Monday, May 30, 2016

Usgalimal Rock Engravings

The prehistoric site Usgalimal in South Goa is knwn for rock engravings.These engravings spread over an area of 500 sqm belong to the Upper Paleolithic or Mesolithic eras. There are more than 100 distinct drawings carved on laterite stones.



Representation of labyrinths 



Representation of human figures (mother Goddess)



Representation of Hunting Trap



Representation of Peacock

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sunbird at Karanji Lake, Mysore

Karanji Lake at Mysore is a beautiful lake spread over a area of 55 hectares with many trees all around even in the lake.  



One such beautiful bird seen here is Purple-rumped SunbirdIt is a tiny bird with dark maroon upper-side with a blue-green crown. The underparts are whitish with dark throat, maroon breast.



They mainly feed on nectar but sometimes take insects.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Great Manasthmba, Hiriyangadi

Neminath Basadi at Hiriyangadi has been built in the later half of 14th century. In front of this a colossal Manasthmba measuring 54 feet in height is constructed over a platform with conventional mouldings in a stepped pyramidal order.



The shaft divided into many registers of which, the lower portion is an austere square base followed by circular corrugated register and the rest of the entire circular shaft is divided into five registers with double circular bands.




The apex of the shaft is treated with series of tassels over which a slightly bulbous tip accommodates a multifaceted, almost stellate capital over which a huge abacus carries a small turreted shrine. Inside the shrine is an exquisitely carved Yaksha seated in padmasana. 



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A glimpse of India in black and white. 



Wind mills by the side of Bangalore - Hyderabad highway

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tadipatri, the Garden of Palm Trees

Tadipatri is a small town in Andra Pradesh state. This town is located in interior part of the state accessible by state highways and railways. This place is close to by the forest full of palm trees. As a result the town was called as Tadipatri which when translated means "Garden of Palm Trees".



The area here is  rich in lime stones. The town is known for ancient temples:

We had visited this place during our tour of state only to see these temples. Other places of interest near by are:
  • Belum Caves
  • Yaganti

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Birds of Lothal

When going around archaeological remains of Lothal we came across many birds.  Some of the birds were very new to me. One of the bird I could identify is Indian Roller.



Another bird is Crested Lark.


There were many more birds around like Indian Pond Heron, Sparrow  etc.,

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Marina Beach, Chennai

Marina Beach in Chennai along the Bay of Bengal is a natural urban beach. The beach covering a distance of 13 Kms is the longest natural urban beach in India.



This sandy beach has an average width of 300 m. This is a major tourist attraction in the city. This beach is visited by tourist as well as locals.



The memorials and statues along the beach are worth the visit.



Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lower Town, Lothal

The archaeological remains of the 4000 year old town of Lothal has many interesting structures spread around. The entire area is divided into two primary zones – the upper and the lower town. 



The lower town contained commercial as well as residential area. The arterial streets running from north to south were flanked by rows of shops, residential dwellings and artisan's workshops. 



There are multiple two-roomed shops and workplaces of copper-smiths and blacksmiths.



The remains of the lower town suggest that the area had a bead-making factory. The factory comprised 11 rooms, which included worker's quarters, warehouse and guard rooms, surrounding a courtyard. 



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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A glimpse of heritage monument of India in black and white. Check other posts that will give you more details about this monument.



A sculpture on Naulakha Palace in Gondal

Monday, May 2, 2016

Queen's Palace of Sarkhej Roza, Ahmedabad

At Sarkhej Roza Complex in Ahmedabad is the ruins of 15th century Royal Palaces. One among them is Queens' Palace on the Western Bank of the water tank that was dry during our visit. This was built in the 13th century by Sultan Mahmud Begada.



This palace architecture has elements of Muslim, Hindu and Jain elements.