Jaswant Thada – The Taj of Marwar

It was a hot and sunny afternoon, as the sun was shining brightly throwing a long shadow ahead of us as we walked towards our next destination in Jodhpur. Earlier that day, we had zipped lined through the Rao Jodha Park, toured the majestic Mehrangarh fort and now after a delightful light lunch at one of the café inside the fort we were off to Jaswant Thada.

Jaswant Thada famously known as the “Taj Mahal of Marwar”, is a memorial (cenotaph) of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in the year 1899 by his son Maharaja Sardar Singh. We could site this milky white structure from the entrance gate of the fort, which looked not too far so we checked for the distance from the fort to the cenotaphs in the Google map. Since, it was only 850 meters away we decided to walk down to where the cenotaphs were located. But as we stepped out of the fort, the auto rickshaw and taxi drivers started approaching us quoting unbelievable prices. Although we were tempted for a second to bargain and hike a ride down the hill, but then though better of it, as we generally prefer to walk and explore. Walking under the sweltering sun, we were kind of happy with our decision (the inner princess still kept complaining ;)) as this gave us an opportunity to click some more pictures of the fort and also connect with our surroundings.

Pond of Gods

Pond of Gods

Follow the King

Follow the Maharaja

All the way up to the fort!

All the way up to the fort!

As we entered the gate which was leading us to the royal cenotaph we passed by the huge life-size statue of Maharaja Jaswant Singh sitting on a horse facing the Mehrangarh fort on our right and to our left we were soon greeted by absolutely serene lake (called as The Ponds of the God) atop which the cenotaph sat. Jaswant thada stood gloriously against the contrasting brownish red rocky landscape, which gave it a very distinct look.

JodhpurJodhpurJodhpurAfter paying a small fee to enter and an extra fee since we were carrying a camera, we entered the premises and we were in awe of the surrounding. We had just seen the pictures of the monument but to watch the beautiful structure upclose was such a delight. Lucky for us, it was not crowded by the tourists, so we got ample of time to walk around and enjoying the view. As we couldn’t contain our excitement to check out the interiors of the cenotaph, we then moved to the building entrance.Jodhpur

Jodhpurjt1-1JodhpurThe cenotaph has a temple like structure inside and its walls are adored with beautiful and rare portraits of Maharajas of Jodhpur. It is very common to find a guy playing soothing flute tunes and adding this with the sweet fragrance of incense stick in the air, it gave an enchanting vibe to the whole place.

Jodhpurjt20-1Jodhpurjt26-1JodhpurJodhpurJodhpurJodhpurAfter spending few minutes inside we then toured the terrace outside enjoying the panoramic view of the city and the garden. Completely clad in white marbles this magnificent mausoleum was built in classic Rajputana style with the intricately carved jallis chiseled out of marble sheets, which is polished to perfection making it glow and giving a heavenly look under the sun.jt23-1Jodhpur

JodhpurJodhpurJodhpurThe site also houses the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs of members of Marwar royal family, and a multi-tiered garden. Another interesting site which is not to be missed is the memorial of a peacock that we were informed flew into the funeral pyre of the Maharaja.

The Peacock Memorial

The Peacock Memorial

JodhpurJodhpurSpending a good one-hour relaxing in the garden listening to some of the artists singing local folk songs with gentle evening breeze washing away all our tiredness after the day’s adventure. Jaswant Thada is truly an alluring monument, displaying the wonderful work of the artisans of the time with ever inch built to perfection and we now know why it is called as “Taj Mahal of Marwar”.

Entrance fee is Rs. 15/- per person (Indians), Rs. 30/- per person (foreigner), Rs. 25/- per still camera and Rs. 50/- for every camcorder.

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25 Comments

  1. AJ AJ
    December 2, 2016    

    Good place!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      December 13, 2016    

      Thank you AJ! 🙂

  2. December 9, 2016    

    Awesome pics.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      December 13, 2016    

      Thanks Rupam 🙂

  3. December 10, 2016    

    I totally get the Taj relation here! I wonder why is this place not famous? It is such a lovely place 😀 Thanks for introducing me to this offbeat structure 😀

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      December 13, 2016    

      It was even more spectacular in real life! Dont miss out on this if you are visiting Jodhpur!

  4. December 12, 2016    

    To me, this is comparable to the famous Taj!

    The white marble still looks fresh and alive. I am happy you chose to walk…that’s how you get to experience the place thoroughly!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      December 13, 2016    

      Yeah Alok! They have maintained this place really well..:)

  5. December 13, 2016    

    It is such a beautiful palace. I would love to visit it once.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      December 13, 2016    

      Thanks Dipika 🙂

  6. December 16, 2016    

    Very nice; thanks for sharing!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 3, 2017    

      Welcome Rashmi 🙂

  7. December 16, 2016    

    The Jaswant Thada is gorgeous! And despite the heat you look so comfortable and at ease. If I had to walk in that heat I’d be totally red and sweating profusely and no way would I be in any of the photos. Will be adding Jaswant Thada to my list of things I want to see in India.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 3, 2017    

      Thanks for the love, Debra :).
      Yes, please do visit the place if you happen to be in India.

  8. Excellent story! We heard so much of Taj Mahal that we forget that there are many others. I like very much your words and photos. I have a travel blog that explain things so the historic elements are important to me.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 3, 2017    

      Although Taj Mahal is one of a kind, structures like Jaswant Thada also are the once that have historic significance.

  9. December 17, 2016    

    Oh wow, that palace is absolutely stunning with its beautiful, intricate details. And it looks like there was no one else there so I assume you got the place all to yourselves? Although I don’t know how that is possible in India! Ha ha

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 3, 2017    

      We were just lucky for few minutes to enjoy the place to ourselves before a large group of tourists got there :D.

  10. December 17, 2016    

    I am remembering my trip there in 2008. It is indeed a beautiful place to pause and ponder for an hour or two. The whiteness of the marbles here dazzled me.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 3, 2017    

      Yes it truely does :).

  11. December 19, 2016    

    I remember my visit to Jodhpur and how disappointed I was that my tour didn’t allocate more time for this beautiful city. I would have loved to visit the Jaswant Thanda. I found the Mehrangarh fort to be very impressive and, same as you, I zip-lined the Flying Fox circuit. It was my first time doing it and wow, the adrenaline was quite high. The views were stunning from up there.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 3, 2017    

      Oh yes, we were so sad when the adventure was over in the end. It is one of a kinf of experience!

  12. December 28, 2016    

    Compared to the castles that I have seen in Europe. I feel the wealth and artisanship is unmatched. Based on the pictures you have posted atleast. I hope to visit these some day.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 16, 2017    

      Thank you Philip! You have to plan a visit to India soon, you wont fail to be amazed! 🙂

  13. May 11, 2017    

    beautiful pics and nice article. I have never been to jodhpur but after reading I do want to visit the palace and specially the Ponds of the God.

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