The featured Image and the picture below are the first glimpses of the Hemis Monastery ( building in yellow) which is discretely located and practically invisible till you are literally at it’s doorstep.
This picture was taken from the main courtyard of the Monastery where the Winter Hemis Festival is held annually in February.
It is only now I realize the colour yellow is from the silken banners.
Beautifully integrated into the landscape, the construction can be a lesson for modern architects.
The Hemis Monstery is located at a Height of 13000 feet and does leave you gasping for breath in awe.
Mountains of Food resembling the Himalayan Hills in the background were lined up before His Holiness during the Winter Festival at Rancho School,Shrey, Ladakh. ( do read the previous blogs titled EMPTINESS,SEA OF MAROON and THREE IDIOTS)
Banner reads”Live To Rejoice”
The Food was Blessed by the Spiritual Leader His Holiness and then distributed amongst the Devotees at the End of Each Day.
Many Monks were seated on the Dias and chanted from Buddhist scriptures. Mountains of Biscuits and Food are Piled Up High in front of them.
Graceful Dance performed before His Holiness, the Spiritual Leader of the Hemis Monastery, seated on a High Pedestal.
The entire festivities are part of the Birthday Celebrations of His Holiness.
The attire and form of Worship are Unique to the region and has probably mutated over centuries to adapt to the way of Life in Ladakh.
The Frozen Ice on the Bucket Chairs outside the CHARMING LEH AIRPORT ( please do check a previous blog thus titled for continuity) were a clear Sign of the sub zero temperatures in Leh, Ladakh during the Winters.
Barren Hills and Poplar Trees overlook a Ladhaki Home adorned with fluttering Buddhist Prayer Flags.
The Rays of the Sun at an high altitude are Welcoming and Intense as they keep you warm and comfortable.
Thick layers of Grass are stacked on rooftops so that the Homes remain warm once the Sun Sets and temperatures dip to minus twenty or thirty degrees centigrade during the winters in Ladakh.
The Cows in the region are small and of have a dense fur to keep them warm. The Magpie glistens in the Sun and finds food amongst Heaps of Snow.
Picture was taken outside the entrance to our Hotel Mahey Retreat in Leh, Ladakh, Jammu& Kashmir, India.
Mud Packed stone walls are a great ecological alternative to Cement and Bricks.
A Quiet peaceful alley lined with Snow is the Hallmark of Leh during the Winters.
Remain aboard as I keep unraveling the telltale Signs captured by the camera at the Charming Leh Airport.
Treat yourselves to this secretive getaway NAZAR BAGH near Jaipur.
A view of Nature FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.
The write up will be updated in a while. All Good things take time, so hold your breath as I will unveil this treasure in the midst of Rajasthan, India.
Nazarbagh is located in the pristine rural countryside of Rajasthan about 5.5 kms off the Jaipur-Ajmer Highway at Jaisinghpura.
It is strongly recommended to walk the the last mile if you wish to be soaked in the Enchanting countryside that encompasses this discretely located Palace.
The picture below reveals the unique lansdscape of the region with interesting Shrubs and biodiversity unique to the arid lands of Rajasthan.
Luxurious and plush Nazarbagh is unveiled through Trees and the bounty of Nature that surround this Palace.
A lovely Lily ( commonly and incorrectly refered to as Lotus) Pond surrounded by Flower beds ( do see the blog titled ICE DAISY athttp://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com) and Trees far in the Horizon soothe your eyes.
A view through graceful arches at the Porch
For me Nature leaves signs to show if an area ,home or Palace is conducive to human well being.
If Birds , bees and butterflies inhabit a region it indicates that all is in harmony with Nature. Nazarbagh gets a big approval as it is located in the lap of Nature.
See the picture below which reveals a Bird’s Nest seen from the amazing marbled Verandahs of the Palace.
A Birds Nest
The lovely Rooftops with the typical signature Chatris ( literal translation is an Umbrella) reveal two contrasting countrysides.
As you shift your Glance you will be fascinated by an arid and parched land along with an ancient River Bed which would have been the Original Landscape prior to the Introduction of Water through modern Irrigation methods.
The Flora and Fauna in both both the Green and Brown Lands would be interesting to compare and detail.
I did hear the tell tale bird calls of the Partridges ( English), Teetar ( Hindi) or Grey francolins( Scientific Name) at Nazarbagh.
As we descend from the Rooftops adorned by Chattris and walk around the Sprawling Green Periphery of the Palace am spellbound by the Avenue of Neem ( Scientific Name Azadirachta Indica) trees.
Neem is an endemic tree native to India which works as a natural Bio filter of Air as well besides having numerous Germicide properties.
Nazarbagh Palace was a wonderful date with Nature , away from the crowds that thronged the Jaipur Literature Festival at Jaipur.