20th June, Thursday, 9.30 pm
Mr. Right is back from office and with barely one foot inside the house, he says, “Pack up clothes for two days.”
Another one of those unplanned, unanticipated trips to a yet another beautiful destination…
Jaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA
I know you are wondering summer scorching heat at 45 degrees and these baffoons were off to Jaipur…Crazy fellows! 😀
Initially I too felt so, but then with Mr. Right, you can never ever expect a planned trip. The only one I had in all these 10 years is my recent 2 weeks trip to Kerala. Anyways, what matters is he took us there and we enjoyed. Period.
More about this here.
So, where did we go in Jaipur?
We went to an artificial Rajasthani village set-up called Chokhi Dhani, India‘s Most Innovative Tourism Project. When I reached the main entrance to the village, I was like this is one of those trade fair pavilions that we get to see in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. But I must tell you, more than anyone else, it was me who enjoyed every bit of it.
Thanks to the Muchhad (Hindi word for one with a thick and long mustache) guard who posed for the photograph
This age old lamp reminded me of our childhood when we used to visit our grandparents in Kerala. They used to start cleaning up the lamp since about 5 pm and getting it ready before it darkens completely. We used to play around the lamp stamping on the infinite insects that used to play around it.
This reminded me of Alibaba and the Forty Thieves, wherein each of the thieves was made to hide in a vessel similar to this one.
That’s the kind of jharonkha (window) that I would like to have in my dream house.
Old utensils used in remote villages even to this date. I must say, food cooked in those vessels was much more yummier and healthier than the modern Copper coated or Teflon coated ones that we use these days.
Beautifully carved out doors opening into the village.
Kesariya Padharo Mhare Desh Mein…a folk song of Rajasthan which invites you to the culturally and traditionally rich state of Rajasthan.
I just can’t stop listening to it. You can listen to it, here. Don’t miss it! 🙂
The caption I had in mind while clicking this pic was, “Aaj mein upar, aasmaan neeche…”
Which means, “Today I am above and the sky is beneath on the ground.”
Another of those lamps which kept reminding me of my Muthachhan (grandfather).
A lovely shot I could capture just before the sunset.
These girls were amazing. And the beautiful folk songs were making me want to go and dance too. 🙂
But then I was seriously worried about you guys…didn’t want another earthquake or tsunami. 😀
A cute fountain…
An artisan at work. Hats off to his dedication.
The blocks used for block printing on clothes….ranging from 150 to 500 rupees.
The traditional Rajasthani Feast
Honestly I was filled up completely with just one-third of it, but it indeed was amazing food.
Dal Bati Churma, Baajre ki khichdi with desi ghee and sugar, Gatte ki sabzi, Paneer Sabzi, Pakora Kaddi, 3 different types of chappathis, chhaanch and crisp Jalebis and Maalpuas
Rahul was our host and was amazingly humble and sweet. He told us stories about each and every dish.
We also had Jaljeera, Kulfi, Chuski. I can sail a ship in my mouth right now thinking of all those. 😀
The kids had so many things to enjoy, so many rides, so many tunnels, caves, elephant ride, camel ride, magic show, puppet show, and so on…
The icing on the cake was free Mehandi Designs by the locals on our hands.
Wow! I just love having mehandi designs on my hand. 😀
So, that’s it for now. Rest of my Jaipur trip in a short while…till then BYE BYE. 🙂