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Posted On: 27,Jan 2012 | Mathura , India |

Dwarkadhish Temple is an inexorable part of the religious shrines of Mathura. Mathura is a small town in the western part of Uttar Pradesh. In terms of religion, Mathura is an important place, where Lord Krishna took birth, around 5000 years ago. Located in the eastern part of Mathura, Dwarkadheesh Mandir can be reached easily by means of local transport available in Mathura. It is also accessible from Delhi through regular buses and private taxis. Dwarkadheesh Temple is one of the most visited shrines of Mathura. Built in 1814, Dwarkadhish Temple is said to have been constructed by Seth Gokul Das Parikh, who was the treasurer of the Gwalior Estate. He was a great devotee of Lord Krishna and erected the shrine to commemorate the deity. In the present day, Dwarikadhish Temple is administered by the followers of the Vallabhacharya sect. The main shrine embraces the images of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. Apart from the image of Radha-Krishna, the shrine has images of other Gods of the Hindu Pantheon. The structure of the temple has the glimpse of local art and architecture. The interiors boast the excellent work of art, brilliant carvings and exquisite paintings. In the vein of other Krishna temples, Janmashtami is the major festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the temple. Besides Janmashtami, the much-awaited festivals like Holi and Diwali are observed with a whole-hearted celebration. People from all over the country come to this sacred shrine to receive the blessings from the Lord.   [more]

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Posted On: 27,Jan 2012 | Karnataka , India |

To get close to the culture of the Keladi Rulers, to know more about the relics of Indian cultural heritage of the last three centuries and some of its important aspects that are preserved, the Keladi Museum is a must visit. The Keladi Museum is the only rural museum that consists of manuscripts, sculptures and paintings. The museum was established by Sri. Keladi Gunda Jois about 20 years back. During that time, Sri Keladi Gunda did not have enough funds to maintain proper staff and provide facilities. Over a period of time, board of trustees consisting of eminent scholars was formed. It was then that from 1985 onwards the National Archives, National Museum of Delhi and the Government of Karnataka started issuing small donations that helped grow the museum. Today, the museum has a research centre and a publication wing. The board of directors of the museum undertook the difficult task of publishing a study of "Sivatattva Ratnakara", the famous encyclopaedic work on history, politics, administration, dance, drama, music, sculpture, literature and painting. Many ancient artefacts are carefully preserved in the museum in the vicinity of the Rameshwara Temple at Keladi. This rural museum is the actual storehouse of historic accounts of Keladis and is a resource centre for research scholars and students. The museum has a collection of rare objects which include swords, combs, manuscripts, coins and brass idols. Paintings that exude creativity are preserved at the museum. An illustration of Queen Victoria and the countries colonized by the British in an exquisite work of art called The Guardian Angel of the British Empire is a masterpiece in Keladi Museum. Things are exhibited from 10am to 5pm except monday and other government holidays.   [more]

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Posted On: 25,Jan 2012 | Jodhpur , India |

Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state, is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A winding road leads to and from the city below. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left of the fort is the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending the Mehrangarh fort. There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (meaning 'victory'), built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Fattehpol (also meaning 'victory') gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the defeat of the Mughals. The palm imprints upon these still attract much attention even today. The museum in the Mehrangarh fort is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. In one section of the fort museum there is a selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms. Period rooms Moti Mahal - The Pearl Palace Built by Raja Sur Singh (1595–1619), the Moti Mahal is the largest of the Mehrangarh Museum's period rooms. Sur Singh's Moti Mahal has five alcoves leading onto hidden balconies; it is believed they were built for his five queens to listen in on court proceeding. Sheesha Mahal - The Hall Of Mirrors It is a fine example of a typical Rajput Sheesh Mahal. The mirror-work includes large, regular pieces, rather than an intricate mosaic of tiny fragments; another thing is the superimposition over the mirror-work of brightly painted religious figures made in plaster. Phool Mahal - The Palace Of Flowers The Phool Mahal was created by Maharaja Abhaya Singh (1724–1749). The grandest of Mehrangarh's period rooms the Phool Mahal was in all likelihood a private and exclusive chamber of pleasure; dancing girls once swooned in exhaustion here under a ceiling rich in gold filigree. Takhat Vilas - Maharaja Takhat Singh's Chamber Built and lived in by Maharaja Takhat Singh (1843–1873), Jodhpur's last ruler to reside in the Mehrangarh Fort, Takhat Vilas is an interesting blend of styles, most traditional, but some, like the glass balls on the ceiling, testifying to the modern age which arrived with the British.   [more]

