~ Dholavira-India: Discovery of Ancient 4700 Years Old City

250 acres size ancient (2650 BCE) well-planned Hindu City called Dholavira was discovered by J.P.Jodhi at Gujarat State in 1967-8. City had planned Houses, Market, Dam, Water Channels, Water Tanks, Underground Drainage system, a sport stadium of 10000 sitting capacity, dedicated roads with Sign-boards, Costal route for trade, Language texts,etc (watch clips below). Actual excavation has started since 1990 by Archaeological Survey of India.

It was not just planned modern city but metal things that were recovered also proved that since 4700  years (or before) Hindu people knew how to extract metals and make Gold/Copper/Bronze/Silver items.

Various materials were found in excavation like – Jars, cooking pots, Bronze -hammer/chisel/mirror, Gold -wire/ear stud/globules with holes, Copper – Celts/bangles, etc. See more details of recovered items here

Fore many photos and details visit HERE

Watch NDTV documentary on Dholavira and other nearby visiting sites Rani Ki Vav  and Sun Temple at Modhera  in following clip

Dholavira documentary at NDTV

Inside Dholavira City (Via kunzum)

Bailey – the residential complex at Dholavira

Underground Drainage System at Dholavira

Water Reservoir at Dholavira

Remnants of Dholavira Civilization

Dholavira Excavation Photos:

Dholavira site

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4700 Years old Dholavira City Site

Dholavira City Layout

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Dholavira city Layout

Dholavira (Indus) Script

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Indus (ancient Hindu) Script found at Dholavira City

Related news:

Image credits: “en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dholavira”

Sources: NDTV news, IndiaVideos.org, Google search, Wikipedia, Youtube, and all other links in the post.

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~ Famous TED talk @ Vedic Mathematics

Vedic Mathematics  is an ancient Indian mathematics .  It is very easy and has simple tricks to solve difficult calculations instantly. Maths students, IAS exam/GRE/GMAT/SAT/CAT aspirants, and kids enjoy this as they save time and energy to solve complex mathematical calculations. Mr. Gaurav Tekriwal is a Vedic Maths teacher. Watch his famous TED talk.

Why India Should Be Proud Of Vedic Maths @ TEDxGateWay

More videos from Mr. Gaurav @ Youtube Playlist

My other relevant post on Vedic Maths:  Vedic Mathematics : Why and How To Learn

Important Vedic maths Resources/Books/Links/Mobile Apps:

Sources: TED talk, Mr. Gaurav Takriwal and his links, Pinterest, Facebook, Wikipedia, Google search, Google play, apple apps, Scribd, Vedic maths forum, Vedic maths india, and other links in the posts.

~ Lonar Crater Lake,India : Unique World heritage site created due to impact of a Meteor (Star)

Lonar lake  is created due to the impact of a large 1.8 km diameter Meteor (shooting star); about 50000 years ago! It is a unique green coloured saline soda water lake ( Alkaline: pH ~ 13) with other salts and minerals which are different from local soil. Lonar is situated at central part of India, in district of Buldhana, Maharashtra State. Site is very special for Geologist/Astronomers to study rocks and surfaces on other planets  or stars. Pune-India based Universe of Amateur Astronomers (Khagol Vishwa) also conducted various studies on Lonar Lake (For information and photos visit here ).This important site has also got attention recently after important discovery that this crater has similarity to the  craters on the Mars surface (see full reports here and here).

Many local and international scientists, activists, students and socialists are campaigning  to consider Lonar Crater Lake in the list of UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lonar is now a very famous tourist site. It is well connected by road. You can hire a taxi from nearest cities (close to Mumbai) such as Nagpur or Aurangabad  in Maharashtra state.

See informative documentary on Lonar Lake below.

Lonar Lake Documentary (Devharsh Productions)

Lonar Lake among India’s 7 Wonders

Other informative articles on Lonar Lake:

Image Credit: “en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LonarCrater.jpg”

Sources: Google search, YouTube, Devharsh Productions teaser, Wikipedia, and various news and other hyper-links mentioned in the post.

~ Royal & Romantic : Udaipur Lake Palace

Feel Royal, Feel Romantic!!…. Make you feel like a like a Royal Guest not a Visitor, like a Traveller not a Tourist!! This beautiful palace was build in 1746 by Mewar dynasty King Maharaja Jagat Singh as his summer (lake) palace in the middle of lake Pichola at ancient Udaipur City in North-West part of India called State of Rajasthan. After restoration in 1971 by Tata group’s Taj Resorts and Palaces    , it is now preserved as prestigious 5 star “Taj Lake Palace Udaipur”. Palace is most iconic hotel in the world which also received international awards.

Some Hollywood and Bollywood movies were also posturized here. The visitors includes many international celebrities, Kings, Queens and other eminent guests.

Watch this incredible experience from some guests!

