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Jaisalmer is known as Golden city because of the yellowish sandstone available here and the whole town wears a golden yellowish tinge. The houses, temples, walls, forts,  pathways or name any construction, it  is built of yellow sandstone. The town lies in the middle  of Thar desert and  faces extreme temperature variations.

The town has beautiful forts and Jain temples which throws light into the life of the people here. Will take you to more places through my posts.

Enjoy a few pictures, and check for yourself why it is called a golden city.

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Tanjore dolls known in Tamil as Talayatti Bommai are traditional toys made with terracotta , finished in detail and painted in bright colors . These dolls are made of 4 parts, head, chest, the costume and legs. the weight of the whole doll is borne by the legs . the body is balanced on the legs  on a hook   so are  other parts one on top of other. This enables them to move slowly in rhythmic dance.

A wonderful toy to be owned . This also has received GI tag.

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My Tanjore Doll

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Rajasthan has a variety of mouth watering savoury and sweet dishes to offer and one can find them in small eateries on the road side.

These are prepared fresh just before eating and they are really spicy , hot and filling .

Here are my random shots of a few I shot when I was in Rajasthan.

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Papdi Gatiya

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Kachori with savoury filling goes well with green marinated chillies

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Poha ,flattened rice, anytime snack

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Shankarpali,a sweet salty taste, fried item

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Green Chillies with spicy paste as filler

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Fried Chillies in gram paste known as Bajjiyas

A Coracle Ride

Have you traveled in Coracles?

Here are few from my coracle ride , when I visited T. Narsingpur near Mysore, in Karnataka.

Coracle appears like a huge, wide shallow pan made of iron sheet and it functions like a boat. About 10-12 people can comfortably travel in this. One has to sit on the sloping frame of the coracle, we too sat down comfortably  on the cool metal sheet of the coracle and had a pleasant gliding experience .The trip was up to the confluence of 3 rivers Kaveri, Kabini and Spatika.

Confluence of these holy rivers is considered to be very sacred and many pilgrims converge here once in 3 years for  a holy dip.

have a look at my pictures.

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confluence of 3 rivers

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Do you know Danish people visited India for trade?

They were also allowed to build a fort to  take care of themselves by the the king of Tanjore.

Taragambadi , earlier known as Tranquebar is a heritage town in Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu.

Taragambadi means a place of singing waves, right in every sense as this is a coastal town.

This fort and the town they  occupied   is   steeped in history .This town  has ancient churches, Danish fort known as Dansborg which they built right on the beach; now converted to a museum,a few monuments and beautiful age old buildings which transports us to a different era.

This is also known as India’s only Ozone rich beach.

This lies 13 kms North of Karaikal and about 5 -5 1/2 hours drive from Chennai.

Here are a few pictures I captured which I visited recently.

 

 

 

Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

230 Kilometers from Chennai is Pichavaram Mangrove forest where one can enjoy rides while moving through the mangroves.

It takes about 5 – 5  1/2 hours by east coast road to reach this place.

The vast area spreads around 35000 Kms. and one can take walk in some  areas of mangroves.

Motor boats as well as row boats are here .

the fee for ride depends on the time one wants to spend here on the boat ride.

Enjoy a few pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gujarathi delicacies in Ahmedabad.

Every region in India has its own special food; the method of preparation, cooking, ingredients used and the spices make a difference in bringing out mouth watering delicacies.

Swati restaurant in Ahmedabad is very popular to try Gujarathi delicacies.

Food here is fresh ,served hot and aroma emanating is really tempting.

If you are not familiar with what to order, the staff there suggest their specialties.

We tried dhokla, Handvo,Panki and some chaat too.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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