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Posted On: 08,Feb 2012 | Uttaranchal , India |

Rishikesh is a city located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is known as The Gateway to the Himalayas. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas. It is located around 25 km north of holy city, Haridwar. This city attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and tourists each year, from within India, as well as from other countries. It is a vegetarian city by law, an alcohol-free city, Due to religious efforts considering feelings of Holy Public and visitors, this city is egg free, and and has also banned the use of plastic bags by shopkeepers and vendors and public has also cooperated to make city clean and pollution free. ASTHA PATH on the bank of Holy Ganga is a point of attraction for morning walkers and have full view of Ganga.

Rishikesh is still known as the World Capital of Yoga. The center of town where the train and bus stations can be found is of little interest to most travelers. Further north-east are 2 bridges spanning the Ganges, Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula, and either end of these bridges are the main hubs of activity and interest. Most accommodation and restaurants can be found in Lakshman Jhula, High Bank and Swarg Ashram.   [more]

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Posted On: 08,Feb 2012 | Uttaranchal , India |

Mussoorie is known as the Queen of Hills in Uttarakhand. It is located about 35 km from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north from the national capital of New Delhi. This hill station, situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges. Commanding snow ranges to the north-east, and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges in the south, the town was once said to present a 'fairyland' atmosphere to tourists. Also, major Hindu pilgrimage sites like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, Rishikesh are not far from this place.

Tourist Attractions In Mussoorie

  • Gun Hill
  • Municipal Garden
  • Childer's Lodge
  • Camel's Back Road
  • Jharipani Fall
  • Bhatta Fall
  • Kempty Fall
  • Nag Devta Temple
  • Mussoorie Lake
  • Van Chetna Kendra
  • Sir George Everest House
  • Jwalaji Temple (Benog Hill)
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    Posted On: 08,Feb 2012 | West Bengal , India |

    Where the land meets the sea at the southern tip of West Bengal lies the Indian Sunderbans, a stretch of impenetrable mangrove forest of great size and bio-diversity. It got its name from one of the mangrove plants known as Sundari (Heritiera Minor). The Sundarbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the rivers Ganges,Brahmaputra and Meghna.

    The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans delta in the Indian state of West Bengal. This region is densely covered by mangrove forests, and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger. It is also home to a variety of bird, reptile and invertebrate species, including the salt-water crocodile. 

    Best time to visit : Due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal, Sunderban experiences very high humidity. Rainfall is quite heavy during monsoon, which last from mid-June to mid-September. After the monsoons, fair weather prevails until mid-March. The best season to visit the Sunderban is between December and February.    [more]

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    Posted On: 07,Feb 2012 | Himachal Pradesh , India |

    Surrounded by Cedar forest and beautiful hills, Khajjiar Lake is situated 24 kilometers from Dalhousie on Chamba road. The Lake is located at an altitude of 1950 meters. Due to its beauty and peaceful environment, Khajjiar hill station has earned the title of ‘Mini Switzerland’.

    The lake never dries even in the summers, as its water is believed to be independent of the rain to survive. A tiny island keeps floating in the lake for divine reasons. Zorbing balls rolling on the surrounding ground backed by lush-green trees makes the view of lake even beautiful. One can enjoy horse ride circumambulating the lake.   [more]

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    Posted On: 07,Feb 2012 | Delhi , India |

    Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 AD, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah citadel also known as Purana Qila, that Humayun founded in 1533. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is still underway. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years; it is the tomb complex of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri's court of the Suri dynasty, who fought against the Mughals, constructed in 1547 CE.

