India. A country that is often referred to as a subcontinent… It extends from the mighty Himalayas in the north to the fathomless Indian Ocean to the south. The second most populous country, it speaks over 15 different languages and about 100 different dialects, follows a multitude of faiths, celebrates thousands of festivals, eats a variety of cuisine, have traits of a heterogeneous mix of all races, exists in the ancient and ultra modern forms, is an enigma and functions as a democratic nation. A civilization more than 5000 year old, looted, plundered and colonized by many but resilient as ever, India grew rich in culture and colour while she braved, invaders, gave asylum to refuge seeker, put forth the most peaceful principles of life and remained content in her disarming simplicity. Blazing hot deserts, freezing cold mountains, lush tropical forests, coral islands, enchanting backwaters, surging rivers, the topography of the country supports flora and fauna beyond imagination. Exotic and endemic species, many of which are endangered populate the wilderness. Tigers, Elephants, Cobras, Hornbills, Lion tailed macaque, sambhar, one horned Rhino, red Panda, narrow long snout crocodile called Gharial, snow leopard and so on. Hinduism, the prominent religion, is intimately woven into the fabric of everyday life, reflected in an extraordinary range of time-honoured traditions. Apart from its ancient spiritual framework, India's vastness also challenges the imagination, being home to one sixth of the world's population. Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Zorastrianism, Bahaism and multitude of ethnic beliefs also give strength to the diversity. The most frequently visited part of India is the Golden Triangle, comprised of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The main cities are New Delhi in the north, Mumbai (Bombay) in the west, Chennai(Madras) & Bengaluru(Bangalore) in the south and Kolkata (Calcutta) in the east. The holy city of Varanasi and the awe-inspiring temples of Tamil Nadu are rewarding places of pilgrimage. For those in search of tropical bliss, there are the palm-fringed beaches of Goa and Kerala. And for fresh air and serenity, India abounds in destinations. India is Vibrant, tranquil, peaceful, adventurous, wild, wise, simple and yet complex. Come, and discover for yourself.
Indraprastha, Delhi, New Delhi - names given were many but the identity was the same - the capital of ancient India, Mughal India, British India and Independent India. Looted, conquered and built many time over delhi has become a open history book of sorts. One can see vestiges of all the cultures which ruled here, tombs of rulers, parks built by them, palaces and event tthe streets bear a historical touch.Delhi attracted many for many different reasons. It is a melting pot of different cultures. It bore the brunt of the central Asian chieftains like Nadir Shah, Mohamad of Ghazni and Mahmud of Ghori.The partition saw its streets burn with religious riots. But through it all, Delhi survived, assimilated all types of people and grew to the large metropolis it is today.Todaydelhi has two distinct parts - old delhi with its crowded streets and alleys and Mughal monuments and New Delhi with its planned wide avenues, colonial buildings and swanky cars. And Delhi is bursting at seems and now occupies a larger region called the NCR 9National Capital Region). Here the nondescript towns of Faridabad and Gurgaon have changed overnight with huge malls, software and outsourcing centres, youth and pubs.A visit to Delhi means that you have to see all types of Delhi - old, new and ultra modern.
The northern most state of India, Jammu & Kashmir, has been known as' Jannat' i.e. Heaven in Urdu language. The breathtaking beauty, crisp air, snow covered peaks, high altitude passes, varied culture and cuisine give it the name. It consists of three regions differing in topography and culture - Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Ladakh, the Land of Passes, is the northernmost province of the State and lies beyond the Kashmir Valley over the famous Zozi La Pass. It marks the boundary between the peaks of the western Himalayas and the vast Tibetan plateau. It is a magical land completely different from the green landscape of other parts of the Himalayas with barren mountains, lush-green river valleys, deep blue skies, fascinating monasteries and numerous lakes full of bird life. It has become one of the most popular summer destinations. It is the abode of rare Kiang (wild ass) and highland Yak. Leh, the main city of the region lies at the Tri-junction of the historic silk route from Sinkiang to West Asia and to the plains of India.Ladakh has one of the best living traditions of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. In the Kashmir valley, Muslims form the majority and in Jammu, it is the Hindus. The Kashmir Valley, north of Jammu, is afertile verdant region enclosed by high snow-capped ridges of the PirPanjal range to the west and south and the main Himalayan range to the east. Its population is predominantly Muslim with a rich Islamic history that can be traced to the 14th century. The Mughal rulers were always happy to retreat here from the heat of the plains. They developed their formal garden style art to its greatest heights in Kashmir. The State's summer capital Srinagar is located in this valley. The region of Jammu includes the city of Jammu, situated on the north Indian plains, a short distance from the Shivalik Hills. North of the Shivaliks the rest of the Jammu region is drained by the Chenab River whose vast catchment area includes several narrow valleys that extend deep into the high Himalayas. The region of Jammu is predominantly Hindu, although there are small Muslim communities. Jammu was the stronghold of Hindu Dogra kings and abounds with popular temples and secluded forest retreats.
