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Saturday, July 6, 2019

UNESCO inscribed Jaipur City in Rajasthan, as WorldHeritage Site today

The announcement was made after the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, underway at Baku (Azerbaijan) from June 30 to July 10, examined the nomination of the Walled City of Jaipur for inclusion in the World Heritage list.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Holi 2019 : Why holi is celebrated in india ?

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.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 India

In Prayagraj, as the word Kumbh enters ones ears the picturesque vision of Triveni Sangam, the sacred confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati flashes in the minds of people. At the sacred confluence huge multitudes move like waves in the ocean filled with sense of devotion. ‘Shahi Snaan’ of Akharas, chanting of vedic mantras and elucidations of religious hymns in the Saint pandals, proclamations of knowledge, tatvamimansa and truth by rishis, charming music, mesmerising sound of multitudes of instruments, holy dip in sangam with utmost devotion fills the heart of devotees with immense joy and offering prayers at many divine temples exhibits the 

greatness of Prayagraj Kumbh.

Offical Web site : https://kumbh.gov.in/en#

Why do they celebrate Kumbh Mela?Legend has it that in the mythological times, during a waging war between the demigods and demons for the possession of elixir of eternal life, a few drops of it had fallen on to four places that are today known as Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik. It is believed that these drops gave mystical powers to these places. It is to make oneself gain on those powers that Kumbh Mela has been celebrated in each of the four places since long as one can remember. The normal Kumbh Mela is held every 3 years, the Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is held every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad (Prayag) while the Purna (complete) Kumbh mela takes place every twelve years, at four places Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik, based on planetary movements. The Maha Kumbh Mela is celebrated at Prayag after 144 years (after 12 'Purna Kumbh Melas').

Depending on what position the Sun, Moon, and Jupiter hold in that period in different zodiac signs, the venue for Kumbh Mela is decided. The calculations have been provided below for information:

When was the last Maha Kumbh Mela held?
The last Maha Kumbh was held in 2013 and the next will be held after 144 years. Purna Kumbh Mela: This Kumbh Mela is held after every 12 years in Allahabad. Large numbers of pilgrims take bath in the holy Sangam

Which places is the Kumbh Mela held?
Kumbh Mela at Allahabad
when Jupiter is in Aries or Taurus and Sun and Moon are in Capricorn during the Hindu month of Magha (January-February).

Kumbh Mela at Haridwar
when Jupiter is in Aquarius and Sun is in Aries during the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April).

Kumbh Mela at Ujjain
when Jupiter is in Leo and Sun is in Aries, or when all three are in Libra during the Hindu month of Vaisakha (April-May).

Kumbh Mela at Nasik
when Sun and Jupiter are in Leo during the Hindu month of Bhadraprada (August-September).

What is the significance of Kumbh Mela?
The Kumbh Mela is the most peaceful gathering place in the world. It has a deepimportance for Hindus. It is a gut believe in the Hindu pilgrimages that bathe in the sacred river can clean all sins.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Luisenplatz: The popular square in the “City of Sciences”

Darmstadt is a city in Germany that is located on the south of Hessen. The year of the city’s foundation is not clearly known, but many written documents mention this city already in XII century. Darmstadt is a city that was a very popular destination for technical education yet 150 years ago. Thanks to persistence and resourcefulness of the local scientists it has become possible to open numerous new universities and add new specialties without any money from the local budget. Wide choice of departments and specialties attracted students who arrived to Darmstadt to learn new professions here.

XIX century became the peak period for the city because here was opened the first faculty of electro technics in Germany that quickly got popularity. Numerous students also tried their best to get the right to study on faculties of aeronautic machinery. In 1997 Darmstadt was awarded with a status of the “City of Sciences”. Such a high concentration of scientific facilities has led to the development of numerous firms in Darmstadt operating in communication and information technologies areas.

This is a major historical landmark that identifies the city center. It is one of the stops for the Frankfort Airport Shuttle as well as local taxis. The column itself pre-dates WWI and has survived intact, although the classic ornate street lights that once framed the corners of the base are now gone. A large classic fountain, designed in 1907 by the famous Secessionist architect, Joseph Maria Olbrich from the Jugendstil artists colony on Mathildenhohe also survives, almost unnoticed to one side, the gothic bat-like creatures on the rim ignored by passers by, unaware of their existence.There is only shopping mall and grocery stores around the square but during Christmas market time the square looks bit brighter and more exciting.

Here are some pictures to show the glimpse of the city

Mathildenhoehe : The russian chapel in Darmstadt

The entire area of "Matilda's Hill" consisting of the Russian Chapel, Plane Tree grove, Wedding Tower, Exhibition Building, Ernst Ludwig House, now Museum Kunstlerkolonie (Artists Colony Museum), and houses dating from 1901 by Joseph Maria Olbrich and one by Peter Behrens is of major historic significance, second only to Vienna in importance to the development of modern architecture. The houses are noted as examples of "Jugendstil" (youth work) but were strongly influenced by Art Nouveau and the a-historical trends of the Vienna Secessionists, of which Olbrich was a member. The museum contains furniture and objects from the period--don't miss it!

The nude scriptures means freedom and their connect with nature. This place will surprise you, the city itself is not really famous for either surroundings or historic buildings. The city offers guided tours with a different focus, depending on what you prefer.



Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 6pm
Closed on Monday
T +49 (0) 6151 133385

The exhibition building on Mathildenhöhe will be closed in 2018 due to extensive renovations. The Museum Künstlerkolonie is still open for you (Tue - Sun 11 am - 6 pm).
Good Friday, 30.3.2018: closed
Easter Sunday, 1.4.2018: open
Easter Monday, 2.4.2018: open
Labor Day, 1.5.2018: open
Ascension Day, 10.5.2018: open
Pentecost Sunday, 20.5.2018: open
Whit Monday, 21.5.2018 : open
Corpus Christi, 31.5.2018: open
Day of German Unity, 3.10.2018: open
Christmas Eve, 24.12.2018: closed
1. Christmas Day, 25.12.2018: closed
2. Christmas Day, 26.12.2018: open
New Year's Eve, 31.12.2018: closed
New Year, 1.1.2019: closed
+++ Take advantage of our free, bilingual audio guide for the permanent collection presentation on your next visit to the Museum Künstlerkolonie! +++

5 € │ Reduced: 3 €

Family ticket: 10 € (two adults with children)

Children up to 11 years are free.
Teenagers between 12 and 17 pay 3 €.

Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 6pm
Closed on Monday
T +49 6151 133194

How to reach here 

From Darmstadt Hbf take the bus F direction Oberwaldhaus (stop on the west side of the main station, exit at the back) until the stop "Mathildenhöhe".
From Darmstadt Ost only five to ten minutes on foot.

To Darmstadt via the A5
(Frankfurt am Main - Heidelberg / Basel), A67 (Cologne / Wiesbaden - Mannheim),
the B3 (along the Bergstraße) or
the B26 (from the east).
First direction "Stadtmitte", then follow the signs "Mathildenhöhe".
About 30 minutes via the A5 (Frankfurt am Main - Heidelberg / Basel).
A shuttle bus (AIR bus) will take you directly to Darmstadt Hbf in 30 minutes

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Kerala sees a drastic fall in tourist arrivals from West Asia in first half of 2018

Tourist arrivals in Kerala from West Asian countries, one of the mainstays of the state’s vibrant tourism sector in recent times, have nosedived in the first half of 2018.

According to Tourism Department statistics, tourist arrivals from Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain - which grew at 25-30 per cent till 2017 - slipped to negative growth in the first two quarters.

Tourist arrivals from Bahrain fell the most (-35.16 per cent), followed by Saudi Arabia (-33.71 per cent), Oman (-18.55 per cent), Kuwait (-16.88 per cent) and UAE (-6.05 per cent) when compared to the first half of 2017. The ominous signs were there in 2017 when tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia declined from a robust growth track, a trend that has spread to countries such as Oman, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain in no time, said officials.

However, all is not lost. Overall, foreign tourist arrivals grew by 6.96 per cent during the first half of this year.

Notable among the trends was the increase in arrivals from France, which is back in the No 2 spot following a gap of two years, registering a growth of 19.71 per cent.

The UK continues to send the most number of tourists.

According to Kerala Travel Mart Society president Baby Mathew, Kerala Tourism has been actively campaigning in West Asia to woo Arab tourists. There was a significant rise in West Asians visiting the state, especially for medical purposes, a trend the industry had tapped to offer various packages combined with medical tourism.

“But this decline is unexpected and a study has to be done to ascertain the reasons for the reverse trend. It has to be rectified at the earliest as the industry is slowly limping back to normal after one of the worst floods in history and successive blows like Nipah scare and rain fury,” he said.

A senior official said the Tourism Department has been organising campaigns across the world, including West Asia, for which it has set aside Rs12 crore. The department will continue to hard sell Kerala Tourism via social media campaigns and other means, he added

Suresh Prabhu for developing Maharashtra coast as tourist destination

Commerce Ministry and the Maharashtra government to consider a proposal for the development of scuba diving and aquarium in Sindhudurg to promote marine tourism.

The commerce ministry has received a proposal from the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and the Indian Institute of Scuba Diving and Aquatic Sports (IISDA) Malwan, Sindhudurg, for setting up of these facilities under a comprehensive plan to encourage marine tourism along the coast of Maharashtra, according to a letter by Prabhu to the tourism department and the state government.

In the letter to Tourism Minister K J Alphons and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the commerce minister noted that the marine leisure sector is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry.

The proposal includes development of scuba diving and domestic cruise tourism destinations at Angria Bank, submarine tourism in Sindhudurg, setting up India's largest aquarium in Sindhudurg, the commerce ministry said in a statement quoting Prabhu.

Prabhu has requested the tourism minister and the chief Minister to consider the proposal for early action under the champion sector initiative of the commerce ministry.

In February, the Union Cabinet had decided to give focused attention to 12 champion services sectors and mandated the identified nodal ministries and departments to formulate sectoral action plans under the dedicated fund of Rs 5,000 crore.


Tibet offers discounts to draw in tourists

Starry nights, sacred lakes, towering mountains and a distinct culture – all treasures that have defined Tibetan life for centuries, but are only now becoming vehicles to further open up the autonomous region to the outside world.

Located in Southwest China and sometimes referred to as the “world’s third pole” because it contains the biggest ice fields outside of the Arctic and Antarctic, Tibet is accelerating tourism promotion to boost economic development and enhance cultural exchanges, officials said.

According to the preferential policies released during the fourth China Tibet Tourism and Culture Expo held last month, tourists will be able to visit all the region’s attractions of a 3A category and above for free from 1 November to 5 March.

Delegates from home and abroad share insights at a forum during the expo Cultural exchanges: delegates from home and abroad share insights at a forum during the Expo CREDIT: PALDEN NYIMA/CHINA DAILY The price of hotels will be reduced to less than 50 per cent compared with peak season, while airline tickets will also be discounted by more than 50 per cent.

More than 11.1 million tourists visited Tibet from January to June, up 29.6 per cent year-on-year. In 2017, revenue from tourism reached about 38 billion yuan (£3.4bn), which accounted for nearly 30 per cent of local GDP, according to data from the region’s government.

Tuladhar Dhruba Ratna, general manager of Nepal Yingyang International Travel and Tours, has been a regular visitor to Tibet since 1992.

At a tourism and culture-related summit during the expo, he said that his company has sent many foreign tourists to the region. “I can’t explain how the [local] growth has been achieved. This is beyond my imagination.

