Great Fort Of Chittorgarh

Introduction about Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh fort inside
Great Maurya ruler Chitrangada Maurya built this beautiful fort of Chittorgarh. Chittorgarh is home to the Chittor Fort, the largest fort in India and Asia. Chittor also has been a land of worship for Meera, It is also known for Panna Dai.

Chittorgarh used to be the capital of the Sisodia Dynasty of Mewar. Famous for the Jauhar that Rani Padmini and Rani Karnavati underwent during the siege, the Chittorgarh Fort has seen a lot of valiant battles. The fort is the largest one in India and attracts tourists in a large number throughout the year.
Temple inside Chittorgarh fort

History Of Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh Fort is famous for its history and being the epitome of Rajput valor and sacrifice.  Chittor fort seated on a 180-meter hill covers an expanse of 700 acres (2.8 km2). It was constructed by the Mauryans in the 7th century AD. There is also a belief that it was constructed by Bhima of the Pancha Pandavas. This fort was the citadel of many great Indian warriors such as Gora, Badal, Rana Kumbha, Maharana Pratap, Jaimal, Patta, etc.

The fort was later captured by Hammir Singh, a king of the Sisodia branch of the Guhilas. Chittor gained prominence during the period of his successors, which included Rana Kumbha and Rana Sanga. In 1535, Bhadur Shah of Gujarat besieged and conquered the fort. After he was driven away by the Mughal emperor Hamayun, the fort was given back to Sisodias by him.

In 1567–68, the Mughal emperor Akbar besieged and captured the fort and it was under Mughal control until the British Indian Empire.

Place Of Intrest

Chittorgarh Fort:- Chittorgarh Fort is famous for its history and being the epitome of Rajput valor and sacrifice.  Chittor fort seated on a 180-meter hill covers an expanse of 700 acres (2.8 km2).
Kalika Mata Temple:- Kalika Mata Temple was originally built in the 8th century for Sun God and was later converted to a temple for the Mother Goddess, Kali in the 14th century. During the festival days of Navaratri, fairs are organized and pilgrims from different places come here to pay obeisance at the temple.
Vijay Stambh:- Vijay Stambha, is a huge nine-story tower which was built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over the rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440. The tower is 122 ft (37 m) high and stands on a 10 ft (3.0 m) high base. There are sculptures and carvings on the exterior walls of the tower. The tower is visible from any section of the town below. And for reaching the tower top one has to climb 157 steps, one can take a great view of the surroundings. The inside walls of the tower are carved with images of gods, weapons, etc.
Kirti Stambh:- Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame) is a 22-meter-high (72 ft) tower built in the 12th century AD. Kirti Stambh is built inside the Chittorgarh fort. It is dedicated to Rishabha, the first Tirthankara of Jainism. It was built by a merchant and is decorated with figures from the Jain pantheon. It is a seven-storied pillar that was built by Biherwal Mahajan Sanaya of the Digambar Jain sect. On its four corners are engraved idols of  Shri Adinathji in Digambar style which each is five feet (about 1.5 meters) high and elsewhere are engraved several small idols consecrated to Jain lineage of deities.
Rana Kumbha’s Palace:- Rana Kumbha’s Palace is near the Vijay Stambh. This is the birthplace of Maharana Udai Singh, the founder of Udaipur. His life was saved by the heroic act of the maid Panna Dhay, who replaced her son in place of the prince, with the result that her son was killed by Banbir. She carried the prince away to safety in a fruit basket. Rani Meera Bai also lived in this palace. This is the place where Rani Padmini committed Jauhar with the other ladies in one of the underground cellars.
Rani Padmini’s Palace:- According to legend, Rani Padmini’s Palace is from which the Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khalji was allowed to watch a reflection of the Rani by replacing the mirror at such an angle that even if he turned back he could not see the room. Khalji had been warned by the Rani’s husband Rawal Ratan Singh that if he turned back they would cut his neck.
Jain temple at Kirtistambha

