Tuesday, June 23, 2020

HANDMADE RUGS IN JODHPUR


Rajasthan is well known for its traditional, colorful art and grand forts and Palaces. This time I went to explore the blue City of Rajasthan – JODHPUR

Usually, I start my travel with quintessential monuments of the city I am visiting, but this time I planned to start differently. I started my tour at the famous Jodhpur’s Bishnoi Village Tour.

I started with Salawas village in Jodhpur, which is also known as “WEAVER’S VILLAGE” where weavers work together to create magic carpets locally referred to as DURRY’S. Weaving a Durry is 300 years old traditions that are woven at home by a family in the village and thereafter sold.

Wondering! WHAT’S DURRY’S?

Basically, Durry is the floor covering, somewhat resembling a rug, woven on a loom using cotton, silk, jute, or wool yarn. It is used as a substitute for carpets, as a rug. At home, one can use them for a table cover or cover corridors. 


HOW IS IT MADE?

Durry weaving techniques are extensively popular in JODHPUR and plenty of tiny villages in Rajasthan. Durries are made in vibrant colors by skilled artisans on a traditional horizontal loom or vertical loom. In Rajasthan, looms are called Pit looms which are also used for weaving wherein weaver sits in a pit and used their feet in weaving.

THE DESIGNS & THE SIZES

There are numerous designs of durry; the common ones are different mix-match of color stripes and geometrical designs. Animals and motifs design are rare however are often made on traveler’s demand.

The standard size of durry is 3 x 5 feet, 4 x 6 feet, and 6 x 9 feet. Depending upon the size, pattern, and material, durry can be used for a variety of purposes. Like the smallest one is 12” by 12” and used as a cover for telephone stands, box or flower vase.  For yoga/meditation, the ideal size is 24” by 24” known as aasan.

Durries are in growing demand globally.

Visit “ROOPRAJ DURRY UDYOG” is a part of the Bishnoi Village Tour.

Roopraj Durry Udyog is owned by Mr.Roopraj and who follows the family traditional work from the past 27years. He has learned this skill from his grandfather and in this village, more than 50 people including men and women earn their livelihood by weaving carpets.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Havelis Are The reason Why Rajasthan Is Called The Cultural Capital Of India

The word haveli is derived from Arabic hawali, meaning “partition” or “private space” popularised under the Mughal Empire. Haveli is a traditional townhouse or mansion in India, usually one with historical and architectural significance. The traditional Havelis of Rajasthan have been the inherited homes of the Marwari business communities that flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries through growing trade relations. Believe it or not, these extravagant ancestral homes of the traders have been the focal point of prospering art, architecture and culture in the land of the royals. 

Hotel Mandawa Haveli

The Havelis of the Shekhawati region have set a standard for excellence in traditional art and architecture in Rajasthan. The Mandawa Haveli was built by Thakur Bhagwant Singh Ji,15th leader of Mandawa in 1986. The rich interiors with painted walls,jewel-decorated pillars and ceiling are symbolic of the prosperity of this business clan with ancestral Havelis located on this trade route between Delhi - Bikaner.  Mandawa is the small town that is full of many frescoes painted Havelis and is known throughout the state for its forts and Havelis. The structures of this place remind one of the cultural and social hotspots this place used to be in the bygone era.

Bagore Ki Haveli
In the ancient capital of the Mewar Territory is the imposing Bagore ki Haveli . Built by Amir Chand Badwa in the 18th century , the structure is located at the banks of Lake Pichola and has more than 100 rooms with complicatedly designed balconies and walls that are filled with murals which throw light on the times of the bygone era. 

Seth Arjun Das Goenka Haveli

Jhunjhunu district's small Dundlod town is home to the haveli of Seth Arjun Das Goenka. The haveli was first constructed in 1875 and is an architectural genius showcasing the life of the commercial tribes of the region. The old artifacts, clay figures of merchants and traders portray olden times when the region was prosperous with trading communities that settled here. The haveli is divided into two different housings, the mardana or male quarter and zenana or the inner female quarters. 

