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DEVOTEES PROFFER STRANGE OFFERINGS IN THESE TEMPLES

India is a country of traditions and faith and there are some such temples in India where the style of worship is also unique and those who are worshiped are also different. Do you know that there are temples in our country where strange offerings are proffered as Prasad. So, in this article, we have listed some of the major temples of India where people offer a strange types of Prasad.

BASANT PANCHAMI FEAST

Basant Panchami is a special day of spring. This day falls on the fifth day of Magh Shukla Paksha. The troubles of the harsh winter end and a new enthusiasm arises in the spring. On this day, Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning, is worshiped in homes and schools. The celebration of Basant Panchami is celebrated with enthusiasm throughout India. There are different ways to enjoy this day some people make good food on Basant Panchami, like Saffron-Rich Yellow Rice, Kesari Bhat, Puran Poli, and many other dishes are relished on this day. Let’s have a look at our menu for Basant Panchami 2023.

SPLENDID RURAL AREAS IN INDIA

National Tourism Day is celebrated in India on 25th January. India became independent in the year 1947, a year after that i.e., in 1948, the Tourist Traffic Committee was established. The purpose of celebrating National Tourism Day is to promote the Importance of Tourism and its Impact on the Economy. The theme of National Tourism Day, 2023 is 'Rural and Community Centric Tourism'. So, in this article, we will tell you about some of the beautiful rural areas in India. 

Glaced Start To 2023

As soon as January arrives, everybody starts remembering the celebrations of Lohri, the kite flying on Makar Sankranti, and the sweetness of Pongal. That's why once again we have brought some amazing recipes for each festival just for you. So, without wasting any time let's start cooking. 

WINTER PARTY MENU

The fun of eating in winter doubles, and perhaps this is the reason why people often gain 2-4 kg in winter. Hot parathas, pakoras, halwa such things match the pleasure of sitting in blankets and quilts, watching TV, chatting, and enjoying delicious food. All the things to eat in winter are good, but there are some winter-special dishes that are available only during winter and the pleasure of eating them also comes in winter only. So, here are some recipes that might make your winters fun and tasty.

WINTER MUNCHIES

With the change in the season, there is should be a change in eating habits. Due to this, in the cold where we mostly eat such things, whose effect is hot and the body gets warmth from it. But in summer, on the contrary, eat things that have a cold effect. To keep the body healthy during the winter season, healthy things should be consumed. In such a situation, if you consume Gajak, then it gives a lot of benefits to your health. Gajak is full of nutrients as it is made by mixing jaggery and sesame. So, let’s know the different types of recipes for Gajak.

WARM PLACES IN WINTERS

Sometimes it gets very cold during winter in some parts of India. Many people enjoy winters by visiting hill stations and playing in the snow. However, there are many people who prefer the warmth of the sun and prefer to visit coastal places rather than cooler places. If you also do not like the winter season, then you can go to explore these places which are warm during winter also. Let's have a look at the places that you can visit this winter season.

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS HERE IS HEAVENLY

Christmas is one of the most famous and awaited festivals in India and the world, which is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ with great pomp and show in various cities of India. Christmas is primarily celebrated on 25th December as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Everyone waits for this day regardless of their religion. Though Christmas is celebrated in every nook and corner of India, it is mostly celebrated with great pomp and gaiety in the metropolitan cities of India, Southern and North-Eastern India. Which has become a center of attraction for Christians as well as for a large number of domestic and foreign tourists. If you are also planning to visit this Christmas holidays with your family or friends, then do read our complete article where we have prepared a list of 6 best places for you to celebrate the Christmas holidays in India –

TOY TRAIN TRAVELLING IN INDIA

Traveling on the train is a different fun of its own… We all have traveled on a train in childhood, but have you ever traveled on a toy train? The scenic beauty of dense forests in beautiful valleys, tunnels, and tea gardens are the add-on benefits of traveling on a train. If you are planning to have a holiday somewhere in the near future, then include some places in your holiday list where you can enjoy the toy train, especially for children who enjoy riding in the toy train. Now, you must be wondering which place to choose for traveling in a toy train… no need to worry we have shortlisted some of the best toy train traveling for you. Read the article and book your tickets for the winter vacation.

TRADITIONAL THALIs OF INDIA

People who are fond of food, every day try to see something new on their plate. That's why sometimes they go out because they don't get that taste at home. The Thali of many states is very famous in our country. Today, we are going to tell you about some such plates which are very famous in our country. Like Gujarati Thali, Rajasthani Thali, South Indian Thali, and many more. The plates of these states are different, as the dishes on these plates are also according to the taste of the state.

CRUISE RIDES IN INDIA

Everyone thinks of going on a cruise after watching movies. Many people think of going on a cruise for a holiday. What are you planning for your next trip? Do you want to spend your holidays on the water? If yes, then we have the perfect thing for you! A Cruise! Going on a cruise has slowly become a popular trend among people and if you haven't been on one yet, now is the best time to plan for one! So, let’s tell you about the places where you can travel by cruise in India.

PRIMORDIAL STEPWELLS IN INDIA

India's stepwells, also commonly known as baolis, as the name suggests, are wells with steps descending into them. Stepwells were a common phenomenon in India between the 2nd and 4th centuries, especially in western India, and the Indus Valley Civilization can still be traced in these stepwells. Apart from being a source of water, these famous stepwells of India are also wonderful piece of architecture which was built by the kings at different times. India's magnificent stepwells remain an important part of Indian tourism today, which has become the center of attraction for a large number of Indian and foreign tourists due to its amazing workmanship and beautiful architecture. If you are also fond of traveling and are a lover of ancient art, then you must visit these stepwells. Even today there are about 2000 stepwells in India that have maintained their water but, in this article, we are going to tell you the most famous and historical stepwells of India which are really worth visiting.

