Meditating on the ghat, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Soul Searching In Rishikesh  

Among the more famous pilgrim towns in India, it is also known as the yoga capital of the world. Every March, it comes alive with sessions and workshops by eminent yoga practitioners and other healers. Words: Ambica Gulati My tryst with Rishikesh started in 1999. It was my first visit to an ashram. I had started to work with a magazine called Life Positive and I … Continue reading Soul Searching In Rishikesh  

Banqueting hall, Residency. Complex, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Experiencing Awadhi Grandeur In Lucknow

The bustling capital of Uttar Pradesh lures history lovers with its many Instaworthy spots Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati Steeped in Nawabi culture, the city was touted as the ‘17th fastest growing city in India and 74th in the world’ in 2015. With roots supposedly going to the Ramayana era, Lucknow is where stories lie in every nook and corner. Legend goes that Lakshman had … Continue reading Experiencing Awadhi Grandeur In Lucknow

Tribal couple, Gada Kalewa, Mahunt Ghasidas Museum, Raipur, India

Chhattisgarh Beyond Bastar

Dotted with water bodies and swamped in greenery, the 18-year-old state hosted the annual classical dance and music extravaganza—Chakradhar Samaroh—in the little town of Raigarh. The virgin green trails and slow pace added to the charm. Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati Ducks waddled, white lotus swayed in the pond, children did some muscle movement on the swings, women bathed and prayers rang in the air—the … Continue reading Chhattisgarh Beyond Bastar

Mishti Doi, Amar Sonar Bangla, Baluchi, The LaLit New Delhi, India

United Eastern Flavours: Amar Sonar Bangla, Baluchi, The LaLit New Delhi

A rare treat for Delhiites, flavours from a long-gone era, when Bangladesh was a part of India, were on the platter by award-winning Chef Madhumita Mohanta The only thing that I knew about Bengali cuisine was machher jhol and rosgulla, until this fest. Popularly known as the ‘kitchen queen of India’, the Chef’s speciality is Bengali cuisine. Chef Madhumita Mohanta is the Executive Chef at … Continue reading United Eastern Flavours: Amar Sonar Bangla, Baluchi, The LaLit New Delhi

People of Shahpura carry the idols of Isar Maharaj and Gangaur Mata, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Festivals of India: Gangaur Celebrated At Shahpura, Rajasthan

Among the more celebrated festivals of Rajasthan, Gangaur felicitates marital bliss, harvest and spring What is it that sets Rajasthan apart from all the other ethereal places in world? The festivals which are colourful and diverse! Among these is GANGAUR which embodies the spirit of diversity. As the bright skies ushered in the festive season, the remote town of Shahpura (65km from the capital Jaipur), … Continue reading Festivals of India: Gangaur Celebrated At Shahpura, Rajasthan

Exclusive residence, The Havelis, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Suryagarh, Jaisalmer: Cupid’s Playground

The dreamy, musical journey created by this luxury boutique hotel in the arid region will make you fall in love with life. Words & photos: Ambica Gulati Sufi Night Flat on my back, I gazed at the stars as the Manganiyar troupe sang its heart out. Little frogs jumped over my feet, as I felt the music penetrating the womb of the night. I call … Continue reading Suryagarh, Jaisalmer: Cupid’s Playground

Porbandar: The Birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi

In the little alleys of this quiet town is the home of the man who spoke the language of peace and brought India out of the shackles of the British Words: Ambica Gulati The road from Ahmedabad to Porbandar is jerkless and effortless. The destination was Kirti Mandir, ancestral home of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, for a peace ceremony on Martyrs’ Day, … Continue reading Porbandar: The Birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi