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Discover India through the Eyes of a Travel Photographer Gabriel Genchev

While preparing for the trip to India I came across the fact, that there are 40 World Heritage Sites under UNESCO located in India. Out of these, 32 are cultural, 7 are natural, and one, the Khangchendzonga National Park, is of mixed type – a real testimony of an outstanding value and contribution of this country to the world cultural heritage!

For my short stay in India I tried to discover some of this amazing cities and I promised to myself to capture all of this cultural heritage when I come back again!

I have always dreamed of visiting the Taj Mahal

The information I had left me mesmerized by the beauty, and the love story behind the creation of this architectural majesty makes it even more epic in my mind.With my trip to India, I finally have the opportunity to go to Agra and capture its magic through my lens.

The truth is that when I entered the park I was stunned, overwhelmed by the magnificent view before me.The mausoleum building stood tall and proud, surrounded by dense greenery and reflecting pools.Even though I felt sick, I couldn't help but be mesmerized by his beauty.Approaching the monument, I thought about the weight of history behind its creation.Built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan, as a tribute to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who was resting during the birth of their 14th child.The construction of the mausoleum took over 22 years, with thousands of workers and artisans devoting themselves to its creation.

The Taj Mahal is one of the masterpieces of architecture built entirely of white marble and decorated with intricate carvings, calligraphy and semi-precious stones.The monument is surrounded by beautiful gardens, reflecting pools and an impressive portal, all of which add to the overall grandeur and beauty of the structure.Apart from being a symbol of love, the Taj Mahal also represents the pinnacle of Mughal architecture and design.The monument is considered a masterpiece of Islamic art and one of the most significant cultural and historical landmarks in India.The Taj Mahal is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts millions of visitors from around the world every year.

Taj Mahal is not just a beautiful building but an embodiment of love between people.

Mehrangarh Fort one of the largest forts in India

It is situated on a rocky hill in Jodhpur as the location provides a strategic advantage for military defence.The fort's elevated vantage point allowed a clear view of the surrounding areas, giving the ruling Rajput dynasty a tactical advantage in war.In addition, the rocky terrain makes it difficult for enemies to approach the fortress, which further increases its defense.

The reason it was built on this site is equally impressive, legend has it that Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, had a dream in which a sage told him to establish his capital at the place where he saw an eagle perched on top of a hill.Rao Jodha saw the eagle on the top of the hill where the Mehrangarh fort now stands and considered it a good omen to build his fortress city there.Subsequently, the following dynasties were able to reap the fruits of this decision, defending themselves quite successfully during riots.Today, the fort stands as a testament to the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Rajasthan and continues to attract visitors from all over the world.

Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada is a stunning cenotaph (A cenotaph is an empty tomb or monument erected in honor of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere) located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.Built in the 19th century, it is a complex architecture with extremely fine details that stands out against the background of buildings in the city.The cenotaph was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and served as the cremation ground for the royal Rajput family of Marwar.

The white marble structure is known for its intricate carvings and lattice work and is often referred to as the 'Taj Mahal of the Marwar Dynasty'.Built from intricately carved sheets of marble - Makrana.These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm light when illuminated by the sun.The grounds of the cenotaph include carved gazebos, a tiered garden and a small lake.There are three more like it in the yard.Cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh displays portraits of the rulers and Maharaja of JodhpurJaswant Thada is not only a beautiful architectural marvel but also has considerable cultural significance for the people of Jodhpur.Cenotaphs, like the Jaswant Thada, are traditional memorials that are built to honor the deceased.In Jodhpur, they are an important part of the community's cultural heritage and history.

The intricate architecture and stunning details are a testament to the craftsmanship and creativity of the people of Rajasthan.

The Khuri Desert

The Khuri Desert is an arid region that forms a natural border between India and Pakistan.Relatively large in size, it spans four Indian and two Pakistani states.The Great Indian Desert has an extreme type of climate.In summer, it is very hot during the day, while the nights are cooler.In winter, the days are warmer and the nights are very cold.This is because the sand heats up quickly during the day and cools down quickly at night.The desert is almost dry.It receives very little rainfall.Sometimes it doesn't rain for years together.This is because the rain-laden monsoon winds coming from the Arabian Sea pass unchecked over this desert.The Khuri Desert is the most densely populated desert in the world with 83 people per square kilometer.This population lives in small villages far apart from each other.People are often nomadic - moving when their scarce water supplies dry up.In most villages, family generations live together in one compound, and all money earned by family members becomes the common property of the family as a whole.This is also the story of my today's hero, the son of one of the camel drivers, dressed in a school uniform, pulling the reins of the camel I had ridden.The main livelihood of these people is tourism, filling their day not only financially but also socially.

Meeting people from different parts of the world is like a screening in a movie theater, opening their eyes to the world and enriching their already narrow worldview.

To be continued...

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