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Historical Heir

Prince Tikkaraj Aishwarya Katoch of Lambagaon talks about his efforts to revive the royal family's culture

Tikkaraj Aishwarya Katoch of Lambagaon, known as ‘Ash’ to his close friends, is a modern prince who’s reviving the heritage of his father’s former royal State of Kangra, in Himachal Pradesh. As the son of Chandresh Kumari Katoch, a former minister who’s also the Princess of Jodhpur, Aishwarya has had unrestricted access to his maternal uncle, the Maharaja of Jodhpur’s palace. “I’ve seen Jodhpur since I was a baby; I was born there,” he says. “I’ve copied my uncle as far as setting up my museum in Kangra is concerned, and the heritage work I’ve done in my area. He’s been a great influence, and I’ve tried to recreate what I could in Kangra.”

And Kangra, the name of which embellishes a valley, district, and town in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, is rich with history. “We’re the oldest surviving dynasty in the world – Udaipur claims the same,” says Aishwarya. “If you look at the Kangra dynasty, our official records show that we’re descended from King Porus. That makes us 326BC, which is far beyond any state of Rajputana or


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