The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is famous for its many havelis (mansions constructed by the wealthy or royal). As their owners wanted to demonstrate this wealth, these havelis often housed intricate stone engravings and a variety of paintings, sculptures and ornaments, many of which have survived. Recently, many of these havelis, including several in the small town of Mandawa, have been purchased from their ancestral owners and repurposed as luxurious hotels. As a result, tourism in the area is booming, and thousands of tourists now visit the area each year.
In this first of two posts about the area, we look at the interiors of some of the havelis of the area, and their colourful engravings and artwork.
Founded in 1988, Norbulingka Institute is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture in its artistic and literary forms. The Institute provides training and education to many Tibetan refugees who reside in Dharamshala, and holds workshops in traditional Tibetan arts for visitors.
Most of the buildings at the Institute are constructed in the traditional Tibetan style, with colourful facades and intricate artwork on their walls, and other elements of Tibetan culture such as prayer flags and prayer wheels are also prevalent. Another striking feature of the Institute is its greenery and the ease with which the architecture blends into it. This balance and harmony between nature and culture makes Norbulingka Institute a great place to visit and spend time at, even if one is not particularly interested in nature or culture.
As with the photograph in the previous post, these three images highlight the greenery of Singapore, even in busy commercial and residential areas. In each of these three photographs, there is a residential or commercial space to the left, and greenery in the form of trees or plants to the right.
Singapore’s streets are home to both tall, modern buildings and greenery in the form of plants and trees. This photograph captures both these aspects of the city.