The ‘Sun City’ is the second largest city in the royal state of Rajasthan. A captivating blend of the traditional and the modern, Jodhpur is home to some of the finest forts, palaces, havelis and temples in the country. Its imposing beauty can be seen in the blue hues running across its by-lanes through the numerous houses built in undertones of blue. Among the many treasures hidden within the city’s clamouring bounds and corners, one such treasure of architectural brilliance is Jaswant Thada.
Architecture of the Memorial
It is a beautiful cenotaph built across the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, the foundations for whom were laid by Maharaja Sardar Singh in honour of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. It now serves as the cremation ground for the Jodhpur royalties.
Sitting above a small lake, a kilometer to the northeast of Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada is an intricate, architectural marvel with enticing carvings. The milky white memorial is an array of arbitrary domes, the beauty of which equals the Taj Mahal, giving rise to the name ‘Taj Mahal of Marwar’.
The memorial is a prime example of Rajputana architecture, symbolic of the fine craftsmanship long forgotten, buried in the sands of time. It’s built out of finely carved sheets of marble, displaying the sheer genius of the sculptors. The well-polished and extremely thin marble emits a warm, fostering glow whenever its surface is subjected to the sun rays.
The ethereal cenotaph is one the finest in the world and displays a fantastically carved marble lattice screens. The main compound with the mausoleum is hung with several portraits of Rathore rulers and Maharajas, taking the visitors back in time to the thirteenth century.
The main memorial has been built like a temple with beautiful domes and fine sculptures, featuring a memorial of a peacock which flew into a funeral pyre.
To visit Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur, one needs to traverse through the rocky hills. The whole route offers beautiful panoramas along the way and lends a mystical aura to the whole journey, delighting each and every person on this journey to Jodhpur. It’s easily the second most significant attraction the city of Jodhpur has on offer, after Mehrangarh Fort.
Lying on the way to the famed fort, one can easily spot Jaswant Thada settled above a lake. It can also be seen from the fort, partially hidden amidst the verdure.
Just about 3 kilometers from Mehrangarh fort, resides the Ajit Bhawan Palace. Famed for being the first heritage hotel in the country, it’s an exquisite property offering luxurious services to its guests. Make sure to give both Ajit Bhawan and Jaswant Thada a visit, on your next trip to Jodhpur.