    While the main tomb took over eight years to build, it was also placed in centre of a 30-acre Char Bagh Garden (Four Gardens), a Persian-style garden with quadrilateral layout and was the first of its kind in the South Asia region in such a scale. The highly geometrical and enclosed Paradise garden is divided into four squares by paved walkways (khiyabans) and two bisecting central water channels, reflecting the four rivers that flow in jannat, the Islamic concept of paradise. Each of the four square is further divided into smaller squares with pathways, creating into 36 squares in all, a design typical of later Mughal gardens. The central water channels appear to be disappearing beneath the tomb structure and reappearing on the other side in a straight line, suggesting the Quranic verse, which talks of rivers flowing beneath the 'Garden of Paradise'.   [more]

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    Posted On: 07,Feb 2012 | Himachal Pradesh , India |

    Surrounded by Cedar forest and beautiful hills, Khajjiar Lake is situated 24 kilometers from Dalhousie on Chamba road. The Lake is located at an altitude of 1950 meters. Due to its beauty and peaceful environment, Khajjiar hill station has earned the title of ‘Mini Switzerland’.

    The lake never dries even in the summers, as its water is believed to be independent of the rain to survive. A tiny island keeps floating in the lake for divine reasons. Zorbing balls rolling on the surrounding ground backed by lush-green trees makes the view of lake even beautiful. One can enjoy horse ride circumambulating the lake.   [more]

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    Posted On: 06,Feb 2012 | Agra , India |

    Buland Darwaza meaning 'high' or 'great' gate in Persian, is the largest of gateways in the world. It is located in Fatehpur Sikri which is located 43 km away from Agra, India. It is also known as the "Gate of Magnificence." Buland Darwaza or the loft gateway was built by the great Mughal emperor, Akbar in 1601 A.D. at Fatehpur Sikri. Akbar built the Buland Darwaza to commemorate his victory over Gujarat

    The Buland Darwaza towers above the courtyard of the mosque. The Buland Darwaza is semi octagonal in plan and is topped by pillars and chhatris. Buland Darwaiosks on the roof, stylized battlement and small turrets and inlay work of white and black marble. On the outside a long flight of steps sweeps down the hill giving the gateway additional height. A Persian inscription on eastern archway of the Buland Darwaza records Akbar's conquest over Deccan in 1601 A.D.It is a superb gateway, 40 metres high and 50 metres from the ground. The total height of the Structure is about 54 metres from the ground level.It is the highest gateway in India. It is made up of real sandstone and decorated with beautiful carvings and inlay work in white marble.A verse from the teachings of Jesus Christ was also included in the inscriptions revealing the religious tolerance and broadmindedness of Akbar.It is a 15-storied high gateway that guards the southern entrance of the city of Fatehpur Sikri.   [more]

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    Posted On: 06,Feb 2012 | Himachal Pradesh , India |

    One of the most sought after adventure activities in the state of Himachal Pradesh is trekking. People trek through snow clad mountain peaks, green meadows, dense forests and cross over gushing water streams. People go home with memorable experiences that stay intact for a lifetime!

    Adventure freaks from all over the world have got themselves lured to the majestic Himalayas. Exploring the real nature on foot is something that adventure freaks love; totally. Nestled in Great Himalayas, Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh offers countless opportunities to adventure lovers.

    Himachal Pradesh offers excellent opportunities for deep and refreshing communion with Great Himalayas. Most of the trekkers comment that trekking in Himalayas was an unforgettable experience of their lives. In fact, dense pine forests, gurgling water streams, beautiful fruit orchards and magnificent views of valleys, peaks and passes can leave anyone amazed over the greatness of Himalayas and its natural belongings.

    There are all sorts of trekking routes in Himachal Pradesh. You can choose smaller trekking routes if you have 2-3 days. If you are ready to get immersed in the tranquility of Himalayas, gear up for a weekend long trekking experience in Himachal Pradesh. These trekking explorations will be nothing short of a physical and mental strength.   [more]

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    Posted On: 06,Feb 2012 | Mysore , India |

    Mysore is commonly described as the City of Palaces, however, the term "Mysore Palace" specifically refers to one within the old fort. The Wodeyar kings first built a palace in Mysore in the 14th century, it was demolished and constructed multiple times. The current palace construction was commissioned in 1897, and it was completed in 1912 and expanded later around 1940.[1] Mysore palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India after Taj Mahal with more than 2.7 million visitors.[2] Although tourists are allowed to visit the palace, they are not allowed to take photographs inside the palace. Price of admission for foreign tourists is 200 INR., and for Indians 20 INR. All visitors must remove their footwear to enter the palace.

