mehrangarh fort & jaswant thada
Updated: Aug 18, 2020
No visit to Jodhpur is complete without taking a tour around the impressive Mehrangarh Fort! As with many towns and cities in the Rajasthan state, the city is built around the fort as it towers out over the blue homes of locals. It's noticeable from everywhere in Jodphur and is as impressive inside as it is out.
Most people get a tuktuk up to the fort, but a local man in a restaurant (Indigo restaurant - you MUST go! The tastiest food I had in the whole of India!) advised us of a path up to the fort that locals use.
It's pretty easy to find on Google Maps, but you could always ask around if you get lost. The walk takes around 15 minutes and is quite a steep one so can be difficult when the sun is beating down on you but it's definitely manageable!
We were also advised to visit Jaswant Thada before visiting the fort as it is less busy in the morning and so once we reached the top we headed straight there.
Built as a memorial to Maharajah Jaswant Singh II, Jaswant Thada is a small oasis complete with gardens and lake. The architecture is simply stunning, and a local man working/volunteering inside informed us of the history of the place, as well as the fact that certain slabs of marble are so thin you're able to see the daylight shine through.
After Jaswant Thada, we had a walk about the fort and museum which housed some pretty impressive artefacts and preservation. The heat is a killer so be sure to rest in the shade and drink plenty of water!