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BHUNTAR, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The one that started a trend.

Behind the huge dome tomb known as the Bara Gumbad in Lodi Gardens, sits the prototype that revolutionized mosque architecture in India. Its builders speculated to be Hindu artisans working for their Afghan overlords.

Built by a woman prime minister of the Mughal court.

The mosque's sponsoring regent was a women of exceptional talent who rose from the humble ranks of wet nurse to the Mughal emperor Akbar to Prime Minister.

Was the emperor Humayun murdered?

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.

Honouring the brave.

The 81 year old war memorial that has no intention of letting the world forget the gallantry of the British Indian Army.

Din Panah, the city of Humayun.

Built during the reign of the second Mughal emperor Naseer-ud-din-baig-Muhammad-Humayun, almost within the span of a year, the citadel of Din Panah stands testament of a now completely gone medieval city that once eclipsed nearly all towns and cities of Persia and Central Asia as a refuge for the learned, wise and members of all faiths of Islam world.

Aqueducts beyond the borders of the Roman Empire.

Before water pipes, majestic structures called aqueducts spanning thousands of kilometres brought water home to the people from distant lakes and rivers. The ancient Romans were experts in building aqueducts of enormous sizes but they weren't the only ones.

Possibly the world’s most complex hybrid.

What creature has the trunk of an elephant, the jaws of a crocodile, the eyes of a monkey, the tusks of a wild boar, the scales, tendrils and gills of a fish, the tail of a peacock, the mane of a horse and the claws of a lion?

The bridge that stood up to the fury of a river...

For incoming travelers headed for Manikaran, Diyar, Kasol or Manali, the Bhuntar-Hatithan bridge might be a mere landmark but for dwellers of the valley it continues to be a busy lifeline.