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Nipponzan Myohoji (Japanese) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata

July 31, 2016 4 comments

Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, Kolkata

Japanese Buddhist Temple, Kolkata

Also see: Buddhist Temple of Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, has always been a melting pot of people of different religion and ethnicity. As the different religious group settled in a new city they set up there own place of worship.

Nipponzan Myohoji (Japanese) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata

Nipponzan Myohoji (Japanese) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata

Unlike the Christian, Jews and Parsis the Buddhist came much later to the city but they still have more than half a dozen Buddhist Temples scattered all over the city. Read more…

Kalna Rajbari Complex, Ambika Kalna

July 27, 2016 21 comments

Kalna Rajbari Complex, Ambika Kalna

An amazing Temple Complex

Ambika Kalna (or simply Kalna) is located 82 km from Kolkata (Howrah) on the Bandel – Katwa line. Located on the west bank of the Bhagirathi, Ambika Kalna once flourished as a prosperous port town.

Panoramic view of Kalna Rajbari Complex

Panoramic view of Kalna Rajbari Complex

It reached it’s pinnacle of glory during the late 18th century under the patronage of the Maharajas of Bardhaman, who built several magnificent temples with intricate terracotta ornamentation.

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Ancient Temples of Kalachuri Period, Amarkantak

Ancient Temples of Kalachuri Period

Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Amarkantak, often refereed to as Tirtharaj or King of Pilgrimage is situated at an altitude of 1000 m in Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh (MP). Amarkantak is located at the junction of the three central Indian ranges of Vindhyas, Satpuras and Maikal.

Ancient Temples of Kalachuri Period, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Ancient Temples of Kalachuri Period, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

The mighty rivers of Sone and Narmada originate from Amarkantak. According to legend Sone and Narmada were to marry each other but Sone refused and flowed eastwards to join the Ganges near Patna.

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Ghiyas-ud-din Balban’s Tomb, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi

July 6, 2016 6 comments

Giyas-ud-din Balban’s Tomb

Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi

Also see: Monuments of Mehrauli

Ghiyas-ud-din Balban was the ninth and the last major ruler of the famed slave dynasty. A Turk by origin Balban had a humble beginning as a water carrier boy, who was captured by the Mongols and sold as a slave in the bazars of Ghazni, Afghanistan.

Ghiyas-ud-din Balban's Tomb, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi

Ghiyas-ud-din Balban’s Tomb, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi

The word “slave” is actually a misnomer, as the slave traders provided education and imparted military training to these slaves, because an educated slave with military training would fetch a higher price.

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Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

July 3, 2016 4 comments

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

An amazing set of 16 interconnected lakes

See also: FAM (Familiarization) tour of Croatia

Plitvice Lakes in Croatia is a set of 16 amazing lakes interconnected by a series of waterfalls, rivulets and subterranean channels. They are separated by natural dams or travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria.

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

The travertine grows at the rate of 1 cm per year creating a dynamic environment. With the travertine development numerous magnificent waterfalls are created. Over time, the water changes its course, leaving some travertine dry, but simulating travertine growth in other places. This phenomena makes the Plitvice Lakes are ever changing and creates the feeling that the Plitvice Lakes are never the same from one day to the next.

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