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INDIAN SUMMER DESI DRINK RECIPES

Explore the vibrant world of Indian summer desi drinks in this refreshing article. From the tangy delight of aam panna to the soothing sweetness of meetha sattu ka sharbat, discover 3 diverse recipes celebrating India's rich culinary heritage. Beat the heat and tantalize your taste buds with these homemade concoctions!

TOP 6 MOSQUES IN INDIA TO VISIT DURING RAMADAN 2024

During the holy month of Ramadan, exploring the spiritual significance of mosques is a cherished tradition for many. Among the top five mosques to visit, the Jama Masjid in Delhi stands as an architectural marvel, hosting thousands for prayers and feasts. Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi offers a serene retreat, renowned for its Sufi music sessions. Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, located amidst the Arabian Sea, offers a breathtaking view and a sense of tranquility. The Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad showcases exquisite Mughal architecture and welcomes devotees with its grandeur. Let us explore some of the must-visit mosques of India to visit during Ramadan 2024.

MOST PICTURESQUE TRAIN ROUTES OF INDIA

India boasts some of the world's most breathtaking scenic train routes, offering travelers a remarkable blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and historical charm. From the lush tea plantations of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway to the snow-capped peaks of the Jammu-Baramulla Railway, each journey unfolds a mesmerizing tapestry of landscapes. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway winds through the verdant Nilgiri Hills, while the Kangra Valley Railway showcases the serene beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Whether traversing coastal vistas from Kanyakumari to Trivandrum or marveling at the engineering marvels of the Konkan Railway, these routes promise unforgettable experiences that immerse travelers in the rich tapestry of India's diverse terrain and heritage. Let us explore some of them in our today’s article.

IFTAR DELIGHTS

The holy month of Ramadan has started. This month, which starts from March 24, is very sacred for the Muslim community. The month of Ramadan is sometimes 29 days and sometimes 30 days. People of the Muslim community keep fast in this month. The fast begins with Sehri in the morning and is broken with Iftar in the evening. Fast is usually broken by eating dates during Iftar. Also, people have Iftari with each other during this time. If you are also looking for some different and tasty dishes for Iftari, then we will tell you about some amazing recipes, which you can include in your menu.

EXPLORE ASIAs LARGEST TULIP GARDEN IN SRINAGAR

Great news for those tourists who are planning to visit Kashmir and are currently roaming in the beautiful valleys of Kashmir. Asia's largest tulip garden is about to open in Srinagar. Every year in March, lakhs of tourists reach Srinagar to see the colorful tulips blooming in this garden. This garden is a must-visit place for tourists visiting Kashmir during summer season. The full name of Tulip Garden is Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, which was earlier known as Siraj Bagh.The doors of the Tulip Garden will be officially opened for tourists on 23rd March. It has been told by the officials that this year 5 new types of tulip flowers will be seen in the Tulip Garden. This means that this year tourists will be able to see a total of 73 types of tulip flowers in the garden. In this garden spread over an area of 55 hectares, trees have been grown this year from 17 lakh tulip bulbs, in which the brightly colored tulip flowers blooming fascinate every tourist who comes here. However, now not only tulips but also many other types of flowers like daffodils, muscari, cyclamen, and most especially cherry and white blossoms make the Tulip Garden along with all the other gardens of Srinagar seem buzzing. This garden was prepared in the year 2007. Initially, 50,000 tulip bulbs were imported from Holland. Gradually its popularity among tourists kept increasing.Srinagar's Tulip Garden is a major stop for the large number of tourists visiting Kashmir during spring and early summer. Last year, a record 3.65 lakh domestic and foreign tourists visited the Tulip Garden. In the year 2022, 3.6 lakh people had come to the Tulip Garden to see these brightly colored flowers closely. It is better to plan to visit the Tulip Garden at least 2-3 days after its opening. Even though the garden is opened for tourists after a good number of tulip flowers bloom, it takes another 2-3 days for these flowers to bloom completely. Therefore, if you go 2-3 days after the garden opens, you will not only get the best view but will also be able to click good photos. These flowers take some time to wither. Therefore, there is no need to panic too much thinking that the flowers will wither immediately after blooming.The doors of the Tulip Garden are open for tourists from 8 am to 7 pm. However, sometimes the timing of the opening and closing of the garden also depends on the number of tourists coming here. Last year, an entry fee of ₹60 was charged for adults and ₹25 for children. The famous Tulip Garden of Srinagar is located at a distance of 22 km from the airport, 18 km from the railway station, and just 8 km from Lal Chowk. A large number of autos and e-rickshaws run in Srinagar, which will take you to the Tulip Garden. You can buy tickets from the ticket counter by paying the entry fee.

6 RAIL MUSEUMS IN INDIA YOU NEED TO VISIT

Rail museums in India offer a captivating journey through the annals of railway history, making them essential destinations for enthusiasts and history buffs alike. With a network stretching back to 1853, when the inaugural train chugged between Mumbai and Thane, Indian Railways has witnessed remarkable transformations, preserving relics that narrate its remarkable saga. From iconic locomotives to vintage carriages, these museums offer a window into the evolution of transportation in India. The significance of these museums lies not only in their vast collections but also in the stories they tell. Each artifact speaks volumes about the ingenuity, perseverance, and technological advancements that have shaped India's railways over the centuries. Let’s explore the most famous six rail museums of India.

INDIAN FILTER COFFEE GRABS SECOND PLACE IN TASTEATLAs TOP 38 COFFEES WORLDWIDE

Recently, TasteAtlas, a food and travel guide platform, released its list of the 'Top 38 Coffees in the World,' with Indian filter coffee claiming the second spot. Praised for its aromatic flavor, Indian filter coffee appeals to people of all ages, offering a unique experience cherished by many. Known for its ability to invigorate, coffee enthusiasts often turn to it for a revitalizing boost. Topping the list is 'Cuban Espresso,' followed closely by 'South Indian Coffee' securing the second position.

FIVE ANIMAL INSPIRED LANDMARKS OF INDIA

India's geographical landscape is adorned with a plethora of locations named after animals, reflecting the country's rich biodiversity and cultural heritage. From majestic mountains to serene rivers and bustling cities, these toponyms offer glimpses into India's fauna, folklore, and natural beauty. Whether it's the regal Tiger Reserves, the tranquil Elephant Sanctuaries, or the vibrant Bird Sanctuaries, each place carries with it a unique story of conservation, coexistence, and cultural significance. These names not only honor the nation's diverse wildlife but also serve as reminders of the intrinsic connection between humans and the natural world. Through exploration and preservation, these animal-inspired locations continue to captivate visitors, instilling a sense of wonder and appreciation for India's incredible natural heritage. As stewards of these landscapes, it is our responsibility to protect and cherish these treasures, ensuring that future generations can continue to marvel at the splendor of India's animal-inspired destinations. Let’s explore 5 animal-inspired landmarks of India.

DRAPED IN CULTURE

Saree hardly needs any introduction. It has been worn by Indian women for centuries. A saree is a long and rectangular piece of cloth that can be draped around the body in many ways and is capable of giving a beautiful look to any woman. It is worn on special occasions like weddings, festivals, and religious occasions. But in many places, it is also worn as daily wear. There are many types of sarees in our country, which have the specialties of different states. If you do not know anything special about regional sarees and want to know, then this article is only for you. Indian regional sarees represent the unique culture, tradition, and heritage of different regions. Every state in India has its distinct style of saree, which makes this saree unique. Regional sarees are often made using traditional techniques and materials specific to the area, making them an important part of India's rich cultural heritage. The earliest evidence of sarees can be found in the Indus Valley Civilization, which existed from approximately 3300 BCE to 1300 BCE. It is believed that women of that time used to wear draped clothes, which were similar to the modern saree. With time, the saree also changed. During the Mughal era, which lasted from the 16th to the 19th century, sarees became more beautiful and decorated with embroidery, sequins, and other embellishments. Mughal influence can still be seen in some popular sarees like Banarasi and Chikankari sarees.

SIGNIFICANCE AND RITUALS OF SAKAT CHAUTH

This year the fast of Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi will be observed on 29 January. It is considered one of the important festivals in the Hindu religion. Let us tell you that it is known by the names Tilkut Chauth, Tilkut Chaturthi, Sankata Chauth, Sakat Chauth, etc. According to the calendar, the festival of Sakat Chauth falls on the Chaturthi date of Krishna Paksha of Magh month. This fast is observed to protect children from all calamities. According to all the Muhurta texts, to complete this fast as per the rituals, there is only one rule there should be a coincidence of moon rise and Chaturthi. On this day, there is a tradition of worshiping Lord Shri Ganesha and fasting. Moon worship also has importance in this fast. There is a tradition of breaking the fast by offering Arghya to the moon after moonrise at night, only then the fast of Sakat Chauth is considered complete.

UNESCO INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF INDIA

The UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List seeks to raise national and international awareness of several intangible cultural heritage aspects from different Indian states as well as to ensure their protection. When the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage entered into force in 2008, UNESCO prepared a representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. This article will provide you with all the important information on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List such as the meaning of intangible cultural heritage and the complete list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in India. 

Lakshadweep Bliss: Exploring the Serene Beauty, Must-Visit Places and Essential Tips

The vast history, unexplored islands, clear blue waters and glistening sandy beaches of the Lakshadweep islands have always piqued the interest of tourists. Still, the recent visit to the enthralling destination by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fueled the fire. More people, previously unaware of the mesmerizing views of this destination are wishing to replicate a few of those viral shots of the Prime Minister. The archipelago consists of a group of 36 islands with only 10 being inhabited. And even if not all 36 of these mysterious islands welcome tourists, the ones that are explorable are enough to make your journey full of fun and adventure. We have filtered out some of the top destinations in the region that will leave you captivated with their indefinable beauty.

