Shantiniketan, historical retreat of a philosopher

Shantiniketan (meaning “abode of peace”) is one of the marvellous creations of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the great writer, artist, songwriter and educationalist. He was awarded the Nobel Literature laureate in the year 1913 and he was an important figure in Bengali Renaissance. In 1901, Tagore founded a school, and a university in 1921, popularly known…

Auroville – A sustainable serendipity

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram was established in the early 20th century by Sri Aurobindo and his Mother whose vision was the integrity of mankind. At the inauguration, soil samples of 124 nationalities were brought and put in the Urn which is in the amphitheatre. Auroville gives hope to children and youth.  In one word “Human Unity”.…

Tours to Nepal

Nepal – Walking the City Squares

The origins of Kathmandu Valley’s accomplished art and architecture lie in the simple fact that the valley floor was once-upon-a-time a lakebed. Once the lake was drained, by geological process or the mythological sword of the Bodhisattva Manjushree, depending on your personal outlook, the fertile alluvium provided the basis for rice cultivation and the growth…

International Films set in India to inspire your journeys

India has been an exotic place for filmmakers as it is rich in culture, old historic monuments, large natural landscapes, forest reserves and the busy metropolises with huge skyscrapers as well as posh villas. There is a good collection of international India themed films which gives a traveller an overview of the vast country and…

Rajasthan Tours

Churu – the beautiful ghost town of Rajasthan!

Churu was the hub for prosperous Marwari merchants who traded in textile, spices and opium, they travelled across the world and brought back stories of their experiences of the world, and depicted them in paintings on walls outside and inside their havelies (homes) all across the town. Each merchant’s haveli, was a sprawling mansion with…

Crafts of India

A POLYPHONOUS CANVAS WHERE MATERIAL MEETS IMAGINATION – by Rajeev Sethi India continues to be the most hand skilled country in the world and has even evolved its own language of hast mudras; where the hands speak in the vocabulary of dance, ritual and eloquent gesture. Although rapidly de-skilling itself, with an unfeeling lack of…