Kanha National Park – A Legendary Journey

Another legendry anticipated journey from India…This time its in the residence of “Mogli”.”Jungle Book” – The Famous Novel. It is Kanha National Park.

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The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book”. Kanha is one of India’s largest national parks, covering 1 945 km², and is located in the Maikal Hills of the Satpura Hills range in the south eastern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Park has beautiful areas of sal forests, large bamboo stretches and lush green meadows.

 

SAFARI – Various efforts to increase general awareness about nature conservation.

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We are expected to use all of our senses during park safari. Watching animals is one thing, calls of deers, humming insects, songs of bird, fragrance of plants, crawling of reptiles on fallen dry-leaves is unique experience. At the same time signs and road-side markers, pugmarks, scratch-marks of trees are also some unique seen of jungle and deserves to be captured in camera. So in a sum-up we can say we should keep all our senses open and active and not to allow any movement un-scanned. 

These are the marks by tiger. Whenever any other tiger enters his territory, he has to put the mark on the tree and if he doesn’t, there is a war. Whoever wins takes the territory. I wonder how the king takes care of his territory. Reminded me of the movie “TROY”.

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CHECKLIST OF MAMMELS IN KANHA NATIONAL PARK :

TIGER SIGHTING:  During our visit we had 4 private jeep safaris booked. We had perfect tiger sightings first day itself during our stay and had some excellent close up photos. We also saw an Indian gaur, deer (3 types), wild boar and lots of birds. And my heart skipped a beat when I saw tiger crossing the road. We were on an open jeep. But as told by guide, they are not going to harm you unless you harm them.

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The probability of sighting a tiger is high during the months of April, May and June for the simple reason that water availability across jungle is limited (man made artificial water holes in most forests)and the tiger comes to the water body to quench its thirst. However the temperature can be high.

PEACOCK DANCE : Everywhere nature is an untold mystery and a wonder for all. One such gift of nature is to watch the awesome dance of the peacock.

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DEER WATCHING: Like the mule deer, they are found in elevation areas. Each year, male deer re-grow their antlers. They are browsers and can be found eating grasses, leaves, wildflowers, twigs and buds from various trees. Mule deer play an important role in the wildlife food chain. They are the primary prey of mountain lions. Mule deer also can be taken by coyotes and bobcats. Unfortunately several also fall victim each year to a mechanized predator, the automobile.

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Once we entered the reserve, realized why Rudyard Kipling was so inspired to write the Jungle Book. A beautiful jungle, very well maintained with utmost care and priority to the wildlife. Great flora and fauna. A well maintained national park. The entry, guides allocation and speed of security clearance before entering the park were well organized and speedy. The roads inside the park were well kept and regular shrub clearance and control. Plenty of rangers and trackers visibly seen working. The meadows and grass lands and water holes were well marked and easily accessed. We enjoyed our three days of safari in this peaceful park and found the drivers and guides to be very knowledgeable.

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Admire India, Admire Indianity…..

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Liebster Award – A source of motivation

 

I have recently being nominated to the liebster award. The moment I got to know about this nomination, I after a hectic day suddenly got filled with energy, motivation and what not. 

First of all I would like to thank “inthecathouse” for nominating me. And would like to share that “ I love dogs J J “ .

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I have to respond to 11 questions given to me by “inthecathouse” and then make 11 questions for my nominees to respond on their weblogs.

And here goes my answers—

1. What color are your eyes? – my eye color is black . and a black eye color denotes sweetness :P.

2. What is you go to comfort food/dish? – Indian food has always been my favourite.. I am a health councious person and indian food is a very healthy food. Beans and the herbal spices used make just perfect healthy meal for the day. Apart from Indian food , I like Mexican .

3. What is your guilty pleasure snack/dessert? – I love sweets. Indian sweets are just yumm.. soan papdi , kaju katli .. you just cant resist having one . the first sight at it just activates all my taste buds ..

4. How many hours a week do you spend working on your blog? – atleast 3 hours a day which makes it 18 hours a week . this weekend I wrote 3 blogs . blogging is sometimes an addiction to me :p ..

5. Do you tell your friends and family about your blog or is it just for you? – yes offcourse .. they all know it J .. I even tell friends of friends J J .. 

6. What is your favorite creative outlet? – mm… I love visiting home décor stores. Decorating home is like my passion.

7. Have you read any good books lately? – not realy . its been Iong.. I prefer reading before going to bed and that too some spiritual stuff.  prefer blogging rather than reading books during day time.

8. What is your favorite TV Show? – NDTV good times – I can watch anything at this channel.

9. What movie playing now or later this summer are you dying to see? – I just can not wait to watch Aashique 2 , a bollywood movie . Music album of this movie is record breaking of the year.

