Exploring India through its authentic art and craft is an exotic yet different experience altogether. Popularly known as the ‘Heartland of India,’ Uttar Pradesh is lauded for its long living artistry. Stone-craft, pottery, Chikankari, Zari embroidery, glassware, textile printing, perfume distillation and carpet weaving are some of the specialities of Uttar Pradesh. These artistic endeavours have been a part of the state since prehistoric times.The Stone Craft has flourished during the Mughal reign in Uttar Pradesh. The Taj Mahal in Agra remains to be one of the finest examples of intricate carvings, reshaping and designing of marble slabs.Pottery is a very popular form of craft in the state. The vessels made from pottery are embellished with beautiful floral designs and patterns. Chikankari is a skilful embroidery done on fabric like chiffon, cotton, georgette etc. This embroidery is most popular when bought from Lucknow.Zari embroidery is famous for its rich looks. The traditional thread work is made by using thread made of actual gold or silver which makes the material expensive.
Quite impressed by Lucknow as a city - great roads, a charming historical feel, some green pockets. Tempted to travel around UP!
I decided to visit the Taj Mahal. I've always wanted to see this. It is even more stunning than I expected. It's incredible what people can build and what love can motivate us to build.
The power of the Kashi Vishwanath temple hit us! Incredibly powerful. So greatful to the divine universal spirit of all.