Explore Agra: Agra Fort, The mosques in Agra Fort

It would be hard to imagine a Mughal Fort without a place of worship, or for that matter any Indian fort without the place of worship. And fort with grandeur and grandiose like that of Agra Fort (or the Red Fort of Agra) without a place of worship is unthinkable.

Yes, Agra Fort is not an exception. It has not one but three worship areas – and interestingly all these have been constructed by the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. … More Explore Agra: Agra Fort, The mosques in Agra Fort

Explore Delhi – Old Fort (Purana Qila)

In the series we talk about the importance of Purana Qila or the Old Fort in Delhi and the role it played in many different eras of Delhi.

The Old Fort or the Purana Qila in Delhi (just opposite Pragati Maidan; and the location where the Zoological Gardens of Delhi) is probably the best example which shows the city of Delhi through different eras. … More Explore Delhi – Old Fort (Purana Qila)

Explore Delhi – Old Fort (Purana Qila) #1 – Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid

One of the best preserved structures in the Old Fort, a mosque – construction of which is attributed to Sher Shah Suri – the ruler who is known for his Grand Trunk Road, the concept of motels or Sarais and mile markers (Kos Minars), a mosque which is an amalgamation of different architectural styles – From Tuglaqs to Sayyids to Lodis to Mughals … More Explore Delhi – Old Fort (Purana Qila) #1 – Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid

Explore Delhi – Structures in Lodhi Gardens #6 – Tomb of Sikandar Lodi

A tomb which is an important piece of architecture and is a bridge between different phases of the development of what today is known as the Indo Islamic architecture style.
A bridge between the Sayyid’s architectural style and the Mughal’s architectural style … More Explore Delhi – Structures in Lodhi Gardens #6 – Tomb of Sikandar Lodi

Explore Delhi – Structures in Lodhi Gardens #1 -Athpula bridge, Mosque and enclosed Rose Garden with a gateway

Many of us would have visited Lodhi Garden or would be visiting Lodhi Garden for our morning walks, or those lazy family picnics or for those brief moments to satiate our carnal desires, but did we ever realise the historical importance of this place. A green belt or lungs of Delhi, Lodhi Garden deserve to be talked about in details. It’s interesting to note how a royal burial ground of the past became the favourite gardens of today. … More Explore Delhi – Structures in Lodhi Gardens #1 -Athpula bridge, Mosque and enclosed Rose Garden with a gateway

Explore Lucknow – Hussainabad Clock Tower (Ghantaa Ghar), an unknown Gem

Did you know that Lucknow has a clock tower which was built to erase out what ever was Indian and  introduce and enforce European concepts, a step to further strengthen the colonial footprints.

Do you know that the architect who popularly has been attributed to designing this clock tower in reality does not exist.

A case of mistaken identity or just pure ignorance …… … More Explore Lucknow – Hussainabad Clock Tower (Ghantaa Ghar), an unknown Gem

Explore Lucknow – Shahi Baoli or Baori (Royal Stepwell), Bada Imambada, A Unknown Gem

Water conservation, rainwater harvesting are the buzzwords today globally. But in India we not only knew about these concepts but also effectively used them as far back as 6th Century CE. One can find ancient stepwells across different cities in India, from Adalaj Ahmedabad in Gujrat to Boondi, Abahneri, Jaipur in Rajasthan, from Dilwalo ki Dilli (Delhi) to Nawabi Lucknow. Ancient Stepwell in Lucknow?? Yes you read it right, there is an ancient stepwell in Lucknow. … More Explore Lucknow – Shahi Baoli or Baori (Royal Stepwell), Bada Imambada, A Unknown Gem

Explore Lucknow – Musa Bagh, the Lost Gem, its role in the history of Lucknow and the history of Independent India

A garden complex from where the insurrection in Awadh or Oudh started in 1857 CE and ended in 1858 CE. A piece of heritage, Part of the revolt of 1857, India’s first war of Independence … More Explore Lucknow – Musa Bagh, the Lost Gem, its role in the history of Lucknow and the history of Independent India