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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Qutb Minar


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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


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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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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 .


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Hyderabad Tourism


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Hyderabad is the capital city of South-Indian state Telangana , it was ruled by Nizams , Qutub Shahis and Mughals . The city is famous for its Historical monuments like Golconda fort and Charminar which is a masterpiece , tourism is an important industry in Hyderabad and is a major contributor to its economy. The city is fledged with Masjids , Church and Bazzars , many tourism related fairs are conducted frequently at the city of Hyderabad to attract the tourists. In 2010, the city was listed among the Gamma+ World City by the global city index produced by GaWC, and in 2011 the city was rated 19th in the world by The New York Times in The list of 41 Places to Go in 2011. It was ranked 3rd Best City to Travel in 2013 by Lonely Planet .


Hyderabad is known as The City of Pearls, as once it was the only global centre for trade of large diamonds, emeralds and natural pearls. Many traditional and historical bazaars are located around the city. The Laad Bazaar situated near Charminar has shops that sell pearls, jewellery and products such as silverware, Nirmal, Kalamkari paintings and artefacts, bidriware, lacquer bangles studded with stones, saris, handwoven materials in silk and cotton. The city also houses famous historical sites including Charminar, UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site of the Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum  and art galleries, libraries, sports complexes, museums and theatres.
Another major visiting place in Hyderabad is Ramoji film city is the biggest integrated film city in the world.

Hyderabad is one of the most visited cities especially by tourists from outside India and the tourism places are many : Few famous tourist places of Hyderabad.

Historical Monuments.

1. Mecca Masjid : It is a 400 years old Mosque which has been carved out of a single Granite stone , it took five years and 8000 workers to complete the construction of the Mosque.

2. Charminar : Charminar is a Deccan style monument which is usually used to represent the city of  Hyderabad , It is a unique monument with four graceful minarets , it was built by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah in the memory of victims of plague.

3. Qutb Shahi Tombs ; It is a fine example of Deccan architecture with large minarets, huge domes, delicate marble designs and multiple inner passages , it is home to the tombs of the rulers of Qutb Shahi rules.

4. Golconda fort : Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India. Seated on a hill on one side and spiraling fort on the other, its location and internal design made it one of the strongest forts and masterpieces in India.
5. Birla Mandir :Hindu temple made of white marble located on top of a hill overlooking the city.

6. Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple : Located 60 km from Hyderabad is the Hindu Temple of Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Palaces.

1. Chowmahalla Palace
2. Falaknuma Palace
3. King Kothi palace
4. Purani Haveli

Lakes

1. Hussain sagar :  It is a man-made lake famous for the 19-metre tall statue of Buddha in the middle of the lake. Located on its banks is Tank Bund which consists of gardens and statues of famous personalities. Boating and water sports are a regular feature at the lake.

2. Shamirpet Lake : It is situated 24 km north of Secunderabad. It attracts bird watchers and weekend picnickers. There is also a deer park belonging to the state government near the lake.

Durgam Cheruvu (the secret lake) , saroornagar lake.

Museums

Salar Jung Museum : Largest museum of one man collection of antiques.
City museum , Andra pradesh archaeological museum , Surendrapuri , Birla science museum , Birla Planetorium.

Gardens and Parks

NTR parks (36 acres) , Indira park (76 acres) , Lumbini park , Lotus pond.

Wild Life :   
Nehru Zoological park , Mrugavani national park , KBR national park

Shopping malls and bazzars 

Ramoji film city : The biggest integrated film city of the world spread over 1500 acres.
Ravindra barathi , Neclace road , laad Bazzar.

Location : Telangana , India




Amazing Facts :

1. The Charminar  located in the city of Hyderabad is one of the most recognized monument of the world and it is believed that Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah built the monument in the memory of victims of  Plague.

2. The Durgam cheruvu is known as a secret lake because it is located hidden between Jubli hills and Madhapur


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Top Ten Websites with most number of visitors per day

1. GOOGLE.COM



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Google is the most popular search engine with more than 4.3 billion searches every day , google is the most visited  search engine in the world .


2. YOUTUBE.COM


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Youtube is the world largest video sharing website , with more than 4.5 billion views and over 1.3 active visitors every day  youtube is the second most visited website of the world.


