There is the Pink City and the Blue City….Jaipur and Jodhpur. The Pink City is a tourist favorite, but the Blue City has really not yet been found by the same hordes. That is probably one reason I like it so much. Full of color and very accessible, and not very touristy,
Jodhpur is called the Blue City because when the city was about to be invaded, orders went out to the higher classes to paint their houses blue in order that they not be struck by the enemy.
There is a color market around the central Clock Tower, lots of cows and the amazing Fort Mehrangarh, two photos of which are included with this collection.
Punjab is a state of India, located in the northwest of the country, bordering Pakistan. It is the home state of many of the country’s Sikhs, a religion followed by about 2% of the country. But Sikhs are found all over the world and are legendary for their strength, prowess, adaptability and congeniality. Punjab was the last state to fall to the British in their bid to conquer India.
The chief city is Amritsar, which is also home to the holiest temple of the Sikh religion, known (in English) as the Golden Temple. Like the rest of India, there is much to do and see and experience here. As with most of the cities of India, it suffers from bad traffic, noise and over population. Hope you will enjoy the photos, many taken at the Golden Temple and some at a kind of model village, and the city’s fort and museum.
Bikaner is a city in the far reaches of Rajasthan in northern India. The Maharaja of Bikaner was one of the more enlightened leaders of his time and was known to be very progressive, which may account for the city’s bustling nature.
His home has been turned into a lovely hotel. The city has a magnificece for in its center and is well worth a visit. Because of its relative isolation, Bikaner is not exactly on a routine tourist route. I enjoyed the city immensely and loved staying in the former home of the Maharaja.
Thanks to all who came to my recent Spring Open House. Here are some shots from the show
An inveterate traveler, I have spent a great deal of time searching for new arts and artisans, mostly in Asia. I am drawn to Asia thanks to my 25-year tenure living in Japan. During that period I traveled extensively and often in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the US, I formed Arts of Asia in order to share the qualities I admire in Asia with my friends and customers in the US. To support this mission, I continue to spend 4 months a year abroad. The search is never ending!