Festivals

Maharana Pratap Jayanti:- The legendary Maharana Pratap was a true patriot who initiated the first war of independence. Special puja and processions are held in his remembrance on Maharana Pratap Jayanti day everywhere. Several cultural programs such as debate are also organized.
Meera Mahotsav:- Meera Mahotsav (1498–1547) was a devout follower of Lord Krishna. Meera Bai was one of the foremost exponents of the Prema Bhakti (Divine Love) and an inspired poet. Mira Bai was a Rajput princess who lived in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. Meera was a Rajput princess born in about 1498 in Metra, Rajasthan. Her father, Ratan Singh, was the youngest son of Rao Duda, ruler of Merta, and son of Rao Duda ruler and founder of Jodhpur. Ratan Singh belonged to the Rathore clan. She was married to Bhoj Raj, ruler of Chittor.
Meera Smrithi Sansthan (Meera Memorial Trust) along with the Chittorgarh district officials organize Meera Mahotsav every year on Sharad Purnima day (On Mirabai’s birth anniversary) for 3 days. Many famous musicians and singers get together to sing bhajans in this celebration. The 3 days celebration also features puja’s, discussions, dances, fireworks.
Teej:-Teej is one of the major festivals in Chittorgarh which is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Teej is the festival of swings. It marks the advent of the monsoon month of Shravan (August). The monsoon rains fall on the parched land and the pleasing scent of the wet soil rises into the air. Swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Young girls and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon. This festival is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati is worshipped by seekers of conjugal bliss and happiness.
Gangaur :- The Gangaur Festival is the colourful and most important local festival of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the State with great fervour and devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva during July–August. Gan is a synonym for Shiva and Gaur which stands for Gauri or Parvati who symbolises saubhagya (marital bliss). Gauri is the embodiment of perfection and conjugal love which is why the unmarried women worship her for being blessed with good husbands, while married women do so for the welfare, health and long life of their spouses and happy married life.
Jauhar Mela :- The fort and the city of Chittorgarh host the biggest Rajput festival called the “Jauhar Mela”. It takes place annually on the anniversary of one of the jauhars, but no specific name has been given to it. It is generally believed that it commemorates Padmini’s jauhar, which is most famous. This festival is held primarily to commemorate the bravery of Rajput ancestors and all three jauhars which happened at Chittorgarh Fort. A huge number of Rajputs, which include the descendants of most of the princely families, hold a procession to celebrate the jauhar. It has also become a forum to air one’s views on the current political situation in the country.
Rani Padmini’s palace
Rang Teras – The Tribal Fair:- Rang Teras is a popular tribal fest of Mewar celebrated on the 13th moon night of the month of Chaitra. A big colorful fair and huge gathering of tribal to rejoice the harvest of wheat has been celebrating Rang Teras is customary since 15th century. It is a thanksgiving festival of farmers. Farmers pay their honor to Mother Earth for providing them food for next year.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit the city of Chittorgarh is during the months of October to March. Thus, if you are planning to go for an extensive tour around the city of Chittorgarh, please visit during winter to explore all the aspects of the city.

Local cuisine

Lal Maas is the iconic dish of Rajasthan. You can find this dish in almost all cities of Rajasthan. When it comes to Chittorgarh, you can experience richness in spices and it is served with millet bread. The dish is made with red meat, which is cooked into gravy until it is very soft and juicy.

How to reach Chittorgarh

How to Reach Chittorgarh Fort. Chittorgarh is 300 km from Jaipur, 200 km from Udaipur, and 312 km from Jodhpur. The most convenient way to reach Chittorgarh is to hire a taxi from Udaipur which is approximately a 2-hour drive.

Udaipur Airport also called the Maharana Pratap Airport is the nearest airport to Chittorgarh.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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INDIA’S FIRST HERITAGE VILLAGE PRAGPUR.

Introduction

The scenic view Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh is no stranger to heritage and history, by a notification dated 9th December 1997 the State Government has classified Pragpur as a “Heritage Zone.”

India’s first village Pragpur is ideal for Village land nature Tourism and is being promoted as an example of community involvement in tourism. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage jointly with the government of Himachal Pradesh is developing and preserving Heritage Village Pragpur.

History of the village

This village was established in the memory of princesses Parag Devi of the Jaswant royal family at that time by Kuthiala Sood.
Parag pur village has been appreciated for its cultural roots that still hold with them since 1997, with its winding cobbled lane, mud-plastered walls, and slate-roofed houses, give an authentic look to the village. That you will not see anywhere else.

As per the folk story that the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community arrived and settled here in Parag in the early 19 century. These merchants travel all over the world that is why you see a lot of architectural significance techniques from, Rajput, British, Portuguese, and even Italian, they build mansions, schools, and hospitals in architectural styles that matched what they observed during their visits.

How the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community had developed in this village?

While per the folk story that the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community arrived and have settled here in Parag, in the early 19 century. these merchants had traveled all over the world that is why you see a lot of architectural significance style inspired by, Rajput, British, Portuguese, and even Italian, they built mansions, schools, and hospitals in architectural styles that matched what they observed during their visits.
Best Places of interest heritage village Paragpur.
Village Tour: Heritage Village Pragpur is ideal for Village land nature Tour and is being promoted as an example of community involvement in tourism. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage jointly with the government of Himachal Pradesh is developing and preserving Heritage Village Pragpur.
Jwalaji Mata: this temple is a famous religious place, 23 km from Pragpur.

Bagulamukhi temple; Devoted to the goddess Bagulamukhi. President of India Sh. Pranav Mukherjee has also paid his obedience to this temple.

Baba Sidh Chano temple: Sidh Chanu Temple: a famous pilgrimage place in Pragpur.

Dehra: A small town situated near Pragpur.

Chhinmastika Dham: also known as Chintapurani Mata Mandir; a famous religious place; 27 km from Pragpur.

Nearby markets: Garli, Dhalihara, Neharan Pukhar.
Accommodation in Pragpur village.
The Judges Court is a resort built in a typical Anglo-Indian style of architecture. It stands in 12 acres of greens and is just a short walk from the village core and the Taal. Apart from the Judge’s Court, which was built in 1918, Mr. Lal has restored his 300-year-old ancestral house.
The Judge’s Court’s elegant accommodation comprises 10 Double Rooms 3 of which are suites inclusive of the cottage in the ancestral courtyard.

The property is classified as “Heritage” and this makes it India’s first classified Heritage Country Manor with an ambiance reminiscent of the turn of the 20th Century.
Climate through out the year.
Spring Season: About mid-February to mid-April; the winter starts losing its bite around mid-February.

Summer Season: mid-April to the end of June; it is hot in summer and light cotton is recommended.

Rainy season:
July to September; still quite warm and humid; lots of rain.

Autumn Season:
October to November; days are pleasantly warm; nights are cool; one may need light woolens at night or early mornings.

