Shravanabelagola – Home of the World’s Tallest Standing Monolithic Statue

Shravanabelagola – Home of the World’s Tallest Standing Monolithic Statue

Sat on top of a hill, overlooking the small town of Shravanabelagola, you’ll find a gigantic statue of Bahubali, which is widely considered as one of the “7 wonders of India” and a must-see site for any temple lovers out there.

Discover Shravanabelagola on Voyager

Ths post comes from Voyager, a wonderful travel blog from Sandy and Vyjay, it is pack with information including the history, fun facts and everything you need to know about how to get there. This is what Sandy has to say about The Shravanabelagola;

Statue of Bahubali at Shravanabelgola

“Karnataka is a state in India which is a mosaic embellished with many-hued gems. One of these gems is Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola has the World’s Largest Monolithic Statue – a statue of Bahubali also known as Gommateshwara. It is the tallest free-standing statues in the world. Shravanabelagola is a very important place of Pilgrimage for the Jains who are followers of Jainism, an ancient religion of India. Once in every twelve years, the place sees millions of pilgrims and tourists descend on it to witness the Mahamastabhisheka.”

So if you would like to learn more about this spiritual area in India, read about the World’s Tallest Standing Monolithic Statue on Voyager.

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The Flag Lowering Ceremony at Wagah Border

The Flag Lowering Ceremony at Wagah Border

It goes without saying that one of the best parts of travel is the unusual traditions and ceremonies you encounter on your path. This post from Prasad, on his blog desitraveller, highlights one of those such ceremonies.

A show of pomp and bravado

“Somewhere between Amritsar in India and Lahore in Pakistan is Wagah Border between the two neighbouring countries.

Every day thousands of visitors watch the joint flag lowering ceremony on the Wagah Border. While the stadium on the Indian side is filled to capacity, very few people come to the Pakistani side.

Pakistani Rangers at Joint Check Post Wagah Border

Each side tries to outdo each other in a march, showcasing who can snap heels harder on the ground, while visitors shout patriotic slogans to cheer up the soldiers and photographers try to catch the fast-moving action.

If you are in Amritsar India or Lahore Pakistan I suggest you make this trip to Wagah to watch a flag lowering ceremony that has no parallel anywhere.”

I highly recommend this post, it goes above and beyond just telling you how to get there and why you should go. It explores the history of the ceremony and even John Lennon’s involvement. It will be one of the top blog posts you read today.

BSF and Pakistani soldiers at the flag lowering ceremony

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Madurai – The Athens of the East

Madurai – The Athens of the East

Have you heard of The Athens of the East? I hadn’t, that name alone caught my attention and dragged me into this post, I had to learn more.

Voyager’s complete guide to visiting Madurai

This post from Voyager, a travel blog run by couple Sandy and Vyjay, acts as a great introduction to this city. It is packed information, including lots about the history of the city and its main point of interest, the Meenakshi Temple.

The post also suggests other places to see during your visit, such as the Gandhi Museum and Alagar Koyili as well as suggestions for where to stay and what to eat during your visit to Madurai.

 

Visiting the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai

Here’s what Sandy has to say about his post: “Madurai, which is also known as the Athens of the East, is a vibrant city with a history dating back 2500 years. A perpetual colourful cultural extravaganza where the fragrance of the Jasmine flowers mingles with the aroma of coffee. Divinity brushes shoulders with food and devotion surges ahead with art and architecture. Madurai is indeed a fascinating place, get immersed in the enigmatic city, check out our guide to Madurai, now live on our site.”

What are you waiting for? Discover just why Madurai is known as The Athens of The East . . . The complete travel guide to Madurai.

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The puppeteer and the magician’s ghetto of Delhi

The puppeteer and the magician’s ghetto of Delhi

The beauty of travel isn’t just in the destinations you reach but the people you meet and the stories you discover.  Each and every person has their own tale to tell, but when you are travelling you often encounter stories so different from your own. If you’re looking to find something magical in Dehli, I may have the answer.

Discover the Kathputli artist’s colony

This post comes from Mariellen on her amazing page Breathedreamgo, an award-winning travel site dedicated to transformative travel, or as Mariellen describes it, travel that changes you. In the post, she tells the story of Puran Bhatt, a puppeteer and his fight to save the Kathputli artist’s colony.

“The magicians, puppeteers, acrobats, and artists that call Kathputli Colony in Delhi, India home did not want to lose their beloved community. Though others may call it a “slum,” to them it is a place of freedom and creativity. After all, this is the place that inspired Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children. Luckily, thanks to puppeteer Puran Bhatt’s efforts, they just might get to stay . . .”

Discovering the magic of Kathputli in Dehli, India

The story has been featured on the BBC as well as an independently funded documentary. This is a great read and Mariellen really transports you to Puran Bhatt’s magical home. Read the full post, The puppeteer and the magician’s ghetto of Delhi, on Breathedreamgo.

Stories on The Travel Blogs

If you love personal stories be sure to check out a couple of others I have on The Travel Blogs. Read about Jimmy’s School and how he invests the money he makes from his tuk-tuk business into education the street children of Cambodia or how about Justo Gallego who has built a huge cathedral, just outside of Madrid, with recycled materials.

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A comprehensive guide for tourists visiting North Goa

A comprehensive guide for tourists visiting North Goa

Goa is one of India’s top tourist spots. A great mix of stunning beaches, spirituality and parties, it has something to offer everyone. With a huge range of accommodation available, from the most luxurious 5-star resorts to budget backpack hostels, there really is something for everything.

What you need to know about Goa

So, with all that, it needs a pretty good guide right? Wel, here you go. This post comes from Bhavneet on his all-encompassing blog, it has a little bit of everything.

“I have been visiting Goa regularly over the past few years and have fallen in love with this place. So far I have only visited North Goa. Since I Have taken a lot of help from various forums while researching for my trip, I decided to contribute here and help my fellow travellers who are looking for information pertaining to accommodation, restaurants and things to do in Goa. I have written an exhaustive article which I hope you’ll find useful in planning your trip.”

So check it out, Everything you need to know about North Goa.

Activities in Goa

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Keibul Lamjao: The Worlds Only Floating National Park

Keibul Lamjao: The Worlds Only Floating National Park

This travel blog from India is all about Keibul Lamjao, a floating National Park. If that fact alone isn’t enough to put it on your shortlist of places to visit then read this blog and surely it will be there.

I discovered the travel blog on imvoyager, a travel website from blogging couple Sandy and Vyjay. What grabbed my attention is the passion it is written with, you can feel the excitement as they approach their destination. I also liked the fact that it used the word soliloquy, not one you come across all that often!

Visiting Keibul Lamjao

This is an informative how to get to the park and also an enjoyable read about a wonderful destination, check the blog out here: http://imvoyager.com/worlds-floating-national-park-travel

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