KAAS PLATEAU REOPENS ITS SAFARI AFTER SIX MONTHS

Kaas Plateau, located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, is a UNESCO heritage site. Its beauty and magnificent biodiversity can fascinate anyone. So far, about 624 rare species of flowers have been discovered all over the world. It is claimed that out of these, about 39 species are found only in the Kaas Plateau. Especially between June and October, when the monsoon is in full swing, the entire area of the Kaas Plateau keeps changing its color every 15-20 days. More than 850 flower species are found in the Kaas plateau region. Among these, many types of flowers are not found anywhere else in the world.Kaas Plateau is a very picturesque place located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Satara, 37 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar, and 50 kilometers from Panchgani. Because of its natural beauty and biodiversity, UNESCO declared it a World Natural Heritage Site in 2012. Situated about 140 kilometers from Pune, this plateau blooms with spectacular flowers in August and September. More than eight hundred species of flowers are found here. This plateau is spread over an area of approximately one thousand hectares.The Kaas Plateau is adjacent to the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. There is also a gorgeous lake here. There is hardly three cm thin soil on this plateau. There is a stone beneath it. It rains a lot here. Because of the crowd, the government has fixed the number here at three thousand per day. The flowers and other species of plants found here are very valuable. It is also known as the Valley of Flowers. There are many types of vegetation on this plateau and Kaas Lake, which are not found anywhere else. A large number of botanists are seen here. From the tourism point of view, September-October is considered best here.Agarkar Research Institute, established as an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Center for Earth Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram, made the sediments of a lake located here the focus of its research to understand the past climate of the Kaas Plateau. This involved the dating of sediment profiles spanning eight thousand years. This dating has given many indications of climate change.After being closed for the last several months, Kas Pathar Day Safari located in Satara district of Maharashtra has again been opened for tourists. Let us tell you, that the Kas Plateau of Maharashtra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is very popular among tourists. Kaas Plateau Day Safari has been closed since last June and has been reopened after about 6 months. According to information received from media reports, there was a huge loss of income due to the closure of Kas Plateau Day Safari, regarding which the Kas Plateau Executive Committee had also expressed its concern. The resumption of Kaas Pathar Day Safari also provides new employment opportunities to the local people. It is said that only because of the day safari, about 20 youths of the surrounding area get employment. The work of these youth includes wildlife control, maintenance of artificial water holes, night patrolling, and curbing incidents of illegal hunting, etc.

FIVE INCREDIBLE DESTINATIONS TO EXPERIENCE SNOWFALL IN INDIA

What better way to ring in the New Year in 2024 than to travel to some of northern India's most stunning snow-capped locations? There are many beautiful tourist places in Northern India where the sight of snowfall is worth seeing. Tourists come to these places especially to enjoy snowfall and have fun. Vacationers love snow-related sports and activities at these places with the highest snowfall in India. If you also want to know about the tourist places where snowfall occurs the most in India, then do read our complete article in which we are going to tell you about the top 5 five incredible destinations to experience snowfall in India.

MUST TRY CUISINES OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR

Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Jammu and Kashmir is a paradise, not only in terms of the landscape but also in terms of its delicious cuisine that makes one lick one's fingers. Everyone should not only visit Kashmir but also enjoy the food of Jammu and Kashmir once in their life. The cuisine of Kashmir is diverse and flavourful, with not only the influence of the Mughals and Arabs but also the style of Kashmiri Pandits in many of the dishes. If you are crazy about non-vegetarian food, then the state of Jammu and Kashmir will attract you more than vegetarians because there are more than 30 non-vegetarian dishes in Kashmir. However, this does not mean that Kashmir cuisine has nothing for vegetarians. If you want to know about the food of Jammu and Kashmir or the famous food of Jammu and Kashmir, then definitely read this article of ours where we have prepared a list of vegetarian food and non-vegetarian food of Jammu Kashmir for you.

CELEBRATIONS OF GALDAN NAMCHOT IN LADAKH

The average person living in Ladakh has a very normal life, and festivals throughout the year are just a break for them. Ladakh is known for the Buddhist festivals held there. One of these festivals is the Galdan Namchot Festival, which takes place in all the monasteries of Ladakh. The main reason for the event is to honor the birthday of Tsongkhapa, the Tibetan scholar who founded the Gelugpa school of Tibet in the 14th century. The date of this festival varies from year to year depending on the Tibetan calendar but it is celebrated in December. During this festival, all the apartment buildings and monasteries are illuminated with bright lights, which makes it special. This festival is the first event of the year, and it runs up to the Dosmoche Festival. The people of Ladakh also prepare traditional dishes during this festival. This is a famous part of the festival. The most important among these traditional food items is Thukpa. It is a soup made from lamb with vegetables and noodles. During these days, family and close friends come to meet each other and people are very happy.

DETAILED GUIDE FOR THE INDIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR 2023

This world trade fair is being organized by the India International Trade Fair (IITF), which will run from 14 to 27 November at the Bharat Mandapam located at Pragati Maidan in the capital Delhi. The fair was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Anupriya Patel and Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Somprakash. This time the 42nd edition of this fair is being organized, the theme of which is based on ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. 3,500 participants from India and abroad including 25 states along with 13 countries are participating in this fair. The partner states of this fair are Bihar and Kerala. The focus states are Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

ROYAL PALACES CONVERTED INTO LUXURY HOTELS

There is a lot of craze for destination weddings in India. Most of the couples are following this trend. People are making Shimla, Goa, or other famous tourist places their wedding destination. Well, there are many finest hotels in India which are also preferred for weddings. Getting married here is considered everyone's dream. Recently, Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra and politician Raghav Chadha got married at Leela Palace in Udaipur. There are many such hotels where destination weddings are being organized. These places which were once palaces have been converted into hotels. So today let us tell you about such hotels in India which have become excellent wedding destinations.

FULL GUIDE TO PUSHKAR FAIR

The best season to visit Rajasthan is winter. When the weather here is favorable for traveling, many types of festivals are also organized here during this time. There are many places like Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Bikaner, that you can plan to visit. These places are not only beautiful but also have their unique specialty. Eating, shopping, royal pomp and show, every kind of enjoyment will be available here. Currently, the Pushkar fair is going on in Ajmer, Rajasthan. Pushkar fair, which started on 18th November, will continue till 27th November. During this time, you will get to see many other programs. If you are thinking of going somewhere out of the city during the weekend, then Ajmer will be the best. Here Shilpgram is being decorated on a Rajasthani theme. Every day people from far and wide will come here to see Kalbeliya and Terhtali dance. This time Pushkar fair is going to be more special.  By coming to this fair, you can not only enjoy the folk dance and music here but can also enjoy the childhood games like Sitauliya, Langdi Tang, Gilli-Danda, and Kabaddi. Rajasthan is famous all over the world for its handicraft items, so there is a handicraft market at this fair, from where you can buy many beauty items ranging from home decoration to daily use. Lagaan style cricket match will be organized on 22nd November. There will also be a mustache competition on the same day. Which is a different level of enjoyment. People come here with long, different-styled mustaches and take part in the competition. There will also be a competition for tying turban. Horse dance will be the most special attraction. Camel decoration and dance competition will be organized on 23rd November. Apart from this, you will be able to enjoy the cultural show of Rajasthan. You can also enjoy hot air balloons by coming to the fair. The distance of Pushkar from Ajmer in Rajasthan is just 11 kilometers, where the Pushkar fair is organized every year. Let us tell you that the history of this fair is about 100 years old. Like every year, this time the surrounding villagers will celebrate the rich Hindu culture here by performing religious rituals, folk music, and dance. If you go by train from Delhi to see the Pushkar Fair, then you can see the entire fair at a cost of up to Rs 5,000. This includes ticket and traveling expenses. To stay in Pushkar, lodges or hotels are also available at low cost. Here you can reach Ajmer by bus and then further to Pushkar. Buses are also available here from many cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur, and Jodhpur. If you are planning to come by flight then Kishangarh Airport is the nearest airport here.

RELEVANCE AND RITUALS OF CHHATH PUJA

The excitement of Chhath Puja is visible everywhere, everyone is now busy preparing. This great festival of worship of Chhathi Maiya and Suryadev is of special importance. Chhath has special significance in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Chhath festival lasts for four days, it starts with bathing and eating and ends by offering Arghya to the setting and rising sun. It has a deep impact on common life also. Every wish is fulfilled by worshiping the Sun god. The Chhath festival celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Shashthi is called 'Chaiti Chhath' and the festival celebrated on Kartik Shukla Paksha Shashthi is called 'Kartiki Chhath'. Chhath Puja is especially done for children. Chhath Puja is also called the great festival of faith because it is necessary to have faith to worship continuously for 36 hours, and devotees get this faith only from Chhathi Maiya. It is believed that Chhathi Maiya is pleased by worship done with a true heart and fulfills all the wishes of those observing fast. Chhath Puja is mentioned in many texts including Mahabharata. There are many stories about its origin, which show its importance. Let’s know Why and How the Chhath festival is celebrated. According to the Puranas, a king named Priyavrata had no children. For this he made every effort, but to no avail. The king had made up his mind to commit suicide. Then Goddess Shashthi appeared in the dream and asked for Surya worship. The king did the same and had a child. After this, the king announced to celebration of this festival in his kingdom.

DILLI KI DIWALI

Every year everyone eagerly waits for Diwali. In the year 2023, Diwali will be celebrated on Sunday, 12 November 2023. The five-day-long festival of lights starts from Dhanteras and continues till Bhai Dooj. In Hindu religion, the festival of Diwali is celebrated on the new moon day of Kartik month. It is said that on Kartik Amavasya, Mother Lakshmi comes to earth at night and wanders from house to house. This is why on the day of Diwali, houses and courtyards are illuminated by lighting lamps all around. According to religious texts, on the day of Diwali, Shri Ram returned to Ayodhya with Mother Sita and Lakshman after conquering Lanka and completing 14 years of exile. On this day, lamps were lit all over India including the city of Ayodhya to welcome Shri Ram of the King of Ayodhya. From this day Diwali started being celebrated every year on Kartik Amavasya. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped by lighting houses and praying for happiness, prosperity, and wealth. The festival of Diwali is celebrated for five days, it starts with Dhanteras, Narak Chaturdashi on the second day, Diwali on the third day, Govardhan Puja on the fourth day and Bhai Dooj festival is celebrated on the fifth day. Every day has its own importance. For five days, lamps are lit in the house and courtyard, and happiness is celebrated. The festival of Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. The festival of Diwali is starting tomorrow, and for this, people have started preparing in advance. On this occasion, people often have to buy a lot of things. In such a situation, everyone has only one question where to buy cheap and good goods. Because on Diwali, everyone's priority is from decorating homes to buying new clothes, jewelry, and items to making various sweets and giving gifts to friends and relatives. There are many places in Delhi where you will get all types of items for the festival of Diwali at affordable prices. Let us know which market is best for Diwali shopping and what can be bought from where.