3.FACEBOOK.COM


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Facebook is the most popular and largest Online Social Media , According to Alexa site ranking face book is the third most visited website with more than 1.1 billion active viewers everyday , About
5 billion likes are generated on Facebook everyday.

4. BAIDU.COM


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Baidu is a Chinese Web service company and also most popular search engine of China , it is popularly called as the Google of China , Baidu stands fourth among the most visited websites of the world with about 70 million searches every day .

5. YAHOO.COM


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Yahoo is a pioneer of the internet era and it is a globally known web portal , search engine and internet service provider , as of 2016 Yahoo was the most read and viewed news website with 7 billion readers in the month of September. According to Alexa website ranking Yahoo is the 5th most visited website with about 70 million active visitors per month.


                                             

6.WIKIPEDIA.ORG


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Wikipedia is Non Profit internet organization aimed at providing knowledge to the people free of cost, it is the Biggest online Free Encylopedia . According to to Alexa website ranking Wikipedia is the sixth most visited website of the world with about 5 , 251 , 738 articles being uploaded at a rate of 800 articles every day and 30 million daily users.


7. GOOGLE.CO.IN









Google.co.in is the Indian  version of  Google.com and it is the search engine that can be used to search web pages within India and in Indian languages like Hindi , Bengali , Telugu , Marathi .
Contributing to about 9% of Google's total traffic Google.co.in is the seventh most visited website in the world and the First in India. 


8.AMAZON.COM


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Amazon is the largest Internet-based retailer in the world , it also produces its own consumer electronics like Amazon Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, and Fire TV and  it is the world's largest provider of cloud infrastructure services . Amazon has separate retail websites for the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Japan, China, India and Mexico and with more than 2.4 billion visitors every month , Amazon is the Eighth most visited website in the world .


9.TWITTER.COM


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 Twitter  is the second most popular online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140 character messages called "tweets". Recording 340 million tweets in a single day Twitter is popularly known as "The SMS of Internet" . With about 310 million active monthly users Twitter stands Ninth among the most visited website of the world.


10. Qq.COM


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Qq is a Chinese based Instant messaging software service , with about 829 million active QQ accounts, with a peak of 176.4 million simultaneous online QQ users , Qq.com is the 10 most visited website of the world.



Friday, 7 October 2016

Great Wall of China


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The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications built by the first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang in 220 - 206 BC and it was biult with stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials,  along the east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China.
The Great Wall extends from Dandong in the east to  Lake Lop in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. A comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the Ming walls measure 8,850 km . This is made up of 6,259 km  sections of actual wall, 359 km  of trenches and 2,232 km  of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers. Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km .
Initially The Great Wall of China war built to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe , but as much as 2000 km of wall has disappeared due to the damage caused by natural factors and the war but presently The Great Wall of China is under the authority of the Govt of China who hold the responsibility  of its restoration and maintenance  . It was also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987.
The Great Wall of China  has become one of the  important tourist attraction spot of China attracting large number of tourists every year, it is one of the must watch places for  adventurous tourists in china.
"He who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man " Is a famous Chinese saying which describes that ones in his life time a man must visit The Great Wall. Being one of the largest ( more than 21,000 km ) and oldest (history of 2,300 years) , The Great Wall of China is a Global Icon of China , It is also one among the New Seven wonders of the World " which is another main reason for tourism attraction , More than 50,000 tourists visit The Great wall of China every day .


Few of the main sections of tourism in Great Wall of China:

1. Mutianyu : Mutianyu  is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County 70 km northeast of central Beijing. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. It is one of the best preserved sections of the wall and it is covered by woodlands , streams and forest making it the best section of the Great wall for tourism.

2. Jinshanling : Jinshanling is a section of the Great Wall of China located in the mountainous area in Luanping County, 125 km northeast of Beijing.

3. Jiankou : Jiankou  is a section of the Great Wall of China. This section is known for its  photographic hotspot due to its unique style, steep mountains and beautiful scenery. 'Jiankou', is translated as 'Arrow Nock' in English, for the shape of the collapsed ridge opening is reminiscent of an arrow nock. This shape has not been restored since its construction.

4. Shanhaiguan : Shanhai Passalso called Yu Pass , is one of the major passes in the Great Wall of China. The words , it is also a popular tourist spot of China . The phrase , "First Pass Under Heaven" is carved on the gates of the pass.

