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TWO passions, travelling and photography, take Mitul Dikshit to the roads less travelled, and he shares his journey and destinations as part of a photography exhibition titled ‘The Inca Ruins & The Amazon.’
Dikshit recently went to the highlands of South America and captured the Great Incan Civilization, ruins of which are a tell-tale sign of how advanced the Incas were.
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The Inca Civilization arose from the highlands of Peru in the early 13th century and the coming of the Spanish conquistadors in 1532 marked an end to the Empire. In four weeks, Dikshit travelled along the Inca trail, documenting Incan ruins and also Intipata, a recently uncovered extensive set of agricultural terraces which follow the convex shape of the terrain.
The trail also took him through a high-cloud forest which gave him dramatic views of mountains and dropoffs.
The Phuyupatamarka ruins, another high point, at an altitude of 3,650 m was crossed, and then after a short descent, a site with extensive ruins was reached. The exhibition has glimpses of all of these.
“The ruins have been preserved well by the Peruvian government and are a photographers’ and history lovers’ delight,” said Dikshit.
The showcase of 70 photographs also has glimpses of the unique flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest he visited, the abundant rainfall and a drainage basin which is nearly the size of the United States! “Amazon was mysterious, magical and offered a bewildering bio-diversity in its lands of seemingly endless rivers and rainforests. It was a paradise for shutterbugs,” reflected Dikshit.
The exhibition is on at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, till October 7.