Montreal- The City of Mary

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Montreal has been the most populous municipality in the region of Quebec and Canada’s second-populated municipality. Founded in 1642 named as “City of Mary” or “Ville-Marie“, it is called after Mount Royal, the heart of the city’s triple-peaked hill. The city is based on Montreal Island, whose name derives from the same origin as the city of Montreal. Montreal’s city occupies about three-fourths of Montreal Island and a few much smaller nearby islands, Île Bizard being the largest of these. This has a distinctive continental climate with four seasons with mild to hot summers, and cool, snowy winters.

Just walking the streets of Montreal is an experience, especially the historic center known as Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal), which provides a window into the city’s rich history with its cobblestone streets and architectural styles ranging from the 16th century to the present.

Top activities in montreal

  1. Mount Royal

Mont-Royal Park is the mesmerizing park, located near the center of the city. Established at 233 meters above the city, this lovely park makes you witness the monuments of Jacques Cartier and King George IV. One can glance at the serene western slopes of the city where the ethnic groups from different backgrounds, rested in peace for centuries.
Mont-Royal Park also displays the panoramic vistas of the entire Île de Montréal and the St. Lawrence from a location that makes you fall in love with the city. If you are going here on a clear day, then you can also view the enormous Adirondack Mountains in the USA.

Location: Remembrance Rd, Montreal, QC
Entry Fee: No Fee
Timings: 6:00 AM-12:00 AM

  1. Notre-Dame Basilica
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Notre-Dame Basilica is the oldest church in Montreal that was founded in the year 1656. This church attracts wanderers from across the world with its intricately designed interior. This stunning church also houses the stained glass chronicling the history of Montreal. It is the home to the magnificent carving of popular sculptor Louis-Philippe Hebert. You can take a 20-minute tour offered by the organizers to witness the amazing collection of this church.

Location: 110 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC
Entry Fee: No charge
Timings: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

  1.  Vieux-Montreal
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Vieux-Montreal is also known as Old Montreal that features remarkable building dating from the late 17th, 18th, and 19th century. This place will give you an amazing feel of Parisian-style quarter with its exclusive location having a beautiful waterfront. If you are heading to Old Montreal then prefer strolling there on foot to avoid traffic. Out of numerous popular attractions here, don’t miss out on visiting the Pointe-à-Callière museum of archaeology and history, and the Old Port before moving to your next destination.

Location: Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y8, Canada
Entry Fee: No charge
Timings: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

  1. Jardin Botanique
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Jardin Botanique is the mesmerizing botanical garden that will make you fall in love with Montreal. It is home to 30 themed gardens and over 10 exhibition greenhouses. The outdoor gardens of Jardin Botanique include the astounding Japanese and Chinese gardens. One can even check out the rare toxic plants here and their existence in the natural habitat.
This place also exhibits the gorgeous collection of different species of roses. Another surprise of this garden is the greenhouses that contains a tropical rainforest, bonsai, ferns, and orchids.

Location: 4101 Sherbrooke St. E, Montreal, Quebec
Entry Fee: INR 1131
Timings: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

  1. Oratoire Saint-Joseph
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Oratoire Saint-Joseph is located near the west exit of Mount Royal Park and is dedicated to the patron saint of Canada. This mecca for travelers features an enormous Renaissance-style dome that dates back to the year 1924. Earlier in 1904, brother André of the Congrégation de Sainte-Croix established a small chapel here and performed healing practices for the sufferers. This place gives you a chance to witness his belongings and lifestyle.

Location: 3800 Queen Mary, Montréal, Québec
Entry Fee: INR 270
Timings: 6:00 AM-9:00 PM

  1. Parc Jean Drapeau
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Parc Jean Drapeau is a perfect place to be explored with family. This remnant of the 1967 world fair, is a beautiful museum that is dedicated to ecological issues. Its huge building is designed in the shape of a sphere and is believed to be the largest structure of its kind. Don’t forget to visit La Ronde Amusement Park, Stewart Museum, Bassin Olympique, and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on your excursion to Parc Jean Drapeau. Undoubtedly, Parc Jean Drapeau is one of the best places to visit in Montreal, showcasing a completely unique experience to its guests.

Location: ‎Ville-Marie, Montreal, Quebec
Entry Fee: INR 320
Timings: 6:00 AM-5:00 PM

  1. Musée des Beaux-Arts
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It is the oldest museum in Canada and houses the huge collections of paintings and sculptures. Musée des Beaux-Arts purveys an outstanding collection of World cultures and dynamic archaeology of the Mediterranean. You will witness over 1,400 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures here, including the exclusive masterpieces by Veronese, Canaletto, El Greco, Mantegna, Poussin, Rembrandt, Goya, Gainsborough, Tiepolo, and Pieter Bruegel the Younger. The beautiful art collection at Musée des Beaux-Arts will remind you of the Golden era of the Dutch Age.

Location: 1380 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, Québec
Entry Fee: INR 350
Timings: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM (Sunday closed)

The City of Lyon

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The third biggest city in France and the second biggest town region in France is Lyon or Lyon. The city is situated at the confluence. Lyonnais are called inhabitants of the city. Lyon is a major hub for financial, chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries economically. The city has a significant-tech industry with a specific emphasis on video games and has fostered a growing local start-up sector in recent years. It is the capital of Lyon’s Metropolis and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The city is considered to be part of the UNESCO World Heritage site for its gastronomy & cuisine, historic and architectural landmarks.

Top activities in Lyon

  1. Lyon Cathedral
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The Cathedral of Lyon is a Roman Catholic Church situated on Place Saint-Jean in Lyon, France. Situated in the heart of the district of Vieux Lyon, over 300 years, the Saint Jean-Baptiste de Lyon cathedral has been built, and ruins of the church building have been visible in the entire city. The cathedral has been dedicated to the Baptist John and the Archbishop of Lyons. Stain glass windows dating back to 1200s and the parallels on either side of the alter. Because of its time the astronomy clock of the 14th century was indeed a victory of technology. The spectacular organ of the cathedral was restored in the 1800s, and revised with 30 stops and three keyboards.

AddressPlace Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon, France

Opening Hours: 8:15 am- 7:45 pm

Contact+33 6 60 83 53 97

  1. Theatre of Fourviere
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It was buildup by command of Augustus of 17 to 15 BC and spread throughout Hadrian’s period. The Roman theater is indeed the oldest in France. It was built next to Fourvière hill, which in Roman times was located in the center of the town. The theater has steep galleries, a decorated floor, and a wide stage. The rest of the Odeon, a small theater used for musical shows and poetry contests, is situated nearby.

