Monday, April 6, 2009

Indiaaah! Jaipur, City Palace

Indiaah! is the new series I'm starting on this blog. The whole idea is to bring under this everything I feature that is unique to India. A lot of my previous posts do come under this category, but 'Indiaah' will also feature a lot of Indian culture, Indian street art, folk and classical art forms and maybe some Indian food too who knows! But what I do need to know from you, my regular readers, is how often do you want to see an 'Indiaah!' post. 2 times a week? or once a week or maybe one in 2 weeks. Do write to me about this. Apart from the people who regularly comment, I'm also asking so many of you who read this and don't normally comment.
Now with the introductions out of the way, We'll get on with our 1st Indiaah! post for today :) Ye!!
The Indiaah signage/identity which will appear on the right hand side bar

Today's Indiaah post will be on City Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The normally pristine white marble engraved exterior was all decked up for a wedding when I last went.
The elegant and vast central courtyard
These lanterns were in lieu of the wedding
as was this red stringed canopy

The City Palace Cafe is a great place to hang out and have a steaming cup of tea with freshly fried Bhajias (which is exactly what we did :)

There were these dimensional windows with little painted parrots, right next to our tea table

The passage surrounding the 1st floor of the cafe, details.
A beautiful metal & wood door
This image of guns arranged like a flower is perhaps one of City palaces most memorable identities.
Love the affect of white on peach, so elegant.
And now for the stunners. And the reason why I went this time & will go many more times to this palace. The 4 season doors, that open into the courtyard. This door is all about greenery.
A closer look will show you the many hues of green that go to make this green entrance
The lotus entrance. I have such respect for the designers/artisans who did this. Just look at the different interpretations od the lotus, from buds, to petals to full blooming lotus's.
The floral rose entrance
a close up- unlike the other gates, this one is not restored as yet & shows the effects of time
And finally the magnificent peacock entrance.
do click on the image to see a larger version
the many gorgeous metal doors that lead to the courtyard
one of the many golden gates.
Do tell me what you feel about this series & how often you'd like to see an Indiaah! post on this blog. I'd like to thank all the people who take the time to comment here & say that your comments and feed back is what really makes this blog and blogging so rewarding for me :)


Rowena said...

Wow! Wonderful series. So inspirational. My eyes nearly popped right out of my head when I saw the first greenery door, and every one after that was more amazing than the last.

Go go go!

pink dogwood said...

I loved this post and would like to see this as often as it is possible for you to post it (but at least once a week)

mekie said...

Wow! Unbelievably gorgeous and the detailed finery is mesmerizing. I like the diverse mix of things that you blog about. So, I prefer a weekly post on Indiaah. :-)

aimee said...

oh yes! this is exactly why i come here; i'd love to see more :)

bhumika said...

What a lovely idea (or should i say ideaaah :) ) to start this new series! I think once a week would be good.

This post serves as a fitting start to the series. Loved it! Though i'd been to jaipur very recently, i couldn't roam around the city. Hopefully will do a rajasthan tour very soon :)

~mE said...

beautiful vin. those doors are a true stunner...and how often i dont know...there is so much art in India and i am sure you will look out for the just keep posting :)

Shalini said...

Stunning doorways and arches. I really loved the little niches with creative!

Do post at least once a week on this series!

vineeta said...

Rowena, I have wanted to feature these doors on this blog forever now! Glad u liked the idea of the Indiaah series :)!

Pinkdogwood, mekie, aimee, Thanx so much for appreciating this post & series & It looks like the verdict is once a week- so that is what it will be, but if I have more news/posts that come under this category I will post more often :)

vineeta said...

Bhumika, Sharanya, Shalini, Thanx so much for responding :) I am very excited about this & it struck me I could do things like this cause I'm posting so often :)
Bhumika, I soooo wanted to post on Mehrangad which would have been even more fitting (in my head) but I had too many pictures & not enough time yesterday :)
And from the list of the 'once a week' seems to be the unanimous suggestion & we will keep it at that- YE!! But if I have more dope to do an Indiaah post more often than that I will do that :)

Christine said...

Hi Vineeta,
As usual, this is stunning and total eye candy and is exactly why I come to visit. Your images transport me from Boston to your country each time! I would love to see this once a week.....
Take care

Rekha said...

Beautiful, I am visiting jaipur this weekend and can't wait to see all these. Lovely post.

Sunita said...

Vineeta, what an amazing coincidence ! I had registered the blogname 'India-a-h !' a couple of months with Blogger to post about travel in India (never got around to posting there yet though). I'm looking forward to reading yor posts though, till I get around to posting mine :)
I loved your photos of the 4 doors at the City Palace. I spent most of my time there just staring at these entrances. And did you see that collection of chariots / carriages there ?

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

Lovely vineeta,good work.I appreciate your strength of blogging..Good work on the new post Indiaaah.I have been to jaipur and to this palace,its where i feel to go more often and i love the palace.

Magdalena said...

I'm absolutely loving this! Very exciting and beautiful idea :)
Gorgeous photos, yes, but the most fantastic thing in this post is undoubtedly your Indiaah signage..! I would love to have something like that framed on my living room wall, soo beautiful...

Robyn said...

So glad you will be doing this once a week. I love peeping into life in India. Seeing the ancient and the modern. Doors are one of my obsessions and these are superb! Love the little wall niches too.

vineeta said...

Rekha, you lucky thing! have fun- u will & click loads of pics :)

Lakshmi, thanx! & anyone can call me to Rajasthan anytime & i will just pack my bags & come :)

vineeta said...

Magdalena, Thanx for the compliment, I keep making designs like that - for fun & because I like it :)

Robyn, ye!! you can look forward to more such atleast once a week :)

vineeta said...

Sunita, indeed what a coincidence! :) My thing with calling things Indiaah began with adding an amazon widget Indiaaah many months ago. Whan u start your blog send me a line, i'd love to check it out! :)

Arch at Rang said...

Wow. What a cool feature:-)

All the best!

Nice to catch up on your lovely posts:-)


Sunita said...

I've got to add, your idea of adding the aha! tag is really cool. Adds so much more ... attitude! :D

GREEN KEY said...

Wonderful! I really loved seeing the architecture and the painted doorways - they are breathtaking. I just discovered your blog through The Plum Tree (Priya Sebastian's blog). I will certainly bookmark this site and come back often.

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Gigi said...

Yay! I totally love love love love your Indiaaah! series!
Keep 'em coming as often as possible, please ;)

Gorgeous posts on Jaipur, but also India in general :)

Anonymous said...

Lovely! No other words

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