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FC: Imaginary Trip to Incredible India

1: What do you dream about? Have you ever thought about to throw away all your routine problems and plunge into unknown and marvelous world? If you have no possibilities to realize this wish just try to image your travel. Why not, may in future your strong desire will be come true. In facts there are as many as possible various dreams and wishes. Some people consider them to be too simple. But no doubt that everyone wants to visit some places or to gain something in his life. Speaking about me i have a strong desire to visit India. Since my childhood I was just charmed by its splendid culture and gorgeous nature. Being the first experience of mine, this book reflects the main facts and places I would like to visit, may be somewhere in future.

2: Contents Chapter I Some curious facts Chapter II Places of interest Chapter III Symbols Chapter IV Festivals Chapter V Indian etiquette

3: Do you know that chess was invented in India?

4: The largest religious building in the world is Angkor Wat, a Hindu Temple in Cambodia built at the end of the 11th century.

5: Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.

6: Chapter II | The diverse attractions of India consists of deep blue seas, mysterious deserts, sprawling beaches, splendid green valleys, majestic mountain ranges, exotic back waters, temples, royal forts, man-made monuments, natural wonders, jungles, national reserves and stunning waterfalls.

7: The crowning glory of India is the Taj Maha. Constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan, in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, his wife, this marble monument is the 'symbol of love'. Built overlooking River Yamuna, the monument was built to enshrine the body of Mumtaz. The design and structure of the monument with an impressive garden, reflective pond, semi-precious stones embedded in the marbles and engravings from Koran is a specimen of architectural brilliance.

8: . The Hawa Mahal is located on the edge of the City Palace complex of Jaipur and is replete with hundreds of screened windows and balconies. The building is smaller than other palaces but the pink hue of the palace and the honeycombed stone work enhance the royal appeal of the palace.

9: The Bahai temple, popularly known as the Lotus temple is located in Kalkaji, in the southern part of Delhi. This architectural splendor was built in the twentieth century. People from all sects and religions visit this temple. The temple is shaped like a Lotus and is made of white marble, dolomite, cement and sand. The temple, devoid of any images of Gods offers a great setting for meditating and is visited by hordes of people for the peace and tranquility it offers.

10: Korala is replete with golden beaches, Kerala is replete with golden beaches, temples, resorts, natural beauty, paddy fields, palm fringed landscape, churches and back waters. This land of Ayurveda baffles the tourists with its splendid landscape, art forms, culture, heritage and cuisine. The back waters are a major attraction in Kerala. The exotic maze of rivers, lakes, canals and estuaries lined with greenery make Kerala a great boating destination.

11: The eternal city The eternal city of Varanasi is the religious capital of India. The city is built along the banks of the sacred River Ganges. A visit to Varanasi and a dip in the sacred waters of Ganges is believed to cleanse a person of misdeeds and sins. | The sacred city also houses the Golden Temple. The temple with its gilded towers is the highlight of the city, apart from the Ganges.

12: Symbols | During worship or rituals, leaves from some select trees are used as essential accessories, but among them all the Betel Leaf enjoys a place of pride in India. In Hindu weddings, a betel leaf is tucked into the headgear of the bride and the groom. The use of betel leaf is considered as a noble trait and on all auspicious celebrations, betel leaf has become a symbolic item denoting freshness and prosperity

13: India, for success and prosperity on all occasions, the beginning is done with the breaking of a sanctified coconut. All religious functions and rituals start with the worship of the coconut since it is regarded as the symbolic GANESH, the deity who helps in the successful completion of any work undertaken.

14: Lotus is a very important symbol of Indian cultural heritage. It is mentioned in all the Hindu scriptures because it is very sacred to the Gods. God Brahma and Buddha are depicted as seated on a Lotus flower. Lord Vishnu holds a lotus in one of his hands and Goddess Lakshmi also holds a Lotus flower. The Lotus is an appropriate symbol of detachment from the surroundings, be it good or bad.

15: To create very effective sound, a bell was found to be the best device since when it is made of 8 different metals, it produced the most resounding echo, which can spread in all directions. In India, regular rhythmic ringing of heavy and light weight bells has been made compulsory during the time of worship in most of the temples, so as to invoke the deity’s blessings. | Ringing of bell Centuries ago in India, the Gurukul system of education- residential Institutions for overall development of students, were situated in forests away from the crowded townships. There the insiders were constantly under beastly attacks and so bells were rung on the sighting of deadly animals to frighten them off. The metallic sounds were also found to attack bacteria and germs through scientific research.

16: In India mainly two calendars r followed t determine th festivals- th Hindu calendar r th Islamic calendar. Both th calendars r based n lunar months whh correspond t th phases f moon. Th lunar nd solar positions mainly determine th festivals. Th month f January mrk celebrations f harvest festivals throughout th country. Makar Sankranti whh mrk th celebration f spring time. Women distribute sweets nd hold gt-togethers. | Chapter IV Festivals

17: \ | Lohri n th north f India l a seasonal harvest festival. In th evenings families gather around bonfires, distribute sweets mng friends nd family.

19: hhhh Th month f March one th bggt Hindu festival celebrated- Holi. Th l known th festival f colors. People throw colored water nd powder n each thr nd mk merry. Another attraction f th month th Khajuraho Dance Festival. Th a week long celebration wherein classical dance performances r held t th Khajuraho temples. | The month of March one th biggest Hindu festival celebrated- Holi. Th l known th festival of colors. People throw colored water and powder each othre and make merry. Another attraction f th month th Khajuraho Dance Festival. Th a week long celebration wherein classical dance performances r held t th Khajuraho temples.

20: Yet another colorful festival th Elephant Festival of Rajasthan. Th highlights of th festival r th procession of elephants, camels and horses, followed b lively folk dancers. Th mt hilarious highlight f th festival a tug f war between elephants and men.

21: Chapter V Indian Etiquette | Men shake hands with men when meeting or leaving. Men do not touch women when meeting or greeting. Traditional Indian women may shake hands with foreign women but not usually with men. Indian men may engage in friendly back patting merely as a sign of friendship. When an Indian smiles and jerks his/her head backward -- a gesture that looks somewhat like a Western "no" -- or moves his head in a figure 8, this means "yes."

22: Feet are considered unclean. Feet are sacred for holy men and women. Pointing footwear at people is considered an insult. Indians are very sensitive to being beckoned rudely. Hand and arm waved up and down (Western "good-bye") means "come here." To beckon, extend your arm, palm down and make a scratching motion with fingers kept together. Never point with a single finger or two fingers (used only with inferiors). Point with your chin, whole hand or thumb. The chin is not used to point at superiors.

23: Give gifts with both hands. Gifts are not normally opened in the presence of the giver. Gifts from your country are appreciated (perfume, chocolates, small china or crystal objects). Gifts are not normally expected at the first meeting. Gifts may be given once a relationship develops.

25: I consider the main points about India were covered. And I hope that after this book you will fall in love with this marvelous country! And I wish you all dreams and great desires become real!

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