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Hill Station Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

Kushwant Singh, an eminent Indian Author, had famously said of Kasauli that it is 'the place where kissing is always in season'. People from the plains head for hills to escape from the heat. But…

Take Tea Break at Jorhat in Assam

The tea plantations on either side, as far as the eye could see, were a clear indication that we were nearing Jorhat in Assam, the centre of India's tea industry. Our guide Subhash told us…

The Hathi Mahal Group of Monuments, Mandu

Hathi Mahal Darya Khan’s Tomb Hathi Mahal Apparently this building was named after the enormous pillars which support a huge dome; hathi means elephant legs. Three recesses on either side of the elephantine pillars, strangely,…

The Central Group of Monuments, Mandu

Introduction Jama Masjid Hoshang Shah’s Tomb Asharfi Mahal Introduction Three major buildings make up the so-called Central Group, namely the Jami Masjid, Ashrafi Mahal and the Tomb of Hoshang Shah. The group derives its name…

Other Unknown Monuments in Mandu

Not far from Darya Khan’s Tomb lies the Ruby Palace or Lal Mahal. These days it goes by the name of the Lal Bungalow. In its hay day Mandu’s sultans used it as a summer…

The Rewa Kund Group of Monuments, Mandu

Introduction Baz Bahadur and Roopmati Rewa Kund Baz Bahadur’s Palace Roopmati’s Pavilion Introduction Approximately ten miles from the village of Mandu, due south lies the group of monuments called Rewa Kund. As far as fortifications…