Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dal Lake, Srinagar capital of Jammu & Kashmir - Known as Srinagar's Jewel, Introduction, History, Nagin Lake, Major Attraction, Places to stay.


Dal Lake is a lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of the northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The urban lake, which is the second largest in the state, is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is nicknamed the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir" or "Srinagar's Jewel". The lake is also an important source for commercial operations in fishing and water plant harvesting.

The shore line of the lake, about 15.5 kilometres (9.6 mi), is encompassed by a boulevard lined with Mughal era gardens, parks, houseboats and hotels. Scenic views of the lake can be witnessed from the shore line Mughal gardens, such as Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir) and from houseboats cruising along the lake in the colourful shikaras.During the winter season, the temperature sometimes reaches −11 °C (12.2 °F), freezing the lake.


Ancient history records mention that a village named Isabar to the east of Dal Lake was the residence of goddess Durga. This place was known as Sureshwari on the bank of the lake, which was sourced by a spring called the Satadhara.

During the Mughal period, the Mughal rulers of India designated Kashmir, Srinagar in particular, as their summer resort.They developed the precincts of the Dal lake in Srinagar with spawling Mughul-type gardens and pavilions as pleasure resorts to enjoy the salubrious cool climate.After the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, which led to the disintegration of the Mughal Empire, Pashtun tribes in the area around the lake and city area increased, and the Durrani Empire ruled the city for several decades. In 1814 a significant part of the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, was annexed by Raja Ranjit Singh to his kingdom, and the Sikhs grew in influence in the region for 27 years.

Nagin Lake

Leading from the Dal lake is the smaller Nagin Lake. Here, the waters are edged by trees of willow and poplar whose reflection is mirrored in the lake. The waters of the lakes are pleasantly cool from mid-May to mid-September. Nagin Lake, which is farther from town, have magnificent views of the mountains.

Salesmen paddle from boat to boat, selling everything you could want such as cold drinks, fruit, nuts, fresh flowers, film, baked goods, papier-mache boxes, woolen shawls, silk carpets, leather goods, money-changing services and on and on. The gentle soothing motion of the boat, as it glides along the water of these lakes, is unbelievably romantic.

Where To Stay

The Boulevard road is lined with Hotels and Restaurants suiting every budget. Alternatively you can stay at Houseboats which is altogether a new experience. the accomodation is available for every budget. For more information on tarrifs the Manager and Tourist reception centre can be contacted at Srinagar. Information bookings and reservations can also be had from the Offices of JKTDC across the country from the location nearest o you.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Republic Day of India History, Importance, Details, Celebration, Chief Guest on Republic Day in 2010 & 2011 in India, Republic Day Greetings, Photos

Republic Day of India History, Importance, Details, Celebration, Chief Guest on Republic Day in 2010 & 2011 in India, January 26th the Republic Day of India,
Republic Day Greetings, Wallpapers, Photos, Pictures
Republic Day, celebrated on January 26th every year, is one of India’s most important national events. The date 26 January was chosen to honour the memory of the declaration of independence of 1930. It was on January 26th, 1950 that the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state.

Republic day a National Holiday:-
Republic Day is one of the three national holidays of India and the greatest festival celebrated in the country. It is celebrated every year on January 26, in New Delhi with great pomp, fanfare and pageant. While in the capitals of the States and other headquarters, it is marked with patriotic fervor.

The Republic Day is celebrated with much enthusiasm all over the country and especially in the capital, New Delhi where the celebrations start with the Presidential to the nation. The beginning of the occasion is always a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the country in the freedom movement and the succeeding wars for the defense of sovereignty of their country.

To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, New Delhi, from the Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace), along the Rajpath, past India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort. Prior to its commencement, the Prime Minister lays a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, a memorial to unknown soldiers at the India Gate at one end of Rajpath, which is followed by two minutes silence in the memory of unknown soldiers. Thereafter he reaches the main dais at Rajpath to join other dignitaries, subsequently the President arrives along with the chief guest of the occasion. First he unfurls the National flag, as the National Anthem is played, and a 21-gun salute is given. Next, important awards like the Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra are given away by the President, before the regiments of Armed Forces start their march past.

