Digha the crowning glory of Midnapur

It is the fondest beach along the coast of West Bengal. Digha is readily accessible by road and rail. It is a total feast for the eyes as soon as your bus journey terminates after a wide curve to stop at the Digha bus stop.

Even a glimpse of the thunderous sea waves splashing on the boulders and the periodically constructed wide ramps stretching out to infinity is enough to relax you.

You are forcibly shaken to get into your holiday mood as the grey water of the Bay of Bengal calm your mind.

Though your mobile phone often takes you back momentarily to your day to day activities that you have left behind to energize yourselves for a few days of leisure. Sitting upon the ready made slabs serving as chairs on the sea beach every person wonders about the immense potential that nature packs in these waters.

Monsoon visits to the sea beach is a special moment to relish for a long time especially if you let yourself be drenched by sea and rain simultaneously.

Oh! Do not forget to hold the umbrella over your head as you stand amid low waves taking in the pleasure.

Let your near and dear ones enjoy the bountiful gifts that nature lavishes upon us too. Pictures do freeze moments permanently of joy and ecstasy but click a few snaps in your mind to cherish when alone or facing the boot. Sea fish and cashew nuts simply put your stomach on the overload role.

The Tamralipta Express departing daily from Howrah station at 06:40 hrs reaches in around three and a half hours to this exotic sea beach that lures families, individuals and couples alike. Hotels are available in plenty at both Old Digha and New Digha separated by a few kilometers.

Transportation for visitors is by private cars, motorized vans and manually pulled covered rickshaw-cum-vans available for hire.

Shankarpur, Mandarmoni are two nearby beaches which are gathering momentum to catch up with Digha but still have miles to tread before they provide it some stiff competition.

While taking the train or bus back home every visitor should resolve to try out Digha again over the coming year as it simply rejuvenates all with its serene beauty and roaring sea.

Chhath Puja

Chhath or Chhath Puja is an age old Hindu festival, mainly observed in Bihar, Jharkhand in India. This festival of Chhath is celebrated in the northeast region of India, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and some parts of Chhattisgarh too.

Chhath is a festival devoted to the Surya, the Sun Goddess, who is considered as a mode to show gratitude to the sun for conferring the reward of life on earth.

Chhath is celebrated twice a year, once in the summers, the Chaiti Chhath, and once in the winters, called the Kartik Chhath. Chhath is a grueling ceremony, where the devotee is needed to fast for more than 24 hours without even drinking water.

Easter Festival

The most important annual religious feast or festival in the Christian liturgical year is the Easter, or Easter Festival, the festival of renewal and rejuvenation of life and living. Jesus Christ, according to the Christian scripture, was resurrected from the dead on the third day subsequent to his crucifixion.

Christian and Jewish people worldwide celebrate this incident of resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday, which comes two days after Good Friday and this celebration now-a-days formally continue for fifty days.

Easter Bunnies and Easter eggs are a major attraction of this feast. Conventionally, Easter eggs are hard-boiled eggs tinted in dazzling red to represent the spilt Blood of Christ which is an assurance of interminable life. These eggs are broken collectively to mark the opening of the Tomb of Christ.

Kite Festival, Jaipur, Rajasthan

The Kite Festival of Jaipur is observed on 14th of January, which is also celebrated as the day of Makar Sankranti. This day indicates the shifting of the Sun into Northern hemisphere.

The three-day long Jaipur Kite Festival includes equally enthusiastic participation of children and old people.

It begins with an official unveiling of some serious kite flying fights, hundreds of school children release bunches of colorful balloons and Air Force helicopters release beautifully innovatively designed and decorated kites from the sky. The final day of the festival is observed by a prize-distribution ceremony where the winners of the Fighter-Kite Competition and Display-Kite Competition, who also are honored with a farewell dinner with the Maharaja of Jodhpur.

Losoong Festival, Sikkim

Among all other important Buddhist festivals observed and celebrated in Sikkim, Losoong Festival is considered a very significant one, observed mainly in the rural part of Sikkim. The observation of Losoong symbolizes the conclusion of the harvest season and also the ending of the tenth month of the Tibetan Year. Taking signal from a good harvest the common people pray for much healthier prospects for the subsequent harvest.

The Losoong festival is made special by Chaam dancing at the monasteries at Phodong, Palace, and Rumtek.

The Chaam dance symbolizes the banishment of the wicked spirits of the year and it welcomes the superior spirit of the New Year.

Ajanta Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

The famous Ajanta and Ellora are cave memorials positioned near the Aurangabad city in Maharashtra. These are man-made rock carvings, and are graded among some of the most marvelous examples of heritage of ancient Indian architecture.

Until John Smith, a British Army Officer, inadvertently tripped on them during a hunting mission in 1819, the 34 caves at Ellora are carved into the walls of a basaltic mount and the 29 caves at Ajanta lying deep-seated inside the Sahyadri ranges were left masked in anonymity for more than thousand years.

Ajanta has been selected as a World Heritage Site, to be preserved as an artistic legacy and is thronged by thousands of tourists every year.

Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh

Amarkantak is a town in Anuppur district in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. It is also the meeting point of the Vindhyas and the Satpuras, with the Maikal Hills being the fulcrum. The Narmada River, the Sone River and Johila River have their sources from this place only. Amarkantak has a standard altitude of 3438 ft. The town is having superior religious value. The few places of tourist attraction in

Amarkantak are really a superb blending of natural beauty and religion, like, Narmadakund and Temples, Sonemuda, Mai ki Bagiya, Kapildhara, Kabir Chabutara, Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev, etc

. Also called “Teerthraj” or, the king of pilgrimages, the region of Amarkantak is a rare natural heritage spot.

City of Manchester, England

The City of Manchester, which was approved city status in 1853, is an urban region of Greater Manchester, England. Previously, most of the city was a part of Lancashire, along with areas in the south of the River Mersey being in Cheshire.

Manchester was the world’s foremost industrialised city and played an essential role throughout the Industrial Revolution.

Two football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City are world famous. Premier League title holder Manchester United has the largest football club fan-support in the world and Manchester City is the richest football club in the world. Places worth visiting in the city are Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Palace of Westminster, CIS Tower, Beetham Tower, Hilton Hotel, Piccadilly Tower, Green Building, award-winning Heaton Park.

Delhi Weekend Gateways

A short trip of just a couple of days can be easily given a feel of a week-long vacation, if one could vanish to places nearby Delhi.

If Delhi seems to be overcrowded, one can explore destinations like, Nainital, Bhimtal, Ranikhet, Jim Corbett National Park, Pushkar, Rishikesh, Kasauli, Hardwar, Ranthambhore and many more, which are reachable within 3-7 hours drive from New Delhi

. These getaways are an excellent combination of little bit of adventure, little elegance and old-world charm and certainly good memories for a lifetime. And of course it goes without saying that one has to go for the true experience in order to believe the vastness, enormity and natural beauty of theses places.

Goa

Goa, India’s smallest state area-wise, is located on the west-coast of the country. The largest city, Vasco da Gama is in the capital of this Konkan state, Panaji or Panjim.

Goa, extremely popular among the national and international tourists for its 131 km long coastline of golden beaches and shiny white sands, glamorous and colorful birds and animals, magnificent sunsets, blue-green water, dense forests, and silver rivers gushing through the land, seats of worship, world heritage architecture, and to top it all, warm and friendly people with an affluent enriching locale excites one beyond expectations.

Goa experiences footfall by thousands of internal and international tourists every year.