chand baori

Jaipur: Chand Baori (Abhaneri Stepwell)

Step Wells or Baodi were integral part of Indian villages before the British imposed their way discarding the need of such water reservoirs and belittling the societal functioning of the villages. Some step-wells of note were Agrasen ki Baoli (New Delhi), Rani ki vav (Patan, Gujarat), Adalaj Vav,  Chand Baori in Abhaneri (near Jaipur, Rajasthan),  Pushkarani (Hampi, Karnataka) which now lie in neglect and hence…

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Kuldhara : The Haunted Village

Kuldhara, the haunted abandoned village, lies some 15 kms west of Jaisalmer (the golden-sand-desert city of Rajasthan). The village inhabited by Paliwal brahmins in around 18th century was a prosperous village. It was a well laid town consisting of 84 villages. The roads laid in cardinal directions were wide and there were separate domestic and…

Forts of Rajasthan

Trikuta Fort, Jaisalmer Jaisalmer is a town in the state of Rajasthan, of golden sands and yellow sandstone and hence also known as the golden city. The "Trikuta Fort" is the only fort which is still occupied by the families which in earlier times owned the land inside the fort. However, due to the  houses…

You Are Invited !

Ever asked a street painter to paint an invite on an external wall of your house or your neighbor's wall? No, I am sure no one has. Even I never knew of any such practice until I visited Jaisalmer , a small town in the state of Rajasthan, with ornate havelis (large houses of rich…

Wandering In The Haunted Kiradu Temple Ruins (Rajasthan)

“Mandir ke avshesh hain....dekh lo, par sham ko mat rukna....wahan bhoot aate hain (You can visit the temple ruins here, but do not stay after sunset because it is haunted)” the owner of the small restaurant told us as we sat eating the spicy local cuisine made from dried sangria beans  and ker berries  with…

Elephant headed God : Lord Ganesh

Many a Hindu symbols and deities fascinate people world over. A lot of people are aware of the elephant headed God of Hindus.......Lord Ganesha. For the Hindus, Ganesha is the most important. All festivals, functions or any thing auspicious begin only after a prayer to Lord Ganesha.  Why a God with elephant head? According to the mythological…

Ajanta Caves

Weekends bring along a wish to escape from the routine day's boredom. And having developed a liking towards long drives, I start getting all fidgety as the weekend nears.....I just have to go ......!! At the time we were posted in Pune and on one of our such weekend getaways we visited Ajanta Caves, a…