The most iconic sports venues to visit in India (Part 3)

Indira Gandhi Arena, Delhi

Opened in 1982, Indira Gandhi Arena is the largest sports ground in India and the third largest in Asia. It can accommodate 14,348 people and has hosted several sporting events, like WWE and Kabaddi.

The first International Premier Tennis tournament is held here and the WWE Live event is held here after 13 years in India.

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi

Home to the hockey team of Indians and the Delhi Wave Riders, Dhyan Chand National Stadium opened in 1933 and was rebuilt in 2010. It was originally called the theater. Irwin, and in 2002, it was renamed the Indian hockey player Dhyan Chand.

The stadium can accommodate 16,200 spectators. This arena hosted the World Cup Hockey in 2010 and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Although there wasn’t much to consider when it was vacant, but on the match day, the vibe was different and full of energy.

Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai

Opened in 1883, the Mahalaxmi Racecourse is an oval-shaped racecourse with a straight trough of 2400 m and spread over 225 acres of land. The public has access to the inner lane of the racecourse for jogging, walking or exercising.

However, the splendor of this venue can only be felt during the annual Derby in India held between mid-November to the last week of April. That’s when the venue is packed with glitter and derby fans.

Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Dr. E Moses Marg, Turf Club Royal Western India, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Buddh International Road, Delhi

India’s first Formula One Grand Prix was held at Buddh International Racetrack. This venue hosted India’s Grand Prix from 2011 to 2013. It can hold a staggering 120,000 audience. Stretching over an area of ​​874 acres, the circuit is 5, 13 km long.

Racing enthusiasts dream of driving on the F1 track and this venue offers that opportunity. The song is open twice a week for such activities. It costs about 5,000 INR ($ 78) for the five rounds, INR 10,000 ($ 156) for 30 minutes and INR 15,000 ($ 234) for 60 minutes of time tracking.

Buddh International Circuit, Jaypee Sports City, Yamuna Highway, Area 25, YEIDA, Buddham Nagar Temple, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

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The first professional female surfing athlete in India (Part 1)

Not only helping coastal children improve their survival skills, Ishita Malaviya also wants to change the negative view of surfing for women.

Ishita Malaviya (from Mumbai) defies the objections of her parents and those around her to become the first female surfing athlete in India.

She now runs the surf club Shaka Surf and a camp called Namaloha on the coast of Karnataka, India. In addition, she is the image ambassador for surfing fashion brand Roxy.

Ishita Malaviya became the inspiration for many Indian women

In the face of gender discrimination in India, girls do not have too many perks for themselves nor are they legally protected. The fact that a girl is wearing a bikini and surfing in the middle of the sea is a strange and strange image to Indian people.

Malaviya’s journey inspired many women in India – who are victims of sexism – to dare to fight and fulfill their dreams.

From a student journalism to a surfing athlete

Ishita Malaviya started her passion for surfing in 2007 when he was inspired by a German exchange student. She was then a journalism student at Manipal University.

In 2011, when he realized that the sport was too little known in India, Malaviya formed a surfing club called Shaka Surf with her boyfriend. At that time, her club was one of the first surfing organizations in India.

The Shaka Surf Club operates mainly in the village of Kodi Bengre – on the coast of Konkan – where many fishermen work as fishermen.

The Indian girl founded a surfing club to share her passion for the sport

Although it is a fishing village, many fishermen and children cannot swim. Therefore, Malaviya brought surfing to Kodi Bengre with the desire to help children and people here improve their survival skills when living near the sea.

At first, many people were afraid of exposing their children to a new and somewhat dangerous sport. However, after a lot of advocacy efforts, some parents also agreed to let their children follow Malaviya to learn how to swim and surf.

Despite the differences in languages ​​spoken by people in the Kannada dialect, Malaviya and the children try to understand each other in English in combination with body language.

Top popular festival in India (Part 2)

Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil and darkness. It honors Lord Ram and his wife Sita coming back to their kingdom of Ayodhya, after the defeat of the evil Ravan and rescue Sita on Dussehra. It’s called the “Festival of Lights” due to the lighting of all the fireworks, small clay lamps, and candles. For the majority of Indian, Diwali is the most popular festival of the year.

