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The National Museum Institute to document cultural heritage across India!

Posted on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 10:00 by easytours
 
The National Museum Institute (NMI) has embarked on a major exercise to develop an archive of the performing arts across India’s diverse cultural landscape. The idea behind the initiative is to document each and every one of these art forms in painstaking detail so that their survival can be better ensured for the benefit of future generations.

According to National Museum Director General, Mr. Venu V. “The projects, being undertaken in different parts of the country, will take time. The NMI wants to develop a robust format and is creating a few models (to ensure better documentation and study).”

As the first phase of the project, the NMI has commenced the documentation exercise in Meerut as well as in Jammu and Kashmir. The NMI hopes that its work in documenting the intangible heritage of these two regions will serve to provide the required formats and case studies for the project to be rolled out to other parts of India as well.

The management of the NMI stated that it understands that the effort to document all of these performing arts along with their superbly detailed aspects will be a Herculean task, however it is optimistic that once the framework is established particularly in the challenging terrain of Ladakh, Western UP as well as Jammu and Kashmir, the study can be easily replicated across the country.

The NMI hopes to involve local communities as well as elders in villages across India thereby ensuring that the project gets the necessary support and quality input on the ground.


The Taj Gateway

Posted on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:03 by easytours
 
Located a kilometer (0.6 miles) from the massive structure of the Taj Mahal and its surrounding monuments, the Taj Gateway is one of only two hotels featuring excellent views of this matchless legendary monument. While all rooms of the Taj Gateway may not boast of breath-taking views of the Taj Mahal, at Easy Tours we pride ourselves in getting the rooms with the very best Taj views thanks to our relationship with the Taj Group.

Resting on 6 acres of landscaped gardens, the Taj Gateway provides a tranquil retreat in the bustling city of Agra. All of the Taj Gateway’s rooms offer comfortable accommodation with the highly personalized service that is the hallmark of the Taj Group.

Apart from the usual amenities that one expects from a world class resort, the Taj Gateway features cultural programming and theme nights that extrapolate the strong link between the hotel, Agra and the phenomenal Taj Mahal. Guests may also rejuvenate with traditional, authentic Indian wellness treatments such as Ayurvedic massages or yoga.

The Taj Gateway also provides guests an incredible culinary experience. The chefs at the hotel are experts in Mughlai, North Indian and Avadhi fare. Fresh local produce and many natural ingredients are used in the hotel’s variety of cooking styles and signature dishes.


Notes from “Beyond the Beaten Path” in India and Bhutan!

Posted on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:56 by conniekincheloe
 

A series of notes on the experiences of an ETI guest on her 2nd trip with us that took her across the length of India from Mahabalipuram in the deep south all the way to Shimla in the lap of the Himalayas and then onward to scenic Bhutan and back to Ladakh!

I arrived in Mahabalipurum on the Bay of Bengal, famous for incredible 8th Century rock cut sculptures made as models for temples, manmade caves of sculptures and my favorite; the world’s largest bas relief in stone of daily life. So charming! Students here are given bicycles to encourage them to stay in school. In uniforms biking everywhere.

Then went to Kanchipuram, the Golden City of a Thousand Temples all very different from those we saw last year and all still in constant use. Our guide finagled my wearing my boot so I could enter but had to take off other shoe. Thank goodness for my walking sticks! Thrilled because the largest temple was beautiful with halls of stone with smaller temples where we actually received blessings from the Hindu priests.

Saw statues dressed in emeralds, rubies and diamond jewelry and halls of brightly painted merry go round looking animal figures that carry the deities in festival parades. So bright and different from temples in North. In contrast a charming small temple with carvings reminiscent of Angkor Wat, ancient frescoes still visible. Our guide was a wonderful interpreter of his Hindu faith.

For my girls... during lunch at our hotel,I noticed a table of 30 something women surrounded and hidden by staff. Thesewere wives of wealthy businessmen in Chennai. Wish I could have photographed but didn't dare. The latest in Indian fashion gorgeous colors but very different with nose rings attached to diamond hair Pins on some. My guide said that his wife has 300-400 saris!


Amazing aerial tour of the Taj Mahal compiled

Posted on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 09:44 by easytours
 

The Taj Mahal – one of the most photographed monuments of the world


As one of the world`s most photographed monuments, the 17th century Taj Mahal continues to delight and fascinate Camera persons from all over the world.

Every day, hordes of photographers, both amateurs and professionals, shoot pictures of the white marble mausoleum, bringing joy and excitement to those who pose against its magnificent backdrop.

While we all know about the Taj Mahal being the eternal symbol of enduring love that has been celebrated in story and song the world over, what is not commonly known is the scale of the conservation effort made by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to preserve the beauty of the monument.

As part of this conservation effort, the Government of India maintains a strict no-fly zone over the Taj Mahal. The no fly zone is maintained around a 1.8 mile diameter of the Taj Mahal and no building higher than 561 feet (which is the highest elevation in the Taj Necropolis) can be erected in the no-fly zone.

AirPano, a Moscow based photography specialty company that has taken famous aerial shots of landmarks around the world including the cityscapes of metropolises like Rome, Dubai and Singapore, approached the Indian government for permission to photograph the Taj Mahal from the air.

The permission was granted after considerable effort and what emerged is a phenomenal collection of photographs and a virtual aerial tour that shows the Taj Mahal in a scale of grandeur never before seen by locals or tourists in history.

More of these phenomenal shots along with accompanying 360 degree vantages in high resolution can be seen at AirPano’s website at the following link:


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.

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