Patwon Ki Haveli

Built-in the 18th Century, Patwon ki Haveli is a complex of all five Havelis built side by side. The complex was constructed by Guman Chand Patwa,a famous trader of textile and valuable metals. The inventively designed wooden ceilings and mud floors of the haveli still serve as a great means of temperature control inside the wonderful structure. The decorative paintings on the yellow sandstone add to the majesty of this cluster of Havelis. 

Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli
The complex floral patterns and frames carved here represent the life and time of the Royals in the 18th Century Jaisalmer. The Haveli was the home of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, who was the home of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, Who was the one time prime Minister of Jaisalmer and was appointed in the year 1885. 


Samode Haveli
The former prime minister of Jaipur, Rawal Sheo Singh built the Samode Haveli around 175 years ago. In 1988, this haveli was turned into a boutique hotel and later opened for tourists to discover the lavish artwork that was showcased in every single corner of the haveli. The complexly-painted dining room, light inner enclosures and the elephant slope at the entrance serve as symbols of the grand lifestyle of the Maharajas who walked down these courtyards. 


Piramal Haveli
Built-in 1924 by Seth Piramal Chaturbhumakhania, this Rajasthani Haveli showcases a more contemporary approach to traditional architecture. Multiple Havelis were joined and turned into boutique hotels that are called Piramal Haveli. Seth Piramal’shaveli in Bagar is a Rajasthani-Italianate structure with massive European-style pillars connecting the eight accommodations around a centrally-built court. The paintings on the walls are suggestive of the British encouragement on the lifestyle of the wealthy local merchants and the craft they endorsed through architecture.

How To Reach

All the Havelis in Rajasthan are well connected via road and roads in this state are among the best quality in India. One can enjoy and have a great experience even reaching these Havelis as there is so much Rajasthan tradition you can find while traveling.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Festivals of North India



Holi 

Holi is a lively festival that is celebrated in most parts of India, but it is a celebration done with utmost magnificence in various forms particularly in North India. The festival is famous enough for the entire world to relate ‘playing with colors’ with India since that is what is the Holi celebration is mostly about. Lath mar Holi is a very famous celebration that takes place in the small town of Barsana in Uttar Pradesh. Playing with water and colors, forming human pyramids, and breaking a pot of butter tied on the top are some of the many events that take place during Holi. It falls in the month of March every year.

Where to celebrate:

The best place to celebrate Holi is probably Mathura / Vrindavan in North India, the birthplace and childhood home of god Krishna. The celebrations here are legendary.

Diwali 

Diwali is the biggest festival in India, a celebration of the triumph of light over dark, good over evil. The word Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps” and it is also called the Festival of Light. Every person lights tiny divas (lamps) and fireworks to help guide Lord Rama home from exile. Diwali is essentially alike of Christmas — a large, festive celebration that brings people together and is the highlight of the holiday season. There are five days of festivities, each marked with different pujas (prayers) and rituals.

Where to celebrate:

Diwali is celebrated throughout India, though there are regional differences. Cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, and Agra go all out on Diwali, and the effect is dazzling.

Pushkar Cattle Fair

Pushkar is famous in Rajasthan for the beauty of its lake, the exceptionality of Brahma Temple (the only one in India) and the colorful vibe. The Pushkar Camel Fair happens each autumn, during the time of the Kartik Purnima (full moon festival). A religious festival and camel fair converge on the small town at the same time turns Pushkar into a giant mela ground (fair).

The first thing you need to recognize about the Pushkar Camel Fair is that it really is a camel fair. Camel traders come from far and wide to buy, sell and trade camels … attended by feasting, cultural shows, competitions such as camel racing, and the world’s largest pop-up marketplace.

Dev Deepawali

Dev Deepawali after Diwali falling in November – December is the sacred day for all the people. The lovely Kartik Purnima festival or the DevDeepawali celebrated in Varanasi, is a pictorial pleasure. The ghats of Varanasi come alive with thousands of luminously lit earthen lamps. The lamps that are softly left on the River.

