THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR !!!
i went to J.K.K. yesterday, to collect tickets for a musical play, that was going to be preformed that night.
i saw on the noticeboard, advertising a PHOTO WALK.
i made contact, right away.
and set the
ALARM on the phone for saturday 5.00am.
went home, re charged 2 lots of batteries, sorted out the gear.
got my camera cards packed.
i have not picked up this big camera for 2 years 5 months.
i am happy i packed & bought with me, the instruction book.
got my walking shoes out, bum bag, clothes ready.
I AM EXCITED...
then went to the play, it was great. understood a few words. i decide i don't need to,understand all the words, just go along, take it all in, and it is very easy to sense when it is a funny part and laugh or clap.
i arranged with my auto driver, LUCKRAM to be at home 6.00am, on SATURDAY.
yes,, i know i will be early.
the reason is very simple,
THE MORNING LIGHT IS THE BEST.
and i don't mind, hanging about on a street corner.
this is the typical, DRIVE PAST, STOP THE CAR, don't get out, TAKE THE PHOTO & DRIVE AWAY.
yes, you can say you SAW the HAWA MAHAL ( PALACE OF WINDS)
honestly, this is what sometimes happens. tourists on the go.
palace of winds.
jaipurs MOST distinctive landmark.
this is an extraordinary, fairy tale, pink sandstone, delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dazzling 5 storeys.
constructed in 1799, by MAHARAJA SAWAL PRATAP SINGH to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city.
the top offers stunning views over SIREDEORI BAZAAR.
jaipur is getting the METRO.
some of the bazaar's are closed to big cars and trucks, while work is being carried out.
it is proving to be a SLOW process, as when the ground is dug, the workers are finding evidence of older times. so work STOPS, the authority's are called in, accessed, work continues.
i love OLD doors.
funny things, that amuse me.
a bit of BLING for the feet.
or FLURO, these colours are in now.
this man & i shared a chai.
i think this couple, are visually impaired.
when they walked right past me, there was not recognisation.
this man, is starting to set up his SHOP ON THE PAVEMENT.
2 HUMAN AUTO'S.
LORD GHANESH protecting someones open bedroom,
on the side of the pavement.
2 metal chai glass carrier.
i could image these, with clear glasses in, and used as a vase.
this is the water & sink, of where we had our chai's.
so, glad i enjoyed the chai before i saw this.
walked on, & went up a little alley to a temple.
inside the foyer of the temple, it is being used for SCHOOL OF COMMERCE.
left the temple, & walked to a square.
here it is PIGEON FEEDING TIME.
actually, all the time is pigeon feeding.
as i walked through a gateway, i looked up.
a family lives up here.
the large round container to the left, is the families water cooler.
a painted nobleman, on the outside of CITY PALACE.
then, walked to JANTAR MANTAR.
this is an OBSERVATORY begun by JAI SINGH in 1728,
that resembles a collection of bizarre sculptures.
the name is derived from the SANSKRIT word, yanta, manta, meaning
'INSTRUMENT OF CALCULATION'.
in 2010 it was added to india's list of WORLD HERITAGE SITES.
he built 5 observatories in total, & this is the LARGEST & BEST PRESERVED.
others in DELHI, VARANASI, & UJJAIN.
NO traces of the 5th, the MATHURA observatory remain.
each construction within the JANTA MANTA has a specific purpose.
for example, measuring the position of the stars,
altitude & azimuth,
school children (yes... school on a saturday)
looking into one of the observatories.
music, always to be enjoyed.
it was SOO HOT.
i needed to sit under the shade of a tree.
what a MAGNIFICENT TREE.
1lt of water, didn't even touch the sides.
left the JANTA MANTA & walked near CITY PALACE.
look at these gates,
inside those gates, restoration work is happening.
the bamboo is the scaffold.
held together with jute.
and just to prove i really did go on this walk.
we all received this LARGE certificate.
the size of it, proved to be a burden.