The Collection: The Arabian story of Mumbai

Mumbai is the financial capital of India …

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Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world, it is also the wealthiest city in India—Mumbai has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires among all cities in India.

 

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Elephanta Caves in Series: Its incredible pathway

Its richness …

Elephanta Island or Gharapuri (is a small village on the south side of the island) meaning ‘the city of caves’, is located 11 km east of  Apollo Bunder at Mumbai and can be reached by a ferry from the Gateway of India.

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The exquisite island located in the Arabian Sea

The Elephanta caves is a network of rock cut architecture caves, hewn from solid basalt rock and consists of important sculptures, art historians have dated the caves in the range of late 5th to late 8th century AD.

I visited this place to display its richness before the world through my photography skill.

Its pathway:

 

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A stone relic at its facade

 

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The sighting of Moon at around 4 o’clock in the evening

 

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An open-air basking area

 

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The colours of its foliage

 

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You & Me – Two Lovebirds

 

 

 

To be continued – Elephanta Caves in Series: Pillars of strength 

 

 

Twilight

Twilight is the magical spell of the day at dusk or dawn …

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I snapped this picture of the twilight from the ferryboat at the Gateway of India, twilight is the magical spell of the day at dusk or dawn, and this picture is of dusk … the sight of this twilight was so gorgeous that I didn’t wanted to miss the opportunity to picture it, much to the inconvenience of clicking a snap from a boat.

I was along with unfamiliar day-trippers –  a mix of families, couples and singles from India and from other countries;  many enthusiastic, some cheerful and few perceptive among the bunch of people on this short cruise on  the suave waters of the Arabian Sea feeling the freshness of the sea-breeze.

For me the another prettiest fragment of this sail was the sighting of flock of seagulls which accompanied ferryboats and they did flock near the boat I was in, they flocked so close to the boat – floating their white body in the air with steady flicks of their long wings tipped with black coats, as if the boat was a part of their flock; and the other notable moment was spotting of eagles encircling in the gust – I captured those brief moments in my mind and narrated it here, much to my convenience ( call me lazy but clicking snaps from a boat is wobbly).

 

The Arabian story of Mumbai – The Gateway of India

A brilliant landmark that marks India’s chief ports was built during the 20th century …

Photography is a creative endeavour which I have acquired through my observation ability and one of the best subjects for photography is architecture.

The Gateway of India, a brilliant landmark that marks India’s chief ports was built during the 20th century, is a major tourist attraction that lies at the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg (Street) by the Arabian Sea at Apollo Bunder – in the Colaba district of Mumbai, India.

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The structure is a basalt arch; the 4 turrets are the prominent feature …

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 … and the structure is 85 feet high.

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The central dome is 83 feet above the ground at its highest point …

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… and is 48 feet in diameter.

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This grand edifice is built in yellow basalt and indissoluble concrete designed in the Indo-Saracenic – an architectural style with elements from native Indo-Islamic and Indian architecture combined with the Gothic revival and Neo-Classical styles favoured in Victorian Britain.

The city of Mumbai, a union of seven islands, is situated on the Arabian Sea coast of India and is a chest of treasure.