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Kolkata’s Howrah Bridge
The iconic structure of the Howrah Bridge completes 75 years of its existence this month. The historical landmark that has been synonymous with the City of Joy has been a witness to history, both in pre-Independence India and thereafter. The bridge has been not only been a part of history, literature and art, but also a significant part of popular culture — be it in commercial cinema or magazine art and caricature. From Satyajit Ray to Richard Attenborough and Mani Ratnam to Anurag Basu, the popular iconography of Kolkata has been celebrated by film-makers and photographers alike.
About Fatehpur Sikri Complex
Fatehpur Sikri held a special meaning for Akbar after the time he visited the village of Sikri and was foretold about the birth of a son and heir to the Mughal throne, by renowned sufi saint, Shaikh Salim Chishti. Akbar was thrilled when the prophecy came true, and after Jahangir’s second birthday commenced the construction of what would be his capital for days to come. ‘Fatehpur’ meaning city of victory seemed apt a name for the new capital city that brought with it happy tidings of Akbar’s Gujarat campaign which led to Gujarat becoming a Mughal province in 1573.
The Victoria Memorial museum
The Victoria Memorial Hall took a decade-and-half to build. When it opened in 1921, the museum showcased artefacts from across nearly 300 years.
History of the Jews? Across India & Around the World
Different than other minorities (such as Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists), the Jews originally came from outside India to make their home. Just before the historic visit of Indian Prime Minister Modi to Israel in summer 2017 he penned a joint op-ed with Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel. They recognized this migration of Jews to India when they wrote:
Essay on India Gate for Students and Children
This structure boasts of a beautiful architecture by India. It was first inaugurated in the year 1931 and it still has the same charm. Also, this structure reminds of us the sacrifices made by thousands of soldiers who have given their lives during the first world war. The essay on India gate is an insight into this famous memorial in India.
Hawa Mahal history
However, as popular a visual the lattice windowed façade might be, there is still much about this 87-ft tall monument that many don’t know. (Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons, Ronakshah 1990)
When Eternity Meets Beauty – An ultimate Guide to Gol Gumbaz, Karnataka
History never repeats, but you can visit historical monuments over and over again. How many ever times you visit the Gol Gumbaz in Karnataka, you feel like the first time. Built during the 16th century, it almost took 20 years to complete the construction of this architectural marvel. With 4 Minars and each having 7 floors, Gol Gumbaz is truly a treat for the eyes. Get ready to drop your jaws at this impressive structure in the state of Karnataka, India. Here’s a complete guide to the largest dome structure. How excited are you?
Beautiful Babylon: Jewel of the Ancient World
Mesopotamia—“the land between two rivers”—gave birth to many of the world’s first great cities. The splendid city of Babylon, located between the waters of the Euphrates and the Tigris some 97 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad, was one of them. Unlike the many towns that fell and disappeared, Babylon was resilient, rising from its own ashes time and again, even as new conquerors invaded and took over. The pleasure its occupiers enjoyed came at a price, however, since the highly desired Babylon would always be seen as a prize for the taking.
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi is the first of the grand dynastic mausoleums that were to become synonyms of Mughal architecture with the architectural style reaching its zenith 80 years later at the later Taj Mahal. Humayun’s Tomb stands within a complex of 27.04 ha. that includes other contemporary, 16th century Mughal garden-tombs such as Nila Gumbad, Isa Khan, Bu Halima, Afsarwala, Barber’s Tomb and the complex where the craftsmen employed for the Building of Humayun’s Tomb stayed, the Arab Serai.
Feature: Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand
To reach Badrinath, one of India’s holiest towns and temples, pilgrims in the past would have committed to an arduous trek up steep mountain passes on foot, pausing for rest in temporary shelters during journeys that lasted between three months to a year. These flimsy refuges and narrow paths are still visible today on the majestic site that plays host to the first five-star resort located on the Ganges, set in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, upriver from the city of Rishikesh. More than eight years in the making, Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa started life as an plot of agricultural land spotted by Canadian-Indian entrepreneur Arjun Mehra, who, while white-water rafting around a double bend in the river, realised this would have been the route that his great grandmother took more than a century ago: “It felt very nostalgic to sit and observe the exact path where she found the motivation to undertake such a difficult pilgrimage,” he explains. “The view across to the awe-inspiring Himalayan mountains that have stood for so many generations proved both humbling and invigorating.”
The (Tiny) Great Qing Post Office
On my visit to the Water Town of Zhujiajiao, about 45 minutes from Shanghai China, I got lost walking through the cobbled lonely alleyways. I stumbled upon a little piece of history that caught my interest and inspired me to write a separate post on this.
Up Glastonbury Tor
I have only been up Glastonbury Tor once , I was on holiday in Bath at the time and took a trip to Glastonbury itself. Now this is what I remember at the time and may be flawed and wrong but it was inspired by a conversation with Soleira Green.