महरानगढ फोर्ट महरानगढ किला जोधपुर से 5 किलोमीटर कि दुरी पर है। इसे राओ जोधा ने 1459 में बनवाया था। यह बना है लाल बलुआ पत्थर से और किले में चार ऐसे विशाल कमरे हैं जो राजा महाराजों के रहन सहन के बारे में बिन बोले भी बहुत कुछ कह जाते हैं। यहाँ का म्यूजियम भारत के नामी म्यूजियम की लिस्ट में गिना जाता है। तलवार से भाले तक, राजाओं की पोषाक से लेकर बर्तनों तक, आपको राजा के महल में मिलने वाली साड़ी चीज़ों के यहाँ दर्शन हो जायेंगे। किला सुबह 0830 से शाम 1700 तक पर्यटकों के लिए खुला रहता है। किले से काफी करीब जिस जगह पर हम गए वो थी, जसवंत ठाड़ा।
If you've done even a little bit of research on Jodhpur, you know you HAVE to visit the Mehrangarh Fort. The ticket is about 100 rupees for an Indian citizen and a whooping 600 for international guests. Luckily, we had our student identity cards and entered with a 50-rupee pass!My Jaipur blogpost covers some of my travel tips and carrying your student ID card tops the list!The fort is more than magnificent and breathtaking; I couldn't seem to gauge how massive it was. After buying our tickets, we thought we had entered the fort so; we kept walking until a signboard said "This way for the fort", and I couldn't stop laughing! Its huge and overwhelming, and if you're interested in knowing the history and stories of the fort then you're in for a long day! I still think I haven't entirely seen each part of it.When you look down from the high vantage point of its ramparts, it's quite possibly one of the coolest views you'll see. It's a magical blue city in the middle of a desert with a giant fort overlooking it, palaces scattered around and in the distance you see the hills protecting it. It's quite a spectacular view.2) Other attractions
Famous for its aerial view of Jodhpur's old city, there's more to Mehrangarh than one first thinks about before visiting. The view expands to cover almost all the major tourist spots in Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan Palace, a spectacle worth marvelling over from every corner, is visible from the fort- as is Jaswant Thada, the famous blue houses and the clock tower. You might also be able to identify some shooting spots for Dark Knight Rises. The one thing though, that truly makes this fort unique, is the way that is has been managed. Mehrangarh Fort has been under the wing of a "Trust" called the "Mehrangarh Museum Trust" which has managed and conserved the fort since 1972. It is one of Rajasthan's best managed and conserved forts, with a lift that goes directly to the top of the fort, so visitors don't have to climb the entire fort. I would recommend taking this lift to the top, and from there you can explore the fort on your way down. Aside from its ease of accessibility and great views of the city, the fort is also a fountain of information. I would recommend hiring a guide here and really spending time to understand and grasp what life was like here, in the King's royal zenana and mardana. Your guide will also be able to give you interesting tidbits of information about life in the royal court. Duration: 1.5- 2 hours2. Tour the blue houses:It was the idea of seeing the blue houses in person that drew me to Jodhpur, and I was directed towards the "old city" for its narrow streets lined with these cobalt blue homes. A path extends from Mehrangarh Fort into the old city, and that is where it begins, extending all the way to the ghanta ghar or clock tower. Sadly though, there are much fewer houses now that are still painted blue, and one who is actively seeking a sight of blue over blue houses is bound to return disappointed. Within this small city area is the main "jhalra" with its commercialisation by stores and cafes additionally off-putting. The novelty hasn't worn off entirely though, and you can still stroll along these blue streets, exchanging pleasantries with local shop owners.3. Umaid Bhawan Palace and its surroundings:
Mehrangarh Fort: Beyond question, Mehrangarh fort remains top in the list of "must visits" in jodhpur. And why not, history of this fort, and style of architecture still depicts the era of royals. Unbeatable and impressive, this grandeur in red sandstone is wrapped in an eccentric beauty. When travelers look forward to the most remarkable tourist attractions in Jodhpur, this fort is the foremost choice.
Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant ThadaNext morning, after a quick breakfast, we drove off to visit the Mehrangarh Fort. Unlike Jaisalmer‘s Golden Fort, Mehrangarh is neither a living fort nor as big in size. While Golden Fort had huge living space for civilians and armed forces alike, along with a strong defense, Mehrangarh was mainly built as a defensive structure, where along with the royal family, only soldiers would reside. Another point of note is that Mehrangarh (unlike most Forts in India) is privately owned by the royal family of Jodhpur. Being a private property, the fort has been very well maintained -with cleanliness and facilities at par with the better restored and maintained forts and palaces of Europe.