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Rajasthan Art and Crafts

Rajasthan is very famous for its handmade  items .  Artisans here , have a flair to mix colours and textures and the end results are  amazing . They use locally available materials and create fantastic show pieces be it a stone or a piece of wood or a cloth.The magical fingers of artisans turn them into colourful vibrant curios.

Marble work , enamel work known as Minakari work is very famous in Rajasthan. Carry a few as souvenir on your visit to the State.

A few of the craft work of Rajasthan. Enjoy my captures. I am glad I could share these with you all.

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Hall of Heroes- Udaipur Museum

If anyone is interested in seeing history of Mewar please move slowly through the beautiful gallery which is very close to the Rana Pratap Memorial .  Life size paintings of great heroes adorn the walls . It gives an insight into the life of these great heroes which will make the  hearts  swell with pride.

The gallery was  quiet as there was no crowd which helped me to click a few pictures of the  brave hearts  and courageous heroes.

Maha Rana Pratap and Chetak have created history and their names are well etched in the history of Mewar.  Chetak, was the amazing valorous horse who helped Maharana Pratap from the  battle of Haldighati, The horse ran for about 2 -3 miles carrying his wounded master and jumped a 21 feet wide river with its wounded legs and saw that its master was safe before dropping dead.  It is not surprising to see a memorial built to this great horse.

Till date, people of Mewar take pride of Chetak’s marvellous escape from battle grounds and they get really get excited while narrating stories about this great horse.

I have made an attempt to bring Chetak’s memorial and Rana Pratap’s memorial in the same post as it would be easy to keep track of these two while visiting the city.

The Chetak memorial is situated a few Kms from Haldighati,( nearly 40Kms from city of Udaipur) is a mountain pass in the Aravalli range of Rajasthan where battle  was fought between Maharana Pratap and Mughal emperor Akbar’s forces.

Rana Pratap memorial is situated on a small hillock in the city of Udaipur overlooking the Fateh sagar Lake .This has a beautiful garden fully surrounded with sandalwood trees . There is a museum also which depicts the history of Mewar ( will post pictures in my next post.

There is a  life size bronze statue of Maharana Pratap riding his dear Chetak.

The Panoramic view of Udaipur is breath taking.

I have included a few pictures captured during my tour.

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.





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.


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.



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 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.
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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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