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  • Nov 05 2010

    Pushkar Fair : The Annual Largest Camel Fair in the World

    Pushkar Fair is world’s largest camel fair held in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan.  This camel festival hosts around 50,000 camels in this magnificent event they are sold, decorated, raced and saved.

    Largest Camel Fair

    Largest Camel Fair

    Pushkar is among the five Dhams of Hindus Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram and Dwarka. On this occasion villagers from far and near to gather and enjoys the fair.

    According to legends Lord Brahama killed the demon by his lotus flower and the places where his petals floated Lake sprang up. Puskar Lake was surrounded by 500 temples and 52 palaces at one point.  This is the only Brahama temple of India. Puskar is held at Pushkar town, 11 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan, India for twelve days annually.

    A Quick Overview: Why should you visit Pushkar Fair:

    • It is the largest Camel Fair in the World

      Camel Ride at Pushkar

      Camel Ride at Pushkar

    • It has only temple for Lord Brahma in the world
    • It has the famous Sarovar with 52 Ghats surrounding it in the Earth
    • It offers around 400 temples to see.
    • Pushkar Fair is all encapsulated with numerous cultural activities.
    • Traditional and Ethnic shopping items from all over the state are on sale during fair.
    • Pushkar  Mela has the rare combination of religious fervor and cultural vibrancy in Rajasthan.
    • One of the most interesting and attractive feature of the fair is the opportunity to meet and see numerous different cultural folks.

    In 2010, Pushkar Fair is celebrated on 13-21 November.

    Toshali Resorts International has made exclusive arrangement for their Guest, Tourist, Travellers to visit Pushkat Fair at Rajasthan. Reservation and Booking Pushkar Mela can be made at http://bit.ly/gb5Hsr . You can also ask your Travel Consultant Metu at metu@toshali,in

  • Nov 02 2010

    Puri Beach Festival, Orissa: Do Not Miss it….!

    Puri Beach Festival is celebrated every year in the month of November at Puri, Orissa. It has gained enough popularity in the recent years as tourists from all over India and globally during the festival, making it a perfect ambiance and opportunity for the, tourist and travelers visitors to interact with the local Orissa people and know about their culture.

    Starting from Fashion shows, exhibitions, cultural programs, delicious cuisine all form a part of this colorful festival, there are many interactive, attractive and entertaining events organized here for the tourist and visitors at Puri during the festivals.

    Puri Beach Festival has always been on epitome on the tourism prospects. The festival is held in the month of November, this festival is an annual 5 day Puri beach festival is held 23rd-27th November every year packed with engaging activities and events for the tourists to blend in the culture and traditions all colorful and majestic of Incredible Orissa.

    While on a visit to Orissa, the Beach Festival is the most enchanting experience of all. Starting from the cultural performances to beach fun, Puri beach festival offers for every age group. The venue of the festival is Puri Beach, it is a pilgrimage in itself at Lord Jagannath Dham and a perfect vacation and holiday destination.

    Activities held during the Puri Beach Festival are

    • Cultural events, classical and folk dance performances, sand sculptures, handicrafts and food festivals to rock concerts, DJs, On The Beach Parties; Puri Beach Festival has established it as an international festival.
    • Every day at the festival tourist and visitors can listening rock music, tapping feet on classical and folk tunes, enjoying dance performances, shopping ethnic and traditional handicrafts, enjoying the beach and to have night-long fun on beach.

    The credit for conducting the wonderful Puri Beach Festival goes to the following star co-sponsors…

    • Hotel and Restaurant Association of Orissa (HRAO).
    • Ministry of Tourism, Government of India
    • The Department of Tourism, Government of Orissa
    • Development Commissioner of Handicrafts and
    • The Eastern Zonal Cultural Center; Calcutta.

    In 2010, The Annual “16th Puri Beach Festival” is held 23rd – 27th November.

