It is amazing how Bhopal never fails to surprise me. On my recent visit there, I was able to see some really vibrant and colourful Hot air balloons at the International Hot Air Balloon Fest. For me n my lil munchkin this was a brand new experience and we were in complete awe. All I can say is that they are big and pretty and of course were dancing with the hot air inside them and the wind blowing them everywhere. Loved em! These pictures are my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Dance!
Thank you Bhopal for another great experience. So what that they didn’t fly, just looking at them made us Happy and Excited!!
Here’s a glimpse. Enjoy!
Cheers & Joy, Always!
Trying to Tame!
Lately I’ve been inclined towards writing a lot about my hometown, Bhopal. Why wouldn’t I be? There’s so much to offer and only as much I can write in one post. So here I go again.
There can’t be a better time than Ramzan(Ramadan) for me to share this very special post about the magnificent Mosques that adorn Bhopal, Taj-ul-masjid, Jama Masjid & the Moti Masjid. Although I only saw and clicked from outside, I was still so much in awe of them. I’ve lived around them for more than a decade, but never have I experienced so much pride in the beauty that I see now as a photographer. They are the perfect subjects to capture when in Bhopal. Here’s presenting to you the 3 beauties.
As the name Taj-ul-masjid goes, this Crown of Mosques with its majestic architecture is a spectacle on its own. This mosque features a pink facade and has three onion-shaped white domes and two 18-storeyed octagonal minarets, each with huge bulbous domes. It was built by Bhopal’s third female ruler, Shah Jahan Begum, who wanted to make it the world’s largest mosque. However, her demise was the end of that dream. It was finally completed in 1971 by Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari of Bhopal. The mosque is also used as a Madrasah.
Way to heaven
2. MOTI MASJID:Moti Masjid, also known as the Pearl Mosque, was constructed in 1860 by Sikander Jehan Begum of Bhopal, the daughter of Qudisiya Begum. Its architecture is similar to the Jama Masjid in Delhi. Situated in the heart of the city, this mosque, much smaller than the Taj-ul-masjid, is simple yet elegant. It is surrounded by small little shops of the very famous Chowk Bazaar of Bhopal.
The mosque stands majestically as a symbol of Bhopal’s history and features a white marble facade with two small cupolas on the top. There are two dark red towers on either sides of the main building, adorned with bright golden spikes.
As I visited on a peak summer morning, the shops all around had put up sun shades in all sizes and colours. They hid a lot of the mosque for me to click, but I still tried.
The first Glimpse
A Pretty Window
Decorated with gold!
3. JAMA MASJID:
The Jama Masjid is the contribution of Qudsia Begum (1837). This imposing mosque, is a beautiful work of art and is crowned by gold spikes atop minarets. The mosque is very well preserved and can boast of maintaining the original red of the stone on its structure. Its two very tall minarets are easily seen from a great distance.
The mosque is located opposite the Shaukat Mahal & Sadar Manzil featured here. They all together make this crossroad an architectural wonder.
View from across the road
That’s all about Mosques, Domes & Minarets. I’ve brought to you almost all that Bhopal had to offer on this front. Hope you had fun.
RAMADAN KAREEM & EID MUBARAK!!