All About Beads and Indian Bead Jewelry (part 2)

Lac beads India is also famous for its beautiful lac beads. They are made by the secretion of small insects which live in trees. The material to make lac beads is collected manually, washed, powdered, and then heated to form a malleable clay-like substance which can be colored, shaped, and glued to the other surfaces. Clay, silver, and terracotta beads, as well as soapstone, bone, and carved wooden beads, are all made manually by hand and designed from simple geometric shapes to intricate geometrical ones. Lampwork beads are the main section of the bead exports of India, with a variety […]

All About Beads and Indian Bead Jewelry (part 1)

The traditional beads of India cover a wide range of materials, styles, and treatment processes – from hand-carved wooden beads to tiny glass seed ones. India’s bead art is said to be 5000 years old and dates back to Indus valley civilization when people made beads out of gold, silver, ivory, clay, and even wood. India is among the largest bead producers all around the world. The glass beads we use nowadays were not found in India until 1700 and were only available in the kingdom of Saurashtra. With new tools in the modern industry, the artisans have the ability […]

The Most Popular Indian Dishes

Do you have any favorite dishes that you usually order at an Indian restaurant? You can learn how to cook them yourself at home and enjoy that spicy taste whenever you want. From palak paneer to tandoori chicken, the recipes are quite easy if you have some essential ingredients found in Indian cuisine. Butter Chicken  Butter chicken is so delicious that it is one of the most ordered dishes at any Indian restaurant in the West. This poultry dish tastes so well with naan, kaali daal (black lentils), and a green salad. The best thing about this recipe is that […]

5 reasons why India should be your next holiday destination

India is a beautiful and bamboozling place, an endlessly fascinating country that is always surprising. Visiting India is an assault on the senses because sights, sounds, smells, and sensations are all experienced at the highest level here. In order to mark the 71st anniversary of Indian independence, here are a few good excuses for a visit. It’s cheap India is one of the top countries in the world with “price competitiveness” for travelers. In addition, a recent drop in the value of the rupee means a trip to India is even cheaper than usual right now. You can get around […]

4 Unique Customs and Traditions of India

Indian culture is something that very diverse and unique. Indian culture is full of unique customs and traditions, which make outsiders really intrigued. These are 4 interesting customs and traditions of India. The Namaste The Namaste is considered as the most popular Indian customs, which is one of the five forms of traditional greetings mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures, the Vedas. The word “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste means “I bow to you.” To perform Namaste, we put the hands together at the heart chakra, close the eyes, and bow the head. […]

Interesting Facts About the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal took over 20 years to build and construction began in 1632 by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his 3rd wife Arjumand Banu Begum, who died giving birth to their 14th child. Here are some interesting facts about one of the seven wonders of the world, which is located in Agra, India. • Not just manpower – There were in excess of 20,000 laborers that worked on the Taj Mahal including painters, stonecutters, and artists to name just a few. However, manpower was not the only power used, as over 1,000 elephants were used in order to […]

What to see When Visiting India

There is much to see in India and seeing all in one trip is near impossible. When you consider the sheer number of sights to see in India, the focus has to become planning your trip around each of those landmarks or festivals. Doing your best to fit in as much as possible but in such a way as to allow yourself to take it all in and enjoy each as much as possible. One thing that is nice is that travel in the country is inexpensive and flights within India are easily affordable. This is beneficial as it allows […]