Colourful and bright costumes, bold makeup, bolder emotions and a spellbounding storyline is what I can say if you ask me to describe Kathakali in a single sentence.But since I have the luxury to describe it; here’s what I want you to know about it. Kathakali is one of the major and most popular classical dance forms of India. It is as much a dance form as it is an art of storytelling. It is an ancient art and holds within itself traditions and culture that goes back centuries. It is a dramatic expression of emotions that is expressed through a very neatly assembled combination of dance, drama, music, costumes and makeup. The acts usually adapt stories from hinduism. It also takes its references and learning from the Natya Shastra.Someone has beautifully mentioned that; ‘Kathakali brought humanity into Hinduism to express emotions that go beyond words. The temple rituals, first performed in secret, evolved into a vibrant drama that embraces the essence of what it is to be human.’ If you are still pretty curious about this dance form; here’s something that will make a very interesting read. The article is titled Dance of Kerala,The Entrance to God’s domain and is published by india travelz Read it yourself here; to know why this art form of kerala is also called The Dance Of Gods The article also takes you through lives of the artists associated with it. A line from the article is as follows. ‘Only men are allowed to be Kathakali actors. The training starts at the age of ten and the student stay with his guru for seven or eight years in order to learn from him how to master the basic techniques’ Read the full article here: http://indiatravelz.com/dance-of-kerala/
Being in foreign land always challenges one on the communication front, especially when the languages differ very much. In India, a land where you will find more than 700 different languages out of which 22 are listed in the constitution, it most definitely becomes a task to reach out to and understand everyone. Even though English has continued to be an important language; it is Hindi (No, it’s not the same as Indian, there’s no language such as Indian) that is widely spoken throughout the country. Here’s a preliminary guide that includes basic words, phrases and expressions that could help you communicate when you are in India. Emergency phrases: Help! - Bachao, Madad karo Fire! - Aag lagi hai Stop- Ruk jao Call the police- Police ko bulao Call an ambulance - Ambulance bulao I need help. - Mujhe madad chahiye I am hurt - Mujhe chot lagi hai Basic words: Hello, Hey - Namaste/ Namaskar Yes - Haan No - Na , Nahi Okay - Theek hai Bye - Phir milenge Good Morning - Suprabhat Good Night - Shubh Ratri Sorry - Maaf kijiye Thank you - Dhanyawad/ Shukriya Please- Kripaya Let’s go - Chalo/Chaliye Question words: What? - Kya? Why?- Kyun? When? - Kab? How? - Kaise? Who? - Kon? Where? - Kahan?/ Kidhar? Directions:
India is very popular among foreign nationals for its Ayurveda. If you are unaware what it is, Ayurveda is an ancient system of life and medicine. It is used to heal people and has been in India for thousands of years. It uses minerals and naturally occurring substances to heal. To get yourself a better insight; here are a few pieces we invite you to read. This first link will introduce to Ayurveda and its benefits. The article is titled ‘Ayurvedic Massage- Ancient India’s Best Kept Secret’. It will reveal to you ayurveda’s therapeutic benefits, the elements it uses and the experience that one has while getting a massage session. This blog is must read before one sits down for a massage for the first time. You can read it here:http://www.ayurveda-retreat.co.uk/ayurvedic-massage-about/ This second piece is the one titled ‘Top 16 Healing Ayurvedic Treatments for Total Body’ and is written by Deblina Biswas. She starts off by telling you what is ayurveda in her opinion and what benefits it has. The most essential part of her blog are the 16 ayurvedic treatments that she has listed with a brief summary of each one’s boons. Read here to know about them:http://www.thefitindian.com/best-kerala-ayurvedic-treatments/ After knowing about the ayurvedic massages; if you are keen on experiencing one yourself, here are a few places in India which are famous for them. The article was published in Time of India and is called ’India’s 5 leading Ayurveda destinations’ The places that this blog describes are Kerala (one of the most famous ones), Uttrakhand, Goa, Udaipur. Read here to know where in these cities will you find a good place for it:https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Indias-5-leading-Ayurveda-destinations/articleshow/15339457.cms This blog is a personal experience account by Claire Salter who loves exploring the world and finding the under appreciated places in the world and showing them off. Her article is titled ’Experiencing an Ayurvedic Massage in Kerala’ under which she documents her experience with an ayurvedic massage at a village called Vythiri in Kerala, India. Read it here:http://keralablogexpress.com/2016/03/10/experiencing-ayurvedic-massage-kerala/ Trabug - India’s First Travel Phone will be a tool that will help you explore India and will make your precious trips more enjoyable and completely hassle free. Time is of value and Trabug helps you save time everywhere as Trabug is loaded with recommendations about places to visit, to eat and about things to do. It also keeps your budget in check.
