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New Delhi, September 18, 2017 : Ancient ruins. Sacrosanct marvels. World-renowned points of interest.
On the off chance that these words give you adrenaline surge, hop on! Travel lovers are not simply vacationers; they can be instead called ‘fanatics’, in the correct way. They crave for information set in antiquated urban areas; stories otherwise lost. Places and individuals and culture mean quite a lot more to them than simple products of a city.
We travel to encounter something other than what’s expected. However nowadays everybody is by all accounts on a similar trail. In case you’re hoping to get off the beaten track this year and learn more about history than textbooks ever will tell, then perhaps you should attempt taking a vacation to one of these nations,
Before you start to go the world over, it would just be smarter to travel and investigate your own nation first. Take out time and go past the pages of history books and experience the past by visiting national destinations that convey captivating stories from the past.
From the Modern day Odisha, which was previously known as Kalinga and its stories of the Ashoka war, to Agra’s images of the magnificent Mughal tradition; the sanctuaries of Khajuraho which are dazzling symbols of medieval Indian design to Bengal’s stories of the Battle of Plassey; India has incalculable stories that will help you reconnect with your foundations and offer a new perspective.
Travel back to the Ming Dynasty, the perfectly safeguarded historical destinations of China are an indication of the grandeur and radiance of its past sovereigns. In the capital city of Beijing, Tiananmen Square boasts of the Mao Zedong Mausoleum and the breathtaking Forbidden City royal residence. Marginally outside of town, the Ming Tombs are the graveyard of 13 dynastic rulers.
An uncommon blend of age-old custom and a dynamic present day state, Hong Kong brags numerous momentous historical attractions. Make sure to visit the Peak Tower, the Po Lin Monastery with the biggest open air bronze Buddha on the planet, the Man Mo Temple and the Hong Kong Museum of History.
What can be more historical than a city, secured by the Great Wall of China. China has a plenty of social and antiquated architectural wonders, all of which toss huge light on the Asian culture and history; unquestionably can’t be missed.
Regardless of the possibility that you are only marginally historically inclined, you should visit the Roman-motivated Aquincum, Matthias Church, and the medieval Buda Castle and museums, when in Budapest.
Architecturally, Hungary is a fortune trove, including Roman remains and medieval town houses to flamboyant holy places, neo-classical public structures and Art Nouveau bathhouses and schools. A few people even make a special effort for another look at their “masked” top picks like the Reök Palace in Szeged, the structures of Kőszeg’s Jurisics tér or the Mosque Church in Pécs.
In spite of the fact that the greater part of the Roman and Medieval locales are currently in ruins, there’s still much to explore and learn in the pictorial city of Budapest.
Cambodia has a one of a kind history, an unbelievable one, nearly. The city of Angkor Wat is the centre of many explorers’ outings. This town of shrines indicates everything about the Khmer engineering and the root of Hindu myths. With the remaining parts well kept, Angkor Wat is recounting stories you aren’t probably going to hear anyplace else.
The flickering towers of the Royal Palace, the rippling saffron of the priests’ robes and the striking area on the banks of the relentless Mekong; all tell stories of an Asia many daydream about from far off. Once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh’s sparkle was discolored by the effect of war and upset.
Situated out in the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island, an extraordinary domain of Chile, is home to Moai statues that are the only remains of a culture that once lived here. Envision viewing stunningly carved heads, going back to a period when human advancements had only recently started. The stones that draw in guests to this island are made out of volcanic ash; many still stay in the quarry, deserted by the occupants as lessening resources on the island left their tribes bound to wars that at long last killed them off.
Floating a little towards the present day world, established in 1541, Santiago was based on a common colonial framework. The city became the capital of the republic in 1818 and modernization transformed it in the 1930s. Presently, Santiago is a standout amongst the most current suburb in Latin America – and one with an astonishing abundance of exhibition halls and two ensemble symphonies.
Each of these countries is extraordinary, off-beat and offers something new. Be that as it may, on your next get-away, make your vacation something other than merely ‘sight-seing’. Not a vacationer, take a stab at being a voyager this time around and experience these nations more than ever. Keep in mind to share with us your travel tales!
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Clean beauty products are making inroads and have gained a significant share of the beauty market, with more more people becoming aware of the their benefits. With each passing year thanks to technology, research and development natural ingredients have finally regained their place in the spotlight. Don't take our word for it, beauty icons Kriti Sanon and Shanaya Kapoor also believe in natural and clean beauty products, and associate with the 'Naturali' range launched by RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. The new age nature-inspired personal care brand aims to provide a one-of-a kind experience to their customer infused with trendy natural ingredients delivering quick visible results.
Hair care ambassador Kriti Sanon said, 'I am extremely thrilled to be associating with Naturali haircare range that is infused with modern, trendy natural ingredients which are free from harmful chemicals. I have always been an ardent supporter of the 'no nasties' proposition when it comes to my hair care needs, hence this association came very naturally to me. Everyone knows that natural products are supposed to be good for you, but they are often believed to be slow in giving results. Naturali changes this, as the range has a unique SuperBlend of complementary natural ingredients, that are optimized to give you quick visible results. As a woman myself, I strongly believe that no woman should ever have to compromise especially with respect to her beauty choices. So, it is extremely fulfilling to see a brand that is not only good for you being free from harmful chemicals but also makes you look good.'
