I went to Rajasthan recently-Jodhpur and Jaisalmer to be precise. Got a good, week-long break after my exams. I was thinking about a post for some time now and I realized that I haven’t ever posted photos before, I mean photos that I have clicked myself. And what better photos to post than the ones I took in Rajasthan?
Plus, even if I may say so myself, they have turned out pretty well. I am not really a photographer but it is something I enjoy doing. So that’s what I am doing today, posting some of the photos I clicked. I’ll try and describe some of the pictures too.
The Mandor Garden is, actually, a garden. But the unique thing about it is that it has many small and big temples spread over its entire area. The temples are beautiful, with intricate carvings. The above picture shows a cluster of temples, but in reality they are at some distance from each other.
The picture on the left is of the Jodhpur Fort or the Meharangarh Fort as it is called. It is, I think, some 500 years old and was the old residence of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. It is a structure made of red stones, which are common in Jodhpur. It, too, had beautiful carvings. Almost every architectural site in Rajasthan as these elaborate carvings. it must have taken years to finish each structure!
The picture on the right is again from the Mandor Garden. I loved the way the sky looks in this picture.
The above picture has been taken from the Meharangarh Fort. It is the old city of Jodhpur. Entry to the city was through the fort itself, a path on the left curved down to the city while a path on the right climbed upwards to the interiors of the fort. Our guide informed us that before independence when the Maharaja was still ruling in the city, only the Brahmins or priests were allowed to have blue paint for their houses. This is made it easier for the Maharaja to recognize them. Now many people have blue houses, plus the colour absorbs heat which is why it is so popular.
The photo on the left, below, is the Umaid Bhavan Palace, which is the current residence of the royal family of Jodhpur. The part that you see in the photo is actually a museum. There is also a hotel in the same premises and the royal family lives in another part of the palace which is, of course, closed to visitors. Right opposite the palace there is a display of all the cars of the royal family. Now I don’t know too much about cars but the ones displayed are, I think, what one would call antiques. They are in perfect running condition and are used, both, by the royal family and the guests at the hotel.
The photo on the right, below, is Jaswan Thada. It is, essentially, the cremation ground of the royal family. There are smaller tomb-like structures around this central marble temple.
These two pictures are of the Damoiselle Cranes. These have been taken in Khichan. The birds are known to fly to Khichan for the winter and can be found here, generally, from October to March. There were so many of them, but unfortunately I couldn’t take any good pictures while they were in flight.
The Jaisalmer Fort has long, winding alleys. There are shops selling a lot of things, scarves, kurtas, sarees, jewellery, turbans and puppets (like in the pictures below). People still live in the fort and so it is very crowded. There is constant traffic of bikes and scooters in the small lanes along with groups of tourists standing at regular intervals furiously clicking pictures. But the fort itself is, of course, quite majestic and has beautiful carvings.
The picture above is of one of the Havelis (or houses) from the Paton ki Havelis. There are five such havelis connected together. This one, the one we visited, has four storeys. On entering the haveli we find ourselves in a square courtyard, surrounded on all sides by rooms. Since no one actually lives there now, there were quite a few bats sleeping peacefully on the ceilings and in the staircases. The haveli also has some really steep stairs for going to the terrace and it made me wonder how people must have gone up and down those stairs countless number of times in a day.
The pictures below are from the desert, as you can obviously see. We too a camel ride in the desert, it was so much fun! It is especially fun when the camel sits or stands up. The entire time that you are on the camel, you are swaying, trying to take care of your belongings. But it is a lot of fun, nonetheless. The picture on the right is of the sunset. It looked brilliant. The sky was of so many different colours and the sand dunes spread out as far as the eye could see provided an amazing picture. I have always liked sunrises and sunsets because of the colour of the sky and because those are the only times you can actually look at the sun and marvel at it.
The three photos above have been taken at the Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer. I woke up at 5:30 in the morning so I could go and click pictures of the sunrise! It was well worth it though. The lake has many similar structures lining its banks. They are made of a yellowish stone and looked almost golden in the morning light. To be honest, and at the expense of sounding too proud, I loved these photos.
The trip was very enjoyable, the weather was really pleasant and all in all I had a lot of fun. Made a few friends too!
Until the next post….