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The Mihrab, from inside and outside the main chamber of Humayun’s Tomb. Delhi, India


Mihrab, also known as a prayer niche, is a common element of Islamic Mosque architecture throughout the world.

The mihrab is symbolically cut over the jaali or marble lattice screen in Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In place of the traditional Surah An-Noor (Commandments) of Quran inscribed on the mihrabs, there is just an outline allowing light to enter from the Qibla or direction of the Mecca.

Mecca is the city in which the Prophet Muhammad was born, and the home of the most important Islamic site, the Kaaba. The direction of Mecca is called the Qibla, and so the wall in which the Mihrab is set is called the Qibla Wall.


  • mihrab in India will be to the west, while a one in Egypt will be to the east.
  • The origin of Mihrab is non religious. A special room (used for private worship) in the house was referred as mihrab
  • Mihrabs vary in size, are usually ornately decorated and designed to give the impression of an arched doorway or a passage to Mecca
  • The mihrab originated in the reign of the Umayyad prince al-Walīd I (705–715), during which time the famous mosques at Medina, Jerusalem, and Damascus were built


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TGIF! Here’s A Shot!




Enjoy the beauty of a sunset! 

Enjoy nature’s farewell kiss for the night!

Sunset, Khajuraho Group of Temples, Madhya Pradesh, India


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Unexplored Rajasthan: Jhalawar




X: “So where are you off too this time 🙂  ”
Me: “Bundi & Jhalawar
X: “Ohhh, where is this?”
Me: “Rajasthan
X: “Rajasthan? Bundi sounds somewhat heard ….. but Jhalawar, no!! Whats there to see?

“X” here stands for people I had conversation with before my trip and to me, the conversation was not surprising. Bundi has more foreign tourists than domestic while Jhalawar does not feature on tourist map as yet ….. Its an unexplored jewel of Rajasthan.

Jhalawar, earlier known as Brijnagar & Chaoni Umedpura, is the ‘land of Jhalas’ (a clan of Chauhan Rajputs). In fact its named after its founder, Jhala Zalim Singh a dewan from Kota.

We had clubbed our Bundi trip with Jhalawar and I must confess its one of those trip I cannot stop talking about. We had taken a cab to Jhalawar (with a stop over at Kota for lunch) and that evening / night we rested. The next day we left early after breakfast and explored the small town till lunch time as our return train was in the evening.

Below is a sneak peak into what all one can do in Jhalawar. An individual post on some of them shall follow soon, one by one, so remain glued 😀



Gagron Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Our first stop was the Gagron Fort — massive with awe inspiring architecture and still not in the tourist radar! In fact we were the only people (tourist) there 🙂 The UNESCO had declared it a World Heritage Site in 2013 and thereafter restoration work had begun (now almost done). Thanks to them, hopefully, we will now have the fort and Jhalawar on the tourism map. The fort is a wonderful example of a Jal Durg (Water Fort) because it is surrounded on three sides by rivers Ahu and Kali Sindh. Dargah of sufi saint Mitthe Shah is just outside the fort. Also the monastery of saint Pipa, a contemporary of saint Kabir is close by.



The ornate Chandrabhaga Temples

The 7th century Chandrabhaga temples, on the banks of river Chandrabhaga, are under ASI but there are barely any tourist / visitors here. The temples are an example of beautiful sculptures, carved pillars, bulbous domes and chisel work. The most famous of them is the temple of Sitalesvara Mahadeva (not under ASI) and being taken care by a pujari (priest) family for generations now.



Sun Temple

This 10th century Sun Temple or Padma Nabha Mandir, situated in the heart of Jhalrapatan, is famous for its shikhara (peak of a temple) which is 96 ft from the ground, its marvelous architecture and sculptures. The main idol under worship is of god Padmnabh or Vishnu.



Peaceful, green, educative Herbal Garden

This place is green and offers lots of tree shades 🙂 A stroll in the garden may not hurt but you can give it a skip. The garden would interest people with serious orientation for botany & Ayurveda.



RTDC Gavdi Talab

Jhalawar does not have many options to stay. We found this property to be the best deal especially the open spaces and the fantastic views of sunrise and sunset. The manager of the RTDC was very helpful and guided us well. He also helped us arrange a cab for touring the town and finally a drop to the station. The rooms are basic but decent. The food freshly cooked, simple but good. I really hope the property sees boom time with more tourists opting for a trip to Jhalawar.

Just a glimpse of the beautiful sunset we enjoyed at RTDC Gavdi Talab


These are the few main places we could manage in half a day! If you plan a longer stay you can also visit Shantinatha Jain temple, Jhalawar fort, Government Museum, Navlakha fort, Dwarkadhish temple, Bhawani Natyashala and the Buddhist caves of Kolvi.

This winter do plan a long weekend trip to Bundi – Kota – Jhalawar . A trip seeped in history and unexplored grandeur of Rajasthan! Read about my Bundi trip here


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