AddressRue de l’Antiquaille, 69005 Lyon, France

Contact+33 4 72 38 49 30

  1. Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
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In this Musée des Beaux-Arts, which is considered to be the next best museum of Fine Art in France following the Louvre, the dominant cultural heritage of Lyon is demonstrated. The museum occupies the Palais Saint-Pierre (the ancient Benedictine convent) of the 17th century on Place des Terreaux near the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall). This museum has one of the most important European collections of artwork, including ancient Egyptian antiques, drawings, sculptures, and decorative arts. There is also a great selection of impressionist paintings and modern art in the museum.

The collection’s consistency is outstanding. The works of European masters are well-known, including Delacroix, Géricault, Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin or Véronèse. The medieval altarpiece is among the highlights of the painting series. See for yourself in the Refectory and Grands Staircases the baroque statues.

AddressPlace Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon, France

Opening Hours: 10am–6pm

Entry Fee: 7 Euro

Contact:  +33 4 72 10 17 40

  1. Parc de la Tete d’Or
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The Park is the favorite place in Lyon. While not as big as many similar parks in France, it draws a massive crowd, as the only people in the city worth it. The Infants du Rhone is the most famous of the seven entries of the park. It has a 16-acre lake where baiting from the pier on the south bank is permitted in the summer. It has vast gardens surrounded by large and sunny avenues, massive greenhouses and many decorative flower beds, and everywhere sculptures. Four roses, the International Rose Garden of 40000 m2 and 30000 rose gardens, protected by 350 species are recognized. On the other side, the Botanical Gardens trace the rose’s history. Nor are the trees small; the Lebanese cedars, tulip trees, gingco Biloba and calf cypresses make up 8,800 persons of various species. There is also a zoo in the park. Initially, only some livestock were kept, and over the years there were enough (600) animals that could now be considered a true zoo.

Address: 1 Boulevard du 11 November 1918, 69006 Lyon, France

Opening Hours: 06:30 am – 10:30 pm

Contact: 33-472694760

  1. Place des Terreaux
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The Place des Terreaux is the Presqu’Île area has long played a major role in Lyon’s history with its origins dating back to the 13th century. Initially constructed as part of a defensive wall, the site in the 1600s was converted into a town square. The central square is now surrounded by Lyon City Hall to the east and the Museum of Fine Art of Lyon to the south by several guillotine headings during the French Revolution. To the north of the square stands a fountain built by the designer of the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.

Address: Place des Terreaux, Lyon, France

Opening hours : 24-hrs

  1. Fourviere Basilica
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The Notre-Dame Basilica rises to an altitude of 130 meters above the River Saone in a magnificent location on Fourviere Hill. The basilica can be reached via the mountain cable cars. After the Franco-Prussian War, this magnificent church was built when Lyonians had promised that they would establish a marian sanctuary if their town was spared. It was designed between 1872 and 1884. This is a mixture of Gothic and Byzantine styles with an interior that has been richly decorated. Enjoy the magnificent mosaics and paintings across the sanctuary. Following a tour of the interior, ascend the north-east turret to take in the breathtaking view over the cityscape of Lyons and the vicinity. The Esplanade de Fourvière also provides a spectacular view of Lyon on the left side of the Basilica. You see Croix-Rousse and the districts of Terreaux, Saint-Jean quarter farther down the hill and Bellecour square on the right.

Address:8 Place de Fourvière, 69005 Lyon, France

Timings: 08:00 am – 06:00 pm

Contact: +33-478251301

Ticket Price: 6 EUR

  1. Vieux Lyon Traboules
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Constructed from the riches of silk manufacturing, Lyon is renowned for its ‘traboules,’ the only covered passageway designed to protect the fragile textile against inclement weather, as it was transported from one location to another. Vieux Lyon, which stretches from Rue St-Jean to the Rue du Boeuf, is one of the longest trabouls in the region, but there is many more. Hidden behind unscript doors, during World War II the corridors were helpful to enable local residents to avoid Gestapo raids. Today, the majority of traboules are located in private houses, which provide access to local apartments.However, during the daylight hours, visitors can access a number of traboules near the entrance.

Address: Avenue St Jean, Lyon, France

Opening Hours: 24-hrs 

Entry Fee: 12 EUR

Contact: +33 6 50 50 45 50

  1.  Place Bellecour
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Place Bellecour is the largest pedestrian square in Europe, the main attraction of the city of Presqu’île between the Saône River and the Rhône. The broad square has been an popular venue for local festivals, open-air concerts and special events, and the recent addition of a massive Ferris wheel adds to its appeal. Several sculptures, like King Louis XIV’s sculpture of the 19th century, sit on riding platforms, are also worth noting, but the nearness to the luxurious Lyonian shopping district is the key reason for foot traffic. At Place Bellecour, four major streets bordered by shops launch.

AddressPlace, 69002 Lyon, France

Timing: 24 Hrs

Contact: +33 4 72 77 69 69

  1. Rue St-Jean
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The Rue St-Jean was once the hub of the silk industry in the Vieux Lyon district. Visitors to Renaissance architecture and the courtyards of the town will find some of the finest examples here. Many of the lovely houses and palaces designed for silk traders and the Lyon aristocracy now has bouchons, restaurants that were founded as cooks of aristocratic families in the 19th century set up to open their own establishments. The locals like gratin dauphinois and kidney de veau à la mustarda sample it’s one of the best places to go in Lyon.

Address: 69005 Lyon, France ,

Paris- The City of Light

Paris

Paris is France’s capital and most populous city. Paris was the second most expensive city in the world Paris is best known for its museums and architectural landmarks: the Louvre became the most viewed art museum in the world in 2019. The Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Marmottan Ier, and the Musée de l’Orangerie are renowned for their collections of French Impressionist art, the Pompidou Center Musée National d’Art Moderne has the biggest collection of contemporary and modern art in the world. In the center of the city, the historic district along the Seine is listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral includes famous landmarks in the city center. 

Top 10 Places to Visit in Paris

  1. The Eiffel Tower
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In Paris, France there is very popular wrought-iron barn tower on the Champ de Mars called The Eiffel Tower . It is named after Gustave Eiffel’s the engineer, whose company has designed and constructed the tower. it was established between 1887 and 1889, as an attraction to the World Fair in 1889, some of the top French artists and intellectuals criticized it, but it became one of the most recognizable cultural icons in the world and a global cultural icon in France. The Eiffel Tower is the world’s most iconic or most famous landmark. The tower is about 324 meters high and the tallest building in Paris is about the same height as an 81-story building.

