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Mehrangarh Fort is the crowning glory of Jodhpur, a majestic fortress perched proudly on a rocky hillock. It’s a historic monument blessed with jaw-dropping architecture, fine art and exquisite ornamentation. Walk in the footsteps of celebrated maharajas and discover fascinating stories of the royal Rathore rulers. The Indian leader Rao Jodha founded Mehrangarh Fort in 1459, when he moved his base from Mandore to Jodhpur.
The entrance to the fort is spectacular and passes seven imposing gates that bear the reminders of battles and cannonball strikes. Gaze up at the solid 120-foot-tall (36-meter) walls. Look for the hand imprints left by royal widows who sacrificed themselves on the funeral pyres of former maharajas. Beyond the gates is a series of breathtaking courtyards and palaces built over 5 centuries and adorned with intricate latticework and decorations.
Today the fort’s buildings serve as the galleries of a fascinating heritage museum. Find displays of palanquins and elephant howdahs (covered seats). Check out a weaponry collection, which includes daggers, guns, spears and swords. Glimpse inside the former chambers of the maharajas, reception halls and elaborately designed women’s quarters. See ceremonial thrones, royal portraits and examples of princes’ cribs.
Wander along the cannon-strewn ramparts and gaze out across Jodhpur’s pretty blue rooftops. Visit the quaint Chamunda Mata Temple, which honors the Hindu goddess Durga. Curious visitors might want to have their fortune told by the fort’s resident palm reader.
The fort sits atop a hill overlooking Jodhpur’s city center. It’s a pleasant 20-minute walk from Ghanta Ghar via winding lanes lined with the city’s famed blue-painted houses. Alternatively, get here by taking a low-cost auto-rickshaw or taxi. Use the free parking lot located just outside the fort’s main entrance.
Mehrangarh Fort is open daily and has an admission fee. Rentable audio guides are available and provide excellent information about the fort and museum artifacts. Personal guides are also available. Visit the fort’s official website for further details. The website also has a schedule of events held at the fort, such as the Rajasthan International Folk Festival and the World Sacred Spirit Festival.
This family-friendly Jodhpur hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Toorji's Step Well, Sardar Market, and Ghantaghar Clock. Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 21 minutes by foot.
Situated in Jodhpur, this hotel is close to Chamunda Devi Temple, Mehrangarh Fort, and Ranisar Lake. Also nearby are Padamsar Lake and Achal Nath Shivalaya Temple.
Situated in Jodhpur, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ranisar Lake and Mehrangarh Fort. Padamsar Lake and Chamunda Devi Temple are also within 10 minutes. Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 24 minutes by foot.
Located in Gulab Sagar, this historic hotel is steps from Sardar Market, Ghantaghar Clock, and Toorji's Step Well. Nai Sarak and Chamunda Mata Temple are also within 5 minutes. Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 20 minutes by foot.
Located in the heart of Jodhpur, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Toorji's Step Well and within 3 mi (5 km) of Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort. Kunj Bihari Temple and Achal Nath Shivalaya Temple are also within 5 minutes. Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 19 minutes by foot.
Situated in Jodhpur, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nai Sarak and within 3 mi (5 km) of Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort. Sojati Gate Market and Station Road are also within 10 minutes. Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 12 minutes by foot.
This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Saint Andrews Hall Church, Ashapurna Mall, and Oriental Art Gallery. Mehrangarh Fort is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.
Located in the heart of Jodhpur, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Toorji's Step Well and within 3 mi (5 km) of Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort. Sardar Market and Achal Nath Shivalaya Temple are also within 5 minutes. Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 19 minutes by foot.
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