Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer- a place of magnificent cenotaphs or chhatris!

Bada Bagh, literally Big Garden is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer on the way to Ramgarh, in the state of Rajasthan in India. It features a series of royal cenotaphs or chhatris of Jaisalmer Maharajas, including that of Jai Singh II (Maharaja Sawai Jai Sing).

Bada Bagh is situated on a small hill. The entry to Bada Bagh is from the bottom of the hill. The site has three different things to watch, a garden, a tank and a dam. In the vicinity itself, you will find Govardhan Stambh (pillar). This pillar was constructed to commemorate the construction of the Dam and the tank. In the local dialect, the Dam and the tank are known as Jait Bandh and the Jait Sar respectively.

The magnificent cenotaphs, known locally as chhatris are the prime attractions for tourists from all over the country for the beautiful architecture and intricate carvings on it. Watching the sunset as it spreads its golden aura all over the dam and the cenotaphs bring about a mesmerizing feeling of contentment.

The cenotaphs are of different sizes and carved of sandstone. There are cenotaphs for rulers, queens, princes and other royal family members. Each ruler’s cenotaph has a marble slab, with inscriptions about the ruler and an image of a man on a horse.

The construction of the Bada Bagh was completed by the successor of Maharaja Jai Singh II, Lunkaran. The last cenotaph was built for Jawahar Singh and it remains incomplete. It was considered to be bad luck after the son of Jawahar Singh died due to a disease during the construction of a cenotaph for his father so the tradition of building chhatris or cenotaphs was discontinued.

Next to Bada Bagh is the Bhaironji Temple, which is often visited by childless women and offer silver girdles to a deity in a hope to cure their infertility.

The cooler winters make the stay and roaming around more pleasant. The relatively cooler evenings are quite the right time to visit this place and enjoy the light winds and beautiful sunsets.

Entrance fee
50 per person for Indians
Rs.100 per person for foreigners

Visiting Time: 8 AM to 6 PM (Daily)