Saturday, March 17, 2018

Birds of Desert National Park Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Great Indian Bustard

Birds of Desert National Park, Rajasthan

It often surprises people to learn that birdwatchers go to deserts, hot, and cold (Ladakh) places in search of birds. The habitat, it seems, can't be sustaining bird life. In actuality it is quite the opposite!

 A large number of species of birds are found all over Rajasthan like Larks, Wheatears, raptors including Vultures. Most of these birds are not colourful as they must camouflage themselves from predators.

The Great Indian Bustard (image on the top left) is one of the critically endangered birds in India owing to hunting and loss of habitat. The habitats that these birds thrive in are dry grasslands, semi-desert regions, and scrubs. One of main reasons, for the Great Indian Bustard's reducing numbers in this region and in all parts of India, is because the earlier semi-desert lands have got transformed into farmed areas because of irrigation.

These bird pictures are from the Desert National Park, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.The pictures are courtesy Soma Jha.
Asian Desert Warbler
Bimaculated lark

Black-crowned sparrow-lark
Common babbler with Spanish sparrow

Cream-coloured Courser
Desert Lark

Long-legged Buzzard
Southern grey Shrike

Variable Wheatear

Friday, March 2, 2018

Beautiful Havelis of Mandawa Rajasthan, India

Murmuria Haveli -Engine with crows and a man standing in front
Continuing with my earlier post on Havelis (Mansions) of Churu, Rajasthan, India, this post has some more mesmerizing havelis from the Shekhawati historical region. Mandawa which is a part of Shekhawati region is located around 190 km from Jaipur.

A well-known place for Havelis (Mansions), Mandawa is a favourite location for film shoots. Some scenes from PK and Bajrangi Bhaijan were shot here.

These pictures, courtesy Soma Jha, are from Murmuria, Gulab Rai Ladia, and Mohanlal Saraf Havelis.
Murmuria Haveli,Mandawa- a bridge of Venice visible
Painting of a Train 

scenes from Venice
Murmuria haveli paintings

Beautiful paintings Murmuria, Mandawa
More paintings on the walls

Murmuria Haveli
Murmuria Haveli, Mandawa

Gulab Rai Ladia haveli-Mandawa-Rajasthan
Gulab Rai Ladia haveli

looks like African men perhaps musicians
Lovely door-Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli

Mohanlal Saraf Haveli -Awesome work
Mohanlal Saraf Haveli, Mandawa-Paintings

Beautiful paintings - Mandawa Havelis

Mohanlal Saraf Haveli, Mandawa
Mohanlal Saraf Haveli, Mandawa

Totally brilliant work!

Outside the Haveli