Churches in Goa: Unfolding the chapters of Goan History

Goa, The city of beaches is no less in any of the aspects. Yes, it is not just a land for partying but you can go and see the most amazing churches which are present in Goa for several decades. There are beautiful churches which will leave you spell bound. So plan a trip and visit the churches mentioned below.

Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral is present in Old Goa and is the largest church in India. This is the most famous church in Goa. It was built to celebrate the victory of Afonso, a Portuguese ruler. The church was gifted with a golden rose which is present on the tomb of Francis Xavier. It is believed that version of Christ appeared in the chapel of this church.

Se Cathedral
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Church of Our Lady of Miracles

Located in Sanguem, this church was built in 1594, where once existed a Hindu Temple. So this place is considered sacred by Hindus as well as the Christians. This place has a beautiful architecture. A feast day is celebrated after 16 days of Easter which is a major attraction of this place where you can spot people from all religions.

Church of Our Lady of Miracles
Church of Our Lady of Miracles | Image Source : wikipedia.org

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

This church is situated in Panjim where everyday masses are conducted in English, Portuguese and Konkani. A big bell tower is there in the church which is the second largest church bell and was built in 1871. The colors of the church adds a lively feeling to it.

Church of Lady of Rosary

Located in West of Basilica of Bom Jesus, this church is one of the oldest one in the city. Two beautiful chapels and altars are present in the church. The altar is dedicated to The Mother. For the people who want to experience silence, this is the place for you. You may book a ticket in any of the available Mumbai to Goa flight to land here to pray and get yourself purified at this church.

Mumbai to Goa flight
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Goa is a land to explore. The beautiful churches, their holiness, and history will make you more glued to this place. Every day a number of flights leave to this destination. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and visit this beautiful and holy place.

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Best Resort in Jaipur for Fun Vacation Stay

Jaipur, which serves as a gateway to Rajasthan is one of the major tourist spots in the country. People who are fond of art, culture and history often flock to the city to catch a glimpse of the forts, palaces and havelis it is abundant in. If you are planning for a trip to Jaipur in the near future, then you will have to very specific about your accommodation during the vacation. Here are some of the top resorts in Jaipur where you can stay when you come here for a vacation: –

Atharva Weekend Gateway

If you want to spend the holidays at a place with abundant natural beauty, then you can head to this resort with your loved ones. You can gyrate to a rain dance, take a dip in the cool waters of the pool and also participate in the various types of indoor and outdoor activities.

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You will be offered with a delicious vegetarian meal when you come here along with a sumptuous dessert, which is usually a gulab jamun or fruit custard. You can also opt for non-vegetarian recipes for which an extra amount of Rs 150 will be charged from you. Surrounded by the Aravalli range, it will offer you with a great feeling of relaxation. Atharva offers a high level of comfort and therefore you won’t feel any dearth in hospitality here. The cost of reservation for a single individual here is Rs 650.

Heiwa Heaven Resort

Take a short break from your busy schedule to strengthen your bond with friends and family. The Heiwa Heaven Resort has been endowed with all facilities to match the preferences of visitors from all age groups. It is often used for hosting school farewell parties, weddings and other types of social occasions.

You can take a dip in a swimming pool and enjoy some light moments with your family while having high-tea, snacks, lunch or dinner. You can also groove to the rain dance and get rid of all tensions and worries of your day to day life. The highly relaxing time which you spend sitting by the campfire will take you back to the days when you would go out for college picnics. The cost of reservation for a single person here is Rs 900. Therefore, if you are in search of a resort in Jaipur for fun the this is a great option.

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Discovering History at Ooty With the Ooty Museums

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Many travelers come to Ooty during their vacation throughout the year and some of them are just happy with the feel of the cool winds and the sightings of the mountain sceneries. Some travelers look for nature, flowers, orchids, butterflies and birds etc, and get immense happiness from visiting the botanical garden of the hill station.

If you want to explore Ooty in a different way then you can discover the history and culture of the state and you can also discover the old stories, know more about the life and culture of the locals and people of the past, and get great joy from visiting the relics of the ancient times, then the Ooty museums will be of special appeal to you.

Some famous museums in Ooty:

1. Government Museum

The Government museum was established in 1989. This is not inside the city, and 2 kms away from the main city. The red colored building contains many precious artworks, sculptures, and ancient historical items, which belongs to the history of Tamil Nadu and associated regions.

