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Punit Paliwal who is a member of Monks & Monkeys Travels Pvt. Ltd family. Encouraging you to visit to the mystical land of India which is an exhilarating experience, which helps you to rediscover the true essence of India. Monks & Monkeys Travels Pvt. Ltd., is now in your approach to make your dream come true. Why i joined MNM? Well, because MNM is a Destination Management Company which deals in MICE and Leisure Travel Segment. It`s one of the most popular Tour Operator in India. With its experienced, efficient and multilingual staff available 24 x 7 round the year to draw a complete tailor-made program to suit your needs and to supervise every stage of the tour and event. Founded in the year 2008 by Dr Sharad Kumar Jindal with the mission to discover a better way to bring the world to India, Monks & Monkeys Travels offers you details on holiday packages that take you to the most amazing destinations in India, Nepal and Bhutan. We maintain a strong focus on sustainable tourism, and a commitment to constant forward movement in terms of service, quality and value for money. Every year we do have thousands of satisfied guests who depart with a smile and with lovely memories of India. This has enabled us to offer a quality & personalized service and superb value for money by putting our client`s needs first, than anything else. The dedicated and versatile team of Monks & Monkeys Travels who are well qualified and are experienced with practical knowledge of the concern destination, our team do keep themselves in the shoe of guest and plan their program as requested. In addition to the personalized service we assure our clients of prompt responses to all their concerns. And our promptness in replies, readiness to serve, and homely hospitality give us an edge and make us different from other travel companies in India. We work as per the requirement of the guest and do add our valuable suggestion for a successful and hassle free tour within India. We pride ourselves on our prompt communication, so you can make decisions about your holiday and finalize flight arrangements without delay. We are having best fleets of latest car/coaches all over the country. As we have very good and long relationships with all major hotels in India, we can offer you best prices in hotel booking. We helps our clients to accomplish their dreams with our cutting edge services. Our panel of experts helps you to get a customized service according to your taste and requirements. We believe in leaving our clients awestruck by the Indian spirit, beauty, culture and the contemporary Indian lifestyle and the overall experience they would have once they visit India. India is land of varied colorful dimensions. The land which is always evolving with time and maintaining its old world charm and heritage as an asset. The land of festivals, religion, spirituality, seasons and things untold and unexplored. Monks and Monkeys have always pioneered the exciting concept which makes the Indian subcontinent more and more tempting destination to explore. Our tours are carefully crafted and packaged to enrich your experience and trust. The desert frontiers of Rajasthan, Snow Clad Himalayan Getaways, Incredibly Gorgeous South India, Sun Soaked beaches of Goa and Coastal India, the Wild Encounters and Safaris, the Sensuous Sculptures on granite, Serene Landscapes, Monuments Edifices of five millennium that too with a blend of modern and in sync technology. We specialize in group and personal travel and shall be overwhelmed to design a customized special interest holiday for you. We assure the best value for your money by providing quality service and support. Our services begin with the arrival transfer and till the final departure, which includes full guidance, assistance and support from our expert professionals throughout the tour. The company is fully equipped with modern amenities and technology and provides resolutions on the queries within 24 hours. Our experts are always ready to provide updated information regarding destinations like India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and other International Destination too. Although in the ocean of tour operators, we might look like a mere drop, but we believe in the philosophy that even a drop can leave its mark on the hard rock with its consistence hard work. The vision by which we serve our clients will leave them content and in a profound bliss. We promise that traveling with us will redefine the idea of travel to the picturesque locales that we have to offer.

INDIA’S MUCH TALKED CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS!

Indian Culture and traditions are something which has now become renowned all across the world.  We all refer to India and its culture as something very diverse and unique. But seldom do we give a thought to why things are done in certain specific ways. Indian Culture is full of several unique customs and traditions, which outsiders might find really intriguing. Most of these originate from the Ancient Indian scriptures and texts, which have dictated the way of life in India for thousands of years.

Here are 11 interesting Indian customs and traditions:

1. The Namaste

Probably the most important tenet of Indian Culture - the Namaste

Namaste! (Source)

The Namaste is one of the most popular Indian customs and isn’t really just restricted to the Indian territory anymore. You have Barack Obama, who has been seen doing it on various occasions, or you had Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, greeting everyone with a namaste at the Times Square in New York on the first International Yoga Day. But, what’s the significance? The Namaste, or namaskar, or ‘namaskaara‘ is one of the five forms of traditional greetings mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures, the Vedas. It literally translates to ‘I bow to you’, and greeting one another with it is a way of saying ‘May our minds meet’, indicated by the folded palms placed before the chest. The word namaha can also be translated as ‘na ma’ (not mine), to signify the reductions of one’s ego in the presence of the other.

