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People walk around the Tsar Bell in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, with the Spasskaya Tower, right, and Senate, left, in the background. The first Russian monument to become part of UNESCO world heritage 30 years ago, Moscow's Kremlin Museums struggle to finance restoration works amid coronavirus outbreak and move freeze most of the projects until the next year. Previously the most visited sight in Russia's capital, with almost 3 million visitors in 2019, Kremlin Museums have seen almost ten-fold decrease of tourists.

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A security guard arranges the candles lit by ASI at Humayun Tomb on World Heritage Day and in solidarity with health workers during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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An illuminated view of Red Fort after ASI members lit earthen lamps on World Heritage Day and in solidarity with health workers during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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A man walks on a deserted street in the backdrop of illuminated BMC headquarters on World Heritage Day, during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Mumbai.

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An illuminated view of Qutub Minar after ASI members lit earthen lamps and made a formation on World Heritage Day and in solidarity with health workers during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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People during heritage walk in premises of historic Patna Collectorate to promote its preservation in Patna.

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An illuminated view of Shore Temple ahead of the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the seaside temple town of Mamallapuram.

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Workers cleaning up the world heritage site monuments ahead of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping next week.

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Preparations underway at the Mamallapuram heritage site for the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, to be held from October 11 to 13, in Mamallapuram

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Workers clean the world famous Mamallapuram heritage site as part of the second edition of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held from October 11 to 13, in Mamallapuram.

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A worker cleans the world famous Mamallapuram heritage site as part of the second edition of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held from October 11 to 13, in Mamallapuram.

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A view of world famous Mamallapuram heritage site ahead of the second edition of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held from October 11 to 13, in Mamallapuram.

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Police guard at the world famous Mamallapuram heritage site as part of the preparation for the second edition of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held from October 11 to 13, in Mamallapuram.

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ASI Joint Director-General Janhwij Sharma inspects Mamallapuram heritage sites as part of the preparation for the second edition of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held from October 11 to 13, in Mamallapuram.

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A view from the street of over 100-year-old Tilha Dharamshala in Gaya.

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A view of colonial-era Dak Bungalow, in Gaya.

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Inside a 16th century Jain temple in Delhi’s Naughara lane.

Photograph by Suresh Pandey

Ahmedabad’s Raipur Gate

Intricate motifs of the ceiling at the Jain temple at Gali Naughara, Delhi

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Javeria Tanveer of India City Walks points at an earthily ornate chaukhat in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk

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Earthily ornate chaukhat in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk

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A 1905 British-built steam engine, Northern Railways, only existing narrow-gauge steam engine, runs on Kalka-Shimla UNESCO World Heritage Railway Track, in Shimla.

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The British-built 1905 steam engine, only existing narrow-gauge steam engine runs on the Kalka-Shimla UNESCO World Heritage Railway Track in Shimla.

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Illuminated restored building "The President's Bodyguard" after inaugurated by by President Pranab Mukherjee at regimental headquarter, PBG, Schedule - A, President's Estate.

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President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurating the restored heritage buildings at regimental headquarter, PBG, Schedule - A, President's Estate.

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Artists perform folk dance during an awareness show on the occasion of World Heritage day, in Bhubaneswar.

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Sriram V. with his group before the Kailasanathar Temple in Kanchipuram

Punjab policemen stand guard a building at the heritage site as part of security arrangements for the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan, in Amritsar.

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The iconic monument dedicated to the historic "Battle of Delhi" in the Noida's Golf Course.

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Sports Minister Vijay Goel, Cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, actress Hrishita Bhatt and others during the launch of the Heritage Rickshaw ride at Haveli Dharampura, Jama Masjid, in New Delhi.

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World Heritage site CST Railway station illuminated in Red colour to commemorate World Heart Day, in Mumbai.

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The full moon rises behind the ancient marble Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, southeast of Athens, on the eve of the summer solstice.

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People pray at what is believed to be Jesus' tomb as a team of experts begin its renovation in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A team of experts has begun a historic renovation at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was buried, overcoming longstanding religious rivalries to carry out the first repairs at the site in over 200 years.

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Nuns watch as a team of experts begin renovation of Jesus' tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's old city. A team of experts has begun a historic renovation at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was buried, overcoming longstanding religious rivalries to carry out the first repairs at the site in over 200 years.

