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Holidays in Bihar

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

Holidays in Bihar

Holidays in Bihar are exciting and joyful experience. It is a state in eastern India. Patna, formerly known as Patliputra, is the capital city of Bihar. Bihar is very famous among Buddhist travelers. It is known for its culture, fairs & festivals and heritage sites. Bodhgaya, Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, etc are world famous tourist places in this state which are very famous among tourists and Buddhist travelers. There are a number of tourist spots in Bihar you can visit and explore on your holidays in Bihar.

Bodhgaya is a word famous tourist place you can visit on your holidays in Bihar. It is the places where Siddhartha got enlightenment and became called Lord Buddha. The Mahabodhi Temple here is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaya is another pilgrimage site near Bodhgaya. Gaya and Bodhgaya are located at distance of 125 km from Patna, the capital city of Bihar.

Sonepur is also popular tourist places in Bihar. It is noted for its cattle fair which is celebrated annually around month of November. It is just 25 km away from Patna. Sonepur Fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia. Hariharnath Temple is a worth visit temple in Sonepur. The temple is dedicated to Hindu Lord Vishnu.

Nalanda, Rajgir and Pawapuri are three popular tourist places in Nalanda district of Bihar. Nalanda is world famous with ancient Nalanda University which is now in the state of ruins. Travellers from all over the world visit the ruins of Nalanda. The Nalanda University was one of the finest centers of Buddhist learning in ancient times. Scholars from all over the world came here. Important attractions of Nalanda are the ruins of Nalanda University, Nalanda Museum, Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall, Surya Mandir (Sun Temple), Nav Nalanda Vihar, etc.

holidays in bihar

Rajgir is very near to Nalanda and about 102 km from Patna. It is a popular pilgrimage centre of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. This is Rajgir where Lord Buddha spent 12 years of his life and fist Buddhist Council after Buddha attained Nirvana was held. The beautiful hill town of Rajgir, Bihar is also famous for as health and winter resort with its hot water springs (also known as Kunds). It is believed that the springs here contain medicinal properties to cure all types of skin diseases. Venu Vana, Archeological Sites, Hot Water Springs, Sonbhandar Caves, Ropeway, Jivakameavan Gardens, Jarasandh ka Akhada, Naulakha Mandir, etc are attractions you will visit on your holidays in Rajgir, Bihar. In my point of view, Rajgir is an excellent place for holidays in Bihar.

Holidays in Bangalore

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

Holidays in Bangalore

Bangalore is the state capital of Karnataka, India. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the countries. It has been a popular destination for holidays in India. There are a number of options to do and see in Bangalore which attracts tourists and vacationers from all over the world. Brigade Road and MG Road of Bangalore are noted for shopping. Accommodation facilities in this beautiful town are excellent with some famous hotels and resorts.

Bangalore’s popular nicknames : Garden City of India, Silicon Valley of India, IT City of India, Electronic City, and City of Pubs .

Tourist attractions in Bangalore : Lal Bagh Botanical Garden (with Shish Mahal & Lotus Pond), Cubbon Park (with State Archeological Museum & Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall), Vidhan Soudha, Bangalore Museum, Tipu Sultan Summer Palace, Bangalore Palace, Gandhi Bhawan, Mayo Hall, Venkataramana Swamy Temple, Bangalore Ashram of the Art of Living, ISKON Temple, Bull Temple, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Ulsoor Lake, etc.

Holidays in Bangalore will be truly a rewarding experience. You will have a golden opportunity to explore this beauty city exploring its prominent attractions. So come and make your holidays in Bangalore and treasure unique holiday experience. Plan your holidays in Bangalore with Tourism Points.

How to Reach Bangalore :-
By Air : Bangalore Airport is well-connected with all the major cities of India by domestic flights. Bangalore Airport is also serviced by few international airlines.

By Rail : Bangalore is well-connected with all the major cities of India.

By Road : Bangalore is well-connected by roads with all the major cities of Karnataka and its neighboring states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.

Holidays in Alleppey

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

Holidays in Alleppey:

Alleppey (Alappuzha) is a beautiful town in Alappuzha District of Indian state of Kerala (God’s Own Country). It is a small but picturesque town with scenic canals, lovely lakes, breathtaking backwaters, beautiful beaches and lush lagoons.

Alleppey is also described as the “Venice of the East”.

