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Rahim’s tomb: Delhi’s monument of love gets new lease of life after six-year conservation

A multi-disciplinary team of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and support of a corporate conglomerate, worked extensively on the project which married traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology.
A view of the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan also known as Rahim's Tomb, after the completion of its restoration work, near Nizamuddin, in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A view of the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan also known as Rahim's Tomb, after the completion of its restoration work, near Nizamuddin, in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 17, 2020 06:35 PM IST
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HT Picks: New Reads

This week’s interesting reads includes a book on post-Independence archaeology in India, one on the guns of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and a debut novel on Naga life in the troubled final decades of the twentieth century
On the reading list this week is a book on archaeology in India, a volume on the guns of a royal collector, and a searing debut novel on Naga life in the troubled 1980s and 1990s.(HT Team)
On the reading list this week is a book on archaeology in India, a volume on the guns of a royal collector, and a searing debut novel on Naga life in the troubled 1980s and 1990s.(HT Team)
Updated on Nov 06, 2020 08:24 PM IST
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Delhiwale: Lesser-known historical edifices

In a city where almost all monuments commemorate male rulers, it is a relief to come across centuries-old landmarks enshrined to women— who, additionally, might have nothing to do with royalty.
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 06:54 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

India-China sea voyage in PMO panel’s pitch for reforms in heritage management

The panel’s report has also highlighted the lack of a centralized database of archival records, drawings and photo archives
A panel, under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, has suggested a cultural exchange on a sea voyage between India and China among reforms for heritage management.(HT File Photo/ Sourced)
A panel, under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, has suggested a cultural exchange on a sea voyage between India and China among reforms for heritage management.(HT File Photo/ Sourced)
Updated on Jun 11, 2020 01:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByDeeksha Bhardwaj

In a first, free entry for women at ticketed monuments on International Women’s Day

Sharing the information, Superintending Archaeologist of Bengaluru circle, Dr Shivakant Vajpayee told PTI important ticketed monuments in India include Taj Mahal in Agra, Qutub Minar, Lal Qila, and old fort in New Delhi.
Archaeological Survey of India has decided not to charge fees from women visitors to the centrally protected ticketed monuments across the country on the occasion of International Women’s Day(PTI)
Archaeological Survey of India has decided not to charge fees from women visitors to the centrally protected ticketed monuments across the country on the occasion of International Women’s Day(PTI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2020 05:28 PM IST
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Hansi’s historical sites now den of drug addicts

Even as the Hisar administration is planning to start a special bus service to take tourists to various historical sites in the city, it is faced with a peculiar challenge— most of these sites have become a safe haven for drug addicts and have been encroached upon by squatters.
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Updated on Mar 04, 2020 01:12 AM IST
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Pillars depicting ancient history erected at IIT Ropar

Each facade carries carvings of unique stories built around central figures of the Indus Valley Civilisation
The four pillars have been constructed at a budget of around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4 crore.(HT PHOTO)
The four pillars have been constructed at a budget of around 4 crore.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 04, 2019 09:29 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByBahadurjeet Singh, Rupnagar

Malcha Mahal: From the abode of ‘royals’ to ghost house

For over three decades, Malcha Mahal, a 14th-century hunting lodge in the middle of Delhi’s ridge forest, inhabited by the self-proclaimed royal family of Oudh, remained out of bounds for those uninvited. Until the afternoon of September 3, 2017, not many had entered the lodge. And then one afternoon, the palace’s last resident, Prince Ali Raza was found dead.
The ruins of Malcha Mahal after almost two years of the death of its last inhabitant, the self-proclaimed, Prince Ali Raza. Raza, 58, died on September 2, 2017 following a brief illness. It came to be known as Wilayat Mahal after Begum Wilayat Mahal of Awadh who was reportedly given the place by the government of India in May 1985.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The ruins of Malcha Mahal after almost two years of the death of its last inhabitant, the self-proclaimed, Prince Ali Raza. Raza, 58, died on September 2, 2017 following a brief illness. It came to be known as Wilayat Mahal after Begum Wilayat Mahal of Awadh who was reportedly given the place by the government of India in May 1985.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 28, 2019 06:03 AM IST
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The riddle of paragraph 652 in the Ayodhya order

It pins 1856 as the threshold to examine legal claims. But its final verdict goes against precisely this basis
The Supreme Court may have decided to find a pragmatic way for social harmony but, as an Indian, I ask myself if that is the function of the court or of other State institutions? Hence, I am conflicted(Sunil Saxena/HT)
The Supreme Court may have decided to find a pragmatic way for social harmony but, as an Indian, I ask myself if that is the function of the court or of other State institutions? Hence, I am conflicted(Sunil Saxena/HT)
Published on Nov 20, 2019 07:17 PM IST
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ByVivek Katju

Some parties open to compromise solution: Land for temple to save mosques elsewhere

According to the settlement proposed by the parties, the Sunni Central Waqf Board would be willing to give up its claim on the disputed 2.77-acre land if four conditions were met.
A general view of Ayodhya City on Wednesday.(ANI photo)
A general view of Ayodhya City on Wednesday.(ANI photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2020 01:26 AM IST
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Foreigners, Indians in a mad rush to soak in Taj Mahal’s glory in moonlight