2. Tea Museum Ooty

Coming next is the Tea Museum in the charming Ooty. As Ooty is situated on the Nilgiri Hills, which has some of the best tea plantations in the country, it’s natural that the hill station will have something to speak about Tea. This is locally known as the Dodabetta Tea Museum, and houses various types of Nilgiri teas. You can see the tea plantation, tea processing methods and you can also buy some authentic Nilgiri teas from this place.

3. Wax World

Just 2 kms from the city center of Ooty, the Wax World is a great place for tourists of all types, both heritage lovers and art lovers. That’s because, this museum is a wax art studio, where you can find some wax made models of famous personalities of the contemporary India, and you can also find some public figure wax statues, and many models.

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4. Honey and Bee Museum

This museum at the Sargan Villa, Club road in Ooty, is a special one for being completely dedicated on Bees and the harvesting of honey. Common man gets educated on visiting the museum about the various honey bee types, their life and bee collection systems, and how the tribal and locals in the area harvest the honey as per the bee type, hive type etc. There is a room for children, so that they may be kept engaged. You may start by planning the tour to all points of interests and the Ooty museums, by booking your Ooty stay at a comfortable and centrally located accommodation like the Gem Park Ooty. You should book some reputed hotels in Ooty which is located in the heart of the city and you can easily reach attractive museums and hill areas from your hotel in a convenient way.

5. M and N Chocolate Museum

M and N Chocolate Museum is a very interesting place and a must visit for chocolate lovers. The museum tells about the old and ancient methods of making chocolate, and what tools and techniques were used then are explained and shown here. Ancient cocoa making systems used in the Mayan civilization are shared here. Also chocolate making at as early as 1500 BC is also shared here. they show the making of chocolates at current day from cocoa seeds.

One can buy chocolates from this amazing place, and the chocolates are very high quality and made with great perfection. The museum is located on the Ooty Mysore road, and near HPF. This place is great to find some good homemade chocolates.

Whether you visit Ooty for natural beauty of the Nilgiris, or just to find a cool and serene retreat from mundane of busy city life, you will find that visiting these places will make your connection with the hill station even stronger, while making you feel the place from the core, and seal its memories deep inside your mind.

Visit the Important Historical Places in Jaipur by Boarding a Hyderabad to Jaipur Flight

Jaipur, also popularly termed as the Pink City is one of the beautiful cities of India. On a visit to this place, you can experience the royalty of this place. Jaipur has a great collection of monuments and a single visit won’t suffice. You need to visit to this place again and again in order to know this place properly. With a blend of a number of markets, forts, temples, foods etc, Jaipur pleases each and every visitor with its unique flavor and essence.

There are a number of historical things that one can see in Jaipur. Known as the land of the Rajputs, Jaipur bears an intrinsic site with its amazing architecture and designs and the location of such monuments. Indeed, this place is an amazing workhouse of so many wonderful marvels. You really need a long itinerary in order to cover up the entire places of Jaipur. And, when you are done, you can also do some shopping there or grab a bite of some of the delicacies native to this place.

Historical Places to Visit in Jaipur

Jaipur is loaded with lots of options when it comes to monuments. So, you can literally explore all those monuments and your sightseeing will still not be completed. So, here is the list of some of the famous sites.

1. Amber Fort:

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This is the most exotic and one of the most hunted places by the tourists. Located atop the Aravalli Hills, this fort has a mesmerizing beauty to watch. The construction of the fort was done under the supervision of Raja Man Singh I and later the completion of the work was done by Mirja Raja Jai Singh. The architecture is simply amazing and lot of care has been taken in order to defend any form of enemy attack. The interior of the fort is simple amusing, with a splendid shower of glassworks, giving a dazzling view to the place. Well, try to visit this fort in the early hours when the ray of sun falls on it to experience the amazing sight

2. Hawa Mahal:

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Hyderabad to Jaipur flight | Image Resource : intoday.in

It was constructed in the year 1798 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This is a five story building and the architecture is simply mind blowing and fascinating enough to woo every form of visitor. Along with the amazing architecture, there are some engineering skills that can be seen inside the Hawa Mahal. Special mention goes to the windows that are placed in such a way that no matter which time of the year you are in, the gentle breeze will always be refreshing enough and touch your soul. This was one of the favorite destinations of the Rajput families, who used to visit this place during the summers. Even if you want to experience the same during summers, just book a Hyderabad to Jaipur flight and get set to explore this beautiful creation of the Rajputs.

