Last place I visit....Do I cheer or cry??
Trip Start Oct 13, 2009
82Trip End Jan 01, 2010
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Why did I manage to find my way to Deeg? Well it's all Monty Don's fault....watched his TV series Around the world in 80 gardens and Deeg was included. Looked great so thought if I'm ever in India I know where I'm going!
Useless piece of info: Deeg palace is built outside the fort and not inside as was the norm. Why? Don' know!
Deeg palace and the water gardens for that is what it is famous for. Water, fountains, water and more water. Not only fountains but there are also supposed to be different colours of water. Unfortunately the fountains are only switched on 2 days a year so the rest of the time you have to use your imagination
The gardens were great, lots of interconnecting pools which gave great vistas between the buildings. There are two big lakes (or tanks as they are known in India) either side of the palace/gardens so that just adds to the water. Buildings overlook the lakes and I'm sure the view in years gone by would have been better than the some of the views now. Modern life has arrived by one of the lakes...one side is ok still only the old palace buildings but the other side everyday life in India. Bit of a shame but the rest is still great!
Had a guide for the first 10-15 mins but he knew just about as much as I did and he kept asking me to move on to the next bit as soon as I arrived so I soon ditched him and went round by myself. Sure sign it was the end of my trip and I was a bit tired I didn't say no to a guide.......
After losing the annoying guide I went back to the Kesav Bhawan or Monsoon Palace. This was the place which really caught my imagination when I first heard about Deeg. It is an open sided building built on a platform surrounded by fountains. On the roof there were openings so that water could cascade down the sides of the building to imitate the monsoon rains. There were also metal balls placed into the roof which were moved around by the water which gave the impression of thunder. All to give the impression of being in the cool monsoon season instead of the hot stifling summer when the palace was in use. Now that is what I call genius! It was a pity the water wasn't flowing like the monsoon rains but with a bit of imagination I could imagine myself sitting there with the fountains going as well enjoy the cooling showers of water cascading all around me.....
Not only were there fountains outside but also inside. In the building which was the main royal residence the rooms on the ground floor also had fountains in them. In other buildings there were systems to draw water into them out through spouts and via channels in the floor into the water pools in the gardens. I really do I have to go back when the fountains and all the water systems are working!
One building was transported from Agra and rebuilt in the garden. You could tell it was from Agra it was built of white marble with inlays of stones. Although yet again the restoration that had taken place was pretty dire.....where stones had fallen out they had simply filled in the gaps with concrete. Me thinks it would have been better to simply leave the gaps alone!
Inside the royal residence there were separate Indian and western style dining rooms. Fabulous sitting room overlooking the water although I doubt the furniture was 300 years old as the old guy who followed me around explained...On the second floor there was even a separate room for playing chess. Boy these guys knew how to live!
After all that needed a sit down so sat down by the monsoon palace had a quick snack and a drink and enjoyed the view. After taking a few more photos of the gardens, that was it. Nothing more to see. Visit over. Holiday over. Nothing more to do then get back to Delhi and catch my flight......
As I said I didn't know whether to cheer or cry........