5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi
Delhi spoils you for options on historical sites to visit. Which five should make your list?
Delhi has seen the play of power. A relentless greed for control and rule. It has seen the first Islamic Rulers that came to this Indian subcontinent and captured it. Delhi has seen Hindu Temples, Islamic Mosques and been witness to many of India’s hot political topics. After all, it is where the Indian Parliament sits, the Indian President stays and plenty of tourists flock to see the capital of India.
If you are one such tourist in Delhi, trying to keep an eye out and hand securely over your pockets, whirling through the crowds, wondering wether your local guide is lying to you at least make sure that you visit these Must See Historical Places in Delhi
Of course though, I haven’t visited all the multitudes of historical destinations Delhi has to offer but I have in the time that I spend here, visited a few famous ones.
My trip to Delhi went by in a blur of excitement, delirious happiness and in a frenzy with friends knowing it was the best school trip we would ever have, miles away from home.
Luckily for me, my less than average (horrible I mean) camera skills helped me remember the spots we had visited more eager to joke around with each other yet find the time to reflect on what our history textbooks had said.
From all those cherished memories and photographs here are the 5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi Read more about 5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi …
Exploring the Pearl of the Danube: Things to Do In Budapest
Antara Das explores Budapest, a melting pot of cultures filled with history and vibrance
Budapest, made of two towns Buda and Pest, are split by the Danube but connected by bridges. They were once two different cities. Everyday there is something new to find or discover here, as the locals suggest.
Yes, this city has a lot to offer, right from it’s rich historical architectures, to bustling nightlife, cafes and amazing food. Budapest will savour all your senses. So on the occasion of my birthday which other city to explore than this beautiful Eastern European wonderland. Read more about Exploring the Pearl of the Danube: Things to Do In Budapest …
George Thomas: The Irish Rajah of India
The surprising story of a young lad from Ireland who became a Rajah in India
While speaking with my fellow history enthusiast I came across a man named George Thomas: the Irish Rajah of India. I was very intrigued by this. How did an Irish Rajah never make it into our history books?
I did some research and indeed such a man did exist. He is a part of multiple memoirs too. George Thomas has gone down in books as an incredible man, one who won plenty battles in his time in the subcontinent.
This victorious stories though seem very fishy. All these memoirs he stars in as a hero have been penned down by Europeans. Back in the 18th century European men, especially those away from their homeland had a special talent to record facts in a very dramatic fashion. These exaggerated facts made their way onto Army men’s boss’s desks and then were passed into other influential hands, often changing the order of events. Sometimes or rather most of the times, these stories were cooked up to impress unassuming naive young ladies back home in Europe.
Considering all this, what remains the crux of George Thomas’ life is the fact that he did lead a rather remarkable one. Thomas went from being a nobody from Tipperary in Ireland to the Rajah of Hansi in India. So how did his life play out? Read more about George Thomas: The Irish Rajah of India …
Highnoon in the Raj- Part 3
This is the last part of the three part series written by Gerald Kuchyt. Read the previous part here
Franz Ferdinand had begun his journey in Bombay, travelled south and was mesmerised by the North-east.
The Archduke absolutely loved the tea clad hills of Darjeeling,
“A wall of fog as if grown out of the valleys lies just up to the throning peaks which emerge out of the clouds. In olympic calm, bloom and decay of peoples these ephemeral being in the aeons of existence. A feeling of helplessness overcame me in view of nature at such a grand scale that even the most hard headed person has to bow in humility.”
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Deciphering the Pandav Caves
Uncover the relatively unknown Pandavleni in Nashik
Nashik is India’s wine capital. It produces about 75% of the total wine produced in the country. However this is a recent development. About 2000 years ago, the region around Nashik was not a wine producing area but a centre of Buddhist activities.To remember its cultural past, Nashik sports its very own cave complex- the Pandavleni.
