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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Chinnaswamy Stadium

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By Ashwin Kumar - Flickr: Chinnaswamy Stadium, CC BY-SA 2.0,
The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, located in Bengaluru, Karnataka, is a Cricket stadium of India. Present between  Cubbon Park, Queen's Road, Cubbon and uptown MG Road, this four decade old stadium is situated in the heart of the city of Bangalore. Formerly known as the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) stadium, the ground was later rechristened in tribute to Mr. M. Chinnaswamy, who had served the KSCA for four decades and was also president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from 1977 to 1980. This stadium with a seating capacity of around 35,000 not only regularly hosts Test cricket, One Day Internationals (ODI) and other First-class cricket matches, but also other musical and cultural events. The stadium is also the home ground of the Karnataka state cricket team and the Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore . Being the only international stadium in Karnataka  Chinnaswamy stadium is the only host for international and ipl cricket matches in Karnataka . During the seasons of IPL and ODIs the Stadium will be filled with thousands of Cricket fans cheering their home team and it will be an amazing experience to each and every body to enjoy watching their favorite stars play.
Hence Chinaswamy stadium might not be a place for tourism but it sure is a place where yoou can definitely enjoy with your friends watching the game.

Location : MG Road, Near Gandhi Park, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Amazing Facts :

1. The Chinnaswamy stadium is  the first stadium in India, and probably in the world, to use solar panels to generate a bulk of the electricity needed to run the stadium.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Qutb Minar

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By Srividya - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Qutb Minar is an ancient monument built in 1193 by Qutab- ud- din Aibak during 1193 , it is located in Mehrauli in Delhi .Qutb Minar along with other monuments around it has been listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites.
Qutb Minar is 73 meter tall tower and it is made out of Red sand stone and Marble , its Diameter is 15 meter at the base and the diameter is tapering towards the top and the diameter of the tip is just 2.5 meter.

The tower has five storeys  and the fourth and fifth storeys are made out of mixture of marble and red sandstone and inside the tower , there is a circular staircase with 379 steps leading to the top of the tower. The Minar is made of bricks covered with Iron  carvings and verses from the Qur'an. The Minar comprises several superposed flanged and cylindrical shafts, separated by balconies carrying Muqarnas corbels.

The construction of Qutb Minar was initiated by the emperor  Qutb al-Din Aibak in 12th century but it was not completed then , later Qutb al-Din Aibak;s successor Iltutmish completed the structure by adding three more storeys to the tower.

It is believed that Qutb Minar is connected to the historical monuments that are present at its surroundings,  Iron Pillar of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din's Madrasa and Tomb, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin these monuments along with Qutb Minar are popularly called the "Qutb Complex , Qutb Minar being the world's tallest monument made out of bricks has been a major tourist destinations of Delhi .

Amazing Faacts :

1.Bollywood actor and director Dev Anand wanted to shoot the song "Dil Ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar" from his movie Tere Ghar Ke Samne inside the Minar. but, the cameras  were too big at that time to fit inside the tower, for this reason the song was shot inside a replica of the tower instead.

2. Qutb Minar being 240 feet tall is the tallest historical monument in the world that is  made of bricks.

Location : Mehrauli area Delhi , India

Timings and Entry Fee

Qutb Minar is open for visitors on all days between 7 AM to 5PM

Entry fee : Rs. 30 for Indians and Rs. 500 for foreigners.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta caves
By Christian Haugen - Elephanta Caves, CC BY 2.0,
For any one who is on a trip to Mumbai , the first place you need to visit is the "Gateway of India" , once you have seen the great Gateway of India " , the next thing need to do is , jump into a boat and take a ride on the Arabian sea to visit the "Elephanta Island".
Elephanta Island is located in the state of Maharashtra just 10 kilometer to the east of Mumbai city and small ferry boats are available from Gate way of India which offer paid rides to the Island , the journey may take 40 to 45 minutes.
The Island is present on the Arabian sea and it is surrounded by beautiful nature full of tropical deciduous trees like mango , tamarind. Besides these the Island has two groups of ancient cave temples carved from the rocks which have been attracting thousands of tourists especially from outside India
 The  caves all together are called the Elephanta caves , the first group of caves are the Hindu caves and they represent the Shaiva art and are dedicated to lord Shiva and they are also the main caves.
The second group of caves has two small Buddhist caves.

The caves are carved from solid basalt rock , the caves dates back to 5th and 8th centuries ,the caves were all painted originally in the past, but only traces remain at present.The caves were listed as  UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 to preserve the ancient art since the caves suffered severe damage after the Portuguese rule .

The main cave is a masterpiece of ancient art and architecture  and it also called great cave , it has four doors and the cave is divided into  small chambers by rows of pillars , the walls of the caves are mostly carved by various forms of lord Shiva like Nataraja (lord of dance) , Yogeswara (lord of Yoga) , Ardhanarishwara and Gangadhara .The unique style of art through which the sculptures are carved is what has made the site world famous.
The site is now under the maintenance of Archaeological survey of India and it has been recorded that the site receives 25,000 visitors every year especially from outside India , Special traditional dance programmes are conducted at the site during the UNESCO world heritage week  observed during the month of November which is another major attraction for tourism.

Amazing fact : A book has been published jointly by UNESCO, INTACH and the Government of India which contains the site plan for the restoration of the site and also brief history of all the sculptures of the Elephanta caves.

Location : Gharapuri, Maharashtra 400094

Timings : The best time to Visit Elephanta caves is during the UNESCO world heritage week observed during the month of November.
The ferry boat service to the Elephanta caves will be between 9 AM to 2 PM on all day of the week except  on Mondays when the caves remain closed.

Fee :
Luxury boat : Rs. 150
Ordinary boat : Rs. 130

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Eiffel Tower

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Benh LIEU SONG -_EiffelCC BY-SA 3.0, https://
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower between 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the World's Fair 1889.
The tower is 324 meter tall and is one of the most recognized structures of the world and presently it is the Global icon of France.
There are two restaurants on first and second levels foe the visitors and it is the highest observation deck available for people in Europe.
Eiffel tower is the most visited paid monument of the world with an average of 6.21 visitors annually and about 25,000 visitors ascending the tower everyday.
Eiffel  tower is also the second tallest man made structure in France after Millau Viaduct.

The tower can be ascended both by stairs and elevator but I recommend you guys to take stairs if you really want to be dazzled because it is truly an incredible experience to climb up to the top level of the tower and enjoy the view. But I warn those people who are afraid of heights not to go any further than the first level for it

takes some courage to look down from the peak of the tower , it really evokes your inner policemen.
Due to huge number of visitors in a single day , it is common to stand in lines for tickets but you can also book online tickets from the official website : http://www.toureiffel.paris/

Timings :

Mid-July to Early September : 9 AM to Midnight.
Rest of the year 9:30 AM to 11 PM.

Entry fair :

Adults : 17 €
Youth 12 -24 : 14.5 €
Children : 8 €
Physically challenged : 8 €

Panoramic view during ascending Eiffel tower in 1898

Location : Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France.

Amazing Facts :

1. The Eiffel tower is built by 7,300 tons of  puddled iron 

2. The Eiffel tower was constructed by joining 18, 038 different pieces using 2.5 million rivets.

3.. It takes 60 tons of paint to paint the Eiffel tower completely and the tower is painted  every year to keep  it from rusting.

4. The Eiffel  tower sways up to 3.5 inches due to wind .