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Andaman - Tourism

Thursday, January 29, 2009
Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex

One of the most picturesque sea-beaches, it is ideal for sea bathing and sun-basking. The Waves Restaurant, The Peerless Resort nearby and the Hornbill Nest Guest House at a stone's throw, provide a kaleidoscopic view of the blue water front.

Chidiya Tapu (25 kms. from Port Blair)

Chidiya Tapu is the southern most tip of South Andaman. The lush green mangroves, forest cover with numerous chirping birds and the Sylvan Sands and Munda pahar beaches make it an ideal picnic site. The forest guesthouse situated on top of a hillock provides a fabulous view of isolated islands, submerged corals and the breath-taking sunset. Conducted tours are available from Andaman Teal House, Port Blair.

Source : http://tourism.andaman.nic.in/picnic.htm

Festival Of Maharashtra

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Maharashtra is the canter of many religious and cultural traditions. In Maharashtrian villages, life revolves around fairs and festivals.

Each festival comes with its own colors and Cuisine. People do up their houses and surroundings and there is an air of celebration. The festival time is surely a must visit time in India.While the most hugely visible festival may be the Ganesh Chaturthi, due to the large processions and the colourful images of Lord Ganesha, there are many festivals celebrated with as much enthusiasm and spirit.

Each festival signals the passing of old and beginning of new, and this in most cases is signifies by the victory of good over evil. Each festival has a significance and its mark is always felt in the daily lives of the people in India, specially in rural India.

Our Republic Day - Celebration

Monday, January 26, 2009
On Republic Day, flag hoisting ceremonies and parades by armed forces and school children are held in different parts of the country. The grandest and most important of these parades is held at Rajpath in New Delhi, which showcases a multi-hued image of the country's rich cultural heritage and military prowess. This parade is presided over by the President of India. One of the main functions of the Republic Day Parade is to pay tribute to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the country and to confer bravery awards on military persons, citizenry and children for showing courage in the face of adversity.

The Prime Minister of India first lays a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, in memory of all members of the armed forces who gave up their life for the country. After that there is the 21 gun salute, unfurling of the National Flag and singing of the National Anthem. Next, awards such as the Paramvir Chakra, Ashok Chakra and Vir Chakra are presented to gallantry award winners.

The parade begins with winners of gallantry awards saluting the President in open military jeeps. Next, comes a display of various tanks, missiles and other equipment added to the arsenal of the military. After this, is the march-past of different regiments of the armed forces, police, Home Guards and National Cadet Corps. The President of India, being the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute. This is followed by a vibrant parade comprising tableaux from different States and cultural dances by patriotic school children.

Children who have won National Bravery Awards ride past the spectators on colourfully decorated elephants. These children are honoured and awarded by the Indian Council for Child Welfare for performing outstanding deeds of bravery and selfless sacrifice.

The Republic Day Parade is concluded by dare devil motor cycle riding and a flypast by Indian Air Force fighter jets over Rajpath, as spectators look on with their hearts filled with pride.

Tirupati

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Located at a distance of about 525 km from Hyderabad, situated at the southern edge of the Eastern ghats in Andhra Pradesh, is Tirupati, the holiest of the holy pilgrimage destinations for Hindus. Tirupati in the Chittoor district is surrounded by picturesque perennial water falls, thick forests and superb views of valleys. The Chandragiri Valley is one such place with a deer park.

Tirupati is the town at the foot of the seven hills of Tirumala, which means “the hills where the Lord resides” in Tamil, that is on the border of Tamil Nadu. Nestled on top of the seventh hill (Venkatadri) of the seven hills, others being Anjanadri, Narayanadri, Vrishabadri, Seshadri, Neeladri and Garudadri, is the abode of Lord Venkateswara the presiding deity of Tirupati.

Being the seat of the richest Hindu temple in the world, Tirupati is visited by more than 50,000 pilgrims each day, on important days the attendance goes above 1, 00,000 people. Every Hindu visits Tirupati at least once in his/her lifetime, mandatory for newly married couples, to seek the blessings of Lord Venkateswara and attain mukti.

Tirupati has now become an attractive pilgrimage cum holiday destination, thanks to its serene beauty and the facilities available.

Source : http://www.tourisminap.com/tirupati/index.php

Monday, January 19, 2009
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have an unique culture, where all religions, languages, ethnic groups live in total peace and harmony and hence it is rightly called Mini India. Port Blair has a cosmopolitan character where people of all walks of life live together in peace and tranquility. All major festivals are celebrated with equal zeal and fervour and attended by all religious groups. Certain fairs and festivals, which are special to these islands, are:

Island Tourism Festival A fortnight long festival organized by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration every year (December - January) gives a festive look to the Islands. Govt. agencies and private entrepreneurs from the islands and Mainland India also attend the exhibition organized during the festival. The exhibition highlights the developmental aspects of these islands. Cultural troupes and artistes of national and international fame are invited to perform during the festival apart from performances by the talents of these islands including tribals. Water sports competitions like Nicobari Hodi race are organized. Other attractions are Magic show, Puppet show, Floating restaurant, Baby show, Dog show, Canoe Race, Scuba Diving etc. The festival projects the image of the islands as an eco-friendly tourist destination.

