Posted by: john1240 | January 2, 2010

Facts about India

THE NAME INDIA IS DERIVED FROM RIVER INDUS.THE VALLEYS AROUND THE  RIVER WERE HOME TO EARLY SETTLERS.

INDIA NEVER INVADED ANY COUNTRY IN HER LAST 100,000 YEARS OF HISTORY.

WHEN MANY CULTURES WERE NOMADIC FOREST DWELLERS OVER 5,000 YEARS AGO,INDIANS ESTABLISHED HARAPPAN CULTURE IN SINDHU VALLEY(INDUS VALLEY CIVILISATION )

CHESS WAS INVENTED IN INDIA

ALGEBRA,TRIGONOMETRY,CALCULUS ARE STUDIES THAT ORIGINATED IN INDIA.

THE’ PLACE VALUE SYSTEM’ AND DECIMAL SYSTEM’ WERE DEVELOPED IN INDIA.

THE WORLD’S FIRST GRANITE TEMPLE IS BRIHADESWARA TEMPLE AT TANJAVUR,TAMIL NADU.THE SHIKHARA OF THE TEMPLE IS MADE FROM A SINGLE 80-TONNE PIECE OF GRANITE.THIS TEMPLE WAS BUILT BETWEEN 1004 AD AND 1009 AD DURING THE REIGN OF RAJARAJA CHOLA.

INDIA IS THE LARGEST DEMOCRACY OF THE WORLD,THE SIXTH LARGEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND ONE OF THE MOST ANCIENT CIVILIZATION.

THE GAME OF SNAKES AND LADDERS WAS CREATED BY 13TH CENTURY POET SAINT GYANDEV.IT WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED ‘MOKHSHAPAT’. THE LADDERS REPRESENTED VIRTUES WHILE SNAKES INDICATED VICES.

THE WORLD’S HIGHEST CRICKET GROUND IS IN CHAIL,HIMACHAL PRADESH.BUILT IN 1983 AFTER LEVELING A HILLTOP,THIS CRICKET PITCH IS 2,444 METERS ABOVE SEA LEVEL.

INDIA HAS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF POST OFFICES IN THE WORLD.

AYURVEDA IS THE EARLIEST SCHOOL OF MEDICINE KNOWN AS MANKIND.CHARAKA, THE FATHER OF MEDICINE,CONSOLIDATED AYURVEDA 2,500 YEARS AGO.

INDIA WAS ONE OF THE RICHEST COUNTRIES TILL THE TIME OF BRITISH RULE IN THE EARLY 17TH CENTURY.CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HAD COME LOOKING FOR A SEA ROUTE TO INDIA WHEN HE DISCOVERED AMERICA BY MISTAKE.

BHASKARACHARAYA CALCULATED THE TIME TAKEN BY THE EARTH TO ORBIT THE SUN HUNDEREDS OF YEAR BEFORE ASTRONOMER SMART.ACCORDING TO HIS CALCULATION.THE TIME TAKEN BY THE EARTH TO ORBIT THE SUN WAS 365.258756484 DAYS.

UNTIL 1896,INDIA WAS THE ONLY SOURCE OF DIAMONDS IN THE WORLD.

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Posted by: john1240 | November 18, 2009

Puppets of Rajasthan

The puppets in Rajasthan are one of the popular sources of entertainment in the state.The art of the puppetry is practiced by a community of agricultural laborers of Rajasthan.Knowing as bhats these people have been  associated with Rajasthani string puppetry to carry forward their traditional occupation.Though they belong to Nagaur area in the Marwar region.They travel allthrough the countryside to exhibit their skills.

In the puppet shows of Rajasthan there are number of wooden dummy dolls that are dressed in bright and colorful attires.These puppets are tied with string that the puppeteer uses to move them around.The miniature stage is set up with the help of a cot which laid by length.The puppeteer tacks his puppets over a rope joined to the upper legs of cots.The cots are covered with sheets in order to conceal the puppeteer from the view of the public.He moves the jointed limbs of the puppets with the help of the strings attached to each of them.Large beats of the Dholaks(a kind of a drum) announce the starting of the puppet show.Throughout the show there is hooting and whistling by the Puppeteers.Each of the puppet shows of Rajasthan has atheme different from others.One of the most popular themes is that of dialogues of Amar Singh Rathore from Nagaur.The Plays are usually narrated by the female member of the troupe.The narration is accompanied with appropriate songs and beats on the drums that are in perfect harmony with the movement of the puppets.The shows,usually lasting an hour are enjoyed by the people  of all age groups.

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Posted by: john1240 | November 9, 2009

Pushkar Fair

Pushakar cattle and camel fair is a grand event where 2 lakh people participate.Pushkar,an important religious place for hindus.It is around 11 kms from Ajmer.Puskar is popular for the Pushkar Fair.The fair is held on the Kartik poornima day falling in the month of October or November and continues for around 5 days.

It is also the time when hindu devotees come here to take a dip in a holy water of the sacred Pushkar Lake,to wash away their sins.

