Travel Diaries – Jodhpur #4

After visiting Umaid Bhavan Palace and feeding our bellies we decided to head towards Mandore Gardens. Mandore is the old capital of Jodhpur and is also mentioned in our epic Ramayana. Ravana is the son-in-law of Mandore, as he married to the beauty Queen Mandodri from Mandavyapur (old name of Mandore). The place used to be very beautiful and serene but went to ruins as … Continue reading Travel Diaries – Jodhpur #4

Travel Diaries : Jodhpur #3

Day 3 at Jodhpur. We headed to visit the Umaid Bhavan Palace. Umaid Bhawan Palace, located at Jodhpur, is one of the world’s largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh of the palace, this edifice has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. A part of the … Continue reading Travel Diaries : Jodhpur #3

Travel Diaries – Jodhpur #2

Next day in Jodhpur, we planned to visit the pride of Jodhpur… Mehrangarh fort. Mehrangarh (Mehran Fort), located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet (125 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (meaning ‘victory’), built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur, … Continue reading Travel Diaries – Jodhpur #2

Abu Dhabi #8 The Grand Mosque

After an exhausting picnic day at Corniche we had plans to visit the Grand Mosque or Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Designed by Syrian Architect Yousef Abdelky, the mosque covers an area of 12 hectares. The project was started by late president of UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His final resting place is located on the grounds adjacent to the complex. The mosque has two entries, … Continue reading Abu Dhabi #8 The Grand Mosque

Photo Challenge – Heritage

Last week I went to Dehradun-Musoorie for the weekend. We stayed at The Ilbert Manor in Musoorie. A heritage british mansion turned into a hotel. With its every edge untouched, just a little bit maybe to enhance the feel of living in a traditional British house. From the wall paper to roof, from bed spreads to lamp shades, all screamed british. Each room was assigned … Continue reading Photo Challenge – Heritage