Month: July 2017

Enjoy Your Time Visiting the Temples in Tirupati

Venkateswara TempleVenkateswara Temple | Image Resource : holydham.com

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.

Tourist Places in TirupatiTourist Places in Tirupati | Image Resource : onefivenine.com

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
Lotus Temple | Image Source : Youtube.com

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
Kalkaji Mandir Hindu Temple | Image source : wordpress.com

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
Akshardham Temple | Image Source : wikimedia.org

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.

A trip to Guwahati – Checking out the Amazing North Eastern Cuisines

It is always a great pleasure to catch up with your old friends. I planned one get together with few of my old friends in Guwahati. It was good that all of them agreed to meet at a place where we can relive some of the past memories. I had to travel from Fatehpur for this journey as I am posted here currently. I was very excited for this opportunity as North East is one of the places which I always wanted to travel.

Guwahati is the capital city of Assam and I was very excited to travel there for the first time. The food and culture of North East India is something which I always wanted to explore. During my stay there with my friends there are many places which I travelled and also tasted and tried different cuisines and snacks.

Stay at Hotel Fame City

I had made all the booking arrangements for myself well in advance. For my stay in the city I had booked Hotel Fame City in Guwahati which is an amazing 3 star hotel located very conveniently in the centre of the city. The hotel has 22 rooms which are good and big and full of excellent services and amenities. It was an ideal stay here at the hotel and I loved their hospitality.

The hotel has many in-house facilities and services for the guests and tourists coming from all parts of the world. Some of the services which I truly loved here at the Hotel were

  • In-house restaurant specialising in local cuisines
  • 24 hour coffee shops with range of beverages
  • Conference room service for the business travellers
  • Pick and drop facility is also available for everyone

I had booked an executive room for myself in the hotel which was truly world class. It had all kinds of modern amenities which are required. The room had a TV with satellite channels; free breakfast was also available to all the guests in the room. Morning newspapers, complimentary toiletries and tea coffee maker were also available in the room.

The Tasty Aaloo Pitika

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Aalo Pitika | Image Resource : blogspot.com

During my stay in Guwahati I tried much of the local food and cuisine. One of the dishes which I loved in there was the Aalo Pitika which is a popular item here. It is a side dish and available with all the restaurants in the city. Aaloo Pitika means Mashed Potato. There are many other ingredients which are mixed with it to give a new flavour to the dish.

There are many places where I had this. Each one of them has own unique flavours and ingredients mixed to it to give the dish a new taste. Some of the restaurants also serve with boiled eggs and even crushed dried fishes to give it a new and enhanced taste. All in all, the dish is one of the finest in the region and must try if you visit Assam for the first time. The price of this dish is very reasonable and quantity is optimum for one person.

North East Express Train Journey

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North East Train Time Table | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

For my travel to Guwahati I had booked the north East Express which starts from Anand Vihar terminus in Delhi at 6.45 am. It is a superfast train and I booked First Class Non AC tickets in the train. I used the Indian railways apps on mobile to check the North East Train Time Table and book my tickets from Fatehpur station.

It was going to be a very long journey to Guwahati so I was prepared with all the food items and entertainment options. I boarded the train at 2.30 pm from Fatehpur station. It reached Guwahati the next day at 4.50 pm.

Let Your Taste Buds Enjoy With Some Popular Street Food Of Delhi

The capital of India, New Delhi is famous all over the globe for a lot of good reasons. The historical landmarks, the politics, amusement parks, the energetic people and of course the yummy food, all these things make Delhi a must visit city. There are different kinds of food available in the capital, and among all the street food is the most popular.

The tangy taste and huge variety of street food can excite your taste buds.

Dahi Bhalle

Dahi Bhalle | Image Resource : unnatisilks.com

Tasty street food in Delhi to try for

If you are a foodie, you will love to hop from one place to another on the streets to try out interesting flavours. Here are some foods you have to taste when in Delhi.

1. Dahi Bhalle: This is one of the most lovable street foods to have in Delhi. No matter where you are, you will find a store to offer you the best Dahi Bhalle. They will garnish it with green and orange chutney.

2. Parathas: You have to try different kinds of Parathas when you are on the Delhi streets including aloo paratha, egg paratha, paneer paratha, gobi paratha, and lots more. These are fried in desi ghee which you make you go crazy. Even good and popular hotels like The Ashoka hotel Delhi can offer you some of these.

3. Sabzi and kachori: If you love spicy food then go for sabzi and kachori which is a stuffed bread and vegetable curry. It will make you full in just few bites only.

4. More food: Do not come back from Delhi without trying out chaat like papri chaat, aloo tikkis, pani puri, momos, kachoris and lots more. You can get these on any road side store in Delhi.

The Ashoka hotel Delhi

The Ashoka hotel Delhi | Image Resource : theashok.com

Booking room in The Ashoka Hotel Delhi

It surely is a five star hotel located in the South Delhi. When you book a room for yourself in the hotel, you will be spoilt with lots of choices. So, go to any popular online portal and book your room much before your travel date. Name any amenity and the hotel will have to offer you. You can even get all kinds of street food and other cuisine at this hotel. Have a great time in Delhi!

What To Expect in Your Bali Vacation? 

Bali

Bali | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

India has had civilizational ties with south-east Asia since ancient times. Bali, a small island in Indonesia has retained its distinct culture in a predominately Islamic island. If you are have a genuine interest in Indian culture and want to know about its influence abroad, then Bali is the best place to be. Therefore, if you are looking for a place where you can feel closer to home during vacation, then Bali would be the best place. Here are some of the best places which you can visit during your stay here:-

Kuta Beach

This is the place where you can come across people of all age groups. From flying kites to honing your surfing lessons, this place is a melting point for tourists from all parts of the world. Swimming on the azure waters and then taking a stroll on the sandy beaches can help you learn to appreciate the positive things in life. There are a wide variety of pure, unadulterated fun and games. Nobody who comes here leaves with any complaints related to boredom here. You cannot explore the island within a single day. Therefore, you will need to plan your Bali holidays here months before you come here.

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach | Image Resource : ytimg.com

Jimbaran Beach

This beach is quite opposite to the Kuta Beach where you can take your little one out for leisure. However, you can be assured that your child won’t be missing any enjoyment. Apart from walking over the sandy beaches and try local cuisines. When your children have played for enough in the Sand, you can take them to the lively, early-morning fish market.

This is one of the best places where you can start your Bali tour since it lies closest to the airport. The Jimbaran Bay Beach Resort is an ideal place for staying if you have a vacation worth remembering. It has state of art facilities and offers facilities for airport pickup to tourists who put up here.

Ubud

Ubud is the cultural center of the island and is well connected with all major beach resorts. Being here will also be more exciting since you will get to watch a cultural show of Balinese songs, dance and theatre with vivid costumes and performances. The cafes here allow the entry of kids and offer a great quality of food. The Elephant Safari Park is located at an hour’s drive and offers kids a leisure friendly ride through the forest.

Ubud

Ubud | Image Resource : telegraph.co.uk

Sanur Beach

If your kids are accompanying you, then Sanur Beach would be the best place you can visit. The calm lagoon waters are surrounded by a beautiful reef. This is the largest natural kiddie-pool in the entire world. The shops and restaurants here are located at a close distance from the water’s edge for adults and spend the time while accompanying your kids. The Bali Safari and Marine Park for viewing tigers and Komodo Dragons within their natural habitat. The rooms can be fully booked during the vacations in a great way.

Sanur Beach

Sanur Beach | Image Resource : asiawebdirect.com

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