Month: July 2020

Mandu Valley

We set out for Mandu from Dhar on a rainy day, and something interesting happened en route. 🙂 The ancient city of Mandu is situated on the Vindhya range overlooking the Malwa plateau on one side and the Narmada River valley on the other. There’s a popular viewpoint called Mandu Valley on the way –…

Queen Ahilyabai’s Room

Here are some more photos that I clicked inside Ahilya Fort at Maheshwar, last July. 🙂 You can actually stay in the room in which Ahilyabai Holkar (1725 – 1795) lived and reigned for 30 years! Its called “Haldi”, (the bed is unmade in the pic because it was unoccupied). This fort is small and…

A Love Story from Maheshwar

Old monuments and palaces are full of stories and we got to hear this tragic tale of Bulley Sarkar and Suraj Bibi, and it was very similar to that of Romeo and Juliet. On the Narmada Ghat in Maheshwar, there’s a beautiful Chhatri (tomb) – of Prince Bulley Sarkar, next to that of a dancing…

The Bhojshala (Dhar)

The Bhojshala in Dhar is a historical site that used to be a Saraswati temple as well as a  Sanskrit school during the reign of the eminent Raja Bhoj, around 1010 – 1055 CE. Raja Bhoj is one of the most legendary kings of India, and he ruled from Dhar (1 hour drive from Mandu).…

Shab e Malwa (Malwa Nights)

  These are photos of my trip to Mandu last July, during the monsoons. I had heard that the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh in which Mandu is situated, is very picturesque and enchanting during the monsoons. Therefore, decided to visit during that time. It was indeed beautiful and we enjoyed every bit of the…

Ahilya Fort

Last July, I had just reached the Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, and was enjoying the views of the Narmada river in Mahishmati (the ancient name of Maheshwar)! 🙂 Every Monday evening, a photograph of the erstwhile queen – Ahilyabai is carried in a palanquin to the nearby ghats and worshipped there. When she…

Rani Rupmati

Visited the heritage city of Mandu in Madhya Pradesh, India, at this time, last year. The most interesting story there is the love story of Rani Rupmati and Baz Bahadur. Their attachment was based on their common love for music even though they were never married nor was their love consummated. Roopmati was not a…

The Cultural Revolution

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.  – George Santayana The recent Indo-China clashes in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh got me interested in China and Chinese history. Have been reading up on it and am sharing some interesting stories from it. We have all heard about the terrible Holocaust (genocide…