Tag: Asia

Abraj Al Bait Towers

The Abraj Al Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, is a building complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The complex holds several world records, including the tallest hotel in the world, the tallest clock tower in the world, the world’s largest clock face,and the world’s largest building floor area. The complex’s hotel tower became the second tallest building in the world in 2011, surpassed only by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The building complex is meters away from the world’s largest mosque and Islam’s most sacred site, the Masjid al Haram. [From Wikipedia] A beautiful set of...

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Lahore Fort – Pakistan

Located in the Pakistani city of Lahore, the Lahore Fort or the Shahi Quila as its locally referred as, is a majestic fort built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The Fort is a beautiful and imposing mix of the Persian and Mughal architecture. It is divided into two sections: the administrative section with the main entrance, large gardens and Diwan-e-Aam and the Second one the private chambers consisting of the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), residential quarters and smaller gardens. The other famous buildings are Alamgiri Gate, Naulakha Pavilion and Moti Masjid. Lahore Fort along with the Shalimar Garden...

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Shalimar Garden – Lahore

Built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, the Shalimar Garden is located in the Pakistani city of Lahore. A blend of the Persian and Mughal architecture, it’s a beautiful garden with carefully made geometric layout and is famous for its intricate fretwork. The garden is terraced with three different levels. There are 401 fountains fed by a canal called Shah Nahar. There are many buildings in the Shalimar Garden. Some of them are Sawan Bhadum (pavilion), Naqar Khana, Khwabbagh (sleeping chambers), Hammam (Royal Bath) and Aiwan (Grand Hall). Along with the Lahore Fort, the Shalimar Gardens of Lahore are included in...

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The Bucket List IV: Angkor Wat

It was my kid sister’s birthday and I had to give her a gift. So I went to a book shop browsing for books to give her. It was there that I found this book called ‘World Famous Unsolved Mysteries’. Now I was generally curious about such things and wanted to read this book, but I had enough money for just one book. So what did I do? Well, I bought this book and gifted it to my sister, a great choice for a six year old! Many of the places mentioned in that book shaped the dreams of...

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The Bucketlist I : Petra- a rose-red city half as old as time

  It seems no work of Man’s creative hand, by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned; But from the rock as if by magic grown, eternal, silent, beautiful, alone! Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine, where erst Athena held her rites divine; Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane, that crowns the hill and consecrates the plain; But rose-red as if the blush of dawn, that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn; The hues of youth upon a brow of woe, which Man deemed old two thousand years ago, match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,...

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