India Tourist Attractions

Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple – Kerala



          Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Thiruvananthapuram, India. The shrine is run by a trust headed by the royal family of Travancore. The temple is one of 108 Divya Desams (Holy Abodes of Vishnu) – principal centres of worship of the deity in Vaishnavism. Lord Balarama, according to Srimad Bhagavatam (10.79.18), visited Phalgunam (now known as Thiruvananthapuram) as part of his teerthyatra, took bath in Panchapsaras (Padmatirtham) and made a gift of ten thousand cows to holy men. The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Tamil Alvar saints (6th–9th centuries CE), with structural additions to it made throughout the 16th century CE, when its ornate Gopuram was constructed. The Temple is a replica of the famous Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple at Thiruvattar Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple gave its name to Kerala’s state capital Thiruvananthapuram. ‘Thiru’ ‘Anantha’ ‘Puram’ means Sacred Abode of Lord Anantha Padmanabha. The city was also known as Anandapuram (City of Bliss) and Syananduram (Where Bliss is not far off). Ananda refers to Sree Padmanabha Himself. Hindu scriptures refer to the Supreme Being as ‘Sachidananda’ (Absolute Truth, Absolute Consciousness and Absolute Bliss). Now it’s one of the richest temples in the world  and  considered wealthier than Sri Thirumala Venkateswara Swamy temple in Andhra Pradesh. There was a public outcry when the current descendent of the erstwhile Kingdom attempted to retain the control of the temple by citing the special law. Many argued that the wealth belonged to the people now.  A review of the temple’s underground vaults was undertaken by a seven-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India estimated 1,00,000 crores  Rupees worth. Considering that the committee takes in to account its value based on ancient and historical facts the value of the treasure will be approximately ten times to the value estimated right now. Treasure includes ancient gold chains, diamonds, rubies and precious stones, silver vessels, and gold statues the value of which is humanly impossible to evaluate in terms of money.

The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram is really a among most popular sacred abode of Vaishnava temples in India.It’s also among the seven Parasurama Kshetras (temples) in Kerala.The main city  that is named following the Lord. ‘Thiru’ ‘Anantha’ ‘Puram’ means sacred abode of Lord Anantha Padmanabha. Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, Varaha Purana, Skanda Purana and Vayu Purana have references about the temple. Divya Prabandha canon of literature compiled by the Alvars, Tamil saint poets glorifies the temple among the 11 Divya Desams in Kerala. Nammalvar, among the 12 Alvars who lived within the 8th century had composed four slokas and something phalasruthi about the temple.

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Lotus Temple – Bahai Temple – New Delhi

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           The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahai House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flower like shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. East of Nehru place, this temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai’s temples built around the world. Completed in 1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.

Since its inauguration to public worship in December 1986, the Bahai House of Worship in Delhi has, as of late 2002, attracted more than 50 million visitors, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world. Its numbers of visitors during those years surpassed those of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. On Hindu celebrative days and holy days, it has drawn as many as 150,000 people.

This House of Worship is generally referred to as the “Lotus Temple”. In India, during the Hindu festival Durga Puja, several times a replica of the Lotus Temple has been made as a pandal, a temporary structure set up to venerate the goddess Durga. In Sikkim a permanent replica is of the Hindu Legship Mandir, dedicated to Shiva.

India Gate


                       The India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, it was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. India Gate is one of the most renowned places that are also considered as one of the national monuments that are built in India.
Built in 1931, the monument was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which in turn was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. Originally known as the All India War Memorial, it is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It is composed of red and pale sandstone and granite. The monument combines within just the red as well as pale sandstone and apart from that granite has also been used in construction process.
Originally, a statue of George V, Emperor of India stood under the now vacant canopy in front of the India Gate, but it was removed to Coronation Park together with a number of other British Raj-era statues. Following India’s independence, the India Gate became the site of the Indian Army’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known as Amar Jawan Jyoti (“the flame of the immortal soldier”).

Tajmahal in India


           The Taj Mahal incorporates and expands on design traditions of Persian architecture and earlier Mughal architecture. Specific inspiration came from successful Timurid and Mughal buildings including; the Gur-e Amir (the tomb of Timur, progenitor of the Mughal dynasty, in Samarkand), Humayun’s Tomb, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb (sometimes called the Baby Taj), and Shah Jahan’s own Jama Masjid in Delhi. While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone, Shah Jahan promoted the use of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones, and buildings under his patronage reached new levels of refinement.

