Sanchi

Historic sites have always intrigued me most, due to their subtle reminder of a time that is lost, their sole presence indicates a culture that is forgotten. In this context, Sanchi indeed seems to be a pearl in the ocean of time, rejuvenating so many centuries within it. What makes Sanchi special is its connections to so many regimes and monarchs, who contributed to making Sanchi an important Buddhist center of its time, and a link to several hundred years of history, art and culture. What Sanchi gives us today is the glimpse of a glorious past, of the epitome … Continue readingSanchi

Story#3: Mrignayani

Legend or Myth There is a thin line between myths and legends, and often the truth gets lost while traveling through time and ages. But sometimes history does create magic, stories stranger than fiction, ordinary lives no less than legends. The hills of Gwalior, its magnificent fort has witnessed many such legends. But one legend stands out of others, The Tale of Queen Mrignayani, whose impressions are still alive within these ramparts of Gujari Mahal. Ninni, too was fond of these stories, their legends, and mythologies. She’d never sleep until she had listened to many such stories from her grandmother, and … Continue readingStory#3: Mrignayani

Orchha

The land of Orchha, the soil of Bundelkhand has a very deep relationship with blood. This land has seen uncountable wars, battles, bloodsheds. But amidst these times of destruction and chaos, there have been moments when this beautiful land blossomed. When instead of waging wars, kingdoms flourished with music and poetry. When the earth was covered with green and not red. These moments were indeed fewer but were enough to create a land of diverse culture, enriched with several artistic expressions, blooming to its full extent. I crave for those moments, those golden pages in the book of history. And this … Continue readingOrchha

Hampi

Travelling through the ruins of this city, and fragments of culture it represents, I instantly fell in love with the sight of Hampi. With big and small boulders scattered here and there, and remains of once a powerful empire amidst them. 1 These granite rocks are an important part of Hampi’s geography, and history too: as they have seen laying the foundation of an empire, rose to become the capital of South India as Vijaynagara. They witnessed the rise of a metropolis, it’s extensive monuments and crowded streets, beautiful gardens and huge markets. And they saw battles, wars that killed … Continue readingHampi

Curious Case of Lothal and Dholavira

1 If there were places that could question your notion about life, the ancient towns of Lothal and Dholavira are such places. Flourished and devastated with time, these cities are proof of uncharted power of time and unaltered hope of humanity. Born and raised by the very river that gave this country it’s name, these towns were part of much larger and developed civilization- The Harappa Civilization. And like every Harappan town, they too had surprisingly efficient urban planning schemes and infrastructure. They were connected by other cities through Indus river systems and had huge ports for transportation of marterials … Continue readingCurious Case of Lothal and Dholavira