“It’s a very good thing for Tibet and for us too, as we can promote Tibet better. It has become very modern,” he said.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Planning to Visit Germany, Here are few tips for you

The name for Germany in the German language is Deutschland. The population of Germany was around 82 million in 2010. The capital of Germany is Berlin, it is also the largest city. Other major cities include Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.
Though it remains far less well known or understood by outsiders than some of its neighbours, since reunification Germany has at last gained a higher profile as a place to visit, thanks partly to the remarkable resurgence of Berlin, one of the most fascinating and exciting cities in Europe. But the appeal of the reunified Germany is not limited to the capital. The 2006 football World Cup was something of a turning point, both with regards to Germany’s image abroad and to its own self-image, rehabilitating the idea of German patriotism for the first time since the war.

Before it was called Germany, it was called Germania. In the years A.D. 900 until 1806, Germany was part of the Holy Roman Empire. From 1949 to 1990, Germanywas made up of two countries called the Federal Republic of Germany (inf. WestGermany) and the German Democratic Republic .

Christianity is the largest religion in Germany, comprising an estimated ~58.5% of the country's population in 2016. The two largest churches of the country are theRoman Catholic Church and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), aProtestant confederation of United Protestant (Lutheran, and Reformed), churches

Here are a few of the key values that the Germans possess.
  • Education. Getting a good education is very important to German societies. ...
  • Manners. Good manners are a must in the German culture. ...
  • Punctuality. Especially in a business setting, Germans pride themselves on their punctuality. ...
  • Religion. ...
  • History. ...
What do they wear in Germany?In more modern times, women rarely wear the dirndl in its original form, although variants of traditional dress (also known as “tracht”) have become fashionable again with young people. In Alpine regions, men used to wear leather trousers, known as “lederhosen.”

How did Germany become a country ?

After the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire, the German Confederation was formed in 1815. ... In 1871, Germany became a nation state when most of theGerman states (most notably excluding Switzerland and Austria) unified into the Prussian-dominated German Empire.
What is the best time to go ?

Much of the country receives its maximum rainfall in midsummer, so although the weather in June, July and August can be very warm, it can also be unpredictable. For more settled weather with sunshine and comfortable temperatures, late spring and early autumn – May, September and early October – are the best time to visit: the Germans don’t call the harvest season “goldener Oktober” for nothing. The ski season in the Alps runs between Christmas and the end of March.

Where to go in Germany ?

For many visitors, one of Germany’s cities will be where to go first. Berlin is genuinely exciting – a metropolis on fast-forward, growing into its rediscovered role as the nation’s capital yet preserving evidence of its sometimes unhappy role in European history. Many other cities have proud histories as independent city-states or as capitals in their own right: thus, there’s nothing remotely “provincial” about ancient, liberal Cologne, Dresden’s restored Baroque splendour or the proud Bavarian metropolis of Munich.

Food and Drink

Though neither as obsessive as the Italians nor as fussy as the French, Germans nevertheless see eating as a serious business. Consequently standards are high. You’ll rarely find cause to criticize the quality in Germany even if you don’t share a taste for its national cuisine. For most outsiders that means a taste of tradition – Bratwurst (grilled sausage), assorted cuts of pork and, of course,Sauerkraut.

German Bread. Bread (Brot) is a significant part of German cuisine. In Germany about 600 main types of breads and 1,200 different types of pastries and rolls are produced in about 17,000 dedicated bakeries and another 10,000 in-shop bakeries.
Tea and coffee houses are still popular places to hang out. And the hot drink you go for has almost become a question of national identity: While in Britain it is undoubtedly tea, in Germany coffee has the upper hand. On average, Germans drink 150 liters of coffee per year - more than beer, wine or mineral

German Beliefs

Religion in Germany – Christianity. About 65% to 70% of the population are followers of the Christian religion in Germany. They are more or less evenly split between the mainstream denominations of Lutheran-Protestantism and Calvinismunited in the EKD (Evangelical Church in Germany) and the Roman Catholic Church.


Germans like their festivals. From city to village, wherever there are people there’ll usually be a festival of some kind, whether a major event for thousands that programmes international artists or just a summer fair. The diversity is astounding – high-quality classical music and theatre events, wine festivals, unbridled parties and atmospheric Christmas markets. Notwithstanding the latter, most are staged from May to August, when you’re almost sure to roll into a good-humoured town centre crammed with stalls and stages, with much food and beer being consumed by all.

Berlin International Film Festival
The world’s second largest international film festival after Cannes has one massive advantage over its French rival: you don’t have to be invited to watch the Berlin International Film Festival’s 400 films (mostly European and international premieres) as anyone can buy tickets online via their website.


Karneval or Fasching, the German carnival or mardi gras, officially starts from 11 November at 11.11 to the following Ash Wednesday, but the main celebrations start on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday. Traditionally on this day, women could kiss any man after cutting off his tie. There are huge street parades and parties on the weekend before, on Rose Monday, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Most cities around Germany will put on their own celebrations.


It’s beer, beer and more beer, as well as traditional Bavarian foods, oompah bands and lots of men wearing leiderhosen at what the Germans call Wiesn, after the fields or grasslands (wiese) where the first Oktoberfest was held. If you’re going in a group of 10 or more to this massive beer festival in Munich, think about reserving a table – free of charge – in one of the 30+ beer and food tents (afternoons are the least crowded times). Each one has its own atmosphere – yodelling, families, celebrities, footie fans – and its own website for reservations.


Sure, this major medieval festival held in the town of Selb, close to the German-Czech border, has mock battles, archery, birds of prey and everything else you might associate with medieval life but it’s also Europe’s largest medieval music festival. Take your tent and chill out to modern interpretations of medieval rock, contemporary folk, pagan folk and metal from around the world.

German Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkts)

You’ll find Christmas markets – quaint little stalls selling seasonal gifts, foodstuffs and spiced wine ­– all over Europe but Germany likely has the most (Berlin alone has 50) and also some of the best, making it one of the most magical places at Christmas time. These markets are worth making a special trip: Nuremburg, Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Worms.


German weather can be a real mixed bag at any time of year, thanks to the way in which continental and maritime air masses collide in this part of Europe. That said, those used to British variability and poor weather are likely to find German weather much better; while those used to the searing summer heat of much of North America will also be pleased. Summer temperatures rarely hit 30°C and temperatures tend to stay comfortable well into the evening, allowing beer gardens and outdoor cafés to bustle as darkness falls as late as October.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Sri Lanka may be a better destination for Holiday

The distinctive civilization of Sri Lanka, with roots that can be traced back to the 6th century BCE, is characterized by two factors: the preservation of Theravada Buddhism (the orthodox school of Buddhism having its literary traditions in the Pali language) and the development over two millennia of a sophisticated system of irrigation in the drier parts of the country. This civilization was further enriched by the influences of Hinduism and Islam.

Looking for the next holiday destination? Forget India, it is the neighbouring island nation of Sri Lanka, which has emerged as the best country in the world to visit in 2019 by the Lonely Planet. Sri Lanka’s popularity is on the rise, especially among Indians, and is giving popular Indian destinations such as Goa and Kerala a run for the money. The primary reason for Sri Lanka becoming a hot favourite holiday attraction is that it offers travellers a plethora of options ranging from hill stations, beach escapes, adventure activities, historic sites to culture and cuisine. The small island nation caters to all ages.

According to the figure by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, tourist visits to Sri Lanka have risen dramatically from under 4.5 lakh in 2009 to an all-time high of 21 lakh last year, the Lonely Plant reported. This is also expected to further double by 2020.

In 1948, after nearly 150 years of British rule, Sri Lanka became an independent country, and it was admitted to the United Nations seven years later. The country is a member of the Commonwealth and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Colombo, which emerged as the main urban centre during British rule, remains the executive and judicial capital of Sri Lanka; Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, a Colombo suburb, is the legislative capital. For administrative purposes, the country has been divided into nine provinces and subdivided into 25 districts.

Flights :-

Since the end of militancy in Sri Lanka, there has been a complete turnaround and the Sri Lankan government has encouraged tourism from India to Sri Lanka. Some of the measures taken by the government include easing the visa process as one can now apply online and get an E-Visa within a period of 30 days.

“Sri Lanka is making it easier for visitors from India with the help of various policies like Open Sky Policy, allowing local carriers unlimited access to six Indian hubs – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai – as well as giving Indian carriers greater access to Sri Lankan routes,” Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Expedia (India), said to FE Online. Ahluwalia added that the Sri Lankan government is also considering visa-free arrival to Indian travellers, which will make it easier for travellers to visit the neighbouring country.

Sri Lankan Airlines flies from 14 Indian destinations to Sri Lanka and have approximately 135 flights to the destination. All Indian airlines, be it full-service carriers like Air India, Vistara and Jet Airways or low-cost carriers such as SpiceJet and IndiGo connects from India to Sri Lanka.

Places to visit:
Colombo/ Bentota/ Nuwara Eliya/ Kandy/ Arugam Bay/Anuradhapura/Sigiriya rock fortress/The Cultural Triangle of Polonoruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla
ri Lanka is divided into 9 administrative provinces:

Map of Sri Lanka with provincial regions colour-coded

Central Province (Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Sigiriya, Dambulla)
Known as the "hill country" after its mountainous terrain.
Northern Province (Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vanni, Mannar)
Home to a majority of the country's Tamil-speaking population. It is being rebuilt after being ravaged by nearly three decades of war.
North Central Province (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa)
The ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka dating back over 2500 years. Rich in history, the area is known as the cultural triangle.
Eastern Province (Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Arugam Bay)
Home to a rare natural harbour in Trincomalee and miles of sandy beaches. Surfers' paradise.
North Western Province (Kurunegala, Puttalam, Chilaw)
Coconut plantations, dolphin-watching, salt production
Sabaragamuwa (Ratnapura, Kegalle)
Gem-mining capital of Sri Lanka.
Southern Province (Galle, Weligama, Matara, Tangalle, Unawatuna, Hambantota, Yala National Park)
Beach resorts galore.
Uva (Badulla, Haputale, Bandarawela)
Highlands. Tea, tea and more tea
Western Province (Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, Beruwela, Colombo, Gampaha, Negombo)
The capital and the commuter belt.

Visa rules

Online tourist visa can be obtained by all countries nationals, except Maldives and Singapore. It allows to stay in the country for 30 days and is valid for six months since it was approved. Application should be lodged in advance before entering the country and shall be done online. After this applicant will receive an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) which should be present at the port of entry in Sri Lanka and exchanged for a tourist visa. Visa charges are US$20 for SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan) and US$35 for others (2016). Officially ETA gets ready in 2 days, however, they usually send it in 10-20 minutes after the payment is done.

Besides, tourist visa can be obtained without getting a prearranged ETA right at the Bandaranaike International Airport (at a visa desk in the arrival zone before customs), US$40. Therefore online visa is not a pre-condition to board a flight/vessel to Sri Lanka.

Important: immigration authorities at Colombo airport are very demanding with respect to the accuracy of the passport number on your electronic travel authorization obtained online. A single digit mistake is taken as a reason to force you to buy a new visa and refer you to some obscure government office in Colombo for refunds of your online payments. Be careful about 1 vs. I and zero vs. O. The number should exactly match the machine-readable section of your passport, and not anything else (for example, Russian passports have a non-alphanumeric number sign that should be completely excluded).

