I have long given up trying to click pictures from a moving bus. I mean I do click a few when I see beautiful landscape but without much hope. Most of them get blurred. My road trip from Poipet-Siem Reap was an exception. Poipet is on the Thailand-Cambodia border and popular for road crossing. The sky was full of white fluffy clouds, and with the rolling paddy fields it was a magical combination. It kept me glued to my window seat!
Scenery from the Poipet-Siem Reap Road
I liked the landscape so much that I tried to click pictures in earnest. There are only three good ones to show for all my effort. But I am happy that I gave it a try! I was also very sleepy from constant late nights which was all my fault, I had to update my blog, Facebook and Twitter every day, that meant late nights. A moving vehicle’s rhythm is so soothing to already sleepy eyes but I managed to stay awake all through the trip and glued to the window. It was that beautiful!
Paddy Fields, Poipet Siem Reap Road, Cambodia
There were so many spots when I want the bus to stop so that I could take a proper picture. But with a bus full of bloggers, if they really allowed us to do that we would reach Siem Reap two days later!
The Scenic Drive, Poipet-Siem Reap, Cambodia
The entire drive was a feast to the eyes! I can only imagine what it would be like to see the fields at sunrise/sunset. I hope I will these fields again, maybe on a trip with my family and soon. The Poipet Siem Reap journey otherwise is of roughly three hours.
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I visited Jaisalmer recently on invitation from Suryagarh. We went on a temple trail which included the lesser known temples of the region like Navdungar temple. But it also included the royal cenotaphs at Barabagh Jaisalmer. The ride to the cenotaphs was smooth. The skies were moody on the day for sure.
The Royal Cenotaphs, Barabagh, Jaisalmer
The Bada Bagh or Bara Bagh (meaning big garden) is where the cenotaphs for the royal family of Rajasthan are located. It was constructed by the King Jai Singh in the 16th centuary. A cenotaph was constructed when a king died. A cenotaph means a memorial to someone who is buried somewhere else.
On this trip, Karan the GM of Suryagarh told us at arrival, “please feel free to throw away the itinerary.” It really surprised me,as no one says it on a FAM trip but we literally took his advice to heart. So we were liberally running late and if we wanted to head towards Dessert National Park, it meant spending very little time here. I actually spent 10 minutes at the Barabagh and it does not do any justice to the place. I ran to the top of the place to get a better view and click some pictures. I sincerely wish I had more time to spend here.
Bada Bagh, Jaiaslmer, Rajasthan
The cenotaphs are ’empty tombs’ and the earliest known memorial here is for the King Jai Singh. In those 10 minutes I only saw a signboard that carried the name of the place and some do’s and don’ts. But chances are I might have missed a more detailed signboard explaining what the place was all about.
But then given that this is India there might be no more information at about the place. It was not too crowded when I was there. And I promise you will see more pictures from Bada Bagh when I write about the temple trail.
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When someone says Rajasthan what is the image that comes to your mind? When I traveled to Jaipur for the first time in 1990 (where did the time go?) what I saw was not what I expected from the desert. Jaipur had trees and the ‘real’ desert was nowhere in sight. Similarly this time when Suryagarh invited me to visit them for ‘monsoon magic’ I was wondering if there would be any rains in the desert! I was seriously wondering what would be the monsoon like in Jaisalmer? And if you are wondering too let me show it to you in a few pictures.
Musicians at Suryagarh, Rajasthan
We got the rains within a few hours after our arrival. They said that the operations manager, Nakul, was good at singing Megh Mallhar. Before we arrived he went to the terrace and sang to his heart’s content and that brought the rains. The weather turned quite pleasant after the shower and it also gave me the pleasure of capturing reflections. The musicians at Suryagarh are good. I am not so much into music but the musically inclined blogger Sudha G. had a really good time listening to them.
Monsoon Magic, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
On the second day we were on a temple trail (a separate post for that). Afterwards the plan was to visit the Jaisalmer Fort. Shivya, Neelima and Supriya along with me bullied the owner Manvendra Singh Shekhawat ( a former model at that too) into driving us around the Desert National Park. The vistas were dramatic to say the least. Vast open spaces with monsoon clouds truly provided magic to be captured by my camera.
Back at Suryagarh I went to walk around the premises in the pleasant weather. It is anyway very difficult to keep me indoors. I have visited Suryagarh in January 2012. But this walk was to that side of the hotel where marriage ceremonies are held. In January 2012 Manvendra said there there were plans to construct a rain water harvesting system and it was in place now.
Beautiful Skies at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Suryagarh specializes in taking its guests out in the wilderness and hosting high tea, drinks, dinner and what not in middle of nowhere. I associate Jaisalmer with blue skies but this time there was so much drama in the sky. And I loved capturing it. I don’t know how you view your photography. But I really do not like the pictures I click initially as the actual scene is fresh in my eye. It is only when the memories fade that I start liking what I clicked. However, I think the above picture is an exception. I like it already!
Fellow Blogger Shiva Nath Enjoying the Scenary
Our last stop on the drive was this fresh water pond. Now did you associate so much water with Rajasthan? At least I did not and was really happy to see such ponds along the way. This is Manvendra’s secret. He says people at the hotel do not know this place! Beautiful it was!