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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

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.

Friday, October 4 2013

Culture and Lifestyle in india


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