The Himachal Pradesh government’s unique cultural festival, Trigart, is designed to bring out the very best of the Kangra Valley and provide national and international visitors an added incentive to explore the rich natural and cultural tapestry of the land.
“It is going to be the best view of any river that you may have seen,” the unflinching faith in Alam’s eyes shone through as he said this. He was speaking of the river Yamuna, the same brackish, foul-smelling body of water that has been the bane of India’s capital city, Delhi. And yet, there was no room for any doubt that the “Hawa Mahal” of Alam’s village in Katha, Uttar Pradesh, provided a view like no other.
I had always sensed the Beatles connection in Rishikesh, even when I wasn’t looking for it. To me, Rishikesh is the ultimately detox destination and no, I have never needed to check into an ashram for it. The sight and sounds of Rishikesh are enough, nature’s glory and the fleeting impressions of art left behind by inspired minds from around the world have long satiated my creative needs. On my latest visit, I set out to find the real Beatles Ashram or to bust the myth forever.
Close to India’s border with Bangladesh lies a Harappan site which has been guarded over diligently by citizens who care for the wealth that lies hidden from plain sight. Without any tangible support to save this vast heritage site, this incredible chapter of history may be lost to us. Put your travel shoes on and make your way to Deganga region of West Bengal, a discovery of this lifetime awaits. Continue reading “Chandraketugarh: Will India’s Legendary Lost Port City Remain Buried Forever?”
How would you like the chance to soak in the silence of the Himalayas, watch the clouds roll by, listen to the birds singing and all while living next door to India’s best-loved author, Ruskin Bond?
“It was such an exhilarating experience,” she said sipping some tea. For Radhika Chalasani, a New York-based photographer, it was just another visit to capture the colours of India in 2006. She was in Barsana (Uttar Pradesh) to find out more about the famous lathmar Holi. “The normally mute and shy Indian women of the village, with a lath (stick) in their hands, charged at the men without a care,” she laughed recalling the event. “Several men got hurt but the women stopped only to laugh and then hammered away with renewed vigour. Frankly, I thought it was ghastly.” So it seems to anyone who has spent time at the quiet village of Barsana at any other time of the year. Continue reading “A Celebration Of Colour In The Land Of Krishna”
“8 million people in Delhi live in the slums,” Ravi Kumar tells us as we make our way through the narrow alleys of the Sanjay Colony slum area. “The slum is spread across 25 acres and it came up sometime in the 1980s.” Continue reading “Meet Ravi Kumar, The 19-Year-Old Who Walks You Through Delhi’s Slums!”