Saturday, 9 May 2009

CONCLUSION कोन्क्लुसिओं

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I think this is the last post for me (9th of Mai, last day!)
So I would like to conclude saying a few words about our work on the blog, and what we gained from doing that.
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This idea of a blog about India was at first obvious, as my partner Edwina has Indian origin and is crazy about that country and its culture. I was myself quite interested in learning about India, as I didn't know anything about it. So we worked as a team; edwina was my "wikipedia" and I was the translator =)
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We decided then to modify some photos adding our heads, in order to make it .. entertaining!! That could at least help people who didn't care about what we said, and focuss on something else... We also wanted to make it as a trip, not to have informations going in every direction, and this worked quite well! We said everything we planned to say at the begining (except for Bombay...)
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I think the idea of making a blog was interesting. It helped us to practice our writting, talking about something that has a particular interest for us. However, it takes time... a lot of time to do it: meet Edwina, choose the photos, modify them, decide what we're going to talk about, and write it in English... It would have been much easier if we had more freetime to do it...
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Anyway, I am sorry we didn't finish it (Bombay). I felt like I wasn't able to do it without Edwina, as she is the one to know everything about India. I thought she would continue this blog once in India, but she is having trouble getting the internet.
Anyway, this was a good experience!
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We would like to thank you for your messages, it was great to see that people had an interest in what we were doing.
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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

JAIPUR


I'm sorry I hadn't posted new articles, but I didn't feel like doing it by myself!

As Edwina is the one to know everything about India, I felt like I didn't have the pretention to write about something I didn't know.
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I had some news of Edwina saying that she was fine and that se was having a great time in India!
But she won't send any photo, I believe it is because she doesn't have a free access to internet.
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This is a photo which reminds me of the great times we had in Jaipur, our last stop before going back to France =(

Jaipur जयपुर is a pretty city also called the Pink City. Contrary to the other Indian towns, it is quite recent (1727).

During our stay, we visited many temples and palaces and we even visited a Museum, The Albert Hall Museum, which was very interesting.

The photo above shows the Hawa Mahal हवा महल , a palace built in 1799. It is made of red and pink sandstone and the side facing the street outside the palace has 953 small windows!! an anecdote says that it was originally built to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street without being seen!!

Anyway we have a great time on an elephant! Edwina wasn't scared at all compared to me!
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Monday, 30 March 2009

EDWINAAaaaa

Edwina is gone to India =(

Finally she did it!!

But don't worry, the blog is not dead!

She promised me she was going to put some photos of her trip to show us the "real " India =)
I can't waiiiit!!
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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

DELHI


During our trip throughout the capital, we went quickly through the Delhi India Gate, located near Connaught Place in New Delhi.
This is the prominent landmark in Delhi and a famous War Memorial of martyred soldiers. Its foundation started in 1921 and was completed in the year 1931. This monument of 42 meters tall is a kind of "Arc-de-Triomphe" which seems like a gateway at the heart of a crossroad.

This gate was built to commemorate the Indian soldiers in the British army who died fighting for the Indian Empire during World War One and the Afghan War.

After the independance, India Gate added another memorial, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier known as Amar Jawan Jyoti. This shrine contains an eternal flame which burns day and night in order to pay homage to the soldiers who lost their lives during the India-Pakistan War in December 1971.

We were lucky, we saw the Gate during the nightfall and this is the best time to visit because it's illuminated with colored lights.

Here is the arched memorial of Amar Jawan Jyoti that contains the Flame.
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DELHI

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Let's have fun now!!!!!! It's time for SHOPPING, guys!!!!! :-D

We reached the Janpath Market situated opposite the Connaught Place. It's one place in Delhi when you can find a lot of foreign shoppers (maybe more than indian ones).


We wanted to buy some souvenirs for our family. It was very interesting to look at all the amazing stuff we could get there: Decorative items, jewellery, Indian artifacts and carpets , ethnic dresses!!! Hummmmmm.......!!!!! I bought silver jewellery especially bangles, leather footwears, one blue and yellow sari (an indian traditional dress) and of course some Bollywood DVD's!!!!!. Caroline rather bought decorative things such as genie's lamp, Rajasthan color paintings and a beautiful wooden carving jewel box for her Mum!!! She's so sweet!!!!!


One interesting thing about it: In this market (just like lots of markets in India), the "law' is to bargain as much as you can!!!!There's no limit!! That was very funny!! We used many tricks!!! Caroline is gifted for bargaining!!! Thanks to her bright and beautiful smile, we managed to get good things at very low prices!!!! :-)


One little advice if you want to bargain: Don't feel shy and never give up!!! ;-)




These women sell many beautiful clothes in the Janpath Market! We got very fashion dresses there at very good prices!! Anyway as you know, the more you buy the more you can bring the price down!!








