October - November 2019
  • Day57

    Bagarhat

    November 28, 2019 in Bangladesh ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    City of mosques, most dating to the 15th century. First is outside and 2nd is inside the so called 60 Dome Mosque, though I'm told there are actually 77 domes. (I didn't count them.) The next 3 are of some of the other mosques here, most of which used the same basic architecture. It is said that at one time there were more than 300 of these mosques here. Quite a number of which are no more. The last picture is of the tomb of Khan Jahan Ali. He was a Sufi saint and ruler in Bagarhat in the 15th century. He is credited with building all or most of the mosques.

    Ronvijoypur mosque
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  • Day53

    Lucknow

    November 24, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A large city in northern India, state capital of Uttar Pradesh state and former capital of the local kingdom. The British had a large presence here living in an area called the Residency, mostly in ruins now. I'm told more than 2,000 Brits were killed here during an uprising in the mid 19th century.
    The first two pictures are of the old main city gate. Next is a view over the city from atop The Imambara (see another post). Next is a relatively new city park.
    Across the street from the park is Sheroes, one of the best things I've seen. This is a restaurant run by and for survivors of acid attacks. A number of the survivors were working. I was saddened to see what had been done to them but also richly blessed to see them not only surviving but flourishing. Their smiles through the damage was in itself a blessing. And it was a darn good lunch. I'm told there is a similar place in Agra. If you visit either place, be sure to support them.
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  • Day53

    Imambara, Lucknow

    November 24, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Major Shia shrine that was built to provide jobs for people during a famine in the 18th century. It is a site of mourning over the 7th century martyrdom of Ali.
    1st is the main building of the mosque. 2nd is a look across the courtyard. Then three pictures inside the mosque. The last is the Bouli or well.Read more

  • Day52

    Ganga

    November 23, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Aka, The River Ganges, holy river of India's many faiths. 1st is a look along the shore past some of the 80 ghats, or places where Hindus come to the river for ritual purposes. Next is a sunrise over the river. 3rd is of people bathing in the river. They believe that washing here removes all bad kharma. The ritual bath involves immersion 3 times, an interesting parallel to a particular Christian sacrament. The other ritual Varanasi is well known for is cremation. That is the 4th picture showing a few of the many pyres burning at the time. 5th is a look at some of the floating candles that are put into the river at night as prayer offerings. Last is a look at some of the art along the river.Read more

  • Day51

    Varanasi

    November 22, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Holy city on the bank of the Ganges. One of the holiest places in most of the south Asian religions. I'm told that the Hindus believe that if you die in Varanasi, you are freed from the cycle of rebirth.
    The 1st picture is of a market street in the old town. The 2nd is a a local hospice where people come to die. It was built early in the last century, and I'm told that 10s of thousands have died there. 3rd is a look at one of the ghats where cremations take place 24 hours a day every day. There were as many as 20 pyres aflame while we watched. 4th is a look at the city from the river at night. The last two are pictures of the evening prayer service held at the river side every night.
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  • Day49

    Kalimpong/Deolo

    November 20, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Another mountain town socked in by fog and clouds. 1st is the main Street in town. The other 3 look at the Deolo hills. In a couple, you can barely see some of what would be visible absent the haze.

  • Day38

    Golconda Fort

    November 9, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Old capital, fort and palace, dating back over 1,000 years to when it was an earthen fort. The stone structure in these pictures replaced the earthen one in about the 14th century. The site is mostly ruins now and still remains an impressive site.
    The fort had 3 complete surrounding walls, the outermost kilometers long. The 1st picture looks up at the fort from a distance. 2nd is the main gate. 3rd is of the barracks for some of the army stationed here. It is said there were at least 2,000 troops here. 4th is the armory. 5th looks over the city from the top level. If you can blow up the picture enough, you can just make out the top of the outer wall among the trees. Also, in the lower portion are more of the ruins within the fort/palace complex. The last is looking across the topmost level, where only the king and his VIPs got to hang out.
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  • Day38

    Old Hyderabad

    November 9, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    The old part of the main city in this part of central India. Founded in the 16th century to be a new capital after Golconda (see another post). Apparently, there had been a problem with disease (maybe plague). So they moved.
    The first two pics are Charimar from 2 angles. This is first structure built here and which defines the center of the new city. The upper levels are an open air mosque. The next looks down through so me of the city gates. 4th is one of the early mosques built around the central square. Last is a typical street scene.
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  • Day37

    5 brothers, Mamalapuram

    November 8, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Another world heritage site dating to the 6th and 7th centuries. This consists of 5 monolithic structures depicting another part of the Mahabharata. Of interest is the various architecture, reflecting Greek, Egyptian, Indian and even Roman elements. This had been the major port for this area at the time. Hence the presence of many cultures.Read more