Location : China




Timings : 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Amazing Facts : 

1. The total length of the Great Wall of China including all its sections is 21,196 Km.

2. The Great wall of China is believed be the only man made structure that is visible to naked eyes from the moon but it is not true. 


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Top Ten Tourism Countries of the World

10. Russia

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Russia being the largest country of the world is one of the most visited tourist destination of the world , due to its rich cultural heritage and diversity , Russia has become one the most desired tourist destination of the world.
Russia contains 23 UNESCO world heritage sites and this has been driving millions of tourists from all over the world towards it.
The popular tourists destinations of Russia are St Petersburg , Moscow , Lake Baikal , Tretyakov Gallery and many more.
With about 31 million visitors from all over the world every year , Russia stands in 10 position among the World's top tourism destinations.




9. Mexico

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Mexico is the second most visited tourist destination in North America and 9th most visited country in the world. Tourism is a very large industry in Mexico and it receives highest income from tourism from among all the countries of  North America.The most notable attractions are the Meso-American ruins, cultural festivals, colonial cities, nature reserves and the beach resorts. The nation's temperate climate and unique  fusion of the European and the MesoAmerican culture has made Mexico an attractive tourist destination. The peak tourism seasons in the country are during December and the mid-Summer , with about 17 beaches , Mexico is one of the famous beach destination of the world attracting visitors mostly from United states , Canada and Asia.With about 32.1 million international visitors every year , Mexico stands 9th among the Worlds top tourism destinations.


8. United Kingdom


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With about 34.4 million visitors from all over the World , United Kingdom is the 8th most visited tourist destination of the world. Even though the number of international visitors are not much , the UK receives highest visitors from united states.
The most attractive tourist destinations of The United kingdom are :
1. Tower of London
2. St Paul's Cathedral
3. Westminster Abbey

4. Carrickfergus Castle
5. Giant's Causeway
6. Aberdeen (Granite City)
7. Glasglow
8. Swansea
The busiest period for domestic travel in the UK is during bank holidays and the summer months, with August being the busiest.



7. Germany

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Considered as one of the safest travel 
destinations of the world , Germany is  the 7th most visited tourist destination of the world with 35 million annual visitors.

The popular tourist destinations of Germany:

1. Berlin
2. Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park
3. Saxon Switzerland National Park
4. Bavarian Forest National Park
5. Jasmund National Park
6. Messe Frankfurt
7. Messegelände
8. Europa-Park

Tourism being an important industry contributes 4.5 % of the countries GDP.
According to the survey conducted by the official tourism body of Germany the main reasons for tourism in Germany are :
Culture (75%), outdoors/countryside (59%), cities (59%), cleanliness (47%), security (41%), modernity (36%), good hotels (35%), good gastronomy/cuisine (34%), good accessibility (30%), cosmopolitanism/hospitality (27%), good shopping opportunities (21%), exciting nightlife (17%) and good price/performance ratio (10%).



6. Turkey

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Turkey has become a popular tourist destination due to its Historical sites , culture, spa, and health care tourism .
Turkey is the  6th  most popular destination of the world with  39.5 million annual visitors from all over the world but recently the tourism in Turkey has been declining due to Russian economic crisis attacks from ISIS.

Istanbul is the Turkey's most popular tourist destination and also in the world , the main attraction in Istanbul are the historical places and hotels in the city , few of the major tourism places in Istanbul are :
Hagia Sophia, the Topkapı Palace, the Basilica Cistern, the Dolmabahçe Palace and Galata Tower.
Istanbul is also the biggest shopping center of Europe . The Cevahir Mall in Istanbul is the biggest shopping center in Europe and seventh largest center in the world.
Other famous tourist destinations in Turkey include  Ephesus, Troy, Pergamon, House of the Virgin Mary, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Trabzon and many more.



                                               



5. Italy

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Italy is the 5th most visited tourist country of the world with about 50.7 million international visitors every year. People mainly visit Italy for its rich art, cuisine, history, fashion and culture, its beautiful coastline and beaches, its mountains, and priceless ancient monuments.
Another main reason for tourism in Italy is it has more number of UNESCO world heritage sites than any other country.

