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5 Kinds Of Indian Weddings, Must To Attend, Once In A Lifetime

Indian weddings are filled with rituals and celebrations that go on for few days. The wedding is attended by many people. The idea behind Indian weddings is to celebrate and share the happiness of joining together and blessing the couples who are on the verge to start a new life. The tradition Indian weddings deal with bringing together two families socially and emotionally. India is a land of diversity. From north to south and east to west there are thousands of rituals and customs to be followed. Indian weddings always give the chance to know about different customs and traditions and finding happiness in accepting those.

There are many different types of weddings in India. The most popular Indian weddings are Hindu weddings, Parsi weddings, Islamic weddings, Gujarati weddings, Punjabi and Sikh weddings, South Indian weddings, Maharashtrian weddings, Oriya and Bihari weddings, and Christian weddings. Here are 5 kinds of Indian weddings that you must attend once in your lifetime.

(1) South Indian Weddings    

In India, marriage is not just a union of two individual but two families as a whole. South Indian weddings are celebrated in such a way that the couples have to share strong social bonding and lifelong commitment to each other. South Indian weddings start by tying full-grown plantain trees at the gate posts, garlands of mango leaves tied everywhere, decoration of flowers, rangoli designs, and the notes of nadaswaram spreading everywhere in the wedding place. The smell of fragrance sticks and the holy fire adds, even more, beauty to the place. The bride is well dressed with saree, flowers, and garland. The groom also wears white or cream dhoti and peta on the head. Tying mangal sutra is the most common and valuable rituals of all Hindu marriages. Overall, the wedding scene is so beautiful that you will feel you have visited heaven.

(2) Punjabi and Sikh weddings

The Punjabi and Sikh weddings are filled with positive energy, cheerfulness and excitement. The weddings take place during the night and people dance and enjoy the whole night. These weddings are a source of delight for the whole community. The Punjabi and Sikh weddings rituals include Roka, Mehendi, Varmala/Jaimala and milni. The wedding starts with a pooja carried out by the priest to the groom in the late evening. Then, the bride is escorted to the wedding place and another pooja is carried on by the priest, the couple and the families. This is followed by a custom known as kanyadhan where the father hands over his daughter to the groom. Then the couple encircles the holy fire seven times and the wedding comes to an end where all the elders bless the couple.

(3) Oriya and Bihari weddings

The Oriya Bihari marriages are very simple and do not believe in showy weddings. The pre-wedding rituals begin by inviting the near and dear ones. The groom arrives at the wedding place with a procession called as Barajatri. On the other side of the wedding, the bride takes a ceremonial bath known as Baadua Pani Gadhua custom. After this the kanyadhan ritual takes place and the couple goes to the groom’s house. On the eighth day of the marriage, the couple visits the bride’s house and here ends the marriage rituals and customs.

(4) Maharashtrian weddings

The Maharashtrian weddings are the simplest and least luxurious in the whole country. In this type of wedding, most of the rituals are done in the early morning. The wedding rituals begin right from the matching of the horoscope of the boy and the girl. Sakhar Puda is the first ritual of Maharashtrian weddings where the bride is gifted with saree and sweets by the groom’s family. Then, the Kelvan ceremony and the Haldi ceremony are performed. This is followed by Grihapravesh where the groom’s mother welcomes the couple to the house by washing their feet with milk.

(5) Parsi weddings

Parsi weddings take place in Goa which is quite different from the Hindu marriages. There is a lot of zeal and enthusiasm in this wedding. The rituals performed are simple. The Parsi weddings start by performing a ritual known as Achumichu where the bride’s mother encircles a tray of raw egg, rice, supari, coconut and dates seven times and throws it on the ground. On the other side of the ground, she throws the water. Then a grand reception is organised where people bless, eat delicious food, dance and enjoy.

Indian weddings have similarities even though there is a lot of uncommon rituals and customs. The North Indian weddings, north-east Indian weddings and Western Indian weddings are also very beautiful. You will see the beauty of common in uncommon practices. If possible never miss out any Indian weddings as they are unique in their own ways.

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5 Reasons Why Thanjavur should be Next in Your Bucket List

5 Reasons Why Thanjavur should be Next in Your Bucket List

Thanjavur is the best place in India if you want to pensive into some of the remarkable periods of Chola Dynasty. The city which resonates an ochre theme to galvanize the Dravidian history is the reminder of how it started to spread Hinduism outside India. If you have a soul that enjoys a dizzying Indian history and wants to jump into its eternal legacy, than Thanjavore must be there on your list. The modern city itself is weaved from its overwhelming past. Understanding culture is a highly intellectual thing to do, unlike the popular beliefs. It is your chance now to enrich your travel diaries with the beaming historical anecdotes of Thanjavur.

