21 March : International Day of Forests
Culture , Health & Fitness / March 21, 2018

In 21 December 2012, United Nations General Assembly declared that 21 March of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests. The resolution encourages all Member States to organize activities relating to all types of forests. It includes include tree-planting and other community-level events, and national celebrations including art, photo and film as well as social media outreach. Background Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass. Billions of people depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicines, fuel, food and shelter. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land and home for different species of animals, plants and insects. But it is too unfortunate, about 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation increases the mismanagement of global greenhouse gas emissions that affect to climate change. The International Day of Forests is motivated to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people. Sustainable management of all types of forests are at the heart of unlocking challenges of conflict-affected, developing and developed countries, for the benefit of current and future generations. Key Messages The following key message is announced for the 2018 by the United Nations. Forests and trees help to mitigate the impacts…

What Is Lingayatism : Religious Identity
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 20, 2018

The terms Lingayatism and Veerashaivism have been used synonymously, but Veerashaivism may refer to the broader Veerashaiva viewpoint, to the historical community now called Lingayats, and to a distinct contemporary Saiva subtradition with Vedic influences. Lingayatism was founded, or revived, by the 12th-century philosopher and statesman Basava and spread by his followers among the Sharanas. Lingayatism is often considered a Hindu sect, sharing beliefs with Indian religions, but it rejects the authority of the Vedas, the caste system, and Hindu beliefs such as reincarnation and karma. Worship is centered on Shiva as the universal god in the iconographic form of Ishtalinga. What are the cultural differences between Lingayats and Brahmins Here are some differences We don’t need to go to Temple to worship, God is within you, in the form of ista linga and consider God is with you always and behave yourself in talking to others where God feel good about your talking. There is no hell or heaven, if you follow lingayath practices (good behavior) then you are a lingayath so, you will meet the god (Eshwara) directly. There is no concept of hell or cycle of birth or death. No need to see horoscope and other things…

Water Tourism Destination Hanumantiya Island
Culture , Food , Travel and Destinations / March 20, 2018

Hanumantiya island is a newly introducted water tourism destination in Madhya Pradesh. It is near to Khandwa town. Hanumantiya island is developed and promoted by Madhya Pradesh Tourism. The name “Hanumantiya” is derived from local village name. According to State Tourism Department this region is suitable for water tourism activity. The whole water tourism project is developed over Indira Sagar Dam. Indira Sagar Dam is a multipurpose project at Central India. It was built on Narmada river. This Project was started in year 1984 by Prime Minister but main-dam construction started in year 1992. It was finally completed in year 2003. Hanumantiya Island Attractions Indira Sagar Dam forms a huge lake. Hanumantiya is developed to exploit the backwater of this dam. It offers accommodation, restaurant and boating, cruise ride facility on backwater. For accommodation, only one hotel is available. Surrounding area of dam is also good for nature tourism which includes bird watching, mammals sighting. While visiting the Indore Tourist Circuit, one can include this water tourism destination also. Land activity: this activity is for those who are good in sports which include: Tug of war Archery Volleyball Climbing Kite flying Bull carting Zip liner All-terrain vehicle Air Activity: feel…

Best Places to Visit in India in summer Season
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 17, 2018

Summer is upon us. We can feel the heat slowly creeping into the cold breeze that kept us happy and cozy over the past couple of months. It is now time to brace ourselves for the scorching summer season when throats dry faster and our bodies tire quicker. Mercifully, there are a number of places in India where you can escape the crazy summer heat and have an excellent vacation in a calm and soothing setting. When the hot summers take control of the Northern Plains and Central India, the heat-oppressed souls are provoked to escape in search of respite. Thankfully, a number of summer holiday destinations in India extend pleasant asylums against the rising mercury. No wonder that these wonderful havens summon tourists from every corner of the world. Lazy summer afternoons, temperatures lingering with ice-teas and lemon sodas and idle holidays almost asking you to step out into a vacation. List of Places to Visit 1. Shimla The Queen of Hills continues to enjoy its position among top India summer travel destinations in 2018 as well. The British-invented summer retreat with breathtaking mountain views, captivating pine landscapes and cool surroundings never fails to embrace the visitors. Colonial heritage, an array of temples and the…

Top 5 Wedding Destination Places in India
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 15, 2018

It seems a lot easier than being done when we say it takes a lot of time and energy in checking everything off that wedding planning checklist and most importantly, deciding the wedding destinations in India. Since it’s more about two families coming together to celebrate a new beginning of their loved ones, perfect Indian wedding destinations get etched in everyone’s memories for a lifetime. Wedding tourism, also known as destination tourism or marriage tourism, wherein the bride and groom travel to a serene destination, along with guests to exchange vows, has moved from strength to more strength and has already carved a niche in the global tourism industry. The International bodies, Government, ecosystem players in addition to the end users derive considerable benefit out of this arrangement. Marriage, by definition, is a formally recognised union of people as partners in a personal relationship. However, in India, it equally involves the families of the two. In fact, it has evolved into a status symbol in the present-day medieval-Indian society. And Indians leave no stone unturned to add that extra dash of colors, drama, and glamor to the wedding functions of the family. So, it isn’t very surprising that the past few decades have seen…

Mandu: Legends of Love in the City of Joy
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 15, 2018

