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Incredible India - colors of India
Incredible India - colors of India
what one see when travelling by car in Udaipur.
India is, under all circumstances, perhaps, one of the places where all your senses are under permanent challenge to analyze inputs ...
there is no surprise that the most solicited sense is the visual one, India being a true paradise for photography. I believe this instantaneous snapshot sustains favorably this POV.
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Incredible India - people at Taj Mahal

Incredible India - people at Taj Mahal

From the Wikipedia:
The Taj Mahal (/ˌtɑː məˈhɑːl/, more often /ˈtɑːʒ/;[3] meaning Crown of the Palace[4]) is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperorShah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre)[5] complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.

Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (US$827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.

The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as "the tear-drop on the cheek of time", it is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India's rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors a year. In 2007, it was declared a winner of the New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.

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Incredible India - moustache and turban
Incredible India - moustache and turban
a guard at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur wearing a 6 m. long turban ...  

from the Wikipaedia:

Turban

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For millinery fashion, see Draped turban.
Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister of India, wearing a Sikh turban. The turban is one of the most recognized symbols of the Sikh community.

turban (from Persian دولبند‌, dulband; via Middle French turbant) is a type of headwear based on cloth winding. Featuring many variations, it is worn as customary headwear primarily by men.[1] Communities with prominent turban-wearing traditions can be found in the Indian SubcontinentAfghanistanSouth Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East, the Near EastCentral AsiaNorth Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and parts of the Swahili Coast.

India

Main article: Pagri
A man from India, wearing a Rajasthani paggar style of turban.

In India, the turban is referred to as a pagri, meaning the headdress that is worn by men and is manually tied. There are several styles, which are specific to the wearer's region or religion, and they vary in shape, size and colour. For example, the Mysore Peta, the Marathi phetaPuneri Pagadi and the Sikh Dastar (see below). The pagri is a symbol of honour and respect everywhere it is worn. It is a common practice to honour important guests by offering them one to wear.

Paag of Mithilalok

Colours are often chosen to suit the occasion or circumstance: for example saffron, associated with valour or sacrifice (martyrdom), is worn during rallies; white, associated with peace, is worn by elders; and pink, associated with spring, is worn during that season or for marriage ceremonies.

Navy blue is a color common more to the Sikh Nihangs, it signifies war and service, while black is associated with resistance, orange with martyrdom and white with old age, death, or peace; however during times of peace or rallies for peace people will usually be in war gear (i.e. blue) white only has the association.

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Incredible India - laundry and buildings Mumbai
Incredible India - laundry and buildings Mumbai - Dhobi Ghat - probably world's bigest laundry

from the wikipaedia:
Dhobi Ghat
 (Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat) is a well known open air laundromat in MumbaiIndia.[1] The washers, locally known as Dhobis, work in the open to wash the clothes from Mumbai's hotels and hospitals.
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Incredible India - birds, elephants and people
Incredible India - birds, elephants and people at the Amber Fort in Jaipur - Rajasthan

As forecasted by my friend Marc Viteau ( markotxe.deviantart.com) this is the first photograph of a series of photographs that I am working on containing impressions from an India trip January 2017.
I dedicate the whole series to Marc who is a very gifted and prolific photograph, located in Biarritz - France covering a vast range of themes with a great predilection to the human activity and environment and to ... the human being itself.


From the Wikipaedia:

Amer Fort (Hindiआमेर क़िला or Amber Fort) is located in Amer, a town with an area of 4 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi)[1] located 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from JaipurRajasthan stateIndia. Located high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur area.[2][3] The town of Amer was originally built by Meenas,[4] and later it was ruled by Raja Man Singh I (December 21, 1550 – July 6, 1614).

Amer Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake.[3][5][6][7][8][9] It is the main source of water for the Amer Palace.

Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the attractive, opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-i-Aam, or "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-i-Khas, or "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace. Hence, the Amer Fort is also popularly known as the Amer Palace.[5] The palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families. At the entrance to the palace near the fort's Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to Sila Devi, a goddess of the Chaitanya cult, which was given to Raja Man Singh when he defeated the Raja of Jessore, Bengal in 1604. (Jessore is now in Bangladesh).[3][10][11]

This palace, along with Jaigarh Fort, is located immediately above on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the same Aravalli range of hills. The palace and Jaigarh Fort are considered one complex, as the two are connected by a subterranean passage. This passage was meant as an escape route in times of war to enable the royal family members and others in the Amer Fort to shift to the more redoubtable Jaigarh Fort.[5][8][12][13]

Annual tourist visitation to the Amer Palace was reported by the Superintendent of the Department of Archaeology and Museums as 5000 visitors a day, with 1.4 million visitors during 2007.[1]

At the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom PenhCambodia, in 2013, Amer Fort, along with five other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

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Tree At The Lake
Tree At The Lake - Genava Switzerland
No snow (and therefore no ski!!) this year in Geneva so that I had to use an older pic ... and enjoy the presence of my daughter and her family the three grandchildren included ...
Happy New Year 2017 !!!
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The stone towers of Svaneti
One of the most impressive places I ever met in my trips ... UNESCO World Heritage monuments ...
From the Wikipaedia:
Preserved by its long isolation, the Upper Svaneti region of the Caucasus is an exceptional example of mountain scenery with medieval-type villages and tower-houses. The village of Chazhashi still has more than 200 of these very unusual houses, which were used both as dwellings and as defence posts against the invaders who plagued the region.
This ancient province of Svaneti in Georgia, is located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus mountain range, on the north-western part of the country. Surrounded by the gigantic, snow-capped peaks of the high Caucasus and deep gorges, Svaneti is home to some of the highest and most isolated villages in the Caucasus. The region is so remote that it remained unconquered until the Russians exerted control in the mid-19th century. But marauding armies from foreign lands used to trouble the Svans during the Middle Ages leading to the construction of watchtowers and fortified homes. When powerful empires rampaged through Georgia, icons, jewels, religious artefacts and manuscripts were brought to the towers for safekeeping, turning Svaneti into a repository of early Georgian culture. Over the centuries the Svans preserved not only the priceless artefacts but their culture, tradition and language, that many scholars believe predates Georgian.
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looking for the underground in Tel Aviv
looking for the underground in Tel Aviv
from the Wikipaedia:

Tel Aviv Light Rail

The Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area Mass-Transit System is a planned mass transit system for the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area. The system will include different types of rapid transit like light rail (which will run underground in some areas), bus and more.

