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In the Thar desert, near Bikaner, I saw shrubs of white/purple giant milkweed or calotropis procera. Inside the stalks of this plant is a milky fluid, said to be toxic for human. Animals, goats eat it. The shrubs can grow quite tall.DSC00130

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A blue flower in the dry Tahr desert, and frangipani on the isle of Jaq Mandir in the Pichola lake. One of the few flowers in the Thar; lots of them are prickly. Some animals eat these flowers and other are trampled upon by lots of camels on the fair, camel carts, tents and nomads from far away, which makes for an exciting setting.
The frangipani tree or Plumeria on  Jaq Mandir is planted in a beautiful garden of a small white palace. The borders of the lake are beautiful with white palaces, bridges and women washing their colorful saris. A part of the James Bond movie Octopussy was shot here.DSC00129

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And I visited Fatehpur Sikri, the magnificent complex of red buildings, built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years, before it was abandoned due to water shortage. And again these beautiful gardens.DSC00112

 

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I was in India for 16 days, in Rajasthan.  I posted my travel journal on http://desertblues.wordpress.com/  I sketched some flowers  and other things on the way; I still have to figure a way to preserve my flowers though. The delicacy of these flowers remind me of clematis somehow. I think the name is Kachnar/Bauhini Variegata, planted in abundance in this beautiful Persian garden of the Moghuls at the Taj Mahal. This beautiful marble mausoleum was built by the Mughol emperor Shah Jahan in 1632, in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.

Taj Mahal

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