India, Jodhpur Guide (B): Jaswant Thada – The Taj of Marwar
It was a hot and sunny afternoon, as the sun was shining brightly throwing a long shadow ahead of us as we walked towards our next destination in Jodhpur. Earlier that day, we had zipped lined through the Rao Jodha Park, toured the majestic Mehrangarh fort and now after a delightful light lunch at one of the café inside the fort we were off to Jaswant Thada.
Jaswant Thada famously known as the “Taj Mahal of Marwar”, is a memorial (cenotaph) of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in the year 1899 by his son Maharaja Sardar Singh. We could site this milky white structure from the entrance gate of the fort, which looked not too far so we checked for the distance from the fort to the cenotaphs in the Google map. Since, it was only 850 meters away we decided to walk down to where the cenotaphs were located. But as we stepped out of the fort, the auto rickshaw and taxi drivers started approaching us quoting unbelievable prices. Although we were tempted for a second to bargain and hike a ride down the hill, but then though better of it, as we generally prefer to walk and explore. Walking under the sweltering sun, we were kind of happy with our decision (the inner princess still kept complaining ;)) as this gave us an opportunity to click some more pictures of the fort and also connect with our surroundings. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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