Month: September 2016

Lucknow – A Multicultural City

Uttar Pradesh’s historic capital Lucknow, is a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub and the seat of power of Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries. The capital of Awadh was controlled by the Delhi Sultanate which then came under the Mughal rule, it was later transferred to the Nawabs of Awadh. Today, Lucknow continues to be an important centre of governance, administration, education, commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, music and poetry. Continue reading

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Guwahati – Gateway to the Northeast

Ancient Assam’s Pragjyotishpura & present day Guwahati, is the gateway to India’s mystical northeast. A bustling city that blends old-world charm with modern infrastructure & development, this rapidly growing city provides a link to seven other northeastern states. Situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra River that cuts through 4 countries, the ancient cities of Pragjyotishpura and Durjaya in the north were the capitals of the ancient state of Kamarupa under the Varman and Pala dynasties. The hills hold a 10th-century temple dedicated to the goddess Kamakhya and an ancient seat of astronomy known as Navagraha, the temple of the nine planets; the small Umananda temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is on an island in the river. These are amongst the best places in Guwahati for tourists & pilgrims.  Continue reading

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