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Do-It-Yourself Heritage Walks and Monument Tours

Visiting the Mahabalipuram group of monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was on my bucket list and I finally got to put a check against it.  The group of monuments have served as backdrop for classical dance videos, inspired some great photography and is a treat for archaeology enthusiasts. The monuments which were given the World Heritage Status as long back as 1984, are credited to the genius of the Pallava kings and continue to draw admirers from across the world. Situated right…

Who doesn’t love a great story? Now imagine, the story takes form of sculptures and caves – and 19 of them in the same vicinity. No wonder, Mahabalipuram is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an open museum and you’d need at least a full day to go along the Mahabalipuram Heritage Tour. I hope that you have as much fun reading about these stories as I did, discovering them. We began at the bas-relief of “Descent of Ganga”…

Along the Grand Trunk Road, Aam-Khas Bagh is tucked away in Sirhind (Fatehgarh Sahib), attracting few visitors to its expansive history. One thing I’ve never understood about monuments and heritage sites is the lack of any information display. At museums its a different thing because labels only allow for little space, but heritage sites have so many stories to tell. Online sources indicate that Aam-Khas Bagh (Public-Private Garden) was built by Babur, improved upon by Akbar but used mostly by…

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