Nature is great. Its manifestation can be experienced in high peaks of mountains, beautiful lakes, active volcanoes, vast sand dunes, large plateaus, steep cliffs, tall waterfalls and even trees. The article presents 10 such unique formations of the nature.
Hoysaleswara Temple, a twin temple, is a unique monument providing a pictorial about the life and culture of South India. Completed in 12th century, it was invaded, plundered and destroyed in 14th century by the Muslim invaders. It was repaired and restored in 19th-20th century and is largely intact
In arid states like Gujarat in India, conservation of water is of great concern. Construction of stepwells continued to be an ingenious system to preserve water there. Rani ki Vav at Patan was a marvelous attempt in 11th century, which was buried due to overflow of river but rediscovered in 1940s.
Conservation of water has remained a primary concern specially in arid states in India. Construction of stepwells for preserving rain water continued to be an ingenious system in states like Rajasthan and Gujarat. Chand Baori is the oldest and deepest Baori (Stepwell) in Rajasthan.
People visit lakes which can reduce the stress levels and increase the feeling of happiness. Watching reflection of the mountains and the trees in the quiet water is always a breath-taking experience.
Elegant crests have always attracted humans. Meet some of the beautiful birds with elegant crests across the globe, from the Crested Wood-Partridge to the Crested Pigeon. Display of crest position can be an indication of a bird's emotions or stress.
Tibetan Buddhism believes in eight significant events in the life of the Buddha which are often depicted in Stupas. These commemorative Stupas of the Buddha are built in different parts of the world.
Many songbirds are known for their colours and sweet melodies. Listen to the songs of beautiful songbirds and learn how these melodies function in courtship and registering territorial presence.
Brightly-coloured Lionfish looks pleasant but is poison-spined and dangerous to human beings. Native to the Indo-Pacific, its invasion elsewhere has created a major threat to reef ecological systems.
Height of Buddha's statues has always attracted tourists. There are many large statues in the world but the race continues to erect yet another largest. Ten existing largest statues of Buddha are here.
A list of ten amazing birds of paradise.
Woodpeckers have impressed nature lovers with their amazing colors, behavior, and chiseling capacities. Over 200 species of woodpeckers and their allies are found worldwide with some exceptions.
Predatory birds hunt and feed on other birds or insects. Their good eyesight, strong talons and curved beaks help them to catch, kill & hold their prey. They include eagles, vultures, owls & falcons.
Located in Southern India, Meenakshi Amman Temple at Madurai is an ancient masterpiece which is attracting domestic and international tourists alike. It is amazing to look at the splendid sculptures.
Waterfalls display the power of nature and many tourists visit these majestic falls to experience breathtaking sites. Some countries have many spectacular waterfalls which keep the tourists attracted.
Viceregal Lodge at Shimla is reminiscent of British colonial era in India. This heritage building on the Observatory Hill continued to be the Summer Capital of 13 Viceroys of India.
Did you realize that balanced rocks have been fascinating tourists in different parts of the world? Defying the laws of gravity, find out which rocks have continued to stay in precarious positions irrespective of the vagaries of nature.
Mudras or hand gestures are non-verbal communications with important spiritual significance. These Mudras are depicted in many Buddha statues in different parts of the world.
New Year is welcome by celebrations all over the world. In some countries age old traditions are still maintained and with each celebration these traditions & customs are passed on to new generations.
Chrysanthemum flowers are available in different forms and striking colours. Watching a show of such flowers is a feast to eyes. Chandigarh Chrysanthemum Show attracts a large number of visitors.
Many colourful birds thrive in Antarctica where harsh cold conditions prevail for major part of a year. These birds adapt and continue to live and breed for survival of their next generations.
Mountain passes provide opportunities to peep into the world on both sides of high mountains. India has number of such passes which attract tourists for trekking & mountaineering on magnificent cliffs.
All of us love tiny, cute birds. They are so colourful and cheerful that many of us specially children can have some playtime with them. Few of them have the attraction of melodious sounds and mimicry.
