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Mehrangarh Fort

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Mehrangarh Fort showing chateau or palace, heritage architecture and heritage elements

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.

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Hare Krishna Guest House
Hare Krishna Guest House
3 out of 5
Near the Fort, Killi Khana, Mehron Ka Chowk, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
The price is $11 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in the heart of Jodhpur, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Sardar Market and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mehrangarh Fort. Nai Sarak and Toorji's Step Well ...
3.2/5 (17 reviews)
"The property is in a good location and has great views from the rooftop."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019

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RAAS Jodhpur
RAAS Jodhpur
5 out of 5
Tunwarji Ka Jhalara, Makrana Mohalla, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
The price is $140 per night from Jul 31 to Jul 31
Located in Gulab Sagar, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Toorji's Step Well and within 3 mi (5 km) of Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort. Sardar ...
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Yogi Guest House
Yogi Guest House
3 out of 5
Naya Bas, Manak Chowk, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Located in the heart of Jodhpur, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Chamunda Devi Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort. Toorji's ...
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"A pipe of a sink is broken. So, I couldn’t brush my teeth at this mentioned sink. I brushed my teeth underneath shower instead. Also, there’s no warm water coming from a shower. Anyway, an interior design is beautiful. My friends and I enjoyed taking photos at Yogis Guest House."

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Yogi Guest House
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Hare Krishna Guest House
Hare Krishna Guest House
3 out of 5
Near the Fort, Killi Khana, Mehron Ka Chowk, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
The price is $11 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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RAAS Jodhpur
RAAS Jodhpur
5 out of 5
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The price is $140 per night from Jul 31 to Jul 31
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Yogi Guest House
Yogi Guest House
3 out of 5
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Kings Retreat Jodhpur
Kings Retreat Jodhpur
3 out of 5
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Suraj Haveli Jodhpur
Suraj Haveli Jodhpur
3.5 out of 5
Near Suttar Khana Ki Gali,Naya, Bass,Manak Chowk, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
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Singhvi's Haveli
Singhvi's Haveli
3.5 out of 5
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Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli
Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli
3 out of 5
Nayabas Killikhana, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
The price is $24 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
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RANI MAHAL
RANI MAHAL
3.5 out of 5
Fort Road, Navchokia, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
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Shahi Heritage - Shahi Guest House
Shahi Heritage - Shahi Guest House
3 out of 5
City Police Gandhi Street, Opp Narsingh Temple, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Shahi Heritage - Shahi Guest House
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