House boats in allappey back waters(For most of the foreigners this will be the first thing come to mind!)
This how it looks from inside
Munnar,One of the best hill station you should not miss!
Kovalam Beach, hotspot of lot of foreigners
Coconut trees every where!
(If I do continue there will be lot and lot places here,so stopping for now!)
Theyyam,A traditional art
Pooram,a festival with lot of elephants
Kathakali, another traditional art
Kalarippayattu,our martial art
Who could spare the food of kerala!
Feast in the banana leaf!Malayalees dont use it regularly,you can see it in festivals or marriages.
Spicy kerala fish curry,with or with out coconut.You should taste,especially with rice or Tapioca.
Karimeen fry, one of the most demanded dish
Kerala toddy-extracted from cocunut with side dish such as boiled tapioca and fish/chicken/beef is a very nice combination.If you enjoy it in the backwaters it would be mind blowing!
If you say about the food in kerala ,its unjustice not to mention about the malabar food-especially made by muslim homes. Mannn..its mouth watering.
Muttamala-an egg recipie
Kozhikkal-A tapioca recipie
Pathiri and Beef-Malayalees are one of the beef loving community in India!
Of course kerala have a traditional style of biriyani-Malabar biriyani/Thalassey biriyani etc
Lastly,coming to the daily life of kerala. You will notice few things!
Public transport buses(KSRTC)
Heavily crowded,beverages outlet!
This dress,this style of folding!
There are lot of things I missed,or just avoided for now..:)
First its capital – Namma bengaluru in all its glory
This video will say a few things –
chikmagalur – The coffee capital
Dandeli – Kali river rafting
Mandalpatti – Madikeri
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Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore
Mysore dasara – naDa Habba
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Jog falls in all its glory
Hubli is the commercial hub of Northern Karnataka and also a developing industrial, automobile and educational hub of the state, after Bangalore.
Dharwad is also famous for peda(My favorite – I can’t believe i missed this place. Thank you
There are soooooo many other places. If I start jotting them down this will be one heck of a huge answer.
Kolkata, Babu Ghat.
It was red but poor camera couldn’t capture that.
Waterfall-Darjeeling(You might have seen in wallpapers, It really exists.)
Katra-Jammu, A place from where journey to Vaishno Devi begins.
And the temples of
Flower Garden, Munnar(Kerla), Heavenly.
and The Tea Gardens.
So called Krishna’s Butter Piece. Defying Physical laws. Guide told that British Govt. had used 10 elephants to move it a bit.
Mahabalipuram(Chennai) > Artists had known the domain and range of curves even in ancient time.
Lakkam water fall-Munnar. (My Fav.one)
Let me take you on a ride to my belovedMaharashtra (literally means Great Nation). Maharashtra is one of the wealthiest and the most developed states in India. It is India’s and also the world’s second-most populous sub-national entity having over 110 million inhabitants (comparable to Mexico).
- Misal Paav
A spicy curry usually made of sprouted moth beans (matki) and topped with sev (Indian noodles). Yum!
- Vada Paav
Distant cousin of Burgers, this cheap yet delicious street food is native to Maharashtra and originated from Mumbai!
- Paav Bhaji
Another native Maharashtrian fast food originated from Mumbai and now has become popular all over India
- Kolhapuri Mutton Rassa (Kolhapur’s Mutton Gravy)
Ah! This is heaven!
Coming to Maharashtra and not havingultra spicy Kolhapuri Tambda Pandhra Rassa (Kolhapur’s Red Gravy-White Gravy) is a sin!
- Pithla Bhakri
Now this is a typical Maharashtrian food dish made from chick pea flour and eaten along with Bhakri (thick Indian bread) and is widely eaten across villages and towns of the state.
- Festival Foods
- Ukdiche Modak (Steamed Modak)
A very similar food to Momos but with a twist- they are sweet! A food as a part of religious offering to Ganesha!
- Diwali Faral (Diwali Snacks)
A lot of different snacks that a Maharashtrian eats during Diwali festival!
A divine combination of sweet and spicy snacks, indeed!
- Puran Poli
How can one forget Puran Poli?
A traditional stuffed sweet flatbread with a spoonful of ghee which is served during almost all festivals in Maharashtra.
- Ukdiche Modak (Steamed Modak)
- Ganesha Festival
- Mumbai’s Lalbaug cha Raja Ganesha
- Pune’s Iconic Dhol Pathak (Drum troupes)
- Gudhi Padwa
Celebrated as Marathi (people native to Maharashtra) New Year!
