4 Forts To See On Your Next Jodhpur Trip

Explore the majestic Mehrangarh Fort or stop by the stunning Umaid Bhawan Palace in the Blue City
Mehrangarh Fort against the Jodhpur skyline
Mehrangarh Fort against the Jodhpur skyline

Known as the "Blue City" for its stunning blue-washed buildings that dot the skyline, Jodhpur captivates visitors with its rich cultural heritage, awe-inspiring architecture, and warm hospitality. Home to magnificent palaces, formidable forts, and bustling markets, this historic city transports travellers to a bygone era of Rajput valour and opulence. Here is a list of some magnificent forts to see when you're in Jodhpur.

Mehrangarh Fort

The majestic Mehrangarh Fort emerges, ascending proudly and invincibly from a hill 125 metres above the enchanting Jodhpur skyline. This iconic fortress, steeped in history and legend, is among India's most renowned architectural wonders. Mehrangarh Fort bears witness to the tumultuous battles of yesteryears, its formidable structure still adorned with the scars of cannonball assaults inflicted by the armies of Jaipur upon its second gate. With its chiselled grandeur and unwavering strength, the fort showcases a mesmerizing display of exquisitely latticed windows, adorned panels, and intricately carved walls within the halls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, and Sheesh Mahal.

Address The Fort, Sodagaran Mohalla, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Hours 9 am to 5 pm, all days

Entry fee INR 100

Umaid Bhawan Palace

In 1929, as a compassionate response to a devastating famine that plagued the land, Maharaja Umaid Singh set forth to construct a marvel that would stand as a symbol of hope and resilience - the awe-inspiring Umaid Bhawan Palace. Fondly referred to as the Chittar Palace during its construction, owing to the magnificent stones sourced from the Chittar hill, this architectural masterpiece came to life under the visionary guidance of the esteemed British architect HV Lanchester. Crafted from sandstone and marble, its architectural composition beautifully weaves the vibrant threads of Indo-Saracenic, Classical Revival, and Western Art Deco styles. The result is an opulent symphony of design, showcasing a harmonious blend of influences from diverse cultures and eras.

Address Circuit House Rd, Cantt Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Hours Nil

Entry fee Nil

Khejarla Fort

Immersed in the sands of time, the Khejarla Fort of Jodhpur stands as a cherished testament to ancient grandeur. Nestled in a serene rural landscape, a mere 85 kilometres away from the city's bustling heart, this 400-year-old architectural marvel beckons travellers to embark on a journey of discovery. Crafted from resplendent red sandstone, the Khejarla Fort, now gracefully transformed into a hotel, stands as an epitome of Rajput architecture. It's sturdy walls and intricate design elements are a true spectacle to behold, capturing the essence of a bygone era. Visitors enter its majestic gates and are greeted by a captivating panorama of picturesque settings adorned with delicate lattice work friezes and ornate Jharokas that breathe life into the fort's storied walls. Here, a 600-year-old Temple of Goddess Durga stands as a silent witness to the passage of time, housing precious idols preserved since the 14th and 15th centuries. 

Address 8MJJ7F3, Hotel Fort Khejarla Village Khejarla, Tehsil Bilara, Distt, Khejarla, Rajasthan

Hours Nil

Entry fee Nil

Jaswant Thada

Rising gracefully, like a milky-white jewel adorning the horizon, the Jaswant Thada stands as an enduring tribute to the esteemed leader, Jaswant Singh, who graced the realms of Jodhpur. A marvel of the late 19th century, this majestic memorial has become a captivating magnet for tourists from far and wide. Managed and meticulously cared for by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust (MMT), this architectural gem opens its doors to the public, inviting them to enter a realm where history comes alive. Within the hallowed walls of Jaswant Thada, the MMT curates a museum that showcases captivating portraits of Marwar rulers, accompanied by informative narratives that serve as windows into the rich tapestry of Marwar's history. It is a space where visitors can immerse themselves in the stories of the past and gain a deeper understanding of the region's heritage.

Address Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Hours 930 am to 5 pm, all days

Entry fee INR 10


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