TREKKING PLACES IN INDIA

In today's time, adventure sports are becoming increasingly popular among the youth, especially trekking. India is counted among the best trekking destinations in the world. There are many options available for trekking on a low budget. Where you can spend relaxing moments by staying close to nature. Be it Himachal Pradesh or North India, there are many such places where tourists like to go for trekking. In India, where on one side you will see the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, on the other side you will see the plains of the Western Ghats and the rugged plateaus of Goa and Andaman. If we talk about North East, then it would not be an exaggeration to say that this North East part of India is a paradise for trekking enthusiasts. See below the names of some such special trekking places.

SIX GO TO MARKETS FOR WEDDING SHOPPING

A wedding in India is a big event, with functions lasting from three to seven days. Every bride and groom wants everything related to their wedding to be the best. There are many such markets in India, which are considered best for wedding shopping. One can easily find good products at a reasonable price in these markets. So, if you are also looking for a fabulous market for your big day then, we will tell you about such places in India in this article.

MOST SPOOKY PLACES IN INDIA

Many places in India have had tragic deaths and accidents. These include forts, deserted villages, modern and old hotels, schools, libraries, courts, and many other places. Scary incidents started happening in many places like this, due to which these places came to be called Haunted. We have heard many times unimaginable incidents about these places. We remember fairy tales but forget the incidents of ghosts. Today, we are telling you about such scary places in India, where you will start trembling because of their mysteries.

MAGNIFICENT WEDDING DESTINATIONS

Often, we see couples start many types of preparation for their wedding before the engagement, in which the most enthusiasm is about the wedding destination. That's why couples and their families search for the best wedding destination to make the wedding event superior. If you are also looking for the Best Wedding Destination in India to make your wedding special, then let us tell you that there are some such places in India that can celebrate the most special occasion of your life i.e., a wedding. It is filled with charm and incredible grandeur. All you have to do is select one of the best wedding destinations in India according to your wedding theme and choice. So here are some of the most popular wedding destinations which you must choose for your special day!

DELECTABLE CHAATS FROM INDIA

Chaat holds its own importance in Indian street food. You will get to taste many types of chaat such as Aloo Chaat, Papdi Chaat, Fruit Chaat, and the most famous Dahi Bhalla Chaat. They are also easy to make and are well-liked throughout the country. It is believed that the chaat was first made in the royal kitchen of Shah Jahan. According to a story, once when the Mughal emperor fell ill, Hakim asked him to eat light and spicy food for the stomach so that his immune power could increase. After this, chaat was made for the first time. Famous throughout the world, it is made delicious with spices. Many people make it spicy for taste while some health-conscious people also eat it in the form of salad. There are many types of chaat but this time let us tell you the famous chaats available in different states of India.

MYSTERY OF BHIMKUND

Our country India has always been the center of spirituality. Thousands of religious places related to Sanatan culture are present here even today, many of which are hundreds of years old. Many places here are hiding many mysteries within themselves. Today we are going to tell you about such a mysterious pool, which you will also be surprised to hear, we are talking about Bhimkund. The secrets of Bhimkund are such that no one has been able to solve till date. Let's know where is it located and what is the secret behind it which surprises everyone.HISTORY OF BHIMKUNDBhimkund is located in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh state, India. Apart from Bhimkund, this pool is also called Naradkund and Neelkund. This pool is hiding such strange mysteries within itself, which even prominent scientists of the country and abroad have not been able to solve till date. Bhimkund has constantly been the center of attraction for people because of its mysterious reasons, but there is no scientifically solid information available about when and how this mysterious pool was built. However, there are many mythological stories related to its construction. The most popular of these mythologies is a story from the Mahabharata period. It is said that it was built during the time of the Pandavas' exile in the Mahabharata period. During their exile when they were passing through this area, Draupadi felt thirsty. After a lot of searching around by the Pandavas, no water was found. Then Bhima struck the land with his mace and broke many layers of the area, due to which water became visible. But the water source was close to the depth of about 30 feet from the earth's surface. Bhima asked Arjuna to make a path through the pool with his archery skills to reach the water source. Arjuna, on the advice of Bhima, built stairs to get to the pool on the strength of his archery, through which Draupathi could reach the water of the pool. Because Bhima created this pool by breaking the layers of the land with the hit of his mace, that is why this pool was named Bhimkund.Bhimkund is situated between the rocks of the mountain. Its shape is like a mace, as well as its water looks very clear and transparent. There is also a feature of the water of this pool that it is as pure as the water of Mother Ganga and it also never gets spoiled. The most surprising thing about this pool is that its water level has never decreased till date. The researchers tried for years to empty this pool but they did not succeed in it. Its water level does not drop even an inch. Also, Scientists have not even been able to estimate the depth of this pool till date. To find out its depth, scientists associated with Discovery Channel also came with their diving team. Several divers were brought down in this pool to explore its depth. Even after going several meters deep into the water, he could not see the surface of this pool. How deep this pool is, it is not known till date. It is said that this pool gives an indication of any natural calamity coming in India. It is said that before any natural calamity comes, the water level of this pool rises. During the tsunami in the year 2004, the water level of this pool also increased. It is a mystery as to why the water level rises before any natural disaster strikes. Another surprising thing related to this pool is that the dead body of the person who drowned in it is never found. Usually, when a person drowns in water, after some time the body starts floating on the surface of the water, but whoever is immersed in this pool the body has never come out till date.

INESCAPABLE TEMPLES DURING DEEPAWALI

The preparations for the Mahaparva i.e., Diwali are going on in full swing, as on October 24, the festival of Diwali will be celebrated all over the country. Maa Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and happiness and prosperity. Goddess Lakshmi, one of the main deities of Sanatan Dharma, is worshiped in different forms in different parts of the country. According to religious beliefs, worshiping Goddess Lakshmi by visiting the temple, especially on Diwali removes financial troubles and brings happiness and prosperity. There are many ancient and famous temples of Mahalakshmi located across the country which are most visited during Deepawali. So, let's know the importance of some of the most famous temples during the festival of lights.

