Friday, March 6, 2015

Jaipur, The Pink City of India

Jaipur
  • INTRODUCTION
Jaipur is the capital and largest city of Rajasthan and it is located in Northern India. It is founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, and this city was named after him. The construction of this city was started in the year 1727. It took around four years to complete this city. The whole city was painted pink in order to welcome Edward, Prince of Wales. After few years several hospitals, industries of metals and marbles, school of arts. The city had three colleges, including a Sanskrit college and also a girl’s school. The community consists of native bankers, the Marwari’s and the Rawana Rajput. This city has the population of 3.1 million.
  • CLIMATE
Jaipur has a semiarid climate. It rains between the months of June and September. During the monsoon off-n-on heavy rains and thunderstorms, but flooding in that city is not at all common. The temperature remains high throughout the year. The summer in this city is from the month of April to early July. The season starts from the month of November to February.
  • TRANSPORTATION
There are many means of transportation they are as follows
  • By road
  • By rail
  • By air
Also there are many city buses and Jaipur metro. Jaipur also has an International airport which is well connected to middle-east destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabhi, Sharjah and Muscat. Many people go for a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina from Sanganer airport.
  • TOURISM
Jaipur is a major tourist destination in India. Jaipur is the 7th best place to visit in Asia. The presidential suit at Raj Palace Hotel was listed in the second place on CNN’s worlds 15th most expensive hotel suits in 2012. There are various places that attract tourist visitors which include the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Sri Kali Temple, Sanganeri Gate and the Jaipur zoo.

Jaipur has a variety of traditional shops to buy antiques, jewellery, handicrafts, gems, bangles, pottery, carpets, leather works, etc.

They brought several skilled artisans, artist and craftsmen from India and Abroad. As a result Jaipur is a major hub for arts and crafts.
  • CULTURE
Jaipur has many important cultural sites like Jawahar Kala Kendra and Ravindra Manch, Albert Hall Museum which has several arts and antiquies. There is a government museum at Hawa Mahal and an art gallery at Viratnagar. The old Vidhan Sabha Bhawan which is known as the Town Hall is now converted into a museum. There are different types of statues depicting Rajasthani culture around the city.

The typical dishes in Jaipur include Dal Bati Churma, Missi Roti. Sweet dishes include Ghevar, Fenni, Gajak, Chauguni ke laddu and Moong Thal.
  • SPORTS AND EDUCATION
Sawai Mansingh stadium is the main cricket stadium in the city which has sitting capacity of 30,000. It has many national and international cricket matches. Jaipur is represented by Jaipur Pink Panther which one the inaugural edition of the game.

Jaipur contains many universities of Management like National Institutes of Agricultural Management, Institutes of Information Technology, Institutes of Ayurveda, and Institutes of Manipal University.

The well-known school of Jaipur are ArmyPublic School, Ryan International School, Cambridge Court, High School, etc.

The Newspaper circulated in Jaipur are:-
  • Rajasthan Patrika
  • Dainik Bhaskar
  • Dainik Navajyoti
  • The Times of India.
This city has a community FM channel.

Therefore, Jaipur is an extremely popular tourist’s destination in Rajasthan and India.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Borobudur Temple, Central Java


Borobudur
Credit:Marcel Malherbe, laif/Redux
Borobudur Temple – World’s Largest Buddhist Monument

One of the world’s largest Buddhist monuments on a remote hilltop in Central Java has drawn pilgrims from around Southeast Asia which is surrounded by lush green vegetation and fringed by volcanoes one of which is still active.

This famous temple which dates back to the 8th and the 9th centuries is built in three tiers – a pyramidal base having five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and a monumental stupa at the top. The balustrades and the walls seems to be decorated with fine low reliefs which cover a total area of a surface of 2,500 sq. m while around the circular platform, one will find some 72 open work stupas each of which contain a statue of Buddha.

The monument was restored in the 1970s with the help of UNESCO. The temple was utilised as a Buddhist temple from the time of its construction till somewhere between the tenth and the fifteen century when it was abandoned by the inhabitants. It was only after its re-discovery during the 19th century and its restoration in the 20th century that it was brought back into Buddhist archaeological site.

