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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2012 Ratha Saptami
January 30, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
2012 Ratha Saptami
Dedicated to the Indian Sun God Lord Surya Ratha Saptami is celebrated on january 30th. Tradition has it that Lord Surya rides a chariot driven by seven horses. This is the form of Surya God that is worshipped during the festival of Ratha Saptami. This is a very important occasion in the Tirupati Balaji Temple and devotees throng to this temple to have a glimpse of this festival. It is believed that the earth is inclined towards the sun the maximum on this day of Ratha Saptami. Observed on the seventh day of the Shukla Paksha in the Indian calendar, Ratha Saptami is celebrated in the Indian month of Magh. Shukla Paksha is the waxing phase of the moon. Ratha Saptami occupies a lot of significance in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. In the state of Orissa, this  [...]


The Kabir Festival, Mumbai
January 25, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
The Kabir Festival, Mumbai
Inspired by the Kabir Project, the Kabir Festival in Mumbai is spearheaded by a documentary film maker Shabnam Virmani who has traveled a great deal with folk singers who sing the great poet and Saint Kabir's composition. After traveling with such legendary folk singers for six years, there were four documentary films that were made by him. There are many other renditions of other musicians who have shown the works of Kabir with the help of music, art and other forms. The Kabir Festival is a festival that is held across Indian cities and also internationally. The festivals are held with a common link of screening of the documentary films made by this erstwhile famous director. There are talks, discussions, and debates by many important speakers across the country. Live music concerts and  [...]


Kolkata celebrates Chinese New Year
January 23, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
Kolkata celebrates Chinese New Year
Kolkata is the city of Joy and an absolute treat for a tourist. Kolkata the land of the Bengali culture and sweets that your palate would cherish forever. This is the only place where you would see a blend of culture and tradition across the world. The Chinese culture is very prevalent in Kolkata and it is interesting to note the amalgamation of various cultures in this part of the world. There have been lot of celebrations in the city of Kolkata during the month of January over the past few years. While in Kolkata there is lot of pomp and glory here as Indian and Chinese students interact with each other and celebrate  the Chinese New Year with a lot of fanfare. So get to see the Chinese  students humming a popular Indian tune, and the Indian students humming a Chinese tune as the two  [...]


Mahalaxmi SARAS Mela 2012
January 20, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
Mahalaxmi SARAS Mela 2012
Do you want to enjoy the beauty of the Indian handicrafts and the pleasures of seeing the best crafts? India is a land which produces great interesting objects of arts and handicrafts and if there is a festival specially to showcase these works of intricate designs then there is nothing like it. The Mahalaxmi SARAS Mela is a fair that is organized by the Maharashtra Government and is normally held between the months of December to February. Normally the festival is a reason why the people from all the Indian states come with their handicrafts and art objects. So more than 35 stalls are sponsored and more than 85 artisans come from all parts of India. So get to see the best of handiwork from States like Bihar, Assam, Gujarat, AP, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, HP, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Maharashtra,  [...]


The Jaipur Literature Festival 2012
January 18, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
The Jaipur Literature Festival 2012
Come January and get ready to take out the literary interest within you and enjoy the pleasures of literary work here in Jaipur at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Started since the year 2006, this pink  city in India, is home to the best literary festival not only in India but across the Asian continent. The main venue of this immensely interesting festival is the Diggi Palace Hotel which showcases a plethora of literary activity. Held every year in the state of Rajasthan in India in the city of Jaipur, the Jaipur Literature Festival  is held in the month of January. This year in 2012, it starts on January 20 and goes on till January 24. The Hall of Audience is witness to this unique festival and the Diggi gardens opens the doors to the best kind of literary work in this part of the world.  [...]


Pattadakal Dance Festival
January 13, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
Pattadakal Dance Festival
Dance festivals are a very common affair in the land of culture and art, India which is the hub of such talent and creativity that is so much a part of Indian tradition. Dance and music festivals are ways of endorsing the latent talent and of encouraging new talent to come to the fore. Find such dance festivals in the district of Bagalkot in the Pattadakal town in  the Mallikarjuna and the Virupaksha temple which are full of activity and energy in the months of January and February every year. Situated around 22 kilometers from Badami, Pattadakal has around ten important temples and this is inclusive of a Jain temple. Four of these temples are in the Nagara style and the remaining are in Dravidian architecture. Today UNESCO has recognized Pattadakal as a World Heritage Site. Pattadakal  [...]


