`THE `past' is very much a part of the here and now in India. What makes Indian civilisation, along with China's, special is that it has continued in unbroken continuum from the early ancient times right up till the present day. History, tradition and cultural heritage are not mothballed relics consigned to museums and inner recesses of the people's collective memory, only to be dusted and displayed periodically. They are an integral and organic part of her people's everyday life.
It is in this spirit that many of India's numerous forts, palaces, havelis and colonial mansions have been rescued from oblivion and converted into fine heritage properties, open to the traveller looking for an authentic cultural experience.'
Indian Heritage Hotels: Legacy of Splendour, Anuradha Kapoor, Lustre Press/ Roli Books, 2005, p.203, price not stated.
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