Royal Palace – The Royal Palace is a mixture of two scintillating dynasties of India, the Nayaks who took over Thanjavur in middle of 16th century and the brave Maratha Dynasty which ruled here from 1676 to 1855. Thus, its unique history makes it a palace made from the relics, restorations, art and royal gears. The Mahratta Darbar Hall of the Marathas will leave you with awe as it is hard to imagine grandeur the audience used to enjoy consisting of colourful murals, kings’ portraits, and a larger than life scale of the central stage.The Nayak Palace Courtyard is also not far behind to behold your attention with Chola remains such as bronze and stone carvings. You can enjoy the Art Gallery to immerse your artistic side into medieval India’s best art form.

Brihadeeswarar Temple – You cannot embrace the beauty of this majestic temple with just one view. Its architecture, colourusage and skillset makes it appear different at different sun positions and to be honest, the real visual beauty of this temple lies in how its individual charismatics interact with the sun’s.The morning white sunshine sees itself get overpowered with the dominance of the ochre granite outer material while in the evenings, this Chola temple is crowned by the duskiness of the sunset bathing it in different shades of red. The temple is symbolic of every phase of Lord Shiv’s life and its central shrine of 4-metre high Shiva Lingam below the 61-metre high Vimana(tower) is a shot of excellence of the Hindu ancestors.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram – This temple is an architectural gem considering how effortlessly it was made 850 years ago. Gangaikonda Cholapuram is a temple which can be attributed as a terrific fusion of devotion, architecture, sculpture, skill, and determination. Make sure to be present during the sunset to capture the best visual moments of this art piece of a temple. One amazing fact about the knowledge and application of our ancestors is that the temple is made such that it never cast its shadows on the ground.Whether it has something to do with respect to the sun or is just an art form, even after almost a millennium there is no alternative to such pristine construction.

Punnainallur MariammanKoil – It won’t hurt the traveller inside you if once in a while you set yourself up for prayers and devotions. There is a rare peace in it especially when you come to the divine Goddess Mariumm’s temple. The entire ambiance of the temple will instill you with positive vibration and feelings you only connect with some chosen songs. The Vimana of this temple is in many ways the picture-perfect with its use of light and bright colours. Try to become one of the locals of the city by standing in a long queue with others to take the blessing of the Goddess as only then you will feel the complete spiritual intent of this place.

Unlock the mesmerizing local land – Give yourself a break from the overwhelming elements of India’s finest temples. Visit Shivganga Gardens to enjoy a peaceful time with the rare species of birds there. On an easy stroll in the evenings, keep some change to buy the street Thanjavur dolls, paintings and art plates. Write at the top of your itinerary to gulp a plate of delicious dosas and idly on a banana leaf. Do go to the Banam Pub to imprint the devotional teachings which you would have gathered in the day’s travelling time with some madhira.

The temples and the way architecture have presented themselves to you in Thanjavur will become your biggest lesson of planning and execution with keeping the essence intact. In the entire observable past of India, there are only a few times that outsiders had no influence on the life and times of the people. And Thanjavur is the celebration of ingenious talent and dedication.


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5 Reasons Why Landour Should be Your Next Place to Visit

5 Reasons Why Landour Should be Your Next Place to Visit

The best thing about Landour is that there is no particular “to-do” list here that gives you a pleasure to roam the little hamlet in the most old-fashioned ways. Situated at an outskirt location to the over-emphasised and middle-class favourite Mussoorie, Landour still reeks of the old world of when India used to be a British colony. Landour first came into the maps of India when the British-Raj named it after a Welsh town – Llanddowror.

1. Overhauled by Different Cultures – Landour started to get its identity when the British-Raj used this as their colonial home and made it its cantonment. For people who adore the sophistication and class of British ambience, its Victorian Cottages, hot beverages and all the elegance associated with them, then this is a must visit place for them. Americans also have time and again showed their presence, either as learners of Hindi or teachers of Baptism and lavish bakeries. A close vicinity to Tibet has held the place’s indigenous characteristics in its food and linguistic cultures.

2. Soul of Creativity – This place has a history of igniting creative attributes among people. Our favourite childhood author Ruskin Bond has written hundreds of stories based out of Landour. A brilliant mix of his creative abilities with this mystical place helped us infuse blood in our imaginary veins. Apart from him, Tom Alter who soothed us with his acting in Doordarshan shows and theatres and Vishal Bhardwaj who enticed us with his move direction also started their artistic journeys from Landour. If you are in search of something of your own originality than this place will propel your mind, impassion your heart and resolute your senses into disclosing your quirkiness to the world.