Visitors are served on its three levels – restaurants on the first two floors and observation deck on the top. The evening show here is a sight not to miss as the ‘Iron Lady’ sparkles for about 5 minutes per hour in her dazzling lights.

Location: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Timings: 9:30 AM-11:45 PM

  1. The Louvre
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The Louver Museum is the largest museum of art and historic monument in the world which has its landmark in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is situated in the 1st arrondissement (district or ward) of the city on the Right Bank of the Seine. About 38,000 artifacts are displayed from prehistory to the 21st century, and it is the most visited art museum in the world.

Location: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM 

  1. Notre-Dame-de-Paris
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Cathedral de Notre-Dame is a Roman Catholic church on the Île de la Cité in Paris, known for its architecture. Take a trip to the Cathedr al’s treasury to appreciate liturgical objects made of gold on display, an insight into the workmanship of the 17th & 18th century. An ascent to the Cathedral towers will reward you with a breath-taking view of the city.

Construction of this Cathedral was begun in the 1100s and completed in 1345. Look out for some great architecture particularly on the exterior and the stained glass work in the interior.

Location: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, Fr ance

Timings:  7:45 AM to 6:45 PM (7:15 PM on Saturday and Sunday)

  1. Arc de Triomphe
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The Arc de Triomphe, also known as the Arch of Triumph, is the most monumental of all the triumphal arches in Paris, France. The Neoclassical architectural style of this arch holds within itself a tradition of sculpture from the early 19th Century. The arch was built in remembrance of and to honor martyred soldiers who gave their lives for the country during the leadership of Napoleon. It symbolizes the pride of the French and commemorates every victorious battle won by the French leader.

Location: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

Timing: 10 AM – 11 PM

Entry Fee: EUR 12

  1. Sacré-Cœur
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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, more commonly known as the Sacré-Cœur is a Roman Catholic church and a basilica, situated on the Montmartre hill in Paris, France. It is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which represents the love of Jesus Christ. The basilica is the second highest point of the city, next to the Eiffel Tower, due to its position on the Montmartre hill. There is also an observation deck that is located at the topmost points of the central dome. These observation points will deliver to you captivating views of the shimmering golden city of Paris bedecked in its monumental finesse

Location: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France

Timings: 6 AM – 10.30 PM

Entry Fee: Entry is free;

Access to the Dome (Cash only):
EUR 6 for Adults
EUR 4 for Children

  1. Saint chapelle
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The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, within the medieval Palais de la Cité, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century, on the Île de la Cité in the River Seine in Paris, France.

Construction began sometime after 1238 and the chapel was consecrated on 26 April 1248. The Sainte-Chapelle is considered among the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture. It was commissioned by King Louis IX of France to house his collection of Passion Relics, including Christ’s Crown of Thorns – one of the most important relics in medieval Christendom, later hosted in the nearby Notre-Dame Cathedral until the 2019 fire, which it survived. Along with the Conciergerie, the Sainte-Chapelle is one of the earliest surviving buildings of the Capetian royal palace on the Île de la Cité.

Location: 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France

Timing: 9:00-17:00

  1. Palais Garnier
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Symbolic of great Parisian architecture and country opera tradition, the Palais Garnier on the Champs-Elysées in Paris is a 19th-century opera house with beautiful interiors and exteriors. It can hold an audience of more than 2000 and is one of the most visited historical monuments in Paris. Palais Garnier currently stages ballets in its auditorium and is home to the Paris Opera Library-Museum, while the grand staircase, the foyer, and the auditorium are spaces not to be missed!

Location: Place de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris, France

Timing: 10:00 AM- 05:00 PM

  1. Disneyland
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Disneyland Paris, previously the Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment destination in Chessy, France, a modern town situated 32 km (20 mi) east of the center of Paris. It features two theme parks, several luxury hotels, Disney Nature Resorts, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex, and a golf course, as well as many other leisure and entertainment locations. Disneyland Park is the complex’s original theme park, which opened with the resort on 12 April 1992. The second theme park, Walt Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002, ten years after the first park. In 2017, Disneyland Paris celebrated its 25th anniversary. In 25 years of its opening, 320 million people visited Disneyland Paris, making it the most visited theme park in Europe. Disneyland Paris is also the only Disney resort outside the United States to be wholly owned by The Walt Disney Corporation.

Location: Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray, France

Timing: 9:30 AM to 9:45 PM 

  1. Jardin des Tuileries
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Jardin des Tuileries, also known as the Tuileries Garden, is a public garden, located between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum in Paris. It was created by Catherine de’Medici as the garden of Tuileries Palace in 1564. After the French Revolution, it was declared as a public park, where people come to relax, stroll and chat with friends, and enjoy a peaceful evening. Taking a stroll at the Tuileries Gardens is a contrasting experience from the rest of the city, and is described by some to be paradise-like.

Location: Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris, France

Timings : 7 AM – 9 PM / 11 PM / 7.30 PM 

  1. Musée d’Orsay
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The Musée d’Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.

It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum’s opening in 1986. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe. Musée d’Orsay had more than 3.6 million visitors in 2019.

Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France

Timing: 9:30 AM to 9:45 PM 

Maha Shivratri -The Great Night of Shiva

The main Hindu festival Maha Shivratri, which clearly means the “Great Night of Shiva”. It is the darkest night of the month. It is a Hindu tradition that is widely performed both in Nepal & India. Shivratri occurs each 14th day of the month but this specific Shivratri that falls in the month of the Magha according to the Hindu calendar, is believed has “Maha Shivratri”. In this Magha masa, Shivaratri occurs on the night of New Moon day called Amavasya. On this scared night if a devotee worship Lord Shiva it will absolve them from past sins and moksha will be blessed to them and offer tremendous well-being in life.

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The Maha Shivaratri is observed to be celebrated at night, unlike the other Hindu festivals which are held during the day. On the day of Maha Shivratri, the planetary position is to align such that there is a natural increase of energy and spiritualism in the body. According to sages, this night is the perfect time for a non-believer to seek spirituality as the natural upsurge will move your thoughts in the right direction. That is why it symbolizes has “overcoming of darkness and ignorance in life. It is followed by singing prayers and recalling Shiva, large crowd devotees come to the temple and worship the Shiva Linga by offering a range of fruits, flowers, prasad, fasting, and they do maha abhishekam whereby the Shiva Linga is bathed with milk. On this particular day, temples like Kashi Vishwanath and Somnath see an outburst of devotees from different regions of the country.

