People & Culture of India

The Varanasi Contemplation

06
Apr
2013
The Colorful Kshameshvar Ghat, Varanasi.

The unprecedented torrential rains hit across entire eastern Uttar Pradesh around the time of Basant Panchami, the last Shahi Snan. This resulted in massive disorder across Kumbha Mela, throwing life out of gear, making it harder for people to leave or enter the Mela area. We miraculously managed to get out of the Mela premises with minimal hindrances to our next destination, Varanasi.

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Maha Kumbha Mela - The Biggest Spiritual Spectacle on Earth

27
Feb
2013
Sangam, Confluence of Holy Rivers.

They came by the millions! Some arrived on overcrowded trains carrying five times their normal capacity. Some came by bus, by car, some by ox drawn carts, and others rode on horses, camels, and even elephants. The rich and famous chartered private planes and helicopters, while the less affluent came on foot carrying their bed rolls and camping equipment in heavy bundles on their heads. Wave after wave, they formed a veritable river of humanity that flowed onto the banks of the Ganges at Allahabad to celebrate the greatest spiritual festival ever held in the history of the world, the Kumbha Mela. - Jack Hebner and David Osborn

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Sun Temple at Konark

29
Feb
2012
View of the sanctum.

I happened to be in Puri, Odisha to attend India's first surf festival and my responsibilities were around the festival documenting and promoting India's surf scene. But then just about 6 kms away was the beautiful Sun Temple of Konark, a familiar name which I had heard since from my early schooldays. According to a recent poll, it's one of the seven wonders of India and it's declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

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Red Fort - Might and Majesty

21
Sep
2011

Red Fort is the most important historical building in Delhi. Know more about the Lal Quila of Delhi, India. Shah Jahan shifted his capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad and laid the foundation of Red Fort, or the Lal Quila, on 16th April 1639. It took nine years to build this mighty citadel and it got completed on 16th April 1648.

It is said that about one crore rupees, an astronomical sum in those days, was spent on its construction. Half of this sum was spent to build the exotic palaces within the fort. Built of red sandstone, it is octagonal in shape, with two longer sides on the east and west. The perimeter of its strong ramparts is about 2.41 km. Red Fort rises to a height of 33.5 m on the town side and 18 m along the river.

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Jaipur - Royalty Beckons [Part 1]

11
Mar
2011

If a picture is worth a thousand words, no number of pictures can describe the beauty, history, art, culture, and the people of this magnificent city of Jaipur. Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and spacious gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces blushed with pink, where once lived the Maharajas. If a picture is worth a thousand words, no number of pictures can describe the beauty, history, art, culture, and the people of this magnificent city of Jaipur.

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Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds

19
Feb
2011

One of the best Rajputana architecture of all times, still speaks the glory of the royal family. However, one can also find a glimpse of Mughal architecture, which is blended perfectly to make it different from others. The literal meaning of Hawa Mahal is "Palace of Winds".

Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. One of the best Rajputana architecture of all times, still speaks the glory of the royal family. However, one can also find a glimpse of Mughal architecture, which is blended perfectly to make it different from others. The literal meaning of Hawa Mahal is "Palace of Winds". Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799.

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Udaipur - Definitely, Venice of the East !

03
Jan
2011

Udaipur, formally known as the city of lakes is the capital of the former princely state of Mewar Rajasthan, India. Udaipur is also referred to as the "Venice of the East", the "Most Romantic City of India" and the "Kashmir of Rajasthan". The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis.

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When it doesn't come easy !!

28
Nov
2010

I have been traveling around North India for the past 3 weeks, It's been rough, adventurous, gutsy, fun, economical and very photogenic. As per my travel itinerary, I came to Udaipur (Rajasthan), known as the "City of Lakes" or "Venice of the East, also where some of the bloodiest battles has been fought, it was a place of contradictions. At once arriving here, I learnt about another nearby town called Nathdwara. "Nathdwara enshrines Shrinathji - A deity of Lord Krishna which was originally enshrined at Govardhana Hill in Vrindavan.

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