Work on the Red Line, the first in the project, started on September 21, 2011, following years of preparatory works and numerous delays.[1] The Red line is planned to open in 2021. Both the Green and Purple lines will start construction in 2018 and are planned to open in 2024.[2]

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beauty in Tallinn
beauty in Tallinn
a seller just "captured" in the central market in Tallinn ...
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Suspended In The Air
Suspended In The Air
Meteora (semantic name for the caption) Greece
from the net :
The gigantic rocks of Meteora are perched above the town of Kalambaka, at a maximum height of 400 m (1200 ft). The most interesting summits are decorated with historical monasteries, included in the World Heritage List of Unesco. Only 6 of them have made it through the centuries, from an initial estimated number of 24. Mostly dating to the 14th and until the 16th century, these monasteries were built by monks who were previously hermits in the area, living in individual caves. Once united, these monks took months and years to carry the construction material to the top of rocks, using ropes, folding ladders, nets and baskets, and with much determination.
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Alenby street

Allenby Street - Tel Aviv - Israel
Tel Aviv is a one of the most "dynamic" cities living around the clock. Usually, along with the "white city" tag it has been granted, inspired by the mid 30's Bauhaus style architecture, the most common reference to this city is "the city that never sleeps" ... Often people visiting the city, impressed by its pace, its sounds and its unbelievable cultural, gastronomic and amusement possibilities offered, would hardly believe that the total urban population is perhaps below one million people.

from the Wikipaedia:
Allenby Street is a major street in Tel AvivIsrael. It was named in honor of Field Marshal Viscount Allenby.

Allenby Street stretches from the Mediterranean sea in the northwest to HaAliya Street in the southeast. It was first paved with concrete in 1914. During the day, it is a commercial street with many small businesses and clothing stores. At night it becomes a hub of nightlife, known for its cafes, pubs and restaurants. Many public buses run along Allenby Street.

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Liberte Egalite Fratermite
evening - on a street in central Paris:
Liberté, égalité, fraternité - the motto of the French Revolution 
introduced by 
 Maximilien Robespierre
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the Seine by night
the Seine by night
Paris - France
the Seine river splitting the city into left bank (rive gauche) and right bank (rive droite). in this pic, since the Seine is flowing from us, the left bank side is on the left.
Differencies between the two banks used once to be tremendous and full of deep significance for the inhabitants. they have become less prominent with the time passing. Still the "artistic innovative spirit" as well as the famous students revolt in the 60's are identified with the left bank, while the Bastille the symbol of the French Revolution is on the right bank. the building one may notice on the left side in second plan is the Conciergerie having as a prison famous people like Mari Antoinette, Robespierre or Danton ... from the Internet:

The Left Bank, called “La Rive Gauche” in French, is on the southern side of the Seine and encompasses six arrondissements. It is by far the smaller section of Paris, and historically known as the artistic part of the city. This is where many of the famous writers and artists who once called Paris home – including Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway – once lived, because it used to be that this was the part of the city that was much cheaper (always a plus for starving artists!). Those days are mostly gone, however, as the Left Bank boasts as many high-end apartments, restaurants, and bars as the Right Bank.
Paris’ Right Bank, to the north of the river, is the larger “bank” and also the more traditionally upper crust. Back when the Left Bank was where struggling creative souls could find kinship (not to mention cheap rent), the Right Bank was where the city’s wealthy residents lived and played. Although this distinction is less applicable today now that rents on the Left Bank have skyrocketed, the Right Bank is still where you’re going to find the majority of Paris’ big businesses and banks – as well as most of the big tourist attractions.
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Tel Aviv girl with hat
Tel Aviv girl with hat
During one of my Friday morning portrait chasing thru the Tel Aviv streets, some weeks ago, I "caught" this girl, who I identified later-on as being Yityish Titi Aynaw an Ethipian girl - Miss Israel several years ago.
Actually, the big fight of integration of the Jewish-Ethiopian community, still valid these days, has accumulated a few success cases, her election as Miss Israel being one of the more remarkable ones. Even President Obama made efforts to meet and grant her an unprecedented honor ... I would say that she's a very nice person, quite tall (I believe above 1,80 m.) and apparently very intelligent ... I wonder if she would be considered such a beauty would her skin color be white ... :( 
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Cashemier and Caviar
Cashemier and Caviar
At a late hour in December 2016, walking thru the very heart of this wonderful city that is Paris, on the Haussmann boulevard, you might catch at a glimpse symbols of a different (remote) life with exquisite articles like the title and the advertising suggest. It's an occasion, for a few moments, to distance yourself from the real world, that of the terror acts and security alerts (very present in Paris these days); not to mention that, perhaps, when the pic has been taken tens of innocent people have been murdered in Syria ...
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December in Montmartre
December in Montmartre
Paris - France
Place du Tertre - the heart of Montmartre in one pretty rare moment when the rain collaborating with the cold weather managed to expel the tourists and the artists towards warmer locations ... still the exquisite charm of this place remained untouched :)
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thank you for the favs Hug 
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