Saturday, September 23, 2017

Birds of Jakkur Lake - 9, Bangalore

Jakkur Lake in north Bangalore you can come across many colorful birds. 



Here is glimpse some of the water birds of different species.




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Poetry in Stone - 33

This is thirty-third  in the series on the rich cultural heritage of temples in India. The ancient monuments of India are richly carved and they behold ones attention for their craftsmanship. 



Beautiful craftsmanship on 10th century Varahi Temple at Chaurasi. One of the windows of the 14th century Rudbai Step-well at Adalaj which has been carved intricately on all corners with different motifs and animals.



The sanctum doorway of Harishchandra ni Chori at Shamalaji is adorned with bands comprising a creeper, lotus leaves and the vine. The two female figures at the base represent Ganga and Yamuna.



Monday, September 18, 2017

Kolkota, City of Joy

Kolkata located on the east bank of the Hooghly River is the commercial, cultural, and educational center of Eastern India. In the late 17th century, it was ruled by the Nawab of Bengal and later East India company took over the city.



The city is known for its literary, artistic, and revolutionary heritage. Notable people who architected modern Bengali literature are Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The Bengal Renaissance was spear headed by Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Vivekananda, and others.




While the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. There are many buildings that depict Indo-Islamic and Indo-Saracenic heritage of the city. 



The places of interest in the city are:

  • Victoria Memorial
  • Indian Museum
  • National Library of India
  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple
  • Howrah Bridge
  • Eden Gardens
  • Kalighat Kali Temple
  • Birla Mandir
  • Vidyasagar Setu
  • Howrah Railway Station

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Butterflies in Hebbal Park - 2, Bangalore

Hebbal Lake in north Bangalore has a small garden on its banks. There are various flowering trees as well as small flowering plants in the garden. 



One can see different colorful butterflies hovering over the flowers here. 




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cheena Vala, Fort Kochi

Cheena Vala in Fort Kochi are commonly known as "Chinese fishing nets". It is believed that these nets are set up between 13th and 14th century.



They are fixed land installations for fishing which are 10 m high structure and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched horizontal net spread of size 20 m or more suspended over the sea. Large stones of 30 cm suspended from ropes of different lengths as counterweights at the other end.




Each installation is operated by a team of up to five or seven fishermen. The net is left immersed for a short time within the water, before it is raised by pulling on ropes. The net will when comes out will have a few fishes in them.




All the installation are not operated at the same time. Each of the nets are independent based on the state of the water tide.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Buddhist Caves, Junagadh

Buddhist Caves in Junagadh, close to the mosque inside the Uppekot Fort is fine example of Buddhist rock cut architecture of 2nd century A.D. These caves are on the eastward slope leading to the Adi-chadi Vav. 



These caves are scooped out in three tiers from surface downwards, with all members of each gallery shown in semi-relief. There are three rock-hewn chambers, each open to the skies. The caves feature many monastic meditation cells.



Only two of the stories have regular floors. The main hall of the lowest storey is partly open to the skies and contains exquisitely carved pillars, whose base, shaft and the capital contains unique decorative designs. 



The pillars, having spiral ridges on their shaft, octagonal plinth bases and floral ornamented capitals with animal figures etc, represent the main Satvahana art traditions on one hand, and in the exotic, Grecco-synthian trends on the other hand.



There are still some traces of beautiful carvings in the cave that is built across several floors.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Indian Roller on the Highways

While travelling on the highway from Bangalore to Mangalore one can see beautiful bird perched on the electric wires by the side of the road. One such colorful bird is Indian Roller.



It is a stocky bird. The breast is brownish where as the crown and vent are blue. The primaries are deep purplish blue with a tail that is sky blue with a terminal band of Prussian blue and the central feathers are dull green.



The neck and throat are purplish lilac with white streaks. The bare patch around the eye is ochre in color. They have a long and compressed bill with a curved upper edge and a hooked tip.



