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Tazia Tower is one of the major attractions of Jaisalmer, yet surprisingly not many tourists know about or visit this place.

After having done with the various Rajputana architectures scattered in the city, Tazia tower came as a welcome break for me as this was very different in design and execution. The Tower is located in the excellent Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace) complex near the Amar Sagar Gate. These were the homes of the former royal family. The Tazia tower is a 5-storied delicate pagoda like structure where each story has significance in its own. On each floor there is a balcony that is famous for their individual designs. This was built by Muslim craftsmen and is based on the shape of Tazia.

Tazias are ornately decorated bamboo, paper and tinsel replicas of a bier carried in procession during Mohurram. Representing the secular identity of the region, the Muslim craftsmen had constructed the beautiful architectural master piece as gift for the imperial Hindu king of Maharawal Berisal Singh.
Each floor of the Tazia Tower is accompanied with beautifully decorated balconies that add to the grace of the architectural monument. The Tower was erected in the year of 1886 AD and bears relics to the Muslim architectural style of the ancient period.

The exquisite design and fine carvings on the walls and ceilings of each floor of the Tazia Tower reflects the rich artistic creativity and imaginative skills of the local craftsmen of the bygone era.

A simple composition, trying to highlight this impressive 'pagoda', spiced up by the crow on the right perched above the window ledge of an adjacent building.

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