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Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. Its name is derived from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city’s origin: a dam in the river Amstel.

Black-capped Kingfisher at Sunderbans Tiger Reserve (January 2015)
Voices of Nature
Voices and moods of nature caught on camera in the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve and Rishyap
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. Its name is derived from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel.
Amsterdam – A Famously Gezellig City
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. Its name is derived from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel.
The Eiffel amidst Trocadero Gardens, illuminated in the evening.
Paris – The City of Light
In 1828, Paris began lighting Champs-Elysées with gas lamps and earned the nickname of The City of Light.
The spires of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona – An Icon of Architecture
"Here in Barcelona, it's the architects who built the buildings that made the city iconic who are the objects of admiration" ~ Julie Burchill
The bright spot in my azure sky
Puri: Where The Horizons Meet
Puri is a holy city on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. It is famous for the ancient Jagannath Temple and has some breathtaking tourist spots hugging the shoreline.
The Parthenon was built in honour of the goddess Athena Parthenos (virgin Athena), patroness of the city of Athens.  The temple was sacred to two aspects of the Greek Goddess Athena, Athena Polios ("of the city") and Athena Parthenos ("young maiden"). The "on" ending means "place of", so "Parthenon" means "Place of the Parthenos".  The temple was almost seventy meters long and thirty-one meters wide (230 x 100 ft). Fourty-six columns surrounded the inner cellae, one of which housed an enormous statue of goddess Athena.
Athens – The Living Symbol of Rich Classical Heritage
Athens, the capital city of Greece is one of the world's oldest cities with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years.
It seems the tree has knelt down to kiss shimmering water waves.
Silhouettes
Amazing stills of nature, sunrise and sunsets captured by Amitava Nag.
Exterior Facade of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nayan Grand Mosque , Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nayan Grand Mosque, UAE is world's 8th largest mosque. The Grand Mosque cladded in white marble is a symbol of purity and piety.
Se Cathedral is the largest Church in India
Goa – Pearl of the Orient
The famous Goa Carnival will be held in 2014, 1st-4th March.
The magnificent City Palace
Udaipur – Majestic City Of Lakes
Udaipur also known as the City of Lakes is a city, in Rajasthan. Udaipur falls towards the west of Rajasthan, near Gujarat and is located 403 kms from Jaipur, 250 kms from Ahmedabad. Udaipur is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Era. Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the final capital of the erstwhile Mewar kingdom. The supreme valor of Rajput, Maharana Pratap ruled Mewar from Udaipur. Apart from its history, culture, and scenic locations, it is also known for its Rajput-era palaces. City Palace in Udaipur is one of the most beautiful and magnificent palaces in India. Various other palaces have been converted into luxury hotels to maintain them in their state of glory. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state. The summers are extremely hot in Udaipur, therefore, the best time to visit here is between October to March, when it is warm during the day and cold during the nights. Udaipur can also be considered as the stopover point to visit other beautiful places nearby like Chittorgarh, Mount Abu, and Ranakpur. Definitely, Udaipur is one of the top travel destinations in India.
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world, also known as Golden Fortress or Sonar Quila.
Jaisalmer: The Golden City
Jaisalmer, the "Golden City", is located on the westernmost frontier of India, in close proximity to the Thar Desert. The city is dominated by the Jaisalmer Fort. Unlike most forts in India, the Jaisalmer Fort is a living fort. There are shops, hotels, age old havelis inside the fort area. Other attractions in the city are Nathmal’s Havel, Gadsisar Lake and Museums. Excursions nearby include Amar Sagar, Ludarva, Pokhran, Akal Wood fossils Park ( Having 180 million years old wood fossils), Sudhasari Desert National Park, Sam Sand Dunes. The Desert Safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an unforgettable experience. Best time to visit Jaisalmer is between October and March when the days are warm but nights very cold. Jaisalmer can be accessed by rail directly or the nearest airport is Jodhpur. The travel by road from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer is one of the best highway experiences one can have with well-built broad, traffic-less roads amidst the sandy terrain.
Jaswant Thada - entirety, built out of intricately carved sheets of marble which are extremely thin.  These are so immaculately polished that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays fall across their surface.
Jodhpur – The Sun City
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round, an appropriate destination to travel during winter. Jodhpur's attractions include Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower). Excursion can be made to Mandore Gardens, Balsamand Lake, Masooria Hills, and Bhim Bhirak Cave.
