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INDE LE PALAIS D AMBER "LE MAJESTEUX" : La situation pittoresque de la forteresse d'Amber, au débouché d'une gorge de montagne, dans laquelle se niche un beau lac, a attiré l'admiration de tous les voyageurs. Elle reste toujours remarquable pour son architecture. Le vieux palais commencé par Man Singh I vers 1600 n'est surpassé que par celui de Gwâlior. Le bâtiment principal est le Diwan-i-Khas construit par Mirza Râja.

    « Aussitôt, » est-il raconté « que Mirza eut achevé le Diwan-i-Khas, il vint aux oreilles de l'empereur Jahângîr que son vassal l'avait surpassé en magnificence, et que ce dernier chef-d’œuvre éclipsait toutes les merveilles de la ville impériale ; les colonnes de grès rouge avaient particulièrement frappé par leur ornementation sculptée d'un goût exquis et avec une richesse de détails. Dans une explosion de jalousie, l'empereur commanda que ce chef-d’œuvre soit jeté à bas et que des émissaires soient envoyés à Amber pour exécuter cet ordre ; Apprenant cela, Mirza, afin de sauvegarder son œuvre, fit recouvrir les colonnes de stuc, de sorte que les messagers d'Âgrâ, de retour vers à l'empereur, témoignèrent que cette soi-disant magnificence, dont on avait tellement parlé, n'était qu'une invention pure et simple. Depuis lors, ses successeurs avaient négligé de remettre à jour ce splendide travail ; c'est seulement à l'occasion de la chute d'une partie du plâtre qu'on put redécouvrir les sculptures, parfaites comme au jour où elles ont été terminées. »

INDE LE PALAIS D AMBER "LE MAJESTEUX"

maurelchristian

La situation pittoresque de la forteresse d'Amber, au débouché d'une ...

Updated: Mar 11, 2013 10:51pm PST

India/Nepal 2013 : This gallery is of our three-week journey to India and Nepal in late January, early February 2013. The first two weeks was with an organized tour by SmarTours concentrating on northern India and a few nights in Kathmandu, Nepal. The third week was on our own, spending most of our time in Ranthambhore is search of the elusive tiger. We had a good group as these things go, and were ably led by our guide Bonnie who was a font of knowledge about all things Indian.  It was an exhausting yet fascinating and enlightening trip. The highlights for us was certainly the Taj Mahal and the morning and evening rituals along the Ganges. We also really enjoyed our stay in Nepal.

India/Nepal 2013

Phil and Diane House

This gallery is of our three-week journey to India and Nepal in late J ...

Updated: Mar 10, 2013 2:28pm PST

Delhi : I can't tell you how much I enjoyed India.  The place is full of anomalies, exhilerating, exhausting, filthy, spotless, frantic, peaceful, smelly, fragrant, scary, friendly and mind blowing all at the same time.  It is a full on assault of all your senses.  
This album is from my first day in India.  I met a Brisbane lady and her daughter who just happened to sit next to me on the air flight over, and coincidently had booked into the same hotel, we spent the first couple of days sightseeing around Delhi together.

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Delhi

Lesley Bray

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed India. The place is full of anoma ...

Updated: Mar 06, 2013 11:24pm PST

Mahabaleshwar Feb 2012 : With Asha, Sailesh, Jyoti & Nikhil at Mahabaleshwar Club.

Mahabaleshwar Feb 2012

Hershy

With Asha, Sailesh, Jyoti & Nikhil at Mahabaleshwar Club.

