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Famous Parks of Delhi

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Nov 292018
 

Delhi is truly coming up as a destination of greenery. The city’s mains lungs are the northern and southern areas of the Ridge. Some portions of the ridge have been landscaped and concerted into parks.

Lodhi Gardens used to be the burial ground of Lodhi Kings. Today the place is a highly favored spot for the citizens of the capital for picnic, jogging,  leisured activities and winter ambling.

 

Nehru Park- near Ashoka Hotel in Chanakyapuri is another well landscaped garden, full of flowering shrubs. A group of three enormous trees provides a focus on the lawn near the statue of Lenin. with rolling lawns, magnificent trees, flora and fauna at its best, Delhi truly is a city of parks and gardens.

 

Garden of Five Senses– A spectacularly designed picturesque site developed in 20 acres located at Said-ul-Ajaib in southern part of Delhi around 2 kms away from Qutub Minar. This garden is an amalgamation of colour, fragrance, texture and form with a unique chime of 500 bells producing soothing sounds in its background.  This Garden is the latest addition to Delhi’s cultural circuit. The place has numerous attractions and challenging programmers like annual garden Festival, Longest Dandiya Nasti, Yoga Camps, Fashion Shows etc. garden of Fives Senses featured in the Limca Book of Records in 2004 for its unique concept of Solar Energy Park.

 

Deer Park– A paradise for morning walkers, has picnic huts, approachable from Hauz Khas Village. it is near the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association.

 

Zoological Garden– Designed by the west German zoo specialist, Hergenbeck. it is between Purana Quila and Hunayun’s Tomb. Closed on Fridays.

 

Millennium Park-  Located near Sarai Kale Khan Behind Humayun Tomb, Spread in around 20 acres, this park provides lusty green and peaceful environment to the people.

 

Ashola Wildlife Sanctuary– Immediately after the Ghiyassuddin’s Tomb, towards the south, is one of the most beautiful drives in Delhi with lust greenery and pink bougainvillea bushes on both sides. Along the road is the entrance to Sanctuary, which covers an area of 26 sq.km. Though not much wildlife exists in Ashola, it is full of all kind of birds and smaller animals.

 

Suraj Kund – Along the road, just beyond the Delhi- Haryana border, set amidst the barren and rocky landscape, is Surajkund with a man made lake nearby. Every year a Crafts Fair is held here, which attracts tourists from all parts of India and abroad.

 

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary– House of numerous migratory birds in winter. Best time to visit November- February and its 46 km from Delhi.

 

Badhkal Lake-  A Popular picnic spot, it has facilities for water sports.

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Indian Food

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Nov 222018
 

 

The traditional food of India has been commonly delightful for its fabulous use of herbs and spices. Indian cuisine is known for its large variety of dishes. The cooking style varies from region to region and is largely divided into South Indian & North Indian cuisine. India is quite famous for its diverse multi cuisine available in a large number of restaurants and hotel resorts, which is reminiscent of unity in diversity. The staple food in India includes wheat, rice and pulses with chana (Bengal Gram) being the most important one. To know more about the Indian traditional food, read on below….

 

Bengali Food

 

Bengali cuisine is delightful for its fabulous use of panchphoron, a term used to refer to the five essential spices, namely mustard, fenugreek seed, cumin seed, aniseed, and black cumin seed. The specialty of Bengali food lies in the perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavours. 

 

Gujarati Food

 

 

The traditional Gujarati food is primarily vegetarian and has a high nutritional value. The typical Gujarati thali consists of varied kinds of lip smacking dishes. Gujarati cuisine has so much to offer and each dish has an entirely different cooking style. 

 

Kashmiri Food

 

 

 

Kashmiri food that we have today in the restaurants has evolved over the years. Highly influenced by the traditional food of the Kashmiri pundits, it has now taken some of the features of the cooking style adopted in Central Asia, Persia and Afghanistan. 

