Celebrating 9 Nights of the Goddess

During Navratri, the nine avatars of Goddess Durga are worshiped on each night.  Goddess Durga is the combined energy of the three supreme goddesses (Lakshmi + Saraswati + Parvati) and fire ceremonies are performed to win over enemies and eradicate negativity. Each avatar of the Goddess has a unique color associated with it; and devotees adorn themselves in that color each respective day.

Face to face with a tiger

Ever wondered what it would like to be face to face with a tiger?  Head to India, where more than half of the world’s wild tiger population roams.  There are more than 40 national parks in the country which boast of get tiger sightings, but these five will be your best bet to see one in.

5 tips to emotionally prepare for India

If you are planning to visit India, then be ready for an experience of a lifetime. Your trip is sure to be terrific, intoxicating, crazy, daunting and mystifying. If it is your first-time visiting India, planning logistically is not enough, prepare to have your emotions overwhelmed. These tips will help you accept most emotionally challenging situations you may come across on your visit.

India – a land of stark contradictions

When someone mentions the word “India”, your mind probably jumps to spicy food, hot summer days, tandoori naan, butter chicken, the Himalayas, computer engineers, Mahatma Gandhi, Bollywood and probably even traffic jams, rickshaws and call centers.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

An architecturally diverse country filled with forts, palaces, temples, shrines, monuments and ancient ruins, it is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, and has witnessed many empires, wars, invasions and religions dating back to 5000 BC.  Architectural styles have evolved under the influence of many dynasties as well as the colonial period under the British empire.

How did yoga asanas originate?

Did Shiva really teach 8,400,000 asanas? How many asanas are there? How long is the list? The exact number of asanas is determined by who you ask! The history of yoga asanas on Wikipedia does a good job explaining the exact number of asanas within particular disciplines, giving various counts of 2, 4, 66 with 136 variations, 84, 908 with 1300 variations and the 8,400,000 Shiva list.

The tragic love story behind the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a beautiful, white-marble mausoleum built by Mughul emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Located on the southern bank of the Yamuna River near Agra, India, the Taj Mahal took 22 years to build, finally being completed in 1653. The Taj Mahal, considered one of the New Wonders of the World, astounds every visitor not only for its symmetry and structural beauty, but also for its intricate calligraphy, inlaid flowers made of gemstones, and magnificent garden.

Visiting the Ancient City of Hampi

The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travellers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over kilometres of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. While it’s possible to see this World Heritage Site in a day or two, plan on lingering for a while.