Alleppey is globally noted for its serene & scenic ambiance, enchanting boat races, luxury houseboat cruise, breathtaking backwaters, coir products, lovely lakes, etc. These all make Alleppey a wonderful holiday destination in Kerala and India.

Holidays in Alleppey provide tourists a wonderful opportunity to explore tremendous nature beauty of landscapes and spectacular backwaters by deluxe houseboat cruise.

Alleppey is the most popular destination Houseboat Cruise on Kerala Backwaters.

Prominent tourist places and attractions in and around Alleppey: Alleppey Beach (with thick palm groves – ideal place for sit & relax), Alleppey Backwaters, Houseboats, Boat Races, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Chambakkulam Moolam Boat Race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple, Chettikulangara Bharani Temple, etc.

The most exciting feature of holiday in Alleppey is houseboat cruise on enchanting Kerala backwaters. You will have unique holiday experience onboard deluxe houseboat and enjoying nature beauty surround and facilities offered on board.

How to Reach Alleppey :-
The nearest airport to arrive at Alleppey is Kochi International Airport which is about 85 km away from Alleppey. Alleppey has its own railway station connecting major cities. Alleppey is well-connected by roads with major cities and towns of Kerala. Alleppey is also well-connected by waterways with some other backwater towns of Kerala such as Kottayam, Kollam, Kumarakom, etc.

Handicraft of Rajasthan

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

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Rajasthan is globally famous for its rich art & craft. Art and crafts of Rajasthan was well developed in the state since ancient times. The state has well preserved its rich ancient tradition of exquisite art & craft. The state produces some of the most impressive art & craft products even today.

Handicrafts of Rajasthan are worldwide famous with their eye-catching designs and patterns. Handicrafts which are made of locally available wood feature in wood carving, furniture, boxes, chairs, jhulas, temples, table tops, etc. All these wooden crafts are crafted by local craftsman.

Each region of Rajasthan is known for having its own unique art & craft culture. Barmer is famous for wooden crafts with stunning carving. It is also famous for miniature painting on furniture. Jaipur is famous with art & crafts like carpets & durries, block painting, stone carvings, blue pottery, paintings, gems & stones, artificial jewellery, leather crafts. Jaipur rajai (quilt) and jutis (shoes) are popular across the country. Jodhpur is known for furniture carvings, stone carving, leather crafts, etc. Jodhpuri shoes (mojaris) are popular.

Jaisalmer is known for wall-paintings. Various buildings like palaces, havelis and also huts of common people have got their walls and ceilings decorated with colorful paintings. In the streets of Jaisalmer also fabulous wall paintings can be seen. Paintings are popular form Rajasthan arts and crafts. Folk and miniature paintings can be seen here. Paintings here are known for treatments, composition, color scheme and theme. These paintings are made with the use of sparkling colors, distinct lines, and two-dimensional treatment of figures and distribution of the entire composition in compartments. These paintings are commonly known as ‘PHAD’ paintings.

Examples of stunning handicraft in Rajasthan also features in Fine Block Printed Textile, Wood or Ivory Carving, Tie-and-Dye Fabrics, Lacquer & Filigree Work, Stunningly Crafted Precious Stones, Enameled Jewellery, Silver Jewellery, Miniature Paintings, Hanging Painting, Blue Pottery, etc. All these items when you will see on your Rajasthan tours you will surely love to purchase some of them. Metal Craft, Terracotta, Leather Products, Embroidery, Zari Work, Textile, Wooden Artifacts, etc are also important part of Rajasthan crafts. The hand knotted woolen carpets of Rajasthan are in great demand. The traditional cotton carpets of Jaipur & Jodhpur are also beautiful with pastel shades and geometrical motifs.

Textiles have also a major place in exquisite Rajasthani handicrafts. The textile has an interesting range of tie-and-dyed, block-printed fabric and embroidered. Each regions of the state has its own design and color scheme. Generally people here prefer costumes of bright colors like red, saffron, green, blue, pink, yellow, etc.
Tie-and-Dye textiles called Bandhej or Bandhani are an important Rajasthani textile and perfect example of arts & crafts of Rajasthan. Different methods are used to tie the fabric to produce various patterns like lehariya, mothda, ekdali and shikari. Rajasthani Bandhej from Jodhpur, Sikar, and Jaipur are very famous.

