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Monday, 26 September 2016

Few Facts about Horse



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  • Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.
  • Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that live on land.
  • A male horse is called a stallion and a female horse is called a mare.
  • A young male horse is called a colt and a young female horse is called a filly.
  • Horse is one of the 12 animals of Chinese Zodiac.
  • When a male Horse and a female Donkey are crossed ,they give birth to a 'Hinny'. Hinnys are sterile.
  • Age of a Horse can be estimated through its teeth.
  • Horses were domesticated by humans for more than 5000 years.
  • Horses can sleep while standing.
  • A group of Horses is called as a 'Team'.

                                               

Sunday, 25 September 2016

MYSORE


Clockwise from top: Mysore Palace, Shivanasamudra Falls, Infosys Building, Brindavan Gardens Musical Fountain, Chennakesava Temple, Lalitha Mahal, St. Philomena's Church and Chamundeshwari Temple.
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Mysore which is presently called  Mysuru , is a very popular city located in the State of Karnataka.
It is about 146 km from Bengaluru , the capital city of Karnataka  and spread at the base of  Chamundi Hills .
Mysore was the previous capital of the state of Karnataka and it is located adjacent Mandya , Kodagu  and  Kerala State .


Story of Mysore :

The name Mysore is derived from "Mahishuru" , which means Buffalo in Sanskrit . According to Hindu Mythology the region was controlled by a Demon named Mahisha  who could change forms from human to Buffalo who was killed by Hindu goddess " Chamudeshwari" and hence the hills next to Mysore got the name "Chamundi Hills" . The  city later got the name Mahishuru which means the residence of Mahisha. which was later anglicised to Mysore.


Popularly known as the "Palace city of India" , Mysore  is one of the most famous and most visited tourist destinations in India .
 Mysore is famous for its World famous Dasara festival , it is a ten days festival during which the city receives a large number of tourists including tourists from all over the world. The city is also noted for its tourist places Mysore palace , My zoo , Jaganmohan Palace , Museum , Chamundi hills , St Philomena's Church . The Exhibition conducted every year during the Dasara season is also a major source of attraction for the tourists.
In the year 2006 , Mysore city had more number visitors than Taj Mahal  and Qutb Minar.

For all these reasons Mysore has become one of the most famous tourist destinations in India.
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Main Attractions :
The main attraction for tourists are the palaces in the city ,  Mysore Palace ,  Jaganmohan Palace , lalith Mahal , Mysore Zoo , Chamundi hills  , St Philomena's Church and most of all the world famous Dasara festival.

Amazing Facts :
1. Mysore has been listed as one among st  the 31 must watch places in the World for two consecutive years by "New York Times".

2. The Ambari that is displayed during the last day of the Dasara festival is the only display in the world during which 750 kg of solid gold is displayed in open field. This is the only place where such a huge quantity of gold is displayed in an open space is is a real pride to India.


Main tourist places in Mysore:


Mysore Dasara conducted in Mysore city is the State festival ( Nada Habba) , it is also called Navarathri Festival meaning nine days festival. The festival is conducted annually and it usually falls somewhere between the months of September and October.
The festival is celebrated for ten days with extreme pomp

Palaces
1. Mysore Palace : Mysore Palace was the residence of the Royal family of Mysore (Wodeyars) , it is located at the center of the Mysore city in Karnataka.
The Mysore Palace was the official residence of the rulers of Mysore ,"The  Wodeyars "who ruled between 1399 - 1950 and the palace also includes the Durbar Malls .where royal ceremonies and meetings were conducted .

2. Jaganmohan Palace
3. Lalith Mahal

Gardens :
1. Brindavan Garden
2. Butterfly Park

Museums : Sand Sculpture museums , Rail Museum

1. Mysore Zoo
2. Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuarary

Temples
1. Chamundeshwari Hills
2. St Philomena's Church

Location :





Time :
The best time to visit Mysore is during The Dasara festival.



