Do-It-Yourself Heritage Walks and Monument Tours

Earlier this month, Mehrangarh Museum’s landmark exhibition “Peacock in the Desert : Royal Arts of Jodhpur” opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH).  This exhibition celebrates the history & grandeur of the Jodhpur-Marwar region at one of the biggest museums of America.  What a proud moment for India! There are about 250 objects that have traveled outside the walls of the Mehrangarh fort for the first time, and here’s a look into some of the highlights ! Jodhpur:…

On our way back from Pondicherry to Chennai, we decided to take a stopover at Mahabalipuram, a small town that falls in the Kancheepuram district. Also known as Mamallapuram after the Pallava King Narasimha Varman, the place is a tourist magnet, and rightly so because the sculptures and monuments you’d see here are unparalleled. The Pallava Kings patrons of art and architecture and their genius is still around in the form of sculpted reliefs, rock-cut caves, granite temples and numerous…

Contributed by Susmita Biswas Every Sunday, a new bunch of schoolchildren troops into Rajendra Ovalekar’s two-acre farm on the outskirts of Thane. Quite unlike children on a field trip, they instantly whip out their notebooks and pens and walk around noiselessly taking notes, clicking photos and quietly observing the flying specks of colour around them. For darting and flitting across the Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden on Ghodbunder Road are hundreds of butterflies who have made it their breeding, feeding and…

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