I was fortunate to go on a fascinating drive to Nazarbagh Palace , Jaipur which took me through the amazing and aromatic Golden Fields of Marigolds or Genda Phool.
I had promised in my blog AUSPICIOUS MARIGOLDS ( Please check it out for information on these flowers which I am not repeating in this post) that I will redeem myself by posting better photographs.
However I did not even imagine in my wildest dreams that I would visit a Field of Golden Flowers within the week itself.
Nazarbagh Palace is located a mere 20 minute drive from the center of Jaipur..
The Golden Fields as I call them are in fact a commercial plantation of Marigolds which are sought after during the Wedding Season in India.
The entire drive from the Highway to the Nazarbagh is through the awesome rural countryside of Jaipur dominated by Marigolds and Mary’s Gold ( the name for Calendulas on which I will post an article in the blog to follow) .
The picture below typifies the beautiful countryside complete with a Cottage and a Water Buffalo in the background.
A closer look at the flowers reveals various Shades of Gold. Many of them will be converted into Garlands which will adorn deities in various temples in and around the city of Jaipur.
A closer look at the Golden Flowers
The Indian Honey Bee tests the nectar of a bicoloured Genda Phool . ( Hindi for MariGold).
The Petals grow from an edible Off White Central disc which is relished by children.
As the Marigolds belongs to the Asteraceae Family it exhibits many of the unique features that are characteristic of the Sun Flower or Daisy family.
Am sure many of the regular readers of these blogs are by now familiar with these enchanting characteristics.
We have through this blog and the preceding AUSPICIOUS MARIGOLDS experienced various types of Marigolds or Gendas. Am hopeful you have enjoyed these flowers which find an important place in Mexico as well during the Festival of the Dead.
The area is also rich in Birdlife and highly recommended if you wish to savour the flavours and Enchanting Spells of Rural India. ( do keep a watch out for a write up on Nazarbagh Palace in http://www.travelwithmukul.wordpress.com)