Another awesome thing about Gudi Padwa Celebration March:
A bull-worshiping festival celebrated by farmers in Maharashtra.
- Khandoba Festival
A six-day festival, from the first to sixth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Margashirsha, in honour of Khandoba (Hindu God) is celebrated at Jejuri, to commemorate the fight with demons Mani-Malla.
Note: This is different from Holi!
- Makar Sankranti
Maharashtra is one of the few states in India which has amazing natural resources bestowed upon by mother nature.
- Beautiful Konkan
- Breathtaking Sahyadri Mountain Range
The Lonar crater is the world’s only salt water lake in basaltic rock, believed to have been caused by a meteorite hitting Earth around 52,000 years ago.
Now, Maharashtra has been known as land of warriors and thus, it has a great history behind it. The antiquity of this region can be traced to approximately the 4th century BC.
Magnificent forts built by the great King Shivaji
Shanivar wada (built by great Peshwas)
Ajanta Caves (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Elephanta Caves (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Mughal Monuments
Bibi ka Maqbara (Tomb of the Lady) is strikingly similar structure to Taj Mahal which was commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the late 17th century in the memory of his first wife, Dilras Banu Begum.
No, this not Taj Mahal!
Tomb of Salabat Khan (AKA Chand Bibi Mahal)
Chand Bibi was an Indian Muslim woman warrior who acted as the Regent of Ahmednagar. She is best known for defending Ahmednagar against the Mughal forces of Emperor Akbar.
Tomb of Aurangzeb (Great Mughal Emperor)
- British Colonial Architecture
Gateway of India
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly, Victoria Terminus)
(UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC)
- Educational Institutes
Fergusson College, Pune
Founded in 1885 by the Deccan Education Society and Fergusson College was the first privately governed college in India.
College of Engineering, Pune
Established in 1854, it is one of the oldest engineering college in Asia, after IIT Roorkee.
University of Mumbai
Zero Mile Stone, Nagpur
A monument locating the geographical center of colonial India in the city of Nagpur. The Zero Mile Stone was erected by the British who used this point to measure all the distances.
(Credits for the information: in the comments.)
Maharashtra has always been a land of opportunity. Being one of the most developed and richest states in India. Maharashtra possesses state-of-the-art infrastructure.
The financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India!
Bombay Stock Exchange (Oldest in Asia)
Mumbai Sea Link
Mumbai International Airport New Terminal
Mumbai Mono Rail
India’s first high-speed expressway.
Eastern Freeway, Mumbai
Phoenix Market City, Mumbai
Largest shopping mall in Maharashtra and second largest in India!
Windmill Farm, Dhule
Tarapur Nuclear Reactor
Homi Bhabha Atomic Research Center
Bombay High Oil Refinery
Pune: IT Hub of Maharashtra
Pune: Home of India’s Supercomputers
India’s PARAM series of supercomputers are designed and built in C-DAC Pune.
PARAM Yuva (Yuva II records highest 524 TFLOPS)
Pune: Automobile Manufacturing Hub of Maharashtra
Volkswagen Vento is made entirely in Volkswagen Pune Plant
Imperial Towers, Mumbai
Tallest residential building in India!
It is deemed to be the World’s second most expensive residential property!
Amanora Towers, Pune
World One, Mumbai
World’s upcoming super-tallest residential complex!
Great King Shivaji Maharaj
Independent India’s first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India.
Shri Balasaheb Thackeray
Social activist known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people suffering from leprosy.
Former chief executive of Citigroup who saved Citi.
Architect of India’s PARAM series supercomputers.
Legendary Bollywood singer
Beauty queen of Bollywood
Yes! Superstar Rajnikanth is marathi. His name is Shivajirao Gaikwad.
Finally, The God of Cricket!
No words required for this man!
Did you really think that I missed Bollywood?
Maharashtra is home to one of the biggest film industries in the world, Bollywood!
Marathi Film Industry
Apart from Bollywood (which is mainly based in Mumbai), Mumbai and Pune take pride in being a host to Marathi Film Industry! Marathi film industry is the oldest and a pioneer film industry in India. The first Marathi movie released in India was Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne in 1912.
Maharashtra certainly is a Maha Rashtra (Great Nation) and one should visit this magnificent land of warriors and saints once in life.
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First this picture will attract any tamilian it says “I am tamilian dude, proudly” all in single word…!
Sri rangam: For any Vaishnanavite, it is the foremost important temple
and also it the largest functioning temple in the world.
See the amazing plan
Angor Wat of Cambodia, the world’s largest temple, is based on our Dravidian architecture…!