PERFECT MARKETPLACE FOR DIWALI SHOPPING

The festival of Diwali is about to come and preparations have started across the country. While most of the houses are being cleaned for Diwali, many people are thinking of new ideas for decoration and rangoli. Meanwhile, the most important part of the preparations for the festival is shopping. From clothes, jewellery, diyas, lights, and gifts, there are many things to buy for Diwali. While most people get excited after hearing the name of shopping, it also becomes a headache for some when they do not understand where to go shopping. To remove the headache of finding perfect markets, we have brought 5 such cities in India which are perfect for Diwali shopping. Along with this, we will also tell you where it would be better to shop in these cities. Let's see which are those 5 cities-

FOOD RENOWNED STREETS

There is an extreme craze for food and drinks in India. The variety of dishes served here will not be seen anywhere else. India is full of different types of royal dishes to street foods. Therefore, the dishes made here have got special recognition at the world level. It is not that you will find only Indian food here, but you can also enjoy the special dishes of the world here. Join us in this food safari to know about the special streets of India which are famous for their special cuisines.

OLDEST MOVIE THEATRES

Have you ever thought how difficult it can be for us to live and entertain life without Mobile, Internet, computers, TV, etc? Have you ever wondered how our ancestors used to entertain themselves without any museums, orchestras, or amusement parks? At that time there was minimal choice for entertainment. The most popular of them was Theatre. Indian cinema is very much liked worldwide and is one of the oldest and largest film industries in the world. So, in this article, we will tell you about India's oldest theatres.

GLOBALLY RENOWNED SOJAT'S MEHNDI

Karva Chauth is just around the corner, and every woman likes to apply mehndi for this occasion. So, we thought to tell you about the world-famous Mehndi which is from Sojat city of Rajasthan. Sojat is a town 38 km away from the Pali district headquarters of Rajasthan. It is famous all over the world for its mehndi. From bollywood celebrities to politicians Sojat's mehndi has been applied to the hands of many famous personalities from all over the world. Earlier there was a craze among women for the design of mehndi but now women have become particular about the color of the mehndi produced. Sojat's henna is very appealing to everyone these days. Sojat alone supplies henna to 130 countries. Here the annual turnover of Mehndi is touching 4 thousand crores.Recently, actress Katrina Kaif, who got married, to the actor Vicky Kaushal also applied Sojat’s mehndi on her hands and legs for her big day. Traders say Sojat’s soil has a special kind of pigment. This pigment is responsible for the dark color produced by heena on the hands. In such a situation, the question arises that after all, what is so special in the mehendi of Sojat town of Pali district of Rajasthan that the whole world is its admirer. So, let's answer this question and know what is the specialty of Sojat's henna. 

CELEBRITY OWNED RESTAURANTS

You must have often seen many Bollywood celebrities and cricket players trying their hand at business. Acting and business are two sides of the coin for superstars. Running a hotel is the most preferred occupation among film stars. Many famous Cricket players earn crores of rupees and there are also actors who earn a lot of money not only on the strength of acting but also through other businesses. There are many celebrities who own luxurious hotels in many places including the capital Delhi and the financial capital Mumbai. Usually, not everyone is aware of the ownership of these hotels. If you are a foodie and Bollywood lover, then these few places are perfect for you. Head to these celebrity-owned restaurants and enjoy some great food and who knows you might spot your favourite celebrity here. Don't forget to try these restaurants and luxurious hotels which are owned by some of the famous celebrities.

GAYA - MOST REVERED PLACE FOR SOLEMNIZING SHRADDH

Pitru Paksha is considered very special for Hinduism. The fifteen days of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month are called Pitru Paksha. This time Pitru Paksha started from 10th September. On the days of Pitru Paksha, people perform Shraddh on the death anniversary of their ancestors. It is a religious belief that by performing Shraddh in Pitru Paksha, Pind Daan reaches directly to the ancestors. It is believed that during Pitru Paksha, Yamraj also frees the souls of the ancestors, so that they can be satisfied by living among their descendants on earth and consuming food and water. On the days of Pitru Paksha, people remember their ancestors and perform Pind Daan, tarpan, and charity in their name. It is believed that when people leave their bodies and go away, then for the peace of their souls, Pind Daan and Tarpan are performed in Gaya with reverence. Performing Shraddh in Pitru Paksha is considered important for the peace of the souls of the ancestors. It is said that by giving Pind Daan in Gaya, the ancestors get power and that power helps them to reach heaven hereafter. 55 places across the country are considered important for performing Pind Daan and Shraddh rituals, but the Gaya pilgrimage of Bihar is paramount among them. It is a religious belief that Lord Shri Hari resides here in the form of a father deity. That is why it is also called Pitru Teerth. Due to the importance of Gaya, lakhs of people come here every year to offer Pind Daan to their ancestors. Let us know the reasons behind performing Shraddh Karma in Gaya.   1- Brahma Ji had given a boon to Gayasur, those who donate Pind to their ancestors at this place during the period of Pitru Paksha in Gaya, will get salvation. 2- Dashrath Ji died after Shri Ram Ji went to the forest. During this, Sita Ji had given the body to the phantom soul of Dashrath Ji in Gaya itself. That is why from that time this place is considered paramount for tarpan and pind daan. 3- Knowing the son in Gaya and touching it in the Falgu River leads to the death of the ancestor. 4- By giving the proof of the letter along with the sesame in the Gaya region, the father gets to Akshayalok. By donating Pind here, one gets rid of grave sins like Brahmahatya, Supana, etc. 5- By donating Pind in Gaya one gets the result of Koti Tirtha and Ashwamedha Yagya. Here one can donate Pind to the person doing Shraddh during any period. Also, eating Brahmins here satisfies the ancestors. 6- By shaving before performing Pind Daan in Gaya, one goes to Baikunth, as well as attains work, anger, and salvation. 7- The river Falgu, Tulsi, crow, cow, banyan tree, and Brahmins present in Gayaji testify to the Shraddha rituals performed by them. 8- Mata Sita had done Tarpan in Gaya ji. By donating Pind in Gaya, the soul attains salvation. Hence this place is also called Moksha Sthali. 9- Lord Vishnu himself resides in the form of Pitrudev in Gaya. By performing Shraddh Karma and Tarpan method in Gaya, nothing remains left and the person becomes free from Pitru debt. 10- In Pitru Paksha, those who offer three anjalis of sesame-mixed water to their ancestors, their sins from birth till the day of the tarpan are destroyed.

