The central pillar of Diwan-i-khas, Fatehpur Sikri, India on Flickr.

Fatehpur Sikri, the city was founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585.

Diwan-i-Khas: the Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of Private Audience, is a plain square building with four chhatris on the roof. However it is famous for its central pillar, which has a square base and an octagonal shaft, both carved with bands of geometric and floral designs, further its thirty-six serpentine brackets support a circular platform for Akbar, which is connected to each corner of the building on the first floor, by four stone walkways.

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House in Dras, Jammu and Kashmir on Flickr.

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Dras, is the second coldest inhabited region in the world, with temperatures plummeting below -40C in the peak winters. Located after the Zojila on the way to Ladakh, at an altitude of over 3200m, it’s a stark contrast to the preceding Kashmir valley. The forest covered mountains transform to formidable barren look.

However, in the summer months, Dras has a very pleasant climate throughout the day. Barley is a common grain there, and the barley fields render a lush green look to the entire village.

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