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The Annual Elephant Festival in Jaipur, One Jumbo Sized Celebration!

Posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 12:06 by easytours

The Elephant Festival is Jaipur went off without a hitch this year. Held in the middle of March this festival is rather remarkable. Usually the festival is celebrated as a part of Holi, the festival of colors and is a joyous occasion for all!

The gentle magnificence of Elephants has long held a special place in Indian society. Such is the importance of the Elephant in India that it has been granted its very own annual celebration. The Elephant Festival is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike! It's avibrant occasion full of pomp and circumstance, with Elephants bejeweled and decorated – as well as taking part in other events to entertain the crowds.

Interestingly, all the Elephants that participate in the festival are female. Do the organizers perhaps assume that lady elephants will be more comfortable in makeup? Whatever the reason, it's no holds barred when it comes to bedecking them with all the trappings of female ornament, including scarves, anklets – even the pachyderm equivalent of toenail polish.

Taj Mahotsava draws to a close with glittering ceremony

Posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 11:39 by easytours

Agra: Taj Mahotsava, the annual art, craft and cuisine extravaganza, drew to a close with a gala performance by noted playback singer Alka Yagnik. Taj Mahotsav is indeed a fitting tribute to the legendary skills of master craftsmen and exponents of art, music and cuisine. Not only this, it is also a gentle peep into the rich heritage and extraordinary legacies of this wonderful land.

The festivities commence with a spectacular procession inspired by Mughal splendour. Bedecked elephants and camels, drum beaters, folk artists and master craftsmen....

Life Blossoms Again in old Quarry Pits

Posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 11:23 by easytours

The stone quarry pits near Vasant Vihar used to cloak the area with dust and reverberate with sandstone blasting. Today, orchids dot some of these pits.

Hidden from the public eye, scientists are experimenting to reconnect the ravaged land to the Aravalli ecosystem. Plant species from the Aravalli forests in Rajasthan and Gujarat are being grown in 'biotic communities'. Birds, insects and animals typically found in the Aravallis have started inhabiting the abandoned mines.

The Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE) of Delhi University is implementing the project for Delhi Development Authority. Scientists say the project can be a model for mining-ravaged areas of the country.

Aravalli Biodiversity Park-located near the residential colony at Poorvi Marg in Vasant Vihar in Gurgaon outside of New Delhi-is an experimental forest that is home to blue bulls, porcupines, jackals , palm civets, and a variety of rare birds, butterflies, insects and plants. It is not yet open to the public.

Chef of the Month - Mohamed Siddiq

Posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 11:02 by easytours

The modest demeanor of Mohamed Siddiq, the Executive Chef of Fisherman's Cove, Chennai. Fisherman's Cove, Chennai, is a Green Globe Benchmarked Hotel and winner of SKAL International Eco Tourism Awards for Year 2008.

Given below are a few of the recipes from his vast repertoire of dishes delicacies and desserts.

Kerala best tourist destination, shows survey

Posted on Fri, 03/30/2012 - 14:27 by easytours

Thiruvananthapuram: For the second year running, Kerala has been rated the best tourist destination in the country, according to a survey. The survey says: "Kerala topping the list is a no-brainer."

The survey was conducted by the Nielsen Company on behalf of the Outlook Traveller magazine."The Outlook Survey has come as a big endorsement for Brand Kerala. It will spur us to take it forward with many more new initiatives," said Kerala Tourism Secretary T.K. Manoj Kumar here.

The survey also found Kerala as the second best state for winter destination after Goa, while Rajasthan and the Andamans occupied the third and fourth slots, respectively. In the category of beach destinations, Kerala occupies the fourth place.

Another highlight of the survey is about Kerala` coastal city of Kochi, which has emerged as the sixth best city for tourists after Jaipur, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

This rating has come at a time when the arrival of international tourists into Kerala grew from 6.50 lakh in 2010 to 7.3 lakh in 2011.

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