Wednesday, November 26, 2014

James Tod: The man behind the creation of Todgarh


Lieutenant-Colonel James Tod has found a place in the history of Rajasthan, owing to the respect that he gave to the local rulers in his works. He was not only an officer of the British East India Company, but also an Oriental scholar who created a series of works on the history and geography of India.

Among his academic works, the book 'Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan' gained worldwide popularity. It is based on the materials that he collected during his time spent in Rajasthan. James Tod was born on the 20th of March, 1782, in London, and received his education in Scotland. 

Upon joining the East India Company as a military officer, he got the opportunity to travel to India as a cadet in the year 1799. Rising quickly in rank, he was appointed as a political agent for Rajputana's select regions. When he arrived in the region that is now known as Todgarh, he was truly impressed with the aura that the place exuded.

James Tod spent twenty years of life in this region and founded a small village, which came to be known as Todgarh. While staying in Todgarh resorts during their vacation, tourists would get to explore all the historical structures built by James Tod.