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ITF 2019 – Island Tourism Festival of the Andamans!

There is an abstract, almost magnetic charm to islands which attracts people; an ethereal beauty that cannot be explained in words. Serene beaches, and the soothing sound of ocean waves dissolving into foam always make islands one of the most preferred tourist destinations. The Tourism Ministry of India organizes an annual festival at the Andaman Islands to promote island culture and to encourage tourists to … Continue reading ITF 2019 – Island Tourism Festival of the Andamans!

Hornbill Festival – The Cultural Delight of Nagaland!

Breezy autumn evenings pave way for crisp December winters; a phenomenon which announces the arrival of Hornbill Festival in India!! The annual Hornbill festival commemorates the spirit of unity in diversity. The North East Indian state of Nagaland is abuzz with activity as thousands of people flock here to celebrate Hornbill festival. This festival is named after the Hornbill, a large beaked bird featuring often … Continue reading Hornbill Festival – The Cultural Delight of Nagaland!

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Deepawali – The Festival of Lights and Celebration of Victory

Diwali, rightfully christened ‘The Festival of Lights,’ is celebrated with great gusto in India. Festivities last over several days, with each day signifying something special. Lighting lamps, preparing and distributing sweets, exchanging gifts and awaiting new beginnings is the essence of Diwali! “Diwali” is Sanskrit word for ‘row of lights.’ Various ancient tales of Indian mythology narrate the origin of this festival. Lord Rama – … Continue reading Deepawali – The Festival of Lights and Celebration of Victory

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Forts in Maharashtra – Raigad Fort – The King of Forts!

Moving towards the Konkan Region of Maharashtra State, who would want to miss out on visiting one of the esteemed residences of King Shivaji? The Fort of Raigad is located in Mahad, a well-known town of the Raigad district lying to the northern section of the Konkan lands. Did you know that the District of Raigad was formerly known as Kolaba district, but later it … Continue reading Forts in Maharashtra – Raigad Fort – The King of Forts!

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Dussehra Festival – Celebrations, Significance & Rituals

The euphoria of Navratri culminates, paving way for the grand festival of Dussehra!! Dussehra is celebrated with great pomp and joy all over India and in some parts of Bangladesh. It signifies the triumph of good over evil, re-igniting faith and hope of goodness in people. In some parts of India, Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashami. Why and how the term was coined is … Continue reading Dussehra Festival – Celebrations, Significance & Rituals

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Navratri Festival – Nights of Divinity, Dance & Much More!

Navratri is a combination word derived from ‘Nav’ meaning 9 and ‘Ratri’ meaning nights. This festival is celebrated twice a year – once between the months of April-May (known as Chaitra Navratri) and once between the months of September-October (known as Sharad Navratri). The latter, i.e. the one celebrated in Sharad month, is celebrated with great pomp and joy, consisting of celebrations lasting through 9 … Continue reading Navratri Festival – Nights of Divinity, Dance & Much More!

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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration – When? How & Where?

Ganpati Bappa Morya!! Ganesh Utsav is one of the most awaited and celebrated Indian festivals. Due to differences between Hindu and English calendar, the date of the festival is not fixed. It can fall on any ten days in the months of August or September, according to English calendar. The festival celebrates Lord Ganesh, one of the most worshiped and revered Hindu Gods. Lord Ganesh … Continue reading Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration – When? How & Where?

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Travel to Shivneri Fort – The Birthplace of Shivaji Maharaj

Shivneri is among the most recognized forts of Maharashtra as it has been a witness to the birth of the Great King Shivaji. It was built over a hilltop at Junnar Village of Pune District. The arena is located to the North of Pune. It is 3500 feet above sea level which is most favorable for trekking. Shivneri is not only identified as a historical … Continue reading Travel to Shivneri Fort – The Birthplace of Shivaji Maharaj

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Trek to Sinhagad Fort – a One Day Trip Near Pune

If you are planning a weekend getaway in or around Pune, did you know Sinhagad fort is just 25 kms away? And those of you who love hiking shouldn’t miss a trip here. The lovely fortress of Sinhagad lies to the south-west of Pune city. The fort resides on a hill located 760 meters above ground level. To give you a brief idea, Sinhagad fort … Continue reading Trek to Sinhagad Fort – a One Day Trip Near Pune

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Onam 2018 – Celebrate “Onam” Festival in God’s Own Country!

Onam, is synonymous with the South Indian state of Kerala, aptly dubbed ‘God’s Own Country.’ This festival signifies the arrival of harvesting season. Celebrations last for 10 days and include several cultural and group activities. It is the time of the year that is awaited enthusiastically by farmers and other people alike. According to the English calendar, August or September is the month for celebrating … Continue reading Onam 2018 – Celebrate “Onam” Festival in God’s Own Country!