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An example of brilliant medieval engineering: The 300-year-old Panchakki at Aurangabad

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The water which flows down from a spring mountain at Panchakki, Aurangabad. (Photo by: Nazia Haq)

Ancient monuments not only contain an important piece of our history but are also important for archaeologists to ascertain the thought process of ancient people so as to understand our history in a better way. While many of these monuments are a treat to the eyes, others make you curious and give you an insight of the science that prevailed in ancient times. An example of the latter is the 300-year-old Panchakki at the Dargah Complex in Aurangabad.

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Panchakki, where the grains are put and it rotates with the help of energy produced from water at Panchakki, Aurangabad. (Photo by: Nazia Haq)

Magnificient structure

Back in, about 1695 A.D., Turktaz Khan was instrumental in the erection of many buildings in the dargah complex in Aurangabad. This also included the Panchakki, a water mill which has derived its name from a mill which used to grind grains for the pilgrims. The reason behind the construction of the water mill was to generate energy through the water brought down from a spring on a mountain. The Panchakki is the classic example of a scientific thought process put in the medieval Indian architecture. The building is attached to the Dargah of Baba Shah Musafir a Sufi saint and is located in a garden near the Mahmud Darvaza and consists of a mosque, a madrassa, a kacheri (court), a minister’s house, a sarai (rest house) and houses for Zananas (women).

Medieval engineering at its best!

Panchakki has its own underground water channel. The whole system is a classic example of medieval engineering. The source of water is 6 kms away to the north Aurangabad and water is made to reach the reservoir through earthen pipes. It is then raised by a siphon to the top of the rectangular masonry pillar, from where it is made to fall in a large reservoir below. In the north-west corner, adjacent to the tank, is the water mill driven entirely by water power. It is said that, in the olden days, flour was obtained for the people from the mill without human effort. It was built in the year 1744 to commemorate Hasrat Baba Shah Musafir. He was a great religious teacher who migrated from the Russian town Gazdavan (Bukhara).

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Water body and fountain coved in green sticky algae at Panchakki, Aurangabad. (Photo by: Nazia Haq)

Now in a bad state

Sadly, many ancient monuments in India today lay in ruins with their condition deteriorating day by day and Pan Chakki is among them. Its present condition does not do justice at all to its rich history. With green-slippery-smelly algae dripping down the fountain, littering of plastics waste and no maintenance, Panchakki is a monument which desperately waits for renovation and maintenance. Tourists including foreigners visit the reservoir to understand and have a look at such a smart construction made in the 17th century, but after noticing the bad condition, they are left with no option but to go back with a sense of disappointment.

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‘Bikini airline’ VietJet to connect Delhi with Hanoi; offers fare Rs 9 onwards

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Bikini airline also known as VietJet Aviation opened bookings for two direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to New Delhi.
Bikini-clad flight attendants in VietJet airline

Vietnamese budget airline VietJet Aviation, also known as Bikini airline, on Tuesday opened bookings for two direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to New Delhi that will launch on December 6, 2019.

Known for its bikini-clad flight attendants, the flights with the above routes will operate four return flights per week, while the Hanoi-New Delhi route will operate three return flights per week starting from December 7.

Also, the airline has also offered super-saving tickets priced at Rs 9 onwards, during its ?three golden days – a special promotion? between August 20-22 this year.

Also read: Indian Railways to provide foot, head massage services to passengers onboard

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Hotel Centre Point bags award for being best conference, exhibition venue in Nagpur

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Nagpur's renowned hotel Hotel Centre Point? bagged the ?Best MICE (Meeting Incentives Conferences Exhibition) Hotel in City? award.
L to R: Angadh Arora with brother Arjun

Nagpur’s renowned hotel Hotel Centre Point? bagged the ?Best MICE (Meeting Incentives Conferences Exhibition) Hotel in City? award. The hotel bagged the prestigious award for being the best venue for conferences, exhibitions, incentives and meetings venue in Nagpur. Prahlad Singh Patel Minister of State for Tourism and Culture ? as the chief guest ? and Mansukh Mandaviya Minister of State for Shipping and Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers ? as guest of honour ? felicitated the achievers and icons from tourism and hospitality industry with the Today’s Traveller Awards 2019.