Subhash Mela - January every year

Organised in Havelock every year on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. A week long festival filled with cultural programmes.

Vivekanada Mela - January every year

Organised at Neil Island to celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanada.

Block Mela - January/February every year

Held at Diglipur, this highlights the developments that have taken place in the rural areas and displays the typical rural life of these islands.

Source : http://tourism.andaman.nic.in/festival.htm

Puttaparthi

Sunday, January 18, 2009
Puttaparthi, now popularly known as Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of Supreme Peace, is the home town of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba and it is about 40 km away from Dharmavaram, 80 km from Anantapur and 200 km from Bangalore . World renowned and worshipped by His devotees all over the globe as God Incarnate, Sri Sathya Sai Baba has shown humanity a new way of life and through His simple teachings transformed millions of His devotees' lives. It indeed needs a divine intervention for anyone to achieve the accomplishments of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of supreme peace, is a place every human being should visit in his lifetime to experience for oneself what selfless and pure love can achieve.

This is the abode of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and it lies on the bank of the river Chitravati, at a distance of 90Km. from anantapuram and 20Km. from penugonda. He is comsidered the incarnation of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba and thousands of devotees and tourists from the four corners of the world visit Puttaparti just to have his 'darshan'. Places of importance here are Prashanti Nilayam, Purnachandra auditorium, Planetarium, Superspeciality hospital,museum and Satya Sai Deemed University . The Deemed University was established 17 years ago, to disseminate knowledge to many and with the commendable onjective of providing education to one and all, transcending the barriers of caste,religion and region. Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher leaning,which is a part of it,seeks to mould every child as the darling of the goddess of learning and has many successes behind it. The education imparted in this institute covers a wide range from the kindergarten stage to the postgraduate stage, including medicine. The Satya Sai colleges established in prasanti Nilayam,and Whitefield and Anantapur.

In order to quenchthe thirst of the villages in the district, Bhagawan Satya Sai Baba conceived a scheme for supply of drinking water at a cost of crores of rupees. Under this, schemes have been established for community protected water supply plans and independent protected water supply plans. These plans cover 34 mandals in the district and are extended to villages which have flouride-free water. 3 lakhs of residents of 301 villages are the beneficiaries of his laudable plan. The panchayats of the respective villages are entrusted with its implementation. For implementation of these shcemes, pipelines measuring hundres of kilometres have been laid. The Board of Satya Sai Water Supply Plan, established by the State Governemnt, is vested with authority to oversee everything.

Periyar

Saturday, January 17, 2009
The damming of the Periyar River at Thekkady, in 1895 resulted in the creation of the huge (26 sq km) Periyar lake. This is now the nucleus of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary, a rare example of human intervention having enhanced an ecosystem. Mirror still lagoons, grassy plains and naked hills, make up the landscape of Periyar, providing the perfect foil to the wildlife found there elephants, Indian bison and the endangered lion-tailed macaque. Periyar was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978.

Munnar

Friday, January 16, 2009
Set 6000 ft. above sea level, amidst dramatic mountain scenery, the hill resort of Munnar, is home to some of the world's highest altitude tea estates. Over twelve varieties of spices including ginger, garlic, cardamom, vannilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove and nutmeg are also cultivated here. Walks offer spectacular views, while the crisp, spice-scented mountain air energizes. Every 12 years, the Neelakurinji plant flowers, bathing the hills in blue it will next bloom in 2006 AD.

Kibber

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Kibber is located at a height of about 14,200 ft in a narrow valley on the summit of a limestone rock. It is only 16 kms from Kaza and a bus service plies between these two places in summer. Kibber is a rather pleasant village with plenty of cultivation. The moment you get down from the bus you are greeted by lush green fields which look strikingly refreshing against the arid backdrop of lofty hills.

There are only 80 houses in the village. The remarkable feature about the architecture is the use of stone instead of mud or adobe brick used extensively in the valley. There are a civil dispensary, a high school, a post office, a telegraph office and a community TV set in the village. There is a monastery in Kibber which is named after Serkang Rimpochhe of Tabo. The lama breathed his last in Kibber in 1983 and when he was being cremated a water source erupted from that spot. Even today the source is being used by the villagers. There is a traditional trade route from Kibber to Ladakh over Parang La. The Spitians go to Ladakh to barter their horses for yaks or to sell for cash. The trek to Ladakh takes minimum 3 night halts. Permits are required for this trek.

