The stately palaces and mighty forts in Jodhpur are testimony to its rich history, vibrant heritage and glorious traditions. Standing strong from a bygone era, the sprawling fort bears witness to the city’s rich heritage, numerous royal love stories and innumerable battles and victories. The palaces and Havelis have been preserved, restored and renovated for various purposes including tourism etc. Some of these old palaces and forts in Jodhpur have been converted into heritage hotels and luxury homestays. And they all have an interesting history attached to them. So when you decide to visit the city, check out our list of the most gorgeous palaces and forts and Jodhpur.

To explore Jodhpur the Blue City of Rajasthan you can hire a taxi rental in Jodhpur, which is the best way to explore Jodhpur.

Here is the list of 6 Magnificent Forts in Jodhpur for a Royal Retreat

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh, also known as Mehran Fort, built by Rao Jodha in Jodhpur in 1459, is one of the largest forts in the country. It is situated on top of a 410 ft high hill and is protected by huge walls. One of the most easily recognizable forts in Jodhpur, it has appeared in several Hollywood and Bollywood productions such as The Lion King, The Dark Knight Rises, and most recently – Thugs of Hindostan. The entrance to the fort, atop a hill, is majestic and has seven gates. These are called Victory Gate, Fateh Gate, Gopal Gate, Bhairon Gate, Dedh Kamgra Gate, Marti Gate and finally Loha Gate. Each of these was built at different times and serves a very specific purpose. While one still has cannonball marks, the other has spikes that can protect it from elephant and animal attacks. However, the Vijay Dwar was built to commemorate the victory of Maharaja Man Singh over the Jaipur and Bikaner armies. The fort also houses grand palaces like Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace) and Phool Maha

Jaswant Thada

palace and forts in Jodhpur, Jaswant Thada
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Jaswant Thada, in the royal state of Jodhpur, is a magnificent marble monumental monument that is also a mausoleum for the kings of Marwar. The monument was built in honour and memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II by his son Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 and is still used as a cremation ground by the Marwar royal family. The beautiful building is made of intricately carved marble that vibrates in contrast to the red stairs leading to the entrance. Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur is considered an architectural landmark and is a must-see for all. On the steps leading up to the monument, local musicians and folk dancers can be seen entertaining the visitors.


Umaid Bhawan Palace

Built-in 1943, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is a wonderful amalgamation of a fascinating past and a splendid present. It is – at the same time – a heritage hotel, a museum and the residence of the royal family of the current owner, Raja Gaj Singh. Apart from being a historical landmark, the palace was commissioned in 1929 to provide employment to the drought and bereaved farmers of the region and thus took longer to complete. Umaid Bhawan Palace offers amazing experiences ranging from heritage walks to unforgettable dining experiences. The award-winning hotel is renowned and loved for its hospitality and luxurious living experience. It was recently in news for being the site of Bollywood superstars Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas – a famous pop star of the band – One Direction.

Khejadla Fort

The Khejadla Fort in Jodhpur is an ancient monument that has since been converted into a heritage hotel. Have you ever wondered what it must have been like for the royal kings and queens of ancient India to live in their splendid palaces? If yes, then the Khejadla Fort is an experience worth trying. Originally built in the 17th century by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, the 400-year-old building has been converted into a hotel, with amenities showcasing contemporary luxury set against the backdrop of the royal fort. Khejarla Fort Hotel is the place to take a closer look at the rich Indian heritage without leaving behind the conveniences offered by modern-day hotels. The royal hospitality provided at the hotel is literally the cherry on top of the cake! Khejadla Fort offers an experience that is much more than usual!


Fort Chanwa

Situated in Luni near Jodhpur in Rajasthani, Fort Chanwa is a classic example of the grandeur, royalty and architecture of the last century. Built hundreds of years ago by Maharaja Manish Soni, the fort has recently been converted into a luxury heritage hotel by its owners Maharaja Dalip Singh and Rani Madhu Devi. Set in the backdrop of the Thar Desert, the fort with its elaborate parapets, manicured gardens, carved lattice friezes and jharokhas (or balconies) stands as a testimony to the monarchy and royalty of a bygone era. With a perfect combination of modern-day amenities and old-world charm, the hotel offers you a traditional Rajasthani feel. The exquisite interiors and unparalleled services and hospitality by the staff is surely going to be an experience of a lifetime for you. After visiting the grand palace, you can venture out to explore the nearby attractions like Mehrangarh Fort, Luni River, Urban Haat, Flying Fox etc.

Rai Ka Bagh Palace

Built-in 1663 by Maharaja Jaswant Singh-I, the queen of Hadiji, Rai Ka Bagh Palace is one of the popular tourist attractions of Jodhpur. The palace is octagonal in shape and currently houses the Income Tax Office of Jodhpur.

How to Reach Jodhpur

From Jodhpur railway station or Jodhpur airport, you can book a taxi rental in Jodhpur and then you can explore Jodhpur.