10. Are you a cat or dog person? Or perhaps fish or iguana person? – I love dogs and recently I have uploaded the pics over facebook as well with tiddler ( the cutest dog I have ever met )..

11. Are you the 1920′s bungalow with a yard and a picket fence type, or the modern condo or loft type? – well I would prefer a bungalow and a yard anyday because I love gardening and I would want to have a home with lots of space where I can come up with all my gardening skills J J ..

Now for my 11 nominees for the Liebster Award:

1. http://heraldonlinejournal.com/

2. http://iamawomaninlove.wordpress.com/

3. http://ceciliaandhersisters.com

4. Pending . Rest Exploring the new talents 

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And now here are the question created for the nominees chosen by me –

  1. Which is your favourite topic to blog or what all things do you love reading while blogging?
  2. Are you fond of cooking ?
  3. What is your favourite time pass?
  4. Are you a home maker or a professional ?
  5. How frequently do you update your blog ?
  6. Which country are you willing to travel ?
  7. Which is your favourite outfit ?
  8. What time do you blog ? daytime or night?
  9. What is the recent stuff you bought for home décor ?
  10. Are you a morning person or a night owl ?
  11. Do you love nature or you are more sort of commercial person ?

All the best to all of the bloggers being nominated.. you all rock ..

 

Taj Mahal – Majestic Monument of Love

In Dec 1631, the fifth Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, started the development of one of the biggest monuments of all-time, the Taj Mahal. It is a mausoleum designed in the memory of his dearest and preferred wife, Mumtaz Mahal, satisfying one of the guarantees that he created to her as she lay on her deathbed: To hard a monument to go with her elegance.

The Taj Mahal’s genuine white-colored stone shimmers gold in the moonlight, shines gently light red at beginning, and at near of day shows the fantastic shades of the establishing Sun. From an octagonal in shape structure in the Agra Ft across the Stream Yamuna, Shah Jahan invested his last times as a hostage of his son and usurper to the kingdom, Aurangzeb, staring at the grave of his dearest Mumtaz.

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How to reach the city of Taj Mahal Agra:

If you have landed to the capital city of India i.e. Delhi, Reaching Agra doesn’t take long.There are various choices available to attaining Taj Mahal of Agra. You can select by air or by practice or by road.

By Air: The quickest way of attaining Taj Mahal, Agra is by air. The town of Taj, Agra, has its own airport terminal that is around 7 km from the town center. Native Indian Airways functions flight tickets to Agra on a regular basis. It only takes 40 minutes from Delhi to Agra.

By Road: The distances of Agra from the renowned destinations by road are Mathura 58 km, Gwalior 118 km, Delhi 203 km.

By Train: The most comfortable and fastest train is Shatabdi Express to reach Agra. The train starts from New Delhi at 6:15 in the morning and returns to Delhi once again at 8:30 in the evening. 

Local Transportation: After attaining the town also, you need some kind of local transportation to achieve Taj Mahal. You can quickly get cab, pace, auto-rickshaw and pattern rickshaw in the town that will take you to your location. Since diesel fuel and fuel automobile are not allowed in the nearby place of Taj Mahal, you will discover battery-operated bus, horse-driven tongas, rickshaws and other pollution-free automobiles there.

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Timing to visit Taj Mahal:

Taj Museum inside Taj Mahal Complex opens from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM, entry ticket of Rs. 5/- can be purchased at the museum or at the booking counters. Above mentioned list of prohibited items along with mobile phones are banned for night viewing of the Taj Mahal. Video camera, extra batteries are prohibited though still camera is permitted after the security check.

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Tourists Attractions in Agra:

  • Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Mehtab Bagh
  • Saomi Bagh
  • Balkeshwar temple
  • Sikandara

I would suggest everyone visiting this beautiful palace once in lifetime. If you are planning for a trip recently then Taj Mahal then best option. And if your are the one who admires India like I do , Log on to www.indianity.com .

 

 

 

 

Kerala – The Gods own country

After a hectic schedule I really needed a break and I and my husband decided to go for a holiday. Where to go was a big question. We needed a place to relax. A place away from commercial area and somewhere maybe in between nature. Where can you find such place was a big question? With Google nothing is impossible these days :). So I turned on my Laptop and started searching places. Choosing from 2 options whether to go to south India or north India, I opted for south India as you can see the traditional Indian culture in South India. While surfing about various places, I decided to go to Kerala.

A beautiful valley in between the mountains. If I talk about natural beauty, mountains, sea, greenery, plantation, I got to see everything there. People speak malayam language there which was an alien language to me. But I never felt out of the place as I found the people very kind and supportive. We had a road trip all over Kerala State where you find coconut water and banana at every lane. These two things are planted in Kerala itself so you find both of them really fresh and refreshing.