Sunday, 8 March 2009

DELHI








After spending all our money at Janpath Market, we wanted to get "spiritual relaxation"!! So we went to the Baha'i house better known as The Lotus temple because of its amazing architecture. It's a white marble monument designed like an half-opened lotus and adorned with nine pools and beautiful gardens. Inaugurated in 1986, the temple rises to a height of more than 40 m. It's located on Bahapur Hills in Nehru place .( nearly 12 km from the South East of Connaught Place).

We both consider this temple a model of tolerance. Without concentrating on a particular God or religion, the sacred hall extends his hands to touch every pious souland it leaves behind the bars of caste, creed or beliefs. Indeed, the temple belongs to the Baha'i 's religion, an independant one which attaches great value to tolerance. It also places great importance on prayer and meditation as ways for the progress of human being. Incredible , isn't it?


Silence was prequesite inside the temple. It was this particular silence which creates a kind of "divine atmosphere". We were very moved by the peace floating inside . It soothes our soul.

We also visited many beautiful other temples in the area just like the आक्षरधाम मंदिर "Aakshardhaam Mandir" or the "Birla Mandir".


This is the magnificent and impressive "Akshardhaam Mandir" situated on the banks of the river Yamuna. With its beautiful intricate carvings, it's considered to be a stunning tribute to the tradition of Indian temple architecture.


The Birla Mandir also called Lakhsmi Narayan Mandir is located in the west of Connaught Place. It is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and the Goddess Lakhsmi. The temple was inaugurated by the Mahatma Gandhi . Inside, there're carvings depicting scenes from Indian mythology. It is visited by many devotees and tourists coming from all over the world.

But we decided to describe the Lotus temple in details because we found it very original and unique.








DELHI


Let's see now the most significant model of Mughal architecture in India :
The Humayun's Tomb ( humayun का मकबरा Humayun ka maqbara)


This impressive monument is situated in the South East of the capital , at Nizamuddin East area। The mausoleum of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun was built by his wife Haji Begum near the year 1562। Since 1993, it has been registered on the World Heritage Site's list by UNESCO।

As you can notice, it's a big complex in which featured a remarkable square garden inside. The garden is divided into small squares by pathways ( चाहर बाघ Chahar Bagh " four gardens"), typical of a Mughal garden.




Here we have a mughal-style basin situated in the garden of the Humayun's tomb.


This impressive mausoleum stands up in the center of the entire complex. If you want to see the the emperor's cenotaph, you'll have to enter in the central octogonal chamber It is kept there with arched lobbies on the sides which contain perforated screens It's very beautiful when the sunrays go through the screen and get into the room. We found it simply magical !!!!



Here, we can see an intricate carved window inside the mausoleum. It shows us a fine example of islamic art in India.

One more interesting thing about this monument: Below the vaults of the mauseoleum house, there're also the graves of a number of Mughal emperors.
We enjoyed the visit inside but our guide was quite boring. He wearied us with his soporific technical explanations about architecture!! :-( So we liked the walks in the gardens better!!
Hey , it's an ideal place for a game of hide-and-seek!!!! ;-)

Thursday, 5 March 2009

DELHI



Now we have reached the south of Delhi!!!!

This is the Mehrauli flower market located in the area of Mehrauli in the South-West district of the capital. This area constitutes one of the seven ancient cities that makes up the state of Delhi.
This market is very amazing!! It's bustling with life the whole day!!It starts just before sunrise and closes after sunset but some shops near the main road sell bouquets. Wowwwww!!!!What various fragrances given off in this place!!!!
A lot of people come here in the morning before going to temple in order to buy flowers or garlands of flowers to make offerings to deities at the temple.

Unfortunately, this lovely place experienced a bomb blast the 27th of September 2008 which caused a lot of victims.

DELHI


Our trip throughout the capital lead us now to the famous
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Qutub Minar
or the Victory Tower ( which we like more!)
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This tower of 72,5m is one of the finest stone tower in India and also one of the most landmark in Delhi. It is built in red sandstone
His foundation started in 1192 during Mughal Empire (the period when North of India was dominated by Muslim Empire) by Qutubuddin Aibak.
the interior of the tower is very interesting to visit...
But where there's curiosity there must be courage too...... If you want to see the top, you'll have to go up 379 steps...... hummm!!!!! we did it !!! We're very brave!! The sight is wonderful from the top!! we can see all the gardens around!!

This monument is very popular! There's a lot of legends related to it.
According to me, this tower is famous for the scene of an old Bollywood movie "Tere Ghar ke samne" in which the actor sings a love song inside the tower... This song is still on lips of all Indians! During my chilhood , i wanted to go there just to sing the song with my sister!!! As she's not here with me, i taught the song to Caroline............hummmmm.....:-/



Dil Ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar

DELHI



We finish our trip in the capital by the visit of the

Chattarpur Mandir

a beautiful and very popular temple in Delhi.


