St. Mary’s Church in Pune city is said to be the oldest church of the Deccan Plateau. It was built by Lieutenant Nash of the East India Company. Bishop Reginald Heber [the Bishop of Calcutta then] laid the foundation of the building in 1825.
St. Mary’s Church is a large building indeed. There is a lot of space around the church, adding to the peaceful feeling. The roses in different colors are quite beautiful.
Here I present you with some of the photos that I have taken at the white large church. See the Google location map of the church at the end of the post, just after the last photograph.
Peace is what you gain when you pay visit to such spiritual places. So do take driving directions from the map and enjoy the gain of paying! :)
It was a breathtaking view indeed. Flying above the Southern Alps, and seeing from the window such enormous yet gorgeous landscape, was out of this world feeling. A photo above, perhaps expressing the feeling in a visual way.
We visited the beautiful Chaskaman Dam a few days back on our way to Bhimashankar from Pune. The dam had went dry, although not completely, due to delayed monsoon this year, revealing the land that otherwise would have been under water. And life on land did not leave this opportunity! Beautiful hues of green, yellow, orange, etc. are of growing grass, and blooming flowers on the land that has showed up for a few weeks. The scene reminded me of a photo that I saw from Iceland with such spectacularly colored land; perhaps those were minerals and not life.
The location of Chaskaman Dam can be seen in the below map. You may want to take driving directions from the map itself!
Panshet dam is one of the major fresh water reserves of Pune city. And it's just beautiful all around except that a lot of forest is gone underneath the water several decades ago. It's a scenic feast with the feeling of nature's gigantism at some view points. Enjoy the photos…
Here is the map view of the dam…
On our way from Ranakpur to Udaipur, we took a lunch break at Sukh Sagar Hotel. It was a small highway-side setup serving snacks and meals. The surroundings were green with the arrival of monsoon. As rain had paused, we decided to sit out. While enjoying the local food in the cool breezes of monsoon’s afternoon, we spotted an Oriental Garden Lizard [Scientific name: Calotes versicolor]. It was so beautiful and slender! Thankfully, it allowed me to close-in for an up-close photograph! How’s it?
Trek to the top of Tikona fort is an easy one, which I think is a good trial for new trekkers. On way, this beautiful stone carving of Hanuman [GOD in the form of a monkey] takes care of the safety of the trekkers. This stone carving of Hanuman is a must see sight, especially for trekkers. Below is the location map of Tikona fort. My post from the past in the following link shows another photograph taken on our trek to Tikona. See Meditation in nature
It was monsoon time, and we were on our way to see Pabe Ghat [non-famous beautiful location]. Driving on the narrow road, the beauty around was just admirable. Stop at any location, and you will see serenity around. Photograph in any direction, and the pixels will be painted green, except for this yellow flower, and such odds who present themselves against the dominant green. The beautiful tiny yellow flowers were hanging on to the strings of stems, decorating the plant. Hope you like the photograph. Here are the technical specifications…
• Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
• Lens: Sigma Macro 105 mm
• Shutter speed: 1/250 second
• Aperture: f/4.5
• ISO: 200
• Focal length: 105 mm
Map showing the route from Pune.
Request: Keep nature natural. Do not throw unnatural things [like plastic] out there. If you love nature, preserve it, respect it, keep it for the next generations to see and admire.
What an amazing architectural example Ranakpur’s Jain Temple is, indeed! I guess, the inner side of one of the domes in this photograph says something about it. What do you think? How is the photo?
3 monsoons back we went to a not-so-famous location named Raireshwar. People do not know that perhaps the most beautiful house in the world is at Raireshwar. What do you say?
There is a beautifully carved temple of saint Meera near the entrance of Chittorgarh. Inside the premises, on a wall, is a beautiful statue of Ganpati with his wives — Riddhi and Siddhi. The bright orange color of Ganeshji with Riddhi-Siddhi stands out on the temple wall made from natural stones.
Just when I was preparing this post, I realized that Palm Squirrel comes in 2 types, divided by the line of the Vindhyachal mountain range! The similarly looking squirrel species have a minor difference.
The species of Palm Squirrels living north of the Vindhyachal have 5 white stripes on their brown back, and are thus called Five-Striped Palm Squirrel. They are known as Northern Palm Squirrel also. Their scientific name is Funambulus pennantii. The photos in this post are of this type of a squirrel. We photographed this cutie on the roof of the queen's palace in Chittorgarh.
The species of Palm Squirrels living south of the Vindhyachal have 3 white stripes on their brown back, and are thus called Three-Striped Palm Squirrel. They are known as Indian Palm Squirrel also. Their scientific name is Funambulus palmarum.
The difference is not quite noticeable unless you look keenly. Born and brought-up in India, even I did not know that the squirrels I have been seeing since my childhood come in two types, both types looking almost exactly the same.
I hope you enjoyed the photos of the Northern Palm Squirrel just as much as I enjoyed creating them :)