 

Mughlai Cuisine

 

 

 

Mughlai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines, whose origin can be traced back to the times of Mughal Empire. Mughlai cuisine consists of the dishes that were prepared in the kitchens of the royal Mughal Emperors. Indian cuisine is largely influenced by the cooking style practiced during the Mughal era. 

 

 

Punjabi Food

 

 

 

The cuisine of Punjab has an enormous variety of mouth-watering vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes. The spice content ranges from minimal to pleasant to high. Punjabi food is usually relished by people of all communities. In Punjab, home cooking differs from the restaurant cooking style. 

 

 

Rajasthani Food

The cuisine of Rajasthan is primarily vegetarian and offers a fabulous variety of mouthwatering dishes. The spice content is quite high in comparison to other Indian cuisines, but the food is absolutely scrumptious. Rajasthanis use ghee for cooking most of the dishes. Rajasthani food is well known for its spicy curries and delicious sweets.  

 

South Indian Cuisine

 

 

The cuisine of South India is known for its light, low calorie appetizing dishes. The traditional food of South India is mainly rice based. The cuisine is famous for its wonderful mixing of rice and lentils to prepare yummy lip smacking dosas, vadas, idlis and uttapams.

Lately, Indian cuisine has been gaining in popularity around the world because it has amazing flavours and taste.

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Nanded – One of the five Takhts (thrones) of the Sikhs

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Nov 142018
 

Nanded, is one of the important centres of Sikh pilgrimage situated on the left bank of River Godavari, is a district town in Maharashtra (Western State in India) is a place of great historical and religious significance to Sikhism. It is also a major pilgrimage centre for the Sikhs worldwide.

Sikhism was founded by the saintly spiritual leader, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, in Punjab in the 16th century AD. The new religion combined several elements of Hinduism and Islam, seeking to inculcate peace between the two warring communities. Today the Sikhs are a dynamic and a progressive community found mainly in Punjab and north India, but spread out to almost every corner of the globe.

The Hazur Sahib Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) at Nanded is one of the five high seats of authority (takhts) of the Sikhs. It is also the second holiest place in Sikhism, next only to Harminder Sahib (Golden Temple) at Amritsar.

Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and the last successive spiritual leader of the Sikhs, moved to Nanded in 1708 making it his permanent abode on being persecuted by Aurangzeb, the Moghul Emperor. Here at Nanded, before his demse, Guru Gobind Singh passed on the spiritual leadership to Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred book of the Sikhs.

Accessibility to Nanded

Being located on the major Secunderabad-Manmad route of South Central Railway Zone, the city enjoys excellent rail connectivity.

Some of the major national highways pass through Nanded city, facilitating road transport between Nanded and every major city in Maharashtra.

Main Attractions of Nanded

Besides its religious significance and rich history, Nanded is a beautiful city surrounded by hills and greenery. Located in the interior area of Maharashtra (Marathwada region), Nanded is the state’s eighth largest city and has now grown into a regional hub of education and health services.

Hazur Sahib Gurudwara – This holy temple of the Sikhs was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who ruled Punjab from 1830 to 1839 AD. Guru Gobind Singh died at this place and his remains, along with some of his weapons, are preserved at Hazur Sahib.

Nanded Fort – It is located at a distance of 4 km from the Nanded Railway Station. It is a beautiful spot surrounded by Godavari River on three sides. A good garden and beautiful water works around the fort enhance its beauty. There is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva near the fort. The area also abounds hot water springs with sulphur and phosphate contents having medicinal properties.

Khandar Fort – This historic fort, located at about 50 km north of Nanded, was built in the 10th century AD by a powerful Rashtrakuta king who patronized Jainism.

Siddeshwar Temple – The Siddheshwar temple near Nanded was built in the 13th century AD during the reign of the Chalukya empire. It is a marvellous temple dedicated Lord Shiva, built out of big stones with scriptures engraved on them.

The best time to visit Nanded would be winter, stretching from November to February, when the weather is pleasantly cool.