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Bada Bagh Cenotaphs | Jaisalmer

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In the heart of the desert you'll find a very strange place, almost Martian in landscape, with a very colourful history.

Okay I'm being dramatic. Bada Bagh Cenotaphs are only about 6km away from Jaisalmer and the landscape isn't particularly Martian; I mean, the place is surrounded by wind turbines so you could really be in Cornwall . . . only more orange.

But back to the Cenotaphs. The name Bada Bagh literally means 'Big Garden', although their definition of garden may vary slightly - we are in a desert after all. Back in the 16th century, Jai Singh II commissioned a dam to be built in order to provide some aquatic relief for the area. Following his death in 1753, his son ordered a garden around the dam to be built as well as a cenotaph (called Chhatris).

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The tradition of building cenotaphs here for the royals continued up to the 20th century. The last tomb here actually remains unfinished as the King's son died only a year into his reign and before the cenotaph was completed, this is considered bad luck and thus the Cenotaphs are no more.Β 

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Onto a more gory side of the Cenotaphs. There's two levels to the site: one for the man and one - unofficially - for the women. Β 

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