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Jaswant Thada, located half way up the interminably long road that climbs onwards to the fort, is the traditional cremation ground of the rulers of Jodhpur. Taking pride of place amongst the ornamental gardens and chattris ("chhatri" means umbrella or canopies & are funerary sites in India which have such structures built over them) the fabulous white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899. Jaswant Thada is a marble cenotaph, built in 1899 by his son Maharaja Sardar Singh. This magnificent white memorial, also called the Taj Mahal of Marwar, was built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. It is a fine example of classic Rajputana architecture.

The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone that is sculpted by the genius artisans. Constructed out of thin sheets of marble which allow the sun to filter in. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and a mystic aura. Perched above the Blue City of Jodhpur, Jaswant Thada is like it's marble crown.

The lake in the FG looks lovely from this distance. Climbing down from the main road, over the rock outcrops, I reached this spot & waited for the flock of pigeons to take flight....

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