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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," 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.

Kite fighting is the most exciting feature of flying kites. The Indian fighter kites are crafted from thin paper, which allows the kites to fly higher. The thread hoisting the fighter kite is strengthened with crushed glass, egg, pigeon droppings and wax so it cannot be snapped or cut by rival kites.


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.


ETHNIC SPICED LOBSTER ON CURRIED TAPIOCA CAKE

Posted on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 10:03 by easytours
 

Serves 4
Lobster meat—70.5 oz (2 kg)

Spice mix

Red Chili—17.6 oz (500 gms)
Ginger-garlic paste—3.5 oz (100 gms)
Vinegar— .85 fl. oz (25ml))
Salt—to taste

1 Egg
Crushed pepper— .18 oz (5 gms)
Coriander powder— .7 oz (20 gms)
Turmeric powder— .35 oz (10 gms)
Chopped garlic— .35 oz (10 gms)
Chopped shallots— .35 oz (10 gms)
Shredded curry leaves— .35 oz (10 gms)
Coconut oil— 1/5 cup (50 ml)
Refined oil— 5.1 fl. oz (150 ml)
Tapioca— 28.22 oz (800 gms)
Crushed chili flakes—.7 oz (20 gms)
Shallots— 1.4 oz (40 gms)
Mustard seeds—.35 oz (10 gms)
Curry leaves— .35 oz (10 gms)
Coconut oil— 1 tbsp. (15 ml)
Salt—to taste

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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.

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