Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Our World Tuesday: Week 99 - Scenes from Old Town, Patiala, Punjab, India


Patiala is the third largest city in southeastern Punjab in northern India.  "Royalty 
is still considered as cultural and political icons in Patiala". His Highness 
Maharajadhiraj Captain Amarinder Singh, Mahendra Bahudur heads the royal
house at the present time.

 Patiala is also famous for its traditional turban, its "patiala pants" - rather 
voluminous women's pants, the paranda - used for braiding hair, shoes 
known as juttis which are often made of very colorful thread, and the Patiala
peg -  a measure of liquor popular in Indian Punjab. It is a volume roughly 
equivalent to 120ml, though the rough and ready measure is the amount of 
liquor needed to fill a glass equal to the height between the index and little 
fingers when they are held parallel to one another. The name originates from 
the city of Patiala in Indian Punjab, and is about 50% larger than a normal 
shot glass.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patiala

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patiala_peg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jutti

My "Our World Tuesday" photos were taken in Patiala's Old Town which was
like stepping back into India's past.














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17 comments:

  1. Beautifully captured!

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    1. I really enjoyed Patiala. Would love to go there again.

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    1. Thank you. I love all the beautiful arches in India...it's fun to take photographs through them.

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  3. Thanks for the interesting info. Wonderful photos, too.

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    1. India is so interesting. One never runs out of photographic material, not all of it beautiful, though.

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  4. Beautiful, love all the colorful details

    I'm inviting you to join us with your travel images for Travel Photo Mondays next week, please link up with us :)

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    1. Noel, I keep meaning to stop by Travel Photo Mondays. I've seen your site and I want to contribute. It is wonderful.

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  5. I love all these images - your banner pic reminds me of the Rambagh Palace - where we actually spent one night - the night of our sons 10th birthday. Everyone sang happy birthday to him - led by the piano player - a wonderful memory.
    I also like very much your first Our World Tuesday pic - lovely pattern and colour. Your post makes me want to return to India:)

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    1. Did you actually live in India. I first visited in 1997 for ten days but I've been living here off and on since Dec 2011 when I spent four months in Mumbai. I came back in 2012 for five months in Jaipur, then, after seven months at home in the San Fran area, I am back for six months in Mumbai, I hope. When finances allow, I head off to see another spot for a short while - Patiala, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Mysore. I do love India in spite of its problems.

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  6. love the rows of detail around the dome.

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    1. I am always impressed at how intricate some of these ancient buildings and temples are. Many, such as the Taj, had jewels and lovely inlays but, of course, most were robbed of those.

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  7. those are very beautiful and inspiring scenes Carmen, great to see the structures are kept and live on

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    1. Artisans and builders of ancient times were incredible. I wish I were a bit more mobile so I could visit more of the temples with hundreds of steps!!

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  8. Wonderful coverage of the place.

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    1. So much I can't see because of my limited mobility. I expect you to help me in that regard!!!

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  9. A oriental scene in western eyes.

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