An Indian Summer

1790 miles, 6 months, and a birt...

The weary but exhilarated road warriors are back, after covering approx 1790 miles across ancient cities, hidden villages, historic forts, luxurious palaces and forests of Rajasthan. And yet, there is so much more to this enchanting desert state that even as we drove back home, we started planning for our next itinerary into the depths of Rajasthan..

There is nothing more I like than planning for the next road trip :-)

We stayed at some unique places....some images below:

Destination: Ranthambore (Sawai Madhopur)
And we stayed at: Khem Villas

Our cottage

The view from the bedroom

Beautiful furnishing from Anokhi (who are co-partners at Khem Villas)

Uniquely carved leg of an outdoor cot, and a niche adjoining the outdoor bath

Paper lamps and lanterns lighted the villas

And as you can imagine, we loved the view!

Destination 2: Narlai (between Udaipur and Jodhpur)

We stayed at: Rawla Narlai

The 17th century fortress (a former hunting lodge) is right next to a gigantic granite rock

Our blue toned room

Each room had a sit out...this one came with its own antique swing

By evening, the fortress had a magical feel with light shining through multicolored window panes

Brass urn for water from the Ganges and Lord Ganesha

One of the 'jaali' in our room, and a cute photograph of some royal prince and princess as kids!

Even the staff at the fort had a royal appearance!

It was easy to believe, specially at night, that we have travelled back in time...

Christmas celebrations with a difference! Traditional rajasthani folk singers entertained us with beautifully haunting melodies on Christmas eve

Final Stop: Jaipur
We stayed at: Barwara Kothi

A 'kothi' (bungalow) owned by one of the princely families, now converted into a modern yet very royal home stay

Sigh, it was some trip! To be able to put up our feet and look at this view again...

Well, back to regular world and home now...and I must confess (and hope that my significant other isn't listening)...that at the end of the day, there is no place like home!

And the other things that happened while I was away:

Dec 26th: 6 whole months since I started An Indian Summer!

Dec 27th: Moi b'day! :-)

Adieu for now as I work on my post for new year's eve...

Posted by Bhavna
over 12 years ago

101st post and other good things...

Yes, this is my 101st post! It has been the most wonderful journey through the last 100 posts, and, I am already looking forward to my 200th the very near future :-)

Talking of journeys, a short journey/trip is getting me all excited! Wanderlust has hit again, and Mr. Shaking Head (i.e. The bestest hubby) and I are hitting the road to Rajasthan tomorrow :-)

The national highway. Images of the road...during summer and during the monsoon :)

We will be staying at an eco boutique resort in a wildlife sanctuary, and then, at a fort converted into a boutique hotel

What I will bring back to you end of next week is a lot of images and experiences from the magical desert land of Rajasthan. Also, will bring back a lot of colors and traditions in the form of local art and craft for my home, and....for your home! :-)...Yes, I am going to get for you original craft straight from the craftsmen. These, along with other fab stuff, will be available through An Indian Summer's Bazaar!

Do I hear you asking: 'So, what's up with the bazaar?' Well, here is an quick update: I have been working on and off through last some months to get the bazaar up and running. I never realized that setting up an online shop is going to be such a major pain in all the wrong places! There are so many formalities, red tape, logistics to be figured out..that I almost gave up! But then, my knight in shining armour (aka' The bestest hubby) stepped in to help me figure this stuff out. So now, while I focus on sourcing the most exquisite goodies for the bazaar, he is helping get the bazaar operational.

I am targeting Jan 15th as the day when we 'go live' [all fingers and toes crossed. Wish me luck (pls)!]

I will catch up with you after a few days now...
Here's wishing you

A Very Merry Christmas!!

Posted by Bhavna
over 12 years ago

Tiger tiger burning bright,,,

In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Jungle. Deep and dark. Place where you go to be one with nature. Try to survive. And rough it out.
Did you say rough it out?
Nah! Not any longer!