Devotees all night singing “Om Namah Shivay” and “Mahamritunjaya” asking for light over darkness. Tourists are seen enjoying the scenery with interest, posing for selfies and engaging with disciples are seen as lively and watching colorful sadhus 

Beliefs

Various myths define Maha Shivaratri’s significance:

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  1. As per one legend in the tradition of Shaivism, on this night Lord Shiva conducted the Tandav, a spiritual dance of creation, preservation, and destruction 
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  1.  According to another myth, Shiva and Parvati got married on this night.
  2. According to most of the legends, the day when Shiva saved the world from the bowl of poison that erupted from the ocean during Samudra Manthan. it is believed, Lord Shiva drank and kept the poison in his throat— which turned his throat blue and that is why he comes to be known as Neelkanth
  3. Another legend says, there was a Huge conflict among Brahma & Vishnu who is more superior over each other and they were punished by an angry Lord Shiva by taking the form of a massive fire that spread throughout the universe. Vishnu and Brahma then entered the race to find the fire’s end and to prove their prowess— only to be dismayed. Brahma resorted to a lie and deeply annoyed Shiva, who threatened that no one would ever pray to him. In remembrance of this day, this festival is celebrated
  4. As per a common legend, Hunder was waiting on the branch of a Woodapple tree could not find anything to kill for his food in a forest. He began throwing the tree’s leaves on the floor to draw deer attention, not aware of Shiva Lingam down the tree. Pleased with the Woodapple leaves and the hunter’s endurance, Lord Shiva is said to have stood before the hunter and has rewarded him with wisdom. The hunter stopped eating meat from that date on.
  5. According to the myths Lubdhaka story, Lubdhaka the shiva devotee was a poor tribal man who went to the forest to collect firewood and lost his path to home. by hearing the wild animal growls of a tiger and wild animals. he climbed the bael tree for this safety. he started plucking the leaves of the tree so that he should not fall asleep by chanting Shiva’s Name. n the morning he noticed he had dropped thousands of leaves on Shiva Lingam He was terrified by the growls of tigers and wild animals, and he plucked one leaf at a time from the tree to stay up all night and dropped it while chanting Shiva’s name. and Lubdhaka was honored with eternal bliss and safe travel home due to his devotion to Shiva.

Rituals That are followed on the of Shiv Ratri:

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The orthodox Hindu rises earlier in the morning on the Maha Shivaratri day and takes a bath in a holy river in Ganga or any other holy water. They extend prayers to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, the sun-god. wearing new fresh clothes and vibhuthi (sacred ash) is applied to the forehead creating a distinctive label of three horizontal stripes (Tripura). The three lines represent spiritual purity, knowledge, and penance. They’re also said to reflect Lord Shiva’s three eyes. Devotees to give the traditional Shivalinga bath go to the nearby Shiva Temple.

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a special bath is given to shiva lingam with yogurt, milk, sandalwood paste, honey, and rose water after Every three hours, The ritual bath is followed by puja, meditation and singing of’ Om Namah Shivaya.’ The vermilion paste is then spread on the linga. The Maha Shivratri worship will include six elements that have their own meaning, according to the Shiva Purana:

  1. Bael leaves –shiva lingam bath with bel leaves, honey, rose water, and milk represents a cleansing of the soul.
  2. Food items – Food items such as rice and fruits are presented to the Lord to ensure an accomplishment of desires and long life.
  3. Vermilion paste – Applying this on the linga after bathing represents good value
  4. Incense (Dhoop) – Incense sticks symbolize prosperity.
  5. Lamp (Diya) – The lighting of the lamp means the achievement of knowledge.
  6. Betel leaves (Paan Patta) – presenting of piper betel leaves represents happiness.

Such six things form an essential part of Maha Shivratri and are still used in the Lord’s traditional worship.

Lord Shiva’s adoration on the Shivaratri Festival extends throughout the night. Devotees sit awake all night and stay overnight worshiping Lord Shiva in Shiva temples. The singing of hymns and phrases of Lord Shiva’s praise, in addition to the vigorous chanting of Om Namah Shivay, continues through the night on Shivaratri, the mantra which is said to free people from all their sins.

Married women follow Shivaratri’s fast for praying Lord for the good health and hapiness of their husbands and sons while unmarried girls fast in hoping to find a good husband like Lord Shiva.

The people who fast on this night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva are believed to bring good luck into their lives. The most famous celebrations for Maha Shivratri take place in Ujjain, believed to be Lord Shiva’s place of residence. Big processions are held all over the city,The large poeple crowd around the streets to see Lord Shiva’s sacred idol.

Ugadi- The Festival of New Beginning

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Ugadi (Ugādi, Samvatsarādi, Yugadi) is a new year for the Hindus of the states of Andhra Pradezh, Telangana, and Karnataka in India. On the first day in the month of Chaitra in the Hindu lunisolar calendar, these regions are observed celebrating. in the Gregorian year of 2020, Ugadi will be celebrated on 25 March. The word Ugadi is driven from the Sanskrit word Yugadi, in which the word ‘yuga’ means period and ‘Adi’ means beginning which clearly means the start of the news cycle.

Hindus in all different parts of India celebrate the same day as a New Year. For instance, Gudi Padwa is called in Maharashtra, but often Gregorian days are observed before because the luminary day starts and ends according to the moon’s position in the Hindu calendar. The festival is celebrated in Karnataka as the Yugadi. Ugadi is also named’ Padhyami Chaitra Suddha’

The Origin Of Ugadi

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The Ugadi festival also finds its reference in Hindu mythology, one directly linked to Lord Brahma. It’s believed that Lord Brahma started forming the Universe on the day of the Ugadi. Hence, Ugadi is regarded as the first day of the universe’s creation cycle. It was the day that Lord Brahma invented all living and nonliving things. Other regions of the country such as Punjab, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Assam also features Ugadi festival has the arrival of Spring and Harvest season, along with New Year Festival. Ugadi welcomes the spring season’s arrival and stands for prosperity. When spring brings fresh leaves, fresh flowers, bright sunshine, and nature appear to be waking from its long winter slumber, so the festival signals the beginning of a new age.

Ugadi Preparations

There start a pre planning is carried out to celebrate this festival. The preparations usually start a couple of days in advance. For the reason people are cleaning and washing their homes. They buy new clothes to wear on the day. Many other things are purchased and kept ready by the people to honor the Ugadi spirit. They make arrangements for the cooking of the different cuisines.

