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  • Pondicherry now Puducherry , India

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    Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry, gained its significance as "The French Riviera of the East" after the advent of French colonialisation in India. Puducherry is the Tamil interpretation of "new town" and mainly derives from "Poduke", the name of the marketplace or "port town" for Roman trade in the 1st century, as mentioned in The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. The settlement was once an abode of learned scholars versed in the Vedas, hence it was also known as Vedapuri.[3] The history of Puducherry can broadly be classified into two periods: pre-colonial and colonial. The pre-colonial period started with the reign of the Pallavas, who ruled the empire from 325 to 900, after which came the Chola dynasty, from 900 to 1279, and the Pandya dynasty, from 1279 to 1370. During the 14th century, the city was under the rule of Naikship of Gingee of the Vijayanagara Empire, from 1370 to 1614, when it was conquered by the Sultan of Bijapur, who ruled it from 1614 to 1638. It was during this period that Portuguese and Danish merchants used it as a trading center. Source: Wikipedia

  • Mexico

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    Michoacán, formally Michoacán de Ocampo (Spanish pronunciation: [mitʃoaˈkan de oˈkampo] (listen); Purépecha: Michoakani), officially the Free and Sovereign State of Michoacán de Ocampo (Spanish: Estado Libre y Soberano de Michoacán de Ocampo), is one of the 32 states which comprise the Federal Entities of Mexico. The state is divided into 113 municipalities and its capital city is Morelia (formerly called Valladolid). The city was named after José María Morelos, a native of the city and one of the main heroes of the Mexican War of Independence. Source: Wikipedia

  • Choebe Botswana

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    Interesting to watch in action the interaction between two lions and a herd of water buffaloes. We were watching form the jeep as two lions were munching on a fresh kill of a buffalo. We could see that on the left by the river a herd of about 70 to 80 buffaloes were headed towards our direction from about quarter of a mile away. As the buffaloes came closer toward where the lions were working on the kill, they sensed that there was a carcass nearby. Most of the herd stayed away and watched for a while and then 2 out of the herd stepped forward and tried to shoo the lions away. The lions drove them back immediately. They few more from the herd joined and we could see this show of strength in numbers slowing being played only to be shooed back by the lions. The buffaloes were adamant and would not give up and slowly made there way towards the carcass. In the end they managed to shoo the lions away from the carcass. The lions then got very close to our jeep and one of them were only a few feet away. We could see the bloody face and the proximity to us gave us goosebumps!

  • Dahi Andi Festival in Mumbai Maharashtra

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    Dahi Handi, literally means Yoghurt Pot. During the Dahi Handi festival which is to celebrate the playfulness often associated with the young Lord Krishna, pots are hung over 50 feet tied suspended between tall buildings. Teams that comprises of young and old, then form human pyramids and try to reach the pot and break it, winning the hefty prize money as a reward.

  • Bali - An inside look

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    Away from the mesmerisng beaches and the cliffs of Bali, there is also the rustic and very spiritual side to be experienced in Bali.

  • Yosemite California in Winter

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    Less crowded and amazing beauty of the snow covered granite mountains

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