Saturday, April 18, 2015

Someshwara temple_Kolar

This fourteenth century Someshwara temple is the contribution of the Vijaynagar kings to Kolar, and is typical to  Vijaynagar. A huge  complex, it also has  a smaller temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.



Beautifully crafted Pillars in the mandap reminds of the temples at Hampi.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kolaramma Temple_Kolar

Back from Bloggers Block with Kolar

Kolar, otherwise known for the gold fields has rich history, have been  ruled by the Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar kings. The area consists of many beautiful temples, One among them is the Kolaramma temple dedicated to Goddess Durga


A Friday ritual with women lighting lamps made out of inverted squeezed lime rind


Cholan inscription dated to the reign of Rajendra Chola (1012-1045 AD)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Coracles at Hogenakkal

We make the 180 kms journey to Hogenakkal falls only to see that it closed due to a drowning incident. Some how don't  feel like taking the coracle ride deep down the river. Instead spend some time around and make a swift return to Bangalore





Monday, November 10, 2014

Opals at Melbourne

How do you return from Australia and return without buying Opals - The National gemstone of Australia. 

Mesmerizing to see the various shapes, colors, and hues that the opal offers.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Penguins at St. Kilda's Beach, Melbourne

On an  extremely cold evening, we headed to the St. Kilda's Beach to spot the famed pygmy sized penguins. A crowed beach in summer, but on a cold evening it wore a deserted look.


The penguins-extremely shy venture out into the sea under the cover of darkness, and during the day nestle in among the rocks and are tough to find. Volunteer with blue torch in hand help the tourist to spot the hidden penguin and goad tourist to avoid flash photograph. This is what I could get without flash -thanks to Photoshop.


Scores of yacht anchored  along the pier

Monday, July 7, 2014

Canberra-Nara Peace Park

Put up in the Hyaat Hotel Canberra had its advantages- located just opposite the hotel was the Canberra-Nara Peace Park, what better place for the customary  morning jog. Now Nara used to be the ancient capital of Japan and is a sister city of Canberra.


Further reading tells that the people of Nara donated generously to establish this park in Canberra. 
Splendid meadows, beautiful wood..

A enchanting  water front, I probably had the most wonderful morning walks.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Canberra

Spending a couple of days here, I learn Canberra is entirely a planned city. That explains unusually large roads, huge vegetation.

This view from Mount Ainsle, shows the city  geometrically laid out by Walter Burley Griffin.

Could spot only cars and fewer people on the road. Life almost comes to standstill at 7 pm in the evening, with many of the shops closing, even in the heart of the city

The Governor Generals Residence


And the look out spot outside
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 Shine dome at the Australian National university