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The Rough Guide to India

The Rough Guide to India

The Rough Guide to India is the essential handbook to this extraordinary country. The 24 page full-colour introduction includes stunning photography of the country's many highlights. The guide has comprehensive accounts of every attraction, from fast-paced Delhi and the sacred sites of the Ganges plain to the Moghul splendour of Agra and the shell-sand beaches of the south. There is also practical advice on activities as diverse as boating through the Keralan backwaters, hiking through the high-altitude deserts of Ladakh or treatments at an ayurvedic spa. The listings sections provide hundreds of insider reviews of the best hotels, hostels, restaurants, bars, shops and museums in every city and village. The authors also give an informed insight into India's history, politics, religion, music and cinema, providing a valuable context to the reader's trip.
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Delhi Tombs

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Humayun's Tomb is sited near Nizamuddin, the centre of medieval Moslem Delhi. Its construction was begun in 1564 after the second Mughal emperor's death by his widow Haji Begum, mother of Akbar. Built on a magnificent podium overlooking the quartered garden, it was built of red sandstone and inlaid with black and white marble. It shows considerable Persian influence.

Gardens around Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Gardens around Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Humayun's tomb actually includes over a hundred graves. The grounds were also used for the burial of prominent nobles in smaller but architecturally impressive tombs in the garden.

Garden tombs

Garden tombs

Some of these tombs are of uncertain origin and may predate Humayun's tomb itself. One may be that of Babur, the first emperor and father of Humayun.

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The Last Mughal

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857

by William Dalrymple
 On a dark evening in November 1862, a cheap coffin is buried in eerie silence. There are no lamentations or panegyrics, for the British Commissioner in charge has insisted, 'No vesting will remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Mughals rests.' This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj's Stalingrad, the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture.
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