As we realize that half of this year 2016 has already pass by, we are beginning to prep-up for the travel & festival season. This edition takes you through the lesser-known tourist city of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, its 250 year old Heritage Hotel which is sure to lure you and a festival ‘Guru Purnima’ not known to many. Also detailed is a scrumptious recipe of a breakfast staple – Poha. Scroll down and enjoy the ride through new facets of India.
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The Ahilya Fort Hotel, Maheshwar
The 250 year old Ahilya Fort has what is possibly the most dramatic, unique and glorious setting of any Indian hotel. Perched on the edge of a cliff, enclosed within the massive walls of the fort, Ahilya Fort has staggering views over the sacred kilometer-wide Narmada River and the ghats immediately below.
Within the fort there are shaded courtyards and verandahs on different levels, linked by stone walkways. 14 unique rooms scattered amidst 6 different groups of centuries-old buildings, numerous gardens, hidden terraces, ancient turrets and battlements, a stunning swimming pool all make for an intriguing location..
Ahilya Fort is an extraordinary and unusual place where you really can get away from it all and experience a very different and authentic side of India, all the while being looked after in true style by your host, Prince Richard Holkar (should he be in residence), whose family owns the fort.
Guru Purnima is an Indian and Nepalese festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. The auspicious day of Guru Purnima is a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Maharshi Veda Vyasa.
All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam. Vyasa even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.
On this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honor of his divine personage and all disciples perform a 'puja' of their respective spiritual preceptor or 'Gurudevs'.
This day is of deep significance to the farmers, for it heralds the setting in of the much-needed rains, as the advent of cool showers usher in fresh life in the fields. It is a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual 'sadhana' from this day.
When:July Every year. Where:Parts of Northern & North-Eastern India and Nepal
Situated in the splendid Narmada river valley, Indore in the state of Madhya Pradesh is renowned for its majestic temples and magnificient monuments. A historic city, which was ruled over by famous dynasties, especially the Halkers, enthralls its visitors with its historical influence. The business powerhouse of Madhya Pradesh, Indore is also known for its ever-burgeoning coffee culture and street foods. Here are the must-dos to make the most out of your trip to this bustling city.
Indore is a foodie’s paradise. You can never go wrong with food in Indore, but the most famous of all is the city’s poha and jalebi. Most street food stalls open by six in the morning and serve these two alongside other Indian snacks and sweets. 56 dukkan (a stretch of 56 shops) is the place to go to get the real taste of Indore’s poha and jalebi.
Gandhi Hall is a beautiful town hall built in 1904, in the Indo-Gothic style made up of white and red stones. It was initially named King Edward Hall and renamed Gandhi Hall after the death of Gandhi. Today, it serves as a major venue for cultural events and art exhibitions.
Rajwada is an iconic structure in Indore. It was built by the ruling Holkar dynasty two centuries ago. Popularly known as the Holkar Palace, this seven-storeyed building is an amalgamation of Mughal, Maratha and French architectural styles.
Chhatris are dome type architecture built in the memory of the Holkar rulers, on the banks of the Khan River.
Lal Bagh Palace
Built during 1886-1921, this 3-storeyed building displays the grandeur of the Holkar dynasty with all its might. Other popular historical sights are Kanch Mandir & Central Museum
Indore’s Sarafa Bazaar is traditionally known for its gold and silver stores but every night after eight, the bazaar undergoes a magnificent transformation which is must see.
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!