• India’s ancient cave monasteries

    India’s ancient cave monasteries0

    To the north of Pune lie rock-cut complexes as startling as Petra but completely overlooked by tourists The valley was wide and fertile, still green despite the onset of the Indian summer heat. On the horizon, the hilltops were jagged with the silhouetted crenellations of Maratha forts. Below, in the valley bottom, white oxen with

  • The Greatest Ancient Picture Gallery

    The Greatest Ancient Picture Gallery0

    Massimo Borchi/Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis In the winter of 1844, Major Robert Gill, a young British military draftsman, set off from Madras into the independent princely state of Hyderabad to record a major new archaeological discovery. Some years earlier, in 1819, a British hunting party in the jungles of the Western Ghats had followed a tiger into