Magical Hues of the Hawa Mahal, or The Palace of Winds in Questions and Answers

Magical Hues of the Hawa Mahal, or The Palace of Winds in Questions and Answers

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to make my way to the Hawa Mahal - an iconic monument in Jaipur that had been on my bucket list for a long time. While being genuinely impressed by one of the most recognized monuments in India, I find it quite difficult to write about such a  popular ...read more »

The Mandore Gardens near Jodhpur – a charming collection of royal memorials

The Mandore Gardens near Jodhpur – a charming collection of royal memorials

Located around 9 km from Jodhpur, the Mandore Gardens is a beautiful park where the architectural intricacies of the ancient cenotaphs create a mind-blowing visual feast. Pair it with the bright tropical flowers, and you’ll get the idea of why it’s been one of my favourite places to visit since I started exploring Rajasthan. If ...read more »

22 photos that may tempt you to visit Jodhpur

22 photos that may tempt you to visit Jodhpur

So I've been to Jodhpur last months. Yes, May is the worst time of the year to visit Rajasthan, and yes, it was extremely hot. But as a super busy mom of three kids with a limited travel budget, I'm not in any position to turn opportunities down. I had a chance to visit Jodhpur and ...read more »

Jaswant Thada – the beautiful marble mausoleum in Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada – the beautiful marble mausoleum in Jodhpur

Downhill from the mighty Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, there is a delicate marble monument, commonly known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar; a milky white structure that stands ethereal against the backdrop of the bright Rajasthani sky. It is a most fascinating structure, with its array of fanciful domes, intricate carvings, and quaint fusion of ...read more »

Things to do in Udaipur – the ultimate guide

Things to do in Udaipur – the ultimate guide

Known as Venice of the East and CIty of Lakes, the historical capital of the Mewar region in Rajastan has plenty of attractions to keep its visitors mesmerized all through the visit. Nestled among the Aravalli mountain ranges, Udaipur is home to five beautiful lakes and extraordinary landscapes. With its cool, mild weather  the city is ...read more »

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur – two hours of aesthetic pleasure

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur – two hours of aesthetic pleasure

“There is nothing much to see. The dance with fire show is in the evening. Click a photo jaldi (quickly), and I’ll take you to Moti Magri”. Our rickshaw driver obviously didn’t have a very high opinion of Bagore Ki Haveli. Perhaps he's seen too many palaces in the city he was lucky to live. ...read more »

The Stone Carvings of Jagdish Temple, Udaipur – unexpected effect

The Stone Carvings of Jagdish Temple, Udaipur – unexpected effect

“I’m an artist. I’d like to show you my works”. Isn’t it a much better interpretation of the infamous “come to see my shop”? Needless to say, I wanted to see the works of art. Quite predictably, I ended up in a dreary shop full of lousy, mass-produced paintings of elephants, horses, tigers, peacocks and camels ...read more »

Udaipur City Palace quick facts and photos

Udaipur City Palace quick facts and photos

The City Palace is undoubtedly a centerpiece of Udaipur, a city I’ve chosen to start my acquaintance with the state of Rajasthan. Unofficially known as Venice of the East and the City of Lakes, Udaipur has been on my radar for quite a while. Although it’s not listed as one of the most popular monsoon ...read more »

The greens and fountains of Saheliyon-ki-Bari – the Garden of Maidens in Udaipur

The greens and fountains of Saheliyon-ki-Bari – the Garden of Maidens in Udaipur

The most cherished memory of the Ukrainian period of my life is looking after the flowering plants in my parents' garden (remember my roses? :)) That's why, no matter how strapped for time I may be, I always try to include parks and gardens into my list of things to see in a new city. ...read more »