Jewellery, Leather Wear & Items, Stone Carving, Painting, Metal Crafts, Puppets, Textile, Blue Pottery, Terracotta, Durries & Carpets, Wooden Furniture, Wooden Artifacts, etc. are some of popular example of Rajasthani Handicrafts.

Rajasthan Tribal Tour

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

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From the beginning of man’s presence in the area that is now called Rajasthan, till around 1400 BC, the Bhil and Mina tribes roamed and ruledrajasthan tribal the land.The Aran invasion, representedby horse-drawn chariots and superior bows and arrows,seems to have tyrannised tribal migrations to the south and the east.Pushed into the natural hideouts-forests and the ancient and craggy Aravalli ranges, the Bhil and Mina tribes survived more easily.The northern, nomadicethnic instrusions continued into Rajasthan.They were represented by the Sakas, Kusanas, Abhiras, Hunas and more.Quite a large number of these invaders are now covered by the blanket term Rajput whose royal lineage stood upon the ruins of the Gurjara-Pratihara empire.All too naturally, the warrior-invaders fitted the Aryan martial caste of Kshatriyas which in time came to be divided into 36 Rajput clans.

Bhils-the bowmen of Rajasthan

The generic term which describes their tribe apparently derives its name from bil, meaning bow, which describes their original talent and strength. History corroborates the legends which tell of the Bhil superiority in archery.From the Mahabharatha emerges Eklavya,a Bhil who surpassed the skill of Arjuna only to be repressed by the comand of his guru.The Ramayana tells of Valia, the Bhil bandit who reformed with the blesings of saraswati, the goddess of learning, to become valmiki, the renowned poet-sage.

Minas-the militant defenders

The Minas are not just Rajasthan’s largest tribal group-they are also the most widely spread. In the north, they inhabit the Jaipur-Sikar belt of Shekawati, continuing into Alwar district. The Mina tribesusually have at all, athletic build with sharp features, large eyes, thick lips and a light brown complexion.

Gaduliya Lohars-the nomadic blacksmiths

The Gaduliya Lohars derive their beautiful bullock carts, or gadis that have taken them wandering from their original land, Mewar, to different parts of India.Legend has it that they were committed to fight on behalf of Rana Prathap who battled bravely against the Mugul Emperor, Akbar when Maharana Prathap was ousted from Chittaur and he fought the historic battle of Haldighati, the Gaduliya Lohars were a clean of warring Rajputs who swore to enter the Merwar stronghold of Chittaur only after the victory of their Maharana.

Garasias-the ‘fallen’ Rajputs

According to the legend,the Garasia tribals are descended from the chauhan Rajputs of Jalore in south-west Rajasthan.Some six centuries ago, after defeat in a battle, they fled to the hills,where they mingled their blood,their myths and rituals with the local Bhil tribals, to become a distinct group. The Garasias have an interesting custom of marriage through elopement which usually takes place on the occasion of the annual gaur fair held during the full moon of March-April.

The Garasis celebrate ‘nyat’, a feast of honour, for their dead which is performed only on Mondays and a stone memorial called ‘sura’ is erected after the cremation.

Sahariyas-the jungle dwellers
The Sahariyas possibly derive their name from ‘sher’ or juncle in Persian. Although they are belived to be an offshoot of the Bhils,they supposedlyearned this name from the Muslim ruler of Shahbad, since they had chosen to make their ho0me in the juncle hideouts of the Shahbad district of Kota, and in the neibhouring regions of Jhalawar, Sawai, Madhopur, Durgarpur and Udaipur.

Damors-the migrated tribe
The small l community of Damours seems to have moved northwards from their original home in Gujarat to settle in Dungarpur and Udaipur districts.

Rajasthan Map

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

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Holiday In Agra

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

Holiday in Agra means visit of Taj Mahal – India’s star tourist attractions. There are a number of tourist attractions and places to visit in and around Agra you will love to explore on your holidays in Agra, the city of Taj Mahal.

Places of Tourist Interest in Agra:

Taj Mahal : The splendid Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. It is India’s star tourist attraction and also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built as a love monument in pure white marble it is the ultimate symbol of eternal love between two souls. Noted for its matchless beauty the Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent monument was built by great mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his most darling wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Itmad-Ud-Daullah : In Agra you may see also the Baby Taj or Little Taj Mahal. The magnificent Itmad-Ud-Daullah Tomb is called as the Baby Taj or Little Taj Mahal. It is believed that its interiors are more beautiful than of the Taj Mahal. This magnificent Monument was built by mughal empress Noor Jahan in the memory of his father.