Jallikattu: Most ancient sports, showing bravery…
Kalainai: It is the world first full fledged irrigation system built around 1 BCE to 1 AC.It is so famous that the English world anicut was derived from the tamil word “anai cattu”-meaning dam
The Big temple, Thanjavur: Really a magnificent structure, which fascinates even today’s engineers..!
Gangai konda cholapuram:
Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram
Classical arts: Bharatanattiyam and Carnatic music
Ooty, ‘the Queen of hills’..
Kuttralam, ‘the Spa of South India’:
Mullai theevu, Rameshwaram:
Ramsehwaram Temple Corridor, the longest in Asia.
Kodaikanal, ‘the Nature’s Paradise’:
Pillar rocks, Kodaikanal
Musical pillars: First one was built inNellaiyappar temple in Tirunelveli and are so famous in ancient india you can find many replicas in south India.
Dharasuram Temple, Kumbakonam:
Old churches of 16th century:
Cholan’s bronze sculpture:
Old jain temples (rock cut temples):
Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India.
Palaces and forts:
Thiruchirapalli Rock fort temple:
Annamalaiar temple, Thiruvannalamai:
Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple:
Our temples are so grand that even the numerous temples like following temple looks small…
Grand Ancient temples are there throughout Tamil nadu, even in villages. When you want to relax just go and see the presiding deity, you will feel relaxed by temple music and walk around the temple, your heart will get light for sure..
So much is there, the list seems to have no end so I am stopping here…
Teejan Bai: The Icon!
Here’s an excerpt from The Hindu interview:
“….there was Pandavani everywhere: men of the village were constantly at it. The young Teejan had quietly resolved to do the same, though she did not realise its implications then.
“My mother was frustrated with my obsession. This is not for women, she would tell me hundred times a day. She would beat me, kick me, pull me by my hair and throw me out of the house for the whole night, starve me… but I was not the kind to budge. Not even hunger scared me. After her rage died down, she would gather me in an embrace and weep helplessly. I would also weep with her,” remembers Teejan Bai.
“Life in the village was not easy. It was very humiliating for my mother with a daughter like me,” she explains. She went to the well and people would taunt her, she went to the fields and women would nastily say, ‘like mother like daughter’. “What male-dominated society are we talking of? Women themselves are a big part of it,” Teejan Bai was married when she was barely six years old. By 12, her husband’s family sent word of their refusal to accept a “singing-dancing” daughter-in-law, and by 13 Teejan Bai had given her first public performance. “My mother broke down when my marriage failed. What will happen to your sisters she cried. I felt sorry for her, but there was nothing called fear in my heart, ever. My mother soon realised that only God could rescue someone like me.”
Toaday Teejan Bai is an icon of Chhattisgarh!
Jogimara Caves: World’s Oldest Amphitheatre:
Indian Dance forms are really very old. But where were they performed? At theatres like this:
Jogimara Caves are located in the Surguja District in the state of Chhattisgarh. These caves are around 10x6x6 feet in dimensions and age back to 300 BC.
Inscriptions on Jogimara cave walls
There are certain inscriptions on the walls of Jogimara Caves. These inscriptions are the messages of love and could be counted as world’s first documented messages of love. The inscriptions are faded by now but whatever the message is legible tells us a story of the intense love between Sutnuka and Devdutta. According to some archaeological research Devdutta used to watch his beloved Sutnuka dancing in the theatre. It is believed by archaeologists that this story could be the root of the Devdasi concept.
Bastar Metal Art:
Kosa Silk :
Moth with coccoons used in Kosa silk production:
Kanger valley National Park:
Bhilai Steel Plant:
” The eleven-time winner of the Prime Minister’s Trophy for best integrated steel plant in the country, Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), has been India’s sole producer of rails and heavy steel plates and major producer of structural steel. The plant is the sole supplier of the country’s longest rail tracks, which measure 260 metres (850 ft). The plant also produces products such as wire rods and merchant products. Bhilai Steel Plant has been the flagship integrated steel plant unit of the Public Sector steel company, the
Local wine prepared by fermenting the latex of Palm called Caryota urens. It is prepared only in the tribal regions due to the tree growing only in those regions. Any one who visits Bastar, returning without a bottle or two of Taadi is a sinner among friends in plains of Chhatisgarh!
Here is the tree Caryota urens :
Known as Khajuraho of Chhatisgarh, due to the erotic sculptures on the walls:
One of the Newly Planned cities of the country and the Capital of Chhatisgarh
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur:
- had rated this stadium to as one of the best stadiums in the country and had proposed to utilize it for all types of matches. – Wikipedia
- who was in awe of the facilities in the stadium noted that “When opportunities are created, and such facilities are in place, there is the hope that cricketers will emerge . I hope to play again at this wonderful venue. -Wikipedia
Here re my internet sources:
Karnataka – One state, many worlds!
