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31 ~ Jaswant Thada – the Royal Cenotaphs : Jodhpur

Much better from the outside than the inside itself

Leaving again at 9am / 09:00.


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It was 10.30am / 10:30 when we got into Jodphur and picked up Bhanwar, my local guide.

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Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan (albeit pleasingly unspoiled by haphazard development), has a fascinating past. In case you were wondering, yes, it is where jodhpurs got their name from! These unusual pants were designed by the Maharaja of Jodhpur's son, Pratap Singh, and worn by his polo team when visiting the Queen of England in 1897. Jodhpur is famous for its blue buildings, which were originally painted to signify that they were occupied by Brahmins, the highest caste in India.


Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. It was founded by Rao Jodha, chief of the Rajput clan known as Rathores and the Rathore kingdom was once known as Marwar – the Land of Death.

After a brief stop at an unofficial viewpoint on the side of the road up to Mehrangarh Fort to take photos of the houses below, it was onto Jaswant Thada – the Royal Cenotaphs.

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This intricately crafted cenotaph (empty commemorative tomb) was built in 1899, in honour of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It features white marble lattice screens and whimsical domes, while the inside is adorned with portraits of Rathore rulers. It's a peaceful place to relax and enjoy stunning views of the Fort and city. Many a tired tourist sprawls on the front lawn to recuperate after sightseeing.



Ravanhatha - The ravanahatha's sound box may be a gourd, a halved coconut shell or hollowed-out cylinder of wood, with a membrane of stretched goator other hide. A neck of wood or bamboo is attached, carrying between one and four or more peg-tuned strings of gut, hair or steel, strung over a bridge. Some examples may have several sympathetic strings. The bow is usually of horsehair; examples vary in length. Thanks Mr Wikipedia


Is it the predecessor of present day Violin?




Had just 15 minutes free time which was more than enough as the place looked much better from the outside than the inside itself.



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Posted by bruceontour 01:16 Archived in India Tagged jodhpur jaswant_thada ravanhatha

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