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Saturday, May 3 2014

Delhi Top's Historical Sites

The Main entrance to the Red Fort is through lahore gate-the bastion in front was built by aurangzeb for increased security.you can still see bullet marks from 1857 on the gate.

walk through the chatta chowk which once sold silks and jewellery to the nobility;beyond it lies naubat khana,a russet red building,also known as hathi pol because visitors used to dismount from their elephants or horses here as a sign of respect.from here its a straight on to the diwan i am,the hall of public audiances,behind this are private palaces,the khas mahal and the diwan i khas.entry to this hall of private audiances ,the fort's most expensive buildings was only permitted to the highest official state.nearby is the moti masjid and south is the mumtaz mahal,housing the museum of archaeology or you can head north where the red fort gardens are dotted by palatial pavilions and old british barracks.here you will find the baoli,a spookily deserted water tank another five minutes walk across a road,then a railway bridge-brings you to the island fortress of salimgarh.

India Gate: straight down the road from the rashtrapati bhawan gate,the road called rajpath ends in the all india war memorial Arch,now called india gate,some 40 ft high,commemorating the soldiers killed in world war 1.today the vast green lawns surroundings the arch are a poplar space where delhi descends to eat ice cream on summer nights or enjoy sunny winter picnics.

Janpath or Cannaught Place: The earstwhile queen's way is now a long road which sweeps past ministerial residences,the national museum,several big hotels,culminating in a market stretch near cannaught place ( CP) designed with every english archways and colonnades is a shopping arcade,named after duke of cannaught,built by Tor Russelin 1913-31.today it offers pleasent stroll around newely restored blocks as you buy,window shop,sacn pavement bookstalls,or stop by at the many eateries.CP is like a huge brand name filled mall with offices,cinemas,travel agents,banks,souvenirs and more.

HUmayun's tomb Complex; A UNESCO world heritage site,Humayun Tomb ( 1565-66) is the first of the famous garden tombs of the mughals.its onion shaped dome is a forerunner of the classic mughal dome which got more shapely with time.the buildings,Its water Channels,fountains and Gardens have all been beautifully restored.The Complex is dotted with monuments such as tomb of Isa khan,the Nai ka Gumbad and Nili Gumbad

jama Masjid: The Building is literally rises above the splendour of the Lal quila is Shah Jahan's Jama Masjid ( 1656 ),once the largest mosque in asia,set on elevated mound reached by an ascent of some 35 steps and said to the finest example of the three domed mughal mosque.a few relics of prophet muhammad,including a hair from his beard,his sandals and his footprint in marble are said to be preserved in a pavillion along with two copies of QURAN. on deerskin of some antiquity.its countryyard is huge filled with muslim with different nationalities,with flights of pegions and an undefine serenity.

Thursday, March 20 2014

Royal Rajasthan

from the across the sere,dun coloured landscape,brilliant splashes of scarlet saris and golden turbans glimmer in the sun.wild peacock displays their resplendent plumage.as the sun sets behind the dome of memorials to long-dead nobles, a string of ornamented camels stand silhouetted against the orange glow. and in the cool silence of a star-spangled desert night,within the weathered walls of a medieval fort, a bard sings plaintively of the heroes and heroines whose deeds brought glory to the historic land.

This is Rajasthan,literally,the Land of Princess,india's enchanting northwest desert state,known throughout the world for its noble traditions of valor and chivalry.here Exquisite palaces and glorious temples attest to the artistry of the people,while more than 80 forts stand witness to hundreds of harsh dramas of attack and defense.The tradations of rajasthan were forged in the fire of the sun and the heat of battle.

