One winter morning when my husband and I took Babar for a walk in a jungle park near our place we came across a couple of Nilgais or blue cows. The Nilgai is the largest antelope in Asia and are among the wild animals that inhabit the jungle park. Plenty of beautiful peacocks roam around the place also.We saw a huge wild pig and a jackal once. They usually come out when there are less people in the park.
It was colder than usual that morning probably that’s why we were the only ones walking around there when we saw the antelopes. One of them watched us curiously for a few minutes before it ran after his mate. Babar tried to chase them but he was running with a some hesitation. They were much bigger than him and he could not figure out what they were!
A clear photo of Nilgai from google just to show how it looks.
At Sogo, Causeway Bay, Hongkong
On the way to Chopta, Uttranchal, India.
In addition to paintings Grecian, Roman, Baroque, Byzantine, Renaissance, Mughal, Victorian and Gothic architecture also fascinate me. I am in awe of the ornate carvings and designs of these buildings. I can spend one whole day just staring and studying the beautiful patterns of its facade, pillars,walls ceilings, doors and windows.
Duomo Cathedral Church in Florence, Italy.
Leaning Tower Of Pisa, Italy
Base of the Eiffel Tower, Paris
Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris, France.
Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Taj Mahal, India
Intricate patterns on Taj Mahal’ s exterior wall.
Rashprati Bhawan, New Delhi. ( Indian President’s Residence area )
On our way to Manali from Shimla we took a wrong turn and got lost but happily ended up riding along this beautiful valley.
During weddings and special occasions Indian women decorate their hands with a henna tattoo which is called Mehandi in Hindi.
The ‘hippie’ culture is very much alive in Pushkar, a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Pushkar,one of the oldest cities in India (just two and half hour away from Jaipur) is tagged as a ‘hippie haven’ where you can find a large number of local and foreign hippies. According to some they visited the place during the Holi festival and ended up staying permanently.
This man is a Sadhu though, not a hippie. Sadhus are sanyasi, or renunciates, who have left behind all material attachments and live in caves, forests and temples all over India and Nepal.( Wikipedia)
Colorful ottomans with ornate Rajasthani mirror work among some of the arts and crafts that can be purchased on the street bazaar.
A camel ride at Pushkar festival.
A street performance at the Indian festival called ‘Surajkund Mela’
This annual festival is a pure delight to the senses as you are greeted with lively and colorful performances and serenaded with folk music while you gape at the beautiful and ornate, ethnic Indian/Mughal decorations all around the amphitheater near a man made lake. This mela showcases the finest handcrafted fabrics, arts and craft from all over India. Also adding to the total Indian cultural experience are the aromas of different Indian cuisine wafting in the air coming from the numerous food stalls in the area.
The festival is named after an ancient reservoir of the 10th century located at Faridabad, Haryana in India built by the Tomar king Suraj Pal of Tomar dynasty; a sun worshiper who also built a sun temple on the lake’s western banks. Surajkund literally means ‘ lake of the sun’ and mela means ‘festival’ in hindi.
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