Dumboor Lake

Friday, January 9, 2009
Location : 120 k.m. from Agartala.

Accommodation : Raima Tourist Lodge at Jatanbari.

A water area of 41 sq.km. with an un-ending spell of luxuriant green vegetation all around stands majestic for her exceedingly charming beauty and 48 islands in the midst of the lake. Migratory birds, Water sports facilities are additional attractions. There is a Hydel Project near the lake from where River Gomati originates and this is called Tirthamukh where on 14th January every year famous 'Pous Sankranti Mela' takes place. The lake is the confluence of rivers Raima and Sarma. Various species of migratory birds are noticed in the winter and it has rich reservoir of natural and cultured fishes.

Our Republic Day

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The 26th of January honours the anniversary of the formation of the Republic of India. It marks the adoption of the Constitution of India and the transition of India from a British Dominion to a separate State. It is a day of patriotic parades, nationalistic fervour and a reason to hoist the National Flag. The guest of the parade is the President of India and head of state of another nation.

The establishment of the Republic in 1950 was the first step towards fulfilling the dreams of citizens. The Constitution laid the foundation of the structure of governance and pledged to secure justice, liberty, equality and dignity for everyone. Over the years, the country was inspired by the values of freedom, tolerance and plurality. The inherent strength of our citizens hailing from diverse language, religious and cultural backgrounds contributed immensely towards the growth of the nation. During these years, India has travelled far, overcoming various obstacles and hurdles to rejoice in moments of triumph and glory.

Jampore Beach

Towards south, Jampore Beach leads on to the border of Gujarat. It is a pleasant spot, where one communes with nature in sublime solitude. This beach is most suited to swimming as it is danger - free. During low - tide, one can walk on the soft wet sand right into the sea. Don't miss a picnic with your family in the shade of Casurina plantation on the sea - shore.

How to Reach :
It is about 6 kms away from the Taxi Stand, Nani Daman. Auto Rickshaws are available from Nani Daman Taxi Stand to Nani Daman Jetty and from Nani Daman Jetty a 2 minutes journey through boat to Moti Daman Jetty. From Moti Daman Jetty it is 5 kms. Auto Rickshaws are available.

Shillong

Friday, January 2, 2009
The capital of Meghalaya, Shillong is one of the most popular tourist destinations. It was the capital of the erstwhile BrShillong Viewitish provincial state of Assam, and remained so even after independence. When Meghalaya attained Statehood, Shillong remained the capital. Situated at an altitude of 1,496 meters above sea level, Shillong is perhaps the only hill station with motorable roads leading to every corner. Shillong derives its name from the peak of the same name and there are many legends surrounding this name. One says that it came from a handsome youth called 'Shyllong', who was born in mysterious circumstances to a virgin human mother in Bisi, a village near Shillong. It is believed that he was the Shillong deity and the phrase, "Kot Shillong", which means "To bring peace in time of catastrophe, danger or personal misfortune" originated in the legend.

Places to see in Shillong:
Elephant Falls - This Falls is 12 kms. from Shillong and 300 meters off the Shillong/Mawphlang road. A footpath lead to a bridge spanning across a mountain stream which descends into two successive falls set in the dells of the fern covered rocks.

Shillong View Point - Approximately 10 kms. from the city, this point offers a panoramic view of the spreading city below. The Shillong Peak is situated nearby and is the highest point in Meghalaya with an altitude of 1960 meters above sea level.

Golf Course - the 18-hole course located within the city is considered to be one of the best natural golf courses in the world. Highly regarded among golfers, this course has been the venue of many championships for professionals and amateurs. The club house has been designed to resemble an English Manor. It is often referred to as the "Gleneagles of the East" at the United States Golf Association Library & Museum

State Museum - the ideal place to get a quick insight into the life of the tribes of Meghalaya, as this Museum showcases their history, ethnography and lifestyle.

Archery - Archery is one of the main traditional sports of the Khasi people. It is believed that the mother of the Khasi race gave them the bows and arrows and cautioned them not to lose their temper during the game. There are basically two types of arrows, one for hunting and one for sport. TodArcheryay archery is still practiced, and in Shillong, it has developed into a betting game where the bets are made on the number of arrows hitting a cylindrical target made of split bamboo. Every day near the Polo grounds a small group of dedicated followers gather to watch and place their bets.

The Anglican Cemetery Church - A quiet road from the "General's Point" leads you to the Anglican Cemetery. British nationals who served under the crown in the North Eastern region are buried here and their tombstones make an interesting reading into history.



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