3. Walking has never been this much fun – If you love nature walks than find a home in Landour. Roaming this place on foot is the best way to receive its charismatic altruism. Despite being a small town, Landour draws numerous perspective of life. A leisurely walk around the empty roads on a foggy day will wistfully remind you of your sweet childhood memories. The Indo-Gothic Church, ochre coloured Eiffel Tower, British Raj Bungalows, Kellogg’s Church, celebrated Woodstock Schoolare a delight treat on this hill station. A sip of tea at the Char Dukanarea with eyes fixed on valleys will refresh your wits and align your thoughts in a placid way. There is great irony in the fact that this town is considered a sleepy that will fill your spiritual void, if it is there.

4. Existence of opulent ecosystem – The forest area is abundant in Landour. For the major part of it, this British originated cantonment is mated with Himalayan Oak, Blue Pines, old grown deodar cedar, and many other Himalayan species. Bird lovers will call this place a second home as more than 350 species of birds including the migratory ones from Serbia, Tibet and Central Asia flock their wings over the course of a year. Flying Squirrels, Leopards, Langurs often make their presence felt with jackal, barking deer and the secretive sloth beer do their chores in the shades of the forests. One more striking reason to come here is the startling views of Garhwal Himalayas it shows. Nadnadevi, Yamnotri, Gangotri, Bandarpunch are some of the famous peaks which you can peek into from one your cottages.

5. Not a sell-out hill station – You should feel lucky and blessed that this place has been spared from the hellishness of commercialising of a place. Thankfully, a policy made in 1928 to ban the construction of houses owing to the effects of deforestation has still let this place a traveller’s love than a tourist’s lust. From a black and white photograph to a coloured one, it seems as if the place has maintained its purity, its sanctity and its appeal.

If you have ever wandered your mind to have a stay at a low profile hill station, compel to connect with yourself and away from the quasi importance of technology, than this place is the one for you. In Landour, everything is different from the usual. This place if for the slowness and lethargic old world life. Come here alone or with people who welcome the conventional and traditional ways of life.


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What you won’t see if you don’t see Punjab

What you won’t see if you don’t see Punjab

Punjab is the heart of Sikhs community. Punjab is famous as the land of five rivers namely Sutlej, Ravi, Beas, Jhelum, and Chenab. The fertile soil, fresh air, green farms, beautiful scenery, and abundant flow of water will make you feel heaven. It is the land of exciting culture and tradition. The people of Punjab, commonly known as Punjabis will treat you with generosity and care. The people are very helpful and kind. The food of Punjab is very tasty and healthy. If one visits Punjab then he can see everything that happened right from the time phase of kings, British to the modern India. If you don’t see Punjab then you will miss a lot of eyes-filling happiness and heart filling delight.

Harmandir Sahib

Harmandir Sahib or the place for all God and popularly known as the Golden Temple is the holy place for Sikhs. It is located in Amritsar, Punjab. The temple is build in the middle of the holy tank Amrit Sarovar and has an entrance from all four directions thus, greeting people from all backgrounds to the place of divinity. The temple is made up of white marbles and decorated with gold. The temple is constructed below the ground level signifying that one must be down to earth. The temple has placed Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh community’s holy book on a raised platform studded with jewels. The temple feeds around 35000 people on a daily basis. If you don’t visit Punjab then you will surely miss this heart to warm place.

Jallianwala Bagh

This is a 6.5-acre park constructed in the remembrance of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. This park also comes in the vicinity of Harmandir Sahib temple. One can experience that moment as the park has all the marks, postures and heart melting scenes of the massacre.

Pul Kanjari

Pul Kanjari is a historical monument located 35 to 40 kilometers away from Amritsar. It is believed that Pul Kanjari was the place of romance for Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his favorite wife Rani Moran. The monument is built in a Persian style having twelve doors for the fresh air to enter. The king had a restroom here. Apart from the twelve doors, the place has a temple of Shiva, mosque, gurudwara, and a lake (Sarovar). Rani Moran was a Muslim dancer and the king was very fond of her. The building of a bridge across the Sarovar has a reason behind. So do not miss to visit this place in Punjab.

Akal Takht

Akal Takht is one of the five seats of the power of the Sikh community. It is located in the golden temple. It was designed for providing justice related to secular issues. It looks very beautiful with illumination on Guru Nanak Gurpurab day.

