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Descendants of Timur and Genghis Kahn, the Mughals, whose name strem from their glorious Mongol ancestors, leave Central Asia and settle in the Delhi area in the 16th century. They gradually conquer the whole Indian subcontinent, from present day Afghanistan to Bengal and from the Himalayan foothills to the southern tip of India, to eventually reign at their peak on one of the largest empires in world history. Despite an ineluctable decline, reinforced by the British colonisation, they leave in Indian history an indelible mark, a subtle mixing of hindu customs and of the refinement of the Persian culture they were the custodians of.

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Proudly perched on a rocky outcrop, Chittorgarh's stately fortress overlooks the plain from over 150 meters, housing richly crafted temples and palaces inside its thick wallsdotted with seven majestic gates. Capital of the rajput kingdom of Mewar for long, the city embodies the heroic spirit of these proud warriors, who refused the disgrace of being captured and rather died fighting while their women sacrificed themselves by plunging onto the stake.

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