Celebration of Ugadi

Ugadi’s Celebration is characterized by excitement and happiness. People are awake before sunrise on the special day and after a ritual oil-bath they get ready, as it is the Ugadi’s tradition is prevalent. Even gods and goddess idols get an oil-bath on this day.

In the entrance of the homes, shops, and temples some decorations are made in a combination of mango leaves and flowers Temples. It is normal practice on the day to create colorful rangolis in front of the buildings. And on this day all the family members gather together at one place to pray or worship by wearing new clothes.

The Panchanga Shravanam or Panchanga Hearing is an important feature of this day. This is read at the temples by the priests, or at home by the eldest family member. During this day the educated pandits and astrologers also make predictions and regular New Year projections based on the moon position. The temple priest must be given thanks in the form of new garments, or whoever is reading the Panchanga.

Before eating Bevu Bella, a platter that is vital for Ugadi celebrations, prayers are extended to the Sun God. The recipe consists of a mixture of Neem flower or buds, jaggery, green chilies, salt, tamarind juice, and a mixture of unripened mango symbolizing a combination of joyful, sorrowful, enraging, fearsome and unexpected occurrences.

New enterprises start on the day

A lot of new businesses begin on Ugadi. People are beginning to create their new homes, launching new business projects, making big buys, and signing contracts on this important day.

Bevu Bella-A bowl of life’s six flavors

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On the event of Ugadi, people put the emphasis on making a special recipe that includes six distinct and separate ingredients of life. Ugadi Pakhadi or Bevu Bella is the name of this pot. “Bevu” represents bitterness and “Bella” represents sweetness. This dish consists of neem blossoms, tamarind, powdered chilies, jagger, salt, and unripe mango. on the day Ugadi this dish is to be consumed first.

It’s a ceremonial dish that means the nature of life through its ingredients. Every element in this dish means a different taste.

6 ingridents
  1. Neem flowers are for bitter taste signifying life difficulties
  2. Tamarind will be for a sour taste represents Dare
  3. Chili powder will be for a fiery taste signifying moments of frustration or disturbing
  4. mango which is unripe are for a tangy taste representing surprises
  5. Salt is representing life meaning
  6. Jaggery will be for a sweet flavor representing joy.

The dish therefore has all the flavors, from bitterness to sweetness. Bevu Bella signifies that life is a combination of different emotions, experiences and events that one must learn to bravely face. As a result, the festival is celebrated to welcome a new start to life every year, with perceptions of well-being, happiness, prosperity and growth.

In Karnataka

Ugadi

This is the day Chaitra Navratri begins. This Chaitra Navami is a really vital state festival, in which nine days of pleasure and bliss are celebrated with all the excitement. The festival last day is called has Ram Navami, or Lord rama’s birth. ‘ A further crucial aspect of karnataka’s Ugadi  is the ceremonial reading or hearing of the Panchanga, whereby projections regarding the upcoming  year are forecasted.

In Maharashtra

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in the form of Gudi Padwa, the Ugadi festival is celebrated. According to legend, Brahma created the world on that day. On this day, too, Satya Yug has begun the era of reality. This day thus represents a good start, and many routines are connected to it. A special colored rangoli is made in the courtyard of all house on this day, one of the most important rituals. On this day Women from the house should wake up early.

Telangana

Ugadi celebration in Telangana is quite identical to the celebration of Andhra Pradesh. People wake up early here in the morning in Ugadi, have a ritualist bath. A lot of people go to the river nearby. After that, the women of the house dress in five yards of saree and the men go into the popular panche. Every day is also wearing new clothing. Clean and ironed clothes are used by those who can’t do the same. Then people go together, as a family, to show respect to the local god and start the new year with a good mark


Ratha saptami: The Date Considered to be the Birthday of Lord Suryadev

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Ratha Saptami or Rathasapthami is among the most significant Hindu festivals to be observed on the’ Saptami’ (7th day) during the Hindu month Maagha’s Shukla Paksha. Popularly known as “Magha Saptami”, “Ratha Saptami” or “Surya Jayanti” is devoted to The Hindu Sun God, Lord Surya. Lord Surya is recognized as Lord Vishnu Avatar. The term ‘ratha’ means ‘chariot’. This day marks the birth of Surya Bhagwan, and it is claimed that Sun God enlightened the entire world on this day.

According to Hindu mythology, it is assumed that Lord Surya is riding a chariot drawn by seven horses to the north-eastern direction. It has proved the spiritual significance of the Ratha and the seven horses because it portrays the rainbow’s 7 colors. It is also said that the seven horses portray the seven days of the week. The chariot has twelve wheels, indicating the Zodiac’s twelve signs and containing a full year, called Samvatsara. Overall this festival is to be belied that the lord sunlight & energy throughout the year.

Ratha Saptami also indicates the steady temperature rise throughout South India and expects the arrival of spring, which is later praised  by the Ugadi festival. there are several temples in India  of Lord Sun and  celebrations take place in all these temples on the day of Ratha Saptami the most popular once are:

  1. Konarak Sun Temple, (world heritage Site) Orissa.
  2. Narayan Temple, Ganjam District.
  3. Martand, Jammu and Kashmir.
  4. Navagraha temple, Assam & Tamil Nadu.

In Tirumala

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The gathering of people is going to be high on Rathasapthami day for Darshan. On this special day, the procession is taken of the deity on the Mada streets around the temple. For celebrating Surya Jayanthi the Rathasapthami is celebrated. the Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple is very popularly known for the celebration with big puja .. On this day, Lord Malayappa Swamy’s along with  Bhudevi & Sridevi is brought to a procession in the streets of Thiru Mada in Tirumala.

Rituals During Ratha Saptami:

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  1. On Ratha Saptami’s day, devotees get up early to take a dip into holy water before sunrise; by carrying many Ekka (Calotropis Gigantea) leaves on their head and chanting while taking a bath which Is believed to seek the Lord’s beneficence and good health in the rest of the year
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2. Devotees give’ Arghyadan’ to Sun God at the moment of sunrise After finishing the bath. The’ Arghyadan ‘  ritual is completed by presenting water in a standing position gently from a small Kalash in Namaskar Mudra to Surya Bhagwan by facing Him.

3. next comes doing puja along with naivedhya which means presenting fruits, flowers, and food to god. The Gayathri, Adityahridayam, Surya Sahasram namam, Suryashtakam, are l prayers that are offered to the Sun god on this day.