Nature of geography have shaped rajasthan's unique characteristics.in the east,the state is dry but still green is season,with hard working farmers harvesting crops of grain,vegetables,and fruit from their carefully tended fields.biscting the state north to south is the aravalli range.hills that affectively block moisture from reaching the western region,which tends to be very dry,and in the far west becomes the sandy thar desert.winters and the monsoon season are moderate,but the summers can be infernos of searing heat.in these arid zones,meager crops and herds of sheeps,goats,cattle,and camels must be kept alive with water brought to the surface from deep wells or preserved in reservoirs.sources of water ,fodder and food are prime concerns for rajasthan rural people,the mainstay of the state economy. 5452064809_6720744d2b_b.jpg

Rajasthan is in the path of countless migrants,invaders and traders who have entered india from the north west.the region has been a cross roads of cultures throughout pre history and history.many have moved through this dry region with visions of lusher,well watered land beyond,but many have stayed to mingle with those who came before,bringing new influences in from afar.each fort and palace represents untold struggles,first of settlers,farmers,herders,and builders trying to eke out a living from the dry land,and then of rulers,attempting to achieve and marinating power,each in their turn challenged by rival chiefs and new invaders.

As people have continued to move into rajasthan,others have moved out,because the arid land cannot support too many.geographically the area is large,but even with a population only 45 million people,rajasthan is the least densely populated of india's major states.periodic droughts are constant threats.The Farmers is some arid regions expect to move about the during the driest part of the year,seeking work for themselves and fodder for their herds.

the Gypsies of europe and other parts of the world are rajasthan's most famous emigrants-they long left this harsh area.

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Thursday, March 13 2014

why do we celebrate holi?

Holi, known as the ‘festival of colors’ is celebrated on the full moon day falling in the month of Phalguna (Feb-Mar). Various colors and water are thrown on each other, amidst loud music, drums etc to celebrate Holi. Like many other festivals in India, Holi also signifies a victory of good over evil. As per ancient mythology, there is a legend of King Hiranyakashipu with who Holi is associated.

History of Holi

Hiranyakashipu was a king in ancient India who was like a demon. He wanted to take revenge for the death of his younger brother who was killed by Lord Vishnu. So to gain power, the king prayed for years. He was finally granted a boon. But with this Hiranyakashipu started considering himself God and asked his people to worship him like God. The cruel king has a young son named Prahalad, who was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Prahalad had never obeyed his father’s order and kept on worshiping Lord Vishnu. The King was so hard hearted and decided to kill his own son, because he refused to worship him. He asked his sister ‘Holika’, who was immune to fire, to sit on a pyre of fire with Prahalad in her lap. Their plan was to burn Prahalad. But their plan did not go through as Prahalad who was reciting the name of Lord Vishnu throughout was safe, but Holika got burnt to ashes. The defeat of Holika signifies the burning of all that is bad. After this, Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu. But it is actually the death of Holika that is associated with Holi. Because of this, in some states of India like Bihar , a pyre in the form of bonfire is lit on the day before Holi day to remember the death of evil.

But how did colors become part of Holi? This dates back to the period of Lord Krishna (reincarnation of Lord Vishnu . It is believed that Lord Krishna used to celebrate holi with colors and hence popularized the same. He used to play holi with his friends at Vrindavan and Gokul. They used to play pranks all across the village and thus made this a community event. That is why till date Holi celebrations at Vrindavan are unmatched.

Holi is a spring festival to say goodbye to winters. In some parts the celebrations are also associated with spring harvest. Farmers after seeing their stores being refilled with new crops celebrate Holi as a part of their happiness. Because of this, Holi is also known as ‘Vasant Mahotsava’ and ‘Kama Mahotsava’.

Holi is an ancient festival

Holi is one of the oldest Hindu festivals and it had probably started several centuries before the birth of Christ. Based of this is, Holi is mention in ancient religious books like, Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutra.

Even the temples of ancient India have sculptures of Holi on walls. One of this is a temple from the 16th century in Hampi, the capital of Vijayanagar. The temple has many scenes from Holi sculpted on its walls showing princes and princesses along with their maids holding pichkaris to squirt water on royals.

