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For eons now, Bengal’s most popular festival has been repeatedly celebrated during the wrong time of the year. Spring not autumn is the historical season for invoking the goddess Durga. Yet, both priestly class and devotees hardly give a hoot.
Shedding a violent past of savage blood lust and slaughter, this erstwhile hunting reserve of kings and high ranking British officials has traversed the path of redemption since becoming a National Park in 1982 and a UNESCO world heritage site in 1985.
Located within the lush greens of present day Lodi Gardens, the mausoleum of Sikandar Lodi is taken to be the first of the garden mausoleums built in the sub continent.
The mausoleum of Muhammad Shah Sayyid in New Delhi is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture that found roots during the reign of the Delhi Sultanate that lasted for nearly 320 years.
To James Fergusson, a 18th century architectural historian, Sher Shah Suri's monuments reinforced an age old saying of India's Afghan rulers.
Some eight hundred years after the holy book of Quaran was compiled, Mughal emperor Humayun, a devoted Sunni and later a Shia convert, felt the potency of the words with a tumble down the staircase of his favourite tower.
The 81 year old war memorial that has no intention of letting the world forget the gallantry of the British Indian Army.
Swamp deer once grazed in great herds across north India. Now fragile numbers make up an endangered population solely dependent on conservationists and sanctuaries to keep extinction at bay.
For birds looking to build nests, Sultanpur’s cosmopolitan forest of woody sentinels, is akin to a five star resort minus the room service.
Discovered by Peter Jackson, an avid ornithologist, and nurtured by the Haryana State Government, India Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is a miniature replica of an Indian jungle and a heaven for birds.