Your pix: From sand dunes to snow-capped hills
We invited readers to send in their favourite travel pic -- that one photograph that perfectly captures the beauty of a place they visited. And we have been inundated with stunning pics of every corner of India.
First up, Himanshu Tripathi sends in two photographs of the Sam Dunes, Jaisalmer (Rajasthan).
Do you have a photograph that perfectly captures the beauty of a place -- of a breathtaking peak or a picture-perfect seashore? Share it with the world. Simply send in your photograph (original photos only) to email@example.com (subject line: 'My travel pic'), along with your name, the name of the place, a short description of the photograph, when you visited and what you liked most about the place. We'll feature the best pics right here on rediff.com and in India Abroad.
Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu
Aravindh shares this photo of the beautiful Masinagudi forest just after sunrise.
"This photo was taken while on the mission to reach the cliff during teh summer of 2009," he shares.
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
These pics were taken in May 2009 on our trip to Shimla," says Pramod Dwivedi.
"It's an erstwhile Viceroy Regal House but now a centre of advance studies. Situated at Summer Hills, the building faces a beautiful garden and at the back of the castle the snow-clad mountains are clearly visible."
The weather was pleasant and with its imperial architecture we felt like we were at some old castle in a remote corner of Britian," Pramod continues.
"This place is also famous for the Shimla Accord signed here between India and Pakistan back in 1972."
Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Next up Hemangi Nagesh shares two photographs of taken at Mandavgarh (or Mandu).
"Situated in the Vindhyachal range at 2,000 feet above sea level, there is a deep ravine which separates it from the Malwa Plateau in Central India," she shares.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
This picture was taken at Agra in December, 2009," says Kaushik Roy who sends in this pic.
"It is a view of the Taj Mahal at sunrise from across the river Yamuna. The winter fog "floating" on the river and the rising sun gives the Taj a very different look from the usual pics of the magnificent shining white marble monument."
Here Ashil Singhal sends in two pics taken on his trip to Kashmir.
"This pic is of Gulmarg valley which is amazingly green with small cottages spread across the plain. Staying at Gulmarg was like living in the sky and walking along the clouds with daffodils by your side. It reminds my of the poem "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth," he shares.
"I truly recommend any opportunity to travel to Kashmir. Also let's do our bit to save this "heaven on earth" as increase in tourism will help in bringing back normalcy to the state," he adds.
Dal Lake, Kashmir
This is a picture of the beautiful Dal Lake with its "shikara" surrounded by the row of houseboats at the time of sunset," says Ashil of the second pic.
"I believe the scene of a lake with shikaras filled with flowers, and the background of the beautiful mountains with pine trees in simply breathtaking."
Rock Garden, Chandigarh
Syed Asif Ali sends in this next pic taken at the Rock Garden, Chandigarh.
"These statues are made from bangles. They are so colourful and lively. The total concept of the Rock Garden by Nek Chand is an interesting one and well worth a visit."
Dhak Cha Bahiri, Maharashtra
Here Jaydeep Deshmukh sends this pic taken of the twin peaks of Dhak Bahiri near Kamshet village.
"The peak was lightly covered with mist and the view of the valley was breathtaking," he shares.
Vasota Fort, Maharashtra
Next up is Sibalik Mukherjee's photo of the Koyna backwaters taken from Vasota Fort in Maharashtra.
"This area is now a protected forest reserve and the greenery even in the dry months of March is amazing. The forest and the fort can only be reached by a boat ride followed by a four-kilometer trek."
And last is this photograph sent in by Ashish Malhotra taken from a small hill station in Uttarakhand called Chopta.
"Chopta is popularly known as 'Mini Switzerland' in Northen India, situated at an altitude of 2,900 meters," he informs. "The breathtaking landscape, the misty view of the surrounds, lush green meadows (Bugyal) and dense forests and the beautiful views of the villages will win your heart."