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Monday, 28 November 2011

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari  is a town in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is also sometimes referred to as Cape Comorin. Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, it is the geographical end of the Indian mainland. The district in Tamil Nadu where the town is located is called Kanyakumari District. The closest major cities are Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari District, and Thiruvananthapuram.Kanyakumari takes its name from the Kumari Amman or Kanyakumari Temple, situated in the town, on the sea-shore, the very confluence of the three water-bodies – the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. In his work on ancient India, Ptolemy had identified Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) along with the Gulf of Mannar as a center for pearl fishery. He also identifies Korkai, a place to the east of Kanyakumari as an emporium of pearl trade, also Travancore Census 1931 says that Paravars ruled that Coast and built the temple for their reverence to Sea Goddess.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Nile


The source of the Nile is sometimes considered to be Lake Victoria, but the lake has feeder rivers of considerable size. The Kagera River, which flows into Lake Victoria near the Tanzanian town of Bukoba, is the longest feeder, although sources do not agree on which is the longest tributary of the Kagera and hence the most distant source of the Nile itself. It is either the Ruvyironza, which emerges in Bururi Province, Burundi, or the Nyabarongo, which flows from Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda. The two feeder rivers meet near Rusumo Falls on the Rwanda-Tanzania border.The Nile leaves Lake Victoria at Ripon Falls near Jinja, Uganda, as the Victoria Nile. It flows for approximately 500 kilometres (300 mi) farther, through Lake Kyoga, until it reaches Lake Albert. After leaving Lake Albert, the river is known as the Albert Nile. It then flows into Sudan, where it is known as the Bahr al Jabal (“River of the Mountain”). The Bahr al Ghazal, itself 716 kilometres (445 mi) long, joins the Bahr al Jabal at a small lagoon called Lake No, after which the Nile becomes known as the Bahr al Abyad, or the White Nile, from the whitish clay suspended in its waters. When the Nile flooded it left a rich silty deposit which fertilized the soil. The Nile no longer floods annually since the completion of the Aswan Dam in 1970. From Lake No, the river flows to Khartoum. An anabranch river, the Bahr el Zeraf, flows out of the Nile’s Bahr al Jabal section and rejoins the White Nile.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Shimla


Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a major travel hill station in India. Shimla is also an important  administrative centre. Shimla (formerly spelt Simla) is set amidst spectacular hills and seeped in an aura of crumbling colonial charm. More than a government seat, it worked as the perfect setting for romance in the days of the British.The scenic landscape, the fabulous weather and the more relaxed social norms spelt love with a capital. Far away from the censorious eyes of Delhi and Calcutta, hot-blooded men and women indulged in drinking, gambling, and all sorts of licentious behaviour. Shimla was indeed the hotbed of passion and gossip, the lovely Mall being the centre of all action.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Venice

Venice (Venezia) really needs no introduction. When to go to Venice?Venice’s quietest season is winter. You’re unlikely to find Venice empty of tourists at any time, but late autumn and the first part of the winter are the best times to come if you want to avoid the crowds and take advantage of cheaper hotel rates. This is the best time to see a (relatively) touristfree Venice - but be prepared for icy temperatures and mists. In January and February the two-week-long Carnival is one of Venice’s big attractions and the crowds flock in - it is even more important at this time to book a hotel well in advance. There are masks and parties; it’s a bit tamer now, though, than the decadent excesses of the past. As the spring turns into summer, tourist numbers rise; and Venice in the height of summer is avoided by many; August can be swelteringly hot. The Venice Film Festival takes place in late August and early September.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Ooty


Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the “Queen of hill stations’ among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres. The Tea The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers. Visit Ooty during this festival, when tea lovers from all over the world converge. An occasion not to be missed!Botanical garden Botanical gardens are a major tourist attraction for those who visit Ooty, one of the most popular hill stations of
India. They sprawl over 50-acres and lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, which is the highest point in Ooty.

Monday, 21 November 2011

ice Skating Starts in Shimla


With the onset of winter, ice skating enthusiasts in Shimla are rubbing their hands in glee. They can start skating sessions in Shimla’s natural ice skating rink, the onely one of its kind in Asia. The Ice Skating Club was founded in 1920. This year it is planning to conduct more sessions by starting earlier than in previous years. Dropping Temperatures : The dropping temperatures have led to the formation of a thin ice sheet in the rink, which has a natural clay surface. The club officials sprinkle water on this surface which freezes naturally. The sky needs to be clear for the temperature to plummet down to the desired levels. High humidity is required for the water to start freezing quickly.Origin of the Rink : The natural ice rink was set up by an Irish military official called Blessington. He discovered a frozen bucket of water outside his house, which gave him the idea of creating a skating rink. So, he created a small rink of his own. Blessington also taught his Indian servants how to sprinkle water on the rink’s natural clay surface, so that it freezes in cold weather.Skating Charges and Timings :The club record for hosting sessions is 165 in 1960-61. Last year, there were77 sessions. Ice skating enthusiasts are warming up to the prospects of skating again in this famous rink. The clubcharges a nominal fee of Rs 600 for a child and Rs 1,200 for an adult for the whole season. Tourists can also skateby paying Rs 100 for a single session. Skates are provided by the club.There are two daily sessions. The morning one is from 8 to 11 a.m. The evening hours are 5.30 to 8 p.m. But, these sessions depend on the formation of ice. In 2000, the first national ice skating champ

