Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Jaisalmer, Golden City and more

After completing the tour of the Havelis we moved ahead to see other attractions that this city has to offer. The city has lot beautiful lake and cenotaphs that are a must watch.

Tazia Tower

The delicate pagoda like Tazia Tower rises from Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace). Rising in its five-tiered splendor, with each story graced by a delicately carved balcony, the tower is of historical significance. Muslim craftsmen built it in the shape of a Tazia and gifted to their royal patron. Tazia’s are ornately decorated bamboo, paper and tinsel replicas of a bier carried in procession during Mohurram.

Gadisar Lake

Gadisar is a man made reservoir in Jaisalmer built in the 1700s. This tank outside the city walls, once held the town's water supply, and, befitting its importance in providing precious water t
o the inhabitants of this arid city, is surrounded by small temples and shrines. A wide variety of waterfowl flock here in winter.

The tank was built by Maharaja Gadsi Singh, taking the advantage of a natural declivity that already retained some water.

The main gate that leads to the lake was unknowingly built by prostitutes, and so, noble people never pass under it, but rather use a rather humble step path to the right, under the tree.

Royal Cenotaphs

These monuments are located on Ramgarh Road 6kms from Jaisalmer. These cenotaphs also known as chattris and were constructed by the various Bhatti rulers. One cenotaph has been erected for each ruler. The oldest among them is the cenotaphs of Maharawal Jait Singh who reigned from 1470-1506. This tradition was discontinued when in 1947, one of the prince died of a mysterious disease. This was taken as a bad omen and thus this tradition came to its end.

We next move ahead to desert area to explore Sam Sand Dunes .



P.S: December is the month when lot of tourists land in Rajasthan. So if you really want all the arrangements to be done properly this has to be done before October end.

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28 comments:

J Bar said...

This is amazing.
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Lorac said...

Love all the pictures but especially the middle one!

Evelyn Howard said...

Amazing buildings.

Hootin' Anni said...

Tourist season is December, huh? I love, LOVE these photos!!!

My Wednesday post is OCEAN TIDE. I'd love you to visit!! Have a great day.

noel said...

beautiful places and you captured it without people...that must have been tricky especially for a busy destination area.

Carver said...

I enjoyed this sequence very much. I love the tower in the first shot.

ewok1993 said...

What stunning architecture. I wanna go to India really bad.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous, incredible buildings and your captures are stunning as always, Rajesh! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: Neat towers going into the sky.

Ebie said...

Ancient beauty well preserved. Thank you for the tour!

Kcalpesh said...

Your photos and informations are really incredible! Great blog Rajesh!

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Diane AZ said...

I especially like the warm color of the Royal Cenotaphs. Fascinating post, Rajesh!

joo said...

You always show as such amazing places!! I love this one.
Have a great weekend:)

eden said...

Impressive architecture. Great shots!

indicaspecies said...

Some day I want to reach Jaisalmer to enjoy the beauty of the place with my own eyes. Till then thank you for these lovely images.:)

Regina said...

Beautiful place!

Happy weekend.

Al said...

Incredible. The sense of history is palpable.

Eaglesbrother said...

Great buildings..the workmanship is awesome...such skill.

chubskulit said...

I love the third shot!

Please come by and see my skywatch when you have time. Have a great weekend!

LadyFi said...

Such skill and grace went into these buildings. That last shot is fantastic!

Babooshka said...

Your buiding, history and culture so very different form anything here. Fascinating.

Alexander said...

More wonderful structures and surroundings. Beautiful!

Have a nice weekend.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

Carolyn said...

One day, one day I will get to India. Your posts are wonderful and informative.
Smiles

Japa said...

So many treasures to behold in your place, one post at a time. I do appreciate learning much of the past by your great post and photos.

Tarun Mitra said...

its all gold out there :)

SandyCarlson said...

This is an incredible place. Thank you.

Robin said...

You always show us the most amazing architecture. What a treat.

Rajesh said...

Celine, ewok1993, Carolyn: Thanks, it is a nice place to tour.

J Bar, Lorac, Evelyn, Anni, Carver, Sylvia, Fishing Guy, Ebie, Kcalpesh, Diane, Joo, Eden, Regina, Eaglesbrother: Thanks for the appreciation.

Noel: Thanks, it is a waiting game to get the right shot in these places.

Al, Rose, LadyFi, Babooshka, Alexander, Japa, Tarun, Sandy, Robin: Thanks for the appreciation.