Many medieval paintings such as a 16th century Ahmednagar painting, Mewar painting (circa 1755), Bundi miniature all depicts Holi celebrations in one way or the other. holi.jpg Holi colors

Earlier, Holi colors used to be made from flowers of ‘tesu’ or ‘palash’ tree and known as gulal. The colors used to be very good for skin as no chemicals were used to make these. But amidst of all definitions of festivals, the definition of colors for sure have changed with time. Today people have started using harsh colors made from chemicals. Even fast colors are used to play Holi, which are bad and that is why many people avoid celebrating this festival. We should enjoy this age old festival with the true spirit of festivity.

Holi celebrations

Also, Holi is not a one day festival as celebrated in most of the states in India, but it is celebrated for three days.

Day 1 – On full moon day (Holi Purnima) colored powder and water are arranged in small brass pots on a thali. The celebration begins with the eldest male member who sprinkles color on the members of his family.

Day 2- This is also known as ‘Puno’. On this day Holika’s images are burnt and people even light bonfires to remember the story of Holika and Prahalad. Mothers with their babies take five rounds of the bon- fire in a clockwise direction to seek the blessing of the God of fire.

Day 3- This day is known as ‘Parva’ and this is the last and final day of Holi celebrations. On this day colored powder and water is poured on each other.The deities of Radha and Krishna are worshipped and smeared with colors.

Friday, February 28 2014

The IT Landscape looks Promising in Hospitality Industry

Service Related to personalised care and Hospitality,is finding a friend in advance systems,gadget that accentuate service imparted.One technology that has found its way successful in all leading hotels is unified communication.The Combination of Presence and Availiability with voice,video,email and instant messaging makes it easier to communicate via the optimal path with employees,customers and suppliers and it streamlines business process.

India is know for rich cultural heritage and its warm hospitality.owing to this image,the hospitality sector in india has always been at the forefront of not just lime light but also creating innovative way of delighting its customers.The Indian Tourism and Hospitality industry has been a key growth lever for the services sector in the country.in the past few days,the real growth has come from within the domestic sector and has witnessed around 30 million indian travel within the country in a year.strong growth in per capita income,rising young population coupled with changing life styles are leading yo great expenditure on leisure services.

Hotels are an intrinsic part of the tourism industry.how hospitality sector will fare depends highly on how the tourism industry has performed.The Total Market size of India Tourism and hospitality sector stood at USD 117.7 billion is expected to touch USD 418.9 Billion by 2022.with such promising Statics the hospitality industry has to constantly innovate to keep up with the pace of growth.one way to differentiate and grow is to introduce technology to give better experience to guest.as we know IT has Made in roads in all walks of life and especially in the service industry it has had a positivist impact to improve the quality of service.

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Tuesday, February 25 2014

Top 10 Travel tips for couples

__No Matter how much you are looking forward to spending some quality time with that special someone,travelling together can be a bit stressful;regardless of weather you have been married for decades or are just testing the waters as a couple.so what you can do ensure a blissful getaway? Hotel Grand Godwin brings you some surefire ways to keep the fires burning without getting burnt. __ BOTH CONTRIBUTE THE PLANNINGits important that you both feel like you have a part in the trip's success.you can check out all accommodation from bed & breakfast to boutique hotels.Take the Virtual tour,read the guest reviews,check out the location relative to the sites you want to see and if possible get directly contact to the hotel.you will get the better deal and inclusions rather than to book it from the portals.more hotel are interested to deal with customers directly to interact with them in future also.they will send you by email best offers,deals and promotions time to time.

COMMUNICATEseems simple enough,right? are you tired? are you hungry?do you want to stay in this city for another day?how quicky we forget that we are not mind readers.be sure your sweetheart let you know what you are thinking before its too late to do something about it.when travelling,you are out of your normal rhythm and routine so its important that you are sharing your needs and desires even if you are used to honey knowing what those things are.

