The Meherangarh Fort or the Majestic Fort of Jodhpur sprawled across the 125- meter high hill, is the most impressive and formidable fort among the many forts of Rajasthan. Its awesome location, impressive gates, luxurious palaces and numerous trappings of royalty are simply magnificent. It provides the most authentic surviving taste of war, honour and extravagance that characterized Rajputana.
How to reach there:
Road: RSTC buses and private luxury buses connect Jodhpur with other cities and places of interest in Rajasthan.
Railhead: There are flights available for Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur,& Bombay.
Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Hotel Ratanada Polo Palace.
Ajit Bhawan Palace.
Hotel Raj Baseera.
What to see:
On the walls of Lohapol or Iron gate, sixth of the seven gates designed to hinder the ascent of the enemy are the handprints, the sati marks of Maharaja Man Singh's widow who voluntarily threw themselves on his pyre following the Rajput code of Honour in 1843, and in defiance of the law passed against Sati.
Inside the fort the series of Palaces having evocative names like Moti Mahal or Pearl Palace, The Sukh Mahal or Pleasure palace and The Phool Mahal or Flower Palace.
They house a fine collection of miniature paintings, folk music instruments, Rajput armoury, palanquins etc. They are beautifully painted and decorated and have carved latticework windows of Red sandstone. It is one of the best palace museums in Rajasthan.
The Chamunda temple dedicated to Goddess Durga stands at the southern end of the fort.