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Moon over Bibi Ka Maqbara

Around sunset is the best time to visit Bibi ka Maqbara. The colours and the crowd are at their vivid best. Considered the Taj of Dakkhan, this relatively humble monument was built by Azam Shah (Aurangzeb’s son) in memory of his mother between 1651 and 1661 A.D.  The mausoleum draws its inspiration from the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra.

Bibi ka Maqbara, Aurangabad, Mahesh Patil, Travel Photography
Moon over the mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Daurani alias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb.

 

Bibi ka Maqbara, Aurangabad, Mahesh Patil, Travel Photography
Bibi ka Maqbara
Bibi ka Maqbara, Mahesh Patil, Travel Photography
Taj of Deccan
Bibi ka Maqbara
Twilight

Flying Ferns

Flying ferns
Flying ferns @ Darjeeling 

Heart of the Action

Hyderabad, Charminar, Mahesh Patil
Nonstop Hyderabad

There is an unmistakable energy about night markets of Charminar.

While I was strolling around the streets to capture night shots my nose made me feel like i was in carnivores heaven, but ears quickly brought me back on earth. Street fashion, glitter, friendly people, noisy auto rickshaws… they are all in abundance here.

This frame captures the distant Charminar pumping out the life into the streets.

 

Itterwale Baba

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Gross National Addiction

The Paan , Mahesh Patil, Mahesh Patil Photography, Photography, Hyderabad, India, MaheshPatil.Net
The Paan… found in plenty at laad bazaar, Hyderabad

 

 

The Bangleman of Laad Bazaar!

The Bangleman!, Mahesh Patil, Mahesh Patil.Net, Mahesh Patil Photography, Hyderabad, Charminar, Old Hyderabad, Street Market, India
The Bangleman of Laad Bazar!

Local street markets offer great subjects for photography. I will be posting photographs shot at Laad bazaar in old Hyderabad. Known for its famous bangle shops, the market had many things waiting to be captured; from street antiques shops to ittarwalas, from fresh fruits to fashion accessories , this market has it all.

While strolling around the Mecca Masjid I found my frame – a glum faced Chudiwala (Bangle salesman) amongst his glittering, colourful bangles!

Do Not Disturb

A Glaring Glance, Mahesh Patil, Photography, MaheshPatil.net, Photography, India, Old Hyderabad
A Glaring Glance.

 

Human expressions are so powerful. These fellows were sitting at the base of the Charminar. There was something similar between them and the strong but timeworn walls of the structure. The crispy white kurta-pajamas provided the perfect tonal contrast; an interesting subject & frame to my photographer’s eye. I walked around them pretending to be disinterested & setting up my camera. I wanted to capture them as well as the textured walls and the flooring. I set my 50mm prime for a deep depth of field. Just as I was about to click the photo, the bearded fellow noticed me and gave this powerful stare. Powerful enough for me to start exploring a new subject for my photographic urges!

Golkonda Skies II

Half Past Rain, Mahesh Patil
Half Past Rain

Golkonda Skies I

Sun going down over Golkonda fort, Hyderabad. Mahesh Patil
Sun going down over Golkonda fort, Hyderabad.

Tadoba 8 : Tigers of Tadoba

Faces 3: Local Hero

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Diwali Street Market

Indian street markets have an indomitable energy. I went for a photowalk on Diwali day and came back with my head buzzing with Diwali spirit! While Mumbai is the capital of Mall culture in India, every middle class locality has it’s own street market which is the epicenter of action.

These markets are filled with emotions…  innocence & happiness…  gloom & greed.

Light and Magic II

Tadoba 7 : Lurker

Rather early in the morning, this young chap decided to stay close to the visitors.

Waiting for an Ambush, Tiger. Cub. Tadoba
Waiting for an Ambush

Diwali Night

Marine Drive is a 4.3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is the best place to watch best of the Diwali fireworks in Mumbai. This was my first attempt at night photography with my Canon 6D.

Marine Drive on Diwali Night, Mahesh patil , Phtography
Marine Drive on Diwali Night

Up Above

Some where between Mumbai & Chennai. Shot with my Galaxy S4.

Golden Horizon
Golden Horizon
Wing, Mahesh Patil, Skyscape,
Wing

Glittering God

Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. We have a simple ceremony at home, where we worship the god by decorating his altar and offering him his favourite food “Modak” as Prasad

Glittering God, Mahesh Patil, Ganpati
Glittering God
Glittering God, Ganpati, Mahesh Patil
Glittering God
Chatradhari Ganesh, Mahesh Patil,
Chattradhari Ganesh
Kara, Auspicious, Mahesh Patil
Auspicious Kara

Prasad (food offering to deity) is presented on a Banana leaf. Prasad consists of Modaks, rice dumplings filled with coconut, jaggery and dry fruits.  Kheer and Puri is also important part of prasad. Potato subji and Lentils served on rice with dollop of butter and basil leaf completes the menu.

Prasad, Ganpati, Mahesh Patil, Modak
Prasad

 

Man of Thought

At Kalaghoda

Man of Thought, Mahesh Patil, Photography, MaheshPatil.Net
Man of Thought

Prayer Wheels

Never ending line of Prayer wheels on the way to Enchey Monastery, Gangtok.

Prayer Wheels, Sikkim, Mahesh Patil, Enchay Monastery
Prayer Wheels at Enchay Monastery

Tadoba 6 : Summer Nap

2-30 PM… 45 Degrees…

Cozy Summer Nap, Mahesh Patil, Tiger, Tadoba
Cozy Summer Nap

Young Musician

Local markets around Indian temples have always fascinated me. You never know what might spring up in front of you.

