Darjeeling Diary – The Birth of Toy Train

Though Darjeeling had become a sprawling city with the Nineteenth Century moving towards its second half, reaching there was a big problem. The steep slope of the road that connected the plains with the hill city was the main reason for the problems. The journey from Kolkata, the capital of the country was to take … Continue reading Darjeeling Diary – The Birth of Toy Train

Darjeeling Diary – The Birth of Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling came into British map in the year 1835 (Read the History of the Hill City of Darjeeling) but soon after that, it started attracting British population. A major boost to the city's population came when, in 1841, Archibald Campbell successfully planted a few Chinese tea seeds he brought from Mussourie. The tea grew well and … Continue reading Darjeeling Diary – The Birth of Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling Diary – How it started

Darjeeling, in Tibetan, means the 'land of Thunders'. 'Dorje' means thunder and 'ling' means a place or a land. However, another school of thoughts believe the name has originated from the 'Thunderbolt Spectre' or 'Bajra' of the Hindu god Indra. Whatever be the reason the name is related to thunders and there must have been … Continue reading Darjeeling Diary – How it started

‘Jahanpanah’ – The city with the glory and glamour of Ibn-Battuta

'The City of Djinns' as mentioned by William Dalrymple has more secret in it than any other city in the world. The capital of India is situated on the buried history of six previous capital cities. In the first part of my Journey through the narrow lanes of hidden secrets, I went to the fourth … Continue reading ‘Jahanpanah’ – The city with the glory and glamour of Ibn-Battuta

Firoz Minar – The mark of African rule in Bengal

Through the massive Dakhil Darwaja, I went out of the Citadel of Gour and entered the ancient city. About a kilometre South of the giant gateway, where once the city centre was located, is standing a beautiful tower - Firoz Minar. The tower with its astonishing scarlet face stands amid a beautiful surrounding - tall mango … Continue reading Firoz Minar – The mark of African rule in Bengal

Boro Sona Masjid – Gour’s Golden Mosque

After an amazing Saturday spent at Pandua, the first capital of independent Sultanate of Bengal, I went back to Malda Town. The Sunday was reserved for the majestic Gour - where the very concept of Bengal was born. I started early in the morning. It is not very difficult to get a bus for Gour … Continue reading Boro Sona Masjid – Gour’s Golden Mosque

Qutb Shahi Masjid – Golden Mosque of Pandua

Before heading towards Adina Masjid from Eklakhi Mausoleum, I made a quick visit to the third most prominent structure of Pandua - the Qutb Shahi Mosque. It is a small yet beautiful mosque made of stone & brick. The enclosed mosque is nothing compared to the massiveness of Adina but I really liked its ambience. … Continue reading Qutb Shahi Masjid – Golden Mosque of Pandua

Adina Masjid – The biggest mosque in the Subcontinent

My next stop was the nearby Adina Mosque - the biggest mosque in the entire subcontinent and one of the first mosques in the region - now in ruins but thankfully well preserved.  - PIN IT FOR FUTURE - See Adina Through My Lens Sikandar Shah, the second Sultan of the Illiyas Shahi dynasty and … Continue reading Adina Masjid – The biggest mosque in the Subcontinent

Eklakhi Mausoleum – The first Islamic Tomb of Bengal

Soon after returning from my journey of Bishnupur, I decided to head North to Gour & Pandua to experience the Medieval Bengali Architecture. Gour and Pandua two small hamlets close to Malda Town of Malda District of West Bengal are the two most important cities so far medieval Bengal is concerned. Malda is extremely easy to … Continue reading Eklakhi Mausoleum – The first Islamic Tomb of Bengal

Bishnupur – The Red Temple City # 2 – My Travelogue

The train reached Bishnupur Station at around 9:30. It's a small yet peaceful train station. We decided to go to the Government Tourist Lodge before starting our journey through the history - firstly these lodges serve good hygienic breakfast and second, we were hoping to get some information about the places not to miss. Both … Continue reading Bishnupur – The Red Temple City # 2 – My Travelogue

Bishnupur – The Red Temple City # 1 – Its History

Whenever I had to catch an early morning train or flight I skip sleeping the night before. In fact, it's simpler than waking up and getting ready. It was not different that day. The whole night was spent watching movies. I took a shower at 4 in the morning and had breakfast in the food … Continue reading Bishnupur – The Red Temple City # 1 – Its History

Radhe Shyam Temple – The Photo Finish

(The article is part of the series – The Scarlet Temples of Bengal) It is for sure that the craftsmen and architects of the Malla Kingdom of Bishnupur had done a lot of experiments with their buildings. While most of the early temples of the city were built with marvellous terracotta bricks, the later ones are … Continue reading Radhe Shyam Temple – The Photo Finish

Shyam Rai Temple – The spectacular Pancha Ratna

(The article is part of the series - The Scarlet Temples of Bengal) 'Pancha Ratna' - in Bengali means Five Star. Though Pancha Ratna is a style of building in vernacular Bengali architecture, these buildings are so amazing that they deserve a 'five-star' tag.  - PIN IT FOR FUTURE - Shyam Rai Temple of Bishnupur, … Continue reading Shyam Rai Temple – The spectacular Pancha Ratna

Rasmancha – Bengal’s own Pyramid.

(The article is part of the series - The Scarlet Temples of Bengal) Rasmancha is the most amazing one among the terracotta temples in Bengal not just for its use but also because of its shape. The pyramidal shape of the roof of the temple is unique for the entire country and it can proudly … Continue reading Rasmancha – Bengal’s own Pyramid.

Quest for the Golden Fort – A Weekend Trip

The quest was finally over - I reached the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer. For all movie lovers from Bengal - this one fort is very special. It is not the legendary movie Sonar Kella that brought this fort to fame but a large part of the movie - 'Gupi Gayen Bagha Bayen' (first movie for … Continue reading Quest for the Golden Fort – A Weekend Trip

Quest for the Golden Fort

From the magnificent Havelis, I walked to the Royal Residence of Jaisalmer- Mandir Palace. Mandir Palace was conceived and its construction started during the reign of Maharawal Moolrajji around two centuries back. The palace was developed around two existing temples, Shri Raam Temple and Shri Giridhariji Temple. With subsequent generations, additions were made to the … Continue reading Quest for the Golden Fort