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Postcards from our November 2015 issue

MUTIANYU, CHINA: Wall tales: I visited the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, and was blown away by its beauty. This part of the wall is the best-preserved of the entire stretch and is surrounded by woodland and streams. We walked along the wall for around an hour, and I took this picture when we halted at this spot for a bit.

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PUNAKHA, BHUTAN: Water view: The photograph was taken from the wooden bridge connecting the Punakha Dzong to the city, over Mo Chhu River. I found time to visit the dzong only in the evening, when the monks were done with their daily chores and had some time for themselves. I have tried to capture the serenity by the river, the monk with his legs dipped in the cold, gushing waters.
Photographer: SMIT JHAVERI
MODHERA, GUJARAT: Stepping back in time: Modhera is best known for its Sun Temple. After visiting it, I was relaxing by the side of its famous stepwell, when I spotted this little kid running down the steps. What really struck me was how her presence disturbed the symmetrical patterns of the ancient stone. Needless to say, she was having a great time on the ancient structure, completely unaware of anything other than her games.
Photographer: AYAN MANDAL