Fish have been a source of recreation for humans. Bright coloured fish provide soothing opportunity and we all have colour preferences. Blue fish combined with others have been a source of attraction.
Cassowary is a shy but very dangerous bird, even to the extent of killing its predator. Having reached the 'Near Threatened' or 'Vulnerable' level due to hunting, three species of this flightless bird are of interest to humans.
Mahatma Gandhi is recognised as a symbol of non-violence. Various countries remember him & believe that his ideals can help in establishing world peace. Many countries have raised statues as a tribute.
Mushroom like rock formations have always attracted tourists. It might have taken millions of years to take the present shape and some of these may take still new shape due to erosion taking place now.
Many birds attract humans by beautiful beaks they possess. Beaks or bills are multi-function organs helpful in survival of birds. Many characteristics of birds are revealed by examinng their beaks.
Jaipur is a heritage city in Northern India attractng tourists from all over the world. The royal historical buildings are still maintained to give one a feel of the majestic life style of the rulers.
Butterflies are short-lived creatures that are visually pleasing to the human eye. There are about 750 species of butterflies in the USA. So, which ones are the most beautiful? Read on to find out!
Waterfalls have been a great source of attraction for tourists. India has many waterfalls with different heights, shapes and volume of water flow, which make them magnificent manifestation of nature.
Delhi has been attracting tourists since long. Historical places clubbed with modernity has made this old city acquire a cosmopolitan character & enjoy a status of a perfect destinations for tourists.
Mainstreaming of children with low vision has been tried out in many countries successfully. Training of teachers and providing suitable facilities in regular classrooms are the hallmarks for success.
Buddhism proliferated in India and later in other parts of Asia. Many countries including India have erected statues of Buddha, attracting tourists from different countries & keeping Buddhism alive.
Owls have always been depicted in folklore. They have some extraordinary capabilities which make them potent birds of prey. In spite of superstitions surrounding the owl, they continue to be a favorite animal of humans.
Did you realize that rock formations have attracted humans since time immemorial? Their shapes, components and locations make them totally unique. It's no wonder that tourists and locals alike find pleasure in visiting these 20 incredible sites.
A natural act of rapid cooling of lava erupted from volcanic action results into unique geological formations. These polygonal structures found in various parts of the world are called Columnar Basalt.
A national bird is a symbol and pride of a country. Many of these birds are fascinating as they are colourful and have striking body parts. Some have cultural, religious or mythological significance.
Did you know that humans have always been attracted to colourful birds? Here are some of the most colourful birds across the globe, from the Scarlet Macaw to the Gouldian Finch.
Colourful fish attract human beings. Keeping fish in a home aquarium, watching them in commercial aquariums, or seeing them while snorkeling provides opportunities for enjoying their stunning appearance.
Iceland is a preferred destination for tourists to watch and study birds closely. A large variety of spectacular birds use the coastal line and cliffs of this island for breeding and as a stop over.
Traditional headgears are worn all over the world. Varieties of caps, hats, bonnets and crowns with different shapes and styles are used for decoration, fashion, religious or military considerations .
Showing aggression is a natural instinct though the cause, nature and extent may vary from person to person. Animals also show aggression which may be related to domination or jurisdiction issues.
Of all the hill stations in India, Manali stands out as a single destination with snow, adventure sports, historic temples, river, thick vegetation, cool breeze free from the maddening crowd.
Stone carving as an art has created marvellous sculptures in India, even in caves. Tourists travel far to see these excellent creations in temples and historical buildings.
Visiting a Sea Beach is always a thrilling experience but if it is clubbed with a sunrise or sunset it becomes memorable. Many beaches in India offer such unique and golden moments for the tourists.
Marine life has always inspired human beings. Unique features of Puffer fish have fascinated humans for studying, show-casing and even consuming, in spite of these being one of the deadliest fish.
Statues of Buddha often fascinate tourists. Some of these are magnificent and visitors like their design, location and history behind them. Others find peace and tranquility at these locations.
With a large coastline surrounded by the Arabian sea in the southwest and Bay of Bengal in the southeast, India is a perfect destination for tourists aspiring to enjoying plenty of sea, sun and sand.