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Tourists take selfie at "Adalaj ni Vav" the step well lightened up on the eve of World Heritage Week in Ahmedabad.

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Interior view of upgraded saloon of 'Royal Rajasthan on Wheels', a tourist train of Rajasthan Tourism which was flagged off from Safdarjung railway station in New Delhi.

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Fireworks explode over the Kremlin during the city day celebration in Moscow, Russia. Moscow is 868 years old.

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School students and teachers hold placards as they take part in a 'Heritage Walk' to explore the historical importance of heritage sites in Shahr-e-Khaas at Babadem Khaniyar in Srinagar.

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In this June 29, 2015 photo, tourists visit a part of Hashima Island, commonly known as Gunkanjima, which means “Battleship Island,” off Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, southern Japan. The UN's cultural body conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites including some seen as representative of Japan's industrial revolution, as South Korea lifted its opposition to the listing. UNESCO's World Heritage committee added 23 sites considered representative of Japan's industrial revolution under Emperor Meiji (1868-1910) to its vaunted list, at a meeting taking place in the western German city of Bonn until July 8.

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A section of the first steel rail track rolled at Tata Steel in 1912, at Jamshedpur was cut up to be used as a Desk Weight with the engraving. This precious heritage came up for auction at Sotheby, UK and has been acquired by Tata Steel.

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Sat-Khanda Building, in old Lucknow.

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Ajanta Caves

Ajanta Caves

Ajanta Caves

Ajanta Caves

Ajanta Caves

Detail of a painting before and after restoration

Hall of fame The murals inside the chaitya at Cave No. 1

Lost prince? A mural in Cave 9

The hunter Mural from Cave 10

Satavahana face Detail from a mural in Cave 10

Lightning is seen in the sky above the CST heritage site in Mumbai.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a bronze Nataraja idol handed over by his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott before their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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The two 11th century statues that were stolen returned by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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Historic Charminar illuminated on the Occasion of India’s 68th Independence Day in Hyderabad.

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A Union artillery battery historical re-enactor fires a canon during a demonstration at Kennesaw National Battlefield to mark the 150th anniversary of the civil war battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA.

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Picturesque Trulli at Alberobello, a Unesco heritage site

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Rare Gupta period sculptures depicting Lord Buddha which were discovered by the Archaeological Survey of India during an excavation at Sarnath near Varanasi.

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Archeologists of the Archaeological Survey of India display an idol of Lord Vishnu and a sculpture of a bull of 12th century which were found during their ongoing excavation project at Purana Qila grounds in New Delhi.

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Traffic policemen watch as a vintage Volkswagen car drives past the Delhi Gate, part of ancient Bhadra Fort during a vintage car rally in Ahmedabad. The rally was held as part of the World Heritage Week celebrations.

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The Mysore Palace is illuminated on the eve of the last day of Dusshera festival in Mysore

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Spruced-up jalopies of varying vintages paint the town red at the new Heritage Transport Museum, near Gurgaon

A boy priest joins the watch at the Unesco World Heritage Site of Pattadakal

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Panoramic views of the Amber fort near Jaipur. This is one of the six hill forts of Rajasthan recognised as World Heritage by the UNESCO.

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This combination of two citizen journalist images provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows at left: the damaged famed 12th century Umayyad mosque without the minaret, background right corner, which was destroyed by the shelling, in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria, and at right, an undated view of the mosque with is minaret still intact. President Bashar Assad's regime and anti-government activists traded blame for the attack against the Umayyad mosque, which occurred in the heart Aleppo's walled Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was the second time in just over a week that a historic Sunni mosque in Syria has been seriously damaged.

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Charminar as it was in the 1960s

Courtesy: Anuradha Reddy

Intruder The Bhagyalakshmi temple

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An archaeologist with the Supreme Council of Antiquities, attends the re-opening of the "Serapeum", the burial place of the sacred Apis bulls which had been closed for many years, at the Saqqara archaeological site, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt. Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara was discovered by Auguste Mariette in the 1850's and it has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

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A Muslim cleans his feet before joining others offering prayers at the site where the ruins of an ancient Mughal-era Akbarabadi mosque is believed to have been discovered recently in New Delhi.

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Muslims offer prayer at a site where the ruins of an ancient Mughal-era Akbarabadi mosque is believed to have been discovered recently, in New Delhi.