Chief Guest on Republic Day in 2010 & 2011 in India
2010:-President Lee Myung Bak of Republic of Korea
2011:-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia
India has been hosting head of state or government of another country as the state guest of honour for Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Jana gana mana by AR.Rehman

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List of the major rivers of India , Longest river of India, Length of major rivers of India, , Wallpapers, Pictures & Photos of river of India

List of the major rivers of India , Longest river of India, Length of major rivers of India, , Wallpapers, Pictures & Photos of river of India

Longest river of India:-Ganga
Total Length:-2525km
In Uttar Pradesh:-1450km
In Bihar:-445km
In West Bengal:-520km

List of the major rivers of India

Length (km):-2525

Length (km):-2900

Length (km):-858

Length (km):-1327

Length (km):-1465

Length (km):-805

Length (km):-1050

Length (km):-2880

Length (km):-720

Length (km):-420

Length (km):-725

Length (km):-1375

Length (km):-1050

Length (km):-1080

Length (km):-730

Length (km):-480

Length (km):-780

Length (km):-1057

Length (km):-724

Length (km):-450

Length (km):-494

Length (km):-416

Length (km):-640

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12 Signs of Zodiac, The New Dates 2011,New Astrological Signs 2011, New Zodiac Signs 2011, New Zodiac Sign Ophiuchus; New Zodiac Dates

12 Signs of Zodiac, The New Dates 2011,New Astrological Signs 2011, New Zodiac Signs 2011, New Zodiac Sign Ophiuchus; New Zodiac Dates

The New Dates 2011

January 20-February 16

February 16-March 11

March 11-April 18

April 18-May 13

May 13-June 21

June 21-July 20

July 20-Aug. 10

Aug. 10-Sept. 16

Sept. 16-Oct. 30

Oct. 30-November 23

November 23-Dec. 17

Dec. 17-January 20

12 Signs of Zodiac

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Lohri Festival - Introduction, Celebration, Ceremony, Video Song, Greetings, Pictures, Animations, Famous Recipies

Lohri Festival - Introduction, Celebration, Ceremony, Video Song, Greetings, Pictures, Animations, Famous Recipies

Introduction :

Lohri, is celebrated every year on 13th of January. It is a festival to worship fire. Lohri Festival is celebrated with great pomp in North India. At this time Earth starts moving towards the sun marking the auspicious period of Uttarayan. First Lohri is very important for the newly wed and the new born babies as it marks fertility. At night, people gather around the bonfire and throw til, puffed rice & popcorns into the flames of the bonfire. Prayers are offered to the bonfire seeking abundance & prosperity. People make merry by dancing & singing traditional folk songs.

Celebrations & Ceremony

While Lohri is essentially a Punjabi festival, it is celebrated in some other states of North India as well. In cities like Delhi, which have a predominant Punjabi population, Lohri is celebrated to denote the last of the coldest days of winter. Apart from Punjab, people from other northern Indian states of Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu, become busy making preparations for Lohri.
In houses that have recently had a marriage or childbirth, Lohri celebrations will reach a higher pitch of excitement. Punjabis usually have private Lohri celebrations, in their houses. Lohri rituals are performed, with the accompaniment of special Lohri songs.
Singing and dancing form an intrinsic part of the celebrations. People wear their brightest clothes and come to dance the bhangra and gidda to the beat of the dhol. Punjabi songs are sung, and everybody rejoices. Sarson ka saag and makki ki roti is usually served as the main course at a Lohri dinner. Lohri is a great occasion that holds great importance for farmers. However, people residing in urban areas also celebrate Lohri, as this festival provides the opportunity to interact with family and friends.