There are so many things that Karnataka can identify herself with – mainly beautiful architecture, tolerant and hospitable people, huge statues, some brilliant waterfalls and serene beaches.
Ancient standing architecture –
Beautiful & pleasant Sringeri – The first of the four Mathas established by Shankaracharya was here. This was after Shankara saw a Frog being protected by a Snake (a Frog’s natural enemy) during extreme rains!
(Ancient Vidyashankara temple & Modern Sringeri Sharadha Maatha temple, Sringeri, Karnataka)
(A Snake giving protection to a Frog – stone carving)
(St. Philomena’s Church – built in 1936, Mysore, Karnataka)
(Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur, Karnataka)
(Bangalore Palace, Bangalore, Karnataka)
(Vidhan Soudha, Seat of State Legislature, Karnataka)
(Vidhan Soudha, Seat of State Legislature, Karnataka)
Ancient architectural remains –
(Stone Chariot, Hampi, Karnataka)
(Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka)
(Cave Temples, Badami, Karnataka)
(Mahmud Gawan’s Madrassa, Bidar, Karnataka)
(Fort of Bidar, Bidar, Karnataka)
(Hoysaleshwara Temple, Halebidu, Karnataka)
(Chennakeshava Temple, Belur, Karnataka)
(Nandi temples, Halebidu, Karnataka)
For more information on architecture in Karnataka, please visit the Wiki page – – It has progressive architectural information right from 345 AD.
Historic City, City of Palaces – Mysore – The second cleanest City in India!
(Mysore Palace at night)
(Brindavan Gardens near Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, Mysore, Karnataka)
(Mahishasura atop Chamundi Hills, Mysore, Karnataka)
(Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore, Karnataka)
(Jagan Mohan Palace, Mysore, Karnataka)
(Crawford Hall, Mysore University Administrative HQ, Mysore, Karnataka)
(Mysore Dasara Celebrations, Mysore, Karnataka)
(Mysore Palace during Dasara Celebrations)
Some breath-taking waterfalls – At a height of 455 metres, Kunchikal Falls in Shimoga, Karnataka, is the highest waterfall in India.
(Shivanasamudra – the first hydro-electric power plant of India was setup here)
(Jog Falls in Shimoga District, Karnataka)
(Abbey falls, Coorg, Karnataka)
(Dudhsagar Falls, on the border of Goa and Karnataka)
Pristine Beaches –
(Murudeshwar Beach & the tallest statue of Lord Shiva in India, Murudeshwara, Karnataka)
(Half moon beach, Gokarna-Honnavara, Karnataka)
(Tannir Bhavi Beach, Mangalore, Karnataka)
(Maravanthe Beach, Maravanthe, Karnataka)
(St. Mary’s Island, Udupi, Karnataka)
Some tall statues –
(The tallest free standing monolithic statue in the World – Statue of Gomateshwara, Shravanabelagola, Karnataka)
(Don’t miss the Bahubali statue in the middle of the picture)
(Kemp Fort Shiva Statue, Bangalore, Karnataka)
(Tallest (108 ft)Statue of Basavanna in the world – Basavakalyan, Bidar, Karnataka)
Some very famous people who are identified with Karnataka –
(Padma Bhushana Dr. Rajkumar, Actor – 1929-2006)
(Bharat Ratna Sir. M. Vishweshwaraiah, Deewan of Mysore, Chief Engineer during construction of Krishna Raja Sagar Dam in 1924 – 1860-1962 – yes, he lived for a hundred years 🙂 )
(N R Narayan Murthy, Founder of Infosys)
(Bharat Ratna, Prof. C N R Rao, Head of Scientific Advisory Council of India)
(RaashTrakavi Kuvempu, the author of Karnataka State Anthem “jaya bhArata jananiya tanujAte”; raashTrakavi – state’s poet)
And of course..
Best way to explore Karnataka – The Golden Chariot, Luxury Train, starts and ends at Bangalore, Karnataka.
Last but not least, Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore –
( Enough Said! 🙂 )
…and much much more…..! 🙂
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Here is a view from Dhauligiri, the shanti stupa made by Ashoka the great himself
In a tradition where paper boats are set sailing on water bodies. It is done in respect of the old sailors who dared the sea to travel to Java and Sumatra to do business.
