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Explore the culture and history of India

The social inheritance of India has constantly interested and pulled on the planet. The lavishness and the differing qualities of its social legacy and conventions has been mainstream in all ages over the world. Striking construction modeling, great illustrious royal residences and their excellence has been a fundamental piece of this legacy. Sightseers from around the globe have constantly belittled this regal craft and India's social legacy. These illustrious architectures offer a profound knowledge into the plentiful past of the lords and monarchs of India. 

In the event that you are wanting to visit India to examine the stunning and colorful areas, look over a few travel administrators working all through the nation. They promptly offer uniquely crafted set out bundles to suit your particular voyaging prerequisites. Administrations offered by these tour administrators incorporate flight books, inn bookings according to your decision and outlining redid travel bundles. 

Forehead, Elephant caves, Khajuraho Forehead, Ajanta Ellora Caves, Crimson Fortification, Qutub Minar, Fatehpur Sikri, Nalanda and lots of people far more India Excursion just isn't complete without a stop by at the actual Taj Mahal, one of many Several Wonders on the Earth. The idea bespeaks associated with sparkling previous associated with Native American social musical legacy. 

Several Well-known Customs Areas throughout India: 

Agra

Taj Mahal pulls in guests to Agra much the same as nectar to bumblebees. This antiquated landmark conceals the everlasting affection story of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who built it to commit his wife Mumtaz. It stands tall being the acclaim of unending magnificence. The uncommon piece of this tomb is that its shade changes according to the progressions in daylight for the duration of the day. Agra likewise has other engaging and astonishing traveler goals you ought to visit. Here vacationers can get incredible tourism, shopping and diversion encounter as it has extensive number of amusement territories. 

Konark Sunshine Forehead

Committed to the sun's rays God, Konark Forehead is usually play acted the Chariot associated with Sunshine God. The idea capably shows the actual chariot based on the actual 7 stallions associated with sunlight our god and 12 sets associated with small wheels. It's been integrated on earth Customs Website throughout India. 

Hampi

Found in the state of Karnataka, Hampi is a town which is gotten to in Vijayanagaram. Vijayanagaram was the realm and Hampi was the last capital of it presently, it is known as one extraordinary Hindu realm in the history of India. Hampi got to be well known for authentic remnants and sanctuaries which are all things considered known as the Monuments Group of Hampi. Hampi is additionally renowned for ancient galleries, market boulevards, strongholds, castles and sanctuaries. 

Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Yet another concern on earth Customs Website throughout India, the actual Ajanta and Ellora caverns illustrate attractive paintings with it is dividers and top. The caves associated with Ajanta are popular for statues and works of art and also the caves associated with Ellora are popular for their amazing old structure. The pleasant canvases depict lifespan associated with the almighty Buddha and Buddhist divinities.


Author Bio:

 Scott Archer is a professional content writer and blogger from the UK who shares his travel experiences. His hobbies include travelling, trekking and cooking and he is currently working on a project Turkey Visas which helps in visa assistance


Explore the culture and history of India

Make the best of your train journey

Going from somewhere to somewhere and have no idea what all to do on the train journey? Well, it is quite understandable that train journeys can be extremely adventures, fun as well as way too torturous and boring. It swings between both extremes. If you get stuck with a bunch of boring, loud or annoying people, then god only saves you. One must be prepared with sufficient things to pass time with when boarding a train. Maybe your next train journey could become fun if you followed these tips for a fun train journey!

- Have a good book: as they say, books are a person’s best friends! Don’t wait till you get to the platform for buying a good book as your travel companion if you are travelling alone, you might not get enough time to choose one. Or load up the e-book reader with all the latest titles’ pdf versions and have a quiet time. Carry one with you when travelling, to make the world fade away into the background and have a good, fulfilling time during the journey.

- Sleep and rest: who would not like to straighten their backs during the train journey? Take ample sleep, enjoy the cool breeze flowing through the bogie and have a relaxed time you crave for during the daily routine. You can snooze without any worries if your berth is confirmed till the destination. More fun to do some dreaming in the train during the lazy afternoon time.

- Play video games: Carrying your portable play station? Or game boy? Great idea! Do not forget the extra batteries for more fun! Play to the end of the game without any disturbance from the loud neighbors.

- Listen to music: i-pod full of new songs? Check. Smart phone loaded with latest tracks? Check. Headphones in place? Check. You are sure to have a nice time, lying on the berth with the blanket over your knees and the best soothing or dance numbers playing in your mind!

- Munch on good food: Carry snacks, water and munchies for the journey. Passing time on a train is a big deal sometimes; since there is nothing much to do you might feel hungry more often. Stack up on cookies, cakes, dry namkeen, fruits, paranthas, et al for a yummy journey.

ut many a times, the food one carries goes bad during a long journey. One may run out of enough food and snacks while the journey is still on. Going for the shady station food or the pantry car boring menu seems like a risky idea. If you want to have a fun journey full of good food, there is an option of train food delivery! One can pre-book whatever one wants to eat; pay online or cash on delivery and great quality food is delivered to the traveller on the berth itself! You only have to specify the travel details like train number, what station you want the food delivered etc. so convenient! One such website is travelkhana.com.