People come to Varanasi in large numbers to watch this outstanding event. Assi Ghat and Dashashwamedh Ghat convert into the holy platform in this sparkling celebration of light and lamps that spread across the Ganga and Varanasi city. 

Desert Festival

The great Thar Desert, the empty sands around Jaisalmer come blooming with the dazzling color, music and amusement of the Desert Festival. The vivid Rajasthani traditional culture is on show in Jaisalmer for three days. Rajasthani men and lovely women dressed in their bright costumes dance and sing, traditional musicians attempt to surpass each other in their musical superiority. Puppeteers, acrobats, camel tattoo show, camel races, camel polo, traditional procession, camel-mounted band, folk dances are the key highpoint of this festival. Proud mustached villagers, dressed in their tribal best come along with their attractive camels to join in the camel dances and competitions of camel acrobatics.




Tuesday, June 16, 2020

5 Reasons To Visit Ladakh


1.      Stunning Landscape views

Enclosed in between the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, the Ladakh region is a highland that is layered in spectra of red, orange, brown, green, and grey with large crystal blue water bodies. The landscape under the beautiful blue sky, aligned by snow-crested peaks and some lush green patches of vegetation along the valleys formed by the perennial streams together make for a surreal scenic beauty. So if you are still thinking that Ladakh is just a barren landscape… I’m afraid, you are going to miss the shelter in heaven.

2.      Monasteries

The Ladakh region is also notable for housing some of the ancient Buddhist monasteries and gompas that reflect the footsteps of Buddhism in India. The vibrant festivals, attire and strange rituals are some other things that you are going to see in addition when you visit these monasteries. Further… the artistic d├ęcor, ancient manuscripts and antiques like statues, thangkas and murals are simply going to take you back to the pre-historic era. Some of the notable Buddhist monasteries and gompas in the Ladakh region are the Hemis monastery, Alchi monastery, Matho monastery, Spituk monastery, Thiksey monastery, Stakna Monastery, Stok Monastery and Lamayuru monastery, Stok monastery, and Lamayuru monastery.

 3.      Culture

You might have read or heard about the indigenous culture of the Indo-Tibetans… about their lifestyle, rituals, and festivals. It will be a pleasure to your eyes if you are visiting Ladakh during the auspicious festivals of Losar, Hemis, Naronasjal, Kalachakra, Damoche, Tak, and phyang. These festivals are not just vibrant and unique in their own ways, but if you trigger the traveler inside you… you will find a sensational vibe of ritual that drives away the evil spirit. And if you can’t trigger that out, you have got to capture and enjoy the drama performance, which is a fusion of drums and trumpets, and thumping steps of the masked Lamas.

4.      Highest Treks in the world

Ladakh is quite popular for certain trekkable peaks like Stok Kangri, Nun-Kun and Kang-Yatse Well conquering that altitude wasn’t my cup of tea but buddy… you are still fit to go for it. Ah! I can dream of a strenuous climb and days like Eskimos. Even if you think it is hard for you to get acclimatized to the high altitude of 6,000 meters and above… you got those historical mountain passes that used to be the trade routes once upon a time between India and China. Once you conquer one of these mountain passes I bet you will receive the best bird’s eye view of the distant valleys and remote villages tucked in the midst of the Trans-Himalayan ranges. Some of the notable mountain passes are the Khardung La, Tanglang La, Chang La, Wari La, and Namshang La.

5.      Food

I know you must have tried both momos and thukkpas out here in the city at some Indo-Tibetan restaurant or at any edge eateries… BUT out there in the mass of indigenous Indo-Tibetan sphere you will just relish each bite of momos and slurp of thukkpa. Just imagine that there is a mystical spice hidden in the valley that top-ups the steamy momos to a lip-smacking snack… and lashing of red chili in the bowl of thukkpa will just counteract the chilly and dry winds ensuring a great solace.