Lohri Recipes

Wheat Ladoo
Til Papdi
Ganee Ki Kheer
Peanut Gajak
Coconut Chikki
Atta Ladoo
Kurmure Ladoo
Sugarcane Kheer
Til Gajak
Aloo Pakora
Palak Pakoda
Aloo Gobi Curry
Sarson Ka Saag
Makke Ki Roti

Lohri Song From Movie Veer Zaara


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Pongal Festival - Date, Introduction, History, Different names of this festival across India, Greetings & Pictures.

Location Tamil Nadu
Falls In The Month Thai (January)
Celebrated To Mark Withdrawal of The Southeast Monsoons & As Well As The Reaping Of The Harvest
Celebrated For :Four Days


Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamils in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and in Sri Lanka. Pongal coincides with the festival Makara Sankranthi celebrated throughout India. Pongal in Tamil means "boiling over or spill over." The boiling over of milk in the clay pot symbolizes material abundance for the household. Thai Pongal, celebrated at harvest time, is traditionally intended to thank the Sun God and farmstead livestock that helped create the material abundance.

The holiday denotes the start of the Tamil month of Thai (தை). It marks the day when the Sun purportedly shifts northwards. It signifies the commencement of Uttarayana, which represents the northward journey of Sun. The days get longer in the Tamil lands. Thai Pongal falls on Makara Sankranthi celebrated throughout India as the winter harvest.

The Legend Behind The Celebrations

There are few interesting legends behind the Pongal celebrations. The most popular among them related to the celebrations of the first day of the Pongal festival goes like this - Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Mountain on his little finger to shelter his people and save them from being washed away by the rains and floods.

According to another the third day of Pongal is celebrated because Lord Shiva once asked Nandi, his bull, to go to earth and deliver his message to the people - to have an oil bath every day and food once a month. But Nandi got it all mixed up when he delivered the message, and told the people that Shiva asked them to have an oil bath once a month and eat every day. Shiva was displeased, and told Nandi that since the people would now need to grow more grain, Nandi would have to remain on earth and help them plough the fields.

Different Names of Pongal

  • Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka - celebrated as Pongal
  • Andhra Pradesh, Bengal, Bihar, Goa, Karnataka, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh - celebrated as Makara Sankranthi or Sankranthi
  • Gujarat and Rajasthan celebrated as Uttarayana
  • Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab - celebrated as Lohri
  • Assam - celebrated as Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu
  • Nepal - celebrated as Maghe Sankranthi

Pongal Greetings

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International Kite Festival 2011 – Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India., Uttarayan or Kite Festival Details, Information, Photos, Pictures, Wallpapers

International Kite Festival 2011 – Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India., Uttarayan or Kite Festival Details, Information, Photos, Pictures, Wallpapers

Uttarayan is known as Makar Sakranti in other parts of India.The name Uttarayan comes from joining two different Sanskrit words "Uttara" (North) and "ayana" (movement towards). Uttarayana (Makar Sankranti) is the day when the sun starts to travel towards north as a sign of coming summer. People from all age groups, come to the roof of their houses and apartments to fly kites in celebration of the festival.
It is the day when the sun starts to travel northwards marking the decline of winter. The days become longer, the skies clearer and the breeze cooler. A feeling of anticipation, joy and jubilation grips all who celebrate the occasion of thanksgiving and merry-making.

Details about International Kite Festival 2011, Gujarat

Dates:-9th to 11th January 2011

Venue :-
Sabarmati River Front
Ashram Road,
Ahmedabad – 380006

Programme Details
On 09th Jan, 2011 :-Kite Competition at 9.30 am. Onwards
On 10th Jan, 2011 :-Full Day Kite Flying by national and International kitists at 9.30 am. To 4.30 pm.
On 11th Jan, 2011 :-State Level Function and Award Ceremony at 8.30 am. onwards

In Dhorod-White Rann(Kutch) & Mandvi (Kutch)

12th January 2011 :- White Rann(Kutch)
13th January 2011 :- Mandvi (Kutch)

Note:- Events Date and Programme may be change for final programe
For More Details Visit the Official

Tv9 Gujarat - International Kite Festival 2011: Ahmedabad

Tv9 Gujarat - Varieties of Giant Kites at Kite Festival : Ahmedabad

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