Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife

I know that the picture is blurred, but that’s what happens when you use zoom on a point-and-shoot camera. But that should not take away from the fact that we experienced a close sighting for a full grown Royal Bengal Tiger at the Ranthambore Sanctuary at Sawai Mansingh, Rajashtan, close to Jaipur. I love this…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean 2

This is what I call an ocean of humanity; people coming in and out of every possible direction! Here’s a bit of trivia about the crowd-pulling temple. The Amber Fort at Jaipur is home to the famed Shila Mata temple which spots a big idol of Goddess Kali in white marble. Legend has it that…

Music: Food for Soul

Music has its roots deeply embedded into India arts and culture. Folk music is a very integral part of ethnic India and the rhythm and musical instruments adopt the regional flavour. Rajasthan is well known for its traditional music and you would find such musician doll sets all over the state. We picked these at…

The Kesar Garden

The Kesar (Saffron) Garden can be seen from the Queen’s Royal Hammam (Turkish style bath), from the Amber Fort (also known as Amer Fort). Local believe that all the carpets found in old Rajasthan have patterns inspired from the stunning garden’s setting.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home 2

 A royal household, this is the Jal Mahal or water palace that is seen in the middle of the Man Sagar lake located in the city of Jaipur. Although it is in the process of becoming a heritage hotel, it still look every bit regal in the 18th century when Maharaja Jai Singh II of…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow-2

The Jaipuri Kings had a very colorful way of introducing the world to their first queen (Raj Mata); they created for her the biggest jharokha (window) in the palace which lights up as the sun’s rays fall in throughout the day. Who said shadows were dark, gloomy and scary? A bit of class and innovation can…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

For time immemorial, shadows have been used to tell time with accuracy. This is the Jai Prakash Yantra, at the Jantar Mantar, Jaipur. Created under the supervision of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, this is the last of the instruments made at the observatory and said to be the most accurate of them all. The interesting…

Sheesh Mahal

The Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) is probably the highlight of the Amber Fort or Amer Fort which lies, 13 km from Jaipur, Rajasthan. Closed for restoration when we were on a visit, folklore says that the room could be lit by a single candle because of the mirror placement. The palace was also the…

Jharoka’s at Hawa Mahal

One of the highlights of the Hawa Mahal are the small windows or Jharokha’s that decorate the insides of the Palace with vivid colors. Since Marwari women observed the purdah or veil system, they were usually confined inside the walls of the palace, peeking out through these windows to witness the life outside. On the inside the windows…

Gatore ki Chhatriyan

The exquisite carvings on the Chhatries or cenotaphs don’t end just at the pillars. They spread from the base of the ceilings right up to the dome. The carvings on the base of the pillars and the inner periphery of the base of the ceiling depict the lavish lifestyle that the royalty indulged into and…