Architectural Marvels – Humayun’s Tomb

Hi all,

Once again apologies that I am posting after a very long time. I hope you all won’t be disappointed after reading my next post. During my visit to Delhi, I was able to visit several monuments within the city but one monument which really captivated me, from the moment I entered it, was Humayun’s tomb.

Humayun was Mughal emperor who ruled India, Pakistan, and parts of Afghanistan for nearly 12 years. Mughals are a race of Turkish Mongol descent who were able to conquer large parts of today’s India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Human was a very famous ruler. I know that most of you might have heard about “Akbar the Great”. Humayun was his father. He tragically died,  falling from the stairs of his library with a bundle of books in his hands and by tripping on his own robe.

Yup, a tragic end to a relatively young ruler! He was only 48 years old. Ok, so Humayun’s tomb was built by his first wife Bega Begum. She asked Persian architects to design the mausoleum. Before the Taj Mahal existed, this might have been the most grand Mughal Mausoleum in India. Humayun’s Tomb is also the first garden tomb in India. It actually took 7 freaking years to build this mausoleum and is estimated to cost 1.5 million rupees back then… Imagine how many years the Taj Mahal would have taken and the cost to build it!!!

Here are the pics of my visit to  Humayun’s Tomb:

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This was the gateway to the entrance of the tomb. Something interesting which I saw was the 2 stars on the entrance. These stars looked like stars from the Jewish tradition, which led me to think if Islam was actually influenced by Judaism? Also, there was a school who was actually visiting this tomb in their field trip (As seen in this picture – kids with uniforms).

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Finally, this is the front view view of the Humayun’s tomb. From my first glance, this resembles a lot like the Taj Mahal, except that this building has a lot of red colour embedded in it. The Taj Mahal is completely white on the first glance.

Fun fact: Persians built their architectures in such a way that both sides of the building should look symmetrical. If you draw a line from the center of the building, the left side of the picture should completely resemble the right side of the picture. This not only includes the building but also the garden and the water fountains surrounding the mausoleum.

It was declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993.

Thanks guys for bearing with me.. This is the ending of the article… If you guys need more details like how to get to Humayun’s tomb, where to stay, or other queries, please drop a message or do comment on this article.

Hope I inspired you guys to travel more and explore more amazing places like this one.

Rahul

-Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, keep making wonderful memories

The 3 Rondavels – South Africa

Hi guys,

Hope you all are enjoying your time/life.  When I think of my trip to South Africa, I  remember a saying: “Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things”. South Africa is really a place with great natural beauty. You can see beautiful landscapes and a trip here is really worth it for a tourist. One such marvel which I saw on my trip, was the 3 Rondavels. Below is one of pictures taken through my mobile camera.

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The 3 Rondavel peaks are known for their unique shape and also for the fantastic view point in the surrounding area. The view is simply breath-taking and even the route which we drove through was something different to what I have grown up in India. The forests in India are greener compared to the ones in South Africa, But the forests here have their unique beauty. I can describe the the beauty as “hauntingly beautiful”, if that ever makes sense.  🙂

Anyways coming back to the topic, here are some interesting facts which I found out about the 3 Rondavels:

  1. The 3 Rondavels are also known as ” The Three Sisters”
  2. The Rondavel formation consist of quartzite and Shale
  3. They are sometimes referred to the chief’s 3 troublesome wives 🙂 He  should have thought of it before deciding to have 3 wives 🙂
  4. There is a flat top peak next to the Rondavels which represents the chief, “Mapjaneneg”
  5. The names of his 3 wives are: Magabolie, Mogoladikwe, and Maseroto (Man these are some tough names!!!)

So now coming to travelling to visit the place, I think the best way would be to travel by car, the roads were very good for driving and have very less traffic. We traveled in a packaged tour, so me and my family traveled by bus to reach the place. Also the area is next to the Blyde canyon, another very beautiful view point.

Finally guys, if you like my post on the 3 rondavels please like, share and follow me. I will be writing more interesting articles on my trip to South Africa. Also, please provide me with your valuable suggestions on how I can improve my writing and what kind of content you guys would like to see.

Here’s a pic of the chief with his favorite wife 🙂 The chief is the flat mountain…

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Koodlu Theertha Falls

Hi all,

Here is my first post and its about a place which I recently visited. It’s a waterfall called the Koodlu Theertha falls. It’s located in Karnataka India and is near the Agumbe mountain range. The place is very calm and there are no people living near this area. The thing I liked about the place is the beautiful scenery surrounding the falls. The scenery is really lush and beautiful and the water here was really cool/cold. It was great to take a quick dip in it and one can even stand directly under the falls as the water pressure is not that strong. The fall is not dangerous and one can easily swim in the pool and stand under it. The water is also quite shallow and one can easily swim in the water. Take a look at some of the pics below…

If you look at the first pic, you would also notice a rainbow formation at the bottom of the falls. I have been to quite a few falls but this was the first time I saw such a spectacle. Anyways, the falls is named Theertha which means “holy water” in hindi. So I and a group of my friends were staying in Manipal, a place near Agumbe. We decided to travel by car and it took us approximately 2-3 hours to reach the falls. The roads were good until we reached a certain point. From there, the roads were a bit narrow, and at one point we thought about whether we should proceed furthur or turn back. Luckily, one of my friends suggested we go ahead and it was totally worth it!!

Before taking a dip, one must be cautious in crossing the slippery rocks located in the sides of the falls. All in all a great place to visit and is a place I would definitely want to visit again.

Hope it was worth the read.

Please suggest in the comments section if any more details required.

Ciao

Introduction

Welcome to travel and music everyone!

My name is Rahul and I am from Bangalore. Currently I am a second year MBA graduate in my 6th semester of my studies. (Everyone knows that once you get to 6th semester you get some free time 🙂 ).

I’ve created this blog frankly because I have been feeling really bored and restless lately. So I decided to write about two things I really like doing: travelling to new places and enjoying great music. Also I guess, this would be a great experience is sharing some of my experiences and at the same time gaining insights about travelling experiences and musical tastes of others.

I have had the opportunity to visit some great countries so far:- This includes, India, Philippines, South Africa, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. I would be posting some blogs regarding some interesting places I have visited in these countries.

Now regarding my taste in music. I am not a musician but I am learning the guitar and am really interested in experiencing different types of music. I really like Rock and Roll. I am also into certain songs in Rap, Bollywood, Hip-hop, and Metal. My main objective is to learn more about different genres and essentially learn more about music.

To keep it short, hope you all enjoy the blogs. Any suggestions or improvements are welcome.