The Jaswant Thada is often compared with the enigmatic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Both structures are found in India, made of rare marble and function as a final resting place for an important person. While the reasons to see the Taj Mahal in Agra, India are quite clear, here now are reasons why you should also see Jaswant Thada.
First, come and see this marble palace for its history and cultural significance. It is found in the city of Jodhpur, which is very popular as a historic town in India. Cultural and historical immersion is one of the top reasons for tourism, along with shopping, sightseeing, sports, photography, entertainment, swimming, diving, and nature tripping.
The palace was built in 1899 by Sardar Singh to honor the memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. He was the king of Jodhpur from 1873 to 1895. He is considered in Indian history as a very enlightened ruler who accomplished significant feats during his time.
The Maharaja had 8 wives and a few unrecorded concubines. He died in 1895 although not much has been written about his death. His remains are not buried in the Jaswant Thada, which is why the monument is a cenotaph, not a tomb.
The second reason to visit this royal cenotaph is for its artistry and architecture. You do not have to be an architect or have architectural background to appreciate the exquisite beauty of this marble palace. It truly is an ancient architectural wonder.
The cenotaph looks like a temple and ornately designed with exquisite carvings. Many consider them as the most notable marble carvings in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is the second largest Rajasthani city.
While the view from outside is already spectacular, the marble cenotaph is home to a number of portraits and fine pieces of art. There are several exquisite designs and carvings inside the marble structure including a large hall, marble lattice screens and a statue of a peacock. Outside are gazebos, a beautiful garden and lake.
The third reason why the marble memorial regularly gets a number of visitors is its strategic location near the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, only about 10 minutes away by foot. Jaswant Thada bows down to the beauty and grandeur of Jodhpur’s hilltop fortress that was built in 1459. It was constructed to defend Jodhpur from invading forces and it was never overtaken by the enemies.
The imposing fort rises high above the city and is widely acknowledged as the most important landmark in the entire state. Hordes of people come to Rajasthan to see this ancient fort. Inside this often crowded tourist attraction are halls, galleries, a museum, and an armory.
Above are three compelling reasons why you should see the marble monument, Jaswant Thada. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a very reasonable admission fee. And there is a fourth reason to come – this magnificent and very peaceful cenotaph is one of the most beautiful structures in the South Asian subcontinent.