Marietas Islands in Mexico

The Marietas Isalnds in Mexico is drawing lots of attention by tourists. It was formed centuries ago due to volcanic activity. It is totally not much habited. It is about an hour long boat ride west-northwest from the coast of Puerto Vallarta. It is visited by hundreds of tourists every day.

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Songkran Festival in Thailand

Songkran Festival is very popular festival in Thailand. It is celebrated as an official start of summer runs in the month of April. People splash water to celebrate this festival by elephant, toy gun and water cans!

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Holi 2013 India

What is the first expression comes into your mind about India? It is colors! Many travellers are interested to photograph  colors here. You can find different varieties of colors in every kind of stuff.  People buy the stuffs with different colors by considering the different weather conditions.  Many of you might differ with my observation.

Well, many of you might have heard about Holi festival in India. It is a festival of colors.  People apply colors on each others’ faces on this day. They exchange greetings and sweets. Every state in India has its own variety of celebrating Holi. The holi at Mathura is widely famous. Mathura falls under the Uttar Pradesh territory. It is not far away from city of Taj Mahal, Agra. Mathura is a birth place of Lord Krishna. He used to play holi with all his friends. This festival has significance of  winning good spirit over bad ones. People use herbal colors and sing songs in the temples of Mathura. They celebrate it for a week there. People meet their friends and hug each other after applying colors. It creates harmony and integrity in the society. Holi is going to be celebrated on 27th March 2013. It has started in Mathura already. I visited Mathura for one day only last day. I managed to get some shots for you.

Mathura Holi 2013

It is a big pond near birth place of Lord Krishna. There are different versions about it. It was meant for taking bath there.

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People of Mathura show exhibitions every day in the local market. Little kids pose like Lord Krishna and throw flowers and colors in the air.

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One of the performers in the exhibitions of Holi 2013 India.

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Little Kids are posing as followers of Lord Krishna and exhibiting themselves in the local market of Mathura.

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An exhibitor is wearing glasses against colors.

Holi in March 2013

A little girl is posing as follower of Lord Krishna.

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A little kid is posing as Lord Krishna and showering flowers in the local market of Mathura, India.

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Holi in March 2013

Holi in March 2013

People celebrating Holi 2013 in Mathura, India.

Photos by: Siddharth Malkania

Forest Research Institute: Photos

Travel to north-india has always been a center attraction for me. It has variety in food, architecture, culture and nature as well. While travelling to my friend’s house at Dehradun, I was insisted to visit Forest Research Institute surroundings of Doon Valley which comes under ‘Dehradun Tourism’ and fall under the category of ‘Dehradun Tourist Place’. I did not want to visit it. I am more interested in photographing street life. Though, I did not want to make my friend feel bad. I took my DSLR Kit. We left in the first half after having some fruits.  I paid not more than 10 Rs. for ticket. Well, the moment I got into the main garden of FRI, I was surprised by its beauty. I could not wait to photograph it.  I made some nice photos and my friend smiled at me.  I realized that It would have been a mistake, If I had continued my journey without visiting this place.

Anyway, I bought a piece of booklet containing the information of FRI which goes like… “Forest Research Institute (FRI) is located in the north-west centre of the city, on the Kaulagarh Road. Sprawling over an area of around 2000 acres, this research institute was established in 1906.

The main attraction of this institute is the building itself, which has been constructed in Greco-Roman colonial style. This building houses six museums related to forestry, which include museums on social forestry, pathology, silviculture, timber, non-wood forest products and entomology.

In addition, the place also houses a Botanical Garden, which is a popular picnic spot among travellers. Besides, inside the estate, there is Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy that trains probationer officers of the Indian Forest Service.”

Photos by: Siddharth, Travel Photographer@ Cosmic Travel Hub