architectural astronomy at Jantar Mantra & Hawa Mahal - JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN.

- Exploring busy Jaipur with all it's history. Getting my architectural astronomy on at Jantar Mantra.
It's the "equinoctial sundial, consisting a gigantic triangular gnomon with the hypotenuse parallel to the Earth's axis. On either side of the gnomon is a quadrant of a circle, parallel to the plane of the equator. The instrument is intended to measure the time of day, correct to half a second and declination of the Sun and the other heavenly bodies.

There are four Jantar Mantar monuments in India, of which the largest is in Jaipur which features many instruments along with the world's largest stones sundial."

And of course I had to gaze up at the great Hawa Mahal, or "Place of Winds". Tt was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. Not enough? Oh yeah, there's one of the best street chais I've had in India. And I've had quit a bit chai there.


farm family & holi sunrise trekking - PUSHKAR, RAJASTHAN.

- As I look though these and so many more photos I'm getting all warm in my heart and my eyes are filling up with tears. There's no words for how much love India and it's people got to offer. No matter where I am I still got more family dinners and open arms to go to. People are opening up their homes and hearts for me in every new city and town as I continue to explore the holi country.

I can't believe that this was around 5 months ago already. Oh, how time flies away...

Some of my favourite things to do while I'm on the road is to follow the sun, literally. I love to wake up before sunrise to then watch, from some amazing place, how magical and powerful the universe and mother nature is.
At the photos above you can see the view from a holi hill in Pushkar one very early and cold morning.

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