World’s second largest country after China, India is the top-notch nation to be known for the traditional bliss and colorful cultures. The vibrancy of this incredible nation can be impressively found at different locations and destinations; and incredibly at its distinct tribal regions which are still remain unexplored to greater extent. The tribes of India, which are untouched with the modern way of living, are locally termed as “Adivasi”. Unmatchable, the people are still living the way they used to centuries old years ago are still found untouched, unexplored in their crude form and highlights the tribal attractions and features in their handicrafts, music, occupation, festivals and much more.
So, let’s explore the incredible tribal part of India which is unique and still plays an important role in India not only with respect to population but as the traditional aspect of India. Some of the major tribes in India are: Continue reading
Solid Rock carvings dating back to 600 A.D., the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai is the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising of seven historical caves dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mark your presence at this heritage destination at the Elephanta Island and get a close encounter with the ancient heritage and the religious part of India, still blooming under rocky caves.
Fast Facts/ Quick Knowledge
- Location: Island of Elephanta, Mumbai Harbor, India
- Categories: Hindu Temples, Sacred Caves, World Heritage Site
- Status: Heritage Monument
- Description: City of Caves
- Created: 7th Century Continue reading
Britishers named it as “Troy of the East”, Shivaji- the great, ranked it among the most impregnable fortress in India, the Gingee Fort in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu is the most fortified fort that beholds many different names with different significances. The Gingee Fort which is also known as Chenji, Jinji or Shenchi is one of the few surviving forts in Tamil Nadu and is the famous landmark for the pilgrims visiting Lord Arunachaleshwrar temple at Tiruvannamalai.
Not sure but the etymology suggests that the temple is believed to be built in 13th century A.D. by the Chola dynasty, the king of senji’s ananda kone and so the actual name was derived as “Sengiri” meaning the “Red Hill” in Tamil. Some people believe the name was being originated from “Sanjeevi”, the hill mentioned in Ramayana for the life saving herb called “Sanjeevani”. Continue reading
Shimla, as everybody knows the explicit destination for scintillating hill station, The Mall, wonderful eateries and popular buildings & museums; surprisingly takes you to the roundabouts. So plainly, this capital of mountains and valleys of Himachal Pradesh grabs wonderful attentions witnessing a floating population of tourists throughout the year.
And then, one more surprise is hidden amidst the lush foliage of the ‘Queen of the Hills’, the most wonderful gift of nature and the perfect illustration of water conservation with a fabulous walk in the wild, the Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary. Barely 8 kms away from the city on the Hindustan-Tibet Road (NH-22) this verdant paradise is spread across 1020.32 hectares featuring pines, deodars, oaks and firs with twittering birds and ruffling ghorals. This old water catchment area of Shimla turned into a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1999 that perches on the altitudes of approx 1915 meter to 2750 meter and is marvelously the hidden gem of Shimla.
Mahabalipuram, the name itself audios great power and strength; and if you really want to discover Gods in the stone, definitely Mahabalipuram will bring that miracle happens. Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is best known for the stone carved temples all around the shore of the Bay of Bengal. The name Mamallapuram was being given to this place after the Pallava King Narasimhavarman I took on the epithet Maha Malla (the great wrestler). The place became the favorite spot for the wrestlers as well as was the ideal location for the great historic monuments including the stone temples during 7th and 9th centuries which is today recognized as the world heritage site.
Photo by- Lakshmi Sharath