Taxi companies

Taxis are a better way of getting around Colombo than three wheelers as, due to the metering, they often turn out to be cheaper. Rates are about US$0.55 and they have full day packages (approx 8 hours and 80km) for around US$40. They will also take you outstation for around US$0.30-0.35 per km with no waiting charges. You can also set up your own itinerary and travel around that way as opposed to whatever the tour operator tells you.

What to See ?

Ruwanwelisaya stupa in Anuradhapura

White-bellied Blue Flycatcher in Sinharaja National Park Admission fees for foreigners to many of the tourist sites in Sri Lanka are up to ten times those for locals.

Some popular sights in Sri Lanka are:

Sri Dhalada Maligawa and Peradeniya Gardens in Kandy.
The ancient temples in Anuradhapura, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa which are very beautiful.
Ancient City of Sigiriya.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Beautiful villages which look like England in Nuwara Eliya. There are many tea estates and Hakgala gardens too.
The beaches of Unawatuna, Galle, Weligama, Bentota and northern areas.
Whales in Mirissa and Kalpitiya.
Wildlife in Yala National Park & Wilpattu for the best wildlife Safari experience. Go to Udawalawe National Park to see elephants and Kumana National Park (Yala East) for birdwatching.
The unexplored Sri Lanka in Jaffna and the islands in the Northern Province (Delft).
See Negombo's beaches, all sandy and blue.

With a recorded history of more than 2,500 years, Sri Lanka has a rich cultural and natural heritage and its World Heritage Sites are among the absolute highlights in the country. With eight recognized entries, Sri Lanka has the second most listed World Heritage Sites in South Asia (only India, with 30, has more). The most recent addition however are the vast Central Highlands (including three highland parks: Horton Plains National Park, Knuckles Mountain Range and the Peak Wilderness Protected Area), which were inscribed in 2010. Other than these, Sri Lanka has identified two prospective World Heritage Sites: Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara and Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), an ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka

Saturday, October 20, 2018

India Asks United Nations To Conduct Visitor Tours In Hindi Language

In its push to promote Hindi at the world body, India has reiterated its request to the UN to conduct tours for visitors to the headquarters in that language.

Saying that the tour is popular with Indians visiting New York, Deepak Misra, a minister in the Indian Mission, made the request while speaking at a meeting on Friday on information issues held by the General Assembly committee dealing with special political matters.

"The guided tour has been very popular with Indian tourists to New York and, as highlighted by our delegations last year. We urge the addition of guided tour in Hindi, India's official language, to facilitate the tourists," he said.

The UN now offers tours in its six official languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish - as well as in German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.

The tours run between 45 minutes and an hour and cost $22 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

Besides viewing the Security Council and General Assembly Chambers and visiting exhibits, the visitors get an overview from the tour guides of issues important to the UN like disarmament, peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.

Stressing the case for Hindi, Mr Misra said: "Genuine multilingualism promotes unity in diversity and international understanding by recognising the importance of communicating to the peoples of the world in their languages by bringing the common goals and ideals closer to the people."

Mr Misra also asked the UN to publish its peacekeeping website in "the main languages" of the troop contributing countries.

He acknowledged that the UN was facing a financial crunch that affected its ability to expand its activities.

Therefore, he said, the Department of Public Information has to look at innovative ways to raise resources through initiatives like raising voluntary contributions to expand its global outreach activities in the widely-spoken non-official languages.

The UN began to incorporate Hindi in its social media outreach by launching a Twitter feed in the language in July.

Last month, the UN advertised for a Hindi Public Information Officer at its headquarters in New York.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tourism in India is advancing with technology

With the help of technological advances, Tourism has come a long way, transforming how we connect and inform ourselves. Today, we strive forward for a digitally advanced tourism sector encouraging innovation and responsible tourism #WTD2018 #WorldTourismDay #IncredibleIndia

Government has drawn the broad contours inviting private players to develop India’s islands into world class tourist destinations. NITI Aayog has recently come out with a draft concession agreement for development and operation of these island resorts and supporting infrastructure in public-private partnership mode.

The Aayog hopes to use the agreement, developed in consultation with the ministry of tourism, as base document for developing specific eco-tourism projects.

As per the agreement, the concessionaire will have the exclusive right, license and authority to construct, operate and maintain the project and provide hospitality services during the concession period of 66 years.

The government, on its part, has eased the regulations for developing these zones and will provide land on the 10 identified islands for project development. These anchor tourism projects identified will be developed on government-owned land in Smith, Aves, Long, Neil & Little Andaman Islands of Andaman & Nicobar and in Kadmat, Suheli and Minicoy islands of Lakshadweep.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Gajapayana heralds start of Mysuru Dasara 2018

Gajapayana, the traditional march of elephants from the forest, began at Veeranahosahalli Gate of the Nagarahole National Park in Hunsur taluk between 10 am and 10.30 am today at Tula Lagna, signalling the beginning of Dasara 2018. It will be the first Dasara for JD(S)-Congress coalition headed by H.D. Kumaraswamy.

The elephants will arrive in Mysuru today and will camp at Aranya Bhavan (Forest Department office) in Ashokapuram till Sept.5 when they will be welcomed at the Mysore Palace at 4.30 pm. Earlier, the welcome was planned on Sept.3 (tomorrow) at 11 am but was put off due to the counting of votes cast for Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) scheduled tomorrow.

The first batch of five elephants comprised Howdah Elephant 58-year-old Arjuna from Balle Elephant Camp, 62-year-old Varalakshmi from Mathigodu and 45-year-old Vikrama, 35-year-old Dhananjaya and 36-year-old Gopi from Dubare Elephant Camp. After the traditional start of Gajapayana, the elephants began their journey to Mysuru in trucks. 47-year-old Chaitra will join the team in Mysuru directly from Bandipur Tiger Reserve and she was not part of the Gajapayana today.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Top 6 restaurants in Bhopal

Tattenham Corner - Jehan Numa Palace

The ambience is really good with a courteous staff. You can visit this place before 8 pm and get happy hours. They have ladies night on Thursday so girls take your squad and get 50% off on all the drinks. Saturday is a party night, it may cost you an arm and leg and you will generally find 30years + old couple. So you can give it a try but I would not recommend it. If you like beer then try the Chilled Woodpecker draught beer.

