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Lion at Gir National Park increased by 27%


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The Pride of Gujarat – Asiatic lions and the incredible Rann of Kutch


The vibrant city Gujarat is located in the western part of India and worldly popular as the Jewel of the Western India. Gujarat is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, cultural heritage, crafts work, scenic splendor and also for its great history. Having innumerable tourist attractions the state is also a most beautiful tourist hub in India. The state has all the things that attract a huge number of tourists and nature lovers from all parts of the globe.

There are a number of tourist places in Gujarat but the most exciting trip is to visit the Gir Forest National Park and Rann of Kutch together. It will be a treat and life time experience for the nature and wildlife lovers.

Gir National Park , Gujarat

Gir National Park Safari

Gir National Park is nestled in the southwest region of Gujarat acquiring an area of 1412 sq km. once it was the hunting grounds of the Nawabs of Junagadh. This forest is full of rivers and streams, plateaus and valleys, evergreen flora, grasslands and rocky hills. This national park is internationally acclaimed for successfully saving the Asiatic Lion (Panther Leo Persica). It is also famous all over the world as the last home of this precious species of Asiatic lions.

There is great news for the wildlife lovers that according to the latest census the number of Asiatic lions has increased by 27%.
Other animals in the park are chital, nilgai, sambar, nilgai antelope, chowsingha four-horned antelope, hyenas, Gir foxes, pygmy woodpecker, brown fish etc. Some of the typical birds also found in Gir forest like sperpent eagle, king vulture, woodpeacker, bush quail, etc, actually it homes over 300 species of resident birds. There are some large water bodies like the Kamleshwar Dam homes marsh crocodile.

Jeep Safari

jeep safari

The most attractive activity during your visit of Gir National Park is jeep safari. Visitors can have a clear glance and click some pictures of many rare animals. They can spot the unmatched wilderness of animals in their natural habitat.

The remarkable place to visit in Gujarat is the endless desert of kutch. Kutch is a land of color, culture, generous history, flaming flamingos, chronicle, White Salt Desert, handicrafts and different migratory birds. This seasonal island is surrounded by seawater. A large part of this district is known as Rann of Kutch.

Rann of Kutch, also famous as the Great Rann of Kutch. It is a mesmerizing salt desert acquires an area around 10,000 square kilometers. The most sticking feature of this amazing place is that this salt desert is submerged in the water during the monsoon season.

Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch

In remaining eight months, this pristine beauty of nature wrapped in white salt and look like a symphony of salt and sand. During these months this place is actually looks like a dream place or heaven of the earth. This Great Rann of Kutch reaches its zenith on a full moon night.

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Sunset at Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

The must do thing in the moon light is the moon light camel safari.
A “Rann Utsav” is also celebrate here, begins in December. Gujarat government set up a number of luxury tents. Tourists can enjoy cultural programs, handicraft stalls with rows of food.

There is a saying for this Great Rann of Kutch is that during the visit of Gujarat “you haven’t seen anything if you haven’t seen Kutch.”

Golden Triangle India


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Things to do in Golden Triangle India Tour


Golden Triangle India is formed by the three wonderful cities of north – west region of the country i.e. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur (charming, captivating and historical cities of India). The geographical locations of these three enchanting cities are in such a way, that collectively they form a triangular shape on the Map of India. That’s why these cities together are known as Golden Triangle of India.

This Golden Triangle Tour of India provides tourists a wonderful opportunity to explore the mixture of various culture & tradition and history & heritage monuments with genuine architectural and structural beauty. This Golden Triangle Tour gives a quick look of three of the most important eras in history of India i.e Mughal, Rajput and British Rulers.

Sightseeing
Starting with Delhi, the largest metro city and also the heart Capital of India. lotustempleNestled at the bank of river Yamuna Delhi is a city with several important historical monuments, religious sights, numerous markets and World Heritage Sites. Agra, nestled on the banks of Yamuna River is widely known for its world heritage site, namely Taj Mahal. Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan is home to several amazing forts and palaces. Each places of this route carries its own uniqueness.

Shopping
During this tour don’t forget to visit the lively markets of these three cities. Shopping in JaipurThere are a number of lively markets are situated in Delhi. For traditional products like bridal Sarees with embroidery visit Chandni Chowk, Delhi and for trendy things, you must visit to Connaught place of the same city. If you want to buy famous Rajasthani jewellery to footwear and Rajisthani ethnic clothes visit the colourful markts of Jaipur. Sadar Bazaar, Agra is also the most likely market for tourists and locals as there is everything for everyone including leather shops,petha (sweet),handicrafts, garments etc.

