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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.

3 cubs spotted in Ranthambore tiger reserve

Posted on Fri, 03/30/2012 - 12:53 by easytours
Spotting of three cubs comes as good news for the Ranthambore tiger reserve. At least three cubs were reportedly seen in the Khandar range of the forest by one of the forest 'mitras'.

"One of the forest guards spotted three cubs. The cubs, according to him, are of the tigress T-30 in the Khandar area. But we are yet to confirm it.

Trap cameras have been set up in the area to captures pictures of the tigress and her cubs," chief wildlife warden A Choubey said.

"One of the forest guards spotted three cubs. The cubs, according to him, are of the tigress T-30 in the Khandar area. But we are yet to confirm it. Trap cameras have been set up in the area to captures pictures of the tigress and her cubs," chief wildlife warden A Choubey said.

"The area has been cordoned off and we are hopeful of capturing pictures of the cub soon." Rajesh Gupta, additional director of the park, said.The park has been seeing a baby boom since the past year when 17 cubs were born. However, officials warned out of the 17 cubs, two have not been spotted in the recent days.

"The number of cubs in the past year was very good but we may soon see some migration when they become sub-adults," stated Choubey.

Taj Mahotsav Festival in Agra, India

Posted on Sat, 02/18/2012 - 13:30 by easytours
Taj Mahotsav, also known as Taj Mahal Utsav, is a 10 day annual festival normally organized in the month of February at Shilpgram, near the Taj Mahal; however, due to elections in Uttar Pradesh, it will be organized from 16th of March to 25th of March this year. This major event evokes the memories of the old Mughal period prevalent in the 18th and the 19th centuries in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Festival highlights the rich culture, arts, crafts, cuisine, music and dance of Uttar Pradesh. The festival is a golden opportunity for renowned artisans to display their magnificent works of art.

Taj Mahotsav commences with a splendid procession inspired by the Mughal rulers including beautifully ornamented camels and elephants, folk artists, drummers and master craftsmen. The handicrafts exhibited during the festival include silks of Banares, handmade carpets of Badohi, woodcarvings of Saharanpur, chikan work of Lucknow, and blue pottery of Khurja. One of the major attractions of Taj Mahotsav is the amazing performances by the folk artists from the different states of India.

Artisans from different parts of India get an opportunity to display their exquisite works of art. To name a few among them are the wood/stone carvings from Tamil Nadu, bamboo/cane work from North East India, paper-mache work from South India, Kashmir, marble inlay and zardozi work from Agra, wood carving from Saharanpur, brass wares from Moradabad, handmade carpets from Bhadohi, shawls & carpets from Kashmir/Gujarat, hand printing from Farrukhaba, the Kantha stitch saris from West Bengal and many more.

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