Historical Places

Fatehpur Sikri

Exploring Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned fort of Akbar the Great

Fatehpur Sikri is a desolate fort complex, originally built to serve as the residence and seat of power of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Unfortunately, a shortage of water forced the Mughals to shift their capital to Agra only after 14 years of completion of this fabulous fort. A desolate ...
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Humayun Tomb

Humayun Tomb: The first garden tomb of India

Humayun’s Tomb is the mausoleum of Mughal emperor Humayun and has the distinction of being the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. The tomb was completed in 1570 by Humayun’s first and favorite wife Bega Begum who after Humayun’s death in 1556, constructed the magnificent mausoleum as his final resting ...
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Chapaner, Gujarat

Roaming amidst the Champaner ruins – a day full of struggles

I was standing in the aisle of a crowded bus continuously wiping the sweat off my face and tracking myself on the google map. A middle-aged man taps me from the back and asks "Where are you going?"; "Where are you going?"-  a typical go to questions that we Indians ...
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Teen Darwaza, Ahmedabad

Walking through Ahmedabad, India’s 1st UNESCO World Heritage City

It had been two months in Ahmedabad, and I had been travelling extensively across Gujarat in these two months but somehow kept postponing my plans to explore Ahmedabad itself. In these 2 months apart from malls and restaurants, the only other place I had been is the Sabarmati Ashram. Ahmedabad is ...
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sabarmati ashram

Sabarmati Ashram – Where MK Gandhi became Mahatma Gandhi

Sabarmati Ashram was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi who stayed here along with his wife for 12 years. It is from this place that the Gandhiji started his famous Dandi march on 12 March 1930 to break the atrocious salt law imposed by the British. In the story of our independence, ...
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Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

The ancient group of monuments at Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram, earlier known as Mahabalipuram, is an ancient coastal town about 60 km off Chennai along the Coromandel coast. Mahabalipuram is famous for its group of monuments and features in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. The monuments were built during the Pallava dynasty around the 7th and 8th ...
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Nalanda University ruins

The Excavation site of ancient Nalanda University

In India lotus is often associated with knowledge and the word Nalanda translates to "Giver of Lotus stalks".  At its prime Nalanda University was one of the best centres of excellence and attracted students from as far as China, Mongolia and Persia. Nalanda University was established in 5th century by the ...
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Konark temple (DND)

Konark: The Black Pagoda in Odisha

I am back with my first post of 2017. I  wish you had a great start to the new year and welcomed it by enjoying to the fullest. My first destination of 2017 is a ruined 12th century temple in Puri district of Odisha - The sun temple of Konark. Konark ...
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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal : An elegy in white marble

A broken heart is an inexplicable dingus. An oojah that has propelled people to conquer what seemed unfathomable. From the broken heart of an emperor emanated a desire - a desire to built a final resting place for his love. A desire to construct a monument of unparalleled beauty in annals ...
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Vithala Temple, Hampi

Hampi: The forgotten capital of Vijayanagara

Hampi, located on the banks of River Tungabhadra was the capital of the Vijayanagara empire from 1343 to 1565. With river Tungabhadra on one side and hills on the other sides, Hampi proved to be an excellent strategic location to serve as the capital. During its prime, Hampi was the second ...
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