PLACE YOURSELVESRome was not built in a day and you cant see it all in one either.Trust me i know how fantastic it is to be on vacation sans work and children,but take time for the small moments and some relaxation.factor in downtime for your vacation as well as extra time while sightseeing.you never know when you will want to spend some additional time in museum,on the beach nor sampling the vineyard's newest harvest.and you will appreciate not having the pressure to be on time or the disappointment of missing out on an opportunity. holiday2.jpg

WORK WITH EACH OTHER"S STRENGTHduring planning,if one of you is a savvy researcher then perhaps that person can do the destination investigation while the other could be the responsible for booking the flights or hotels.working with each others strengths is even more important while travelling.who's the control freak ( i mean backseat driver) between the two of you?come on! Admit it?! may you should drive while your partner navigates.don't be afraid to play to each others strengths versus struggling versus struggling a situation.

TRY SOMETHING NEW TO BOTH OF YOU if you frequent the same destination then make sure you change it up by finding something new to do each time you go.experiencing something for the first time is a great way to bring a couple closer together.so whether the destination is new to you or perhaps its that zip line adventure that you both have always wanted to try,give it a whirl together.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO FAR TO GET AWAYa vacation is merely a break for the ordinary and sometimes staying in nearby resort can feel like you are the millions miles away/ a staycation.or vacation close to home,is often a great way for new couples to test the travelling together waters as well as to have some fun.its also a great way for couples with childrean to have some alone time without the worry that comes with travelling away from your children.

DO NOT DISTURBoursleep patterns can really wreak havoc with our vacations.is your sweetie a snorer?plan ahead and pack those earplugs.who's the morning person?be kind to your special someone and allow her that precious time to sleep in by perhaps following the tip above for your me time and take a walk around town or read a few chapters of that book you have been wanting to persue.

BUDGET AND SPLURGESlet face it,money is often an issue for most couples.it is important for a couple to understand their vacation budget,if they have one,before they embark on their trip.its not fair to either person to feel constrained or overly frugal while travelling.so know before you go!allow and anticipate for splurges such as dinner at that tres romantic restaurant you stumbled uponor a piece of locally created art.

TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELFits important on vacation to have sometime for you,whether to relax or explore.thats when the tips above are most useful by working together,communicating and taking the time to really enjoy your trip.you should be able to get some coveted"meTime" for example,you could check the local village shops while he takes in a round of golf.

USE THE HOTEL CONCIERGEHere's what frequent travellers know;can make things happen.they often have discount tickets to area attractions,know the best restaurants and want to help make your hotel stay special.tell the concierge if your stay is to celebrate bithday,anniversary,etc.and see how he or she can help you to make it memorable.

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Friday, February 21 2014

Out of the World Experience - Rann utsav-Gujrat

The Annual Rann utsav renders a colourful experience to traveller.for those intrested in natural history.kutch is the habitat of the endangered and interesting wildlife species.The district is also know as paradise for bird watchers.

One of the world's longest and most participatory festivals.navratri is worshipped in the form of dancing,singing,praying and fasting to evoke the blessings of goddesses.celebrate with flamboyance and splendour in gujrat,the state is must visit during this festive season.navratri is a hindu festival dedicated to goddess durga and her nine forms.the nine days has great religious significance and this year.

Wednesday, February 19 2014

How Has the visa scene changed in india?

There were times when india Governments had not adopted outsourcing,the application submission window was very limited,2-3 hours.outsourcing has eased the whole visa submission process.they now have a larger window of time available,greater accessibility and convenience.as india grows in its economic engagements with the world.,Indians would benefit economically and would want to travel more frequently.((/public/.indian-visa_m.jpg| the governments would want more and more Indians to visit,since its a mutually beneficial arrangement for both.technology Plays a Vital role.As technology improves.there are ways and means available that are different from the traditional means of going about and applying visa.in some cases even physical presence not required,for countries like Australia,where you need E-VISA ,photocop||indian-visa.jpg, Feb 2014))ies of passport are good enough.as technology develops,it will be more convenient for governments to manage their orders without inconveniencing the applicants.

with the outsourcing Visa Applicants can now file their visa requests in 16 Visa Application Centres in india.this new service is being run by VFS global,the contact partner of the german embassy.Applicants will be charged Rs.1275 for this service.The longer operating hours will allow applicants to visit at a time of their convenience.Applicants will also save lot of time as it offers online appointment and payment facilities as well as online tracking of application status.