Baradari Garden

Baradari garden is located in the Patiala city of Punjab. The name is derived as the garden has twelve entrances. Bara means twelve and dar stand for the door. It is built in a Mughal style and is constructed next to Baradari palace. Rajinder Singh resided in the Baradari palace and bought rare species to the garden.

Bathinda Lake

If you miss visiting Punjab then surely you will miss the nature’s most beautiful water body, the Bathinda Lake. It is known as the city of lakes for Punjab. The boat ride, fresh air, pleasant weather makes a perfect hangout place in the evening.

Durgiana Temple

The Durgiana temple is known by different names like Durga Tirath, Lakshmi Narayan temple, Sitla Mandir, etc. It is situated in Amritsar and is built in the style of the Golden Temple. This temple is also built in the middle of a lake and has canopies and domes similar to the Golden Temple. The temple is also known as a silver temple as the doors are decorated with silver.

Butter Chicken

The people of Punjab are very fit and fine. The dishes they prepare are so tasty and delicious. The juicy chicken dipped in creamy gravy will make your taste buds enjoy the most. The authentic flavor will make you go mad. Along with this delicious spicy food, the people’s care will add even more taste to the dish.

Sarson ka saag aur Makki ki roti

Sarson ka saag and Makki ki roti are the most famous dishes of Punjab. The dish is so delicious that you can never stop licking your fingers. If you miss visiting Punjab then you will be missing out the most delicious food of all.

You will miss the most delicious food, beautiful parks, and lakes, romance filling environment and monuments, patriotism filling parks, divinity filled place if you miss visiting Punjab. Therefore, make time for visiting this place. More than all, you will surely miss the kindness and generosity of the Punjab people.


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Top 10 destinations for snowboarding in India

Top 10 destinations for snowboarding in India

Snowboarding is a pleasuring giving activity and a sport where a person has to descend from a snow covered slope standing on a snowboard that will be attached to his feet. Snowboarding developed from skateboarding, skiing, surfing and shielding. This game is also a winter Olympic and Paralympics sport.
Snowboarding is an activity where you need to balance yourself on a slide board by fully covering your body with layers of woolen clothes to protect from the chilling and cold weather.  Snowboarding and skiing are often confused by common people. Skiing is an activity where people propel on the mountains using two thin planks and two ski-sticks.
In India, snowboarding and skiing are popular winter games. Skiing is more popular than snowboarding in India. Here are 10 destinations for snowboarding in India.

1. Gulmarg

Gulmarg, in Kashmir, is known as the heartland of winter sports and is the 7th largest destination in Asia for snowboarding and skiing. It is located in the district of Baramulla. This place provides the best long run snowboarding experience on its natural slopes and easy floating on the soft snow in India.

2. Solang

Solang valley located 12km away from Manali is also a place for snowboarding in India. It is popularly known as Solang Nala. It one of the favorite places for the tourists to play winter games. The snowy scenery, cold weather and woolen clothes and its warmth add even more beauty to the place. People celebrate festivals in the winter. Tourists from all over the world can come and view the festival as well as enjoy snowboarding and other sports.

3. Pahalgam

Pahalgam is one of the premium places for winter sports in India. This place is very popular for snowboarding and white-water rafting. The snow capped mountains adds a mesmerising view of the place. This place is very popular among trekkers, nature lovers and adventure seeking people from all over the world.

4. Auli

Auli in Uttarakhand is a beautiful place with clean surrounding and glittering snow everywhere. It is located 250km away from Rishikesh on the Garhwal hills; Auli is one of the most visited places in India. It is specially visited by people who would want play winter games like snowboarding.

5. Narkanda

Narkanda is located on the Hindustan Tibet road. It has an elevation of 2708 meters. This is also a premium place for snowboarding. The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) offer snowboarding and skiing courses which cost from INR 900. Most of the tourists will love this place because of its peace and natural background. This is the best place for snowboarding.

6. Kufri

Known for its immaculate natural beauty, Kufri is also a place for snowboarding and other winter games. It is not as steep as other places and it is a suitable place for the beginners of snowboarding. It is a charming destination and an adventure seeking tourist should never miss this place. Also, HPTDC organizes the annual winter sports festival in Kufri and tourists can enjoy this event.

7. Mundali

Mundali is known for its steep slopes and beautifully covered scenery. This place is the most upcoming place for snowboarding. Mundali comes near Dehradun and the schools and another place near Mundali provide equipment for snowboarding and other winter sports for making best memories in your life. Snow sports and camp lovers will get the best experience in Mundali.

8. Munsiyari

Munsiyari is on the banks of Goriganga River in Uttarakhand. This is also one of the preferred places for snowboarding, trekking, and other sports. This place is the gateway to Johar Valley. Munisiyari hosts many activities for professionals and novices of snowboarding. It is very popular for snowboarding.

