India Gate

India Gate.

India Gate

At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an “Arc-de-Triomphe” like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.

It is one of the most renowned places in India. It is the symbol of pride and prestige in India and considered as one of the national monuments. Travellers from across the world visit India Gate every year in considerable numbers. Any traveller who comes for holiday in India don’t forget to visit it during the trip to Delhi. Tour and Travels Company in India always highlight India Gate in pre- scheduled trip.

Travel Photographer from Cosmic Travel Hub photographed India Gate. There are few pictures to share it with travellers across the world. More pictures are in the pipeline.

Photo by: Siddharth Malkania

Photo by: Siddharth Malkania

Photo by: Siddharth Malkania

Photo by: Siddharth Malkania

Humayun’s Tomb: Mughal Architecture-Facts

Delhi is the only one place of India’s great cities which has been the center of attraction . Hindu Dynasties, Mughal conquerors and British imperialists made Delhi a showpiece. It has been a traditional capital of Islamic rulers. Akbar ruled it until he commenced his massive Agra Fort.

Mirak Mirza Ghiyas built building and landscape architecture during Mughal emperor. He was originally from Herat and had influence of Timurid tradition. Around 16th Century, he designed Humayun’s Tomb. Before its completion he passed away. His took the courage to complete the great project and made it to 1571.

Humayun’s Tomb

Today, the tomb complex is entered by a large gate on the west. The southern gates were largely used during Mughal times. There are four garden plots which are sub-divided by narrow water canals around the main tomb. The bird eye view of the garden looks beautiful.

Humayun’s Tomb Entrance Gate

The garden is named as Charbhag design. The square garden divided into four (char) square parts. Structure is made of red sandstone and white marble . The marble dome design was used later on for Taj Mahal structure.

Tourists at Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

It is coupled with the fact that Humayun and his wife had long been exiled in Iran and developed a taste for an Iranian aesthetic. Some believe that Humayun’s tomb was conceived as a Mughal dynastic mausoleum in the tradition of the great Timurid dynastic mausolea. It was not used for subsequent rulers.

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Some members of the royal house were buried here, along with Isa Khan Niyazi, a noble in the court of Sher Shah.The site’s serenity belies the fact that many of the dead buried inside were murdered princes, victims of foul play. To see where Humayun actually died, combine your visit with a trip to the Purana Qila.

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Online Shopping becomes vulnerable

Planning tour is always a thought process task. Number of destinations strikes into your mind. You start browsing internet for travel sites which can help you out in shop around the best prices for hotel booking and tickets.

There are horses of travel websites across the world. Some websites come up with great deals or offers. Renowned websites always arouse your curiosity to book your tours by locking their deals.

Recently, many renowned travel websites including Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, Orbitz and Hotels.com have been accused of fixing the prices with some of the largest hotel companies.

Class-action lawsuit alleged that numbers of such travel websites going hand in hand with hotels including Hilton, Sheraton, Starwood, Marriot and International just to make more profit by fixing the hotel booking prices. These Travel websites make hotel chains promise not to sell rooms below a minimum rate. There is a fixed price which every tour operator offers to traveler. Interestingly, there is no such ‘best prices’ but instead there is only a fixed price.

Online Slate Magazine published a researched article last year based on the method of online marketing to allure the users. The number of E-commerce websites including Amazon and ebay were accused of creating dynamic pages for every user with different prices.

It proves that how E-commerce websites track your cookies to know your buying capacity. They make dynamic pages accordingly and sell the same product tagging higher prices to different online users at the same time but in far away countries. It is very hard to catch them red-handed for such bad online activities.

Recent activity of these travel websites makes us to think that tech-tools are used to hatch conspiracy for making more profit online. That is why, advertisers love the cookies and web-bug tools.

What is ‘Cookies’?

A ‘Cookies’ is a block of text (digital identification tags) which the websites places in a file on a computer hard disk of a person to track his activity. While a code in the cookie file enables the website to label him as a particular user, It does not identify him by name or address unless he has registered himself and provided the sites with such information or set up preferences in his browser to do so automatically.

There is an option for user to block the cookies. Once user block the cookies, there are more chances that user does not enjoy all the features of a website. Interestingly, cookies are sometimes termed as “necessary evil” as they support the features and facilitate the E-Commerce activities; they are the key to the “personalization” of the web.

Once you visit an E-Commerce website and buy a product, cookies record all your activity. Such activities are useful for data analyst to know your likes; dislikes; buying capacity; interests; date of birth; contact number; address and e-mail Id.

Web-bug is one more tool which is adored by advertising companies and data analyst. Web bugs are very helpful in creating strong database of online users. A web bug could be a part of a banner ad on a website that a person is viewing. The embedded instructions in a browser transmit the information to the advertiser’s server, like the Url of the page the person is visiting which it thinks fit to arouse the interest of the viewer on the web. Surprisingly, this is one way exchange of information and it occurs even though the person has not clicked on the banner ad.

