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Monday, 24 October 2016

Elephanta Caves

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For any one who is on a trip to Mumbai , the first place you need to visit is the "Gateway of India" , once you have seen the great Gateway of India " , the next thing need to do is , jump into a boat and take a ride on the Arabian sea to visit the "Elephanta Island".
Elephanta Island is located in the state of Maharashtra just 10 kilometer to the east of Mumbai city and small ferry boats are available from Gate way of India which offer paid rides to the Island , the journey may take 40 to 45 minutes.
The Island is present on the Arabian sea and it is surrounded by beautiful nature full of tropical deciduous trees like mango , tamarind. Besides these the Island has two groups of ancient cave temples carved from the rocks which have been attracting thousands of tourists especially from outside India
 The  caves all together are called the Elephanta caves , the first group of caves are the Hindu caves and they represent the Shaiva art and are dedicated to lord Shiva and they are also the main caves.
The second group of caves has two small Buddhist caves.

The caves are carved from solid basalt rock , the caves dates back to 5th and 8th centuries ,the caves were all painted originally in the past, but only traces remain at present.The caves were listed as  UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 to preserve the ancient art since the caves suffered severe damage after the Portuguese rule .

The main cave is a masterpiece of ancient art and architecture  and it also called great cave , it has four doors and the cave is divided into  small chambers by rows of pillars , the walls of the caves are mostly carved by various forms of lord Shiva like Nataraja (lord of dance) , Yogeswara (lord of Yoga) , Ardhanarishwara and Gangadhara .The unique style of art through which the sculptures are carved is what has made the site world famous.
The site is now under the maintenance of Archaeological survey of India and it has been recorded that the site receives 25,000 visitors every year especially from outside India , Special traditional dance programmes are conducted at the site during the UNESCO world heritage week  observed during the month of November which is another major attraction for tourism.

Amazing fact : A book has been published jointly by UNESCO, INTACH and the Government of India which contains the site plan for the restoration of the site and also brief history of all the sculptures of the Elephanta caves.

Location : Gharapuri, Maharashtra 400094

Timings : The best time to Visit Elephanta caves is during the UNESCO world heritage week observed during the month of November.
The ferry boat service to the Elephanta caves will be between 9 AM to 2 PM on all day of the week except  on Mondays when the caves remain closed.

Fee :
Luxury boat : Rs. 150
Ordinary boat : Rs. 130

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower between 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the World's Fair 1889.
The tower is 324 meter tall and is one of the most recognized structures of the world and presently it is the Global icon of France.
There are two restaurants on first and second levels foe the visitors and it is the highest observation deck available for people in Europe.
Eiffel tower is the most visited paid monument of the world with an average of 6.21 visitors annually and about 25,000 visitors ascending the tower everyday.
Eiffel  tower is also the second tallest man made structure in France after Millau Viaduct.

The tower can be ascended both by stairs and elevator but I recommend you guys to take stairs if you really want to be dazzled because it is truly an incredible experience to climb up to the top level of the tower and enjoy the view. But I warn those people who are afraid of heights not to go any further than the first level for it

takes some courage to look down from the peak of the tower , it really evokes your inner policemen.
Due to huge number of visitors in a single day , it is common to stand in lines for tickets but you can also book online tickets from the official website : http://www.toureiffel.paris/

Timings :

Mid-July to Early September : 9 AM to Midnight.
Rest of the year 9:30 AM to 11 PM.

Entry fair :

Adults : 17 €
Youth 12 -24 : 14.5 €
Children : 8 €
Physically challenged : 8 €

Panoramic view during ascending Eiffel tower in 1898

Location : Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France.

Amazing Facts :

1. The Eiffel tower is built by 7,300 tons of  puddled iron 

2. The Eiffel tower was constructed by joining 18, 038 different pieces using 2.5 million rivets.

3.. It takes 60 tons of paint to paint the Eiffel tower completely and the tower is painted  every year to keep  it from rusting.

