Category: Destinations

Gwalior- The Pearl of Castles’ Necklace in India

 

Gwalior has been the most impressive and Royal city of Madhya Pradesh. The place has a great importance in History and has been always famous for its wonderful castles in India.  If we still fantasize Royal Living and their stories then Gwalior is one of the best places to visit. Gwalior has much to tell, it has been located in a strategic location in the Grids of India, and has been ruled by various North Indian rulers. Tomars, Mughals, Marathas, and Scindias all have ruled here from time to time. For Britishers, the place has always been a princely state. The city is the valley surrounded by mountains. And now it has become under the provision of smart cities in the era of 21st century.

 

The name Story of Gwalior

The name” Gwalior” has a folk story attached to it. It is said that Suraj Sen a prince of Gurjar- Pratihar clan during 8th century once lost his way in the forest and on asking help and drinking water from a sage named Gwalipa, the sage took him to a pond where the water quenched his thirst and cured his leprosy too. Our of honor and gratitude Suraj Sen asked Gwalipa what he can do for him, and in answer, Gwalipa asked to build a wall on the hill to protect all sages and their pujas from wild animals and beasts. In return, Suraj Sen builds a fort and named it Gwalior after the sage.

 

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Gwalior is among the five princely states of India along with Hyderabad, Baroda, Mysore, Jammu and Kashmir who still enjoys 21 gun salutes.

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Best Places to Visit in Puducherry- Holiday trip to Pondicherry

Pondicherry- India’s French Connection

Whenever we speak about English, Dutch and French invaders and their influence on our country, we cannot escape from taking about Pondicherry.  Pondicherry became a notable place during foreign invasions, especially during French entrance. Though French invasion and trading started long back during the 16th century, still Pondicherry acquired its fame and name in 1673. During 1673, French acquired this area from the Qiladar of Valikondapuram during the rule of Sultan of Bijapur. And French people named this place as Pondicherry. Now the name changed to Puducherry which is derived from the original name “Puducheri”, it means “new settlement” in Tamil local language. Though Puducherry had its existence since back from Roman times, its existence and other details in recorded since 1674 after the French started to reside and operate from this place.

As per the archaeological department records, there are indications that Romans visited the place back in first century AD for trade. Remains have been found during excavation done in Arikamedu which is just 7 kilometers towards the south of Pondicherry. Reference has been found that Romans used to come to trade at Poduca in Indian coast which meant Pondicherry.

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Francois Martin founded Pondicherry who was the First Governor General of the place. He was also the Commissioner of French East India Company.  He made Puducherry the capital of all the four territories- Yanam, Mahe, Karikal, and Chandernagore that were under French rule.

 

Pondicherry has a huge influence of Portuguese, The Dutch, The French and the English, you can find different culture here, and the place has all such references too. Initially, it was a small fishing village and with time it grew to be a huge port city which was and is accessed for trading and import and export of valuable materials. The place has its vintage history and you can still find the air is filled with those foreign cultures and practices.

Pondicherry is a beautiful place with Bay of Bengal at its one border. The place has temples, churches, and mosques. People of different culture and tradition reside over here. It is a laid-back beach city often called a French colony. The place is neat and clean. Different from other cities in India, this place has all the roads, with a name engraved on a board with direction, this will help to navigate easily even without a GPS.

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 Puducherry is still a Union Territory of India. And being a Union Territory Pondicherry has its own Legislative Assembly.

 

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Know the Heritage Sites which are Must Visit Places in Nalanda, Bihar

Nalanda- The Most Ancient Treasure Of India In Respect To Education, History, Culture And Religion

Bihar has always been another treasure of our country. With times there may be a deterioration of the place due to some political and social issues but yes, if you want to look back towards our treasure of history, Nalanda will come up to be a gem place. Nalanda has been the first global seat of learning. This was the oldest university and eminent center of learning that existed in the ancient age before Oxford or Cambridge. This place got its reference even in the writing of Huan Tsang and I- Tsing. Nalanda is located in Southeast direction of Patna and is about 95 kilometers away from Patna near Bihar Sharif. Nalanda was the pride of Magadha (currently known as Bihar) which still infuses a feeling of nostalgia among us.

