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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Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery, Leh, Ladak, India

Monday February 27th, 2012 in Festivals, India, Places to Visit | 1 Comment »


Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery, Leh, Ladak, India

Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery, Leh, Ladak, India (Picture : instantfocus)


* It is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect, located on top of a hill, approximately 19 kilometres east of Leh in Ladakh, India.

* It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh.

* The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus valley.

* It is a 12-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords.

* One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya (future Buddha) Temple which is installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in 1970.

* A 15 metres (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two storeys of the building is deified in the monastery.

* Thiksey Gompa serves as the residence of approximately eighty monks.

* It has been served, for quite a long time, by the successive reincarnations of the Skyabsje Khanpo Rinpoche.

* Restoration of the old monasteries in Ladakh, including the Thiksey monastery, is being carried out by the Archeological Survey of India, at the request of the concerned Monastery administration.

* The annual festival held in the monastery precincts is known as the Gustor ritual, which is held from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar (October–November).

* Sacred dances such as the mask dance or Cham Dance are performed as a part of this ritual.

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Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India

Sunday February 19th, 2012 in Festivals, India, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »


Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India

Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India (Picture : baskr@Flickr)

* It is a sacred place, situated 16 km south-west of Ramanathapuram and 72 km from Rameshwaram, in Tamil Nadu.

* The place is famous for an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

* The deity here is carved in Emerald. Goddess Mangalesvari is also worshiped here.

* The temple has been glorified by the hymns of Manickavasagar.

* The temple is considered sacred along the lines of Ramanathapuram, Sethu Madhava Theertham and Lakshmana Theertham.

* The temple is located 32 km East from Paramakkudi and 10 km west from Ramanathapuram.

* A large number of devotees visit Uthirakosamangai to worship Lord Shiva and celebrate Arudhra Festival, which is held in the month of December attracts a large number of tourists.
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Wednesday February 15th, 2012 in India, Mailers, Places to Visit | 1 Comment »

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