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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.

UNESCO to scrutinize Delhi for possible World Heritage City status

Posted on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 11:03 by easytours

The United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organisation will send a team of archaeologists to Delhi to determine the city’s eligibility for World Heritage City status.

Hampi - World Heritage Site in South India

Posted on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 17:54 by easytours

Traditionally known as Pampakshetra of Kishkindha, Hampi is situated on the southern bank of the river Tungabhadra. Once it was the seat of the mighty Vijayanagara empire.

The monuments of Vijayanagara city, also known as Vidyanagara in honour of the sage Vidyaranya were built between AD 1336-1570, from the times of Harihara-I to Sadasiva Raya. A large number of royal buildings were raised by Krishnadeva Raya (AD 1509-30), the greatest ruler of the dynasty. The period witnessed resurgence of Hindu religion, art, architecture in an unprecedented scale. The contemporary chroniclers who came from far off countries-such as Arabia, Italy, Portugal and Russia visited the empire, have left graphic and glowing accounts of the city. It covers an area of nearly 26 sq km and is stated to be enclosed by seven lines of fortifications.

Thrissur Pooram

Posted on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:14 by easytours
Thrissur Pooram is the most colorful of all the temple festivals of Kerala and one of the most interesting Festivals in India. It is celebrated in Thrissur at the Vadakkunnathan Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) in the month of Medam (April/May in the Hindu calendar). Situated on a hillock right in the center of the city, the spaciously laid out temple attracts thousands of devotees and tourists from around the world during the festival.

Thrissur Pooram is a magnificent spectacle with night long fireworks, colorful 'Kudamattom' (a parasol & peacock-fan performance), the famous 'Elanjithara Melam' (traditional Indian orchestra) and a splendid elephant procession. The best looking elephants from the various temples in Kerala are sent to Trichur to participate in the grand eight day Pooram Festival.

40th India Tourism and Industrial Fair held at Chennai

Posted on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:17 by easytours

The 40th India Tourism and Industrial fair was held in Chennai this year. The India Tourism and Industrial Fair is the preeminent event for the country’s tourism and other industrial segments to showcase their latest offerings to a large audience of domestic and foreign customers.

The 40th India Tourism and Industrial Fair was held at the iconic Island Fair Grounds near the city center of Chennai, which facilitated greater public access to the venue. The Tamil Nadu State Government and the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation worked assiduously to ensure all facilities for participants and visitors at the fair grounds were up and running.

The 70 day event concluded on March 20, 2014. The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation, one of the main sponsors of the event this year, claimed that over 11 million people attended the event this year.

Over 47 state government departments and tourism development corporations participated in the event.

The best stallsand pavilions at the fair ground were given awards across a plethora of categories. Since Tamil Nadu state was hosting this year’s fair, the awards were given out by Mr. R. Kannan, Additional Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowments.

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