Thursday, 21 December 2017

Jodhpur~India Travels


Jodhpur is a state in Rajasthan, it was founded by Rao Jodha  in 1459. It is commonly known as the blue city as it has many blue buildings. There is no real evidence to support why the buildings in Jodhpur are blue, but rumour says that the Brahmins who lived in the outskirts of Jodhpur painted their houses blue to differentiate them from the rest of the population.



There are many places to visit in Jodhpur and on our recent visit we stayed over for two nights during which we had the opportunity to visit Mehrangarh Fort, which is situated on the hill tops outside Jodhpur city and overlooks the city of Jodhpur. 



The fort was constructed in 1459 by Rao Jodha.  It is surrounded by a thick, 10 km long wall with seven gates. The fort has beautiful architecture and intricate sculpting and carvings. 


The pink stone architecture is constantly being renovated and repaired to keep it in good condition. Every effort is made to keep the authenticity of the building and the detailing  and repairs are all done by master craftsman.






The detailing work on the structure is stunning created all by hand, it indeed was a labour of love and the craftsman must have had astounding skills to create such a magnificent piece of work.



The rooms and courtyards have narrow staircases leading to the royal residence with beautiful porches and carved doorways. The rooms have adorned walls and mosaic floors with intricate patterns and eye catching stained glass windows.




The rooms most famous in Mehrangarh Fort are Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesha Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana, and Daulat Khana. 



The rooms make up part of the museum where the age old treasures are exhibited together with paintings, exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes, furniture as well as cannons on the fort's ramparts.



Not far from Mehrangarh Fort is Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial built in remembrance of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Jaswant Thada is popularly known as the ‘Taj Mahal of Marwar’.  Marwar being another name for Jodhpur. The Jaswant Thada is completely built with marble stones. It has a unique feature that the marble stones sets off a warm glow when the rays from the sun catch it.



The Memorial is built like a temple with domes and pillars and there is a natural calming aura and ambience with in the rooms. Inside the walls are adorned with portraits of past rulers and Maharajas of Rajasthan.




There are also beautiful gardens surrounding Jaswant Thada which have  gazebos doted around where you can sit and enjoy the tranquility of the place and its surroundings.



There are many other nearby places to visit in Jodhpur if time permits such as such as Mandore Gardens, Kailana Lake, Umaid Bhawan Palace museum,  Masuria Hills Garden and Balsamand Lake.

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is next to Jaswant Thada. It was created in 2006 to try and restore the natural ecology of a large, rocky wasteland next to Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.




Shopping in Jodhpur is a must, the most popular place to visit is the Sardar Market near the Clock Tower. Here you you find local as well as tourists walking through the local market where you can buy anything from fruits and vegetables to spices, homeware and also clotings. Jodhpur is famous for its handicrafts, pottery, costume jewellery and dyeing materials. Most popular buys are embroidered leather mojaris (shoes), painted woodwork, dye fabric, jewellery, miniature painting, and Bandhini sarees a very unique design and print that Rajasthan is famous for.


Our trip to Jodhpur was indeed very pleasurable, the weather in February was comfortable and not too hot. Ideally an extra day would have given us more time to do more sightseeing and catch a Rajasthani folk dance show too.


Whilst in Jodhpur, I also had the opportunity to meet Neelam and Nikki from Verhomal spices you can read all about their story in my previous post here.


To read about my other posts in the India Travels series see the links below.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Chinese New Year Lanterns ~Bostik Challenge


This month together with all the Christmas festivities my crafting buddy Little M and I have had lots of fun with the Bostik Box that is themed Chinese New year. Last weekend we made a lovely calendar and this week she came to visit and me have made some really petty Chinese New Year Lanterns.

Later on if time permits we are also going to make some fortune cookies and then go out for a Chinese Lunch. Now that Little M knows more about the Chinese culture she is really excited for the lunch.
In the mean time I am sharing a video of how we made the Chinese Lanterns.

To make the Chinese Lanterns you will need:
Equipment Needed:

A4 Red Paper
A4 Gold Paper
Gold pen
Scissors, Pencil, Ruler
Bostik Glue
Bostik Glue Dots

Please watch this video to see how we made them:


This craft is suitable for young children although, adult supervision may be required for using scissors.
If you like this project check the link below for more art and craft projects, that you can do with your children.

Kids Arts and Craft Videos
Kids Arts and Crafts Projects


Being part of the Bostik 2017 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Chinese New Year Calendar Craft ~Bostik Challenge


The year has flown by and I have been part of the Bostik Bloggers for a whole year. My crafting partner Little M and I have really enjoyed the craft boxes that arrive each month and creating crafts that are set to a particular theme each month. The craft boxes always work a month ahead of the themes so In November we created Christmas crafts ready for the month of December. We made Christmas crown tea light Holders.
Now we have approached December, we are creating Chinese New year crafts for the upcoming Chinese New Year in Jan. Our craft box had some craft items themed around the Chinese New Year.

Little M was a little confused about this as at the moment she is seeing everything Christmas related however we chatted about different cultures and their celebrations and she was happy to craft with me.We chose to make Chinese New Year Calendar so she could take it home for her mum and dad as a gift.


To make the calendar you will need:



1 sheet A5 Glittery Card
1 2018 paper calendar.
1 red pipe cleaner to make hanging hook.
A New Year message written in Chinese (We found this on google and printed it)
Bostik Glue
Bostik Glue dots
Scissors
Pencil 
Ruler
Whole punch
Chinese print designs, ours were in the box but you can down load them and print from google


How to make:



1. Using the ruler measure and mark the centre of the card, Next mark two dots one each side of centre about 1.5 inches away.
2. Using a hole punch punch a hole on the mark.(This is where we will thread pipe cleaners to make hanging hook.)
3. Thread the pipe cleaner and wrap the end on its self through one hole, make a loop and thread the other end through the second hole and wrap around it self to secure.



4. Cut out the Chinese new year greeting and stick it on the top end of card under the pipe cleaner loop.
5. Glue the calendar underneath the greeting.
6.Cut out the Chinese designs and stick on either side of the card to decorate.


This craft is suitable for young children although, adult supervision may be required for using scissors.
If you like this project check the link below for more art and craft projects, that you can do with your children.

Kids Arts and Craft Videos
Kids Arts and Crafts Projects


Being part of the Bostik 2017 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

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