A Travellerspoint blog

November 2018

Shore Temple

This is from my journey to India in 2015, and I spent a wonderful time in MAHABALIPURAM .

A World UNESCO site that is well worth a visit right as it says on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. The last in what is said to be seven temples built on the shore line.The other six are under the ocean!

The shore temple, built by Rajasimha, is dedicated to Shiva in the form of ‘Somaskanda’. Although the beach is visible from the temple you cannot go to the water from the temple because of the wall in between. You have to come out of the temple campus and go by the side of the temple to get to the water. This temple was built during 8th Century by the Pallava king Narasimhavarman. That time Mahabalipuram was a port for trading purposes. Now the northern side beach is used for fishing and is known as fishing beach.

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Lonar Crater

During my trip to Maharastra, in India, I had the highlight of visiting the Lonar Crater. Taking me an hour to climb down and back up, I spent a total of three hours in or on the crater. My young guide, Taj, was patient and strong when needed for the climb down. His knowledge of the crater and its inhabitants was very good. He told me about the twin eco system that thrives there both saline and alkaline in nature. I must admit the ground near the lake edge felt very "spongy" underfoot and smelled of rotten eggs, Yuk!

More info here: Incredibly old at 50,000 years, the Lonar crater is the youngest and best preserved impact crater formed in basalt rock and is the only of its kind on earth. The crater was formed fifty-two thousand years ago, when a blazing ball of fire (a meteor that weighed over one million ton in dead weight) crashed into the earth at an estimated speed of 90,000 km per hour. It gouged a deep depression (1.8 km wide and 150 m deep) before erupting and spewing molten rock to create a magnificent crest on the rim. Over time, the jungle took over, and a perennial stream transformed the crater into a tranquil, emerald green lake. Located in the Buldhana District of Maharashtra, the Lonar Lake is an exceptional ‘bowl of biodiversity’ and a wildlife sanctuary with a unique ecology that is vastly different from the surrounding flat landscape. A land-locked water body which is alkaline and saline at the same time, the Lonar Lake supports micro-organisms rarely found elsewhere on earth. Fringed by a lush jungle, the lake’s surroundings are peppered with fragments of minerals like maskelynite, and centuries-old abandoned temples that are now inhabited only by insects and bats.

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Mini Taj Mahal

Bibi Ka Maqbara: The "Mini Taj Mahal" Was one of those "must see places" when I was in Aurangabad in Maharashtra- India in 2010. Although many people call it the "poor man's Taj" I actually thought it was stunning in it's own right. With just a beautifully laid out gardens and intricate carvings on the building itself. Definitely not one to miss if you are there.

Info courtesy of https://www.mapsofindia.com/my-india/travel/bibi-ka-maqbara-the-taj-of-the-deccan : A beautiful mausoleum made by a son for his mother. Prince Azam Shah (son of the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb) constructed this lookalike of Taj Mahal for his mother Rabia-ul-Daurani. Because of its resemblance with the Taj Mahal of Agra, it is often referred as the ‘Taj of the Deccan’.

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