Archive for February, 2011

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    Burg Hohenwerfen

    Posted in Europe | February 22, 2011
    If you have seen the movie “The Sound of Music” you have already seen the Burg Hohenwerfen. Remember the scene where the kids sing “Do Re Mi”? The backdrop for this song was the Austrian castle. Not to forget Clint Eastwood’s “Where Eagles Dare” in which the castle featured as the Schloss Adler. The notable cable car scenes in the movie were not featured here though, but at the Feuerkogel – Drahtseilbahn in Ebensee. Burg Hohenwerfen is a fortress, and is located at a distance of about forty kilo meters to the south of Salzburg in Austria. It is a majestic structure, and is made all the more so by the Tennengebirge Mountain Range and the Berchtesgaden Alps surrounding it. The fortress is a sister castle to the Hohensalzburg  [...]
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    Amber Fort

    Posted in Asia | February 15, 2011
    Amber or Amer Fort is situated at about eleven kilo meters from the city of Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan in India. The city of Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. The Amber Fort was actually the bastion of the clan of Kachchawa. The fort served as their citadel until the clan made up their minds to transfer the seat of the government and the capital into Jaipur. Amber Fort was originally only a part of the Fort of Jaigharh. Both these forts were connected with each other through a number of fortified secret passages. The original fort was constructed by the Meenas. The Meenas were said to be the actual inhabitants of this area. The Amber Fort, as it stands now, was constructed later. The construction of this fort was commissioned by Raja  [...]
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    Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Turkey

    Posted in Europe | February 8, 2011
    The name “Hierapolis” itself means “sacred city”, and it is said in ancient legends and myths that it was none other than the god Apollo that established the city. The city was famous in the ancient times because it has a lot of holy hot springs that had healing properties. The hot springs gave off vapors, and these were said to be connected with Pluto, who was the god of the underworld. The city of Hierapolis was also home to a substantial Jewish population as well, and was referred to in the Bible by Paul in his epistle to the Colossians. Hierapolis of now is visited by travelers from all around the world, who are mainly attracted by the historical significance, the ruins, the artifacts and the hot springs. There are a whole range  [...]
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    Hawa Mahal Jaipur – Façade Of Beauty

    Posted in Asia | February 1, 2011
    The literal meaning of ‘Hawa Mahal’ is ‘Palace of Winds’. This beautiful piece of work was built in the year 1799. Very often, as kids, we were warned not to build castles in the air. However, here is a very example of what Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of Jaipur went ahead and did. The Hawa Mahal Jaipur is an important landmark in the Pink City. Although this monument is nothing more than a façade, it is an interesting and beautiful one nonetheless. The honeycombed building was originally built so that the women of the royal family could come to the balconies and the screened windows of this structure. Rajput Style of Architecture: The Hawa Mahal Jaipur is a smart example of the marriage between the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture.  [...]