3. Nahargarh Fort:

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Nahargarh Fort | Image Resource : blogspot.com

Once considered to be a haunted fort, Nahargarh Fort is one of the beautiful monuments of Jaipur. It was constructed by Jai Singh II and rests amidst a beautiful landscape. It played an important role during the Sepoy Mutiny in the year 1857, which was then used as the shelter place for the wives of the British. The Aravalli Hills, which is the location of the fort seems to light up beautifully during the night time with the magnificent view of the fort, thereby giving a dazzling view.

4. Jal Mahal:

This was once a beautiful palace and of immense importance during the Rajput rule. Although, the beauty remains unparallel, but this has been converted to a hotel now and needs to be seen from a distance unless you have booked a stay in this hotel. However, this classic architecture has a breathtaking view and beauty and hence visiting it at least once needs to be done for sure. The design of the building is a blend of Rajputs and Mughal displaying the importance of Rajputs during the Mughal rule.

Abu Dhabi Tourism: Business and Pleasure Combined

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. This place is an industrious city which is located with a water side. Several people visit this place for business or leisure or both. With a lot of landscapes and deserts, this place has managed to woo tourists from all over. Some of the most interesting tourist places to visit are listed below.

1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque:
This mosque is one of the preferred choices of tourists as it tends to fuse design elements Ottoman, Mameluke and Fatimed. This creates a modern mosque, which tends to speak of harmony, celebrating the architecture of Islam. The exterior and the interior are with mosaic tiles, glass and intricate carvings, creating a spectacular effect. It has taken almost 20 years to construct this mosque. One of the largest mosques in Abu Dhabi this can hold almost 40,000 worshippers at one time. You can opt for guided tours of this mosque as even non-Muslims are allowed entry.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque | Image Source : wikipedia.org

2. Ferrari World:
Experience the thrill of Formula 1 racing in this branded park, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. This can be called a family affair as even children can test out driving skills on the GT track specifically for juniors. For the typical car nerds you have the Ferrari knowledge game show and a factory tour.

Ferrari World
Ferrari World | Image Source : Youtube.com

3. Experiencing the Desert:
Experience the golden world of deserts with a 4×4 tours. Absolutely empty except for power pylon or an odd oil well you can think of experiencing the stark facts of life. Amidst the emptiness, you can experience the greenery in Al Ain, a garden city due to the trees and plants.

Staying in Abu Dhabi:
To experience the many pleasures this place has to offer, you need to find a place to stay. Opting for the Emirates Palace, which is located on a beach works out to be an apt choice. You have the luxury of the latest technology with spacious rooms offering all the required comforts. Travelling to the central business center is only a drive of around 5 minutes. The many facilities offered here are

  • special amenities replenishment on a daily basis
  • privacy of the room or suite
  • flower arrangement
  • private balcony
  • internet access via the wireless
  • butler service for 24 hours
  • use of pools on a complimentary basis
  • mini bar and much more

 

Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

Make your trip a worthwhile trip with the most of Abu Dhabi soaked in. This city is traditional and modern at the same time, which only adds to the charm. From the desert to the most modern shopping malls Abu Dhabi seems to have something for all those who make a trip here. You can visit the different beaches in your free time or opt for the amusement parks when travelling with family. Staying in your hotel room and not exploring this place is a mistake you will regret life-long. Opt for comfort and luxury and also venture out to make most of your trip to Abu Dhabi.

Enjoy Your Time Visiting the Temples in Tirupati

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Tirupati, a city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, is considered one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. This city lies at the base of Seshachalam Hills of Eastern Ghats and is famous for the Vaishnavite shrine Venkateswara Temple and many other ancient temples. All the temples Tirupati are highly regarded as a pilgrim destination and hence Tirupati is also called the Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh. Tourism is the major industry in Tirupati. Since it is a major religious destination, the hospitality sector is also a major industry here. The economy of the city is dependent on the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which was established in 1932 as an independent Trust to manage Tirumala Venkateswara Temple and other temples in Tirupati as well as worldwide. TTD is also involved in a lot of social welfare activities as well. Most of the residents here are employed with TTD. Tirupati is also known for its world-famous Tirupati Laddu. It is the prasadam at the Venkateswara Temple and only the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam has the rights to make or sell this laddu.

