Sunset at Monsoon Palace


As promised yesterday, here's the view we saw atop the Monsoon Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan. Like I said, neither my words, nor my pictures could do justice to what we saw. This must suffice for now. Photo taken with a Moto G3, edited Befunky. Click/tap to enter my Flickr Photostream This is post #5 in this … Continue reading Sunset at Monsoon Palace

Myths about Monsoon Palace


Researching for our trip to Udaipur, we had heard and read about the amazing views of the Aravalli hills from the Monsoon Palace, especially at sunset. The Monsoon Palace was constructed specifically for the purposes of observing the monsoon clouds—and what better time to visit the Palace than in the monsoon! It had poured heavily … Continue reading Myths about Monsoon Palace

The temple at Tiger Hill


We had had a rather strange morning. Waking up at 3:30 am, to be stuck in a traffic jam around 5 am, and then racing against the sunrise to get to the top of Tiger Hill. We missed the famous golden Kanchenjunga due to bad weather, but took away some interesting memories nonetheless. We are … Continue reading The temple at Tiger Hill

Marooned in Palace(s)


Travelling during the Indian monsoon is tricky. Apart from the dangers of landslides and floods, there is the danger of being trapped inside a cold hotel when it is pouring outside. Fortunately, we are not crazy enough to venture towards perilous terrains or poorly administered areas. Our first monsoon vacation was to Gwalior last year, … Continue reading Marooned in Palace(s)

Sunset at Sangam


We're in November! The year is fast ending. Now where did this year go? For those who know me, it's been one heck of a roller coaster the past couple of years. And given all that's going on right now, it would be madness to even think about participating in, what the blogosphere calls, the … Continue reading Sunset at Sangam

On the road: Gangtok to Darjeeling


As we were stepping out of the hotel room, we saw a tall, broad man peering through the viewfinder of a DSLR. The SUV behind him was open and the valet placed our bags in the boot. As we closed the door, the driver kept his camera on the front passenger seat and hopped in. … Continue reading On the road: Gangtok to Darjeeling

Scale


During our day trip to Mahabalipuram last winter, we reached 'Krishna's butter ball' around that magical time when everything touched by sunlight gets a shower of gold dust—including these huge boulders that stood silently admiring the profile of the more popular attractions nearby. To get an idea of it's scale, there's a little child who … Continue reading Scale

To reveal, or not to reveal?


A prominent feature of Rajasthani architecture are the windows with their characteristic floral silhouette. When visiting monuments in the region, it is hard to resist the temptation of framing the magnificent views with the window. Ah, what a feeling it must have been, living in those palaces! Alas, for women, not a very good one. … Continue reading To reveal, or not to reveal?

Welcome view


I wanted to write about the stereotypical portrayal of Rajasthan - a traditionally attired instrumentalist, strumming his Ravanhatta and playing Raag Maand and perhaps the most popular, and misinterpreted Rajasthani folk song "Kesariya Balam". But I'll shut up this one time, and sit with the Rajput royals and look out for the monsoon clouds atop … Continue reading Welcome view

The House by the lake


Khudala House - a beautiful homsetay in Udaipur