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Mighty Maharajas: Forts & Palaces of India

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The Indian subcontinent offers a fascinating collection of historic forts and royal palaces waiting to be explored. Over the centuries, as kingdoms rose and fell or expanded into mighty empires, the need for protection against invaders resulted in the building of magnificent forts and fortified citadels across the country. Many of these fortresses sheltered entire cities, as well as royal palaces and pleasure gardens that were known for their splendor and luxury.

Mighty Maharajas: Forts and Palaces of India brings together a unique architectural legacy—from ancient forts mentioned in Hindu epics to strongholds built by succession of rulers, arranged geographically within a historic or aesthetic context. The narrative provides glimpses of history enlivened by stirring tales of valor and sacrifice while lavish color photographs reflect the cultural heritage of each palace and fort, bringing the royal experience to life for the reader.

Praise for Mighty Maharajas:

"Mighty Maharajas: Forts & Palaces of India by Amita Baig is a beautiful book featuring nearly sixty, very impressive buildings throughout the country. From a design standpoint I am particularly drawn to the bold colors and the acute attention to detail. Take a look!" —Home Design with Kevin Sharkey

"Mighty Maharajas: Forts & Palaces of India tours more than 60 historic sites throughout India, including crumbling hillside bastions, royal quarters adorned with dizzying glass mosaics, and opulent colonial-era villas that blend local and European styles." —Elle Décor

"It's fascinating to see how the distinct Indian aesthetic has endured and evolved amid thousands of years of upheaval and outside influences. . . . Architect and photographer Joginder Singh's breathtaking images are there to satisfy those who learn by looking. . . . Singh masterfully captures the play of light and a sense of scale. . . . After coming to the last page, I find myself making all sorts of connections between Indian buildings, textiles, jewelry and fashion." —Style Court blog

Mighty Maharajas by Amita Baig, with opulent photographs by Joginder Singh, covers select forts and palaces across the length and breadth of the country, along with their fascinating history. The sumptuous book also offers an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of the royalty.” —An Indian Summer blog

“With over 319 color illustrations showcasing ancient forts and palaces, you could lose yourself for hours. Informative narratives offering glimpses of these amazing edifices and their dramatic history as well as photographs illustrating their grandeur and opulence will keep you turning the pages.” —Annechovie blog

“Blending history, architecture, and photography, [Mighty] Maharajas takes readers deep into the Indian subcontinent.”—Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

The Indian subcontinent offers a fascinating collection of historic forts and royal palaces waiting to be explored. Over the centuries, as kingdoms rose and fell or expanded into mighty empires, the need for protection against invaders resulted in the building of magnificent forts and fortified citadels across the country. Many of these fortresses sheltered entire cities, as well as royal palaces and pleasure gardens that were known for their splendor and luxury.

Mighty Maharajas: Forts and Palaces of India brings together a unique architectural legacy—from ancient forts mentioned in Hindu epics to strongholds built by succession of rulers, arranged geographically within a historic or aesthetic context. The narrative provides glimpses of history enlivened by stirring tales of valor and sacrifice while lavish color photographs reflect the cultural heritage of each palace and fort, bringing the royal experience to life for the reader.

Synopsis:

India is home to many magnificent palaces and fortresses, the histories of which are intimately related to the countrys long record of disputes between neighboring kingdoms, and the rise and fall of ruling maharajas. Featured here are some 60 of these architectural wonders, dating from antiquity through the colonial era (ending in 1947). A gigantic fort, often built into a rugged mountainside, was the best protection for a ruler and his family, subjects, and government from enemy attacks. Many forts sheltered entire cities, including the residences of courtiers and trusted nobles, which surrounded luxurious and secluded palaces and were centered on temples. This opulent tour begins in ancient India, when dynasties began to be established, and proceeds geographically through the Rajput, Bundelkhand, sultanates, southern kingdoms, Mughal, Maratha, Sikh, Hill, East India, up through the forts of colonial settlers.

About the Author

Amita Baig has been committed to the protection and preservation of Indias heritage for more than 25 years. She is a consultant to the World Monuments Fund for its India program. Joginder Singh is an architect who specializes in architectural photography.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865652934
Author:
Baig, Amita
Publisher:
Vendome Press
Author:
Singh, Joginder
Subject:
History
Subject:
Architecture-Types
Subject:
India
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
333 color and black-and-white illustrati
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
12.75 x 10 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Asia and Oceania
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » History » General
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History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
History and Social Science » World History » India
Travel » Asia » India

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Product details 256 pages Vendome Press - English 9780865652934 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The Indian subcontinent offers a fascinating collection of historic forts and royal palaces waiting to be explored. Over the centuries, as kingdoms rose and fell or expanded into mighty empires, the need for protection against invaders resulted in the building of magnificent forts and fortified citadels across the country. Many of these fortresses sheltered entire cities, as well as royal palaces and pleasure gardens that were known for their splendor and luxury.

Mighty Maharajas: Forts and Palaces of India brings together a unique architectural legacy—from ancient forts mentioned in Hindu epics to strongholds built by succession of rulers, arranged geographically within a historic or aesthetic context. The narrative provides glimpses of history enlivened by stirring tales of valor and sacrifice while lavish color photographs reflect the cultural heritage of each palace and fort, bringing the royal experience to life for the reader.

"Synopsis" by , India is home to many magnificent palaces and fortresses, the histories of which are intimately related to the countrys long record of disputes between neighboring kingdoms, and the rise and fall of ruling maharajas. Featured here are some 60 of these architectural wonders, dating from antiquity through the colonial era (ending in 1947). A gigantic fort, often built into a rugged mountainside, was the best protection for a ruler and his family, subjects, and government from enemy attacks. Many forts sheltered entire cities, including the residences of courtiers and trusted nobles, which surrounded luxurious and secluded palaces and were centered on temples. This opulent tour begins in ancient India, when dynasties began to be established, and proceeds geographically through the Rajput, Bundelkhand, sultanates, southern kingdoms, Mughal, Maratha, Sikh, Hill, East India, up through the forts of colonial settlers.
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