Agra Fort : Also known as the Red Fort of Agra, the Agra Fort is an impressive fort built by the mughal emperor Akbar during his reign. This splendid fort was expanded by Shah Jahan. This fort is considered as an excellent example of Indo-Islamic art & architecture. It is one of the most important forts in India. It is the place where great mughals – Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb – lived here. The fort complex houses many structures within the fort complex. The Agra Fort is also UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fatehpur Sikri : Fatehpur Sikri is an historical city located the outskirt of Agra City. This historical city was built by great mughal emperor Akbar as his capital. But unfortunately he abandoned the city due to the scarcity of the drinking water. One can see here many historical monuments and ruins at Fatehpur Sikri. The city is often described as the Ghost City. Prominent tourist attractions in Fatehpur Sikri: Panch Mahal, Birbal’s House, Salim Chisti Tomb, Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Khas, Buland Darwaza (the largest gateway in the world), Jama Masjid, etc.

There are many other attractions you will love to see and explore in your Agra holidays. Accommodation facilities in this town are excellent with lots of budget to luxury hotels.

How to Reach Agra:

  • By Air : Agra is well connected with all the major cities of India.
  • By Train : Agra is well connected by railways with all the major cities of India.
  • By Road : Agra has a good network of roads. It is well connected to Delhi, Jaipur and other nearby major cities of India.

Rajasthan Road Map

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

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Rajasthan roadway connects all cities and tourist places of the state. The trusty roads that are 61,520 in Kms connect every length and breadth of the state. Roadways have made much easier for tourist to explore the city attraction with magnificence. Road Maps of Rajasthan have made clear distinct look of Rajasthan and its places of interest. It gives the clear view of the major destinations linked by roadways system The good network system of road has made it much easier for now comers to explore the city in a convenient way.


Culture of Rajasthan

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

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Rajasthan – the land of maharajas – is one of the most significant tourist destinations of India. It is a worldwide famous tourist destination appealing tourist from all over the world. It is extensively renowned for its prosperous culture and tradition. Vibrant fairs & festival and outstanding forts & palaces show the affluent culture and heritage of the state. It has imaginative and vibrant cultural traditions which can pompously recite the ancient Indian way of life. It is also well-known for great Indian hospitality. The tradition of hospitality is truly worth admiring. There are a number of heritage palace hotels in this state offering world-class accommodation with traditional and cultural charm.

Rajasthan Folk Culture – Music & Dance

Rajasthan culture also can be seen in its rich and varied folk culture from villages. Folk dance and folk music with its distinct style are truly worth praising and way to observe rich culture of Rajasthan. Folk culture of the state depicts the saga of heroism and romance of its glorious past. Folk music is an important part of Rajasthani culture in India. Panihari, Ballads, Chang, Bhopa, Kathputali, etc are popular folk music of India. Internationally famous folk dances like Goomer dance from Udaipur, Kalbeliya dance from Jaisalmer are truly mesmerizing and showing rich cultural tradition of the state.

Rajasthan Arts & Crafts

The rich and varied Rajasthan culture India can be also seen in its traditional colorful art & crafts. Exquisite handicrafts, beautiful silver jewellery, block prints, tie & die prints, zari work, embroidery work, etc are major products of art & craft of this culturally rich state of India. Handicraft items like wooden furniture, printed pottery, woven carpets, designer jewelries, etc are worth for shopping in local colorful bazaars of the state during your tours.

Rajasthan Costumes

Costumes of Rajasthan are colorful and delight for every visitors coming to this state. Men tie colorful pagri on their head look like truly royal. Traditional women wear colorful Lehnga or Ghaghra (long skirts) and choli (top) worked with lots of mirror work. Rajasthani traditional dresses are generally designed in bright colors like red, saffron, green, yellow and blue.

Rajasthan Monuments
Vibrant culture of Rajasthan can be also seen in its magnificent monuments showing proudly rich culture and legacy of its erstwhile rulers. Rajasthan is globally famous for its magnificent monuments. Tourists can visit here several invincible forts, elegant palaces, painted Havelis, terrific temples, and several places of cultural heritage in this most colorful state of India. Kumbhalgarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Amber Fort, Neemrana Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Pushkar Temple, Dilwara Jain Temple, Ajmer Dargah Sharif, Chittorgarh Fort, Lake Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Jaisalmer Havelis, etc are must visit attractions of Rajasthan tours and truly part of true architectural and cultural heritage of India.

