16 APRIL 1853 - INDIA’S FIRST TRAIN FROM BORI BUNDER TO THANE
On 16 April 1853, the first train in India steamed out of Bori Bunder, Bombay (present-day Mumbai), and took off on a 21-mile long journey to Thane. 14 carriages and 400 excited guests were a part of this inaugural journey. History tells us that the train made a 15-minute halt at Sion for watering the engines and oiling the new wheels. It travelled at a speed of 35mph and finally arrived at Thane 55 minutes later to a tumultuous welcome and cheering crowds. This project was a collaboration between the Great Indian Peninsula (GIP) Railway Company in England and the East India Company. The success of this momentous occasion led to the development of rail links with the rest of the country, and today India has the largest rail network in Asia.
The Koh-i-Noor is amongst the most celebrated gems in the world. It was taken from India under the terms of the Last Treaty of Lahore, signed in 1839. After being shaped and cut by the British, it now weighs 105.6 Carat.
The Rath Yatra(Chariot festival) is one of the grandest festivals celebrated at the Jagannath Temple in Puri.This commemorates the annual visit of Lord Jagannath along with his siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra to their aunt’s house. Gundicha.
Bali Yatra, a festival that commemorates the rich maritime history of Odisha is celebrated throughout the state. In the historic city of Cuttack, a week-long event is organised starting from the day of Kartika Purnima.
Sivasagar, in Eastern Assam, is a city of historical and cultural significance, which also showcases nature's beauty. It served as the seat of power for the Ahoms, and contains important monuments from the era.
Step into the captivating history of the four queens who ruled in succession. Begums of Bhopal were known to be competent rulers as they redefined the city of Bhopal and maintained respectable relations with the British
This story is based on the World’s first all granite temple, the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur. The pride of Rajaraja Chola I, built almost 1000 years ago, this temple is the best example of precision and symmetry in architecture.
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