Our food definitely hasn’t made it to the menus around the world, but the simple taste and varied spices are surely something to be never missed on.
Rasgulla is originally from Odisha. Yes, it’s true.
There is no match for Dahi bara aloo dum. Any odia will recognise it anytime anywhere
Another sweet that ought to be tasted many times. Chenna Jhilli
We love to eat fish
Mustard is must ( Rai)
Ever tasted earthen pot cooked meat? If you love non veg then you have to have this
If Odisha had a state dish it has to be Pakhala( rice soaked in water)
The Streets of Bhubaneswar, yes it is temple city but its the eastern hub of education and IT
Our monuments define us
Once thought to envy Taj Mahal in beauty this is the icon of Odisha.
Puri Jagannath temple, one of the most important destination for Hindus.
A sea of people, during Ratha yatra or Car festival
Udaigiri and Khandagiri. Ancient monastries.
Hirakud dam, longest earthen dam in Asia. It stores the prowess of Mahanadi.
Chilika:- largest brackish water lake of Asia.
Irawadi Dolphins are found in Chilika only.
During winter it is the house for thousands of birds, including guests from as far as Siberia.
White tigers are found in Odisha, and have been successfully bred in Nandankanan zoo, Bhubaneswar.
Talking of tigers, this is Similipal. A sanctuary for Royal Bengal Tiger.
India’s missiles are all checked, tested and launched live from Wheeler island, chandabali
Our people are also exotic 🙂
Tribals carrying leafs for livelihood.
One of the oldest dance forms, Odissi.
The best sand artist ever- Mr Sudarshan Pattnaik
Odisha Tourism Department is epic too (India Surf Festival)
Odiya is officially a classical language. Others being Tamizh, Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu and Malyalam.
Not impressed looks like a normal train ?
This is how we travel in Rajasthan.
Now where to start ?
Let’s start from Udaipur. Feeling tired after long journey ? No need to worry . I got some hotels for you.
The Oberoi Udaivilas
Taj Lake Palace
Located in the middle of the Lake Pichola,The palace is built with white marble. No words to describe floating vision of the marble is that even real ? If you go there don’t miss the wine.
Shiv Niwas palace
Feeling Fresh It’s evening time go to Bagore-Ki-Haveli watch sunset after that 7 to 8 p.m some folk dance and puppet show.
Next day Morning go to City Palace check out some great art-work.The palace thus shows influences of British and Mughal architectures which make this structure a breath-taking work of art.
Next Stoppage Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace).This palace was originally built as the astronomical site. Spend some time here.
Want to see something religious ? No problem Jagdish Temple is waiting for you.The temple was built by Maharana Jagat singh, Beautiful Indo-Aryan structure,Brass image of garuda, black stone image of Lord Vishnu as Jagannatha.
If you are in a mood for some adventure and horse riding is something you adore, then, this beautiful ranch situated on the countryside near Badi village 7km northwest of Udaipur is the place for you.
Want to see some royal things go to Crystal Gallery & Durbar Hal
Now the best things about udaipur LAKES.
Don’t miss the cup of coffee here sit in nehru park enjoy the sunset.
Ranakpur Jain Temple
Oh I almost forgot
It’s too hot here? No problem Take Nh 14 hill station is waiting for you.
Dilwara Jain temple is must visit here
Now It’s up to you what do you want to see next ?
Abu road to Chittorgarh- 258 k.m If you choose this you got to see this
Abu road to ajmer -351 k.m
If you have extra time i will recommend take NH 14 go to chittorgarh after that take NH8 go to Ajmer sharif than Pink city. Now you have to take one more important decision here.
Do you want to miss this ?
Ranthambore Forest the best place to see brothers
Only name is enough.
I almost missed mighty mehrangarh.Batman was there.
Kalbelia at night
Not this one
and the big yellow cabs (picture location: Howrah bridge)
and some hand-pulled rickshaws.(painting location: esplanade)
A bridge that is a brand now (photo location: Howrah railway station facing the Ganges)
to the former British capital of India (in picture: Victoria memorial)
Welcome to the city of joy, welcome toCalcutta (Kolkata).
[Painting courtesy, Sir Arup Lodh]
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All great cities have a soul. Mylapore can rightfully claim to be the soul of Chennai (Madras) city here in south India. It pre-dates Chennai’s birth in the 17th cent. and has seen the city grow as it has, its own. Mylapore retains the look and feel of an old neighborhood, the culture and heritage typically south Indian, yet it has not escaped development. This place that is proud of its arts, culture and tradition and people is just the setting for a cultural festival. A festival held in its very heart and around a great temple. Held every year in early January.