Mysore Dasara


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Mysore Dasara conducted in Mysore city is the State festival ( Nada Habba) , it is also called Navarathri Festival meaning nine days festival. The festival is conducted annually and it usually falls somewhere between the months of September and October.
The festival is celebrated for ten days with extreme pomp , the last day being Vijayadashami is the most important day of Dasara.
According to a legend, Vijayadashami denotes the victory of truth over evil and it is the day when the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura . due to which the city got the name Mahishuru which was later anglicised to Mysore and in the year 2005 the government of India changed its name to Mysuru .

The Dasara festival which is conducted annually is one of the most prestigious festivals and a real pride of Karnataka  , the Dasara festival has the history of more than 400 years and it celebrated its 400 th year anniversary in the year 2010.
The celebration of Dasara festival was first started by the Vijayanagara Kings during 15th century , After the fall of the Vijayanagar kingdom, the Wodeyars of Mysore continued the Dasara Festival, initially by Raja Wodeyar I (1578-1617 CE) in the year 1610 at Srirangapatna. One more highlight to the Dasara is that the Mysore palace is illuminated with 1 lakh bulbs on all days of the festival .

The ninth day of Dasara is called Mahanavami is an auspicious day  of Dasara during which the Pattadha Katthi (royal sword) is worshiped and is taken on a procession involving elephants, camels and horse.

Main attractions :

1. Illuminated Palace : The royal palace is illuminated with one lakh light bulbs between 7 PM to 10 PM and Rs. 10 lakh is spent for this alone.

2. Various cultural and traditional programmes  are conducted before the royal palace representing the great culture , tradition of the state of Karnataka. The Kusthi competition is the most famous among the cultural events where wrestlers from all over the world participate and the winner is honored
by the His Excellency himself.

3. Procession :
Ont he last day of Dasara festival the traditional Dasara procession called Jamboo Savari is held in the streets of  Mysore city . The Ambari is placed on the royal elephant which is made of solid gold weighing 750 kg inside which the Idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed , this the only time and place in the world where such a huge quantity of gold is exposed in an open place.
This is one of the major attraction to  the people.

4. Another major attraction during Dasara is the Dasara exhibition which is held in the exhibition grounds opposite to the Mysore Palace. The exhibition was started by the Maharaja of Mysore Chamaraja Wodeyar X in 1880 with the sole aim of introducing timely developments to the people of Mysore.


       Please come Visit the Grand Dasara festival in Mysore


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Mysore Palace


Mysore Palace Morning.jpg
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Mysore Palace was the residence of the Royal family of Mysore (Wodeyars) , it is located at the center of the Mysore city in Karnataka.
The Mysore Palace was the official residence of the rulers of Mysore ,"The  Wodeyars "who ruled between 1399 - 1950 and the palace also includes the Durbar Malls .where royal ceremonies and meetings were conducted .


The Mysore Palace was Built by the honorable Maharaja Khrishnarajendra Wodeyar 4th , The Palace is built following Indo Sarcenic style of architecture which is a mixture of Hindu , Muslim , Rajput and Gothic styles.
The three-story stone building of fine gray granite with deep pink marble domes has a facade with several expensive arches and two smaller ones flanking the central arch, which is supported by tall pillars. Above the central arch is a sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck and abundance with her elephants. There are three major exclusive temple buildings within the Old Fort, and about 18 inside the palace heart building. The palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival, during which leading artists perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and floats originate from the palace grounds.
The Mysore city is famously known as the " city of palaces" since the city is filled with palaces , there are about  seven palaces in the city and the Mysore palace is the largest among them and it is the major source of tourist attraction in Mysore  , It has more  six million visitors annually which is second highest after Taj Mahal.

Amazing Facts:
Mysore palace has many secret tunnels leading to Sri Rangapatnam and many other confidential places . 