Heat, dust and a riot of colours. Rajasthan has many faces. Consisting of the hilly and rugged south-eastern region and the barren north-western Thar Desert, Rajasthan shares the border with the neighbouring Pakistan to the west, Gujarat to south, MadhyaPradesh to east and Delhi to north. Rajasthan literally means the Land of Kings. This famed romantic state of Kings, warriors, forts and palaces casts a charm on everyone who visits it. Forts, palaces and temples built in sandstone and marble dot the landscape. The state seems to be right out of a fairy tale with caravans, brightly coloured costumes and deserts. Fine carvings on the majestic façade, the palaces and temples with intricate filigreed work and some originally adorned with precious and semiprecious stones, the sights are mesmerizing. Today, more and more of the castles, forts and country estates are being converted into hotels making travel to the most inaccessible outposts easy. From the richly painted havelis (mansions) of Shekhawati in the north to the magnificent Jain temples of Mount Abu or Ranakpur in the south, the state's wealth of history and art provides a unique experience.
This culturally rich state is located on the south east coast of the Indian peninsula. It is the centre for Dravidian culture. It is home to many large and exquisitely carved temples in granite. It is characterized by the most outstanding examples of Dravidian architecture with fascinating temple towns of Madurai, Chidambaram, Trichy and Tanjore; the largest temple, the Sri Ranganathaswamy at Trichy, houses over twenty thousand people within its walls. Classical dance and music in Tamil Nadu has a great heritage. Bharatanatyam is believed to have originated in Tamil Nadu and created by Bharata Muni, a Hindu sage, who wrote the NatyaShastra, the most important ancient treatise on classical Indian dance. Performed in Hindu temples by Devadasis once, this traditional dance-form is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. It continues to be a popular and widely performed dance style. The tamil cuisine is also delicious. Traditional Tamil cuisine includes Dosai, Idly, Vadai, Pongal and Uthappam. These dishes are served along with Sambar, Rasam, Kootu, Aviyal, Chatni and Poriyal. Traditionally prepared Filter Coffee is preferred, which is unique in taste. The Chettinad region is famous for its spicy non-vegetarian cuisine, while Tirunelveli is famous for its unique wheat halwa. The fast food culture is witnessing a steady growth in Tamil Nadu in recent years. Tamil Nadu has some great getaways in the hills. The misty nilgiris have some popular hill stations like Kodaikanal and Ooty. There are wildlife reserves in this stretch with animals like tiger, elephant, Indian bison etc. Prominent among them are Mudumalai National Park, The Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary and Arignar Anna Zoological Park. The mangrove forests in Pichavaram are also eco-tourism spots of importance. Kanyakumari, the southern most tip of the state is where the three seas meet. The Indian Ocean, The Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea confluence here. It is a grat pilgrim centre too.
