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Singapore aides Kochi in bid to become a global city

Posted on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:22 by easytours
 

Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority agreed last month to a partnership including Gates Ecosystem, a development think-tank, and the Kerala State Government to modernize the port city of Kochi.

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The Singapore Government plans to share city planning and development expertise with the port city of Kochi to build a clean and sustainable environment for business and residents.

A BCA delegation explored areas of possible cooperation during a 2 day visit in April. Sources told the Khaleej Times that the officials from Singapore expressed interest in the development of IT parks, business incubation hubs, transportation facilities, and a global finance resource center.

The delegation along with city and state government officials and members of the private sector believe these projects will help Kochi develop into city of international standards of business and infrastructure while creating strong relationships between businesses in Singapore and Kochi.

 



359th Urs of Shah Jahan held in May

Posted on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:40 by easytours
 
For the 359th year, Agra commemorated the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan with a three day celebration at the Taj Mahal marking the anniversary of the ruler’s death in a ceremony known as an Urs.

The Taj Mahal in Agra is marvel of Mughal architecture commissioned by Shah Jahan.

Shah Jahan’s cenotaph (a gazebo-like memorial) was wrapped in a 2,400 foot-long muslin cloth, called a chadar, as part of the memorial celebration that opened the Taj to muslin cloth, called a chadar, as part of the memorial celebration that opened the Taj to the public for free during the ritual mourning period.


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.

Humayun Tomb Delhi
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.

Jagganath Rath Yatra
The Jagganath Rath Yatra – Pulling the weight of history and devotion.


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.

Humayun's Tomb
Forts in Rajasthan – a testament to the genius of Rajput military architecture

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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