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Posted On: 25,Jan 2012 | Haridwar , India |

Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar (Hindi: मंसा देवी मंदिर, हरिद्वार) is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mansa in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state ofIndia. The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parvat] on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar. The temple is known for being the holy abode of Mansa, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the sage Kashyapa. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Nāga (serpent) Vasuki. The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of a sincere devotee. Devotees who want their wishes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. Mansa is also offered coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks in order to appease her. Mansa Devi Temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two beingChandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple. The inner shrine has two deities installed, one with eight arms and the other one three headed with five arms. Mansa Devi Temple is an ancient temple that attracts people from both far and near due to its significance. The temple is considered a must visit for the pilgrims going to Haridwar. It enhances the holy tradition of Haridwar which persists in the place from many past centuries. It offers views of the River Ganges and the plains of Haridwar. To reach the shrine one has to either follow the trekking route up to this holy shrine or ride on the recently introduced rope-way service. The rope-way service known as "Mansa Devi Udankhatola" was introduced for the benefit of the pilgrims and it caters to the pilgrims also to the nearby located Chandi Devi shrine. The rope-way carries the pilgrims from the lower station directly to the Mansa Devi Temple. The total length of the rope-way is 540 metres (1,770 ft) and the height it covers is 178 metres (584 ft). On a normal day, the temple is open between 8 am and 5 pm, except for lunch closings of 12 pm to 2 pm.   [more]

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Posted On: 25,Jan 2012 | Chennai , India |

Shopping in chennai is fun. Shopping happens in all ranges, from road side shops in Pondy Bazaar, Pantheon road to highly sophisticated and state of art malls like Spencer Plaza, Ampa Sky walk and Citi Center. Chennai is a Shopper's delight. There are a lot of places and shops worth visiting. One thing to be kept in mind is to try to bargain for prices at almost all places. New plazas are springing up. Readymade clothing including brands, art and crafts, contemporary and traditional artwork, antiques, jewellery etc are easily available in the city. Traditional items like Pattamara Mats and the leaf and palmyra-fiber handicrafts from Tirunellveli, bronze and brass castings and traditional jewelry from Kumbakonam, Metal works from Tanjavur, stone carvings from Mamallapuram, Silks from Kanchipuram are all available in Chennai. For conventional items and handicrafts, Government Emporiums offer wide variety of choice at fixed rate. Victoria Technical Institute at Anna Salaai offers handicrafts from all over the country. Central Cottage Industries Emporium in Temple Towers Anna Salaai again offers good stuff. Large air-conditioned complexes go to Spencer Plaza Anna Salai, Shopper's Stop Harrington Rd, Globus or GeeGee Emerald Plaza MG Road all have range of shops selling famous brands of clothing, books, music, children toys and accessories etc. There are many shops in Nungambakkam selling a variety of goods and a stroll along these places is quite likely to catch your eyes. For books, CDs, cards and other novelties, visit Landmark at Nungambakkam or Fountainhead at Mylapore. The most popular bookshops are Higginbothams, BookPoint (Anna Salai) and The Bookshop at Spencer Plaza. The Giggles Bookshop at Taj Connemara hotel is also well stocked. Second hand booksellers set up shop along Anna Salai in the afternoon. You can find decent English language books with little patience.   [more]

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Posted On: 25,Jan 2012 | Kolkata , India |