Nestled in the enchanting forests of Madhya Pradesh is the little town of Mandu. A site of extravagant festivities under the Mughal rule, Mandu, with its lakes and palaces was a pleasure resort. Mandu is a historic city in Malwa plateau with large number of historic monuments. In past it is known by the name of Mandavgarh & Shadiabaad. It is a celebration in stone of life and joy called ‘the city of joy’ by the muslim rule’s, between 1401 and 1561 it was the capital of a Muslim state in the north of India. Under the Mughal rule, Mandu was a pleasure resort, its lakes and palaces the scenes of splendid and extravagant festivities, and the glory of Mandu lives on, in legends and songs, chronicled for posterity. History of Mandu According to a Sanskrit inscription of 555 A.D, the History of Mandu goes back to the 6th century when it was a fortified city. It was later named Mandhavgarh in the 10th or 11th century, by the rulers of the Parmara kingdom. In the year 1261, even the capital of the Parmaras was transferred from Dhar to Mandu. Later still, in 1305, the Parmars were captured by the…

Place of white tiger and royal dynasty : Rewa
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 14, 2018

Rewa is a city in the north-eastern part of Madhya Pradesh state in India. It is the administrative centre of Rewa District and Rewa Division. The city lies about 420 kilometres northeast of the state capital Bhopal. Rewa derives its name from another name for the Narmada River. The territories now included in the district were held by the imperial Maurya dynasty, which ruled in the 3rd century BC. The area came under the Kalachuris from the 9th to the end of the 12th century. In the 13th century, Ulugh Khan, brother of Sultan Alauddin, drove the Baghela king east into the area, where he founded the Princely State of Rewa. This dynasty continued until the last successor, Martand Singh, abdicated and acceded rule to the Dominion of India in 1947. The present Rewa district came into existence in 1950 when the Provinces. Places of attraction in rewa Govindgarh Fort Govindgarh was considered as the summer capital of the King of Rewa which is around 13 km from the town of Rewa. Famous for its Sunderja Mangoes, Govindgarh is also known as Mini Vrindavan. It is believed that around one-third of this region was covered with dense forests and was…

Satpura ki Rani Pachmarhi : Important places to visit
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 13, 2018

Pachmarhi is a hill station in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh state. It is widely known as Satpura ki Rani (“Queen of Satpura”), situated at a height of 1067 m in a valley of the Satpura Range. The name Pachmarhi is believed to be derived from the Hindi words Panch (“five”) and Marhi (“caves”). According to a legend, these caves were built by five Pandava brothers of Mahabharatha during their thirteen years of exile. Places of tourist interest Tourists visit Pachmarhi throughout the year. Pachmarhi has numerous nature spots, greenery, scenic views, waterfalls, mountain streams and rare wildlife. Jatashankar Jatashankar is natural cave, a Hindu shrine located north of Pachmarhi. Cave is located in deep ravine, with enormous boulders perched above. Cave contains stalagmites revered as naturally formed lingams. Cave serves as a shrine to the God Shiva and is popular destination for pilgrims. Jata means hair and Shankar is another name of Lord Shiva. There are two different types of little pond, fed by springs, found in the locality, one of cold water and the other one of hot water. Dhoopgarh The highest point in the Satpura range, Dhoopgarh hilltop is a beautiful spot to see marvelous sunsets and…

Places Near Indore to Visit
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 10, 2018

Indore is Known as the Commercial Capital of Madhya Pradesh, Indore was the capital of the Holkars. The largest and most densely populated city in central India, the city is popular for its history, monuments, food and bazaars. Holkar dynasty played a major role in the history of Indore. Indore region was granted as a reward to Malhar Rao Holkar, founder of the dynasty by the Peshwas. Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar brought several developmental changes and reforms in the city. Although Maheshwar was the capital of the Holkars during the reign of Rani Ahilyabai, Indore remained an important commercial and military center. Even today, Indore holds the status of an important commercial center of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the fastest growing cities in India and houses the third oldest stock exchange, Madhya Pradesh Stock Exchange. Indore is also an important educational hub. It is the only city in India to have both Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Places to visit Khajrana Ganesh temple Khajrana Ganesh temple is  a popular landmark in Indore. It was built way back in 1735 by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar, the temple is home to an 8-metre long Ganesha…

Place of Diamond Mines and Tigers: Panna National Park

Panna is a town and a municipality in Panna district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Panna was the capital of Chhatar Sal, the Bundela Rajput leader who led a revolt against the Mughal Empire. Upon his death in 1732, his kingdom was divided among his sons. Panna is famous for its diamond mines in India, Panna has Rolling Meadows dotted with evergreen trees, rocks, hills and forests. Panna is famous for its temples which strike a very fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. With a sanctuary for rare wild life and avifauna and a diamond mine, Panna has been transformed to a city of natural beauty and eternal serenity. Top Things To Do In Panna Tiger Reserve, Panna Panna has a tiger reserve which is also called Panna National Park. The sightings of tigers in Panna have fallen over recent years, and official tiger population figures were disputed by naturalists. There were plans to relocate two tigresses to Panna in 2009, which actually happened, but the last male tiger meanwhile disappeared. A male tiger was relocated there. One of the relocated tigresses gave birth to three cubs in 2010. The reserve is home to a wide variety…

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