Festivals of India

Kagyed Dance (Chham) – Masked Dance of Sikkim

Kagyed Dance (Chham) – Masked Dance of Sikkim

“You must come back to see the Kagyed Dance before Losoong, the Sikkimese New Year” – said the aged monk from Rabong Monastery. And it was then we decided that we would be back at Sikkim again during December. “Again in December? Were you guys not here in August for...

A guide to the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj (Allahabad)

A guide to the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj (Allahabad)

Kumbh Mela - the highest gathering of people on pilgrimage in the entire world. It is believed that a visit to the Kumbh is an experience in itself. Kumbh is the faith and belief of crores of devotees. And you can very well see that if you visit this grand spectacle....

A Guide to Dwijing Festival in Bodoland, Assam

A Guide to Dwijing Festival in Bodoland, Assam

It is really a land untouched! Bodoland is a place that has a simplicity and raw beauty in it and exploring such a place had never been so exciting. Northeast India has been one of our favourite destinations and we were quite fortunate to explore the paradise in 2018....

Pang Lhabsol and the tale of the Blood Brotherhood

Pang Lhabsol and the tale of the Blood Brotherhood

“It is the celebration of togetherness and a time for reverence. We invoke our guardian deities and thank them for protecting us throughout the year”, said the monk who all the time had a serene smile on his face while I asked him lots of questions about Pang Lhabsol,...

Heritage & Architecture 

Interesting and Famous Temples in North India & Others

Interesting and Famous Temples in North India & Others

In continuation of our series on Temples of India, this article is dedicated to some of the famous temples of North India. In terms of structure and design, these temples differ than the South Indian temples. The architectural style of the temples mainly classifies...

Famous Temples of South India That  You Must Visit

Famous Temples of South India That You Must Visit

There is no doubt that the southern part of India boasts of some of the most beautiful and majestic temples in India. The temples of South India are usually unique in their architecture and intricate designs. The ancient temples of India are best examples of exquisite...

Famous Temples in India That You Must Visit

Famous Temples in India That You Must Visit

India is a land of diversity that can be seen in her culture, religion, language and even geography. Indian civilization can be traced back to thousands of years and there is no doubt that India is culturally one of the most heterogeneous countries. Many kings have...

Chabimura, Tripura – a Melange of History, Myth and Lore

Chabimura, Tripura – a Melange of History, Myth and Lore

The Gomti River flows through the gorge within the steep rocky walls on both sides. On looking carefully, we saw a few rock carvings on the vertical faces of the mountains. Why were they there? Who made such rock carvings on the mountain faces? All these questions...

Unakoti – one of Tripura’s best-kept secrets

Unakoti – one of Tripura’s best-kept secrets

Unakoti or Unokoti – the word itself has an aura of grandeur in it. Unakoti literally means “one less than a crore”. That is a huge number! Legend has it that the hills of Unakoti had one 99,99,999 rock-cut images of Gods and Goddesses. When I heard this for the first...

Art & Culture

Chanderi Sarees – Tales told in silken threads

Chanderi Sarees – Tales told in silken threads

The nine yards of wonder has always been one of my favourite attires. My visit to Chanderi has been quite influenced by the silken fabrics or Chanderi sarees that are quite famous among the saree lovers of our country. The saris are known for their sophisticated...

Raghurajpur, Odisha – a saga of Pattachitra, Gotipua and more

Raghurajpur, Odisha – a saga of Pattachitra, Gotipua and more

You can see the paintings of the mythological stories on the walls of their houses. The exterior of the houses is full of colours. I am talking about Raghurajpur, a village near the spiritual hub of Odisha, Puri. Raghurajpur is known for its beautiful pattachitras,...

Inside Bhopal Tribal Museum : Preserving the Cultural Heritage

Inside Bhopal Tribal Museum : Preserving the Cultural Heritage

The city of Lakes also has a number of museums.  When we heard of the Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum at Bhopal, we were not all enthusiastic to visit the place. Museums are not actually our thing, though we are fond of history and heritage. We would rather visit the...

Masks of Majuli – a Vanishing Tradition

Masks of Majuli – a Vanishing Tradition

In the days of yore, the people of Majuli heard a loud voice from the Brahmaputra. The unknown voice kept on repeating ‘Banhtote kathito, jopatote pachito’. It meant ‘you will get a piece of split from a bamboo and a basket from a bamboo grove’. The voice urged them...

Jatar Deul, the Horse Race and the Fair

Jatar Deul, the Horse Race and the Fair

Traditions and culture have always fascinated me. So when I heard about the Horse Race at Jatar Deul, I could not resist myself to witness the event. A horse race in rural Bengal – this was enough to make me visit Jatar Deul in the middle of April. Jatar Deul is...

Trekking & Adventure 

David Scott Trail – a historical trail in Meghalaya

David Scott Trail – a historical trail in Meghalaya

So we decided to walk down the horse cart trail that was laid down to connect Assam and Bangladesh during the nineteenth century. The David Scott Trail, named after the British administrator David Scott is one of the oldest trekking routes in Meghalaya. Last year was...

Chadar Trek in Ladakh – experience, tips, guide & FAQs answered

Chadar Trek in Ladakh – experience, tips, guide & FAQs answered

The Chadar Trek is undoubtedly one of our favourite Himalayan treks. The first time we heard about Chadar Frozen River Trek in Ladakh, we were intrigued. When I came to know about the conditions in which we have to trek, I was a bit sceptical. Just imagine walking on...

Kudremukh Trek – Western Ghats

Kudremukh Trek – Western Ghats

Kudremukh is so beautiful! It was the first thought that came to my mind when I got a first glimpse of the peak. In the Kannada dialect "Kudre" means horse and "mukha" means face. And it happens so that the Kudremukh or Kudremukha peak appears like the face of a...

Baamikonda and Kalchukki Peak Trek – our Sahyadri Sojourn

Baamikonda and Kalchukki Peak Trek – our Sahyadri Sojourn

Trekking and hiking have been our passion since long. After our overwhelming experience in the Himalayan treks, we wanted to go for hiking at the Western Ghats. The Baamikonda and Kalchukki Peak Trek is one of the unexplored trails in the Kudremukh range of the...

Rupin Pass – an epiphanous journey

Rupin Pass – an epiphanous journey

There is something inexplicably romantic about trekking the mountains of the Uttarakhand Himalayas – Rupin Pass Trek is no exception. Trails through alpine forests, walking through the meadows with the snow clad peaks playing hide and seek with us, and crossing a pass...

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