Friday, December 30, 2011

Purana Qila

Purana Qila is not far from our house, but we went there for the first time the other day. It was a very nice, sunny morning--perfect weather for visiting the large and pleasant grounds of the old fort. It was built in the 16th century, much of it by Sher Shah from 1540-45 but some of it had been constructed by Humayun in the 10 years prior to Sher Shah's rule. The fort is an impressively large area with huge gates, thick walls and buildings spread about the well-manicured lawns. Nestled among the trees and rooftops were our favorite green parakeets. The boys loved running around and climbing while the adults enjoyed reading about the history on the well-placed and informative signs. Overall, a lovely morning out!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Exploring Jantar Mantar...

The other day while running an errand, we stopped by Jantar Mantar. It's a place I've been wanting to see but never managed to make time to visit. So, with the boys and my mom, we had a fun morning. 

Jantar Mantar was built in 1725 by Jai Singh II, the ruler of Jaipur, as an open-air observatory of the sun, moon and stars. It was also used to calculate time. Apparently, it was pretty accurate.

The kids loved walking up and down the stairs and exploring the depths of these huge cement structures.

Arthur found a special spot.
Then some friends found him.
And, one by one they got a photo with the boys (all in all at least 10 different pics were taken).
Jantar Mantar is a fun place to visit and the boys did not want to leave! We will definitely be back soon.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sanskriti revisited twice

It's funny sometimes when you learn about something new or go to a new place and as soon as you have this new awareness, the new thing or place keeps popping up. That is how Sanskriti has been for us, as soon as our friend Sejal introduced us to it back in October, we have been back twice for two different events. And, it is always a haven of peacefulness and cleaner air when we go.

The weekend of November 26th Sanskriti hosted Bookaroo, a literary festival for children. It was fantastic. There were storytellers, authors and activities for kids aged 4-16. You can visit their website: BOOKAROO. If you're in Delhi next year around the same time and you have kids, I highly recommend going!

Jeeva Raghunath kicks off the day with a story:
 Dorian enjoys:
 Making a book with French author Malika Doray:

 Hearing a story and song by John Dougherty:

Then, a few weeks after Bookaroo, the weekend of December 10th, Sanskriti hosted Potter's Haat. A two-day celebration of all things made from clay. There were demonstrations, kids activities and potters selling their beautiful wares.

Dorian enjoyed seeing the demonstrations:

 And, I enjoyed buying some pots (view of the merchandise area):

All in all, our three outings to Sanskriti have been fun each in their own way. It's my new favorite place and any new event I hear about being hosted there will definitely make its way on our calendar!