Monday, June 8, 2020

Best Beaches Of South India



Marari Beach, Kerala

Marari beach is a wonderful sandy stretch between Fort Kochi and Alleppey. This beach is considered among the most charming places in the whole Indian subcontinent. Life in Marari goes on as it did a hundred years ago, unperturbed by the worldly commotion. One can relax in the most obvious way –by doing nothing. Coastal lines of Marari beach are fringed with coconut trees and white sand that provides a captivating view. This relinquish beach is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and get a great tan, perfect for unwinding after exploring the small town of Fort Kochi or spending some time on the backwaters in Alleppey. A walk in the fishing village and an Ayurvedic treatment afterward is a pleasurable experience. Snake Boat Race is another unique activity this place offers. Mararikulam Shiva Temple is situated nearby and is a religious and traditional belief of many, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and worshipped by many Hindu devotees. 

Kovalam Beach, Kerala

In ‘God’s Own Country’, this is a blissful beach supported by mounting headlands and enclosed by fertile coconut palms. Placed snugly in the southern part of Kerala, Kovalam has created its presence fingered on the worldwide traveler map, owing to its clean and outlandish beaches lined with sparkling sand and tall lighthouse. The privy coves, sun-kissed beaches, and also the coastal cities of Kovalam enliven with its freshening up nature and the pristine atmosphere. It offers the most effective facilities for its beach lovers like swimming, Ayurvedic massage, sunbathing, and plenty of alternative choices. The romantic and natural ambiance of this beach does not solely add spirit and luster, however, conjointly makes the journey of life fascinating and unforgettable. 

Promenade beach, Pondicherry

It’s a wonderland for travelers and has some of the most magnificent landmarks like the War Memorial, the statue of Joan of Arc, and the heritage town hall situated on it. Additionally, one can also spot the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, old lighthouse, the remains of the old pier, Dupleix statue, and the customs house located on the Promenade Beach. The beach offers varied sports activities like volleyball and swimming throughout the evening. Waterscape, ocean spray and a myriad reaction of individuals create the beach a beautiful destination of Pondicherry.Crustaceans or animals with an exoskeleton like crabs can be found below the rocks located on the Promenade beach. Hawkers with local road food stalls and handicrafts are a standard sight close to the beach. 

Candolim beach, Goa

Just 14km away from the capital of Goa, the white sandy beach of Candolim is embellished by the scrub-covered dunes and draws a large number of travel enthusiasts from all across the world. The road along the beach, Candolim Calangute road is fully packed with shops and restaurants, but no doubt the beachfront has plenty of water activities like water-skiing, parasailing, bumpy rides, jet-skiing, catamaran sailing, banana rides, and windsurfing. Apart from all these, fishing is also popular for the one who wants a peaceful environment. Side by side, meditation, yoga, and massage have also gained huge popularity as visitors love to experience and enjoy such a pleasant atmosphere. With a huge variety of seafood, different cuisines cooked in Goan style to handicraft items and casual garments, you’ll get everything here what you seek for. Aguada Fort, Chapel of St. Lawrence and Candolim Church are also the main attractions nearby the beach. 

Sinquerim Beach, Goa

Sinquerim Beach is one of the few beaches in Goa where one can windsurf, water ski, and enjoy other water toys without any fuss. It is famous for the imposing Fort Aguada that flanks it’s the southern tip and the scores of Bollywood movies that were shot her. It is a really well-liked traveler attraction and therefore the huge sunburn music festival happens here every December. The natural inward curve of the beach makes it an excellent place to tread a lot of waters safely. One can really start a long-long walk from here to Candolim to Calangute to Baga beach as well as they are all on an unbroken stretch. Sinquerim offers an easily accessible getaway in Goa that is close to nightlife and activities. From historical forts to superb restaurants, clubs to solitary sunsets, Sinquerim has a lot to stay you busy. 

