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Hampi - UNESCO World Heritage Sight

Posted on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 23:50 by Sunil Trehan
 

The most remarkable single attraction in Karnataka has to be the ruins of the ancient city of Hampi.

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Traces of a two-millennia-old civilization have been found at Hampi, but the UNESCO World Heritage Group of Monuments at Hampi are a mere five-to seven-centuries old. Hampi was the last Capital of the Great Vijayanagar Empire, and the amazing monuments here are definitely matched by the incredibly scenic landscape strewn with massive boulders.

The landscape is surreal and breathtaking. Amidst hundreds of square kilometers of granite hills and boulders are the remains of a civilization that was unmatched in its heyday.

It is my opinion that Hampi, along with the Taj Mahal and the caves at Ajanta & Ellora, make up the most impressive attractions in a country that is overflowing with magnificent achievements made by ancient and medieval man.

Two days of exploration at Hampi are a must to really savor the amazing city and its granite monuments. The Vijayanagar Empire thrived here from the 14th - 17th centuries. The estimates of the local population during that period range from over 500,000 to almost a million residents, and the city was said to have been surrounded by an army of about a million soldiers.


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.


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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