We saw these bunch of boys carrying Dholaks while strolling around the markets of Alandi. I converted this photo into black and white as it brought life in the gaze of the little boy looking straight into the Camera.

Young Musician, Mahesh Patil, Alandi, Local Markets, India
Young Musician

Bare Necessities

Shot this Enchey Monastery, Gangtok.

Water Bottle, Monk, Sikkim, Rumtek Monastery, Mahesh Patil
Bottled Water for Soul

Siesta in Park

I could not help but click this guy enjoying his siesta at the Cross Maidan, Mumbai. This maidan is at the heart of Mumbai’s business district and is always bustling with activity.

Siesta, Cross Maidan, Mahesh Patil, Photgraphy
Siesta

Pink Morning

Early morning drive to Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

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Misty.. Windy… Darjeeling Morning

Catching Pearls

Shot this at an early morning stroll Pelling, Sikkim (India).

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Dew Drops

Provider

Shot at the beautiful light room at Khecheopalri Lake, Sikkim.

Khecheopalri Lake, Khecheopalri, Sikkim, India. Lights, Diya, Lights, Brass, Kettle, Oil,
Prayer house at Khecheopalri Lake

Harbour of Faith

This was shot from a small jetty near the famous Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai. The dargah contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari and is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Mumbai.

Sunset at the Haji Ali Dargah, Haji Ali Dargah, Mahesh Patil, Photography,
Sunset at the Haji Ali Dargah

 

Monk’s Dilemma

Captured through the prayer wheels

Thoughtful Monk, Sikkim, Rumtek, Sikkim, Buddhist, Mahesh Patil
Thoughtful Monk

Grey Morning

A smoggy Mumbai skyline from Bandra Worli Sealink.

Mahesh Patil, Grey Morning, Mumbai, Seascape,
A smoggy… wintery… Mumbai morning

Straight Face

Look what I found in Jaisalmer fort, amidst all things touristy 🙂

A Straight Face, Window, Rajasthan, Smiley, Funny Photography, Mahesh Patil,
A mouth wide shut

Xmas Sunset

Magnificent sunset from the Uttan Beach

Xmas Sunset, Sunset, Uttan, Mahesh Patil, Photography
Xmas Sunset

Parked

Shot at a  Jetty @ Uttan. A quaint little fishing village near Mumbai.

Hull, Boat, Mahesh Patil, Photography
A Boat with an Orange Hull

Little Santa

Little Santa

Little Santa

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali, Fireworks, Mahesh Patil, Photography
Wishing a sparkling Diwali to everyone

Tadoba 5 : Birds of Tadoba

Tadoba has wonderful bird life… Here is the proof!

Bhivpuri Trails

We went for small monsoon trek at Bhivpuri, a small town on the outskirts of Mumbai. Bhivpuri is near by the much famed “Matheran” . The main attraction of Bhivpuri is the fantastic waterfall situated in the hills.

The trek was nice and light. My son really enjoyed the outing. Sharing some photographs of the lush green beauty of Indian monsoon. I shot these with my HTC Desire Mobile phone. Hope you feel as refreshed.

Faces 2: In Deep Thought

Thoughtful…

Face, ipad sketch, Mahesh Patil
Unknown Faces

Faces 1: Man in the Mirror

A mood sketch while experimenting with fountain pen and ink…

 

Man in the Mirror, Sketch, Mahesh Patil
Man in the Mirror

Tadoba 4 : How to cross the road in a Jungle

Some early morning monkey business… by the photographer 🙂

Tadoba 3 : Serpent Eagle

The Serpent Eagle at Kolsa range. Though we did not get to see any tigers here at Kolsa range… My day was when we observed this Majestic Serpent Eagle sitting over a tree top observing his territory. What a lucky shot.

Tadoba 2 : Orange Headed Thrush

Orange headed thrush can be observed in abundance here at Tadoba National Park. 

Tadoba 1 : Paradise Fly Catcher

This post is one of the first in the series photographs I will be publishing from my recent visit to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra. These are the photographs of female Paradise Fly Catcher. This amazingly beautiful and chirpy bird was spotted in Kolsa range, home of Shivaji… the largest Tiger in Tadoba Reserve.

 

Rajasthan 10: Sonar Quila of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives its name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the “Golden Fort”.

Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high; it has 99 bastions, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647. Wells within the fort still provide a regular source of water. Even today, you will find that nearly one fourth of the old city’s population resides within the fort. If you are a student of cross-cultural merging, the subtle fusion of Rajput and Islamic architectural styles, visible in this fort, will catch your fancy. Ganesh Pol, Akshya Pol, Suraj Pol and Hawa Pol are a must see.

Conservationists feel that the Jaisalmer Fort requires major interventions by the government authorities to save it from irrevocable damages. Carrying out restoration works in an ancient structure like the Jaisalmer Fort is in itself a challenge, but doing so while addressing the needs of almost 3,000 people who reside inside it and depend upon it for their livelihood poses a complex range of issues.

Rajasthan 08: Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state, is one of the largest forts in India.

Rajasthan 09: Sunrise on the Thar Desert

We started our camel safari at 6.00 AM in the morning.  The safari started from our desert camp near Khuri which is 40 kilometres further from the City of Jaisalmer.

 

 

 

 

 

Rajasthan 07: The Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the most popular edifices of the Jodhpur city of Rajasthan. The Palace is by far the best example of Art Deco Architecture I have seen.