    Unique rooms

    Ambavilasa This was used by the king for private audience and is one of the most spectacular rooms. Entry to this opulent hall is through an elegantly carved rosewood doorway inlaid with ivory that opens into a shrine to Ganesha. The central nave of the hall has ornately gilded columns, stained glass ceilings, decorative steel grills, and chandeliers with fine floral motifs, mirrored in the pietra dura mosaic floor embellished with semi-precious stones.

    Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion) Entry to the palace is through the Gombe Thotti or the Doll’s Pavilion, a gallery of traditional dolls from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The pavilion also houses a fine collection of Indian and European sculpture and ceremonial objects like a wooden elephant howdah (frame to carry passengers) decorated with 84 kilograms of gold.

    Kalyana Mantapa The Kalyana Mantapa or marriage hall is a grand octagonal-shaped pavilion with a multi-hued stained glass ceiling with peacock motifs arranged in geometrical patterns. The entire structure was wrought in Glasgow, Scotland. The floor of the Mantapa continues the peacock theme with a peacock mosaic, designed with tiles from England. Oil paintings, illustrating the royal procession and Dasara celebrations of bygone years, make the walls more splendid.   [more]

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    Posted On: 06,Feb 2012 | Uttaranchal , India |

    Rajaji National Park is situated in the state of Uttaranchal, now known as Uttarakhand. The picturesque beauty and rich biodiversity of the park serve as its major attractions for both nature lovers as well as wildlife enthusiasts. In the year 1983, Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttaranchal was merged with Motichur and Chilla wildlife sanctuaries and made into Rajaji National Park. The park has been named after Late Sri C. Rajgopalachari (also known as Rajaji), a famous freedom fighter and first governor general of India . Rajaji National Park of India spreads over an area of 820.42 sq km and is open to visitors only from Mid-November to Mid-June.

    Rajaji is home to avian species which are found in forested foothills and in open grassland. It's location in a transition zone between temperate western Himalaya and central Himalaya enhances the species diversity and consequently the viewing prospects. Rajaji's checklist has 324 species and includes good birds like Greater Scaup, White-naped Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Black-bellied Tern, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Black-necked Stork, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Scaly Thrush, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Tytler's Leaf Warbler, Green Avadavat and Reed Bunting.   [more]

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    Posted On: 06,Feb 2012 | Kerala , India |

    Cherai Beach is located in Vypin island, Kochi, India. Cherai Beach is just 25 km from Kochi, and 30 km from Cochin International Airport. The nearest towns are North Paravur (6 km) and Kodungallur (10 km) and the nearest railway station is Aluva (20 km).

    The 15 km of long golden beach is clean, shallow, and attracts swimming and sunbathing. It is one of the few places where one can experience the lagoon (poyil) and ocean separated only by a few hundred metres. One of the main events in Cherai Beach is the tourism fest during December.

    Best season to visit is all throughout the year barring the rainy season (June - October). Tourists can find beach resorts and cottages close to the beach.   [more]

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    Posted On: 04,Feb 2012 | Tripura , India |

    A green hillock known as Kunjaban ( a bower) for its scenic beauty stands to the north of Ujjayanta palace at a distance of about 1 Km. Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya (1909-1923) selected this beautiful place for building a suburban palace for retreat and constructed a palace in 1917 which was named as ‘Pushbanta Palace’. The Maharaja himself being gifted artist is said to have drawn the plan of the palace and its adjoining garden.

    Poet Rabindranath Tagore stayed in the eastern apartment of this palace during his 7th and last visit to the state in 1926. This palace was the mute witness to many of the great poet's creations including a number of popular songs. There are well laid gardens and lawns inside the palace which is the official residence of the Governor of Tripura now. The southern side of the garden has been made open for the public and has been named as‘Rabindra Kanan’.

