Posts Tagged With: RAJASTHAN

The Music that weaves Magic!

When the sound of rustic yet soulful music adorns every nook and corner, you know it’s Rajasthan.

Rajasthan’s diversity is beyond capture in words – rich heritage, vibrant culture, majestic monuments with appealing history,  artistically sound, vast sand dunes, colorful villages, warm people and much more. Rajasthan is famous for showcasing the royal heritage of palaces, forts, havelis & desert safaris, offering a glimpse of it’s spirited culture.

This state has a lot to offer to all groups of travelers and explorers. An ideal destination for royal vacation, adventure lover, family vacation and heaven for antique collectors. Royal life style of the emperors has inspired and promoted a variety of antique art on wood, clothe and stone.

Don’t be surprised when you encounter artists playing folk music and singing melodious songs at all the possible places! When we did Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Udaipur circuit we observed many such artists but could capture only few but all. Happy to share them here again I know I would shared the pictures earlier in some form or other but these are so apt for ‘Oh Dear! This is India‘ series. They reflect glorious history of India.

The tune of Kamaicha

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This man, deserves all the admiration, he plays at the Gadisagar Lake and has been doing so for more than a decade now!

The instrument that adorns his experienced hands so beautifully is ‘Kamaicha’. ‘Kamaicha’ is one of the oldest musical instruments widely used in Asian music and more so in Rajasthan. It is a string instrument played with a bow.

Read – The Desert Safari and Gala Dinner at Thar

The one called Nagara

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The artist here is playing ‘ Nagara’, also called ‘Kettledrum’ is a cone shaped drum played with two sticks – the Surnai and Nafeeri. I couldn’t capture the sticks very well in the picture though. This man sings and plays at the Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur) and it’s so refreshing that one literally starts moving to the music.

Happy Weekend!

Suggested Reading – This is India (I) This is India (II)

 

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Experimenting with the ‘White Balance’!

Hello there!!

Today, I’m sharing two gorgeous pictures taken at one of the most beautiful cities in India  – Udaipur! These ones are special, both of them were clicked with DSLR (Nikon D3300) and in the evening, the only major difference being the ‘White Balance’. The ISO, Exposure etc. vary for both the pictures but the vital one is White Balance.

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The Radiant Haveli in the narrow lanes of Jaisalmer

Patwon ki Galli

Patwon Ki Haveli is a mansion with legendary history and beauty. The interiors, rooms and everything that is part of the Haveli manifests the royalty of the Patwa family. It surely will take you to a different world as you move across rooms and floors. It kinda gives a feel like museum.

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This is a capture of the chess board@Patwon Ki Haveli

Jaisalmer is popularly known as the The Golden City, situated amidst Thar Desert, close to Pakistan border; over powered by the Jaisalmer Fort (Sonar Quila) the city with glorious past offers an action packed experience to travelers. One thing evident was that the destination is so very popular among foreign tourists, well the place attracts the tourists in myriad ways. Not just the architecture, the whole city oozes different feel tiny gallis, all the houses constructed from golden brick, puppet shows and people singing folk songs at all the unexpected locations, its awesome !!! Interested to read more about the place or take a virtual tour via photos, here is the link to other top posts on Jaisalmer –

https://untraveledroutes.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/the-desert-safari-and-gala-dinner-the-great-indian-desert/

https://untraveledroutes.wordpress.com/traveling/rajasthan/jaisalmer/

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Folk players from the streets of Rajasthan, India

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This person has spent more than a decade playing at Gadisagar Lake, Jaisalmer. Infact, if you would google Gadisagar Lake, you will surely find his images 🙂

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7 good reasons to try Homestays

Homestays are literally defined as ‘a holiday period spent staying in the home of a local family’. Homestays are becoming fairly popular, if you have already experienced it, that’s great just add on to the list; if you haven’t then you might wanna try at least once.

Staying at Homestays is a great idea. Here is why…..

  • Insights into a different world – It’s certainly a different experience as compared to typical hotel rooms. When you stay at a homestay you get to enjoy the home, spend time with the local family, and get accustomed to the local cuisine, culture and their way of life
  • Home cooked meals – So you get to stay with the local family and get home cooked food too!! And folks not just home cooked, it’s the local yummy cuisine which you won’t get to taste in restaurants
  • Never miss your home (well not a lot!!!) – The homelike settings will keep you warm and cozy

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