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An evening in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Gujarat is a busy town and and it was only a transit point for us as we didn’t include much sight seeing in out itinerary. We did mange to get   a few hours to make a lightning visit to  the city.

I heard so much about the Law Garden where they sell ethnic wear , I was curious to find out what it really was.

This Law Garden shopping street functions only during the evenings and it and it makes your eyes sparkle as you find lot of colourful , brilliant fabrics stitched to perfection  with patchwork , mirror work and Kutch work, the specialities of various regions in Gujarat.

When you are in Ahmedabad don’t forget to visit Law Garden and use your bargaining skills well .We had a whale of a time going through various shops and enjoying the whole experience.

What I didn’t like in Ahmedabad is the unruly traffic which never obeyed any traffic rules.

Pictures from Law Garden. Sorry about the quality of pictures

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Here are some captures.

 

 

 

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For those who want to go on a spiritual journey, spend some time in Jagadeesh Mandir which is at the top of a small hillock, in the heart of the city itself.

A few steps up and one can have darshan of Lord Krishna. The temple has excellent ornate work on marble and one can spend some moments of peace and quiet.

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A 5 minutes walk will take one to yet another beautiful spot Lake Pichola. this is an artificial fresh water lake. This lake houses 4 important islands Jag palace, Jag Mandir and Mohan Mandir and Arsi Vilas. More here.

Bagore Ki Haveli, is a museum adjacent to Lake Pichola . This was built in 18th century. This has more than 100 rooms and throws light into the life of royal families.

The courtyard of the haveli gets lit and brightened up in the evening and tourist can enjoy the cultural programmes of Mewar. Ladies wearing traditional colourful dresses entertain with their dance performances. Really a  treat to our ears and eyes. They move and gyrate with fire pots on their heads, some play with sharp daggers and knives, The most impressive was the a veteran performer moving with a colourful mud pot on her head and adding each pot on top of the previous one as she was dancing without stopping for a moment. She  stacked  more than 10 without losing balance. She even sat down and took a piece of silk by her mouth from the floor with all the pots intact. Really  got mesmerized seeing that.

Please go through the slide show to enjoy a small part of an event I could capture.

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This show comes with a price, the rates are moderate and one has to purchase camera tickets. This is to support the performers . Be early to get seats in the front .

 

 

 

 

Udaipur Palace – Part 3

A mesmerising walk through the Udaipur palace.

The intricate work of artisans was very much in display at the palace.

Huge collection of  artefacts ,  glass , mirror and marble work on ceiling and floor and walls are really amazing. There is more to see than describe.

Here’s yet another set of my collection of pictures from the great edifice.

Also find of stunning captures of the town from the palace balconies.

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Udaipur Palace Part 2

The city palace , a Wonderland.

This is part 2 of the Udaipur palace.Read Part 1 here

The palace has huge rooms converted into galleries depicting the life history of Mewar kings. Paintings depicting the life of Rana Pratap the valiant ruler; and his horse Chetak who painted the history of Mewar in golden letters are  certainly awe inspiring.  The  articles and artefacts used by the royal clan are also on display and that reflects the customs, culture and values they nurtured ages  ago.

The flooring of the palace and walls are made of rich designs in marble . The wide windows adorned with colurful stained glass  makes the palace an ethereal beauty. The tall ceilings and well arched  windows  makes the interiors brighter with natural light and at the same time gives a panoramic view of the surroundings.

Exquisite craftsmanship is seen in every inch of the palace be it on wood, metal or on marble and a building as old as 500 years old stands tall as if touching the skyline on the banks of lake Pichola . It is real feast to the eyes.

There’s lot to see, lot to feel happy about.

More to follow.

Enjoy the pictures.

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City Palace,Udaipur part 1

Udaipur is a beautiful city and  capital of Mewar . The city was built over a period of 400 years, its mansions, forts , Palaces remain a great tourist attraction even today. The princely state is so attractive with its beautiful gardens, lakes and Forts and palaces. To make this as a well planned aesthetically attractive city the work was started by Maharana Udai Singh in 1553  . It is no wonder that this is one among the  great tourist attraction in Rajasthan.

I am taking you all on a tour of City palace in Udaipur. A marvel in marble,this is also an architectural wonder. A tour of this palace will take about a whole day. This has become a great museum which reflects the life style of Mewar kings, the customs,culture , the style of work etc.

Please go through the pictures to enjoy the Palace . It would be injustice on my part just make a small post on this great edifice. Hence I am palnning a series of posts and would bring what I could capture through my lens.

See you all soon!!

 

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25 feet idol of Lord Shiva

This imposing  picture of Lord Shiva captured at Nageshwara temple Darukavanam, Dwarka, Gujarat.

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Random Shot

Gemstones, shells, pearls beads for sale @ Dwarka beach. Price was very reasonable.

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Ship of the Desert

Some pictures captured when I visited Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

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Rajasthan Bangles

These pictures of bangles I captured at Mount Abu. The happy shopkeeper allowed me to take a few snaps 🙂

 

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Sun Set , Dwarka, India

Sun set , various faces captured from Dwarka.

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