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Purana Qila — Old Fort in Delhi

Purana Qila — Old Fort in Delhi

Purana Qila in New Delhi On the banks of river Yamuna, the Purana Qila (Old fort) in Delhi narrates the history of Delhi. Purana Qila is believed to be built by Pandavas in the ancient city Indraprastha of the Mahabharata. From the deceit of Pandavas to the establishment of Sur Empire by Sher Shah Suri to the Mughlas and Britishers conquering the  land of India and the brave freedom fighters laying their lives for independence of India; the fort has seen it all. The current form of Purana Qila was constructed in 16 century. Excavation carried out by ASI (Archaelogical Survey of India) in 1955 (again in 1973) unearthed 3000 years old Painted Grey Ware. Architecture of Purana Qila Purana Qila reflects Persian influence in its architecture. The 18 metres high walls of the building traverse about 1.5 km have three Darwazas (Gateways). Purana Qila is one of the largest building built exclusively with red sandstone. Gates of Purana Qila The three Darwazas (gateways) of Purana Qila depict a blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture style. All …

Agrasen ki Baoli: Black Water that claimed many lives

Agrasen ki Baoli: Black Water that claimed many lives

Agrasen ki Baoli Not-so-popular historical site Agrasen ki Baoli amid high-rise buildings and residential apartments of Hailey Road (New Delhi) is in absolute contrast to the modern world around and it dates back to the Mahabharat era. This baoli (step-well) was originally built by the mighty ruler Maharaja Agrasen, then rebuilt by the Aggrawal Community in 14th century considering being the descendants of the Maharaja Agrasen. Agrasen ki Baoli now stands built in Mughal architecture style, suggesting that it was renovated in Tughlaq period. The Baoli is now under ASI (archaeological Survey of India) which designates it as a Protected Monument.    Restoration The Baoli, 60 metres long and 15 metres wide with 104 steps, was constructed to store and preserve Rain-water and groundwater. Because of its renovation in Tughlaq  period, the Baoli have Mughal Architecture designs. The Baoli was full of water till the 70s, but urbanization around, the water level went down and a dry reservoir was all left behind. But in 2002, as the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) cleared three metres …

Badami Caves: Ruins of Magnificent Past

Badami Caves: Ruins of Magnificent Past

Badami Caves— The picturesque town of Badami (in Bagalkot district of Karnataka) is renowned for its Badami Caves Temples. These monumental caves are carved out of red-stoned mountains. Badami caves are a pantheon of Hindu divinities. Badami was once capital of the mighty Chalukya Empire. The Chalukya dynasty ruled the land of Karnataka from 6th to 8th century. The Badami Chalukya era was an important period in the development of South Indian architecture. Their style of architecture is called “Chalukyan architecture” or “Karnata Dravida architecture”. Badami caves are a masterpiece of Indian rock-cut architecture. Almost 100 monuments built by them are found in the Malaprabha river basin Bagalkot. The building material they used was reddish-golden Sandstone found locally. Color of these sandstones is similar to color of almonds (called Badam in Hindi), giving them the name “Badami Caves”. Badami caves have many paintings on walls and ceilings, categorized as Fresco painting. A fresco is painted onto plaster that is fresh. The plaster has been laid on the wall that day and is still damp. Badami caves are among the …

Heritage Hotels in India: Luxury Redefined

Heritage Hotels in India: Luxury Redefined

Many palaces and historical buildings are turned into luxury hotels for better care of the buildings. Heritage hotels in India definitely redefine luxury. Here’s a list of best Heritage Hotels in India—   Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur Formerly Jag Niwas Palace, The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is one of the best heritage hotels in India. The Lake Palace on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola (Udaipur), built in 1746 under the directions of the Maharana Jagat Singh II as a winter palace, was taken over by The Taj Group of hotels in 1971.   Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur Being one of the largest residency of royal families in the world, Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur is synonymous to luxury wrapped in heritage and Indian tradition. The palace is managed by Taj Group of Hotels since 1972. Foundation stone laid in 1929 in order to provide employment to the famine-stricken farmers of Jodhpur, it took 14 years to complete the construction in the year 1943. The Umaid Bhavan Palace perfectly blends western technology with Indian Architecture. …