Location : Mysore ,  Karnataka



Timings and Entry fee :

Time : 10 AM - 5 :30 PM

Entry Fees

Adults : Rs .40
Children (between age 10 and 18) : Rs.20
Foreigners : 200



Friday, 23 September 2016

Few Facts about Donkey



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  • A Donkey is stronger than a horse of the same size.
  • Donkeys are very curious in nature.
  • Donkeys have excellent memory , they can remember things up to 25 years.
  • When a male Donkey and female horse are crossed they give birth to a 'mule'.
  • A group of Donkeys is called a 'Drove'.
  • A Donkey can hear another Donkey's call 3 km away.
  • Donkeys have very stong digestive system,they can digest very strong fibres.
  • A male donkey is called a Jack. A female donkey is called a Jennet or Jenny.
  • Average lifespan of Donkey is 40 years.
  • Donkeys have 14 Stomachs.                                              

Few Facts about Cat



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  • Cats can smell with their paws.
  • Cats are known to imitate the hiss of snakes.
  • Cats and humans have been associated for nearly 10,000 years.
  • A group of cats is called a clowder.
  • A male cat is called a tom, a female cat is called a molly or queen and young cats are called kittens.
  • Cats can drink seawater.
  • Isac Newton Had a pet Cat named 'Spithead'.
  • Cats sweat through the pads of their paws.
  • Cats Cannot perceive sweet taste.
  • Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds.


Vidhana Soudha


Vidhana Soudha


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The Vidhana Soudha located in Bengaluru, is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka It is an imposing building, constructed in a style sometimes described as Mysore Neo-Dravidian, and incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles. The construction was completed in 1956.Kengal Hanumanthaiah is credited with the conception and construction of the Vidhana Soudha.The foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, on July 13, 1951. He visited Europe, Russia, the United States, and other places and got the idea of building the Vidhana Soudha by incorporating various designs from the buildings he had seen.
It was completed in 1956. He took a lot of interest and effort in building this marvelous granite building. It was meant to dwarf the British-built Athara Kacheri (High Court) building. Hanumanthaiah was criticized for the nearly 15 million rupees spent to construct the building. But the building designed by him is an impressive structure of Neo Dravidian style.

The Vidhana Soudha has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an area of 2,300 by 1,150 feet (700 m × 350 m). It is the largest Legislative building in India. Its eastern face has a porch with 12 granite columns, 40 feet (12 m) feet tall. Leading to the foyer is a flight of stairs with 45 steps, more than 200 feet (61 m) wide. The central dome, 60 feet (18 m) in diameter, is crowned by a likeness of the Indian national emblem.

The front of the building is inscribed with the slogan "Government's Work is God's Work," and the Kannada equivalent, "ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಕೆಲಸ ದೇವರ ಕೆಲಸ" (sarkarada kelasa devara kelasa).

Amazing Fact:
1.The cost of construction at that time was just 17.5 million rupees. But presently, annual maintenance cost itself is more than 20 million rupees.

2. In 1957, the Mysore government planned to replace the inscription with Satyameva Jayate, at a cost of 7,500 rupees, but the change did not take place. In 1996, the inscription inspired a visiting U.S. state governor, George Voinovich of Ohio, to propose etching "With God, all things are possible" onto the Ohio Statehouse, prompting a high-profile lawsuit.

Location Dr Ambedkar Rd, Sampangi Ramnagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001




Timings and Entry ticket

There is no entry fee for vidhana saudha but entry is not permitted without permission ,
And entry is permitted on all week days except on Saturday and Sunday between 9 AM to 5:30 PM.





Thursday, 22 September 2016

Few Facts about Hippopotamus



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  • In Ancient Greek Hippopotamus means "River Horse".
  • Hippos can run faster than humans.
  • A Hippopotamus is considered as the most dangerous animal , In Africa it is known to kill more people annually than lions and tiger.
  • When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
  • A group of hippos in known as a ‘herd’.
  • A male hippopotamus is called a ‘bull’and a female hippopotamus is called a ‘cow’.
  • Hippos give birth in water.
  • A baby hippo is called a ‘calf’.
  • Hippos existed over 55 million years ago.
  • The closest relatives of the hippopotamus are surprisingly Cetaceans.


