Monthly Archives: April 2012

Harmandir Sahib …

The famous pilgrimage place of the Sikhs, also referred to as the Golden Temple is  located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It’s not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality.The foundation of Sri Harimandir Sahib is the most significant achievement of the Sikh Gurus as a centre of inspiration and action for the Sikhs. Sri Harmandir Sahib, is built on a 67ft. square platform in the centre of the Sarovar(tank). The temple itself is 40.5ft. square.

       Like all Sikh temples, the Golden Temple is open to the visitors worldwide. Most visitors to the Golden Temple, whether Sikh or not, are humbled by what is quite simply the most tangibly spiritual place in the country. The most famous and sacred part of the Golden Temple complex is the Hari Mandir (Divine Temple) or Darbar Sahib (Court of the Lord), which is the beautiful golden structure at the center of a large body of water. The water that surrounds the Hari Mandir is a sacred pool known as the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar). Another major highlight of the Golden Temple complex is the Guru-ka-Langar, a dining hall where around 35,000 people a day are fed for free by temple volunteers.

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Taj Mahal- “The Epitome Of Love”

       Renowned for its spectacular architecture and aesthetic beauty, The Taj Mahal is a symbol of love and the most photographed monuments in the world. Is one of the Seven Wonders of the World built by the grieving Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his third wife Begum Mumtaz Mahal. Made in white marble in typical Mughal style, it seamlessly blends elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian styles. Since the 17th Century, travellers have crossed continents to come and see this ultimate memorial to love, and few have been unmoved by its incomparable beauty.

                    If you are planning a trip to Agra, you can either take a flight whereas The Taj Express and Shatabdi offer the best rail connections to Agra. You can also drive or travel by bus(204km from Delhi). The best time to visit is from November to March.

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Hemis Gompa- “The Richest Monastery in Ladakh”

Hemis Gompa is the most important and the richest monastery in Ladakh, built in the 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas. Is located 49 km south of Leh and is known locally as Chang-Chub-Sam-Ling(The Love Palace of the Compassionate One). . Hemis is the headquarter of the Drukpa order and all the monasteries throughout Ladakh are administered by it.The gompa boasts of an excellent library where one can view preserved frescoes and murals, silver gilt chortens and a Kashmiri lacquered wood throne.  In summers, the two-day Hemis Festival is held , where the monks wear masks and perform sacred dances. The event is celebrated on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar month.

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Explore Madhya Pradesh, India

Madhya Pradesh, the State in Central India often called as the “Heart of India  is bordered by UttarPradesh in the northeast, Gujarat in the west, Maharashtra in the south-west and Chattisgarh in the south-east. Ancient palaces, fortresses, temples, archaeological museums, waterfalls and wildlife abound in this state, makes it an attractive tourism destination. The famous tourism destinations includes Khajuraho, Orchha and Gwalior. It has three World Heritage sites and is also the Tiger State of India.

Madhya Pradesh has plentiful places of interest, which makes it all the more worthwhile to plan a leisurely itinerary to see and soak up all that the state has to offer by way of its heritage, pilgrimage, wildlife and leisure.

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North-East, India…

The north-eastern region of India is the most varied, One of the most ethically and linguistically diverse regions in Asia, each state has its distinct culture and tradition.                 

        The lushness of its landscape, the range of communities and geographical and ecological diversities makes the North East quite different from other parts of the subcontinent. In  winters, mist carpets the  valleys but swirls around the traveller in hills  during summer rains, thus creating an enchanting and romantic atmosphere. The region has borders with Myanmar, Bhutan  and Bangladesh. 

     The festivals and celebrations in the North- eastern states of India are a colourful reflection of the people and their lives. Throughout the year, different people celebrate festivals with lot of fanfare in different ways, most of them centering around their modes of living and livelihood.      

                                                  North East India comprises of seven states commonly known as the “Seven Sisters”. They are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.      

        Each state is a traveller’s paradise, with picturesque hills and green meadows which shelters    thousand of species of flora and fauna. In addition, the states provide scope for angling, boating,rafting, trekking and hiking. Besides, there are a number of wild life sanctuaries and national parks where rare animals, birds and plants which will surely provide fascinating insight to the visitors.

                                     Be a part of this land of pristine beauty with a perfect blend of culture and tradition.