Durbar Hall at Chowmahalla Palace

This is the heart of Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad, India. It is held in high esteem by the people of Hyderabad, as it was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. The grand pillared Durbar Hall has a pure marble platform on which the Takht-e-Nishan or the royal seat was laid. Here the Nizams held their durbar and other religious and symbolic ceremonies. The 19 spectacular chandeliers of Belgian crystal were recently reinstalled to recreate the lost splendor of this regal hall.

Khilwat Mubarak (Durbar Hall)

A Throne for the NIzam

Arizona – The Crystal Forest

The Crystal Forest is so named because many of the logs found here contained clear quartz and purple amethyst crystals making for beautiful logs. Unfortunately, souvenir hunters helped themselves long ago, taking the best samples away. A few crystallized logs remain but the more typical petrified logs are more abundant. The disappearance of the crystal logs led to the area’s ultimate protection as a National Monument in 1906 and finally a National Park in 1962.

Arizona  - The Crystal Forest

Arizona – The Crystal Forest

Arizona  - The Crystal Forest - From Petrified Wood to Crystal

Arizona – The Crystal Forest – From Petrified Wood to Crystal

It took a while, but we now move on to another state …..