Kumb Mela in India

Ancient Hindu scriptures say that on the day of Mauni Amavasaya, the universe was created. So, on this day the both the sun and moon traverse into the zodiac sign of Capricorn and pious pilgrims pray to Lord Vishnu the creator.  Pilgrims congregate at the Kumbh Mela to take part in the bathing ritual known [...]

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Happy Republic Day India

by admin on January 25, 2013

Republic Day India

Republic Day is celebrated because this was the day when the Constitution of India came in force. The Constitution declares us to be a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic. This in turn assures us of liberty, equality and justice. On 26 January 1950, India ceased to be a dominion of the British Crown and became [...]

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Kite Flying In India

by admin on January 3, 2013

Kites

January 14 is Makar Sankranti; a day of harvest. The Puranas say that this was the day when the Sun God Surya went to visit the home of his son Shani (Saturn). It also marks the Sun’s celestial journey into Makara rashi( Capricorn). It is celebrated under various names in India. It’s called Lohri in [...]

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Budget India Tour

by admin on December 27, 2012

Train India

If you really are travelling on budget holiday packages in India, the first thing to know is the number of days you will be on the trail. A small portable rucksack is all you need. The heavier your luggage, the more awkward and cumbersome it will be to carry; same thing happens if you increase the [...]

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Christmas Comes to Delhi

by admin on December 20, 2012

Santa Claus

Although the day is usually quite cold, (in 2011,  it was 2.90 C) you’ll find lots of chaps in red dresses wearing the famous Santa Claus cap some times carrying a sack full of goodies for kids, frolicking around in Delhi. Yes, season for giving Christmas gifts has come. The rumour mills may tell you [...]

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Best Winter Vacation Ideas

by admin on December 12, 2012

Winter Travel

Since it is already winter, one of the best ways to carry winter clothing is to wear them. It cuts down heavily on unwieldy luggage. Try to know the weather to exact place you are going- also there are various apps available for this so that you know how much cold or sunshine you will [...]

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Hornbill Festival: A Grand Fusion of Tribes

by admin on November 29, 2012

Hornbill Nagaland Festival

Nagaland has 17 major tribes and various other sub tribes who were martial in their attire and attitude. But there was a reason, being a hill state; they were constantly under attack from the low lands of Assam and Burma and from each other. Territory is always considered sacrosanct. It came under Burmese rule in [...]

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Darjeeling: Land of the Thunderbolt

by admin on November 26, 2012

Kanchenjunga View, Darjeeling

Darjeeling derives its name from the Tibetan word ‘Dorje’ meaning thunderbolt and ‘ling’ meaning place, or land. It was once a part of the kingdom of Sikkim, overrun by the Gurkhas of Nepal in the 1780s, who after their defeat by the imperial British in 1814 signed the treaty of Sugauli in 1815 ceding back [...]

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Delhi Metro

There’s lots of ways to travel in Delhi. From luxury class to budget class; Delhi has two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi, separated by the Old Fort, the Kashmere Gate, Delhi Gate, Ajmeri Gate, north of which was ruled by the Mughal dynasties. New Delhi is the organized part of the city built during [...]

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Delhi: Travails of Using Public Transport

by admin on November 2, 2012

delhi bus ac

Yes, Delhi Transport Corporation boasts of 11,000 buses  (1000 odd are the red coloured Air- conditioned ones with slightly higher fares to ease the pain of suffering in the proverbial Delhi heat and dust in summer) to bridge the divide between number of passengers and buses. But a new dawn seems to have awakened, Orange [...]

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