TRIP TO THE STATUE OF UNITY

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, known as the "Iron Man of India", was not only a freedom fighter but also a visionary leader. Born on October 31, 1875, in Gujarat, Patel was a dedicated lawyer. He always stood for justice, equality, and unity. His contribution was also in the making of the Indian Constitution. Because he served as a key member of the Constituent Assembly and chaired the committee responsible for drafting the Constitution, he played an important role in merging many Indian princely states into the country. Which includes other princely states including Hyderabad.National Unity Day is celebrated every year on 31 October in India as the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The day is celebrated as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to honor his monumental achievement of integrating more than 550 princely states into the Union of India. In a diverse country like India, unity among its people is extremely important. At a time when many princely states were fragmented, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel supported the vision of a united India. National Unity Day commemorates the struggles and sacrifices made by Patel and other activists to unite the country. It affirms solidarity, promotes the spirit of "Unity in Diversity" and emphasizes the importance of maintaining national integrity.National Unity Day was officially established in 2014 by the Government of India to honor the legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Patel was a staunch supporter of a united and strong India and this dedication was reflected in his life's work. The government's decision to designate his birthday as National Unity Day underlines the importance of his contribution. In 2018, on the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the grand ‘Statue of Unity’ near the Narmada River in Gujarat. Patel's famous slogan, "Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat" still inspires the nation.The 'Statue of Unity' is the tallest statue not only in India but in the world and a symbol of pride for India. The Statue of Unity has now become a favorite destination for tourists and the number of tourists coming here is also continuously increasing. Recently, reports have revealed that the Statue of Unity has left behind the top 5 monuments of the country in terms of earnings. In just one and a half years, this memorial has earned more than Rs 120 crore. The earnings of this monument are continuously increasing. After its inauguration in the year 2018, more than 24 lakh tourists came here in one year, from which about Rs 64 crore was earned. The height of the 'Statue of Unity' installed on the Sardar Sarovar Dam is 182 meters, which is twice the height of the 93-meter-high 'Statue of Liberty' in New York, America. Its total weight is 1700 tons. Foot height is 80 feet, hand height is 70 feet, shoulder height is 140 feet and face height is 70 feet. Rs 2989 crore has been spent on making the statue of Sardar Patel. It is said that 200 engineers and 2,500 laborers were involved in its construction. There are two lifts installed in this statue, through which Sardar Patel's chest can be reached and from there, the view of Sardar Sarovar Dam can be seen. Also, beautiful valleys can be enjoyed. There is a bridge and boat arrangement for the tourists to reach the statue of Sardar. Engineers have completed this statue through four stages - mock-up, 3D, scanning technology, and computer numerical control production technology.The biggest challenge in making the statue was to protect it from earthquakes and other disasters. In such a situation, this statue has been built so strongly that it can withstand even an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude. Four metals have been used in this statue of Sardar Patel, which will not rust for years. 85 percent copper has been used in the idol. Apart from this, 5700 metric tons of structural steel and 18500 metric tons of reinforcement bars have also been used. This statue is made of 22500 metric tons of cement. It took about 46 months to construct the statue. Lakhs of tonnes of iron and copper were used in the construction of the Iron Man statue. Iron was also collected from the people.

ALL ABOUT SHARAD PURNIMA AND THE LAST LUNAR ECLIPSE OF 2023

Every year Sharad Purnima or Kojagiri Purnima is celebrated on the next day of Chaturdashi tithi of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month. This year Sharad Purnima is on 28th October. Also, the last Lunar eclipse of 2023 is going to occur on Sharad Purnima Tithi. Lunar eclipse will be visible in India; therefore, Sutak will also be considered. According to the Panchang, Purnima Tithi will start at 04:17 a.m. on October 28 (as per the English calendar) and end at 01:53 a.m. the next day on October 29.Sharad Purnima has special significance in Sanatan Dharma. Ganga bath is taken on this day. Along with this, worship, chanting, and donations are also done. To attain success in a special task, devotees also keep a fast for Lord Vishnu on the full moon day. Apart from this, Shri Satyanarayan Puja is also performed on Purnima Tithi. Overall, Sharad Purnima is very auspicious. There is a religious belief that by worshiping Lord Vishnu on the full moon day, the devotee gets sure results. Also, sorrow and distress go away. Come, let us know how the Lunar eclipse affects Sharad Purnima and how to worship, etc. in this article.The night of Sharad Purnima is important in many ways. While it is considered the beginning of autumn and it is even said in the Puranas that even the gods themselves come to earth to admire its beauty. There is a religious belief that on the night of Sharad Purnima, nectar rains from the sky. For this reason, people prepare kheer and keep it in the moonlight throughout the night, so that after taking a bath in the morning and eating it as prasad, they can become healthy. As per the astrologers, prepare kheer before the Sutak period of the eclipse begins. On this day, before the start of Sutak, add basil leaves to the kheer. You can keep this kheer in the moonlight before the lunar eclipse begins. But, keep in mind that before the eclipse starts, remove the Kheer from there. Before the lunar eclipse i.e., during the Sutak period, if you keep the kheer in the moonlight, then keep in mind that you should make only so much kheer that it will be finished before the eclipse starts.

GANESH CHATURTHI DELECTABLES

Ganesh Chaturthi is included in the biggest festivals of the year. The excitement of this festival is seen for 10 days. On Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganpati pandals are set up at various places and Lord Ganesha is worshipped. This year Ganesh Chaturthi is falling on Tuesday, September 19 and with this, the 10-day Ganeshotsav will begin. Ganesh Chaturthi will end with Anant Chaturdashi on 28th September when the idol of Ganpati Bappa will be immersed in water. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, offer these things to Bappa which are considered very auspicious. Let’s know the recipe.

SIGNIFICANCE AND CELEBRATION OF GANESHOTSAV

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi started on Tuesday. Ganeshotsav lasts for 10 days and after 10 days, devotees immerse Lord Ganesha present in their homes with great pomp. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country but is especially celebrated in the southern states of India as well as Maharashtra. On Ganesh Chaturthi, his devotees buy his idol from the market, bring it to their home and install it with full rituals.

VISITORs GUIDE TO WAGAH BORDER

Some things that are included in the list of people visiting Amritsar include visiting the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh, trying the world-famous Amritsari Kulche, and going to watch the retreat parade of Indian BSF soldiers at the Wagah-Attari border. This is not an ordinary parade, in this parade along with Indian soldiers, Pakistani Army soldiers also parade across the border. In such a situation, it is natural for the enthusiasm of the Indians present in the parade to reach the heights of heights...isn't it? If you are also planning to visit Amritsar and Wagah Border, then this article is useful for you. We are going to give you all the information about the parade to be held at Wagah Border. And yes, there is a need to keep some things in mind while going to Wagah Border, otherwise, it may happen that you reach the border but return empty-handed without seeing and experiencing this magnificent parade.

TOPMOST WHOLESALE MARKETS OF INDIA

There is a constant need for all kinds of goods and merchandise because our country India is the most populous nation in the world and heritage, customs, and festivals have an important place here. Therefore, there are many wholesale markets to meet the needs of India, where wholesale goods are available very cheap, which makes available goods at reasonable rates to small and big traders present in every region of India so that they can satisfy their customers and also, can earn good margin as well. Let’s know about some of the major wholesale markets in India.

MESMERIZING MORNI HILLS

“Morni Hills” is a beautiful hill station in Haryana, situated close to Panchkula. Being the only hill station in Haryana, it is a very favorite picnic spot for locals and tourists. This hill station is situated at an altitude of 1,220 meters and is known for its amazing and stunning views. Apart from the landscape, it is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, making it a delight for every nature lover. Apart from being a grand point, Morni Hills is an important archaeological site with a Thakurdwar temple dating back to the 7th century. Morni Hills Station is such a place in Haryana that every tourist must visit once in their life. If you are planning to visit Morni Hills, then then you should not skip our article as we have given complete information related to Morni Hills.

INDIAs FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRAIN SERVICE

The network of Indian Railways has spread to every corner of the country. Hence train travel is opted for to travel across the country at a low cost. That's why we opt for a plane to go out of the country. But now Indian Railways has given the good news for the passengers. According to this, the first international train service will be started by Indian Railways. International train service will be started soon between India and Bhutan. This train will run from India's Assam to the neighboring country. This train is being started with the aim of improving tourism between the two countries. This potential railway connection is also expected to significantly enhance trade and tourism ties between the two neighboring countries. India's Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar gave information in this regard. He also said that we are looking forward to welcoming the Bhutanese railway passengers. Jaishankar has also focused on border infrastructure, including the border with China, in the last nine years. Dr. S. Jaishankar emphasized that the Modi government has given priority to the development of border areas with the aim of facilitating seamless trade and connectivity. One of the major initiatives discussed was the proposed railway link from Gelphu to Kokrajhar, which lies on the Assam-Bhutan border. Additionally, the Minister addressed the challenges posed by the internal situation in Myanmar, which has affected various infrastructure projects including the Trilateral Highway Initiative involving India, Myanmar, and Thailand. The Trilateral Highway Project is envisioned as a key driver of regional connectivity. Jaishankar said the turmoil in Myanmar has created hurdles in ongoing infrastructure efforts, especially the section of the Trilateral Highway that is under construction, along with the construction of 69 bridges.The survey has been completed in April 2023 to start the construction of the railway line between India and Bhutan. As Bhutan Live reports, the railway line will connect Gelephu in Bhutan and Kokrajhar in Assam, India. The construction of this 57 km long rail link is expected to be completed by 2026. Funds for this will be made available by the Government of India. It was told that the train on this route will be operated by the North East Frontier (NF) Railway. Once completed, it will be the first railway connection between India and Bhutan and is expected to be completed by 2026. In April this year, Bhutan's Foreign Minister Dr. Tandi Dorji said that the Bhutanese government would first work on this project and then consider adding other areas such as Samtse, Phuentsholing, Nganglam, and Samdrupjongkhar. Earlier, Bhutan Live had said in a report that the survey to start the construction of the railway link between India and Bhutan was completed in April 2023 and the railway link will connect Gelephu in Bhutan and Kokrajhar in Assam, India. This step can contribute significantly to the economic development of the North Eastern states of India and West Bengal. It remains to be seen how these initiatives will pan out and contribute to the overall socio-economic scenario of the region.

THESE PLACES ARE BEST TO TRAVEL ON 15 AUGUST WEEKEND

Independence Day will be celebrated in the third week of August. On this special occasion, there is a holiday everywhere in India. Everyone is fond of traveling, but due to the busy lifestyle, it is very difficult to find time to travel. If you also do not want to be bored sitting at home during this Independence Day holiday, then you can club your holidays for the 12th (Saturday), 13th (Sunday), 14th (Monday), and 15th (Tuesday) and plan to visit these places where you can make your Independence Day holiday memorable. So, let's know about these destinations.

DELICIOUS FASTING RECIPES FOR SHRAVAN MONTH

The Sawan month is considered as the most beloved month of Lord Shankar, during which Lord Shiva is worshipped. These days lakhs of worshipers keep fast to get the blessings of Bhole. During fasting days, people refrain from eating meat, grains, alcohol, onion, garlic, etc. So, here are some delicious and easy recipes which you can easily have in the month of Sawan.

SIX WAR MEMORIAL IN INDIA THAT SHOULD BE VISITED BY EVERYONE

'Indian Army' - on hearing these two words, we bow our heads in respect for their sacrifice and gratitude. It is the bravery of the Indian Army that we are able to sleep peacefully in our homes every night. Since our independence till now, the Indian Army has stood firm against infiltrators, terrorists, and other external attacks. Since independence, we have made the supreme sacrifice of our brave soldiers to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. The purpose of war memorials built at various places in the country is to remember the brave soldiers who have lost their lives defending the country. So far, the Indian Army has built 18 war memorials at various places in India. Today we are going to tell you about 6 of them which you must visit once in your life to show your gratitude towards our soldiers.

