Photo Essay: The Kingdom of Bahrain

As soon as I set foot in my flight to Bahrain, the first Gulf country I travelled to..I somehow felt at home by the loving and happy Bahraini people. It sure didn’t take time for me to realize that there is a beautiful mix of cultures and countries all living in Bahrain creating a juxtaposition of sorts. Who knew I would have a trip of a lifetime in 14 days of my stay here. Shukran Allah (meaning Thank you oh Lord) is all I can say!

Bahrain state,  originally an archipelago of 33 islands interconnected by bridges is now home to Indians, Europeans, Americans, Pakistani ’s, Philiphinos & Paris’s apart from the local Arabs. The main city Manama, where I lived is a far cry from all the other smaller (and more traditional) towns around it. Manama boasts of tall swanky skyscrapers, reclaimed waterfront areas, luxury townhouses as well as the beautiful rustic olden city centre. As I moved to explore areas outside Manama I was delighted to see traditional Bahraini or Arabic style of Architecture, burial mounds, non-touristy islands and beaches, centuries-old burial sites and lots more.

The few highlights of my trip will surely have to be the Bakri Eid Festival I celebrated there and the extensive amount and variety of non-vegetarian cuisine found in Bahrain. Keep a watch on our future, more detailed posts on Bahrain. Till then, enjoy a tour across Bahrain through our photo essay.

1. Al Jasra Handicrafts Village


2. Bab Al Bahrain


3. Bahrain Museum


4. Eid Namaz


5. F1 Circuit


6. Food of Bahrain


7. Grand Mosque


8. Open Air Irani Breakfast


9. Portuguese Fort


10. Reef Island


11. Traditional Souqs (markets) of Bahrain




Author: nisreenakolawala

I am a former Architect who left her career to follow her heart and passion, which involves travelling, photography and Social media marketing. I have stayed in a rustic village of Eastern Himalayas, swum with colorful fishes and corals in Fiji, lived with gypsy Banni villagers in Western India, interacted with Kenya’s Masai tribe, river rafted in the freezing cold river in Ladakh, lived and explored a quaint beach town of Tanga in Tanzania, took a 48 hour camel safari in the Thar desert of Rajasthan, sailed on a felucca on the mighty Nile river in Egypt and chilled with the Kangaroo’s in Australia. Needless to say I am always adding more experiences and places to the list.