Agra – Tajmahal – A Closer Look – P4

Hi all , The following pictures captured around Tajmahal . It was interesting and difficult to capture all the minarets in close up 🙂 

                                                                    – Will be concluded in Next !!!

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Agra – Tajmahal – P3

Tajmahal:

Tajmahal is one of the greatest wonders of the World and stands out Unique for the symbol of Love. Mughal Emperor Shahjahan built this wonder for his wife MUMTAZ with white Marbles and it doesn’t require any special introduction. It’s a Mughal’s gift to India.

It brings out lot of visitors worldwide throughout the year. Its a historical monument built with Architectural beauty and it is difficult to express in words.

On the first look, its Gigantism will not let you take your eyes off at least for 15 min. Such a marvelous piece of work from Shahjahan!!!.. No words to describe and it is the best thing about Tajmahal from my perspective and the toughest thing is to walk at least more than 1.5 km from the entrance. It will be horrible if you are trapped on a sunny day or in the Month of April or May. There are trees available to hide, but will not help much 😦

People usually describe the finest views of Tajmahal as, Tajmahal will glow in the brightness of the full Moon and View across the Yamuna River.

Here you go !!!!

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Main Entrance.
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Side View of Tajmahal
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A Closer look on Minarets

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A Closer look at the Dome
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Right side Mosque
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Left side Mosque

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View of the Entrance from Tajmahal
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Tajmahal without Minarets
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Mosque

 

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Another View of Tajmahal

 

                                                                                                            

                                                                                                             To be Continued – !!!!!!

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Agra – Tajmahal – P2

Hi all, Let me start sharing the pictures to reach the Ticket counter and Entrance as vehicles are permitted only to a certain point and from there , you would need to take Camel ride or mini rickshaw to reach the entrance. We chose Camel ride. It is a ride to have fun 🙂 lol 🙂 .

Ticket Counter –

                              – To be Continued !!!

 

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Delhi – Qutb-Minar – P4

Qutb-Minar is a world Heritage Site in Delhi. It is built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak after the defeat of Hindu Kingdom. The pattern of this Minaret symbolizes Afghan’s style. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. There are history references which elaborates various earthquakes affects this tower and successive rulers charged it in their period.

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Kashmir – Avantiswami Temple – P4

Avantiswami Temple –

Avantiswami temple located Avantipora , its on the way between Srinagar and Pahalgam. This temple is built on the banks of river Jhelum , built by King Avantivarman in 9AD and dedicated for Lord Vishnu . It is completely destroyed by Earthquake. This temple is maintained by Archeological Survey of India now. I could clearly sense the devastating happened to this place by Nature and should appreciate Archeological department for preserving the place for its history. Its a good spot for heritage lovers. The temple located at a beautiful hill background, where you can spend few min to take pictures. We visited this place in the evening and the climate was very cool after 5 PM.

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Wayanad – Thirunelli Temple – Day 2 – P6

Thirunelli Temple – Day 2

It’s a Continuation of Day 2 and new readers can break out here for Kuruva Island

https://mytravelcsp.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/wayanad-kuruva-island-day-2-p3/

Followed by Wildlife sanctuary for new readers –

https://mytravelcsp.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/wayanad-wildlife-sanctuary-day-2-p4/

After a disappointment from Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, a 15KM of Forest ride , we  arrived at Thirunelli Temple which is surrounded by beautiful hill backdrop and forest .

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This temple is unique in its own way at an altitude of 900M and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and heard that it is 1000 years old . It is near Karnataka State.

 

 

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The beauty and scenic view around the temple will not let you move away from that place . If you are Nature and Photography lover, definitely worth spending few more minutes in this Place.

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There is a surprise awaited for us on the way back home from Thirunelli Temple. We get to see a group of Elephants standing in the Forest route waiting to cross the road. It was very thrilling experience to visit an Elephant family. Male elephant’s Tusk and its expression was totally awful and could clearly sense it is leading the family. 🙂 . Car Driver cautioned us not to use flash for taking pictures as animals get irritated on the blink of an eye. We accidentally used flash (Honestly, its by mistake) and Elephant’s cub is being captured 🙂 .

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Forest Honey –

Wayanad is also famous for forest honey.  We got an information that we can buy Pure Forest honey in the Tribal Co-operative Society which is on the way from Thirunelli temple to Homestay. After few miles , we reached Tribal Society – It is surrounded by electric fencing to avoid animals entering in to the office. Officer in the Tribal society said, they collect honey from tribals.

There are different types of honey being sold in Tribal Society. Forest honey , small bee honey – It is very costly and priced around Rs.2500 per Kg and has plenty of medicinal values & Medieum Size bee honey or Puttu honey. Unfortunately Small bee honey was out of stock . 