During my road trip, what I loved the most was the green sheet I could see. It was too vast to be visible by a human eye. For hours and hours till the road end you see it. I asked my driver what it is. He told me its tea plantation. I can’t describe the beauty in words.

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Inspired by the quality and process I decided to take the organic tea, green tea etc for my business and here I put up the same organic tea at www.indianity.com  🙂 .

Kerala is well known for its backwaters, palm, and lagoons and so that was our first destination. This is the best place to visit in Kerala as this experience is not possible anywhere else in the world. You can book the houseboat and see the beauty of backwaters. This experience will surely be a memorable one for anyone who visits.

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After having the wonderful experience with backwaters and houseboat, we headed towards Kovalam. Kovalam is the beach town by the Arabian Sea. We took a beach resort. We reached out resort at night. And spent almost 3 hours sitting beside water. The sound of water waves, moon above the sea, silence everywhere. Yes this is what I needed.

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Kerala known as “Gods own country “is probably one of the greenest place you will ever see. My trip was awesome and I suggest everyone should visit the place once.

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Indian Classical Dance Forms – Most Impressive for art lovers

As I am truly inspired by India and its culture, my previous blogs shows that J , today thought of writing on the various dance forms of Indians classical dance. Unlike other unique things that India holds, the classical dance of India as well shows its unique existence. From expression to attire, it proves to be outstanding in its own way.

Dance is considered to be a sacred form of worshiping god. It brings happiness as well as inner peace. I am going to mention few famous dance forms which are known and learnt throughout India. There are eight principal classical dance forms originated from India.

BHARAT NATYAM: Bha – Bhavam which means expression, Ra – Ragam means music, Ta – Talam means rhythm, and Natyam means dance. All these words combined together give the meaning of bharat natyam.  Bharat Natyam came into existence from the southern part of India, Tamil Nadu. The inspiration came from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram. Bharat Natyam is don’t on Carnatic Music.

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KATHAK: The name Kathak derived from the Sanskrit word “Katha” which means Story. And Kathak in Sanskrit means denoting someone who tells the story. During ancient times, the professional story tellers use to tell stories with some element of dance in it. This form came into existence from Uttar Pradesh, India. The style used in Kathak has very few elements found in Natya Shastra.

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KATHAKALI: This dance form is well known for its costume, attractive makeup, well known body movements. It originated in the state of Kerala during 17th century. It is done with contemporary music. It is traditionally believed that Kathakali emerged from the life activities of Lord Krishna.

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KUCHIPUDI: Kuchipudi is a dance form originated from Andra Pradesh, India. The dance is performed on typical carnatic music. Kuchipudi is a name of village in Krishna district near Bay of Bengal. It is where this form acquired its name from.

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MANIPURI: This dance form originated from Manipur, north eastern India. Manipur is surrounded by mountains and geographically isolated from the mainland of India because of which it has its own values and ethics. The dance of Lord Krishna and Radha is responsible for the main formation of this form of dance. This dance form is purely religious and spiritual. This dance form is considered to be the most meaningful dance form in the world.

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ODISSI: It originated from the state of Odisha, Eastern India. This dance form takes place with the break into three parts. The three parts include the independent movement of head, chest and Pelvis. This is what makes this form unique from all the other forms of dance.

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SATTRIYA: This dance form was founded by Vaishnavism in Assam, the great saint in 15th century.  This dance form is generally a way to present mythological teachings to people. Traditionally this dance form was performed only by males but today it is performed by both male and female.

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MOHINIYATTAM: Mohiniyattam is a classical dance form originated from Kerala, Indi during 16th century. It is performed solely by women. The meaning of the word Mohiniyattam means “Dance of the enchantress”. The main theme of the dance is love and devotion to God .This dance form is devoted to Lord Vishnu who kept the form of Mohini to save Lord Shiva from Demon.

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The Indian Wedding – Nothing can match it!!!

 

 

What excites me the most about Indian Wedding is not just one thing I can mention. I remember I use to tell me my mom when I was crossing my teen. “MOM, I want to get married, I love to wear the “Chooda” and the “Mangal Sutra”. And my Mom use to laugh crazily hearing this statement.

I remember few years back I attended a wedding where the two families got along so well that an outsider can never make it out “who is at the guy’s side and who is at the girl’s side”. Wedding when done proper leaves the Biggest and Happiest Memories for lifetime.

Wedding attire , Decoration, Food , Sweets , Guest List , Wedding card , Wedding jewelry are few important aspect that are thought as the dates are finalized.

How the wedding date is decided? An astrologer is concerned for that. Few auspicious dates are given by the astrologer and as per our convenience, it is decided.

SWEETS: Once the dates are decided, the next step is the printing of wedding cards and distribution of sweets. As per Indian tradition, the wedding card is personally handed to all the relatives along with a box of sweets.

