Monday, December 28, 2009

Chennai Sangamam 2010 - Cultural Festival in TamilNadu

Chennai Sangamam is one of the largest cultural festival held in Chennai during the month of January every year. It is announced that Chennai Sangamam 2010 will be held from January 10. This festival is organized by Department of tourism and culture of Government of Tamil Nadu. And Tamil Maiyam. Chennai Sangamam is centered around the Pongal festival. It is the "biggest open festival" in India.

Festival takes place in various parts of Chennai. It is conducted in parks, beaches, school/college grounds and many more venues. About 2000 performers take part. It depicts the culture of Tamil Nadu. 

Events in Chennai Sangamam Festival and Venues

Some of the important events are the 

Food festival – Where you can taste all kinds of food from Kongu Nadu Samayal, Manaparai Murukku, Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai, Virundhunagar Parotta, Iruttukadai Halwa, Dindigul Venu Biriyani and Chettinad Samayal. The "venue of food festival" will be in different places. Go there and enjoy the feast.
Carnatic Music Festival – If you are a lover of music then you have opportunity to hear songs from your favorite singers.

Games – All traditional games like Silambattam, Malyutham, Vazhukumaram, Uriyadi, and Kalari will be there at the fest.

The other important festivals are dance festival, poetry and photography contest too. Go to the spots and enjoy all fest.

For more information about venues and events in Chennai Sangamam 2010 visit 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Badrinath Temple/ Hotels and eateries in Badrinath

Badrinath is a town situated in Uttarakhand District in North India. The town lies between the mountain ranges "Nar and Narayana". It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in India. Every year lots of people visit the holy temple in Badrinath. It is about 3000 meters above the sea level. It is one among the top four pilgrimage sites in India. Badrinath Temple is the important tourist attractions in the town of Badrinath. It is situated near the Indo-Tibet Border. Reaching Badrinath is itself a pleasure. On the way to the temple of Badrinath you can see the tall mountains, dense forest on one side and steep valley on the other, the beauty of the rivers flowing and some wild animals crossing the roads. It’s a beautiful tourist spot where you can give your camera a lot of work. The Badrinath temple will be opened only for 6 months from March/April to September.

Getting to Badrinath Temple

You can reach Badrinath from Kedarnath which takes two days. Another famous place while on tour to Badrinath is the Joshimath. This is an important town on the way to Badrinath. It is said that it’s better to reach Joshimath and stay there and start to Badrinath on the next day morning and return in the evening. Since its forest area and there were no sufficient lights on the road that leads to Badrinath vehicles were not allowed during the night time. The nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport (317 km). The nearest railway stations are Haridwar (310 km) and Rishikesh (297 km) and Kotdwar (327 km) . There are regular buses operating to Badrinath, from Delhi, Rishikish and Haridwar.

Hotels in Badrinath/Joshimath

There are a number of hotels and Ashrams in Badrinath as well as Joshimath. The rooms may be available from Rs.300 also. Most of the ashrams provide food too. You can also bring tents and have camp there.

Eateries in Badrinath

Only vegetarian food is available and allowed in Badrinath. You can found a lot of eateries around the temple. You cannot expect luxury hotels there since all hotels will be closed after the "yatra season".

Shopping in Badrinath

You can buy coins, holy books, Ayurvedic medicine, aarti booklets, beads, bracelets, sea shells, temple requirements.

Enjoy the beauty of Himalayas.......

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thyagaraja Aradhana - Carnatic Music Festival

One of the most important "Music Festival in South India" is "Thyagaraja Aradhana". It is held every year in, "Thiruvaiyaru in TamilNadu" on the banks of the river "Cauvery". It is the place where the great music composer lived and attained samadhi. On behalf of this, every year many carnatic singers and musicians gather from all over the country at Thiruvaiyaru and sings "Pancharatna kritis" on Bahula Panchami. Thyagaraja Aradhana will be held during the month of January or February every year. The date for "Thyagaraja Aradhana 2010" is January 5. This festival is observed on the fifth day during the Krishna paksha or waning phase of moon. Find lots of music in music torrents.

About Thyagaraja

He was born on 1767 in Thiruvaiyaru. Thygaraja was an eminent composer in classical music, poet and a philosopher. He knows Sanskrit and Astrology and well versed in his mother tongue Telugu. He composed Kirtis by using about 200 Ragas. He composed about 1,800 Kritis.. He was beleived to have attained Mukthi in January 1847. He is an inspirations for all singers and composers, musicians.

Getting to Thiruvaiyaru

Air - The nearest Airport is Trichy. You can take bus from there to Thiruvaiyaru which is nearly 72Kms away.

Rail - The nearest railway station is Thanjavur. There are trains from Maduari and Chennai which runs through Thanjavur and can take bus from there.

Roadways - There are direct buses from Thanjavur to Thiruvaiyaru

Monday, December 7, 2009

Thalasso spa in France

France is one of the important tourist places that attract lot of foreigners every year. Now a days health tourism is increasing in France. Every one cares about their health. France is famous for “Thalassotherapy” and “Balneotherapy” which means use of sea water, mud and various kinds of sand for the treatment of diseases and also to make you relaxed and refreshed. There are a number of spa centers in France which offer you these therapies. One of the important hotels which offer you Balneotherapy and Thalassotherapy is Hotel Paris . To know more about Thalassotherapy and for online booking visit Thalassothérapie. Also visit Blog France for more information. These centers will make you refreshed......... Do visit them during your tour to France.