Jats: The legacy of the warrior race

Figure 1: Insignia of the present 9th Jat regiment Subscribe to get access Read more of this content when you subscribe today. Log in It is said that in a Jat village, it is nearly impossible to find a single-family that does not have at least one member serving in the armed forces. Since the…… Continue reading Jats: The legacy of the warrior race

Frederic Salmon Growse: The Man that built Bulandshahr in the 19th Century

During his stay, as he sought to realize a vision both playful and Mughal-like, he reconstructed the market square, built a Bathing Ghat on the river bank, laid out a public garden and tank, and began constructing a new Town Hall; in the outlying municipality of Khurja, the district’s commercial center, he built a new marketplace and bazaar.

Alexander Cunningham & Excavation of Coins

Alexander Cunningham came to India in 1833, at the tender age of 19, under the East India Company as an army engineer. His life is characterized under two parts, his army life and what he was better known for – Director of Indian Archeological Survey. The history of Cunningham’s exploits into archeology and excavation of…… Continue reading Alexander Cunningham & Excavation of Coins

An Introduction to Family Genealogy

Everyone does family history nowadays. Genealogy used to belong only to the wealthy; once upon a time only they owned a past and laid claim to a history based on land and property. Now everyone who can use a computer or go to a local records office has a stake in the past. – Alison…… Continue reading An Introduction to Family Genealogy

Biodiversity and the Built Environment

To understand the interrelation, rather the interdependency of the biodiversity and the built infrastructure of the region, one must again look at the Ganges and how it has been harnessed for the needs of human kind. Again, it must be noted that manipulating nature is not a recent phenomenon. However, it recent times the degree…… Continue reading Biodiversity and the Built Environment


The Bulandshahr Doab region is rich when it comes to fauna. Historically, the Ganga-Yamuna region was densely forested, and the thick forest cover was scarcely interrupted by pockets of villages and settlements. According to historical texts and records wild elephants, buffalos, bison, rhinoceroses, lions, and tigers were hunted here. This is evidenced by the tiger…… Continue reading Fauna


The alluvial soil of the region has allowed for a wide variety of flora at Bulandshahr. Interestingly, the plants of this region are imbued with cultural meaning and are often of great social and historical importance. Take for example the Babul tree. Also known as the Acacia nilotica, the Babul tree is an important riverine…… Continue reading Flora

Ramsar Wetlands: A rich biodiversity

The rich and unique biodiversity of the region is an added layer of intrigue to the historical city of Bulandshahr. Located in western Uttar Pradesh and situated in the fertile Doab region, Bulandshahr is richly endowed with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Interestingly, like its many other legacies, the biodiversity of Bulandshahr is…… Continue reading Ramsar Wetlands: A rich biodiversity

Water History

The Doab Bulandshahr district, forming a part of Ganga-Yamuna Doab, lies in the western part of U.P. Eastern boundary of the district being define by river Ganga. The district is almost a monotonous plain with occurrence of sand dunes, and sandy ridges, ravineous tracts and depressions close to river Ganga. At times, close to other…… Continue reading Water History