At the 4th century, the Naga (snake) dynasties ruled Nagaur. The rulers built the original mud Nagaur Fort also known as Ahhichatragarh Fort literally translated into Fort of the Hooded Cobra. The fort is a large fort complex comprising palaces, pleasure pavilions, gardens, courtyards, temples and a mosque.
Mehrangarh Fort (Sun-Fort) in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is one of the most magnificent and largest forts in India. Rising perpendicularly from a rocky hill about 410 ft above the city, it is enclosed by imposing thick walls. It was built around 1460. Inside its expansive grounds, it has seven gates, a museum, the Chamunda Mataji temple and the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park. It also contains several brilliantly crafted and decorated palaces including Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesha Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana.
Do you worry about costs while on vacation? This can be very distracting and prevent you from enjoying every day of your wonderful trip. What you need is a good budget plan so there is no shuddering each time your wallet opens! When you spend, it will be what you expected to spend!
Did you know a jack tree can produce up to 100-200 fruits a year? Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit and can weigh up to 80lb. Each jackfruit is actually a multiple fruit, composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers, and the fleshy meat is actually the petals of the flowers.
Kerala is the largest producer of jackfruit in the world. It is the national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and the state fruit of the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
After the British brought tea production into India, many Indian spices were incorporated into tea. Masala means ‘a blend of spices’ and ‘chai’ simply means ‘tea’. So, Masala Chai is literally ‘spiced tea’. Chai Tea is a mislabeling meaning ‘Tea Tea’.
Masala Chai is made using different formulas, depending on the region where it is being consumed. Commonly used Masala Chai ingredients include black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper and clove. Masala Chai is good for you with its high antioxidant load. It also improves digestion, enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. It has also been suggested that chai has anti-bacterial and anti-cancer effects.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees. It is used widely, from savory dishes, baking goods to Greek cinnamon liqueur.
Periyar wildlife sanctuary is South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and it’s highest peak reaches 6,624 ft high. Periyar is near Thekkady and covers an area of 357 sq miles. The topography consists of steep and rolling hills which are thickly wooded. The sanctuary surrounds the man-made Periyar Lake, created by the British in 1895. It is the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and the Pamba.
Spring is here and the earth has gladly received the embrace of the sun. Let’s embrace the light to renew and revitalize our body and mind!
Spring is a season characterized by warmth and moistness departing from the cold, dry winter. It is the season of Kapha (a combination of water and earth). Let’s leave winter behind and spring forward with a seasonal diet and lifestyle that invites a little extra lightness, sharpness, dryness and heat into our lives.
Ayurveda is a traditional, ancient Indian health science. The name “Ayurveda” means “life knowledge”. It is a holistic system that emphasizes balancing the body, mind and spirit to prevent and treat disease. This 5,000-year-old practice focuses on harmonizing the body with nature through diet, herbal remedies, yoga and meditation, exercise, lifestyle and body cleansing.
Tea is an ancient health drink which originated from China. To break the Chinese monopoly, the British had smuggled seeds from China to India and eventually established tea plantations all over India, Sri Lanka and Africa.