Winter Season:
December-January; it is quite pleasant during the day and one may get by with one layer of woolens; the winter nights are cold and an extra layer of woolens is required.
How to reach this beautiful heritage village?
By Air: Pragpur is well connected by air, rail, and road. Gaggal is the nearest airport, around 55 km away. Pathankot is another airport, about 100 km away.

By Train: It is connected by the narrow gauge Kangra Railway, which starts at Pathankot. Nearest rail hubs are Guler or Jwalamukhi, both about 20 km away.

By Bus: 6 km from Kalhoa on National Highway 70, connecting Amb to Hamirpur.

Pragpur is well connected with all the advanced communication networks. BSNL and all other network companies have their network here. Nationalize banks, India post has their branches here. Many local administrative offices also situated here.

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DO YOU KNOW BHOOL – BHULAIYA OF LUCKNOW

INTRODUCTION

Lucknow is a historically important city and for many centuries was at the heart of North Indian culture. Tourists from all over the world come to ‘Imambara’ (BHOOL – BHULAIYA) and it is the most visited place in Lucknow.

The word ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ mean? It’s not an easy word to translate, and it sort of means ‘a place where you can forget directions and paths and get lost’!

In particular, the city was famous for its Adab and Tehzeeb (manners and hospitality), intricate embroidery, beautiful gardens, monuments, and dance forms such as Kathak. Lucknow is a land of mouth-watering dishes, where every street and lane smells of good food.

BHOOL-BHULA OF LUCKNOW – BADA IMAMBARA

ABOUT BHOOL – BHULAIYA OF LUCKNOW – BADA IMAMBARA

It is called as the ‘bhool-bhulaiya’ meaning labyrinth. This beautiful heritage architecture encompasses in itself mysteries and histories worth delving into. Every stone within this monument holds a secret.

It has large underground passages which have been blocked up. A staircase from outside leads to a series of labyrinths known as Bhool-Bhulaiyan, which is a complicated entanglement of zig-zag passages. Visitors are advised to visit only with authorized guides. Within the compound of the Imambara is the grand Asafi Mosque. Shahi Baoli is another attraction here.

Imambara of Asaf-ud-daula interior

Its central hall is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. Except for the galleries in the interior, there is no woodwork in the entire structure. It is now used by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari.

The ‘Bhool-bhulaiya’ has more than 1,000 passages and around 489 identical doorways. If you take a guide, he lets you guess which of the four doorways is the right door.

The building also includes the large Asfi mosque, the Bhul-bhulaiya (the labyrinth), and Bowli, a step well with running water. Two imposing gateways lead to the main hall. It is said that there are 1024 ways to reach the terrace but only two to come back first gate or the last gate. It is an accidental architecture.

Nawab Asif-ud-Daula

WHO BUILT AND DESIGNED BY THIS MARVELS MONUMENT?

“This large structure was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1786-91 and is one of the architectural wonders of that era. “

It was designed by the Architect Hafiz Kifayat Ullah. There are three halls in the Imambara. The central hall has the tomb of Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula.

WHY THIS MONUMENT HAD BUILT?

It is believed that the construction of this grand building was started in 1785 when a devastating famine had hit Awadh, and the nawab’s objective was to provide employment for people in the region for almost a decade while the famine lasted.

IMPORTANT ADVICE

It is advisable to ask for a guide when you start your journey into the ‘bhool-bhulaiya’, but if you want to test your skills and instincts, then you would want to take a risk and go in without a guide. Since there are many people exploring at the same time and you get lost, you could follow them if they have a guide and pay the guide later.

TIMING AND ENTRANCE FEES

Timing : Sunrise to Sunset.

Entry fee : Rs. 25.00 (Indian).

Rs. 500.00 (Foreigner) (inclusive of Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Picture Gallery, Shahi Hamam).

Best time to visit Bada Imambara

Winters are the best time to explore the Imambara because it gets suffocating in the summers. When you reach the top level, it is a bliss, but if you visit in the summer, the heat will bother you. So, it’s better to make a visit in the winter.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  1. What does Bhool Bhulaiya mean?

    It is called as the ‘bhoolbhulaiya‘ meaning labyrinth. It was built by the fourth Nawab of the Awadh Province, Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula. It took fourteen years to complete this structure.

  2. Where is Bhool Bhulaiya located?

    The bhool bhulaiya address is Machchhi Bhavan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226003, India. Located in lucknow, this is a popular place for tourists and local alike.

  3. Who made Imambara in Lucknow?

    One of the biggest attractions in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is the imambara built by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula (1748-1797). Popularly known as the Bara Imambara, it is also called the Asafi Imambara in his remembrance.Mar 30, 2020

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checklist for traveling

I would like to share, a traveler checklist that will help us to pack those items that we will use in traveling, unwanted luggage, or extra luggage that will create a lot of trouble with you while you on a business or holiday trip.

Traveler checklist that will help every traveler carrying all the important items that they need on their trip. Even the smartest traveler some times either forget important items or carry a bit more. So it is important for every traveler to pack your baggage smartly, so the checklist will help you to arrange it.

It is also important that your luggage have to safe from unwanted elements or thief while you will travel. If your luggage is compact so that will easy for you to save and protect your luggage.

