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A date with Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train, Kurseong

February 23, 2017 5 comments

A date with Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train

Kurseong

See also: Maragaret’s Deck FAM

A hundred miles, a hundred miles,
A hundred miles, a hundred miles
You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles

500 miles

We heard the whistle blow, but it was not hundred miles away, in fact it was less than hundred yards away. It was a foggy winter afternoon and we were at the Margaret’s Deck digging into a exotic lunch spread.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train in front of Margaret's Deck

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train in front of Margaret’s Deck

Off went your lunch and we rushed out of the Margaret’s Deck, with our cameras, to photography the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train (Also read: Chasing the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Kurseong – Mahanadi), an UNESCO Heritage site.

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Sagar Talao Group, Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

January 27, 2017 2 comments

Sagar Talao Group, Mandu, MP

Malik Mughith’s Mosque, Caravan Sarai, Dai ka Mahal, Dai ki Chhoti  Bahen ka Mahal and Unknown Tomb

Also see: Familiarization (FAM) Tour of Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Sagar Talao, the largest lake in the Citadel of Mandu is located on the southern part of Mandu. Along the eastern banks of the lake are several monuments, which are clubbed together as the Sagar Talao Group.

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A panoramic view of the Malik Mughith’s Mosque, Sagar Talao Group, Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

North of the Sagar Talao Group is the Darya Khan Group and further south is the Rewa Kund Group (see: map).

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Rajwada, Maheshwar Fort, Abode of Ahilya Bai

December 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Rajwada, Maheshwar Fort, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Abode of Ahilya Bai

Also see: Familiarization (FAM) Tour of Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Ahilya Bai is second to none in valour, sagacity and eminence. Nobody can equate her in these matters.

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Statue of Ahilyaa Bai, Rajwadaa, Maheshwar Fort

Statue of Ahilyaa Bai, Rajwadaa, Maheshwar Fort

The massive Maheshwar Fort stands on hill overlooking the Narmada River on the south. The stupendous walls of the Maheshwar Fort rises straight out of the Narmada River to a height of more than 30 meters.

The Maheshwar Fort dates back to antiquity and there are no clear evidence of its first construction. The fort as we see today was conceived during the reign of Ahilya Bai Holkar (1767 – 95).

Ahilya Bai, was the daughter in law of Malhar Rao Holkar, the founder of Hindu Maratha dynasty of Holkar, who ruled central India from Indore.

Ahilya Bai was born in 1725 in the village of Chondi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Her father was Mankoji Shinde, a village chief. Unusual for the time he tought her daughter to read and write.

According to legend one day Malhar Rao Holkar, while passing through the village of Chondi spotted the 8 year old Ahilya Bai.

Pleased with her beauty and personality he brought her home as a bride for her son Malhar Rao Holkar. They were married in 1733. Ahilya Bai become a widow in 1754, when her husband Malhar Rao Holkar, died during the siege of Kumbher.

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Monolithic Buddha Statue, Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad

August 31, 2016 Leave a comment

Monolithic Buddha Statue

Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad

See also: FAM (familiarization) tour of Hyderabad and Warangal

The giant monolithic statue of Buddha stands on a island in the middle of the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Monolithic Buddha Statue on Rock of Gibraltar, Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad

Monolithic Buddha Statue on Rock of Gibraltar, Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad

The statue curved out of a single rock is a brainchild of former chief minister of unified Andhra Pradesh, N T Rama Rao (NTR). NTR was highly impressed by the Statue of Liberty, during his vist to New York, USA and wanted something similar in Hyderabad.

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Cenotaph Complex, Maheshwar Fort, Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

August 21, 2016 2 comments

Cenotaph Complex, Maheshwar Fort

Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Also see: Familiarization (FAM) Tour of Madhya Pradesh (MP)

The massive Maheshwar Fort stands on hill overlooking the Narmada River on the south. The stupendous walls of the Maheshwar Fort rises straight out of the Narmada River to a height of more than 30 meters.

Panoramic view of the southern facade of Maheshwar Fort, from the ghats of Narmada, Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Panoramic view of the southern facade of Maheshwar Fort, from the ghats of Narmada, Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

The Maheshwar Fort dates back to antiquity and there are no clear evidence of its first construction. The fort as we see today was conceived during the reign of Ahilya Bai Holkar (1767 – 95).

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Central Group or Village Group, Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

August 3, 2016 1 comment

Central Group or Village Group, Mandu, MP

Jami Masjid, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Ashrafi Mahal & Mahmud Khalji’s Tomb

Also see: Familiarization (FAM) Tour of Madhya Pradesh (MP)

The Central Group or the Village Group is located at the very centre of the Citadel of Mandu. Today the area serves as the main market and bus stop for Mandu and there are several hotels in the vicinity. Thus the Central Group can well be the launch pad for exploration of Mandu.

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Ashrafi Mahal and Jami Masjid, Central Group (or Village Group). Mandu. Madhya Pradesh (MP)

The Central Group consists of four monuments. They are Jami Masjid, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Ashrafi Mahal and Mahmud Khalji’s Tomb.

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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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