Monday, February 17 2014

India-Paradise for international Golfers

In a bid to promote india as a golf destination;FICCI ,india Golf Tourism association and the ministry of tourism will hold an incredible India Golf tourism Summit in October this Year.

The India Golf Tourism Association was formed last year by members from the travel industry.the Product of an initiative taken by the ministry of tourism,the main aim of this association is to promote india as a golf tourism destination.these members are purely in golf tourism,be it golf course owners,golf friendly tourism board who carry out initiatives like golf tourism,seminars and support events to spread awareness that india is also golfing destination.

Since the last 6 Months IGTA has been planning the Incredible India Golf Tourism Summit with FICCI and the MOT.it will take place in october this year and the curtain raiser will be held on 27 january 2014.

the association is expecting around 60 top golf tour operators and also like minded writers.the overseas visitors expected to be around 80-100.there will be 200 sellers from india,and state tourism boards who want to promote their states through golf tourism.it will be a 3 day event,discussion the challenges faced by the tour operators in promoting India golf destination.we will also organize a tournament where overseas players can play with indian partners,so they can spend more time and see the facilities offered,while the tour operator can convince them on the golf course itself,he added.

in delhi and surrounding areas,there are seven international golf courses and more in bengaluru,ahmedabad and rambagh area in jaipur. The Crux of the Matter Lies in selling these spectacular destinations.

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Thursday, February 13 2014

Food and Beverage Trends 2014

Eating out at Fine dining restaurant can be wonderful,memorable experience;but rarely have the food and decor been the stars of the show>following Culinary Trends are especially important for today's customer preference.hotels Need to have an innovative Food and Beverage team in place to ensure that attendees remain inspired by the food selections.Here are Few hot trends in the emerging indian economy. cheap_restaurant_delhi.jpg Within the increase in corporate travel people have gained sophisticated taste buds.they demand new and exciting fare on the road in addition,more and more travellers are looking for the healthy fare,with many specifying dietary requests and healthy restrictions.

as hospitality leaders,hotels are beginning to realise that they have responsibility to address the health and nutritions concern of their guests.in addition,hotels are now taking steps to ensure that they purchase items from local vendors whenever possible,and select items such as organic meat and sustainable fish.

Healthy Food even for special occasion is another thing which is on now days.This has been giving rise to the increasing popularity of buffets,which can offer something for everyone.Health Trends include organic food,Low Fat foods,Sugar free options,No Trans fats,No corn Syrup,No carmine and Fresh food. People like to eat food with good ingredients E.G Blueberry Muffins and Even dark Chocolates.This trend is being observed in beverages as well wherein people are shifting from alcoholic drinks to nutritive drinks like smoothies.

Small Portions Such as Tapas,dim sum and mini desserts all allow attendees to sample more than one item.smaller sizes mean that you can use expensive ingredients such as lobster or white truffles.offering Small Portions encourage attendees to try more items.it is of some sort of pick and go.

The Being Different and Unique Approachone of the most influential food and beverage trends is driven by customers,who are more sophisticated in food matters than they used to be.They seek a "dining experience" for even the rarest of occasion.they are more demanding,exacting,educated and knowledgeable about food.to keep Customers happy,Planners Must Follow :In: food. pampering in the restaurant is as important as pampering at the spa.its a treat looked forward to after a long day meetings.some properties are responding with optional menus,which offer a variety of food choices and highly personalized service styles.Guest Preferences are recorded and delivered each times the person dines in the restaurant.innovation being key,it is important to take the experience beyond just the food.

Presentation and ExperienceToday,Customers want to be blown away over the top presentation,and wish to be entertained by Chef attended stations.The Chefs are Now the stars of even corporate events.They take Centre Stage,and proud to be explaining the food's intricacies to guest.its an inspirational,educational and en lighting to the guests,as the chef prepare fresh entrees,and describe the passion and inspiration behind the food items.