Goa Sand Art Festival
January 11, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
Goa Sand Art Festival
In India, the main reason why the travel experience gets interesting is because of its innumerable festivals and its myriad occasions. The entire country is involved in celebrating some festival or the other throughout the year. Visit Goa in December this year and you would find the most unique festival being celebrated - The Goa Sand Art Festival. Yes come December 16, the Goa Sand Art Festival is a great event that is going to be witnessed by all those interested in art and art forms. A very attractive tourist hub, Goa is a great hit amongst the tourists across the world. So if there is going to be something as special as a sand art festival then it is but obvious that the land of beaches, Goa is the ideal place to be in. With the warmth of the locals and the beauty of the surroundings,  [...]


Orissa Music and Dance Festival
January 9, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
Orissa Music and Dance Festival
Come to Orissa in the month of January and enjoy the beauty of music and dance here that is showcased here in the many festivals that are held here celebrated across the state. The 2012 Rajarani Music festival that is held from the 8th to the 20th January. This year in 2012 too, the festival is being celebrated and will continue to be celebrated all through the month. Orissa has been a land of culture and arts from times immemorial, and has expressed dance in the best form and the ideal ways. The Rajarani Music Festival also has been one such lovely occasion, which shows the richness and the absolute finessed Of Indian classical music. There are evening concerts held here and these have great masters of the Indian Classical Music arena regaling the audience with their talent and performances.  [...]


The Bikaner Camel Festival 2012
January 6, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
The Bikaner Camel Festival 2012
Rajasthan in India is a land of fairs, festivals and colours. The vibrant nature of the place along with the beauty that abounds here is something that makes the place a kaleidoscope of travel pleasures. The Bikaner Camel Festival is one such occasion that gives the tourist a reason to visit this lovely land and get merged with the colours and vibrance here. Come the month of January and this place gets agog with this unique festival that is organized by the Department of tourism, Art and culture. The Government of Rajasthan proudly showcases the rich culture of the Rajasthan region and India becomes a hub of tourist activity during this season. An annual festival this fascinates tourists to no end and is held every year in the month of January. With the desert folk dances, and the related  [...]


Epiphany 2012 Feast of the Three Kings
January 4, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
Epiphany 2012 Feast of the Three Kings
Come the time of Christmas and everyone basks in the revelry of exchanging gifts and making resolutions for the oncoming year. Post the celebrations of Christmas comes the time of Epiphany. The word Epiphany comes from the Greek word Epiphania which means revelation and has a biblical tale behind its origin. As per the Bible there was the Magi or the three kings - Caspar , Balthasar and Melchior. Caspar is also known as Kaspar or Gaspar. This Magi saw a bright star the night Jesus Christ was born and they followed it to the town of Bethlehem. At Bethlehem they are said to have found the baby Jesus Christ and they gave him lot of gifts of myrrh, frankincense and gold. This gift giving act is what is associated with giving gifts during Christmas. The act of the three kings giving a gift  [...]


Celebrating Indian festivals with the Bishnupur Festival
January 2, 2012 | Festivals | No Comment
Celebrating Indian festivals with the Bishnupur Festival
India is a land of festivals and the culture and tradition here dates back to ancient times. With such a vibrant culture and colourful tradition, India certainly showcases a lot of talent and art. All occassions pertaining to any festival is loaded with a lot of traditional values and cultural know-how. Amongst the festivals that are celebrated in the month of December and January, the Bishnupur Festival is a familiar one in the Bengali culture. This actually is an Indian festival that celebrates the true cause of being in Bengal. It has its own conventional style and is very commonly celebrated in this part of India. The Indian festival is very popular and has also been given the status of the National Fair of India. The Bishnupur or the Vishnupur festival is held in the Madanmohana temple  [...]