It was a brief interlude but the time Alexander spent in the Indian Subcontinent had a deep impact. It shaped the West’s perception of India as ‘exotic’ and left a lasting memory here, so much so, that the very term used for foreigners in Sanskrit - Yavana, stems from ‘Ionian’ Greeks!
It was a time of warring clans, fiery fort storming gods & powerful priests who held forth. Join us we head back 3500 years to the dawn of the Vedic Age and dissect through layers of archaeological finds, literature & historical research to trace the story of a period that left an indelible mark on Indian history.
Mathura, Patna, Varanasi, Peshawar & Allahabad are just some of the cities that go back over 2500 years. How did their journey start & what do we know of the kingdoms, that they were central to? We dip into decades of research & tell the story of the ‘Solasa Mahajanapadas’.
The disappearance of the Indus Valley Civilisation gave way to the second wave of urbanisation, from 1400 BCE to 600 BCE. This was a period of great expansion – it saw the rise of India’s first large cities, the beginnings of commerce and the birth of great centres of learning. We start our journey in the eternal city of Kashi...