Sunday, June 12, 2011

Delhi Tourism : Dilli Haat, Introduction, Location, Tourism, Tickets, Major Attraction , Various Range of Products offered, Nearby Tourist Attraction

Dilli Haat is a shoppers paradise. A joint collaboration between the New Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Department, the basic idea of setting up this crafts bazaar was to promote the Indian handicrafts industry and Indian cuisine.
The word haat denotes an informal weekly market or bazaar that is held in the rural areas of India.

It is located in the heart of Delhi, one near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Sri Aurobindo Marg, opposite INA Market on Sri Aurobindo Marg, and another at Netaji Subash Place, adjacent to Netaji Subash Place Metro Station.


Cost of ticket is Rs.15/- for adult and Rs.5/- for child.

Main Attraction & Significance

There are as many as 62 stalls located within the complex. Craftsmen from different corners of India come over here to showcase their products. The products are reasonably priced. The shops and stalls are allotted to the sellers for 15 days and is then rotated so that other sellers get an opportunity to exhibit and sell their products.

The different kinds of items that are sold in the Dilli Haat in Delhi include footwear made from camel skin, brassware, sandalwood and rosewood carvings, handloom items, woolen and silk items, draperies, articles made from stone, ornaments and others. Every product is unique and is a fine example of the skills of the Indian craftsmen.
Apart from these, there are several stalls where you can get to savor Indian food. The Dilli Haat has a food plaza where you can get to taste the culinary delights from the different parts of India. Food festivals are often held over here also from time to time.
Dilli Haat at Delhi can be considered as an upgraded version of the traditional village market. Where on one hand it gives an exposure to the artisans of the country, on the other hand it gives a clear picture of Indian art and culture.

The products that are offered at Delhi Haat are:
  • Rosewood and sandalwood carvings
  • Embellished camel hide footwear
  • Sophisticated fabric and drapery
  • Gems
  • Beads
  • Brassware
  • Metal crafts
  • Silk fabrics
  • Wool fabrics
  • Terracotta
  • Jewellery
  • Blue pottery
Nearby Tourist Attractions
  • India Gate
  • Safdarjung Tomb
  • Lodi Gardens
  • Chaunsath Khamba

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Delhi Tourism : Famous Temples in Delhi & Near By Places, Importance, Faith, Timings, Brief introductions, Location & Significance

The Akshardham Temple is one of the most recently built temples in Delhi. Constructed by the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), it is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna. Delhi Akshar Dham Mandir was inaugurated in Novenmber'05 in the presence of President APJ Abdul Kalam. It is spread over an area of 100 acres and took about two years to complete.

Birla Mandir, popularly known as Lakshmi Narayan Mandir is a famous landmark of Delhi, situated at mandir marg, 1.5 km from Connought Birla Mandir DelhiPlace – the heart of New Delhi. The temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Vishnu – the preserver of Hindu

Chhatarpur temples, very popular temple situated on Mehrauli-Gurgaon road and the second largest temple after Akshardham temple Delhi. The temple is the major tourist attractions in the capital city of India. The marbles are used to build the temple and its complex. The qutub minar is located just 4 kilometer distance

Temple is located next to the Digambar Jain Temple in the main Chandni Chowk road amids. Before reaching to the temple you can smell it, literally, owing to the several flower shops in the vicinity selling flowers to offer to the deity. It is one of the most important temples of Shaivism in the country; it has an 800-year-old brown lingam surrounded by snakes made of silver encased in a marble representation of the feminine. The temple is purely dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are bejeweled statues of Gauri (Goddess Parvati) and Shankar (Lord Shiva), standing beneath the silver canopy, inside the main shrine.

Hanuman Mandir is situated at the Baba Kharak Singh Marg (road) near Connaught Place. One of the oldest Hanuman temples in the country, it was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the year 1724. However, since the time of its construction, the Lord Hanuman Temple of New Delhi has undergone many restorations.

Iskcon Temple is situated at Hari Krishna Hill, near East of Kailash. Built by the Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna cult, the temple dates back to the year 1998. New Delhi Iskon Temple is one of the 40 temples in India built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon). Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is one of the biggest temple complexes in India.

Kali Bari Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Kali Mata. It is a small temple and quite unpretentious in its design. The Kalibari Temple of New Delhi holds special significance for the Bengalis in the city, especially at the time of Durga Puja, held every October. At that time, the temple becomes the center for celebrations and is flooded by devotees in huge numbers.

