Images from Serbia: Rača Monastery

Around 8 km south of Bajina Bašta is located a Serbian Orthodox Monastery known as Rača Monastery. Built in the Thirteenth Century, this Monastery was a burial place for many Serbian rulers, noblemen and dignitaries. During the Great Turkish War in 1689 the monastery was partially destroyed by the invading Turks and also several times while Serbia was under the…

Images of Udaipur … Part 1

Udaipur is famous for its artificial lakes and historical monuments. There are many places to visit in Udaipur like City Palace, Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari etc. etc. Known as “City of Lakes”, the weather is milder than other places of Rajasthan. In this first post of the Udaipur Series, I am posting…

Humayun’s Tomb Images

Made of red sandstones and white marbles, Humayun’s Tomb was constructed during 1565-1572 by Hamida Banu Begum, the grieving widow of Emperor Humayun. This is one of earliest instances of Persian influence on Indian architecture. The site was chosen on the banks of Yamuna river, due to its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of…

Images from Qatar: Corniche on National Day Eve

December 18 is Qatar’s National day which is but a national commemoration of Qatar’s unification in 1878. Qatar is a sovereign country located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. An arm…

Hornbill Festival with a Fuji XT-2

I already did a post of Nagaland here from my visit last December during the period when Kohima(the capital of Nagaland, a north-eastern state of India) celebrates the Hornbill Festival. The main venue of the Hornbill Festival is the  Heritage village Kisama, some 12 km south of Kohima where it is a carnival time from December 1st…