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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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