Nathmalji Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer : The Nathmalji ki Haveli Jaisalmer is a great example of the rich culture and traditions. A rather splendid man-made creation, Nathmalji ki Haveli invites one and all with equal warmth and an amazing charm. Also, the heritage building has been used so many times in Bollywood movies. Whenever I am here, I make sure that I take back dozens of photos of this marvellous structure.
Shopping and travelling are my foremost interests. Add photography to the list and I am just good to go. At times when I am not into the making of stylish clothes and stuffs for my fashion boutique, I tend to follow my likes and interests and sink into a whole new world of my passions.
Having spent all these years living in my hometown Jaisalmer, my inclination towards photography is but obvious. I enjoy clicking pictures of the rich heritage sites in and around the city. It can be referred to as architecture photography as most of the snapshots in my personal collection are of the historic architectural monuments in Jaisalmer.
I had recently been to the amazing Gadi Sagar Lake with my friends. We usually plan day-outs to this fascinating place as I love to spend some time in deep meditation along the banks of the man-made reservoir. Also, it is one of the budget-friendly travels as the site is easily accessible via both bus as well as train.
Apparently, as far as I have known, the Gadi Sagar Lake, Jaisalmer is an artificial lake which was reconstructed by the Maharaja in 1367 AD to conserve rainwater. Also known as Lake Gadsisar, it was the only source to get pure drinking water during the Rajput period.
Once at the lake, we usually choose to boat around and while my friends are feeding breads and biscuits to the small clusters of catfish, I grab my cam to take pictures of the amazing lake with heritage monuments in the backdrop. We prefer to visit Gadi Sagar Lake in the evenings as the setting sun makes up for an enchanting scenic beauty.
Additionally, at times when there is a layer of mist around during the evenings, the glowy sun beaming through the haze is just an awesome shot to be captured. The best time to shoot is when the sun is just about to set as it makes a captivating appearance above the picturesque dome-shaped structures which are made up of sandstones.
The majestically carved temples and the beautifully maintained gardens around the Gadi Sagar Lake are also a must-visit.
It was one of those days where I wanted all the time for my few close friends and myself. A bright Saturday morning with a pleasant climate at Rajasthan motivated me to back pack and head for some historical expedition with my besties. We decided to visit one of the World’s largest fort, which is among India’s few living forts – Jaisalmer Fort.
As we head nearer, we see the grand castle standing awfully admits of the great golden stretches of Thar Desert. Its beauty spellbinds me, specially the massive walls that appear tawny lion color during the day and honey-gold as the sunsets. The fort due to its color is also famous as “Golden Fort” / “Sonar Quila”.
Trespassing one of the most breathtaking moments our group walked further into this 12th CE monument, which is surrounded by many local people living near its slopes and several Havelis structured buildings built in 19th CE. Suddenly, I felt so happy and excited seeing the number of colorful shops decked with Rajasthani antiques, clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories. My inner goddess was so pleased and pushed me to shop, I purchased in few traditional yet trendy silver jewelry and the flaring colorful Ghagharas.
Further, we crossed the huge gates lined in zigzag manner seeing the Kanguras on top and carved jharokas on the wall that, symbolized the Rajasthani architect. We discovered there were various wedding invitations displayed on the walls outside many houses hosting wedding details. The thought of planning my wedding here some day passed my mind that left my cheeks pink and blushed. We walked ahead, and reached a courtyard named Dussehra Chowk – until date the festival of Dussehra is celebrated. The fort is still a living space made me extremely happy and cheerful.
Then we visited the Royal court around the courtyard, which belonged to a princess who lived there. As I took a closer look towards the wall there were various palm prints engraved the guide told those were made by the Satis- women who burnt themselves in Johar. The place was filled with plenty of tourist from abroad walking around the fort. Most hilarious was the local vendors who were too much interested in the NIRs than Indians. The best part was when time for peth-puja we found all most all popular world food inside the large sand stonewalls of this historical heritage. I munched upon few typical Delhi street picks like – Aloo Chatt and Goal Gapas, which were dam tasty.
Later, we saw the seven Jain temples inside the fort, which had a similar entrance like latticed slanted walls. I managed to see two of them. The massive fort with a 5km circumference had two parallel walls, which depicted their ancient tradition of Mori – a security strategy. It was evening by the time we ended our tour at the Jaisalmer Fort.
Finally, the marvelous day ended with a beautiful Rajasthani Folk dance performed by the communities residing there. We all were happy to witness a living, neat and tidy castle.