Onam is the biggest  harvest festival of the year in the South Indian state of Kerala, marking the homecoming of mythical King Mahabali, and honoring the state’s culture and heritage. Indian decorate the space in front of their houses with flowers arranged in beautiful unique patterns to welcome the king, feasts served on banana leaves. Many activities such as dancing, sports, games, and snake boat races are organized.

Krishna Janmashtami, also called Govinda, celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. A specially interesting part of the festival is teams of guys climbing on each other to create a human pyramid to break open clay pots filled with curd, hanging up high from buildings. This activity, known as dahi handi, organized on the second day of the fest. It’s best experienced in the city of Mumbai.

A plenty number of camels gathered, dressed up, paraded, shaved, entered into beauty contests, raced, and of course traded on the tiny desert town of Pushkar, in India’s state of Rajasthan, for the Pushkar Camel Fair. Be sure to arrive soon before the start of the festival since it gets underway and winds up early.

Temple Festivals in Kerala

There are many temples that organized this annual festivals in honor of the presiding local god or goddess with different set of legends and myths, depending on the temple deity. However, most revolve around the presence of elephants feature towering effigies of horses and bulls to celebrate the deity. The large processions of elephants, resplendent in ornaments, and colorful floats, drummers and other performances by musicians are the main activities.

The most iconic sports venues to visit in India (Part 2)

Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

Opened in 1984, the Salt Lake Stadium (also known as Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan) is a multi-purpose stadium, known around the world. It can hold an incredible 85,000 spectators. The stadium has hosted many international tournaments.

For example, the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification, the third South Asia Games, and the 1995 Jawaharlal Nehru International Gold Cup among others.

International players, like Lionel Messi, came on the pitch and Oliver Kahn’s official farewell match for Bayern Munich against Mohun Bagan was played here. This stadium will be the main venue for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup final. If you’re a football fanatic, you should definitely hit this venue to catch FIFA U-17 alive in action.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi

Perhaps not a specific sports venue, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium hosts cricket, soccer and other sporting events along with a number of entertainment events. Opened in 1983, and named after the first prime minister of India.

It can accommodate nearly 60,000 people (sometimes even 100,000 for special events and concerts). It hosted a number of prestigious events, such as the 1982 Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the South Asian Games in 2013.

The venue also hosted Amnesty International Human Rights! concert. It was redesigned before 2010 CWG by designers who jointly built China’s Century Lotus Stadium.

The stadium is absolutely beautiful in architecture – the roof is covered with Teflon, has an electronic sound system, a 10-lane aggregate, warm rails and a 150-meter long tunnel built for CWG 2010 opening ceremony. and closing.

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Sports arenas cannot be more iconic and famous than the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which hosts some of the most legendary cricket matches of all time. The most iconic moment was in 2011, when India defeated Sri Lanka to win the World Cup at this stadium.

It also hosted the final test match of Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar, and the match in which six matches were defeated by Ravi Shastri. It certainly doesn’t have more icons than this! It can accommodate 33,108 people and an interesting feature of this stadium is its suspended roof which ensures unobstructed views for the audience.

Most Popular Festivals in India (Part 1)

Festivals is the way to experience Indian Culture at its Best as India is a highly spiritual country with many holy festivals at the center of Indian’s lives. There are numerous festivals held throughout the year featurinh unique customs. 

Holi

Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colors”, is one of the most famous Indian festivals outside of India. The festival is mainly about burning and destruction of the demoness Holika by the unwavering devotion to Lord Vishnu. However, the most fun part is the fest when people throw colored powder on each other and shoot each other with water guns. This activity is associated with Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to prank village girls by throwing at them water and colors. Bhang (a paste made from extract of cannabis plants) is also widely consumed during the celebrations. Holi is an enjoyable festival with great fun for participants if they don’t mind being wet and dirty.

Ganesh Festival

The amazing Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the occasion to honor the birth of the beloved and well-known Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. The festival lasts 11 day starting with huge, beautifully decorated, elaborately-crafted statues of Ganesh installed in homes and public podiums. The god statues are worshiped everyday during the festival. On the last day, people paraded through the streets with the statues accompanied by singers and dancers before submerged the statues in the ocean. The best place that host this festival is Mumbai.