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The main wedding function starts 3 to 4 days back which includes the main Indian ceremonies.

PUJA: The wedding function starts by taking the blessing of god and performing a special prayer or yagna or anything that is mentioned in a particular religion.”Lord Ganesha is prayed before the start of any good work so is done before the start of wedding as well. “

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MEHENDI: One of the most important Pre wedding ceremony is “Mehendi ki Raat” .It signifies the love and affection in the marriage. It is believed that the darker the mehendi color comes on the brides hand , the more her husband will be loving her. The bride gets the husband’s name written on her hand through mehendi which shows her love towards her husband. Its joyful memory where people dance and go merry with the loud music played.

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After the Mehendi comes “THE RING CEREMONY”. I don’t need to explain the importance as I believe its known to everyone. Ring ceremony is there in every culture weather it’s a Hindu wedding or Muslim or Sikh or Christian.

THE FINAL WEDDING DAY: The bride and groom gets dressed up in the Indian traditional look where the Bride prefers to wear “Lehenga” and Groom “Sherwani”.Here 3 most important things take place after which a couple is considered to be married. First one is “Mangal Sutra”, second one is “Sindur” and last but not the least “the Pheras ( 7 rounds around fire)”

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Mangal Sutra: It is a sacred thread worn by married women to mark her marriage, a significant symbol of marital Bliss. The Groom ties the thread to the Bride at the Wedding day.

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Sindur: “maang teri main bhauru, maange teri main puri karu “– Lord Shiva.Nothing more I need to describe after the description of Lord Shiva. J J ..

Phera: Fire is the symbol of purity and the Deity and is called Agni Devta who is worshipped in all Hindu rituals. Any vow taken in front of the fire is considered equivalent to that taken in front of GOD and therefore are considered to be unbreakable. And so we vow in front of Agni devta to support each other throughout the life and make the love stronger with each passing day.

1st phera -lets promise to each other that our love shall become more intense with each passing day

2nd phera -You will offer me food and be helpful in every way.

3rd phera -Together, we shall defend our relation and children from all types of odd things and evil power

4th phera -Together we will protect our house and children.

5th phera – We have brought sacredness into our life, and have completed each other. we will strive to please each other in every way we can..

6th phera -I promise to love and cherish you for as long as I live. Your happiness is my happiness, and your sorrow is my sorrow. I will trust and honor you, and will strive to fulfill all your wishes.

7th phera – I will always be by your side. We are now husband and wife, and are one. You are mine and I am yours for eternity.

 

And by happily organizing all these ceremonies, a couple is considered “Happily Married” J J.

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Indian Handicraft depicts the Indian Culture

India being a multicultural society is widely known for its diversified culture, tradition and art and craft. It’s known as “unity in diversity”. If you visit different regions in India, the tradition and culture of that region is known by its handicraft items.

Handicraft is a manual skill of making decorative objects by hands. It requires skills to do so. Every single piece of handicraft is considered as unique as it’s made by hand and requires many other skills.

Handicraft articles can be made over marble stone, wood, mud, metal, basketry work, weaving and embroidery, folk toys etc.

METAL HANDICRAFT: Metal handicraft work is used generally for religious purpose. Vases and other decorative items are made of it as well with Meena Kari work (a traditional and colorful art from India). 

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BASKETRY WORK: Baskets are generally made with bamboo. The base maybe wooden though .Different base gives different shapes to the basket. Basket weaving is used for various craft items all over the world. It acts as the base for making different products.

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WEAVING AND EMBROIDERY: Weaving is done to make various rugs and carpets. Zari is one of the known handicraft since Mughals. Other well known products are Kangari and Tiki embroidery, Sarees , laces etc. Gold and silver threads are generally used for weaving most of these.

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WOODEN HANDICRAFT: The wood work is done generally on furniture which requires highly skilled people. Other than furniture, it’s done on small home décor items as well. The beauty of this tray is revealed by its ‘Unspoken Presence’ on the table.

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STONE HANDICRAFT: These days there is a huge craze for stone handicraft for home decor. These stone handicraft are Eco friendly as well.Stone handicraft gives a feel of Ethnicity and uniqueness. It shows the cultural minds of the nation. You can see various historical monuments where the best of artisans are there for stone carving.

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MUD HANDICRAFT: This is one of the oldest ancient craft .Clay is used to make pots and various artificial items. In Punjab years ago, rural women use to put mud all over the walls and then create various designs over that. This is how mud handicraft came into existence.

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FOLK TOYS: During early days, wealthy families use to buy expensive gifts for their children. Due to poverty in the country, rest of the families use to make folk toys for their children. Some children’s use to make it by themselves. Not just easy making but few technical toys can also be made with the use of cables etc.This is how Folk Toys Originated.

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