Greatest Assemblage of Buddhist Sculptures

It is said that around 1,200 years ago, builders had carted two million stones from the areas of local rivers and streams to fit them tightly together without the use of mortar to develop a 95 foot high step pyramid. Over 500 Buddha statues were seen erected around the temple and its lower terraces comprised of balustrade which blocked out views of the outside world and replaced with 3,000 bas-relief sculptures that illustrated the life as well as the teachings of Buddha.

With this combination it makes up the greatest assemblage of Buddhist sculptures in the world. According to the tenets of Mahayana Buddhism, the pilgrimage climb to Borobudur itself is meant to be a physical as well as a spiritual experience and the pilgrimages ascend upwards from one level to another, they are guided by the wisdom and stories of the bas-reliefs from one symbolic plane of consciousness to the other higher level on their enlightenment journey.

Excavation in Early 19th Century – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

This site has drawn pilgrims for several years and one will find Chinese coins together with ceramic which indicate that the practice prevailed till the 15th century. When Borobudur was abandoned mysteriously during the 1500s, the centre of Javan life moved to the East and Islam arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries on the island. With passage of time lush vegetation of Java and eruptions deposited volcanic ash took root on the largely forgotten and abandoned site.

Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, British governor of Java who heard of the site took an interest in its excavation in early 19th century and during the process of excavation, it revealed the treasures of Borobudur which triggered decay due to the exposure to the elements. The stones were liberated for the purpose of building and collectors took Buddha head along with other treasures for private and public collection across the world. The outcome is that this amazing site remains the same what it was around 1,200 years back and is a unique treasure in Southeast Asia.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Some Great Cricket Destinations


Eden Garden
The Cricket World Cup Scenario – Changed 

Cricket is one kind of a sport which can get one involved in it with great enthusiasm and thrill and for most of the cricket fans they tend to keep themselves updated on all the news, views, events and the forthcoming schedules. Cricket lovers tend to adjust all their schedules to fit in the time for the game greatly loved by them.

The players on their part put in tons of hard work with their planning, scheduling, practices et all in giving their best shot in their performance which ultimately credits them with laurels for themselves as for their country besides the fame and fortune that comes in with it. Cricket has already made a home in the hearts of millions of the people across the globe and the passion of cricket continues to grow and swell in the heart of most of the people,The Cricket World Cup scenario has changed drastically from the year of its inception i.e. in the year 1975.

Great Holiday Destination – Cricket 

Initially the first three Cricket World Cup Tournaments were held in England. Subsequently, the tournaments are being held in various countries across the globe. The tournaments are being held in some of the picturesque grounds in various beautiful cities such as Australia, New Zealand, Caribbean Islands and South Africa. As such the Cricket World Cup tournament cannot be considered as just a sporting event but also great cricket holiday destinations.

These destinations include cities like Cape Town in South Africa, Hobart in Tasmania, Sydney in New South Wales (Australia), Adelaide in South Australia, Melbourne in Victoria (Australia), Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago in Caribbean, Auckland in New Zealand, Harare in Zimbabwe and Colombo in Sri Lanka. Cricket lovers do not visit these cities just to watch cricket but also to enjoy their holidays in these beautiful cities. Some of the cricket destinations are port cities with beautiful beaches and ancient cathedrals.

Travel to New Destinations - Awesome Experience 

One Day International Cricket Tournament is always a thrilling event. With participation of many countries, the event becomes more exciting as the game progresses with many old records shattered and new records created by the players. For the spectators, the event becomes more memorable when they travel to the new destination as the tournament progresses. Some of the destinations are very rich in culture. The tourists get to know more about the culture and traditions on exploring the destinations they visit. As the tournament progresses, the players are transferred from one venue to another.

They are followed by the cricket fans and thus this event becomes a travel combined with the game of cricket which is an awesome experience. Visiting Melbourne is one of the greatest holiday destinations since the first ever cricket test match was played between England and Australia in 1877. This cricket match was won by Australia by 45 runs.

After 100 years, the centenary test was played between England and Australia in Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1977. This test match was also won by Australia by the same margin of 45 runs. It is worth mentioning that Melbourne Cricket Ground is the World’s largest cricket stadium.

