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Vienna (Wien), Austria

Vienna (Wien), the capital of Austria, lies in the country’s east on the river Danube. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the MuseumsQuartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists. The city’s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, and then the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstraße lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. Between 2005 and 2010, Vienna was the world’s number-one destination for international congresses and conventions. It attracts over 3.7 million tourists a year.

 

Statues outside the Austrian Parliament Building, Vienna, Austria.

Statues outside the Austrian Parliament Building, Vienna, Austria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on April 9, 2016 in Destination

 

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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

 

Amritsar, Punjab, India

The Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ), also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, Punjabi pronunciation: [dəɾbɑɾ sɑhɪb])(The abode of God), and informally called the “Golden Temple”, is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, North India. The city was founded in 1574 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das and the Harmandir Sahib was designed by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan, who had the cornerstone laid by the Muslim Sufi saint Sai Hazrat Mian Mir on 28 December 1588. Guru Arjan completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, in 1604 and installed it in the gurdwara. The upper floors of the gurdwara are covered with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its name – Golden Temple. The Harimandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is present inside the gurdwara during daytime and the holy book goes for Sukhasan during the night time and brought again in the next morning. The temple was mainly constructed to have a place of worship for men, women and children from all walks of life. There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolise the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions. On an average day, over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine and also partake in the free community kitchen and meal (called Langar) that is a hallmark of all Sikh Gurudwaras. The gurdwara is surrounded by the Sarovar, a large lake or holy tank, which consists of Amrit (“holy water” or “immortal nectar”) and is fed by the Ravi River.

Next to the temple is The Jallianwala Bagh, wellknown for the Amritsar massacre which took place on 13 April 1919 when a crowd of unarmed, nonviolent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims were fired upon by troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer. More than 1,500 people were killed.

Not far from Amritsar is the Attari/Wagah (Punjabi (Gurmukhi): ਵਾਹਗਾ, Hindi: वाघा, Urdu: واہگہ‎) border which lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

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The Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ), also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, )(The abode of God), and informally called the “Golden Temple”, is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, North India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Destination

 

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Belur, Karnataka, India

Belur, Karnataka, India

The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka. Originally called Vijayanarayana Temple, it was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, Hassan district by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana. Channakesava is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Belur is famous for its marvelous temples and have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can see the rest of the pictures here: Belur Gallery or as a slide-show

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka. Originally called Vijayanarayana Temple, it was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, Hassan district by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana.

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka.

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka.

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Prayers being offered to Lord Vishnu at the Channakesava Temple.

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With lights projected onto the ceiling the beautiful ceiling gets visible at the Channakesava Temple.

Channakesava Temple

With lights projected onto the ceiling the beautiful ceiling gets visible at the Channakesava Temple.

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Posted by on October 9, 2015 in Destination

 

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Hampi, Karnataka, India

Hampi is a northern Karnataka village in India which is world famous as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hampi was one of the largest and richest city in the world during its prime time and was the imperial capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city. The empire boasted a massive army comprising close to a million men. In around 1500 AD Vijaynagar had about 500,000 inhabitants making it the second largest city in the world after Peking-Beijing and almost thrice the size of Paris. Hampi ruins are spread out over an area of 26km. Hampi hosts the Hampi Utsav every year around first week of November. It is a visual delight as all the monuments/ruins are lit at night and it is a cultural extravaganza of dance and music. There are many sites of interest in and around Hampi. The must-visits are Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Monolith Bull, Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Hemakuta Hill temples, Big Shivlinga, Vithala Temple (the famous Stone Chariot is located here), Hazara Rama Temple, Royal Enclosures, Queen’s Bath, Zanana Enclosure, Elephant Stables, Achyut Raya temple, Statue of Lakshmi Narasimha, etc.

‘Hampi’ is the anglicized version of the Kannada name ‘Hampe’ for a place that stands on the banks of the river Tungabhadra as a hauntingly striking testimony to the extravagance for which the Vijayanagara dominion, of which Hampi was the capital, was famed between the 14th and 16th Centuries. Hampi, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is located near Hospet town in the Karnataka state is charismatic even in its ruined state, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are 500 plus monuments. For the photographer, Hampi has many elements of interest. Undulating rocky terrain interspersed with crumbling ruins of a once glorious empire, banana plantations and paddy fields enriched by the Tungabadra river flowing in close proximity, and easily accessible hillocks that provide excellent views of the landscape all make Hampi a great destination.


