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Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

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Perched 400 feet above the old city of Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort is unmissable; a seemingly indomitable fortress-palace that strikes awe in all who behold it from afar. “Mehrangarh” means “Fort of the Sun”, and certainly, from way up high, one … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III:14 – Jodhpur… Blue City

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Jodhpur is the penultimate city on my Grand Tour of the Port and Princely Cities of the Subcontinent. It is the capital of the Kingdom of Marwar, an ancient territory ruled by Maharajas with an ancient lineage dating back at least … Continue reading

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The City Palace and the Monsoon Palace

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This is a city of lakes and a city of palaces. The palaces here are all, in their own way, epic and awe-inspiring. Take the City Palace, which sprawls on the East Bank of Lake Pichola. Construction of the palace … Continue reading

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The City and Lake Pichola

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The Lake is everywhere you look. It shimmers and gleams, turning a dozen shades of yellow and gold in the course of a day. The city, with its magnificent palaces and temples, quaint havelis and gardens, and winding alleyways, clings … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-13: Udaipur…Floating City

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At the foothills of the Aravalli mountains floats a city.  A beautiful dream of a city, in the midst of seven lakes. Founded in 1558 by Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia Clan as the capital city of his … Continue reading

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SINGAPORE 1819 – A LIVING LEGACY

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On October 18th, my new book, SINGAPORE 1819 – A LIVING LEGACY launches.  This is my third book, and it comes some three years after the first two. I’m immensely pleased that it’s finally done, given that it is pretty … Continue reading

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Amber Fort, Jaipur

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The Amber Fort, also known as the Amer Fort, is the ancestral seat of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The fort is not named for its colour, but for the town it sits in, called Amer. Perched impossibly on a hill-top, … Continue reading

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Colonial Agra – Civil Lines, the Cantonment… and Laurie’s Hotel

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For the sake of completeness, our Grand Tour of Agra also takes in the city’s lesser-known colonial history and heritage. In 1803, the British invaded Delhi, and shortly after, Agra, commencing 150 years of colonial rule. Earlier on, there had … Continue reading

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Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal’s Agra: the Taj Mahal and Mehtab Bagh

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The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is probably the best known of the Emperors. He reigned from 1628 – 1658, a short 30-year reign.  But during his reign he would also commission a grand number of buildings across the capitals of … Continue reading

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Jahangir and Nur Jahan’s Agra – Sikandra and the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula

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The Emperor Jahangir, son of Akbar and formerly known simply as Prince Salim, reigned from 1605 – 1627 in his father’s capital city of Agra. Like his father, Jahangir was a patron of the arts, with himself being known as … Continue reading

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