Enjoy the journey to the maximum and have a memorable vacation experience!

Author bio – Currently a travel writer with travelkhana.com, the writer is also a travel food analyst and critic.


Make the best of your train journey

My affair with the big cities

There was a time when I hated big cities and all that I associated with  them was noise, the clutter, the pageantry and hype . I would often get lost there.Given a chance, I preferred wilds or the offbeat , rustic, charming towns or heritage sites in ruins. But of late , I seem to be lured by these big cities..

Maybe its the energy, the sights and sounds or just the romantic past tucked away in them, but certainly my fascination for these sprawling metropolises seems to grow. I've always loved Bombay and yes, Delhi too. And Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
New York Street Performance
 People in NYC watching a street performance

In the international scene, New York and London  fascinates me . And Rome, SFO, Zurich, Dublin, Munich. I enjoy Singapore and Hong Kong and my memories of Melbourne and Sydney, though very old now, still linger. Yes, there are museums , palaces, castles and several sightseeing spots ; but that's not all. Although all these cities are different from each other as chalk and cheese, there seems to be certain reasons why they lure me .

The energy - It  radiates in your mind as you walk down the roads, absorbing the sights and sounds. Whether its India or abroad, there is so much life everywhere . The trains or the tubes - the city virtually moves to their rhythm.And I am not just referring to the nightlife. Walk on the streets, go to a cafe, go shopping or sightseeing, the energy seeps into you and how !
Time Square Hong Kong
 Times Square in Hong Kong

The streets - They are the living spaces and they are so vibrant. There is so much colour everywhere. You just have to walk down the streets of a city to discover it. Little unknown cafes to bookshops to mega malls and up scale restaurants, to curious signboards and billboards to street performances .. the streets symbolise the city. I hate coach tours for the simple reason you can never feel the pulse of the city. Your feet may get swollen, but you never know what you discover. All those days in NYC, I would just sit in a cafe at Manhattan and see life unfold around me.
New York Time Square
 NYC - Times Square

Events - Watch out for the live shows or the musicals or the plays . Some of them maybe free or you may get a discount somewhere. And its worth every penny as you bring back an experience that is unique to the place.
London
 The Lion King Show in Lycium, London

Nightlife - Why would anyone visit any of the big cities and not capture an essence of its nightlife ? So,while you are looking for a " happenning " place, you may also find some taverns and pubs which have either a lot of history or are quaint and yet full of life. Seek them out. I love Clarke Quay for instance in Singapore and we went to some real old pubs in London which was so lively and fun and the pubs in Dublin which absolutely rocked with some great Irish music
Bar in Dubllin
 In a bar in Dublin

The city within the city - So, you come to every city with a list of sightseeing attractions and monuments that you must see and do .But here is a city often hidden beyond the city we now . I went on the London walks last week, where we saw the London of Dickens and Shakespeare ; we also did  see the old London wall. There are many Delhis within Delhi today and Chennai will take you to the fishing hamlet that was once Madras, the settlement formed by the British East India Company. Everything is not just about history - there is art, architecture, literature that forms the cultural ethos of the city. Soak into it !
Westminister London
 Outside Westminister tube station in  London

I can think of many more reasons , but these are the five that comes to my mind. What about you guys ? Do you like big cities and why ?Would love to hear from you


My affair with the big cities

Nilgiris - Why the Queen of Hills should be on your itinerary

So you have been there, done that - ticked off Ooty in your list of sightseeing places and cribbed about how it has become polluted, noisy and touristy,  rather than a picture perfect , quiet hill station. And then , you have told yourself, after seeing the traffic and the milling crowds, that you are done with the place for now. Well , if thats what you have been thinking, then its time to revisit your decision and the destination. And I will tell you why, but before that , a little bit of flashback .
Nilgiri
Ooty and the Blue Mountains were always on my annual list of holidays ever since I was two years old . Dad being an old Lawrencian would never look at any other hill station besides Ooty (it took me 17 years to visit Kodaikanal) and when I was probably 4 - 5 years old , he even wanted to settle down here . I still remember a quaint wooden house  with a colourful garden blooming with roses, dahlias and gladioli where we stayed briefly . My last family holiday to Ooty was almost 20 years ago when I was finishing school .
finishing school
I had hoped to join my folks last month as my father headed to his alma mater, Lawrence School at Lovedale for the 50th anniversary of his batch, but I had to cancel my plans. However  I had recently visited the Nilgiris and realized that I had rediscovered the hill station all over again. I now understand why my father is rather passionate about it .