Walking and cycle Rickshaw ride of Delhi
Walking, Cycle and Rickshaw ride are the best way to explore Delhi and get to know that way the Delhi is the ‘Heart of India’. The real Delhi is in its narrow streets and it can be explored only by a Cycle and Rickshaw or walking. This ride will surely immense you to the web of streets of Delhi with the great experience to visit its rich heritage.

Taj Mahotsav of Agra
Taj Mahotsav is an awaiting vibrant event of Agra. Taj Mohotsav AgraThe celebration of this Mahotsav lasts for ten days and it held near the Taj Mahal. During the Taj Mahotsav festival you can enjoy India’s magical arts, culture crafts and crafts, elephant and camel rides, classical dance, Folk music etc.

Walking tour of Agra Heritage
Agra is worldly known for its breathtaking and centuries old monuments. The most suitable way to experience the glory of these eras’ old palaces is only by the Walking tour of Agra. You can experience the splendor and ambience once associated with Mughal monarchs.

Fatehpur Sikri – The red sandstone walled city Fatehpur Sikri is a world heritage site under UNESCO. Fatehpur Sikri This city tells us the tales of the golden era of Mughal kingdom. Fatehpur Sikri is the fusion of cultures and tradition and home to some eye-catching buildings, palaces and monuments.

Hot Air Ballooning Jaipur
It is like a dream come true with hot air ballooning in Jaipur. It is an amazing thing to fly like a bird over the palaces, temples, Hot Air Ballooning Jaipurhistoric fortresses, and lively things. It offers you to click some really exceptional photos of the beautiful Pink City.

Paragliding at Jaipur
Paragliding has both the shades of parachuting and hang gliding. For the purpose of Paragliding, Jaipur is the perfect place. It is a great experience for a paraglider to stay in the air for a longer period.

Elephant and Camel ride
These Royal Safaris are the most famous activity among the tourists. elephantrideElephant and camel ride is one of the most enjoying experience which gives princely feeling to the visitors. You can visit the royal heritage trip especially the area of Amber Fort.

Apart from this there are a lot to visit during this Golden Triangle Tour of India. Large number of tourists comes here throughout the year to unfold the hidden mysteries and royalty of India.


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Tourist Destinations of India in Summer


Summer is the most stifling season of the year; it is usually the least favorite time of every people. Now this summer season the fiery Sun brings some good news for you. In this upcoming summer vacations get an opportunity to visit India with your family it will gives you a hassle free and embalming summer holiday which will free from many constrain of city life.

India is the most diverse place of the world and there are a number of hill stations and cool places to spend your vacations in the lap of lush green landscapes, spellbinding meadows, meandering rivers and snow capped mountains.

Although most of the famous chill places of India are nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas but the southern part and the Western Ghats of India are also blessed with some wonderful hill retreats. The mesmerizing beaches of south India capture your heart with the silvery sands, gorgeous greenery, lashing waves, swaying palm trees Ayurveda resorts and rocky cliffs.

There are several amazing destinations in India that appeal tourists in hot months like –

Kerala – Kerala is a small but charming state located in south India and neighboring the Indian Ocean. kerala-toursIt is famously known as God’s Own Country as it is fascinated with heavenly beauty. There are a number of tourism options for every age group from water sports to cultural performances, from beachside relaxation t fun in the sun. you can enjoy cultural & heritage of Kerala, best beach destinations, hill stations, wildlife sanctuaries, pilgrimage places and also the prime attraction backwater of Kerala including lovely lakes, brackish lagoons, narrow scenic canals, enchanting rivers and enjoy the lovely sound of Sea water .

Goa – Goa is nestled in the West India region of the Konkan on the coastal plains of South India. It is also considers as the ‘queen of beaches’ and an ideal summer destination. Goa-Beaches-photoGoa beaches are famous for their serenity and liveliness, silver and golden sand, queues of palm trees, green lush vegetation all these combine and make this places paradise for beach lovers and attracts a large number of vacationers from all over the world. You can enjoy some of the exotic activities like parasailing, sea swimming, foot balling, scootering, paragliding, sun bathing and sleeping, exotic night stays, etc.

Shimla – Shimla is the capital city of Himchal Pradesh. Dotted with a number of amazing natural beauties the city is blessed with the presence of seven different hills and also known as ‘Queen of Hills’. traintourThe most prominent attractions of this place are the Jakhu Hill, Gurkha Castles, awe-inspiring greenery, snow capped mountains, wonderful landscapes laden with pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests etc.