Few Facts about Elephant



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  • A group of Elephants are called a Parade.
  • A male Elephant is called A Bull.
  • A female Elephant is called a Cow.
  • The tusk of an African Elephant can grow up to 10 feet long and can weigh up to 90 kg.
  • An Elephant could carry up to 2 gallons of water in its trunk.
  • Elephants use their nose to eat and drink.
  • The largest recorded weighed about  10,866 kg with a height of 13 feet.
  • Elephants use sand to protect themselves from sunburn.
  • Elephants are afraid of Bees.
  • Elephant is the only mammal than can't  jump.


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Few Facts about Tiger
























  • The stripes on a Tiger are unique like human finger prints.
  • The markings on a tiger’s forehead closely resemble the Chinese character for  king, giving tigers a cultural status as a regal animal.
  • Tigers have antiseptic saliva. They lick their wounds to disinfect them.
  • Tigers have a brain that weighs over 300g.
  • There are only about 3,500 tigers left in the wild. There are a greater number in captivity.
  • A group of tigers is called an ambush or a streak.
  • A tiger’s legs are so powerful that they can remain standing even when dead
  • If you look a tiger in the eyes he is less likely to kill you.
  • Tigers urine smells like buttered popcorn.
  • Tigers can leap distances of over 6m, and jump up to 5m vertically.





Reason why tiger was chosen as the National animal

Tiger was chosen as the National animal of India due to its grace, strength, agility and enormous power. As the tiger is also considered as the king of Jungle, it was an obvious choice for the National Animal category. Since time immemorial, the tiger has been considered as a Royal Animal. Often, The Tiger as the National Animal of India symbolizes the power, strength, elegance, alertness, intelligence and endurance of the nation.


Few Facts about Panda














  • Pandas do  not hibernate.
  • The infants weigh only about 140g at birth.
  • There are only about 1,000 giant pandas left in the wild.
  • Pandas spend up to 16 hours a day eating and they eat up to 20 kg of Bamboo.
  • The closest relatives of Pandas are Racoons.
  • In China panda is considered as the symbol of peace and philosophy.
  • Pandas have lived on Earth for two to three million years.
  • A panda fur is worth between $60,000 and $100,000.
  • An adult Panda will be 900 times bigger than a newborn cub.
  • More than half of newborn pandas die from diseases or from being accidentally crushed by their mothers.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

20 Amazing Facts about Animals





1

Elephant

Elephants can smell water up to 3 miles away. 


                                 

2

Squirrels

Squirrels plant thousands of new plants every year simply by       forgetting where they put their corns.

 

3

Turtle

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

4

Butterfly

Butterflies taste with their feet.

5

Dog

 A Dogs’ nose prints are as unique 
as human   fingerprints and can be used to identify them.
6

Dolphin


 Dolphins sleep with only half of their brain and with  one eye open.



7

Shrimp

A shrimps heart is in its head.
                                 
8

Hippopotamus

        A Hippopotamus is considered as the most dangerous animal , In Africa it is known to kill more people annually than lions and tiger.


9

Octopus

An Octopus has three hearts and has no bones and its blood is blue in colour.  
                                   
10

Electric eel

An Electric eel produces electricity enough to light ten electric bulbs.



                                 


Monday, 19 September 2016

Machu Picchu


Machu Picchu   is a 15th-century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru, above the Sacred Valley, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often mistakenly referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas".
Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of how they originally appeared. 
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.
Machu Picchu is Peru's most visited tourist attraction , it is both religious and cultural site and since its discovery in 1911 , the number of visitors to Machu Picchu has been increasing at an increasing rate , In the year 2000 the number of visitors to Machu Picchu was 400,000. In 1983 Machu Pichhu was listed under the UNESCO world heritage centers.

Main Attraction : 
The main attraction for the visitors in Machu pichhu are its three structures :  Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows.

Amazing Fact : 
1. It is believed that all the Inhabitants of Machu pichhu were killed by the attack of Small Pox  introduced by travellers.
2. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

Location :  Machu Pichhu , Peru




Entrance :
The entrance to Machu Pichhu is limited to 400 people per day and entrance is not permitted without entrance ticket.

Make your ticket reservation in the link below :
www.machupicchu.gob.pe

Images from Machu Pichhu


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