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Mehrangarh Fort

Peek inside regal palaces, courtyards and temples, spot beautiful artwork and learn about Jodhpur’s royal history at this magnificent 15th-century fortress.

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.

There are so many ways to get the most out of this place. We've put together just some things you can do at Mehrangarh Fort:

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Nirvana Home ¥3,173
Nirvana Home

Nirvana Home

Teeja mata ka mandir, Pan gali, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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. Kunj Bihari Temple and Ghantaghar Clock are also within 5 minutes. Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 15 minutes by foot.

    RAAS Jodhpur ¥34,294
    RAAS Jodhpur

    RAAS Jodhpur

    Tunwarji Ka Jhalara, Makrana Mohalla, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 20 minutes by foot.

      Yogi Guest House ¥1,206
      Yogi Guest House

      Yogi Guest House

      Naya Bas, Manak Chowk, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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.

        RANI MAHAL ¥5,303
        RANI MAHAL

        RANI MAHAL

        Fort Road, Navchokia, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          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.

          Singhvi's Haveli ¥1,358
          Singhvi's Haveli

          Singhvi's Haveli

          NAVCHOKIYA ROAD,, Ramdev ji ka chowk, Jodhpur, RAJASTHAN
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Jodhpur, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Padamsar Lake and Mehrangarh Fort. Ranisar Lake and Achal Nath Shivalaya Temple are also within 15 minutes. Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 24 minutes by foot.

            The Blue House, Oldest Guest House ¥2,719
            The Blue House, Oldest Guest House

            The Blue House, Oldest Guest House

            Moti chowk Dabgaron Street, Nai Sarak, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Jodhpur hotel is located near the airport, just steps from Kunj Bihari Temple and Achal Nath Shivalaya Temple. Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli ¥4,531
              Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli

              Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli

              Nayabas Killikhana, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Achal Nath Shivalaya Temple and Mehrangarh Fort. Umaid Bhawan Palace is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 21 minutes by foot.

                Kings Retreat Jodhpur ¥3,021
                Kings Retreat Jodhpur

                Kings Retreat Jodhpur

                Naya Bass, Killi Khana, Near Makrana Mohalla, Clock Tower Area, Jodhpur, Rajsthan
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Jodhpur, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Toorji's Step Well and Mehrangarh Fort. Umaid Bhawan Palace is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away. Jodhpur Junction Train Station is 19 minutes by foot.