Blog on India !
100’s of attractions in India described. Tons of photographs and maps. Travel directions. Off the beaten tracks. History, Heritage , Nature , Wildlife and many more…..
Lady with Mirror at Belur. This Masterpiece at Belur is often boasted to be the highest watermark of the Hoysala art.
Signpost on NH48 near Gundya in Kagenari forest
Road to Nuggehalli. It was a flourishing town during the Hoysalas
Images at Kanheri Caves near Mumbai. Its history of spans from as late as 11 century AD to as early as 3rd century BC.
The remnants of the Dutch and Portuguese at Tangasseri in Kollam
Wayanad road map with major attractions.
A good deal of roads in Wayanad are through forest
The state highway that connects Mysore with Madikeri via Hunsur
Suspension bridge in Punalur was built in 1877 AD across the Kallada River.
Hoysala Art. It appears as executed in cast metal. In fact this is carved out of soft soapstone, and hardened over a period. The softer soapstone is highly workable, especially for the finer details. This is the image of the door keeper deity at Chennakeshava temple in Belur, Karnataka.
Map to Sabarimala
Tea – Chai as it is called in India – steals the show. This is the De facto national drink. In India tea is made with milk and sugar added to boiling water in addition to the tea powder. Tea is then filtered and served piping hot.
Tea ( Chai ) is a favorite drink during train travel in India.
You can easily spot these tea vendors who carry tea in kettles and shot perpetually “Chai ….Chai….”. For five rupee you can get a cup (about 150 ml). Some places they supply it in disposable earthen clay cups and at other in paper cups.
The Mohini image at Chennekeshava Temple, Belur
The richly carved elephant balustrades on the porch to the main shrine at Koravangala
Spikes on the doors at the gateway. To prevent force open the doors using elephants!
Boat Service at Vaikkom
steam Loco Engine at Coonoor near Ooty.
Tenkashi to Achankoil road
Lutyens architecture in New Delhi. In 12 December 1911, Delhi was declared as the new capital city. The new city built was christened “New Delhi” in 1927. Two famous British architects of the time Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker were commissioned to plan & design the new capital. British India’s Viceroy Lord Irwin inaugurated the capital in 13 February 1931.
The Lal Kot , means the Red Fort is so named thanks to the red sandstone used to built this historic landmark of Delhi. Mughal emperor S. Inside the Mugal built Red Fort complex in Old Delhi Seen in the picture is the Diwan-i-am (the Public Audience Hall ) of Red Fort.
Seen beyond the road is the Yamuna Riverbed.
A street in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) , the capital of Kerala
Backwater tourism , the flagship attraction of Kerala
Near Sultan Bathery, as you cross to Kerala from Karnataka
Makeshift Soft drink kiosk right at the base of the Jog Falls. Note that rock formation.
Kerala has significant rubber growing regions.
A fishing harbor in Kollam( Quilon) , south Kerala
Guard closes the gate, before the train leaves the station.
Kanheri has some of the tallest images of Buddha in India
There are no carvings or any other embellishment to speak of. Considering the fact that the Hathi Pol was the entrance to the royal complex, this is quite strange. The stone elephants that have now all but disappeared were the only form of ornament that can be seen on this gate.
This curiously shaped tower at Fatehpursikri stands on the edges of the ruins facing the wheat fields.
Stairway to Manjarabad Fort in Sakleshpur
India riding the white called Airavata:
In the veranda of the Cave 19 of the Bhaja Caves you’ll find one of the earliest pictorisation of Indra , the lord of Gods. This probably dates back to 2nd century BC.
The old town of Hydedabad , view from the Charminar top