What is Seen Sold !! These Days people truly do eat first with their eyes therefore restaurants are focusing on making a big impression right at the end of the meal.innovative presentation and inventively planned desserts add an element of surprise.Today attendees dont want just their buds tickled;they also want to be dazzled by the presentation.

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Surajkund Mela in delhi become International event

With Record Participation of 12 countries last year's in surajkund Crafts mela,The Organisers have decided to to raise its profile to an international event from this year.A unanimous resolution has passed at the 36th governing body meeting of the surajkund mela.Authority to upgrade the mela into an international one from 2013 thereby it as "surajkund Internatinal Crafts Mela"

the Authority has also decided to host an international conference on Tourism in Rural Areas during the surajkund mela within the mela grounds.keeping in view the success of surajkund mela,it was decided that the possibility of hosting similar melas in other states also.

Tuesday, October 22 2013

Hotel Near cannaught place new delhi india

your visit in india new delhi begins with warm welcome at the airport by hotel grand godwin new delhi and if you are celebrating a special occasion inform the hotel staff in advance who will arrange for champagne,fresh flowers and delicious macaroons to be waiting in your bedroom.

The only 3 star hotel located near to cannaught place which is very near to main shopping centre in new delhi.its perefect bast to explore and enjoy everything this extraordinary city has to offer,while remaining cosy enough to feel like you are very important person to us.

There are 66 rooms and spacious suites split over four floors offering exquisite views " share intimate arm-in-arm strolls and indulgent lunches in the city of love" of Delhi most famous sight,all are which are at walking distance.

the hotel is just a short walk from the cannaught place,new delhi railway station,karol bagh,new delhi exhibition hall pragrati maidan,south delhi,red fort,gandhi smriti,raj ghat,old delhi,chandni chowk,qutub minar and many other shopping malls,museums and entertainment places.

you will also be in close proximity to the main delhi shopping district where you will be discover elegenat boutiques and luxury stores like cartier-just in case you are still on the look out for your bridal jewels.

back at the hotel there's a 24 hour Room service and a fantastic restaurant where you can sample classic french,chinese food,japnese food and thai food.

however you spend your weekend away,one thing for sure,you will never forget a trip to new delhi india. especially when you are in company of the love of your life.

here is detail of some pictures of the hotel and website of the hotel.you can book in advance and fabulous deal online on hotel website.hotel has offer spread buffet breakfast in the morning and also offers free pickup from the airport ( indira gandhi international airport new delhi ) but deals depend upon the time and season.

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Delhi Location in north india,sharing borders with haryana,uttar pradesh and rajasthan,on the yamuna river which flows to the east of the city.

its hard to write an introduction to delhi.the city has been imperial capital for the most part of the last thousand years,was the british colonial capital,is the capital of indian republic,and has,for all these centuries,attracted migrants from vastly different geographies and cultures in search of a living money,fame or patronage

Delhi is now metropolis of more than 16 million people,its business finance and higher education hub,sees more than 2.5 lakh migrants coming every year and welcomes an average of 15 million tourists each year

Most of delhi's tourist sites are spread over three board areas.central delhi itself so large that it is difficult to cover in two days.old delhi which has kept its unique past alive in the way it looks and lives,demand attentions too.south delhi is the realm of posh colonies ,market and malls.

Central delhi

British " new delhi" .they took 20 years to make their imperial showpiece and never realised that they would have barley 16 years to rule from it.from 1911 to 1931 ,india's colonial rulers tried to create a new capital that would symbolise their power.architect edwin lutyns planned the viceroy's house to sit regally atop raisina hill,looking down's the king's way ( now rajpath).there was secretariat,council chambers,a record office,street land scapping,and a shopping centre.

in 1948,with indian independence these grand buildings,spacious vistas and tree lined boulevards became the location of independent india's bureaucratic head quarters.these are the greenest,cleanest and most spacious areas of the city.combined with the glamourous shopping and food experiences of cannaught place and some excellent hotels,museums and parks,this is the most tourist friendly and attractive areas.