    Toshali Sand, Puri has made exclusive arrangement for their Guest, Tourist, Travellers, Locals, Visitors at Balighai Beach, Puri.. Reservation and Booking for the Puri Beach Festival can be made at http://bit.ly/aKlamj .. You can also ask your Travel Consultant Metu at metu@toshali,in

  • Oct 29 2010

    Dance Festivals of India

    india-dance-festivalIts varied dance forms are an indicator to India’s rich cultural heritage. All classical dance forms revolve around the nine ‘Rasa’ or emotions, namely happiness, anger, fear, courage, peace, kindness, agony, surprise and disgust. Numerous dance festivals are a pointer to the continued and growing popularity of India’s rich heritage. Some of them are:

    Hampi  Utsav

    Hampi festival is one of the major tourist attractions of Karnataka. It features dance, drama and music against the backdrop of the rocks and ruins of an ancient empire. It takes place around late January.

    Khajuraho Festival

    It is the best known dance festival held in February-March in Khajuraho. The cultural extravaganza takes place at an ampitheatre near of the Chitragupta Temple.

    Konark Dance Festival

    Held against the backdrop of the imposing Sun temple, annually from February 19 to 23. The exquisite ‘Salamander’ or the ‘dancing hall’ of the Sun temple is an architectural wonder. The walls are covered with fine sculpture. The festival started in the year 1986 at Konark Natya Mandap, Arka Vihar, Konark. It was started by Guru Gangadhar Pradhan.

    Mamallapuram Utsav

    In late December or early January, for 4 weeks danseuse enthrall against backdrop of the Pallava Rock Sculpture – ‘Arjuna’s Penance’ of this ancient temple town, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Nishagandhi Festival

    It is a twice a year festival – held in October-November and March-April in the Nishagandhi Theatre, at the Kanakunnu palace compound in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

    Natyanjali Utsav

    Dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is also the Lord of dance forms as the ‘Nataraj’, it begins on Mahashivratri at the 1000 year old temple in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu.

    Taj Mahotsav

    Taj Mahotsav is a 10 day extravaganza held between February and March. It features classical dances, folk art and music. The venue is Shilpgram, a stone throw from the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra.

    In 2010, Toshali Travel and Tours  offers budget festival Holiday packages and arranges, to be at Indian Dance Festivals. And customized your accommodation on demand, get reservation at http://bit.ly/cwKz4E Toshali Travel and Tours is authorised Travel and Tour Operator, recognised and accredited by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

    To know more about the Indian Dance Festivals, post you comments or Contact our Toshali Holidays Planner at metu@toshali.in

  • Oct 29 2010

    Dadri Mela : The Largest Cattle Fairs in India

    India is a land of festivals, fairs and celebrations. Most of these follow the crop cycle. Over time they have grown legends, most portraying the victory of good over evil. And all adding to the color and gaiety to life.

    Legend says Ballia was the capital of King Bali, who was vanquished by Lord Vishnu in his ‘Vamana’ incarnation. It was once situated in the confluence of river Ganga and Saryu.

    In more modern times Ballia was the birth place of the hero of First War of Indian Independence, Mangal Pandey. The city of Ballia is also believed to the birth place and workplace of Maharshi Bhrigu.

    Dadri is a village some 5 km from the town of Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. Every year on Kartik Poornima (October – November) it hosts one of the largest cattle fairs of the world, alongwith the Sonepur and Pushkar fair. There is a temple dedicated to Sage Bhrigu in Dadri. It is believed that this is where Dardar Muni, son of Sage Bhrigu, on the boon of Lord Brahma, undertook penance. The fair attracts about a million people. It is famous for trading in livestock.

    Dadri Mela /Fair is held on 21 November 2010

    Toshali Travel and Tours  offers budget festival holiday packages and arranges, to be at “Dadri Mela” in Dadri, Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. And customized your accommodation on demand, book your package reservation at with Toshali Travel and Tours. Toshali  is authorised Travel and Tour Operator, recognised and accredited by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

    To know more on the Dadri Mela, post you comments or Contact our Toshali Holidays Planner at metu@toshali.in

  • Oct 28 2010

    Children’s Day in India : Birthday Celebration of Chacha Nehru

    Children’s day was first celebrated worldwide in October, 1953, under the sponsorship of International Union for Child Welfare, Geneva. The idea of Universal Children’s Day was mooted by late Shri V.K. Krishna Menon and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954.

    Universally, Children’s Day is celebrated on 20th November. However in India it is celebrated on 14th November, because the date marks the birth anniversary of our beloved first Prime Minister – Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru or as children called him fondly ‘Chacha Nehru’.

