Srinagar Celebrates Shikara Festival 2012

A kashmiri artist performs during the Shikara Festival at Dal Lake in Srinagar, on October 2, 2012. The Jammu and Kashmir tourism department had organised a day-long shikara festival to boost tourism in the valley.

Delegates from various countries including China, Thailand, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Spain, Belgium and United Kingdom came to attend the festival organised for tour operators.

According to the festival’s organisers, who come from kashmir’s tourism department, the festival was organised for foreign tour agents who are currently touring Kashmir to promote the country’s tourism and to attract foreign tourists to kashmir.

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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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Indian Dance Forms

India is vast in variety of ethnic groups, races and cultural groups. India has carried forward its diversity in color and cultural group for centuries.

Each region, district has its particular folk music and dance form, from Kanyakumari in the south to Kashmir in north and from Maharastra in the west to Manipur and Assam in the east.

Every dance form depends on the level of social and cultural development. Accordingly, It is divided into three categories i.e. Tribal, Village-folk Community and Traditional Ritual dances.

The theme of dances are very simple but they are very unique in nature and its execution. Sometimes, they revolve around the daily task of fields in reaping the harvests, of pounding rice, of weaving textiles, of catching birds and insects. At the other side, they celebrate victory in war or success in haunt. And yet in others, It is the abstract movement of an actual ritual performed to propitiate the Gods, or dances which may have a magical impact.

Finally, there are the community dances for all the seasons and festivals when men and women dance for sheer joy to celebrate spring, the rains, autumn and winter. Everyone dance, everyone participate or create. There is no entertainer, only entertainment.

Travel Photographer from Cosmic Travel Hub photographed some of Indian Dance forms. The more dance forms will be photographed and shared by Cosmic Travel Hub team in future.

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