            The tomb is the central focus of the entire complex of the Taj Mahal. This large, white marble structure stands on a square plinth and consists of a symmetrical building with an iwan (an arch-shaped doorway) topped by a large dome and finial. Like most Mughal tombs, the basic elements are Persian in origin.

            The base structure is essentially a large, multi-chambered cube with chamfered corners, forming an unequal octagon that is approximately 55 metres (180 ft) on each of the four long sides. On each of these sides, a huge pishtaq, or vaulted archway, frames the iwan with two similarly shaped, arched balconies stacked on either side. This motif of stacked pishtaqs is replicated on the chamfered corner areas, making the design completely symmetrical on all sides of the building. Four minarets frame the tomb, one at each corner of the plinth facing the chamfered corners. The main chamber houses the false sarcophagi of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan; the actual graves are at a lower level.

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Ayurveda – Life of Knowledge

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               Ayurveda ( “life-knowledge”) or ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine. The oldest known ayurvedic texts are the Suśruta Saṃhitā and the Charaka Saṃhitā. These Classical Sanskrit encyclopedias of medicine are among the foundational and formally compiled works of ayurveda.

By the medieval period, ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments. Current practices derived (or reportedly derived) from ayurvedic medicine are regarded as part of complementary and alternative medicine, and, along with siddha and Traditional Chinese medicine, form the basis for systems medicine.

Safety concerns have been raised about Ayurveda; for instance, two U.S. studies found that about 20 percent of Ayurvedic Indian-manufactured patent medicines sold via internet contained toxic levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic. Other concerns include the use of herbs containing toxic compounds and the lack of quality control in Ayurvedic facilities.

In classical Sanskrit literature, Ayurveda was called “the science of eight components”, a classification that became canonical for ayurveda.

According to some sources up to 80 percent of people in India use some form of traditional medicines, a category which includes Ayurveda. In 1970, the Indian Medical Central Council Act which aims to standardize qualifications for ayurveda and provide accredited institutions for its study and research was passed by the Parliament of India. In India, over 100 colleges offer degrees in traditional ayurvedic medicine. The Indian government supports research and teaching in ayurveda through many channels at both the national and state levels, and helps institutionalize traditional medicine so that it can be studied in major towns and cities.The state-sponsored Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has been set up to research the subject. To fight biopiracy and unethical patents, the Government of India, in 2001, set up the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library as repository of 1200 formulations of various systems of Indian medicine, such as ayurveda, unani and siddha. The library also has 50 traditional ayurveda books digitized and available online. Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) a statutory body established in 1971, under Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, monitors higher education in ayurveda. Many clinics in urban and rural areas are run by professionals who qualify from these institutes.

Tourist Attractions in India

            Tourism in India is a large industry. The World Travel and Tourism Council calculated that tourism generated $121 billion or 6.4% of the nation’s GDP in 2011. It was responsible for 39,3 million jobs, 7.9% of its total employment. The GDP of the tourism sector has expanded 229% between 1990 and 2011. The sector is predicted to grow at an average annual rate of 7,7% in the next decade. In a 2011 forecast the World Travel and Tourism Council predicted the annual growth to be 8,8% between 2011 and 2021. This gave India the fifth rank among countries with the fastest growing tourism industry. India has a large medical tourism sector which is expected to grow at an estimated rate of 30% annually to reach about ₹ 9,500crore by 2015.

In the year 2011, there were nearly 6.29 million foreign tourist arrivals in India, up by over 8% from the year 2010 when 5.78 million foreign tourists arrived in India. Domestic tourist visits to all states and Union Territories numbered 747.70 million. The majority of foreign tourists come from the United States (16%) and the United Kingdom (12,6%). In 2011 Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi were the most popular states for foreign tourists. Domestic tourists visited the states Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu most frequently. Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Agra have been the four most visited cities of India by foreign tourists during the year 2011. Worldwide, Chennai is ranked 41 by the number of foreign tourists, while Delhi is ranked at 50, Mumbai at 57 and Agra at 65.