Rashtrapati Bhavan Area

the home of the preseident of india once housed the british viceroy.it was designed by raj architects lutyens and herbert baker,viceroy hardinge,and an entire town planning committee.it has four floors and 340 rooms,and is about 640 ft wide,

Tuesday, October 8 2013

History Overview of India

The history of India begins with the evidence of human activity 500,000 years ago, and the legacy continues. The Stone Age marked the beginning of Indian sub-continent that evolved into Indus Valley civilization, matured into Golden Era, declined with the Dark Ages, re-emerged during Classical Era and British Raj and gained Independence. This article throws light on the History of India.

Pre-Historic India – Stone Age and Bronze Age: The period begins with the first settlement of Homo sapiens as long as 75,000 years ago. With stone tools and invention of the wheel and fire, it marked the Stone Age. Later, the civilization spread and flourished in the north-western part of the Indian subcontinent from 3300 to 1300 BC, and evolved into a sophisticated and technologically advanced urban culture of the Mature Harappan period, extending from 2600 to 1900 BC. imga51.jpg Often referred as Bronze Age civilization, it collapsed before the end of the 2nd millennium BC and was trailed by the Iron Age Vedic Civilization that extended over the Indo-Gangetic plain. It witnessed ascend of major polities recognized as the Mahajanapadas. Indus valley civilization:

Indus valley civilization was the home to the four chief ancient urban civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, South Asia and China. These civilizations extended into the Indian sub-continent with the rise of Harappa city that flourished between 2600 and 1700 B.C. Its highly evolved and complex culture creates a unique space in the chronicles of world history and architecture.

Vedic Age: The Vedic Period emerged from the Aryans conquest during 1st century BC in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent. It relates to the period when the oldest written literature - The Vedas were composed during this period. With the composition of the great Indian epics - Ramayana, Mahabharata, Upanishads and Hymns, it laid the foundation of Hinduism.

Golden Era- Mauryan Empire: This period began from 3rd century and extended up to the 18th century. Identified as the Golden era, it was ruled by the Mauryan dynasty. Indian sub-continent witnessed humungous developments ranging from economy to urbanization and arts &culture. Economy flourished with the opening of trade routes between India and the Roman Empire. Literature flourished as the four important Vedas were written. Hinduism gained momentum with the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, simultaneously Buddhism and Jainism propagated their sramanic philosophies. Aryabhatta discovered the concept of Zero and Indian numerals.

It subsequently fragmented, with various parts ruled by numerous Middle kingdoms for the next 1,500 years. Golden Age of Indian Arts & Sciences:

The golden age of India stretched between 2nd and 3rd BC. Arts & Science flourished, while religion and culture progressed. Khyber Pass built during this period, served as a trading route between India and the globe. Spice and silk were widely exported. World heritage acclaimed temples, forts, palaces and monuments were built during this period.

Rise of Jainism & Buddhism: The 6th Century B.C witnessed the rise of Buddhism and Jainism as a response to counteract the Brahmanical Hindu order. With the emergence of Jainism and Buddhism, several Hindu religious customs and rituals ended.

Dark Ages- Muslim Invasion: With the development of Muslim trade via Kerala, Islam was introduced and subsequently, Muslim invasions began from 712 CE when the Arab general Muhammad bin Qasim conquered Sindh and Multan in southern Punjab. It led to the formation of Muslim empires- Moghul

Empire and Delhi Sultanate. Identified as Dark Ages, several social evil practises like sati and johar emerged.

Classical Era – Moghul Empire: The classical era of the Moghul rule introduced Middle Eastern art and architecture to India. Mughlai cuisine evolved, so did the magnificent Taj Mahal and the imperial Red Fort. The Moghul Empire gradually declined in the early 18th century paving way for the British East India Company.

British Raj: The East India Company annexed India in the mid-18th century and over the next 200 years, ruled. Referred as British Raj, rapid developments in every aspect of Indian society occurred. Indian Railways, the third largest Railway system on the globe was the contribution of this period. Education system drastically improved as new schools and colleges emphasising British education emerged. Social evils like sati and johar abolished. Independence & Partition – India’s Freedom Struggle & Pakistan/India partition:

Dissatisfaction with Company rule led to the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Later, the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League launched nationwide independence struggle. India gained independence in 1947.The same year India/Pakistan partition occurred.