Rajasthan Fairs & Festivals

Fairs & festivals of Rajasthan are also worth visiting. During period of fairs and festivals of the state the whole state drench into cultural and festive ambiance. Festivals like Deepawali, Holi, Gangaur, Teej, Makar Sankranti, Brij Festival, etc are celebrated in this state with great zeal and enthusiasm. Pushkar Fairs, Elephant Festivals, Bikaner Camel Festivals, Summer Festivals, etc are also worth enjoying and very famous among tourists.

History of Rajasthan

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

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Rajasthan is worldwide acclaimed for its rich culture and glorious history. It is the land of people who are brave and well-manners. It is the land of monuments which say the royal saga of erstwhile era with pride. Glorious history of this historical state narrates the most amazing saga of romance and heroism. Rajasthan history deserves the attention of several scholars and researchers. On Rajasthan tours, tourists have a wonderful opportunity to observe rich culture and glorious past of the state. The glorious past and history of Rajasthan delight tourists.

There is an interesting myth about the desert landscapes of Rajasthan. According to Hindu mythology, Ram (the hero of epic Ramayana) aimed an arrow towards Lanka to burn the island where his wife (Sita) was jailed by the demon king – Ravana. But instead of reaching that land the arrow turned towards the direction of the sea which resulted in the evaporation of all the water. The dry land which emerged due to the evaporation of water was the land of Rajasthan.

The history of Rajasthan is as inspiring and mystifying as India itself. The state has a rich cultural & historical heritage and has been the kingdom of several rulers. So, you will to love to explore this historical state of Rajasthan that is packed with rich history, tradition, art and culture that go back several centuries.

The glorious history of Rajasthan can be divided into four groups narrating information about four different eras.

Ancient Era: Till 1200 A.D.
The history of ancient Rajasthan dates back to 1200 AD. Rajasthan was a part of famous Mauryan Kingdom in around 321 – 184 BC. It has also witnessed several other empires. Archaeological dig has also proved that it was associated with ancient civilization like Harrappan and Indus Valley Civilization.

Rajputs came and occupied this place in around 700 AD. They came in power during the period of 800 – 1200 AD. Rajputs were divided into 36 royal clans and 21 dynasties. Pratihars ruled most of north of India till 1000 AD. After that there was a constant struggle for supremacy among Chauhans, Parmars and Chalukyas till 1200 AD which made the sands of Rajasthan red with blood.

Medieval Era: 1201 – 1707
The internal conflict within Rajput rulers and their battle for power resulted in declining of the unity between them. As a result, after 1200 AD Muslim rulers again took over a part of Rajasthan. Ajmer, Nagaur and Ranthambhore came under the Mughal control. Finally the great Mughal Ruler – Akbar took all power in hands from Rajputs rulers by striking unity with them or forcing war against them.

Around 1300 AD, Mewar emerges as one of the most powerful states in Rajasthan and remained so for quite sometime. It was the prime battlefield and has witnessed some of the most horrific clashes with Mughals. During this period Rana Uday Singh, his son Rana Pratap, Bhappa Rawal and Rana Kumbha showed their great vigor and bravery. The sagas of their chivalry are still imprinted in the glorious sands of Rajasthan, India.

Modern Era: 1707 – 1947
Rajasthan and Mughal Empire flourished in its all magnificence till the period of great mughal emperor Akbar. But after 1707 the mughal supremacy began to decline. As a result the political collapse of Rajasthan began to take place. Then Rajasthan was robed by Marathas and Pindaris. This continued till the start of 19th century after which the British conquest and continued till the year of 1947.

Post Independence Era
British had broken up Rajasthan into several small provinces for easy administration. After 1947 the first step was takes to merging of all the provinces into a single state. This long process continued till the year of 1948. Then it was officially declared as a single mighty state called Rajasthan. Now this is the largest state of India having 32 districts.

Today this state Rajasthan is the one of the most important tourist destinations India. With its rich history and glorious past the state deserves the attention of tourists from all over world. There are lots of attractions and places of tourist interest in this historical state. The magnificent forts & palaces say the rich history and saga of the state.