Rangoli

4. During this festival, women make lovely rangoli right in front of their homes. Milk is put in mud vessels in the courtyard and boiled facing the light. This milk will then be used to make for the Sun God the sweet rice or’ Paramannam’ Bhog to offer

Makar Sankranti Celebration in India

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Makar Sankranti is dedicated to the Surya (sun) deity. It is celebrated annually on a fixed date of 14 January. This is the first day of the migration of the sun into Makara (Capricorn), which represents the end of the month or the end of the winter season and the beginning of a new harvest season. A shared cultural practice found among Hindus from different parts of India is making sticky, bound sweets especially from sesame (til) and a base of sugar such as jaggery (gud, gur). This kind of sweetness is a sign of being together in peace and joy, given the individuality and discrepancies between individuals. For most parts of India, this time thus means a period of socialization and families enjoying the company of each other, sharing around bonfires and taking care of the cattle.

Beliefs and Significance

Makar Sankranti Festival is celebrated across the country in different ways. While Makar Sankranti has scientific significance, there are religious beliefs behind celebrating this festival. Mythology is also a justification for this festival to be celebrated. This festival is believed to be celebrated for the meeting of the father Sun and son Saturn as per Indian astrology.  it is assumed that Lord Surya himself meets his son Shani on this day and goes to his home. That’s the reason Makar Sankranti is known for this special day.

According to scriptures, the river Ganga arrived on Earth on the day of Makar Sankranti. This is the reason why on this day bathing in the river ‘ Ganges’ is considered of great importance. Bathing is believed to result in past sins being either merited or absolved. They also pray to the gods and praise them for their achievements and well-being.

It was also believed that on the day of this special occasion Makara Sankranti the Hindu lord Vishnu, declaring the end of the war by stopping the Asuras on the day of Makar Sankranti, had placed the heads of all the Asuras under the Mandar peak. So this day is also seen as the culmination of sins and misery, good deeds always wins.

Other beliefs, Gangaji preceded Bhagiratha on Makar Sankranti’s day and went over to the ocean passing through Kapil Muni’s ashram. It is said that on this special day Bhagiratha had given it to his ancestors, who brought the Ganges to the earth. On this day the Ganga was incorporated into the sea after acknowledging his surrender

Makar Sankranti is celebrated by various names in different regions of the country

Makar Sankranti-related festivities are known by different names, such as Makara Sankranti (Suggi Habba, Makara Sankramana) in Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, Goa, and Andra Pradesh, West Bengal (also called Poush Sankranti), Maghi (preceded by Lohri) by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Magh Bihu by Assamese, Sukarat in central India,  and Thai Pongal by Tamils.

Karnataka:

a day before Makar Sankranti is called Bhogi which is commonly celebrated in all parts of India. For the farmers of Karnataka, this is called suggi or harvest festival. The show of cows and bulls in colorful costumes in an open field is an important ritual to be followed and these cows are decorated for this occasion and are trained to cross the fire. In rural Karnataka this ritual is traditional and is called “Kichchu Haayisuvudu. and on this special day, girls visit their near and dear one’s home wearing new clothes with the offering of Sankranti plate exchanging with friends and families. There is a saying in Kannada “ellu bella thindu olle maathadi” which means ‘Take Sweet, Be Sweet & Always Talk Sweet’.

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana the festival, Sankranti is celebrated for four days:

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Day 1 – Bhoghi

Makara Sankranti’s day before is called Bhoghi (Bhoghi). This is when people abandon things that are old and ruined things and focus on new things that cause change or transformation. In the early hours, people light a bonfire

Day 2 – Makara Sankranti

On the second day, they make a beautiful rangoli or “muggu” in Telugu on the ground in front of their home and wear a new dress, offer traditional foods and pray god for wellbeing

Day 3 – Kanuma

The day after Makara Sankranti the kingdom of the animals and especially the cows are remembered. Girls feed the animals, the fish, and the birds as a sharing symbol.

Maharastra

People exchange multicolored halwa (sugar granules coated in sugar syrup) and til-gul laadoo (sweet prepared from sesame seeds and jaggery) in Maharashtra on Makar Sankranti. Gulachi poli / puran poli toasted to golden in pure ghee, are prepared for lunch. While exchanging til-gul as goodwill tokens, people greet one another with the words तिळगुळ घ्या, आणि गोडगोड बोला/ til-gul ghyaa, aani goad-goad bolaa” meaning ‘ accept this til-gul (sweet) and utter sweet words’. The underlying thought in til-gul’s exchange is to forget past ill-feelings and hostilities and resolve to talk sweetly and stay friends.

Bihar and Jharkhand

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It is celebrated in local dialects as Makar Sankranti or Sakraat or Khichdi on January 14. The same has the other part of the country do people take baths in holy rivers and pleasant harvest celebration. In some other parts of the state on 15 January, Makraat celebrated and people enjoy special khichdi (dal-rice full of cauliflower, peas, and potatoes)

Haryana and Punjab

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Lohri is being celebrated in Haryana and Punjab one day before Makar Sankranti on 13th January. People gather around the bonfire at night and throw til, puffed up rice & popcorns into the bonfire flames. The bonfire is provided with prayers for wealth & prosperity

Tamil Nadu

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This festival is being celebrated as Pongal for four days on the occasion of Makar Sankranti at Tamil Nadu.

  1. Day 1: Bhogi Pandigai
  2. Day 2: Thai Pongal
  3. Day 3: Maattu Pongal
  4. Day 4: Kaanum Pongal

Gujarat

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Makar Sankranti is called Uttarayan in Gujarati is a big festival that lasts for two days in the state of Gujrat – 14 January is Uttarayan & 15 January is Vasi-Uttarayan.

Gujarati people are looking forward to flying kites, called ‘ Patang, ‘ at this festival. Uttarayan kites are made of special and bamboo and lightweight paper and are mostly shaped like some kind of rhombus with the main spine and a single bow. In Gujarat, people start enjoying Uttarayan from December to Makar Sankranti. chikkis (made of til (sesame seeds), Undhiyu and, peanuts and jaggery are the special festival recipes that have been cherished this day.

Hope the rising sun on Makara Sankranti fills your life with abundant joy and property”

HOLI – Everything You Need to Know About the Festival of Colors

HOLI

Holi the most celebrated and admired festival of India which is celebrated in almost every corner of the country. The festival indicates the end of winter & the arrival of spring. This festival is very widely known as “Color Festival” or “Festival of Love”. It is called the “festival of love,” because people get together on this day ignoring all resentments and all sorts of bad feelings against each other. Another reason for celebrating this festival is has thanksgiving for a successful harvest.