    The birth of Chacha Nehru..

    His great love for roses and children are well-known. He often compared the two, saying that children were like buds in a garden to be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future.

    He was ‘beloved’ of children who christened him ‘Chacha Nehru’. As atribute to his great love for children, his birthday is celebrated all over India as ‘CHILDREN’S DAY’. A national holiday, it is celebrated in schools and colleges with functions catering to children.

    Children's Day (Image courtesy - Indian Public Holiday)

    Children’s Day (Image courtesy – Indian Public Holiday)

    Apart from his formidable skills as a statesman, Nehru was also immensely fond of children. Children to Nehru were little adults in the making.

    The story also goes that he started to wear a rose on his jacket after a child pinned one on it. The national children’s centre, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, is also named after him.

    The significance of Children’s Day

    Amidst all this pomp and celebration we should not lose sight of Chacha Nehru’s real message. Providing children with a safe and nurturing environment in which to flourish and develop to contribute to nation building. This day we renew our commitment to the welfare of children and teach them to live by Chacha Nehru’s example.

    Schools have cultural programmes with students running teh show. Schools celebrate this day by organising cultural programmes.

    Teachers of the school perform songs and dances for their students. Various competitions are organised. Television channels have got into the fray and air special programmes for kids.

    Toshali Travel and Tours offers Weekend budget festival holiday packages and arranges to celebrate “Children’s Day” at Toshali Resorts. And offers to customized your accommodation and vacation plan on demand, book your package reservation at with Toshali Travel and Tours. Toshali  is authorised Travel and Tour Operator, recognised and accredited by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India . Book your Children’s Day Weekend Package http://bit.ly/b2G0Dd

    To know more on the Chandigarh Carnival, post you comments or Contact your at Toshali Holidays Planner at metu@toshali.in

  • Oct 24 2010

    Chandigarh Carnival : Festival of fun and frolic in India

    Chandigarh, a new city and lacking in some of the age-old cultural traditions, has acquired new ones and a few like the Chandigarh carnival and “Maha Moorkh Sammelan” are unique.

    Chandigarh carnival is a three day long gala, organized by the Chandigarh administration to promote creativity and talent of the citizens. It provides a platform to children and senior citizens, to come forward and exhibit their talent. Various competitions like painting and clay modeling etc. are conducted. Pick and drop facilities for senior citizens ensure greater participation.

    Many schools also come and take part in the carnival. Some of the major competitions held are clay modeling, painting, fancy dress, singing, sit-and -draw etc.

    The Carnival starts with a gala parade where colorfully dressed revelers set the tone. One of the biggest features of this festival is that it arranges for pick up and drop facilities for the senior citizens, so that they do not face any inconvenience.

    The 2009 edition comprised of 16 troupes from Jordan, Hungary and France showcasing their talent.  Around 42 stalls were set up by NGOs to exhibit musical instruments, rare photographs, replicas of French architect Le Corbusier’s art works. The main entrance was in the shape of a guitar.

    Cultural programme during Chandigarh Carnival 2008

    In a land of festivities this is one ‘new age’ celebrations that merits mention. Chandigarh carnival is held every year in second week of November, immediately after Children’s Day (i.e 14th November). The venue for the same is Leisure valley in Sector 10, Chandigarh, India

    Toshali Travel and Tours  offers budget festival holiday packages and arranges, to be at Chandigarh Carnival, Chandigarh. And customized your accommodation on demand, book your package reservation at with Toshali Travel and Tours. Toshali  is authorised Travel and Tour Operator, recognised and accredited by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India . Visit : www.toshalitravel.com

    To know more on the Chandigarh Carnival, post you comments or Contact your at Toshali Holidays Planner at metu@toshali.in

  • Oct 23 2010

    Ganga Mahotsav : Festival at Varanasi, the cultural capital of India

    Ganga Mahotsava is a 5-day festive event held on the banks of Ganges in Varanasi on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Kartik. Ganga Mahotsava tends to promote Varanasi and Ganga as the cultural capital and lifeline of India respectively.

    The event gives stress on the promotion of the classical style of Indian music & dance. It provides opportunity to viewers, to witness performance of the great exponents of Indian classical dance and music. Some of these exponents of art reside in Uttar Pradesh itself.

