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Happy Gurupurab – 550th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak Dev ji

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On the auspicious occasion of Gurpurab, we wish that you are showered with Guru Ji’s divine blessings today and forever.

Tour Planners India wishes you all a very Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti.



Flying Skywhale tale grows by at least $100,000

ACT taxpayers are paying at least $100,000 more than the territory government had indicated for the Skywhale hot-air balloon.

Official documents reveal the balloon is costing at least $334,000, not the $170,000 figure quoted by ACT government officials.

The official line on the cost to taxpayers of the balloon had been $170,000, with some extra costs for piloting and educational materials.

Jeremy Lasek, executive director of culture for the ACT Chief Minister’s directorate, gave Fairfax Media the figure on Thursday morning.

‘‘The balloon itself was in the vicinity of $170,000. We’ve also created a website, educational kits, piloting, a bunch of other things that were on top of it. So, I don’t have the total number, but the balloon design and construction and the testing was around $170,000,’’ he said.

But Chief Minister Katy Gallagher told an Assembly committee on Friday afternoon the cost to ACT taxpayers was $300,000, with one of her top officials saying the price would be capped at that level.

Philanthropic funding of $50,000, provided by the Aranday Foundation, would make up the rest of the cost.

On Friday afternoon, Mr Lasek confirmed the Skywhale, although paid for with ACT taxpayer funds, belonged to Melbourne company Global Ballooning.

The Skywhale would be good for about 100 flights, although there was no guaranteed minimum number of flights in the capital.

The giant artwork, which was revealed on Thursday morning, has divided opinion on its aesthetic qualities and reignited the sometimes acrimonious debate on taxpayer-funded government art.

Ms Gallagher said when she first saw diagrams of the balloon her eyes ‘‘nearly fell out of her head’’, but she had since become quite fond of it.

‘‘It shows us as a cosmopolitan city. Too often we are talked about as a boring place where nothing happens … it challenges those beliefs about Canberra,’’ she said.

Speaking on 2CC Friday morning, Centenary of Canberra creative director Robyn Archer also defended the cost of the hot-air balloon.

‘‘This is the cheapest piece of public art. Almost every piece of public art in Canberra cost more,’’ she said.’’

Aranday Foundation chairman Rupert Myer AM said he was excited by the work of Canberra-raised artist Patricia Piccinini.

‘‘In a glance, her works spirit us away to another type of universe where life exists differently. Without judgment,’’ Mr Myer said.

‘‘She makes us think deeply about how we respond to the unfamiliar and unknowable. And she does it with wit and candour.

‘‘It is a privilege to have supported the commission.’’

Piccinini’s Skywhale is nearly 23 metres high and took 1880 hours of work to make.

It used more than 3500 metres of fabric and weighs 500 kilograms with fuel, a pilot and two passengers on board.

The Skywhale will be revealed to the Canberra public on Saturday morning at 8.20am outside the National Gallery of Australia and will  shortly thereafter make its first flight, weather permitting, at 9.20am. The first official flight was originally scheduled for Monday morning, and a flight then will still go ahead if the weather remains favourable.

Source: Canberra Times

Rain brings Chardham Yatra, life to a halt in Uttarakhand

DEHRADUN: The ChardhamYatra to Uttarakhand’s Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri shrines in Garhwal division has come to a halt due to heavy landslides and landslips triggered by incessant rainfall in the last 24 hours.

Landslides were reported from over 12 places on the Rishikesh-Gangotri, the Dehradun-Yamnotri, the Rishikesh-Badrinath and the Rishikesh-Kedarnath National Highway. Yatra had begun on June 13.

Six hanging bridges built on Alaknada and Mandakini rivers in Chamoli and Rudrapryag districts were also reported to have collapsed on Sunday.

About 12,000 tourists and pilgrims on their way to Chardham Yatra are stranded on these routes.

Normal life was paralyzed by continuous rains in Dehradun and other places like Rishikesh, Haridwar, Haldwani and Udham Singh Nagar towns.

Uttarakhand government on Sunday sounded an alert in state after three members of a family identified as Khanya (30), Urmila (26) and Vivek (10) were buried alive after their single-storey house was flattened by a landslide in Dehradun. The disaster occurred at 4.50 am when these people were sleeping. Over 12 cases of house collapse were also reported from Garhwal and Kumaon divisions. No loss of life was reported from these cases.

A senior officer in the Uttarakhand disaster management department said while about 10,000 tourists on more 500 private buses and other four vehicles, are stranded on nine points on the Rishikesh-Gangotri and the Dehradun-Yamnotri National Highway, about 200 tourists and pilgrims are stranded on the Rishikesh-Badrinath and Rishikesh-Kedarnath National highway.

A senior Border Road Organization (BRO) officer in Rishikesh told TOI that 600 BRO personnel have been deployed on different Yatra routes to rescue these stranded people by shifting them to roadside intermediate colleges and primary schools in Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudrapryag districts.

He said seven bulldozers were also pressed into service to clear the landslides wreckage. BRO personnel on duty said the rescued people are being provided meals and tea to make them feel comfortable.

“We are moved by the way these residents of nearby villages are providing us whatever they can during our stay,” said 65-year Rajendra Singh from Ghaziabad. “We do not have words to express our gratitude to these villagers for to their warm hospitality,” said Leela Devi from Maharashtra.

Uttarkashi deputy magistrate R Rajesh Kumar said he asked officers concerned to ensure that stranded people on the Yatra routes are provide all possible facilities including medical care by doctors till the roads are cleared.

A senior officer in Dehradun Met office said the monsoons that was expected to arrive in Uttarakhand by June end, has come about two weeks early. He predicted incessant heavy rains for the next 48 hours in the state.

Source: The Times of India

Pushkar Fair 2012, Rajasthan

Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The occasion: PUSHKAR FAIR. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world’s largest camel fair. But it is much more than that.

Contestant J.S. Chounan shows his moustache to the crowd after winning the annual "longest moustache" competition at the Pushkar Mela on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. According to locals his moustache is a combined total of 11 feet (3.35 meters) long and took 18 years to grow. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

Start Date : Sunday, 18 November 2012
End Date : Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Venue : Pushkar Village
City : Pushkar
State : Rajasthan
Country : India
Category : Fairs & Festivals

It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do! In dazzling style and colors.

It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to “wash away the sins of a lifetime” and pay obeisance at the ONLY Brahma temple in the world.

For the visitor, it is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place. This blog by The Tour Planners, attempts to give you a glimpse of the magic of Pushkar. Of course, you have to be there to truly understand it.

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