Friday, December 09, 2005

Egyptian tales in pics - 3






1. The temple of Hashepsut. This temple cocooned by mountains is very majestic and well preserved even after thousands of years. I have a breathtaking arial shot but sadly the camera's acting funny while downloading.

2. Statues at the entrance of Luxor Temple. I was as tall as their toes!

3. These statues at the Cairo museum takes your breath away with their sheer size. They could not fit in the massive doors and had to brought in through the roof from where they were found.

4. The Valley of the Kings. After the pyramids (where they laid their kings to rest) were raided and looted, the early pharoahs decided to have their burial tombs at this valley, which was reached through rough mountain terrains, hoping they would be unfound and safe there. (Unfortunately, man did find them and today hundreds of tourists climb laboriously to admire the tombs of ancient kings!) One of my favourite places and the amount of climbing n crawling done here is unbelievable!

5. Mummified crocodile, over 4000 years old, at the Temple of Kom Ombu. When crocodiles on the Nile attacked the early Egyptians, they were advised by the priest to pray to the Crocodile God, Sovek.

14 Comments:

Blogger Saltwater Blues said...

Lovely photos Anumita. I had read a book on Hatshepsut a long time ago ... must have been a wonderful experience visiting her temple.

cheers!

8:32 AM  
Blogger jaygee said...

superb woman love the pics.. am glad u had a good time on your much deserved holiday...

9:46 AM  
Blogger Prerona said...

how did they make such huge structures! its so awe inpiring! amazing! i loved the 2nd pic best. great pics all of them though. thanks for sharing :)

6:58 PM  
Blogger Abhishek said...

SAHI!!!(in capitals)

9:34 PM  
Blogger WA said...

I love picture number 4. Amazing

3:52 AM  
Anonymous pallavi said...

Nice

11:56 AM  
Blogger Ashish Gupta said...

wow the valley sounds exotic as if watching a movie :D

umm... or is it ur writing that creates that effect :-?

12:15 PM  
Blogger Parna said...

nice :)

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice pix

2:19 PM  
Blogger hope and love said...

wow..!! great pixs..!!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Akruti said...

superb pictures:)

12:56 PM  
Blogger Stone said...

I envy u.

12:30 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

Thanks guys! My pleasure sharing the pics.

swb: It was indeed a lovely experience. A woman pharoah, and she dressed like a man.

1:32 AM  
Blogger Baobhan Sith said...

I've always wanted to visit the pyramids (sp?).

I love all of the history of the Pharaohs (sp?)...Hashepsut is one of the more interesting.

I wanted to wish you happy holidays and a happy new year!

10:50 PM  

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