I find Jaipur delightful. It is firmly established on the tourism map and yet it remains as charming as ever. I have never been a fan of major tourist places but Jaipur by far is an exception. I like the colors, the food, the monuments and the shopping! So, here are some pictures from a recent trip to Jaipur.
Satkar Dhaba on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway
Our first stop on this road trip was Satkar Dhaba for breakfast on the Delhi Jaipur Highway. He made some real good parathas and chai. It was a good start to the trip.
The City Palace, Jaipur
By now I have visited Jaipur many times. I have been to the City Palace before. I had the notion that I have developed a little bit as a photographer over the years. And yet all my pictures of the city palace from all the trips look exactly the same. I tried very hard to spot some improvement but failed to see any most of the time, the picture above is the only exception! So much so for becoming a better photographer!
The bangles were being sold from a road side stall near City Palace. I had two excellent girls with me who could bargain well and all three of us bought the same design! My original title for this picture was ‘Bangles for Sale’ and then I told myself firmly to stop using my Management/Economics training on my travel blog. There is a place and time for everything and this is not the time or place for it.
I was thinking a thousand thoughts looking at this picture, but then this also settles it, I am taking Chhavi to Jaipur, and sooner rather than later. She is going to love this.
The Amber Fort
I am sure many of us have an iconic image of Jaipur in their mind. For me it is the Amber Fort. I have visited it so many times and yet every time I go, I admire it again! This trip was no different. I wonder when will I get bored with it?
A Narrow Lane
While getting out of the Amber Fort we had to take a detour through the narrow lanes of the city. It was chaotic as usual. And yet there was this solitary rickshaw parked which I saw from my moving car! The serenity you see is a perfect illusion as there were 15 cars in the lane on the other side, merrily honking at each-other.
He was selling tea at the gate of the Amber Fort. I am a big fan of tea. I took a cup while going in and I took another when coming out. My guide remarked, “he is a good friend, why did you pay him?” Now why would I not pay him I asked him back, to which we all laughed.
The Puppet Show
Whenever I have visited the City Palace I have seen a puppet show in its courtyards. This time was the same. I wonder how do they allocate the space to the artists? The courtyard of the City Palace is a prime location, and I am sure not just anyone can walk in and start performing. Next time, I am going to ask this to my guide.
The Young Musician
The instrument he is playing is called Ravanhattha. As the name suggests the myth is linked to Ravana from the Ramayan. Dig it up if you have not heard it till now!
The Snake Charmers
The last picture I post is once again from Amber Fort. I have a picture where I am sitting with the men but away from the snake. A young lady from our group actually went ahead and touched the snake!
I was looking at the post and I was wondering why do I wrote in such a fragmented manner! But then I experience a lot of my travels in a fragmented, hurried way! There are no neat beginnings, hardly any time for soul searching and I almost collapse with fatigue by the time I reach home. To save leaves, I go back to work the next day as well.
I have been to Dilli Haat many times. It is a favorite place of mine to visit with my sister. I have taken guests there too and everyone has come back impressed. For me the attraction is obvious. It is a very colorful place and in good weather it means tons of opportunities to take pictures!
Decorations for your Walls
Others have commented on the open air atmosphere and everyone liked the colors. For my sister and I food is the added attraction as well.
Puris on Display at Punjab Food Counter
Not that we are fond of deep fried stuff but they make for good pictures. We do go food hopping with drinking tea at Assam Stall with Sabudana Vada from Maharashtra Stall. Then it is more substantial food from somewhere else and kulfi from the Rajasthan Stall.
This time my daughter was buying bangles for her and her friend (it was her friend’s birthday) when I noticed these colorful necklaces. For each trip I usually have a favorite picture and this one is it for yesterday’s trip to Dilli Haat. This picture is now the cover photo for my Facebook Travel Page.
Coming back to food my daughter surprised me this time by saying she wanted to eat Momos. I had no clue since when she started liking them! When the Momos arrived from the Assam Stall the offering was so huge that in the end we had to pack it and take it home!
Dilli Haat is probably my most visited place within NCR. And why not, there is so much to click, good affordable food and changing stalls. This time I also gave myself the challenge of using only the 50 mm prime lens. My most used lens is the kit lens (18-55). I do take out the 75-300 whenever I go bird watching. But the 50 mm has been the most neglected lens till date. I need to decide to use it once or twice more and maybe I will start using it regularly.
Guess what is the heart shaped straw thing from which my earrings are dangling? My sister gifted them to me while we were roaming around Dilli Haat last weekend. But this was not the display from where they were hanging at Dilli Haat. This is my arrangement as I wanted to photograph them. I have been trying all these stunts after reading the DPS website, they share so many ideas that it is impossible not to try something on your own. So what is this?
Well, it is a fallen weaver bird’s nest that has been at our home for a long time! There is a tree nearby where weaver birds make nests in dozens. And after a while, when the babies grow up, the nests fall off to the ground on their own and they are empty. A long time back I had picked one up and put it at my home. I was furiously searching for a backdop for taking a picture of these earrings when my eyes fell on the nest and here we are.