After the Supreme Court’s direction, the Taj Mahal is open for visitors for five nights in a month—on the full moon’s night and two nights before and two after that. However, if one falls on a Friday night viewing is not allowed as it’s the weekly closing day.
The sun sets in the foreground of the Taj Mahal.(PTI photo)
The sun sets in the foreground of the Taj Mahal.(PTI photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2019 08:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Agra | ByHT Correspondent

Report on ruins can’t be rejected, interpretation key: Supreme Court

Senior Advocate Shekhar Naphde, also representing a Muslim party, said that the decision of courts below in the 1885 suit filed by Ayodhya resident Raghubar Das held that a mosque existed at the site and Hindus had only limited rights.
The five-judge Supreme Court bench started holding daily hearings from August this year to fast-track the case that has been pending for decades(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The five-judge Supreme Court bench started holding daily hearings from August this year to fast-track the case that has been pending for decades(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 28, 2019 12:03 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Road dust and garbage dumped near Mehrauli Archaeological Park riles tourists, residents

The 200 metres -250 metres stretch of the garbage pile, lying adjacent to the archaeological park is located at a distance of about 100 metres from the ASI-protected Qutub complex.
Local residents say the waste dump is causing air pollution in the area.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Local residents say the waste dump is causing air pollution in the area.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 26, 2019 09:05 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByAdrija Roychowdhy

Nine fountains at Mughal-era tomb of Safdarjung spring up to former glory

Of the nine fountains which are now functional, four were missing when restoration efforts started. They have been replaced with new sandstone fountains constructed in the same Mughal era style.
Late Mughal era fountains restored and made functional at Safdarjung Tomb, in New Delhi,(Ajay Aggarwal / Hindustan Times)
Late Mughal era fountains restored and made functional at Safdarjung Tomb, in New Delhi,(Ajay Aggarwal / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 25, 2019 06:01 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Forgotten stepwells fine examples of our heritage

The traditional subterranean water bodies in this region of India are of two broad types —the stepwell and the stepped pond.
A view of the ancient water conservation system-- Rajon Ki Baoli, at Mehrauli, in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
A view of the ancient water conservation system-- Rajon Ki Baoli, at Mehrauli, in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 16, 2019 01:52 PM IST
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Maharashtra forts: Promote heritage tourism, but with regulations, say experts from Pune

Certain regulations and limitations while promoting the heritage is a must to prevent further destruction of the forts in the state, said Joshi. 
According to Joshi, the government has not called for any consultation or recommendations from the committee members or historians.(HT image)
According to Joshi, the government has not called for any consultation or recommendations from the committee members or historians.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 08, 2019 04:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByParth Welankar

At Purana Qila, first museum for the country’s once-lost antiques

The gallery is curated by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Most of the objects retrieved are through the ministry of external affairs and other law enforcement agencies and are stored at the ASI’s central antiquity collection (CAC) or other authorities.
Most artefacts were handed over voluntarily by countries which possessed them, others confiscated by agencies.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Most artefacts were handed over voluntarily by countries which possessed them, others confiscated by agencies.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 01, 2019 03:09 PM IST
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CBI conducts nationwide surprise checks at 150 government departments

The checks were conducted across 30 cities including Srinagar.
CISF personnel patrol the CBI HQ premises in New Delhi. The agency carried out 150 surprise checks across the country on its anti-corruption drive.(PTI)
CISF personnel patrol the CBI HQ premises in New Delhi. The agency carried out 150 surprise checks across the country on its anti-corruption drive.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2019 06:51 PM IST
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Archaeologists find 2,500 year old Iron Age bead-making unit in Vidarbha

The site has been dated between 400 and 800 BC. The excavation was carried out by the ASI’s Nagpur branch.
The Archaeological Survey of India has unearthed traces of a 2,500-year-old settlement in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha district, including a bead manufacturing unit, iron equipment, pottery, hearths, storage bins and carbonised fruits and animal remains.(Photo courtesy ASI)
The Archaeological Survey of India has unearthed traces of a 2,500-year-old settlement in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha district, including a bead manufacturing unit, iron equipment, pottery, hearths, storage bins and carbonised fruits and animal remains.(Photo courtesy ASI)
Updated on Aug 29, 2019 11:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

L-G tells stakeholders to finish redevelopment of Sheesh Mahal park by Dec 2020

Sheesh Mahal is a 17th-century palace that was commissioned by Shah Jahan’s wife, Akbarabadi Begum. The surrounding garden consisted of fruit orchards and was one of the favourite spots of emperor Shah Jahan.
Baijal directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to carry out harmonised greening of the area, development of water bodies and restoration of the heritage structure.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Baijal directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to carry out harmonised greening of the area, development of water bodies and restoration of the heritage structure.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 29, 2019 04:04 AM IST
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Five years of restoration later, Nila Gumbad gets back its lost grandeur