2. Always a Festive Season

Indian Culture - An amalgamation of several religions and culture

It’s always festive in India. (Source)

India also sees a large number of festivals, mainly because of the prevalence of diverse religions and groups. The Muslims celebrate Eid, the Christians have Christmas, good Friday and so on, the Sikhs have Baisakhi (harvesting of crop), and the birthdays of their Gurus and the Hindus have Diwali, Holi, Makar Sakranti, the Jains have Mahavir Jayanti, the Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s birthday on Buddha Poornima, and quite honestly, the number is endless. All of these translate to holidays in our book, of course.

3. Joint Families

Concept of Joint Families - Significant part of Indian Culture

A Joint Family (Source)

Also, in India, there exists the concept of a joint family, wherein the entire family (parents, wife, children and in some cases relatives) all live together. This is mostly because of the cohesive nature of the Indian society, and also reportedly helps in handling pressure and stress.

4. Fasting

Fasting

 Fasting is an integral part of Hindu culture. Fasts or Vrats or Upvas are a way to represent your sincerity and resolve, or express your gratitude to the Gods and Goddesses.  People throughout the country observe fasts during various religious occasions. Some people also observe fast on different days of a week in favour of a particular God or Goddess associated with that particular day. It is widely believed that by doing so, you are depriving your body of a basic necessity and thus,   punishing yourself to cleanse off the sins that you have committed until the day of fast. The rules and regulations of a fast are in accordance with the particular occasion. The origin of fast probably comes from the  Vedic ritual of kindling the sacrificial fire for sacrifice purposes. Since the word ‘upvas’ has been used for denoting both fasts and kindling sacrificial fire, it can be thought that people observed fasts when they had to kindle or rekindle the domestic fires kept in their homes to perform daily sacrifices.

5. Holy Cow

sacredCow

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Cow, in the Indian culture, is considered to be a Holy animal. She is worshipped as a maternal figure and is a depiction of the bounty of Mother Earth. Lord Krishna, who grew up as cow herder is often depicted as playing his flute among cows and Gopis (milkmaids) dancing to his tunes. Interestingly, Lord Krishna is also known by the name of  ‘Govinda’ or ‘Gopala’, which translates to the ‘friend and protector of cow’. Hence, cows have an auspicious significance in Indian culture and religion. Even Lord Shiva’s trusted vehicle is Nandi- the sacred bull. Thus, feeding a cow or making contributions for cow shelters is of immense religious importance for Indians. The Vedic scriptures, in various verses, have emphasised the need to protect and care for cows. Cows are a source of life-sustaining milk. Even the cow dung is an essential and energy efficient source of fuel, especially in rural India. Killing the cow or consuming cow meet is considered to be a sin. Hence, several states in India have banned the slaughter of cows by law. Mother cow is, however, not worshipped as other deities. Indian culture and religion appreciate and expresses its gratitude towards this innocent animal who gives back to mother Earth and its people in more than one form.

Found Interesting?? That is not all. We shall upload other such unique customs & traditions of India very soon. Stay Tuned. Thanks ))

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Rs 200 extra for Taj Mahal’s main mausoleum!!

In yet another ticket hike at Taj Mahal this year, visitors from Monday will have to pay another Rs 200 to enter the main mausoleum, which houses replicas of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal’s graves. Early this year, the entry charge for domestic tourists was increased from Rs 40 to Rs 50.

The move will hit domestic tourists the hardest, increasing their overall ticket price by five times (Rs 250), if they wish to see the grave replicas.

Meanwhile, foreign tourists and visitors from SAARC nations, who were already paying higher entry charges of Rs 1,100 and Rs 540, will also have to shell out Rs 200 more if they want to enter the main mausoleum, taking their overall ticket prices to Rs 1,300 and Rs 740 respectively.

Officials said the move is an initiative by the ministry of culture to implement step ticketing at Taj.

The primary notification in this regard was published by the ASI on September 14, 2018. The ASI had invited objections to the extra charge within 45 days.

The original graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal are located in the basement of the main mausoleum.

However, these are inaccessible to visitors throughout the year, barring the three days of Shah Jahan’s ‘Urs’ when the way to the basement is unlocked for devotees to pay obeisance to the Mughal emperor.

What the visitors get to see while visiting the Taj are the artistic replicas of these graves, located above the original resting place of the emperor and his wife.

