Croatia: A Classic Destination To Visit
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To experience the overwhelming beauty of nature a trip to Croatia is a must, and the memories of this trip will be etched in your heart for eternity. Behind the overwhelming beauty of Croatia lies a tumultuous history of conquest by Greeks, Romans, Turks, Venetian emperors, to name a few, but mother nature has been kind to the country to overcome all the conquests and still retain its old world charm  [...]

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Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
December 30, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
Festivals in India are a reason to get together and come out with a need to socialize. Sometimes festivals are observed to revere great heroes and leaders and spiritual heads who have made us what we are. The Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is one such festival that is observed to revere the Sikh Guru of the same name. This day is the birthday of the tenth and the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. There are innumerable prayer meetings and processions held on occasion of this Sikh festival. Guru Gobind Singh is the tenth and the last Sikh Guru who was born at a place called Patna Sahib in the year 1666 which is regarded as the Poh Sudi Saptami amongst the Sikhs. Normally his birthday either falls in December or in the month of January. Sometimes it falls twice in a year as the date is calculated  [...]


Gaja Mela Indian festivals with a difference
December 28, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Gaja Mela Indian festivals with a difference
India has a lot of affiliation and bonding with elephants. Not only is it a land of elephants but also has its own elephant God – Lord Ganesha who is revered as the lord of obstacles. Visit any South Indian temple and there is sure to be one elephant in the courtyard. Most of the images of gods brought out in procession today are brought in elephants. So the elephant has a vital and significant role to play in Indian culture, religion and trends. Earlier in Kerala, most of the houses used to have an elephant and such families were considered to be very wealthy and rich. The keralites are a very dedicated and pious lot and observe elephant pageants on important days in the temple. Paripally Gajamela is a great pageant that is held annually at the Kodimootil Sree Bhadrakaali temple  [...]


Mammallapuram Dance Festival January 2012
December 26, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Mammallapuram Dance Festival January 2012
India is a land of festivals and a lot of traditions in India are based on festive occasions and on a kind of faith that is to be experienced to be believed. There are many events in South India that show a lot of reverence to such festive occasions and these events are a kind of awakening of our senses and all tourists who tour South India should surely make it a point to attend one of these festivals. Innumerable festivals are celebrated in South India. These include the Tourist fair, the dance festivals, the Natyanjali Dance Festival, the Tyagaraja Festival, pongal, the Puthandu, the Summer Festival and many more. All these festivals are a way of expressing art, culture, architecture, music, dance and literature. They traverse a lot of diverse heritage value and are an amalgamation of  [...]


Tansen Samaroh A Music Festival of Reverance
December 23, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Tansen Samaroh A Music Festival of Reverance
The Tansen Samaroh is celebrated in reverence, of the great singing artist Tansen, in the Tansen Tomb which lies in Gwalior in India. This is a platform where all the Indian artists come together and render their vocal and instrumental talents. The environment is totally like a festival and the melodious singing only adds to the ambience. Music lovers consider this as a great occasion and as an opportunity to get to know about the latest trends in music and the budding artists in the circle. This is an experience which very rarely a music lover would want to miss. It is a music festival that is organized by the government of Madhya Pradesh and they do it in association with the Academy of Cultural Department in Madhya Pradesh. Predominantly a festival for all music lovers, this is a  [...]


Five fold Celebrations in Indian festivals with Pancha Ganapati
December 21, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Five fold Celebrations in Indian festivals with Pancha Ganapati
Come December and all devotees of Lord Ganesha, would get ready to celebrate the Pancha Ganapati festival which commences on December 21 and concludes on December 25. This is a great Hindu festival which is held in celebration of the remover of obstacles, the Indian Lord Ganesha. He is believed to be the patron of culture, arts and tradition. There is a kind of discipline to celebrate the festival on each day of Pancha Ganapati. The festival marks the significance of a new beginning and allows the devotee to atone for all the past mistakes or sins committed. There is a shrine kept in the main room of the house and decorated well. A five faced idol of Lord Pancha Ganapati is kept. If such an idol is not available then a photo or any statue of Lord Ganesha suffices. Banana leaves are kept on  [...]