The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2011 ranked the price competitiveness of India’s tourism sector 28th out of 139 countries. It mentions that India has quite good air transport (ranked 39th), particularly given the country’s stage of development, and reasonable ground transport infrastructure (ranked 43rd). Some other aspects of its tourism infrastructure remain somewhat underdeveloped however. The nation has very few hotel rooms per capita by international comparison and low ATM penetration. The Indian government has identified a shortage of 150,000 hotel rooms, with most of the under supply in the budget sector.

The Ministry of Tourism designs national policies for the development and promotion of tourism. In the process, the Ministry consults and collaborates with other stakeholders in the sector including various Central Ministries/agencies, state governments, Union Territories and the representatives of the private sector. Concerted efforts are being made to promote new forms of tourism such as rural, cruise, medical and Eco-tourism. The Ministry also maintains the Incredible India campaign.

India’s rich history and its cultural and geographical diversity make its international tourism appeal large and diverse. It presents heritage and cultural tourism along with medical, business and sports tourism.

Ayurveda Treatments

Ayurveda Treatments 


Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Treatment

Ayurvedic Body Purification Treatment

Ayurvedic Slimming Treatment

Ayurvedic Stress Management Treatment

Ayurvedic Beauty Care Treatment

Ayurveda Panchakarma Treatment



 This treatment includes body massage with hand and foot by two masseurs with medicated oil and cream, internal rejuvenative medicines and medicated stem bath. This therapy is for 90 minutes to 2 hours per day for 7 to 14 days. This therapy is to rejuvenate mind body and soul, to tone up skin, to strengthen all systems so as to achieve ideal health and longevity.


 It is a process of purifying the whole body to attain proper balance of vatha, pitha and kapha
based on the panchkarma and swethakarma treatment. The 15 day package process include bodymassage, snehapanam, nasyam, virachanam(Medicated purgative), snehavasthi, dhara, pizhichil,njavarakizhi, karnapooranam, tharpanam, sirovasthi, steam bath, and internal herbal medicines.


 This is the prime treatment in Ayurveda for reducing ageing processes, arresting the degeneration of the body cells and immunization of the system. Giving RASAYANA (Very Special Ayurvedic Medicine) internally is the main part of this program, based on the panchakarma and swethakarma treatment. The 28-day package process includes body massage, snehapanam, virechanam, nasyam, snehavasthi, dhara, pizhichil, njavarakizhi, tharpanam, sirovasthi, karnapooranam and medicated steam bath. This treatment is best effective if taken before the age of 60, for either sex.


This is an effective treatment for all types of psoriasis. This special Ayurvedic treatment
program last for 21 to 28 days. This program includes special lapanam, abhyangam,
snehapanam, pizhichil, medicated steam bath and sirovasthi along with exclusively prepared
internal herbal medicines.


 This includes two types of massages (1) medicated herbal powder massage (2) medicated herbal oil massage. These two massages will be given for 28 days. This program also includes medicated steam bath, intake of herbal juices and herbal tea. A very special Ayurvedic diet is advised during the treatment period.


 In this program herbal face pack, herbal cream massage, herbal oil massage, intake of herbal tea and steam bath are included. This treatment increases the skin complexion, skin tone and beautifies the body figure.


 This is special treatment to keep your spine and neck healthy and to cure the problems related With it. This program includes Special Massages, Kativasthi, Snehavasthi, Kashayavasthi, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Special Exercises etc.


 This is process of medicated fumes applied to the ears for 5 to 10 minutes. This process helps to clean the ear and avoids ailments associated to the ear.

9.    THARPANAM. 1 Time

 It is a cleaning process of the eyes, which gives the cooling effect, prevents eye diseases and strengthens the optic nerve.

10. MUKHALEPAM. 1 Time

 This is an herbal face pack with specially made herbal powder and fresh cream. This prevents and avoids wrinkles and improves the skin tone. This is also good for the eyes.


 This massage includes body massage with herbal oil or herbal powder by hand and foot, head massage, face massage for 1-½ hours. This is good for rejuvenating the body, to reduce mental tension, sexual weakness, to improve vitality etc.


 Body massage with herbal oil or herbal powder by hand to tone up the body and to improve the blood circulation etc.


Certain precious herbal leaves and herbs are boiled and the steam is passed to the whole body for 10 to 20 minutes. This is good for certain skin diseases, to eliminate impurities from the body, to Improve the tone of the body, to reduce fat etc.


