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Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb and the Orient Express

August 27, 2014 2 comments

Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb and the Orient Express

A Tale of a Heritage Hotel and a Luxury Train

See also: FAM (Familiarization) tour of Croatia

Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb at night

Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb at night

The iconic Hotel Esplanade is located next to the main station (Glavni Kolodvor) in Zagreb, Croatia. Hotel Esplanade was constructed for the passengers of the Orient Express, a luxary train that once connected Paris to Istambul.

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Blessing of the Grapes, Festival of Calcutta Armenians

August 20, 2014 14 comments

Blessing of the Grapes

Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Also see: Armenians of Calcutta (Kolkata)

Held on the Sunday closest to the 15th August, the Grape Blessing Ceremony is one of the most important festivals of the Armenian calender.

Blessing of the Grapes, Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Blessing of the Grapes, Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Although a Christian festival the Blessing of the Grapes originally dates back to the days of Paganism. Mid August was harvest season in Armenia and it was also the new year for pre – Christian Armenians.

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Azim (Aka: Akbar) Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli, Delhi

August 15, 2014 4 comments

Azim (Aka: Akbar) Khan’s Tomb

Mehrauli, Delhi

Also see: Monuments of Mehrauli

Azim (Aka: Akbar) Khan's Tomb, Mehrauli, Delhi

Azim (Aka: Akbar) Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli, Delhi

The tomb of Azim Khan (also known as Akbar Khan) is located on a small hillock, overlooking the Delhi – Mehrauli road. The square tomb,crowned with a dome, dates back to the days of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar.

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A Panoramic Tour of Croatia

August 6, 2014 18 comments

A Panoramic Tour of Croatia

Panoramic photos from Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes and Zadar, Croatia

See also: FAM (Familiarization) tour of Croatia

Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. Panorama photos are normally shot by stitching  series of photos with sightly overlapping fields to create a panoramic image.

This post contains a compilation of panoramic photos from Croatia, covering the capital city Zagreb, coastal town of Zadar and  the Plitvice Lakes.

Panoramas from Zagreb

The Capital of Croatia

Glavni Kolodvor (Main Station), Zagreb, Croatia

Glavni Kolodvor (Main Station), Zagreb, Croatia

Glavni Kolodvor, the main railway station of Zagreb was constructed in 1892 by Hungarian architect Ferenc Pfaff. The 186.5 meter long building is decorated with beautiful sculptures and stucco work is located south of King Tomislav Square. Once the luxurious Orient Express passed through this station.

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The Calcutta version of Calcutta Cup

July 30, 2014 2 comments

The Calcutta version of Calcutta Cup

Retracing the history of Rugby in Calcutta (Kolkata)

Calcutta Cup Trophy

Calcutta Cup (Calcutta Version) Trophy

All though it may sound strange but Calcutta Cup is a trophy awarded , since 1879, to the winner of the rugby match played between England and Scotland, played alternatively in London and Edinburgh.

Although not played in Calcutta, the Calcutta Cup has a Calcutta origin. It was in 1872 the first ever rugby match took place in Calcutta and was played by a group of rugby enthusiast of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Soon Calcutta caught on with the rugby enthusiasm, which led to the formation of the first Rugby club in India in 1874 and was named Calcutta Football Club. In order to attract more players the club offered free drinks to the rugby players. But with the mounting cost the idea was soon dropped, which resulted in the drop in the numbers of players.

Sadly within four years the Calcutta Football Club decided to wind up and a strange decision was made with the remaining club funds.

The entire remaining funds of the club were withdrawn in the form of silver coins which were melted and re-casted into a beautiful trophy, the Calcutta Cup.

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Zafar Mahal and Moti Masjid, Mehrauli, Delhi

July 23, 2014 8 comments

Zafar Mahal and Moti Masjid

Mehrauli, Delhi

Also see: Monuments of Mehrauli

Panoramic view of the Zafar Mahal courtyard, Mehrauli, Delhi

Panoramic view of the Zafar Mahal courtyard, Mehrauli, Delhi

Mehruli located on the southern end of Delhi is said to be the home of numerous monuments, dating back to the Mughal and pre – Mughal era.

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World War I (WWI) Plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

July 16, 2014 4 comments

World War I (WWI) Plaque

Mehrauli, Delhi

Also see: World War I (WWI) Posts and Monuments of Mehrauli

World War I (WWI) plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

World War I (WWI) plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

Located on the southern edge of Delhi, Mehrauli is a region known for its large collection of Mughal and pre Mughal tombs and monuments.

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