RSSArchive for September, 2011

Eternally Yours – Mysore

Eternally Yours – Mysore

Ever seen those lovely paintings with the gesso work with gold foils pasted in appropriate places ? Yes if you have then obviously you know that this belongs to  a very royal place in the southern part of India. Coming from as old as the 15th century it is King Raja Wodeyar who has patronized this art form and today this place is famous for this style of painting. Mysore – The land of the gesso work and the city of palaces. Now why exactly is it known as the city of palaces? There are innumerable palaces in this city of the past. There is Amba Vilas which is the very famous Mysore Palace, there is the Jaganmohan Palace, and then you have the Rajendra Vilas, then the Lalitha Mahal, and the Jayalakshmi Vilas. Today this Jayalakshmi Vilas is in the premises of the Mysore University. In the  [...]

Tribal Tales From Nagaland

Tribal Tales From Nagaland

India is a land of tribes and many castes and communities. With its myriad communities and sects, India is a complete example of unity in diversity. With this adage part of the Indian subcontinent, there are many reasons why tourists like to come to Nagaland. These attractions are not the usual kind of forts, palaces and monuments that is normally found in other places. This land with its idyllic ambience and great surroundings is a virgin land of greenery and nature coming together Nagaland – a place where you would find the most exotic tribes and the loveliest surroundings. The people who come here like the flora and fauna and the wide variety of species that are found here. So when you come to Nagaland you would only have one thing in mind- tribes.  Yes, you have read about them  [...]

Calling all Festivals in Jammu Kashmir

Calling all Festivals in Jammu Kashmir

So you are right in the land of snow – Jammu Kashmir. You know how to enjoy yourselves here. The fact that you are here is proof to that. With the snow around and the pristine surroundings wouldn’t you love to know about the festivals here so that you can actually participate in one of them? Let us know what are the major festivals celebrated in Jammu Kashmir. Well starting from the year beginning, Lohri marks the beginning of all festivals in the year. This heralds the beginning of the spring season and is known by the name of Makar Sankranti too. The whole place looks very festive and people rejoice and celebrate during this time. Then you have the Havan Yagna when many people come together and take a dip in the holy rivers. With every house and temple in the state lit up to  [...]

You go, You see, You will Conquer – Elephanta Caves

You go, You see, You will Conquer – Elephanta Caves

Mumbai the land of Gold and the place where everyone comes to fulfill their dreams In this land of tradition, history and legends, lie the serene waters of the Arabian Sea and in the middle of the blue angel lies an island – a second tale in Mumbai. The Elephanta Caves is a totally different tale that has been woven in this Mumbai land. This lovely monumental cave is amongst the Hindu Caves in the area called Gharapuri. The Portuguese while ruling here gave the name Elephanta to this place .The cave exists since the 6th century AD. It was mainly built for the Hindus who used to come here to complete their ritual of going round the cave. There were many idols of the Indian God Lord Shiva here in a place and it was found centuries back. Today the Elephanta Caves tour is a major itinerary  [...]

Small steps big differences – Harihareshwar

Small steps big differences – Harihareshwar

Yes, sometimes some small decisions that we make, go a long way to changing our life in a big way. Such small steps that we take towards making bigger causes enrich our lives and we feel fulfilled. A visit to Harihareshwar is one such journey that one undertakes with small ideas of a tour in mind but It ultimately makes great differences to our daily routine. This seas shore locale in the state of Maharashtra in India lies along the coast of the Konkan in the state. This is popular for its serene ambience, lovely scenic beauty and a virgin expanse of land and water. It is known by the other name of Dakshin Kashi and has great spiritual importance amongst the Hindus. There is a temple here and the presiding deity is the Indian god Shiva. Many people come to Harihareshwar specially to see  [...]