Pongal in South India, Lohri in North India, Uttarayan in Gujarat and Makar Sankranti in the rest of the country, these festivals are called by different names and are celebrated differently but what they all have in common is the spirit of the celebration. They are celebrated at the same time in January. The festivals celebrate the new year, the harvest, the oncoming of spring, offset of winter and the love and joy of living life. Read about each one here: PongalPongal is a 4 day celebration from January 14th to January 17th and is mostly celebrated in South India. It is also sometimes known as the Indian thanksgiving as people give thanks to the Sun God for the harvest. It is a very widely celebrated festival in Tamil Nadu and has been celebrated for over 1000 years now. The festival has 4 days namely Bhogi, Thai Pongal, Maatu Pongal and Kaanum Pongal. It is celebrated with loads of festive cooking and especially observes boling the first rice of the reason. Read these two blogs to know more:http://www.bitofvacation.com/blog/indian-thanksgiving/ http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/sadhguru/pongal-significance-of-harvest-festival/ LohriLohri is an important festival in North India and is celebrated on 13th or 14th January. It is fondly known as the bonfire festival of Punjab. The festival holds a special significance for the Punjabi community. The festival also marks the offset of winter and the oncoming of the spring season. The Sun is thanked and fire is prayed to. A bonfire is lit. the offerings and prayers are made to it. The celebrations include merry singing, cooking and dancing and singing folk tunes. The children have their little trick or treat where they receive rewari, gajak, jaggery as treats in exchange for good singing. Read these two blogs to know more:http://eleanorandtheelephants.blogspot.in/2012/01/lohri.html
One of the key attractions of being in the western part of India is exploring the state of Gujarat and its wonders. Gujarat is the westernmost state of India that has beaches, deserts, metro cities, cultural & architectural heritage and all the rest you can think of. Tourists flood during October to February as these are the most happening times of the year with Navratri and Rann Utsav to wow the visitors.Here’s more information on India’s most unique and looked forward to festival which is a bliss for people that love the amalgamation of culture and nature. Names: Rann Utsav, Rann Mahotsav, Rann Of Kutch UtsavTime: November to February ( Check site for latest dates)Venue: DhordoKey Attractions: Natural landscapes; Cultural performances; Mandvi Beach; Safari; Hot Air Ballooning; Camping To know more; we have handpicked some articles that give out the important details. Read on! This article by the name ‘Rann Utsav 2017-18: All You Need To Know About The Desert Fest’ by travel triangle will give you latest information about Rann Utsav 2017-18. It gives you a great insight about the things you should expect, how and where to reach, where it starts, what and where to eat and answers possibly every question you have about this year’s festival. This site also helps you plan your trip and answers your queries. Visit the link for more.http://traveltriangle.com/blog/rann-utsav/ Another blogpost by Sumit Saxena for Tripoclan is headed ‘The Grandeur Of The Kutch Rann Utsav’ and tells you more comprehensively about the festival. Sumit is a Startup enthusiast, passionate traveler, business developer professional and writes blogs by choice. This article covers subheads like When and Where, Places to Stay, What to Visit, Activities at Kutch and Surrounding Places. Read more through this link.http://www.tripoclan.com/blog/grandeur-kutch-rann-utsav/ For more information/bookings visit the Official Site for Rann Utsav: http://www.rannutsav.com/ This next pick is more of a description on Rann of Kutch and not particularly about the fest.It is a very elaborate personal experience by Winnie Karnik for musafir. The blog piece is called ‘Time to Rann away’ and is detailed beautifully with experiences and facts. She has made it even more engrossing with the help of amazing pictures. The blog starts with her describing the Salt desert of Kutch and the views over the desert like a poem. She goes on describing how it was living there with single digit temperatures and in tents. She describes her cultural experiences and the art she found. In her words ‘The Khatris are excellent hosts and demonstrate Rogan Art to every visitor’. She describes the sunset and the experiences of visiting the Bhuj earthquake affected areas. She ends her blog by telling you her tips to help plan a perfect gateway to Rann of Kutch.https://in.musafir.com/Blog/Time_to_Rann_away.aspx Here’s a video of the Utsav (Festival) from last year to help you have a better insight.