    In the past editions, laureates like Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pundit Chhanulal Misra, Girija Devi, Bal Murli Krishnan, Bhimsen Joshi, Birju Maharaj, Amjad Ali Khan, Vilayat Khan, Zila Khan, Sujat Khan and Zakir Hussein have given their enthralling performances in this festival. This festival is a must attend for every tourists the festival of lights at Varanasi.

    It is believed, on the day of Dev Deepavali God descends from Heaven to take a holy bath in the Ganges. During the festival the banks of the river Ganga are lit with diyas or the earthen lamps and amidst chanting of Vedic hymns. The ghats of Ganga wear a majestic mystic look as thousands of pilgrim , tourists walk to take the holy dip in the wee hours of the holy day.

    Men and women bathes in the river while chanting mantras and doing surya namaskar or worshiping and bowing to the Sun God.

    Ganga Mahotsav Cultural Festival is held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh from 17 to 21 November 2010

    Planning your Trip for Ganga Mahotsav, Our tip here would be…

    Stay at Varanasi for  5 days : If you want a true taste of Varansai, you should consider staying in one of the many dharmshalas lining the ghats? For those who like their creature comforts, book a hotel well in advance to avoid last minute hassles.

    My recommendation would be : Enjoy a boat ride down the mighty Ganga River, taste the famous puris and kachoris for breakfast and finish it off with a Banarasi paan (Beetle), shop around for the hallmark Banarasi Sarees (India famous dressing attire) and also  visit the ancient temples dotting the oldest city in the world.

    Toshali Travel and Tours  offers budget festival holiday packages and arranges, to be at “Ganga Mahotsav”, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. And customized your accommodation on demand, book your package reservation at with Toshali Travel and Tours. Toshali  is authorised Travel and Tour Operator, recognised and accredited by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India . Visit : www.toshalitravel.com

    To know more on the Ganga Mahotsav, post you comments or Contact your at Toshali Holidays Planner at metu@toshali.in

  • Oct 23 2010

    Dhanteras Festival : The Holy Celebration of Wealth in India

    Goddess Laxmi on Dhanteras FestivalDhanteras  is the festival celebrated  two days before  Diwali. It usually falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/ November).  On this day Goddess Laxmi is worshipped to provide prosperity and wealth. Dhan Teras holds great significance for the business community.

    According to legends once a sixteen year old son of King Hima was doomed to die by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage as per his horoscope. On the particular fourth day of his marriage his young wife did not allow him to sleep, she laid all the ornaments  gold and silver coins at the entrance of her husband’s boudoir and lightened innumerable lamps all over the place and herself went to sing songs.

    When Yama, the god of death arrived there in the guise of a serpent his eyes got blind by the dazzle of the brilliant lights and he could not enter the Prince’s chamber. So he climbed on the top of the head of the ornaments and coin and sat down. In the morning serpent quietly went away. Thus, the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death.

    Since then this day of Dhanteras is celebrated that is also known as “Yamadeepdaan”. Then the lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the god of death.

    Then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of “Yamadeepdaan” and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the god of Death.

    Dhanteras is also treated auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that if you bring new Dhan or some form of precious metal it is a sign or symbol of Good –Luck.

    In 2010, Dhanteras Festival is celebrated on November 3rd. Toshali Sands welcomes all to be the part of Dhanteras and Diwali Festival experiencing the week long festive celebration, exclusive arrangement has been done for the guest to witness and be the part of the festival at Toshali Sands, Puri. Dhanteras and Diwali Package and online hotel reservation click on http://bit.ly/aZPmwF For more details on customized Dhanteras and Diwali festive budget tour contact our travel planner to metu@toshali.in

    If you feel, we have missed any information that is helpful for your friends visiting this blog, do post. We would be glad to receive your comments and conversation.

  • Oct 22 2010

    Dev Uthani Ekadashi Puja : Auspicious day for marriages all over India

    Dev Uthani Ekadashi festival is celebrated in the month of  Kartik (November-December).It is believed that on this day Lord Vishnu had woken up after a rest of four months. This day is considered auspicious as marriages take place on this day all over India. Beside this all auspicious work could be started from this day. lt is also known by the name of Dev Pradodini Ekadasi, Hari Prabodini Ekadasi, Uttahana Ekadasi and Bada Ekadasi.

