We Indians take pride in our rich culture and heritage. Yet, there are a number of historical places lying in shambles.Here are 10 such 'heritages' from the region which have been utterly neglected and it would be wise to visit them before they completely collapse.
Some portion of the building in which Maharaja Jagatjit Singh spent his formative years in the 1880's, has broken due to lack of repair work and the remaining portion is also peeling off. Many proposals have been made by the Punjab tourism and heritage department to revive the Gol Kothi and other heritage buildings but to no avail.
5)Mubarak Mandi, Jammu:
This was the royal residence of the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir in ancient times. The oldest building of the complex dates back to 1824. Each ruler who resided here added something to the personality of the Mandi and has streaks of Rajasthani, Mughal and European architecture. Sections of the palace now house government offices, courts and the Dogra Art Museum. But, the other parts lie in shambles. The palace has been scorched 36 times and was also affected during an earthquake in 2005.
Photo credits: Nitin Kanotra.HT
6) Pul Kanjari, Amritsar: While the government has spent crores on the conservation of Pul Kanjari, the place still needs a lot. Dating back to the 19th Century, ‘Pul Kanjari’ (the courtesan’s bridge) also known as Pul Moran was erected by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the legendary sovereign of Punjab, and is situated on the Indo-Pak border.
9) Kangra Fort, Kangra: Right from the invasion of Mahmud of Ghajni in AD 1009, to the offensive by Mughal emperor, Janhagir in 1622 to the post- independence politics, Kangra has borne witnessed to a number of historic battles. IT is situated 20kms from Dharmshala.Having the oldest serving Royal Dynasty in the world- Katoch Clan-, with Tika Ambikheswar, grandson of Jodhpur MP Chandresh Kumari, as the 490the scion in the lineage decent, Kangra- which was mentioned as Trigarta Kingdom in Mahabharata epic has the distinction of tilting political scales ever since it was merged in Himachal Pradesh in 1966. The fort is in ruins.
(Contributed by Abhimanyu Kulkarni, Param Narula, Shaheen Prasad, Vishal Joshi)