SPECIAL PUJA TO PLEASE LORD SHIVA DURING THE SAWAN MONTH

Sawan, the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, has started today, July 04. In the month of Sawan, a large number of Shiva devotees perform the Jalabhishek of Lord Shiva. There is a long queue of devotees in the temples of Bholenath in Sawan. It is believed that in Sawan, Lord Shiva himself comes to Earth and operates the universe. In such a situation, performing Rudrabhishek on Shivling in Sawan and offering dear things to Bholenath gives desired results. On this day Lord Bholenath is very pleased by offering fruits, flowers, and bel leaves on the Shivling.  Shivling worship and Rudrabhishek are considered very fruitful in Sawan. It is believed that by offering 14 favorite things of Bholenath on the Shivling, he becomes pleased and fulfills all the wishes of his devotees. At the same time, there are some such things that are considered prohibited in the worship of Bholenath. So, let's know what to offer on Shivling and what not. Water must be offered on this day. On this day Lord Bholenath is very pleased by offering fruits, flowers, and bel leaves on the Shivling. If nothing happens, Lord Bholenath becomes pleased just by offering a glass of water. Offering Panchamrit before offering water is also considered good. Every wish is fulfilled by offering these 14 things on Shivling - water, curd, milk, ghee, perfume, belpatra, dhatura, aak or jasmine flower, honey, sugar candy, Ganga Jal, mustard oil, kusha water, and sugarcane juice. According to astrology, by offering these 14 things on the Shivling in the month of Sawan, along with the destruction of diseases, suffering, enemies, and sins, there is an increase in wealth, glory, son, health, wisdom, love, vehicle, building, and all happiness. There is recognition.

EXPLORE THE EXQUISITE BHEDAGHAT

If you want to enjoy natural waterfalls, boating in the gushing river, and marble mountains all in one place, then pick up your bags and reach Bhedaghat, a city in the Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Bhedaghat, situated on the banks of river Narmada, at a distance of about 20 km from Jabalpur, boasts tremendous natural beauty in itself. The gushing Narmada River flowing through the marble mountains during monsoon adds to its beauty. If you are a wanderer, then you must go to visit Bhedaghat once. It is considered the identity of Jabalpur. If you have made up your mind to explore one of the beautiful places in India during the monsoon season, then head straight to Bhedaghat. Apart from the marble mountains, you will see many other things here. You can enjoy boating beside Marble Rocks, Dhuandhar Falls, and Chausath Yogini Temple. The meaning of Bheda is to collide, because of the meeting of two rivers here, this place was named Bhedaghat.The history of Bhedaghat is said to be 200-250 years old, not one or two. Many folktales are also associated with Bhedaghat. In one such folk tale, it is said that sage Bhrigu used to have an ashram in Bhedaghat. In the Bundeli language, Bheda means to fight. There is a confluence of the Narmada and Ganga rivers at Bhedaghat. Hence the place got its name. There are many places to visit in Bhedaghat. The beauty of this small-town increases manifold during monsoon. That is why it is said that people who love adventure must visit this small town of Madhya Pradesh, especially during the monsoons. There are many places to visit in Bhedaghat, which include the Balancing Rock, Dhuandhar Falls, boating between the Marble Mountains, and the Chausath Yogini Temple. Let us explore the key exploration places of Bhedaghat.

DIVERSE ASSORTMENTS OF MANGOES IN INDIA

Mango is the king of fruits and everyone's favorite in India. Many varieties of mangoes are found in our country. You will be surprised to know that 1500 varieties of this fruit are grown in India. Now just think, when there are so many varieties, then their specialties will also be different. There is a lot of difference in the texture and taste of these mangoes, which are available with different names. Some varieties of mango are very popular like Dussehri, Langra, Chausa etc. Another funny thing about mangoes is that everyone has their own preferences about mangoes. Let us tell you about such special mangoes of India which are very popular and also how you can identify them.

HERE YOU CAN EAT FOOD FREE OF COST

You must have eaten delicious food many times in big hotels and restaurants, but have you ever tasted prasad in a langar with hundreds of people? There are many temples, gurudwaras, and religious places in India, where langar is served to the devotees every day. In these temples and religious places, delicious food is served free of cost, which fills the hearts of the devotees with satisfaction. We are telling you about some such religious places, where you can taste delicious langar for free or at a very low cost.

ASIA'S TALLEST SHIVA TEMPLE

India is a country that is known worldwide for its unique history and interesting stories as well as temples and their mysteries. Prepare a list of mythological temples of India, thousands of such temples will be found which have an interesting history, some mysterious, and some miracles will force you to think about divine powers. In this article of Patrika.com, today we are telling you about one such Shiva temple which is known as the tallest Shiva temple in Asia. The name of this Shiva temple is Jatoli Shiva Temple. This temple established in the hills of Himachal Pradesh is famous for its miracles in the country and the world. It is told about this temple that if you pat the stones in the temple with your hand, you will hear the sound of Damru.Jatoli Shiva Temple is located at a distance of about seven km from Solan city of Himachal Pradesh. Lord Shiva is believed to have done penance at this place. Later Swami Krishna Paramhans came here and he also did penance here. It is believed that this Shiva temple was built only at the behest of Krishna Paramhans. According to the information, it took about 39 years to build the temple. It is said that by tapping the stones in the temple, a special kind of sound comes, which is heard like a drum. A water tank is also situated near the Jatoli Shiva temple and a story related to this water tank is also prevalent here. When Swami Krishnanand Paramhans came here in the year 1950, then there was a shortage of water in Solan. Due to the lack of water, the people here had to live in a lot of difficulties. In such a situation, Swami Krishnanand Paramhans did severe penance and then Shiva struck with his trident and a stream of water gushed out. Since then water bodies have existed here. It is believed that since then till today there was no problem of water shortage at this place. The people here believe that after bathing in the water of this water tank made of Trishul, the body becomes healthy. Devotees throng here on the day of Mahashivaratri. There is an influx of devotees especially during Mahashivratri and the month of Sawan. The situation is such that the devotees have to wait for hours to have darshan. The height of the dome of Jatoli Shiva temple is said to be 111 feet. Recently, an 11 feet tall golden urn has been offered at this temple. The total height of the temple is up to 122 feet. Devotees have to climb 100 steps to enter the Jatoli Shiva temple. Idols of other gods and goddesses have been installed outside and around the temple. Due to being present in the mountains, a very good view of nature is also seen all around. Being the highest Shiva temple in Asia, it is also considered very important in terms of tourism. There is a rhinestone gem Shivling inside the Jatoli Shiva temple. Mother Parvati is also sitting in this temple along with Lord Bholenath. The building of the temple is worth seeing and this beauty also increases due to the presence of mountains and forests around the temple. Apart from being grand, very fine workmanship has been done in the Shiva temple. This is the reason why it took 39 years to build this temple. The Shiva temple has been built in Dravidian style, whose carving is amazing.

PICTURESQUE HILL STATIONS OF SOUTH INDIA

Are you unable to give time to your partner? So, this time visit these beautiful romantic hill stations of South India, where the calm atmosphere, green valleys, high tall green trees, and cool breeze will bring freshness to your life. Coming here you will feel yourself in the lap of nature. It will be an experience as if you are surrounded by these colorful valleys in your arms. 

RARE COINCIDENCE IN SAWAN MONTH AFTER 19 YEARS

Shravan or Sawan is the fifth month of the year according to the Hindu calendar, which falls in the month of July or August of the Christian calendar. It is also called the month of rainy season or 'Pavas Ritu' because it rains a lot at this time. Many important festivals are celebrated in this month, in which 'Hariyali Teej', 'Rakshabandhan', 'Nagpanchami' etc. are prominent. 'Shravan Purnima' is celebrated as 'Nariyali Purnima' and 'Avani Avittam' in South India, 'Kajri Poonam' in Central India, 'Rakshabandhan' in North India, and 'Pavitropana' in Gujarat. The diversity of festivals is the hallmark of India's uniqueness. There is special importance in worshiping Lord Shiva in the month of 'Shravan' i.e., Sawan. The Mondays falling in this month are called "Mondays of Sawan", in which women and especially unmarried girls keep fast etc. for the sake of Lord Shiva. This year 2023, the thirteenth month of the Hindu calendar is coming, which we call Adhikamas. Due to this Adhikamas, Sawan will last for about 2 months, which will be of 59 days. The special thing about all these things is that this rare coincidence is happening after 19 years. In the month of Sawan, Lord Shankar should be worshiped with his family members. 'Rudrabhishek' of Lord Shiva has special significance in this month. That's why 'Rudrabhishek' can be done every day in this month, while in other months the auspicious time of Shivvas has to be observed. Lord Shiva's Rudrabhishek is bathed with water, milk, curd, pure ghee, honey, sugar or sugar, Gangajal, sugarcane juice, etc. After consecration, Lord Shiva is pleased with Belpatra, Shamipatra, Kusha, Doob, etc. In the end, cannabis, dhatura, and quince are offered to Bholenath as bhog.

STORY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF GURU PURNIMA

In India, there has been a tradition of considering the Guru as everything since mythological times. But do you know why Guru Purnima is celebrated? On the other hand, in the whole world, priority has been given to education to improve the personality of a human being, but on the other hand, in India education has been given a million times more priority than that, teachers i.e., teachers. There is a very old saying that it is the Guru who shows his disciple the right path. The festival of Guru Purnima is celebrated considering the Guru as a witness.

BRITISH ERA MARKETS IN INDIA

Many markets of different eras have maintained their existence even today. The surprising thing is that the nature and importance of these markets are the same today as centuries ago. These places offer fine clothes, jewelry, and a variety of items for traditional celebrations. So, let's know about such markets in India which have been running for centuries.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRY FRUITS

Dry fruits are beneficial for health. Usually, cashews, almonds, raisins, pistachios, dates, etc. are eaten more in dry fruits. Dry fruits are full of nutrients, so they give instant energy to the body. Many people soak dry fruits and eat them, while many people prefer to eat them dry. Vitamins, minerals, and many types of nutrients are found in dry fruits, which help in keeping the body healthy. But do you know at what time eating dry fruits is more beneficial? According to experts, consuming dry fruits in the morning is good for health. If you start the day with dry fruits, then you can get many benefits from it. Let's know the benefits of super-rich dry fruits.

INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC IS AN EMOTION

The origin of Indian classical music is believed to be from the Vedas. Music is discussed in depth in Samveda. Indian classical music has been deeply influenced by spirituality, so it originated as a means to attain 'Moksha', the ultimate goal of human life. The importance of music is also clear from the fact that Indian teachers have given it the noun of 'Pancham Veda' or 'Gandharva Veda'. Bharatmuni's 'Natyasastra' was the first such book, in which the basic principles of drama, dance, and music were rendered.

RESPLENDENT RATH YATRA

Every year, Jagannath Dev of Puri in Odisha along with his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra travels on three different chariots from his temple to his maternal aunt's house at Gundicha temple. Rath Yatra is organized every year in Puri with great fanfare, in which lakhs of devotees from all over the world participate. This year the Rath Yatra will be organized on 20th June. Before participating in such a big event for the first time, this information will be very useful for you.

PINK PARKS IN DELHI

Women, men, and children are often seen walking together in the parks in the morning or evening. But before entering any park in Delhi, do check once whether men are allowed in that park. Because now 'Pink Parks' are being built in Delhi keeping in mind the safety of women. According to the statement, the plan envisages the development of 17 parks in the Central Zone, 10 parks each in the South Zone and Karol Bagh Zone, 5 parks in the City SP Zone, 22 parks in Shahdara North Zone, 13 parks in Shahdara South Zone, 6 parks in Narela Zone, 28 parks in Rohini Zone, 6 parks in the West Zone, 17 parks in Najafgarh Zone, 18 parks in Keshav Puram Zone, and 5 parks in the Civil Zone.Yes, there are about 15,000 parks in Delhi under MCD, out of which some parks will be selected and converted into pink parks in which men will not be allowed to enter. Women will be able to roam in these parks with their children. Special arrangements will also be made for children in the parks. Questions have often been raised regarding the safety of women in Delhi. In such a situation, keeping women in mind, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to make some parks where only women and children can roam. Men will not be allowed to enter these parks. The park will be designed keeping in mind the convenience of women. Special care will also be taken to ensure that the accompanying children do not get bored. According to media reports, children up to 10 years of age will be allowed to visit these parks.Pink Park will be designed keeping women and children in mind. According to media reports, these parks will be decorated with pink color. Graffiti on the walls of the park, gym facility, toilets, and CCTV cameras will also be installed to ensure the safety of women. The park will be decorated in such a way that the women and children coming here do not feel bored at all. Gym equipment in the park will also be decorated with pink color. Comfortable seats will be made keeping women and children in mind so that women can sit there and laugh and joke and get rid of their whole day's tiredness. There will also be walking tracks and swings for children in Pink Park. The pilot project has started According to media reports, MCD has made Mata Sundari Park a 'Pink Park' under the pilot project. Here women are seen roaming, playing, and relaxing with their children up to 10 years of age. There are about 15,000 parks under MCD, out of which there are plans to convert some parks into 'Pink Parks'. However, this is not the first time that a park is being designed exclusively for women. Years ago, Zenana Park and Parda Park existed in Delhi, where only women could enter. According to the reports, the concept of developing special spaces for women in the city, such as parks, dates back to the 19th century. Parda Bagh, located on Netaji Subhash Marg in the Daryaganj area, was the city's first zenana (for women) park. The entrance to Parda Bagh was guarded by two tall strong Pathan women and children above the age of nine were not allowed to enter it. It was an open space where women could walk freely and move around without worrying about other people. The park was also used by women active in the freedom struggle to hold meetings. In 2019, the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC) decided to revive Zanana Park as a part of the Jama Masjid Complex redevelopment plan, but the project was never implemented. It is expected that now with this scheme women will be able to get a special space for them.

VISITORS GUIDE TO RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN

There is good news for the people living in the country's capital Delhi and for the visitors coming here. Now the public will be able to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan six days a week. According to the order issued, Rashtrapati Bhavan will be open to the public from June 1, 2023, for six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday in seven-time slots between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm. However, if there is a government holiday on any day of the week, the Rashtrapati Bhavan will remain closed. The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex will also be open for visitors from Tuesday to Sunday (except government holidays). On the other hand, visitors to Rashtrapati Bhavan can watch the Change of Guard ceremony every Saturday from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. However, if Saturday is a government holiday, it will also remain closed to the general public. Only a maximum of 30 people can go in each slot so, it is better to book tickets by checking the slots online before leaving. You can book your tickets from the official website of Rashtrapati Bhavan: http://rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in/rbtour/ .

TWO THOUSAND YEAR OLD MODERN SOCIETY EXCAVATED IN BANDHAVGARH TIGER RESERVE

Heights of the golden past have started peeping from the plains of Bandhavgarh. In the archaeological survey started on April 1, the team found 1500 years old rock paintings and remains of modern civilization two thousand years ago in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh. On which the Department of Archeology says that the finding of these remains here confirms that the area of tigers also used to be a part of the old trade route.The survey work of the Archaeological Department was going on here from April 1 to June 30 under the leadership of Shivakant Vajpayee, Superintendent Engineer of Jabalpur Circle of Archaeological Survey of India. Meanwhile, in the Tala core zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, the second season survey of Jabalpur Archaeological Department includes two large cylindrical stupas, 11 caves and 4 water bodies, and a painted cave attached to them. Apart from this, 1500 years old rock paintings, and remains of modern civilization two thousand years ago have also been found.The height of one stupa is 15 and the other is 18 feet. These have been told from the 6th to the 8th century. The base and upper part of the cylindrical stupa are present in the complete form including the Harnika. It is possible that there was a statue of Lord Buddha in it. Experts say that Buddhist monks will have to come and go here. Caves must have been made for them. It is likely to emerge as an important stop in the Buddhist circuit passing through Madhya Pradesh. The special thing is that this happened for the first time when rock painting has been found in the Umaria district surrounded by forests, that too 1500 years old. At present, the Department of Archeology has taken this petting under its control, it is being told that the picture of an animal has been shown in the petting, and it will be studied soon, in which more information can be revealed. Survey officer Shivakant Vajpayee says that this petting cut has been found in the cave, which means it must have been made from stone or some sharp thing.The special thing is that in the survey of the Indian Archaeological Department last year, 26 ancient temples, 46 sculptures, 26 rock caves, two Buddhist stupas, and 19 water sources were also found in Bandhavgarh. ASI Superintendent Engineer Shivakant Bajpai said the goal of the exploration is to scientifically document the archaeological remains scattered in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. With this discovery, Bandhavgarh can also emerge as the site of the Buddhist circuit. Archaeologists say that after the study the situation regarding historicity will be clear.

IRCTC ALLOWS TO CARRY PETS IN TRAIN

If you have a pet and love to travel with it, you may face some challenges while booking tickets for them on a train. But this may change soon as Indian Railways is working to bring you the solution. Ministry of Railways has recently prepared a proposal to start an online ticket booking facility for pet dogs and cats. This means you can avoid long queues at parcel booking counters and book tickets for your pet from the comfort of your home.Passengers can book tickets for carrying pets from the parcel booking counter. Pet lovers must purchase a second-class baggage ticket for their pets. Earlier, pet parents had to book a first-class AC ticket, cabin, or coupe and reserve the entire coupe by visiting the parcel booking counter on the platform on the day of travel. Passengers were allowed to carry their four-legged friends in second-class luggage and a box in the brake van. To solve this problem, the Railway Ministry is planning to start online ticket booking for pets. Railways have specific rules regarding the transportation of elephants, animals, and birds. Separate coaches have been arranged for him. Domestic pet cats and dogs can travel with their owners in their respective coaches.Ministry of Railways has proposed an online booking facility for pets in AC-1 trains. The ministry hopes that this will make it more convenient and comfortable for passengers to travel with pets. A report has revealed that the Railway Board has asked CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems) to modify the software to enable online booking of animals on the IRCTC website. Currently, passengers must book two or four berths complete coupe AC first class. Its cost is huge. If the dog is carried in the dog box, it will be charged as per baggage rates prevailing on the train. In today's time, 30 kg is charged per dog. But a fee of 60 kg had to be paid for taking dogs in AC first class coach. But pets are prohibited in AC 2 Tier, AC 3 Tier, AC Chair Car, Sleeper Class, and Second Class.

BUDDHA PURNIMA HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE

Buddha Purnima or Vaishakh Purnima, is the most important festival for the followers of Buddhism across the globe. Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini on the day of Buddha Purnima, on this day he attained enlightenment and, on this day, his Mahanirvana also took place. It is observed on the full moon day of Baisakh month. While the festival of Buddha Purnima holds special significance for Buddhist followers, there is a different belief about this day for Hindus as well. The place named Bodhgaya located in Bihar is a holy pilgrimage place for the followers of Hindu and Buddhist religions. After renunciation, Siddhartha wandered in the forest for seven years in search of truth. Here he did severe reparation and achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya on the day of Vaishakh Purnima, since then, this day is known as Buddha Purnima. On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, a month-long fair is held at the Mahaparinirvan Vihar located in Kushinagar, the place of Buddha's Mahaparinirvana. The construction of this temple is encouraged by the caves of Ajanta. This Vihara has a 6.1-meter-long reclining idol of Lord Buddha, made of red sandstone. This Vihara has been built at the same place from where this idol was taken out. There is a stupa in the eastern part of the vihara. Lord Buddha was cremated here. This idol is also a replica of the Mahaparinirvana idol of Lord Buddha made in Ajanta. In Sri Lanka and other South-East Asian countries, this day is celebrated as the Shwesaka festival. On this day Buddhist followers light lamps in the houses and decorate the homes with flowers. Followers of Buddhism from all over the globe come to Bodh Gaya and offer prayers. Buddhist scriptures are recited on this day. Flowers and fruits are offered to the idol of Buddha in monasteries and homes and worshiped by lighting lamps. The Bodhi tree is also worshipped. Its branches are decorated with garlands and colorful flags. Milk and scented water are poured into its roots by lighting a lamp around the tree. Good deeds done on this full moon day bring merit. Birds are released from cages and food and clothes are donated to the poor.

BREATHTAKING HILL STATIONS OF RAJASTHAN

People often think about Rajasthan that this state is ideal to visit in the winter season. In summer, people prefer to visit the hill stations of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. But do you know that there are hill stations in Rajasthan too, where you can enjoy your summer vacation completely. Let us talk about those hill stations of Rajasthan, where you can go in summers also.

MANGO MANIA

Summer means mango and of course who doesn’t like mangoes? Mango is eaten with great fervor in India, especially during the summer season, but it is also a fruit from which many delicious dishes can be made. Therefore, we are sharing some different recipes made up of the fruit mango. Do try these dishes at home and let us know how much you love them.

METRO RIDE BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW WATER

Now just like London and Paris, India is also going to get an underwater metro and above water metro soon. Yes, the country's first underwater metro is going to start soon. Testing is going on for this, after which it will be started. Whereas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already inaugurated Asia's first water metro.