FOODIES PIT STOP AT INDIAN RAILWAY STATIONS

Traveling by train is so much fun, but at the same time, the fun of this journey gets doubled when you get some better railway station kind of food. Some lip-smacking food can only be found at railway station shops or stalls which you might not find in any other part of the city. Passing through various cities eating diverse types of food at different railway stations of India has its own charm. The food at the railway station is so delicious that people keep licking their fingers. If you have not tasted the food of any railway station, then definitely taste the food of the stations mentioned in this article. So here we are telling you about some of the best food at railway stations of India which you should not miss ever!1. CHOLE BHATURE AT JALANDHAR STATIONSpicy chole with puffed bhaturas coming out of hot oil and some green chillies that’s what we call a full Punjabi meal. A trip to Punjab is incomplete without Tandoori Parathas, Chicken, and Lassi, but once you have tasted the Chole Bhature at Jalandhar railway station, they will be on your checklist from the next time you plan for this trip. 2. KADHI KACHORI AT AJMER STATIONIf you get a chance to go to Ajmer station, then definitely try the famous Rajasthani breakfast - Kadhi Kachori. If you've tasted it before, then for sure you must have loved the taste, but if you're eating it for the first time, you definitely won't be able to stop yourself from tasting this special meal every time you visit Ajmer.

UNMISSABLE 5 GANESHA PANDALS

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated every year with great pomp and enthusiasm. During this, Gajanan is enshrined from the temple in the houses and localities. On Ganesh Chaturthi, the whole atmosphere gets immersed in the devotion of Lord Ganapati. Ganesh Utsav is a 10-day festival, in several cities, the idol of Ganapati is installed, and grand pandals are decorated. During these ten days, Ganpati's cheers are heard resonating everywhere, there is gaiety all over the country with the gusto of the idols of Ganesh Ji. Some people go to Maharashtra for the special Ganesh festival which is celebrated on a large scale in Mumbai. Ganesh pandals will be found all over Mumbai during Ganesh Utsav, people from all over the country come to see these pandals during Ganesh Utsav. If you also want to visit Ganpati, then Maharashtra is the best place for it. Here you can hop to one and then another pandal for Ganpati Puja. Ganesh Chaturthi started on 31st August and will end with Ganpati Visarjan on 9th September. Therefore, one last day you must visit these 5 pandals If you haven’t visited yet.1. LALBAUGCHA RAJAThis is the most famous Ganesh pandal. It started in 1934. This pandal attracts a maximum number of devotees in Mumbai. Every day lakhs of devotees come to this pandal for darshan. Here there are two lines for the devotees, Navas and General Line. The Navas line is for those who wish to worship under the idol of the deity, while the general line is slightly away from the idol.How to reach: This pandal is located on GD Ambedkar Road in Lal Bagh Market, Mumbai. You can get down at Chinchpokli, Curry Road, or Lower Parel station to reach here.2. GANESH GALI MUMBAI CHA RAJAThis pandal is only a short distance away from Lalbaugcha Raja pandal. This pandal was started in 1928. This is one of the most famous Ganesh pandals in Mumbai. It is made every year based on a theme. Here replicas of famous temples of India are made.How to reach: You can get down at Chinchpokli, Curry Road, or Lower Parel station to reach here. The pandal is within walking distance from here.3. KHETWADI CHA RAJAThere are about 13 lanes in Khetwadi where Ganesh Pandal is installed in each street but the 12th street pandal is more famous. A 40 feet high Ganesh idol was made here in 2000. Who was dressed in real gold ornaments? This circle was started in 1959.How to reach: The nearest railway station is Charni Road and Sandhurst Road station. From here you can reach this pandal by walking for 15 minutes or you can take a cab from the station.4. GSB SERVICE KINGS CIRCLE GANPATIIt is also called the Gold Ganesh because the Ganesh idol here is dressed in pure gold ornaments that weigh more than 60 kg. This mandal was started in 1954 by a Brahmin family from Karnataka. A special feature of this mandal is that the Ganesh idol here is made eco-friendly and is made of clay.How to reach: The nearest railway station here is the Wadala station on the Harbor line. From here, this pandal can be reached on foot in about 15 minutes.5. ANDHERI CHA RAJAAndheri cha Raja is as important to Mumbai suburbs as Lalbaugcha Raja has to South Mumbai. This pandal is very famous. Many people come here during the ten days of Ganesh Utsav. The decoration here is unique in itself. Ganpati pandals are decorated here every year since 1966 by the workers of three reputed companies. The idol of this mandala is not that huge but has the reputation for fulfilling wishes. Every year this Mandal has a different theme of its Pandal. How to reach: For the darshan of Andheri Cha Raja, you can either get down at Andheri Railway Station or get down at Azad Nagar Metro Station and go to Andheri Sports Complex.