These birds can be seen perched along roadside trees and wires. They can also be seen in open grassland and scrub forest habitats. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pherozshah Mehta Gardens, Mumbai

Pherozshah Mehta Gardens in Mumbai built on top of huge reservoir is one of the beautiful garden in the city. The park was primarily dedicated to Pherozeshah Mehta, a prominent Parsi political leader, activist and lawyer. 



The garden is popularly known as Hanging Garden. It has numerous hedges carved into the shapes of animals in very creative forms.



The garden has well maintained pathways for strolling. It has varieties of plants, flowers that are treat to the eyes.



From here one can capture a sunset view of the Arabian Sea.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Bellibagilu,Shravanbelgola

While one climbs up the Indragiri Hill at Shravanbelgola there is a fort enclosure. From the structure it looks like this fort might have been built during the 18th century or it  might have been renovated around this time.


The fort enclosure has a gate known as the ‘Bellibagilu’ meaning Silver Gate. In one of the literary works of 1780 A.D.  the gate has been referred by this name.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Images of India - 167

A glimpse of heritage monument of India in black and white. Check other posts that will give you more details about this monument.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad

Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad is a heart shaped artificial lake. The lake was designed by Hussain Shah Wali and hence the name. 


It is a heritage site of India and it is declared as the 'Heart of the World' by UNWTO on 27 September 2012, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, for being the World's Largest Heart Shaped Mark.


In 1563 it was built by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah during his rule over the place. It is spread across an area of 5.7 square kilometers with maximum depth of 32 feet it is fed by River Musi. It was the main source of water supply to the city before Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar were built on river Musi.


A large monolithic statue of the Gautama Buddha stands on Gibraltar Rock in the middle of the lake. 


This lake is also popular for water sports. Other attractions around are Lumbini Park, Birla Mandir. On the adjacent Tank Bund road there are 34 well-sculptured bronze statues, mounted on high platforms.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ganesh Tok, Gangtok

In Gangtok close to Tashi View point is Ganesh Tok, a temple of Lord Ganesha. It's located at an altitude of 6,500 ft.



This is a small temple that can be reached by climbing few number of steps.



Opposite to the temple is a small glass panel room from where one can get panoramic view of the entire town of Gangtok, and mount Kanchenjunga if whether is kind on you.



Nearby there is small garden with beautiful flowers.



Monday, August 21, 2017

Asiatic Lions at Gir

Asiatic Lions are found only in Gir Forests of Gujarat. They have been marked as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of threatened species. The approximate population of the lions is between 300 - 400.



In Gir Sanctuary went for Jeep Safari in an open jeep and we could see some birds flying around. We spotted pride of Asiatic Lions in a small open area in the forest.



They are very similar to the African lion in physical size and appearance, though they are somewhat smaller. The height at the shoulders is approximately 3.5 ft The mane of the male lions is short, sparse and darker in color. 



The fur ranges in color from ruddy tawny, heavily speckled with black, to sandy or buff-grey. They have a very unique longitudinal fold of skin that runs along their belly. 



They live in prides, that include only two to five females each. The different jeeps in the Safari take different predefined routes inside the forest. We were one of the few lucky ones who could spot the lions in our route.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pandava Caves, Aravelam

The ancient Caves in Aravelam is must visit place for history buffs. These 6th century caves are small that have 5 compartments. The Buddhist monks have carved these caves out of a single hard laterite rock. 


These caves are also known as the Pandava caves as it is believed that Pandavas have stayed here at some point during their 12 year exile as described in the Mahabharata.


At a later period these caves have been converted to shaivite caves. 


Shivlings carved out of granite of different shapes and sizes have been placed in each of these caves. These Shivlings are placed on raised platforms.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Flower Garden of Samdruptse

In the park where tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Samdruptse is located there is a beautiful garden.



There are variety of colourful flowers in this garden.



We could also see some flowers that I was seeing for the first time.