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  • Religious Experiences at the Dakshineswar Temple

    Posted in India | December 20, 2012
    Dakshineshwar temple or Dakshineswar temple is a temple situated in the state of West Bengal near the city of Kolkata. It is located in a place called Dakshineshwar and is on the banks of the River Hooghly on the eastern side. The Goddess Kali is the presiding deity in the temple and the goddess here is called the Bhavatarini or the one liberates her devotees from the ocean of living. It was a philanthropist who got this temple constructed. This philanthropist Rani Rashmoni was a great devotee of Goddess kali and she got this temple constructed in the year 1855. The temple is popular for being connected to the great philosopher Ramakrishna who was a great mystic here in this part of the world in West Bengal sometime in the 19th century. The  [...]
  • Darjeeling Tours and places to see

    Posted in India | August 17, 2012
    Visit Darjeeling the Queen of Hills in the lovely state of West Bengal in India. Come here and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings and the simplicity of the locals here. Entering this place is traveling back to the times of the British rule. It is literally a Victorian place with the entire town having the most fascinating oriental faces. With the brick chimneys sand the church spires dotting the skyline, Darjeeling is one place where the tourist would get what he asked for. While here visit the Dhoom Gompa which is around 8 kms from the city. There is a very fascinating statue of Maitrayiee Buddha which has been established here. The Monastery with its serene look and calm ambience provides the best in tours here. It has been  preserved  [...]
  • Kumaon – Far from the Madding Crowds

    Posted in India | September 8, 2011
    Kumaon will seem several worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city areas of North India. This is a hilly region in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand, with Tibet on one side and Uttar Pradesh on the other. Kumaon is a destination that is unsurpassed in peace. This is definitely one of the best places to head to if you want to get those batteries recharged. The main reason for Kumaon for being such a rewarding destination is that in spite of the superb natural beauty, there are no crowds of tourists to disturb the peace. Kumaon is filled with natural beauty of a varied kind. There are a number of natural attractions to see here. It is certain that you will return refreshed and rejuvenated to your daily life after a trip to this wonderland. The  [...]
  • Coringa Sanctuary, India

    Posted in India | June 2, 2011
    Coringa Sanctuary is located not far from the Kakinada Port along the Bay of Bengal in the east Godavari. It is in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated at a distance of about seventy kilo meters from Rajahmundry and twenty kilo meters from Kakinada. The sanctuary is known for its reptiles, especially the saltwater crocodiles here. The whole of the sanctuary area encompasses the Godavari River delta. Coringa Sanctuary has more than two hundred and thirty five sq kilo meters of area and is situated in the Mangrove forests part of the delta region. The region was recognized as a sanctuary in July 1978 so that the mangrove forests here can be preserved. The sanctuary is one of the most famous destinations in Andhra Pradesh. It is visited  [...]
  • Qutub Minar

    Posted in India | March 3, 2011
    Qutub Minar is one of the most notable monuments in India, both with respect to history as well as architecture. The monument was built to celebrate the victory of Aibak over the Rajputs and the beginning of the dominance of Muslim rulers in India. It is said that the monument was a  symbol of power, and was built to bring the subjects into submission. The monument is one of the most beautiful specimens of Islamic architecture in India. The minaret is a must visit for all tourists to the city of Delhi. Construction for Qutub Minar began in 1199.It took about twenty years to complete the construction, and the minaret was completed in the year 1219. The Qutub Minar stands at a height of about seventy two and a half meters. The diameter of the  [...]
  • Kanchipuram Temples

    Posted in India | February 17, 2011
    Kanchipuram has been described as the city of a thousand temples. The city is famous for both beautifully crafted silk sarees and its temples. The town is home to a diverse list of temples, and all of these are testimony to the architectural glory and the rich heritage of the Dravidians. The city of Kanchipuram was one of the epicenters with respect to education, religion, culture, textiles and others right since the 10th century AD. The city was occupied by rulers such as the empire of Vijayanagar, Pallavas and Cholas. All these empires and dynasties have left their mark in the culture as well as the architectural styles, which can be seen in the various Kanchipuram temples. Spiritualism is also rich in the city of Kanchipuram, and it is one  [...]
  • Nalanda University

    Posted in India | February 10, 2011
    Nalanda was one of the world’s most ancient universities. It was established in the 5 th century AD. It was a seat of learning located in India, about ninety kilometers to the south of Patna in the state of Bihar. It is located sixty two kilo meters from Bodhgaya. It is said that Lord Buddha had come to Nalanda for a good number of times when he was alive. Nalanda University was a famous learning place for Buddhists in the period between the 5 t h and 12 t h century. Nalanda was a fairly affluent town in the olden days, and had a good number of buildings in the complex. The ruins of the great Nalanda university has been dug up. The ruins spread a good deal of area, but are only part of what the university was. It is accepted by the majority  [...]
  • Vaishno Devi

    Posted in India | January 13, 2011
    Vaishno Devi is one of the most visited pilgrimage locations in India. It is considered as among the holiest pilgrimages, or even the holiest pilgrimage. Vaishno Devi is home to the sacred shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. The deity has devotees from all over the world, as she is famously believed as a granter of wishes, and it is said that as her children, her devotees have to ask but once, and Mata or mother will fulfill it. The temple for Mata Vaishno Devi is housed in a sacred cave in the Trikuta mountain. Trikuta means three peaks, which the mountain has. There are millions of pilgrims that throng the Holy Cave annually. The number of pilgrims or yatris in one year crossed the five million mark recently and is going strong. The devotees  [...]
  • Humayun Tomb: An Extraordinary Experience

    Posted in India | January 10, 2011
    Humayun was Babur’s eldest son. He succeeded Babur at the throne, becoming Mughal Empire’s second emperor. India was ruled by him for a decade. He was overthrown by Sher Shah Suri, who was an Afghan ruler. Safavid ruler’s court served as the refuge for Humayun. On the downside, Humayun could not rule for a long period of time. He died following a fall from the Sher Mandal library’s stairs. Bega Begum was Humayun’s Persian wife. She was also known as Haji Begum. She was responsible for the construction of Humayun Tomb. It was the first structure constructed during Akbar’s reign. Humayun Tomb was built in Delhi in the sixteenth century. The mausoleum was built with the assistance of an architect from Persia, named Mirak Mirza Ghiyuath.  [...]
  • Mohenjo daro: Its Magnificence

    Posted in India | January 1, 2011
    Mohanjo daro is the alternative spelling of Mohenjo Daro. It literally means ‘Mound of Mohan’. Moenjo daro means ‘Mound of the Dead’. Mohenjo daro is a vital site of Indus civilization. It is located in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Indus River’s floodplain lies in close proximity. Mohenjo daro is the largest site when it comes to Indus cities. It is spread over an area of 250 hectares. The town was most probably inhabited between BC 2600 and BC 1900. Mohenjo daro is a well-preserved site belonging to the Indus Valley civilization. Fired adobe brick was used for construction work. The site saw early occupation in 3500 BC. Continuous occupation continued between BC 1700 and BC 1300. With the decline of the Harappan occupation, Mohenjo  [...]