Check-List For Important documents for travel

  1. Passport
  2. Visa
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Tickets ( Airlines, Bus, Train, boat)
  5. Boarding Pass
  6. Driver Licence
  7. List Of Medications, Letter prescriber
  8. Hotel Voucher for accommodation

Financial

  1. Currency
  2. Credit Card, Debit Card
  3. Extra Wallet

Clothes

  1. Jacket, Coat, Raincoat
  2. T-Shirts
  3. Track Pants, Night Pants
  4. Underwear
  5. Socks
  6. Sleepwear
  7. Jeans, Trousers, Shorts
  8. Shoes, Belt, Ties

Health

  1. First aid kit
  2. Medications, Pain revelaers
  3. Insect repellent
  4. Hand Santizer
  5. Vaccines

Travel Tools / Gear

  1. Suitcase, Backpacks
  2. Itinerary, Map and directions
  3. Travel pillow, Sleeping mask, Earplugs
  4. Luggage tags, Pens, and paper
  5. Swiss army knife, Rope
  6. Travel Locks
  7. Headlamp and Batteries (1 set in the headlamp and one in spare)
  8. Sunglasses – 1 pair

Appliance

  1. Cellphone, Charger
  2. A photo camera, Memory card, Charger
  3. Laptop, Ipad or Tablet, E-reader, charges
  4. Travel adaptor and converter
  5. Flashlight, Headphones

Toiletries

  1. Toothbrush, paste, dental floss
  2.  Deodorant,  Soap, shampoo, conditioner
  3.  Towels
  4.  Nailcare
  5.  Tissues, toilet roll
  6.  Makeup, makeup remover
  7.  Shaving supplies
  8.  Skin products
  9.  Brush, comb, hair products Glasses, contact lenses, supplies

General activities

  1. Swimsuit and big towel
  2. Walking shoes
  3.  Sunglasses
  4.  Sunscreen
  5.  Umbrella, Day pack
  6.  Books, e-books, magazines

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Welcome to www.rajblog5.com Travel Blog! I am Nitin Raj,
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FAMOUS FESTIVAL of NAVARATRI in INDIA

Introduction

Navaratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights and is celebrated every year in the autumn. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian cultural sphere. Theoretically, there are four seasonal Navaratri.

About Story Of Navaratri Festival

The festival is associated with the prominent battle that took place between Durga and demon Mahishasura and celebrates the victory of Good over Evil. These nine days are solely dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine Avatars – the Navadurga. Each day is associated with an incarnation of the goddess: Day 1 – Shailaputri.

What is special about Navratri?

Navratri, (Sanskrit: “nine nights”)in full Sharad Navratri; Navratri also spelled Navaratri; also called Durga Puja, in Hinduism, a major festival held in honor of the divine feminine. 

Navratri occurs over 9 days during the month of Ashvin, or Ashvina (in the Gregorian calendar, usually September–October).

What are the Nine days of Navratri?

Over the course of the nine days, the different avatars of Goddess Durga are honored They are Goddess Shailputri (Day 1), Goddess Brahmacharini (Day 2), Goddess Chandraghanta (Day 3), Goddess Kushmanda (Day 4), Goddess Skandamata (Day 5), Goddess Katyayani (Day 6), Goddess Kaalratri (Day 7), Goddess Mahagauri (Day 8) …3 days ago.

Which day is for Durga Maa?

This year, Navratri starts on October 17 and all the nine days signifies each form or avatar of Maa Durga. The first day is observed to celebrate Goddess Shaiputri, who is the first avatar of Nava Durga. Shailputri is also known as Bhavani, Parvati, or Hemavati and has a beautiful, earthly essence among all.2 days ago

What should we do in Navratri?

Navratri brings along with itself an opportunity to fast and worship the supreme Goddess Durga. If you fast during the entire duration of Navratrimake sure you are feeding yourself healthy food items. Eat fruits, makhana, kuttu dosa, Samak rice, and baked potatoes.
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Which Colour we wear in Navratri?

To represent brightness, happiness, and energy, one should wear an orange color on this day. This day is dedicated to Goddess Skandamata. The day represents purity and one should wear white color. The day is dedicated to Devi Katyayani and the color for this day is red.4 days ago

What should we not do in Navratri?

01:- Navrati is a nine-day long festival.
02:- ​Cutting your nails and hair.
03:- Avoid Eating non-veg foods.
04:- ​Avoid slicing lemon.
05:- ​Avoid fried foods.
06:- ​Fasting during Navratri is a ritual.
07:- Avoid your sleeping habit in the afternoon.
08:- ​Take care of Akhand Jyoti.
09:- ​Should avoid using leather products.
10:- ​Take care of the Kalash.
11:- ​Be polite and gentle.

Can we eat non-veg in Navratri?

Navratri is Durga Puja and for Bengali people, it is a celebration time. they eat only nonveg during Durga Puja and not only that they even sell nonveg food in or near their pandals. 

Mostly all over India serve only vegetarian food as prasad or bhog.

Best Navaratri Food.

1.  Sabudana Khichdi,
2. Kuttu Ka Dosa.
3. Singhare Ke Atte Ka Samosa.
4. Aloo ki Kadhi.
5. Low-Fat makhana kheer.
6. Banana Walnut Lassi.
7.  Arbi kofta with mint Yoghurt Dip.
8. Vratwale Chawal ka Dhokla.
9. Kebab -e – Kela.
10. Sonth ki Chutney.
11. Vratwale paneer Rolls.
12. Vratwale Aloo rasedaar.
13. Kuttu ki poori.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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DO YOU KNOW A VILLAGE OF Chef OF KALAYUR

Introduction.

