The festive fervor is all around and everyone is rejoicing in cultural colours. As the major festival of Navrati, Durga Puja & Dussehra comes to an end, here we bring to you the celebration details of the two major Indian festivals - Dussehra & Diwali. Alongside, tour the historic & food city of Indore with us, and add a unique Heritage property of Madhya Pradesh in your travelbook.
Hope you will find this edition insightful. Wish you all a happy Diwali as we pass on our festive spirits to you.
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SHEESH MAHAL, ORCHCHA
Sheesh Mahal is a beautifully restored Heritage Hotel in Orchcha, Madhya Pradesh. It offers an amazing combination of old-world charm along with contemporary facilities and impeccable Indian hospitality. The magnificence of the past is coupled with an enchanting color scheme and sophisticated decor.
The hotel was the residence of Raja Udait Singh and has the touch of authentic medieval Indian architectur, featuring 8 guest rooms bestowed with all the amenities. The rooms are adorned with antique furniture, miniature paintings and bear a traditional touch reflecting the glory of the past. It lies 120km from Gwalior Airport and 16km from Jhansi Railhead.
Diwali – Festival of Lights
India is celebrating the festival of lights ‘Diwali’ on 3rd entire country is aglow this time of the year, as most certainly Diwali is the biggest and most widely celebrated Hindu festival…
Diwali literally translates as an array of clay lamp and is always celebrated on a dark moonless night marking the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya, after his having vanquished the demon, Ravan. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on Diwali festival and her blessings are sought for prosperity, wealth and abundance.
Indians celebrate Diwali with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship to Lakshmi.
Five Days of Diwali...
Traditionally Diwali stretches across five days. Dhanteras is the official beginning of Diwali, followed by Choti Diwali, and the third day is the main festival day when people offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities. The fourth day is observed as Govardhan Puja and the fifth day celebrates the sibling bond as Bhai Duj.
NAVRATRI & DUSSEHRA
Navratri Festival is celebrated by Hindus with great devotion for 10 days. Idol of Goddess Durga is worshipped during Navratri. People stay awake the whole night during the nine days of Navratri and play Dandiya and Garba. This festival is celebrated by all Hindus and has special significance in North Indian and Gujarati community.
Festival of Navratri is full of lights, joy and festivity. Hindus celebrate this with devotion and enthusiasm throughout India. The celebration is carried on for ten days and the last four days are very important. People fast, pray, chant, sing and dance during these days. People pray to Goddess Durga to destroy the evil during Navratri. They also perform traditional dance known as Garba almost throughout the night. They wear colourful dresses traditional dresses. On the 10th Day the festival ends with the Dussehra celebrations.
When:30th October 2016. Where:All over India.
Situated in the splendid Narmada river valley, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) is a historiccity which was ruled over by famous dynasties and renowned for its majestic temples and magnificient monuments. Also known as the ‘foodie city’ of MP, Indore has great variety and taste in food, which offers multiple local cuisines. The city has everything to charm its visitors.
Chhatris (cenotaphs) are the royal tombs of the erstwhile rulers of the Holker clan. These cenotaphs are placed on the banks of the beautiful river Khan, exhibiting an architectural brilliance.
Rajwada (Holkar Palace)
A remarkable mansion which sings the glory of the stunning land, Rajwada in Indore is a must see spectacle.
Built in 1904 & inaugurated by Prince of Wales, Gandhi Hall is a beautiful town hall built in the Indo-Gothic style made up of white and red stones.
Built in the 20th century by Sir Hukamchand Seth, Kanch Mandir or Glass Temple is an enormously famous and beautiful temple made entirely of glass.
From being a market for gold and silver and other ornaments, it becomes a foodie’s paradise and must visit for every traveler to the city.
Located around 36km from Indore, Patalpani is famous for its waterfall, its lush greenery and its scenic ambiance.
From the Kitchen...
POHA – The Beaten Rice Fry
Indore city experience is incomplete without a mention of its Sweet-spicy Poha, which is a breakfast staple. Here is an easy recipe for you to try in your kitchen and savour the taste of the city.
Poha or flattened/beaten rice – 2 Cups
Onion, chopped – 1 large
Green chillies – 4
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Sugar – 1tsp
A pinch of asafetida
Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
salt to taste
coriander leaves, chopped – 1 tbsp for garnish
Wash poha under running water for a couple of minutes. Drain and set aside for at least 15-20 minutes. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and asafetida. Let them splutter.
Add green chillies and and saute for 2 minutes. Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add green peas, salt and saute for about 4-5 minutes. Now add washed poha, turmeric powder, sugar, and mix well. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
Remove from heat. Add lemon juice and mix well. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and chopped onions. Enjoy!