    Location : Agartala

    How to reach Agartala ?

    By air from Calcutta/ Guwahati. By Train upto Dharmanagar/ Kumarghat and then by road. Distance from Dharmanagar is 192 km, bus fare from Dharmanagar Rs.65/- Distance from Kumarghat – 170 km, bus fare from Kumarghat Rs.50/-.   [more]

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    Posted On: 04,Feb 2012 | Haryana , India |

    Mata Mansa Devi Temple at Panchkula is a symbol of Himalayan culture and faith. The shrine located on the foot hills of Shivalik is an epitome of age old tradition of ‘Shakti’ worship in northern India. Himalaya being the abode of Shiva and his consort’shakti’ became centre of shakti worship. In the vicinity of Panchkula there are numerous Shakti worshipping centers known by their names such as Chandi, Kalika, Mansa, Bhima etc. Hence, mythological speaking, Chandigarh-Panchkula region undoubtedly continued to be living legends of shaktism where its practices are in vogue. However, the present temple which stands a witness to the exciting past of the Shivalik region is about two hundred years old. The archeological treasures unearthed from Chandigarh-Panchkula region throw eloquent light on the history and culture of the area from the prehistoric to the recent times. Although owing to the onslaught of times and climes many tangible realities of the cultural manifestations of the region have been lost in the oblivion, yet there are certain things which never die out. One such reality is the Mansa Devi Shrine and the tradition of shaktism practised in this part of the country, where the past has been rejuvenated for sustaining one of the living traditions of shaktism in India.

     Maharaja Gopal Singh of Manimajra constructed the present main temple of Shri Mansa Devi, which is situated on the Shivalik foothills in village Bilaspur, Tehsil and District Panchkula, during the period 1811-1815. At a distance of 200 meters from the main temple is the Patiala temple which was got constructed by Sh. Karam Singh, the then Maharaja Patiala in the year 1840.   [more]

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    Posted On: 04,Feb 2012 | Jaisalmer , India |

    Once a year in winters and on the middle of the continually rising and falling stark yellow sands of the great Thar Desert, the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with the brilliant colour, music and laughter of the Desert Festival. The festival is organised by the tourist authorities as tourist entertainment around January-February.

    You will get to see Cultural events, camel races, turban tying competitions etc. Not exciting enough! Attend the contests to judge the man with the best moustache. Everything is exotic in the Desert festival, amidst the golden sands of the Thar Desert. With a final musical performance by folk singers under the moonlit sky at the dunes in Sam, just outside Jaisalmer, the festival comes to its end. The rich culture of the region is on display during this three daylong extravaganza.

    The desert festival in Jaisalmer was started to attract foreign tourists, who always wanted to explore as many facets of Rajasthan as they could in the possible crunch of time. The three-day event stresses more on local elements and heritage. For example, this no-nonsense festival will only showcase Rajasthani folk songs and dance. These are presented by some of the best professionals of the art. Similarly, local customs such as Turban tying etc have been added to make it more exotic and colorful in its outlook. 'The moustache competition' is very popular among foreigners. This is simply because of the surprise value attached to this event. Foreigners can be seen posing for pictures with the winners. This is truly a moment worth preserving.   [more]

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    Posted On: 02,Feb 2012 | Chennai , India |

    The park is very small and it takes no more than 20 to 30 minutes to have a good look around the park, but this is reflected in the price which is VERY reasonable. The park doesn't just house snakes but also has a few fairly rare lizard and crocodile species which were a real treat to see.

    The animals looked in fairly good condition however the enclosures and facilities are in desperate need of being upgraded. It is a great place to see some of Indias reptile species though and certainly worth a visit.

    Positive Points - 

    Some unusual species on display Very cheap entry Easy to find

    Negative Points - 

    Very outdated facilities and enclosures Not particularly clean Nowhere to buy food and drink   [more]

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    Posted On: 02,Feb 2012 | Delhi , India |

    The Taj rooms are beautiful. My favorite part of the room is the glassed bathroom with both a tub and a shower. Service-wise, you are offered fruit and tea or coffee to your room when you first check in, which is a very nice touch.