Today I would like to share the story of a village which is located in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu. This village is famous for its 200 male chefs. Today I would like to share the story of a village which is located in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu. This village is famous for its 200 male chefs. Kalayur is a foodie’s paradise they have a 500 years old history of cooking food. In this village, every male person is a cook and they prepare mouth-watering food.
Do You Know A VILLAGE OF Chefs

About The Village Of Male Chefs.

Tamil Nadu is a beautiful state with temples, beaches, hill stations, and historical monuments. One such place which has gained popularity amongst local tourists and is famous all over the region is Kalayur.
Kalayur village is known as the village of a male chef. This village is located 25 km towards the north of Ramanathapuram and 9 Km from Paramakakkudi in Tamil Nadu. In the Kalaiyur village total population of 1406 of which 712 are males and 694 are females as per the 2011 Census of India. The Kalaiyur has a total of 356 Families residing in Kalayur.

Want To Become A Chef In Kalayur.

It is not an easy thing to become a chef in Kalayur, where the standards are already quite high. Senior cooks made entry-level criteria, for a fresher cook has to start his training as early as possible.
Senior cooks trained to build a strong foundation by teaching the basics first-chopping vegetables, gathering the freshest ingredients from the fields, and more. As one makes steady progress, and new fresher cooks learn to prepare more and more dishes.

How Much Time To Become A Head Chef In Kalayur?

At least 10 years, after which, the cook is ready to lead his own team.
these cooks are that they do not cook for their own family.
Women of the house as in any traditional Indian family cook food in homes.

Where You Can Relish The Food Made By Kalayur Chef?

If you are wondering if you too can relish the food by these experts, you can visit the holy shrines in Tirupati, Chennai, or Madurai to savor the food cooked by them. You can also try your luck by making a trip to the village.
DO YOU KNOW A VILLAGE OF MALE COOKS?

How Origin Of Cooking Kalayur Village?

This was starts about 500 centuries ago. As you know castism is everywhere in India so that in this village also at that time wealth and an upper cast of Reddiar caste tradesmen living in the region gave the job of cooking to Vaniyars to a lower caste who are good with culinary arts they lots of secrets food recipes other than the Bhramin cooks they only know cooking compare any other jobs, as farming was not profitable in that day so they developing skills in cooking and refine it and they are best in the cooking segment.

Best time to visit this food paradise.

October till February, there are intermittent rains in November and December.

But the best time to visit Tamil Nadu is during the winter months, especially for sightseeing and exploring the cities. The beaches are lovely, and the water is not too cold.

Kalayur Chef Are Very Famous Chef In South India

Today, the much-in-demand male cooks of Kalayur travel for six months throughout South India and cook mouth-watering fare for one and all. On other days, they prepare a wedding or birthday feast. And guess what, if they are provided with all the ingredients, the cooks can prepare the feasts for a thousand people in merely 3 hours!

How to reach Kalaiyur village.

By Air: The nearest airport to Kalayur is located in Madurai at a distance of about 90 km. Once you have reached the airport, you can either hire a direct cab or catch a direct bus to Kalayur.

By Rail: As Kalayur doesn’t have its own railway station, you can take a direct train to Ramanathapuram railway station and then from there, a cab or bus to Kalayur. The distance between the railway station and the village is 30 km.

By Road:
Kalayur is well connected to other cities and towns by road and hence, it can be easily accessed by road.

Conclusion.

Indian cuisine consists of a variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to the Indian subcontinent. Given the diversity in soil, climate, culture, ethnic groups, and occupations, these cuisines vary substantially and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. 

This village is famous for its 200 male cooks. Kalayur is a foodie’s paradise, where food almost tastes like nectar. They have a 500 years old history of cooking food.

At least 10 years, after which, the cook is ready to lead his own team.

In my opinion, you have to visit this place and share your views with us.

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rush for most expensive caterpillar fungus Keeda Jadi in the Himalayan range

Introduction

Rush for most expensive caterpillar fungus (Keeda Jadi) in the Himalayan range.
The ‘caterpillar fungus’ or keeda jadi grows in Uttarakhand’s high-altitude border districts of Pithoragarh at an altitude of 3,500 to 5,000 metres. Known as the ‘Himalayan Viagra’.

One kilo of top-grade keeda jadi can sometimes fetch as much as Rs. 12 lakhs in illegal cross-border trade.

The fungus harvesting season in Uttarakhand’s high-altitude border districts of Pithoragarh and Chamoli starts in early May and ends by the middle or end of June, with the arrival of the monsoon.

Entire families move to the meadows, staying in tents for weeks, working long and arduous hours to collect the fungus.

And they return with enough fungus to cover a chunk of the family’s expenses for a considerable period of time.

“It depends on how many pieces of keeda jadi you pick. The earnings last for a few months for some families and pro.vide sustenance for some for a year.

About Keeda Jadi

Himalaya is the place of medical plants which cannot be found anywhere else.
Keeda Jadi is basically a fungus that grows as a parasite on the larvae of a particular kind of caterpillar. The fungus evolves in the living larva, which kills and mummifies the larva and then develops as a stalk-like fruiting figure.

Caterpillars take 5 years to grow underground in Alpine grass and shrublands before finally pupating (from larva) and are attacked by the fungus while feeding on roots. It finally takes the shape of 5-15 centimeter columnar mushroom out of the forehead of the caterpillar
Before the villagers discovered the lucrative fungus, they depended on agriculture, daily wage labour or sheep-herding. But agriculture is not a viable option in this rugged landscape. “The land is not fertile; we mostly cultivate rajma and potatoes. If the harvest is good, and that is rare.