We could see honey is being stored in a large Sintex tank and they are selling it in Kgs. Better go with container if you are planning to buy honey as they are selling honey in plastic bottles which is cost Rs.5 for each bottle. We bought 1kg of Forest honey cost Rs.400. We used it and could feel the difference between the commercial honey available in the Super Market.  

Kattikulam Wholesale Super Market for Spices.

After the Honey hunt in Tribal Society 🙂  , The home food owner in Kuruva Island gave a Whole Sale Super Market phone number in Kattikulam ( A small town), it is also on the way from Thirunelli Temple to Home stay for buying spices at cheaper cost . Driver helped us to reach that place and we bought pepper and cardamom in cheaper cost , but the quality of those spices seems to be second quality. We reached home around 8.30 PM that day and enjoyed the night with Campfire 🙂 .

  – Will be concluding in Next with Banasura Sagar Dam

 

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Wayanad – Edakkal Caves – Day 1 – P2

Mangalore Express – Chennai to Calicut – Time : 5 PM to 4 AM Next day
Let’s begin with the Journey from Chennai, Mangalore Express departed chennai around 5 PM that day and around 4.20 AM next day , the train should reach Calicut. Unfortunately, the train reached a bit early to Calicut around 4 AM in the Morning , Alarm triggered on the cell phone at the same time and waked us up to find out whether it was Calicut station, Shockingly, it was Calicut station and the kids were in deep sleep and in a rush, we sent the kids and ladies to get down from the train and took up throwing our luggages in the platform thinking that the train will be departing in another 5 min. We looked around the coach in a haste and made certain we got all our luggages and got down from the train.
Lighter Moments in Calicut – Time : 4 AM
A series of lighter moments started the same time, Calicut station has 2 ways to exit, but we never aware of that and started thinking the way which we SAW is the Exit and went near the Car parking. All of a Sudden a car driver came to us and began packing our luggages in the Car, the interesting thing was, none of us asked his name and travels details , after boarding of few luggage, We asked his name and surprised that he is not our car driver 🙂 lol 🙂 . There was a sudden trigger of Laughter from all of us realizing ourselves that we all are half the way sleep and saw the time, it was 4.15 and could see the train haven’t departed yet and our laughter continued for throwing our bags in the platform. Just about 15 min of hunt in the station with the language barrier, we at last identified the driver and started the Journey towards Wayanad.The cab driver never speak nor answered to our question 🙂 , he just followed his rules from travels and never allowed any one to open the car window even on emergency 🙂
Reached Enteveedu
We reached Enteveedu Homestay around 7.30 AM. I will be writing an another blog on Enteveedu Homestay and its surroundings. Our cab driver came around 9 AM and after finishing our breakfast , we started to explore our first place .
Edakkal Caves
Edakkal caves located at an altitude of 1200m above mean sea level on Ambukutty Mala. If you are a true fan of trekking and like to climb a great deal with minimal amount of safety, Edakal caves is for you. To get to the pedestal of a mountain from foothill, we needed to Trek approx 1.5 KM. The route is really steep and it’s tough for women and I could see the enthusiasm among kids as they just climbed it as a sport. Once you reach the base of the mountain, Purchase the entry tickets in the counter. From here, more steeper climbing to reach the top of Mountain through 300 steps

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Welcome board on Foothill
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Notice board on the Base

Edakal Caves

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Pictures taken in Foothill
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Reached base

You can purchase entry tickets in the base and start climbing further to reach the top of mountain . As we start our climbing from here, we get to see a mixture of man-made stairs and rocky steps . Follow your steps along the rocky ones and climb slowly on the iron stairs..,

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Climbing through Rocks
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View after reaching a point
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This is a Place where people can pass one by one between the crack of the rocks

Edakkal Cave
The name ‘Edakkal’ literally means ‘a stone in between’. It is an ancient rock shelter with three huge rocks making one to rest on the other two and middle serves as a roof.

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Edakkal Cave
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Top View

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Pictures of Ancient Engravings
Edakkal Cave is famous for its Ancient engravings which represents various objects and cultural signs of past societies. It is clearly an evidence of human existence in this place as it should have been the residence for people who survived in the stone age. This stone age carvings are rare in South India.DSC02678

 


Tamil Scripts in Edakkal Caves.
We could also see scripts on Tamil as well . We felt truly happy and proud to see Tamil Language is being crafted on such a historical space and it is clearly evident on how old is our Language. The guide said, it should have been 6000 years before.
Pictures of Tamil Scripts

 

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Panaromic View of the cave
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Another view of the Cave

The time required to get to the peak of the Mountain and returning to the foothill will take close to 2 hours.
On Day1, we covered only 2 places. Edakkal Caves and Kanthanpara Falls. I will be covering Kanthanpara falls in a separate blog. We proceeded home that evening after covering Kanthanpara falls. Surprisingly, heavy rain in Panamaram location around 7.30 PM. We enjoyed the climate, had dinner & slept and getting charged up for the Kuruva Island for the next day.

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