Tourism is an important and rapidly growing sector in Italy earning an annual revenue of about €189.1 billion.

Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world, with an average of 7-10 million tourists a year.
The historical monument in Rome like the Coloseum which is one among the seven wonders of the world , Vatican museums and other sites like Pantheon ,  Piazza Navona, St Peter's Basilica are the among the most visited cities of the world with an average of 3 - 4.5 million visitors every year.
In 2006 Rome was ranked 8th position among 150 most visited cities of the world.
Another major tourist attraction in Italy is Milan which is one of  Europe's most important tourist destinations, and Italy's second important city with 1.902 million arrivals in 2007 and 1.914 million in 2008, it places itself 42nd and 52nd respectively among the most visited cities in the world.



4. China

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China has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in the recent decades , With about 56.9 million annual visitors china is the fourth most important tourist destination of the world , the main attraction for tourists in Chain are its Historical and cultural sites , natural sites and folk customs.

The most renowned site of China like the "Great wall of  China" which is one of the seven wonders of the world is a classical example for  Chinese historical site and a major source of tourist attraction in China.

The most famous Chinese tourism sites:
1. Chongqing
2. Guangzhou
3. Jingziguan, Henan
4. Wuyuan, Jiangxi and many more.
According to the WTO, by 2020, China will become the largest tourist country and among the largest for overseas travel.



3. Spain

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Tourism is a main industry in Spain contributing about 10.9% the country's GDP , since 1960s Spain has been a famous tourist destination for Summer vacations specially for visitors from UK, France, Germany and Italy , With more than 68.2 million annual international visitors Spain is the stands in third position among the worlds most visited tourist nations.
Spain's mild climate throughout  the year and extensive sandy beaches of the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean as well as of its two archipelagoes : Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are the main attraction to the tourists from European countries.
In addition these Spain has many historical cities and towns , 13 of Spain's cities are listed as the UNESCO world heritage cities and Barcelona and Madrid are the most popular among them driving millions of tourists every year.
Festivals are also among the main attractions for the tourists to Spain and the most famous festivals are the Romería de El Rocío in Almonte, Huelva, the world-famous Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, the Fallas in Valencia, the Tomatina in Buñol, Valencia and the Fiestas del Pilar in Zaragoza.

Spain's most popular tourist destinations :
1. Barcelona
2. Madrid
3. Tenerife
4. Majorca
5. Sivelle
Apart from these Spain is known to have the best night among all the countries of Europe and being a country of mountains winter tourism is also preferred by the tourists for there are many ski resorts in the country.



2. United States

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Tourism is a large industry in United States serving millions of people both international and domestic every year , People mainly prefer United States for tourism due to its natural wonders, cities, historic landmarks, and entertainment venues.
Tourists spend more money in the United States than any other country and with 77.5 million annual visitors United states stands second among the worlds most visited tourist countries.

 There are 2,462 registered National Historic Landmarks  recognized by the United States government and Orlando is the most visited site among them.

United States most popular tourist destinations:
1.New York city
2. Los Angeles
3. Las Vegas
4. Grand Canyon
5. Orlando
6. San Francisco
Today, there exists a wide range of tourist attractions in the United States such as amusement parks, festivals, gambling, golf courses, historical buildings and landmarks, hotels, museums, galleries, outdoor recreation, spas, restaurants and sports.Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida, is the most visited theme park in the world. 



1. France

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With more than 84.5 million annual international visitors France stands the first among the the worlds most visited and most popular tourist destinations.
France has 37 sites listed under UNESCO's World Heritage List and features cities of high cultural interest , beaches and seaside resorts, ski resorts, and rural regions that many enjoy for their beauty and tranquillity.
Tourism is  the most important sector of France since it contributes to  9.7% of the countries total GDP.
Paris, the capital city, is the third most visited city in the world. Paris has some of the world's largest and renowned museums, including the Louvre, which is the most visited art museum in the world, but also the Musée d'Orsay, mostly devoted to impressionism, and Beaubourg, dedicated to Contemporary art. Paris hosts some of the world's most recognizable landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, which is the most-visited paid monument in the world .