Its collection and illegal trade have transformed remote villages of Uttarakhand, where it is found in the wild.

sinensis, Kida Jadi, or Yarsa-gumba, Yarsha-gumba or Yarcha-gumba, यार्सागुम्बा (in Hindi language) is an entomopathogenic fungus (a fungus that grows on insects) in the family Ophiocordycipitaceae.
 
The genus has a worldwide distribution and most of the approximately 400 species that have been described are from Asia (notably Nepal, China, Japan, Bhutan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand). Cordyceps species are particularly abundant and diverse in humid temperate and tropical forests

High value and illegal trading Keeda Jadi

Keeda Jadi in natural form
In the global market, Keeda Jadi is worth Rs 18 lakh for a kilogram which is around 3500 and 4500 pieces of fungus.

But in reality, the locals get only Rs 1 or 2 lakh for collecting and selling them. In India, every year families in some regions of rural Kumaon along with their children plod up in the hills of the Himalayas at the altitude of 3500 to 5000 meters to collect the Keeda Jadi. In India, it is found in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, and hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh.
Their high value also leads to the conflict among villages and illegal trade as in India it is not legalized. This rare fungus is only found when summer sets in and snow (glacier) melts at higher altitudes of the Kumaon region and exposes mummified caterpillars. 

People have started using uneven means to collect Keeda Jadi. Sometimes, forests are put on the fire to melt the snow. Such unnatural practices are causing damage to the environment and precious species also
Keeda Jadi

The Story behind the keed jadi Famous world wide.

The demand for yarsagumba reportedly shot up in 1993 when three Chinese athletes broke five world records at the Beijing National Games after regularly consuming a tonic apparently made from the fungus.

In 1999, China classified the fungus as an endangered species. Soon after, the fungus-picking made its way to India.

“In the early 2000s, we saw Tibetan khampas searching for the fungus in pastures on the Indian side. They said it could rarely be found in
Himalan Range

Its advantages and medical usages

1. Cancer Treatment
2. Sexual Health Benefits
3. Stress Reliever
4. Strengths of Kidney and Immune System
5. Increases Stamina
6. Good for Muscles
7. Increases Sperm Count
8. Benefits of asthma and bronchitis patients.

Government Policy For trading Keeda Jadi

The new goverment policy, proposes registering every harvester with the van panchayats (forest councils managed by village communities) or forest range office with their Aadhaar or voter identification card.

The person will disclose the days he/she will spend collecting keeda jadi and in which particular area of the forest range. He/ she also has to disclose the amount of keeda jadi they have collected.

“For every 100 gram, the forest department will charge a royalty of Rs. 1,000. The buyer is then free to sell it to van panchayats or any third party. It then becomes legal to sell it,”.

  “The alpine meadows are ecologically fragile. So when the policy comes into effect, we will know how much it is harvested in the state, and what’s happening in the region.”

Conclusion

I would like to share that Himalayan is the place of medical plants that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

We have to respect it. If we destroy it, so nature has most destruction power than us , we see time to time recently like face of floods all over the world .

So we forget our personal interest and greed, government have to come with new rules and regulation that help local people get benefited for their earnings and our government earns revenue and illegal trading will stop in future.

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    The Crowning Glory Of Rajasthan, KUMBHALGARH FORT.

    Introduction

    Kumbhalgarh fort is situated 82 km northeast of Udaipur by road. It was the most important fort in Mewar after Chittorgarh fort.
    It is a world heritage site included in hill forts of Rajasthan.

    Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha.
    Kumbhalgarh Fort is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajasthan district near Udaipur of Rajasthan state in western India.

    About Kumbhalgarh fort.

    The fort as we see today was built by Kumbhakarna aka Rana Kumbha of Mewar kingdom in the 15th century. It was designed by a famous architect of that period, named Mandan.

    Nestled in the foothills of the Aravalli Mountain Range, Kumbhalgarh near Udaipur is a majestic citadel and a major tourist attraction.

    Surrounded by verdant forests, the fort attracts travelers due to its pristine location and architectural grandeur. Its 36-km long external wall is the second longest wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China.
    According to local legends, Rana Kumbha faced many difficulties during the construction of the fort that he nearly abandoned it. Then a holy man told him that all these problems would end if a pure-hearted man willingly sacrificed his life for the construction.

    On hearing this, the king was disappointed and that was when the holy man beheaded himself and sacrificed his life. After that, the king was able to build the fort without any problems.

    It is believed that the entrance to the fort marks the place where the holy man’s head fell.

    Kumbhalgarh Fort Architecture

    Due to its mountainous location, Kumbhalgarh was built in the Rajput military hill architectural style that makes use of the defensive properties of the terrain. The fort is built on a hilltop at a height of about 3600 feet above sea level and enveloped by a 36-km long wall with seven fortified gateways.

    The wall, which is listed among the longest walls in the world, is often called the Great Wall of India.

    The frontal walls of the fort have a thickness of 15 feet. There are more than 360 temples inside the fort, out of which 300 are ancient Jain temples and the others are Hindu shrines. Though several additions were made to the fort by the rulers of Mewar over the years, the original structure exists even now.
    1.) Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the largest fort complexes in the whole world and the second-largest fort in India, the first being the Chittorgarh Fort.

    2.) The fort’s walls are so wide that eight horses can walk abreast through it.

