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Kites fill Delhi skies in spirit of freedom

Posted on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:27 by easytours
 

The spirit of freedom scaled colorful heights throughout the capital’s skies when thousands of professional and amateur kite fliers took to the rooftops and streets to celebrate the Independence Day ritual of kite-flying Aug. 15.

"Kite flying as a tradition is much older than the Olympics. In the capital, kite flying as a public sport goes back much before Independence Day, almost 80 years before the country freed itself from the British rule. Now, it is a dying tradition because the present generation does not know how to fly kites," Sudhir Sobti of Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation said.

Delhi Tourism organized a day's kite flying festival at the Garden of Five Senses at Mehrauli in the capital, where kite fliers from Old Delhi, the birth place of the tradition, came to show off their ability to fly multiple kites on a single thread.

Kite flying as a tradition grew out of Old Delhi where artisans still make a variety of kites. The oldest and biggest kite market is Lal Kuan, where kite flying originated as a sport.

Some historians say the tradition dates back to the days of the Mahabharata, one of the major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Kites were not only used for receiving messages but also for measuring distances during war.


Explore opulent Chettinad mansions

Posted on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 14:54 by easytours
 

A Chettinad mansion is impossible to describe in words. The incredible detail, the opulence of the materials used in its construction, and the remarkable design all combine to make this a unique architectural achievement not found elsewhere.



Venture into centuries-old Madurai temples

Posted on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 14:32 by easytours
 

By far the main attraction of Madurai is the great Sree Meenakshi Temple. This awe-imposing monument is the finest example of Dravidian temple architecture on this planet. Its Hall of a Thousand Pillars is a fabulous collection of elaborately sculpted and painted deities as well as other creatures from Hindu religious annals.



Resort of the Month - Taj Malabar

Posted on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 10:11 by easytours
 

The extraordinary craftsmanship of the Taj Malabar can be envied even from the still, soothing backwaters of Kerala. As soon as you step into the lobby, you immediately feel calmed by the dark mahogany wood ceilings and soft lighting. The room's design will remind you of a romantic 1940s film.

The hotel’s pool is a mixture of water and garden. The negative edge pool appears to melt seamlessly into the languid Cochin bay. From many angles, it is impossible to see where the pool ends and the sea begins. This pool paradise is the perfect place to read a book or bathe in the sun.

Whether enjoying yoga by the poolside in the morning, or a romantic sunset dinner with a loved one, it is a sanctuary of peace.

Meanwhile, it's a new radio collar now for tigress T-5 in Sariska. The radio collar on the tigress was changed by a team of WII, Dehradun, on Tuesday morning as the old one had become defunct.

The restaurants make you feel as if you’ve stepped into another world. Whether snacking at the hotel bar, Mattancherry, or sipping an exotic drink and listening to the soothing sounds of a live pianist, you are guaranteed to be surrounded by a luxurious ambiance.


KALARIPAYATTU, THE MARTIAL ART FORM OF KERALA

Posted on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 09:47 by easytours
 

Kalaripayattu, the martial art form of Kerala, is regarded as the oldest and most scientific of its kind in the world. Training in combat is given at the kalari (training school). The principles of kalari education stipulate that training in martial art begins with an oil massage of the body which goes on until the body is agile and supple. Feats like chaattom (jumping), ottam (running), marichil (somersault), etc., are then taught, followed by lessons in the use of weapons such as daggers, swords, spears, maces, the bow and arrow, and so on.

Kalaripayattu training is aimed at the ultimate coordination of the mind and body. The traditional training in a kalari includes specialization in indigenous medical practice too. Kalaris are also centers of religious worship. The general guidelines to be followed in kalaripayattu demand that once the course is complete, a person should undergo oil massage and engage in the practice of the feats regularly to help him keep in shape.


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