Be spellbound: a photo journey through Bukhara

Be spellbound: a photo journey through Bukhara

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My journey through the Silk Road city of Bukhara left me in awe of this enchanting city of twisting laneways and incredible frescoes. Now it’s your turn – come on a photo journey through Central Asia’s most spellbinding city…

Would you like to go to Bukhara? Comment below!

In Pictures: Eid Milad-un-Nabi in Lahore

Eid Milad-un-Nabi in Lahore

Earlier this week I attended one of Pakistan’s most extravagant celebration, Eid Milad-un-Nabi in Lahore, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. In between taking in the festivities, I was often captivated by the colours and scenes that were turning up in my viewfinder. As I walked around the streets with my chotta bhai, professional photographer Moazam Ali, we snapped away and captured these incredible shots. Enjoy!

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Nocturn: The Prisma Collection

Nocturn: The Prisma Collection

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Over the past year I have been posting my favourite shots of my cities at night; Chennai, Melbourne, Sydney and finally Lahore. I’m quite proud of how the pictures turned out – I captured light trails, curious customs and spectacular scenes after sunset to show a side of these places that people often miss.

But what’s better than these photographs is turning them into works of art by running them through the Prisma app. Prisma is a phone application that allows you to turn regular photographs into artworks in the style of Van Gogh, Picasso and many more.

See the best of Chennai, Melbourne, Sydney and Lahore after dark, and as works of art, with the Nocturn: The Prisma Collection.

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Have you used the Prisma app before? What do you think of it? Comment below!

Nocturn: Lahore

Nocturn: Lahore

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Some of the most amazing and intriguing sights in our cities are only seen at night, when a lot of us are tucked away in bed, fast asleep. Nocturn is a night photography series on UrbanDuniya, shining the light on the cities we call home, long after most people have fallen asleep.

Last year we started with Chennai, and in January we featured Melbourne, and in March we visited Sydney. Now it’s time to explore Lahore, Pakistan’s cultural capital.

See Lahore: aaj ki raat… hona hai kya? (“Tonight… what will happen?”)

Did you love this gallery? See the wonders of Lahore for yourself, with Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya!

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Nocturn: Sydney

Nocturn: Sydney

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Some of the most amazing and intriguing sights in our cities are only seen at night, when a lot of us are tucked away in bed, fast asleep. Nocturn is a new night photography series on UrbanDuniya, shining the light on the cities we call home, long after most people have fallen asleep.

In November we started with Chennai, and in January we featured Melbourne. Today we continue with Sydney, Australia’s international harbour city.

See Sydney: it’s more fun in the dark.

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A photo tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

No trip to Abu Dhabi would be complete without a visit to the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a modern day icon of Islamic architecture. Constructed over 11 years, it finally opened in 2007 as the United Arab Emirates’ capital city began to glimmer on the tourism world stage . Now you too can witness the spectacle of this gigantic building, with this short photographic tour.

What is the most beautiful mosque, temple or cathedral you have ever visited? Comment below!

Gallery: White Night Melbourne 2016

White Night Melbourne 2016

White Night Melbourne 2016 asked us to expect the unexpected, and it delivered! While plenty grumbled that the event had become too big, and the exhibits too mainstream, viewing it through a lens opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

Here are my favourite captures from White Night Melbourne 2016!

Nocturn: Melbourne

Nocturn: Melbourne

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Some of the most amazing and intriguing sights in our cities are only seen at night, when a lot of us are tucked away in bed, fast asleep. Nocturn is a new night photography series on UrbanDuniya, shining the light on the cities we call home, long after most people have fallen asleep.

In November we started with Chennai, and today we continue Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city and self-described centre of culture downunder.

See Melbourne: things that go click in the night.

Gallery: Postcards from Shangri-La

Shangri-La

Shangri-La is a mythical valley somewhere in the Himalayas, as imagined by James Hilton in his 1933 novel Lost Horizon. A Wikipedia entry describes;

“Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia – a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world… the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. The word also evokes the imagery of exoticism of the Orient. In the ancient Tibetan scriptures, existence of seven such places… sacred places of refuge for Buddhists during times of strife.”

Shangri-La is also the new name for the Chinese town of Zhongdian. In an attempt to attract more tourists, the town on the cusp of the Himalayas was renamed in 2001 and the “quaint” Buddhist connection amped-up. I visited in 2012 to find a Disney-esque old town surrounded by some rather spectacular countryside – a traveller and photographer’s delight if you overlook the contrived “cultural exhibits”.

Have you been to Shangri-La? (either in China, or your very own Shangri-La?)

Nocturn: Chennai

Nocturn: Chennai

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Some of the most amazing and intriguing sights in our cities are only seen at night, when a lot of us are tucked away in bed, fast asleep. Nocturn is a new night photography series on UrbanDuniya, shining the light on the cities we call home, long after most people have fallen asleep.

We start today with Chennai, the largest city in southern India and the home of the Tamil-speaking world.

See Chennai, while you were sleeping.

What do you love about your city after dark?