9. Rohtang

Rohtang is known for snowy valleys and mountains. It comes near Manali and is famous for ecstatic winter games. It is an ideal place for all adventurous sports. Snowboarding is played the most among other winter games here.

10. Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal is also a very popular place for snowboarding in India. This place is in Uttarakhand and provides bliss for snow and nature lovers. Here, people and few organizations provide combo packs for winter sports and trekking.

In crisp, snowboarding is a popular game in India and there are many places that provide space for many tourists to play snowboarding and other winter games. Along with enjoying snowboarding and other games, you will also be blessed to enjoy the breathtaking nature, fully covered by soft, clear snow. Never miss these places as you will be exposed to a different kind of experience and you will love it!


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Travel to 10 ‘no network zone’ of India

Travel to 10 ‘no network zone’ of India

Have you ever thought why we require mobile network or internet connectivity when we have come on a vacation? The most obvious answer from most of them will be to update status and photographs on facebook, snapchat and other kinds of social media. But, there are few people who feel it is unnecessary to do so because they believe travelling equals spending time with ourselves rather than being connected with friends. But sometimes I feel that we require network and connectivity for safety purposes. In the age of twitter and facebook, it is hard to believe that there still exist places that do not have network and internet connectivity. It is unimaginable to lead a life without network and internet connectivity. Here are 10 popular tourist places claimed to be ‘no network zone’ of India.

(1) Agumbe, Karnataka

Agumbe is known as Home Of King Cobras and a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site. It is also believed that this place is more famous for wandering souls. This is one of the most cut-off areas where it is pretty obvious that there is a complete evasion of the network. This place is tucked in a corner of Western Ghats.

(2) Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh

Chanlang in Arunachal Pradesh is known for road journeys and virgin beauty. This place also belongs to the list of unexplored places and no network zone in India. ‘Hell’s Pass village’ and ‘Lake of No Return’ are few famous tourist places in Changlang.

(3) Ice Kingdom, Zanskar, Jammu&Kahmir

Famously known as ‘heaven on earth’, Jammu and Kashmir also has few places that are termed as no network zone of India. One of them is the Ice Kingdom in Zanskar (Jammu Kashmir) which is known for its natural beauty and is fully covered with ice. This place is mainly famous for ice rafting.

(4) Valley of flowers, Uttarakhand

Valley of flowers is a national park in Uttarakhand and is claimed to be a no network zone of India. This place will hold your breath as it has wonderful sights of many different beautiful, attractive flowers. A 10km trek in this place will melt you to the beauty f nature. This valley is covered by snow-capped mountains along with 300 different varieties of alpine flowers. This is the best place to come and enjoy the beauty of nature and add colour to your smoke and dust-filled eyes.

(5) Kheerganga, Himachal Pradesh

Kheerganga is located on the highest point of Himachal Pradesh and is far away from the city. This place can be reached only by trekking. The beautiful meadow welcomes you as you climb up the mountain and surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. Kheeraganga is known for the hot water spring and it is a no network zone in India.

(6)Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh

Chitkul is a village on the Indo-Tibetan border. It sounds cool to have a trip to this place. It not only sounds cool but a travel and trip to this place are the best as you will have a chance to view snow filled mountains surrounding the village, green lush grass covering your feet and domestic animals grazing everywhere in this place. Chitkul is also a no network zone of India. This place is also visited more by the tourists like the way they give a visit to Manali and Shimla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7) North-East India

The remote places of North-East are all no network zone. North-East India is a growing tourist place in India and most of the places here are unexplored. The main tourist places include many hills, mountain ranges (Himalayan mountain ranges) and lakes.

(8)Lungthung-Dhupidhara, Sikkim

Sikkim is the best place to have a relaxing time surrounded by mountains. From this place, you can clearly see the view of Kanchenjunga range and this is a place that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Lungthung-Dhupidhara in Sikkim is a no network zone in India.

(9) Dandeli, Karnataka

Dandeli in Karnataka is famous for trekking, wildlife safaris, and white water rafting. It is also known for its nature beauty and has no proper network connection.

(10) Swargarohini, Uttarakhand

Swargarohini is the highest peak in the Gangotri range of mountain in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. This mountain is the source for a number of rivers. This place also has poor or no network and internet connectivity. But, the place is so awesome that you will not require any connection with anyone. You feel that the snow covered mountain will touch the sky very soon. The view is very beautiful.

The no network zones of India have network and connectivity problem but it is worth visiting these places as each of them offer you beautiful and different lifetime experience.