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There are many different handicraft tours available in India, ranging from short half day tours to extended tours with a specific focus on handicrafts.

Places to Witness the Best Christmas Celebrations in India:

It’s that time of the year when Santa Claus comes to the town!!! Christmas days are near and we all are waiting to witness the best decor, lightnings, and celebrations around the country. Yes, we realize that India does not celebrate Christmas like the West does, however, we do have our own style of celebrating and we truly love it!!! As we celebrate the spirit of Christmas that proffers forgiveness, love, grace and most importantly the act of sharing, we also decorate the city with the traditional festive spirit.

Below is the list of the places to witness the best Christmas celebrations in India.

Best Christmas Places: Mumbai

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Mumbai is a wonderful place to celebrate Christmas. This city has unconditionally embraced all the diverse cultures of India. Hill Road, Bandra, and Churchgate are popular places where Christmas is celebrated with immense enthusiasm and fervor. Almost all churches around the city organize a midnight mass. And besides that, there are raging parties in most nightclubs around the city. Mumbai is the place that can cater to your palette no matter the kind of person you are. Continue Reading

Taj Mahal To Terracotta: The Beauty Of Indian Art

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Indian art
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Ever wondered what makes the Taj Mahal, Ajanta-Ellora Caves, popular temples of South India and Akshardham and terracotta pots, cane furniture, blue pottery products, kalamkari & phulkari textiles and jute jewellery so exquisite and special? It is the beauty of Indian art!!!

The intricate designs and carvings done in Taj Mahal is one of the finest examples of rich legacy of Indian art. India’s excellent craftsmanship is that one exclusive factor which has carved a distinct identity to win plaudits and respect worldwide. Be it monuments, antiques or decor products the traditional Indian art and craftsmanship have always helped to preserve the heritage art of India Continue Reading

Raghurajpur: The Indian Crafts Village & Hub of Artisans

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Raghurajpur
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Incredible India!!! It’s a right tag given to the country. India is a hub of various artisans and craftsmen having their unique skills and is masters in their traditional art form. In the heart of the country lies this village of crafts “Raghurajpur”.  

Situated amidst groves of coconut, palm, mango and jack fruit, Raghurajpur is a village in Puri district, Orissa is known for its Pattachitra craft, beside many other practised. The main village has two streets with over 120 houses, most decorated with mural paintings, where the painters reside and practice their Pattachitra craft, and many others. Continue Reading

Ganjifa: Time to Revive the Lost Heritage Art of Game

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ganjifa art

“Ganjifa Art” is the name given to the heritage Indian game of playing cards. It’s the beautiful artwork done on playing cards mostly circular in shape. Historically this game is believed to have been brought to India and popularised during the Moghul period. Quite aptly the name Ganjifa comes from the Persian word “Ganjifeh” which means playing cards.

The speciality of these cards is that they are traditionally hand-painted. The cards are typically circular although some rectangular decks have been produced. This was a game that was popular and played across Medieval India. Each region in the country had its own form of the game. There was the Sawantwadi Ganjifa from Maharashtra, Navadurga Ganjifa from Orissa, Rajasthan and Gujarat Ganjifa, Kashmir Ganjifa, Nepal Ganjifa and the Mysooru Ganjifa which was greatly patronized by the Mysore Royal family during their reign. Continue Reading

Phulkari: Live the Traditional Art of Punjab

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phulkari
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“Phulkari” is not just a traditional art; it is the story of emotions, love, colours, culture and traditions of Punjab. The origin of this beautiful art of Phulkari embroidery traced back to the 15th century AD. Its relevance, in the lives of the people, has not diminished even today and continues to form an integral part of all marriage, birth, festivals and ceremonies taking place in Punjab. Continue Reading

Best Things to do in Kashmir with Friends

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“Agar Firdaus ba roy-i zamin ast, hamin ast-u hamin ast-u hamin ast,” – Jahangir.

If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!!!

Are you tired with the hectic daily routine at work and back home, same old life and nothing new? Then all you need is to take out sometime and go for an adventurous trip with your friends to add some thrill and fun in life.

Summer is near, and to escape from the scorching sun and blazing heat all you need to do is plan an adventurous trip to Kashmir. There are many things to do in Kashmir with friends like adventure, activities, camping, trekking and more. The best time to experience this never like before fun and to explore the beauty of this “Heaven on earth” is from March to October.

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Best Indian Handmade Gifts That Are Hard To Get Anywhere Else In The World!!!

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India is a land of art and crafts, where each art has its uniqueness. The handicraft and handloom industry reflects best of India with its appropriate usage of resources using excellent craftsmanship, intense labour and creativity. One can clearly witness novelty of the art in variety of Indian handmade products. Every handmade gift has a story, and India has a variety of perfect gifts for everyone in your list. These handcrafted products are not only a great gift but it is hard to get them anywhere else in the world.

Here is the list of best handmade gifts you can give to your loved ones.

1. Bamboo Bags and Crafts from Assam: 

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A women’s love for bags is never ending. Each and every bag is precious and close to their heart. Handmade bags have their own unique charm. Bamboo bag is one of them; these bags are eco-friendly, hand-woven using bamboo strips and way more stylish and classy than cotton or leather bags. The art of making bamboo bags in India is immensely done in Manipur, North East India. You will find handmade bamboo products like bags, mats, baskets, jewellery boxes, home decor accessories and a lot more in this region. There is a variety of bags like handbags, slings, totes, clutches and wallets using bamboo fibre that can be gifted to your mother, wife, sisters, daughters and friends on their special occasions like birthday or anniversary and festivals too.

World famous Luxury Brand for bags GUCCI” also has special handcrafted bamboo bag designs and is promoting the bamboo craft since 1940 till date. Click here to see the process of how such luxury brands makes bamboo bags. Continue Reading

My trip to Rajasthan led to CraftedIndia, says company head Vinay Jain

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“Every great thing comes from an inspiration and deep commitment.”

His trip to Rajasthan inspired him to come up with a business idea that can represent Indian art on the global platform. We usually hear of businessmen turning investor. But in the case of CraftedIndia, an e-commerce startup in the handicrafts sector, it’s the other way round. Co-founded by Vinay Jain, who was working with a family business before setting out to startup. CraftedIndia is one of the fastest growing e-commerce platforms in the handicraft space. In this exclusive interview, Mr. Vinay talks about the business idea, the advantages of having been an investor while starting up, co-founding a company and the road ahead for CraftedIndia. It was a great experience interviewing Mr. Vinay, knowing about his journey throughout and the ups and downs he faced while his startup business which is now a well known handicraft goods site CraftedIndia.com.

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Top 10 places In India You Should Shop From

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Below are the Top 10 places in India for shopping which you would cherish for life. If you are planning a trip to India, then you should visit the places known best for its various art culture, tradition, food culture, heritage buildings and monuments. Shopping in India is not only a great place to shop from but also budget worthy products. Being the seventh largest country with its 29 states, each having its own unique and handcrafted speciality to shop and take back home.

Mumbai

Place to shop from: Colaba Causeway

places in india for shopping

If you are in Mumbai then it’s a must to take a walk by Colaba! It is a stretch running under ancient buildings with makeshift stalls selling everything at affordable prices. This place always has the best and latest in terms of all things in fashion. Things you can find on the street of Colaba which are assured to keep you fashionable without bringing a hole in your pocket. Colaba has interesting and wide range of collections of products with latest trends and fashions. It is an experience that every tourist would love to have. Continue Reading