INDIA'S ICONIC PRE-INDEPENDENCE CAFÉS

It is important to keep moving forward with the times. But it feels good to stay many times, living the old things, memories, and stories. Like an old song that reminds you of those bygone days. Exactly the same thing happens with food. Today different types of restaurants have opened in India, we are also experimenting with new dishes. In the midst of all this, there are still some restaurants that have been serving the same delicious food to people for decades, and after taking a bite, they realize that some things and tastes are beyond time. The older they get, the more delicious their taste becomes. India is famous all over the world for its delicious and wonderful food. Every year many foreign tourists come to visit India and enjoy the variety of cuisines here. And it is said that good food can win anyone's heart. The good thing is that in the matter of food, our country has been winning the hearts of people not for one or two years but for more than 100 years. This proves the fact that such cafes and restaurants located in different cities are serving customers from the time before pre-independence. If research is done, from the smallest cities of the country to the big metro cities, you will find such an old food point everywhere. Today we are telling you about some such restaurants, which are more than 100 years old and serving their classic dishes since the time of pre-independence.1. KARIM’S, DELHI-6Built in 1913, this hotel specializes in non-vegetarian food. There are many such Karims in Delhi but the real Karim is right in front of Jama Masjid near Daryaganj. Vegetarians might find it a bit difficult as Seekh Kebab, Shammi Kebab and Mutton Tikka are the specialties of this place. 2. GLENRIS, DARJEELINGOne of the oldest restaurants in the hill town of Darjeeling, Glenery is over 130 years old. Not just a place for a sumptuous lunch and dinner, Glenery also has a bakery that will make you go crazy over the delicious dishes. This restaurant is on Nehru Road. The most important thing is that the mountains are also visible sitting here.3. LEOPOLD CAFE, MUMBAIThis famous restaurant and bar of Mumbai is 150 years old. This restaurant was also targeted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Here one can still see the marks of bullets protected from terrible attacks. This place is very popular not only among the tourists but also among the local people.4. INDIAN COFFEE HOUSE, KOLKATAThe Kolkata Indian Coffee House is the renowned branch of Indian Coffee House in India. It was earlier named Albert House but after 1947 its name was changed to Coffee House. Started in 1876, some of the famous patrons of this coffee house include Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, and American poet Allen Ginsberg.5. TUNDE KEBAB, LUCKNOWThis 115-year-old place is very famous for kebab lovers in India. If you are fond of eating kebabs, then you must definitely come here once. It was launched in 1905 and it is said that around 125 ingredients are used to make this kebab. It is said that the same spices are used in the kebabs here, which were used a hundred years ago.6. SHEIKH BROTHERS, GUWAHATIPlanned by Sheikh Ghulam Ibrahim in the 1800s, Sheikh Brothers is the most popular restaurant in Guwahati. Starting with bread and biscuits, this restaurant has a wide variety of cookies, cakes and biscuits. It is being run by the third-generation sheikhs. It is said that the Nehru family also used to come here to have food.7. HARI RAM AND SONS, ALLAHABADEstablished in 1890, Hari Ram & Sons is one of the oldest street food shops in Allahabad. The things here are made in pure ghee. Chaat, Palak Ki Namkeen, Masala Samosas, and Crispy Kachori are the famous snacks here.

INDIA'S ONLY ACTIVE VOLCANO

Barren Island is the only surviving volcano in India. Not only this, but Barren Island is also the only active volcano in South Asia. It is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. Barren Island volcano located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is 140 km from the capital Port Blair. It is situated at a distance of North-East. Barren Island, spread over 3 km, is the easternmost island of the Andaman Islands. Baron means barren. Barren, where no one lives. This island has been named after itself, there is no human population living here. The forest here is also negligible. Only a small number of animals and birds have been seen on this island.Records are available about its island from 1787 and since then 11 volcanoes have erupted here. The smoke keeps coming out from time to time, that is, it remains active continuously. However, the last time it erupted was in the year 2016 and lava was coming out for several days. This is the reason that even to go around it needs special permission which has to be taken from the forest department of the island group. Even today, smoke can be seen coming out of it. The waters around Barren Island are reputed to be among the top scuba diving destinations in the world. The water around it is considered very good and safe in the world for learning scuba diving. Due to being near the volcano, corals, lava, and many different types of fish can be seen in this water.

PALACE ON WHEELS IS ALL SET TO RESUME

The Palace on Wheels train is being run for the last 40 years. Started in 1982 this train is India’s first luxury heritage train. The coaches of the train have been constructed in the royal style, which was originally the private railway coaches of the then rulers of Rajputana and other princely states. The coach of the train has been designed keeping in mind the culture and heritage of Rajasthan.Tourism begins in the month of October in Rajasthan. Tourism has suffered a lot in the last two years due to the pandemic. In such a situation, it is feared that more and more passengers will be able to take the vanity of tourism through the Palace on Wheels train.The Royal train - Palace on Wheels, which has been closed since 18TH March 2020 due to Corona, will once again run on the tracks. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) will start the royal train by the end of September. For the very first trip on the train, more than 200 people have booked through RTDC. With this all its seats are full. Now online booking is being done for the next trip on the train.The renovation work of the train is going on which will be completed by 20th September. In such a situation, there is a possibility that this train can be operated in the last week of next month. This train will travel a total of 3,000 kilometers in seven days and eight nights in its journey. During this, passengers will be taken to different tourist places in Rajasthan. The Palace on Wheels train departs from New Delhi Railway Station and covers many heritage places in Rajasthan including Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, and Jodhpur.Apart from luxurious rooms, the Palace on Wheels train also has a spa, bar, laundry, gym, and salon facilities. From simple to deluxe rooms are also present on the train. There are other facilities including internet, TV, etc. Along with Indian food, Rajasthani, Mughlai, Chinese, Thai and Mexican food is also made available to travelers. The fare for a single night of a passenger on the train is fixed at Rs 55 thousand. During the off-season, the charges are close to 43,000. The maximum fare of the same train is Rs 1.54 lakh. Children up to 5 years can travel for free whereas, half of the fare is charged if the child is between 5- to 10-year-old. Lodging and meals are counted in the charges itself. Apart from this, you have to pay a separate fee for other facilities including other facilities like a spa and bar. The Palace on Wheels will be run on the ‘Operation and Maintenance model’ under the Bharat Gaurav Train Policy of the Indian Railways from 2022-23. It will be operated through a private partnership. Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) will get the fixed amount for this, but the ownership of the train will remain with RTDC.