Abbey, a scenic waterfall in Coorg.  The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. The water from the falls flows into river Kaveri.
Coorg: Green, Serene Hillstation With Great Coffee
Kodagu or Coorg, is a district in Karnataka, also called India’s Coffee Bowl. Coorg is rated as one of the top hill station destinations in India and often called the Kashmir of the South. November to May are the ideal months to visit Coorg when the weather is pleasant. Coorg, a landlocked country, is sandwiched between Karnataka and Kerala states, The only way to reach this nature' s guarded resort is to motor down from Mysore, Mangalore or Hassan towns, (Karnataka) or from Cannanore or Tellicherry (Kerala). The nearest airports are at Mysore (130kms) and Mangalore(140kms) respectively from Madikeri, the only urban town in Coorg. Coorg is a haven for bird-watchers. For those who like trekking there are many opportunities with three major peaks-Tadiandamol, Pushpagiri, and Brahmagiri. Other beautiful citations include - Nisargadhama: An man-made island and picnic spot near Kushalanagara, formed by the river Kaveri; Abbey Falls: Most scenic waterfall in Coorg; Dubare : An Elephant camp and a forest camp on the banks of the river Kaveri in Coorg which offers Elephant rides in the forest.
Driving in cold weather - be prepared
Canada: Blessed By Nature
Ontario, Canada is one of the most beautiful places, abundantly blessed by Nature
Scintillating Cinque Terre, Italy
Scintillating Cinque Terre, Italy
The Cinque Terre is a part of the coast on the Italian Riviera, in the Liguria region of Italy. "The Five Lands" is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Interior corridor at Mirogoj cemetery.
Zagreb, A City Of The Ancient & Modern
Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from the Roman times. The name "Zagreb" is mentioned for the first time in 1094 at the founding of the Zagreb diocese of Kaptol, while the origin of the name still remains a mystery. Zagreb is the most important transport hub in Croatia where Western Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans meet, making Zagreb the centre of the road, rail and air networks of Croatia. It is a city known for its diverse economy, high quality of living, museums, sporting and entertainment events.
Shot taken from the Hungerford Bridge  during the summer of 2013
London Through The Lens
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel located on the South Bank of the River Thames, London.
Jal Mahal (meaning "Water Palace") is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur.  Across the lake, Aravalli hills can be seen.
A historical trip to Jaipur via Samode Bagh
Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan. It was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city has been named. The whole city is built in red and pink sandstone and also called “Pink City”. Included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is an extremely popular tourist destination. Samode Bagh is about 44 kms from Jaipur. It is one of the heritage structures in Rajasthan which has been converted into a luxury vacation resort with beautiful tents and sprawing garden for a relaxing getaway from the hustle bustle of the nearby cities.
The first 74 has white marble and black stone shivlingas, while the other 34 has only white marble shivalingas. All the shivlingas can be seen  from the centre of the temple complex.
Ancient Temples Of Kalna (Dist. Bardhaman, West Bengal)
Kalna or Ambika Kalna is a town in Bardhaman District of West Bengal. It is situated on the western bank of the Bhāgirathi. The town is more popularly known as Ambika Kalna, named after a very popular deity, Goddess Kali, Maa Ambika. The town has numerous historical monuments and temples dating back to 16th-17th century which are worth a view.
Half visible figurine on extreme left is made up of used bottle caps
Rock Garden at Chandigarh
A trip to Chandigarh will enlighten people on how creative minds can convert wastes into aesthetic creations. Nekchand’s Rock Garden has been developed out of broken tiles, glass bangles, building debris and the likes…..with all throw away things. One must visit the Rock Garden of Chandigarh where one can learn how to make best out of wastes, wastes having been put together with a creative twist and exhibited, enhancing the ambiance of the garden.......aptly named The Rock Garden.
At the sunset hours
Shoghi, Shimla-A Quaint Retreat In Nature’s Lap
Shoghi, near Shimla is an ideal getaway for people who want to relax in nature's lap
Vivekananda Rock - Swami Vivekananda attained enlightenment on this rock.
Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu: A Spiritual Experience
Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of mainland India.Its a unique destination-one experiences the confluence of Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean
The distant hills slipping in and out of the mist is a captivating sight.
