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

25 Times Bollywood went to the Queen of Hills

(Read The History of the Hill City of Darjeeling) It will be a tough task to find an Indian who has not seen the 'Mere Sapno Ki Rani' song featuring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. The iconic song is still a super hit even after half a century of its release. It is not only … Continue reading 25 Times Bollywood went to the Queen of Hills

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

7 Tips for Travellers to survive the Nasty Heats of Bengal like a local

  The nasty summers of Eastern India are here again. The worst part of this tremendous season is that it is extremely humid and drain out all the energy in you. The summers of the Northern parts of India can be termed more extreme because the mercury touches greater hights there but unless you are … Continue reading 7 Tips for Travellers to survive the Nasty Heats of Bengal like a local

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

Adina Masjid Through my Lens

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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

The Greatest Gates of India – Dakhil Darwaza

Monumental Gates has always been a reflection of prosperity for Kingdoms. Rulers, over the course of human civilisation, have always wanted to build gigantic gates which will play a pivotal role in the security of the countrymen and also display the might of the state. Not only for military reasons, many gates have been erected … Continue reading The Greatest Gates of India – Dakhil Darwaza

Bahulara Sidheshwar Temple – The Dashing Deul

(The article is part of the series – The Scarlet Temples of Bengal) The moment the temple architecture of Bengal is referred, Bishnupur is the first name to come up. It is true that Bishnupur has made some of the biggest contributions to the developing style of architecture in Bengal but some of the finest examples … Continue reading Bahulara Sidheshwar Temple – The Dashing Deul

Kesto Rai Temple- The Majestic ‘Jor Bangla’

(The article is part of the series – The Scarlet Temples of Bengal) Bangla style (also called the Do-Chala roof) of the roof is a unique component of Bengali Architecture. The low curved roofs with two-way pitching resemble the traditional mud cottages of Bengal. Since the roof - recreated with terracotta bricks is an identical replica … Continue reading Kesto Rai Temple- The Majestic ‘Jor Bangla’

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.

Madan Mohan Temple – The Magnificant Ekratna

(The article is part of the series - The Scarlet Temples of Bengal) Bishnupur, located at about 130 kilometres from Kolkata, was the capital of the 'Malla' rulers. The zenith of the Malla dynasty was between 15th Century to 18th Century when a large part of Bengal (west of river Ganges) and Jharkhand was part … Continue reading Madan Mohan Temple – The Magnificant Ekratna