Metro Railway, Kolkata is the first underground Metro Railway in India. It extends from Dum-Dum near Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose airport, Kolkata to Tollygunj, the busy north south axis of Kolkata over a length of 16.45 Kms. There are Seventeen Stations en route at about one km apart. The Metro Railway Kolkata was constructed progressively from 1972 to 1995, Phase-I a length of 3.04 Kms. from Esplanade to Bhowanipur having been completed in 1984. Full length of 16.45 Kms was commissioned in 1995. The Kolkata Metro or Calcutta Metro is a mass rapid transit system serving the city of Kolkata and the districts of South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas in Indian state of West Bengal. The network consists of one operational line (Line 1) and five lines currently under construction. It was the first such form of transportation in entire India when it first opened its commercial services back in 1984.   [more]

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Posted On: 24,Jan 2012 | Jammu Kashmir , India |

Location : Leh, Ladakh Region, J&K Architectural Style : Medieval Tibetan Architecture Historical Significance : Palace of the 16th Century Ruler Sengee Namgayal Timing : 7.00 am - 10.00 am & 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm Lording it over the old town from the peak of a craggy granite ridge is the derelict palace of the 16th century ruler Sengge Namgyal. A scaled down version of the Potala in Lhasa, it is a textbook example of medieval Tibetan architecture, with gigantic sloping buttressed walls and projecting wooden balconies that tower nine storey above the surrounding houses. Since the Ladakhi royal family left the palace in the 1940s, damage inflicted by 19th century Kashmiri cannons has caused large chunks of it to collapse. Bring a flashlight, and be careful while walking in spite of restoration work, holes gape in the floors and dark staircases. Dukhar Temple Also worth a look as one passes is the Dukhar temple on the fourth storey. The gloomy shrine, whose centrepiece is a thousand armed image of the Goddess Tara, houses eerie masks, musical instruments and weapons - props for the recitals and religious ceremonies once held in the courtyard outside.   [more]

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Posted On: 24,Jan 2012 | Hyderabad , India |

Ocean Park is situated at Gandipet, 20 km. from Hyderabad, in 20 acres of landscaped gardens, an amusement park that you haven't seen the likes of yet in India. It is one of the first theme parks started in twin-cities and continues to be a great hit especially with children. But it is not the young ones alone who enjoy, even adults can have lots of fun here. It is a family amusement park offering a good mix of fun and thrills for people of all ages with water rideskiddies pool, wave pool, water slides, dry rides- super loop, the 60 feet high ride, bumping cars, slam bomb etc. The park has a water sports section and another one for amusement games. Here you can relive your childhood or romp around with your children amid the various water bodies. If you enjoy the thrills of the games where the ships and trains make half and full circles, where tea cups juggle in the air and you are literally taken on a ride, then Ocean park is the place for you. Ocean Park is divided into different section, in the kids section there is a wading pool and fountain, while the adults section has the exhilarating water slides. There is also a waves and swimming pool with different sections for men women and children. Jet skiing is also available. Toy train, helicopters, huge air filled balloon, video games are available for children and for adults there is tora tora ride, single loop roller coaster and a ship that sails from side to side churning your insides out. Inside the park, food is not allowed. Near Gandipet, there is also Sagar Mahal guesthouse. Attractions within Ocean park Kiddies Pool, A 60-Ft High Ride, The Slam Bomb, Bumping Cars And Dry Rides For People Of All Ages. Location : Near Osman Sagar Lake (Gandipet) Timing : 11.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M Entry Fee : For Adults - Rs.150/- For Children - Rs. 100/- Open : Every Day   [more]

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Posted On: 24,Jan 2012 | Shimla , India |