World Boxing Championship won by India’s Mary Kom

                                         Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte – An Indian Olympic boxer

India’s MC Mary Kom won a historic sixth gold medal in world championships on 24-11-2018

Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, better known as Mary Kom is an Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur. She is the only woman to become World Amateur Boxing champion for a record six times, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships.

Mary Kom, born on 1st March 1983, is famed as the only boxer to win a medal in every one of the six world championships. In the 2012 Olympics, she became the first Indian women boxer to qualify and win a bronze medal in the 51 kg flyweight category of Boxing. 

Mary was born in Kangathei, Manipur. She did her schooling from Loktak Christian Model High School, Moirang till class VI and studied in St. Xavier Catholic School, Moirang till class VIII. She then completed her schooling from NIOS, Imphal and did her graduation from Churachandpur College. Mary Kom is a mother of twin sons, Rechungvar and Khupneivar; and is married to K Onler Kom. She had an eager interest in athletics since childhood and the success of Dingko Singh is what really inspired her to become a boxer.

Career

Mary Kom’s career started in 2000 after her victory in the Manipur state women’s boxing championship and the regional championship in West Bengal. In 2001, she started competing at international level. She was only 18 years old when she made her international debut at the first AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in United States,winning a silver medal in the 48 kg weight category. In 2002, she won a gold medal in the 45 kg weight class at the second AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Turkey. She also won a gold medal in the 45 kg weight category at the Witch Cup in Hungary in the same year.

In 2003, Mary Kom won a gold medal in the 46 kg weight class at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in India and in 2004 she won a gold medal at the Women’s Boxing World Cup in Norway. In 2005, she again won a gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Taiwan and the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Russia both in the 46 kg weight class. In 2006, she won a gold medal at the Venus Women’s Box Cup in Denmark and won gold again at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in India.

After a one year break, Mary Kom returned in 2008 to win a silver medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship held in India and won a fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in China, both were in the 46 weigh category. In 2009 she won a gold medal at the Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam.

In 2010, Mary Kom won a gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan and her fifth consecutive gold medal in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Barbados. She competed in the 48 kg weight class because AIBA had discontinued using the 46 kg class. She also participated in the 51 kg weight class at the Asian Games and won a bronze medal.

In the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, India. She had the honor of holding the Queen’s Baton along with Vijender Singh for the opening ceremony run in the stadium. However, she did not compete as women’s boxing event was not included in the Games. In 2011, she won a gold medal in the 48 kg weight class at the Asian Women’s Cup in China. In 2012, she won a gold medal in the 51 kg weight class at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Mongolia.

The 2012 London Olympics brought her more respect and honor as she became the first Indian women boxer to qualify and win a bronze medal at the Olympics. She took part in the 51 kg weight category and also became the third Indian woman to win an individual medal at the Olympics. In 2014 Asian Games, she won a gold medal and created history for India. She won the gold in the women’s flyweight (48-52 kg) division which was her first gold medal in the Asian Games.

Journey Aravali Hill to Penang Hill

So it was a small but unforgettable time spent in penang hill as part of very well organised trip by Ghoom Lo Duniya.

GhoomLoDuniya is finest venture of human expertise launched by Monks & Monkeys Travels to make the abroad trips easier for Indian Nationals.

Coming back to the Penang Hill where we with a group of 56 explored Malaysia. It was Penang Hill which took the highlight. Set 821m above Penang’s capital, islanders call it Bukit Bendera and it is generally about five degrees cooler than Georgetown. It is the last patch of tropical rainforest in Penang so the flora and fauna here have been protected since 1960. It does not have the same prominence as Genting Highlands, Fraser’s Hill or Cameron Highlands but it is one of Penang’s best-known tourist attractions due to its fresher climate.

There is a food court called Sky Terrace where we sat 800 mtrs above the city and have some beer, where the live music was played as per our choice, there were other shops such as fruit and souvenir stalls, some gardens, an exuberantly decorated Hindu temple, a mosque, a police station, a post office: the original funicular train, built in 1897, is also on exhibit here.

 

Views from The Top From the top of Penang Hill.

On a clear day you can see the mountains of Langkawi and north Kedah but it is the night time sight of lit-up Georgetown that is especially rewarding. Most people simply come to enjoy the cool, unpolluted air and walk under 30 m-high trees along the nature trails. Additionally, over 100 species of birdlife, ranging from ordinary garden species to exotic deep forest inhabitants, call this hillside home. Two kilometres away from Bellevue Hotel is the Canopy Walk: this 220m walkway suspended between towering trees 30m above the dense jungle offers great views of the hillside. Opened in 2003, it was operational for a short time, and since then, due to its failure to attract sufficient customers, it has opened and closed without much announcement.