Navaratri, Durga Puja and Dussehra

The Navaratri festival is the time to honor the mother goddess Durga in all her incarnations. The festival lasts 9 days and in the tenth day, called Dussehra, is the time to celebrate the defeat of the demon king Ravan by Lord Ram and monkey god Hanuman. It also is the time that Durga’s victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. In eastern India, the festival is known as Durga Puja which is the biggest festival of the year in Kolkata, featured Huge statues of the Goddess Durga being made and immersed in the river. In Delhi, nightly plays are organized around the Red Fort, illustrates episodes from the life of Lord Ram.

6 stunning destinations for traveling in India (Part 2)

Nohsngithiang Waterfall

Also known as the Seven Sisters Falls, Nohsngithiang is a beautiful landscape in the state of Meghalaya, one of the wettest lands in the world. Meghalaya means “abode of clouds”.

In the rainy season, seven Nohsngithiang falls rushing down from the limestone cliffs about 315 meters high amidst the green natural scenery. This breathtaking and poetic sight is enough to charm any nature-loving soul.

Meenakshi Temple

Located on the banks of the Vaigai River in Madurai City, Tamil Nadu State, Meenakshi Temple is one of the most sacred places in India. The temple was erected in honor of Meenakshi, a form of the goddess Parvati in Hinduism.

The magnificent Meenakshi Temple was built in the 14th century, but the vestige of a Hindu goddess temple is believed to have been from the 6th century.

The work impresses with thousands of intricate, colorful statues Carved, elaborate artifacts on the towers here. Every year, Meenakshi temple welcomes millions of devotees and tourists to the pilgrimage to worship.

Lakshadweep Islands

The endless blue beaches of Lakshadweep, an archipelago of 36 islands, large and small in the Indian Ocean, will satisfy every beach lover. The name Lakshadweep in Malayalam and Sanskrit means “one hundred thousand islands”.

Coming to Lakshadweep Islands, visitors have the opportunity to temporarily escape from the daily rush to relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery and the rich flora and fauna here. If you’re looking for an ideal location for your honeymoon, Lakshadweep is a suitable suggestion for couples.

Besides, The Lotus Temple in New Delhi, with its elegant lotus-shaped architecture, has welcomed more than 70 million followers since it opened in 1986. It is one of the Baha’i religious centers.

Above are the suggestion of 6 stunning places for traveling in India. If you have a chance to visit this beautiful country, try visiting them at least once!

Facts About India That Will Hit You (Part 3)

The Himalayas consist of 9 out of 10 World’s Highest Peaks

The mighty Himalayas has 9 out of 10 world’s highest peaks with the highest is Mount Everest at the height of 8,848 metres.

There are over 300,000 Mosques in India

Over 14.2% of the country’s population is Muslim, India has the most number of mosques in the world with some of the most famous ones are Jama Masjid (New Delhi), Mecca Masjid (Hyderabad), Taj-Ul-Masjid (Bhopal), etc.

The World Second Largest Road Network 

Travelling is rather convenient in India thanks to 1.9 million miles of roads in the country, making it the second-largest network of roads in the world only less than the USA.

World’s Highest Rail Bridge

About 35 metres higher than the Eiffel Tower, the arch-shaped Chenab bridge in Jammu and Kashmir is the world’s tallest rail bridge, standing at a height of 1,178 feet over the river Chenab.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link contains the amount of steel Wires Equal to those of Earth’s Circumference

Each of the cables can hold 900 tons of weight as the entire establishment’s weight is equivalent to the weight of 50,000 African elephants.

Benny Prasad is the men to Have Travelled Around the World in 6.5 years – the shortest duration

He is also the first person to have designed the first bongo guitar in the world and got the world record for traveling 257 countries in only 6 years and 6 months. 

The Number of People using the Indian Railways daily is Equal to the Population of Australia

Having more than 7,172 stations, the Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia transporting over 23 million passengers daily by 12,617 trains.

Most Visited Place in the World

Awarded by the World Book of Records, the Golden Temple of Amritsar is the most visited destination in the world with over thousands of devotees flocking at the shrine every single day.

The most iconic sports venues to visit in India (Part 1)

India has a lot of sports venues. From the highest international cricket stadium set at 4,110 feet, to the Wankhede Stadium that held the World Cup, India has attracted the attention of some of the most iconic sporting venues in India.

Let’s have a look at the most iconic sports venues to visit in India as follow!

Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium, Kolkata

Without a doubt, the most iconic sport venue in India is Eden Gardens, which is also the second largest cricket playground in the world and the largest in India. Widely known as India’s ‘home of cricket’, the stadium can accommodate about 66,349 people.

It was founded in 1864 and is surrounded by lush greenery and has a Colosseum-like structure. This is the home of the Bengal cricket team as well as the IPL Franchise football team – Kolkata Knight Riders. It is also one of the venues that the Indian cricket team plays when it hosts test matches, Twenty20 and ODI (an international day).

This stadium has witnessed many legendary matches, for example, Sachin Tendulkar (“Cricket god”) the 199 (test penultimate) test match held at this stadium. It is worth a visit here when a match is on, only to hear the roar of the crowd.

HPCA Stadium (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association), Dharamshala

It is one of the most beautiful sports venues in India, nestled at an altitude of 1,457 meters (4780 feet) above sea level with an enchanting backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Opened in 2003, this stadium can accommodate 23,000 people.

HPCA Stadium is the home yard of Kings XI Punjab and the cricket team Himachal Pradesh, and has hosted ODI matches, Ranji Trophy matches and a number of domestic matches. This is the first stadium in India to have winter plants around the outer yard.

Facts About India That Will Surprise You (part 2)

The Only Nation With a Bill of Rights for Cows
From the moment an Indian is born, he has a birth mother and Gaumata – Cows – which are believed to be holy in Hinduism. It’s also the reason why the Constitution has a set of rules that bans the sale and slaughter of cows. 

Shani Shingnapur – Village Without Doors
The village without doors and locks located in Maharashtra attracts over 40,000 devotees each day due to a 300 years old legend. Its residents sleep soundly in their establishments as they believe Lord Shani – the guardian of the village- will protect them. 

Madhopatti – Officer’s Village of India
Madhopatti is a small village in the Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, well-known by producing the most number of IAS officers. With solely 75 households, there are  nearly 50 officers to Indian administration and many others made their careers by working for prestigious organisations like ISRO, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and World Bank. 

Tulsi Shyam – The hills that Defy Gravity
Tulsi Shyam in Amreli district, Gujarat features many anti-gravity roads where cars that are left in free gear, then start rolling up a hill against the gravitational pull. This strange phenomenon is a reality that you must witness.

The Largest Number of Vegetarians in the World
If you are vegetarian, you find the home of vegetarian food here with the majority of the population is Hinduism, and 30% -40% of them is vegetarians.

The Highest Cricket Ground in the World
India is a cricket loving nation, featuring the highest cricket ground in the world recorded by the Guinness Book. The ground is located at a level of 2,144 metres above sea level in Chail, Himachal Pradesh.

India is the Second Largest English-speaking Nation
India has around 10% of its population fluent in English and is expected to quadruple in the next decade. 

Facts About India That Will Hit You

110 million years ago, India used to be an island. 50 million years ago, India collided with the Asian continent which born the Himalayas mountain. Nowadays, India is the land of snake charmers and holy saints with the population of over a billion from all kinds of religions and ethnicities.

In this post, we will share with you some mind-blowing facts and achievements of India, besides being the second most populated country in the world.

1. Varanasi is one of The Oldest Inhabited Places of the World, located on the banks of river Ganges. Varanasi is the holy city of Banaras, aged at least 3000 years old although based on the Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva found this city over 5000 years ago. 

2. Lonar Lake in Maharashtra is formed by a plummeting Meteor about 52,000 years ago. This astronomical marvel is a must not miss destination, situated approximately 4-hour drive from Aurangabad and doubling as Maharashtra’s best-kept secret.

3. India Firsts 

Plenty of objects and concepts were developed in India beginning from the game of snakes and ladders to chess a.k.a Chaturanga, buttons, shampooing, the number pi, diamond mining, zero, algebra, trigonometry as well as the presence of water on the moon. 

4. World’s Only Floating Post Office

Besides having the largest number of post offices in the world, it also built its very own floating post office on Dal Lake in Srinagar, perched on a houseboat with a philately museum inside.

5. Wettest Place on Earth – Mawsynram

India also holds a Guinness record for having the highest average annual rainfall in the town named Meghalaya with annual amount of about 11,873 millimetres of rain due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal. The winter time of this region are spent in preparation for the following six-month-long monsoon.