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Post by Mytly » 21 Nov 2012 19:09

Lara's Indian trip 2012 - Part 3: Ujjain
Hi folks! Welcome to Lara's trip to India, specifically a few towns in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. First up is the city of Ujjain. It's an ancient city, dating back at least 2500 years. Nowadays, it's mostly known for its temples. I had hoped to show Lara the lovely temples there, but unfortunately photography is not allowed in most of the temples. :( So I have just a few photos of the places that did allow it.

Kal Bhairav Temple - a small and not too impressive temple, but it's a nice place nonetheless.
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The structure on the left is a 'deep-stambh' (lamp-pillar). Lit lamps are placed on the stands.
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A little way outside Ujjain are cave temples called Bhartrihari Caves. There's no photography allowed in the caves ( :( ), but there was a temple outside that Lara did get to see.
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A ruined palace, Kaliadeh Palace. The tree in front is more impressive than the palace. :wink:
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Kaliadeh Palace
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The view from the Kaliadeh Palace across the Shipra river (I don't know what that structure is, but it looks pretty.)
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Another view across the Shipra river. At sunset everyday, there's a prayer ceremony simultaneously on opposite sides of the river.
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Sunset prayer ceremony.
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A lot more photos coming soon! :)

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Post by Sylwia » 24 Nov 2012 21:59

Very nice :)

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Post by Soul » 25 Nov 2012 19:16

Lara's travel is getting really TR-ish. I love it :2thumbsup:

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Post by SteeleRaider » 27 Nov 2012 03:48

Very nice photos Mytly! I really like the shot of the sunset prayer ceremony on the river. I can also imagine the lampstand pillar all lit up. Very cool! Looking forward to seeing more exotic shots. ( At least to a Texas guy like me! ) :2thumbsup:

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Post by eRIC » 27 Nov 2012 20:15

thanks you for the pictures :)
the Kaliadeh Palace would be great in a level , the builders have well chosen the textures :D
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Post by Mytly » 28 Nov 2012 15:04

Soul wrote:Lara's travel is getting really TR-ish. I love it :2thumbsup:
Oh, believe me, it's about to get even more TR-ish - the whole town of Mandu (pics coming after this batch) looked like a level out of a TR game. :D
eRIC wrote:the Kaliadeh Palace would be great in a level , the builders have well chosen the textures :D
Yes, though it was just a small place. Some of the places I have visited in the past have even more spectacular 'textures' :wink: I took a lot of photos of some amazing cave temples I visited last year (Ajanta and Ellora) - now I just need to learn how to create textures from them. :blush:

Lara's Indian trip 2012 - Part 4: Omkareshwar and Maheshwar

Lara visits another holy Hindu site, the temple of Omkareshwar on the banks of the sacred river Narmada. (The temple itself is the one with the tall white dome in this photo.)
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View of the other bank of the river.
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Lara poses on the footbridge connecting the two banks.
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Once again, photography was not allowed in the temple, so no photos from inside it. :(

Now Lara goes off to the historic town of Maheshwar, also on the banks of the Narmada. Unfortunately, the car broke down several times along the way, so we reached there at sunset, which was way too late to see much. :( All we saw was a bit of Ahilya Fort, an 18th century fortress built on the riverbank.
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A temple within the fort.
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Close-up of the temple.
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The entrance of the temple.
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I'm not sure what this little building was, but it's cute.
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Lara strikes a pose on the steps leading down to the riverside.
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And also on the river quays.
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The river-front of the fort.
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The sun has already set, but the colours are still pretty.
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Post by Sylwia » 28 Nov 2012 15:19

I just wanna move Lara and go explore these temples :lol:

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Post by mugs » 28 Nov 2012 16:27

fabulous pics Mytly!
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Post by DJ Full » 28 Nov 2012 23:05

I like those the most so far :)
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Post by SteeleRaider » 12 Dec 2012 02:22

Really nice shots Mytly, Lara's getting to see some really great temples and exotic scenery! :2thumbsup:

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Post by Mytly » 24 Dec 2012 22:56

^Thank you all. :)

I had almost forgotten that I haven't yet shown off pictures of the best part of Lara's trip. :blush:

Lara's Indian trip 2012 - Part 5: Mandu - Part 1
Mandu is a ruined medieval city. It used to be the capital city of the Malwa region, a historical area in central India, so there were a lot of palaces and tombs there, most of which are now in various stages of ruin. The most famous ones are from the 15th-16th centuries, so they're not that ancient, and can be explored almost fully.

There are a lot of photos of Mandu, so I'm splitting them into two batches.

The Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace), the most beautiful of Mandu's many palaces
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Lara reads about Jahaz Mahal. The upper portion is in Hindi.
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Lara relaxes on a bench on the shore of the ornamental lake outside Jahaz Mahal.
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The view of the palace from the lakeside.
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On the terrace on top of the palace (a bit out of focus :( )
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The view from the terrace
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Exploring inside the palace
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Ruins behind the palace. I don't know what these ruins were - we didn't have the time to go see them up close.
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Back side of the palace
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Medieval swimming pool.
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Another swimming pool - great shape when seen from above
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Lara visits the pool up close
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An artistic shot through a window :D
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Now on to another palace, Hindola Mahal (Swing Palace), which got its name from its sloping sides which resemble a swing. It was used as a court chamber.
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Inside Hindola Mahal. It had a very TR-ish atmosphere. :D
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More ruins behind Hindola Mahal
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The back side of the palace.
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Rani (Queen) Rupmati Pavilion. It was originally a watchtower on a high cliff, converted into a viewing pavilion for Rupmati, a Hindu noblewoman, by her Muslim lover, Baz-Bahadur, the Sultan of Malwa.
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The Pavilion from the front.
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The view from the top. The water in the distance is the Narmada river.
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Inside the Pavilion.
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In a garden at the back of the Pavilion.
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A close-up of one of the towers.
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A moat.
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The steep slope on the way down.
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Baz-Bahadur's own palace, built in such a way that it could be seen from Rupmati's Pavilion. Part of the palace was closed off to visitors, so only a small part could be explored.
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That's all for now. More coming soon. :)

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Post by MrJavi94 » 25 Dec 2012 00:10

Very beautiful pictures, Mytly! Excellent! :up:
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Post by Matie » 25 Dec 2012 14:19

Wow, all those pictures are incredible, Lara's visited some extremely beautiful places! Great photos Mytly! :2thumbsup:

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Post by Soul » 26 Dec 2012 13:08

What a nice Christmas present, Mytly. You were absolutely right, when you said that it's getting even more TR-ish. :2thumbsup:

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Re: The Travels of Ms. Lara Croft....

Post by DJ Full » 09 Jan 2013 16:27

Ruins... I like ruins. Mostly because they are ruined. Now when I compare THESE to TR3... Yep, I'm sure Core simply failed to picture them.
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