What is the geographic location of the pit Bruce Wayne is imprisoned in by Bane? Is this prison in Gotham or somewhere else? Bane and Bruce seems to travel between the two rather quickly. It seems like a Middle Eastern location when Talia's mother is dropped in.

Any ideas?

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    Just FYI the shooting of the place surrounding the pit was in a fort in Jodhpur articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-10/news-interviews/… Jul 24, 2012 at 5:18
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    The time lapse going on during the whole siege montage gives him plenty of time to somehow make it. I think he tries the wall the 3rd time, not long after the TV shows the siege at 84 days. So if he gets out within that week, he has 2 months or so to get back to the US and into Gotham.
    – user1766
    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:45
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    Is your question regarding where the location is in real life or where it is supposed to be in the movie?
    – bobbyalex
    Feb 26, 2014 at 5:58
  • It's actually filmed in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, NOT in Morocco. superrobotmayhem.com/comic-book-movies/batman/dark-knight-india
    – user33385
    Apr 12, 2016 at 19:00

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Considering the chanting we hear ("Deh-shay, deh-shay bah-sah-rah, bah-sah-rah,") is Moroccan, I think we can assume the pit is is North Africa somewhere.

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    Now to my next question, How did he get from Morocco to Gotham(which I am guessing is in New York)?
    – user96
    Jul 24, 2012 at 5:45
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    Ahh, that's the $64,000 question. The answer: movie physics.
    – Nobby
    Jul 24, 2012 at 12:11
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    @karthik Well, there passed some time during this whole occupation of Gotham and I'm sure even a poor Bruce Wayne finds a way back to Gotham in maybe 1-3 days. The harder question is how he actually got into the occupied city, but he'll manage that, too, I guess.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 26, 2012 at 19:45
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    My issue with this answer is that it claims the phrase is Moroccan. There are two distinct languages in Morocco: Moroccan Arabic and Berber. I did some digging and it looks like nobody can really agree on what language this is, but most people agree it isn't Moroccan Arabic. The article may just be blowing smoke (it does say "which is apparently Moroccan" without any conviction or sources). I don't think that an assumption about language is enough to support this answer.
    – SocioMatt
    Sep 24, 2012 at 16:03

The pit in the Dark Knight Rises is located is near the fort of Mahendragarh in India. It's located near Thar Desert in the Rajasthan state. I have seen local news paper headlines of the Dark Knight Rises team visiting here for shooting...


The pit, as was shown in the film, is located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. In the brief moment when Talia Al Ghul comes out of it, one can see the Mehrangarh Fort in the background.

Even Confirmed from Wkipedia

The third movie of The Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, was partially shot around the Mehrangarh fort. A few scenes included the prison well within which Bruce Wayne is shown to have been imprisoned. There is one particular shot when Wayne emerges from the prison that actually gives a glimpse of the Mehrangarh Fort in the background.

The scene involving Ras Al Ghul also seem to be filmed in fort.

The inside of the pit is a famous Step well called Chand Baori which is in Dausa district, Rajasthan, India.(Borrowed answer from Quora).


The prison is located near the Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. I have visited this fort a couple of times as my maternal uncle resides there. Actually, if you look closely to the frame when Bruce Wayne comes out of the pit you can see blue houses beside the fort. That's because many of the houses in the city of Jodhpur are colored with blue lime. That's the reason why Jodhpur is also known as 'The Blue City'.

I think that clears your doubt and answers your question as well.

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    If you could cite some specific references, I think you have a gold-mine of an answer here.
    – Tablemaker
    Jul 1, 2013 at 12:14

The Pit is far from Gotham (Which, by the way is in New Jersey, not New York, just so people know).

It was filmed in India, but the film location and the actual in story location are not the same.

The Pit is officially in a 'Middle Eastern' Country, but it is never specified which. This is meant to leave it intentionally vague, since DC has many fictional countries like Kahndaq (quoting Dc's wikia): "Kahndaq is an Arab country on the continent of Africa located between Egypt and Jordan." except when you look at the Continent it is on in the side bar, it says Asia (which actually matches the real world map concept that the Middle East is considered part of Asia), and if you consider what it says, it essentially is Israel... though other references have Kahndaq frequently considered part of what is Iran. This all convolutes matters, since Israel, Jordan, Iran, Egypt, Iraq (which also has DC fictional Qurac as a stand-in at times), and Libya (which has its own stand-in at times of Bialya, a near anagram) (among others) are all acknowledged to exist in DC as well...

Since making it in a real country could be taken as offensive, Bialya has Queen Bee ruling it, and Kahndaq is ruled by Black Adam... Qurac would seem the most likely place in DC's fictional Middle Eastern countries to place the Pit. Note this part is only my theory, but since the Pit is a pastiche for multiple places in the mainstream Batman Mythos, and is further complicated by being filmed in India yet having a Moroccan Chant, and supposed to be in the Middle East, the conjecture is fairly sound with the available information.

Fun note: Joker in the comics actually was given Diplomatic Immunity for a while by being declared Iran's UN Ambassador. So, there is always still Iran, as well.

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    Has the 'real-world' location of 'Gotham' been settled then? Have you a source for that?
    – CGCampbell
    Jan 3, 2015 at 14:40

The background when he comes out of the well was clearly Mehangarh fort,Jodhpur. But there is no well near by fort. They made a wall in a round shape, so that it looks like a well but some scenes (inside well) were shot in Jaipur (chand baori), Just search "DEEPEST STEP WELL".

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