Sri Venkateswara Temple

The Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is the most visited temple by the Hindus and is one of the richest temples in the world. This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara an incarnation of Vishnu. The temple is located at a height of 853 metres on Tirumala Hills. The Temple is constructed in the Dravidian architectural style and is said to be constructed over a period of time starting from 300 AD. The Temple premises has two modern queue complexes to manage the crowds of pilgrims, Tarigonda Vengamamba Annaprasadam complex for free meals to pilgrims, hair tonsure buildings and quite a few pilgrim lodging areas. It is the richest temple in the world in terms of the value of donations received and wealth. The temple is visited by about 100,000 pilgrims daily. But on special occasions and festivals the number of pilgrims increases by more than 5 times, which makes it the most-visited religious place in the world.

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Other temples and tourist places in Tirupati

Other popular temples in Tirupati are Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple, Sri Varahaswami Temple, Sri Kapileswara Swamy Temple, Sri Veda Narayana Swamy Temple, Sri Kalahasti Temple, Sri Padmavati Samovar Temple, Tataiahgunta gangamma Temple, Kalyana Venkateswara Temple, Prasanna Venkateswara Temple, Parasurameswara Temple, Agatheeswara Temple and Radha Govindha Mandir(ISCKON). Besides the religious temples, there are some other tourist places in Tirupati. The Chandragiri Fort located in Chandragiri is a historical fort built in the 11th century. This fort also houses an Archaeological Museum maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. There is also a zoological park in Tirupati.

Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park which was established in 1987 is the second largest zoo park in Asia and covers an area of 5532 acres. Tirupati also hosts a Regional Science centre. Sri Venkateswara Gosamrakshana shala was established in 1956 to protect the indigenous cows and also to share the rare breeds of cows among similar organization. It houses the cattle received as a donation and is maintained by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

A Fabulous Weekend Getaway With Your Family At New Delhi!

New Delhi is the capital of India. The foundation stone of this metropolitan city was laid by George V, who was the then Emperor of Delhi during the Delhi Durbar of 1911. This city was designed two renowned British architects named Sir Edward Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker.

The city of New Delhi was a major financial and political hub of several empires during the ancient India and the Delhi sultanate. The cultural capital of India is suffused with posh bars, cafeterias, eclectic bazaars and cultural hot spots along with other fascinating places. Some of the top things to do in Delhi are as follows:

1. Indian Mountaineering Foundation in Moti Bagh : –
Those who have become bored of watching movies may take a break and head to Indian Mountaineering Foundation which is one of the top fun spots in the city of New Delhi. It is one of the renowned areas to indulge in adventurous and fun activities in Delhi. One of the major highlights of this place is the sport climbing wall.

2. The Lotus Temple : –
The Lotus Temple is one of the major landmarks of New Delhi. It is beautifully designed in the shape of a sacred lotus flower consisting of twenty seven flower petals. Even though this shrine is dedicated to Baha I faith, it is an important place of worship for people of all religions. The visitors can also take a stroll along the well maintained gardens. They will be a given a two minute briefing by an authorized guide.

Lotus Temple
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3. ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple : –
ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple which is located just stone’s throw away from the Lotus Temple is one of the largest temples in New Delhi dedicated to the International Society for Krishna consciousness. The visitors can take a free tour within the premises of this temple while listening to the drum beats and chanting of “Hare-E-Krishna”.

ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple
ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple | Image Source : iskcon.org

4. Kalkaji Mandir Hindu Temple : –
Kalkaji Mandir Hindu Temple is a popular tourist destination spot which is dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is the spot where many rituals including singing and chanting are conducted on a regular basis.

Kalkaji Mandir Hindu Temple
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5. Jama Masjid in New Delhi : –
Jama Masjid which is located at Chawri Bazaar is a massive structure constructed during the seventeenth century. This mosque houses two towering minarets along with onion shaped domes. The upper floor of this mosque has the capacity to accommodate about twenty five thousand people at a time.

6. Akshardham Temple : –
Akshardham Temple is a modern Hindu temple complex which was constructed in the year 2005. The visitors are not allowed to carry their personal belongings such as camera and phone while entering the premises of this temple. The interiors of this temple are truly remarkable. It portrays the amount of labor involved and excellent craftsmanship.

Akshardham Temple
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7. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib : –
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a Sikh shrine which houses huge pool of waters outdoors, a dining area where people can share a meal together and a medical facility.

8. Laxmi Narayan Mandir —Hindu Temple : –
Laxmi Narayan Mandir is an important Hindu place of worship which was commissioned by Mahatma Gandhi. It is meant for people who belong to various castes from all parts of India.

9. Hauz Khas Complex : –
Hauz Khas is an important historical complex which consists of a mosque, tomb and a water tank. The water tank which was constructed in 1800’s was used to store rain water during the dry season.