The grandeur of the monument and its adjoining garden, however, started deteriorating from the 19th century. First, the northern portion of Nila Gumbad was taken over by the railway lines and the Nizamuddin railway station was built, abutting the monument.
Believed to be one of the earliest Mughal-era structures in Delhi, the Nila Gumbad boasts an interesting history.(Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)
Believed to be one of the earliest Mughal-era structures in Delhi, the Nila Gumbad boasts an interesting history.(Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2019 08:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAdrija Roychowdhury

Lieutenant Governor orders for restoration of Sheesh Mahal

On Saturday, Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal, also the chairman of the DDA, visited the monument along with his officials and those from the ASI and decided on a project to restore the monument and redevelop the park.
Large parts of the garden has disappeared, and the remaining 180 acres converted into a park managed by the DDA.(biplov Bhuyan/HT)
Large parts of the garden has disappeared, and the remaining 180 acres converted into a park managed by the DDA.(biplov Bhuyan/HT)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 01:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAdrija Roychowdhury

Delhi’s Hauz Khas lake to be lit up

While the Hauz Khas lake was built by Khilji, the surrounding monuments were built by Tughlaq ruler, Feroz Shah Tughlaq between 1352 and 1354 AD.
The complex consisting of the monuments, located in Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi, is not a ticketed area.(HT image)
The complex consisting of the monuments, located in Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi, is not a ticketed area.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 18, 2019 01:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Safdarjung and Humayun tombs to stay open till 9 pm

Safdarjung’s tomb underwent complete illumination in July this year. The dome of Humayun’s tomb, on the other hand, was lit up in September 2018.
The 16th century mausoleum of Mughal emperor Humayun and the 18th century tomb of Safdarjung, a prime minister in the Mughal court, were two monuments from Delhi that were selected for the extended timings.(HT image)
The 16th century mausoleum of Mughal emperor Humayun and the 18th century tomb of Safdarjung, a prime minister in the Mughal court, were two monuments from Delhi that were selected for the extended timings.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 18, 2019 12:28 AM IST
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Changes in visa structure, geo-parks on anvil: Prahlad Patel

The safety of foreign woman tourists has been a recurrent problem. Recently the video of a woman went viral wherein she stood outside an Indian mission in protest because her convicted molester was given bail in India.
Ministry is working on are format changes in the visa structure, trainings of drivers and tour operators to ensure the safety of woman tourists, and building geo-parks to display geological heritage sites across the country.(HT FILE)
Ministry is working on are format changes in the visa structure, trainings of drivers and tour operators to ensure the safety of woman tourists, and building geo-parks to display geological heritage sites across the country.(HT FILE)
Updated on Aug 11, 2019 05:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

Tourism in Ladakh: Centre charts plans for homestays, bird-watching

Promoting homestays in the region was one way of enabling tourists to get a taste of the local culture, and the Centre was working on this, he said.
On the drawing board are facilities for homestays in monasteries dotting the region, development of eco-tourism, including bird-watching, and preservation of heritage structures, the minister said. The idea of promoting Ladakh as a retreat for writers and researchers will also be explored.(AFP)
On the drawing board are facilities for homestays in monasteries dotting the region, development of eco-tourism, including bird-watching, and preservation of heritage structures, the minister said. The idea of promoting Ladakh as a retreat for writers and researchers will also be explored.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 11, 2019 12:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

Red Fort to remain shut from August 8 to 15

The directive has been issued by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to ensure security measures in the Red Fort premises ahead of Independence Day.
Red Fort will remain shut for the public from the morning of August 8 till Independence Day celebrations are over on August 15.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Red Fort will remain shut for the public from the morning of August 8 till Independence Day celebrations are over on August 15.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 08, 2019 12:08 AM IST
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Archaeology dept blames Golf Club as restoration of monuments delayed

The six monuments inside the Delhi Golf Club premises were part of the 19 monuments that had been taken up for conservation by the department of state archaeology in collaboration with Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) in 2017.
The monuments inside the club includes the tomb of Mir Taqi, Bagichi tomb, tomb of Sayyid Abid, two unknown tombs and one unknown mosque.(Sourced)
The monuments inside the club includes the tomb of Mir Taqi, Bagichi tomb, tomb of Sayyid Abid, two unknown tombs and one unknown mosque.(Sourced)
Updated on Aug 03, 2019 05:27 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

Centre starts assessing security and lighting at monuments in Delhi

The Safdarjung Tomb and the Humayun’s Tomb are two monuments in Delhi which will be open to public till 9pm.
The Humayun’s Tomb (above) and the Safdarjung Tomb are two monuments in Delhi, which will be open to public till 9pm.(HT FILE)
The Humayun’s Tomb (above) and the Safdarjung Tomb are two monuments in Delhi, which will be open to public till 9pm.(HT FILE)
Published on Aug 01, 2019 07:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Honey bees at Taj Mahal alarm tourists

A tourist guide said that beehives have always been there.
Old timers recalled several attacks by bees, which caused panic (representational image).(Unsplash/@kalitg)
Old timers recalled several attacks by bees, which caused panic (representational image).(Unsplash/@kalitg)
Updated on Jul 03, 2019 01:26 PM IST
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Agra | ByIndo Asian News Service
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