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Indian tourism


Indian tourism


Here on this soil ancient and modern India meet. The beat of the merge could be heard always from its heart when you confront with its vivacity and diversity as a city. The age old Dravidian pulse has never gone astray for this vibrant land.Chennai formerly known as Madras is the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is the country’s fourth largest city. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. This 367 year old has the 2nd longest seashore in the world. It’s a rambling and busy, yet a conservative city with deep traditions and culture that are yet to give way to the growing foreign influence here. Chennai’s culture replicate its diverse population. The city has earned reputation for its classical dance shows and elegant temples. Every year in the month of December, Chennai holds a five-week long Music Season celebrating the 1927 opening of the Madras Music Academy. It features performances (kutcheries) of traditional Carnatic Music by hundreds of famous artists in and around the city. Chennai has become a hub fo rBharatanatyam, a classical dance form that originated in Tamil Nadu. Kalakshetra, on the beach in the south of the city, has become a important performing center for Bharatanatyam.

Underwater World Singapore


Underwater World Singapore is one of Asia’s most exciting tropical oceanarium (Large aquarium). Tourists will have the opportunity to admire the amazing sea lives from this part of the world together with endangered underwater animals. This place offers visitors the chance to look at different ocean creatures which are sure to captivate you and you do not need to dive into the water and get yourself wet. These creatures, native to Australia, have the natural camouflage of leafy and frilly appendages. This large aquarium features a long walk-through tank where you can experience sharks and rays swimming right over your head; especially liked the little sea dragons, relatives of the sea horse.The main attraction is DUGONG, sea cow that entertains visitors with its acrobatic movements. You may observe them through a series of interactive, feeding and training sessions specially designed to demonstrate their natural abilities of tail-walking synchronization.The Night Ocean Discovery programme begins at 7pm daily and is your chance to view a totally different world where nocturnal sea creatures come to life as night falls. See brightly colored fish amidst the coral life or watch seahorses anchored to plants. The rare and exotic marine mammal, the Dugong will intrigue visitors with its graceful movements. Catch a glimpse of deadly sea creatures like the Moray Eel, the Stone Fish, Lion Fish,
Porcupine Fish or the Leopard Shark.  Many marine species, such as the black tip and white tip sharks, eagle rays and big-belly seahorses, breed and thrive in the Underwater World.Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore’s tropical climate welcomes both leisure and business travelers year round.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Amritsar


Amritsar, literally Pool of Nectar, derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the fabulous Golden Temple. First time visitors to Amritsar could be forgiven for the impression that Amritsar is like any other small town in northern India. In one sense, it is - with bustling markets, haphazard traffic, unyielding cattle, crowds and congestion typical of small town India. But Amritsar stands head and shoulders above any other city, its status elevated and sanctified by the presence of the venerable Golden Temple. Located in the heart of Amritsar, the temple complex is surrounded by a maze of narrow lanes, or katras, that house one of the busiest markets in India. But the Golden Temple is a serene presence, radiating a calm that makes people bow their heads in reverence. The gurudwara, as Sikh temples are called, is the holiest of Sikh shrines. It is not just Sikhs who travel to the Golden Temple to pay homage, the sacred shrine is equally revered by Hindus and people of other faiths who, too, make the pilgrimage to offers prayers at Harmandir Sahib.There’s more to Amritsar than that - amongst other sights is Jallianwala Bagh, site of the gruesome massacre of unarmed Indians by British troops. A major tourist attraction these days is the Indo-Pakistan border crossing at Wagah, just a short distance from Amritsar, with its elaborate change-ofguards drill with a lot of strutting and intimidatory showing off by both sides.The Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib, situated in Amritsar.

Manali snow fall


Come the Christmas week the picturesque hill resort of Manali expects a thrilling snowfall season. During this time the hill town remains under the cover of a fluffy white coat. It is a nice time for a honeymoon in this place. Manali snowfall also invites many adventurous souls to this beautiful town. Snowfall in Manali opens the scope for various winter sports that are practiced in this region. This is the right time for visiting the Himachal Pradesh if you wish to experience heli skiing, ice climbing or skiing down the snowy slopes. During this time the Solang valley also bustles with a large number of visitors.
The skiing school of Manali is located in this place. There are various courses on winter sports offered in Manali during
this time. There are also many beautiful heli skiing spots around Manali that are crowded with sports enthusiasts during
this time of the year. The snowfall season in Manali bustles with a large number of fun lovers. People in colorful winter garments add brightness to the silvery surrounding of this hill station.Manali Snowfall also invites many romantic travelers. Families playing around with white snowballs is a common scene in Manali during this season.
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