More than five hundred year old this medieval capital of the famed Rathores of Marwar, Jodhpur, has been able to retain her old world charm. Certainly, there has been progress and the city has spread far beyond her original walled precincts but all her old monuments still survive and are untouched. 





Rao Jodha laid the foundation of Mehrangarh Fort on 12th May at 1459. Panchotia hill. Here a hermit Chidiyanath stayed. The hermit was asked to move from there so that the fort's foundation could be laid. But the hermit refused to move. Not finding any other suitable place the king started construction of the fort there only.  

The angry hermit left the place but cursed the king It is said that due to that curse Jodhpur has always faced shortage
of water. 

A tantrik told Rao Jodha that if anybody could sacrifice by burying himself alive in the foundation the Fort would always remain safe. Then a Balai (Bhambi) named Rajia agreed. On the top of place where Rajia was buried the treasury and Nakkarkhana buildings were made. Rajia's family was given a piece of land which is now known as Raj Bag.

The Fort is surrounded by a wall 12 to 17 feet wide and 20 to 150 feet high. Maximum width of the fort is 750 feet and length 1500 feet. According to astrology, the name of this fort is Chintamani but it was famous as Mihirgarh. Mihir means Sun. This Mihirgarh has now changed to Mehrangarh.


It took 14 years for 3000 famine stricken labourers and artisans to interlock, chisel and put together. And,. by the time the royal family of Jodhpur found their new palace fit for use on February 14, 1943, the princely exchequer was lighter by Rs. 3 crore. 



Bal Samand lake and garden are located on Jodhpur-Mandore road, 7 kms from Jodhpur. It was constructed in 1159 by Parihar Balak Rao. Approximately one kilometer 50 meters wide and 15 meters deep this lake has been made by storing the rain water coming from the hills. Water was supplied to Gulab Sagar, Fateh Sagar and Sardar Sagar canals from this lake. 


Located 8 kms. West of Jodhpur, Kaylana lake was constructed in 1872 by Pratap Singh, the then Prime Minister of Jodhpur. Also known as Pratap Sagar, the area around this lake was full of wild boars and was a secured hunting place for the royal members. But it has not remained so with the increase in population. Near the lake is a Dak Bungalow of Irrigation department.