Thursday, July 8, 2010

Phool Bagh and Wind Towers, Orchha

In Orchha (State: Madhya Pradesh) the Phool Bagh is a beautiful garden of the royal rulers of the Bundelkhand dynasty. Surrounded by colorful and attractive flower beds in those days, Phool Bagh was the summer palace of the rulers of Orchha.

The shot below was taken from the Charurbhuj Temple. On the left is Ram Raja Temple and in the extreme right the two towers are Wind Towers. In the center is Phool Bagh Palace.


Next to Phool Bagh palace, are the cooling towers which caught the prevailing wind. The huge towers would capture the hot winds and produce a cooling effect over the entire area.

55 comments:

ModernMom said...

You have such amazing pictures on your site!
Thanks for the comment on my blog the other day.

V Rakesh said...

Someday I hope they give you the Bharat Ratna for chronicling some of the finest places to visit in India, for being so meticulous and thorough!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Beautiful shot.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Indrani said...

The name itself is beautiful. Cool cooling towers.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Lovely shots !!Great post !!

Maria said...

Here, in NY State, it's in the 90's {F.} and we could use 'cooling towers!'
Beautiful city photo!
~Maria

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic capture as always, Rajesh! Love those clear blue skies! Have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Kcalpesh said...

Loved the details in the bigger picture...

Awesome structures!! Excellent Photography :-)

Pixellicious Photos

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow so these beautiful buildings aren't just for beauty but it has also some purposes. That is really interesting!

SWF~Sunset

Mar said...

Never heard of cooling towers, how interesting! beautiful shots.

Skywatch

Eaglesbrother said...

Neat concept...catching the winds to cool the city.

Arija said...

A fascinating shot with the stark light and dark sky.

ewok1993 said...

a wonderful blue sky above an amazing structure.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: Beautiful structures in your blue sky.

Carver said...

It's amazing to me how many beautiful examples of temples and palaces your country has. It's always fun to see what you will show us next. The towers are so lovely against the sky.

eden said...

Impressive. Great photo.Thanks for sharing

rhoen said...

great find, rajesh! happy weekend!

SandyCarlson said...

What a beautiful place. The idea of cooling towers is as poetic as it is soothing.

LadyFi said...

What a great idea to have cooling towers!

magiceye said...

wonderful historyscape!

Vernz said...

That's great idea.. cooling tower, but it looks like a smog out there ... thanks Rajesh for dropping by On This Side of Town

Regina said...

Great place and exquisite structure
Happy SWF!

Jeevan said...

oh! its interesting to know about the cooling towers.

jabblog said...

I'm intrigued by the cooling towers! Lovely soft sky in your photograph.

Trotter said...

Amazing! What an idea that of capturing the hot winds to cool the area... Always learning here!!

PS: Sardinia waits for you at Blogtrotter Two... ;)

Pearl Maple said...

Not heard of wind towers before but what a great idea. Fantastic buildings to be photographing they are so interesting.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful SKW photo

Have a nice weekend

Bram

chanpheng said...

Beautiful picture and nice to learn about the area.

Nishant Singh said...

Cooling towers are intriguing. Wish more such structures are built across India!

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Cooling towers! Such a cool idea. Nice photograph and crisp information.

Spiderdama said...

Great buildings and a very blue sky. Looks hot in India.
Wish you a nice weekend:-)

Diane AZ said...

Looks like it was a beautiful day! Wind towers sound like a great idea.

Lakshmi said...

Like the concept of cooling towers..great pics..have a good weekend

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Very beautiful. Have a nice weekend.

Pam said...

This is a fantastic view, Rajesh.

Mama Zen said...

Great shot!

George said...

This looks as if it would be a wonderful summer palace. The cooling towers are fascinating -- very ingenious.

Ann said...

Is the weather very hot now? It must be so cooling inside the temples.

Linda said...

How interesting about the cooling towers. Sounds like today's architects could adopt the idea.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful view and skies! A wonderful skywatch shot!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Nice and lovely shots !!Fantastic !!

Nalini Hebbar said...

How do they do the cooling?...very interesting

Deepak Acharya said...

cool !

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rajesh:)

Lovely photo with very interesting information. I wish we had some way of cooling our houses without the use of air conditioners and fans which will not only save power but also contribute to a healthy life.We have to learn a lot of things from our ancestors for a safe,clean and healthy environment.

Best wishes:)
Joseph

Jacob said...

Another incredible place. I can't help but wonder who paid for these palaces and where the money came from.

We maybe could use more of those cooling towers today!

Pie said...

Beautiful capture!

My Blue Monday.

Dave said...

Beautiful shot, thanks for the mini tour.

SmilingSally said...

Happy Blue Monday, Rajesh!

I like those blue skies.

YOSEE said...

The wind towers ( air coolers !) are very interesting structures.
Reminded of the wind towers in Old Dubai area.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for the appreciation. The cooling towers are even new to me. They block or cut the speed of hot blowing air.

Pratibha The Talent said...

WONDERFUL CLICK.

Team G Square said...

great piece of info ...

Nalini Hebbar said...

Do they really cool?...there is so much I can learn from your posts!

Nethra said...

There's one such summer palace at Bangalore but m not sure about the cooling thingy.
Anyway, nice picture and thanks for sharing the information about the palace. :)

Rajesh said...

Pratibha, Dheeraj: Thanks for the appreciation.

Nalni: Thank you. It was winter season when I was there.

Nethra: Thank you. Bangalore palace is different from this.