Its All In The Detail…..

It is easy to get overawed by magnificent edifices and miss out on the exquisite details that contribute to making them awe-inspiring in the first place.

With my design background, it isn’t so much that I don’t notice the finer nuances of architectural construction, as that I get so carried away by their intricacies that I forget to capture them on camera. I additionally get distracted by the people-watching the more popular sites afford.

Here’s a sampling of close-ups that did make it to my albums:

From the Taj Mahal, Agra – that benchmark for simple perfection – a pietra dura panel and delicately turned marble edge molding.Pietra Dura inlay and marble edge molding - Taj Mahal, Agra

A skillfully carved marble plinth from the Red Fort, Delhi.Detail of carving on plinth - Red Fort, Delhi

Back home in Chennai, the detail of a doorway in the Kapaleeswarar temple. Its ornate painted spire forms the background.Kapaleeswarar temple, Chennai

Detail from an equally colourful spire across the bay in the beautiful Wat Arun, Bangkok. Wat Arun, Bangkok

And finally a set of gorgeous features from Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur;Detail - Mehrangarh FortDetail of ornate door shutter – Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Spikes on main door - Mehrangarh Fort
Mean metal spikes on the gigantic main door to deter the advance of elephants – Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Red sandstone pillar and trellis - Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Red sandstone pillar and trellis – Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Door - Mehrangarh Fort
Details of an exquisite inner door frame and shutter.

Until next time……..happy travels, no matter where life takes you!

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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

50 thoughts on “Its All In The Detail…..

  1. Gorgeous shots Madhu – seriously beauty does lie in the small details. Love the angle at which you have captured those spikes… and the cows look almost life like!

  2. An exquisite set of photos, Madhu. Your background in design is apparent in the way they are taken. I’m just the opposite I think – for me getting carried away by the intricate detail means clicking away with my camera like no tomorrow!

  3. Such rich photos, Madhu, thank you for sharing. Being myopic, I am prone to looking at things closely (sometimes a little too closely) – refreshing to promote this point of view. It’s another world altogether, lurking in the details, waiting to be unfurled.

  4. It’s like magic looking at this beautiful details with your eyes, Madhu. This is great artistic work, from you as well as the architects and builders.

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