4. The Eiffel  tower sways up to 3.5 inches due to wind .

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Hyderabad Tourism

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Hyderabad is the capital city of South-Indian state Telangana , it was ruled by Nizams , Qutub Shahis and Mughals . The city is famous for its Historical monuments like Golconda fort and Charminar which is a masterpiece , tourism is an important industry in Hyderabad and is a major contributor to its economy. The city is fledged with Masjids , Church and Bazzars , many tourism related fairs are conducted frequently at the city of Hyderabad to attract the tourists. In 2010, the city was listed among the Gamma+ World City by the global city index produced by GaWC, and in 2011 the city was rated 19th in the world by The New York Times in The list of 41 Places to Go in 2011. It was ranked 3rd Best City to Travel in 2013 by Lonely Planet .

Hyderabad is known as The City of Pearls, as once it was the only global centre for trade of large diamonds, emeralds and natural pearls. Many traditional and historical bazaars are located around the city. The Laad Bazaar situated near Charminar has shops that sell pearls, jewellery and products such as silverware, Nirmal, Kalamkari paintings and artefacts, bidriware, lacquer bangles studded with stones, saris, handwoven materials in silk and cotton. The city also houses famous historical sites including Charminar, UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site of the Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum  and art galleries, libraries, sports complexes, museums and theatres.
Another major visiting place in Hyderabad is Ramoji film city is the biggest integrated film city in the world.

Hyderabad is one of the most visited cities especially by tourists from outside India and the tourism places are many : Few famous tourist places of Hyderabad.

Historical Monuments.

1. Mecca Masjid : It is a 400 years old Mosque which has been carved out of a single Granite stone , it took five years and 8000 workers to complete the construction of the Mosque.

2. Charminar : Charminar is a Deccan style monument which is usually used to represent the city of  Hyderabad , It is a unique monument with four graceful minarets , it was built by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah in the memory of victims of plague.

3. Qutb Shahi Tombs ; It is a fine example of Deccan architecture with large minarets, huge domes, delicate marble designs and multiple inner passages , it is home to the tombs of the rulers of Qutb Shahi rules.

4. Golconda fort : Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India. Seated on a hill on one side and spiraling fort on the other, its location and internal design made it one of the strongest forts and masterpieces in India.
5. Birla Mandir :Hindu temple made of white marble located on top of a hill overlooking the city.

6. Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple : Located 60 km from Hyderabad is the Hindu Temple of Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.


1. Chowmahalla Palace
2. Falaknuma Palace
3. King Kothi palace
4. Purani Haveli


1. Hussain sagar :  It is a man-made lake famous for the 19-metre tall statue of Buddha in the middle of the lake. Located on its banks is Tank Bund which consists of gardens and statues of famous personalities. Boating and water sports are a regular feature at the lake.

2. Shamirpet Lake : It is situated 24 km north of Secunderabad. It attracts bird watchers and weekend picnickers. There is also a deer park belonging to the state government near the lake.

Durgam Cheruvu (the secret lake) , saroornagar lake.


Salar Jung Museum : Largest museum of one man collection of antiques.
City museum , Andra pradesh archaeological museum , Surendrapuri , Birla science museum , Birla Planetorium.

Gardens and Parks

NTR parks (36 acres) , Indira park (76 acres) , Lumbini park , Lotus pond.

Wild Life :   
Nehru Zoological park , Mrugavani national park , KBR national park

Shopping malls and bazzars 

Ramoji film city : The biggest integrated film city of the world spread over 1500 acres.
Ravindra barathi , Neclace road , laad Bazzar.

Location : Telangana , India

Amazing Facts :

1. The Charminar  located in the city of Hyderabad is one of the most recognized monument of the world and it is believed that Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah built the monument in the memory of victims of  Plague.

2. The Durgam cheruvu is known as a secret lake because it is located hidden between Jubli hills and Madhapur

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Top Ten Websites with most number of visitors per day


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Google is the most popular search engine with more than 4.3 billion searches every day , google is the most visited  search engine in the world .


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Youtube is the world largest video sharing website , with more than 4.5 billion views and over 1.3 active visitors every day  youtube is the second most visited website of the world.


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Facebook is the most popular and largest Online Social Media , According to Alexa site ranking face book is the third most visited website with more than 1.1 billion active viewers everyday , About
5 billion likes are generated on Facebook everyday.



