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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest (Hungarian: ˈbudɒpɛʃt) is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with the unification of Buda and Óbuda on the west bank, with Pest on the east bank on 17 November 1873.

Budapest’s extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world. It has around 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. The city attracts about 4.4 million tourists a year, making it the 25th most popular city in the world, and the 6th in Europe.

 

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Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague (Czech: Praha [ˈpraɦa]) is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River. The English spelling of the city’s name is borrowed from French. Prague is also called the “City of a Hundred Spires”, based on a count by 19th century mathematician Bernard Bolzano, today’s count is estimated by Prague Information Service at 500. Nicknames for Prague have also included: the Golden City, the Mother of Cities and the Heart of Europe. Prague has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. It has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was not only the capital of the Czech state, but also the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.

Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The city boasts more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits.

 

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Posted by on April 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Jaisalmer (Rajasthani: जैसलमेर), nicknamed “The Golden City”, is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan which is located 575 kilometres (357 mi) west from the state capital Jaipur. It was once known as Jaisalmer state. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert and has a population of about 78,000. Jaisalmer is named after its founder Raja Jaisal a Rajput king.

“Jaisalmer” means “the Hill Fort of Jaisal”. Jaisalmer is sometimes called the “Golden City of India” because the yellow sand gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area.

Jaisalmer has been enriched by its Jain community, which has adorned the city with beautiful temples, notably the temples dedicated to the 16th Tirthankara, Shantinath, and 23rd Tirthankara, Parshva. It boasts some of the oldest libraries of India which contain rarest of the manuscripts and artefacts of Jain tradition. There are many pilgrimage centres around Jaisalmer such as Lodarva.

 

 

 

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Posted by on February 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Ranakpur, Rajasthan, India

Ranakpur is a village located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan in western India. It is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. Ranakpur is one among the most famous places to visit in Pali, Rajasthan.

Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, said to be the most spectacular of the Jain temples. The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha. Local legend has it that Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. The temple honors Adinath, the first Tirthankar and founder of the Jain religion. The town of Ranakpur and the temple are named after the provincial ruler monarch, Rana Kumbha who supported the construction of the temple.

Light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple which occupies an area of approximately 60 x 62 meters. The temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1,444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same. Another unique aspect is that all the statues face one or the other statue.

 

 

 

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Asian Photography Magazine, July 2010 Issue

Asian Photography Magazine, July 2010 Issue – Travel Feature Article – “Under an Orient Sky – Penang, Malaysia” shoot my city article with pictures by Suchit Nanda.

Asian Photography is India’s premier and oldest photography magazine.

You can see the higher resolution images at: http://www.photonicyatra.com/Features/Published/Press/i-MhPDkf4/A

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Posted by on July 1, 2010 in Published, Uncategorized

 

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Taj Mahal (Agra) – a love story

The Taj Mahal (Hindi: ताज महल Persian/Urdu: تاج محل) is a love story between the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his begam (wife) Mumtaz Mahal. An icon of eternal love. The Taj is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Indian and Persian architectural styles. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. Taj Mahal is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh state (UP), North India.

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You are welcome to see the images as a slide show at:
http://www.photonicyatra.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=12417480&AlbumKey=pQumv
or individually as: http://www.photonicyatra.com/Destinations/Taj-Mahal-Agra-UP-India

All images shot on Nikon D3S with a mix of lens: 14-24 mm, 24-70 mm and 70-200 mm f/2.8.

Welcome your feedback, comments and critiques.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Two Books available in JPG & PDF online for free – Reaching the Unreached & Transformative Impact of ICT

In December 2009, I had shared the pictures of the book release function of two books – “Reaching the Unreached” and “Transformative Impact of ICT” (which are posted at Book release function) and had informed that these two books would be available for download in full as JPG & PDF files online for free.

Many wrote back asking for this. Thank you. I’m happy to share the link below which has the JPG images and the link to the PDF files:

Both the MSSRF Books are available at http://www.photonicyatra.com/Features/

The first books is about how information and communication technology is impacting rural areas and the lessons learnt. The second is about human impact – listing change stories from rural India.

Reaching the Unreached
http://www.photonicyatra.com/Features/Reaching-the-Unreached/10999150_LjSEZ
Reaching the Unreached

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Transformative Impact of ICT
http://www.photonicyatra.com/Features/Transformative-Impact-of-ICT/10999162_TaGUK
Transformative Impact of ICT - Change stories from rural India

Please do visit MSSRF Books and I welcome all feedback.

Kind regards,

~ Suchit

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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