The fascinating festival as per the Gregorian calendar arrives in the month of March, beginning in the evening of Purnima in the month of Falgun. On the first day in the evening, Holika Dahan is celebrated by lighting up the bonfire which indicates the victory of good over evil. and on the second day, Holi is celebrated. On this day spring is warmly welcomed by all of India and Holi celebrated. In different parts of the country, this festival is called different names.

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The enthusiasm of this festival is amazing that it bring loads of positivity in once’s life. . People play Holi with their friends and families with colors and show love and respect to their close friends.

Holi Celebration

Holika Dahan

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The ritual is called “Holika Dahan” and praying for their internal tragedy to be the destruction of the way Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was murdered in the flames. Holika Dahan Holi begins on the night of the day before Holi, the so-called Chhoti, or Small Holi, where all people gather. Ash leftover out of this bonfire is also treated as sacred and it is applied to people’s foreheads. People think the ash defends them from evil forces.

Playing with Colors

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The next morning the people are very excited to celebrate Rangwali Holi. On this day you can see people playing with colors and eating. People get crazy and whacky the whole day. Gulal and Abeer coloring vividly fill the air and people turn over in colorful water by throwing at each other. Children enjoy spraying colors on one another and hitting passersby with water balloons and their pichkaris. Each and everybody plays a fair game whether a friend or stranger, a rich or a poor man or woman, a child, and an elder. Tolis, which means a group of women or senior citizens carry drums with a singing-dancing moving around colonies in exchange for colors and greetings.

Bhang Bliss

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On this day there is a tradition of drinking Bhang to further strengthen Holi’s spirit. Seeing the otherwise drunk people make a fool of themselves in full public show is so much fun. Nonetheless, some are taking bhang in abundance and spoiling the spirit. Therefore, care should be taken when bhang delicacies are consumed.

The legends of the colorful festival Holi

The festival’s roots are linked to many fascinating backgrounds as one travels from north to south and east to west through various states. This festival is considered to be one of the ancient festivals of India. The festival of Holi mythology plays an extremely important role. ‘ Holika Dahan ‘ and Radha-Krishan’s legend are the most popular tales about Holi’s roots.

Story of Holika Dahan

the king of demons Asura was  Hiranyakaship had obtained the boon of the life from Lord Brahma had and he received a boon that gave him five special powers: no man or animal could be killed, either on and off, no day or night, no other Astra (projectile arms) or any Shastra (handheld weapons). Hiranyakashipu was greedy, claimed that he was God, asked everybody to follow him alone. Yet Prahlad’s son Hiranyakaship was Lord Vishnu’s devotee. In spite of putting it in almost disastrous circumstances, he could not break his son’s convictions, so he forced young Prahlad to sit on a pyre in the lap of his sister Holika. Holika was provided a boon with a shawl to protect her from being hurt by the flames. Prahlad without any hesitation followed his father’s instruction in the belief that God would save him. With rising fire, the audience was shocked. As the fire rumbled, the garment fled from Holika and holika got burned and prahlad was survived.

The bonfire of Holika marks the symbolic triumph of good over bad.

Story of Radha and Krishan

The Radha and Krishna myths are closely connected to this Holi color custom. Young Krishna, with dark skin, was jealous of the extremely fair skin of his beloved Radha. He added color to Radha’s face in a filthy mood. According to this ancient story, lovers colored their beloved long ago as an expression of love. No other place Holi match the kind of holi played in Mathura, Barsana, and Vrindavan.

  1. Lathmaar Holi
  2. Phagu Purnima
  3. Rangpanchami
  4. Dol Purnima
  5. Kaman Pandigai
  6. Dulandi Holi
  7. Basant Utsav
  8. Shimgo
  9. Hola Mohalla

Rituals of Holi in Different State

The places which are associated with the birth place of lord Krishna as in Vrindavan, Nandgaon and Mathura the holi played here is like no where celebrated with such a enthusuasm. The Holi Festival is celebrated in Diverse names by the people of different states:

Barsana (Lathmaar Holi)

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The name of Holi in Barsana is called has Lathmaar Holi. Barsana’s women give men from Nandgaon a hard time here by greeting them with a stick if they come to apply colors to them. men try to escape the spirited women in the best possible way. Men should not fight back on this day. The unlucky are physically driven away and the women thrash well. In addition, they are made to wear a woman’s attire and dance.

Haryana (Dulandi Holi)

Haryana women, in particular the bhabhis — the woman of brothers too get a authority to beat their devars — the younger siblings of husbands and take asweet of all the mishiefs they have been involved for the whole year. The Dulandi Holi is this revolting festival. There is also a tradition of braking a buttermilk pot which is hanged high in the street and group of people try to break it and get rewards for it. The devars will offer their dear bhabhi sweets in the evening.

Maharashtra (rang Panchami) & Gujarat

In the states of Gujarat & Maharastra, the holi is celebrated with much more fun. The tradition here is so wonderful with involves not only playing of colors but also the practice of breaking pot. On the streets, the buttermilk is hanged high. Men build an enormous human pyramid and one with his head breaks the pot on top. At the same time, women try to pour water on them so that they should not reach the pot. This tradition has its root base from Lord Krishna’s mischievous nature, who liked butter so much that he used to steal butter from every house of the village. Butter was hanged high by the women so that little Krishna should no reach.

Panjab (Hola Mohalla)

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To the people of punjab, Holi calls to the show of their physical strength by executing dare-devil acts such as standing upright on two running horses, bareback horse-riding, tent pegging, Gatka (mock encounters) etc. and military skill as they assemble at Anandpur Sahib a day after Holi to celebrate Hola Mohalla. The practice was initiated by Guru Gobind Singh ji, the tenth and last guru of Sikh religion and is being carried forward religiously.

So there are many more Holi traditions that are followed in the different states in the most unique way, few are explained above. Holi is that festival that creates a brotherhood spirit and brings people together and that’s what matters most.

ADVENTURE TRAILS IN LADAKH

Ladakh

Ladakh – little Tibet Of India or the land of high passes, the land Gompas is an ideal destination as one of the best adventure capital of India where people from across the world comes here to take part in a various adventure activity. The magnificent land of here not only offers eternal only to adventure lovers, but also for tourists who like to explore this rich Indian culture and highlights the Buddhist culture of the region, and gives you a great prospect to meet the villagers and discover their lifestyle. It is an exotic province is placed in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Tucked away between the great Himalayas and the Karakorum mighty mountains, it is often described as land like no other. It has been an internationally renowned destination for adventure tourism in India. It offers exciting outdoor activities and plenty of adventure sports. A large number of adventure lovers visit this exotic region of India is a pretty good number to explore adventure travel here. The region is visited by about eighteen thousand tourists each year.

