The Grand Canyon, United States

Friday, September 7, 2012 0 comments

The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon
A steep gorge by the Colorado River, Arizona in the United States, the Grand Canyon has some truly enjoyable scenery. It is 277 miles in length, 4 to 18 miles in width, and about a mile deep. Scientists believe that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a six million year period.
The Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Overlook
Native Americans built settlements in the caves within the canyon before the emigration of Europeans. It was also considered to be a site of pilgrimage by the Pueblo people. The first recorded visit to the Grand Canyon by the Europeans was in 1869. Although it is not the deepest canyon in the world, it is known for its extremely large size and beautifully intricate landscape. The Grand Canyon National Park is said to be one of the first national parks in the United States and it attracts more than five million visitors a year. Weather conditions in the Grand Canyon vary greatly between seasons as well as varying at different elevations. While winter snow is experienced by the higher forested rims, the inner gorge has a desert temperature because of the low elevation.

Tunnel Of Love


Giant trees surround this old train tunnel located in Kleven, Ukraine. The magical-looking place is nicknamed "The Tunnel Of Love" by locals because it is a popular spot for couples to visit.

The Crooked Forest


The Crooked Forest is located right outside of Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland. The grove contains approximately 400 pine trees with bent trunks. They were planted sometime in 1939, but why or who made them crooked is unknown.

Cinque Terre, Italy


The Cinque Terre is part of the coast in the Liguria region of Italy. The terraces built on the rugged landscape are a popular tourist attraction.

Wisteria Tunnel


Wisteria Tunnel is located at the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan. Flowering trees hang overhead and the different colored rows speckle the garden.

Tourism around bangalore

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 1 comments

Vidhana Soudha

An imposing edifice housing the State Legislature and the Secretariat of Karnataka, this is one of the best known landmarks of Bangalore.

Attara Kacheri
Overlooking Vidhana Soudha is this red brick and stone building in the Graeco-Roman style of architecture. It houses the state High Court.

Tipu’s Palace

Built in 1791, Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat is a two-storied ornate wooden structure with fluted pillars, cusped arches and balconies. It now houses a museum that contains artefacts relating to the Hyder Ali-Tipu regime.

Bangalore Palace

Modelled on the lines of the Windsor Castle in England, the Bangalore Palace flaunts turreted parapets, battlements, fortified towers, and arches.

Lalbagh Gardens

Take a stroll in this 240-acre park, which is home to India’s largest collection of rare tropical and subtropical plants, as well as many centuries-old trees. It contains one of Kempegowda’s watch towers, a surreal lawn surrounded by Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, an ornamental clock, a beautiful lake, a topiary park, a charming wooden bandstand and a glasshouse modelled on London’s Crystal Palace.

Cubbon Park

Cubbon Park provides Bangaloreans with over 300 acres of sprawling greenery in the heart of the city. The park houses the State Library, an impressive, red Gothic structure, and is dotted with fountains, statues, flowering trees and shady groves.

Visveswaraya Industrial & Technological Museum

This museum is dedicated to the memory of Sir M Visveswaraya, the architect of modern Karnataka. It provides a brief history of technological development in the country, and houses many technical inventions.

Government Museum

Acclaimed as one of the oldest museums in the country, it houses an amazing collection of archaeological items such as stone carvings, pottery, paintings, coins, sculptures and inscriptions.

HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum

Marvel at India’s first and only aviation museum which has a large collection of aircraft models, photographs, fighter planes, and helicopters. There are also aircraft simulators, a mock air traffic control tower and an aero modelling club, besides a reference library at this centre established by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

This is one of the premier fine art institutions in the country. Its activities extend to dance performances, folk theatre, photography exhibitions, puppet shows and musical recitals. Chitrakala Parishath is a goldmine of paintings by famous artists including Roerich. It contains a graphic studio and an openair theatre, and houses five art galleries which are hired out to artists who wish to display their work. The Parishath has worked to revive dying art forms, its most notable successes being in traditional Mysore paintings and leather puppetry. It also holds workshops, artists’ camps and demonstrations. The institution houses the Chitrakala Vidyalaya, a college of fine art forms, affiliated to the Bangalore University and offering courses in painting, sculpture, graphic art, applied art and art history.

Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium

The planetarium is perfect for star gazing. Watch “The Sky Theatre Show” unfold the marvels of the universe, planets and the solar system.

National Gallery of Modern Art

Spread over an area of 3.5 acres, this historic heritage mansion was transformed from a residency into a museum, with a display space of 1551 sq. m. The heritage building has been supplemented by a new Gallery Block, which adds a display space of 1260 sq. m. It is also equipped with a refurbished auditorium, a reference library, a cafeteria, and a museum shop cum facilitations block. It houses paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings from the late 18th century. It also displays works by famous Indian artists like Raja Ravi Varma, Amritha Shergil, Ravindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy and also works of other international artists.

Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain

View the colourful swirling fountains dancing in tune to music.

Venkatappa Art Gallery

Houses the paintings and art materials of the eminent artist Venkatappa, as well as those of other renowned artists.

Ulsoor Lake

Enjoy an idyllic afternoon at this lake, which is dotted with picturesque islets. Boating facilities are available here.

Sankey Boat Club

The ideal place for lazy boat rides and leisurely walks on breezy evenings.

ISKCON Temple (International Society for Krishna Consciousness)

Built in an ornate architectural style, the Krishna Temple is a blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony. Visit this ornate temple just 10km west of Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore. Built on a hillock, with granite, marble and Korean glass, this huge cultural complex was established to promote Vedic culture and spiritual learning. It houses various deities, including Krishna, Balaram, and Radha. The annual Rath Yatra (chariot procession) of Krishna and Balaram draws devotees in large numbers.

Bull Temple

Built by Kempegowda in Basavanagudi, it is reminiscent of 16th century Dravidian style architecture. It has a huge granite monolith of Nandi.

Dodda Ganesha Temple

Just below the Bull Temple is the huge Ganesha Temple, with a monolith Ganesha idol 18ft high and 16ft wide.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

Built during Kempegowda’s reign, this unique cave temple contains a granite moon, sun-disc monoliths, a stone umbrella, a Shivalinga, and three cave passages. Every year, during Makara Sankranthi, this cave temple witnesses a strange phenomenon, when a ray of light passes precisely between the horns of the stone bull outside the temple, and illuminates the deity inside the cave.

Raagi Gudda Sri Prasanna Anjenaya Swami Temple

Located on a hillock known as Raagi Gudda (Maize Mountain) the Hanuman Temple attracts large numbers of devotees from South Bangalore. In addition to being a place of worship, it has now been transformed into a cultural, educational and social service project that offer free medical checkup, free education, book bank, free coaching for students, meditation centres, yoga, music and Veda reading, library and choultry. Three huge rocks representing Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are the added attractions here. A unique feature of Hanuman Jayanthi celebrations is the educational exhibition organised with different themes.

Shiva Temple

This temple has a 65ft Shiva statue, an artificial pond resembling the Manasa Sarovar Lake, and caves. The replicas of Jyothirlingas are a major tourist attraction.

Infant Jesus Church

Established in the year 1979 by Rev Dr Lourduswamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore, the church draws huge crowds on Thursday, the day dedicated to Infant Jesus.

Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall

This houses the State Central Library. Find here a rich collection of reference books.

Jamia Masjid

A majestic 5-storey mosque located in the heart of Bangalore’s City market area, the Jamia Masjid is the largest mosque in the city. Its sprawling interiors, with pure white marble from Rajasthan, can accommodate a staggering 10,000 worshippers at a time.

Mysore is a historical city

Saturday, October 16, 2010 0 comments

Mysore is a historical city, which has seen the rise and fall of many empires in the southern part of India. Two majestic palaces dominate the skyline of Mysore.

Tourist attractions in Mysore lie in its manicured gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples that lie peppered over the cityscape. The royal families of Mysore were great patrons of art and sculpture. The tourist attractions in Mysore speak volumes for the fact.

Travel.mapsofindia here outlines a few tourist attractions in Mysore:

Maharaja's Palace: The palace is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Mysore. The English Architect, Henry Irwin had designed the palace, which is an architectural marvel with its sculpted pillars, Intricately carved doors, the golden howdah.

The Jaganmohan Palace: This is another beautiful building in Mysore. It was an alternative retreat for the royal family of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar. This three-storeyed palace with stained glass shutters and ventilators, in a lovely garden setting has now been converted to an art gallery. This museum displays paintings, sculptures and musical instruments.

Chamundi Hills: Goddess Chamundi was the patron deity of the royal family of Mysore. At the outskirts of the city the temple serves as a prominent landmark. Close to the temple, there is a statue of Mahishasura, the demon slayed by the goddess Chamundeshwari and a tall monolith of Nandi, Lord Shiva's pet.

Brindavan Gardens: A little away from Mysore, the beautiful Brindavan Gardens is located just below the famous reservoir Krishnarajasagaraon on the river Cauvery. The musical fountain in the garden is one of the most notable tourist attractions in Mysore.

Somanathapura Temple: Nearly 42 kms from Mysore, the temple is famous for its elaborate detail and markedly from different the other Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebid.

St. Philomena's Church: The Gothic structure is modeled on Cathedral at Cologne. The altar bears the statue of St. Philomena, a third century saint from Greece.

Mysore Zoo: Established in 1892, the zoo displays a large collections of animals, including exotic species, are housed in lush green surroundings.


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