Mukti, Mumuksha or moksha bhavans in Varanasi
Probably troubled with constant criticism that Varanasi is often associated with death and dying, India’s holiest city is turning a new leaf in its attempt to gain a new identity.
The first step will be taken by the end of next year in January 2017 when devotees attempting entry into the city’s salvation homes — mukti, mumuksha or moksha bhavans — will be doubly screened and only those with terminal illnesses will be admitted. A little over 20,000 very sick devotees visit Varanasi every year to die because death in this holy city is supposed to break the cycle of death and rebirth. Once one dies in Varanasi, he or she is never reborn, and thus attains salvation, or moksha, the Hindu term signifying freedom from the cycle of life and death. But over the years, nearly half of them were turned away by the hostel authorities because they did not die and were found occupying their rooms — stubbornly waiting for death — for months, in some cases years.
12 Long Weekends in 2020 and Planned Holiday Tour in India
If you are one of those people who love to plan their holidays in advance and applies for leaves much before everyone else in the office, the list of long weekends in 2020 will come in handy for you. This is your one-stop guide to planning vacations without any hassles. Achieve your travel goals with as many as 12 long weekends in India that 2020 has to offer.
We have also suggested how you can make the most of those 3-4 days of long weekends in 2020 without having to take any/many leaves. With the 2020 long weekend list of India, we suggest you a world of travel–from sun kissed beaches to snow-capped mountains, and festivals that you cannot miss. This is how you can make 2020 the year of travel! Read More....
Food trails to photo walks tourists explore in Varanasi Oct 06th, 2019
Spirituality may be the biggest reference point of Varanasi, but tourism is gradually moving just beyond this. Experiential tourism being the new buzz word which is attracting travellers from diverse backgrounds, changing the demography of tourists, especially domestic tourists, coming to the city. These travellers want to savour all elements like food trails, textile tourism, photography walks, etc. “Movement of domestic tourist traffic has not only increased but a lot of diversity is also seen. Right from personnel of the corporate sector to all-women groups are visiting the city, adding a lot of diversity to the tourism segment. What has added to the city’s popularity among people is that it is now also our PM Narendra Modi’s constituency. People are really keen to explore the city which they constantly see on television,” shares RS Singh, GM of Hindustan International hotel in the city . Read More....
Amit Shah flags off Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express Oct 03rd, 2019
Delhi -Katra Vande Bharat express was on Thursday flagged off by Union minister Amit Shah. During the inauguration, Amit Shah termed the train a “big gift” for Jammu and Kashmir. Vande Bharat Express, known as Train 18, has been inaugurated by Home Minister Amit Shah. Home Minister Amit Shah launched the Train 18 on Thursday from Delhi . Read More....
What you need to remember while planning a family trip April 02nd, 2019
The zeal to explore new places knows no age. It doesn’t matter if you have the energy of a young or the wisdom of an old chap - travelling to a new city or a new destination can make you feel accomplished. And that’s something we all thrive for, don’t we? Travelling to a new place provides you with an escape, a temporary disconnect from your regular day of juggling through multiple emails and getting stuck in traffic. Travelling is all about new experiences and with the upcoming summer holidays, make sure your family also gets to enjoy such experiences. While travelling solo is relatively easy, it’s travelling with the family that needs meticulous planning. A lot of things can be lost in transition and you need to prepare yourself well in advance for any mishap. A more careful approach should be taken when you’re travelling with a senior member of your family. Read More....
Know why every tourist in Varanasi should visit Tulsi Ghat Nov 05th, 2018
Tulsi Ghat is not just another ghat of Varanasi but one of the important tourist places. The cultural legacy of Tulsi Ghat speaks volumes about its spiritual stature. It is believed to be the place where the medieval saint Tulsi Das composed the Awadhi version of the holy epic poem Ramcharitmanas. The manuscript, however, did not get inundated by the waters of Ganga and kept floating on the surface until it was retrieved.
According to lore, Ram Lila, a theatrical account of Lord Rama’s life was staged at the Tulsi Ghat for the first time in India. After this incident a temple dedicated to Lord Rama was constructed at the site to mark the occasion. Read More....
10 Reasons Why to Book Swiss Tent for Ardh Kumbh 2019 in Allahabad Oct 12th, 2018
Swiss Cottages are established on the Kumbh Mela ground located on the banks of River Ganges.
