Weathered cities and old buildings have always captivated me. So last month, while in Goa I was delighted to come…
Once upon a time in Jaisalmer, the walls of Salam Singh’s Haveli trembled with occurrences of cruelty. Women feared event its shadow, and the curse it could bring upon them. A few miles away in the Thar Desert, Kuldhara village has similar stories of a curse, and remains an abandoned place. Legend says that it remains deserted to this day because of the misdeeds of diwan Salam Singh.
Inside the JJ School of Art, is a bungalow that belonged to the famous author and Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling.
Mirza Ghalib’s haveli is located in Gali Qasim Jan of Ballimaran. It was given the status of a heritage site, after a 1997 high court judgement, by the Archaeological Survey of India. Since then the structure has been restored and converted into a museum.
The Braganza Pereira house has been standing tall, overlooking the Chandor town square, for over 350 odd years. The two-storeyed house is unique to Goa – you are greeted with a very Portuguese facade topped with local red-brick tiled roof.
Chand baori is in a small village, about 95 kms from Jaipur. Baoris are steps wells built to store and tap groundwater.