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Jaipur: The City of colour, craft and heritage

As the capital of Rajasthan, India’s most cultural and colourful state, Jaipur is an epicentre for craft and culture. Known for its dazzling Royal Palaces, historic forts, block-print textiles and spellbinding gems. Designers from all over the world flock to this city, seeking inspiration from the bustling bazaars, splendid regality and talented artisans whose centuries-old workshops line the streets of the Old City.

 

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The Ranthambhore Fort

For over 1200 years, the tread of warriors, pilgrims, wayfarers and mendicants have worn away the stone cobbled pavements of Ranthambhore’s iconic fort. Its walls are witness to century after century of celebration and tragedy laced together. The celebration of heady military triumphs punctuate the petrified traumas of defeat and conquest. In the progression and fall of local chiefdoms, clan warfare, trade relations and imperial ambitions, Ranthambhore has seen it all and preserves the evidence. Read More The Ranthambhore Fort »

Exotic Aliens: The Story of the Lion and the Cheetah in India

The Austrian painter, Wenzel Peter’s depiction of Genesis —the beginning of the world— has at its centre a pair of lions, a male and female. The presence of these big cats in the depiction of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden grants the lion a position of prominence that effectively supersedes time and geographical boundaries. Subliminally, human sensibility has accepted the existence of the lion as perfectly natural in the political, social and cultural depictions of a variety of civilizations and historical contexts, even in those where there is no evidence that it naturally existed. Historically then, the lion has acquired a cultural omnipresence like no other beast, real or imagined. Read More Exotic Aliens: The Story of the Lion and the Cheetah in India »