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Bangalore's Lalbagh Garden, the botanical gardens is credited to have one of the most diverse man made collection of flora.

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Radhasoami Memorial, Dayalbagh

Sat, 22 Jan 2011 00:30:00 +0000

Dayalbagh (State: Uttar Pradesh) is at a distance of 15 kms from Agra. (Click on the images for bigger picture)

(image) Here, the grand monument Radhasoami memorial is 110 feet high, and is made of pure white marble. The building is under construction for the last 100 years. The architecture is an exquisite mix of temple, gurudwara, vihara and mosque.

(image) The above is the entrance to the memorial.

The stone carvings on colored marble are magnificent. On the inner walls the semi-precious stones in pietra-dura style has been inlaid.

Taj Bawdi, Bijapur

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:30:00 +0000

Taj Bawdi constructed in 1620, is one of the interesting sights in Bijapur (State: Karnataka). Ruler Ibrahim Adil Shah built this well in honor of his queen Taj Sultana. (Click on the images for bigger picture)

(image) It measures 223 sq feet and 52 feet deep. The entrance to the well has a 35 feet span majestic arch and is flanked by two octagonal towers. On the eastern and western sides of the tower there were the rest houses for the tired travelers. Beyond the archway is a small platform and a flights of stairs on either sides of the platform leads one to the water.

This place is not maintained that well, and if not taken care soon will be ruins. The landscape of Bijapur is full of historic monuments. Every inch of a place here has a tale of its own to depict. It is impossible to maintain them, unless the people themselves take the initiative.

Barah Kaman, Bijapur

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 07:24:00 +0000

Barah Kaman constructed in 1672, is an another interesting monument in Bijapur (State: Karnataka). It is the incomplete mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II. (Click on the images for bigger picture)

It is an elegant structure with 12 interleaving graceful arches. It was previously named as Ali Roza, but later ruler of Bijapur changed its name to its current name of Barah Kaman as this was the 12th monument during his reign.

(image) It has the tombs containing the graves of Bijapur ruler Ali, and his queens.

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Lalbagh Flower Show - Brain Celosia

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 05:22:00 +0000

At flower show in Lalbagh Gardens at Bangalore on August 2010 there were exclusive collection of Orchids on display. The colors were amazing. Below is the Brain Celosia Flower on display: (Click on the image for bigger picture)

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ASI Museum, Shimoga

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:03:00 +0000

In Shimoga (State: Karnataka) in the fort area is the 16th century Shivappa Nayak Palace of Keladi Dynasty. Today, this palace also serves as a museum for Archeological Survey of India (ASI). (Click on the images for bigger view)Like any other museum on display are here various sculptures belonging to various periods. Apart from the sculptures there are also manuscripts on display. The sculptures are not only inside the palace, but also out in the garden. Here we will see some of the sculptures that are inside the palace. Above is the idol of Jain Thirtankara Adinath belonging to the 12th century A.D. Every detail is carved beautifully.Above is the idol of Gajalaksmi belonging to 11th century A.D. Here Goddess Lakshmi can be seen flanked by elephants on either side. Above is the idol of Mahisusaramardini belonging to 12th century A.D. Every detail is carved beautifully.For more visit My World Tuesdayand ABC Wednesday[...]

Lalbagh Flower Show - Orchids - 2

Sat, 15 Jan 2011 09:20:00 +0000

At flower show in Lalbagh Gardens at Bangalore on August 2010 there were exclusive collection of Orchids on display. The colors were amazing. Below are some of the orchids on display: (Click on the image for bigger picture)

(image) There were stalls selling the Orchids plants outside the flower show. The price ranged from Rupees 600 to 1200 depending on the variety.

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St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangalore

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:30:00 +0000

The St. Aloysius Chapel in Mangalore (State: Karnataka) is located in the campus of St. Aloysius College. In 1184, it was built by the Italian Jesuit Antonio Moscheni (Click on the image for bigger view).

(image) The chapel which looks simple externally is an architectural gem. People who have seen chapels outside India say that it can be compared with any other chapels in Rome.

The uniqueness of
the chapel is in the paintings inside the chapel that cover every inch of the walls. The paintings are still in good shape. A glimpse of painting can be seen in the above image.

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Mysore Zoo

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:29:00 +0000

Mysore (State: Karnataka) the heritage city is located at a distance of 145 kms from Bangalore. Here there are various tourist attractions. One among them is Mysore Zoo. Established in 1892, it is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India. It is home to a wide range of wild species. Officially the zoo is named as Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, named after the founder of the zoo.

(image) This is one of the well maintained place, where animals are well taken care of. This is a nice place for the kids to get know about the various wild species. The trip through the zoo consumes more than half a day.

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Lalbagh Flower Show - Pink Zinia

Sat, 08 Jan 2011 07:19:00 +0000

At flower show in Lalbagh Gardens at Bangalore on August 2010 there were exclusive collection of lot flower plants. Lot of Zinia's were planted as part of the show. The colors were amazing. (Click on the image for bigger picture)

(image) The flowers were seen with lot of bees hovering over them.


Thu, 06 Jan 2011 05:25:00 +0000

The city of Shimoga (State: Karnataka) is located at a distance of 274 kms from Bangalore. The city is well connected by road and rail links. The city has its own historical importance.

(image) It has been part of various dynasties since 3rd century such as Mauryans, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Rashtrakutas and the Vijayanagara rulers till late 17th century. There are several places of historical importance in and around the city. There are a quiet lot of natural beautiful places around the city.

Places of interest in the city are:

Chausath Yogini Temple, Jabalpur

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 14:53:00 +0000

This temple is located on a hill top in Bhedaghat is 21 kms from Jabalpur. (Click on images of bigger view)

(image) This temple is approached by a series of 150 plus steps. The temple
in the center dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati was built by the Kalchuri dynasty in the 10th century AD.

(image) This temple complex has an open circular courtyard around the temple atop a hill. In circular fashion there is a row of 64 idols of attendants of Goddess Durga called Yoginis around the temple. These beautiful lawa stone idols were plundered and disfigured by Moghul invaders.

Sky View

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:20:00 +0000

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New Year
(image) Your continuous support and interest in my blog enthused me to show more of my Little World.

(image) Looking forward to do more of it in the New Year.

(image) Thanks to all and happy blogging.

Maharashtra Trip

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 01:30:00 +0000

After a gap of 2 years, I am venturing out on a trip. I am heading to Maharashtra for 9 days. This trip will give me some idea how much my back has healed after lower back problem that started last year. I am planning most of the trip by train wherever possible.

I will be able to complete the full trip without recurring my lower back problem. I intend to cover the following places: Pune, Aurangabad, Shirdi and Mumbai.

Raneh Waterfalls, Khajuraho

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 09:15:00 +0000

At a distance of 24 kms from Khajuraho is Ken Gharial Sanctuary. Here the Ken river passes through the granite rocks of different shades of colors, pink, red, misty white, green and gray. (Click on images for bigger view)

(image) The When Ken river running over the rocky terrain forms beautiful waterfalls, the Raneh Falls. Though the fall is only 30m high, it looks gorgeous when the gushing waters falls on vibrant rocks. The falls are set in the back drop of lusting greenery of pristine forests.

(image) The entry to this park is closed during the rainy season. During the rainy season in
2008, there was so much rain that, there was no sign of waterfalls, the water was up till the top covering the falls.


Sat, 18 Dec 2010 06:35:00 +0000

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore the Garden City is a lush green paradise with an area of 240 acres in the heart of the city. (Click on the images for bigger view)

(image) Recently I had been to Lalbagh with guests. As they were the plant lovers they wanted to check out the nursery. Since, it was the December month we could see the Poinsettia the Christmas Flower.

(image) In Mexico, it is also known as the "Flower of Holy Night".


Thu, 16 Dec 2010 08:50:00 +0000

From Khajuraho (State: Madhya Pradesh) we moved to our next destination Jabalpur (State: Madhya Pradesh) which is at a distance of 260 kms. It took us 1 full day drive by road to reach this place.

Jabalpur is an important historical and cultural city of Madhya Pradesh. It is famous for the Marble Rocks through which flows the fabled river Narmada. (Click on the image for bigger view)

Here one requires 1 full day to cover the places of interest. The places that I have covered on my tout of the place are as follows:
  • Madan Mahal Fort
  • Balancing Rocks
  • Chausatyogini Temple
  • Bhedaghat - Marble Rocks
We will take more closer look these in the subsequent posts.

Varaha Temple, Khajuraho

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:30:00 +0000

The Varaha Temple is located in front of the Lakshmana Temple is one of the oldest temple in Khajuraho (State: Madhya Pradesh). Belonging to Western Group of Temples it is one of the smallest and beautifully carved temple at Khajuraho. It is built some time by the rulers of Chandela dynasty between 930 and 950 A.D. (Click on the image for bigger view)

(image) The stands elevated above the ground with 14 short pillars that support the high pyramidal roof capped with an kalash. It has a huge monolithic image of the standing Varaha (the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu). The image is made out of sandstone and measures 2.6 meters long and 1.7 meters high. It is unique from other images of Khajuraho as the stone shines like burnished metal.

(image) The entire body of the divine creature is carved in low relief along with the figures of more than 600 gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion.main shrine of the temple has four subsidiary shrines at the corners of the temple platform.
The temple has columned halls with balconies, an entrance porch, and the inner sanctum.

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Lalbagh Flower Show - Orchids -1

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 01:30:00 +0000

At flower show in Lalbagh Gardens at Bangalore on August 2010 there were exclusive collection of Orchids on display. The colors were amazing. Below are some of the orchids on display: (Click on the image for bigger picture)

(image) (image) There were stalls selling the Orchids plants outside the flower show. The price ranged from Rupees 600 to 1200 depending on the variety.