It is situated just 4 km from the Tower Qutub Minar in the Mehrauli area. Devotees come from all over Delhi to pay homage to the deities in the temple. Prayers are conducted 24 hours a day!!!!!!!


Inside, all the shrines are built from white marble. It's a large complex in which there're also many temples dedicated to various God and Goddesses like Vishnu, Ganesh,Lakhsmi and Shiva. But the main shrine is dedicated to the Goddess Durga (photo)



On Durga Puja , a religious indian festival, we can see a crowd of people coming and waiting for their turn to ask for the blessings of Durga.

One interesting detail is left to say about it:

According to a popular belief, if you tie a thread in the tree inside the complex, it'll fulfill your dreams!!! .
Let's see if it'll work for you .......... !!!
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Monday, 23 February 2009

AMRISTAR


des rangila
This is an extract from the movie Fanaa, in which a young woman introduces the area where she is from, Panjâb (Amritsar is one of the main city of the state of Panjâb)

She describes it as "Des Rangila" (देस रन्गिला ) which means "the colourful country"

AMRITSAR


Guru Nanak
ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨ
(15 April 1469 - 7 May 1539)
He is the first of the ten Gurus of the Sikhs and the founder of Sikhism. He became very famous as his name had travelled not only throughout India's north, south, east and west, but also far beyond into Arabia, Mesopotamia(Iraq), Ceylon, Afghanistan, Turkey, Burma and Tibet.
He wrote sacred text in the holy book of the Sikhs called the Guru Granth Sahib


AMRITSAR



In the interior of the GOLDEN TEMPLE,

the holy book of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib,

is placed on the ground under a jewel-studded canopy.


On the first floor, there is a small pavilion called the Shish Mahal (mirror room). It is ornamented with pieces of mirrors laid in the ceiling and walls. Above that is a smaller pavilion, which is represented here.
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This is a picture of women leaving the Temple!
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We choose to put that colorful photo to show you that women also go in the Golden Temple, but they are separeted from the men.
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I think this is the easiest photo to find us!
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First stop: AMRITSAR


THE GOLDEN TEMPLE
ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹ
Hari Mandir Sâhib


We first want to talk about the main entertainment in Amristar; a temple made of gold.
It is a very touristic place, anybody can visit it, but it also very sacred to its inhabitant because it is the holiest shrine for the people belonging to Sikh religion. This temple was established in 1601 by Guru Arjan , the fifth guru of the Sikhs.

This Temple has a very interesting history:

In the 17th and 18th century the temple was destroyed by the invading Moslem armies, and each time it was rebuilt. From 1767 onwards, the Sikhs became strong enough militarily to defend it and the Hari Mandir Sâhib was richly ornamented with marble sculptures, golden gilding, and large quantities of precious stones.


But in the half of 19th century, the Sikh empire fell under the British rule ,and at the time of independence in 1947 the Sikhs decided to stay within Hindu majority India.



On May the 31th 1984, it was invaded by the Indian army in the infamous "Operation Blue Star" to wipe out the Sikh extremists. A gunfire broke out and killed 83 soldiers and 492 civilians.
It was a massacre.




Monday, 2 February 2009

Map of India



Our trip तो India !!

ओउर ट्रिप तो इंडिया !!

Follow us through the West of India, from the northern town of Amritsar to the biggest city of MumbaÏ (Bombay), and also a stopover to the capital city of New Delhi. =)

फोल्लो उस थ्रौघ थे वेस्ट ऑफ़ इंडिया, फ्रॉम थे नोर्ठेर्ण तोवन ऑफ़ अमृतसर तो थे बिग्गेस्त सिटी ऑफ़ MumbaÏ (बॉम्बे), एंड अल्सो अ स्तोपोवर तो थे कैपिटल सिटी ऑफ़ न्यू डेल्ही
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Welcome on our blog !!!

Welcome on our blog !!!
वेल्कोमे ओं ओउर ब्लॉग !!!


This is a virtual trip to India in which we would like to show you a little bit of the indian culture through the cinema, typical food, dance, religion, history, customs, famous places, ...

थिस इस अ वर्चुअल ट्रिप तो इंडिया इन व्हिच वे वौल्ड लिखे तो शो यू अ लिटिल बीत ऑफ़ थे इंडियन कल्तुरे थ्रौघ थे सिनेमा, टिपिकल फ़ूड, डांस, रेलिगिओं, हिस्ट्री, कस्टम्स, फमोउस प्लेसेस, ...


We hope you will enjoy it !
वे होप यू विल एन्जॉय आईटी !
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As you can see, the two of us sometimes appear on the photos...
Try to find us =)
Watch the traps!
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