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Golkonda Fort

Golkonda Fort

in Andhra Pradesh, Architecture, Fort, History, Hyderabad, Mughal, Palace | 0 comments

Golkonda is the ruined city located in Hyderabad, India. This place was famous for mines. World’s most famous diamonds such as Dary-i-Noor, Koh-i-Noor, Idol’s Eye, Hope diamond produced here. This place is also famous for Golkonda Fort. Golconda is derived from the word Golla konda which means Shepherd’s hill in Telugu.   What to see at Golkonda Fort:  Major attraction of this place is 800 years old tree. Height of this tree is 80 feet. Important exhibit of the fort is Fateh Rahben Gun. It is a Canon used by Aurangzeb to demolish the blockades of Golconda Fort. Fort has 8 gates. Entry point to the fort is Fateh Darwaza which is also known as Victory Gate. It is famous for acoustic effects. In those days it is effective security measure. If any person claps here that sound can here at Bala Hissar which is located 1km away in the fort.   Inside the Fort, visitors can see 4 small forts. Those forts consist of stables, mosques, armoury, temples etc. Height of the boundary wall is 120meters. Other attractions of the fort are Whispering Walls, efficient water supply system, Royal Palaces, Ambar Khana, Durbar Hall, Ramasasa’s Kotha, Nagina Bagh, Mortuary Bath, Private Chambers, Ramadas Bandikhana, Taramati Mosque, Ashlah Khana, Abyssian Arches etc. Fort also consists of tombs of Qutub Shahi Kings. Islamic architecture can be seen on these tombs.  This fort was ruled by several dynasties namely Mughal dynasty, Qutb Shahis, Bahmani Dynasty, Kakatiya Dynasty and Yadava Dynasty.   What to see around Golkonda Fort: Mecca Masjid: This is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad. This was built with the soil bought from Holy Mecca by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. He is the fifth ruler of the Qutb shahi Dynasty. It is located 8kms away from the fort. Charminar: This was built in 1591 CE. Charminar is the global icon of Hyderabad. Charminar is built at the place where Qutb Shah made prayers for the end of the plague disease. Minaret Height is 48.7 meters. It is located 8kms away from the fort. AP State Archaeological Museum: This is best to see for the art lovers. Museum consists of art objectives and antiques. It is located 11kms away...

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Salimgarh Fort

Salimgarh Fort

in Delhi, Fort, History, Musuem, North India | 0 comments

Salimgarh Fort is located in Delhi, India. Salim Shah Suri constructed this fort in 1546 AD. He constructed Sur Dynasty in Delhi. In later years this dynasty was captured by Aurangzeb and took control on the fort in 1857. He converted this fort into a prison. After that it became the part of Red Fort.   What to see at Salimgarh Fort: Structure: Fort is in triangle shape. Walls are so thick and were built in rubble masonry. Gate is another attraction of this fort. Name of this gate is Bahadur Shah Gate. Red Sandstone was used to construct this gate. Museum: It was the prison between 1945 to 1947 by the Britishers. Many prisoners died within the jail premises. On the basis of initial identification provided by Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, this place was converted into museum. Other attractions of Salimgarh Fort: Other attractions of Salimgarh Fort are Bahadur shah Gate, brick masonry, and solid rubble masonry walls.   What to see around Salimgarh Fort: Lothian Cemetery: It is located on Lothian Road. This is the first British cemetery in Delhi. It is located 5kms away from this fort. Chandni Chowk:  It is the oldest market in Delhi. This place is not only famous for marketing but also several historical records can be seen here. Chandni Chowk Attractions are Dariba Kalan, Bhagirath Palace, Katra Neel Cloth Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, Khari Baoli, Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Fatehpuri Masjid, Haksar Haveli , Chunnamal Haveli. It is located 5kms away from this fort. Humayun Tomb:  After the death of Humanyun his wife Hamida Begum commissioned the construction of his tomb. It was constructed between 1562 to 1572. It is located 11kms away from this fort. Qutub Minar: It is the tallest minar in India. Brahmi inscriptions can be seen on the iron pillars. Marble and red sand stone was used in the construction of this minar. It is the Qutub complex. It is located 19kms away from this fort. Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the first seeing but it is just an observatory. It is located 8kms away from this fort. Rashtrapati Bhawan:  Earlier...