Maharaja Tents, Swiss Tents, Hunter Tent, Dining Tent, Reception Tent, Pagoda Tent Lounge Tents and Dormitory .Unlike hotel/lodge accommodation which charge strong headedly during peak seasons, taking advantage of need of visitors, Swiss Tents are available at fixed prices which you have to give while booking. Read More....
Largest Crematorium ground of World Manikarnika Ghat Varanasi India Sep 24, 2016
Hinduism staunchly believes in rebirth. Cremation (Antyeshti Samskara) is one of the 16 Sanskara in Hinduism. It is believed that cremation relieves one’s soul in universe and opens a way to assimilate to divine.
Thus there are numerous crematorium Ghats in each and every city of India where cremation takes place. These crematoriums serve a smaller purpose where people cremate their loving ones who are dead.
10 Reasons to visit Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan India Aug 20, 2016
For nosy travelers seeking anexceptional experience, the Pushkar Camel Fair is brings a great opportunity. Holy Voyages have planned its tour packages accordingly to bring you all the possible elements of Pushkar Camel Fair. We have our Pushkar Camel Fair 2016 with Golden Triangle Tour Package especially to bring you closer to mind-blowing experience of this famed fair. Our package includes Package to Pushkar Fair and give you glimpses of Fatehpur Sikri; the World Heritage Site, Ajmer Sharif; Dargah of Khwaza Muinuddin Chishti besides cultural entities of Pushkar.
MICE Tourism in India Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016
MICE Tourism in India is quite new as the concept has emerged only after liberalization of economy after 1991. Tourism Industry plays a vital role in supporting economy of the country as well as generates foreign currency. MICE have emerged as a new phenomenon to aid to the thriving Tourism Industry of emerging Tourism Destinations. India is one such. Today, hotels and major tourist resorts are becoming a center for attraction of meetings, gatherings, planning, conferences and other activities that involves a large number of people. This all the event management, with any purpose, is included in such activities and summarily a new concept MICE is derived of it.
Is Varanasi older than its known history? Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016
VARANASI: Is Varanasi older than its known history? In an effort to find an answer to this vexed question, a group of archeologists led by former professor of archeology at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Prof Vidula Jayaswal is busy "unearthing the antiquity" of this city through excavations at the ASI protected site at Rajghat with help from the Archaeological Survey of India.
"Based on archaeological remains unearthed at the Kashi-Rajghat area about four decades ago, findings had suggested that the city was inhabited around 9th century BC. But our venture aims at finding answers to a number of questions like how old is Varanasi actually? What are the factors which helped this city to survive till today -- particularly when other old cities on the banks of the Ganga died out? The news excavations could push the date back by several centuries," Vidula told TOI on Wednesday.
The 7 Best Things To Do And See In Varanasi Monday, Mar 14, 2016
Spiritual Tourism : Older than history can acknowledge and the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi is a beautiful city nestled in Uttar Pradesh showcasing a vivid expansion of legendary monuments. A visit to Varanasi is a cultural bonanza for any traveler who wants to be part of India’s most exquisite ceremony – the Ganga Aarti. Famous for being a traditional city, Varanasi is located by the holy River Ganges and offers breathtaking views of natural elements, from waterfalls to pre-historic rock formations. Step inside one of India’s oldest inhabited cities – we give you an insight on some of the best activities and places to visit.
Live Darshan at Kashi Vishwanath Temple : Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple – which means ‘Ruler of the Universe’ – stands on the banks of the river Ganga and is one of the most famous religious centers in India. Part of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the temple has been mentioned in Hindu scriptures quite often and is one of the holiest shrines of Hinduistic philosophies. Millions come to seek benediction and inner peace in the temple, which offers a soul-cleansing experience with its various rituals like the Bhog Aarti that takes place around midday. The temple has been visited by a number of great saints like Swami Vivekanand, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, Adi Shankaracharya and many other revered figures.
Ten Tips for Indian Pilgrims Monday, Feb 8, 2016
India is a colorful country with mixture of different colors of religion. India is the birthplace of several religions and those religions are widely spread all round the globe. There is a smell of tradition in the soil and the fragrance of religious beliefs in the air of India.
Being the birthplace of several religions there are a number of pilgrimage destination in India. Lakhs and lakhs of visitors visit India from far and near....
