Rajasthan – Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Jodhpur, the blue city of Rajasthan, so aptly named after the blue painted homes dotting the rustic landscape of Jodhpur. I for one, was very excited and was eagerly waiting to visit the Mehrangarh Fort for many reasons – this was where “The Dark Knight Rises” was filmed! Remember the epic Pit Climb scene with Christian Bale? and the sweeping shot of him standing on the edge of the pit set in front of a massive fort? Yep. That is Mehrangarh Fort, one of the best preserved and colossal forts in all of India, built by King Rao Jodha (of the Rajput clan) 400 feet above the city on a cliff structure composed of igneous rock (the cliff was declared a National Geographic Monument by the Geological Survey of India)

Mehrangarh translates into ‘fort of the Sun’ – trust me. They weren’t kidding, one must visit the fort during twilight or at dusk (as I did, breathtaking to say the least) – Click on images to expand

But it wasn’t just a fort or a military base, it also housed several palaces and was a thriving center for art and culture. Within the fort are well-preserved galleries for public display –

Elephant Howdah (seats used on Elephants)

Palanquin Gallery (typically carried by 2 – 8 persons)

Royal Rooms

View of Jodhpur from the Fort

I was also able to satisfy my fan-boy antics by doing this –

Lastly, the Flying Fox Zipline at the Fort is NOT to be missed! Extreme fun and amazing views of the fort, rocky landscape and the blue city!

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Night Time Lapse – From the Terrace

Night Time Lapse – From The Terrace from Jayanth Kashyap on Vimeo.

Call me crazy for taking a time-lapse on a full moon night! But hey, this was my first time with night-time lapse so I guess its fine! I realized that the light pollution did not reveal too many stars (moon wasn’t helping!) and I did not have an interesting foreground subject to add that extra flavor to the video. Nevertheless, I kinda like the overall mood of the video!

P.S – Click on the link to view the video in HD on my Vimeo page!

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Rajasthan – Abandoned Village of Khaba, Jaisalmer

80 families, deserted an entire village over-night almost 200 years ago. No one knows why. Do I have your attention? I hope so.

This is the eerie story of the Paliwal Brahmin community, who lived in and around Kuldhara (the famous MAIN haunted abandoned village), who packed up and vanished one fine day in the face of a grave danger. Multiple stories claim that the Paliwal village chiefs of 84 villages wanted to protect the honor of their community when the local Mughal ruler wanted the hand of a Paliwal brahmin’s daughter in marriage.

I have seen abandoned houses, but villages? No. Overlooking the Khaba village is a fort (from where these pictures were taken) and surprisingly, one can find many peacocks surrounding the area.

Kabha is about 18Km from Jaisalmer, definitely a place I wouldn’t want to visit once the sun sets. What do you think?

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Rajasthan – Tigers of Ranthambore!

I just came back from a 8 day long vacation in Rajasthan. And what a vacation it was!! Our group traveled over 5000 KM across Jaipur, Ranthambore, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Doesn’t matter if your Indian or not – one just cannot leave Rajasthan without a sense of awe. I have thus decided to share some of the best pictures from the trip as part of a series of posts on Rajasthan. First of which is from the Ranthambore National Park. We were super lucky to spot a tiger in our very first safari ! I was even luckier to have a 75mm-300mm lens handy to take decent pictures from the canter.

Folks, I present to you – Krishna (T-19) Isn’t he a beauty? (Click to enlarge in full-screen)

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Time Lapse – Thar Desert Sunset!

Time Lapse #2 – Thar Desert Sunset from Jayanth Kashyap on Vimeo.

Had a wonderful time watching the sunset from the desert dunes near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Mesmerizing.

Software: Adobe Lightroom, LRTimeLapse, Adobe Premiere Pro

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Be Water, My Friend !

At the dawn of this new year, I can only think of what the Master said:

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

Bruce Lee

Happy New Year everyone!

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