The Cellular Jail in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, has a long and eventful past. Several Indian freedom fighters were imprisoned here by the British, and the harsh conditions faced by inmates here earned the prison notoriety and the name Kala Pani (literally ‘Death Water’). Inmates here were housed in small individual cells (hence the name Cellular Jail), that were lined along corridors such as the one pictured. In the photograph, the cells are to the left, while the right is open.
Hohensalzburg Castle in Salzburg, Austria, offers a view of the old town of Salzburg from one side, and a beautiful Alpine landscape on the other.
A spotted deer grazes with a friend in Jim Corbett National Park in India. Spotted deer such as these are a favourite of the tigers for which this Park has become famous.
Driving between Vienna and Salzburg, one gets to observe a change in the Austrian landscape from open, relatively flat plains to the rolling hills of the Austrian Alps. One of the most popular stopping-points along this route is the picturesque village of Hallstatt, somewhere around which this photograph was taken. And with landscapes like this one surrounding the village, it’s not difficult to see why it is such a popular tourist destination!
Driving from Vienna to Salzburg (Austria’s two most famous cities), the bright colours and imposing structure of Melk Abbey catches the eye. Located in the small town of Melk about an hour from Vienna, it was founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1089. The Baroque abbey seen in the photograph was built in the early 18th century. The abbey houses the remains of several members of Austria’s first ruling dynasty, the House of Babenberg.
Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi, India, was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. And that’s not surprising, considering the splendid architecture of this royal Tomb. Some say that the Taj Mahal in Agra was modelled after Humayun’s Tomb, and this is not that difficult to believe. The two share several common design elements, including an elevated base and a large central dome. Whether or not that is true, though, Humayun’s Tomb is a stunning monument and deserves its place on the World Heritage List.
Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi, is, like most Mughal-era buildings, a remarkable example of symmetrical architecture. This symmetry is most evident when looking at the monument from certain angles, such as the one this photograph was taken from.
Sultanpur National Park in northern India is one of the best places in the country to spot several species of migratory and local birds, including this small bird perched on a tree in the park.
(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Earth“)