Staircase to the Temple

The stone for the BAPS Temple in Atlanta, Georgia was shipped piece by piece from India, where craftsmen had sculptured it into more than 500 designs including rosettes, leaves, feathers and lacy geometric patterns. The thousands of sections, ranging from five ounces to five tons, each with its own bar code, have been assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle based on instructions for religious buildings written into scripture thousands of years old.

Staircase to the Temple

BAPS Temple Atlanta Panorama

Open to one and all, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Atlanta, Georgia) was inaugurated in August of 2007 after only 17 months of construction time utilizing 1.3 million volunteer hours. The Mandir is comprised of three types of stone (Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone). More than 34,000 individual pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA and assembled like a giant 3-D puzzle.

BAPS Temple Atlanta Panorama

Stonework of Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort – this impressive hilltop fort, located 11 kilometers from the Hyderabad city center, has imposing ramparts and gates. Originally a mud fort built by the Kakatiyas, it was transformed into an imposing citadel during the 16th and 17th centuries by the Qutub Shahi dynasty.

Stonework of Golconda Fort

A Royal Courtyard

Perched 2,000 feet above the city of Hyderabad is Taj Falaknuma Palace, a jewel among the clouds. Built in 1894, it is the former palace of the Nizam, rumored to be the richest man in the world at one time. No photographs allowed inside, but the architecture and woodwork is astounding.

A Royal Courtyard

Hyderabad Views from Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel

Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace is the palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad State in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad while they ruled their state.

It was Salabat Jung, the fourth Nizam of Hyderabad, who commissioned the construction of the Chowmahalla Palace way back in 1750. After more than 100 years, the construction was finally completed between 1857 and 1869 during the rule of Afzal ad-Dawlah, the fifth Nizam of Hyderabad.

Chowmahalla Palace

Am impressive door in side of the Palace …..

An Impressive Door

Impressive Altar

An impressive altar at Christ Church Cathedral of the diocese of Oxford. It is also the chapel of Christ Church at the University of Oxford. This dual role as cathedral and college chapel is unique in the Church of England. The Cathedral was built around 1546.

Impressive Altar

Christ Church Cathedral Oxford