The best part about this place is they provide free and unlimited waffers.

Phone number 0755 2661100

Cuisines Finger Food

Average Cost ₹2,200 for two people (approx.) with alcohol

Today 11am – 11pm

Address Hotel Jehan Numa Palace,157,Shymala Hills, TT Nagar, Bhopal

Under the Mango Tree - Jehan Numa Palace

Under the mango tree is a fabulous restaurant specialising in barbeque. A very nice concept of sitting and dining under an ancient Mango Tree but now for this one has to climb the stairs. Previously one got this feel without climbing the stairs but there was no air conditioning but if we wanted air-conditioning,there are more restaurants in the same premises, so the debate goes on. The service remains as good and hospitable as always and the food delicious and served piping hot.One meal under the mango tree is a must to complete any trip to Bhopal! No Alcohol Available. Some of the best tried dishes incluse Roasted Pumpkin Parmesan Salad,Smoked Potatoe & Leek Soup ,Olive Cheese & Pumpkin Ravioli and , Greek Quesadilla.

Phone number 0755 2661100

Cuisines North Indian

Average Cost ₹2,000 for two people (approx.)

Opening hrs 7;30pm – 11pm

Address Hotel Jehan Numa Palace, 157, Shymala Hills, TT Nagar, Bhopal

Winds n Waves

This restaurant cum bar is situated on the hilltop of Bhopal facing the largest manmade lake. The scene from the restaurant specially in the evening when sun sets is awesome. The whole lake become golden and you can witness the sunsetting in the water, while you enjoy the tasty tea/coffee/beer with pagodas. You can enjoy beer with Dal Makhani, Tikka, Fish Fingers, Naan, Paneer Pakora. On weekends they play live orchestra also. Its a good place to go with your family.

Phone number 0755 2661523

Cuisines North Indian, Mughlai

Average Cost ₹1,000 for two people (approx)

Opening hours

11am – 11pm

Address Van Vihar Road | Near Boat Club, Shyamala Hills, Bhopal 462002, India

Indian Coffee House

It is a must visit place of you are traveling to Bhopal. The ambiance and waiter uniforms will remind you of 90s South Indian restaurant. People usually visit this place for breakfast and enjoys Omelet , Butter Toast , Coffee and Masala Dosa. The waiters remember the order by mouth instead of jotting it down. No Alcohol served.

Opening hours

7am – 11pm

Cuisines South Indian , North Indian

Address New Market Road | Bhopal, Bhopal 462022, India

Filfura Restaurant

It’s a good family restaurant and famous for no vegetarian food. They also have different Thali’s/ Platter’s. The restaurant ambiance is average.You can enjoy the Mutton Shami kebabs , lal mas , Mutton Roghan Josh here. No Alcohol served.

Cuisines Muglai , North Indian

Address 18 Berasia Road | Opposite Kohe Fiza Hospital, BDA Colony, Bhopal 462001, India

Phone 0755-4256926

Bapu Ki Kutia

The Place is well Known for Veg Food,You can have Lunch Meal or Dinner. Nether less Veg Man’s Delight. It is one of the popular old restaurants in Bhopal. The food is quite delicious & the service is good. They have branches in the city but the New Market branch is the original one.

Cuisines North Indian Veg

Address New Market Roshanpura, Bhopal 462003, India

Phone +91 755 422 0849

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Robot themed restaurant opened in Coimbatore

COIMBATORE: A concept seen in “Avengers” and other super hero movies and maybe in restaurants abroad has now come to Coimbatore. A group of five youngsters, who are passionate about theme-based restaurants, have opened a robot themed restaurant in the city. Robots pick up the food from the kitchen and deliver it at the customer’s table. Customers can pick up the food from the tray.

The robot will also be able to detect someone blocking its way and request them to move out of their way.

“When one of our partners, Venkatesh, travelled abroad, robots served him at some restaurants in China and even Africa,” said Karthikeyan, one of the five partners of the restaurant. “He decided to bring the concept to India,” he said.

Tourist helpline Number India 1800-11-1363

Tourism ministry has introduced a toll free number for tourist visiting India, They can call on the toll free number  for any kind of assistance from the tourism department of India. 

Neelakurinji Flowering Season Just Made A Comeback After 12 Years & Here’s ALL You Need To Know!

Neelakurinji Flowering Season is an intriguing occurrence that takes place once in twelve years. Eravikulam National Park in Munnar happens to be the perfect destination to head to, if you wish to witness lush green valleys getting painted in hues of blues and purples, as far as your eyes can see. With the arrival of monsoon this month, the rare Neelakurinji flowers started blooming, weaving a panorama that truly is dream-like. Since, these beautiful flowers will be around only between June and October this year, it’s apt to say your much-awaited trip to Munnar has to turn into reality ASAP.

This blog features all the important information you will seek in order to plan an impromptu escape for Neelakurinji season in 2018 – such as – tips, budget, facts, ideal duration, how to reach and so much more. Count this as your guiding light, and give it a read while you pack your bags for a trip that will have you say ‘It bloom my mind!’ (pun intended)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Coorg (Kodagu district ) : The Scotland of India

Kodagu, also known as Coorg, is a rural district in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka. In the area’s north, Madikeri Fort has 2 life-size elephant statues at its entrance, plus a Gothic-style church with a museum on its grounds. Nearby, the Hindu Omkareshwara Temple dates back to the 19th century. Farther north are the domed Raja’s Tomb, a burial place of Kodava kings, and cascading Abbi Falls. Its an easy weekend drive for people who stay in Bangalore.

