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This time taking you to yet another beautiful place Sahelion Ki Bari in Udaipur ( Garden  of the maidens) This is very near to Fateh Sagar lake built by Maharana  Sangram Singh for his queen and her maid assistants who accompanied her as part of dowry.

The queen and her friends used to spend their time here.The garden is a major tourist attraction with a lotus pool and marble fountains and brightly coloured flowering plants.The lush green lawns are well maintained and the water in the fountain gushes from the nearby Fateh Sagar Lake.

Enjoy the pictures.

 

Udaipur, Fateh Sagar lake

Udaipur in Rajsthan is a very popular tourist destination. The city was founded by Raja Udai singh.

The city is beautiful, clean and has  well maintained edifices, and is surrounded by lakes and gardens.

The scenic beauty is something to be seen and felt. I have some captures which I will share here.

This is Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur.

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My Vaction

I am just back from a great vacation and it was a great tour ; time well spent exploring  new places, enjoying the local delicacies , meeting new people, and enjoying the shopping. Loved visiting ancient temples and historic places.  This time we chose Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Delhi.Will be sharing pictures here so that you too can enjoy and travel through my post to various destinations.

The climate was conducive for travelling. We made the best of it. We visited, Ahmedabad , Somnath and Dwarka, Mount Abu, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Haridwar, Rihsikesh and New Delhi.

Here is a collage – all in a nut shell , nay all in a frame.

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Mysore Palace, Karnataka

On 26th January, Republic Day, I was fortunate enough to see the fully illuminated  Mysore Palace. About 1,00,000 lamps are used for illuminating this grand palace.

The lights came up exactly at 7 Pm and the it was amazing to watch the fully lit beauty against the dark background. The palace shines like a jewel with all the lights on for about 1/2 an hour on Sundays and on National holidays. We just reached there just before the illumination and it was a great experience when suddenly the large edifice was lit at one go. The onlookers squealed with delight.The entry is free for all at  the palace ground during this period.

Only during Dasara ( State festival) it remains illuminated on all days of the festival.

Will post more about the Mysore Palace later.

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur is the Capital and largest city of Rajasthan.

It draws lot of tourists from all over the world. Hawa Mahal or ”Palace of Breeze” in the center of the city is a great attraction. This imposing structure was built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1788.

The women of the royal family never appeared in public and this  palace structure was constructed to give them an opportunity to enjoy and view the day to day life/scenes through the windows . The Hawa Mahal has 5 floors 953 windows known as Jharokhas .

An amazing structure..do not miss if you ever wish to visit Jaipur. This is the face of Jaipur I would say.

Wish to know more . Do follow the link here

Here’s a leisurely walk through the Hawa mahal of Jaipur, Pink City Rajasthan.

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Theme restaurants are in vogue now and I was quite impressed by my recent visit to a restaurant in Chennai , Kaidi kitchen ( Convicts kitchen )  This restaurant  is modelled like a prison . The restaurants is well lit . One can see kaidis and police moving freely inside.

A lobby of restaurant leads to a big hall. which has  cells with dining arrangements . The walls are adorned with pistols and we see the gun toting policemen in full uniform taking orders and the kaidis serving food in kaidis dress. They offer a wide variety of menu from many parts of the world. This is a pure vegetarian restaurant. The food is quite good and is served with a smile. Here, they say, one becomes a kaidi of their food . The queuing of people in the lobby is an indicator how popular the restaurant is among the locals. Good ambiance and good food. Do visit if you are in Chennai.
See you soon.

 

Jalebi

Jalebi is a simple , popular  sweetmeat. This is made with refined wheat flour( Maida), butter milk/lime juice, ghee (to fry ) and hot sugar syrup.

Jalebi is  circular in shape  and is either light yellow or Amber. It is fried in hot ghee  then quickly dipped and soaked for a while in hot sugar syrup.

Once done, this crispy sweet will make one drool. They are so light it is difficult to stop with just one.

The amber tubes of the jalebi shines with hot sugar syrup inside and one can just suck out the sugar syrup from the snack. Take time to draw the sugary syrup slowly and it is heavenly once you get the sugary-sour taste in the mouth. Do not forget to taste this simple looking snack if you come across or just ask for it if you happen to visit any North Indian sweet shops.The same snack still tastes well even if it becomes a little soft and soggy and dull in appearance once it loses its crispiness.

I have also heard that  this snack is a popular breakfast item along with a glass of milk in some parts of North India.

Check out my pictures . It just vouches what I mentioned above.

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A walk through Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is constructed by Sawai Jai Singh , the Rajput ruler.This is very near to Sawai mansingh II City Palace.

The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking star location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declination of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes.

Really a lot to understand learn about this observatory. Of all the Jantar mantar constructed ( there are about 5) the one at jaipur is the largest and well preserved.

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Amber Fort, Jaipur Rajasthan

Jaipur city  is lined with forts and palaces and it transports one to the time of Kings and Rajput rulers.

I am taking you today to a magnificent fort which is situated about 11 Kilometers from the town of Jaipur , .

This is situated on Aravalli  hills overlooking the Maota lake.

Construction was started by Raja Mansingh but it was completed by Sawai Mansingh

This fort is a store house of fine craft work  and this red stone marble edifice would enthrall any tourist.

The separate halls which would spell bind anybody are Diwan-e-Aam,- hall of public audience, Diwan-e Khaas-hall of Private audience the Sheesh mahal where one would find exquisite mirror work on ceiling and walls and Sukh Niwas where walls are constructed in a way to keep the interiors cool.

The Rajput rulers and their families used to spend their time at these forts.

The other 2 forts situated slightly above Amer fort are Jaigarh fort and Nahargarh fort.

The Amer fort and Jaigarh  are connected by  subterranean passage . It was meant to be an escape rout for the royal family in times of war.

Enjoy a tour of Amer fort and surroundings. have tired to include as many as possible as pictures speak better than words.

Do not miss elephant and camel rides when you visit Rajasthan

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Albert Hall , Jaipur, -Museum

This is an excellent edifice which is serving as a museum . The spacious  high ceiling halls inside serve as a gallery for exhibits. I have included pictures of interior which would substitute my writing.

Its worth a visit as there are excellent craftsmanship on display.

I also wish Happy New Year to all my friends.

 

 

 

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