Modern India: Modern India imbibes the tradition, culture and values from the ancient world, while progressing as developed economies in the world. It merges the glorious past with a progressing present, where different traditions, religions and cultures maintain a harmonious existence.

Delhi-The Capital of India

Delhi stands in a triangle formed by the Yamuna river in the east and spurs from the Aravalli range in the west and south. It is surrounded by Haryana on all sides except east where it borders with Uttar Pradesh, Delhi has a semi-arid climate with high variation between summer and winter temperature.

Delhi is the traditional and present day Capital of India. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities of India. This city is believed to be the site of ‘Indraprastha’, the capital of Pandavas in the ‘Mahabharata’. Delhi has been ruled by many dynasties. It came under British Rule after 1857. On 15th Aug 1947, it was officially declared as the capital of India republic. It is centre stage of all apolitical activities. It also contributes significantly to Indian economy. Delhi has a lot of tourists’ places.

The Parliament House in new Delhiimga2.jpg is a massive circular edifice measuring about 170.69 meters (560 feet) in diameter and 536.33 meters (one-third a mile) in circumference. The magnificent building stands unique among the new buildings built later. The continuous open verandah on the first floor, fringed with a colonnade of 144 creamy sandstone columns, each standing 8.23 meters (27 feet high), lends an unparalleled grandeur to the building. While India's new capital was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens, the Parliament House was designed by Sir Hervert Baker.

The original plan for New Delhi, prepared in 1911, had not provided for a Legislature building. A decision to build a legislature building was taken after the First World War and after the introduction of Montague-Chelmsford reforms. The design for the structure was approved in 1919, and the foundation stone was laid on February 12, 1921 by the Duke of Connaught.

Friday, October 4 2013

Culture and Lifestyle in india


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best time to plan india tours

Nothing Can fully prepare you for india,but perhaps the one thing that best encapsulates this extraordinary country is its ability to inspire frustrate ,thrill and confound all at once.

india is one of the planet's most multidimensional countries,presenting a wildly diverse spectrum of travel encounters.some of these can be challenging,particularly for the first time visitors:the poverty is confronting ,indian bureaucracy can be exasperating and the crush of humanity sometimes turns the simplest task into an enery zapping battle.even the most experienced traveller find their sanity frayed at some point,yet this is all part of what makes india a unique travel destination.if you have not visited this part of the globe before,set aside the first few days to simply acclimatise to the subcontinent bamboozling symphony of sights,sounds,tastes and smells.

when it comes to finances,india pleases all pockets.Accommodation ranges from lacklustre backpacker lodgings to dazzling top end hotels,with some delightful mid range possibilities that won't bust the bank.A delicious,multipriced array of eateries means you can fill your belly without spending a fortune,and its possible to zip around economically as well thanks to the county's comprehensive public transport network.

Get Excited and knowledgeable about your trip before hand reading up on india,especially on its culture framework.doing so will augment your appreciation of the subcontinent's sights and tradations and also better equip you to hold more informed conversations with locals.allow a few weeks of pretrip preparation to sort out immunisation and visas.in terms of planning what to do once you arrive,the country's remarkable diversity can actually make it veritable quagmire when nutting out itineraries.the key is to try not to squeeze in too much as travelling often involves considerable distances and stamina.also allow for some flexibility in case you stumble across an appealing side journey or merely find yourself frazzled and in need of a day or two purely to chill.

When to Go



Climate plays a key factor in deciding when to visit india.you should keep in mind that climatic conditions in the far north are distinctly different to those of the extreme south. generally speaking,india's climate commonaly defined by the three season,the hot,the wet and the cool,each of which vary with duration from north to south.the most pleasent time to visit most of the country is during the cooler period of september to around march end.although there is reason variation.Aprat from the weather,the timing of certain festivals or special events may also influence when you want to visit india.

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