Trekking In Ladakh

Ladakh: The Land of thrilling mountain biking trails like no other destination of the world, rest in the middle of the highest peaks, is appreciated worldwide for being home to every adventure lover. Its majestic landscapes and the mountainous region offers exceptional familiarity never before seen adventure.

The most well-known routes for trekking here are =

I am pretty sure that you are very eager to know about the most well-liked places to trek in Ladakh. So here we go! Below I show you the most well-liked trekking spot where you can get the best experience of adventure and sightseeing.

1. Chadar: The Frozen River Trek

The Zanskar River transforms into a blanket of thick snow with the rapidly reducing temperatures in winters and this is the period the Chadar Trek starts. The best season to visit this place is from Mid-January to the end of February. The trek is at an altitude of 12,361ft, 3,850m. The trek can get difficult at times so you must be cautious.

Complexity level: Difficult

2. Markha Valley Trek

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Markha Valley Trek is one of the largest valleys in that area at an altitude 3,700m, 12,139ft and for the beginners, it is the most suitable trekking spot. The best period to visit here is June- September it of also recognized as “Tea House Trek” for the reason that the accommodation can be expected for trekkers, tea or café houses that provide hot drinks to refresh when trekkers get tired.

Complexity level: moderate

3. Stok Kangri Trek

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Stock kangri is one of the most mesmerizing spots for trekking in the region of Ladakh at an altitude of 6,000m, 19,685ft. It is considered to be one of the difficult trekking spots in the Ladakh. While trekking you will come across the fascinating views of Indus and Zanskar valley

Complexity level: Difficult

4. Snow Leopard Trek

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Snow Leopard Trek is the perfect trekking spot for those who are wildlife fanatics. In this trek, you can experience a lot of adventure and along with it will make you adore its enthralling wildlife. You can get an opportunity to notice some endangered and rare species.

Complexity level: Moderate

5. Lamayuru to Alchi Trek

Lamayuru to Alchi Trek is a very well known trek in Ladakh. this trek is something which is unlike the other treks, the fantastic journey which takes you to explore some Monasteries which are dating back of 10th – the 11th century. This trek is at an altitude of 5,200m, 1,7060ft.

Complexity level: easy

White Water Rafting in Ladakh

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Its incredible adventure tourism charm has been the matchless with White Water Rafting especially in the blessed region of Ladakh. The delight of rafting here in its fast-flowing rivers of Indus and Zanskar whose gushy waves adds doubles adventure charm to its beauty. The best time to visit here is during the month of June to September when the river water level is rising due to the melting of ice in the mountain top.

1. Indus River Rafting

Indus river has its origin In Tibet near the Mansarovar Lake and Kailash mountain. This river flows from north-west to south-east and then into Pakistan, Provincially called has Singhe Khababs. During the month of June to August, the water flows at a high speed and this is the time where river rafting adventure activity begins and during winter this river gets iced up. There are some grades for this fast flowing water which are normally ranging from I and III grades and some ranging from IV and V.

Some well-known routes for trekking here are:

  1. Phey – Nimo route
  2. Phey- Saspol
  3. Upshi – Kharu route
  4. Saspol- Khaltsey
  5. Kharu – Spituk

2. Zanskar River Rafting

Zanskar is the perfect spot for river rafting, you can explore some most beautiful natural beauty of Ladakh. This river is a stream of Indus River that flows to the north. Zanskar River has become more popular because of the Chadar Trek (water turns into to thick blanket of ice) but during summer there will be a rapid flow of water. River rafting in Zanskar starts from Leh and on the way you can see the Fotu La Pass and this trip become more inspiring because of the monasteries in the region and the trip comes to an end at Indus River.

The popular routes for rafting here are:

  1. Tsogsti to Sangam
  2. Schorpochay to Sangam
  3. Choklamsar to Phay
  4. Phay to Sangam
  5. Chilling to Sangam
  6. Sangam to Alchi

Motor Biking

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Ladakh is known for the top and dangerous roads in the world. Moter biking here is truly full of adventure and excitement, only an experienced bike rider can show guts to ride in the harsh area of Ladakh.

When the roads get open, you can see various riders from all over the world travel to explore the wonderful place and also alluring the bike trip. The bliss of riding to the worlds uppermost passes and on the way seeing the spectacular views, monasteries and some old villages is soo amazing

Popular routes:

  1. Leh- Nubra Valley- Leh – Pangong Lake – hemis
  2. Leh – Pangong Lake –Leh –Khardung La, so on

Jeep Safari

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jeep safari in Ladakh as it covers the central plus the moving places of your Himalayan tour. Riding on the beautiful icy fields of Himalayan is a tour that you will treasure all your life. The appropriate time when deciding to take this safari is concerning July and October. Riding for the rough roads of your Ladakh’s mountainous regions are truly adventurous. You can enjoy the gorgeous beauty of nature in Ladakh within a jeep safari.
popular places for jeep safari :

  1. Pangong Lake
  2. Manali to Leh
  3. Nubra Valley, so on

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking tour in Himalayan is the most adventurous activity from the place. Ladakh biking tour is probably the best place for biking and individuals who love the adventurous sport. As you trek with the biking trek track you traverse different regions of Ladakh and revel in its scenic beauty. The biking trek in Himalayan is probably the most complex biker’s tracks from the world, it can furthermore be dangerous; however, very adventurous as well as a fun-filled place for those who love adventurous sports. If you’d prefer biking and sports similar, you must visit Ladakh.

Welknown routes for cycling :

From Leh towards Hemis

From Leh towards Alchi

Camel Safari

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Ride the ship of the deserts this is the camel here at Ladakh. A camel safari is the simplest way to enjoy each part of the scenic beauty of character. Yes, the camels have usually been within the deserts of Rajasthan; however, they’ve been very famous in your ice-cold deserts of snow, riding on the back of the camel here is a huge tradition in Ladakh given that ages. camel safari in Himalayan is the commonest mode of transportation in this article. You can easily travel time to different places, see different villages and in addition meet the locals of Ladakh since you ride on a camel in this article. You can get the pleasure of this unforgettable ride on the back of a camel when using the appropriate time of all seasons. The best time with this safari is between Come early July and September.


Therefore, the list of adventure tourism in Ladakh goes on and on. However, it is said that actions speak louder than words; therefore, an unsurpassed adventure tour here is a simple way of exploring the world’s best adventure bonanza.

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