Covelong Beach – Broken Amusement Rides!

These are few of the broken/dilapidated amusement rides at Covelong Beach, sure do add a lot of atmosphere to this interesting beach! My previous post on Covelong Beach is here.

Watch this space for pictures from my trips to Sri Lanka and Morocco ūüôā

Have a good week y’all !

Sig

Rajasthan – Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Jodhpur, the blue city of Rajasthan, so aptly named after the blue painted homes dotting the rustic landscape of Jodhpur. I for one, was very excited and was eagerly waiting to visit the Mehrangarh Fort for many reasons – this was where “The Dark Knight Rises” was filmed! Remember the epic Pit Climb scene with Christian Bale? and the sweeping shot of him standing on the edge of the pit set in front of a massive fort? Yep. That is Mehrangarh Fort, one of the best preserved and colossal¬†forts in all of India, built by King Rao Jodha (of the Rajput clan) 400 feet above the city on a cliff structure composed of igneous rock (the cliff was declared a National Geographic Monument by the Geological Survey of India)

Mehrangarh translates into ‘fort of the Sun’ –¬†trust me. They weren’t kidding, one must visit¬†the fort during twilight or at dusk (as I did, breathtaking to say the least) – Click on images to expand

But it wasn’t just a fort or a military base, it also housed several palaces and was a thriving center for art and culture. Within the fort are well-preserved galleries for public display –

Elephant Howdah (seats used on Elephants)

Palanquin Gallery (typically carried by 2 – 8 persons)

Royal Rooms

View of Jodhpur from the Fort

I was also able to satisfy my fan-boy antics¬†by doing this –

Lastly, the Flying Fox Zipline at the Fort is NOT to be missed! Extreme fun and amazing views of the fort, rocky landscape and the blue city!

Sig

 

Cruise around the Chennai Port !

Chennai Port or Madras Port – the 2nd largest and one of the oldest ports in India (as early as 1600), is a place i have been wanting to visit for a long long time. The huge merchant ships, navy ships, cargo containers, massive equipment, yachts, boats and of course the Bay of Bengal. These sights and sounds make you feel that more closer to Chennai/Madras and remind you why Chennai/Madras was and still is one of the most important port towns in the country!

I was lucky to travel a short distance on a yacht and take in the breeze and smell of the strong seas and the sights of the Chennai Port up close (despite my terrible sea sickness!). Click on of the snaps below Рit was an amazing evening, overcast weather accompanied by heavy rain over the sea!

(P.S Рi even saw the recently commissioned patrolling vessel INS Sumitra ! No photos of course, i am a responsible Indian citizen)

Sig

Angkor – Ta Prohm!

How can one visit Angkor and miss the awesome Ta Prohm¬†temple made even more famous in Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie?! (ok movie was terrible)

Click on images to enlarge!

Sig

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 ūüôā

Sig

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? ūüôā

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.

Click on images to enlarge!

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

Sig

Indie March – CounterCulture, Bangalore

This weekend at Bangalore was made worth the visit when i tagged along with my friends to the Indie March live music event at CounterCulture in Whitefield, Bangalore! Great music from some of the upcoming bands in India – see the action below!

Bands:

Until We Last (Bangalore based Post rock band, learnt what that meant only today!)

F16’s (Chennai based electro indie band)

Skrat (Chennai based original rock band, they got the crowd mad!)

Parvaaz (Bangalore based progressive rock band, they sing in Urdu and Kashmiri! – powerful performance twas)

Hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as i did the event!

Sig

Lighthouse, Chennai!

We all know that current day Chennai, erstwhile Madras was ¬†a strategic location for the East India Company. But there is a rich maritime history to this charming city as well! The lighthouse you see in the pictures was commissioned in 1977 and is the 4th lighthouse this city has seen since the first lighthouse was constructed roughly before 1796 AD. The previous three were in different locations along the stretch of the Marina Beach (World’s 2nd longest beach). Interestingly the previous lighthouse was in the tallest dome of the Madras High Court!

Oh here’s another fun fact – This lighthouse is one of the very few lighthouses in the World to have an elevator ūüôā The Government reopened the lighthouse to the public after a span of more than 20 years (because of cases of suicides in the past) in November and i am certainly waiting to get a view of the city from the viewing gallery, which has now been secured with grills and CCTV cameras.

Until next time! Cheers

Sig