Saturday, 24 December 2016

India Gate, Delhi , India

The India Gate, (originally called the All India War Memorial), is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi, India, formerly called Kingsway. India Gate is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War, in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. 13,300 servicemen's names, including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate. The India Gate, even though a war memorial, evokes the architectural style of the triumphal arch like the Arch of Constantine, outside the Colosseum in Rome, and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the Gateway of India in Mumbai. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
In 1971, following the Bangladesh Liberation war, a small simple structure, consisting of a black marble plinth, with reversed rifle, capped by war helmet, bounded by four eternal flames, was built beneath the soaring Memorial Archway. This structure, called Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the Flame of the Immortal Soldier, since 1971 has served as India's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

At foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle are the Fairy Pools, beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle. These famous pools entice visitors from all over the world, as they make some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those brave enough to enter the cold water. For the less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools make some fantastic photos.

The walk to the pools uses the same route there and back. The complete return distance to the first main waterfall and pool is 2.4km, with the average time to complete the walk being 40 minutes (with no stops). Most people will spend some time working their way up the river from the first waterfall exploring the different pools.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Cinque Terre, Rio Maggiore, Italy

The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia,Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. The Cinque Terre area is a very popular tourist destination. The twon climbs up along the ridges overlooking the sea and it is characterized from the typical stone houses with colored facades and slate-roofs.
Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine.The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. The grapes of the Cinque Terre are used to produce two locally made wines. The eponymous Cinque Terre and the SciachetrĂ  are both made using Bosco, Albarola, and Vermentino grapes.In addition to wines, other popular local drinks include grappa, a brandy made with the pomace left from winemaking, and limoncello, a sweet liqueur flavored with lemons.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Aogashima Volcano, Japan

 Aogashima Island is located 358 kilometres (222 mi) south of central Tokyo in the Philippine Sea and is just 3.5 kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide. What makes this island interesting is the fact the entire island is formed out of an active volcano’s crater. Roughly 200 people live on this tiny volcanic island, apparently not taking the hint from when the volcano last erupted in the late 18th century, killing many villagers and forcing the entire population to flee the island for nearly 50 years.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Hiller lake(pink lake), Western Australia

Lake Hillier is a lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche ArchipelagoWestern Australia
From above the lake appears a solid bubble gum pink. The lake is about 600 meters long, and is surrounded by a rim of sand and dense woodland of paperbark and eucalyptus trees. A narrow strip of sand dunes covered by vegetation separates it from the blue Southern Ocean.
No-one fully knows why the lake is pink. Scientists speculate that the colour comes from a dye created by bacteria that lives in the salt crusts.
There’s plenty to see and do around Esperance including horse riding, walking and cycling, fishing, scuba diving, whale-watching (May to October), windsurfing, abseiling, kayaking and 4WD drive tours.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

The Mamanucas are the chain of 20 islands near Nadi and Denarau. One of the most established area in Fiji, the Mananukas provide a stunning array of activities for all types of travellers.

In surroundings beautiful enough to star in 'Cast Away' and Survivor: Fiji', these islands offer parasailing , windsurfing, dolphin-watching, famous dives such as Big W and Gotham City, some of the best surf  breaks in the world, and just about any other activity you can do on or under water. Young or old, looking for a family holiday, there's an island for everyone.

Chittorgarh Fort, India

Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. It is a world heritage site. The fort, plainly known as Chittor, was the capital of Mewar and is today situated several kilometres south of Bhiwara.

It is stated the Fort was constructed by the Mauryans during the 7th century AD and hence derives its name after the Mauryan ruler, Chitrangada Mori.

The Fort and city of Chittorgarh host the biggest Rajput festival called the "Jauhar Mela"( Jauhar, is the buring to death of the queens and female royals of Rajput kingdoms when facing defeat at the hand of enemy). It takes place annually on the anniversary of one of the jauhars but no specific name has been given to it. It is generally believed that it commemorates Padmini's Jauhar , which is most famous. A huge number of  Rajputs, which include the descendants of most of the princely families , hold a procession to celebrate a Jauhar.

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