7 gates, which need to be crossed before reaching the main complex.
There is a chhatri of a soldier Kirat Singh Soda to the left of the
Mehrangarh fort. He fell while defending the fort against the armies of
Amber on the stop where the chhatri now stands. There is a gate named
Jayapol (meaning victory) built by Maharaja Man Singh to celebrate the
defeat of Jaipur and Bikaner. Maharaja Ajit Singh also constructed a
gate called Fattehpol (meaning victory) to commemorate the win over
Mughals. Another gate called Lohapol (meaning iron gate) has palm
imprints of the queens of Maharaja Man who immolated themselves in an
act of sati.
The other attractions of the Mehrangarh fort are:
There are a number of galleries in the Mehrangarh fort including
elephant howdah gallery, palanquin gallery, daulat khana, armory
gallery, paintings gallery, turbans gallery, etc.
Mehrangarh fort houses one of the finest museums of Rajasthan. The
museum displays an array of items including old royal palanquins, arms,
costumes, paintings, decorated period rooms, etc.
Mehrangarh fort also encompasses a number of period room or palaces.
Some of them are Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, Jhanki Mahal,