Mythology has it that Kerala was carved out of sea by the sage Vishwamitra. When his wrath had stained mainland India with the blood of the thousand slain Kshatriyas, he created Kerala out of sea by throwing an axe into the sea to be populated by the pure minded. This land is indeed pure and pristine. Kerala is one of the most popular tourist destinations. The tropical Sun, long stretch of beach on the west and misty hills in the east, rains for large periods of the year have given rise to a unique landscape blessed backwaters and perennial rivers. The land is fertile and supports dense tropical rain forests and lush green paddy fields and tea plantations. The famous beaches of Kovalam, Varkala, Kappad and others have been making tourists return year after year for more. Historic towns, lush forests and tranquil hill stations attract globetrotter from every nook and corner of the world. Kerala also owes its popularity to reasons such as easy accessibility, widespread use of English, friendly people and superlative food and accommodation. An added attraction is the authentic Ayurveda treatments provided here. But one of the most important things to do while in Kerala is go on a houseboat cruise on the backwaters. These riceboats fashioned with comfortable interiors helps you discover the real Kerala and absolute peace. And be sure to enjoy the sumptuous Kerala Sadya, a feast served on plantain leaf.
Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world. Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial center, it's India's largest city. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city's also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.
Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda.
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Langkawi is a beautiful island in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia; many people describe the island as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The island is not (yet) spoiled by tourists, which makes it a perfect holiday destination for travelers. Accommodation is affordable on the island. You can stay in a resort for a mere $30 a night, but also for $3000 for a single night. The island is especially renowned for the many great attractions. Besides that you can shop at some of the shopping malls, you can have splendid dinners at one of the many hawkers, or you can rent a motorcycle (moped) to explore the island (RM40 for 24h). The island is easy accessible from Kuala Lumpur or the neighboring island of Penang.
Genting Highlands otherwise known as Resorts World Genting, is a hill resort in Malaysia developed by Genting Group.The hill resort is at an average elevation of 1,740 metres (5,710 ft) within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia. Resorts World Genting is operated by Genting Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Resorts World Bhd), which also operates Awana chain of resorts & hotels. It is accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour, or also accessible by a cable car called Genting Skyway, which at its opening was the world's fastest and South East Asia's longest gondola lift.The comprehensive indoor and outdoor theme-park was promoted as the destination for "Fun at The Peak". The entire resort was subsequently billed; "The City of Entertainment".Resorts World Genting is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country and is owned by Genting Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Group.
Tung Choi Street is a street situated between south of Sai Yeung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is one of the most well-known street markets in Hong Kong. Its southern section, popularly known as Ladies' Market or Ladies' Street sells various, low-priced products for women and also other general merchandise. Its northern section not far above Bute Street, has a wide variety of affordable plants, pet supplies and animals especially goldfish since it is also known as "Goldfish Street".
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Tsz), located Po Fook Hill at Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin in the New Territories is one of Hong Kong’s most famous Buddhist temples and popular tourist attractions. The temple was founded in 1949 by the Reverend Yuet Kai and completed in 1957. The monastery is not residential and is managed by lay-persons. It should not be confused with the Po Fook Hill Ancestral Halls which lie directly below it. The monastery, which occupies over 8 hectares, is made up of two groups of architectural structures at lower and higher levels respectively. There is a pagoda, a hall, two pavilions and a tower in the architectural structure at the lower level. There are four halls in another structure at the higher level. The five halls in the monastery are used to house the statues of Buddhas. The main journey up to the monastery is an attraction itself, as the path is lined on both sides with golden Buddhas, each unique and in different poses.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, or the Great Immortal Wong. The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon. The architecture is the traditional Chinese temple style with grand red pillars, a golden roof adorned with blue friezes, yellow latticework, and multi-coloured carvings. Aside from the Daxiong-baodian or Grand Hall, Sansheng Hall and the Good Wish Garden are also worth seeing. The temple grounds also feature three memorial archways. The first one stands outside the temple and is carved with the name of the temple. If you walk past the soothsayers and the fortune-telling stalls, you can see another memorial archway. And if you continue further along the third memorial archway standing before you.
Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon–Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the city’s harbour.
Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is sited near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. One of the five large Buddha statues in China, it is enthroned on a lotus on top of a three-platform altar. Surrounding it are six smaller bronze statues known as "The Offering of the Six Devas" that are posed offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha. These symbolise the Six Perfections of generosity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom, all of which are necessary for enlightenment