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  • Day14

    Ancient Sea Culture of Mamallapuram

    December 18, 2018 in India โ‹… ๐ŸŒซ 25 ยฐC


    While Hans and Sophie were recovering, I spent the afternoon wandering with Ina and Anatole, a couple from Brooklyn on the trip. We decided to head down to the beach; our tour later in the afternoon would take us to the UNESCO monuments built in the 7th and 8th centuries that Mamallapuram is famous for.

    As we walked down the road from the hotel, and hooked a left for the beach, we noticed an astounding number of men and women dressed in brilliant red and orange tunics and trousers or saris. Women had woven flowers into their braids. There was a general festive air. The road eventually petered out into a sand track lined with stalls, selling trinkets. Anything you could imagine. Shoes, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, bags, backpacks, whistles, sarongs, stone sculptures, soapstone elephants, plastic toys like what you'd see in a McDonald's Happy Meal back in the day. We could have gotten a tattoo if we wanted or had our picture taken with a monkey in a dress. Or, we could have our name etched into a grain of rice and put into a bracelet. Plenty of options!

    Throngs of people stood at the shoreline, cooling off and watching the waves. Kids played in the water, a group of women got soaking wet, saris and all. A few enterprising young men gave pony rides.

    Later in the afternoon, we met up with VJ, Augie, and Scott to bike to the sites on the monument tour. Our first stop was The Five Rathas, the five rock temples carved in the form of chariots. The temples were carved from a single granite boulder (a gigantic boulder!). The carvings took shape from the top down, and the rock was split (somehow) using wooden wedges and water.

    We saw Arjuna's Penance, one of the tallest bas relief structures in the world, second to Ankor Watt. I think the guide was saying that some of the temples in the Ankor Watt complex are in the Tamil style. The carvings here were exquisite, very delicate and precise, not at all damaged or worn.

    We also visited a cave temple, as well Krishna's Butterball, a 250 ton 20 foot tall rock balancing on a steep incline. Apparently, a British governor, citing safety concerns, tried to move the rock with 8 elephants, but it wouldn't budge. (We also saw a sausage tree, one if the wierdest trees I've ever seen. The fruits look exactly like sausages and are supposed to be good for liver health.)

    The most impressive temple of all was the Shore Temple, the last remaining temple of 7. It's on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, and the other 6 temples are now underwater. We were told that in the 2004 tsunami, the 6 temples appeared just before the tidal wave hit, when all the water had receded.

    When we returned, we were happy to see that Hans and Sophie were on the mend. I'm still under the weather, and have finally resorted to the antibiotics in our first aid kit.

    Tomorrow it is down the Bengal coast to Pondicherry, an old French colonial city.
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  • Day3


    August 15, 2019 in India โ‹… โ›… 30 ยฐC

    Colazione nella nostra piccola guest house Silver Moon e iniziamo la passeggiata tra i magnifici templi e le sculture risalenti all'antico regno dei Pallava, oggi sito riconosciuto come patrimonio mondiale dell'Unesco. Ci accompagna una guida che ci spiega come facevano a tagliare le rocce e ci spiega i vari stili architettonici. Nel pomeriggio ci accordiamo con un driver di un taxi per proseguire il nostro viaggio insieme a lui. L'uso dei mezzi pubblici è praticamente impossibile, autobus vecchi senza aria condizionata e lentissimi. Ceniamo su una terrazza affacciata sul mare, al ristorante Santana e ci fa molto effetto pensare che nel 2004 lo tsunami devastante che c'era stata aveva colpito anche la città di Mahabalipuram, ma grazie all'allarme dei pescatori, gli abitanti del villaggio erano sopravvissuti e i magnifici templi non avevano subito danni.Read more

  • Day5


    August 17, 2019 in India โ‹… โ˜๏ธ 30 ยฐC

    La città è molto famosa anche per la produzione di sari in seta di ottima qualità, tessuti a mano da molte famiglie in città o nei dintorni, il nostro driver ci ha fatto visitare un laboratorio, assolutamente non turistico davvero molto interessante. Ci siamo fatti anche tentare dall'acquisto di un sari davvero fantastico. A pranzo ci affidiamo alle scelte del nostro autista e capiamo meglio come funziona con la serie di salsine che accompagnano ogni piatto.Read more

  • Day5


    August 17, 2019 in India โ‹… โ˜๏ธ 28 ยฐC

    Proseguiamo il viaggio da oggi ci accompagnerà un driver fino al 4 settembre, una figata, ci sentiamo dei principini, si perde un po' il fascino della vera avventura, ma è molto meno stancante, abbiamo provato con gli autobus ma a differenza della Birmania sono scassati, senza aria condizionata affollattissimi e lentissimi così abbiamo optato per la scelta più comoda. Siamo arrivati in quella che è stata la capitale della dinastia dei Pallava famosa oggi per i suoi numerosi templi.
    La vera chicca è stata la visita di un tempio, non turistico, il tempio Trilokyanatha di Thiruparthikundram costruito durante il regno della dinastia Pallava durante l'VIII secolo. Il tempio è gestito da una vecchina molto molto tipica, fiduciaria ereditaria, che detiene le chiavi del tempio e dedica la sua vita alla salvaguardia e alla custodia del tempio. Abbiamo la possibilità di entrare e siamo rapiti da una straordinaria bellezza , un patio completamente decorato da pitture straordinariamente conservate, costellato da colonne scolpite e decorate.
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  • Day25

    Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram

    January 30, 2019 in India โ‹… โ›… 28 ยฐC

    Today we have a short drive to the ancient city of Mahabalipuram, once the capital of the Pallava Dynasty in the 7th Century CE. On arrival we will have an included visit to the incredible Shore Temples and other monuments around the town (time permitted ).

    gegen 08:00 sind wir weiter gefahren. Ab jetzt können die Hotelzimmer nur noch besser werden. Spätestens in Sri Lanka erwarten uns ***** Sterne, die uns für alles entschädigen werden was wir in Indien erleiden mussten. Das haben wir uns wirklich verdient! Ab 11:00 haben wir uns diverse Tempel in „Mahabalipuram“* (siehe angesehen. Auch hier bin ich vor ca. 10 Jahren schon einmal gewesen, kann mich aber nur noch schwach erinnern. Insbesondere die Tempel, die jeweils aus einem großen Stein gemeißelt wurden, sind beeindruckend.

    The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram is a collection of 7th- and 8th-century CE religious monuments in the coastal resort town of Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Chennai. The site has 400 ancient monuments and Hindu temples, including one of the largest open-air rock reliefs in the world: the Descent of the Ganges or Arjuna's Penance. The group contains several categories of monuments: ratha temples with monolithic processional chariots, built between 630 and 668; mandapa viharas (cave temples) with narratives from the Mahabharata and Shaivic, Shakti and Vaishna inscriptions in a number of Indian languages and scripts; rock reliefs (particularly bas-reliefs); stone-cut temples built between 695 and 722, and archaeological excavations dated to the 6th century and earlier. The monuments were built during the Pallava dynasty. Known as the Seven Pagodas in many colonial-era publications, they are also called the Mamallapuram temples or Mahabalipuram temples in contemporary literature. The site, restored after 1960, has been managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.

    Editiert am 03.05.2019.
    Text von Wolfgang
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  • Day35


    November 6, 2019 in India โ‹… โ›… 29 ยฐC

    Small seaside town with 3 UNESCO world heritage sites. The first is the Shore Temple. (The other 2 UNESCO sites have their own posts.) The Shore Temple has become an iconic symbol of India, being used in their tourism advertising. The second is of the temple grounds with it's many bull statues. The bull is the animal associated with Shiva. Ergo, this is a temple dedicated to Shiva. The next looks back at the town from the Shore Temple grounds. 4th is the town's main street. Last is a look along the beach.Read more

  • Day29

    ืžืืžืืœืืคื•ืจื ื˜ื™ื™ืง 2

    February 12, 2016 in India โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 28 ยฐC

    ื‘ืคืจื™ื– ื”ืขื ืง ืฉื—ืฆื•ื‘ ื‘ืกืœืข ืžื”ื•ื•ื” ืื™ื ื˜ืจืคืจื˜ืฆื™ื” ืฉืœ ื”ืžื”ืจื”ื‘ืจื˜ืืจืื” - ื”ืžื™ืชื•ืœื•ื’ื™ื” ื”ื”ื™ื ื“ื™ืช ื•ื—ื•ืฃ ื”ื™ื ืœื“ื™ื™ื’ื™ื ืฉืœื™ื“ ื”ืžืœื•ืŸ, ื•ืœืืจื•ื—ืช ืขืจื‘ ื“ื’ ืขื ืง ืฉืฉื•ืงืœ ืœื“ืขืชื™ ื™ื•ืชืจ ืžืงื™ืœื•, ืžืฆ"ื‘ ืœืคื ื™ ื•ืื—ืจื™ ืขื ื‘ื™ืจื” ืงื™ื ื’ืคื™ืฉืจ ืฉื”ื™ื ืžืคืชื™ืขื” ื‘ื˜ืขื, ื”ื—ืฉื‘ื•ืŸ ืื’ื‘ ืคื—ื•ืช ืžื—ืžื™ืฉื™ื ืฉื—Read more

  • Day139

    Bangalore, Chennai

    April 30, 2019 in India โ‹… โ›… 38 ยฐC

    Ab nach Indien, wie sich in ein paar Tagen heraus stellt nur für kurze Zeit. Nepal war angesichts des Chaos/ Lautstärke/ Geruchs ein guter Einstieg, in Bangalore ist es nur um ein vielfaches Schlimmer. Zwei Nächte bleibe ich bei Couchsurfern, Paras und Anuarag nehmen mich herzlichst in ihren Apartment auf. Wir verstehen uns prima, tagsüber erkunde ich das Moloch Bengalore, es gibt einige Parkanlagen und schöne Tempel. Auf die öffentliche Verkehrsmittel kann man sich nur bedingt verlassen, die Intervalle sind sehr unregelmäßig, zum Glück wird mir von den Einwohnern geholfen, falls ich wieder gestrandet bin. Nach zwei Tagen habe ich genug und fahre mit den Zug nach Chennai, übernachte dort und fahre weiter nach Mamallapuram. Ruhe, Strand und das weite Meer.Read more

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