I hope you enjoyed reading the blog. Other videos and pictures would uploaded on the next blog. Stay Tuned.

Blogger: Punit Paliwal

Monks & Monkeys Travels Pvt Ltd

WORLD’S TALLEST & GRANDEST STATUE NOW IN INDIA

WORLD’S TALLEST & GRANDEST STATUE NOW IN INDIA

Yes, you that heard right. An engineering marvel completed in a record time of 33 months, the world’s tallest statue—Sardar Patel’s statue or the Statue of Unity—will be inaugurated during a gala function on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary on 31 October. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had laid the foundation stone for the project on 31 October 2013, will also be the one to inaugurate it on Wednesday.

 

Double the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Sardar Patel statue near the Narmada Dam in Gujarat is not only the tallest in the world but also the one to be completed in the shortest time. The 182-metre Statue of Unity took 33 months to complete while China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue took 11 years.

Whom statue? THE IRON MAN IS OUR SARDAR!

The one who won over British leaders in the Satyagraha of Kheda and Bardoli, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the Bismarck of Modern India, who led the welfare of farmers. He is renowned as the architect of independent India, as he united all diverse 562 princely states to build one great Republic of India. Shri Narendra Modi decided to pay honorable tribute which will be cherished for centuries by the whole world and it will become a matter of pride for every Indian for this great man.

I hope you enjoyed reading. Stay tuned for our regular interesting updates on India. 🙂

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САМАЯ ВЫСОКАЯ И ВЕЛИКАЯ СТАТУЯ В МИРЕ СЕЙЧАС В ИНДИИ

Да, вы что слышали правильно. Самое высокое сооружение в мире—статуя Сардара Пателя или Статуя единства—будет торжественно торжественно открыто 31 октября в честь годовщины со дня рождения Сардара Валлабхая Пателя-инженерное чудо, завершенное в рекордно короткие сроки-33 месяца. Премьер-министр Нарендра Моди, заложивший фундамент проекта 31 октября 2013 года, также откроет его в среду.

 

Двойная высота Статуи Свободы в Нью-Йорке, статуя Сардара Пателя возле плотины Нармада в Гуджарате не только самая высокая в мире, но и та, которая будет завершена в кратчайшие сроки. 182-метровая статуя единства заняла 33 месяца, а статуя Будды храма весны в Китае – 11 лет.

 

Какая статуя? ЖЕЛЕЗНЫЙ ЧЕЛОВЕК – НАШ САРДАР!

Тот, кто победил британских лидеров в Сатьяграх Хеда и Бардоли, Сардар Валлабхай Пател был Бисмарком из современной Индии, который возглавлял благосостояние фермеров. Он известен как архитектор независимой Индии, поскольку он объединил все различные 562 княжеские государства, чтобы построить одну великую Республику Индия. Шри Нарендра Моди решил воздать почетную дань, которая будет храниться веками со всем миром, и это станет предметом гордости за каждого индийца за этого великого человека. Построенный менее чем за пять лет, это самая высокая в мире, величественная и гигантская статуя. Это дань уважения человеку, который объединил Индию, Сардар Патель.

Надеюсь, вам понравилось читать. Следите за нашими регулярными интересными обновлениями по Индии. 🙂

statue-of-unity

ГАНЕШ ЧАТУРТИ!!

Четвертым лунным день (чатурти титхи) ведического лунного календаря управляет  Ганеша – божество, устраняющее препятствия и дарующее богатство и удачу и, поэтому все, кто стремятся добиться его расположения, соблюдают в эти дни пост и проводят ритуалы подношения.

 

Воздерживаться от пищи необходимо от восхода Солнца до появления на небе Луны, очень благоприятно читать мантры, жечь благовония и свечи перед статуэткой или изображением божества.

 

Пост Ганеш Чатурти зависит от движения Луны ( а не Солнца), и отмечается в тот день, когда 4-ые лунные сутки приходятся на момент восхода Луны.

Есть небольшая разница между постами в темную и светлую фазы Луны.

Чатурти в темную фазу Луны (Кришна пакша) называется Санкашти чатурти, и воздержание от пищи в этот день помогает освободиться от всевозможных препятствий (в бизнесе, учебе, карьере и тд).

Выделяются также так называемый день Ангарки (Ангарика, Ангарка) чатурти – когда лунный день чатурти темной фазы Луны выпадает на вторник. Вторником управляет Марс, и Ангарак – одно из его имен. Согласно Ведической астрологии в такой день любые меры по астрологической коррекции Марса будут намного эффективнее.

