Sakhis of Guru Nanak

Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism travelled to places far and wide teaching people the message of one God who dwells in every one of God’s creations. The earliest biographical sources of Nanak’s lif...

Kumaon’s Traditional Musical Holi

Kumaoni Holi is the historical and cultural celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi in the region of Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India. Celebrated as one of the most important festivals for the Kumaoni pe...

Khusro Bagh – An ode to the Bygone Era

Khusro Bagh is a large walled garden and burial complex located in Prayagraj (formerly known as Allahabad). It is listed as an Indian site of national importance. A talk on the subject is scripted by...

The Elixir of life : Magh Mela – Namita Verma

The Kumbh Mela is a congregation of Hindus for a pilgrimage of faith where they gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river. Traditionally four fairs are widely recognised as the Kumbh Melas: the Praya...

John Fryer

John Fryer was a British traveller and writer. After studying medicine at Cambridge University, he came to India, where he first worked as a surgeon in the employ of the East India Company. His  book...

Niccolao Manucci

Niccolao Manucci was an Italian traveller whose voluminous memoirs entitled Storio Dor Mogor is one of the most invaluable sources of history of Mughal India. Manucci, who was a mercenary soldier, jo...

François Bernier

François Bernier travelled to Egypt and to India, where he served as physician to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Back in France, he published the very successful Travels in Moghul India. Observations ...

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier – Part 2

Born in Paris in 1605, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier was one of the most famous travelers of the 17th century, who pioneered the trade of various commodities with India. It was in 1638 when he began the fi...

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier – Part 1

Born in Paris in 1605, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier was one of the most famous travelers of the 17th century, who pioneered the trade of various commodities with India. It was in 1638 when he began the fi...