Around The World In Circles

The Circle. The Bindu. The Mandala. All ancient symbols of the infinite. The Cosmos.

Defined by its center. The anchor of consciousness.

Its circumference representing continuum. The whole. The end, and the beginning. The sun, the moon, the stars. The divine halo. The seasons. The tides. Time….every single hour, minute and second.


All cyclical. All circular.

Join me on a circumambulation of the world with these circles…

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

75 thoughts on “Around The World In Circles

  1. Wow.

    I recently visited Isa Khan’s tomb in New Delhi. The restored ceiling is so breathtaking! The detail!

    1. Hey, happy to see you Felix! Hope all is well with you.
      We too thought the Humayun’s tomb complex was breathtaking. I wish all restoration work in India could be handled by the Aga Khan trust.

  2. Life itself is a kind of circle. sometimes we “passes a place” twice or more… 😀

    Wonderful idea, very well captured… 🙂

    1. Ah yes, I do Marina….your circle series, especially the monochrome ones, are some of my favourites. Thank you for your comment and the share 🙂

  3. The artistry and craftsmanship in these circles leave me in awe, right down to the manhole cover. A beautiful collection, Madhu and there will be more circles to discover as you continue to seek adventures and travel throughout this incredible world.

  4. Wonderful series of images that are “seething” my memories!
    I have often dedicated, even as a layman, the study of the macrocosm and the microcosm…
    There is something indefinable, attractive and terribly tempting, enough to be used in my writings…
    From there you find the “Peace Cristal” or the Sun’s Kumihimo… the medieval part of “Foog over the Moor”… or even better in the Annwyn’s Secret where the most famous celtic Cross of the Scriptures in Clonemacnoise, take place for a rite to rebalance the vibration of the planet through the matrix…
    🙂 I wish you a lovely w.e. hugs Claudine

    1. Ah yes, I knew the mystical symbolism of the circle would speak to you the most Claudine 🙂 A wonderful weekend to you too.

  5. Circles, those most democratic of geometries… all equally distant, and equally close to the origin. A great post, and if I may say so, a sophisticated idea etched out beautifully.


  6. A beautiful survey of circles around the world Madhu. Such diversity of purpose and design. I particularly love the Chinese ones.

    You have me deconstructing my world into circles – raindrop plops in the sand; ripples spreading out as a dragonfly touches the water; the circles in the netting that guards my vegetable garden; the big possum eyes of my grandson.

  7. What a great collection of pictures and one that highlights the similarities between different cultures. We may seem different in some ways, but really we’re all the same inside.

    1. Yes, and a good thing to remember that we do all share the same beginning. And most possibly return to the same place when we depart!! 🙂 Thanks David.

      1. Whatever.. !! 🙂 .. But its a thoughtful creativity.. !!! 🙂 Cheers..!!!

  8. Absolutely amazing Madhu! You’ve have such a great eye for detail. Very creative too hon. Stunning captures. 😀 ♥

  9. Great series of photos, set up so well with your opening paragraph ~ nothing quite like the cosmos and questions humankind has posed and pondered over the years. Love the different cultures from all over the world, and then mostly admire how we are all so similar in spite of these differences.

  10. wonderful – and circles just rock – so it is nice to see the variety from alpa round that you have found – super nice. 🙂

    1. Thank you Judy. These challenges make me look at my photos with a fresh eye and I am always surprised by what I find. I really should tag them better, but I am perennially short of time 🙂

  11. Really enjoyed this circular journey around the globe, Madhu – from China to Zanzibar… what a tour! Lovely photos 🙂

  12. So many favourites, Madhu! The doorway in Hangzhou, the Rose Window (because it was under restoration so I missed it 🙂 ), the cave ceiling, and that millstone shot is awesome! Hugs to you 🙂

    1. Thank you Jo. I missed the window in the Notre Dame. Have a shot from the outside, but it isn’t the same. Hope the weekend is going well…hugs back 🙂

  13. The Foucault’s pendulum is visual proof of Earth’s rotation on its axis. I saw it NY in the UN. your thoughts about circles and life seem to be near the truth. In the cosmos, the ellipse tends to be God’s favourite. and the circle is in actual fact an ellipse with the two foci concurrent.

  14. Just incredible, Mahu. There are no word to showcase how much I like this. The circles reminded me of the song from the children’s movie – ‘Circle of Life’. Extremely well done !!!😍

    1. I loved that song too Isadora. I am touched by your response, and happy you enjoyed my gallery. Thank you very much 🙂

    1. The Zanzibar sunsets had a surreal quality Ilargia, quite unlike anywhere else I have seen. Thank you for your visit and comment.

      PS: We might be considering Northern Spain for next summer. Shall let you know if it comes through. Would be great to catch up.

  15. Perfection… I would like to go to Cappadocia some day too. I remember your shot of hot air balloons from it :). The way you’ve captured all of them, the angle, the mood, and the last one – the crown. Thank you for sharing it.

  16. Brilliant post! Universal indeed — I kept hearing the tune going through my head as I watched the changing photos: “The Circles of My Mind.”

    1. Thank you Judith. It is fun to put together a gallery based on themes. Hadn’t heard of that song. Google search brought up ‘The windmills of my mind”. That would have been a great accompaniment to this post😊

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