Wandering round the myriad staircases, corridors and battlements of Neemrana, finding the old water tank, sitting on the carved stone pavilions under the shade of chhatris, looking out over the countryside in the early morning - for a while you can have the rare experience of feeling like you're actually on holiday while still in India!
Indian artisans have produced inlaid wooden furniture at all levels of sophistication from simple bone inlay patterns to detailed, complex and exquisite inlays of ivory, rare woods and mother of pearl in designs fit only for the wealth of a Maharajah.
The use of Jali work in India and Nepal Throughout northern India and Nepal you'll see variations on the idea of Jali carving. The term "Jali" comes from the Urdu word for "net" and the characteristic of Jali is that a solid surface has been carved to create empty spaces in the surface. Whether made from stone or wood this technique has been used on balconies and exterior walls to cut down the glare and heat of the sun and to allow air to ventilate the rooms and interior spaces. Air flowing through many small spaces cools more effectively than...
Wood carving is an important decorative and cultural tradition in most parts of India. In the forested north, houses are wholly or partly built from timber and decorated with floral and geometric carving.