Adventures at Matheran Hill Station
March 13, 2013 – 12:05 am | No Comment
Matheran is a Hill Station located near Mumbai, Karjat.   It is located 800 meters above sea level in the Jambol Forest of Maharashtra.  It was found by Hugh Poynts Malet in May 1850.  It spreads over an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadri Mountains.  It is one of the best places to spend a two-day holiday if you are in Mumbai or in the vicinity of Mumbai or its suburbs.  To reach Matheran,  [...]

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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  [...]


Maha Shivratri – When Power descends on Earth
December 2, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Maha Shivratri – When Power descends on Earth
Come the month of February and March and you are sure to see all the Hindus celebrating the power of Lord Shiva. Falling in the Hindu month of Phalgun, this is the festival when the people on earth pray to the Lord and worship his lingam. They please Lord Shiva and mark the day with a lot of religious significance. Maha Shivratri is believed to be the day Lord Shiva got wedded to Goddess Parvati. It is said that Lord Shiva was so happy that he performed a tandav nritya on this day. This is the dance of creation and also preserves the power in the world and destruction of evil. This is a very auspicious night for all the devotees. Legend has it that the lord turned himself in the Linga form on this day the first time. Maha shivratri means the grand night of Lord Shiva. Devotees observe a fast  [...]


When Santa Lands in Town – Christmas
November 30, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
When Santa Lands in Town – Christmas
Jingle all the way this time of the year for it is the time for celebration. Yes, who does not want to hang the red sock by the side of the bed and wait for the next morning to find the surprise gift all wrapped with love and affection? Come December and people get into the mood for Christmas, the one festival which surely is the most universally popular festival and the most loved. This annual holiday is celebrated by billions of people across the world and the Christian feast is perhaps the most awaited occasion of many families waiting for that one special yearly get together. Christmas festival is celebrated in memory of the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. It signifies the closing of the Advent season and the commencing of the Chrimastide which is for around 12 days. Christmas Day is a civil  [...]


Sadda Haq – Human Rights Day
November 28, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Sadda Haq – Human Rights Day
Come December 10, and the UN gets ready to observe the Human Rights Day. This marks the anniversary of the day the declaration of human rights was made. So the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrated on this day.This is the time for all of us to think about the need to ask for one’s rights and the necessity of such Human Rights in our life. Why exactly is it important and what is the meaning of Human rights – such questions and many more arise in the minds of many. On this day, the day salutes all those thoughts and all those actions that one has taken and will take towards asserting Human Rights in the world.So what do we do on Human Rights Day?Have events that are focused on the concept of declaration of human rights globally. You can have it on December 10 or in and around  [...]


Winter Festival – C’est la fete Encore
November 25, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Winter Festival – C’est la fete Encore
India is a land of festivals and a kaleidoscope of culture and tradition. With the best kind of heritage and the ideal reasons to celebrate, the country is replete with plethora of fun and enjoyment. There are many festivals throughout the year which are celebrated in this country. Each part of India is different and each region has a different occasion to celebrate. Amidst all these celebrations you have a kind of unity which you may call the festive bond. One of the many festivals held in India, is the winter festival that is held annually in the December in the region of Mount Abu in Rajasthan. It has the dubious distinction of being the only hill station in Rajasthan. In fact Mt. Abu is also called the “Oasis of Rajasthan.” With the beautiful background of the Aravalli Mountains, Mount  [...]


Light the lamp of love with the Karthigai deepam
November 23, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Light the lamp of love with the Karthigai deepam
Come December 9, this year and all the people in Tamil Nadu and Kerala are going to go into a celebration mood. This auspicious day observed in the month of the Tamil month Karthigai and in the Malayalam month Vrischika, the Karthigai deepam marks the day when the moon is found to be in conjunction with the Karthigai constellation. The dates December 8, December 9, and December 10 are in line to be celebrated as Karthigai Deepam by various communities. The Singapore Hindu community is having it on December 8. There are many celebrating it on December 10. But predominantly it is on December 9. So you can find all the South Indian temples being lit with lamps and the streets and homes in villages and towns glittering in the light of the lamps. The Thiruvannamalai deepam is also celebrated and  [...]


Hornbill Festival – Rejoice in Pleasure
November 21, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Hornbill Festival – Rejoice in Pleasure
Whenever we think of India we think festivals, we think culture, and we think tradition. So when this land of varied hues and a plethora of flamboyant habits is toured, the festivals certainly come as a great way of understanding the true India. If we go towards Northeast then in the land of the Naga tribes lies a simmering pot of festivals and local culture. The Hornbill festival is one item in this cauldron of celebration. This is the festival of the people of Nagaland and it is celebrated with a lot of jubilation and fervor. This is the beauty of Indian festivals. It has a lot of energy to it. Nagaland predominantly depends on agriculture for its economy and so the festivals too are centering around this. The people in Nagaland consider that festivals are very sacred and so they observe  [...]


World Aids Day 2011 – Come Join for a Safe World
November 18, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
World Aids Day 2011 – Come Join for a Safe World
Come December 1 and you should put up your antennae and fix yourself for the safest and most secure world that you can create. For this is the day of the World AIDS day. This is the day when you can take time out and specially devote it for a cause – AIDS. Raise the awareness of the condition and spread the knowledge. THINK Have you ever thought what exactly happens after all those memorials you raise in honour of those who have died out of AIDS. Well even if these memory occasions and events are observed even by the Government sometimes, the speeches and the forums notwithstanding, the proclamation of the World AIDS day has certainly made a difference to many. In the year 1995, it was the President of United States who made an official announcement regarding observing December 1, as World  [...]


Deccan Festival – C’est le jour de la fete
November 16, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Deccan Festival – C’est le jour de la fete
Come to Hyderabad in the month of February and March and you are sure to come across the best kind of atmosphere with the greatest ambience. The time of the Deccan festival and the time when there are lots of culture, music and get together. There are fairs and festivals and the best of exhibition and performances. There are food festivals and the best kind of cuisine experience. The visitors who come here love to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and the absolute experience of being in a celebration atmosphere. With the best of nawabi cuisine and the most of crafts and culture which are showcased, this is the best part of being in this royal state.  It is the department of tourism that organizes this festival and the Deccan is famous for the culture and tradition that are a part of this place.  [...]


Thaipusam – When South India turns divine
November 11, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Thaipusam – When South India turns divine
Yes India the land of Festivals is always replete with a lot of colour, vibrance and joy. The festivals in India give every Indian a reason to be happy and a cause to celebrate. In the month of January when everyone is just getting over the winter blues comes the festival of thaipusam in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is a Hindu festival and is a major occasion for the Tamil community. It is not only celebrated in countries where the Tamil community is there but also in countries where there is a minor community based Tamil population. Singapore is a place which celebrates this festival with a minimal Tamil community population. Also known as Thaipusam it gets its name from the name of the month Thai and Pusam is the name of star. This star is at its highest point during the festival.  [...]