The Mehrangarh fort, built over 500 years ago, is one of the largest forts in India and is located about 400 ft above the Jodhpur skyline, atop a rocky hill. The fort, whose name translates to 'citadel of the sun', was initially built by King Rao Jodha of the Rathore clan, and was subsequently expanded by subsequent rulers according their architectural preferences.
The fort, built in red sandstone, comprises of seven gates along a winding path, several artistically designed palaces and expansive courtyards. Most of the palaces have been converted into various galleries of the Mehrangarh museum, which functions within the fort premises.
An elevator provided to ascend to the top of the fort, is one thankful addition of the modern times.