Nalanda word is basically a Sanskrit word which comes from three words- Na+alam+Daa that mean “no stop for giving out knowledge”. It was Mahavihara which had a lot of nalas- which means lotus stalks. That is why Lotus symbolizes knowledge.

It is believed that Gupta Dynasty founded the university. Shakraditya is accredited for the foundation of the University. Nalanda University was established probably during the reign of Kumara Gupta. In 1193, Nalanda University was completely destroyed by Turkish Army which was led by Bakhtiar Khilji of Mamluk Dynasty.

In 1915 during an excavation done by Archeological Survey of India, remains of Nalanda University were found out. Nalanda University rather Nalanda the place has its great importance in Buddhism and Jainism. It is said that Mahavira had spent near about fourteen rainy seasons in Nalanda and Gautama Buddha used to deliver speeches to his disciples at Nalanda. 

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Harshavardhana, Dharmapala, Vasubandhu, Suvishnu, Dharmakirti, Asanga,  Shantarakhsita, Aryadeva, Nagarjuna, Padmasambhava, Hwui Li, and  Xuanzang were some notable scholars who passed of Nalanda University.

 

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Ayodhya- Know When, Why and How to visit this Holy Place

Ayodhya- the holy city of Lord Ram

When we speak about our great Hindu Mythology then Uttar Pradesh in North India has a special importance. Both for Ramayana and Mahabharata has evolved from the same state. Ayodhya is the birthplace of Ram and Hastinapur is the place from where Mahabharata still have its existence in Uttar Pradesh.  And being an Indian everyone has a curiosity about the place. Today we are going to explore Ayodhya which inculcates the complete set of Ramayana.

Ayodhya being considered as one of seven important pilgrimage sites or Saptapuri has great importance. Later during Mughal rule, Ayodhya was also named as Awadh and during the rule of Babar, a mosque was erected in the place of the temple which was considered as the birthplace of Lord Rama. Later this mosque was demolished and currently, there is a small temple. Ram Janmbhoomi has always been a highly debatable question. And this debate has always made this place scary for common people to visit due to often disputes that keep on going. Though the place is few kilometers away from Lucknow, and one of sacred pilgrim places still there are few visitors every year. Whatever it is Ayodhya has always been a historical place and Indian have lot see and know about the place. So today I will be sharing with you few places which make Ayodhya unique and a true destination point.

Do you know?

Ayodhya was previously known as Saketa or Saket. Saketa is a Sanskrit word which means Heaven. This place was considered to a place where God used to reside.

 

Places to visit in Ayodhya

Let’s check what the “must see” places in Ayodhya are:

Ram Janmabhoomi Temple

The place of Ram Janam Bhoomi has always been a debatable one. As per Hindu mythology, Ramayana-Ram’s birthplace is considered as the Sarayu river banks. But the Hindu section demands the land of Ayodhya where Babri Masjid used to be during the 16th century as the exact birthplace of Lord Rama. History says during Mughal rule under the instruction of Babar the temple was demolished and was a mosque was erected which later during the 20th century the mosque was broken down and a temple was erected. And as per the excavation report by Archaeological survey of India, there was a temple beneath the mosque. After the riot, the temple is now under construction. The place is under the high security of commandos. There you have to go through tough security check. You will find a lot of monkeys jumping here and there. The passage of entrance is narrow. You will find the idol of Ram Lalla inside. Initially, the temple was temporarily on Swiss tent but now the construction work is on.

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The Real Picture of Benaras

An Encounter with the Dead and the Living: Benaras

Whitewashed buildings that stand out glowing in the sun, historic houses, embellished front gates that screams of a golden era that just passed by, prehistoric ghats that scorns the sense out of resting eyes and ears, smell of fresh milk products and marijuana that greets each and every walking soul who come to explore the thronging landscape, narrow lanes where cows and oxen stand in solitude as the world passes by, forms the city that has maintained the same image for almost five centuries. There are obvious tell-tale signs of modernization which has for far more obvious reason never subdued the ancient qualities that existed in the city.

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