Long before the Taj Mahal emerged as THE monument of love in the world, there were several others as well—some even predating the seventeenth-century mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for Mumtaz Mahal. Here, we list five. (Photo Courtesy: Arian Zwegers/Wikimedia Common)
Think of a monument of love, and…
Amita Baviskar and Saha Sutra team
Thousands visit the beautiful Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhavan during February–March every year. But what we skim over is the fact that the 15-acre garden has, almost since independence, played the role of a state garden. Using edited excerpts from Amita Baviskar’s introduction to the book…
Although Chandni Chowk is a clumsy, congested market with narrow alleys today, it was once the centre of trade in Shahjahanabad. Built in 1650 by Jahanara Begum, daughter of Mumtaz Mahal and Emperor Shah Jahan, this glorious bazaar has a distinct charm that remains unmatched. (Photo Courtesy:…
The Bhagirath Palace electrical market is one of Chandni Chowk’s most famous bazaars, visited by thousands in search of lamps, lights and electrical knick-knacks. However, not many are familiar with the intriguing history of not only the 19th-century building that was once a symbol of power and sex…
The Humayun's Tomb is perhaps one of the grandest historical sites in India. Built over 400 years ago, it boasts of Persian and Turkish influences and also offered a template of Mughal architecture for many subsequent monuments, including the iconic Taj Mahal. (Photo Source: Ayan Ghosh/…
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Parshati Dutta: What are some significant cultural routes in India that you are familiar with? And where does the Mughal Road of Kashmir feature in your list of routes?
William Dalrymple: It is in a sense historians who make roads famous. The Silk Road was invented really by the German…
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