Christmas is to the world what Diwali is to India. India being a secular republic and very proudly so has a special place for each festival and for Christmas too. Christmas and New Year celebrations vary in the parts of the country but it won’t be wrong to mention that the spirits are definitely homogenous.Here are few answers to the most widely asked questions that are where and how to celebrate Christmas and New Year in India. WhereTo answer the wheres first, we have these three blogs picked out for you. The first one is listed under the heading ‘Top 5 Places In India To Celebrate Christmas’ by Indiator. The blog lists Goa; Kolkata; Puducherry, Manali and Kerala. With each destination, it elaborates on the reasons as to why pick one over the other. Go through the link below to make a better choice for this 25th of December.https://indiator.com/tourist-places/blog/places-in-india-to-celebrate-christmas/ The second one is by holidify and is titled ‘17 Best New Year Destinations In India’ The article gives you a varied choice of 17 handpicked destinations in India to choose your ideal New Year place for the season. Goa, Puducherry ,Gokarna, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands top the list. Pick one after reading about the food, attractions and more in this blog.https://www.holidify.com/blog/new-year-destinations-in-india/ If you’re one of those who think a Christmas isn’t a Christmas until it’s white, here’s a special pick for you alone. This article will tell you the Best spots to have snow filled Christmas and also includes the lesser known but very suitable destinations to have a great experience in India. Read on this link for more:http://blog.ezeego1.co.in/white-christmas-in-india-destinations-where-you-can-experience-snow/ HowMoving onto the hows now!
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Since India is a vast country with many places to visit, we wouldn’t like if you would miss out on any. Therefore, here’s a list of 3 more places that we find utterly suitable for a person exploring India. Much like the previous four; the destinations listed are chosen on the basis that they fulfill the following things; or few; or a combination of a few; Cleanliness, Food options, Emergency Services, Staying Options, Safety for Solo Female Travellers, Cultural appeal and Honesty To The Tourist/ Traveller. Nainital, Uttrakhand : Another hill station in India which is quiet and hidden. It has amazing weather and views. Offers beautiful markets, is safe for solo travellers and is not too crowded. It is one of the few cold places where temperature go negative in winters. You can fly, take a train or or go by car. The rickshaws in nainital are cheap and have fixed rates but it is advised to look around on foot. You can trek, go for boat rides, explore caves, watch sunsets, enjoy wildlife. You’ll find a lot of punjabi and north indian cuisine at cheap rates. The herbal tea there is a must try too. Munnar, Kerala: One of the really sort after places is considered very safe for solo travellers. It has amazing views. The place is a bliss for nature and peace lovers. It has a variety of South India cuisine to offer. Avoid guides when you are in Munnar. The communication can be a bit difficult but one can manage if one speaks English/Hindi. Tea plantations are a big attraction in Munnar and one should definitely purchase tea there. One can visit tea factories go for treks, enjoy sightseeing, look at waterfalls. We suggest you book am Airbnb as hotels can be unavailable. Mysore, Karnataka : Mysore has a charm and grandeur. It is a beautiful valley situated in South India with great south indian food, amazing weather and beautiful palaces and gardens. The city has topped list of the cleanest city in India. It can be reached by airways, roadways and railways. There are palaces, hills, gardens,churches, zoos, museums. You name it and it is there. The city is pretty much an educational hub too. Pre book your hotels or stays to avoid frauds that drive tourists to their hotels. It is generally a safe city but keep a watch if you are out late. People there are geneally helpful and kind. Our Product Trabug- India’s First Travel Phone ensures one’s safety as it comes with all emergency services installed. It gives you information about eating places, shopping places and places to stay. It lets you have a hassle free travel as you can order forex at your doorstep. It is delivered and picked from wherever you want in India. Disclosure: The information is true to the best of our knowledge/experience and is subject to change with time/in varying situations. About Trabug