    3.) You have to cross seven massive gates before entering the fort. Each consecutive gate is narrower than the previous one. The gates were constructed in this manner so that elephants and horses can’t enter the fort beyond a certain point.

    4.) King Samprati, who is believed to be the builder of the original fort, was the grandson of Emperor Ashoka.

    What to see inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort?

    #Badal Mahal, a two-storied structure built by Rana Fateh Singh.
    #Lakhola Tank, constructed by Rana Lakha.
    #Ram Pol, the main gateway to the fort.
    #Aaret Pol, Hanuman Pol, and Halla Pol, other major gateways to the fort.
    #Badshahi Bavdi, a water tank.
    #Hindu temples, including the ancient Ganesha temple and Neel Kanth Mahadeva temple.
    #Jain temples, including the Parsva Natha temple, Golera Jain temple, Mamdeo temple, Mataji temple, Surya Mandir, and Pital Shah Jain temple.
    #Chattris, Baoris, and water reservoirs.

    Local food delicacies you have to try.

    When it comes to local delicaciesKumbhalgarh resort in Rajasthan is simply the best place to eat. Don’t miss the Gatte ki Subzi, a traditional Rajasthani specialty, wherein gram flour dumplings flavored with dry spices are boiled and then dunked into a yogurt-based curry.

    Attractions near Kumbhalgarh Fort

    Attractions near Kumbhalgarh Fort.

    #Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary (3 km)
    #Ganga Govrdhan Museum (3.3 km)

    How can I go to Kumbhalgarh from Udaipur?

    The fastest way to reach from New Delhi to Kumbhalgarh is the flight to Maharana Pratap Airport, then cab to Kumbhalgarh, and takes 3h 24m. The recommended way to reach from

    New Delhi to Kumbhalgarh is the flight to Maharana Pratap Airport, then cab to Kumbhalgarh, and takes 3h 24m.

    Conclusion.

    If you are a history lover or a historian then Kumbhalgarh Fort is definitely worth visiting. If you are not then too you should visit the place for its grandeur.

    Kumbhalgarh, beyond any doubt, is a fascinating destination where several stories from the past await you, to be told and retold.

    So, go ahead and enjoy a trip to this historic fort near Udaipur.

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    Holy City Of India Haridwar

    Introduction About Haridwar

    Haridwar is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus and is a major pilgrimage center. It has been known by many names; originally it was called Kapila, for the sage who once lived there. Its present name means “Door to Hari”; Hari is one of the names of Vishnu, a principal deity of Hinduism.
    Haridwar’s chief object of pilgrimage is Har-ki-Pauri—the bathing ghat, or steps, along the river—which has what believers consider to be a footprint of Vishnu impressed into a stone. Large numbers of pilgrims gather there annually at the beginning of the Hindu solar year in April; a Kumbh Mela (a Hindu religious festival) is held every 12th year in Haridwar. The Daksha Mahadev Temple, another important pilgrimage site, lies 2 miles (3 km) downstream at Kankhal.
    Har Ki Pauri- Haridwar
    Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri (literally, “footsteps of the Lord”) and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.

    What Is Famous In Haridwar

    It is considered a sacred place as Lord Vishnu took bath at this spot and the water is said to relive all sins. Haridwar is often called the gateway to the Hindu pilgrimage sites of the ‘Char Dhams’ and attracts a huge number of tourists due to its amazing mountains, rivers and ancient temples.

    Which God Is in haridwar?

    Har Ki Pauri is one of the most famous places in Haridwar and is believed to be the place where the three main Hindu Gods –BrahmaVishnu, and Shiva, are said to have appeared in different times in the Vedic era.

    It is also the exit point of the Ganga from the mountains before entering the plains.

    Which City is close to Haridwar

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    Rishikesh13.70Uttarakhand
    Doiwala15.26Uttarakhand
    Sultanpur15.27Uttarakhand
    Laksar15.49Uttarakhand

    What is the old name of Haridwar?

    Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri which is because of the Goddess Maya Devi.

    Is Haridwar a dry city?

    (Rishikesh is a dry area so no nonveg and liquor there). … As a Hindu pilgrimage destination, both Rishikesh and Haridwar are dry areas in terms of the availability of liquor shops.

    Midway Restaurant is ideally located between Rishikesh and Haridwar with a technicality making it the best location to serve liquor.

    Which season is best to visit Haridwar?

    October to February – The temperature goes as low as 10 degrees Celsius, and you may experience chilly winds.

    March to June – It is the summer season in Haridwar.
    July to September-It is From July onwards monsoon begins in Haridwar.

    How many days are enough for Haridwar?

    You can go for 4 days, 6days, 7dqys or 12-15 days(if you also want to visit Badrinath, Kedarnath, Kausani, Haridwar) It depends on you how many places you want to cover but according to me you should take at least 7 days.
    The Ganga Arti At Har Ki Pauri- Haridwar

    What is the famous food of Haridwar?

    Famous Street Food of Haridwar for the Tourists
    Aloo Pooris. Mohanji Poori Wale and Hoshiyarpuri rank on top positions for grabbing the crispy hot puris and savory sabzi. …
    Kachoris.
    Chhole Bhature.
    Sweets.
    Thickened Milk in Kullars.
    Chaat.
    Dibiya Fresh Fruit Chaat.