Shimla (also known as Simla) is a tourist destination par excellence. It is a beautiful hill town in the lap of nature, surrounded by pine and deodar forests. Temperature is ideal in summers and tourists flock it in great numbers and it is highly advisable to get hotel reservations done well in advance despite the fact that there are over 1000 hotels in Shimla. It is well connected by road to the plains. Facilities and amenities are good. People are friendly. It is also comparatively safer than other tourist destinations. All this makes it the favorite travel destination of tourists from India and across the world. A amazingly high percentage of tourists come back here again. It is situated in the north-west Himalayas and is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. It is a 18 sq km mountainous region lying at an altitude of 2,213 meters. British coined the term “Queen of the hills” for Shimla. It has been blessed with all the natural bounties, one can think of. The biggest industry in Shimla is hotel, travel and tourism. Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, the town retains a colonial aura, with its grand old buildings. If you happen to visit Shimla without hotel reservations, you can take the services of one of the numerous porters who double up as travel guides and touts for hotels in Shimla. Prime Attractions In Shimla are Himachal State Museum & Library Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies Prospect Hill Summer Hill Elysium Hill Glenn   [more]

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Posted On: 24,Jan 2012 | Mountabu , India |

The history of Mount Abu is as diverse as the city itself. It was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region. After that, it was leased by the British government from the then Maharaja of Sirohi for use as the headquarter of the resident to Rajputana (another name for Rajasthan). Mount Abu was the home of many saints and sages in the old days. Legend has it that all the 330 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon used to visit this holy mountain. This place is held in reverence by Jains as well since Jain scriptures record that Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankar (spiritual leader), also visited Mount Abu and blessed the city. Amba Ji Mata Temple Ambaji-the Origin of the Supreme Cosmic Power of the Universe is one of the fifty one 51 ancient Shakti Piths Tirth in India. There are 12 main Shakti Pith Tirth, significant places of pilgrimage for the worship of Shakti, namely, Ma Bhagwati Mahakali Maha Shakti at Ujjan, Ma Kamakshi at Kanchi Puram, Mata Bramaramba at Malay Giri, Shri Kumarika at Kanya Kumari, Mataji Ambaji at Anartgujarat Mata Mahalaxmidevi at Kohlapur, Devi Lalita at prayag, Vindhya Vasini at Vindhya, Vishalakshi at Varansi, Mangalavati at Gaya and Sundari Bhavani at Bangal & Guhya Kesari in Nepal. Sundha Mata Temple The historical and religious Sundha Shrine is center of attraction for devotees which is situated at the end of ARAWALI Mountains, the heart-line of Rajasthan. Several historical and religious matters have been attached to this shrine which is surrounded by the soothing climate of ARAWALI Mountains. Its attractive natural beauty is incomparable in itself. The water touching the sacred feet of "MAHISHASUR MARDINI" is spreading its soothing musical sounds in the unique atmosphere. The Soil of hue feet gives a pleasing touch even in summer season. The mountain too appears like an evergreen forest. There is a unique combination of mountains, water and soil. The flowing water, lovely twittering of birds and sporty monkeys attract people automatically.   [more]

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Posted On: 23,Jan 2012 | Tripura , India |

Tripura is a state in North-East India which borders Bangladesh, Mizoram and Assam. It is surrounded by Bangladesh on its north, south and west: the length of its international border is 856 km (84 per cent of its total border). It shares a 53 km long border with Assam and a 109 km long border with Mizoram. The state is connected with the rest of India by only one road (NH-44) that runs through the hills to the border of Karimganj District in Assam and then winds through the states of Meghalaya, Assam and North Bengal to Calcutta. At the time of Tripura's merger with effect from October 15 1949 with the Indian Union, the major mode of farming was shifting cultivation or 'jhum', which produced little surplus. A small proportion of the plain lands of the State were under settled agriculture undertaken by Bengalis, and the main crop was rice. Most of the plain lands of the State were not under cultivation and were covered with cane-brakes and marshes. Thus at the time of formation of the State, the economy was predominantly agricultural and forest-based, with no industrial base, a low level of urbanization and limited infrastructure. Capital Agartala Population 36,71,032 (census 2011) more Principal Languages Bengali and Kokborok   [more]

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Posted On: 23,Jan 2012 | Delhi , India |

