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Lady with Mirror at Belur. This Masterpiece at Belur is often boasted to be the highest watermark of the Hoysala art.

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

Signpost on NH48 near Gundya in Kagenari forest

Gateway of Bangalore Fort that faces the KR Road

Gateway of Bangalore Fort that faces the KR Road

Road to Nuggehalli from Channarayapattna

Road to Nuggehalli. It was a flourishing town during the Hoysalas

Route map for Ajanta and Ellora from Aurangabad

Route map for Ajanta and Ellora from Aurangabad

Kukke Subhrimaniya to Sulya Road through arcanut plantations

Kukke Subhrimaniya to Sulya Road through arcanut plantations

The intriguing city environs of the Mysterious India

The intriguing city environs of the Mysterious India

Donner figures at Kanheri Caves.

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 18th century the Dutch and Portuguese at Tangasseri in Kollam

The remnants of the Dutch and Portuguese at Tangasseri in Kollam

Cliff that overlooks the beach in Varkala

Cliff that overlooks the beach in Varkala in Kerala

Wayanad road map with major attractions.

Wayanad road map with major attractions.

A good deal of roads in Wayanad are through forest

A good deal of roads in Wayanad are through forest

The state highway that connects Mysore with Madikeri via Hunsur

The state highway that connects Mysore with Madikeri via Hunsur

Mysore is a sought after destination in South India.

Mysore Palace: Mysore is one among the top Tourist attractions in South India

Suspension bridge (hanging bridge) in Punalur was built in 1877 AD across the Kallada River.

Suspension bridge in Punalur was built in 1877 AD across the Kallada River.

The open hall of Diwan-i-Am in Red Fort

Diwan-i-Am in Red Fort in Delhi executed in Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture style

Hoysala Art at Belur

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.

A dominating landmark in Mumbai's heritage map

The Taj Mahal Hotel facing the Arabian Sea , a dominating landmark in Mumbai’s heritage map

Map to Sabarimala

Map to Sabarimala

Tea in Indian Train

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 Mohini image at Chennekeshava Temple, Belur

The richly carved elephant balustrades on the porch to the main shrine at Koravangala

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!

Spikes on the doors at the gateway. To prevent force open the doors using elephants!

Inside Elephanta

Inside Elephanta

Boat Service at Vaikkom

Boat Service at Vaikkom

steam Loco Engine at Coonoor near Ooty.

steam Loco Engine at Coonoor near Ooty.

Tenkashi to Achankoil road

Tenkashi to Achankoil road

Lutyens architecture in New Delhi

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.

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.

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.

Seen beyond the road is the Yamuna Riverbed.

A street in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) , the capital of Kerala

A street in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) , the capital of Kerala

Backwater tourism , the flagship attraction of Kerala

Backwater tourism , the flagship attraction of Kerala

Near Sultan Bathery, as you cross to Kerala from Karnataka

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.

Makeshift Soft drink kiosk right at the base of the Jog Falls. Note that rock formation.

Kerala has significant rubber growing regions.

Kerala has significant rubber growing regions.

A fishing harbor in Kollam( Quilon) , south Kerala

A fishing harbor in Kollam( Quilon) , south Kerala

Guard closes the gate, before the train leaves the station.

Guard closes the gate, before the train leaves the station.

There are numerous such trains in the park.

There are numerous such trails inside the Keoladeo National Park

Kanheri has some of the tallest images of Buddha in India

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.

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.

facing the wheat fields. The original intent of this tower is still being debated

This curiously shaped tower at Fatehpursikri stands on the edges of the ruins facing the wheat fields.

Stairway to Manjarabad Fort in Sakleshpur

Stairway to Manjarabad Fort in Sakleshpur

Attractions around Shimoga

Attractions around Shimoga

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.

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.

Peculiar Banyan tree its roots hanging from branches . Pataleshwar Caves in Pune

Peculiar Banyan tree its roots hanging from branches . Pataleshwar Caves in Pune

Route map to Bhaja,Karla and Bedse from Kamshet on Mumbei-Pune Express way

Route map to Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves and Bedsa Caves from Kamshet on Mumbei-Pune Express way

Access map for Kanheri Caves & Sanjay Ghandi National Park

Access map for Kanheri Caves & Sanjay Ghandi National Park

The old town of Hydedabad , view from the Charminar top

The old town of Hydedabad , view from the Charminar top