Clean beauty products are making inroads and have gained a significant share of the beauty market, with more more people becoming aware of the their benefits. | Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash
Bollywood debutante and skincare ambassador Shanaya Kapoor said, 'It is exhilarating to be associated with Naturali Skincare range. It's a brand that I feel complements my personality and I'm sure, just like me, a lot of young women are going to instantly connect with it. It's trendy, unapologetic, true to its claims, and most importantly takes charge. What resonated with me the most was the fresh take Naturali offers on nature-based skincare, the exciting ingredients - Avocado, Tea Tree, Red Raspberry coupled with the free from harmful chemicals promise. As someone who's had to deal with her fair share of skin problems like pimples while growing up, I am certain this range is going to be very useful for girls out there and I can't wait for them to try it out!'
Shashwat Goenka, Sector Head, Retail & FMCG said, 'There has been a paradigm shift in how Indian consumers, especially the younger, more conscious generation, engage with beauty products today. They are looking for a holistic and transparent approach towards beauty and wellness that is result-oriented. However, despite there being a burgeoning rise in the demand for natural beauty products, the personal care 'free from nasties' segment is still underpenetrated in terms of mass, affordable players. And that's where we come in - Naturali, a personal care brand infused with natural ingredients that are efficacious and free from harmful chemicals. The range is also available at pocket-friendly price points to the masses, a first for the segment."
He further added, 'We are very glad to announce Kriti Sanon as the face of the Naturali haircare range while Shanaya Kapoor represents the skincare offerings. We are a new, bold, and trendy brand and we wanted to associate with individuals who could help bring out and advocate these values. Kriti and Shanaya are a perfect choice as both are young, vivacious, and personally, resonates with our natural first proposition.'
The brand is backed by a SuperBlend technology that offers a combination of two modern, efficacious, natural ingredients like Avocado and Charcoal, Moringa and Avocado, Red Onion and Bhringaraj, Tea Tree & Avocado amongst others.
(Article originally published by: N. Lothungbeni) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Beauty, skincare, Kriti Sanon, Shanaya Kapoor, clean beauty
Children are often seen running around singing "London Bridge is Falling", and making a face of sadness when they reach the last line. Most people assume that the Fair Lady referred to in the rhyme is the Queen of England, and the current queen at that. But the history behind this rhyme goes farther back in time than we realize.
Speculation associated with this rhyme has to do with a process call immurement. Immurement was when a person was enclosed in a room with no exit points. This was more an act of superstition than punishment. It was believed to bring sturdiness to the structure if people were imprisoned behind the walls. London Bridge falling down was something that people at the time associated with weakness. But there is no evidence to substantiate the idea of immurement.
The Bridge of yesteryear London Image source: wikimedia commons
A more historical account states that the bridge fell as a result of a Viking attack. Vikings of Norway have a similar set of rhymes that associate their role in bringing down the Bridge of London. They sing of conquest and gold, and blessings from Odin, in Norse, which refers to the Bridge. King Olaf II is credited with this feat.
Most historians, unable to properly supply evidence of the above claims, state that perhaps the Thames River is the reason this rhyme came into existence. The original London Bridge had 19 arches that went deep into the river. This caused difficulty in navigation. The Bridge was taken down and reconstructed to accommodate boats and ships. Perhaps, it was this historical reconstruction that is being sung about. The London Bridge is the only one that directly refers to a historical event, and yet has no plausible evidence to support it.
Keywords: Rhymes, London, Bridge, History, Viking, Immurement
Atop the Vindhyagiri hills in Karnataka, a 57-foot-tall statue stands. This is the statue of Lord Gomateshwara, or Bahubali, as he is known to the local patrons. The surrounding area is filled with temples where each of the many Jain Tirthankaras sits.
Sharavanabelagola is named after a pond that is located at the foothills. 'Bel' in Kannada means white, and 'kola' means pond. This is a sacred water body to the activities of the temples. It is a tourist attraction and a pilgrim destination located 85 kilometres from Mysore, and 145 kilometres from the capital, Bangalore.
The pond that Sharavanabelagola is named after Image source: wikimedia commons
Since the statue is placed at such a great height, pilgrims are made to make a journey to the top of the hill by foot. They are required to climb the stone steps barefoot as an act of piety and devotion. Palanquins are offered only to senior citizens who wish to worship at the temple.
In 3 B.C, when India was ruled by the Mauryan Dynasty, Chandragupta Maurya became a Jain monk and took up residence in the Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri hills. He is supposedly responsible for the establishment of the temple complex at Shravanabelagola, where he lived till he died. Later on, his grandson, Ashoka made some additional changes to the place.
A shop in the tourist section that sells handmade items Image source: wikimedia commons
Every twelve years, a Mahamastabhisheka is conducted, and Jains from every part congregate to witness it. The statue is washed with water, rice flour, sugarcane juice, saffrom, sandalwood paste, gold, and silver flowers, curd, ghee, milk, and turmeric, and all the monks offer special prayers. The surrounding temples and rocks are preserved as archaeological wonders owing to the 800 edicts and inscriptions found here which span 600 to 1830.
Keywords: Shravanabelagola, Jainism, Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka, Karnataka