Kalkaji temple popularly known as Kalkaji Mandir is purely dedicated to the Goddess Kalka Devi. Situated beyond the commercial complex of Nehru Place, or front of the famous Lotus temple, temple gives distinctive feeling and the devotees are overwhelmed by light, which stay during the whole night Small red flags decorate the temple and women outnumber men among the devotees. Devotees throng the temple throughout the year but the culmination point of the celebration comes during the festival of Navratri. This is a nine-day festival, during which a large fair is organized here. Ma Kali is ambiguous but powerful. Devotees also try to meditate there and a spectacular tantric aarati is held at about 7 pm.It is near to Bahai Temple, which is just opposite on the other side of a big road.

The temple represents the Bahai faith which is broad in its outlook, scientific in the influence it exerts on the hearts and minds of men. It signifies the purity and the universality of the lord and equality of all religions. Visited by over four million people, annually, this gleaming lotus- like marble structure is located on Bahapur Hills (South Delhi) and it is the seventh and most recent Bahai houses of worship in the world. The temple is a must visit for every tourist who comes to Delhi.

Sheetla Devi Temple is situated at Gurgaon village, a suburb of Gurgaon, in the state of Haryana. The temple, standing near a pond, is dedicated to Mata Sheetla Devi. Sheetala Mata Mandir of Delhi is at times referred to as a "Shakti Peeth" and is considered as one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimages.

Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is situated opposite the Red Fort in Delhi. Dating back to the rule of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, it is considered as the oldest temple of the city. Originally, Delhi Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir was built in 1658 AD.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Port Blair Tourism : Introduction, Best Time to Visit, Place to visit near Port Blair, Cellular Jail (Was also called as Kalapani), Ross Island


Port Blair is the largest town and a municipal council in Andaman district in the Andaman Islands and the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India. It lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island and is the main entry point to the islands.
Port Blair is the headquarters for the Indian district of South Andaman, and the local administrative sub-division (tehsil), which is also called Port Blair.

Best Time To Visit:

A visit to Port Blair can be on the cards any time, but it is during the monsoons that the islands come alive. Go to Ross Island, go scuba diving and snorkeling, enjoy the beaches and definitely pay a visit to the Cellular Jail. You might even want to catch the sound and light shows in the evenings if they're not cancelled due to the rains.

History & Significance :

Port Blair, the capital of the 350 odd islands that comprise the Andaman and Nicobar group, has one major landmark-the Cellular Jail. A pipal tree, just outside this seven-winged national monument, can tell tales of the torture of India's freedom fighters within its walls. In 1897, the British, who then ruled India, laid the foundation stone of the building. It had 698 solitary cells to ensure that there was no contact between prisoners. Only three of the seven octopus-like wings remain and as you walk down their corridor, you can still hear the echoes of patriots like Veer Savarker or the booming voice of jailor Berry Bellowing.

The records at the site museum and a 'death house' bring tears to one's eyes.The islands were called 'Kalapani'-islands with 'black water', water tinted with the blood of those who would have India free.

Places to Visit in Port Blair:

Cellular Jail: closed on Mondays. Built by the British to house political prisoners far away from the mainland

Corbyn's Cove (beach) : An ok beach, and the closest to Port Blair. Popular with locals for swimming and watching the sunset.

Mini Zoo: A medium size zoo containing some species only found on the islands

Japanese Bunkers, near Corbyn's Cove : Bunkers built by the Japanese army during World War II.

Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), (about 4km away from the airport) :CARI Scientists are conducting research on different aspects of Island Agriculture.

Anthropological Museum : closed Thursdays and Public Holidays.. Interesting Anthropological museum which gives the history of the various A&N tribes.

Chatam Saw Mill, Chatam (15 mins by bus from STS Bus terminal) : A saw mill, oldest in Asia. Also the Chatam jetty is where ships from Calcutta/Chennai loaded with goods enter Port Blair.

Ross Island : Bearing a haunted look today, the Ross Island was the Administrative Headquarters for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, before an earthquake rocked it in 1941. The headquarters were then shifted to Port Blair. One can see remnants of an opulent past in the ruins of the church, swimming pool and the chief commissioner's residence with its huge gardens and grand ballrooms. There is also a cemetery and a small museum managed by the Indian Navy. The museum has on display a collection of old records.

The Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering.

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