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!

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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!

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

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

 

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

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

Pink Morning

Early morning drive to Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

Darjeeling, Pink, Mist, WIndy, Morning, Mahesh Patil, Street, Lady,
Misty.. Windy… Darjeeling Morning

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rajasthan 06: Guard of Umedbhavan

Guard of Umedbhavan
Guard of Umedbhavan

Rajasthan 05: The City Palace in Colour

And then there are some photos which need colour 🙂

 

 

 

 

Rajasthan 04: Udaipur City Palace

Udaipur city palace is actually series of palaces packed in the city palace complex. They were built over a long period, from 1559 onwards, by 76 generations of Sisodia Rajputs or Suryavanshi Rajputs. I wanted to present the magnificence and hugeness of the palace to you in black and white. The black and white really accents the structural hugeness and also creates a great contrast against deep blue skies to bring forth the bright limestone structure.

I hope you enjoy the post.

Rajasthan 03: Cages

Cages
Cages

Rajasthan 02: United Colours of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is arguably one of the most colourful states of India. The roots of Rajasthan go back to the local Bhil and Meena tribes; and Gujjars. The monochromatic landscapes and structures made of sandstone provide a fantastic backdrop for photographers, to capture locals in their traditionally colourful and embroidered sari’s with mirror works.

United Colours of Rajasthan
United Colours of Rajasthan

Rajasthan 01: Selling the Blue Bloodline

We started our 2008 vacation of Rajasthan from the Venice of East… “Udaipur”.

We landed in Udaipur at 5-30 AM. The travel time of 80 Minutes, was very short for us Mumbaites to get used to the nippy December mornings of Rajasthan. Udaipur is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in Rajputana Agency and is famous for its heritage buildings and palaces, including the famed Lake Palace.

This photograph was taken at the gates of The Udaipur City Palace. The official tourist route starts at this huge red wall which inscribes bloodline of the former Mewar Kingdom. For me this is about the fascination and awe that we have for the lives and times of Royalty. This interest transcends boundaries and is present in easterners and westerners alike. Here, the stories of a local guide were consumed with much interest by his American clients. I could not stop myself from capturing this moment.

I will be posting some of the photographs from our 2008 Rajasthan vacation in coming days.

Selling the blue bloodline
Selling the blue bloodline