The magnificent Qutub Minar

I am back in India again and so of course, visiting some of the historical sites in Delhi was on the cards. A few days back, I went to Qutub Minar. It is strange the number of times I have passed this monument on the way to numerous places in Delhi, and become so used to its presence, never considering that it might be a structure worth visiting and admiring. However, with my relatively recent photography bug and the desire to enjoy some sun in this chilly winter, Qutub Minar was chosen as a good destination.

There is much more to Qutub Minar than just a minaret. While the minaret, tallest of its kind in India, is of course magnificent, there are a number of beautiful corridors and arches surrounding the Minar. If visited during the early hours of the day, it is a lovely sight to behold. Near the Minar is also the famous Iron Pillar, a pillar whose metal composition has somehow not rusted since its time of construction! Rightfully so, the Qutub Minar has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I took few photographs – going in the middle of the day offered plenty of sunshine but limited photo ops due to the multitude of tourists at the location.

Qutub Minar close up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inscriptions on Qutub Minar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qutub Minar

The streets of Cusco, Peru

I spent my spring break hiking the Inca trail in Peru. Before beginning the hike, we spent two days in the lovely city of Cusco. Situated at an altitude of 3400 mts (11,200 ft), Cusco is a good place to acclimatise before beginning the hike that keeps you above 10,000 ft for the most part.

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Cusco is a great place to spend a few days. A tiny city, the best way to explore Cusco is on foot. I spent most of my time walking along its cobblestone streets, enjoying the quaint charm of the city. Cusco was also the historic capital of the Inca empire, you will therefore find a lot of history and culture permeating through the city.

Ceviche (a seafood dish) and Pisco Sours (a local cocktail) are must-haves while in Cusco, not to mention experiencing the night life that the city is famous for. I personally liked the nightclubs Mama Africa and Inca Team the most, both located in Plaza de Armas.

Here are some of my photographs from my stay in Cusco. Hopefully they will inspire you enough to pay the city a visit yourself! 🙂

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Around Badami – Pattadakal

Pattadakal is a small village in Karnataka, India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 22 kms from Badami. It has a collection of ten temples from the 8th century, built by the Chalukya dynasty.

The temple complex

Galganath Temple

Virupaksha Temple

Intricate carvings

Puja in one of the temples