Angkor – Angkor Thom!

Angkor Thom was the Capital city of Jayavarman VII and the last Capital of the Khmer Empire. With heavy influence of Buddhism, Angkor Thom’s Bayon temple is mesmerizing in short! Though not as grand in scale as Angkor Wat, Bayon with its 49 towers (now 37) with close to 200 smiling faces is equally amazing!

Take a look, click on pictures to enlarge!

Ta Phrom (Think Tomb Raider) and Banteay Srei photos to follow 🙂

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Angkor – Stunning Angkor Wat!

I had an exciting opportunity to visit Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park last week after a few days of work related travel. My oh my, nothing could have prepared me for what i saw and experienced!! Many photographers have talked about their experiences with the great temple, but what is the old saying about a picture again? 🙂

On a side note, i just have to say that i had an amazing guide – Kamsan Sreng – i took the 1 Day Tour Package which worked very well for me as i traveled solo. We visited Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom & Banteay Srei. His energy and dedication to the job is second to none and his passion about his country’s history and culture is just wonderful. “San” as he likes to call himself, made it a superb private tour!!   Being an Indian, i had a lot of fun discussing our common mythology and history! Kamsan can be reached here.

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Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom and Banteay Srei photos to follow very soon 😉

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Ancient TamilNadu – The Other Side of Shore Temple

Ok sure, we all know the famous Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram (50km from Chennai). But how many of us know the several unfinished and unknown rock structures that are strewn around Mahabalipuram, most of which were revealed post the 2004 Tsunami? This particular rock structure is right next to the Shore Temple complex, facing the sea and literally as ancient as the shore temple!  Many years ago, i remember seeing this structure at this particular beach (lined with small shacks serving great sea food), at that time the water was at least 100 metres away – but today the waves touch these rocks (a result of the Tsunami maybe – as it changed the entire coastline)

While i could not find much about this structure, it is clear that it is part of a larger network of sculptures, temples and rock-cut structures which is still underwater barely a few hundred metres from the shore temple. History and legends point to the existence of the Seven Pagodas, only one of which remains to this day – the Shore Temple. (I read that the coastline was attacked by 2 Tsunamis in the last 2000 years)

Also to add a surreal effect, i played around with the Oil Paint filter of Photoshop to add a scenic/landscape mood to the pictures! Seriously, my ancestors were/are awesome.

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