1. The Biodiversity . Much has been written about the Nilgiri biosphere , so I am not going to get into a naturalist mode. Just that the forests, the mountains, the lakes , dams  and some of the hidden spots in these regions are reasons enough to get here . I am not just referring to Mudhumalai or Singara or Masinagudi here. While some of the reserve forests may need permissions to enter, you can just drive down the path or just walk around them.  Ive seen some pristine shola forests recently and I have told myself that I must make an annual visit every year, just to discover a new stretch of forest and hidden paths .

2. The birds -  There are so many endemic birds out here and sometimes, just a walk in the Botanical garden in Ooty or the Sims park in Coonoor is enough to sight them . Sometimes the birds will just be sitting on the pathway and or a rock near you .I almost sighted close to 75 species of birds and I wasnt even birding seriously . Some of them were the nilgiri flycatcher, the fan tail, the chestnut headed bee eater, Tickells blue flycatcher, the Eurasian  black bird among several others..


3.The wildlife - So,you are not into birds  , but the wildlife may definitely tempt. I got lost while trying to get to Long wood shola and entered through one of the forest paths which eventually was closed to public.  Barring a few private houses, we were driving through a dense shola forest and then we started walking ramdomly. My driver shuddered on a seeing a snake glide into the shrubbery , while I was trying to get a better look at it.  A little while later, a local walked by , telling me to be careful, as they had spotted a family of tigers here with cubs. In another instance, I was birding in this dense private forest that belonged to a friend beyond Mettupalayam, when we heard such loud grunts of sloth bears that I actually shuddered . The gaurs are everywhere and locals say that these usual shy creatures have become a bit aggressive of late. Elephants in Masinagudi are of course a regular sighting and if you are lucky, there is the Nilgiri tahr.


4. The flowers - So, you are not into birds or the beasts.  But you just cannot ignore the flowers here . Almost everywhere you see them bloom . the colours are so vivid that you can just get lost into them..There are so many parks and gardens here that you can easily get lost here.

5. The quaint hill stations - Forget Ooty , just go beyond it and see some quaint hill station. Some of the popular ones are Kotagiri and Coonoor,but there are many quaint ones that lure you as well

6.The mountain railway. - As a kid, the toy train was a great favourite of mine and even today, I would love to explore Nilgiris by rail . It might be a full day affair , but its well worth the slow and long journey . I was in Lovedale station , where I  saw the locals painting the board - the pride they took in their little station is a strong contrast to the way we treat our own stations in the city


7.The culture  - Colonialism is almost everywhere - in the clubs, churches, bungalows, homestays, plantations, railways, the schools  - the British have left their legacy behind .Its ok to have a bit of a colonial hangover here
Just look at this beautiful pipe organ in an old church in Coonoor - it still plays by the way



8.The Tribal culture - Nilgiris is home to several tribes, including the Todas .  The Toda mund for instance in the Ooty Botanical garden  is a must visit to understand their lifestyle,  beliefs and even to buy a few of their famous embroidered shawls



9.The little chai stops on the mountain roads - There is tea everywhere . Yes, its sad that forests have given way to tea plantations , but some of these plantations are centuries old and are handed down by the British . there was coffee here as well at one time  , but now its usually tea plantations that have carpeted the slopes of the hills ..Sometimes you see meadows as well and wish you could just roll on them  . So, if you are tired and need to refresh yourself, just stop and drink a hot cup of tea and buy some eucalyptus oil for your aching limbs
.

10. Home made chocolates - Now, this is something that I will never leave Ooty without ..who wouldnt ?

Nilgiris - Why the Queen of Hills should be on your itinerary

Medical Checklist for visiting India

Traveling to India? If you have never visited India, it is one of a kind experience. Take good care of your health and have a memorable wonderful trip. We have a list of some common diseases and sicknesses you may encounter. Talk to your physician about what precautions to take. This checklist is compiled for a tourists interested in trekking in the mountains but is equally applicable for business travelers as well. Here's the link to the webpage for travelers to India on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of US website, Click here.


Sickness due to extreme environment exposure

Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Hypothermia

Jet Lag

Motion Sickness

Prickly heat

Sunburn


Infectious diseases

Diarrhea

Giardiasis

Amoebic Dysentery

fungal infections

Hepatitis

HIV and AIDS

Intestinal worms

Meningococcal Meningitis

Sexually transmitted diseases

Typhoid


Insect Born diseases

Malaria

Dengue Fever

Japanese B encephalitis

Bedbugs and lice

Leeches and ticks

Bites and stings

cuts and scratches

minor burns


Less common diseases

cholera

filariasis

rabies

tetanus

tuberculosis

typhus


Medical kit check list

aspirin or paracetamol or acetaminophen

antihistamine or benadryl

antibiotics like ampicillin or erythromycin

loperamide or anti diarrhea or anti nausea

re-hydration mix

insect repellant, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops

calamine lotion or aloe vera or sting relief spray

anti-fungal cream or powder

antiseptic

bandage or band aids

water purification tablets or iodine

scissors, tweezers, thermometer

syringes and needles

cold and flu tablets

throat lozenges

nasal decongestant

multivitamin

Medical Checklist for visiting India

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