Such activities are recorded to make the website user friendly. These activities are supposed to use in good faith as per Cyber Law. This is used rarely in good faith in the time of changing world of technology when humanity is depending on machines and gadgets instead of more physical actions. Unfortunately, very less country has come up with provision where such bad activities are enough to constitute the cyber crime. To avoid online shopping vulnerability you have to take precautions by yourself. Some of the safe browsing tips are below mentioned by cosmic travel hub team.

Safe browsing tips:

  • Don’t save your passwords in your browser.
  • Keep removing your cookies and temporary internet files by the time.
  • Try to shop around the prices physically too, if you get opportunity.
  • Keep changing your password. It sounds very stupid but it will save your important data.
  • Use genuine anti-virus program only.
  • Try to shop around the prices through different ISP which has different IP address.

Indian Farmers

Young man tying meal to his spade early morning. Image was taken at Madhya Pradesh, India

Indian Farmer going to the field during early morning.

Indian Farmers during early morning

young boy in the field. Photo Courtesy: S. Malkania

A young photographer is photographing the Indian Farmers in a rain harvesting event. It seems like a painting. Photo Courtesy: S. Malkania

Young farmers are heading towards field during wee hours. Photo Courtesy: S. Malkania

Why India to travel?

India as a Mystery: What arouses the curiosity of
many travelers to visit India, of course, It is its splendor and its capacity
for surviving the ravages of Time. The great Poet Alama Iqbal says: “The great
civilizations of Greece, Rome and Egypt have vanished from this earth. However,
the unique identity of Indian Civilisation has survived. There must be
something which preserves our Identity despite the ravages of Time.”  India thus becomes a reality and not an
abstraction.

Visit to India: Visiting India has never been
just a journey for a traveler. It is not so much a journey but an experience.
It is believed that world is divided into two parts- those who have been to
India and can’t wait to get back, and those who have never been and would not
dream of going.

Where to visit:
It does matter
when you have to decide where to go and what to do because there is no such
thing as instant India. When Mumbai Swelters, Kashmir is freezing, and when the
old hill stations are delightfully temperate, cool drinks are mostly wished to
have on the southern beaches. You can reach almost every part of India daily by
flying with Indian Airlines. India is not just a country but a continent. No
one can describe India in one line or in one piece of writing. Unless you have
unlimited time, you must choose your destination to help yourself in
understanding it.

CTH(Cosmic Travel Hub): CTH team believe in its thought
i.e. “traveling leads to discovery,
discover your destiny”
 . We suggest you that don’t try to understand India as
a tourist. It would take two lifetimes to do that. Just let the customs and
traditions flow over you it will help you to discover India more because in
India everything is a contradiction: confusion on the surface, noise and
secretiveness, mixed with an almost total lack of privacy. We facilitate our
every guest traveler in understanding India and exploring every part of India
like:

Rajasthan: The very name Rajasthan means the
home of Kings which is every tourist’s romantic picture of India.

Goa: Goa offers astonishing discovery
of the great age of the European presence in India. St. Francis Xavier begun
his missions here to the East and where his body still lies in the massive Bom
Jesus Church.

Kerala: Kerala in India is aquatic,
peaceful and filled with brilliant colours.

Delhi: Delhi is the only one of India’s
great cities which seems to have always been centre of action. Delhi did not
just happen-It was just made!

Agra: No Tourist would like to ever
miss a visit to Agra. If Mumbai is the future and Delhi is present, Agra is
India’s past. A past which has been so romantic and pregnant with memories of
Taj Mahal. A monument of love built by Shah Jehan to the memory of his wife and
beautiful queen, Mumtaz Mahal.

Fatehpur Sikri: The colossal capital which Akbar
built as a toy and where he sat playing chess with slave girls.

Khajuraho:  Go back to the thousand years and visit 85
temples of Khajuraho, with their curved togetherness of erotic scenes. It is
said that Khajuraho is either pure pornography or just pure, depending on your
own viewpoint or perception. 

Varanasi (Banaras): Varansi (Banaras) was already
old when Jerusalem was a sheperd’s village. It is strange, disturbing,
uncomfortable and almost totally incomprehensible. The beauty of this place is
its Ghats. You should stand at dawn near the Ghats leading down to the holy
Ganges and witness the outward manifestations of a religion. Religion is a way
of life which belongs to the hearts and minds of all Indians.

Mumbai: It is India’s materialistic
Mecca where the prevailing religion is making a rupee. More than Twenty per
cent of India’s heavy industry is here.

Kashmir: Kashmir does not need any
introduction. It is supported by one statement from Mughal Emeror Jehangir
itself. When Jehangir was on his deathbed, his attendants asked him if there
was anything he wanted. “Only Kashmir,” he whispered. “Only
Kashmir…”

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