Nagpur's renowned hotel Hotel Centre Point? bagged the ?Best MICE (Meeting Incentives Conferences Exhibition) Hotel in City? award.
Arora family while receiving the award

Jasbir Singh Arora, popularly known as Mickey Arora, Managing Director at Centre Point Group of Hotels and Resorts, told Nation Next, We are overwhelmed to receive this recognition from the hands of Honorable Minister of Tourism. Centre Point is not an overnight success but it has taken us years to develop the right team and infrastructure to provide the best of our capabilities for our prestigious guests. Every day is a new challenge and every guest is important to us. At this moment, I would like to thank all our guests who have stayed with us during the thick and thin and inspired us to serve them better each day. I would also like to thank the entire Centre Point Team including my family, without whom this wouldn’t be possible.

Asking him about his future growth plans he told us, We have recently opened a boutique property in Navi Mumbai and are also bringing our popular Art Café? Lounge brand Pablo on the same premises this year. That also makes us the citys first and only homegrown hospitality brand to expand in a metro city. Our future growth plans are to lease and manage properties with our secret mantra for running a successful hotel, which we have learned with our experience.

He added, My sons Angadh and Arjun Arora are an active part of our family business and have formed an excellent team, which is ready to take the big leap. With thorough professionals and service-oriented leaders like Sumit Kant, chef Manish Sarna, chef Tara Prakash, Soumit Roy, IA Khan, Ashish Kamble and Nitin Joshi, who form our core operating team, are all set to execute our strategic growth plan to expand in different markets.

Angadh Arora, Joint Managing Director, told Nation Next, Hotel Centre Point standing tall since three decades has attracted guests from both near and far, including A-list celebrities and heads of states. Known for its extra-large banquet space, the hotel has also hosted numerous memorable events, such as national and international conferences, seminars, weddings, social events and many more. Some of these events joined families together and some collaborated with new associations to form long-lasting ties. Regardless of the occasions, the hotel was and will always continue to be a part of the citys celebrations and growth stories.

Also read: In Pics: Nagpur’s Hotel Centre Point extends its hospitality chain to Navi Mumbai

Some of the other prestigious awardees in the event were Nakul Anand ? Executive Director, ITC ? who was presented Lifetime Champion for Responsible Hotelier, ITC Kohenur for?Best Luxury Business Hotel in Hyderabad, Le Meridien Gurgaon for Best Business Hotel in Gurgaon, Taj Theog Resort & Spa Shimla for Best 5-Star Resort in Shimla, Park Hyatt Hyderabad for Most Stylish Luxury Hotel in Hyderabad and many more.

Today’s Traveller celebrated industry leaders, super achievers and stars from aviation, hospitality, technology, travel and tourism industries. The 13th Annual Today’s Traveller Awards was celebrated at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi on July 29, 2019. A name to reckon with in the media and publishing industry, Today’s Traveller Awards is a platform to recognise the best in travel and hospitality industry.

After many long and interesting sessions of brainstorming, preparation and crisis management, the team at Today’s Traveller with an expansive list of thought leaders were able to put together a grand show celebrating the spirit of achievement in various realms.

Also read: Meet Mickey Arora ? the man behind Hotel Centre Point ? the biggest hospitality brand of Nagpur

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Brian Lara chooses ₹45 degrees sun in middle of India;? visits Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve near Nagpur

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Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara chose ₹45 degrees sun in the middle of India? during his two-day break and visited Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Brian Lara at Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

Former West Indies cricketer and captain Brian Lara chose ₹45 degrees sun in the middle of India? during his two-day break and visited Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur on Wednesday.

 As per reports, Lara took two safaris during the day and had great tiger and other wildlife sightings. As per a report in The Indian Express, TATR Field Director NR Pravin said, Apparently, Brian had a break of a few days from his commentary assignment at the World Cup in England. Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble had called me a few days ago to check if Lara could get a safari booking. So we arranged for it.

Lara, in his tweet, wrote, “2 day break….chose 45 degrees sun in the middle of India. What a treat it’s been here at Tadoba National Park.”

 

Also read: 6 months pregnant woman’s naked body found tied to cement poles inside well at Butibori, Nagpur

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