    On this day, an image of Lord Vishnu is drawn on the ground. Lamps are lit around it and fruits and vegetables are offered to this fresh image. In some regions this image is covered with a big brass plate symbolizing that lord is sleeping. Bhajans are dedicated to lord Vishnu to shed his sleep and wake up and bless people.

    To wake the Lord, children light mustard torches at night and make lot of noise.

    Dev Uthani Ekadashi

    The methods of the Dev Uthani Ekadashi Puja Festivalare:

    1. The courtyard or the room should be cleaned and with limestone or chuna and with geru the image of Dev or the deity or the Lord should be drawn.
    2. In the evening, puja is done with water, roli, moli which are the colored thread, rice, fruits, gut, cotton, banana, gwar ki phalli, mooli, money etc.
    3. The Deepak or diya or the home made soil lamps are then lit and devotional songs are sung.
    4. The most important part of the puja. People perform Tulsiji ka Vivah on this day with Shaligram.

    In 2010, this festival is celebrated on 17th November. Toshali Sands welcomes all to be the part of Diwali Festival experiencing, exclusive arrangement has been done for the guest to witness and be the part of the festival. For hotel , Wedding and Reception facility Reservation, Book your package at  http://bit.ly/9Tr6lA . For more details on customized Wedding and Reception facility budget contact travel planner to metu@toshali.in

    If you feel, we have missed any information that is helpful for your friends visiting this blog, do post. We would be glad to receive your comments and conversation.

  • Oct 22 2010

    Chhath Puja : Indian thanksgiving festival dedicated to the Sun God

    Chhath, also known as Dala Chhath is an  important festival celebrated in Bihar and many other parts of India in which setting Sun (dawn) is worshiped . Although Bihar celebrates Chhath most elaborately it is also followed in some parts of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, Mauritius, mainly among the Bhojpuri and Maithali speaking people. Chhath is also important for Nepalese worshippers of god as well as in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

    The best place to witness Chhath would be around Northern Bihar where it is celebrated in great grandeur. The festival is observed and in Bihar since time immemorial with the constant faith that the Sun God fulfils wishes if ‘araghya’ is offered with complete dedication and devotion.

    Chhath is not just a physical attachment to the people of Bihar, it is also present in their hearts, and this is why the people bring wherever they have migrated. Nowadays it can be easily seen at the ghats of Yamuna in Delhi and other parts of India indicating its presence across the country.

    It is a festival connected with purity, devotion to the Sun God who is considered as the source of life on this earth and is regarded as wish fulfiller.

    The important dates of coming “Chhath Puja Vrat” 2010:-

    • Naha Kha                        –  10/Nov/2010
    • Kharna / Lohanda    –  11/Nov/2010
    • Sanjha Urga                  –  12/Nov/2010
    • Subah Urga                   –  13/Nov/2010
    • Paran                                –  13/Nov/2010

     

    Excursions in Bihar during Chhath Puja (courtesy –  Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation)

    • Rajgir: 15 km. The ancient capital of Magadhan empire which flourished in the 6th century BC.
    • Gaya: 95 km. It is a very sacred pilgrim center for the Hindus.
    • Bodhgaya: 110 km. It is the holiest amongst holy places of Buddhist World., where Prince Sidharaha attained the supreme enlightenment and became the Buddha , the enlightened one.
    • Pawapuri: 25km. A sinless city it is a great pilgrimage center of the Jains. Lord Mahavira, the greatest propounder of Jainism had delivered his last sermon took Mahaparinirvana and was cremated here.
    • Patna: 95km. The ancient city of Patliputra, where the capital of Magadhan empire shifted from Rajgir, is situated on the main line of eastern railway and is well connected with air services

    In 2010, Chhat Puja Festival 2010 is celebrated on 11th November 2010.. Toshali Travel and Tours  offers budget festival holiday packages and arranges, to be at , Chhat Puja Festival 2010. And customized your accommodation on demand, book your package reservation at http://bit.ly/aJFgJ0 . Toshali Travel and Tours is authorised Travel and Tour Operator, recognised and accredited by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

    To know more on the , Chhat Puja Festival 2010, post you comments or Contact our Toshali Holidays Planner at metu@toshali.in

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