Fascinating Things About Stonehenge

Fascinating Things About Stonehenge

Fascinating Things About Stonehenge

Stonehenge is more awe-inspiring than you can imagine

Fascinating Things About Stonehenge

A few years ago, when in school, we had a computer class. Some computers had this strange windows wallpaper of random stones standing on the grass. I distinctly remember laughing at the wallpaper, why stones?

As we grew up from those carefree days into more knowledgable human beings, I realised that these ‘random standing stones’ were called Stonehenge. Stonehenge also happened to be one of the most precious historic sites in the world.

Fast forward a couple of years and here I was a few miles outside of London, in a bus making my way to this acclaimed site. The view from our bus was simplistic. We were surrounded by fields of grasslands on both sides of the road. Ultimately up ahead, we saw a small circle of stones- Stonehenge.

This small circle soon got bigger and bigger until the stones looked much larger than boulders placed along the seaside. Stonehenge had got me hooked. These set of huge stones emitted a mysterious aura, an aura reeking of history. Why had they built Stonehenge? What does it signify?

Whilst on my visit there and after devouring the guidebook, I learnt some really Fascinating Things About Stonehenge.

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Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Uncovering the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Uncovering the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

The Taj Mahal Palace hotel is Mumbai’s oldest building to have lifts and style in harmony

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Whilst standing at Mumbai’s Apollo Bunder, one question plagued my mind- what was built first: the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel or the Gateway of India?

The architecture and logic makes an onlooker point the finger at Gateway of India and say “look it reads ‘1905.'” Alas you are mistaken. The very ground that the Gateway stands on today never existed before 1905.

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Conquering the Daulatabad Fort

Conquering the Daulatabad Fort

Conquering the Daulatabad Fort

The psychology at play behind one of India’s most impregnable forts

Climbing atop the Daulatabad Fort had been on my bucket list for quiet a while. I am happy to say that I’ve now ticked that one off.

Ever since visiting the fort a few years ago, I always wanted to scale it to the top. At that time we were pressed for time and most people didn’t recommend going all the way up. See the Ellora Caves instead and that’s what we did.

Being the history buff that I am, I’ve always wanted to come back and now I did. I went up to the top climbing about 500 uneven stairs, even through the dark. Whatever the people might say, never miss climbing this fort, it is nothing like you’ve ever seen.

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Exploring the Edinburgh Castle

Exploring the Edinburgh Castle

 Exploring the Edinburgh Castle

The Edinburgh Castle looms over the Scottish capital replete with history and secrets, let us explore what it has to offer

When I first googled the castle, all that I found out was that the Edinburgh Castle is haunted. Pictures of hauntings and scary stories are all over my search history. I hate horror stories and anything got to do with paranormal activity. It’s too spooky and threatens my precious sleep. The decision was quite obvious, skip the castle, there are many others to see in the United Kingdom.

It took our tour planner a lot of time to convince us to change our minds. And thank god we did!

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Banias and Havelis

Why Rajasthani Banias Built Havelis

Why Rajasthani Banias Built Havelis

A short story

Rajasthan is by far the most touristy state in India. From its vibrant culture and dresses to its grand royal palaces, it is no wonder that Rajasthan attracts tourists.

Rajasthan is also home to the Marwari community. Generally, Marwaris are famous for their businesses and business acumen. Shekhawati is just a city where trading won most merchants money and money has built this beautiful place.

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Humped Banded Agate Bull

My Favourite Artefact in the India and the World Exhibit

My Favourite Artefact in the India and the World Exhibit

230 objects are a lot to see, here is one hand picked for you 

 

Christmas vacations are around the corner and so is the weekend. What are your plans?

If you are in Mumbai, you must visit the CSMVS Museum for the India and the World Exhibit.

India and the World exhibition is out of this world. Even if you are not a history fanatic, you are definitely going to go ‘Ah bon!’

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Inside The BMC Building

Inside The BMC Building

Inside The Bombay Municipal Corporation Building

The BMC building in the south of the Mumbai city is mostly unnoticed. Explore this building from the inside

 

The city of Mumbai never sleeps. Trains leave the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Train Terminus each and everyday. People pour out of this building in floods, so very busy in their work.

This CST station building is undoubtedly a UNESCO World Heritage site. Fredrick William Stevens designed this incredible structure. Yet did you know, the Victoria Terminus, as it was called, wasn’t supposed to be the jewel. Fredrick William Stevens had built another building, he wanted to put emphasis on this building. This was Steven’s crowning glory.

Inside The BMC Building
The BMC building

The building that stands just opposite the CST station is famously known to be the Mumbai Municipal Corporation building. In our negligent knowledge of Mumbai’s rich heritage, we have looked past this building. It’s just another old building in the south of Bombay, or is it?

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India and the World: A History In Nine Stories

India and the World: A History in Nine Stories

India and the World: A History in Nine Stories

The story of India spanning millions of years in 210 objects

It was a pleasant Saturday morning, perfect for a day out at the CSMVS Museum in Mumbai. The CSMVS Mumbai launched its biggest exhibit perhaps based on valuable objects in India’s history and its connection to the world. This exhibit will be on display till February, 2018.

The exhibit is titled India and the World: A History In Nine Stories. The Museum in association with the National Museum, New Delhi and the British Museum, London has attempted to tell the story of India in 9 episodes. It starts at the very beginning of mankind 1.7 million years ago and goes on till 2015. That’s a huge transition. I must hand it to them, they’ve done a rather marvellous job.

India and the World: A History In Nine Stories

 

It is awe-inspiring to actually see the impact globalisation had over the world when humans learnt the art of trade. We are indeed social animals who connected not only with trade but with value systems and traditions much like today.

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7 Really Astonishing Architectural Facts about The Taj Mahal

7 Really Astonishing Architectural Facts about The Taj Mahal

7 Really Astonishing Architectural Facts about The Taj Mahal

Shah Jahan moved heaven and earth to create a Paradise for the final resting place of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In this feat, he created not just a wonder for the world but also 7 beautiful architectural breakthroughs

 

Rabindranath Tagore famously described the Taj Mahal as A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time and rightly so. When Shah Jahan’s most beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal breathed her last during the birth of their 14th child he was devastated. Helpless and lonely he slipped into deep mourning. He kept to himself in solitary confinement. When he returned, his youthfulness had vanished leaving behind an old man with grey hair.

7 Really Astonishing Architectural Facts about The Taj Mahal
Shah Jahan’s beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal

That’s when he decided to leave a sign of his eternal love for Mumtaz Mahal. It would be a symbol of love no other. And wasn’t he successful?

The Taj Mahal is visited by approximately 8 million people each year. It is one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Even the best of camera lenses cannot hope to capture its true beauty.

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