Beautiful lanes Beautiful Cities – Pondicherry

Beautiful lanes Beautiful Cities – Pondicherry

If you are in any part of Chennai in south India, and you are done with all the shopping that you wanted to and you feel you are done with Chennai, then you are wrong. For right very near Chennai just a few hours’ drive away is a land of paradise, a land that has the most serene of ambience and the most calming experience of a lifetime – The Land of Pondicherry. Yes, here at Pondicherry you would find the best scenic beauty, grand architecture and most of all a very well planned and well constructed roads. Pondicherry – The land of the Aurobindo Ashram There are half day tours when the tourists are taken around the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Chunnambar complex, the Museum at Pondicherry and the Auroville Matrimandir. There are also the Anglo French Textiles which give you a complete  [...]

Haridwar – Heavenly Entrance

Haridwar – Heavenly Entrance

If you ever felt you could go to God, and could walk on the path to the Supreme Power then go to Haridwar the Gateway to God. Haridwar means the Gateway to God. Hari means God and Dwar signifies Gate. This pristine religious pilgrim spot in Uttarakhand, is a great Hindu pilgrim destination. Indian culture and tradition is seen at its best here. Haridwar also is known by the names of Mayapuri, Kapilsthan, and Gangadwar etc. Haridwar is the place where the holy River Ganga is said to descend down, and crosses before she gurgles down to  the other town. Haridwar is the place where the Char Dham journey of India begins. The Char Dham journey includes Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. It is believed that any person who takes a holy dip in the River Ganga here attains salvation.   [...]

Amarnath – Rise up to Eternity

Amarnath – Rise up to Eternity

Ever wanted to reach eternity? What is eternity? It is that level that is limitless. Do you want to be a part of this zone of limitless energy? Then visit Amarnath – the synonym for eternity. Located amidst the Himalayas in Jammu and Kashmir, this temple is more than 5000 years old, and is a major Hindu pilgrim spot. Ask anyone in India about Amarnath and you can feel them gushing with unbelievable emotion and if he has been to the place then it is a memory to cherish forever. The ice stalagmite which resembles the great linga of the Indian God Shiva is the main attraction here. There are lots of stories related to this. It is said that with the changing phases of the moon, the stalagmite to grow or shrink accordingly. Hindu legend has it that Lord Shiva explained the meaning of life and  [...]

Go Green with the Savannah

Go Green with the Savannah

So you decide to take a break and get into the pristine locales of greenery. You scour the Internet and try deciding which is the best way to make your trip constructive from all fronts. Being a very aware citizen you also don’t want to damage environment further. So you decide to indulge in some ecotourism. Eco tourism is a way of visiting place and getting  yourself more aware of the ecological balance in the world. Of the many places in the world, Trinidad and Tobago comes across as a great place for eco tourism. Just lying around 10 miles from Venezuela, this beautiful region has the best kind of flora and fauna and is said to have been a part of Venezuela but got separated some 11,000 years back. This offshoot of the Ice Age is a beautiful region of mountain ranges and hills with  [...]

When the World has Eight Wonders

When the World has Eight Wonders

Meaning Eight Ganeshas, Ashtavinayak, symbolizes the Hindu god of prosperity. The Ashtavinayak journey is very special to the Hindus in India and all devotees look forward to going to this pilgrimage. Located in Maharashtra state in India, the Ashtavinayak temples are in a particular sequence and they have the eight different idols of the elephant God Ganesha. Expanding over eight temples the Asthavinayak journey is one that has to be experienced to be understood exactly what it is all about. There are temples in Maharashtra but the Ganesh temples near Pune are more popular. Let us know the destinations one by one Mayureshwar : The most important of the Ashtavinayak temples, this temple was built with black stone and. The four minarets in this temple give the feeling of being inside a  [...]

Eternal Bliss Ecstasy Guaranteed

Eternal Bliss Ecstasy Guaranteed

Ecstasy is very relative and is something which is felt from the heart. And what better way to get ecstasy than visiting a religious place. You are taken to a land far beyond and totally out of our imagination. This is actual pilgrimage and to experience this you should visit the land of religion and culture – India. When you visit the religious places in India, then Vaishno Devi in Northern part of India comes across as a must see destination. This pristine locale and virgin surrounding in the land of temples India, is a major attraction. With the lovely background of the snow clad mountains, and the cold surrounding the temple at Vaishno Devi is considered an ultimate spot. Once you get the Yatra slip you are registered, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to get past the check post  [...]

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