Tag Archive: Rajasthan


Mandir Palace was the magnificent abode of the rulers of Jaisalmer, and history says they lived here for a couple of centuries. Presently this Palatial building  is being used as a Heritage hotel  and one can enjoy and view only the exterior of this great palace as entry is restricted. There is a tall tower attached to this palace and is known as ‘Badal Vilas‘. This happens to be the second tallest structure in city next to Jaisalmer fort

This palace is well maintained and in good shape than Patwon Ki haveli. The sprawling courtyards, ornate balconies, domes, intricate work on stones is marvellous. Stone work appears like fine lace work here; amazing indeed. Check it out yourself.

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Beauties of Jaisalmer Fort.

What attracted me most in the fort were the local women selling their wares sitting on the footpath and steps of the fort. They add lot of colour and make the surroundings lively with their presence. It is difficult to miss these lovely ladies.

Check my earlier post on Jaisalmer fort.

They deck up very well, wear vibrant colours with a vermilion in their hair parting; a symbol of married women among Hindu community, the head is also covered with bright cloth , quite matching to their whole costume.  They also wear heavy jewellery around their  neck,  head,  nose and anklets on legs.  With a bright smile they coax customers to buy from them.

 I was captivated by their charm and got permission from them to take a few pictures.

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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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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

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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Ship of the Desert

Some pictures captured when I visited Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

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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.

see you soon:)

 

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.

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