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Jaswant Thada – A Must-Visit Tourist Spot in Jodhpur While On a Family Vacation
Jaswant Thada is an empty sepulchre located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur in 1899 in honour of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The material used for construction was meticulously carved sheets of white marble.
Erected among lush greenery, the mausoleum features carved gazebos and a small lake surrounded by beautiful gardens, making it one of the top places to visit in Jodhpur. Jaswant Thada is an ideal tourist place in Jodhpur to explore if you are on holiday with your family.
Facts About Jaswant Thada
It is made of white luminous marble, which is why it’s known as the Taj Mahal of Mewar. It is a perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture; while the entire building is built in traditional Rajasthani style, it shows subtle hints of elements inspired by Mughal architecture.
The empty tomb boasts of some paintings of various rulers of Mewar, which gives you a glimpse into their history. The small lake with ducks paddling along used to be reserved for death rituals back in the day.
Inside the cenotaph, you will find memorials with meticulous embellishments. These memorials tell you about the history of the people in whose honour they were constructed.
Things to do at Jaswant Thada
As a tourist, you should first explore the serene lakeside location. Bond with your family as you take a walk around the lake, or feed the ducks. Then you could walk into the monument to admire its exquisite inlay work, carved pillars, and detailing. Take a look at the paintings that educate you about the rulers of Mewar.
At times one can witness local musicians and folk singers gather in small groups at the steps of the monument to greet visitors and regale them with Rajasthani music. Lose yourself in the melodious compositions.
The grounds of Jaswant Thada have expansive lawns where tourists can rest. So if you want to enjoy the serene atmosphere of the monument after a long day of exploring, you can relax in a pleasant environment surrounded by chirping birds.
You can also see a separate cremation ground for the royals. The tomb is not very crowded, so you can spend the whole day exploring it in peace.
Other Things to Bear in Mind
The cenotaph is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm and there’s a nominal entry fee. The best time to visit is between October and March, when the weather remains cool. Cameras are allowed inside but require a separate fee.
It may be a good idea to hire a tour guide as they will be able to narrate the history and features of the tomb.
Nearby attractions include Mehrangarh Fort, the city market just below the hill on which Meharangarh Fort is erected, Khejarla Fort, Gulab Sagar Lake, Kailana Lake, Balsamand Lake, and Ganesha temple.
Where to Stay
Amongst the various options for accommodation in Jodhpur is Pratap Niwas, an affiliate of Club Mahindra Resorts. With an old-world charm and spacious rooms, each with a different decor, you are sure to enjoy a royal stay.
Online Club Mahindra reviews of Jodhpur resort speak very highly of the amenities provided; especially the grand swimming pool and the efficient staff. The in-house restaurant serving a range of local cuisine is another attraction.
What are you waiting for? Book your tickets to Jodhpur this vacation season! Plan a vacation with Club Mahindra today & have a pleasant stay at Jodhpur resort in Rajasthan with family.
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