If Taj Safaris had their way, Jungles would be the most luxurious places pretty soon! Here, let the national bird of India (see below) and the national animal of India (see below the first below) take you on a tour of Bandhavgarh wildlife sanctuary and Pench national park

For the .001% folks who just went 'duh?'!: A Peacock and Tigers!

I am just wild about this lounge!
hee hee...i am so p(f)un(n)y

Watering Hole for the Homo sapiens

Wow! I never knew charpai's can make such cool lounge cots!
And if you recall what a charpai is from one of my previous posts, please pat your back...I am so proud of you!

Just in case Moi Lady would prefer a table and a chair..
I am sure the lovely burnt orange will not attract hungry think I am quite sure. Though, you make sure you have your alarm timer set for every 10 mins...

Ah! This is much better! An elevated day bed. Now, who has ever seen a tiger jump?!
And in any case, Mr. Tiger has been warned not put his dirty paw on the mattress!

Slumber in peace under the watchful eye of the lady in the Pichwai painting

Oh well! You don't think the lady could protect you from Tiger dreams? Well, here, these two metal figurines will keep you safe

Wake up refreshed with sunlight streaming through as you soak in petal filled tub

And start the dawn with a cuppa of tea....or a hookah!

And, be off to the meet the elusive tiger with the help of the elephant and his mahout

Good! While you visit me, let me visit your luxurious lodge. I wouldn't have known that some thing like this existed in MY jungle, until I read it in this blog called An Indian Summer!
hee hee..what a shameless plug! That too on my own blog!

Are you coming??

I will. As soon as I get rid of this blistering pair of air gherkins!
And No. I don't read Tintin! Hmmph.

All images from Taj Safaris

Posted by Bhavna
over 12 years ago

Vibrant Hues!

How could I resist this? There was no possible way! :-)

Julie Evans is a New York City based artist who has exhibited her work extensively around the world. Using Indian ornamentation and traditional miniature paintings as inspiration, Julie uses a Spirograph on wood panels or paper to come up with these exquisite paintings. She is a recent recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to India and Nepal where she researched Indian miniature painting.

Posted by Bhavna
over 12 years ago

The Wedding Story

Late last year
Two individuals
decide to get married
And the rest,
As they say,
Is history!

The Build up:

32 weekends devoted to shopping
Guest lists tuned and fine tuned nth number of times
Wedding venues seen, rejected and finally one selected
Wedding dress all ready in August for a December wedding
Strict instructions to the bride-to-be to maintain exact weight and measurements
8 trips up and down Delhi, Mumbai and London
'Project' plans created in excel sheets and shared across families
Cards specially designed by the couple in London
Got printed in Mumbai and
Then shipped to Delhi
Before they were finally couriered to the fine tuned guests
A week before the wedding :)
Family averaged one minor emotional or logistical storm every two weeks
Every one week as the day drew closer...

we waited in anticipation
for the..

The Wedding

Thousands of them
White and Yellow
Satin and organza cloth streamers
The wedding venue looked like a dream
And the dream also had
Unexpected high velocity winds
(that helped nicely done hairdo's and sarees to go to places they aren't supposed to)
And some rain
But they say,
Rain on a wedding day is lucky
So we rejoiced
for the happy couple :)

And then
After some hours of ceremonies in the wee hours of the morning
the aforementioned Two individuals
were pronounced
Man and Wife

Congratulations to my dearest lil sis and friend-turned-bro-in-law!!

As we wait for the professional photographer's pictures to come in,
Sharing with you some beautiful photos taken by my uncle...

Decoration. You can 'see' the wind..specially in the second snap on right

Waiting eagerly for the 'Baraat' (Groom's party) to arrive

Glimpses of the bride...

From the 'pheras' (ceremonies)

And, a snapshot of absolutely beautiful colors, textures and fabrics that lit up the wedding

And, now that the wedding is all nicely done

I shall be back with a vengeance to blogging :-)

[P.S: I am open to be hired as a wedding planner....but this time, I better be paid! ;-)]

Posted by Bhavna
over 12 years ago