Thursday, June 20, 2019

Hong Kong: Skyline

The Hong Kong has at least 7,792 high-rise buildings, with no fewer than 1,268 skyscrapers standing taller than 100 m  and at least 308 buildings over 150 m  in height. The tallest of these skyscrapers is the 118-storey International Commerce Centre, completed in 2010, which stands 484 m and is the ninth tallest building in the world. The skyline of Hong Kong is considered one of the best in the world, with the surrounding mountains and Victoria Harbour complementing the skyscrapers. Each evening, at least 44 skyscrapers and buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour light up in a synchronised show called A Symphony of Lights, named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest permanent light and sound festival in the world.

Postcard 1

Thanks to Crissy. Nice Postmark "Post early for Christmas" used.

Postcard 2

Thanks to my friend Mr Sudhir Pai who was visiting Hong Kong. A special cancellation at Peak Post Office depicting the tram can be seen.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

India: Sri Aurobindo Ashram

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual community (ashram) located in Pondicherry, in the Indian territory of Puducherry. The ashram grew out of a small community of disciples who had gathered around Sri Aurobindo after he retired from politics and settled in Pondicherry in 1910.

 Postcard 1: Samadhi of Aurobindo

 Postcard 2: Multiview of Ashram

Thanks to Mr Vallabh and Family. Mr Geetanand Bhandarkar and Veena Bhandarkar.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Nepal: Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal. It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. Some of the animals found here include tigers, clouded leopard, sloth bears, rhinoceros, civets among others.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Switzerland: Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch is a notable saddle in the Bernese Alps, connecting the two four-thousander peaks Jungfrau and Mönch, at an elevation of 3,466 metres (11,371 ft) above sea level. It is a glacier saddle, on the upper snows of the Aletsch Glacier, and part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch area, situated on the boundary between the cantons of Bern and Valais, halfway between Interlaken and Fiesch. The Sphinx Observatory, one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, provides an additional viewing platform at a height of 3,572 metres (11,719 ft).

Postcard 1

Thanks to Mr Prashanth Baliga for posting it from Highest Post office in Europe.

Postcard 2

Thanks to Mr Subraya Pai for sending this from Switzerland.

USA: New Hampshire

New Hampshire was the 9th state in the USA: it became a state on June 21, 1788.
State Capital: Concord
Largest City: Manchester 
State Nickname: Granite State
State Bird: Purple Finch

Postcard 1

Thanks to Ms Linda.
Postcard 2

Thanks to Mr Hary.

Finland: Ruff

The ruff (Calidris pugnax) is a medium-sized wading bird that breeds in marshes and wet meadows across northern Eurasia. This highly gregarious sandpiper is migratory and sometimes forms huge flocks in its winter grounds, which include southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia. The ruff is a long-necked, pot-bellied bird. This species shows marked sexual dimorphism; the male is much larger than the female (the reeve), and has a breeding plumage that includes brightly coloured head tufts, bare orange facial skin, extensive black on the breast, and the large collar of ornamental feathers that inspired this bird's English name.

Thanks to Ms Alisha. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Iceland: Aurora Borealis

The Aurora is an incredible light show caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. The lights are seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.

Thanks to Mr Laky and Radhika for sending it from Iceland.

Thanks to Ms Mircea.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

USA: Galveston Islands.

Galveston Island is a barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast in the United States, about 50 miles (80.5 km) southeast of Houston. The island is about 27 miles (43.5 km) long and no more than 3 miles (4.8 km) wide at its widest point.

Thanks to Mr Sergey

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Russia: Peterhof Palace

The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens located in Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russia, commissioned by Peter the Great as a direct response to the Palace of Versailles by Louis XIV of France. Thepalace-ensemble along with the city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thanks to Ms Svetelana. Nice bus tickets along with stamps.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Germany: Octoberfest

Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria,Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world. during the 16-day festival in 2013, for example, 7.7 million litres (66,000 US bbl; 1,700,000 imp gal) were served. Visitors also enjoy numerous attractions, such as amusement rides, sidestalls, and games. There is also a wide variety of traditional foods available.

Thanks to Mr Peter.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Finland: Official Porsche Experience Cards

Postcard 1

Postcard 2

Thanks to my friend Mr Anand Pai who was visiting Finland.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Turks and Caicos Islands: Beach

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory consisting of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands, two groups of tropical islands in the Lucayan Archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean and northern West Indies. Cockburn Town, the capital since 1766, is situated on Grand Turk Island. It is the third largest of the British overseas territories by population.

Thanks to my friend Mr Jitender for sending first card from these islands.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Russia: Samovars

A samovar is a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in Russia. Since the heated water is typically used to make tea, many samovars have a ring-shaped attachment around the chimney to hold and heat a teapot filled with tea concentrate. Though traditionally heated with coal or charcoal, many newer samovars use electricity to heat water in a manner similar to an electric water boiler. Antique samovars are often prized for their beautiful workmanship.

Thanks to Ms Tamara.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Malaysia: Lord Murugan Statue

Lord Murugan Statue representing Murugan, is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia and third tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world, after Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue in Indonesia and Kailashnath Mahadev Statuein Nepal. It is also the tallest statue in Malaysia at 42.7 metres (140 ft) in height. It is located at the Sri Murugan Perumal Kovil at the foot of Batu Caves. It took 3 years of construction and unveiled in January 2006 during Thaipusam festival.

Thanks to YS.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mexico : Chichen- Itza

Chichen Itza was a large pre Columbian city built by the Maya people. El Castillo, also known as temple of Kukalcan, is a Mesoamerican style pyramid that dominates the centre of the Chichen Itza archaeological  site. This magnificent structure of Toltec influence is 24 meters hight with stairs on each side with additional 6m for the temple.

Postcard 1: Aerial View

Thanks to Ms Ischa.
Postcard 2: Multi-view

Thanks to Mr Eaaj.

Postcard 3: El Castillo

Thanks to Ramponi  of Mexico.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Japan: Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine

Tōshō-gū is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was initially built in 1617, during the Edo period, while Ieyasu's son Hidetada was shōgun. Together with Futarasan Shrine and Rinnō-ji, it forms the Shrines and Temples of Nikkō UNESCO World Heritage Site. The original five-storey pagoda was donated by a daimyō in 1650, but it was burned down during a fire, and was rebuilt in 1818. Each storey represents an element–earth, water, fire, wind and aether (or void)–in ascending order. Inside the pagoda, a central shinbashira pillar hangs from chains to minimize damage from earthquakes.

Thanks to Ms Neetu and Amar.