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Orchha: The historical platter

Nestled in the heart of the country, the medieval city of Orchha in Madhya Pradesh is a haven for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts. The rich historical legacy of the city is preserved in the beautiful stone sculptors and the ancient forts and buildings. Roosted 18km from Jhansi railway station and 119km from Gwalior airport, it once had the distinction of being the capital of one of the largest and most powerful kingdoms of Central India. Founded by the Rajput king

HorsesofIndia, a portal dedicated to indigenous Indian horses

Horse breeders from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Maharashtra have come together to foster an unbridled bond in raising awareness about the various breeds of Indian Horses. And for the first time, under the aegis of a website called HorsesofIndia.com, create a digital database of horses, horse breeders as well as horse enthusiasts. The unanimous decision among all is that even though the Indian Horse breeds are known for their looks, hardiness, stamina and survival skills, the need of the

Celebrate colours and spring with Phulkari

Back in the day, you might have heard stories, folklores from your grandparents and village elders about merry women on tree swings during the monsoon season, of the fervour and festivity in the air. The Punjabi name for this season is known as Teej or Teeyaan. But what finds the most mention in the course of Punjabi culture and this season are the beautiful patterns of the world-acclaimed Phulkaris. The word Phulkari comes from the association two Punjabi words -

International Coir Museum for the Extraordinary Fibre

We all love to have coconut water, coconut milk, sweets, and other coconut-based delicacies. But about the husk of coconut trees? What happens to them, what happens to the shell of tender coconuts after the content is consumed? To find the answers to these questions, head to the International Coir Museum in Alappuzha when you are in Kerala next time. Nestled close to the tranquil backwaters, the first-of-its-kind museum in the world takes you on a journey, acquainting you on

Sandhya aarti at Vishram Ghat, Mathura

Evening aarti, as soon as we hear these words, visuals of oil lamps circled about by the priests in praise of River Ganges in Rishikesh, Haridwar or Benares come to our minds. The extravagance, the opulence and the sheer serenity of the daily ceremony appeal deeply to the pilgrims as well as the travellers. But on my last visit to Mathura, the land of Lord Krishna, I witnessed a calming experience while attending the Sandhya (evening) aarti of River Yamuna. The longest

Jewels Galore At Jaipur Jewellery Design Festival

Jaipur Jewellery Design Festival

Did you know that major international luxury jewellery brands such as Bvlgari, Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels and several others not only look up to the royal magnificence of Jaipur and its Maharajas for jewellery inspiration but also seek the finesse and expertise of craftspersons here to execute their high-end designs? This was a major reason why The Humming Notes travelled to Jaipur to attend the Jaipur Jewellery Design Festival (JJDF) to see the synergies between craft, design and business.

Photo Journey: Baha’i Lotus Temple, New Delhi

Since its inauguration to public worship and visits in December 1986, the Bahá’í House of Worship, known as Lotus Temple, in New Delhi, India has drawn to its portals more than 70 million visitors, making it one of the most visited edifices in the world. On an average, 8,000 to 10,000 people visit the Bahá’í House of Worship each day. These visitors have admired its universal design in the form of a lotus and have been fascinated by the Teachings

Panjab Digital Library, one of its kind

Punjab has a long and an illustrious history. Under the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, its borders extended to the west of the Indus river and kissed the foothills of the Himalayas. Most of the events of that era were recorded in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Farsi text. Apart from the sacred texts, the archives were stored; but in a deplorable state. In the year 2003, Panjab Digital Library undertook the task of finding and saving these manuscripts and archives

On A Treasure Hunt, And Finding a Jewel

Situated on the outskirts of Delhi, a village called Mangar would hardly seem like a location for a jewellery museum. But then, that is what hidden and buried treasures are all about - secret locations. I was introduced to the Village Jewel Museum and Eco-lodge, a gem of a place courtesy Lalit Mangar, where I spend a wonderful mid-week staycation. About a 20-minute drive from the Gurgaon-Faridabad highway, the Lalit Mangar is already becoming a beacon for this sleepy village. A

The saga of the great Indian flag

Before the independence movement began, India as a country did not have a common flag. Independent states had their own flags. But it was after the Revolt of 1857; the British suggested the idea of a common one for Indians. The first flag known as the Star of India was based on British symbols. It was a group of flags, which the Britishers used for different purposes during their rule in India. In 1905, the first partition of Bengal gave a

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