Sunday, January 20, 2013

Safdarjung's Tomb and Lodi Gardens, Delhi, India

Hi and welcome. This blog shows photos of two ancient Tomb sites in the heart of Delhi. This first photo is the entrance to Safdarjung's Tomb in New Delhi. Although in a poor state of repair I find this building very beautiful. It was my second visit to this wonderful Tomb. There are more photos from my earlier visit here
When I walked through the entrance I saw a photo shoot was going on. I just had to ask if I could join in!

As you can see I was given permission. An exquisitely beautiful lady and dress

Safdarjung's Tomb is a garden tomb with a marble mausoleum.
Safdar Jung (Hindi: सफदरजंग, Urdu: صفدرجنگ‎) (b. c. 1708 – d. 5 October 1754) was the Subadar Nawab of Oudh (the ruler of the Indian state of Oudh, also known as Awadh) from 19 March 1739 to 5 October 1754

It was built in 1754 in the late Mughal Empire style, and was described as "the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture"

There are four water canals leading to four buildings. One has an ornately decorated gateway while the other three are pavilions, with living quarters built into the walls

The tomb was built for Safdarjung, the powerful prime minister of Muhammad Shah who was the weak Mughal emperor from 1719 to 1748

There is a three-domed mosque within the complex

The Bada Gumbad Tomb in Lodi Gardens

Apparently we don't know who was buried there, probably some high-ranking official in the period of Sikandar Lodi 1489-1517

One of my favourite buildings in Delhi

Anyone who has been to India will know how keen children are to have their photo taken

I arrived at the tomb to find there was a school trip!

These three managed to maintain a classic pose

This lot just appeared in a moment of spontaneous joy!
Looking across to Sheesh Gumbad, another tomb

Sheesh Gumbad means "Glass Dome"because of the glazed blue ceramic tiles on the outside. You can see the remains of a line of them above the door inlay

Beautiful detail

A splash of bright colour

Endless photo opportunities!

The other side of Bada Gumbad

Some historians have suggested that it is the tomb of the first Lodi Sultan, Bahlol Lodi, who died in 1489

A common and beautiful Mughal architectural feature

Proud Mum and Molly. She asked me to take a photo of them both. How could I say no!!!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Zhujiajiao (朱家角) and the Bund, Shanghai, China

My first posting of 2013 is from China. Zhujiajiao is an ancient town located in the Qingpu District of Shanghai. The population is about 70,000. It is a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and was established about 1,700 years ago

Archaeological findings dating back 5,000 years have also been found

It was a cold and early misty morning when I arrived

36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiajiao, and many ancient buildings still line the river banks today

Already bus loads of Chinese tourists were arriving

Beautiful colours on either side of the waterways help to make this ancient town an enchanting place

This area was not so full of people

The old town is thoroughly connected by the 36 delicate bridges in different shapes and styles, from wooden to stone to marble

The water is an integral part of the way of life of the people who live here

Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai

As you would expect there are many boats taking tourists on scenic trips around the town

This chap kept his beady eye on me while pretending not to be there!

There are temples, museums, gardens to see as well as walking around the town along the many waterways

I only had a short time so I will have to return to explore more fully what the town has to offer

An artist at work. She painted everything that was for sale in her shop

Unfortunately I couldn't get closer. Kissing the bride on the crossing seemed to be an important photo to have! We are now in Shaghai

I don't see these beautiful colours in Singapore!

The famous Shanghai cityscape view. The sun had come through but the smog never went away

I really liked the facade of this building

You can't take just one photo! As the late afternoon was setting the reflections kept changing

A close up view of part of the riverside

The Bund. European buildings are the sign that this part of China opened up to foreign trade more than others

The word "bund" means an embankment or an embanked quay

The Shanghai Bund has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Italy, Russia, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Belgium

Sunset on the Bund....

....and a final shot of that beautiful view