Last weekend was very touristic in Jaipur. Not only I went to the Birla Mandir, which I posted pictures previously, as I also went to Pink City and the Sound and Light Show at Amber Fort.
The weather in Jaipur is really pleasant these days. It’s not so hot, and in the evening it’s been a bit chilly, with beautiful clear starry skies. It’s a great time to check out this show placed just outside Amber Fort, which tells the 600 year (older than Brazil!) story of Amber Fort, in a spectacle of light and sound. Very good quality, and the view itself is already worth the visit. It costs 200 rupees, with daily sessions in English, at 6.30pm and Hindi, at 7.30pm.
I took the chance to test my new camera, taking pictures at night. Sadly, as I’m still a beginner at this photography thing, I couldn’t photograph properly all of the colorful lights, but the following pictures may give you an idea about the show.
Entrance to the Sound and Light Show at Amber Fort
Still learning to use my new camera.
A cockroach crawled on my hand when I was taking this picture. I still like to think it was worth it.
This weekend I finally went to a place I’ve been wanting to go since I arrived. It’s the Birla Mandir in Jaipur, a hindu temple made entirely in white marble. This temple was made in the late 1980′s by the Birla group, which built several temples in India. It’s devoted to Lord Vishnu (Narayan) and Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. The curious part is that outside the temple, many historical characters and figures from all religions were carved in the white marble columns, including Socrates, Jesus Christ, Buddha and Confucius.
Check out the pictures:
Columns in marble
I love the contrast of the marble, the blue sky and the construction on the back of the photo.
In front of the temple
In front of the temple
This morning I went to Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur with my friend Jatin, to enjoy the beautiful view of the city. I absolutely love clear autumn days, the light is so amazing!
Nahargarh Fort, in Jaipur
And the landscapes of Rajasthan are just breath-taking. Perfect morning. Check out all the pictures:
Stepwell at Nahargarh
Cow contemplating the view
I love empty roads!
2 weeks ago I saw this incredible interior design at the Raj Mandir, in Jaipur. Raj Mandir is an icon of the city, a very famous cinema that opened in 1976. After walking inside, it’s easy to understand why it’s so popular.
Check out this amazing lobby area!
Beautiful shapes and colors!
The lobby 2
The lobby 3
As I just mentioned, I spent Diwali day with dear friends, Indian traditions and lights. Here are some photos of this amazing weekend. We went to MI Road and Pink City to see the Diwali lights and Nahargarh Fort, where you have an amazing view of Jaipur in the evening, specially with the lights. On …
I have always admired artists and people with good drawing skills. So imagine what a lovely surprise when I arrived in India to find out the amazing drawings that people do with henna, also called mehndi. Anonymous faceless artists, who do hundreds or thousands of temporary artworks that will fade forever in a matter of days.
Lady giving me a henna tattoo (mehndi) at Choki Dani, in Jaipur.
To some people, drawing is almost impossible, to them it’s easily done in a matter of a few minutes. Every time I get a henna tattoo done, everyone just loves it, which makes me feel better and happy…and the people who did the tattoo will probably never know the good they caused.
Today’s post is a tribute to them, all of these amazingly skilled people who probably will never be famous artists, but who still bring more beauty and joy to other people and into this world.
Simple people who create beauty.