1. Duration of the treatment may vary according to the direction of the doctor and the ratesProportionately.

2. Process may change depending upon the patients body conditions.



1.    PIZHICHIL – 14Days

 In this treatment, lukewarm herbal oils are applied all over the body by two to four trained therapists in a special rhythmic way continuously for about 60 to 90 minutes per day for a period of 7 to 21 days. This treatment is very useful for Rheumatic diseases like arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, paralysis-agitanus, sexual weakness, nervous weakness and nervous disorders etc.


It is a process by which the whole body or any specific part thereof is made to perspire by the application of certain medical puddings externally in the form of boluses tied up in muslin bag. This is applied by two to four masseurs for about 60 to 90 minutes per day for a period of 14 days. This treatment is for all types rheumatism, pain in the joints, emaciation of limbs, high blood pressure, cholesterol and certain kinds of skin diseases.

                           3. DHARA — 14 Days. (THAKRA DHARA & KSHEERA DHARA)

In this process, some herbal oils, medicated milk, medicated butter milk etc., are poured on the forehead in a special method for about 45 minutes in a day for a period of 7 to 21 days. This treatment is mainly for insomnia, vatha predominated diseases, mental tension and certain skin diseases.


Certain herbal oils, herbal extracts etc., are applied through the rectum daily for a period of 5 to 25 days. This treatment is for arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints associated with rheumatism and constant constipation.

5. SIROVASTHI – 14 Days.

Certain lukewarm herbal oils are poured into a cap fitted on the head for 15 to 60 minutes per day according to the patient.s conditions for a period of 7 days. This treatment is highly effective for facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe headaches and other vatha originated diseases.


This is a typical massage with herbal powders for about 30 to 45 minutes daily for a period of 14 to 28 days. This treatment is for the diseases like hemiplegia, paralysis, obesity (excess fat) and certain rheumatic ailments.

7ABHYANGAM. 14 Days.

Special type of oil massage in which strokes are given according to the diseases for 45 minutes per day for 14 days. This treatment is very useful for obesity, especially for diabetic gangrene etc.

8. NASYAM. 14 Days.

Herbal juices, medicated oils etc., are applied through nose for 7 to 14 days. This treatment is highly effective for certain kinds of headaches, paralysis, mental disorders, some types of skin diseases etc.

9. SNEHAPANAM. 14 Days.

Medicated ghee is given internally in a proportionally increased quantity for a period of 8 to 12 days. This treatment is for osteoarthritis, psoriasis, leukemia etc.

10. KIZHI. 14 Days.

Herbal leaves and herbs or herbal powders are applied to the whole body in boluses with hot medicated oils for 45 minutes per day for a period of 7 to 14 days. This treatment is for osteoarthritis, arthritis with swelling, spondilosis, sports injuries etc.


Warm herbal liquid is poured all over the body in a rhythmic way through a special vessel for 45 minutes to 1 hour daily. This treatment is very effective for hemiplegia, paralysis, rheumatic complaints etc.


Herbal oils and decoctions are applied through the vaginal route. This treatment is good for gynaecological disorders. It is also a purification process for genital comans.


In this process specially prepared warm medicated oil is kept over the lower back with herbal paste boundary. This treatment lasts for 45 minutes to 1 hour and it is good for any type of back pain and spinal disorders.


 Like Kativasthi warm medicated oil is kept over the chest for 45 minutes. This is an effective treatment for asthma, other respiratory problems, heart diseases and muscular chest pain.


 This is fomentation with medicated cow milk. This treatment is good for facial paralysis, Bell.s palsy, speech disorders and other nervous disorders of the face.


 Special powder mixed with medicated oil applying on the top of the head for 20 to 45 minutes. This treatment is helpful for ENT problems, insomnia, migraine etc.


 This is a process by which medicated herbal paste is applied on the affected part. This is useful for various types of inflammatory conditions.

1. Duration of the treatment may vary according to the direction of the doctor and the rates proportionately.
2. Process may change depending upon the patient.s body conditions.


Diamond Tourism in Kerala


Diamond Tourism is a concept pioneered by Nature Nest taking diamonds and gratification to new heights. This notion was brought into play as an upshot of the great price advantage that leding Diamond jewellerys can offer.

