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Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015 to each one of you by TripOrTrap Family! 2014 has been an awesome year for us where we started our website with a preview to provide a platform for Real Travellers to Read Hotel Reviews, Share their Travel Experience and Go to various place of India. We hope that 2015 is going to be much more brighter and exciting for us and our users.

HNY 2015

HNY 2015

In the end, we wish health, Luck and fortune to each one of you.

Keep Travelling, Keep Following TriporTrap.com!

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Pledge to Vote : Every vote counts

Google India has started a holistic campaign, keeping into mind the next Parliamentary Elections 2014 in India. The Campaign as such is  called as Google Politics & Elections which will act as Elections hub to study, watch, discuss, participate in digital campaign trail of various participating agencies such as Election Commission, Political Parties and Ordinary Voters.

Google India started the project with the video featuring Mr. Shyam Saran Negi, – oldest voter in Himachal Pradesh & Independent  India’s first-ever voter. Mr. Negi lives in  picturesque village called Kalpa, located at an altitude of 10,000 feet, in Kinnaur district  and he wants no Indian to miss out on the coming electoral battle as he has never missed to vote since 1951.

Google India has this Link where voters can Pledge to Vote with a message and as along with the Pledge can check latest Trends of Political Parties.

We hope, India’s 81.45 crore electoral population will choose a fair and stable government who will try to increase the Tourism, spread the Incredible India brand overseas and make policies & infrastructure for the betterment of Tourism in India.

Happy Voting & Happy Travelling!

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List of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India

In Hinduism, Twelve (12) temples called Jyotirlingas are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Also Called as  Jyotirlinga,  Jyotirling  or  Jyotirlingam the literal meaning of the word is :  Jyoti means ‘radiance’ and lingam the ‘mark or sign’ of Shiva, Jyotir Lingam thus means  The Radiant sign of  Almighty.

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It is believed that Lord Shiva first manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga on the night of the Aridra Nakshatra

(द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिंग स्तोत्रम् /Dvādaśa Jyotirliṅga Stotram) describes the 12 Jyotirlingas:

Saurashtra Somnatham Cha Shrishaile Mallikarjunam ||
Ujjainyam Mahakalomkare Mammaleshwaram ||
Parlyam Vaijnatham Cha Dakinyam Bheem Shankaram ||
Setu Bandhe Tu Ramesham Nagesham Daruka Vane ||
Varanasya Tu Vishwesham Tribakam Gautamitate ||
Himalaye Tu Kedaram Ghurmesham Cha Shivalaye ||
Aetani Jyotirlingani Sayam Prataha Pathennaraha ||
Sapta Janma Kritam Papam Smaranen Vinashyati ||

Here is the list of 12 Jyotirlingams in India:-
Twelve Jyotirlingas
# Jyotirlinga State Location
1 Somnath Gujarat Prabhas Patan,Saurashtra
2 Mallikārjuna Swāmi Andhra Pradesh Srisailam
3 Mahakaleshwar Madhya Pradesh Ujjain
4 Omkareshwar Madhya Pradesh Island in the Narmada River, Omkareshwar
5 Kedarnath Uttarakhand Kedarnath
6 Bhimashankar Maharashtra Bhimashankar
7 Kashi Vishwanath Temple Uttar Pradesh Varanasi
8 Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple Maharashtra Trimbakeshwar, Near Nashik
9 Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Jharkhand Deoghar
10 Nageshvara Jyotirlinga Uttarakhand Jageshwar
11 Rameshwar Tamil Nadu Rameswaram
12 Ghushneshwar Maharashtra Aurangabad

May Lord Shiva bless all people of the world on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shiv-Ratri!

 

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Explore The Taj Mahal virtually with Google Maps

Explore the Taj Mahal with Google Maps

Explore the Taj Mahal with Google Maps

One of the new seven wonders of the world, India’s much-admired heritage site globally Taj Mahal, is now available in the format of virtual tour, simply by using Street View on Google Maps.  For those who can’t make it to India, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Google has provided web users the ability to explore monuments like Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Agra Fort on Google Maps  in 360-degree view in their internet browser

Banned in the past due to privacy concerns, Google has now come up with 360-degree panoramic imagery of 30 monuments. On premièring this service, union minister of culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch said “Today, this partnership with Google makes it possible for billions of people across the world to see and explore our magnificent heritage, to take a walk at the Rock Cut Jain Temple, to marvel at the Nagarjuna Konda Buddhist Stupas and to relive history in Fatehpur Sikri. With the release of these new panoramic images, we aim to create a dynamic, immersive online experience by which people within India and around the world can understand and engage more of India’s diverse cultural heritage”.

Google had signed an MOU with the Ministry of Tourism, India to map 30 monuments using its ‘Street View Trekker’ technology for the first time in India. As the special Google cars cannot enter into the Taj Mahal, it is instead being mapped by a backpack Trekker 75 Mega Pixel camera specially designed by Google.

