Monday, March 16, 2009

Dazzling Palace Interiors/India


These pictures were taken at the Fort at Jodhpur which was astoundingly high up and could therefore withstand sieges. There were gates on several levels, one of which had huge spikes so that elephants -- even when hopped up on opium -- would not be able to break through. Some of the later pictures of City Palace in Udaipur.


The exteriors are imposing, the interiors luxuriant. Here an inner courtyard.


The floors are almost always marble. Here turquoise is inset into the walls. (Udaipur).


Here a wooden screen representing a very important person.


Such mirrors and jewels. No wonder common people are overawed. (Udaipur)


Colored glass windows at Jodhpur.

And decorative glass balls hanging from the ceiling at the same place.


And more mirrors and zigzags. (Udaipur).


Elephants fighting in a frieze round the walls.


And another very important person who has a cool mustache too. (Udaipur).

27 comments:

  1. What fantastic art human hands can create! The architecture, the choice of colors and patterns, the way glass captures the sun and intensifies the experience...beautiful!

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  2. All so...very dazzling, such a fantastic place to be. Oh..I want to go there soon..and still wanting to pull and stroke their mustaches too. You are having too much fun, big hugs for the weekend, love/M

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  3. ..I mean for the week...I am always thinking about the weekend.

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  4. What an interesting place. So glad to see your photos.

    Paz xoxo

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  5. So beautiful, Elizabeth! I've always wanted to visit India. Very inspiring!

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  6. It's so cool to see pictures of places I've been (though I was there long ago - 1989). Wow!

    I'm still overawed.

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  7. ah LOVING these pics! so rich so colourful so beautiful i wanna be there too!!! xxx j

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  8. I am definitely dazzled by that palace!

    Looking forward to seeing you.

    xo

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  9. Not THAT'S a Palace! Love the colors!
    Big fan of Indian's use of bright color!

    Welcome Home Lizabeth!
    xox
    Constance

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  10. Wonderful art, elizabeth - but when I see these rich buildings I am reminded of the enormous gap between the rich and the poor.

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  11. Overwhelming visual stimulation but oh so amazing to look at and absorb

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  12. Glorious, dazzling, audacious almost...

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  13. amazing - it's almost too much to take in - elephants hopped up on opium - wow.

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  14. Extraordinary!! Wow! I especially loved that turquoise inlayed wall.

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  15. OHHHHH ELIZABETH! I really need to go to the places you have been this trip- life is scooting out from under me -62 this last BD- I really need to experience this sort of WOW!

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  16. So elephants that take Opium are immune to gravity? I wonder how they discovered/decided to feed an elephant Opium. I seem really hung up on this elephant thing!, Great pictures as usual:~)

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  17. Wow, what beautiful things, thank you :)

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  18. Incredible photos of so much art and beauty. Thank you for sharing :)

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  19. Such rich culture and such rich colors!

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  20. Wow! I love the colors you are capturing Elizabeth, beautiful.

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  21. Some wonderful and familiar sights here! That dog is wonderful - I would have adopted him too. And that baby! Such a beautiful picture.

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  22. Wow these are some beautiful photos showing the manificant architecture of this building - personally I just love that mirror or mirrors.

    Its like a coloured stain glass window from a church but in a mirror.

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  23. These are stunning. I want to make a mini-theatre with all stone inlays. It will be the heavist mini-theatre ever. Maybe 20 pounds!

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  24. Turquoise walls?! Remarkable!

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