Colva Beach, Goa

Colva beach is one of the largest and striking beaches of Goa that has fine powdered white sand and bounded by coconut palms that elongate from Bogmalo to Cabo de Rama alongside the coastline of south Goa. Speckled with colonial-style villas and broken-down fishing huts, the beach looks more stunning with a wide collection of concrete hotels, souvenir stalls and snack bars all around it. It’s a romantic gateway for beach lovers that offers an opportunity to relish the fascinating sightseeing, Goan nightlife, exalting water sports, and even more or less trinket shopping. It’s one of the interesting bullfights is held in the rice field with the beats of Konkani music, which gives lots of fun and exhilaration. Enjoy an island tour along with dolphin-spotting which is exotic and dazzling. The beach shacks and restaurants stay open until the wee hours of the dawn. The most popular and happening nightspots are late bars and discos that perk up and rock the crowd to enjoy the whole night.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Must Visit Place GOA



Goa is a state in western India with the coastline stretching along the Arabian Sea. A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, with sun-kissed beaches, sea, sand, seafood, sunburn festivals, parties, and spirituality, there’s nowhere in India similar to this.

A Holiday in Goa
Dabolim airport is located in the south of the capital city of Panaji. We quickly booked a taxi from the airport to our Hotel Silver Sand Holiday Village near Candolim beach, which was an approximately 20 km drive. The prepaid taxi fare was around Rs 1200  but we had to pay an additional 35%  as night charges. It was around 40 minutes' drive through old Portuguese style houses, broad roads, and closed markets.

Hotel Silver Sand Holiday Village is a beautiful and serene property situated just 500 meters from the pristine Candolim beach. We woke up a bit late due to late scheduled last night but were much excited to enjoy the Candolim beach right after breakfast in the hotel. Candolim beach is one of the most popular beaches in North Goa. There are a number of shacks along the beach where you can enjoy seafood and drinks.
After spending some time on the beach, we went for lunch in the Candolim Beach market. It was full of multi-cuisine restaurants, bars, and other colorful shops. After enjoying local seafood lunch along with local King’s beer, we booked a taxi to visit Fort Aguada which is around 15 minutes drive from Candolim Beach Market. From Fort Aguada, one can get a nice view of the Arabian Sea. The word “Aguada” means “watering place” in Portuguese. The fort was served as a chamber for storing fresh water as a guard against the Dutch and the Maratha’s. Many Bollywood movies have been shot here. There is lighthouse next to Fort Aguada, offering a bird’s eye view of the entire surrounding. It is a serene and must-visit place with a nominal entry fee, though most tourists don’t know about the lighthouse. 

Later in the evening, we went for a walk to the main road of the Candolim market full of jewelry shops and restaurants. Evenings are very lively in the markets with various restaurants having live music, karaoke or DJ playing great music.


Next couple of days, we visited some other famous beaches of North Goa like Vagator, Anjuna, and Morjim. Vagator is the rocky beach, it has a nice view but was little over-crowded. The beach is nearby Chapora Fort where famous Bollywood movie – ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ has been shot. Fort offers some breathtaking views of the Vagator beach and the Arabian Sea. Thereafter, we observed the sunset at Anjuna Beach. It’s also a rocky beach(rockier than Vagator beach) and is famous for its Wednesday flea market. The beach is very popular among tourists and has a plethora of popular yoga schools.
 Our next stop was the Morjim beach which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. There are a lot of lovely places to eat close by. Morjim is a pristine beach known for nestling-place of Olive Ridley sea turtles. Because of the lot many tourist visiting, spotting turtles on the beach shores is a little difficult. Morjim was given a nickname as ‘Little Russia’ and is now known for its thriving nightlife and beach parties. After exploring Morjim we decided to return back to the hotel, Since the next day we had an early morning flight. After a delectable dinner at the hotel, we call it the day. The next day it was time to say bye to Goa. Our taxi was arranged by the hotel itself and was there to pick us at 5’o in the morning. We left Goa with a really mesmerizing experience.

Goa was really a wonderful experience and one can enjoy it solely or by extending Kerala and south India holidays.