Celebrate Indian festivals with the Chumpha Festival
December 19, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Celebrate Indian festivals with the Chumpha Festival
Celebrate this annual festival of the Indian state Manipur during the harvest season in the month of December. Mainly celebrated by the Tanghul Nagas from Manipur, this is a great occasion and a special event filled with merriment, fun, joy and frolic.  Observed for seven days, this is one of the opportunities for the Manipuris to come together with the best of festivities. The last three days of the festival have many cultural events that are organized and accompanied by a lot of dance and music performances. Families gather and friends interact during the Chumpha Festival. Everyone rejoices and has a lot of fun. In the other festivals of Manipur, the women do not have a significant role to play. However, the Chumpha festival is different. This gives all the Manipuri women a chance to carry  [...]


Tarpa Festival 2011, Celebrate December with this Indian festival
December 16, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Tarpa Festival 2011, Celebrate December with this Indian festival
India, the land of traditions and the melting pot of social events and cultural activities, is an ideal place to visit during the month of December due to its cornucopia of festivals. All the occasions are based on some ritual or the other and have a lot of legendary connotation attached to it. The Tarpa festival is one such very popular Indian festival in the region of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. A complete plethora of colourful dance forms of the folk pattern, the festival is majorly an attempt to show the tribal culture that dominates these areas and the existing tradition of the place. People celebrate this festival with a great deal of gusto and energy and also have an enthusiastic fervor towards it. The tribal community of this area joins hands and celebrates this festival with a lot of energy  [...]


Lumbini festival of India
December 14, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Lumbini festival of India
India is a land of festivals, culture, tradition and religious trends. So there is no dearth of festivals in the country. For instance, celebrations like the Lumbini festival are much looked forward to and are celebrated with a lot of pomp and reverence. Lumbini is the place where the Buddha was born, and left behind Buddhism for all his devotees. Lumbini is thus a great place of pilgrimage for not only Buddhists, but for tourists across the world. Named after the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the festival commemorates the heritage that the Buddha has left behind and celebrates the spirit of Buddhist religion in Andhra Pradesh. So the Lumbini festival marks the importance of Buddhism in the world and the effect of its heritage in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Held for three days, the festival  [...]


Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav 2011: A Raison D’etre of Indian Music festivals
December 9, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav 2011: A Raison D’etre of Indian Music festivals
The  city of Pune gets ready every year for one of the popular  music festivals – the Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsava. Initiated by the noted Hindustani singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, this festival was held first in reverence of the great guru Sawai Gandharva. Rambhau Kundgolkar or Sawai Gandharva was a great vocalist and exponent of the Hindustani Music. All the musicians and the practicing artists across the world come here and pay respects to this great musician and render their works here in this get together. The disciples of Sawai Gandharva with the help of the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal organize this festival which goes on for three days. There are dancers, vocalists, musicians from across India and the world and they come together in this harmonious ambience of art and talent.Earlier  [...]


Get festive with Indian festivals at the Rann Utsav
December 7, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Get festive with Indian festivals at the Rann Utsav
India is a land of festivals and Indian traditions have the best kind of culture and art displayed. Such exotic exhibition of art forms make up the mainframe of Indian festivals. One such colourful festival is held in the Kutch region of Gujarat every December. This festival is a plethora of music, dance, culture and art and is the ideal place to be in, if you want to feel the art forms of India coming alive. With the best variety of folk dances and the ideal desert festival ambience, the Rann Utsav is one of the Indian festivals which is of late getting popular. Here is where you can see artisans at work and where you can get to see the best kind of cultural co-existence. With the camel safaris, and the live in tents, the various stalls and the innumerable opportunities for recreation, the  [...]


Welcoming December – The Indian Art Festival Month
December 5, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Welcoming December – The Indian Art Festival Month
Every Indian who is an art lover gets ready to fix the dates for the various events that he or she wishes to attend in the month of December. Yes, this is the month of the art festival in India and the time when there is a beautiful mix of traditional festivals and modern art forms. Be it classical music or a fusion of modern day technology based rhythms, whether it is the local performers or the folk dancers, the atmosphere is just right every talent to be showcased. This year too, there are festivals round the corner, in the month of December. Let us see what they are. The Konark Festival Organized by the tourism department of Orissa in India, this art festival offers a plethora of classical Odissi, Manipuri, Bharatnatyam, Chau and Kathak performances. With a beautiful blend of talent and  [...]