Bikaner: For the love of doors & windows 1

It was a Monday yesterday, as always I saw frustration everywhere. So I switched off my phone, and stared at the lazy faces around and at the faces of them, travellers. A 16 hour pit-stop at Bikaner, on my way from Jaisalmer to Delhi, was one of the best decisions I made in this trip. This is an Hors d’oeuvre … a post on the beautiful doors & windows of Bikaner… dedicated to the lady who loves doors. Junagarh Fort of Bikaner is probably the best maintained & managed fort in Rajasthan, also one of the most beautiful fort from inside. My tour started with me waiting for the ‘free’ palace guide, in front of this door:

Gate in Bikaner, rAJASTHAN: door at Junagarh fort

And then I saw this door, it was love at first sight (Junagarh Fort):

Rajasthani Gate in Bikaner: ancient art on doors

But then this door happened, and I am confused now:

Decorative Gate in Rajasthan

So I ran into the ‘children’s room, where the royal kids saw clouds & rain through wall paintings, and there was this one amongst dark blue clouds & lightning:

beautiful gate in rajasthan: Traditional art on doors India

And then there was ‘the rich husband’ or ‘the prized wife’…this pure sliver door:

Prized beautiful door

But then ‘the woods’ responded with this beauty, carved out of walnut wood from Kashmir:

beautiful gates of Rajasthan

Some exits need no doors, like this one leading to the roof:

Gate without a door

With so many doors in my mind, i ran out of the fort into Bikaner.

I ran and ran, till I reached the great wall of the city.

I saw the Sun heading to its dorm on my right,

A little left to the Sun  was the Jain Temple build by Seth Bhandashah.

And in there I saw the most beautiful painting ever made on the inside of a door:

temple of jain temple in bikaner

I ran out into the streets, through the old city of Bikaner.

There were doors every where, arranged in such symmetry.double doors in bikaner haveli

Through the narrow lanes, a quick right there and a turning here, I reached there at last… the Mecca of doors & windows, Rampuria Havelis of Bikaner

I stared at them from down under, they looked at me and then to the far sky:

Haveli in Rajasthan

I ran again, more with my eyes than my legs. I met some doors, they looked younger than me… but wiser by few centuries.

Some so brightly dressed, with Rampuria halo of nobility around them:

Rampuria haveli in Bikaner

gates of Rampuria Haveli

Some held their breath as I passed by them, seemed like a salute or a greeting.

Maybe it is a door salute!

blue gates of Havelis in Rajasthan

Mesmerized by doors & windows, I forgot to ask: where is the wall?

Rampuria Haveli

Maybe you can point out the walls for me, because I surely didn’t see them on my way.

I walked back, with so many doors & windows, safely locked behind my mind’s door.

I walked a long way till I saw them again. They looked at me and then to the far sky.

Decorated gates in Bikaner, Rajasthan

This blog post was written by Doulos Jose for his personal blog

 

 

Similar Posts That You Might Like

About 

Holidify.com is the Highest Rated Travel App in India used to find holiday ideas. Download the app here and you will be surprised to know that there are so many amazing destinations in India that you must visit.