Notable French tourist destinations:

1. Eiffel tower : Most visited paid monument of the world
2.  Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie : Biggest science museum in Europe
3. French Riviera : The second leading tourist destination in the country with 10 miilion tourists a year.
4. Loire Valley : World Heritage site
5. Louvre Museum : 8.5 million visitors annually
Tourism is also desired in France due its Skiing resorts , Annual Cycle race  (Tour de France)
 Mediterranean beaches , Religious pilgrimage , theme parks.



Monday, 3 October 2016

Few Facts about Zebra
















  • The stripe pattern of Zebra is as unique as human finger prints.
  • Zebras cannot see the orange colour.
  • A ‘zebdonk’ is a cross between a zebra and a donkey.
  • zebras have tails around half a metre in length.
  • Zebra can run up to 65km/h.
  • Male zebra is called stallion and female mare.
  • A baby zebra is called a foal. The babies are born with white and brown stripes instead of the black and white stripes.
  • Zebras sleep while standing.
  • The ears of a Zebra reflects its mood.
  • Zebras can be up to 3.5-5 feet high and weigh between 440-990 pounds. 


Ten Amazing Facts about Wolf
















  • Wolves belong to Dog family.
  • Wolves are found to respond to humans imitating their howls.
  • A wolf can eat up to 9 kg of meat in a single sitting.
  • Wolf's liver has medicinal value and can relive pain.
  • Wolves were the first animals to be placed on the U.S. Endangered Species Act list in 1973.
  • Wolves are well known for Cannibalism.
  • Wolves are known to develop strong relationship with humans.
  • Wolves move at a speed of 45km/h.
  • A group of Wolves is called as a pack.

  • Wolves were used as a companion during hunting.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Few Facts about Horse



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  • Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.
  • Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that live on land.
  • A male horse is called a stallion and a female horse is called a mare.
  • A young male horse is called a colt and a young female horse is called a filly.
  • Horse is one of the 12 animals of Chinese Zodiac.
  • When a male Horse and a female Donkey are crossed ,they give birth to a 'Hinny'. Hinnys are sterile.
  • Age of a Horse can be estimated through its teeth.
  • Horses were domesticated by humans for more than 5000 years.
  • Horses can sleep while standing.
  • A group of Horses is called as a 'Team'.

                                               

Sunday, 25 September 2016

MYSORE


Clockwise from top: Mysore Palace, Shivanasamudra Falls, Infosys Building, Brindavan Gardens Musical Fountain, Chennakesava Temple, Lalitha Mahal, St. Philomena's Church and Chamundeshwari Temple.
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Mysore which is presently called  Mysuru , is a very popular city located in the State of Karnataka.
It is about 146 km from Bengaluru , the capital city of Karnataka  and spread at the base of  Chamundi Hills .
Mysore was the previous capital of the state of Karnataka and it is located adjacent Mandya , Kodagu  and  Kerala State .


Story of Mysore :

The name Mysore is derived from "Mahishuru" , which means Buffalo in Sanskrit . According to Hindu Mythology the region was controlled by a Demon named Mahisha  who could change forms from human to Buffalo who was killed by Hindu goddess " Chamudeshwari" and hence the hills next to Mysore got the name "Chamundi Hills" . The  city later got the name Mahishuru which means the residence of Mahisha. which was later anglicised to Mysore.


Popularly known as the "Palace city of India" , Mysore  is one of the most famous and most visited tourist destinations in India .
 Mysore is famous for its World famous Dasara festival , it is a ten days festival during which the city receives a large number of tourists including tourists from all over the world. The city is also noted for its tourist places Mysore palace , My zoo , Jaganmohan Palace , Museum , Chamundi hills , St Philomena's Church . The Exhibition conducted every year during the Dasara season is also a major source of attraction for the tourists.
In the year 2006 , Mysore city had more number visitors than Taj Mahal  and Qutb Minar.

For all these reasons Mysore has become one of the most famous tourist destinations in India.
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Main Attractions :
The main attraction for tourists are the palaces in the city ,  Mysore Palace ,  Jaganmohan Palace , lalith Mahal , Mysore Zoo , Chamundi hills  , St Philomena's Church and most of all the world famous Dasara festival.

Amazing Facts :
1. Mysore has been listed as one among st  the 31 must watch places in the World for two consecutive years by "New York Times".

2. The Ambari that is displayed during the last day of the Dasara festival is the only display in the world during which 750 kg of solid gold is displayed in open field. This is the only place where such a huge quantity of gold is displayed in an open space is is a real pride to India.