Munnar, Kerala: Abode Of Tranquility
Munnar is a hill station in Kerala. It is a picturesque town surrounded by mountains with lush green vegetation. An ideal destination for nature lovers.
Mirror image of the rows of coconut trees on the still waters of the vivacious Vembanad Lake
Exploring Kerala – The Backwaters: Ethereal, Blissful
The green, serene backwaters, the golden beaches, the pleasant boatrides...This is the best time for exploring Kerala
Sculpture of Bodhisatva Vajrapani in Cave 6
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves, group of 34 monasteries built during Rashtrakuta dynasty (5th-10th BC) is rich with ancient art. Temple of Kailash is the centerpiece.
The caves are numbered 1 to 29 (from East to West) according to their place along the path.
Ajanta Caves
The Ajanta Caves are situated near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. These are about 300 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BC to about 6th century AD. The caves include paintings which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales.
Decorations with ropes made of Jute, outer lining with rudraksha mala
Unconventional Decorations in Kolkata Puja Pandals
Durga Puja celebration in Kolkata lets us experience different genres of art and craftsmanship.
The 2013 Durga Puja in Kolkata at Sree Bhumi witnessed a display of 
jewellery valued at Rs 4 crore.
Pure Gold On Idols In Sree Bhumi Durga Puja 2013
The Sree Bhumi Durga Puja 2013 in Kolkata witnessed a display of jewellery valued at Rs 4 crores.
Sova Bazar Rajbari
Aristocratic & Historic Kolkata “Bonedi Barir” Durga Puja 2013
Saw a new Kolkata today on Saptami... Fell in love anew with the old, pristine and classical Kolkata. Some pujas that have for long faded away from limelight, some which still continue to be counted among the most popular....I present here a tour of the "Bonedi Barir Pujo 2013 Kolkata"
Maa Durga and her children are all charm and perfection
Mayur Vihar Phase 1 Durga Pujas 2013
Mayur Vihar Phase 1 Durga Pujas are known for their splendor and theme based pandals
The grand east facade of St Peter's Basilica, 116 m wide and 53 m high. Built from 1608 to 1614, it was designed by Carlo Moden
Vatican City Tour
Vatican City consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It is ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergymen of various national origins. In the city are cultural sites such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. They feature some of the world's most famous paintings and sculptures.
Good over Evil
Festive Spirit of Durga Puja (Kolkata 2012)
Durga Puja also known as Sharadotsav in Bengali, is a celebration of Hindu goddess Durga.
Ma Durga in all her resplendent glory
Celebrating Art, Ideas & Craftsmanship (Kolkata’s Durga Puja 2012)
Durga puja is the biggest festival in East India, and celebrates the arrival of Goddess Durga accompanied by her four children Ganesh, Kartik, Lakshmi and Saraswati on earth to visit her parents.
Iceland's sunsets are ethereal
Incredible Iceland: Skogafoss
A journey through the incredible icebergs and waterfalls of Iceland. Enjoy this joyride through some amazing clicks.
Choreography at it's best.
Varanasi – The Ultimate Bliss
Varanasi – the land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss.
The medieval cathedral of the Archdiocese of Pisa
Exploring Italy
The Piazza del Duomo also houses the Duomo (the Cathedral), the Baptistry and the Campo Santo (the monumental cemetery).
One look at Amer Fort and it captivates you
Magnificent Amer Fort
Amer fort in Jaipur, India, is renowned for its architectural style, palaces, marble, stone carvings, intricate mirror work and stunningly beautiful manicured gardens.
The view of wonderful tomb framed by the gateway entrance.
Taj Mahal – The Wonder for the World
Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is widely appreciated and recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".
Darjeeling - A Traveler's Delight
Darjeeling – A Traveler’s Delight
Darjeeling - beautiful, serene, peaceful and picturesque hill station, nestled in the Himalayas. A journey into the scenic Darjeeling.
The waves turn some of the icebergs back to the black sand beach where they lie scattered like gems
Incredible Iceland: Vik
A journey through the incredible icebergs and waterfalls of Iceland. Enjoy this joyride through some amazing clicks.
Lansdowne in Uttarakhand witnesses some of the most mesmerizing cloud formations
Clouds In Lansdowne
Clouds in Lansdowne, Uttarakhand take on mesmerizing formations

Today’s Motivation

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