Taj Mahal – It is a marble mausoleum in Agra built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, It is located on the south bank of river Yamuna. An Architectural marvel stands for eternal love. The most popular tourist site in India. It is a monument of love.
Fatherpur Sikri – It is a Five level Palace in Fatehpur Sikri near Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It was built by Mughal King Akbar and possibly used for entertainment, music and relaxation.There are 176 columns in total.
Stamps of St Helena – 175th Anniversary of Duke of Wellington Visit.
Arthur Wellesley, Ist Duke of Wellington (01 May 1759- 14 Sep 1852) was a British Soldier, Statesman and one of the leading military and Political Figures of 19th Century.
Career In India – Colonel Arthur Wesley (later Wellesley) of the 33rd Regiment arrived in Calcutta in Feb 1797 aged 28. His brother Lord Richard Wellesley was Governor General of India(1789-1905)at that time. He stayed in India for eight years and fought four Major battles wherein he was baptised by fire as far as his military training was concerned.
26 Mar 1799 – Battle with Tipu Sultans Forces.
April & May 1799 – Battle and Seige of Seringapatam.Remained in Seringapatam as Governor till 1801.
Battle of Conaghul against Dhoondiah Waugh
23 Sep 1803 – As a Major General Battle of Assaye against Marathas.
Arrival in St Helena – Both the Wellesley brothers left India and headed for England. But Arthur Wellesley headed for St Helena and stayed there from 20 Jun 1805 to 09 July 1805. During this time he stayed at Briars Pavillion, the same building where Napoleon would be exiled after Wellington defeated him Battle of Waterloo and see the irony Wellington occupied Napoleon’s Palace in Paris.
St Helena issued a set of Two stamps on 175th Anniversary of Duke of Wellington’s visit to St Helena in 1805. These stamps were issued 17 Nov 1980.
9p- The Briars 1815
30p – Painting of Wellington by Francisco de Goya.
Postcards of Sri Lanka on Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara -1998.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a famous Buddhist temple in Kelaniya Sri Lanka about seven miles from Colombo. This temple is believed to have close relations to Sri Lankan politics. Its history dates back to 500 BC. Its land was confiscated during the Portuguese rule but expanded during Dutch rule.It also relates to Buddha’s visit to Sri Lanka.
This temple is very famous for reclining Buddha paintings by native artist Solias Mendis which depict important events in the life of Buddha.
Sri Lanka issued a Rupee 1.00 postcard on Kelaniya Rajamaha Vihara paintings in 1998.
Dzongs are Fortress type Architecture buildings found in Bhutan and Tibet. Normally have courtyards, administrative Government offices, temples & Monks accommodation.
Bhutan issued a miniature sheet containing six stamps of 30Nu each on Dzongs of Bhutan. The Stamps were issued on 02 Nov 2015. The Dzongs featured on stamps are
30 Nu – Rinpung Dzong (15th Century ) Paro 30 Nu – Semtokha Dzong (1629) Semtokha 30 Nu -Punakha Dzong (1628) 30 Nu – Trongsa Dzong (1647) The largest Fortress Dzong in Bhutan 30 Nu – Trashigang Dzong (1659) 30 Nu – Jakar Dzong (1549) Bumthang.
British Architecture -Historic Buildings – Stamps of Great Britain 1978.
The Royal Mail issued a set of four stamps and a miniature sheet on British Architecture Historic Buildings. All the buildings were listed as World Heritage Sites. The stamps were issued on 01 Mar 1978. A FDC is listed.