To the east, the village of Bylakuppe has several Tibetan settlements and temples. Thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns worship at Namdroling Monastery. It is home to golden Buddha statues, colorful paintings and the immense, 3-story Golden Temple. To the southwest, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is a heavily forested habitat for animals such as tigers, leopards and lion-tailed macaques. Trekking routes lead up Brahmagiri, the sanctuary’s highest peak. Southeast, Nagarahole National Park is a protected area with Asian elephants, tigers, panthers and dozens of bird species, including eagles and owls.

Kodagu has a tropical climate, with mild temperatures year-round. The relatively dry months (Oct–Jan) are popular times to visit, especially for trekking. Monsoon season (Jun–Sep) brings heavy rain. Kailpodh (Sep) is a festival to celebrate the end of the rice planting season. Puttari (late Nov–early Dec) is a celebration of the rice harvest.

Things to Do

Abbey Falls
Abbey Falls is in Kodagu, in the Western Ghats in Karnataka. It is located 8 km from the Madikeri, 122 km from Mysore, 144 km from Mangalore and 268 km from Bangalore. The river is part of the early reaches of the river Kaveri. Wikipedia

Address: Abbey falls madkeri, 571252, Hoskeri, Karnataka
Timings:  Opens 7AM

Raja's Seat

Raja's Seat is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains. It is one of the most important tourist spots in Madikeri of Coorg District. It is 270 km away from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Wikipedia

Madikeri Fort

Madikeri Fort also called Mercara Fort was first founded by Mudduraja in the second half of the 17th century. He also built a palace inside the fort. Wikipedia

Address: Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201
Hours:   Opens 9AM
Controlled by: Government of Karnataka
Phone: 098866 62772

Nagarhole National Park

National park in India
Animal preserve with a visitor centre & safari tours with tiger- & elephant-viewing opportunities.Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, India. It has an extent of 344.44 km² with four ranges namely Sulthan Bathery, Muthanga, Kurichiat and Tholpetty. Wikipedia


Kushalnagar is a town on the Kaveri River, in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. South of town, the Buddhist Namdroling Monastery, also known as the Golden Temple, is an ornate structure surrounded by groves of sandalwood trees. To the west are peaceful Chiklihole Reservoir and Dam, framed by forests. Nearby, the Dubare Elephant Camp housesretired logging elephants, as well as crocodiles and leopards.Kushalnagar has a tropical climate, with high temperatures year-round. The peak times to visit are Dec–Jan, when the weather is dry, and Apr–May. Rains can be heavy during monsoon season (Jun–Sep). This is a good time to visit Chiklihole Dam, when water levels rise and the surrounding forests become particularly verdant.

The Monestry in Kushal nagar is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world.
The monastery was established by the 11th throneholder of the Palyul lineage, His Holiness Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche in 1963, following his 1959 exit from Tibet as the second seat of the Palyul Monastery, one of the six great Nyingmapa Mother monasteries of Tibet prior to annexation.

The monastery's full name is Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargyeling, called "Namdrolling or Namdroling" for short. Its initial structure was a temple constructed from bamboo, covering an area of approximately 80 square feet (7.4 m ). Carved from the jungle that the India government generously granted to Tibetan exiles, initial challenges included rampaging elephants and other tropical dangers.

Best Hotel in Coorg
If you are looking for luxury hotels then enjoy Tamara and Orange County .

Orange County has private jacuzzi and swimming pool.

Rating 5/5 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Trip to Pondicherry by Shivangi Sharma

Mocktails and Meditation, is what I would call Pondicherry! As different as that sounds, there’s no other place one can meet both so perfectly.Home to the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Mantri Mandir and the unique experimental community of Auroville, Pondicherry is the perfect weekend getaway for anyone looking for a quiet escape from life. Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial.

On the edge of Bharathi Park, the Pondicherry Museum displays carriages, stone sculptures and bronzes. Tranquil Paradise Beach lies south of town and can be reached by boat. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded in 1926, is a famous spiritual center devoted to integral yoga. Some 8km north, Auroville (City of Dawn) is a utopian community showcasing the Matrimandir structure’s futuristic golden sphere. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an early-20th-century Catholic church, has a neo-Gothic design. An elephant provides blessings at the entrance of Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

Liqour is cheap here compared to other states but do not try to take bottles from here, There is strict checking at the exit tolls. Puducherry has been built by following an excellent town planning idea. The place is better known as White Town.


Sri Aurobindo Ashram

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual community located in Pondicherry, in the Indian territory of Puducherry. Wikipedia

Address: No. 9, Near Junction of Manakula Vinayagar, Kovil Street and Marine Street, White Town, Puducherry, 605002
Founder: Sri Aurobindo
Founded: November 24, 1926
Purpose: Spirituality
Legal status: Foundation Wikipedia
Phone: 0413 223 3604

Rock Beach
Bordered by a street with restaurants, this scenic, rocky beach draws crowds during the evening. You cannot enter into the water but can sit there on the rocks.
Address: White Town, Puducherry, 605001
Phone: 0413 235 8570


The Matrimandir is an edifice of spiritual significance for practitioners of Integral yoga, situated at the centre of Auroville initiated by The Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.Visitors and guests should bear in mind that the Matrimandir is not a 'tourist' site; it is a place for individual silent concentration. You can see the monument from a far point.

Height: 29 m
Opened: February 2008
Town or city: Auroville
Groundbreaking: 21 February 1971
Architects: Mirra Alfassa, Roger Anger

Passes for the Matrimandir Viewing Point can be obtained for free at Auroville's Visitors' Centre, after watching a short introductory video on the Matrimandir.

