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Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Industry and Trade and Tourism in Fiji shares Fijian secrets

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Fiji: Fiji is a fascinating destination with the dominance of the Indian diaspora. Indians and Fijians share a marvelous warmth and to make this long-standing relationship strong, Indians have a free visa facility every time they visit Fiji, said Fijian politician Faiyaz Koya in a recent interview published in an Indian newspaper. Following are the highlights of the conversation.

  • Koya’s connection with India

According to Koya, their ancestors were Indians by origin so he still has his roots in Kerala. Later on, a mixed culture from other countries began to power Fiji’s culture. Therefore, they always welcome Indian tourists with full of heart and open arms.

After being separated from British, Fijians are very excited about the significant move. Even Fiji’s National Flag and Coat of Arms are being renovated in a new look devoid of any British affect.

  • Fijians are called the Happiest People on Earth

Fiji, the heart of South Pacific is highly blessed with immense diversity including 333 tropical islands and friendly locals. There are thousands of attractions for the visitors including adventure, romance, luxury, beautiful sight-seeing, traditional music and dance, cooking capability and many more.

  • Perfect place for tourism and film-making

 Every visitor here can find affordable accommodation all the way through to exclusive 5-star resorts, bunk down in a hostel or even book an entire Island. Filmmakers can gain incredible subsidies for a film shoot. The visit of Fiji will truly memorable with so much to do, said Koya.

  • How to go from India?

The connectivity is direct via Singapore now with a great comfort.

By Plane- The main international airport in Fiji is Nadi International Airport (NAN). It is the main hub of Fiji Airways, and also services Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Air Fiji flights, amongst others.

  • Fiji is an island nation in the Pacific consisting of roughly 300 islands accounting for 18,272 km² of earth’s surface. It has a population of about 900 thousand (9 lakh), with 40 % of the population being of Indian decent (Indo-Fijians). (Inputs from economictimes.com)
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Wanderer Baba aka Click Baba Swami Sundaranand is all set to open his art gallery

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Himalayan Yogi Swami Sundaranand (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Himalayan Yogi Swami Sundaranand is also known as “Himalayan Wikipedia Baba”, have clicked 8 quintal photos in beautiful Himalayas

You must have heard about many Himalayan yogi living upto hundreds of years and having miracle powers. But this is the story of a wanderer Sadhu, who is a mountaineer and photographer by choice. He has a deep connection with Himalayas. Swami Sundaranand is known to be a principal advocate for the ecological preservation of the Himalayas, the Ganges and its source at Gangotri.

During 1962 war Indian Army also sought help from this Himalayan Yogi as he was very much aware with all the routes and region in Himalayas.

Swami Sundaranand’s love for Himalayas started at a young age when he read a book named “Himgiri Vihaar” by Tapovan Maharaja. He was so inspired by the book that he went to Tapovan Maharaja and started Yoga Sadhna under his guidance.

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Tapovan Kutir, where Swami Sundaranand lives in the summer (Facebook)

In 1956 he bought a camera for Rs. 25 from a Belgian tourist. And since then he has been clicking pictures of the beautiful Himalayas. He has taken more than 100,000 photos, over a 50-year period, of the shrinking Gangotri glacier in the Indian Himalayas. The photographs he clicked weighs around 8 quintals.

  • The most awaited Art Gallery by Himalayan Yogi Swami Sundaranand will open in Gangotri region

Himalayan Yogi Swami Sundaranand is now all set to open his Himalayan art gallery at a height of 10,310 feet in Gangotri region. The construction has already begun. He has invested Rs. 2 crores in this project, money which he got through royalty of his book “Himalaya : Through a lens of a Sadhu”. His book was launched by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Swami Sundaranand is the subject of a feature documentary shot at his home in Gangotri titled “Personal time with Swamiji”. The film was produced by The Centre for Healing Arts and directed by Victor Demko.

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Swami Sundaranand’s Art Gallery under construction in Gangotri Region (Facebook)

Himalayan Yogi Swami Sundaranand is also a skilled naturalist who is familiar with thousands of Himalayan plants and he knows the lore and medicinal uses of these species. The most important parts of his life are meditation, japa and pranayama. As a younger man he was an accomplished hatha yogi, mastering 300 postures, and he continues to practice it daily. He is very devoted to the ecosystem in which he has lived for forty years and believes that “God does not reside in temples or mosques – he is scattered everywhere in the courtyard of nature.

So Himalayan Yogi’s art gallery you can not miss to visit! Plan your trip soon and thank us later.

– by Shaurya Ritwik, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik