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India Plans to Promote Mining Tourism



Worldwide, there are various mining centers that promote a new type of tourism around mining, understood as an activity that tends to enhance, disseminate and gain knowledge of the sites, areas and mining and geological regions. This recreational activity can be done passively from the mere contemplation or actively interacting with the appeal.

And while many might sound strange, it has many followers and therefore, the state government of Goa, India, is targeting closed mines to develop various tourist activities based on the proposed mining policy announced by the State Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. He wants to specify an initiative to develop tourism in those sites after the mines have already stopped working.

He claims that the ‘Tourism-related ore will be promoted to raise awareness, educate citizens and provide employment opportunities for local people, considering that the geoparks will be established in the state, whenever this is possible.

The Director of Mines, Prasanna Acharya, said the idea of converting closed mine shafts into lakes is pending. “If the mining companies have planted trees, then we can see if they can be converted intospices farms”.

In order to shape and develop a better concept to promote tourism related to mining, the government will appoint an appropriate consultant.

‘The land, after the closure of mines, could be returned to local management bodies preferably as a common property resource especially for the benefit of the rural poor.




A Hill with 863 Temples in India


The Satrunjaya Hill in Palitana, India is the most sacred pilgrimage sites of the religion of Jainism, present in Eastern, Central and South West India. Palitana is a sacred place where the hill is literally covered with temples in many shapes and sizes

The Jain religion’s teaching promotes among other guidelines that all beings are worthy of respect. Therefore, the greatest sin is to cause harm to a living being, as well as land or the souls of the water or air.

There are hundreds of temples in Palitana that is visited every year by millions of visitors. Scattered on a hill of 67 meters high average, there is a total of 1,250 temples in it. The complex concentrates more than 27,000 stone idols decorating the derasar, or temples of Jainism.

Derasar temples are characterized by its many marble pillars carved to perfection. As a visitor, the rules of access to a derasar is often strict.

The temples on the hill of Shatrunjaya are carved in marble, and were built by generations of Jains over 900 years. The number of temples is amazing, and being an abode of the gods, no one is allowed to spend a full night in the place.


A Journey into the Psychedelic World of Goa, India

It all started in the ’60s, when the hippies first landed in India and reached Goa. They colonized the north coast, Anjuna, Vagator, Chapora and Arambol. From that moment, everything else changed. The natives are accustomed to long hair and girls dance naked on the beach, geting used to the sound of chillum drums and passed from hand to hand. Over the years, the flower children drop out the drums and started to experiment with new types of music, incorporating the sounds of India with the beginnings of what today is called the Psychedelic Trance Music.

For three months a year, Goa is a heart that beats to the steady rhythm of the music played by the best artists of the genre. The earth pulsates beneath the feet of a thousand young people who abandon themselves to the rhythm and psychedelic drugs. In just a moment, the narrow streets are filled with Royal Enfield bullet and led by disarming beauty girls who wear skimpy clothes and leather. Men on the other hand, seem ready to battle like gladiators or Indian warriors in the middle of a tribal ritual.


A City that Looks Like a Kingdom in India

Udaipur is fashionable. Chosen as destination choice of 2009 according to the magazine Travel & Leisure, Udaipur surprises with its magical atmosphere between lakes, canals and palaces that seem taken from a story.

Udaipur looks like a small kingdom, immersed in all its magnificence in a city dominated by the huge silhouette of towers, forts and palaces.

At the foot of the mountains Aravalli, in a colorful valley south of Rajasthan, Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes or Venice of the East, by the way the city adapts to rivers, canals and mirrors of water. But besides the natural beauty, Udaipur amount varied wonders of the past architectural domain Rajput, a period where many palaces were built.

Udaipur is famous for its palaces along the many lakes, or even in the midst of them. The current hotel Lake Palace is an example of adaptation to changing times, a housing estate on the Lake Pichola. Other palaces of Udaipur remain accessible to the public as museums such as the magnificent City Palace Udaipur, a number of palatial buildings along the lake with balconies offering unsurpassed panoramic views.

Udaipur is accessible by road, rail or air, through an airport 24 kilometers from the center, connected to major cities in India.


