My first site in Punjab’s tour is a Sarai in the village of Nurmahal. Sarai were kind of inns or rest houses for travelers and businessmen on their trips of exchanging goods. They used to spend the night in these Sarais, which was free of cost. Other times kings and queens used to stay when they used to visit the place for their tours or hunting. A typical sarai used to quadrangular space surrounded by rooms and huge walls with a watch tower on all the four sides, a mosque in the centre and other things depending how important that sarai was.
Nur Sarai is located in Nurmahal somewhere around 30 kms from Jalandhar. It is believed to be the birth place of Nurjehan: Jahangir’s wife. Also it is believed Nurjehan spent a large part of her childhood here. The sarai was built in the early 17th century mainly as a hunting lodge where Nurjehan used to rest after her hunting excursions.
The whole structure is made of bricks as was common in those days. The sprawling main gate has carvings with scenes of hunting of tigers and rhinoceros which is believed inhabited this area in those times. There were around 140 rooms at the sarai of which 75% are still present. In the centre of sarai is a mosque and a small building which as told by the caretaker was the Army’s General’s place of stay. Their was also a Rang Mahal which was the queens part of the sarai. The monument is in a pretty decent condition with three sides of the sarai still in position along with the mosque and the general’s place.
A panoramic view of the sarai
The mosque at the sarai
One of the gates
Rang Mahal: The place where the queens used to stay
A view from one of the rooms
Interior of one of the rooms
Rooms at the sarai
Carvings on the main gate depicting various hunting scenes
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Here’s my interpretation of this week’s challenge
The photo shows the renewal of life after a lot of hardships, like rising above the flames of difficulties.
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This week’s topic was a bit tricky. “Dreaming” using long exposure got me into a fix that what could I click. I thought of visiting the local beach at the sunset for some inspiration but it was raining. Then it struck to me that dreaming is not just about nature. We dream about a lot of things nature, happiness, joy, heaven, angels even demons. So I thought of uploading this pic which I had in my archive.
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I’m coming back to blogging after a really long time and what better way to start than what I love most: Photography. So here’s an update for weekly photo challenge with its theme “Movement”
This photo was taken in the summer of 2010 in Ladakh at the now famous Pangong Tso lake where 3 Idiots was shot.
BlogAdda has come up with yet another interesting contest. It is called “Frames of Freedom” and it involves uploading pictures that depict your take on Freedom – freedom to live, freedom to enjoy life – Freedom as a whole.
Here is my take on Freedom(Click the image for better view)
There may be a bar to which they are clinging…but there are no bars to their freedom
(Lines by @thehumerus)
This post is in association with the contest ‘Frames of Freedom‘ organised by Blogadda.