Jantar Mantar is very popular among tourists and the people of Delhi. The structure is another great masterpiece of Indian architecture which shows the scientific acumen of ancient India. Jantar Manter is situated at Parliament Street, very close to Connaught Place. Jantar Mantar is also called Delhi Observatory. It is maintained by the Jaipur government because it was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur in 1710 A.D. It is a remarkable structure which consists of fourteen geometric devices used for measuring time, forecasting weather changes, predicting behaviour of planets and finding extraterrestrial altitude. All these devices are fixed structures and point to a specific direction. The largest device or instrument is the Samrat Jantar which is 90 feet high and its shadow is plotted in such a manner so that is shows the exact time of the day. Any weather change or the onset of monsoons can be ascertained by the Hindu Chhatri, which is a small domed structure.  The whole structure is made of stone and marble with each of then having an engraved astronomical scale. Jantar Mantar finally got the status of a national monument in 1948. It has always attracted architects, historians and scientists from all over the world.  Maharaja Jai Singh was a fanatical astronomer himself who studied various works from Hindu, Muslim and European astronomy. He had the perception that the tables used by the pundits were deceptive and the actual planetary changes and predictions of eclipses would not have been possible through these measuring parameters. So he thought that he would find an improved and efficient means through which exact prediction could be made. It was his own inspiration and foresightedness that gave shape to such an instrument. He built other observatories at Jaipur, Ujjain, Benares and Mathura to have an exact calculation. It took almost seven years before the whole structure was fully operational because he wanted to be fully satisfied with the accuracy of the instruments at Jantar Mantar.   [more]

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Posted On: 23,Jan 2012 | Delhi , India |

The vibrant and exotic atmosphere of Delhi markets can make shopping lots of fun. In fact, Delhi has the best markets in India, with handicrafts from all over the country. These top markets in Delhi are a treasure trove of goods waiting to be discovered. This huge Delhi market has been deliberately made to feel like a traditional weekly village market, called a haat. Small thatched roof cottages with a village atmosphere give it great ambiance. The market offers an exciting blend of handicrafts from all over India, food, and cultural and music performances. The entry fee is 15 rupees (35 cents). Don't miss it! Location: Sri Aurobindo Marg (opposite INA Market). Also at Netaji Subash Place (adjacent to Netaji Subash Place Metro Station), and Pitampura. Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30 a.m. to 10 p.m., including national holidays. What to Buy: Indian handcrafts and artifacts. This very popular and lively Delhi market, which was recently given a makeover, has something for everyone. You'll find goods from everywhere in India and Tibet here, and it's a great place to shop for things to take back home. However, you'll need all your bargaining skills to get a really decent price. Location: Janpath, just off Connaught Place, in central New Delhi. Opening Hours: Daily. What to Buy: Handicrafts, hippy clothing, shoes, paintings, brassware, Indian artifacts, leather work, and cheap jewelry.   [more]

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Posted On: 23,Jan 2012 | Varanasi , India |

Few places in India are as colourful, charismatic or spiritual as the bathing ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi. The city of Shiva is one of the holiest places in India, where Hindu pilgrims come to wash away a lifetime of sins in the Ganges or to cremate their loved ones. Varanasi, previously named Benares and Kashi (City of Light) – it was renamed after the Varuna and Asi Rivers, which meet here – has always been an auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death). The city is the beating heart of the Hindu universe, a crossing place between the physical and spiritual worlds, and the Ganges is viewed as a river of salvation, an everlasting symbol of hope to past, present and future generations. The magical but sometimes overwhelming city is where the most intimate rituals of life and death take place in public on the city’s ghats. The accessibility to the practices of an ancient but still living religious tradition is what captivates many visitors, and a walk along the ghats or a boat ride on the river is one of India’s most absorbing experiences. Museums at Varanasi Jantar Mantar at Varanasi Archaeological museum Bharat Kala Bhavan Ramnagar Fort Temples Varanasi is a city of temples. Tilbhandeshwar temple is also one of the oldest temples in Varanasi. It is situated near Bengali Tola Inter College Pande Haweli.   [more]

