Built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II (the 33rd ruler of Jodhpur), Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph situated right by the approach road to Mehrangarh Fort.
Popularly referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Marwar”, the structure is an epitome of a Rajputana style of architecture. Built from intricately carved marble sheets, the polished stone exudes a warm glow when sunrays fall on it. The structure also has some beautiful carved marble lattice work.
The grounds feature carved gazebos, a tiered garden, and a small lake, as well as three other cenotaphs.
The surrounding landscape has thankfully not been developed, and is now part of the Rao Desert Rock Park which was established in 2006 to try and restore the natural ecology of the wasteland surrounding Jaswant Thada and Mehrangarh Fort.
It’s a welcome, peaceful spot after the hubbub of the city, and the views across to the fort and over the city are superb.
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