Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur – Taj Mahal of Mewar
The home of royal kings, Rajasthan has been created with many colorful and historical cities like the Pink City Jaipur, the Golden City Jaisalmer, the City of Unity Ajmer, the City of Pride and Glory Chittorgarh and the Blue City Jodhpur.
With its glorious past and royal charm, decked with some excellent palaces and outstanding forts, Jodhpur has become one of the most favorite tourist spot in the entire Rajasthan. The Sun City of India has many unique spots to cover, Jaswant Thada is one of them.
This milky white marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, is situated a km away from the famous Mehrangarh Fort. The final resting place of many royal members was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899. Placed amidst of green trees and an alluring pond this mausoleum is very popular among travelers.
- This mausoleum is completely made with white marble and glows during the day time due its thin, polish marble sheets.
- Lattice screens, came into popularity during the Mughal time makes this architecture more beautiful.
- This memorial has several domes and shikhar as which is quite similar to the domes of the Taj Mahal, therefor it is also called the Taj Mahal of Mewar.
- Ancient paintings and pictures of the members of royal family is available on the wall of this cenotaph.
- This ground is still used as the cremation ground of Marwar Royal Families.
- Jaswant Thada remains open for visitors from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Things to do
- Travelers can enjoy the local music and folk songs here.
- Tourist have to climb a hill to reach this place.
- Beautiful lake, green garden, birds and squirrels make this location perfect for photography.
- Local tourist guide is available who can help you to explore this royal ground.
- Due to the warm climate of Rajasthan it is always advisable to carry bottles of water, hats, and sunglasses if you are planning to visit Jaswant Thada during day time.
- Visitors have to remove their shoes before visiting this cenotaph in order to show respect to the deceased.
- Don’t forget to carry camera as the cenotaph promises to provide some awesome views from the hill top.
- It will take almost 1 hour to complete this spot.
- Don’t forget to visit Mehrangarh Fort as it’s very close to this land mark.
- Just below the hill of Mehrangarh Fort, main city market is available. A perfect place for shopping, you can visit that also.
- Umaid Bhawan, Balsamand Lake, Kailana Lake and Khejarla Fort is also not very far from this mausoleum.
Entry fees of Jaswant Thada is Rs 15 per head for Indian visitors and Rs 30 per head for foreigners. For still camera charge is Rs 25 and for video camera Rs 50 only.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Jaswant Thada is October to February.
How to Reach
Jodhpur is well connected with all the major cities in India and to reach Jaswant Thada one can board the local tourist buses, taxis and auto rickshaws which are very easily available from the main city. By car one can reach this place in 30 minutes from city center via NH 62.
Also, you can take trains which are well connected by Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Either, opt for the luxury train such as the Palace on Wheels which start and end their journey from Delhi. On Day 6, the train will reach Jodhpur.
This ancient cenotaph is one of the finest example royal architecture. With its marble structure, beautiful landscape and amazing view it has become very interesting location of Jodhpur.
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