Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur is Rajasthan’s very own marble mausoleum marvel and is commonly known as the Taj Mahal of Mewar. If you’re in Jodhpur, don’t miss out on this stunning monument. It’s surrounded by lush greenery and is built by the lakeside – making it one of the most peaceful spots in Jodhpur.
Pay close attention to detail – the entire structure is carved in intricate and traditional Rajasthani style that lends the place a charm you cannot miss. However, the domes are inspired from some of the most creative Mughal architecture, a testament of how the Rajput rulers blended Mughal patterns in their constructions.
To give a little background, Jaswant Thada is named after Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and was built by his son Maharaja Sadar Singh in the year 1899. It was made of pure white marble that retains its allure to date. Keep an eye out for the paintings of the previous rulers of Mewar kept here and note how the arches and pillars around the main marble monument are adorned with some delicate carvings, the inside walls of which bear paintings and pictures of the deceased rulers.
After you have explored the inside, explore the expansive lawns across the grounds of Jaswant Thada where travellers can lounge and discuss history and culture. Interestingly, it’s also a great place for some bird-watching so remember to keep the camels handy.
It’s highly recommended that you take a combined tour of Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada since the two monuments are located quite close to one another. Also, it’s better to have a tour guide along because that will help you delve into the history of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and other rulers of Mewar whose memorials are present at Jaswant Thada. Another thing to remember is that you can see Umaid Bhavan Palace from the mausoleum – and the view is absolutely gorgeous from here.
You can also explore the main city market which can be found below the hill on which Mehrangarh Fort is situated. Other nearby attractions that you can consider exploring are Umaid Bhavan Palace, Khejarla Fort, Balsamand Lake, Kailana Lake, Ranisar Padamsar, Gulab Sagar Lake, Ganesh Temple, and Pal Balaji Temple.