Main tourist places in Mysore:


Mysore Dasara conducted in Mysore city is the State festival ( Nada Habba) , it is also called Navarathri Festival meaning nine days festival. The festival is conducted annually and it usually falls somewhere between the months of September and October.
The festival is celebrated for ten days with extreme pomp

Palaces
1. Mysore Palace : Mysore Palace was the residence of the Royal family of Mysore (Wodeyars) , it is located at the center of the Mysore city in Karnataka.
The Mysore Palace was the official residence of the rulers of Mysore ,"The  Wodeyars "who ruled between 1399 - 1950 and the palace also includes the Durbar Malls .where royal ceremonies and meetings were conducted .

2. Jaganmohan Palace
3. Lalith Mahal

Gardens :
1. Brindavan Garden
2. Butterfly Park

Museums : Sand Sculpture museums , Rail Museum

1. Mysore Zoo
2. Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuarary

Temples
1. Chamundeshwari Hills
2. St Philomena's Church

Location :





Time :
The best time to visit Mysore is during The Dasara festival.



Mysore Dasara


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Mysore Dasara conducted in Mysore city is the State festival ( Nada Habba) , it is also called Navarathri Festival meaning nine days festival. The festival is conducted annually and it usually falls somewhere between the months of September and October.
The festival is celebrated for ten days with extreme pomp , the last day being Vijayadashami is the most important day of Dasara.
According to a legend, Vijayadashami denotes the victory of truth over evil and it is the day when the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura . due to which the city got the name Mahishuru which was later anglicised to Mysore and in the year 2005 the government of India changed its name to Mysuru .

The Dasara festival which is conducted annually is one of the most prestigious festivals and a real pride of Karnataka  , the Dasara festival has the history of more than 400 years and it celebrated its 400 th year anniversary in the year 2010.
The celebration of Dasara festival was first started by the Vijayanagara Kings during 15th century , After the fall of the Vijayanagar kingdom, the Wodeyars of Mysore continued the Dasara Festival, initially by Raja Wodeyar I (1578-1617 CE) in the year 1610 at Srirangapatna. One more highlight to the Dasara is that the Mysore palace is illuminated with 1 lakh bulbs on all days of the festival .

The ninth day of Dasara is called Mahanavami is an auspicious day  of Dasara during which the Pattadha Katthi (royal sword) is worshiped and is taken on a procession involving elephants, camels and horse.

Main attractions :

1. Illuminated Palace : The royal palace is illuminated with one lakh light bulbs between 7 PM to 10 PM and Rs. 10 lakh is spent for this alone.

2. Various cultural and traditional programmes  are conducted before the royal palace representing the great culture , tradition of the state of Karnataka. The Kusthi competition is the most famous among the cultural events where wrestlers from all over the world participate and the winner is honored
by the His Excellency himself.

3. Procession :
Ont he last day of Dasara festival the traditional Dasara procession called Jamboo Savari is held in the streets of  Mysore city . The Ambari is placed on the royal elephant which is made of solid gold weighing 750 kg inside which the Idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed , this the only time and place in the world where such a huge quantity of gold is exposed in an open place.
This is one of the major attraction to  the people.

4. Another major attraction during Dasara is the Dasara exhibition which is held in the exhibition grounds opposite to the Mysore Palace. The exhibition was started by the Maharaja of Mysore Chamaraja Wodeyar X in 1880 with the sole aim of introducing timely developments to the people of Mysore.


       Please come Visit the Grand Dasara festival in Mysore


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Mysore Palace


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Mysore Palace was the residence of the Royal family of Mysore (Wodeyars) , it is located at the center of the Mysore city in Karnataka.
The Mysore Palace was the official residence of the rulers of Mysore ,"The  Wodeyars "who ruled between 1399 - 1950 and the palace also includes the Durbar Malls .where royal ceremonies and meetings were conducted .