Ooty – Ooty or Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam is situated in Tamil Nadu. It is nestled in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Nilgiris and popular as the crown of Nilgiri district. OotyThe lush green valleys, Lofty Mountains, soothing climate, dense forest and the pristine natural beauty make Ooty the most famed hilly area of southern zone. The most notable attraction of this hill station is its tea gardens.

Kashmir – Kashmir referred as the “Paradise on the Earth” is situated at north-western region of India, mostly in the Himalayan Mountains. kashmir-shikara-houseboats-picturesKashmir is pride of the country and its beauty cannot be describes in few words. It is one of the most sought tourist destinations of the country. This heaven never fails to capture the heart of vacationers. It is an extravagantly beautiful place having perfumed gardens, sprawling hilly landscape, Snow-capped Mountains, picturesque surroundings, placid lakes, and varied ranges of flora and fauna. Srinagar, Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Gulmarg , Houseboats of Dal Lake are the most visiting places of Kashmir.

manali-holidays-lush-green-mountains – Manali is a small but picturesque hill station nestled in the vicinity of majestic Himalaya at Himachal Pradesh. This is the ideal place for snowfall lovers as it receives snowfall throughout the year. In Manali the winters are very cold and snowy but in summers. Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass are very famous for adventures sports like skiing, trekking, paragliding, sky diving and many more. Manali is also an ideal honeymoon destination. The snow-capped mountain peaks looks awesome at sunrise and sunset.

Darjeeling – Nestled in the lap of Kanchan Junga, in the State of West Bengal, Darjeeling is one such holiday destinations in the world, whose beauty and charm cannot be found anywhere else. This place is amazingly beautiful and is known by various names like the Land of Peace, Love, eternal happiness etc. this is the perfect holiday destination for nature & adventure lovers, honeymooners and for leisure travelers.

Mussoorie – Mussoorie is a well known hill station of north India situated in the Garhwal hills. MussoorieThere are verdant green hills, scenic landscapes, varied collection of flora and fauna species and number of adventure sports activities allure the vacationers. Mussoorie offers a great weekend with attractions like shopping, trekking etc. The best attraction f Mussoori is Kempty fall.

Nainital – Nainital the beautiful lake resort is one of the most iconic touring hill stations in India. Naini LakeSituated in Uttaranchal it is well renowned for its exotic beauty of nature, elegant lacks and high hills. It is the first choice for honeymooners also.

Apart from these there are a number of other vacation spots and cool places known as summer destinations in India that can be visit in summers.


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ELEPHENT FESTIVAL-A symbol of Royalty JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN


With the starting of March the Pink City Jaipur emerge into a great celebration and preparation of pre-Holi festivals. As everyone knows very well that the Camel is the ‘ship of desert’ and the most perceptible symbol of Rajasthan, but when we think about the Rajputs and their royalty the first thing which stricks our mind is an Elephant.

In India an elephant is always being a sturdy symbol of royalty and while the Ship of the Desert festival is celebrates by Bikaner, the Pink City, Jaipur celebrates “The Elephant Festival”. elephantfestival1-jaipur1This Festival is organized on the full moon day of Phalgun Purnima in the month of March a day before Holi, organized every year by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation at a definite venue i.e Rambagh Polo Ground. It is the most renowned of all the festivals celebrated in Rajasthan.

For this festival, The Mahouts, who are known as the caretakers of the elephants, give their elephants a bath then decorate their elephants with colourful and embroidered velvets rugs and canopy, with gold and silver head-plates as well as garnish their tusks by adorning them with gold and silver bracelets and rings. The owners proudly embellish their female elephants wearing anklets, which make a pleasant sound when the animal moves. elephantfestival1-jaipurIt is quite a treat to see this huge animal with heavy ornaments and anklets decked with bells and vibrant colors, jhools (saddle cloth) and heavy jewellery.
Owners also painted on the bodies of their elephants with the traditional motifs of India, interesting patterns are drawn on the skin of the animal. At the end the most beautiful and decorated elephant is awarded.

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It is immensely pleasing to see the animal playing a sport like Elephant races and polo which are the special features. Some other interesting events associated with the festival are ¬-The tug of war between elephants and 19 men and women is the most exhilarating highlight. In this war the strongest elephant play against the group of peoples. An exhibition name Gaj Shringar is also held here where all things about the animals kept like ornaments, paintings, food and other things. The festival is ends with the performances of folk dances, display of fireworks lighting the sky and speckle of Holi colours.

The other animals to participate in the festival include camels and horses.

holi-festival-jaipur_-indiaIt is believed that, Elephant is one of the nine jewels of “navratnas” came from the stirred of the ocean so; the elephant has been consider as a holy and valuable animal. Elephants are always a great part of the Indian society and the God Ganesha is an Elephant-headed God who is devotedly worshipped in all over India. From bygone era to present time elephants are always present in religious events, marriage ceremonies, processions and battle of Indians.
So come to the festival and enjoy watching this matchless event.

