Sunday, March 27, 2011

Gingee Fort - RajaGiri - Part 2

 The climb would have been much more enjoyable, had it been early in the morning.. But the fort is open only @9:30am in the morning!.So one is left with no alternative but to take the strenuous climb in the sun.

Come along.. Let's resume our  somewhat tough journey to the top! Getting to the top is never easy.. Isn't it?



 We had nice company ..These playful children urged us on all the way through!




My son always looses himself with children..and Vice-versa..!


Lord Anjaneya.aka Hanuman!

 One more mandapam.. We thought we are through and one guy returing said, you just have only 20% of the distance to cover..and sagged our spirits.!








Do you see the watch tower at the vantage position?

I found many of these with right colors to camouflage them in rocky terrain..!



More more wall to cross!







Well Zoomed in from the hill top!


Ranigiri (Queen Hill) from the Rajagiri (King Hill)


 Wow..! One more wall..to cross! No wonder Chatrapathi Shivaji termed this most impregnable..!





This connecting bridge is so tactically placed and mobile that it makes further access to the fort totally controlled..!



We have reached the top ..!
Excepting for a temple and a few building the others, I understand are gone now!















We have no energy left over now..!



So many vantage points to choose from for photography..!











He never tires..Does he?..! He is the only one to maintain the energy level & Live up to his hyper nature..!





Ranganathar less Temple ..! (No idol now..)


The view from the hill was awesome!.



I should visit this temple next time..














This IIT student was from France and the breathtaking view from the tops keeps him in a trance ..!
Small temple on the pathway
View of the buildings at the foothill.




They are tired too..!


We are just at the foot hill.!





Kalyana Mahal

I wish we could climb up to the top floor..!


Happy..to have completed the awesome tour..!
This awesome building is locked.. I photographed it thru the grills..






Sad to leave this wonderful place behind..!




This over exposed snap is symbolic of our over exposure to the scorching sun..!

Bye for now..I am not yet over with Gingee.. See you sometime with another episode of Gingee..Rani Giri Fort..I am yet to visit it though..!

Full Set of Photos

VIDEO CLIPS


Musical Slide show

16 comments:

  1. A wonderful pictorial journey... Loved the pics, lovely... And you are right getting to the top is never easy but the effort is worth it...

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  2. I didn't think that your posts/photos could get any better than the ones I've seen over the past few weeks, but I was wrong -- there aren't enough words to describe the beauty, the fun, the sheer joy of your wonderful tours! What a gorgeous place! And how I would love to see it, but as I've said before, your incredible photos are the next best thing to being there! Thank you again, Sridharan, for sharing the beauty of your country and family and friends with us! Enjoy your day!!

    Sylvia

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  3. Awesome set of photos, stunning sceneries,I love the photo with the women and their bright saris, the well with the steps going down (wow,it's huge!), it's difficult to choose!

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  4. Loved the snapshot in of the watchtower and the lake with the rocky terrain; reminded me of the Deccan/ Hyd out skirts a scant decade ago!
    Such a beautiful place!

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  5. Amazing! Beautiful...why do I run short of words in most of your write ups...Good Read!

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  6. Thanks all for caring to stop by and say such kind words..! I am glad you liked them all as much as I did bringing them to you!

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  7. How can i even forget those massive steps ,then followed by the wooden bridge . Just superb . Thanks for sharing .

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  8. that was an amazing tour. I loved the Kalyana mahal. Are they not allowing people inside?.

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  9. It feels thrilling to stand on the connecting wooden bridge..Amazing view .. Thanks TGS!

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  10. Thanks Chitra.. It is a pity the Kalyana Mahal and the sprawling building opposite is not open for public..

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  11. Such a long climb to top, reminds me of the Daulatabad fort, Aurangabad.
    Nice scenic views captured.

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  12. Despite it taken so long for these images to load, it was well worth the wait. You have such an eye for a wonderful photo opportunity, I'd love to see these published as a book.

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  13. Thanks Indrani..I haven't visited Aurangabad and will add to my to-be-visited list.

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  14. Thanks Petty for your kind words. I think the most of the credit should go to the subject..! I am sorry about the large number of pics that causes the delay. Will break the posts further in future!

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  15. Wonderful shots of the fort and surroundings. The view of Ratnagiri is my favorite. I would love to be here.

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