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Tughlaqabad Fort

Tughlaqabad Fort

in Architecture, Delhi, Fort, History, North India, Tomb | 0 comments

Tughlaqabad Fort is situated in Delhi, India. It was built between 1321 to 1325. Ghias-ud-din Tughlaq (Ghazi Malik) had constructed this fort. He was the slave who served Sultan Mubarak Khilji. He drove away Sultan Mubarak and built his own city and fort. This city was named as Tughlaqabad.   What to see in Tughlaqabad Fort : Mausoleum of Ghiyas Ud-Din Tughlug: This mausoleum is supported by 27 arches. It has artificial lake. This was made up of single domed square tomb. Walls of fortification made up of granite. Arch borders made up of marble can be seen here. Inside the mausoleum visitors can see three graves. Graves belongs to Ghiyath al-Din Tughlug and his wife and son.  After passing an old Pipal tree, Ghiyath al-Din Tughlug’s tomb was made up of sand stone. Architecture: Architecture of the city is unique. Earlier, City consists of 52 gates but now visitors can see 13 only. City consists of 7 rainwater tanks. City is divided into 3 parts namely Palace area consists of Royal Residences; Bijai Mandal consists of several halls, wider city area with houses which was built between the gates.   What to see around Tughlaqabad Fort: Humayun Tomb:  After the death of Humanyun his wife Hamida Begum commissioned the construction of his tomb. It was constructed between 1562 to 1572. It is located 10kms away from this fort. Qutub Minar: It is the tallest minar in India. Brahmi inscriptions can be seen on the iron pillars. Marble and red sand stone was used in the construction of this minar. It is the Qutub complex. It is located 10kms away from this fort. Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the first seeing but it is just an observatory. It is located 16kms away from this fort. Rashtrapati Bhawan:  Earlier this was used as Viceregal Lodge. In this palace there are 340 rooms. Expenditure for the construction of this palace is 12, 53,000 pound sterling’s. It is located 17kms away from this fort. Lodi Gardens: This is the best place for natural lovers. Lodi Gardens Attractions are  Sheesh Gumbad, Bara Gumbad and Masjid, Sikandar...

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Dhankar Gompa

Dhankar Gompa

in Buddhist Monestery, Fort, Himachal Pradesh, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Trekking, Valley | 0 comments

Dhankar Gompa is a Buddhist Temple in Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It looks like Tangyud Monastery and Key Monastery. In 17th century, this monastery acted as capital of Spiti. It is one of the 5 main Buddhist centres. This is the 7th century Buddhist Monastery. In the world this is the second highest monastery.  This monastery belongs to Gelugpa Order of Tibetan Buddhism.   What to see in Dhankar Monastery: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall. Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. Dhankar: Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa. Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley. Kunzam Pass:  Height is 4590 meters above the sea level. It is the gateway to Spiti Valley. It offers best view of Shigri Parbat. Langza: Langza is known as maritime fossils. Kibber: Kibber is a small village in the Spiti Valley in Himalayas. Kibber lies on summit of a limestone rock. Lush Green fields and agricultural forms are abundant. Major crops are Peas and Barley. This place is famous for monasteries, barren splendour, and scenic mountains. Plenty of fossils present in and around Kibber.   What to see around Dhankar Gompa: Lahaul Valley: Major attraction of this valley is Greenery. Gateway to Lahaul is Rohatang Pass. This valley is located at the height of 2745m above mean sea level.   Getting to Dhankar Monastery: Only way to reach this place is through...

