Amid the astounding ruins of Hampi.

The Vijayanagara ruins in Hampi have been deemed a World Heritage Site. I went there in 2007 before grand plans were unveiled to transform the area into a tourist zoo.

This shrine cut into rock is at the Malayavanta Raghunath temple. Notice the parakeet in the third photo.

Shrine near Malayavanta Raghunath temple, Hampi

Offerings to Hanuman
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Chanting Hanuman chalisa at Shiva shrine, Hampi

Immersed in Hanuman Chalisa
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Shrine near Malayavanta Raghunath temple, Hampi

Shrine in Rock, Hampi
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  • ot - July 22, 2014 - 11:09 am

    The first picture is a beauty Dr. Rajan. You might have more pictures of the spectacular ruins from that trip.ReplyCancel

High above Death Valley.

High in the Funeral Mountains of the Amargosa Range, Chloride Cliff offers sweeping views of the north end of Death Valley from a vantage similar to that of Dante’s View and Aguereberry Point. It is, however, much more difficult to access than the other two points, requiring a high clearance 4WD vehicle to negotiate the rugged – and at times hairy – mountain route. The nearby settlement of Chloride City took root in 1871 following a mining claim.

I set out on a cold and dark December morning with my trusted guide Death Valley Jim. Check out the video clip of our small adventure.

Amargosa range seen from Chloride Cliff, Death Valley

Belt of Venus over Corkscrew Peak (left) and Thimble Peak (right)
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Amargosa range from Chloride Cliff, Death Valley

Morning glow, Grapevine Mountains
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First light on Corkscrew Peak, Chloride Cliff, Death Valley

First light, Corkscrew Peak
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Corkscrew Peak from Chloride Cliff, Death Valley

Colours, Corkscrew Peak
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Mesquite Sand dunes and Stovepipe Wells from Chloride Cliff

North end of Death Valley (sand dunes and Stovepipe Wells are seen)
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Drive to Chloride Cliff, Death Valley
To see the video in higher resolution, go here.

  • Börkur Hrólfsson - July 20, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Rough ride, but looks fun ! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • michel chamberland - July 20, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    love that last shot with the dunes and stovepipeReplyCancel

  • Milind Khot - July 20, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Brilliant photos Rajan!. I enjoy your pictures.ReplyCancel

An eventful evening.

Memories of a drive in 2007 through the Thar Desert of Rajasthan heading west from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer.

Rajasthani woman

Lady in red – in Osiyan
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Father and son in Osiyan, Rajasthan

Father, Son, and the Spirit of Pepsi
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Jodhpur to Jaisalmer highway

Horn, Please!
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The village of Khichan is the winter destination for thousands of Demoiselle Cranes. Unfortunately, the birds had left en masse a day earlier and I missed this remarkable spectacle.

Worker in Khichan, Rajasthan

Manual labour – in Khichan
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Near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Dusk, near Jaisalmer
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  • chris - July 17, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    Whatever happened to the photograph of cranes?


The railway line across the Bernina Range of the Swiss Alps is among the world’s great train rides, a singular feat of 20th Century engineering. The route is owned and operated by Rhätische Bahn (Rhaetian Railway) and has been declared a World Heritage Site.

The journey begins in Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland, snakes through the canton of Graubünden, and five hours later rolls into the final station Tirano, a small Italian town just across the Swiss border.

This image of the Church of St. Cassian in Sils im Domleschg was taken from the moving train on our way back to Chur. The light was fading fast and the ISO had to be bumped to 1600.

Kirche St. Cassian, Graubünden, Switzerland

Kirche St. Cassian, Graubünden, Switzerland
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  • Uday - July 16, 2014 - 5:13 am

    Awesome! Waiting for more now!ReplyCancel

Chapel on a hill.

Clouds and darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. – Psalm 97.2
Chapel atop hill in Rainginim-Bandora, Goa

Monsoon dark in Rainginim-Bandora, Goa
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

  • M Lobo - July 13, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    Great stuff.ReplyCancel

  • jc - July 13, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Dear Rajanbab,

    Positively brilliant image. Thank you for sharing it.