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The mystique of ancient sentinels



MAJESTIC STRUCTURE: The Mehrangarh fort.

`ONE legacy of India's rich and varied history, which goes far back into early antiquity, is the numerous forts and palaces, which dot the landscape through the length and breadth of the country. In popular imagination forts and palaces are redolent of mystique, romance, pleasure and intrigue; but above all — melding beauty and grace with strength and substance — these proud sentinels are living reminders of India's breathtakingly rich civilisation and culture.


Spanning the four corners of India, the forts and palaces featured in these pages have been included as much for their historical and cultural significance as for their architectural splendour and beauty. Some of these hitherto little known forts and palaces are important for the restoration and preservation work being undertaken there... What the reader ... comes away with is the startling realisation that far from decay and lost splendour, these forts and palaces are actually vibrant and living representatives of an ageless civilisation where the past and present gracefully commingle in harmony.

Forts & Palaces of India: Sentinels of History,Bindu Manchanda, Lustre/ Roli Books, 2006, p.192, hardcover, Rs. 695.

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