Besides the architectural remains, the book has taken special pains to assess and evaluate the present con dition of all these remains. The environ mental impact of development due to tourism, around the fort, at the same time failure of the authorities at planned conservation and preservation of the fort has also been measured, gauged and appraised.
The book has further attempted to identify all major problem areas and offered useful suggestions for a planned development and expertise to create a more satisfactory experience for the tourists.
She is presently teaching in the Department of Tourism Administration, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad.
In the present book I have tried to accomplish a pleasant assignment which my publisher had thrust on me as there was no single book on Daulatabad fort while the other forts of India were much in focus due to several books available on them in the market. I have long felt that our traditional method of writing on art and architecture does injustice to the present status of several ancient and medieval structures especially if we admit only limited aspects of descriptive analysis of a monument. I have slightly deflected by including not only the historical and architectural aspect but also rather included the present status of each and every structure and what is required for its long standing survival.
I have however refrained from including the social, economical, literary or religeous aspects of historical study but preferred to restrict myself to a brief history and architectural study of the structures in and around the fort. However, I have also undertaken several educational tours for the students of my department of Tourism, I had consistently been drawn to the shortcomings and weaknesses of our tourist destinations, reason why I decided to examine the surroundings of the fort and understand the 'why's of the deterioration and erosion of the structure the shabby conditions of its environments which are responsible in reducing the pleasant experiences of the tourist while moving in and around the fort.
I do not need to be told how absurd this enterprise is, or how immodest is its very conception. An attempt to relate both architecture and tourism might not really be appreciated by those who would rather like to limit architectural studies.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
Art & Culture (810)
Emperor & Queen (495)
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