Month: September 2015

21 Things to do in India – #WorldTourismDay

On World Tourism Day, I pay tribute to the world of travelling by sharing the most special moments I spent, the best experiences I made while travelling India. My travel tales include the places I visited, the people I met, the places, cuisines, smells and culture I encountered. As the UN celebrates World Tourism Day today (27th September), I am doing my bit by sharing my experiences. Tourism is a great way to know about each other’s culture and tradition, a way to implement harmony and peace. As the UN states in its 2015 #WTD theme, tourism has the potential for...

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Adina Mosque Malda

The Adina Mosque is situated about 16 kms from the town of Malda. It was built by Sultan Sikandar Shah and is the largest Islamic monument of Bengal. It is one of the finest architectural structure built in Bengal during the Muslim period. As we first entered the mosque, we were awed  the vast dual coloured wall.  Below, the wall was made of grey stone upto about 10 feet. The upper portion of the wall was made of red bricks. The Adina Mosque has many distinct remnants of Hindu deities on the gateways and the walls of the mosque. Also the...

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Excavation sites at Gour Malda

The excavation sites at Gour, Malda tells the tale of the erstwhile kingdom of the Bengal rulers. A bye lane from the road towards Firoz Minar from Qadam Rasool mosque will take you to the excavation sites. There is very little called road, it is just a muddy and dusty path. A few minutes walk or you can take your vehicle too and you will be standing in front of a mammoth wall – the Baisgazi wall. Baisgazi Wall: There is a huge wall called the “Baisgazi Wall”. As the wall is measured 22 Bengali yards i.e. 42 feet...

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Gour, Malda – the erstwhile power centre of Bengal – II

In our previous post, we had written about the grandeur and beauty of Gour, the ancient power seat of Bengal. We had told the stories of the Kotwali Darwaja, Lottan mosque and Tantipara mosque  in our previous post. The rest follows…. Lukachuri Gate: Next we passed through the “Lukachuri Gate”. It appears to have been built by Shah Suja, brother of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1655 AD. This has large double storeyed gate, with guard’s room on sides and a Naqqar Khana (drummers chamber) on top is built of brick and stone and is the eastern entrance into the...

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Gour, Malda – the erstwhile power centre of Bengal

Malda – the first thing that comes to our mind about Malda is mangoes. But Malda is much more than that. Malda has a very rich history and was the seat of power for many empires. Malda thus have a few historical relics scattered throughout with Gour and Panduah being the most famous. The history of Malda can be traced back to the medieval periods and centres around the cities of Gaur and Pandua. Gaur being an ancient city, its mention can be found even in the Hindu Puranic texts. The historical records of the city however can be...

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Wah Taj ! – Taj Mahal at Agra

“The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.” – Rabindra Nath Tagore Taj Mahal is considered to be the epitome of love and one of the most beautiful mausoleums of India and perhaps the most famous one too. So before actually visiting the Taj Mahal, you have seen the white marble structure a number of times in photographs and videos.  But that does not in any way lessen the awe of visiting the Taj for the first time and seeing it with your own eyes! Tha Taj Mahal...

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Travelling together is fun

Dedicated to all the travelling couples.. Imagine watching the sunset from a beautiful beach holding the hands of your partner or watching the snow capped mountains with your beloved by your side. What can be more romantic that that? Travelling together is indeed fun! I agree solo travelling also has its own benefits.  But travelling together has also its advantages. After travelling solo for a few years, now I am discovering the wonders of travelling together with my husband. A few reasons why I think that travelling together is great… The first and foremost reason is that you have...

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