MISAL PAV - ONE OF THE BEST TRADITIONAL VEGAN DISHES IN THE WORLD

In an exciting development, India's own Misal Pav, Gobi Manchurian, Aloo Gobi, Rajma, Masala Vada, Bhel Puri, and Rajma Chawal have been ranked among the 100 Best 'Traditional Vegan Dishes' in the World by TasteAtlas! Two weeks ago, Shahi Paneer and Paneer Tikka were included in the list of top 10 Chinese dishes in the world. At the same time, some other paneer dishes also found a place in the top 50 list. Last month, a list of the world's best sandwiches was revealed, in which vada pav, one of the most popular street foods from Maharashtra, was ranked 13th. Now Indian cuisine is once again making headlines globally in the list of best traditional vegetarian dishes. The list of Best 'Traditional Vegan Dishes' in the World was recently released by the food guide platform 'Taste Atlas', in which Maharashtra's famous misal pav got at the 11th position. For those of you not familiar with TasteAtlas, it's an experiential online travel guide that combines authentic recipes, food critic reviews, and researched articles about popular ingredients and dishes. They are known for their comprehensive and accurate ratings, making them a trusted source for food lovers around the world.Ranking at number 11, Misal pav, a spicy curry made from sprouted lentils and served with buns, has been a favorite dish in Maharashtra for ages. It is widely available in the western states of India. Next on the 20th number is Aloo gobi, which is a simple yet delicious dish made with potatoes and cauliflower, and is a staple in North Indian households. Then comes the number 24th which is Gobi Manchurian. Gobi Manchurian is a Chinese-Indian dish made from cauliflower, which is loved for its spicy, tangy flavor. On the other hand, a dish named Masala Vada has got 27th place on this list. Masala Vada, a deep-fried lentil snack, is a favorite tea-time snack in South India. It was told in the test atlas that this is a snack of Tamil Nadu which originated from there but many other things similar to it are found. The website said, "This tea-time snack is usually made with chickpeas, onions, ginger, curry leaves, fennel seeds, dried red-hot chilies, oil, and salt." Let us tell you that Indian food did not stop here in this list, in this list, famous street food Bhel Puri also made it to the top 50, being in 37th position. Bhel puri can be considered a chaat item and is made with puffed rice mixed with onions, tomatoes, potatoes, ground nuts, sev sweet and spicy chutney. Lastly, on the number 41 is Rajma Chawal, a combination of kidney beans and rice, which is a hearty and nutritious meal that is loved by all. TasteAtlas' recognition of these dishes is a testament to India's rich culinary heritage and its ability to cater to diverse tastes. The fact that these dishes have made it to the top 100 list is a great achievement for Indian cuisine and for vegetarians as a whole. So, if you are a foodie or a vegetarian, make sure to try these delicious and authentic recipes. They are not only popular in India but now they have global recognition as well. It's time to savor the flavors of India and experience the magic of its vegetarian cuisine.

BEACHES AND MOUNTAINS AT ONE PLACE - RISHIKESH

The beach is considered to be the favorite place of tourists and whenever the name of the beach comes in India, the name of Goa comes first. But have you ever thought that without any seashore, you get to see the beach and that too in a religious city, where you have been many times? All of you must have heard the name of Rishikesh but have you thought that sometimes in a city like Rishikesh you can enjoy the beach. Yes, there are many beautiful beaches in Rishikesh, which give you a Goan feel even in this religious city. Tourists coming here definitely come to visit these beaches. So come, let’s explore beaches and mountains in one place.

PLACES TO EXPERIENCE GANGA AARTI IN INDIA

People from all over the world prepare throughout the year to see the Ganga Aarti. The Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas is the origin of the Ganges River. It runs across northern India and splits into two rivers, the Hooghly in West Bengal and the Padma in Bangladesh. The Ganges flows through several cities which include Haridwar, Rishikesh, Varanasi, and Allahabad. These are the prominent cities where you can experience the divinity of Ganga Aarti. The Ganga Ghats in these cities are some of the most religiously important places and tourist spots. These can also be included in your North India pilgrimage.

MOST REVERED TEMPLES OF LORD HANUMAN

Shri Hanuman, the devotee of Shri Ram and the God of Kalyug, it is believed that whoever praises him with full devotion, Bajrang Bali definitely showers his blessings on him. Lord Hanuman is one of the most revered Hindu deities. There are many Hanuman temples in the country, in relation to which it is believed that only by visiting these temples all the troubles of Hanuman devotees will fade away. Some of these are such temples that have a lot of recognition as devotees come from all over the globe to come to fulfill their wishes and seek blessings. Let us know the most visited Hanuman temples in India.

SRIRANGAM-THE LARGEST TEMPLE IN INDIA

Srirangam, situated at a distance of 12 km from Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, is a huge temple complex spread over an area of about 150 acres. Lord Vishnu, who is worshiped as Sriranganathaswamy, is enshrined in this huge temple complex of Srirangam. The Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam, situated on an island formed by the Kaveri and its tributary Kollidam, is the largest operating temple complex in India and is believed in Hindu texts and Puranas to have existed since the beginning of creation. Srirangam is the first of the divine countries and one of the self-manifested regions of Lord Vishnu. The Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam is considered to be the first among the 108 Divya Desams. Srirangam is one of the 8 self-manifested regions of Lord Vishnu. Apart from Srirangam, there are seven other self-manifested regions, Srimushnam, Venkatadri, Saligrama, Naimisharanya, Pushkara, Totadri, and Badri. Apart from this, this area is also one of the Panch Rang areas situated on the banks of the river Kaveri.

A PEREGRINATE THROUGH AJANTA CAVES

The Ajanta Caves are located at a distance of about 105 kilometers from the city of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra.  Ajanta Caves is of the most visited places in India and is much older than Ellora caves. Ajanta Caves were carved out of a horseshoe-shaped rock outcrop which has 26 caves in total. Situated on the banks of the Waghur River these caves are rock-cut Buddhist monuments and have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

KANJAK PRASAD RECIPE

The festival of Navratri ends with Maha Ashtami and Navami Puja. On both days, people worship the incarnations of Maa Durga and make offerings to little girl children, known as Kanjak. Traditionally, poori, semolina halwa, and dried black gram are offered as bhog on this day. So, let’s know the easiest way to make your Navratri prasad.

THE UNCONQUERED, MURUD JANJIRA FORT

Murud Janjira Fort is a massive and powerful fort located on an island in the coastal village of Murud, about 55 kilometers from Alibaug in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The fort of Murud Janjira was built by Siddi Jauhar. Marud Janjira Fort is believed to be around 350 years old and it took 22 years to build it. The height of Janjira Fort is about 90 feet from the beach and the depth of its foundation is about 20 feet. You will be surprised to know that Murud Janjira Fort is spread over an area of 22 acres along with 22 security posts. This fort is known to stay unconquered in any fight until it was handed over to the Indian region after autonomy from the Britisher. This fort was ruled by the Siddi rulers and many times other rulers have tried unsuccessfully to win Janjira Fort. If you are on a trip to the Konkan coast in Maharashtra, then Murud Janjira Fort must be visited. The splendid view of the fort while taking a boat ride in the sea attracts tourists. 

THE EXCELLENCE OF MUMBAI DABBAWALAHAS

Mumbai Dabbawala is a group of people who deliver lunch to government and private employees from their homes to their offices. About 5 thousand people work in this and they pick up about 2 lakh tiffins from their right place and deliver them to the right place at the right time without any delay. If you are thinking of doing any business, then you can learn a lot from their working system. These business models are taught to children in India's top colleges as well as in the world's famous universities.

GANGAUR FESTIVAL

Gangaur festival is a folk festival in Rajasthan that is all about celebrating the marriage and love of Goddess Gauri and Lord Shiva. Married women worship Goddess Parvati for their husbands' long life and good health, while unmarried women worship the goddess to get a good husband.

REVERED RIVERS OF INDIA

There are about 200 small and big rivers in India and each river has its own importance. Some rivers are the main source of livelihood for the Indian people whereas, some have become hubs for activities like river rafting and some are famous as religious places where people from all over the country come to take a dip as bathing in these holy rivers is a purifying ritual that is thought to wash away a penitent's sins, and spreading one's ashes in the water upon death may improve one's karma and hasten salvation. In today's article, we are going to tell you about the holy rivers of India and their importance.

CHAITRA NAVRATRI THALI

Everyone eagerly waits for the festival of Navratri, this time Chaitra Navratri will start on March 22, 2023. During these nine days of Navratri, you can prepare and eat different dishes while fasting. Along with fasting, it is also necessary that you eat healthy food for nine days which is full of nutrients. So, we have brought a special Navratri Thali for you which is tasty and also healthy, check out its recipe below:

HINDU NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN INDIA

Hindu New Year is celebrated by all the communities of the world based on their local customs and traditions. According to the calendar based on Vikram Samvat, Shukla Pratipada of Chaitra month is being celebrated as Hindu New Year by the Hindu community in India for centuries. The Hindu New Year celebrated according to the calendar based on Vikram Samvat is also known as Hindu Nava Samvatsar or Naya Samvat. Along with this, this day has also been known by the names of Samvatsarambh, Ugadi, Gudipadwa, Vasant Ritu Aarambh, etc. The Hindu New Year is considered to be the beginning of the Hindu New Year in the country only from the Hindu New Year, which happens in the month of Chaitra. In the month of Chaitra, enthusiasm and beauty are displayed all around in nature and the arrival of spring. On the occasion of the Hindu New Year, the whole of nature seems ready to welcome the new year. From the spiritual point of view also, the Hindu New Year is celebrated as a very holy day.

ISRO PLANS SPACE TOURISM BY 2030

From America to China, Japan, and India are working fast in the direction of Space Tourism. Senior officials of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) told that by the year 2030, space travel can be done for which Rs 6 crore per person will have to be spent.Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) chief S. Somnath says that India is moving fast on its own space tourism module. Space travel can be done by the year 2030. For which Rs 6 crore per person will have to be spent. Anyway, not only scientists, but the common man also wants to know about space. The mysteries of space have always attracted him and he wants to step into space once. Many countries around the world have progressed a lot in the direction of space tourism. But now in India too, after seven years, passengers can step into space.However, Somnath has not yet clarified whether space tourism will be sub-orbital or orbital. Usually, tourists spend about 15 minutes in the space. Private space agencies Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and SpaceX have been working towards space tourism for a long time. The Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha in February that ISRO had developed a feasibility study for India's sub-orbital space tourism. Scientists told; space tourism will be planned in collaboration with private companies. The companies will partner with ISRO through the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACE). The government has formed In-Space as an agency to promote non-governmental organizations.ISRO will make people travel to space for six crore rupees. This decision has been taken in the direction of promoting space tourism. For this, the year 2030 has been targeted. ISRO Chairman S Somnath has given this information.Somnath said the government's space tourism initiative is gaining momentum. India will fix ticket prices for space at 'competitive prices' in the global market. The cost per ticket can be around Rs 6 crore. He said technical issues are being discussed to make the journey safe.Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha in February that ISRO has started conducting a feasibility study for India's sub-orbital space tourism. Singh said that ISRO is engaged in the development of various technologies in India's first human space flight program through Gaganyaan. People traveling will be able to call themselves 'astronauts'. Explain that the government had told in February that ISRO has started studying space tourism. ISRO is engaged in the development of various technologies through Gaganyaan, the country's first human space flight program. Through this, there is a plan to send ordinary people to space.