A Hill with 863 Temples in India

Hill Satrunjaya in Palitana (India) is the most sacred pilgrimage sites of the religion of Jainism , present in India Eastern, Central and South West. Jainism, Palitana is a sacred place where the hill is literally covered with temples in many shapes and sizes:

The Jain religion is the seventh number of the faithful in India , and his teaching promotes among other guidelines that all beings are worthy of respect, therefore the greatest sin is to cause harm to a living being, as well as land or the souls of the water or air.

There are hundreds of temples in Palitana every year visited by millions of tourists, scattered on a hill of 67 meter high average elevation, the sum total amounts to 1,250 temples. The complex concentrates more than 27,000 stone Jain idols and marbles decorating the derasar, or temples of Jainism.

The derasar , are generally of marble, especially the newer ones, the target clear as possible. Derasar temples are characterized by its many marble pillars carved to perfection. As a visitor, the rules of access to derasar are often strict: laundry and almost no use, do not chew, do not have any bleeding wound, among others.

The temples on the hill of Shatrunjaya are carved in marble, and were built by generations of Jains over 900 years. The number of temples is amazing, and being an abode of the gods, no one is allowed to spend a full night in the place.


A Temple Carved into the Mountain in India

In neighborhoods of the city of Ellora in India, there are a number of temples and caves completely carved into the side of a mountain belonging to different periods and religious groups and remain as an impressive example of architecture troglodyte. The most impressive temple is Kailassa, considered the world’s largest sculpture carved from a single stone.

Just to “emerge” Kailassa Temple ( Kailash), some 200,000 tons of stone were removed, carving chisels, which delayed the finish of the work for a century.

The religious complex dedicated to Shiva, a Hindu god, includes a sanctuary with interior rooms also carved into a mountainside, and symbolizing Mount Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas.

The construction techniques are derived from other temples without end in the environment. According to research, the techniques used were terracing blocks from above, while the rocks removed, were probably sold in order to afford the work.

The construction method is very reminiscent of cities like Petra in Jordan, excavated and carved in stone.



The “Lost World” of Nubra, India

Nubra is an isolated valley and even closed to outsiders, a place away from any path of travel and accessible by a path that is the biggest step up the planet, frozen most of the year (even in summer). India is another place that reminds me of the little known area of Zanskar. Nubra is a space walled desert the Mountains Karakoram, and shaped by the Shyok River which has underpinned much of life, including the ancient cultures that inhabit it.

In its extension, succeeded by rocky deserts, incredible dune areas and environments where grazing pastures for Bactrian camels. It’s also highlighted by landscapes that sometimes look like postcards from another planet. Nubra Ladakh region, the “land of high passes” is often referred to as the “Little Tibet” because of its appearance and indigenous culture.

Interestingly, despite their appearance and inhospitable to its original name (Ldumra) refers to a “valley of flowers”, but in practice it is a strange high desert, where rainfall is low, as the vegetation only emerges with the riverbeds.

Access to the Nubra Valley is no easy task for two reasons: there is only one way to Nubra Valley (although a couple of years ago was running another), a road in height, but also there are access restrictions in certain areas for non-residents, mainly because it is a border area. The stay allowed is only seven days, and it is advisable to book early boarding houses, especially in summer when demand increases.

From Leh, the former capital of the kingdom of Ladakh, Nubra is part of the route in what is now the province of Jammu and Kashmir, a region that even in summer is covered by a layer of ice.


Three Awesome and Unfamiliar Pyramidal Tower Temples in India

Temples are called Vimana, and are shaped buildings pyramidal tower that protect the most sacred place within a religious complex. But also, are “guarded” by door towers (Gopuram) of similar appearance, marking the boundaries of sacred space. In southern India, some religious complexes acquire monumental proportions, including some of the largest Hindu temples in continuous activity, curious wonders, are hardly known.

1. Temple Sri Ranganathaswamy

Srirangam Located on the island, part of the city of Tiruchirapalli (or Trichy), Sri Ranganathaswamy is part of Hindu religious complex in the world’s largest operation (only surpassed by Angkor Wat). In fact, it rises 72 meters above ground level in a staggered manner. In the photos, we can see the Srirangam temple with its gopuram or tower-gates also adorned with painted sculptures representing gods and divine heavenly beings:

This truly wonderful and least known, was built in the ninth century, and was reinforced and modified to enhance its structure and size during the thirteenth century. Frequented by the Vaishnavites , followers of the deity Vishnu , the temple Sri Ranganathaswamy is the most important of those associated with this deity, and is dedicated to Ranganatha , considered the ultimate form of Vishnu. The temple is a magnificent work of architecture, decorated with colorful reliefs and numerous sculptures that make you look heavy.

2. Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

Located 350 kilometers from Bangalore (Hampi) in southern India, Virupaksha Temple is part of a group of monuments designated as a World Heritage. Dedicated to Shiva, the supreme deity, Brahma and Vishnu together form the Tri-murti, the three gods of Hindu mythology, the temple is the main center of pilgrimage in the region for over 13 centuries.

3. Ammam Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Located in the south of the River Vaigai in Madurai, Meenakshi Ammam is a monumental complex, adding 14 gorpurams up to 40 or 50 feet high. There are up to 33,000 sculptures in the temple and was included in the list of new Seven Wonders of the World. At its most appealing is a religious festival that attracts for up to 10 days more or less 1 million visitors.


Bhang: India’s Festive Drink

Bhang is a beverage closely related to the festivals of India. Bhang is made ​​from leaves and calyces of cannabis plants that has become an essential ingredient of celebration as important as the Holi Festival.

Taking this plant causes a mild feeling of euphoria. This can be smoked, chewed or prepared in infusions. Linked to the history of mankind, outbreaks of cannabis have been used for medicinal purposes, and their stalks are being manufactured for food processing.

In India, bhang is associated with Shiva, the Lord of the bhang, who according to legend, discovered the transcendental properties of the mixture. This then plays an important role in religious lives. Many sadhus utilize bhang to promote and achieve states of transcendental meditation.

The Indians firmly believe in its medicinal properties to cure fever, dysentery and sunstroke, as well as energizing the body and clearing the mind.

One of the most popular variant is the bhang lassi, the one prepared from fresh leaves and cannabis seeds and yogurt smoothie with spices (lassi). The lassi, popularly regarded as a remedy for gastroenteritis, can also be prepared with fruit.

In areas of greater tourism, it is easy to find traders for the legal sale of bhang, but Varanassi can be considered the official center of Bagh-Lessi. The city founded by Shiva has the famous ghats which prepares and sells the preparation.

Because they are potent intoxicating, bhang is an important part in the celebration of Holi, a festival that makes bhang the official festive drink. This festival knows no restrictions and favors unbridled consumption of this drink born of the gods.



The Golden Temple of Amritsar

The Golden Temple of Amritsar looks great from any angle. It is the holiest site of Sikhism, practiced by 25 million people. The Golden Temple of Amritsar is located in the city of Amritsar in India.

The Golden Temple is in the heart of a square surrounded by a pond. The construction started in 1589, and was completed in 1601. This has become the most sacred temple of the Sikhism religion. The temple is entirely covered with marble. Also known as Harmandir Sahib, the temple is rolled with gold accents on all four doors.

The holy waters of the pond are also used as a purification bath. The holy city of Amritsar moves from every angle. It is another wonder that is not so well known in India.


India: Goa, a new tourist destination for the gay community

Goa is a state located on the southwest coast of India and a well-known tourist destination. More than 400 thousand tourists visit Goa annually.

In order to increase this figure and promote tourism, the government wants to make it as a gay-friendly destination.

This decision has provoked immediate and strong opposition from different religious authorities, especially by the Catholic Church and Hindu groups who have said that “gays are not welcome in Goa”.

Despite the homophobia expressed, the head of the Department of Tourism and local government, Swapnil Naik, said that Goa “Cannot ignore this market, which is an emerging trend worldwide.” And considering that the entry of tourists from the gay community, revitalize the area, hotels, and restaurants, it would be very beneficial for the economy.

Dattaram Sawant, a member of a Hindu right wing organization in the region, said that “in the past, Goa had a reputation for sex and drugs, we will not allow that again,” linking the visit of gay tourists to that image.

“Goa has already approved the drug, casinos and prostitution. Now, they want gays, lesbians and transsexuals. Who else will they allow to come here? ” said Bharat Swabhiman, a known religious leader in the region who believes that homosexuality “is treatable.”

Beyond the rejection that causes homosexuality in some radical groups, Goa opens as a new destination to enjoy for gay tourism.