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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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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.

Friday, October 4 2013

Culture and Lifestyle in india


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