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.
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.
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.
Munnar is a small hill-station in the Indian state of Kerala. Famous for its tea and spice plantations, Munnar (and the Western Ghats region in general) provides many fine views like this.
(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Wanderlust“, “Earth” and “Atop“)
Jim Corbett National Park in the Himalayan foothills is one of the most well-known nature reserves in India. It is an excellent location to observe tigers and other wildlife in their natural habitat, and as a result thousands of tourists visit each year.
Rivers and lakes are often the best places to encounter wildlife in any nature reserve, as animals tend to gravitate around sources of water. In Corbett, the dry season brings with it a stark transmogrification: the river bed becomes completely dry, and lush greenery fades to parched shrubbery. Thus spotting animals during this period becomes much more difficult.
(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Spare“)
The Taj Mahal and its surrounding minars (towers) feature some very fine and ornate carving and inlay work. In this picture, two partners out of the four minars that surround the main building of the Taj Mahal are shown, with the carvings and inlay work clearly visible along their lengths.
One of the most common features of Mughal architecture is the presence of large doorways or arches, normally intricately carved. At the Taj Mahal, one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in the world, this feature is very prominent. On each side of the four-sided main building, there are large arched doorways. In this photograph, showing the front-facing side of the Taj Mahal, one central arch flanked by four small ones can be seen. It is difficult not to admire the magnificence and beauty of this architectural marvel.
(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Inspiration” and “Door“)