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Fast Facts
District : Jodhpur
Distance : 352 kms, South West Jaipur
Best Time To Visit : October - February

Brief History
In the year 1458, Rao Jodha, the fifteenth Rathore ruler started his quest for safer place to establish his new capital. After one years fruitful search, the emperor selected the sight and laid down the foundation of this massive fort. According to one belief a hermit used to live in a cave near the site. Disturbed by the construction the hermit is said to have cursed the emperor and his new building. Rao Jodha, terrified by this build a house and a temple near the cave so as to appease the God. Some of the provsions were added by the descendents of Jodha.

Mehrangarh Fort - Overview
Most of the forts in the state of Rajasthan have been built on hill tops and Mehrangarh is no exception. The fort stands in the city of Jodhpur, on a hill top rising about 400 feet from the ground. Mehrangarh is one of the largest forts in India. The walls of this imposing structure rise to about 117 feet, and are 65 feet wide. The fort has in its treasure, several palace halls, galleries, cenotaphs and a great collection of arts and crafts.
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What's So Special
The grandiosity of Mehrangarh Fort is worth anything at Jodhpur. This enormously built structure and carved to the perfection is one attraction not to be compared with any other in the state. The fort is a store house of several important buildings that stand established within the fort complex.
The prized attractions of the fort complex are palace halls. The most noted ones include Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Phool Mahal The palace halls are beautifully carved and each hall features its own speciality. Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace is provided by balconies and are believed as having been built for the queens of Sur Singh. This palace is provided with fascinating stained glass windows. Sheesh Mahal is famous for its delicate mirror works. Phool Mahal or the Palace of Flowers features golden filigree on its ceiling, paintings and portraits of many of the kings.

Some other attractions located within Meharangarh Fort premises include galleries - Elephant's Howdah, Palanquins, Daulat Khana, Armoury, Turban Gallery and the Folk Musical Instruments Gallery. These galleries house numerous prized collections and the whole museum compound is said to be one of the best in the state.

Transportation Services
Jodhpur is well connected to a number of cities in the state and beyond Rajasthan. The place has a domestic airport, railway services and bus services. There are regular services for the city. Rickshaws, local buses and taxis provide the means of commutation.

Places Where You Can Stay
Jodhpur city features a wide range of hotels for accommodation. From budget to luxury class, there are available all kinds of hotels. Some of the most featured ones include :

Budget Hotels - Hotel Arvind, Shree Laxmi Hotel, Govind Hotel, Hotel Ghoomar (RTDC)

Deluxe Hotels - Hotel City Palace, Hotel Adarsh Niwas, Ratan Vilas, Hotel Beniwal Palace.

Luxury Hotels - Umaid bhavan Palace, Ratanada Polo Palace, Taj Hari Mahal Palace.

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Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Features : This 18 days tour takes you to several historical sites including the famous forts of Rajasthan. You will get to visit the famous Mehrangarh Fort in the city of Jodhpur. Other such places include Amber Fort and Jaisalmer Fort. The tour makes all necessary arrangements such as travel, accommodation and catering.

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Features : This package arranges for excursions to the popular forts of Rajasthan. Mehrangarh is one place covered in your tour. Besides that, it also provides for visits to Jaisalmer Fort and Junagarh Fort. The package includes guided city tours and the tour plan is as - Delhi, Neemrana, Nawalgarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Manwar Desert Camp, Luni, Sardar Samand, Udaipur, Deogarh, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi.

Rajasthan Desert, Rajasthan
Features : Covered in this tour are the famous attractions of Rajasthan like Mehrangarh Fort, Amber Fort and Junagarh Fort. You will be having a days exploration at each of the popular cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner. The tour also incorporates camel safari and village safari.

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