Forest Research Institute – FRI | Dehradun Heritage Tour

The story of Indian forests and the Forest Research Institute!

Khalanga War Memorial | Battle of Nalapani | Stories from Anglo Nepalese War | British Gorkha War

Sitting right in the heart of this battleground, we witnessed some amazing stories of the British-Gorkha war of 1814 AD where an army of 400 Gorkhas gave a tough time to a decorated army of 5000 soldiers of the Company!

The Story of Shri Guru Ram Rai Darbar Sahib | Jhanda Sahib Doon | Naming of Dehradun

Built in 1707, almost half a century after Taj Mahal, this lesser known shrine, situated in the heart of Dehradun, is the reason why the town is named so! The construction was patronised by Aurangzeb who dedicated this place to his friend and guide, Sri Guru Ram Rai. This complex is one of the finest examples of artworks of Mughal times ..with marvellous Frescoes, Marble-inlay work (pachchikari) done by the descendants of artists who worked on Taj Mahal.. this place is an oasis of tranquility in Dehradun.

Mindrolling Monastery | Buddha Temple Dehradun | The return of Buddhism to the valley

In this episode – the story of Buddhism in Dehradun, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Buddhist connections of Benaras, Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Haryana!

The Changing Face of the Hauz Khas Complex : A Heritage Walk (9 Dec 2018)

The Changing Face of the Hauz Khas Complex : A Heritage Walk.

Popular as ‘HKV’, in today’s modern lingo, known more for it’s upscale cafés, high end boutiques, antique shops and a bustling hangout was once a repository of culture and knowledge. This charming site has seen several twists and turns with time; it housed a water reservoir built by Alauddin Khilji, converted into a battlefield ushering the beginning of the Tughluq dynasty and got an uplifting during Feroze Shah Tughluq’s reign as he built a Madrasa; a seminary of international repute. It also became his final resting place.

On 9th December, we will walk down these incidents with walk leader, Aditya Pathak and will discuss the peculiar architectural innovations of the Firozian times, which laid the foundation of Indo Islamic architecture.
We’ll also discuss a conjectural reconstruction of the place

The primary structures to be covered in the walk :
● Hauz e Alai
● Madrasa e Feroz Shahi
● A Medieval mosque with innovative architecture
● University Buildings.
● Feroze Shah Tughluqs tomb.

Walk leader : Aditya Pathak
Catch him in action on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/adityapathakutube

Day and Date : 9th Dec’2018/Sunday

Timings : 9am to 11:30 am

Language : English/Hindi

Charges : ₹300

Contact number: 9818278665

Meeting Point : mein “Deer Park entrance (near Hauz Khas Village parking)”
Parking is available at the meeting Point.
The nearest metro station is Hauz Khas on the yellow line. Then take an auto to the meeting point. https://goo.gl/maps/PaG9YbRb4Go

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/364088394138826

The Story of Kohinoor the Blood Diamond! Part 2 of 2

 

Part 2 of 2 : the story of the Koh-e-Noor before it was named so!

The Curse behind the Sparkle: Koh e Noor the blood diamond!

Muhammad Shah rangeeley re sajna, tum bin mai kaa kaari badariya nit naa suhaawe!!

Aurangzeb was the sixth Mughal emperor, and after his death in 1707, as many as six more emperors would sit on the Peacock throne in the next 12 years. On the 10th of September, we shall discuss the period under Mohammad Shah ‘Rangila’, the cultural rennaissance of Delhi, the aftermath of Nadir Shah’s invasion and also how it was the rise of a dowager queen and a powerful eunuch nawab who became the proxy rulers after Rangeela’s death. We will also trace the journey of the most cursed jewel, the ‘Koh-i-Noor’.

The baithak will cover

● Masjid, and structures inside the Qudsia Bagh.

● Discussion on decline and weakening of Mughal empire during the 18th century.

● The proxy rulers of Delhi : Qudsia Begum & Nawab Jawed Khan.

● Interesting stories of the Koh-i-Noor and it’s journey from the mines of South India, to the Peacock throne, to Nader Shah, to Ranjit Singh’s turban to Queen Victoria’s crown.

Join us in discussing this interesting period of history with walk leader Bela Upadhyay

Day & Date : Sunday, 10th September/2017.

Time : 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

Venue : Qudsia Bagh. https://goo.gl/maps/aZ89kz2jAa92

Qudsia Bagh / The Story of Kohinoor the Blood Diamond! Part 1 of 2

 

Part 1 of 2 : In this episode we explore the Qudsia Bagh and it’s history and discuss about the story of the Koh-e-Noor before it was named so!

The Curse behind the Sparkle: Koh e Noor the blood diamond!

Muhammad Shah rangeeley re sajna, tum bin mai kaa kaari badariya nit naa suhaawe!!

Aurangzeb was the sixth Mughal emperor, and after his death in 1707, as many as six more emperors would sit on the Peacock throne in the next 12 years. On the 10th of September, we shall discuss the period under Mohammad Shah ‘Rangila’, the cultural rennaissance of Delhi, the aftermath of Nadir Shah’s invasion and also how it was the rise of a dowager queen and a powerful eunuch nawab who became the proxy rulers after Rangeela’s death. We will also trace the journey of the most cursed jewel, the ‘Koh-i-Noor’.

The baithak will cover

● Masjid, and structures inside the Qudsia Bagh.

● Discussion on decline and weakening of Mughal empire during the 18th century.

● The proxy rulers of Delhi : Qudsia Begum & Nawab Jawed Khan.

● Interesting stories of the Koh-i-Noor and it’s journey from the mines of South India, to the Peacock throne, to Nader Shah, to Ranjit Singh’s turban to Queen Victoria’s crown.

Join us in discussing this interesting period of history with walk leader Bela Upadhyay

Day & Date : Sunday, 10th September/2017.

Time : 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

Venue : Qudsia Bagh. https://goo.gl/maps/aZ89kz2jAa92