In Khanyar, one finds a place with an intriguing name indeed. This is Roza Bal, also transliterated as the one-word Rozabal, which stands for “Honoured Tomb”. People of all faiths come here because of the identity of the sage said to be buried in it: Yuz Asaf, also identified as one of the bodhisattvas of Buddhism and Jesus of Nazareth of the Christian faith. The name might sound a touch distant at first to English-speaking audiences, but one must recall that Jesus Christ is merely an anglicised form of the man’s original name, which would be nearer “Yeshua”, “Isa”, and “Yuza”.
Getting Inspired by India
Did you know that the country with the second-largest population is also one of the most visited? Literal millions come here every year: 2012 alone saw over 6.5M foreign tourists coming into the country. Fortunately, the land is large enough to support the constant influx of sightseers. India is also one of the largest countries in the world in terms of land area—the seventh largest, to be exact. This is no small territory that you can cover in a day or a mere week. Getting to know India and feeling the rhythm of the land’s heartbeat requires time and more than a little bit of exposure to the country through traveling. It only makes it all the more worthwhile to explore for the eager adventurer.
Where should one start? Well, why not with the great monuments? India owns more than its fair share of world heritage sites and internationally known locations, including that epic tribute to romantic sentiment, the beautiful Taj Mahal. In Jaipur one may see such sights as the Jal Mahal, a five-story building in the middle of a lake and sitting on the water instead of on an island. In Mumbai one can discover a trove of treasures at Chor Bazaar, where the best buys can often be found by the best hagglers. In Srinagar one may see for oneself the changing colors of the pool at Kheer Bawani (black waters at the pool have generally foreshadowed a disaster). Every part of India boasts something at which mankind may marvel.
One may bask in Indian culture as well: why not don a sari or learn the local dances, or perhaps participate in some local festivals? And if all this seems too rustic for you, why not get your cultural experience from the comfort of a modern theatre, where Bollywood films can be found playing with the latest flicks from Hollywood?
India is indeed a land of marvels for the eager tourist. There is much to be seen and sampled, much to touch and taste. And for the tourist who comes with an open mind and heart, there is surely the experience of a lifetime just waiting for him.
Nagin Lake, while often treated as a separate lake on its own by the inhabitants of Srinagar, is in fact part of the larger Dal Lake of the city, which is so large that it is subdivided into no fewer than four basins (each one called a lake). Nagin is one of the most picturesque of the basins, with its single-lane (and single-wheel vehicle) causeway and the Zabarwan Mountain looming over it. It is also right next to the famous Shankaracharya Hill as well as within view of the the local Mughal Fort on Sharika Hill.
Nagin Lake is considered one of the quieter spots of Dal Lake, perhaps because of its relative isolation from the other lake basins. There is an air of calm serenity here, and common photos of the lake include ones of the treeline, where water meets the banks lined [Read more…]
The Raj Mandir Cinema of Jaipur is undoubtedly an edifice that catches the eye when passed on Bhagwan Das Road. This enormous structure has been compared to a meringue both from without and within, and it is wonderfully representative of what modern Indian architecture can achieve. The architect responsible for this unique structure is W. M. Namjoshi. The man employed the later branch of Art Deco called Streamline Moderne for this piece, and this is certainly reflected in the almost aerodynamic presentation of lines in this edifice’s shape. It is an unmistakeable building inside and out and one that you are unlikely to forget if you ever see it.
The Raj Mandir Cinema opened fairly recently, around the late 1970’s, as a matter of fact. The first film ever shown on the big screen [Read more…]
The city of Jaipur has a trio of forts that are generally considered to have been the protective bases of the area: the forts of Amber, Jaigarh, and Sudarsangarh. The last one in the trio was eventually redubbed Nahargarh, the “Dwelling of Tigers”. Its construction is largely credited to Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II because he was the ruler who spent the most time and effort on developing it in the early 1970’s.
Nahargarh Fort is built on a part of the famed Aravalli Range of the region, which also happen to ring the popular Man Sagar Lake (the lake where one may find the Jal Mahal or Water Palace, another tourist attraction). This perch provides those dwelling in it the luxury [Read more…]
Vasanthapura, a small picturesque hill, is one of Bangalore’s natural treasures. The hillock’s most important feature is the widely-known Vasantha Vallabharayaswamy Temple. Believed to have been built by the Cholas, the temple is an ancient religious structure that has been a famous pilgrimage destination through the centuries.
Bangalore is the capital city of the state of Karnataka in South India. It is an important destination for devotees and pilgrims all over the country and the world. Every year, the city receives millions of visitors, which include worshippers, local and foreign tourists, students and professionals. There are important schools, universities and international companies in Bangalore, especially those is the [Read more…]
Ulsoor Lake is located on the northeastern side of Bangalore City. It can clearly be one of the highlights of your Bangalore vacation. It is a gorgeous lake that stretches over a 125-acre area and made more picturesque by a number of islets. You would definitely want to spend several moments, perhaps hours just feasting your eyes on the serenity of the lake away from the urban raucous of the metropolis.
Bangalore is a modern and highly urbanized city. As the technological hub of the country, it is the most important and often visited city in the state of Karnataka, South India. It is known both for its modern high-rise buildings and colonial and historical structures [Read more…]