Thank you for all your support in the year 2015 and I hope your New Year started off with new desires, dreams and ideas. Stepping in 2016, we look forward to another mutually rewarding year for all of us.
In this New Year edition we take you to an unexplored side of India – North East India. Featuring the gateway to North East-Guwahati, its culture, must- dos in the city, its cuisine, hotels and lots more.
We hope this edition brings to you few more reasons of choosing India.
Have an Incredible 2016!
Indian Zing Team
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Spring Valley Resort, Guwahati
Spring Valley Resort is a gateway to nature & harmony...
Spring Valley Resort, set in nature's best amidst a beautiful tea estate has been conceived with the vision to make it in an ultimate destination for the people who value excellence....like to indulge themselves in a royal lifestyle... and take time to enjoy life to the fullest.
The resort offers cottage style accommodation in green surroundings with activities like horse riding, elephant safari, Boating, Shooting, Quad Biking, Gypsy Safari, Folk dance & Live band performances over bonfire and lots more.
Republic Day in India falls on January 26 every year. The day marks India's adoption of a republic constitution on January 26, 1950, after gaining of independence from British rule in 1947.Understandably, this makes it an occasion that's close to the hearts of all Indians. Republic Day is one of three national holidays in India.
Festivities take place on a grand scale in Delhi, India's capital. Traditionally, the highlight is the Republic Day Parade. It features contingents and displays from the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The parade also includes colorful floats from each of India's states. Smaller parades are held in each state as well.
The Beating Retreat ceremony at the Vijay Chowk on January 29 every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.
When:26th January every year Where:Across India (Main celebrations happen in Capital city – New Delhi)
Considered to be the gateway to north east India, Guwahati is the largest city in the region. It is situated between the southern bank of Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Explore its various religious places, green hills, tea plantations, educational institutes and Art Workshops.A visit to Guwahati is incomplete without satiating the taste buds with authentic Assamese as well as Eastern Indian food mix.
Assam State Museum
The museum is extremely popular due to its amazing (envious is the right word) anthology of antiques right back to the prehistoric times.
The Guwahati Planetarium, located on MG Road is a sincere attempt to reach the young and scientifically inclined minds and provide them a glimpse of the available treasure trove assembled over centuries by the human explorers.
Manas National Park
A 3hours drive north of Guwahati and you will find yourself at the entry gate of Manas National Park & Tiger Reserve. A UNESCO credited world heritage site, the national park is home to myriad species of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Guwahati has a very rich history. A testimony of this are the many ancient temples that reside around the city. Prominent ones are Kamakhya temple, Navagraha temple, and Umananda temple.
Cruise on the River Brahmaputra
Cruising the mighty Brahmaputra River is an opportunity that you cannot overlook. It is quite a lifetime experience to witness the magnificent river flowing through the rich plains of Assam; the wildlife, the local culture, people and most of all, the river-folk. Long (11days) and short cruises are available as per choice.
Kaziranga National Park
The famous Kaziranga National Park, located at a distance of 200 km from Guwahati, is the star attraction for tourists for its unique animal and bird mix and authentic habitat in which the tourists are permitted to catch a glimpse. An elephant safari through the park to sight the mighty one horn Rhinos is a crave-worthy experience.
From the Kitchen...
Assamese Til Pitha
TilPitha is traditional Assamese snack item made out of rice flour, coconut and sesame seeds. Try it in your kitchen this holiday season and delight your guests.
1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup plain refined flour (maida)
1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds (til)
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
2 tbsp butter
oil for cooking
Combine the milk, maida, and rice flour in a bowl and whisk well so that no lumps remain. Keep aside.
Combine the sugar, sesame seeds, coconut and sugar in a bowl, mix well and keep aside.
Heat a non-stick pan and grease it little oil.
Pour 2 tbsp of batter and spread to make a small round thin pitha or pancakes.Cook lightly on both side.
Spread 2 tbsp of sugar-coconut mixture on half side and cover with other half to form a semi-circle or wrap it from both sides like a dosa.
Repeat the same to make more pithas using remaining ingredients.Serve fresh.