Beautiful Multi Colored Skies of India
India is for many a country of contrasts, extremes and in recent years, upswing. In fact, India Shining was the political slogan with which India started the first decade of the new millennium. Without doubt, India has always been a country of colours, Presenting Indian moodscapes according to the rainbow spectrum.
Many see red when they think of Mumbai’s prestigious but costly Bandra-Worli sealink project
A tree outlined in front of a dark orange sky on National Highway 47 near Trivandrum
One of Mumbai’s most recognizable landmarks is the Haji Ali mosque and tomb between Worli and the southern part of town. Built in 1431, the days of this mosque may be numbered as its structure has been eroded beyond repair by the force of Arabian Sea over the centuries. Plans exist to tear it down and rebuild it with the same marble that has served the Taj Mahal in Agra so well. Currently, up to 40,000 people of all faiths visit the mosque on Thursdays and Fridays. According to legend, Haji Ali, a wealthy merchant, drowned at this spot while on a pilgrimage to Mecca. In any case, it is a place of inspiration for many that has hardly been captured as beautifully as in the following picture.
Mumbai’s famous Haji Ali mosque in the Arabian Sea tinted yellow in front of a bright orange sky
From light orange to yellow - palm trees in the setting sun in Kerala
Teen Minar (three towers) at the Elgandal Fort, 10 km from Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh, bathed in green light
Painted green – pigeons, those universal creatures, gather near the Taj Mahal hotel in South Mumbai
Perfect Blues – Sunrise in Goa
From dark blue to violet – sunset in Cochin, Kerala
The Gateway of India is another one of Mumbai’s recognizable sites and one with historical significance too. Construction of the 26m-high (85 ft) basalt arch started in 1911 and was completed in 1924. Built on reclaimed land at the southern tip of the island that is Mumbai, it used to be the first sight that hopeful visitors arriving by boat would spot.
Perfect indigo – pigeons flying over Mumbai’s Gateway of India monument
Hyderabad’s NTR gardens bathed in a violet sunset
A powerful display of colours - sunset over Leh in Jammu and Kashmir
Mix all colours and you will get grey, even in a colourful melting pot like Mumbai…
Grey skies over Mumbai before the onset of the monsoon
The Qutb Minar (“axis minaret”) in New Delhi is the world’s tallest free-standing brick minaret at 72 m (238 ft). Built between 1193 and 1386, Qutb Minar is one of the earliest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. The whole Qutb complex is a UNESCO world heritage site.
A touch of the divine – the Qutb Minar in New Delhi