Meherangarh Fort at Jodhpur.

Going off for a half day visit to look round Meherangarh Fort (Mehrangarh Fort) and The Maharaja's Palace at Jodhpur.

This impressive Indian Fort is one of the largest to be found in India. It sits - perhaps dominates - some 120 metres above the Blue City of Jodhpur and is easily reached from the city by either car or auto-rickshaw (Auto).
A good plan for a day trip might be to hire an auto-rickshaw for the whole day and then visit Jaswant Thada (cenotaphs), then Meherangarh Fort, Maha Mandir Temple and finally take a look round Mandor Cenotaphs. With a little bit of negotiation having the auto-rickshaw for this type of round trip all day should only cost between 1200 to 1500 Rupees (remember do not pay anything until the end of your trip).
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View from Jodhpur City of Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur - Blue City - seen from Meherangarh Fort Jey Pol or Jai Pol (gate of victory) at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India. Mehrangarh Fort battlements and walls - Jodhpur, India.
Up on the top at Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur Meherangarh Fort buildings - Jodhpur. One of the buildings inside Meherangarh Fort at Jodhpur. The Maharaja's Palace at Jodhpur in India.
The original fort was built by Rao Jodha of the Rathore Dynasty around 1459 although today's Mehrangarh Fort dates from the mid 1600s and the period of Jawant Singh who was Maharaja of Jodhpur between 1629 and 1678. Entrance to the Fort is guarded by seven gates (Jey Pol -or Jai Pol- being the most well known) and it really is a huge fort - the walls are up to 40 metres high and over 20 metres wide in places and perhaps not unsurprisingly Mehrangarh Fort has never been taken by force.
The outside of part of the Maharaja's Palace at Jodhpur India Palanquin at the Maharaja's Palace, Jodhpur. Phool Mahal at The Maharaja's Palace, Meherangarh Fort, Jodhpur Takhat Vilas at The Maharajas Palace in Jodhpur.
Mehrangarh is not simply a Fort but a large complex including the Maharaja's palace, a few temples and situated at the rear there is an extremely large garden area which is still in use. In addition there is an extensive museum within the Fort confines with various Mahals displaying beauitful palanquins (ornate seats), elephant howdahs, royal cradles, costumes, furniture and musical instruments.
Jhanki Mahal, Maharaja's Palace, Jodhpur. Maharaja's Palace, Jodhpur - inside the Jhanki Mahal A Royal Cradle at Jhanki Mahal, Meherangarh Fort, Jodhpur. Meherangarh Fort - Jhanki Mahal near the Maharaja's Palace, Jodhpur.
Moti Mahal in pristine condition at the  Maharaja's Palace, Jodhpur. Meherangarh Fort -  Maharaja's Palace courtyard (Jodhpur) Nagnechiaji Mandir at the Maharaja's Palace, Jodhpur. Cannon on display on the roof at Meherangarh Fort at Jodhpur, India.
Meherangarh Fort cannon - Jodhpur, India. View of the Blue City of Jodhpur from high up at Meherangarh Fort Just about a view of Chamundi Devi Mandir - Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. Meherangarh Fort rooftop, Jodhpur.
Chokelao Palace - Meherangarh Fort, Jodhpur. Beautifully made windows etc. at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. Part of Jodhpur Fort and Mahals - Mehrangarh. Heavy looking battlements at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur.

The entrance fee for Mehrangarh Fort may well now be what is really somewhat exhorbitant amount of 400 Rupees for non-Indians - the fort is open daily. Up on the Fort's massive ramparts there are quite a few cannon and artillery pieces to look at - they even have an old Gatling gun on show. In addition the views from up here of the huge sprawl which is Jodphur are excellent - you can certainly pick out the blue of the "blue City".
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