Hampi, Karnataka is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can see the pictures from Hampi here:
Hampi Gallery or as a slide-show.

Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi, Karnataka is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hampi, Karnataka This is the largest Linga in Hampi. Located next to the Lakshmi Narasimha statue the Linga is housed inside a chamber with an opening in the front. A close look on this icon can reveal three eyes (depicting the three eyes of Shiva) carved on it. Legend has it that this was commissioned by a peasant woman and hence the name (Badva means poor in local tongue).

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Lakshmi Narasimha statue is the largest statue in Hampi. Narasimha is sitting on the coil of a giant seven-headed snake called Sesha. The heads of the snake acts as the hood above his headwhile he sits in a cross-legged Yoga position with a belt supporting the knees.

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Kadalekalu Ganesha – giant statue of Ganesha was carved out of a huge boulder at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill. A sanctum is built around the statue. The pillared hall in front of this sanctum is as charming as this giant statue itself. The open hall constructed by unusually slender and tall pillars. Each of them is highly ornate with mythical themes.

Hampi Virupaksha temple is the oldest and the principal temple in Hampi. This Lord Shiva temple is easily one of the oldest functioning temple in India and is located on the south bank of the river Tungabadra. You access the temples main entrance tower through the chariot street. This east facing giant tower (Gopura) leads you the first courtyard of the temple complex.

Virupaksha temple is the oldest and the principal temple in Hampi. This Lord Shiva temple is easily one of the oldest functioning temple in India. This east facing giant tower (Gopura) leads you the first courtyard.

Hampi, Karnataka is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Zenana enclosure was a secluded area reserved for the royal women. This walled harem houses many interesting highlights. The major attraction is the Lotus Mahal located at the southeast corner. Hampi, Karnataka is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Vittala Temple is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi. The temple is built in the form of a sprawling campus with compound wall and gateway towers. There are many halls, pavilions and temples located inside this campus.

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Vittala Temple is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi with delicate carvings and columns.

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Vittala Temple is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi. The temple is built in the form of a sprawling campus with compound wall and gateway towers. There are many halls, pavilions and temples located inside this campus.

Vittala Temple complex is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi.

 

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Panoramic view of Hampi. Hampi, Karnataka is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Hampi which is located near Hospet town in the Karnataka state is charismatic even in its current ruined state. Hampi attracts thousands of visitors every year to its vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills dotted with 500 plus monuments. Among the ruins are beautiful temples, palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, and treasury buildings.

Hampi traditionally known as Pampa-kshetra, Kishkindha-kshetra or Bhaskara-kshetra is derived from the name, Pampa, which is the old name of the Tungabhadra River on whose southern banks of the city is built. Over the years, it has also been referred to as Vijayanagara and Virupakshapura (from Virupaksha, the patron deity of the Vijayanagara rulers). The city of Vijayanagara was originally encompassed by seven lines of fortifications. These fortifications had a large number of bastions and gateways. The seventh & the innermost fortification enclosed the main city and is the best preserved. The extant monuments of Vijayanagara or Hampi can be divided into Religious, Civil & Military buildings The Jain temples on Hemakuta hill, the two Devi shrines & some other structures in the Virupaksha temple complex predate the Vijayanagara Empire. The earliest amongst them, the Shiva shrines with their stepped pyramidalvimanas or superstructures, date to the early Chalukyan period around ninth-tenth century AD.

To visit Hampi, we drove from Mumbai and went onwards to Virajpet, and back:
Google Maps Mumbai to Hampi to Virajpet & back

You can see the rest of the pictures from Hampi at the Hampi Gallery or as a slide-show.

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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in Destination

 

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Asian Photography Magazine October 2015 Issue

Asian Photography http://www.asianphotographyindia.com/ October 2015 Issue – Travel Feature Article – Shoot My City – “Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia” article with pictures by Suchit Nanda.

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

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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Published

 

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Asian Photography Magazine June 2015 Issue

Asian Photography http://www.asianphotographyindia.com/ June 2015 Issue – Shoot My City Feature Article – “Bhutan” “Heaven in the Himalayas” pictures by Suchit Nanda.

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

 

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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Published

 

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