5000 YEAR OLD PHENOMENAL SHIVA LINGA

There are many such temples in India whose history is centuries old. Some temple was built in the Ramayana period and some temple in the Krishna period. For centuries, the land of India has been witnessing many such ancient temples. Even today, in every corner of India, you will get to see wonderful temples of ancient gods and goddesses one by one. One of these ancient temples is Shri Gangeshwar Mahadev. Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple located in the village of Fadum, 3 km from the city of Diu in the Indian state of Gujarat. It can be known from the name of this temple that this temple is completely dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the Shiva Linga in this temple dates back to the Mahabharata period and was built by the Pandavas. According to mythology, when the five Pandavas were in their exile, this temple was built during that time. It is further said that the five Pandavas used to come here every day to worship Lord Shiva. There are five Shiva lingas in this temple, the Shiva Linga installed in this temple is about 5000 years old. The name of this temple comes from the ancient Shiva temples of Gujarat.This Shiva Linga is situated on the rocks of the beach. When the waves of the sea collide with the Shiva Linga every two seconds, its beauty is made on sight. The environment around this temple is so calm that whenever one enters the courtyard of this temple, one can clearly hear the sound of ocean waves. There are five Shiva Lingas in this temple, hence this temple is also known as Panch Shiva Linga. This temple is also known as Seashore Mandir or Beach Temple. The idol of Lord Ganesha, Lord Vishnu, and Goddess Lakshmi is also installed in this temple. The festival of Shiva Ratri is celebrated with great pomp in the Gangeshwar temple, during which lakhs of devotees come to see Mahadev. This temple is considered to be one of the oldest Shiva temples in Gujarat. The festival of Shiva Ratri is celebrated with great pomp in the Gangeshwar temple. Even in the month of Sawan, lakhs of devotees come here to have darshan of Mahadev. The courtyard of this temple is open for devotees from 6 am to 8 pm. You can go here for darshan by train, bus or even by personal car.

THEME PARKS IN INDIA

Theme or Amusement Park means places of entertainment, where children and also elders can have fun. People like to visit places like carnival parks even after getting one holiday in a week, but today we are telling you about such funfair parks where you can spend the whole weekend. If you are also planning to visit the water parks, then you can enjoy the thrill and excitement of these in India. There are hundreds of parks in India that are crowded at all times of the year, but we have compiled a list of some of the best amusement parks in India for you here. So let us take a tour of the famous theme parks of India through this article.

PAW-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS

Every day he waits for you to come from the office. From afar, the horn of the car starts making a recognizable noise and clings to you as soon as you come. When your dog shows so much dedication and love towards you, why should you not caress him in your heart? But when it comes to going somewhere far away, then how difficult is it for you to leave the dog who loves you so much at home? In this way, where your dog is disturbed, at the same time you are also not able to enjoy the roaming. But imagine if it happens that you are allowed to keep your dog with you in the hotel. Not only permission, but the hotel staff should also take full care of his food and comfort. In this way, the fun of your travel can increase manifold. So, we will tell you about some such luxurious hotels in India, where along with the comfort of your family, your dog will also get full care.

HIDDEN GEM OF RAJASTHAN

The Hanuman Mandir of Pandupol is a famous temple located inside the Sariska National Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. In which a huge idol of Lord Hanuman is installed in a calm position. The ancient Hanuman Temple of Pandupol, situated amidst the high ridged hills of the Aravalli range, is one of the most visited places in Alwar. The temple complex is also famous for langurs, macaques, and a variety of birds and for its gorgeous 35-foot waterfall. Pandupol is believed to belong to the period of the epic of Mahabharata. The Pandavas are believed to have spent some years of their lives at Pandupol during their exile. According to another legend, this Pandupol was the place where Lord Hanuman defeated Bhima and curbed his pride.The history of Pandupol Hanuman temple is believed to be 5000 years old, according to the ancient epic- Mahabharata, Bhima struck the mountain with his mace, due to which the way through the mountain came out and the door built on the mountain was established by the name of Pandupol Hanuman temple. According to another story, Pandupol was the place where Lord Hanuman defeated Bhima and curbed his pride. According to an incident from the Mahabharata period, Draupadi had gone to take a bath in the river's reservoir downstream of this valley as per her regular routine. One day, while taking a bath, a beautiful flower flowing in the water came from above in the drain, Draupadi, express great happiness after receiving that flower and thought of wearing it as her earrings. After bathing, Draupadi asked Mahabali Bhima to bring that flower, then Bhima started moving towards the stream, searching for the flower. Ongoing forward, Bhima saw that an old giant monkey was lying comfortably with its tail spread and the path was completely blocked by the monkey.Due to the narrow valley, there was no other way for Bhima to get ahead. Bhima said to the old monkey lying on the way that if he can put his tail out of the way in the reply the monkey said that he’s old age Bhima can go over it, then Bhima replied that he cannot go over his tail rather he should move aside. On this the monkey said that Bhima looked strong, so he can remove his tail. When Bhima tried to remove the monkey's tail, the tail did not move an inch from Bhima. Even after repeated efforts by Bhima the tail of the old monkey did not move then Bhima understood that he is not just an ordinary monkey.Bhima pleaded with folded hands to the old monkey to reveal his true form. On this, the old monkey revealed his true form and introduced himself as Lord Hanuman. Bhima called all the Pandavas there and worshiped the old monkey in a lying form. After this, the Pandavas established the Hanuman temple there, which is today known as Pandupol Hanuman Mandir. Now a large number of devotees reach here every Tuesday and Saturday, the temple is the center of faith of the people. Lakkhi Mela of Pandupol Hanuman Temple is a popular fair of Alwar that fills the Ashtami of Bhadau Shukla Paksha every year. About 50 thousand devotees from Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, and other places come to visit Pandupol Hanuman Temple on the occasion of Lakkhi Mela. If you are planning to visit Pandupol Hanuman Temple, then let us tell you that October to March is considered to be the best time to visit Pandupol Hanuman Temple. Pandupol Hanuman Temple is open for tourists daily from 5.00 am to 10.00 pm.

SPIRITUAL EXPEDITION

India is a country where people of many castes and religions live with great love and brotherhood. India can also be called the Land of Faith. India is a country of diversity, if any country has the most religion in the world, then that’s India. There are many Temples, Mosques, Churches, and Gurudwaras in India which are considered as the most blessed religious places. Residents of India visit these holy places almost every year. Famous religious places and pilgrimages of India are located in the mountains, in the caves, in the rugged forest, and on very inaccessible routes the path of these pilgrimages sites are very inaccessible and surrounded by natural calamities. People also explore these sacred places as tourists, as faith, and also for the purpose of devotion. Everybody should take care of their religious sites and maintain their cleanliness and sanctity, as well as cooperate in maintaining the sovereignty and integrity of India. In every region of India, in every state, in every district, and in every province; you will find some ascetic, sage-saint, math, pant, institution, etc. That's why India is a country of gods and goddesses. Today we are going to give you information about the special pilgrimage places of India through our article.