Updated: Feb 09, 2013 11:21pm PST

India :

India

Taylor-pics

Updated: Feb 03, 2013 10:17am PST

Wildlife of India 2012 : http://naturetrek.co.uk/

Wildlife of India 2012

schueystar

http://naturetrek.co.uk/

Updated: Nov 20, 2012 4:34am PST

Surface Construction : The Nathpa Jhakri Hydroelectric Project is located on the Satluj (or Sutlej) River (see "F" on the map) in <iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=delhi,+india&daddr=Chandigarh,+India+to:shimla,+india+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:31.537579,78.279648&hl=en&geocode=FazwtAEdAFyaBCkttn40W_0MOTHOTSBOSbfCUg%3BFXQF1QEdN6OTBClryW7mC-0POTH-GXNS-Wf_pQ%3BFfKa2gEdam-ZBClnbl3j43gFOTG3VJ__9n9-Hw%3BFYN74QEdUOmkBA%3BFQGk4QEdSzalBA%3BFXma4QEdT-GlBA%3BFW-B4QEdTyamBA%3BFSxV4QEdSV6mBA%3BFeTy4AEd4q2nBA%3BFZr84AEdD2CoBA%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=9&mrsp=10&sz=11&sll=31.622982,78.443756&sspn=0.398758,0.866547&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=30.178373,78.09082&spn=3.238291,6.932373&output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=embed&saddr=delhi,+india&daddr=Chandigarh,+India+to:shimla,+india+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:31.537579,78.279648&hl=en&geocode=FazwtAEdAFyaBCkttn40W_0MOTHOTSBOSbfCUg%3BFXQF1QEdN6OTBClryW7mC-0POTH-GXNS-Wf_pQ%3BFfKa2gEdam-ZBClnbl3j43gFOTG3VJ__9n9-Hw%3BFYN74QEdUOmkBA%3BFQGk4QEdSzalBA%3BFXma4QEdT-GlBA%3BFW-B4QEdTyamBA%3BFSxV4QEdSV6mBA%3BFeTy4AEd4q2nBA%3BFZr84AEdD2CoBA%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=9&mrsp=10&sz=11&sll=31.622982,78.443756&sspn=0.398758,0.866547&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=30.178373,78.09082&spn=3.238291,6.932373" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">Northern India</a></small>. Started in 1993, it was supposed to be completed in 1998. When I started working on this project in February 1999 for Continental Foundation Joint Venture (CFJV), work was nowhere near complete, and the most recent official projection was 2001 (see the sign in the first photo), but I don't think anyone bought it when I was there. When I left in February 2001, work was still going on, and in the end did not finish until sometime in 2004 when the final turbine units were brought online. Some of the delays were man made, but the most serious were caused by mother nature - rock falls and slides, floods, you name it. When I was on vacation in August 2000, a major flood event destroyed 85% of the construction infrastructure, and seriously damaged significant portions of the permanent works. When I left in 2001 - they were still digging out. The photos in this gallery are a selection of the construction photographs that I took documenting various portions of the progress (or lack thereof). The majority are fairly low quality by today's digital standards - 1 megapixel and 2 megapixel images from an Olympus C2000 digital camera, and scanned negative film images taken on a Minolta 7000 with a cheap wide angle zoom lens. It has been a long time since I worked on this project, and as a result I may have some of the technical details incorrect.

Surface Construction

smcclearn

The Nathpa Jhakri Hydroelectric Project is located on the Satluj (or S ...

