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Delhi opens doors of the “Nature Bazaar”

Posted on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 09:17 by easytours
 

During August 2013, a new market dedicated to traditional handicrafts as well as organic produce opened its doors in the federal capital of New Delhi. Titled the “Nature Bazaar”, the new market is an initiative of the New Delhi Tourism Department. The market is spread over 7,000 square meters and was inaugurated by Ms. Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister of New Delhi.


GRT REGENCY, MADURAI

Posted on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 16:23 by easytours
 

The GRT Regency is one of the better and upscale hotel properties in the city of Madurai. The hotel in recent years has become a convenient base for the growing number of international travelers that come to Madurai on both business and leisure.

The GRT Regency is part of the GRT Group which is one of the leading business conglomerates in South India with a focus in the gems and jewelry as well as the hospitality industries. The GRT – Group has a number of hotel properties in South India in prominent destinations such as Chennai, Madurai, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), Kanchipuram, Yercaud, Tuticorin and Vellore.

The GRT Regency in Madurai has 57 rooms tiered to two standards (Superior and Deluxe). The rooms are well equipped to cater to the needs of both business and leisure travelers and come with standard amenities ranging from flat-screen TVs, mini-bars, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room dining and other facilities.

The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant titled “Ahaaram” as well as a lounge bar called “Madhuram”. For visitors looking to indulge in a bit of pampering, the hotel features a large gymnasium, pool as well as an Ayurvedic wellness center named “Ayush”.

The GRT Regency is conveniently located close to all the major tourist attractions of Madurai such as the Sri Meenakshi Aman Temple Complex, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Thiruparankundram and the Mahatma Gandhi Museums thereby making it easy for guests to discover the many wonders of the city.



Udaipur

Posted on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 16:03 by easytours
 

Udaipur was founded in the middle of the 16th Century by Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia dynasty that ruled the area (called Mewar) for twelve centuries. Known as the "City of Lakes" and also as "The Venice Of The East", Udaipur lies amidst picturesque surroundings with beautiful lakes and the Aravali mountain range surrounding it. It is home to more grand palaces and other architecture than any other city in Rajasthan, a land full of magnificent palaces and forts.

City Palace is made up of a number of palaces that were built by a succession of kings, and it's massive presence dominates the area, with beautiful Lake Pichola and the exquisite lake palaces - Jag Niwas (now the famous Lake Palace Hotel) and Jag Mandir on one side, and the city of Udaipur on the other. You enter the Palace through a succession of huge gates, starting with the Hathi Pol (elephant gate). The palace now houses a vast museum, as well as an armory with a large selection of weaponry from a few centuries ago. There are beautiful gardens set amidst palaces that have architecture, design themes, and art that is both striking and completely distinct from each other.


Mumbai

Posted on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 12:15 by easytours
 

Till the fourteenth century, the only inhabitants of the city now called Mumbai, were tiny communities of 'Koli' fishermen. The area consisted of seven islands that are now united by massive land reclamation projects. You can see a part of this past in the 'Worli Fishing Village' where the locals and their maritime occupations have not seen much change in the last six hundred years.

In 1668 the East India Company secured a lease for this prime maritime location (from the British authorities) for a token payment. This began the development of what is now an amazing city of almost 15 million people. The British left a legacy that includes some fascinating architecture, such as the massive Gothic structure once famous as Victoria Terminus (now called Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), and currently used by two and a half million commuters every day.

Mumbai is India's version of New York City, combined with Hollywood. It is India's financial capital, and by far the busiest port for India's international trade. It's also the home of the largest motion picture industry in the world. Your visit includes stops at the 'Gateway To India' and the ancient Elephanta caves. You can choose from a large selection of other options to explore, from institutions like the Prince Of Wales Museum and National Gallery Of Modern Art to ancient temples and crowded bazaars.

You can also ask for a tour of one of the mega studios that produce hundreds of movies a year, or pay a visit to the Nehru Center and it's impressive planetarium. A fascinating stop can be the 'Saat Rasta Dhobi Ghat', where many generations of Mumbai's Dhobi's have practiced their trade.... More details

 

 


Mahabalipuram

Posted on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 12:13 by easytours
 

Mahabalipuram, a village south of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, was a busy port during the 7th and 8th century reign of the Pallava dynasty. The temple town is believed to be over 2,000 years old and has approximately 40 monuments, including the largest open-air bas-relief in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage Site distinction has been bestowed on four categories of monuments at Mahabalipuram ratha temples (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries covered with bas-reliefs), rock reliefs and structural temples.

The Five Rathas, literally chariots, date from the 7th century AD. The sculptures are complemented by enormous stone animals, including a large elephant.

The Varaha Cave Temple, a mandapa, is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture dating from the late 7th century. The Pallava doorkeepers in front of the mandapa are two pillars and two semi-columns with horned lions carved into the bases. Inside the mandapa the walls have four large sculptured panels, fine examples of naturalistic Pallava art. The northern panel depicts Vishnu as Varaha, the boar, holding up Bhūmi, the earth goddess.

Descent of the Ganges at Mahabalipuram is a giant open-air relief carved out of the monolithic rock. The monuments and sanctuaries here were built by the Pallava kings in the 7th and 8th centuries. The legend depicted in the relief tells the story of the descent of the sacred river Ganges to earth. The waters of the Ganges are believed to possess supernatural powers.

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