    The hotel is very big with hundreds of rooms, too big for me, but despite this, the overall service manages to make it feel more personal. In regards to the location of the hotel, there isn't much going on around. It is long stretched of roads surrounded by walled in embassy buildings, so there isn't much to look at except for walls.

    One negative thing is that at a hotel of this caliber, it is truly irritating to have to be nickeled and dimed in regards to wifi usage. Wifi should be free or already built into the hotel price. Although the welcome tea is a very, very nice and settling gesture.

    The hotel is very shielded from the craziness of Delhi outside, which can be a good thing based on your perspective.   [more]

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    Posted On: 31,Jan 2012 | Bihar , India |

    Rajgir is famous for its hot water springs, locally known as Brahmakund, a sacred place for Hindus. Another major attraction is the peace pagoda, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, built in 1969, one of the 80 peace pagodas in the world, to spread the message of peace and non-violence. The rope-way that leads to it is another attraction. The Japanese temple is beside the Venu Vana. Venu Vana is an artificial forest, where one can enjoy Eternal peace, and meditate. Historically, Rajgir has been a very important place, as capital to many empires. Main tourist attractions are the Bimbisar's Jail, the Ajatshatru's Fort, and the Jarasandh's Akhara.

    How to Reach

    Air: The nearest airport is at Patna 101 km. Indian Airlines connect Patna to Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Ranchi and Lucknow.

    Rail:Though Rajgir itself has a railway station yet the nearest convenient railhead is at Gaya 78 km.

    Road:Rajgir is connected by road to Patna - 110 km, Nalanda - 12 km, Gaya - 78 km, Pawapuri - 38 km, Bihar Sharif - 25 km, etc.

    Bus : Regular buses are available from all the above said points to Rajgir. Local Transport: Taxis and Buses and Tongas are available.   [more]

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    Posted On: 31,Jan 2012 | Assam , India |

    Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. A World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world's Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Kaziranga boasts the highest density of tigersamong protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International for conservation of avifaunal species. Compared to other protected areas in India, Kaziranga has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalayabiodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility.

    Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests, crisscrossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. Kaziranga has been the theme of several books, songs, and documentaries. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest.

    Kaziranga is a title of a remarkable success story of conservation of the One Horned India Rhinoceros and other wild lives in the North East India. It is not only the homeland of the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, but also provides shelter to a variety of wild lives.

    It is one of the significant natural habitat for in situ conservation of biological biodiversity of universal value. The values and criteria made Kaziranga National Park to get inscribed in the World Heritage Site List 1985. The Kaziranga National Park area consists of 429.93 Sq.Km. with an additional area of 429.40 Sq.Km. and situated in the two districts of Assam, namely Golaghat and Nagaon. The total area of the park within Nagaon district is 175 Sq.Km., out of which 135 Sq.Km. falls under Bagori Forest Range office and 40 Sq.Km. falls within Ghorakati Forest Range office.   [more]

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    Posted On: 31,Jan 2012 | Arunachal Pradesh , India |

    The Famous Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as Tawang Monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in the year 1680-81. The monastery stands on the spur of a hill, about 10,000 feet above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and gradual slope on the east. It offers a commanding and picturesque view of the Tawang-chu valley. From a distance it appears like a fort as if guarding the votaries in the wide valley below. Tawang monastery is the largest of its kind in the country and is one of the larges t monasteries in Asia. Though it has the capacity for housing about seven hundred monks, the actual number of resident lamas (monks) at present is a little more than 450. This monastery is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the people of this region. The approach to the monastery is from the north along the ridge. Just near the entrance to the monastery there is a building housing the dung-gyur mani from where the water is fetched for use in the monastery. To the south of its is the kakaling, the entrance gate. The kakaling is a hut-like structure with its two lateral walls made of staone. It serves as a gate. The ceiling of the kakaling is painted with Kying-khors (Mandalas). The inner walls are painted with mural of divinities and saints. After passing through the kakaling there is a big gate further south which is without any door.

