Thursday, 15 March 2018

Love Birds~Bostik Challenge

We are already approaching spring but you would not have thought so with the sub zero temperatures that UK have been experiencing recently. I do love the Spring season, the first flowers popping their heads through the frosty ground and the sound of birds chirping in the early morning, almost like they have woken up from a long hibernation.
The Bostik box this month is themed flying and birds, so as always little M my crafting buddy  and I got together one cold Sunday afternoon to play with the items in the box.
We decided to make use of the pretty feathers in the box and make some lovely love bird stick puppets.

Items you will need for the stick puppets are:

1 round Paper plate
4 Feathers
2 Stickon Eyes
2 Lolly sticks
Bostik, stickon sellotape rounds
Bostik Glue dots
Bostik Glue
Stick on flower decorations
Funky foam  yellow and pink

How to Make the Love Bird Stick Puppets:

1. On the paper plate draw an "S "shape as shown in picture.

2. Cut the shape out so that you have two bird shapes.

3. Cut two triangle shapes for birds beaks from the yellow funky foam.
4. Using the Bostik tape discs stick the beak to the bird.

5. From the funky foam cut out heart shape as shown in picture to make the birds wings.

6. Using the Bostik glue dots stick the feathers on to the birds tail end.
7. On top of the feathers stick on the heart shape to make the birds wing. Stick on the eye.

8. Decorate your love bird with some flower stickers.

9. Turn the bird over and on the back side position the lolly stick and stick it.

The love bird stick puppet is ready for play.

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 2018 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Udaipur~India Travels

I have been writing about my travels around Rajasthan India over the last few months. Our next stop after Jaipur and Jodpur was the beautiful city of Udaipur. 

We had a total of two full days to spend in Udaipur. We stayed at the Ramada Udaipur Hotel and Spa, it is outside the city center away from the hustle and bustle. The hotel is beautiful and has a very heritage feel to it. 

We arrived very late to Udaipur so we spent the evening relaxing in the hotel. After a delicious Rajasthani dinner, we enjoyed a lovely Rajasthani Folk show that the hotel had arranged for the guests. It was beautiful and we joined in with the dancing too.

There are many historic and religious places you can visit in Udaipur however if you are limited for time like we were, I would suggest to pick 2-3 key places to visit and enjoy them thoroughly.

The next day after a hearty breakfast, we visited the City palace and Museum in the morning and then took a boat ride on the Lake Pichola with a stopover for lunch/ afternoon tea at Jagmandir palace hotel.The evening we took advantage of the light show before enjoying dinner at a lakeside restaurant.

I am sharing with you a little about the places we visited:

City Palace and Museum:

Built over a period of nearly 400 years, City Palace is situated in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan. It is a magnificent palace which looks beautiful from outside and is equally interesting from inside. The palace boasts wonderful architecture heritage from the Mewar Dynasty, its traditions, the interior have walls carved with beautiful designs using marble and glass.

Within the palace is a government museum. On show are many antic artefacts, beautiful paintings, rare musical instruments, and exhibits of ancient Gods, silver and gold ornament displays, glass works and much more. To fully understand and enjoy the Mewar history it is recommended to take a guided tour of the palace. Alternatively there is audio tour available in various languages too. 

The ticket price for the palace entrance is 30 rs, however there is an additional charge for the museum entrance and you have to pay extra to take cameras and videos.

The ticket prices are:
Adult 250 rs
Child 100 rs,
Additional charge for camera/video 250 rs,
Guide 250 rs,
Audio guide 200rs
The palace opening times are 9.30am-5.30pm, last entry 4.30pm

Light Show:

In the evening there are two sound and light shows at the palace between 7-8 and 8-9 pm. One is in Hindi and the other is in English, prices vary according to which one you go to, the English one more geared to tourists is more expensive. The charges are:
Adult/Child 150-500rs /100-200rs

Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola is situated in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is named after the nearby Picholi village. The lake is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 by Pichhu Banjara during the ruling period of Maharana Lakha. It is set with the perfect backdrop of lush green hills and has and The City Palace of Udaipur stretching along the eastern banks of this lake. 

Along the lake you can also visit the Mohan Mandir which is situated in the north-east corner of Lake Pichola. The picturesque lake is surrounded by hotels and many small rooftop cafes and guest houses. The lake is encased by ghats such as Gangaur Ghat, Lal Ghat, Hanuman Ghat, Ambrai Ghat and many others Ghats. In the southern part of this lake, there is a hill that is known as Machhala Magra and you can see glimpse of Eklinggarh Fort from here.

Lake Pichola comprises of several islands that accompany the calm waters of the lake. On Jag Island you will find the well-known Taj Lake Palace Hotel and also the nearby Jagmandir Island where you will find the Jagmandir Palace, which is now a hotel. Both hotels are beautiful inside and out and are also used as destination wedding venues by the rich and elite.

Above all, a trip to Pichola Lake would be incomplete with a boat ride.You can take a boat ride at any time of the day and there is an option to stop off at Jagmandir Island Palace Hotel before returning back to the city palace. The boat ride is INR 400 before 2 PM and INR 700 per person after 2 PM.

Time permitting, there are many other sightseeing places you can visit in Udaipur some of them are:

Eklingji Temple
Srinathji Temple
Saas-Bahu Temple
Rishabhdeo Jain Temple

Fateh Prakash Palace
Kumbhalgarh Fort

Lake Fatehsagar
Jaisamand Lake

Wild life and Parks:
Sajjangarth Wildlife Sanctuary

Bagore ki Haveli
Maharana Pratap Museum
Crystal Gallery

We spent our second day in Udaipur shopping. You will find beautiful Rajasthani meenakari item, colorful textiles, gemstone paintings, oxidized silver & copper items, Pichwai & miniature paintings, sculptures, panels, paintings, and other item in marble stone. Costume jewellery, lac bangles and jhoothis (embroidered shoes) are a must purchase as they are beautiful. We particularly like the mirror work cushions and bed spreads and also the colorful Bandani sarees and ethnic wear. There are many bazaars and markets dotted around and you will be mesmerized with the beautiful and colorful Rajasthani  artefacts and the shopping experience is one not to be missed.

Our next destination from Udaipur is Mount Abu which I will feature in my next post.

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