Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Exploring Farrukhnagar with my friend Kathy

sorry for the delay in posts but somehow life got in the way 

today I'll take you to Farrukhnagar which is a "village" close to Sultanpur bird sanctuary,
about 25 km from Gurgaon
me and my friend Kathy set out to explore this little village on a hot day in march 
established in 1732 and once a flourishing city due to many salt mines
today "famous" for these sights

one of the entrances to this octagonal city and the Baoli Ghaus Ali Shah, a stepwell

the "vault" leading into the baoli

unfortunately they have restored it in such a way that it looks brand new
hmmm for plaster....

up up

it's a large octagonal stone baoli, stepwell

from here we got a good view of  Sethani ki Chhatri, a memorial cenotaph, chhatri means pillar pavilion

not maintained at all means that mother nature takes over
and becomes one with the structures

kind of cool how , the forces of a growing tree !

as always it was fun to explore with Kathy
I sure miss you !

another of the old entrances to the city
now a market inside the old wall
see the big spikes on the doors ?

to keep enemies outside...even if coming on an elephant !

today a tiny temple in the middle of the spiky door

two headed ? 
hahaha sometimes pictures turn out so funny !
the white bangles on her arms shows that she's married

an old haveli from the good times....the salt times....

we climbed in ruins and garbage to see Sheesh Mahal, the Glass Palace, 
the palace of the Nawab of Farrukhnagar,
built in 1711 
must have been beautiful once way back in time
by that I mean way back
I was actually kind of worried if we where going to fall through the roof at some point when trying to get in

they told us it was being restored ??
we only saw some macaques, monkeys hanging around and they sure weren't doing any repair work that I saw

I do love all these old buildings with lots of "patina"though
I must admit that I see beauty in this

Jama Masjid...some old part with inscriptions that dates back to between 1200-1287

interesting traffic with cars, bikes, walkers, auto rickshaws, camel, tractor and a mule ! 

that's India I tell you

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Umaid Bhawan palace and Jaswant Thada in Jodphur

I realised that I still had some pictures from our trip to Jodphur to show you
guess I'll do that today, by showing you pictures of two landmarks in Jodphur;
the home of the Maharaja - Umaid Bhawan palace
and Jaswant Thada - the white marble memorial

impressive even from far away....almost like an illusion...

Umaid Bhawan is one of the worlds largest private residences...it has 347 rooms !
one part is today a hotel run by Taj , another part is the residence and the third is a museum
it was built between 1929 and 1943 

view from the memorial

Mehrangarh fort seen from Jaswant Thada

old places and new technology collide

the memorial was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father Jaswant Singh II

it's entirely built out of carved sheets of white marble
extremely thin stones that allows the sun's rays to shine through...

Jodhpur sure is a place to visit if ever in Rajasthan

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Marigolds makes me warm inside

 since the weathers has been so ....not good !
pouring rain and freezing cold winds,
I thought we all could use some colour and warmth

marigold fields in bloom

they are used to make all the millions of malla's, flower garlands for the puja - prayer ceremony, every day around India

the garlands are handmade of course

amazing India

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Life around the busy Sardar market, Jodphur

a walk around the busy market is a must of you are visiting
lots of winding alleys and narrow lanes with lots of people
Jodphur is a pretty small city though....only about a million people

         Gantha Ghar...the clocktower from where the market stretches in all directions

in the narrow lanes you can find everything : vegetables, spices, sweets, fabrics, jewellery etc...

in the midst a thirsty cow who got freshly pumped water served 

glass bangles...

the important water jars for sale

snacks...chips, seeds and beans

dried fruits...

this boy sold flutes !

( I really like this picture ! )

the impressive Mehrangarh Fort overlooking the city

vegetables and fruits always look fantastic

dressed for a ceremony

I did find some treasures...as always...my problem is what not to shop !