Archive for January, 2008

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands consist of lushly-forested, golden-beached tropical islands, over 300 of them stretching about 725 kilometres from north to south in the Bay of Bengal, are just being opened up and soon promise to be something much more than penal settlements and tribal fastnesses. Many of them will soon be the holiday destinations […]

Funerary Monuments in India

Funerary Monuments are found all over the country. It includes graves and tombs, dargahs, memorial stones, chhatris, devals, megaliths, etc. The best and the most famous funerary architecture in India is Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. The Gol Gumbad in Bijapur, Karnataka, built in the seventeenth century has the largest dome in the world. […]

Pilgrimages and Yatras in India

In India, people have been going to tirthas or holy places, cities and towns, mazars of holy men, going around hills, mountains, lakes and rivers. There are four main dhams (Most Sacred Hindu Pilgrimage in India):   – Rameshwaram – Puri – Dwarka – Badarinath  There are number of other holy places all over the […]

Indian Culture – Unity in Diversity

India is a land of unity in diversity. Its large size has given rise to different types of regional diversities and they are flourishing. The physical features of the country and its climate have contributed to the development of these diversities. Each region has its own distinct style and flavor in its folk form of […]

India in Creativity – Indian Arts and Crafts

India has abundant of creativity in arts and crafts. Whether it is a building or decoration, by way of ornamental carving, inlay work, stucco work or creation of sculptures in stone, metal, wood or terracotta, high level of attainment can be seen from ancient time to modern days. Even folk paintings, like Madhubani of Bihar, […]

Fairs and Festivals in India

India is a land of fairs and festivals. Festivals are either connected with the seasonal cycle or religious events, agricultural operations, or even some historical events. Makara Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri, Bihu, Vasanta Panchami, Baisakhi, Gur Parab, Sabarimala festival, Shivratri, Holi, Gangaur, Teej, Ugadi, Raksha Bandhan, Shravani, Krishna Janmashtami, Onam, Rama Navami, Id, Dussehra, Deepawali, Mahavir […]

Archaeological Heritage – Famous Forts and Palaces of India

Forts and Palaces in India belong to different periods and due to its large size, magnificence and history associated with them, they attract visitor’s attraction. The seven-storeyed Leh Palace in Ladakh, Tipu Sultan’s Palace at Mysore, Bir Singh Palace at Datiya, Madhya Pradesh, Mattancherry and Padmanabhapuram Palaces in Kerala are known for their beautiful fresco […]

India Climate and Rainfall

India has four climatic seasons. Winter is from December to February. The hot weather season is from March to May. The South-West Monsoon, or the rainy season, is from June to September. And the post-monsoon season, which is the north east monsoon in South India, is from October-November. Rainfall in India tends to be variable. […]

India – The Land Regions

The mountain region stretches from one end of India to the other in the northern most part of the country and comprises three almost parallel ranges between which are found large plateaus and beautiful fertile valleys. India is divided into four fairly clear, physically identifiable regions: the great northern mountain zone, the sprawling Indo-Gangetic Plains, […]

India – Natural and Cultural Heritage

India is the only country that has the spirit to respect all religions and have distinct shrines for them. India has a very rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage. Its history is quite ancient and goes back to several thousand years. Geography and natural environment also have played a prominent role in shaping India’s […]