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Posted On: 23,Jan 2012 | Cochin , India |

Kochi  formerly Cochin, is a major port city on the west coast of India by the Arabian Sea. Kochi is part of the district of Ernakulam in thestate of Kerala. Kochi is often called by the name Ernakulam, which refers to the western part of the mainland Kochi. The civic body that governs the city is the Corporation of Cochin, which was constituted in the year 1967, and the statutory bodies that oversee its development are the Greater Cochin Development Authority and the Goshree Islands Development Authority. Tourist spots in Cochin Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi Fort Kochi beach St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi Vasco House, Fort Kochi Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry   [more]

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Posted On: 23,Jan 2012 | Agra , India |

it is a very-2 beautiful temple. Radhasoami (Radha Swami) is a philosophical organization originating in 19th century India, and considered by adherents as a true way to attain God realization. The Radhasoami faith is also referred to as Sant Mat, the "Path of the Saints." The word 'Radhasoami' itself is actually a combination of two words: 'Radha' (referring to the soul or spiritual essence, either of an individual or of the whole) and 'Soami' (referring to the spiritual master; cognate to the Sanskrit term swami or svami); the combined word thus refers to the "Lord of the Soul" or God. It also can be interpreted to mean the "Master Soul" or "Spirit Master" who guides the disciple to higher states of consciousness. Like its sister Sant Mat sects, Radhasoami emphasizes the use of listening to inner sound accessed by (mantra/simran), combined with personal loyalty to a given living Master, for devotees to attain desired states of spiritual advancement. daytona beach hotels   [more]

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Posted On: 19,Jan 2012 | Jammu Kashmir , India |