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Posted by: john1240 | October 21, 2009

LAKE PALACE-UDAIPUR

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Posted by: john1240 | October 7, 2009

Rajasthani Folk Dance..

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Posted by: john1240 | September 18, 2009

AMBER FORT(RAJASTHAN)

Posted by: john1240 | September 9, 2009

ELEPHANT FAIR..

elephant festivalDuring Holi,the Chougan stadium in Jaipur comes alive with the elephant festival.The city of Jaipur has always been synonymous with elephants.In the bygone era,the royal processions featured the Maharaja sitting on a gold and silver’howda’placed on the back of the most favourite elephant.The scores of other elephants tastefully decorated with dazzling ornaments and gold embroidered velvet jhalars followed the royal elephant.

As the name suggests.the festival revolves around the popular pachyderm and it is dedicated to them.Groomed to perfection,glittering in gold,row upon row of elephants,catwalk before an enthralled audience.The elephants moves gracefully in procession,run races,play the regal game of polo,and finaaly participate in the spring festival of holi.In between,all the lovable pachyderms greet the visitors,offer garland to the guests and walk past the ramps before the jury of experts and tourist to get the best among them selected for the ‘best decorated elephant’ shield.

Posted by: john1240 | September 7, 2009

THE REAL TASTE OF INDIA..

THERE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE TEMPTING SMELL AND THE SIZZLING SMOKE EMANATING FROM THE STREETS OF INDIAN BYLANES.DESPITE THE  MUSHROOMING OF TOWERING MALLS AND HOTELS,THE STREET OF INDIA HAS RETAINED THE REAL TASTE OF INDIAN FOOD.A LITTLE SPICY,A LITTLE CRUNCHY,A BIT CRISPY,DRIPPING WITH GHEE ENCAPSULATES THE ESSENCE OF WHAT INDIAN FOOD IS KNOWN FOR.

A few dacades back,dining out in a big air-conditioned malls or home delivery for food were not a common phenomenon.At that point of time,it were the street vendors who would provide people a break from the home cooked food.

Today the multi-cuisine outlets and specialised cuisine fine dining restaurants are dotted across all the metros of the country.however despite the availability of these multiple options,an india’s fascinating with street food has grown over the years.Walk across the any indian city and here’s what you will bump into-hordes of people standing around an array of street food vendors selling from a Kullad(earthen cup) full of milk or chai(tea) to chaat,bread pakoras,bhel puri,paav bhaji,balushahi,jalebis and samosas to rajma chawal(kidney beans curry and rice).The list of options is endless and so is the appetite of the street food enthusiasts.

The street food of india is an epitome of this country’s rih cultural diversity which has something new to offer daily to its tourist.In fact the popularity of this food is so much that many times the cities are even identified woth their street food specialties .So,as delhi visit would be incomplete without feasting on the endless varieties of chaats and goolgappas,The Mumbau experience is all about standing at the Chowpatty beach and digging into vada paav and paav bhajis even as the waves splash across your face.Go to Chennai and you can’t live without having the traditional fish curry and barota along with the strong filter coffee.Visit Kolkata and you cant miss the on-vegeterian rolls or the light and healthy jhaal moori.

Probably,it isthGOLGAPPASe old memories and its association with street food,which makes it special.Also because it is cooked right infront of your eyes and made in the authentic indian way is why people like taking its bite.I’s amazing how everyone forgets about safe drinking water while gulping down the tangy water of the golgappas.

BEST STREETS FOR STREET FOOD:

DELHI:CHADNI CHOWK AND DARYA GANJ

MUMBAI:KHAO GALI

KOLKATA:BADA BAZZAR(VEGETARIAN)HATHI BAGAAN(ROLLS)

CHENNAI:T N NAGARPAAV BHAJI

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Posted by: john1240 | September 3, 2009

Nagaur Fair

On of the most picturesque of Rajput township,Nagaur,stirs to life during the Nagaur Fair.Even though this is a trading fair for cattle and camel by nature,it is still a source of tremendous entertainment.Cattle owners from all over the sate flock to camp on the outskirts of Nagaur while they buy and sell animals.

The fair is held every year in January-February and is renowned for livestock trading;cows,bullocks,camels and horses.Like in the other festivals,the cattle owners sport colorfull turbans and flaunt long moustaches.Shopping and recreation is also a striking feature of this colourful fair.Mirchi Bazaar(India’s largest red chilly market)ads zong to the whole event.Wooden items.iron crafts and lather accessories are available in abundance.

As the sun descends,the folk musicians cast a spell with their melodies that echo wide across the tranquil desert sand.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Nagaur is well connected to the major cities by road and rail.The nearest airport is Jodhpur,approximately 135 kms away.Nagaur Fair

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Posted by: john1240 | September 2, 2009

Nagaur

This is a fortified desert city where the focal point is the fort itself.The muslim influence is apparant in the important monuments here.Akbar’s five-domed mosque and Shams masjid.The fort is medium sized and there are portions in which have been built by Akbar and Shah Jahan.The mughal style gardens have been given special attention.Even in its present condition it retains its attractiveness.Nagaur is best visited in February for the Nagaur fair and the Tejaji fair in August.

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