  • Royal and Romantic – Udaipur Lake Palace Hotel

(Background music: Beautiful local folk song “Kesaria Balam, Padharoni Mharo des” from Movie Dor)

  •  Lake Palace tour (Kuoni Advt.)

  • Palace view from Dusk till Dawn

  • Inside Lake Palace (Clips from visitors)

  • Welcome to Rajasthan- Rajansthan Tourism

Off course visit to palace comes with heavy price! As per some comments from visitors, suite cost ranges from about ~ $800 – $5000+ depending upon season and type of suite! For more details visit official website of Taj Hotels : here. 

Also, see official Rajasthan Tourism website: here

Namaste _/\_ “Padhaaro Mhare Dess”  🙂 

(Welcome to my place!)

Image credit: :”en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udaipur”

Sources: Taj group of hotels, Lake Palace, Rajasthan Tourism, Incredible India, Wikipedia, Google search, Youtube, and other hyper-links mentioned in the post.

~ Himachal : The ‘mini Switzerland’ of India!

Himachal Pradesh (Pradesh means-State/Area) northern part of India (Near New Delhi), is blessed with beautiful Himalaya ranges, Rivers, Forests, and Natural landscapes. Visitors also call it a Mini-Switzerland of India!! It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in India. Himachal Pradesh is most sought destination for Adventure sports, Camping, Trekking, Ropeway, Hiking , Mountain biking, Snow/Winter Sports, Yoga & Meditation, and full of many peaceful heavenly hill stations with beautiful Himalaya view which will refresh you.

Best time to visit Himachal is from October till June. Check following official websites.

For other top destination list, festivals, details about adventure sports , winter sports, time to visit, accommodations,etc visit official Himachal tourism site- here. Also, see Government of Himachal Pradesh website – here.  See official Himachal Tourism Youtube play list.

Adventure tourism @ Himachal :

“The Bucket list” for Himachal Pradesh:

  • Road Trip to Breath-taking Himalaya Valley/Ranges

One more clip – here

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Must visit places in Himachal Pradesh:

  • Dharamshala   (Buddhist pilgrim place, Hill Station). More information here

More videos on Himachal beauty – here at Youtube playlist

Image credit: “en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Khajjiar.jpg”

Sources: Google search, YouTube, Himachal Tourism, Govt of Himachal links, Incredible India website, Wikipedia and other links provided in the post.

~ UNESCO World Heritage Sites In India

See all 31 Beautiful and MUST VISIT UNESCO World heritage Sites in India. Full list of UNESCO (United Nations Educational , Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage site as per country is given here.

  • NORTH India

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park

  • Brief: Its an Ecosystem full of Alpine forest and flowers
  • Location : Chamoli, Uttaranchal State.
  • UNESCO info

Mountain Railways (Total 3 routes)

  • Location: Kalka-Shimla, Nilgiri Railways,and Darjeeling Himalayan Railways
  • UNESCO information

Qutub Minar Complex

Humayun’s Tomb

The Red Fort

Fatehpur Sikri

Agra Fort

Taj Mahal

Keoladeo National Park

  • Brief: Wetlands Wintering ground for migratory birds
  • Location: Bharatpur, Rajasthan
  • UNESCO info

Jantar Mantar

  • CENTRAL India

Khajuraho Temples

Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

Sanchi Stupa – Buddhist Monuments

Bodh Gaya ( Mahabodhi complex) – Buddhist Temple

Konark Sun Temple

Sundarbans National Park

  • Brief: Mangrove Forests and Tiger habitat
  • Location: West Bengal
  • UNESCO info

Darjeeling Mountain Railways

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Kaziranga National Park

  • Brief: Tropical Forests and Grassland and home for Indian Rhinoceros.
  • Location: Assam State
  • UNESCO info
  • WEST India

Champaner- Pavagarh Archaeological Park

Ajanta Caves

Ellora – Stone Temple

Elephanta Caves

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ( formally Victoria Terminus)

Churches and Convents of Goa

The Western Ghats (Valleys)

  • Location: Spread across west coast, around Mumbai
  • UNESCO info
  • SOUTH India

Pattadakal Monuments

Hampi Monuments/Temples/Ancient City

Nilgiri Mountain Railways

Mahabalipuram Monuments/Temples

  • Location: Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu State
  • UNESCO info

Great Living Chola Temples

A Youtube user (unknown) has provided this great video. Just for information, Music in above clip is by Oscar winner musician Mr. A.R. Rahman from hindi Album/Movie Jodha-Akbar  and song is “Jashn-E-Bahaara”.

Ellora Caves (Via 7wondersofindia on NDTV)

Khajuraho Temples

Watch some other YouTube clips:

Sanchi Buddhist Temples

Hampi Monuments/Ancient City/Temples (Via diaryindia)

Pattadakal,Badami,Aihole Temples (Via Diaryindia)

Sources: Youtube, Wikipedia, UNESCO, and other hyper-links mentioned in the post.