APPETIZING FOOD OF AMRITSAR

If you are a foodie and fond of traveling, then Amritsar city should be on your top list. Amritsar city is known for the Golden Temple where a large number of people from around the world come here to pay their respect. But apart from this, the tempting food served here makes it more special. Amritsar is situated in the heart of Punjab and is famous among tourists due to its delicious food, not a single tourist who comes here goes without tasting the food here. So if you are also planning your trip to Amritsar, then do try these restaurants and their specialties given below in this article.

THE ANTIQUITY OF GATEWAY OF INDIA

The gateway of India is a historical monument. This gate is located on the beach in Colaba, south of Mumbai. The hotel which is located right opposite of Gateway of India is The Taj Mahal Palace. This monument is located at the port of the Arabian Sea in the Apollo Bunder area of South Mumbai. The height of this gate is about 26 meters (85 ft). It is called the gateway of India for ships, boats, etc. coming from the sea route of the Arabian Sea. This gate was used as a welcome for the guests coming from the west. There is also a facility of ferry service for the tourists here for sea excursions. Your trip to Mumbai is incomplete without a photograph with the Gateway of India in the background. It is one of the highly visited tourist places in Mumbai. The foundation stone of the Gateway of India was laid by the Governor of Bombay. It was built in memory of King George V and Queen Mary on 2 December 1911 on the occasion of their arrival. It was completed in the year 1924. It has 4 minarets and a fine mosaic carved on stones. Only about 21 lakh rupees were spent on the construction work of its dome. Yellow stone was used to build the entrance. Its construction is a unique example of the architecture of both cultures. The Gateway of India is built towards the vast Arabian Sea and is connected to Marine Drive, another attraction of the city of Mumbai. It is a road that runs parallel to the sea. This grand monument is visible at night; its huge reflection can be seen in the seawater. People from all over the world come to see it because it reflects the culture of Mumbai city. The Gateway of India is a unique example of a historical and modern cultural environment. You can come here any time of the year. But the time between November to March is the best time to experience the atmosphere here. The weather in Mumbai is more pleasant during these months. The Gateway of India is open throughout the week and month. There is no ticket or fee to go here. Gateway of India opens at 7 am and closes at 5.30 pm. This place is generally famous for its fascinating photography, good places to visit, and its history.

TOUR OF INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE FORMS

India is one ethnically affluent nation, where approximately every state has its personal language, cuisine, music, and dance forms. During the prehistoric era in India, art has been described as essential for man. Indian art and culture have an approximately miraculous value as it conveys you to a bygone period and creates every prospect to come lively. India has millennium-aged customs of conventional dance forms. It has been an affluent and antique ritual in India ever since its primeval days. Long-established dance is executed by amalgamating expressions and premises from communal survival and awareness. Lord Shiva is called 'Nataraja' i.e. sovereign of all dances who balance existence and bereavement and all this happens in harmonious cycles in the universe. So let's share some knowledge about classical Indian dances.

Highest Rainfall Places in India

India is a country where every year, the weather changes with the time. In some parts of the country, there is snowfall and winters most of the month in a year, then in some areas, there is also severe heat and in some months India receives heavy rainfall with the arrival of the monsoon. Rainfall is not the same everywhere in India. According to the nature of nature, it rains a lot in some places, while some other parts are facing drought.One of the most beautiful gifts of nature is rain, on which more than half of the people of the country depend. It would be surprising to know that there is such a place in India, where it rains the most in the world. Due to its vast geographical location, nature has given some places where it rains a lot. Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Kerala, and Karnataka are mainly known for the highest rainfall in India. Due to excessive rain, the natural environment in these areas becomes very beautiful; there is always greenery all around. The life of the people living in rainy places depends a lot on the climate there. In places like Masinram and Cherrapunji, where the weather is always humid, the clothes, food, and work of the people are completely different from those living in the desert. It rains continuously in these parts. Because of this, there is no possibility of farming here. That is why everything here comes from other villages and cities. The goods here are sold by wrapping them in plastic and drying them with a dryer. Here people always keep umbrellas made of bamboo with them. People wear raincoats to go to work. So let's see which are the wettest places in India.

INDIA'S MOST MAGNIFICENT HOTELS

India is known for its history, culture, tradition, and natural beauty. This country is considered a symbol of grandeur and vastness. The country boasts of royal architecture and heritage as well as many luxurious hotels. Which meets the needs of every traveler and customer. You must also experience these hotels at least once in your life, but before that definitely check your pocket. Known for its many beautiful things, but what makes the most of the beauty of this country are the luxurious and expensive hotels or palaces here, whose one night rent is so much that you can plan a foreign trip with your entire family. Our country, famous all over the world for its beauty, is no less than heaven. The hills, valleys, lakes, beaches, etc. add to the beauty of this country. The craze of tourists in India can be gauged from the fact that more than 10 million foreign tourists come here annually to visit. In this glory, the most expensive hotels of India are included; whose one day rent is so much that humans can fulfill their Maldives dream. But along with being expensive, what is a luxury, you can get an example of it only and only in these hotels. So let us tell you about the most expensive hotels in India. 

BLUE FLAGGED BEACHES IN INDIA

Many times people say that India has very dirty beaches, garbage is spread everywhere. But did they know there are some amazing beaches that have qualified the iconic Blue Flag tag? Yes, there are ten such wonderful beaches in India. So, without wasting time let's get to know about all this.

FIROZABAD - THE BANGLE CITY

The colorful and the tinkling of glass bangles reminds us of Firozabad city which is located on a stretch of about 47 km from Agra and around 260 km from Delhi. Recognized as the glass city of India and the city of bangles – Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh has been manufacturing glass bangles for more than 200 years. Put together by Tughlaq king, Feroz Shah Tughlaq this city is prominent for bangles and several other glass objects like glasses, vases, and even the headlights of vehicles. Firozabad is the leading manufacturer of glass bangles in the world and is a family trade with conventional procedures being conceded from generations. Glass-making is a family skill here as the people earn their daily bread from bangle-making for ages. 

