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Hanuman Idol at Pandupol

The peculiar idol of Hanuman.

Deep within the Sariska Tiger Reserve is the temple of Pandupol that shelters a peculiar idol of the Vedic age demigod Hanuman.

A shot in the dark.

Pick of the web: In the placid waters of Jaipur's Man Sagar lake, the 18th century Jal Mahal glitters like a jewel on a polished black surface in this photo by Arindam Saha.

The wise one.

Revered by the ancient Athenians as a scared mascot of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, the Little Owl is a formidable predator capable of surviving almost anywhere in the world.

At home in the water as in the air.

Perched on a stunted tree stub after a recent underwater hunt, an Oriental Darter stretches out its wings to dry, under a weak winter sun in Keoldeao National Park.

Roasted or skinned, how do you like your lizard?

Visitors often fail to spot this little critter scurrying along the forest floor, when scouring tree tops for birds at the Keoldeao National Park. A respite the Bengal monitor doesn't seem to mind.

Keoldeao National Park.

Shedding a violent past of savage blood lust and slaughter, this erstwhile hunting reserve of kings and high ranking British officials has traversed the path of redemption since becoming a National Park in 1982 and a UNESCO world heritage site in 1985.

Who were the people who created the first Hanuman idol at...

Deep inside the Sariska Forest Reserve, resides the ancient temple of the Hindu Demi God Hanuman with a cenotaph within its courtyard crediting its foundation to the legendary Pandava brothers.

Aqueducts beyond the borders of the Roman Empire.

Before water pipes, majestic structures called aqueducts spanning thousands of kilometres brought water home to the people from distant lakes and rivers. The ancient Romans were experts in building aqueducts of enormous sizes but they weren't the only ones.

Roaring once more.

The ill fated Sariska Tiger Reserve, lost its entire tiger population to mass poaching, tarnishing the reputation of a country’s ability in protecting its own national animal.

Sariska Tiger Reserve.

A National Park in the former princely state of Alwar (now district Alwar) in Rajasthan, India. Historically, the reserve was the hunting grounds of the Ranas (Kings of Rajasthan) and the nobility, before being reorganized as a wildlife reserve in 1955 and becoming a part of Project Tiger in 1979.