Show Respect & Preserve Goa’s Heritage

Recently, I was reading an article on how photographers and Instagrammers are ruining Panjim’s famous Fontainhas, ignoring locals’ requests not to disturb them. This reminded me of my own trip to Panjim, where I saw hundreds of photographers armed with their mobiles and DSLRs creating a nuisance for local residents in the beautiful Fontainhas area. In our fun moment, we conveniently ignore that our actions might go against the culture and way of life of the locals. What kind of pleasure do people get by ignoring local people’s requests? Even a “no photography” request sign fails to deter the tourists. I myself
have witnessed it. We should always respect the local people and their culture while on our trips.

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With Love From Salzburg

I am sharing a few beautiful images of Salzburg, where I stayed for three nights. Words are not enough to describe this picturesque Austrian city, the birthplace of the world-renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The weather was just perfect for photography. Fantastic architecture, lovely cafes, and exquisite bars make this city a wonderful tourist attraction. There are many popular spots that I could not visit due to lack of time. However, I got to spend some quality time in Mirabell Palace,
Hohensalzburg Fortress, and Hellbrunn Palace, which I will cover in my next blog posts. I am sure you will fall in love with this place.

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Capturing Hidden Beauty Of Kuala Lumpur

When it comes to photography, I do not have any specific agenda. I do not have any specific rule. I just keep clicking as long as the subject appeals to me. Some turn out to be good, while some bad. How about you ? Do you follow certain rules to get a perfect shot ? These images were from my earlier trip to Kuala Lumpur. Currently, I am using Canon 750D and Mi A3. How about you ?

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Three Days In Moscow

I had already shared my Moscow experience in my previous articles. I am sharing a few more images, which I came across while cleaning my hard disk and found them to be interesting. Most of the images were taken from a basic Canon 450D. During my three-day stay in Moscow, I used to spend a lot of town around Red Square. From bars to shopping malls, I tried to capture diverse locations to get a glimpse of Moscow’s daily life. It was a quick yet memorable trip for me. I am sure you will love these images. meбольшо́е спаси́бо

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Hua Hin’s Splendid Klai Kangwon Palace

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Klai Kangwon Palace is one of Hua Hin’s popular tourists spots. It used to be a primary summer royal residence of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand.

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in 1926, the construction of the massive compound was commissioned by King Prajadhipok (Rama VII). Finally it was completed in 1933. Surrounded by sea, Klai Kangwon has become a major attraction for foreign tourists.

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The palace has many colorful and buildings with peaceful and picturesque surroundings. After negotiating with the driver, I hired a tuk tuk from downtown of Hua Hin and reached the place in around 40 minutes. As it was rainy season, I was completely drenched but it was full of fun and excitement.

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Surrounded by sea, one can find peace and serenity in this palace. If you are in Hua Hin, do not forget to include this in your itinerary.

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How To Explore Mandalay’s Impressive Monasteries

Some of Mandalay’s best known pagodas are situated close to each other, which I was not aware of.

I hired a local guy to show me some of the well-known monuments in the area, but later on I realized that if I knew how to drive, I could have easily explored the place without any assistance.

One of the monuments, which we saw was Shwenandaw Monastery.

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It’s impressive architectural beauty blew my mind. Built in 1878 by King Thibaw Min, this monastery is best known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths.

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The traditional Burmese architectural style is quite pervasive in the monastery, which is also known as Golden Palace Monastery, because it used to be a part of the Mandalay Royal Palace.

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After Shwenandaw, we moved to Atumashi Monastery, which was built in 1857 by King Mindon at a cost of 500,000 rupees.

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Considered to be one of Southeast Asia’s most impressive buildings, the monastery is surrounded by five graduated rectangular terraces.

The Atumashi Kyaung is located near the Kuthodaw Pagoda.

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Let’s Welcome Brasov

There is no point of keeping images in the hard-disk. So I have decided to publish more images of my past travels on my blogs.

In the past, I had written couple of articles about Brasov and its food culture.

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https://deepakmagazine.com/2016/03/01/when-i-felt-hungry-in-romania/

https://deepakmagazine.com/2015/10/18/exploring-romanian-foods/

https://deepakmagazine.com/2016/05/10/welcome-to-braosv/

https://deepakmagazine.com/2016/04/03/carolinenthor-castle/

https://deepakmagazine.com/2016/02/27/video-of-lake-sfanta-ana/

https://deepakmagazine.com/2015/07/27/lake-sfanta-ana/

And this article contains another set of photographs of this cute and vibrant city. I believe these images deserve to be published on my blog. I used my old CANON 450D to capture the beauty of the Romanian city.

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I used Photoscape to edit these pictures.

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Mandalay Palace – Simply Magnificent

Mandalay Palace – one of Mandalay’s major tourist spots that you cannot stop yourself from visiting. Barring some exceptions like huge crowds, the palace stands tall before the expectations of the people visiting for the first time. I was completely blown away by the sheer beauty of this place.

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Built between 1857 and 1859, this massive compound used to be the main royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw – the last two kings of Myanmar.

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These historical palace grounds are quite big in size. Surrounded by a moat, the palace is at the center of the citadel and faces east.

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The 413-hectare royal palace compound has many buildings and other marvelous structures, including the MayNanPyathat building and the HmanNan Building.

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Apart from the Royal Mint and the Watch Tower, a major part of the palace was damaged during the World War II. The whole complex is surrounded by four big walls which are 60 meters in width, two kilometers in length, eight meters in height, and three meters in thickness.

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The palace has a total of 12 gates which represent 12 zodiacal signs.

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Few things to remember before exploring the place. The ticket, which you buy at the entrance of the place, should be kept safely as it can allow you to visit other nearby historical places. So don’t lose it. It was easy for me to explore this place on foot as I was staying in a nearby hostel. I was completely exhausted after exploring every part of this palace. If I remember correctly, I spent around two hours there. I will write more about my Mandalay sojourn soon.

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Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

Words will not be enough to describe the unparalleled beauty of Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple situated in Karnataka. Just 60km away from state capital Bengaluru, this temple is a must visit if you have a deep interest in India’s ancient heritage. My passion to explore such places drew me to the temple. Thanks to Google map, me and my friend managed to reach the place within 1 ½ hours from Bengaluru. Between our journey, we also sought help from local people. Though language was a bit of problem, we managed to overcome it. Located in Nandi Hills Area, this temple attracts a large number of devotees everyday.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the construction of the temple dates back to the ninth century. Just walk around and admire the beauty of the Dravidian style of architecture.

You can read more about the temple’s history and architecture here.

Next time when you are in Bengaluru, try to explore this majestic temple.

Have you ever seen such a grand temple in your life ?

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Temples Of Bali

There goes without saying that Indonesia is famous for its magnificent beaches, which beckons millions of tourists every year. However, one simply can’t ignore their hundreds of impressive temples. Be it Pura Taman Saraswati or Uluwatu Temple. Their exquisite architectures will leave you awe-struck. My joy for discovering prominent Hindu temples in Bali was an exhilarating experience.

Every temple has a history to tell. Observe them deeply and you will experience spirituality awakening inside you. I have clicked hundreds of images of the famous temples, which might entice you take a trip to Indonesia.
But before visiting a temple, there are certain rules one should keep in mind. Respect the deities and don’t touch them. Dress properly. Yes, it is mandatory. If you forget to dress properly, many temples also offer clothes with which you can cover yourself.

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Some of Bali’s famous temples are

Taman Ayun Temple

Uluwatu Temple

Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

Batuan temple

Batukaru temple
My trip to Indonesia was organized by Indonesia’s Tourism Board. A big thank you.

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