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Elefantastic in Jaipur


Jaipur is the royal city of the state Rajasthan. Soil of the Jaipur is full with aroma of royal life of kings and their culture. It is renowned for its beautiful palaces, Rajput’s forts, havelis and historical places. Jaipur is the most attractive place for international and domestic tourist. It has a great collection of fantastic things which gives amazing experience to every visitor.

Elefantastic Farm, Jaipur

Elefantastic Farm, Jaipur

Jaipur is also famous for Elefantastic, is lies in the depths of the jungles and on the peaceful hilltops. It is a wide and beautiful farm area, which is famous as a natural habitat of elephants and for elephant ride. It is located in the Amber, is the small and elegant town located 1 km from the Amber Palace. This beautiful place is the shelter of 24 elephants. There are 23 female elephants and only one male elephant live as a family.
It will be an amazing experience that you will visit royal city Jaipur by royal ride of elephant. You can explore complete area of this place .Your visit start from the warm welcome by the team of elefantastic and elephants. The elephant safari starts before sunset and end after dark. They will prepare your royal ride, wash the elephants, feed and water them. There is a huge gallery and collection about the elephant decoration. Colors, designs and traditional way of elephant decoration are really very fascinating and great of attraction of your visit.

Washing the Elephants in Elefantastic, Jaipur

Washing the Elephants in Elefantastic, Jaipur

After the traditional and delicious lunch, wonderful elephant ride will start with elephant rider or tourist guide. This trip starts from the visit of the jungle area.The area of Elefantastic is full with wild animals. This wonderful tour starts from the visit of aroma of nature, chippering of birds and sound of many wild animals. Golden birds, Black Shouldered kite, Peacock and Asian Paradise Flycatcher are the beautiful birds of this farm area. It is also home of the wild animals like Leopard, Wolf, Hyena, Jackals and Antelopes and Tigers. It is really very adventurous and exciting that you are on the elephant safari and Tigers just roaming around you.

Elephant Safari

The Elephant Safari

After the complete tour of jungle area you will go for Amber fort, is like a magnificent palace, built from golden yellow, white marble and pink sandstone and it is divided into four major sections with big courtyard. You will enter into Amber fort by the elephant ride through Suraj Pol which leads to the Jaleb Chowk, which is main courtyard of the fort. Elephant riders are also good guide they explain each and everything to the tourist about Amber fort. It is very fantastic that you will visit a wonderful fort, which is a marvelous epitome of the royal ness of kings through a royal elephant ride. Full visit of Amber fort and Amber village through elephant safari really gives you an amazing experience.
In the evening, there is the arrangement of camp fire and camps. Many traditional and culture program make this trip colorful and unforgettable. Elefantastic trip is one of the amazing and most renowned in Jaipur area. Enjoy this wonderful, royal and different trip of Jaipur.


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Durga Puja-The Real Sole Of Hindus


This is the time when hot summer completely says goodbye and a pleasant wheather arise in India. End of the September brings delight, hopes, joy and happiness in Indian. It is the time when festival knocks the door of Indians. Magical colors of festivals are the breath of India. Festival time is starting for the divine nine days that are known as Navratra or Durga Puja. Durga Puja is celebrated by the all parts of the society of India whether it is slum area or a royal street.

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Durga Puja is celebrated in all over the India with different custom and style. Durga Puja is the nine days festival during these nine day people offering worships and fast of nine days.These nine days people enjoy very much with the divine feeling of trust and faith on spiritual power.

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It is believe of Hindus that goddess Durga emerged from energies of the  most powerful Hindu gods and the supreme trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma to vanquish the evil demon Mahishasura who never be defeated by any powerful man or god.In the ancient and divine language of India ,Sanskrit the meaning of Durga is “the inaccessible” or “the impenetrable”. Goddess Durga regarded as the Parvati.wife of Lord shiva. People worships of the goddess Durga idols .The goddess Durga idols is the idol of very beautiful and powerful woman with a third eye on her forehead, carrying weapons in her ten hands and riding on the lion.

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“Sindur Khela” at Durga Puja in West Bengal

Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the various Indian states of  Bihar ,Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tripura Manipur, and West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday. In Tripura and West Bengal,which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the  festival of the year. Not only is it the Hindu festival celebrated throughout the nation, it is also the most valuable socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kashmir, Kerala and Karnataka.