Updated: Oct 13, 2012 3:52am PST

Underground Works : Photos taken in the underground tunnels, chambers, and works of the Nathpa Jhakri Hydroelectric Project. The Nathpa Jhakri Hydroelectric Project is located on the Satluj (or Sutlej) River (see "F" on the map) in <iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=delhi,+india&daddr=Chandigarh,+India+to:shimla,+india+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:31.537579,78.279648&hl=en&geocode=FazwtAEdAFyaBCkttn40W_0MOTHOTSBOSbfCUg%3BFXQF1QEdN6OTBClryW7mC-0POTH-GXNS-Wf_pQ%3BFfKa2gEdam-ZBClnbl3j43gFOTG3VJ__9n9-Hw%3BFYN74QEdUOmkBA%3BFQGk4QEdSzalBA%3BFXma4QEdT-GlBA%3BFW-B4QEdTyamBA%3BFSxV4QEdSV6mBA%3BFeTy4AEd4q2nBA%3BFZr84AEdD2CoBA%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=9&mrsp=10&sz=11&sll=31.622982,78.443756&sspn=0.398758,0.866547&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=30.178373,78.09082&spn=3.238291,6.932373&output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=embed&saddr=delhi,+india&daddr=Chandigarh,+India+to:shimla,+india+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:NH+22+to:31.537579,78.279648&hl=en&geocode=FazwtAEdAFyaBCkttn40W_0MOTHOTSBOSbfCUg%3BFXQF1QEdN6OTBClryW7mC-0POTH-GXNS-Wf_pQ%3BFfKa2gEdam-ZBClnbl3j43gFOTG3VJ__9n9-Hw%3BFYN74QEdUOmkBA%3BFQGk4QEdSzalBA%3BFXma4QEdT-GlBA%3BFW-B4QEdTyamBA%3BFSxV4QEdSV6mBA%3BFeTy4AEd4q2nBA%3BFZr84AEdD2CoBA%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=9&mrsp=10&sz=11&sll=31.622982,78.443756&sspn=0.398758,0.866547&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=30.178373,78.09082&spn=3.238291,6.932373" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">Northern India</a></small>. Started in 1993, it was supposed to be completed in 1998. When I started working on this project in February 1999 for Continental Foundation Joint Venture (CFJV), work was nowhere near complete, and the most recent official projection was 2001 (see the sign in the first photo), but I don't think anyone bought it when I was there. When I left in February 2001, work was still going on, and in the end did not finish until sometime in 2004 when the final turbine units were brought online. Some of the delays were man made, but the most serious were caused by mother nature - rock falls and slides, floods, you name it. When I was on vacation in August 2000, a major flood event destroyed 85% of the construction infrastructure, and seriously damaged significant portions of the permanent works. When I left in 2001 - they were still digging out. The photos in this gallery are a selection of the construction photographs that I took documenting various portions of the progress (or lack thereof). The majority are fairly low quality by today's digital standards - 1 megapixel and 2 megapixel images from an Olympus C2000 digital camera, and scanned negative film images taken on a Minolta 7000 with a cheap wide angle zoom lens. It has been a long time since I worked on this project, and as a result I may have some of the technical details incorrect.

Underground Works

smcclearn

Photos taken in the underground tunnels, chambers, and works of the Na ...

Updated: Oct 13, 2012 3:48am PST

Rajasthan :

Rajasthan

radiantscape

Updated: Oct 02, 2012 4:21pm PST

INDE "JAIPUR" La ville rose : Contrairement à la plupart des peuplements humains du sous-continent indien, où le moindre village a souvent plus de 2 000 ans, elle est de fondation récente : c’est l'œuvre du mahârâja Jai Singh II, un râjput de la famille des Kachhwâhâ.
Le mahârâja fait appel au brahmane Bengalî Vidyadhar Bhattacharya pour concevoir la cité qui est fondée en 1727 et dont les travaux principaux — palais principaux, avenues et square central — dureront quatre ans. Située au pied des monts Ârâvalli, elle suit un plan en damier trois par trois et est entourée d’une muraille de 6 m de hauteur et de 4 m de large. L’entrée de la ville se fait par l’intermédiaire de huit portes. À l’origine, la ville n’était pas du rose uniforme qu’on lui connaît actuellement, mais offrait une large palette, principalement du gris avec des rehauts de blanc. Cependant, en prévision de la visite du prince Albert, en 1876, elle fut peinte en rose dans sa totalité, le rose étant une couleur traditionnelle de bienvenue. Elle conserve cet usage depuis lors.
L’observatoire astronomique de Jaïpur a fait référence dans le monde entier depuis sa mise en service (1726) jusqu’aux débuts des temps modernes.

INDE "JAIPUR" La ville rose

maurelchristian

Contrairement à la plupart des peuplements humains du sous-continent ...

Updated: Sep 05, 2012 12:17am PST