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Gourav Lakhanpal

Gourav Lakhanpal

Holi à Mathura et Vrindavan
“Colours of India”

“Colours of India”

May 1, 2016

In the April issue of our monthly tourism videomag “Colours of India” we take you to Berlin and Paris to understand the marketing efforts made by Incredible India and the states’ tourism boards. We explore the festival of colours, Holi, in Vrindavan and Mathura where Lord Krishna is born. We treat you with Mughal food […]

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World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day

April 21, 2016

Delhi Tourism in association with INTACH, India City Walks & Delhi I Love You organized the World Heritage Day at Jama Masjid, in Old Delhi. This event showcased the heritage and monuments of the Indian capital, with guided tours, to discover places often lesser known. Minister of Tourism, Government of Delhi, Kapil Mishra was present to flag off the event.The tourists and VIPs discovered, […]

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Rajasthan

Rajasthan

April 19, 2016

Music has always been used as a medium to worship the lord in India and devotional songs has longstanding traditions in every state of the country. To celebrate 67 years of the state, Rajasthan organised a colourful event from March 27-30 in Jaipur. Devotional music and songs were sung in a gathering of hundreds of […]

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World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day

April 18, 2016

Delhi Tourism in association with INTACH, India City Walks and Delhi I Love You organized on April 17 the World Heritage Day at Jama Masjid, Delhi. The event showcased Delhi’s heritage, to make citizens and tourists aware of unique monuments and places in the Indian capital and the need to preserve them. At Jama Masjid, early morning, Minister of Tourism, Government of Delhi, Kapil Mishra started the event by a flag off. Among the highlights were the Rickshaw tour at lanes and by-lanes of Shahjahanabad and a heritage walk. Accompanied by guides, VIPs and tourists took the rickshaw tour, from Jama Masjid to the narrow streets of Chawri Bazzar, and then to Gurudwara Shes Ganj and Fatehpuri Masjid. Visitors were divided into groups and taken to historical places, where they enjoyed the unique Delhi touch and its street life.

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Porbandar

Porbandar

April 11, 2016

Nearly 500 eager tourists visit the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, every day in Porbandar located on the northwestern coast of Gujarat. The three-storied house was bought by his great grand father nearly 200 years ago where he was born as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1869. Made out of limestone and […]

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Rajasthan tourism

Rajasthan tourism

April 9, 2016

​From Europe, the Indian northern state of Rajasthan is maybe the most famous. Every tourists visiting the country would have discovered its famous palaces, desert and vibrant culture. The government of Rajasthan is keeping up with his positioning as number one destination for India by looking at innovative ways of promotion as Shailendra Agarwal, Principle […]

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‘Rajasthani’ Fashion Show

‘Rajasthani’ Fashion Show

April 8, 2016

Bangladeshi designer Bibi Russel, presented her ready-to-wear collection ‘Rajasthali’ at a fashion show on March 29th, 2016, during the Rajasthan Diwas in Jaipur. Mixing traditions and modernity, the designer chose vibrant colours like pink, red, yellow and green to represent the beauty and culture of Rajasthan. She also used local accessories like the Saffa (turban which is wore by the men) and nathni (nose ring). Rajasthan being a vibrant state with a unique culture, the inspirations could only come naturally to the designer who has been passionate for traditional art and design since her debut.

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Holi festival in Mathura

Holi festival in Mathura

April 6, 2016

Holi, the festival of colours in Mathura and Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is a once in a lifetime experience. Usually celebrated in the month of march, here, the celebration last for almost a week and the temples gather everyday thousands of visitors. Besides playing holi with colors and water, you can […]

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The Army Pageant at Rajasthan Diwas

The Army Pageant at Rajasthan Diwas

March 30, 2016

To celebrate the 67th year of the Indian state Rajasthan, the government organised a four-day event portraying the spirit, heritage and culture of the state from March 27-30, 2016. Among all the shows that were organised, an Army Pageant show was one of the best events at the festival. The event was held at the JDA Polo ground and the show by the Army contingent was appreciated and loved by all. Army is the pride of the nation and the government organised this event to honor and celebrate its bravery. The event highlighted how the army works and helps the nation at the time of emergency and protects the country.

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Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan

Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan

March 26, 2016

While Holi, the festival of colours, is popular across India and celebrated with zest, it is especially famous in Mathura and Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Mathura and Vrindavan are among the revered places in India as Krishna, the incarnation of the Hindu god Lord Vishnu, was born and brought up their respectively. People from all corners of world gather at Mathura-Vrindavan every year to feel the spirit of Holi where the custom of playing with colours is drawn from a legend of Lord Krishna and his lady love Radha. It is said that the young Krishna, was jealous of Radha's fair complexion since he himself was dark. He narrated his sorrow to mother Yashoda, who jokingly asked him to colour Radha's face in any colour he wants and notoriously he did. The tradition of applying colours has continued since then. A few of the popular spots for Holi are the Banke Bihari temple devoted to Lord Krishna in Vrindavan and the streets of Mathura where a huge procession follows. The temple and the streets are filled with devotees, tourists and enthusiasts who come to play Holi with Lord Krishna. At the Banke-Bihari Temple of Vrindavan, the portrait of lord Krishna is brought out of the temple for the people to play Holi with it. Coloured all over in bright shades people dance in devotion and merriment. The Holika Dahan at holi gate in Mathura on Holi eve is another high point of the celebration. It is said that long ago a king named Hiranyakashipu received a valuable boon after years of penance from Lord Brahma of being indestructible. Blinded with his power, he became arrogant and conjured himself as god and demanded to be worshiped. It enraged him when his own son, Prahlada, refused to obey upon which he subjected him to brutal punishments. Prahlada was deeply devoted to Lord Vishnu. When no punishment worked to move Prahlada from his righteous path, Hiranyakashipu turned towards his evil sister Holika for help. Holika tricked Prahlada to sit with her on pyre. While Holika covered herself in a shawl resistant to fire, Prahlada was left exposed to be burnt. With great faith, Prahlada continued his prayers to Lord Vishnu. Miraculously, as an answer to his prayers, Holika burnt down to ashes while he was left unscathed. The evening preceding holi, a bonfire is performed customarily to mark the victory of good over evil. This is called ‘Holika Dahan’ where a pyre is lit signifying the victory of good over evil. The event, performed by the local population, also attracts numerous tourists. Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan is a once in a lifetime experience and lets both the devotees and the tourists drown in the spirit of the festival.

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World Cultural Festival 2016

World Cultural Festival 2016

March 22, 2016

To celebrate 35 years of service to humanity, The Art of Living has organised the World Cultural Festival 2016 from March 11-13, 2016. Headquartered in Bangaluru and with operations in 155 countries, The Art of Living is a non-profit humanitarian organisation found in 1981 by the world-renowned spiritual leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. To celebrate […]

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