Gulmarg’ – ‘Path of Roses’ in Hindi is a Hill Station and a Notified Area Committee Town of Baramulla District in India’s northernmost State – Jammu and Kashmir.Located at 34°03′N74°23′E34.05°N 74.38°E coordinates, it is a mountain-plateau perched at an elevation of about 9000 feeton the slopes of Mount Apharwat – world’s 9th highest mountain.Gulmarg lies at the western end of the Himalayas in a subsidiary range called the Pir Panjal and close to Nanga Parbat (Mountain). Gulmarg is about 55 kilometres southwest of the State Capital – Srinagar. Gulmarg is an all-weather resort and attracts tourists for trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, water skiing, fishing, skiing, Heli-skiing, snowboarding, sledding and snow-shoeing. An International Tourism destination for Winter Adventure Sports - Gulmarg is one of the best powder snow resorts of the world owing to regular and considerable snowfalls all winter long. Gulmarg was originally called ‘Gaurimarg’ by the native shepherds. In the 16th Century, Sultan Yusuf Shahchanged its name to ‘Gulmarg’ when he saw scores of brightly coloured wildflowers carpeting the hills and meadows kilometres together. Mughal Emperor Jahangir is known to have picked 21 different varieties of wild flowers from Gulmarg. Gulmarg has been a filmmaker’s favourite locale when the theme is romance. Gulmarg epitomizes natural beauty and fills the ambience with marvelous multi-coloured landscapes what with millions of wild flowers covering kilometres of meadows and hill slopes of Gulmarg. It is a massive saucer-shaped slope,dense and bright greenmeadow of about 5 square kilometres in area in the Gulmarg Valley of the Kashmir region. In springtime this whole area gets blanketed with scores of bright Daisies, Poppies, Buttercups, Bluebells and Forget me not’s. All this is with a backdrop of the silvery snow-capped mountain range. The course that leads to Gulmarg is just as fascinating as it meanders its way through flat areas of rice fields and then ascends the hills through conifer-covered hill-slopes. This is one of the few places to skip shortcuts. The peaks surrounding Gulmarg range in heights of 8,700 and 10,500 ft, which make it the only ‘Heli Skiing’Station in Asia and the highest Skiing location in India. Being a world famous tourist spot for Snow Sports, the sports gear such as skis, boots, sticks, gloves and goggles are available for rent at the Ski shop which is owned and run by the government where you would also find skiing instructors. You would be surprised to know that the world’s second highestCable Car operates in Gulmarg! Gulmarg also cradles one of world’s Highest Golf Courses. Gulmarg offers some breath-takingviews on the trekking trails. The trek routes commence at Gulmarg and follow a well-graded Pony track over the Apharwat Ridgeand across to the Khilanmarg. At the base of the Apharwat Ridge lies the picturesque Alpine Lake –Alpather about 13 kms from Gulmarg.The Alpather Lake is frozen for more than half a year until mid-June where you see lumps of ice afloat. Horse-Riding enthusiasts make it a day’s excursion to the Alpather Lake by traversing the 26 kms onward and back on horseback. At the base of the slopes of Gulmarg is the Shrine of Baba Reshi or Ziarat of Baba Reshi who is a famous Muslim Saint who breathed his last in Gulmarg. Baba Reshi was once a courtier of the Kashmir King Zain-ul-Abidin. Thousands of pilgrims visit this Shrine each year. Joshmaidan is another beautiful meadow near Gulmarg to visit and takes 5 days for a return trekking trip. Beauty mixes with the brains at Gulmarg with the inception and presence of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Gulmargat 74o E, 34.1o N coordinates. This high-altitude Atomic Research Centre is an Astrophysical Science Division that operates a Low-energy Neutron Monitor. BARC engages in a wide spectrum of scientific and technological activities spanning basic laboratory bench scale research to scaled-up plant level operations. BARC’s mandate is to provide Research and Development support required to sustain one of the major peaceful applications of nuclear energy such as the power generation, including the conceptualization of the program; drafting and finalization of the design of the Reactor and its peripheral components. The Astrophysical Sciences Division operates three outstation facilities at - Mount Abu, Srinagar and Gulmarg. A low energy neutron monitor is operated at this High Altitude Research Laboratory in Gulmarg while the Mumbai and Mount Abu Laboratories engage in high energy Gamma Ray Astronomy. What BARC also does is extend its expertise to chemical processing of spent fuels, safe disposal of nuclear waste besides developing new isotope application techniques in industries, medicine and agriculture. Advanced frontline research in physical, chemical and biological sciences are intensely being pursued in BARC in order to give the nation a cutting edge in the fields of science and technology at the international levels. Thus, BARC is a multifaceted institution wherein the in house research findings were further translated into the development stage and finally through successful demonstration phase is taken for deployment in the respective fields. Advanced equipment and instruments, well set laboratories, vibrant ambience and availability of expertise from all fields of science and engineering are the unique features of BARC committed in taking the nation to the new horizons of knowledge and development. The High Altitude Research Laboratory was established at Gulmarg, Kashmir in 1963, based on the initiative of Dr. H. J. Bhabha – scientist, engineer and architect.Its directive was to provide the Indian scientific community - a self-contained high altitude / high latitude laboratory for scientific research. Over the years, myriad