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Luxury Hotels in Chennai Providing a Heavenly Stay


Park
Holidays – A Break from Daily Schedule

Holidays means a getaway from the monotoic way of life which could take a toll on each ones’ life with the daily routines and Once in a while, taking a break is highly recommened. Usually it can be undertaken with family or friends, or couples on the look-out for some peace and serenity to relax and unwindthemselves. This break has an amazing effect on the mind and the overall health of an individual. Chennai is one of those amazing destinations and some of the luxury hotels in chennai cater to excellent services to their travellers. Viewers could visit.

Luxury hotels in Chennai providing a heavenly stay are available where travellers could take this opportunity of spending quality time with their family and friends at some of these amazing hotels. This local search engine is a one stop destination to locate hotels of one’s choice which provides information like the phone numbers, addresses together with the direction and contact details of the 5 star hotels in Chennai, besides other hotels.Reviews and comments posted by other viewers also provides added information to the traveller intending to engage in the booking on some of the hotels listed at the site which helps many in some way or the other.

Awesome Experience On a Holiday 

It tends to get a lot easier when important and necessary information is readily available to proceed with the planning and booking once the destination has been decided upon and the procedure of locating upscale hotels in Chennai could be an easy task.Most of their luxury hotels are located in beautiful location and one can rest assured of an awesome experience while on a holiday at these hotels where the services are par excellence.

With the information provided at the portal together with the reviews and comments that are available for the viewers, adequate information and details is provided to enable the traveller to embark on a holiday and have a wonderful experience at any of the hotels of one’s choice that are available for their proposed vacation at Chennai. A good opportunity for those intending to indulge in a relaxed stay in Chennai but with proper planning and booking to be done in advance to avoid any disappointments.

Boston, United States


Boston
Boston – Largest & Capital City in United States

Boston is the largest and the capital city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in United States and serves as a county seat of Suffolk County. Being the largest city in New England, the proper city’s space covers around 48 square miles with an estimated population of 645,966 in the year 2014, thus making it the 24th largest city in United States.

It is the anchor of a larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston which is home to 4.5 million inhabitants as well as the tenth largest metropolitan location in the country. As a commuting region, Greater Boston is home to 7.6 million people and the sixth largest Combined Statistical Area in United States. Being one of the oldest cities in United States it was founded on the Shawmut Peninsula by the Puritan settlers from England in 1630 and faced several key events of American Revolutions like the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Boston Tea Party and the Siege of Boston.

During American Independence from Great Britain, the city continued to be an important port as well as a manufacturing hub together with a centre for education and culture. With the aid of land reclamation and municipal annexation, this city has spread beyond the original peninsula and its rich history has attracted several tourist to its destination, where the Faneuil Hall alone had over 20 million tourists.

America’s Oldest City – Rich Economic/Social History

In 1630, Boston was first incorporated as a town and in 1822 as a city and is one of America’s oldest cities having rich economic as well as social history. What started off as a homesteading community then evolved in a centre for political and social change and since then have become the cultural and the economic hub of New England. Being a home to over 617,000 people as the region’s hub, there are several institutions of higher educations some of which are the world’s finest inpatients hospitals together with various cultural and professional sports organisations.

Many people tend to visit Boston to attend cultural or sporting events, to explore its historic neighbourhoods and for the purpose of business. Boston has a wealth of museums which range from the MFA to the Boston Fire Museums as well as galleries which feature contemporary art with inclusive art experience. Boston also has a variety of transport modes for tourist as well as the locals to move around the city.

Some of the facts of Boston 

Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue seems to be the only place in the world where boat can sail under a train passing under a car driving under an airplane. The famous CITGO sign in Kenmore Square would have five miles of neon tubing and in order to be more energy efficient, the use of LED lighting has been adopted. At 90 feet below the surface, the deepest tunnel in North America is the Red Williams Tunnel. The 60 story John Hancock Tower has 13 acres of glass.

The Fleet Centre which is now known as TD Garden was built 9 inches from the Boston Garden and the classic structure had to be demolished brick by brick.The coloured light on the old Hancock building indicates the weather `Solid blue, clear view,’ `Flashing blue, clouds due’, `Solid red, rain ahead’ and `Flashing red, snow instead’ – flashing red means the Red Sox game is rained out during summer.