    Places to visit in Haridwar

    Ganga Arti
    Chandi Devi Temple
    Mansa Deve Temple
    Pawan Dham
    Daks Madhev Temple
    Pantanjali Yog Peeth
    Ma Anandamayee Ashram
    Saptrishi ashram
    Vaishno Devi temple
    The Pentagon Mall
    Sri vyas Ashram
    Birla Ghat
    Parad Shiviling
    Maya Devi Temple
    Rajaji Tiger Reserve
    Sawami Vivekand Park
    Vishnu Ghat
    Sureshwari devi Temple
    Mooti bazzar
    Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
    GAU Ghat
    Gauri Shanker Maha dev temple
    LAL Mata temple
    Bhuma Niketan Temple
    Adhbut Temple
    Kush Avarta Ghat
    Doodhadhari Barfani Temple

    How can I go to Haridwar?

    Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is 37 km away from Haridwar, whereas Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is 223 km away. You can reach Haridwar from these two airports via bus, taxi or train.

    Conclusion

    Dear readers, visiting them all in a lifetime is thought to provide release from the endless cycle of birth and death. Thus, pilgrims attain moksha or liberation.

    Understandably, this makes Haridwar very popular with Hindus who come to bathe in the holy water of the Ganges River, cleanse their sins, and visit temples.
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    Valley of Flowers Heaven on Earth

    Introduction

    This article is about the Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in North  Chamoli and Pithoragarh, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.
    Valley Of Flower

    About The National Park

    Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in North Chamoli and Pithoragarh, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora and rare animals.

    The valley was declared a national park in 1982 and now it is a World Heritage Site.

    Valley of Flowers, located at 12,000 feet, was accidentally discovered in 1931, by mountaineers Frank S SmytheEric Shipton, and  RL Holdsworth, while returning after an expedition to Mount Kamet.  Smythe returned later and wrote the book The Valley of Flowers in 1938.

    The Himalayan valley that has long been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers, botanists, and in literature.

    It has been recognized internationally for over a century and is referenced in the Hindu religion Local people have visited the valley since ancient times.

    Indian yogis are known to have visited the valley for meditation. 
    Famous for its exotic varieties of medicinal herbs, it is also believed that Hanuman brought Sanjivani to the ailing Lakshmana from the valley of flowers

    The Valley of Flowers has many different colorful flowers, taking on various shades of colors as time progressed.

    Unique about the Valley of Flowers.

    The Valley of Flowers is famous for its outstanding natural beauty, endangered animals, and endemic alpine flowers.

    This valley comes under the national park category of India. It is spread over an area of around 88 km². Beautiful waterfalls, landscapes, and meadow add more stars to the beauty of Valley of Flowers.
    Valley of Flowers National Park

    Is Valley of Flowers safe?

    It is always safe while you travel in Uttarakhand as locals are humble and polite.
    As Valley of Flowers trek is quite demanding, therefore tourists should be physically and mentally fit for the trek.

    How do I plan a trip to Valley of Flowers?

    The best idea is to reach Joshimath or Govindghat and stay at night. Morning can start tracking from Govind ghat to Ghangria (Around 18 KM) and again stay at night. One can choose horse riding and save energy for the next day ( tracking in flower valley) .

     Is the Valley of flowers worth visiting?

    The Govindghat to Ghangariya and the Hemkund Sahib treks can be quite putting off to those looking for peace and quiet and cleanliness.

    The name given to it the Valley of Flowers is very true as there are flowers and flowers during summertime. In winter one will find snow and only snow here.
    Ghangaria Village

    Places To Visit In Valley Of Flowers

    Valley of Flower National Park:-

    A World Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers is probably one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The spread of colorful flowers against the snow-capped mountains during spring is a must-see.

    Fauna and Flora:-

    The Himalayan snow leopard is the major attraction of Nanda Devi National park amidst the valley of flowers and mountain ranges. Other animals found here are the endangered Asiatic black bear, blue sheep, and brown bear.

    Ghangaria Village:-

    Ghangaria is arranged at the intersection of the streams Bhyundar Ganga and Pushpawati, which shapes Lakshman Ganga, which later meets the waterway Alaknanda at Govindghat. It is the last human residence in the Bhyundar valley.

    This place is typically utilized by voyagers as a base camp to visit Hemkund and Valley of blooms.

    Hemkund Sahib

    Well, known journey site for Sikhs which is around 6 km from here, and the Valley of Flowers, a national stop known for its assortment of blossoms around 3 km from here. It is situated in the northern Himalayan reaches an elevation of 3049 meters in the Uttarakhand territory of India.
    Hemkund Sahib

    Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers.

    The valley opens on June 1 each year and shuts in October. The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is between July to September when you can see the valley at this bloom with flowers. August is the best time to see the flowers bloom; however, it might get difficult to reach there due to landslides and heavy rainfall. 

    How to reach valley of flowers?

    The closest you can get to The Valley of Flowers by road is Govind Ghat. This requires around an 11 hour drive to Joshimath from Dehradun, then another one hour to Gobindghat. From Gobindghat it is a 13-kilometer (8.1 miles) trek along a steep, narrow, but well-defined mountain trail to base camp at Ghangaria.

    Conculison Of this beautiful post

    My suggestion to all my readers you have to visit this famous Valley of flower national park and explore the naturally beautiful garden made by God. Famous for its exotic varieties of medicinal herbs, it is also believed that Hanuman brought Sanjivani to the ailing Lakshmana from the valley of flowers.

    Not- Be a responsible tourist and do not leave anything behind in the valley. Do carry back all the packaging material/ waste and wrappers along with you and dump it at Ghangaria

    Dekho Apna Desh

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