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A travel journal to India by Anannya

Konark at Night Photo, Puri, India More Photos
Quote: Between June 2010 and November 2010, traveled to six states mixing work and pleasure
Bada Imambara Lucknow Photo, India, Asia
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There is a word in Urdu - tehzeeb. The English word for it is possibly "culture". But just "culture" does not fully capture the essence of tehzeeb - the rich sophistication and artistic lifestyle that embodies a flourishing culture; the extremely civil and graceful language and mannerisms of the people who are part of this culture. This is tehzeeb. And the city that exhibits this (or used to exhibit this) the best is Lucknow.The capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow's history is about 700 years old. Cities like Kanpur, Allahabad, Benaras, Agra, etc are much older than Lucknow. But starting with the Mughal era, Lucknow has been a major theatre of much history of the subcontinent (and continues ...Read More
Konark at Night Photo, Puri, India
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The state of Orissa is a compelling place to visit for travellers of every disposition. The most popular purpose is religious of course. The Jagannath Temple in Puri (from which the English word juggernaut originates) attracts millions of Hindus throughout the year. Besides this big one, there are other numerous ones including the Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar. Besides extant temples, there are a number of ruined / no longer active temples like the majestic Sun Temple of Konark (about which I have written earlier) and the Jain cave temples of Udaygiri and Khandgiri.Historically, Orissa or Kalinga as it was known earlier has its place in Indian history. It was here that Emperor Ashoka, the...Read More

Dhauli Hill

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Attraction | "Following Ashoka, India's first real hero"

Dhauli Hill Photo, Orissa, India
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Emperor Ashoka's influence on Indian and Asian history is as significant as that of Alexander and Cyrus on Asia & Europe. The famous battle of Kalinga, the conversion to Buddhism and the active dissemination and spreading of the religion is well known to all.One of his main tools of spreading the Dhamma, the principles of good conduct, was the rock edict. Inscribed on rock (and also stone pillars), these edicts list out practices and guidelines for good living. You can read more about it here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edicts_of_AshokaFor those visiting the state of Orissa (which is contains the realms formerly known as Kalinga), Bhubaneswar is the main entry point. The capital...Read More

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Dhauli Hill
Banks of the River Daya
Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India

Hogenakkal Falls (Hogenakkal Waterfalls)

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Attraction | "A rest cure for the lungs"

Hogenakkal Falls (Hogenakkal Waterfalls) Photo, Tamil Nadu, India
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Hogenakkal (Smoking Rocks in Kannada) is a spot on the border of the two southern Indian states - Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The terrain is largely made up of carbonatite rocks and forms point where the Kaveri (Cauvery) river breaks from a narrow stream into a wide river. Getting Here:From Salem, drive north on NH7 till Dharmapuri and then take left towards wast. It is about 100-120 kms. From Bangalore, the distance will be about 180 kms, south on NH7 till Dharmapuri and turn west. The bus service of TNSRTC is very good though from Salem one needs to change at Dharmapuri.Coracle Ride:A coracle is a bamboo boat shaped like a small bowl. It is called parisal in Tamil o...Read More

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Hogenakkal Falls (Hogenakkal Waterfalls)
Melagiri Hills
Tamil Nadu

Hogenakkal

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Hogenakkal Falls (Hogenakkal Waterfalls) Photo, Tamil Nadu, India
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The river Kaveri (or Cauvery) is one of the most important rivers in southern India. Rising from the Coorg mountains near the west coast, it flows through Karnataka into Tamil Nadu before draining itself in the Bay of Bengal. The importance of this river is not just social but also economic - it is the main source of water for the two states and has been a bone of contention (as happens in all water disputes).The point where the river moves into Tamil Nadu from Karnataka is a dense forest in the foothills of the Nilgiris. This forest area was once the realm of the dreaded sandalwood smuggler Veerappan.Hogenakkal means misty rock. It is the spot where the river from a narrow str...Read More