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Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh

Chhatri,Shivpuri Courtyard
Shivpuri Lord Shiva
Shivpuri Lord Shiva

Shivpuri is a medium sized town in North of Madhya Pradesh state in Central India. It is close to Gwalior city in Madhya Pradesh. It is an ancient town and sacred place for Hindus in India. In past it was known by the name of Sipri. It current name "Shivpuri" is derived from hindu God Lord Shiva. Simple meaning of "Shivpuri" is "City of Lord Shiva".

Priest Performing Ceremony
Priest Performing Ceremony
Hand Crafted Bench
Hand Crafted Bench

   Above are some examples  of the craftsmanship that can bee seen.

If we go by history of this town, its reference came in Mughal era when Mughal emperors use to visit dense forest of Shivpuri for hunting & camping. In year 1564, mighty mughal emperor Akbar captured herds of elephants for his stables and used at his capital. Later it became part of Marathas and became part of Scindia dynasty of Gwalior State. Its importance raised when it came under Scindia dynasty and most of the historical monuments that we see today here are made by Scindia rulers.

The Scindia Chhatris at Shivpuri are one of the important tourist attraction for visitors. They were made during the ruling of Scindia dynasty in memory of Scindia rulers.

Street Portrait, Bombay

Man on the Street in Bombay

During my visit to Bombay (now known as Mumbai) in 2009, i was walking on the street and i found this man walking along on the other side of the road. I was amazed by his dress up and wanted to take his shot. Mostly i like to take photo's of the people on the street when they are in natural environment and most importantly when they are unaware of being Photographed. This is mainly because once people are aware of being photographed, their consciousness kicks in and the chance of capturing the real emotions fades away. As soon as i tried to take his photo, he must have just realised and he looked straight into the camera. However, i was lucky and i got this shot which really tells a story. My interpretation of the story is that it's so hot, humid and muggy, however, it doesn't seem to bother him and he is happy in his environment.

I was so happy for this shot that i went to him and showed him the photo and i could not believe how happy he was.

I hope you like this image.

Bobbin Head Point

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Bobbin Head is a point on Cowan Creek in the north of the suburb of North Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia. It is a "near-urban" part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Bobbin Head is easily reached by taking Bobbin Head Road through North Turramurra or Kuringai Chase Road, Mount Colah near Hornsby.Facilities at Bobbin Head include a marina, picnic areas with gas barbecues, a licensed restaurant and kiosk at the marina, small boat hire at the marina, and a lunch-time restaurant in what used to be the Bobbin Head Inn, which also contains a National Parks information centre.

The area also contains many fire trails and a mangrove boardwalk.

Aboriginal engravings can be observed along some of the bush walk trails. There is also a discovery trail along the waterfront inside the marina that chronicles the history of the area.

Here are some of the photos from the trail walk.

Mangrove Trail Walk
Mangrove Trail Walk
Mangrove
Mangrove

Stanwell Park

Stanwell Park

Stanwell Park is a picturesque coastal village and northern suburb of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. It is the northernmost point of the Illawarra coastal strip and lies south of Sydney's Royal National Park. It is situated in a small valley between Bald Hill to the north, Stanwell Tops to the west and Mount Mitchell to the south. Stanwell Park was the name given to the farm established on the grant given to Matthew John Gibbons in 1824. He was given most of the area called Little Bulli which included present-day Stanwell Park and Coalcliff. The whole of Northern Illawarra went under the Aboriginal name Bulli which means rising up, about the only thing one can do along the narrow coastal strip and indentations of Northern Illawarra. Bulli remains the name of an Illawarra suburb further south of Stanwell Park.

 

Beach view from Stanwell Park

It has two lagoons from the village’s two creeks, Stanwell and Hargrave Creeks and a beach running between headlands.

Stanwell Park is famous for paragliding and hang gliding activities from Bald Hill down to its beach, which lies nested between high sea cliffs.Hang Gliding