FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

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.

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Through the eyes of Sheep and Goats

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 at http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com and Trees far in the Horizon soothe your eyes.

view from the porch

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.

trees throught the archways

A Birds Nest

The lovely Rooftops with the typical signature  Chatris ( literal translation is an Umbrella) reveal two contrasting countrysides.

One is Green till as far as the Nazar ( eyes) goes and showcases Golden Fields ( do read the blog at http://www.enchantedforests.worpress.com) and Carpets of White Flowers ( Calendulas)

 

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Fields of Flowers and a Solitary Leafless Kejri Tree

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.

a river dried up
An ancient river bed and arid brown lands

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.

neem lined avenues
Neem Lined Avenues

Nazarbagh Palace was a wonderful date with Nature , away  from the crowds that thronged the Jaipur Literature Festival at Jaipur.

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MAGNIFICENT MANDOR

 

Nestled in the palm of Rocky mountains is a conglomerate of beautiful Memorials, forts , temples and a Museum  called Mandor.

sleepy mandor
Mandor Station today

A mere 9 kms from Jodhpur, Rajasthan  lies Magnificent Mandor.

This sleepy village-town was once the capital of the powerful Rajputana Kingdom of Marwar before it shifted to Jodhpur in the 15th century.

rocks of the past
Remnants of the Past

The majority of the fabulous buildings are located within the Mandore Gardens. The Lotus waterways dissecting the Gardens were beautiful as the flowers were blooming in various colours of white, pink and blue.

Bees can be seen seeking the sweet nectar of the flowers and waterbirds look for fish which hide under the large plate-like leaves of the lotus.

waterways of lotuses
Waterways adorned with Flowers dissect the Mandore Gardens.

The  spectacular memorials/cenotaphs or Devals ( in the local Language) are a tribute to the brave Rajput Kings who ruled over this once rich and prosperous land.

The typical sloping arches are a signature feature of Rajput architecture.

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The memorials of a glorious past

This well preserved and magnificent Cenotaph made from Red Sandstone resembles a temple and exhibits a gorgeously decorated  central spire.

towering memorials
Towering Cenotaphs

The interiors and temple like memorial follows the ancient Indian principles of “Vaastu” which keeps in mind the five elements of Nature.

The Winter Sun permeates every niche and corner of the decorated interiors eliminating the need of artificial lights.

 

inside view of the deval
Beautiful Interiors

The glorious past of the region is truly and well represented in Mandor.

The featured image is a stone  sculpture of one of the several Hindu Gods that adorn and protect the Deval of Maharaja Ajit Singh ( do see the previous blog for details)

Fortunately better sense prevailed and we did not give it a miss despite being constrained for time as we rushed to Osian and beyond.

( do read THE ENCHANTING GOATS OF OSIAN at http://www.enchantingforests.wordpress.com)

 

The Flight to Victory

Built about 1000 years ago , the QUTUB MINAR at Delhi is a UNESCO World heritage site.

You can check out on the history and other details on Wikipedia, hence will not repeat.

The pictures that follow track the FLIGHT to THE TOWER OF VICTORY.

approaching

Approaching the magnificent Minar.

If you are flying into Delhi you could be lucky to see the impressive Minar from your window.

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The Qutub Minar dwarfs the Moon and the Plane.

The tower was built to celebrate victory over the then ruler Prithviraj Chauhan.

Ruins of the monuments destroyed can still be seen in the Qutub Minar complex even today.Another blog on this aspect will follow.

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The Tallest Stone Tower of INDIA.

Delhi has seen many Maharajas, Sultans, Kings and Emperors.

The crown does not rest easy on the head.

Even the crown of the towering  Qutub Minar has  fallen and no longer adorns it’s head.

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The crown as seen today.

The original Crown in Red Stone has today been installed in the furthest corner of the gardens in Oblivion.

Crest fallen
Crest fallen

The plane pulls away from history and gets ready to land at the airport of New Delhi.

landing lights
landing lights on.

Have a marvelous time in Delhi.

AN EXPLOSION OF COLOUR

These colourful sculptures caught my eye outside  the newly launched G cafe at Crown Plaza Hotel In Gurgaon.

Made by artists from Israel, they have been selected by  charming PRAGATI.

These attractive and colourful sculptures surprised me and caught my attention  as I was about to step into  the coffee shop.

As my posts are about joyful  treasures ,I thought this fits the bill.

Do you even need to Guess
                                                         Do you even need to Guess

The charming owner of THE BRUNO  ART GALLERY at Ambawatta One quickly came up to me as I was clicking away at these very interesting sculptures.

Were the Fish in Tango listening ? Fish in Colour                                                      Fish in Colour

I found the explosion of colours bringing a smile to my face as I looked at EVE with the apple.

Was she saying Mirror , Mirror on the Wall…….

Eve?
                                                                       Eve?

Had Charlie Chaplin  already eaten?

What did he Eat?
                                What did he Eat?

I am posting this blog as I recall very  happy moments spent with Pragati.

The colours are a photographers dream and bring immense JOY with them.

I leave the aesthetics and beauty for you to comment upon.

THE WORLD UNDER THE FEET: ANY GUESSES ?

I have noticed many posts stating” World  beneath the feet”.

Thought will add to the fun and add a  query to all who read my blog:

a. Any guess on location ?

Beneath the feet ?
Beneath the feet ?

VISITOR FROM KABUL AND THE POETRY OF WONDER

VISITOR FROM KABUL AND THE POETRY OF WONDER.

wonder in marble

via VISITOR FROM KABUL AND THE POETRY OF WONDER.