JUMBO KITCHENs OF INDIA

India is famous all over the world for its culture, traditions, and history, but at the same time there is one more thing that makes it the first choice of tourists from India and abroad and that is - Indian cuisine. The aroma of Indian cuisine also attracts foreign tourists from far and wide. It is not that, you can eat Indian food only outside in any Indian hotel or street, or house. In India, food has also been linked to spirituality. Different types of Prasads are available in almost every temple of India, which are accepted by the devotees as blessings of God and satisfy their souls. Now that we have started talking about food or prasad in Indian temples, let us visit the great kitchen where prasad is prepared for more than 10,000 devotees every day.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF KADHI

A popular dish mainly from North-West India, Kadhi holds a special place of its own in Indian food culture. Whenever you want to make any dish with curd or buttermilk, the first thing that comes to your mind is Kadhi. Kadhi made using gram flour and sour curd as two main ingredients is prepared in many ways. So, let's know some popular kadhi recipes:

ONE HOLI MANY COLOURS

Holi is one of the most prominent and popular festivals of India which is celebrated all over India with great pomp and gaiety by people of almost all religions and all communities. Holi also known as the festival of colors, is a spring festival celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which occurs around the month of March. Holi is such a festival in which we apply colors on each other, due to which mutual love and brotherhood increase, that is why it is also known as the festival of love. Although Holi is celebrated with great pomp all over India, but the interesting thing is that in the best places in India to celebrate Holi, Holi is celebrated in different ways everywhere, which is unique and wonderful in its own way and India itself. Not only this, it attracts tourists from abroad too, so let us know the best places in India to celebrate Holi –

HIDDEN NATIONAL PARKS OF INDIA

India is a country where there are a total of 103 national parks, due to which India's name comes in the third largest number of national parks in Asia after China and Thailand. India has a wide variety of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, including tiger reserves, desert sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries, marine parks, and even a floating national park! The best time to visit all the national parks in India is from about October to March as the monsoons affect adversely and the forests are quite hot during the summer season. In this article, we will tell you about the 8 hidden National Parks in India.

12 JYOTIRLINGAS OF LORD SHIVA

The 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva have great importance in Hinduism and these are located at 12 different places in the country. According to the Hindu religion, a person who visits all 12 Jyotirlingas, attains salvation after death and all his troubles and obstacles are removed. If you are also planning to start the spiritual journey of these Jyotirlingas, then in this article you will get all information related to the entire 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. 

TAJ MAHOTSAV 2023

Taj Mahal, a picture of supernatural beauty made of white stones on the banks of the Yamuna River, has made its identity not only in India but in the whole world. The Taj Mahal has been included among the seven wonders of the world. The Taj Mahotsav takes place every year from 18 to 27 February. Its purpose is to provide maximum sales opportunities to the artisans along with the promotion of handicrafts and crafts. You can enjoy the festival with your whole family. Tourists keep coming to see the Taj Mahal throughout the year, but during the Taj Mahotsav, there is a lot of excitement here. The Taj Mahal attracts millions of tourists from around the world including Indian tourists. This festival provides thrill and entertainment for everyone. The funfair is the biggest attraction for the children in this festival.Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department started Taj Mahotsav in 1992 to make the Taj Mahal beautiful. This festival is organized every year by Uttar Pradesh Tourism. A huge number of travelers from all over the world come to visit this festival. Tajmahal tells about the incredible India which is the most beautiful historical place in India. This festival has special significance among lovers of art, craft, culture, and cuisine. The fair is being organized at Shilpgram, located at the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. You can attend this fair from February 18 (Saturday) - February 27 (Monday). The ticket fee for entering the fair has been kept at Rs 50. Admission is free for children under 12 and for foreign tourists. Tourists who want to participate in this fair for 10 consecutive days. With this ticket, you will also be able to enjoy the cultural programs organized here. By reaching Agra, you will get a chance to see the historical and one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, and at the same time, you will be able to feel the historicity of Agra.The Taj Mahotsav 2023 will be organized on the theme of Jashn-e-Virasat. The Uttar Pradesh government has sought people's suggestions to decide on the theme of this year's Taj Mahotsav. Renowned artists of the country will try to spread the message of love among tourists from all over the world. There will be many programs of dance and music on this occasion and you will be able to enjoy many delicacies for 10 days. You can enjoy your favorite artist's performance on these dates:Amit Mishra on 20 FebruaryIndian Ocean Band on February 21Sachet Tandon and tradition on 22 FebruaryQawwali by Warsi Brothers on 23 FebruarySadho Band on 24 FebruaryPawandeep and Arunita on 25 FebruaryWorld Designing Forum on 26 FebruaryMaithili Thakur on 27 FebruaryKhete Khan on 28 FebruaryHarshdeep Kaur on March 1If you also want to see the Taj Mahal, then it would be better to come to Agra in this season. The floors of the Taj Mahal are very hot during the very hot season, whereas in the month of February, the government gives a great opportunity to see the Taj Mahal.HOW TO REACH AGRA BY ROADAgra is connected to the rest of the country by three major national highways including Nh2, Nh3, and Nh11. Government buses, private buses, and luxury buses like Volvo are available from Agra. UP Tourism also organizes guided tours within the city to Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri on deluxe buses. The Yamuna Expressway has increased connectivity to Agra and reduced travel time. From Delhi, you can now reach Agra within two hours.HOW TO REACH AGRA BY TRAINAgra is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and is well-connected by rail. The city has seven railway stations of its own. Out of these seven, three main railway stations are Agra Fort Railway Station, Agra Cantt Railway Station, and Raja-ki-Mandi. Most of the trains pass through the former two stations, including the luxury train 'Palace on Wheels' which gives you a royal feel, and the Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express. Tundla station is well connected by road to Agra.HOW TO REACH AGRA BY FLIGHTAgra has its own airport, Kheria Airport, which is about 5 km from the city center. It is served by major domestic airlines from across the country.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH: LAND OF THE DAWN-LIT-MOUNTAINS

The state of Arunachal Pradesh is a major state in Northeast India. Arunachal Pradesh, which means ‘Land of the Dawn-lit-Mountains’, has long been a recognized region of the Indian subcontinent. It constitutes a mountainous region in the extreme north-eastern part of the country, bordered by the state of Bhutan to the west, the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, Myanmar (Burma) to the north, Nagaland to the southeast, and the Indian state of Assam to the southwest. Is. Itanagar is the state capital of Arunachal Pradesh.Arunachal Pradesh is the largest state by area among the Seven Sister States of Northeast India with an area of 83,743 square kilometers (32,333 sq. mi). It is an ethnically diverse state, mainly inhabited by the Monpa people in the west, the Tani people in the center, the Tai people in the east, and the Naga people in the south of the state. Arunachal Pradesh is one such beautiful state of India, which is full of picturesque mountains, passes, serene lakes, and famous monasteries. If you are looking for the best places in India for a holiday, then you must go to Arunachal Pradesh tourist places to visit. Arunachal Pradesh is bordered to the south by Assam, to the west by Bhutan, to the north and northeast by China, and to the east by Myanmar, known as the ‘Orchid State of India’ or the ‘Paradise of Botanists’. Arunachal Pradesh is home to over 500 species of birds, many of which are highly endangered. Arunachal Pradesh is full of serene mountains which make the visit of tourists memorable and offer breathtaking views during winter.Arunachal Pradesh is known for its ancient culture which can be clearly seen in its folklore, music, paintings, and other art forms. Each tribe follows its own traditions and customs. Dance is an important element of the heritage of the people. Traditional dances as well as priest chants, war dances, and ritual dances with Buddhist connotations, etc. are mostly performed by men. Ponung/ponu is performed in groups by both men and women to celebrate good progress and happiness as a festival. A rich oral collection of folktales and chants, usually sung as a ballad, invoking historical events, myths, the power of spirits, and the gods.The staple food of Arunachal Pradesh, like most of the northeastern places, is rice, fish, meat, and vegetables. The dishes use very little spice, and they mostly use herbs and organic produce. Different varieties of momos and thukpa are popular and widespread in the region. Steamed rice cakes are also widely enjoyed as a breakfast in Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from this, Chinese cuisine is also in vogue here and occupies a special place in the cuisine of Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from these, there is a rice beer called Apang which is quite famous here.How To Reach Arunachal Pradesh By FlightLilabari (North Lakhimpur) Tezpur Airport in the state of Assam is the nearest airport to Arunachal Pradesh, which is 260 km (approx 4 hours drive) and connected to Kolkata and Guwahati. Taxis and bus services are readily available in the state.How To Reach Arunachal Pradesh By TrainAbout 43 km (just one hour's drive) from the state capital Itanagar is the Harmuti Railway Station (Assam) which connects Arunachal Pradesh to other major cities of India.How to reach Arunachal Pradesh by road The state is easily accessible by road from all major cities and neighboring states. Inter-bus services are available from all major cities of Arunachal Pradesh to Meghalaya (about 790 km), Assam (560 km), and Nagaland (456 km).

PERFECT DESTINATIONS FOR COUPLES

Who doesn't want to hang out with a partner? In this busy life, there definitely comes a moment when we feel that we should spend some time together. Then we start thinking about some such destination, where along with peace and relaxation, there are excellent views. But where... where to go to see all these together, which is also couples friendly. Actually, there is a whole of India to visit, but due to Indian culture, there are still many places where you cannot enjoy freely with your partner. So, in such a situation, we have brought a list of some special couple’s friendly places for you, where you can spend some special moments with your partner and express your love.

FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT 118 YEARS CLOSED TEMPLE

The Konark Sun Temple, located on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River in the state of Odisha, is a colossal amalgamation of artistic magnificence and engineering mastery built in the mid-13th century. King Narasimhadeva I, the great ruler of the Ganga dynasty, built the Konark Sun Temple with the help of 1200 artisans during his reign in 1243-1255 AD. Since the rulers of the Ganga dynasty worshiped the sun, the temple, built in the Kalinga style, depicts the sun god in the form of a chariot and the stones are carved with exquisite carvings. This temple is made of red sandstone and black granite stones. The entire temple site is built with twelve pairs of wheels pulled by seven horses, in which the sun god is shown seated. Currently, only one horse is left, out of the seven horses. The temple as it exists today has survived partly due to the preservation of archaeological teams from the British India era.

ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN INDIA

In today's busy life, couples hardly ever get an opportunity to spend romantic time together. That's why couples often start searching for the best romantic places around them at low cost to date or to spend memorable time. If you are also searching for the most romantic places in Delhi to hang out with your partner. So, let us tell you the most romantic restaurants in India for couples to visit this Valentine’s Day.

HEALTHY LENTIL RECIPES

Every year 10th February is celebrated as World Pulses Day. This year's theme is ‘Pulses for a Sustainable Future’. On this day, people are urged to consume pulses as well as donate them and create awareness about the benefits of pulses. Lentils have the highest amount of protein. The nutrients present in different types of pulses provide many benefits to the body. So, let us share two healthy recipes made of pulses which are very beneficial for every age group. Do try these recipes:MOONG DAL DOSAINGREDIENTS:1/2 cup Chilka or Dhuli moong dal 1/4 cup Rice 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leavesSalt as per taste1/2 cumin powder1-inch-long piece of ginger1 green chiliOil for roasting dosaMETHOD:1. Soak the moong dal in water for 3-4 hours. Clean, wash, and soak the rice in a separate bowl for the same amount of time.2. If the lentils are peeled, separate the peels by rubbing the lentils with your hands and remove the peels from the lentils in water. Drain the water from the dal and rice and grind it coarsely, adding ginger, green chilies, and water as needed. 3. Now, take out the mixture in a big bowl and add salt and green coriander to the mixture, and mix. The mixture should neither be too thin nor too thick, it should have the right consistency, just like preparing the batter for making dosa.4. To make dosa, put a non-stick griddle on the gas, heat it lightly and spread a little oil on the griddle, take 1 to 1.5 spoons of batter from the mixture and spread it evenly on the griddle. Pour some oil around the dosa with a spoon. Let the dosa cook on high and medium flame till it turns golden brown from the bottom side.5. Roast it to a nice golden brown from both sides. The dosa is completely fried and crispy too. Take off the dosa and keep it on a plate and slow down the gas to make another dosa, sprinkle water on the griddle, so that the griddle cools down a bit, now wipe it thoroughly with a paper napkin or a wet thick cloth, the griddle is overheated. 6. Serve hot moong dal dosa with green coriander chutney, tomato sauce, or peanut chutney.MOONG DAL PAKODEINGREDIENTS:200 grams Chilka or Dhuli moong dal 1-2 pinch asafoetida3-4 chopped green chili 1-inch-long piece of grated Ginger half a small bowl of chopped coriander leaves1/4 tsp red chili 1 tsp coriander powder Salt as per tasteOil for fryingMETHOD:1. Wash the lentils and soak them in water for 4-5 hours. If the lentils are peeled, separate the peels by rubbing the lentils with your hands and remove the peels from the lentils in water, and grind the lentil.2. Take out the dal in a big utensil. Mix the spices and stir the dal well. The mixture for pakodas is ready.3. Put oil in the pan and heat it. Take a little mixture from the mixture and put it in the pan. Put 8-10 pakodas in the pan at a time. 4. After they turn brown, take them out on a plate. For the second time also put pakodas in the pan in the same way. Prepare all pakodas in the same way. 5. Your moong dal pakodas are ready. Enjoy hot Moong Dal Pakodas with green coriander chutney.

FUN & FROLIC CHOKHI DHANI

Chokhi Dhani is a luxury heritage resort located in Jaipur, Rajasthan that gives you a feel of the Rajasthani village culture. Chokhi Dhani is located on the outskirts of the city on Tonk Road. It shows you the real depiction of traditional Rajasthan with ancient artifacts, handicrafts, paintings, folklore, and sculptures. Chokhi Dhani which means 'Good Village' was built in 1989 in the heart of Jaipur city. It is spread over about ten acres. Here, you get to see different folk dances of Rajasthan. Chokhi Dhani Village's Kalbeliya dance is the most famous. Apart from this, you can see puppet shows, marble games, predicting parrots, magic shows, horse riding, and boating here. All the tourists who come to visit Jaipur city, definitely want to go to Chokhi Dhani. If you also want to go to Chokhi Dhani or want to know about it, then definitely read this article, in this, we are going to give you complete information about Chokhi Dhani. Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur has been in existence since 1994 and serves guests from across India and the world through its 5-star hotels. Even though Chokhi Dhani is located away from the city, it attracts tourists because of the Rajasthani village feel of its 5-star hotels. Chokhi Dhani's architecture has been built on traditional Rajasthani design by the most skilled of architects and it has everything that blends the tranquillity of a village with the extravagance of a luxury hotel. Tourists visiting Chokhi Dhani can enjoy boat rides, camel rides, horse rides, and elephant and bullock cart rides. The Battle of Haldi Ghati, famous throughout Rajasthan, is regularly shown by trained artists at Chokhi Dhani, which is one of the major attractions here. There is also an ancient Rathkhana which is very popular and displays the ancient chariots used by the royal families of Rajasthan. Huts depicting the village life of Mewar, desert, and Jaisalmer are present within the Chokhi Dhani, providing a truly Rajasthani experience to the tourists or guests visiting here and also get to know the rich history of this desert state Other popular attractions in Jaipur's Chokhi Dhani include the Vaishno Devi Temple, a man-made waterfall, and the Tejaji Temple. The National Museum at Chokhi Dhani displays the culture and heritage of each state of the country, with the help of which tourists can go through the vibrant traditions of the country and learn about the culture of each state. The museum includes exhibits of the culture and heritage of states such as Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, West Bengal Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan. At Chokhi Dhani, food is served on leaf plates on which you can enjoy a Rajasthani meal which includes – Onion Kachori, Mirchi Bada, Buttermilk, Mirch ke Tipore, Aam ki Launji, Papad, Garlic Chutney, Dal Baati Churma, Gatte Ki Sabzi, Bajra, Jowar, Maize or Missi Roti, Poori, Rice, Panchmela Dal, Ker Sangri, Papad Sabzi, Rajasthani Kadhi, and lastly Ghevar. You can relish open-air Rajasthani food at Gorband which is popular for its Rajasthani snacks and delicacies. The sport-designed Chaupad Dining Hall is known for its unique design and delicious food. Here you can truly enjoy royal food like kings and queens. If you also want to shop in Chokhi Dhani, then you can buy colorful shoes, kurtis, jackets, handicrafts, and many more here.

TALLEST STATUES OF GODS IN INDIA

Our country is proud of huge statues and is on its way to making them even better. Many of these statues in India claim to be the tallest statues in the world in their respective regions. Apart from the political, and religious context of these sculptures in India, they are also a rich heritage to be proud of. Being a spectacular site to behold, these places are often frequented by locals and tourists. Today, in this article we will tell you about the tallest god statues in India.

THE MEGA SURAJKUND FAIR

The 36th Surajkund International Handicrafts Fair will start today. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar will inaugurate the fair at 4 pm. During this, ambassadors of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries and some Chief Ministers and Governors of Northeastern states will also be present. The fair complex will showcase the art culture of G-20 and North Eastern states along with SCO countries. Secretary, the Ministry of Tourism, Arvind Singh said that preparations are on to introduce the ambassadors and representatives of G-20 countries to Indian culture through the fair. Chief Minister Manohar Lal, Tourism Minister Kanwar Pal, Union Minister of State Krishan Pal Gurjar, and Minister Moolchand Sharma will be present at the inauguration ceremony. A separate zone has been prepared for handicrafts from countries belonging to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, behind the main square in the fair premises. It includes handicrafts from Iran, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The eight northeastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Tripura have been made the theme states of the fair while Shanghai countries have been made the partner countries of the fair this time. Representatives from more than 45 countries will participate in the fair. These include Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Turkey, Cambodia, and UAE, besides Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait, Myanmar, Maldives, and Bahrain.Hosted annually by the Haryana Tourism Department, the 36th Surajkund fair to be held in Faridabad, Haryana will be held from February 3 to 19. The fair started in 1987. The purpose of this fair is to promote local arts. Every year the theme of this fair is different. This time this fair will be organized in a grander manner than in previous years. Several cabinet ministers like tourism, textiles, culture, and external affairs are involved in the mega art fair. This year’s theme is India's Ashtalakshmi- the Northeast. The whole fair can be decorated on the same theme. This time, due to the G-20 summit, the number of foreign tourists at the fair is also expected to double. Tourists will be able to taste Manipur's Chahao Kheer, Meghalaya's Fruit Chat, and Tripura's Bhangui Biryani at the fair. Significantly, this fair is held every year and there are a lot of craze among tourists regarding it. At this fair, tourists will be able to taste foreign and Indian cuisine. This time food courts will also be increased. The fair attracts visitors from all over the world. People from SAARC countries also participate in the fair to showcase their arts, crafts, and cuisine along with the people of the country. Both foreigners and Indians participate in the Surajkund International Crafts Fair. For this reason, the fair is called Surajkund International Crafts Fair. Many renowned folk artists and cultural organizations from across the country and the world perform at the Chaupals during the day. The fair mainly promotes indigenous products like Indian handicrafts, handlooms, and many other cultural products. There is a complete system of food and shopping for the people at the fair. Many folk dancers and musicians showcase their performances at this event. These artists come from many cultural backgrounds and perform in chaupals and outdoor festivals. Various arrangements like open-air theater have been made for the Surajkund fair.Along with the international Surajkund country, a large number of foreign tourists will also participate, in view of which elaborate security arrangements have been made. During the fair, the police will keep an eye on every corner. Along with this, guidelines have been issued to strengthen other arrangements including parking. In view of the increasing number of tourists at the Surajkund fair, every effort is being made to maintain transparency in ticket sales. A plan is being made to put a hologram on the ticket so that fake ticket sales can be stopped. Surajkund Fair Timings will be from 12:30 PM to 9:30 PM and the ticket price on weekdays will be around Rs.120/- while on weekends the ticket price will be Rs.180/- There will be a 50 percent discount on tickets for school and college students. You can book tickets by visiting the official website of Haryana Tourism or on BookMyShow.

NORTH-EAST DELICACIES

North-East India lies in the lap of the eastern Himalayan mountains in the north-eastern part of India. Connected to the rest of India only by about 20 km of land (at Siliguri, West Bengal), Northeast India shares over 2,000 km of borders with Bhutan, China, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. Although North-East India is very rich in its food culture, it is very different in its taste and flavors from the rest of the country. Generally, the residents of this region are non-vegetarian and have a fondness for spices. Dishes prepared from bamboo shoots and ducks are popular in the region. So, let’s explore the famous cuisine of North-East India.

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.

The first look of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya: check out these pictures

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...

Bookstores in India that Feature an unique collection of books

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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