A stone's throw from the Mehrangarh Fort, built at the turn of the nineteenth century by Jaswant Singh's Maharani in her husband's memory, the shining white Jaswant Thada serves as a shrine to the Rathore dynasty. All around it today are the chattris or cenotaphs of the rulers and their queens who followed Jaswant Singh II for the complex, on the banks of the Dev Kund, The Pond of the Gods, and serves as the royal cremation grounds. A comprehensive restoration and conservation plan, which includes the gardens, is now under way.
Mehrangarh by Night
As twilight descends on the historic fort of Jodhpur, the rugged impregnable walls and the delicate palaces come alive with a walk with the museum curator. Join Mehrangarh Museum curator as he takes you on a tour of the collection and shares his expertise and insights. Listen to the tales of sacrifice, of extraordinary events of adventure and sheer joy of discussing a painting or talking about the fort architecture.
TIMING: 18:00 HRS – 19:00 HRS or 19:00 HRS – 20:00 HRS
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was created in 2006 to try and restore the natural ecology of a large, rocky wasteland next to Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. It had suffered years of neglect and was overrun by baavlia (Prosopis juliflora), an invasive, thorny shrub introduced from central America almost a century ago. The challenge was to eradicate the baavlia and create a suitable home for native rock-loving plants that we would bring back from the desert.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park lies at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur city, Rajasthan’s iconic and best known fort. The Park extends across 70 hectares – about 200 acres – of rocky land surrounding the fort. You can enter the Park from the Visitors Centre 800 metres from the main Fort Gate. You can also walk across the Park starting closer to the Fort or from several other points of entry.
Opening times: Rao Jodha Park is open throughout the year, from 9am to 5.15pm each day.
Entry: Adults Rs.30/- Students Rs.10/-
The Museum café is crafted to complement the superb period ambience achieved by the architects and builders of the fort with rich motifs of Marwar floral painting decorating its gateways. Located in the inner courtyard of the fort, the café offers a mix of traditional and western delicacies and light meals in a setting unparalleled in the city at an extremely affordable rate.
Chokelao Mahal Terrace
Experience the Romance of Mehrangarh at the Chokelao Mahal Terrace which is set in the historic Mehrangarh fort and its historic gardens. The evening restaurant provides you with a fine dining experience at the fort while you look down at the magnificent Jodhpur city twinkling at night. Indian and Traditional Rajasthani cuisine cooked with authentic spices and served in thalis will tingle your tastebuds and leave you asking for more.