The certified IF quality diamonds from Diamond Ornament making jewellery meets all international quality standards and are sold for prices that cannot be matched by any retailers across Europe. Simple reason being Diamond jewellery’s offer wholesale price for retail selling and lower margins are compensated by volume sales. Complementing this is also the big advantage on the cost of labor in comparison to Europe. Kerala Diamond Ornament making jewellery’s offer par-quality, par-quantity certified diamond jewelry from a wide selection of designs from its collection. Jewelry can also be custom made as per designs supplied by the customer.

In line with the quality of the diamonds, the tour package will be the best available with no effort spared to ensure that the customers get a rare double – fantastic diamonds and fantastic holiday in Kerala.

Nature Nest and Diamond Ornament making jewellerys is wishing a fantastic holiday while they shop for their dream diamond. The promotion will be able to give the prospective customer an all-expenses-paid, one-week 5-star holiday package in Kerala while they purchase quality par-diamonds at Diamond Ornament making jewellerys in Cochin, Kerala, India.

Buying a Diamond

When you purchase a diamond there are simple factors that combine to determine the quality and value of the individual stones you choose.

The important things to consider are “The Four C’s.” These comprise :











When you know what these terms mean you will feel more comfortable about making your choice, and we will be there to offer help and advice.

Certificated diamonds are a commodity whose characteristics are precisely defined to agreed international standards, and if you are looking at certificated stones the above qualities will be itemized.

Certificates are issued by testing laboratories and the internationally recognized establishments that you are likely to encounter are the G I A (the Gemological Institute of America) and the H R D. (Hoge Raad voor Diamant, or The Diamond High Council of Antwerp.) In England the AnchorCert Gemmological Office is an increasingly accepted certificating laboratory, attached to the Birmingham Assay Office.

Going back to the Four C’s : although clarity, color and cut are equally important the first thing you will probably discuss about your diamond will be its weight. This will be expressed in carats or fractions of a carat.

So what is a carat ?

1. Carat

From ancient times the word has been used as a term of weight for gold and precious stones and it is thought to originate from the practice of balancing the object to be weighed against a number of seeds from the Carob tree, the weight of which is remarkably consistent.

Today a carat is accepted as 200mg or 1/5 of a gram. A carat is divided into 100 points; thus a 1/4 carat = 0.25 points. You will frequently see carat abbreviated as ct and point as pt.


2. Colour

The color tone of a diamond is denoted by a letter of the alphabet starting at D, regarded as colorless, to Z, denoting a strong yellow. Although the absence of color is regarded as a good thing a very strong color will make a diamond highly desirable. A blue, green or canary yellow diamond for instance would be sought after.

In practice you will have no trouble distinguishing between a D (colorless) and say a P (very faint yellow), but to tell the difference between H and I, both near colourless, takes a great deal of expertise.



3. Clarity

When your diamond was formed carbon was subjected to incredibly high temperatures and pressures deep inside the earth. Ideally the process would result in a crystal clear diamond, but more often than not the result was a crystal with small marks inside it. When the rough crystal is polished these marks become apparent; they show up as black dots and are known as inclusions. Again there is an international grading system to establish the degree of clarity awarded to a stone : the greater the degree of clarity, the more desirable the stone.

There are eleven grades of clarity, from FL (flawless no inclusions) to I/3 (inclusions visible to the naked eye.)



4. Cut

The cut of a stone describes its shape and there are eight basic shapes.

Whatever the shape of your diamond you will find the surface covered with small flats, which are called facets. The proportions of the basic shape and the way the facets have been cut on its surface are extremely important to the amount of “life and fire” that the stone exhibits.


Why are these so important ? We will use the round / brilliant cut diamond as an example.

On the top of the diamond (the crown) there are 33 facets and on the underside (the pavilion) there are 25 facets If the proportions of the stone are correct then you have the ideal “make”.

As light passes through the crown of the diamond its path is bent and it is reflected from one facet to another inside the diamond, then reflected back through the crown to the viewer, giving it its “sparkle”. At the same time the optical properties of the stone break up the light into the colors of the spectrum, creating the “fire”. To make the most of the diamond’s natural properties the angles have to be exactly right; too steep or too shallow and light will escape through the pavilion. The same principles apply to all the cuts, but some are more successful at exploiting the diamond’s natural properties than others.

There is one other property worthy of mention that you will see on a diamond certificate, which is fluorescence . This is caused by trace elements of boron found in the diamond and is activated by ultra violet light. You will find it on the certificate rated as : None, Faint, Medium, Medium blue, Strong blue, or Intense blue.