Indian history has its roots in its ancient temples, historic forts, opulent palaces, and splendid heritage and culture. Let us explore some of the famous historical places and majestic structures that greet you in every nook and cranny of this majestic country.
Calcutta, the colonial name for Kolkata, is popularly known as the ‘City of Joy’ due to its festival, food, culture, the breathtaking ghats situated at the periphery of the city, and the splendid historical monuments that stand tall. But do you know that this colonial city is also known for its ‘great houses’ which were built by the Bengal merchants during the colonial era? Unfortunately, such structures are losing its importance and beauty in current times.
The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta, texted and photographed by Joanne Taylor, makes for a significant read in exploring Calcutta’s greatest heritage houses that one may find in crowded lanes and secret courtyards, and learning about their vibrant history.
Intensely researched by the author Subhashis Das on the megaliths of Jharkhand, Megalithic Sites of Jharkhand is an important study on astronomy and is well-stocked with fine photographs, allowing readers to travel to the fascinating past of the ancient megaliths. A wonderful read, it opens a gateway for readers to view Indian cultural history in a whole new way.
The book is a testimony to the pre-historic tribes of Jharkhand, India, accompanied by engrossing local folklores. A must-read!
In this captivating study, Pradeep Chakravarthy and Vikram Sathyanathan have highlighted the cultural history of Thanjavur through splendid words and fascinating images. They have woven together a treasure trove of the city that beholds the grandeur of huge temples built during the reign of the Chola dynasty.
The book is rich with colourful and vivid illustrations of the paintings, dance, drama, crafts, cuisines, handicrafts, and more that tells the story of the city of Thanjavur in a never-seen-before way.
Built by Jalaluddin Akbar, the greatest Mughal emperor of all time, Fatehpur Sikri was the royal capital, a centre of art and culture, and has a Sufi dargah at its spiritual heart that has attracted Hindu and Muslim pilgrims for centuries.
Written by Subhadra Sen Gupta, Fatehpur Sikri: Akbar’s Magnificent City on a Hill highlights the magnificence of the architecture and the eventful history of the city, entailing the story behind each structure within the complex. The question as to why Akbar chose this place to build his city of dreams, only to abandon it forever, intrigues the reader right from the beginning of the book to which one gets an unexpected answer in the end.
Chittorgarh: The Braveheart of Rajputana by Dharmendra Kanwar is a beautiful piece of work based on the magnificent Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan, which records the courage and the valour of its inhabitants.
This book offers a glimpse into the history of Chittorgarh that has witnessed some of the bloodiest battles ever. The fort was home to a host of legendary figures like Rana Kumbha, Rana Pratap, Rani Padmini, and many more, and the imposing towers and ramparts boast of heroic acts of valour which have been kept alive today by the local musicians. The glorious history of the fort and its larger-than-life personalities have been accounted in an overwhelming manner in this book.
Deeg Palace uncovers the journey through the fantastical water palace of Deeg, Rajasthan, built by the Jats in the eighteenth century, extending up to Delhi and Agra. The palace was built in an attempt to reproduce the symbol of Radha−Krishna’s raas-leela, and depicts a unique cultural amalgamation of Mughal-Rajput garden palace architecture.
Bharat Chugh and Shalini Chugh capture the spirit of Deeg by not only inspecting the grandeur of the architecture and stonework, but also the modulation of the events which led to the shaping of Deeg.
Enriched with elucidative photographs and three-dimensional sketches of fascinating water fountains, dazzling water features, and beautifully decorated stone embellishments, the book is homage to its unknown craftsmen, and a treasure for any art connoisseur.