Vellore Fort

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:30:00 +0000

The fort in Vellore (State: Tamil Nadu) is located inside the city. The Land Fort built in the 3rd quarter of the 16th century AD is one of the most perfect specimens of military architecture in the South. (Click on the images for bigger view)

(image) The fort has been occupied by several different dynasties. The fortification consists of a main rampart broken at irregular intervals by round towers and rectangular projections. The main walls of the fort are built using huge granite stones surrounded by a broad moat fed with water.

(image) The The approximate circumstance of the fort is 2600 meters. The moat running around the fort is of length and depth of 190 feet and 20 feet respectively. The outer length of the fort is about 2500 feet and 1500 feet in breadth. The height of the outer wall is about 30 feet and the breadth is about 25 feet.
Inside the fort is the famous and beautiful Jalakanteshwara Temple.

Upli Burj, Bijapur

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 07:00:00 +0000

Upli Burj constructed in 1584, is an another interesting site in Bijapur (State: Karnataka). General Hyder Khan in the service of ruler Ibrahim II built this watch tower. (Click on the images for bigger picture)

This is a circular tower measuring 80 ft in height. There are 70 steps leading to the top of the tower where there are 2 canons. This tower is also known as Hyder Burj.

Flowering Tree - Red Bottle Brush

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 13:30:00 +0000

Bangalore (State: Karnataka) known as Garden City true to its name as lot of flowering trees on either side of most of the roads. They bloom with flowers of various colors. One such tree is Bottle Brush tree also known as Callistemon. (Click on the images for bigger view)The flowers are bright red, and attract nectar-feeding birds and insects. The flower spikes of this tree are made of several individual flowers. The name is apt as can bee seen from the bright red flowers which have the shape of a bottle brush. The tree grow only as big as 15 feet. They enhance the beauty of any garden. They grow superbly in the regions where the climate is warm, humid, and receive full sunlight. The flowers produces small woody fruit that contain numerous seeds. The fine leaves and the bright red inflorescence make this tree one of the beautiful trees that enhances the landscaping of any gardens or parks.[...]

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:30:00 +0000

Jodhpur (State: Rajasthan) has many historical monuments of interest. One of them is Jaswant Thada, located on the long road that takes one to the Mehrangarh Fort. (Click on the images for bigger picture)

(image) This monument is built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharja Jaswanth Singh II. This ornamental cenotaph is entirely built using white marble. It is a traditional cremation ground of Jodhpur rulers.

(image) The above image was taken from the fort. The monument in the empty hilly region is Jaswant Thada.

Vellore, City of Spears

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 02:40:00 +0000

Vellore (State: Tamil Nadu) is at a distance 145 kms from Chennai in one direction and in another direction 215 kms from Bangalore. We started from Bangalore in the morning and reached this place in the early afternoon. The city has prominent colleges, ancient temples and one of the best hospitals in India (Christian Medical College & Hospital). (Click on the images for bigger view)

(image) The name 'Vellore' in local language means 'City of Spears'. Ancient history shows that, this place was basically a battle field and it was always left with the abandoned weapons like spears throughout the year. It was the seat of power for various dynasties like the Pallavas, Cholas, Nayak, Marathas. The major tourist attractions here are:
We shall explore these attractions in some more detail soon.

Shivappa Nayaka Palace, Shimoga

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:00:00 +0000

In Shimoga (State: Karnataka) the fort originally had occupied around 200 acres of land. Of which now only 10 acres of land is occupied by fort area. Even though I could not see any fort walls, I did see a 16th century palace built by ruler Shivappa Nayak of Keladi Dynasty. This beautiful palace is situated on the banks of river Tunga in the old city. (Click on the images for bigger view)This was much larger structure, of which currently only the Durbar Hall survives the ravages of the war against Bahmani Kings. The Durbar Hall is built with wooden pillars giving an elevation of almost twenty feet from the ground level.The carved pillars and artificial roofs is made of teak and rosewood. The roof of the palace is covered with Mangalore tiles. The wooden staircase leads up to the first floor. And there is a projected wooden balcony in the central part. There are beautiful floral carvings on the pillars and arches between the pillars.The architecture of the palace is Indo-Saracenic where one can see elements of Rajput, Islamic styles. Today, this palace also serves as a museum for Archeological Survey of India (ASI). The palace is maintained by ASI and as of today no charge or ticket for visiting this elegant palace.[...]

Flowers of Cubbon Park, Bangalore

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:04:00 +0000

The Cubbon Park or "Sri. Chamarajendra Park" in the heart of the Bangalore (State: Karnataka) city and it occupies around 250 acres of area. (Click on the images for bigger view)

(image) It is home for several variety of flowers.