PINK AND WHITE ON WAY TO HEAVEN

Am taking you to Heaven. Travel with me, hop on.

All in white? Door is Blue
                        All in white? Door is Blue

Watch out for series of blogs this weekend. It is 9 steps to … what to say…but HEAVEN.

First and foremost are these wonderfully coloured Modes of Transport.

PINK SCOOTER
                     PINK SCOOTER

Keep a watch for the rest in the series.Remain ON BOARD

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TAKE OFF ON A HIGH : DOPE FOR FREE

The High Road

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VISITOR FROM KABUL AND THE POETRY OF WONDER

VISITOR FROM KABUL AND THE POETRY OF WONDER.

wonder in marble

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VISITOR FROM KABUL AND THE POETRY OF WONDER

Its has been a month since I started writing these posts . Am close to posting  half a century  of blogs and loving every minute of it as I rediscover all the destinations.

The posts are on travels within India and somehow the Taj Mahal  was still missing in my Library of Posts. I had promised to take you on a discovery of India through the lens of nature.I attempt to do so with The Taj Mahal as  well.

My dear friend Kushwant ( on the right)  and the Visitor from Kabul  ( on the left) help in making amends and plugging this vast hole.

the visitor from kabul
The visitor from kabul

People of the world I give you  the Poetry in Marble: THE WONDER OF THE WORLD  THE TAJ MAHAL.

As the Emperor saw it from Agra Fort
As the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan  saw it from Agra Fort

The Taj Mahal is located in city of Agra on the banks of the river Yamuna , about 180 kms from New Delhi. If you leave early morning you can be back in Delhi the same evening.

The ageing Emperor was imprisoned by his youngest  son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort. I imagine his view was just as foggy  on a cold winter morning 500 years ago.

parakeet and the gateway
Parakeet and the gateway

Nature casts its spell in synchronization with the Beauty in marble.Notice the Kite?

the entry
the entry

It is interesting to observe the  harmony of symmetry.spot the birds?

do notice the birds at the tip of minarets
do notice the birds at the tip of minarets

The top of the dome of the Taj peeps over the walls.

we can glimpse the main dome
we can glimpse the main dome

Hold your breath as you get the first glimpse of this Wonder of the World.

through the gateway and lo and behold
through the gateway and lo and behold

The Taj Mahal is the perfect poem in marble by an Emperor who mourns the loss of his beloved Queen.

poetry
What a wonder 

Is it a pigeon undertaking an aerial survey?

the pigeon and the taj
the pigeon and the Taj Mahal

Which each photograph that follows, we draw closer to this Marvelous monument of Love.

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a glimpse through the branches

The detailing  is achieved by a complex inlay of precious stones .

detailed inlay work and poems in arabic
detailed inlay work and poems in arabic script

A garden of precious stones is unvieled.

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inlay work

Each panel of flowers is unique and finds no replica in the Taj. I find it interesting to correlate each flower to one in the sprawling gardens of the Taj Mahal.

flowers in marble
flowers in marble
flowers in the sprawling gardens
flowers in the sprawling gardens

ROOTS TO TABLE: FOOD & WINE

Monsoons are a wonderful time to visit the region around Nashik, home to  majority of  the Wine makers of India. The lush green scenic valleys, mountains  and countryside are a sight to behold.

We are at the top of the mountain which is home to  the Pause Vineyards.

Vineyards in India

Vineyards of Pause Wines

vineyards drape the mountains

Vineyards drape the mountains

A gentle cool breeze , natural beauty and a glass of the finest Wine from Pause Wines: what more can you ask for? Hema this is the land for you.

The picture that follows was specially  taken with you in mind.This is the Pause Vineyard , 25 kms from Dindori.

Sauvigan Blanc, my friends favourite

Sauvignon Blanc, my friend Hema’s  favourite

The grapes for wine are relatively smaller than the grapes cultivated for consumption as fruits. They are marked and segregated based on the type of wine they would be used to make.

close look

close look

small grapes for wine making

small grapes for wine making

While the reason for the trip was to visit the vineyards what amazed me was to see how our vegetables were grown. I share this joy with you. The winery of Pause Wines is home to these vegetable farms as well.

A large number of the vegetables are grown in enormous green houses which are irrigated by  modern drip irrigation systems.You can see one such green house in  the picture on the right .  A  brinjal farm can be seen in the  foreground .

brinjal

brinjal

the flower of brinjal or aubergine

the flower of brinjal or aubergine

brinjal farm

brinjal farm

It was educative to see  Capsicum/Bell Peppers grow on creepers growing up to 21 feet.( 7 m) . Do observe the beautiful flowers. In Hindi we call them Shimla Mirch.  The weather is as in Shimla; comfortable  24 C.

capsicums/ bell peppers

capsicums/ bell peppers

capsicum or bell pepper flower

capsicum or bell pepper flower

We have often seen vegetables sold in markets, but seeing them being cultivated on this  scale  was a first for me .  Now seeing the brinjals and capsicums  being sold by these charming vegetable vendors  on the way back had donned a  new meaning.

these vegetables are then sold by these pretty vegetable vendors

these vegetables are then sold by these pretty vegetable vendors

Shimla Mirch or Capsicums

Shimla Mirch or Capsicums

Could we leave without tasting the wine which was paired with the local cuisine using these Farm fresh vegetables.

poster outside the cafe inspired the title of this article

poster outside the cafe inspired the title of this article

The chef from Pause Wines  insisted on pairing the wine  with the local Maharashtrian food.It not only looks great , it was the best meal of the trip. The Brinjal was the best I have ever had .It is the second dish from the left in the picture below.

An award winning wine with super food

An award-winning wine with super food

The Local bread is called Bhakri, which  is hand rolled and then cooked over a wood fire. It is made from Indian millets called Jowar or Bajra. We were fortunate to see them grow as well. They are rich in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.

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Bhakri

Bajra or Pennisetum glaucum

Bajra farm

It is very rare to be able to experience  food and wine  from Roots to Table, the wine tasting festival had enabled precisely that.

Exit from highway to the Winery

Exit from highway to the Winery

These lovely  cows  in rust accompany us  on our way back to Nashik.

back home

back home

The natural beauty will leave you spellbound. Hundreds of waterfalls and rivers gurgling will keep you mesmerized on the drive back. Take a break and visit the vineyards NOW .

waterfalls

waterfalls

monsoon rivers

monsoon rivers