PLAN YOUR ROAD TRIP ON AIR STRIP

Ever noticed a cemented patch on the Agra-Lucknow expressway with markings on both sides when you start nearing Lucknow? Not known popularly, this happens to be an expressway airstrip that can be utilized for emergency landing of all types of aircraft. Do you know India is one of the few countries across the world to have more than one highway strips? Well, yes this is not a common fact known about India which indeed is a reason to be proud of. Want to know more? Read on further to know about details.

Gems of Maharashtra

Waterfalls, ancient forts, ChhatrapatiShivaji, lavani, Bollywood, skyscrapers, busiest railways and appetizing Maharashtrian delicacies define Maharashtra. Maharashtra is one of the most developed states in India contributing 25% in the industrial output of the country. The state has a long coastline that stretches for nearly 530 kms along with the length of the Arabian Sea. Maharashtra shares its borders with Daman towards its north and Goa in the south.

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On August 5, the foundation of the new Ram Mandir will be laid after the religious worshipping of the land by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The entire city of Ayodhya is decorated and preparing for the day it has long awaited, to finally see lord Ram being seated at his birthplace in a beautiful temple. On the occasion, the internet is flooded with pictures of how the Ram Mandir would appear once fully constructed. Come have a look...

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Lockdown was not al bad for most of us, it gave us book worms some time to check a number of books of our reading bucket list and also revisit our favourite ones. They have also been a constant companion to provide us with an imaginary escape from the insides of your homes to far and unexplored lands sharing an adventurous, fun and romantic journey with the leads. But we do miss strolling around the bookstore and buying some books and promising others that they'll be coming home with us the next time.Earlier I shared with you a list of travel based books to take you on a journey in our heads during the lockdown and now I am back with a list of 6 six bookstores in India that have a stock of the rarest books you won't even find in the big named stores.

Story of Kedarnath Temple: History, Architecture and more...

In 2013, a cloudburst caused an unprecedented flood in the valley of Rudraprayag that washed away the entire valley except for the temple, which made the people marvel at its architecture. A large rock among the debris acted as a shield of the temple in the flood and the temple suffered no major damage except a few cracks on the four walls. The Kedarnath temple is one of the Chhota Char Dhams of the Hindu pilgrimage. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

Goa reopens for domestic tourists, rules you must know

Interstate travel has been permitted by the Central government of India and a number of states are reopening their borders to welcome domestic travellers and restart tourism in their state. Goa is also a part of this list. The favourite beach destination of Indians is open to welcome them. The state government of Goa has announced the reopening of the state for domestic travellers from today, July 2, 2020. Tourism is the main revenue generating industry of the state and this news has come as a great relief to it. The people associated with the industry are prepared to welcome back tourists to the state. The state government has offered permission to 250 hotels to resume operations.

The tales of the haunted Dumas Beach of Gujarat

When talking of horror destinations in India, the places that come to our mind are Bhangarh and Kuldhara in Rajasthan and Agrasen ki Baoli in Delhi. But that is not it. A rarely known tale among the horror destinations in India is the Dumas Beach in Surat, Gujarat.  A beautiful beach by the day becomes a deserted horror after sunset. The beach offers an excellent view and is famous among tourists who know about it. But there is something eerie about it and you can feel it there even during the day. No one dares to stay at the beach at night and if anyone ever does they don’t ever come back or are too horrified to tell the tale.

Khajuraho Temples: History, Architecture and More

A proof of culture that survived civilisations and still stands with pride denoting the rich culture of our ancestors. A well-known cluster of temples, where tourists from far and wide come to admire a form of architecture that is different from the conventional temple designs. A structure that depicts human emotions and aesthete in a story sewed together through beautiful carvings. About 50 km from the Chhatarpur city in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a complex of 85 temples out of which only 25 were able to stand the test of time. These temples are dedicated to two religions Hinduism and Jainism.

Wonders of India: Temples to leave you in awe

In the words of the famous historian E.H. Carr “History is a dialogue between the present and the past.” History takes us back in time and lets us know and experience the past. History is an important part of the culture of a nation, and a country like India that is so culturally diverse, history is the most valuable treasure and also its glory.  The ancient architecture of India has attracted gallivanters and aesthetes from all over the world and earned the sobriquet “the land of mysteries.” We have searched the land far and wide to bring you such temples that have an intriguing history and captivating architecture, that would send you in a reverie.

Ancient but Inhabited Cities of India

India is a land of extraordinary diversity. A country with lots of secrets. The place that never misses surprise you and in no amount of time will allow you to fully know this. India is not only a land of historical places, monuments and cultures but also show the evolution of human civilisation over the years. Why not visit these cities and find out yourself? 

Feel the Threads of Silk in these Cities

‘The woven traditional poem’, for me, the phrase captures the essence of a silk saree. As a child, wearing mom's silk saree was one of the best feelings. Even today, my love for them remains the same. It is probably not wrong to say that they are the first love of many women. Interestingly, the history of silk sarees is as rich as the silk sarees themselves. The love for silk among the people in India is not new, and every region here has their own way of weaving them. So, we bring you 10 places in India popular for the uniqueness of the silk found there.

Destination Wedding: The New Trend of India

Weddings are a lifetime memory for the two who tie the knot, and so they want it to be perfect. A big fat wedding is not new in Indian society but the young couples have made it bigger and fatter by bringing in the trend of destination weddings. So, if you are planning the same yourself, here is a short list of top destinations in India you can pick from. Read on and choose the place that suits you best. 

Destinations in India for a Perfect Romantic Escapade

Holding hands, some would love to walk on a moonlit beach with their partner… some would like to dance by a bonfire in the lap of cold deserts… some would like to cuddle in a warm blanket on snow-clad mountains… Yup, Valentine’s Day is around!! You might have thought of being in Paris or Sydney. But why go that far when all you need is right here… here in your own land - India. Yours is the only country in the world that is a confluence of four different physiographic regions, from desert to green forests, from mountains to seas, you can find it all here. This Valentine feel the warmth of love with the 14 destinations you can choose from for your perfect romantic escapade.

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