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Red Fort

Red Fort

in Delhi, Fort, History, Mughal, Musuem, North India, Shah Jahan | 0 comments

Red Fort is located in Delhi, India. Other name of this fort is Lal Qila. This was constructed by Shah Jahan, Mughal Emperor. Fort is known for Mughal Architecture. It is situated on the banks of river Yamuna. Construction started in 1638 but completed in 1648. Red Sandstones are used to construct this fort. The Joint court martial of officers of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army – colonel Gurubaksh Singh Dhillon, Colonel Prem Sahgal and Major general Shah Nawaz Khan was held at this fort. In 2007, this was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.   What to see in Red Fort: Moti Masjid: It is located on the west side of the main fort. Other name is Pearl Mosque. In 1659, this was built by Aurangzeb. It has 3 marble domes. Though this is so small it must be visited by the visitors. Zenana: In the Palace there are many canopies. But Southern canopies are called Zenanas. These two Zenanas are Rang Mahal and Mumtaz Mahal. Rang Mahal is famous for pool built with marble, decorated ceilings. Mumtaz Mahal is now converted into Museum. Nahr-i-Behist: Behind the throne of Emperor, imperial apartments are located.  Row of balconies is located in the apartments. A water channel runs through the middle of the domed structure is known as Nahr-i-Behist. Diwan-i-Khaas: This is the Hall of Private Audience. It was reserved for the courtiers of the emperor and for meeting with guests of the state. Upper part was decorated with Paintings and lower part is decorated with flower patterned designs. Earlier Legendary Peacock throne was used to sit the emperor in this hall. Now this was taken by Nadir Shah in 1739 to Persia. Diwan-i-Aam:  This is the hall for public Audience. It was used to hear the problems of the citizens. It consists of large railings and gold columns to form a barrier between common folk and the emperor. Meena Bazaar: Other name of this Bazaar is Chhatta Chowk Bazaar. Chhatta means roof. It is located after entering from Lahori Gate. Hayat Bakhsh Bagh:  This is a large ceremonial garden. It lies between two water channels.   What to see around Red Fort: Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by...

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Sariska Tiger Reserve

Sariska Tiger Reserve

in Fort, History, Jeep Safari, Mahabharata, Mughal, North India, Pandavas, Rajasthan, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary | 0 comments

Sariska Tiger Reserve is an Indian National Park. It is located in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. In 1955, it was declared as Wildlife reserve and in 1978, this national park attained the status of Tiger Reserve. This is the part of Aravalli Ranges. Bengal Tigers is the major attraction of this reserve. In the world this is the first reserve where the relocation of tigers has been done successfully.   What to see in Sariska Tiger Reserve: Kankwadi Fort: It is one of the attractions of the tiger reserve. This fort belongs to 16th century. It was built by Jai Singh II. For the succession of the throne, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb briefly imposed his brother Dara Shikoh in this fort. Pandupol: In the centre of the reserve, visitors can find Pandupol. This was the retreat to the Pandavas. It is located on the hill of the reserve. Hanuman Temple: This temple also can be seen at Pandupol. This temple is acting as a source of problem to wildlife, due to heavy traffic problem. Nilkanth Temples: These temples are other attractions of this reserve. These temples are built by Bargujars. These temples are built between 8th to 13th centuries. Tal Briksh: It is located to the north of the reserve. This place is famous for warm water springs. Wild Life:  Apart from Bengal Tigers, several other wild animals can also be seen here. These animals include Tiger, Jackal, Hyena, Cat, Wild Dog, and Leopard. Plenty of Rhesus Monkeys can be seen here. Other major species of this sanctuary are Langur,  Wild Boar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Chitel, Sambar. Along with animals several birds can also be seen here. Some major bird attractions of this place are Great Indian Horned Owl, Crested Serpent Eagle, Golden Beaked Wood Pecker, Tree Pie, Sand Grouse, Bush Quali, Grey partridge, Peafowl etc.   What to see around Sariska Tiger Reserve: Naldeshwar Shrine: Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple belongs to 18th century. Dense greenery around the temple looks so beautiful. This temple is located in the highway between Sariska and Alwar which is 25kms away from the park. Bathrihari: It is located 11kms away from the park. This place is always busy with the...

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