Many other websites already provide virtual tours on net, like this one

Here’s a video bringing you through Google Maps Street View to the Taj Mahal.

 

 

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The Brahadeewarar temple : Architectural excellence of ancient India

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Panorama of the temple.
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The Image stood first in Wiki Loves Monuments India 2013 contest.
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Situated in the city of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, The Brahadeewarar temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is also known as The Peruvudaiyar Kovil, The Big Temple , The Brihadisvara Temple, Rajarajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram. Built by the great Chola King Raja Raja 1 (985 -1012 A.D), the temple complex is an architectural excellence of ancient India.

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Statue of Rajaraja Chola at the Brihadiswara Temple, Thanjavur.

Brihadeeshwara temple is the best example of excellent Chola architectural and engineering skills, finest contribution to Dravidian temple architecture and it has stood the testimony of time with its magnificent central dome; The 64. 8 Mt. tall vimanam (tower over the sanctum sanctorum) is a great attraction for one and all.  It has been notified as India’s most prized architectural sites and it has been part of UNESCO  World Heritage Site and Great Living Chola Temples.

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Night view of Brihadeeswarar Temple

The temple has  gigantic “Mahalingam” in the shrine, measuring 4 meters in height.  The second largest Nandhi in India, a monolithic Nandhi chiselled out of a single rock is also facing the sanctum.

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The Great Nandi facing temple.
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The entire temple is made of granite and it is the first complete granite temple in the world. The granite stone quarry is not available surroundings of the city, It is not known where this massive granite was brought from.

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All granite temple: The Brihdeeswarar Temple.

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Second gopuram of Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur.
(Pic Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Bernard Gagnon)

The most widely belief about this temple is that at noon the shadow of the temple disappears. The Brihadeshwar Temple is One of the outstanding temples in South India and as widely believed it is so designed that 14 tier pyramid shaped vimanam never falls on the ground at noon during any part of the year.

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This picture was taken from the left corner of the temple (behind the temple). The staircase which is small in picture will lead you to darshan of God Dakshinamurthy.
(Pic Credit: Wikimedia Commons/வணக்கம்)

The Brihadiswarar temple is one of the rare temples which has idols for “Ashta-dikpaalakas” (Guardians of the directions) — Indra, Agni, Yama, Nirṛti, Varuṇa, Vāyu, Kubera, Īśāna – each of whom was originally represented by a life-sized statue. However, only four out of eight -Agni, Varuṇa, Vāyu and Īśāna are preserved today.

Thanjavur can be reached easily by road, rail and air. Hence, tourist can come and watch this true Architectural excellence of ancient India.

Happy Travelling!

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Kumbhalgarh Fort – The Great Wall of India

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82 km northwest of Udaipur lies the most important fort in Mewar after Chittaurgarh- Kumbhalgarh. This city is known for its history and wildlife sanctuary and it is located in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan.

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Kumbhalgarh Fort has been built in during the course of the 15th century byRana Kumbha- one of 32 fortress designed by Rana Kumbha himself out of 84. It also separated Mewar and Marwar from each other and was also use as a place of refuge for the rulers of Mewar at times of danger

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It took 15-long years for Rana Kumbha to build and he constructed a stupendous creation  along the 36km long winding walls that defended the citadel from series of battlements and second-only to the famous Great Wall of China

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Fort Entrance with Temples
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Kumbhalgarh has the second largest continuous wall on the planet and can be simply refer to it as “The Great Wall of India”.
These most-remarkable walls of fort stretches across 36 kms of the Aravali Mountains.

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36 km long guarded walls of Kumbhalgarh
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Like most interesting part to any Rajasthani fortress is the associated folklore or legends mix with history and Kumbhal-garh is nothing short of it. In 1443, when the king started the construction the structure eventually crumbles to ruins by the sunset until a spiritual preceptor address the king to offer human sacrifice but voluntarily done. The king sent out word, but, as can be expected, no one volunteered. But one day, a pilgrim (also considered to a soldier from the commandment) volunteered and been ritually decapitated. The sacrifice was necessary to ensure that the battle walls being constructed by Rana Kumbha would be strong enough to withhold the sieges. Today the main gate of the fortress, Hanuman Pol contains a shrine and a temple to commemorate the great sacrifice.

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The massive gate- Ram Pol
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The massive gate of Kumbhalgarh fort, called the Ram Pol (Ram Gate). Built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century on an unassailable hill, the fort fell only once, due to a shortage of water.

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According to popular folklore, Maharana Kumbha used to burn massive lamps that consumed fifty kilograms of ghee and a hundred kilograms of cotton to provide light for the farmers who worked during the nights in the valley.

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Sound and Light Show at Kumbhalgarh Fort- video by Incredible India

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