It was my first visit to Nashik and the temperatures in summer were a gruesome 40 celsius. So it was after much debate that we decided to save our visit to the Pandavleni for another trip in winter. Read more about Deciphering the Pandav Caves …
Highnoon In The Raj- Part 2
This is the second part of the three part series written by Gerald Kuchyt. Read the first part here
Franz Ferdinand had been to Ceylon where he was mesmerised by the people and the culture. From there he journeyed to the busy city of Bombay. He wrote about his first impression of Bombay-
“A thick fog covered the sea during the morning. When the veil lifted the profile of Bombay and the surrounding mountains became visible.”
He was again taken up by the people and the culture in this vast country under the British Raj- Hindustan.
From Bombay, he ventured into south Indian cities of Tadur (Telangana) and Hyderabad. Read more about Highnoon In The Raj- Part 2 …
6 Must See Historical Destinations in England and Scotland for Heritage Lovers
Tips when you plan your British holiday, from a heritage lover’s experience
The red telephone boxes, London black cabs, the Monarchy and history are what entice me to the United Kingdom. The UK has held my fascination for years. It was a dream to visit this country and see the red telephone booths, the Underground and the many historical monuments with my own eyes.
My travels led to the northern Scottish Highlands and down south to London. If I were given a month to explore Britain it wouldn’t suffice! The castles that adorn the Aberdeenshire county in Scotland and the well known heritage buildings in London are simply overwhelming.
Where to travel to? What to see and what to skip? Deciding which destinations to explore in Britain is indeed very difficult.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to visit Aberdeenshire. This county in Scotland has about 300 beautiful castles whether they be ruins or mighty fortresses.
In this article I would like to recollect and point you to the top 6 Must See Historical Destinations in England and Scotland for Heritage Lovers. This list might make it easy to plan a trip and not miss the beautiful historical destinations. I have personally visited these historical sites. There are of course hundreds more that you can explore which are equally magnificent.
If you decide to travel to all the mainstream destinations in the UK, you must take some time to visit these and add them to your list if you haven’t already.
I must advice you- make sure you at least read a gist of British history. Britain has a huge, vast history. If you don’t know any, you could easily be lost!
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Hampi: Living History in all its Glory
Suvendu Rout narrates his travel experience to this magnificent world heritage site of Hampi in India
Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a treat to all your senses. Its grandeur will leave you spellbound. Often when you hear lofty praises about a place, your expectations become so high that the actual experience could be a let-down! There are very few places that rise above your expectations; Hampi is one of them. Hampi, in south India is quite a marvel- history, heritage, architecture, nature, people, culture- all packed into a small bundle of joy. Last December (2017) I experienced this magical land and I will cherish the memory forever. I would like to share my vivid experience with you.
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Highnoon in the Raj- Part 1
Franz Ferdinand’s World Tour, 1892-93: Sri Lanka and India
On 28 June 1914 while visiting Sarajevo the Archduke and heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated, sparking off the fuse that would light the world ablaze in the first world war. Due of this event his name lives in infamy, but much of his life has been forgotten.
In his own life one episode of great international sensation was his world tour in which upon his coming of age he traveled abroad; customary for European princes at that time. His journal provides us with one of the most detailed accounts of India in the 19th century, its places people, beliefs, history, culture, society and more.
He departed on 12 December 1892 via a train from Vienna to the port of Trieste in the Adriatic Sea. From Trieste he traveled to Greece and the Isle of Crete, to Egypt and through the Suez Canal to Aden in South Arabia. He crossed the Arabian Sea where he reached Ceylon on 5 January 1893. Shrouds of mist covered the horizon as Franz’s ship the SMS Kaiserin Elisabeth approached Colombo where many Sinhalese came out in boats to greet him. Read more about Highnoon in the Raj- Part 1 …
A Masterpiece of a Well: Adalaj Ni Vav
This unique stepwell 18 km from Ahmedabad will take your breath away….
King Rana Veer Singh was the ruler of Dandai Desh, the area around today’s Adalaj. He was a descent from the Vaghela dynasty. A dynasty whose end was caused by Allauddin Khilji of the Delhi Sultanate.
King Rana Veer Singh was sensitive towards his subjects, especially their need for water considering the arid conditions in his kingdom. To provide for year round water for his subjects, the King decided to build a stepwell. Read more about A Masterpiece of a Well: Adalaj Ni Vav …