 

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Devotees immerse the idols of Goddess Durga in the Hooghly river in Kolkata

Kolkata is widely renowned for its fish market and Durga Puja. The traditional city Kolkata enjoys most during the Durga puja. The whole Kolkata city will be decked out like a beautiful new bride. Lights, colors, songs and dance spread fragrance of joy in this city. Durga Puja is the most divine and precious festival of the Bengalis.

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Durga Puja celebration in Gujarat

In Gujarat, Durga Puja is celebrated in spectacular color of joy. Dandiya Dance or Garba dance makes this festival awesome. Gujarati People enjoyed a lot this time of a festival with the charm of Dandiya dance. Devotion, colorful Pandals (temporary place of worships during festival), traditional dresses, devotional songs and delicious dishes are the attraction of this festival.

It has been listed as the biggest festival in Asia, in terms of devotion,  money as well as the number of people involved in putting together the spectacular show. The real charm of Hindu religions, culture, beliefs, colors of Indians only can see during the Durga Puja.

Now it’s the time when Hindu people waiting and starts the frenzy preparation of this delightful festival.The festival time of Durga Puja starts from the last week of  September to till 4 first week of the October onwards.


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Kanwar Yatra-An Incredible Journey Devoted To The Lord Shiva


Kanwarias On The Way

Kanwarias -On The Way

Kanwar or KanvarYatra is an annual pilgrimage or a festival of Lord Shiva devotees. Devotees from different parts of country visit to Gangotri , Gaumukh and Haridwar. They cover a large distance by walking barefoot and bring the holy water Ganga from these sacred places. The devotees who are a part of this divine Yatra (journey) are called as Kanwarias. This name is derived from word ‘Kanvar’. Kanwar or Kanvar means a single dedicated pole with two ends and each end hanging two pots to carry water. It is generally carried on the shoulder.

The Yatra takes place throughout the sacred month of Shravan (Saavan) (July -August), in keeping with the Hindu calendar.

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Kanwar

The purpose of this Yatra is to bring the holy water of Ganga from pilgrimage places like Haridwar,Gangotri and Gaumukh. This sacred water of Ganga is brought back to their native villages or city and offered to the Lord Shiva’s linga in the local temples. Pouring of water on the divine linga of Lord Shiva is known as Abhishekam. Saffron clad Kanwarias dedicate whole monsoon season to the worships of Lord Shiva. There is a rule for Kanwar Yatra , Kanwariyan can not put their Kanwars on the earth.

Kanwarias with Ganga Water Pots

Kanwarias with Ganga Water Pots

Kanwarias With Decorated Kanwars

Kanwarias With Decorated Kanwars

A Lady Carrying Kanwar

A Lady Carrying Kanwar

Kanwarias  At Bank Of  The Holy River Ganga

Kanwarias At Bank Of The Holy River Ganga

Now a days devotees are traveling to a nearest place by vehicle, and then starting the rest Yatra on foot from there. Those who are terribly far away from Haridwar ,Gangotri ,Gaumukh or other big pilgrimage take up the Yatra to a local river or pond and fetch the water in their Kanwar and then offer to the Ling of the Lord Shiva.

There are many mythologies which are related to the Kanwar Yatra.Some mythologies are here:

  • Kanwar Yatra started by the Lord Rama in Treta Yuga.when Lord Rama had brought the holy water of river Ganga in the Kanwar from Sultanganj and poured that on the Ling of Lord Shiva at Babadham.
  • When the Samundra Manthan (churning of the oceans) took place in the month of  Sawan and fourteen amazing things came out then thirteen of them were divided among the demons, deities and demigod except the dangerous poison i.e. known as Halahal.For the saving of all Lord Shiva drank the poison and stored that in his throat thereafter all gods offered the holy and cold water of river Ganga to Lord Shiva to reduce the bad effect of poison. This Manthan was happened in the month of Sawan, since then the devotees started Kanwar Yatra to offer the holy water of Ganga to the Lord Shiva.
  • It is also a believe that demon king Ravana also brought the holy water of river Ganga from Haridwar and furnished to Lord Shiva at the local Shiva temples.
A Kanwaria Touching the Wall Of Temple

A Kanwaria Touching the Wall Of Temple

Linga Of Lord Shiva

Linga Of Lord Shiva(Shivlinga)

This year,the Kanwar Yatra 2014 has started from 13 July. It is the sanctified and blessed month to worshiping Lord Shiva. Furnishing Ganga Jal Abhishekam and taking fast during this month showers miraculous benefits of the devotees. It is one of the beliefs of Hindu religion that the worship of Lord Shiva during Shravan month is pondered 108 times more effective than worshipping during another day. Worshiping Lord Shiva with Ganga water is a way to seek Moksha(freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth).

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