Some of the hot pilgrimage spot in India are :- Vaishno Devi, Amarnath Yatra, Golden temple, Ajmer Sharif, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Sarnath, Kailash Mansarovar, Jagannath Puri, Sabarimala, Pushkar, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Allahabad, Ayodhya, Gurudwara, Taj Mahal and many more.
Luxury Tour To India Saturday, Jan 2, 2016
India is a land of mystery, enchantment, and beauty. No doubt India is much talked for the various destinations. Now India is fast growing in the sector of luxury destination all around the globe. One of the travel segments namely “Luxury Tours to India” is emerging vastly. India is well popular for traditions, wide variations, landscape, culture, cuisine and many more things. These things stands India exclusive for tourist destination.
India is a country where thousands of lifestyle breathes as one nation. India is an exemplary for unity in diversity. Lakhs and Lakhs of tourists visit India every year for the ultimate luxury experience.
Indian Luxury Train is providing a complete luxury tour based on theme. Tours are categorized as- tours by destination and tours by region. Only hot or most visited spots are selected for making the tour unforgettable.
20 Traditional North Indian Foods That Will Change Your Life Forever Friday, Dec 11, 2015
India is a place full of variation and diversity. Its wide diversity can be observed in the context of climate, tradition, vegetation, wildlife and food. All these things are influenced by its climate and history. Due to its wide variation, India is famous for its regional cuisine. The favorite dish or cuisine differ from place to place, somewhere dosa is famous or somewhere Biryani is famous. We are mentioning here some delicious north Indian dishes
1.Awadhi Biryani : Aromatic rice layered with vegetables/ chicken and the proper amount of spices and condiments are cooked properly. Whether a person like or dislike Biryani but when it is served in front mouth become watery. Lucknow is famous for its sahi cuisine and style. This city is also known for its Nawabi foods. The taste of this sahi biryani increases manifold when it is served with curd.
2.Chole Bhature : Chole Bhature is one of the most popular Punjabi dishes which are now like almost all over India and even abroad. Chole Bhature is a combination of chick peas and Bhatoora. Chole stands for a spicy curry made with white chickpeas and bhatura is fried leavened flat bread. There is a variation in the taste of chole bhature from one place to another. This is a heavy breakfast. Chole bhature become tasty when served with sliced onion, carrot pickle, green chilies, green chutney and achaar.
4 Jain Tirthankaras born in Varanasi Saturday, Nov 7, 2015
Tirthankaras are arihants who after conquering from the cycle of death and rebirth or gaining infinite knowledge preach the true dharma. In Jainism the tirthankaras is the person who has conquered anger, attachment, pride, greed, inner passions, and personal desires. One thing among all tirthankaras are- knowledge of all is believed to be perfect and identical in every respect and their teachings do not contradict one another.
In Jainism there are 24 Tirthankaras. Among 24Tirthankaras, kashi is the birthplace of 4 Tirthankaras. Therefore, the Jain literature refers Kashi as a Jain Tirtha. Kashi is the birthplace of 7th 8th 11th and 23rd Tirthankaras namely Supararshvanath, chandraprabhu, shreyanshnath, and Parshvanath respectively.
Parshavanath was the 23rd Tirthankara of Jainism. According to Rana PB singh, professor of cultural Geography and Heritage Studies department, Banaras Hindu University Tirthankara Parshvanath was born in 8th century BCE. Also according to professor the Tithankara was born near the mythical tank of Dandakhata. Now the place is famous for Jain pilgrimage. That place has a Jain temple and named Parshvanath temple.
Holy Rivers In India Saturday, Oct 10, 2015
No doubt water is of utmost importance in human’s life as it is a basic need of body. Besides life supporting unit water has special importance in Hinduism. In Hinduism water is considered as the holiest thing and also it is used in the various rituals. It is believed that only a dip in the holy river cleanses all the sins and a person is to attain salvation or moksha.In Hindu mythology rivers are worshipped as a goddess. Rivers are pictured as female. In Mahabharata the Ganga is shown riding on a crocodile, Yamuna’s
In Hindu mythology rivers are worshipped as a goddess. Rivers are pictured as female. In Mahabharata the Ganga is shown riding on a crocodile, Yamuna’s connection with the Pushti Marg Sampradaya riding on a turtle. There are some stories in which connection is seen among the descents of Ganga devi and Vishnu and Shiva who is also depicted with the Ganga entering the locks of his hair.