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A renovated Rashtrapati Bhavan opened to public

Posted on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 10:23 by easytours
 

An ornate two-ton crystal chandelier hanging 108 ft. (33 m.) from the roof commands attention as one steps into the circular Durbar Hall, a historic niche in the resplendent Rashtrapati Bhavan. The crystals are gleaming, the bulbs luminous, Delhithe floor has been scrubbed, portraits restored, columns of marble and stone polished, and the dome-shaped roof has a fresh coat of paint. Durbar Hall, after long years of not being used is ready to host dignitaries and watch events unfold.

President Pranab Mukherjee’s order to use the space in Rashtrapati Bhavan and to throw it open to the country and its people is being followed by restoring all unused rooms, rediscovering old furniture and artifacts, and positioning them as per the original design.

Recently the Durbar Hall was used for the President’s interaction with delegates of the 13th Conference of Chief Justices of the World.


Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay

Posted on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:14 by easytours
 

Located along the shores of the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram is a 40 mile (65 km.) drive from Chennai. This seaside town is an acclaimed World Heritage site with centuries old historic monuments and temples. Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, easily the most visited luxury resort, provides accommodations on beach-facing property. Indulge in graceful and stylish rooms, cottages and villas.

While the Radisson Blu naturally offers many of the amenities of a full-service resort such as a fitness center, spa and Ayurveda therapy center, the resort provides exceptional twists and more unique activities for its guests.

Even more impressive are the truly decadent accommodations. The Sea View Chalets and Villas provide guests with an uninterrupted front-row seat to the Bay of Bengal and a short beach walk to the Shore Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As noted earlier, the Radisson Blu has received international acclaim for its team of chefs. The resort features a variety of restaurant atmospheres for guests to choose from featuring spectacular views of the Bay of Bengal and one of the largest swimming pools in South Asia.



ASI starts e-ticketing trial run for Taj Mahal

Posted on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:05 by easytours
 

Heavy showers have come as a big boost to afforestation efforts in the Taj city. The Taj Mahal is now adequately insulated against air pollution by a thick green cover. Behind the Taj, the Mehtab Bagh area is densely green. The Taj Nature Park is equally lush. Work on landscaping and recycling waste drain water is progressing well, officials say.

Saplings planted in June in half-a-dozen stretches in the district have grown. "The most spectacular will be the long stretch along the

Yamuna River in the city until Haathi Ghat near the fort where thousands of saplings are now five to six feet tall," said District Forest Officer N.K. Janoo.

He said the greening work on the controversial Taj Heritage Corridor will begin soon with landscaping and laying of pathways. "The Taj Corridor will be a shining green jewel between two world heritage sites, the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.” Janoo said.

Ten years ago, the green cover in Agra district had fallen to just 7.38 percent. A recent report of the Forest Survey of India says this has risen to 8.25 percent. Estimates suggest the green cover in the city area has gone up 17 percent.

Several NGOs have also planted saplings throughout the area. At St. Peter's College, a vast Neem Vaatika has come up on a wasteland. Harvijay Bahia, a shoe exporter and sportsperson, has planted saplings in blocks and provided managerial backup to ensure the project doesn't die.


Mini strokes paint Taj Mahal story

Posted on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:56 by easytours
 

Twenty five years ago when Naveen Sharma was 17 years old, he visited Agra with a few friends. At that time he did not realize that setting his eyes upon the iconic Taj Mahal would change the course of his life. Captivated by the beauty of the white tomb, Sharma decided to replicate its grandeur on canvas. And what followed is a work of art that has fascinated many across Delhi who visit the trade fair.

Occupying a small area in the Rajasthan pavilion of the trade fair are two paintings that have grabbed the attention of many. It is confusing to see passers-by scanning a painting with a magnifying glass, which on face seems like a regular painting of the Taj Mahal.

Encased in a 20-inch by 24-inch wooden frame using the Mughal School of miniature painting is the iconic monument with brush strokes pictorially documenting the series of events that occurred around the construction of the Taj Mahal.

There are 20 tablets bordering the main structure. Each painted tablet connects with each other to tell a story. Beginning with Emperor Shah Jahan, the story shows the artists’ designs. Then it proceeds to the foundation laying, consultation with elders, kiln construction to tax implementation by the emperor in order to cover resource shortage.

The hand-painted story ends with his son Aurangzeb rebelling and imprisoning Shah Jahan who later died gazing at the white marble tomb.

All this along with 10,000 micro Taj Mahals, six Great Mughals and 230 other buildings constructed by the dynasty were hand painted by Sharma using a one-hair brush. He started the piece in 2006 and completed it in 2010. It took Sharma 4,900 hours to complete this intricate work of art.

*Elements of this story excerpted from “Mini strokes paint Taj Mahal story” – The Times of India



Fateh Prakash Palace

Posted on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 18:41 by easytours
 

Located on the eastern shore of the picturesque Lake Pichola in Udaipur, the Fateh Prakash Palace seems to have floated straight out of a fairytale. This palace was constructed during the reign of one of the greatest Maharanas of Mewar, Maharana Fateh Singh. The palace was constructed as an exclusive venue for royal functions and has been meticulously preserved and managed by the HRH Group of Hotels for discerning guests.

The history-soaked interiors, dotted with miniature paintings, portraits, and royal artifacts transport you to legendary times. The Durbar Hall Sabhagaar and Crystal Gallery, resplendent with rare paintings and objects, will connect you to a rich and authentic heritage.

The suites and rooms are decorated with original paintings and period furniture from the toshakhanas (royal storerooms). Cocoon yourself in velvety luxury as you soak in the ever-changing hues of the lake from large arched windows.

Enjoy the dramatic views of Udaipur’s most famous landmark palaces from the Sunset Terrace, consistently rated as one of the top restaurants of India. The restaurant offers a varied menu to choose from while taking in the magnificent natural scenery. Live musicians add to the charm of this exquisite vantage point.

 


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