scientific investigations in the field of ionospheric studies, cosmic ray astrophysics, radio astronomy, geomagnetism, atmospheric neutron monitoring, high altitude flora and fauna etc. have been conducted at this laboratory. Homi Jehangir Bhabha was the visionary, who conceptualized the Indian Nuclear Programme and initiated the nuclear science research in India in March 1944 with the help of a group of Scientists. He envisaged the vast potential of nuclear energy and its feasible utilization in the field of power generation. In 1944, Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha launched the Indian Nuclear Programme having realized the immense potential of nuclear energy as an alternative source for electric power generation. Dr. Bhabha launched Nuclear Research in India following the discovery of nuclear fission phenomena by Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman and soon after Enrico Fermi from Chicago reported the feasibility of sustained nuclear chain reactions. Milestone of the Department of Atomic energy: 1944: Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha urges Sir Dorabji Tata Trust to start Nuclear Research in India. 1945: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai is inaugurated. 1948: Atomic Energy Commission is constituted. 1949: Rare Minerals Survey Unit is set up. Later, this unit becomes Atomic Minerals Division. It is renamed as Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research on July 29, 1998. 1952: Rare Earths Plant of IRE at Alwaye, Kerala, is dedicated to the nation and production of Rare Earths & Thorium - Uranium concentrate commences. 1954: Department of Atomic Energy is created. 1957: Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET) is inaugurated. 1961: Research Reactor ZERLINA attains criticality. 1965: Plutonium Plant is inaugurated. 1967: Atomic Energy Establishment Trombay (AEET) is renamed as Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. 1967: Electronics Corporation of India Limited is set up at Hyderabad for producing electronic systems, instruments and components. 1967: Formation of Power Projects Engineering Division, Mumbai, which was subsequently converted to Nuclear Power Board on August 17, 1984. It is renamed as Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited on September 17, 1987. 1968: Uranium Mill at Jaduguda, with a capacity of 1,000 TPD, commences commercial production of Magnesium diuranate (yellow cake). Jaduguda Mine Shaft is commissioned in November 1968. 1968: Nuclear Fuel Complex is set up at Hyderabad. 1969: Reactor Research Centre is started at Kalpakkam. Renamed as Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research in 1985. 1969: Heavy Water Projects is constituted. Later, it becomes Heavy Water Board. 1969: Tarapur Atomic Power Station starts commercial operation. 1971: Plutonium fuel for Research Reactor PURNIMA-I is fabricated at Trombay. 1972: Formation of DAE Safety Review Committee. 1972: Research Reactor PURNIMA-I attains criticality. 1972: Unit-1 of Rajasthan Atomic Power Station at Kota begins commercial operation. Unit II goes commercial on November 1, 1980. 1974: Peaceful underground Nuclear Experiment is conducted at Pokhran, Rajasthan. 1977: Variable Energy Cyclotron becomes operational at Kolkata. 1983: Atomic Energy Regulatory Board is constituted. 1984: Madras Atomic Power Station - Unit I at Kalpakkam starts commercial operation. Unit II goes commercial on March 21, 1986. 1985: Waste Immobilization Plant (WIP) at Tarapur is commissioned. 1989: Regional Radiation Medicine Centre (RRMC) is inaugurated at Kolkata. 1998: Five underground nuclear tests are conducted at Pokhran Range, Rajasthan. 1999: India's first Nuclear Power Plant Simulator is upgraded. 2002: India signs the contract with the Russian Federation for the Nuclear Power Station at Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu. 2003: Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI) is set up at kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu. 2004: Crystal and Mat Laboratories are inaugurated at Trombay. Computer Centre is inaugurated at Trombay. Protocols for entering the BARC premises: Entry is strictly by invitation only. Valid identity proof with photographs like, Company Photo ID Card, Valid Passport, Voter Card, PAN card is to be produced at the entrance. Any electronic items like digital diary, pager, Remote keys, Camera, binoculars, Film rolls (Exposed & unexposed), laptops, Palmtops etc. are not allowed inside. Any mobile and FM/Radio enabled devices are not allowed inside. Any portable storage devices like Floppies, CDROM, DVD, Pen Drives, portable hard disk, Memory Stick are not allowed inside. Do not carry any other personal articles which are not required for official work. For more details you may contact the Security Officer on duty at the reception. After verification of documents like ID proof, CEP application and presence of invitee official/escort official, a temporary card will be issued by the Security officer. Your visit to BARC is restricted to the locations mentioned on the CEP. 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Posted On: 31,Dec 2011 | Hyderabad , India |

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Posted On: 07,Dec 2011 | Delhi , India |

Positioned in the south western part of India, this state may be tiny in size but is certainly big on appeals. With abundant Goa Beaches stroked by the Arabian Sea, there are loads of spots you can pick from. From the more profitable traveler laden beaches like Baga, Calangute and Anjuna in North Goa that proffer guests a surfeit of cool beach shacks and restaurants and a bustling nightlife, to the quieter beaches like Palolem, Agonda and Benaulim in South Goa that are soother, comforting and picturesque, the state has it all.   [more]