 

Чатурти в светлую фазу Луны (Шукла пакша) называется Виньяка чатурти, и соблюдения поста в этот день дает такие качества, как мудрость и терпеливость в достижении своих целей.

Однако самым значимым постом считается праздник Ганеш чатурти – День рождения Ганеши, который выпадает на четвертый лунный день светлой фазы Луны лунного месяца Бадрапад (август-сентябрь).

По этому случаю в этот день по всему миру последователи индуизма воспевают гимны, делают пуджи (ведические ритуалы), читают мантры и дарят подарки (=делают подношения) Ганеше.

Ganesh-Chaturthi

КАЛЕНДАРЬ ДАТ ГАНЕШ ЧАТУРТИ НА 2018

Январь 2018:

4 января, четверг – Санкашти чатурти,

20 января, суббота – Виньяка чатурти.

Февраль 2018:

3 февраля, суббота – Санкашти чатурти,

19 февраля, понедельник – Виньяка чатурти.

Март 2018:

5 марта, понедельник – Санкашти чатурти,

21 марта, среда – Виньяка чатурти.

Апрель 2018:

3 апреля, вторник – Ангарки чатурти,

19 апреля, четверг – Виньяка чатурти.

Май 2018:

3 мая, четверг – Санкашти чатурти,

18 мая, пятница – Виньяка чатурти.

Июнь 2018:

1 июня, пятница – Санкашти чатурти,

16 июня, суббота – Виньяка чатурти.

Июль 2018:

1 июля, воскресенье – Санкашти чатурти,

16 июля, понедельник – Виньяка чатурти,

31 июля, вторник – Ангарки чатурти.

Август 2018:

14 августа, вторник – Виньяка чатурти,

29 августа, среда – Санкашти чатурти.

Сентябрь 2018:
13 сентября, четверг – Виньяка чатурти,

28 сентября, пятница – Санкашти чатурти

Октябрь 2018:

12 октября, пятница – Виньяка чатурти,

27 октября, суббота- Санкашти чатурти.

Ноябрь 2018:

11 ноября, воскресенье – Виньяка чатурти,

26 ноября, понедельник – Санкашти чатурти.

Декабрь 2018:

11 декабря, вторник – Виньяка чатурти,

25 декабря, вторник – Ангарки чатурти.

 

КАЛЕНДАРЬ ДАТ ГАНЕШ ЧАТУРТИ НА 2019

Январь 2019:

10 января, четверг – Виньяка чатурти,

24 января, четверг – Санкашти чатурти.

Февраль 2019:

08 февраля, пятница – Виньяка чатурти,

22 февраля, пятница – Санкашти чатурти.

Март 2019:

10 марта, воскресенье – Виньяка чатурти

23 марта, суббота – Санкашти чатурти.

Апрель 2019:

9 апреля, вторник – Виньяка чатурти,

22 апреля, понедельник – Санкашти чатурти.

Май 2019:

8 мая, среда – Виньяка чатурти,

21 мая, вторник – Ангарки чатурти.

Июнь 2019:

6 июня, четверг – Виньяка чатурти,

20 июня, четверг – Санкашти чатурти.

Июль 2019:

5 июля, пятница – Виньяка чатурти,

20 июля, суббота – Санкашти чатурти.

Август 2019:

04 августа, воскресенье – Виньяка чатурти,

19 августа, понедельник – Санкашти чатурти.

Сентябрь 2019:
02 сентября, понедельник – Виньяка чатурти,

17 сентября, вторник – Санкашти чатурти.

Октябрь 2019:

01 октября, вторник – Виньяка чатурти,

17 октября, четверг- Санкашти чатурти,
31 октября, четверг – Виньяка чатурти.

Ноябрь 2019:

15 ноября, пятница – Санкашти чатурти,

30 ноября, суббота – Виньяка чатурти.

Декабрь 2019:

15 декабря, воскресенье – Санкашти чатурти,

29 декабря, воскресенье – Виньяка чатурти.

 

Ом Гам Ганапатайе Намаха! 

 

Aviation Ministry proposes to remove cancellation fee on flights.

In a big respite from cancellation charges for air passengers, the aviation ministry has proposed a lock-in period of 24 hours from cancellation charges for flight tickets .

However, a ticket booked 96 hours (4 days) before the flight will not be eligible for the cancellation fee waiver.

“No cancellation charges will be levied if the tickets are cancelled within 24 hours of booking, provided the ticket is booked 96 hours before flight.

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https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/aviation-ministry-proposes-no-cancellation-charges-on-air-tickets-cancelled-within-24-hours-of-booking/articleshow/64271150.cms