Timing for issuing of Passes at the Visitors' Centre:
Passes Issued: Mon. to Sat., 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, 9.00 a.m. - 13.00 p.m. only
Sunday Afternoons Closed

Advance booking is required for every concentration in the Inner Chamber or Petal Meditation Rooms. A booking may be made:
  • by calling (0413) 2622204 between 10 and 11.30 am any day except Tuesday or
  • by email to mmconcentration@auroville.org.in from 3 days in advance up to 7 days in advance. Confirmation of such bookings will be done by return mail with booking numbers and other details.

Popular travel months include May, Aug and Dec–Jan. Pondicherry has a tropical climate with warm weather year-round. Jan–Jun is the dry season. The rainy season peaks during the Oct–Dec northeast monsoon. The International Yoga Festival (Jan) offers workshops and demonstrations. Masi Magam (Feb) a Tamil tradition, involves processions with temple idols and ceremonial bathing in the sea. Bastille Day (Jul), a celebration of French culture, has street parades, food and fireworks. The nearest aiport is Chennai.

Pondicherry Warnings and Dangers

Pay attention and respect the culture when in India. Most of the people use Bycyle for their daily commute. You will find women at the age of 60 riding bycyles and that's the culture of pondicherry.

There are many different social norms and taboos here, so research the area you’re visiting and follow these safety tips. Unless on the beaches of Goa, it’s best to dress conservatively. If someone does touch you or becomes aggressive, yell for help and tell the authorities.Carry tissue/toilet paper Some of the hotels do not have it.Always carry your passport with you. Put a sticky note inside with the local telephone number of your consulate.
Do not buy, sell, or use narcotics.Be aware of travel warnings, as some areas are considered unsafe for foreigners.
Never accept a ride if there’s someone accompanying the driver in a taxi or rickshaw. Don’t wear jewelry or carry large sums of money.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Trip to waynad by Shivangi Sharma

Wayanad is a rural district in Kerala state, southwest India. In the east, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a lush, forested region with areas of high altitude, home to animals including Asiatic elephants, tigers, leopards and egrets. In the Ambukuthi Hills to the south, Edakkal Caves contain ancient petroglyphs, some dating back to the Neolithic age.
The town of Sultan Bathery is named after its nearby ancient Jain Temple, which was used as an ammunition battery, or armory, by Tipu Sultan’s army in the 18th century. Wayanad is also known for its trekking routes. The trail to the its highest peak, Chembra, passes a heart-shaped lake en route to the summit. In the district’s western area, Banasura Sagar Dam, built of huge stones and boulders, has created a massive reservoir. Surrounded by hills, the reservoir is dotted with small islands. Nearby, a jungle trek leads to the powerful Meenmutty Waterfalls, where water cascades over 3 steep tiers of rock.


Oct–May is a popular time to visit for trekking, wildlife tours and other outdoor activities. The Wayanad region has a relatively mild climate year-round, though summers (Mar–May) are hot. It has some of the highest rainfall in India, especially during the southwest monsoon (Jun–Sep) and northeast monsoon (Oct–Nov) seasons. The warmer, drier months of Mar–May are known as peak times for viewing animals.

Things to do

Edakkal Caves
Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India's Western Ghats. Wikipedia

Address: Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala 673595
Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Region: India
Phone: 094460 52134

Soochipara Falls
Soochipara Falls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall in Vellarimala, Wayanad, India. It is surrounded by deciduous, evergreen and montane forests. Wikipedia

Address: Wayanad, Kerala 673577
Height: 656′
Phone: 04936 236 111

Banasura Hill 
Banasura Hill is one of the tallest mountains in the Western Ghats of Wayanad district, Kerala, India. The hill is named after Banasura, a mythical character of Indian legends

Karapuzha Dam
Karapuzha Dam located in the Wayanad district of Kerala, is one of the biggest earth dams in India. Karapuzha Dam is located in the greenish and natural regions of Wayanad, Kerala on the Karapuzha River, a tributary of the Kabini River.

Travelling is a thrilling experience and can become an unforgettable one if certain guidelines are kept in mind:

  • All foreign nationals have to pay their hotel bills in foreign currency only, in cash or travelers cheques or credit cards. However, Indian rupees are accepted if supported by a proof of encashment in India of foreign currency or traveller's cheque.
  • Insist on seeing the latest fare chart available with taxi or auto rickshaw drivers and pay accordingly.
  • Don't purchase air/rail/bus tickets through strangers or unauthorized travel agents / tour operators.
  • Beware of unscrupulous shopkeepers.
  • Don't point your finger at any person. It is taken as a sign of annoyance.
  • One must carry proper maps of the places proposed to visit.
  • Women travelling alone should take extra care and don't go to deserted place or go out in dark without a trustworthy escort.
  • Plan a trip. One must plan a trip to South India. It is broadly advised to visit India in the month of October to March. One can acquaint with the cultural and historical heritage, multifaceted and multi - coloured religion and of India.
  • Once your plan to visit Kerala is fixed then, book your hotels in advance. Hotels and accommodations systems are well defined to suit every pocket. Contact a tour operator or a tour guide, who will make your tour easy and comfortable.
  • Be respectful and observant.
  • It is advisable to have travel insurance for theft; loss and medical assistance.
  • Try to avoid unrelenting touts. Always use tourist assistance desk for proper use.
  • It is advisable not to visit places which encourage orthodoxy, social injustice and inhuman practices.
  • Maintain silence whilst visiting any religious places. Footwear is not allowed in any religious places/temples.
  • Stay away from drug or drug sellers. Possession or consumption of these things is illegal.
  • Don't encourage beggars by giving them money or any kind.
  • Mosquito spray is a must you can also keep Odomos cream which is available in medical stores.
  • Do not travel after 7 pm in Waynad, Munnar and Thekkady as the city is carpeted by fog and wild animals may also come out.
  • Keep clothes which cover your body. Avoid shorts and small skirts in public places. Its a land of Saree and Suit.