Location- On the left side of the Mehrangarh fort complex
Best time to visit: - October to March
Timings: -09:00 am and 05:00
One of the popular landmarks and tourist attractions in Jodhpur, Jaswant Thada is a royal cenotaph that is positioned on the left side of the Mehrangarh Fort complex. A 19th century structure (built in 1899), it was erected in the memory of Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. His son, Maharaja Sardar Singh commissioned this cenotaph for his father. There are 2 more tombs within this structure. Other attractions close to it are the royal crematorium and 3 other cenotaphs.
A proof of architectural genius in India, Jaswant Thada is a white-marble memorial that boasts of delicate and complex carvings, which showcase sheer brilliance. The stone’s surface is thin and looks illuminated when the sun’s rays fall on it. Jali work (lattice work) is the other highlight. The terrace in the front of the chattri offer some lovely views. Domes, pillars, sculptures and fresco look enchanting.
The main memorial that looks like a temple has huge images of other Maharajas and rulers of Jodhpur, starting from the 13th century. The serenity all around is truly worth-experiencing. This attraction is fondly referred as the ‘Taj Mahal of Marwar’. The monument is bounded by a tiered garden and beautifully carved gazebos.