Live Life King Size

An extension of the City Palace, Jaipur, this building is open to tourists. There are several exhibits on display that show you things that the kings collected over the years. There is an Egyptian exhibit, some Korean tea sets, and a lot of interesting things to look out for, like weapons and armor. There are two huge…

Fit For A King!

This is the palace within City Palace, Jaipur is where the current king of Jaipur (12-year-old, Padmanabh Singh, the grandson of former Maharaja Bhawani Singh) resides with his family. While this part of the Palace is off-limits to the public, you can pay up Rs 2,500 (a bit more if you are a non-Indian) and check…

Being Fair and Just

The Jaipuri Kings were said to be very peace-loving and fair rulers. This monument looks like the one used to collect taxes, but is a bit different in terms of styling and detailing. The monument reflects of both Mughal and Rajasthani cultures, as the kings had an agreement with the Mughal kings so they inhibited amicably.

Paying Your Dues

I rediscovered my photo album from Jaipur, and here are a few gems. The monument here is from the Amer Palace in the lovely Pink City in Rajasthan. This is where the Kings would collect Laagan or taxes from the commoners, who were mostly peasants. The place is often used to film Bollywood movies, with a popular song called Mere…

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: Lines 2

The King who built the main residential City Palace at Udaipur, was a lover of practical jokes. What is seen in the picture is not a mirror image but an actual passage way that leads you to the other end of the room. Quite a lateral thinker, and an amazing illusion I must say!

Indian Artifacts: Rajashtan

Kathputli is a string puppet theatre that is an important art form that is a part of Rajasthani folktale culture. It is the most popular form of Indian puppetry, and an art that is practiced even today. These string puppet, are controlled by a single string that pass from the top of the puppet to…

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.

Pristine Manali

Known as the Abode of Manu, Manali is named after Manu, who penned the Hindu Dharmas or laws of the religion. Legend has it that Manu stepped off his arc to recreate life on Earth at the spot. June to October is the best time to visit the hill station, as Indians are not used…