Explore Delhi – Structures in Lodhi Garden #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 Garden #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

Kerala Diaries – St. Francis CSI Church, Fort Kochi

The oldest European church built in India….
Reflection of the Colonial struggle of various European powers in India….
First resting place of the first European who discovered the sea route to India from Europe…..
A catholic church in the beginning and now an Anglican church…
A living historical monument of today’s Kochi or Cochin……

Yes, the St Francis CSI church in Fort Kochi is all this and much more. A must visit for not only people with religious bent of mind but also a must visit for all history lovers, architecture lovers.
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Explore India – Agra, Beyond Taj Mahal, The Unknown Monuments – 1

This is the second part in the series Explore India – Agra, Beyond Taj Mahal. In the first part we had talked about some Lesser Known Monuments. These are the sites which people are aware, the tourist flow is less but still some do visit them. These sites have a huge potential to become a huge crowd puller.

You would be surprised to know that there is still much more to Agra. There are many sites which are literally unknown to the tourists and even the residents. These are the sites with ample architectural value and historical importance; they help in recreating the missing links and understanding the Mughal Empire in a better way.

I have tried to compile these sites in multiple parts, this is the part A. … More Explore India – Agra, Beyond Taj Mahal, The Unknown Monuments – 1