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National Museum showcases ancient artifacts in open air

Posted on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:36 by easytours
 

Facing a dearth of available space, Delhi’s National Museum has started outdoor displays of the thousands artifacts.

Visitors to Delhi’s largest museum are now able to amble through the plush grounds that surround the building while enjoying many rare artifacts that have never been on display.

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Humayun's Tomb is one of the three World Heritage Sites in Delhi protected by UNESCO.


Rath Yatra (Carriage Festival) – Puri

Posted on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 16:37 by easytours
 

Rath Yatra is a major Hindu festival celebrating Lord Jagannath (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu & Lord Krishna). It is held at Puri in the state of Orissa, during the months of June or July (the date varies due to the Hindu lunar calendar) and hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees travel to Puri from all over the world to participate. The word Rath means chariot; and Yatra means a journey or a pilgrimage.

Most of the city's society is based around the worship of Lord Jagannath and the ancient temple is by far the most important structure in the area. The festival commemorates Krishna's return to his home in Vrindavan(an ancient forrest area in Madya Pradesh where the deity spent his childhood) after a long period of separation from the people there.


Hampi - UNESCO World Heritage Sight

Posted on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 23:50 by Sunil Trehan
 

The most remarkable single attraction in Karnataka has to be the ruins of the ancient city of Hampi.

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Traces of a two-millennia-old civilization have been found at Hampi, but the UNESCO World Heritage Group of Monuments at Hampi are a mere five-to seven-centuries old. Hampi was the last Capital of the Great Vijayanagar Empire, and the amazing monuments here are definitely matched by the incredibly scenic landscape strewn with massive boulders.

The landscape is surreal and breathtaking. Amidst hundreds of square kilometers of granite hills and boulders are the remains of a civilization that was unmatched in its heyday.

It is my opinion that Hampi, along with the Taj Mahal and the caves at Ajanta & Ellora, make up the most impressive attractions in a country that is overflowing with magnificent achievements made by ancient and medieval man.

Two days of exploration at Hampi are a must to really savor the amazing city and its granite monuments. The Vijayanagar Empire thrived here from the 14th - 17th centuries. The estimates of the local population during that period range from over 500,000 to almost a million residents, and the city was said to have been surrounded by an army of about a million soldiers.


The State of Karnataka

Posted on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 23:44 by Sunil Trehan
 
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A multiple choice question - What is Karnataka?

1. A state in Southern India where the temperature, in most areas, is uniformly cool and pleasant during most of the summer.

2. A state with a plethora of amazing monuments and sights, with the crown jewel being the incredible and surreal city of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. A state that has incredible natural beauty, ranging from massive granite formations to lush rain forest and mountain resort areas such as legendary Coorg.

4. A state that has some of the best wildlife viewing in all of India, with tigers and large elephant herds and even the elusive leopard.

5. A state with a diverse cultural base that ranges from the modern lifestyles of cosmopolitan Bangalore, to colorful rural communities with a higher standard of living then most other states in India.

6. A state with a unique, delectable cuisine that, although distinctly Indian, has its own special flavors and characteristics, honed by millennia of local evolution.

7. A state with world class lodging options for travelers, ranging from small boutique resorts like the amazing Orange County Resorts, to incredible architecture that is both luxurious and environment friendly like Coorg's Taj Vivanta, situated in the middle of a rainforest.

 

Answer: All of the Above.

 


Gangaur Procession in Jaipur Finishes with Fanfare

Posted on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:27 by easytours
 

18 days of Hindu rituals and celebration ended with the conclusion of the Gangaur festival April 24 in Jaipur.

Gangaur is an important Rajasthani festival celebrated by women. Celebrated throughout Rajasthan, the event honors the Goddess Gauri, who is a symbol of virtue, devotion, fertility and marital bliss.

Women celebrate the holiday with ritual fasting, limiting themselves to one meal a day, and planting barley seeds in ashes as a blessing for fertility and prosperity.

For more than two weeks splendid pageantry filled the streets with costumed horses and camels while folk dancers festooned in traditionally bright garb sauntered throughout the city. The Gangaur idol, symbolizing spring and harmony between husband and wife, was carried through the streets on a silver palanquin as the finale of the festival.

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