Kingfisher

Bird, Gallery, India, Nature, Photograph

A small body of water and the surrounding tall grasses attract several birds, including this bright kingfisher. The region, near Delhi, India, is a protected wetland and several species of migratory birds can be found here every winter.

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Mandawa: Part 1

Architecture, India, Photograph, Travel

The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is famous for its many havelis (mansions constructed by the wealthy or royal). As their owners wanted to demonstrate this wealth, these havelis often housed intricate stone engravings and a variety of paintings, sculptures and ornaments, many of which have survived. Recently, many of these havelis, including several in the small town of Mandawa, have been purchased from their ancestral owners and repurposed as luxurious hotels. As a result, tourism in the area is booming, and thousands of tourists now visit the area each year.

In this first of two posts about the area, we look at the interiors of some of the havelis of the area, and their colourful engravings and artwork.