Archaeological

Chittorgarh – tales written in devotion and courage

While the country burned over the issue of “Padmavati” or “Padmaavat”, I quietly decided to pay a visit to the place where the legend lies so deeply rooted in the hearts of her people. So there was I at Chittorgarh, the kingdom of the legendary queen Padmini who was so beautiful that paeans were made about her grace, beauty and valour. As I entered this town of Rajasthan, I remembered all the stories that I had heard as a child from my uncle about Rani Padmini, Maharana Pratap and Panna Bai. I was entering into the territory of these...

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Konark Sun Temple – the Poetry on stone

1200 master craftsmen and 12 long years of dedication built a masterpiece that is has gone down in the annals of time. The Konark Sun Temple is one of the most magnificent architectural wonders built during the middle of the 13th century under the patronage of King Narasimha Deva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. Situated at Odisha, Konark is a quaint town on the east coast of Bay of Bengal. This time, while we did the Diamond Triangle of Odisha, we visited Konark and Puri as well. Architecture of the Konark Sun Temple: This UNESCO World Heritage Site has...

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Historical Hampi – a complete travel guide

Hampi was in our bucket list for long. The place has everything that could possibly pull us towards itself – the story of a lost kingdom, architectural marvels from our past that we could boast of and a rugged yet alluring landscape. Hampi being a UNESCO World Heritage site was an added attraction (my love for these old, dull, decaying structures is now well known to my readers). So Hampi had to be in our trip when we visited Karnataka this year. Table of contents: Where is the historical city Hampi? What is the History of Hampi? Story about...

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The Brihadeeswar Temple of Tanjore – an architectural delight

It was only a sheer chance that took me to Tanjore. I was in Chennai and was scheduled to visit Mahabalipuram and had 2 days to spare. It was when I saw the pictures of the Brihadeeswar Temple at Thanjavur (also known as Tanjore). The photographs were enough for me to make a decision to utilize my 2 spare days at Thanjavur. After our visit to Hampi the month before, I am fascinated towards the architectural wonders. Well, meeting a friend at Trichy was also an added incentive! So there I was with my backpack all ready to board...

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The Diamond Triangle – Buddhist Heritage in Odisha

Whenever we talk about travelling in Odisha, we usually think about the Golden Triangle of Bhubaneswar, Konark and Puri along with the Chilika Lake. But Odisha is also quite rich in heritage and archaeological sites. We are talking about the Diamond Triangle of Odisha, excavation sites that are rich in Buddhist relics and heritage. Odisha is one such place where Buddhism had flourished quite well.  Infact, the first ones who had become lay-disciples of Lord Buddha were two merchants from Ukkala (Utkala, Odisha). It is also well known that the Mauryan King Asoka had played a major role in...

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Jagjivanpur, Malda – A reminiscent of Buddhist Monastery in Bengal

The desire to see new things and learn about the unknown always interests us. So whenever opportunity comes, we seize it tightly and chart out for the unknown. This time it was a freak wish of mine for a scooty ride took us to Jagjivanpur – one of the Buddhist excavation sites to be found in West Bengal. We had heard about this place since long and wanted to visit it much before. But coincidentally, just the day before Buddha Purnima on 10th of May, 2017, while we went out on our weekly scooty ride, we simply took the road...

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Jatar Deul – History Unexplained

The name ‘Jatar Deul’ itself invoked a keen interest in us. And on hearing about it, we were much more inclined to visit the place. A towering brick temple in the midst of nowhere in rural South Bengal – this piece of information was enough to pique our interest! So when opportunity came to visit Jatar Deul, we just had to grab it. So on 16th April (also the second day of Baisakh, the first month of Bengali calendar) we accompanied Uttara Di, Rangan da and Debika to a visit to Jatar Deul. The date of our journey was...

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Hooghly Imambara – The Heritage in Crisis

Hooghly Imambara is an experience in itself. With its open and spacious courtyard, long-running corridors and the majestic watch tower, the entire monument is an architectural splendour quietly speaking about its erstwhile prominence and fading grandeur. Built in the 19th century, the Imambara is a holy shrine for not only the Muslim followers but also the people of other faiths. What is an Imambara? An Imambara is a congregation hall for commemoration ceremonies of Muslims of Shia denomination those attached with the Remembrance of Muharram. An Imambara is definitely not a mosque which is a worship place for all...

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Bandel Church

Bandel Church can be one of your ideal destinations for a one-day trip from Kolkata during these winters. Clubbed with the Hooghly Imambara and the Hansweswari Temple, these three forms the triangle of religious harmony and faith. We did this almost a year ago and without knowing much about these places. This post is primarily about the Bandel Church. The others will soon follow. Bandel Church is one of the oldest churches to be built in Bengal, it also stands as the testament of the Portuguese settlement along the banks of the Hooghly river. The story of the Bandel...

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64 Yogini Temple, Jabalpur

A visit to the Chausath Yogini or 64 Yogini Temple  near Bhedaghat at Jabalpur was completely by chance. We had a day to spare at Jabalpur after our trip to Panchmarhi. Naturally we headed towards Bhedaghat and the Marble Rocks. But unfortunately for us, boating at the Marble rocks had not yet started and we had to contain ourselves with the view of the Dhuandhar waterfalls. The 64 Yogini temple is located very near to the Dhuandhar Falls. Like most temples, this one also had a flight of stairs leading to the temple sanctuary. Our auto driver told us...

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Rabdentse – Ruins of an ancient capital of Sikkim

The ruins of Rabdentse Palace lies just a few kilometers from the Pemyangste Monastery on the way to Pelling. Sikkim is a mystical land with all the ancient monasteries and intriguing places to visit. Rabdentse is one such place. You find the signboard of this ancient site out of nowhere on the highway to Pelling with an equally curious line – “Follow the Path and you will reach the Palace” written on a simple entry gate. Being totally addicted to ancient monuments, we decided to follow wherever the path led to. As we entered, there was a well-marked path...

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Agrasen ki Baoli – A haunted step well in the heart of Delhi

Agrasen ki Baoli – the name itself piqued our interest to a great height while we were researching Delhi for the first time way back in 2012. But we were able to visit the place only in our 3rd visit to Delhi because the Baoli does not usually feature in the tour operators’ to do list. Also, the Baoli stayed elusive to common eyes for years among the high-rises near Connaught Place. It is located in the narrow Hailey Lane, off the Hailey Road. You will not believe until you visit the place that such an ancient monument lies...

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