Stairway to Heaven



“That long cold black cloud is coming down
I’m feelin’ like I’m knocking on Heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knocking on Heaven’s door”
– Bob Dylan

This song has been stuck in my head since time immemorial and even though it has an immensely dark tone to it, somehow, it still feels comforting. Maybe am just a bit weird, but then, that’s just me.

Thanks to Magdalena for nominating me for the Three Days, Three Quotes challenge. The rules are simple:

1. Post 3 of your favorite quotes each per day for 3 recurrent days. The quotes can be of any other people or it may come straight from your own heart.
2. Nominate 3 bloggers with each post to challenge them.
3. Don’t forget to utter a thankful word to the person who nominated you.

My nominees are :

Pooja Dasgupta
Parul Thakur
Prajakta Athavale

This post is also in response to the Weekly Challenge Word, Door! They wanted Door, am giving back a portal, sounds fair to me 😛

Check out the other entries for the challenge, here.


TTL: Jaipur

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, was the next stop for me. An early morning train took me from the Old Delhi (DLI) station to Jaipur (JP). I had been forewarned that Rajasthan would be hot. That too, in the summers and that it was the “Off Season” for a reason. Call it fate, call it luck, every single day I spent in the state, it was cloudy and overcast sky. I was happy.

Rajasthan, has an immensely rich cultural heritage, lots of forts and palaces to roam about, but the famous ones, are pictured here.

I begin with the City Palace. Centrally located within the city, this is the palace of the monarch. Its a nice place to take a tour around. Observe the intricately carved gates and the richly decorated archways. It puts you right in the middle of a rich, bygone era.


Peacock Door Arch


Diwan e Khas
Panorama view from the Hawa Mahal

Nearby, are two more beautiful buildings, the Hawa Mahal, and the Jantar Mantar.
The Hawa Mahal is an impressive bit of architecture and from the top storey, offers a panoramic view of the Pink City. But, the most iconic and prettiest view of the building is not from within, rather from the adjoining street. Have a look.

Iconic view of the Hawa Mahal

The Jantar Mantar at Jaipur houses the biggest sundial of the planet. Here is a view of the observation deck viewed from the base.


The next place to visit, are two of the most famous forts, the Amer Fort and the Jaigarh Fort.
Before you take on these forts, its advisable to eat something and hydrate yourself properly. The climb is long and steep too. But the views, are totally worth it.

Jaigarh on left background, Amer Fort on right foreground


Fortified route from Amer fort to Jaigarh



The Jaivana Cannon
View from the Jaigarh Fort.

The last stop for the day was the Jal Mahal. The palace is located within the lake. As of June, 2015, visitors are not permitted to go to the palace.

The Jal Mahal

With this, my Jaipur trip came to an end, and on the same night, I boarded a train to Jaisalmer, the golden city. Up next, stay tuned and follow me.


Vivid @ Jaipur

Vivid is the colour of the puppets’ dresses on the wall of the Amer Fort at Jaipur. Check out the other posts for vivid too. More of Rajasthan, coming up shortly on the blog. Stay tuned 🙂 DSC_6443-1