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Seated group with tennis raquets. Unknown location, probably Kolkata. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Stick dancing with onlookers on the Maidan, Kolkata. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Muhurram procession with taziya through crowded street, Kolkata. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Seated group of woman and children on the Maidan, Kolkata. The family are likely to be pilgrims to a festival from outside Bengal. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Group gathered around sweet seller on the Maidan, Kolkata. The group includes non Bengalis, possibly visiting for a festival. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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View of Ordnance Building (now Military Accounts building), Esplanade Row East, Kolkata. Now the Foreign and Military Secretariat. The building was built with a wide verandah to give some protection from the heat. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Amputee on trolley, Kolkata. The High Court is visible in the background. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Telegraph Office, Kolkata. Nicknamed the 'Dead letter office', BBD Bagh (Dalhousie Square) from Old Courthouse Street. Former 'General Electric Co (India) Ltd next door. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Waterside with group of washermen at a dhobi ghat. Unknown location. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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General Post Office with scaffolded dome, Kolkata. Scaffolding possibly for the erection of lights celebrating the British royal visit, 1912. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Jain Temple complex, Kolkata. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Temple, obscured through trees, possibly Dakshineshwar Temple to the north of Kolkata from its water tank pond to the east. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Coach outside 'Moslem Printing Works', probably Kolkata. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Tipu Sultan Mosque, Chowringhee Road, Kolkata. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Statue (in semi relief) of Hanuman (now enclosed), at the south entrance (Horse Gate) to the Jagganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Jagganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. South entrance (Horse Gate). This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Jagganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. South entrance (Horse Gate). This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Jagganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. East entrance (Lions Gate). This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Jagganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. West entrance (Tiger Gate). This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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The Writers Building, Kolkata from across the Lal Dighi tank at night, lit for the British royal visit. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Ochterlony Monument (Sahid Minar) lit for the British royal visit, Kolkata. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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H Hobbs & Co, 4 Esplanade East, Kolkata, lit for the British royal visit. The shop sat next to the Military (Ordnance) Department. Harry Hobbs (1864-1956) arrived in Calcutta to work as a piano tuner in 1883. In 1893 he established his own company, H Hobbs and Co Ltd which advertised as 'Pianoforte importers, repairers and tuners, player pianos and extensive library of perforated music. Agents for Ky-Ko non-electric fans'. Hobbs lived above the branch on 4 Esplande East until his death in 1956 (apart from travel to the UK and abroad). The shop itself moved to 9 Esplanade East and then 21 Old Courthouse Street. For a period before and then again during and after World War II, he was also 'Special Director' Manager of Spence's Hotel (now demolished). He was a succesful businessman and Calcutta character, writing a number of newspaper articles and books on Calcutta life. By the time of his death his obituary made the claim that he had been the oldest living European in India. Information on Hobbs from various sources including from 'The Chingri Kal Chronicles' by Malcolm Tucker, Hobbs's grandson.

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The 'new' Bengal Club, Kolkata lit for British royal visit; seen from across the General's Tank on the Maidan. This part of the club is now demolished, having been completed in 1908 by the architect J Vincent Esch (who was also supervising architect for the Victoria Memorial, Kolkata). This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Possibly Kalighat Temple, Kolkata. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Chotulal's Ghat, Kolkata. Photograph probably taken from the old Howrah Bridge. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Wall carving, probably in a temple, possibly in Orissa. Unknown location. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Group of children with donkeys. Unknown location, possibly in Darjeeling or north Bengal. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Street hairdresser giving a 'Hindustani haircut' (pudding bowl), Strand Road South, Kolkata. The High Court is in the left distance, the building behind could be the Volunteer HQ. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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Street market at Babu Ghat, Kolkata. Also known as Rani Rashmoni Ghat. The ghat was founded by Rani Rashmoni in memory of her husband. The Dakshineshwar Kali Temple was also founded by Rani Rashmoni, who was a widow, successful businesswoman, philanthropist and leader of clashes against the British relating to taxation of the poor. Ahirtola Ghat and Nimtola Ghat were also built by Rani Rashmoni to allow access to river to the common people for bathing. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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River wharf with boats being unloaded, Kolkata. This is one of the 178 images recently discovered in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh, which date back to around 1912, showing life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

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