The Mysore Palace was Built by the honorable Maharaja Khrishnarajendra Wodeyar 4th , The Palace is built following Indo Sarcenic style of architecture which is a mixture of Hindu , Muslim , Rajput and Gothic styles.
The three-story stone building of fine gray granite with deep pink marble domes has a facade with several expensive arches and two smaller ones flanking the central arch, which is supported by tall pillars. Above the central arch is a sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck and abundance with her elephants. There are three major exclusive temple buildings within the Old Fort, and about 18 inside the palace heart building. The palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival, during which leading artists perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and floats originate from the palace grounds.
The Mysore city is famously known as the " city of palaces" since the city is filled with palaces , there are about  seven palaces in the city and the Mysore palace is the largest among them and it is the major source of tourist attraction in Mysore  , It has more  six million visitors annually which is second highest after Taj Mahal.

Amazing Facts:
Mysore palace has many secret tunnels leading to Sri Rangapatnam and many other confidential places . 

Location : Mysore ,  Karnataka



Timings and Entry fee :

Time : 10 AM - 5 :30 PM

Entry Fees

Adults : Rs .40
Children (between age 10 and 18) : Rs.20
Foreigners : 200



Friday, 23 September 2016

Few Facts about Donkey



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  • A Donkey is stronger than a horse of the same size.
  • Donkeys are very curious in nature.
  • Donkeys have excellent memory , they can remember things up to 25 years.
  • When a male Donkey and female horse are crossed they give birth to a 'mule'.
  • A group of Donkeys is called a 'Drove'.
  • A Donkey can hear another Donkey's call 3 km away.
  • Donkeys have very stong digestive system,they can digest very strong fibres.
  • A male donkey is called a Jack. A female donkey is called a Jennet or Jenny.
  • Average lifespan of Donkey is 40 years.
  • Donkeys have 14 Stomachs.                                              

Few Facts about Cat



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  • Cats can smell with their paws.
  • Cats are known to imitate the hiss of snakes.
  • Cats and humans have been associated for nearly 10,000 years.
  • A group of cats is called a clowder.
  • A male cat is called a tom, a female cat is called a molly or queen and young cats are called kittens.
  • Cats can drink seawater.
  • Isac Newton Had a pet Cat named 'Spithead'.
  • Cats sweat through the pads of their paws.
  • Cats Cannot perceive sweet taste.
  • Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds.


Vidhana Soudha


Vidhana Soudha


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The Vidhana Soudha located in Bengaluru, is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka It is an imposing building, constructed in a style sometimes described as Mysore Neo-Dravidian, and incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles. The construction was completed in 1956.Kengal Hanumanthaiah is credited with the conception and construction of the Vidhana Soudha.The foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, on July 13, 1951. He visited Europe, Russia, the United States, and other places and got the idea of building the Vidhana Soudha by incorporating various designs from the buildings he had seen.
It was completed in 1956. He took a lot of interest and effort in building this marvelous granite building. It was meant to dwarf the British-built Athara Kacheri (High Court) building. Hanumanthaiah was criticized for the nearly 15 million rupees spent to construct the building. But the building designed by him is an impressive structure of Neo Dravidian style.

The Vidhana Soudha has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an area of 2,300 by 1,150 feet (700 m × 350 m). It is the largest Legislative building in India. Its eastern face has a porch with 12 granite columns, 40 feet (12 m) feet tall. Leading to the foyer is a flight of stairs with 45 steps, more than 200 feet (61 m) wide. The central dome, 60 feet (18 m) in diameter, is crowned by a likeness of the Indian national emblem.

The front of the building is inscribed with the slogan "Government's Work is God's Work," and the Kannada equivalent, "ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಕೆಲಸ ದೇವರ ಕೆಲಸ" (sarkarada kelasa devara kelasa).

Amazing Fact:
1.The cost of construction at that time was just 17.5 million rupees. But presently, annual maintenance cost itself is more than 20 million rupees.

2. In 1957, the Mysore government planned to replace the inscription with Satyameva Jayate, at a cost of 7,500 rupees, but the change did not take place. In 1996, the inscription inspired a visiting U.S. state governor, George Voinovich of Ohio, to propose etching "With God, all things are possible" onto the Ohio Statehouse, prompting a high-profile lawsuit.

Location Dr Ambedkar Rd, Sampangi Ramnagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001




Timings and Entry ticket

There is no entry fee for vidhana saudha but entry is not permitted without permission ,
And entry is permitted on all week days except on Saturday and Sunday between 9 AM to 5:30 PM.