AYURVEDA TRAILS: HARIVIHAR HERITAGE HOMESTEAD & DR.SRIKUMAR

Harivihar which literally means abode of the divine is a 170 year old painstakingly restored royal heritage homestead located in Calicut, the old seaport city in Kerala through which Vasco de Gama entered the fabled Indies. Harivihar is a former royal manor-house built around 1850 by the Kadathanad royal family, who had ruled the northern parts of Kerala. The house was built according to Vasthu principles in traditional padinijitta (west-facing) style, as was prevalent then. On the south-west side was the family temple with Durga as the presiding deity, and a large traditional pond on the north-west side with perennial water supply, was used for swimming and bathing. Harivihar Ayurveda resort offers its guests the unparalleled experience of staying in a heritage ambience and benefit from the goodness of Ayurveda and Yoga, two great contributions of India to mankind. Harivihar is a Green leaf accredited centre of excellence for Ayurveda treatments and panchakarma therapies. (more…)

KHAJURAHO EROTIC TEMPLES: Do Not Ban It – Understand It!

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. The temples are famous for their nagara style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 CE by the Chandela dynasty. Historical records note that Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometres. Of these, only about 20 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometres. (more…)

CONSTELLATION BEYOND ‘THE CLASH’

Introduction for CONSTELLATION BEYOND ‘THE CLASH’ – SUSTAINABLE TOURISM BETWEEN ‘THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATION’ & ‘THE CLASH OF IGNORANCE’ IN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT; ZUZANA ZWIEBEL (2012)

Albert Einstein said: “Watch the stars, and from them learn”. We will use that metaphor to describe connections among globalization, geopolitics, sustainability and tourism. At first sight this may seem an obvious link, but it is important to establish the dynamic nature of the relationship and frame it within broader concept of whole global envionment or universe, as was poetically described by Albert Einstein. (more…)

100+1 PHOTO STORY: Kerala – Nair Wedding

Kerala - Nair Wedding Her name is REMYA
She is HAPPY

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“Madam, all is arranged, my wedding is 1st of December! Can I invite you!? You have to come!”, she said with very warm friendly voice to which you can not refuse anything.
“Oh, wonderful! That’s wonderful! I will be very happy to come! Let me congratulate you!”, and I meant it.
After a while I asked: “Remya, is it arranged marriage?”
She looked at me with surprise: “Yes, of course, it is arranged marriage.”
“But you are happy?!”, I had to ask it.
“Madam, I am very happy!”, she looked at me with eyes full of love and there was no hesitation in her voice. (more…)