Incredible Northern India
March 14th - March 26th, 2012

March 23rd, 2012

Today we visit Jaswant Thada, a richly carved white marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II which preserves the genealogy of the rulers of Jodhpur along with their life-size portraits. The Jaswant Thada is architectural landmark found in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs. The Jaswant Thada is a traditional cremation ground of Jodhpur rulers. The grounds are also comprised of exquisitely carved gazebos, a beautiful multi-tiered garden, and a small lake.

Mehrangarh Fort, rising up on a hillock. The fort was built in 1459 on the advice of a pious hermit and overlooks the blue city. The fort houses several palaces, cannons, temple and a museum. Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated 400 feet above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its territorial boundaries, there are several palaces, which are known for their intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards.

Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons . Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “ the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as the finest living example of a Hindu fortress.

We enter through huge gates and a bit further down still more gates. You can get lost in here very quickly so we stay close to our guide. There is much to see in the museum and this museum makes it all seem so much more real. You can see the carriers that sat on top of the elephants to hold royalty. You can see the baby cradles used to hold them too. There is much to see here.. including a fine collection of swords. There are also rooms holding clothing and even quilts.

Once we had finished with the buildings we headed to the garden, 200 years old, where we would not only have someone to tell us about the gardens but would enjoy a private lunch prepared just for us. It was kind of surreal sitting there with all this history surrounding you. The garden was secluded and held flowers, herbs and orchard. The water was (and still is) so scarce here that they this huge well to contain what they could when it finally did rain so that they could continue to water when there was no rain.

Then off to shop at a place that helps women in villages. They work at home to produce fine cutwork, patchwork and other beautiful works that embellish walls, floors and cushions.


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