    Further south stand the main gate of the monastery, which is fitted with huge doors and is set in the northern wall of the monastery. It is about 925 feet long and the height varies from about ten to twenty feet. There is another gate near the southern and of this wall. It is fitted with a huge door. Near it there are two slits in the wall to see out through all along the outer side of the eastern wall connecting this gate with the kakaling. It is said that the yarn given by the Vth Dalai Lama to Merak Lama enclosed the area bounded by the four walls.

    A paved path runs from the main gate toward rear of the monastery and leads to a stone slabs court. Religious dances and outdoor ceremonies are held in this court. The entire eastern half of the monastery is covered with sixty residential quarter's called (Sha/Hut) for housing the resident monks. Each of these dormitories has been constructed by a group of villagers on voluntary basis. They also carry out the repairs and are responsible for its maintenance.

    A three storied building stands on the western side of the court. It is the par-khang (Library). All the holly scriptures including. A long two-storied building flanks the southern side of the court. A part of this building is used as store for the provisions of the monks. The other part is occupied by the Dra-tsang buk and his entourage. A two storied building, on the eastern side of the court is called Rhum-Khang which is used for cooking the food-offerings for the rituals as well as refreshments for the monks on ritual days.

    The most imposing building of the monastery is the assembly hall known as Dukhang. It is a three-storied building standing on thenorthern side of the court and houses the template and the Labrang (The establishment of the Abbot.) The inner walls of the Dukhang. are painted with murals of various divinities and saints. The altar occupies the entirenothern wall of th hall. On the left of the alter is the silver casket wrapped in silk containing the Thankas of Goddes Dri Devi (Palden Lhamo) the principle deity of the monastery, which was given to Merak Lama by the Vth Dalai Lama. The said painting came to be known as Ja-Droi-Ma, which means it had warmth of a bird, which symbolized that the Thanka was of a living type.

    A colossal richly gilded statue of Lord Buddha occupies the middle of the northern side. It is seated on a platform and its body, rising up, terminates in a huge head above the first floor. It is the largest image of the monastery also has a Center for Buddhist Cultural Studies where young monks are taught Arithmetic, English and Hindi besides traditional monastic education.

    In brief, this monastery is simply awe-inspiring and majestic in its appearance and grandeur. A visit of Tawang Monastery is most spiritually refreshing experience.   [more]

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    Posted On: 31,Jan 2012 | Andhra Pradesh , India |

    Tirupati is a major pilgrimage and Cultural City located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for the Venkateswara Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, located about 20 kilometres north west of Tirupati in the Tirumala hills. One of the most important pilgrimage centers in the World, the temple draws millions of pilgrims and is the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world. Tirupati City itself has several temples and is famous for its red wooden toys, copper and brass idols. Also, the city is a major economical and educational hub in the southern region of the state.

    The term 'Tirupati' is made of two words, where 'Tiru' means 'Sri' and 'Pati' means 'Husband'. Thus, 'Tirupati' suggests 'Maha Vishnu' or 'Lord of Maha Lakshmi'. Dotted with several temples and immersed in the divine aura in conjunction with scenic beauty, Tirupathi appears truly charismatic. Apart from Sri Venkateswara Temple, there are many famous shrines here, like those of Govindaraja, Rama, Mallikarjuna, etc.

    In the earlier times, the town was ruled by the rulers of various dynasties of South India. Though Tirupati Temple is very old, huge contributions were made by many Kings for its development. The temple town represents the rich cultural legacy of the past. The Tirumala Hills with its lofty peaks, further add to the glistening charm of the town. Travel to Tirupathi and see the spiritual grandeur of the city yourself.

    Tirupati is located at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats at a distance of 550 kilometres south of Hyderabad, the capital of the state, 250 kilometres east ofBangalore, and 150 kilometres north of Chennai.   [more]