Today is World Heritage Day, to celebrate the many wonderful monuments across the globe, and to bring about an awareness to conserve these monuments. On this occasion, here is a photograph of the main gate to reach the Taj- the Western Gate. This structure has a charm of its own, but usually people just walk past and through, in the rush to get to the famed mausoleum. The little white domes are very pretty; there are 22 of them, as a mark of the number of years taken to build this great white structure, that over the years has earned world recognition. On your next visit to the Taj, I suggest you spend some time, admiring the structures around Taj Mahal too!
Agumbe is a tiny village in Shimoga district, and part of the eco-sensitive zone of the Western Ghats, the lifeline of the coast. The region receives very heavy rainfall, and is also referred to as the Cherrapunji of the South. The region has lush beautiful rain forests, and is also home to a number of unique flora and fauna, indigenous to the zone. The enigmatic King Cobra also resides in the in the thick rainforests.