Akshita M Bhanj Deo, 26, and Mrinalika M Bhanj Deo, 28 are not your average royals. The second and third daughters of Praveen Chandra Bhanjdeo, the 47th ruler of India’s Bhanja dynasty, are focused on promoting local art and culture, running a sustainable boutique palace hotel and embracing eco-tourism. Photo: Instagram

The new face of India’s dynastic elites: with brains, beauty and big hearts, the princesses of Mayurbhanj are not your regular royals

Kolkata-born sisters Mrinalika M Bhanj Deo and Akshita M Bhanj Deo promote local art and culture, run a sustainable boutique palace hotel, and embrace eco-tourism

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Akshita M Bhanj Deo, 26, and Mrinalika M Bhanj Deo, 28 are not your average royals. The second and third daughters of Praveen Chandra Bhanjdeo, the 47th ruler of India’s Bhanja dynasty, are focused on promoting local art and culture, running a sustainable boutique palace hotel and embracing eco-tourism. Photo: Instagram
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Akanksha Singh

Akanksha Singh

Akanksha Singh is a writer and culture journalist based in Mumbai, India. She has been published in Explore Parts Unknown, HuffPost, The Independent, The Sydney Morning Herald and many more. You can find her written work on akanksha-singh.com