Baidu is a Chinese Web service company and also most popular search engine of China , it is popularly called as the Google of China , Baidu stands fourth among the most visited websites of the world with about 70 million searches every day .


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Yahoo is a pioneer of the internet era and it is a globally known web portal , search engine and internet service provider , as of 2016 Yahoo was the most read and viewed news website with 7 billion readers in the month of September. According to Alexa website ranking Yahoo is the 5th most visited website with about 70 million active visitors per month.



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Wikipedia is Non Profit internet organization aimed at providing knowledge to the people free of cost, it is the Biggest online Free Encylopedia . According to to Alexa website ranking Wikipedia is the sixth most visited website of the world with about 5 , 251 , 738 articles being uploaded at a rate of 800 articles every day and 30 million daily users.


Google.co.in is the Indian  version of  Google.com and it is the search engine that can be used to search web pages within India and in Indian languages like Hindi , Bengali , Telugu , Marathi .
Contributing to about 9% of Google's total traffic Google.co.in is the seventh most visited website in the world and the First in India. 



Amazon is the largest Internet-based retailer in the world , it also produces its own consumer electronics like Amazon Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, and Fire TV and  it is the world's largest provider of cloud infrastructure services . Amazon has separate retail websites for the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Japan, China, India and Mexico and with more than 2.4 billion visitors every month , Amazon is the Eighth most visited website in the world .


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 Twitter  is the second most popular online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140 character messages called "tweets". Recording 340 million tweets in a single day Twitter is popularly known as "The SMS of Internet" . With about 310 million active monthly users Twitter stands Ninth among the most visited website of the world.

10. Qq.COM

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Qq is a Chinese based Instant messaging software service , with about 829 million active QQ accounts, with a peak of 176.4 million simultaneous online QQ users , Qq.com is the 10 most visited website of the world.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications built by the first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang in 220 - 206 BC and it was biult with stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials,  along the east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China.
The Great Wall extends from Dandong in the east to  Lake Lop in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. A comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the Ming walls measure 8,850 km . This is made up of 6,259 km  sections of actual wall, 359 km  of trenches and 2,232 km  of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers. Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km .
Initially The Great Wall of China war built to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe , but as much as 2000 km of wall has disappeared due to the damage caused by natural factors and the war but presently The Great Wall of China is under the authority of the Govt of China who hold the responsibility  of its restoration and maintenance  . It was also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987.
The Great Wall of China  has become one of the  important tourist attraction spot of China attracting large number of tourists every year, it is one of the must watch places for  adventurous tourists in china.
"He who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man " Is a famous Chinese saying which describes that ones in his life time a man must visit The Great Wall. Being one of the largest ( more than 21,000 km ) and oldest (history of 2,300 years) , The Great Wall of China is a Global Icon of China , It is also one among the New Seven wonders of the World " which is another main reason for tourism attraction , More than 50,000 tourists visit The Great wall of China every day .

Few of the main sections of tourism in Great Wall of China:

1. Mutianyu : Mutianyu  is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County 70 km northeast of central Beijing. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. It is one of the best preserved sections of the wall and it is covered by woodlands , streams and forest making it the best section of the Great wall for tourism.

2. Jinshanling : Jinshanling is a section of the Great Wall of China located in the mountainous area in Luanping County, 125 km northeast of Beijing.

3. Jiankou : Jiankou  is a section of the Great Wall of China. This section is known for its  photographic hotspot due to its unique style, steep mountains and beautiful scenery. 'Jiankou', is translated as 'Arrow Nock' in English, for the shape of the collapsed ridge opening is reminiscent of an arrow nock. This shape has not been restored since its construction.

4. Shanhaiguan : Shanhai Passalso called Yu Pass , is one of the major passes in the Great Wall of China. The words , it is also a popular tourist spot of China . The phrase , "First Pass Under Heaven" is carved on the gates of the pass.

Location : China

Timings : 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Amazing Facts : 

1. The total length of the Great Wall of China including all its sections is 21,196 Km.

2. The Great wall of China is believed be the only man made structure that is visible to naked eyes from the moon but it is not true.