Historical sites in India are also beautiful and worth visiting. Yet the most stunning of all is the Taj Mahal. The Taj is one of the Wonders of the World, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and emblem of an Emperor’s everlasting love for his beloved Princess. Indians have a never-ending love saga with Taj Mahal as it is one of the most beautiful monuments in the country. Also, it represents the eternal love of an emperor.
If you are traveling to Agra in India, Taj Mahal deserves your visit once and more.
Below are a few interesting things about The Taj.
1. Reflecting Pool
The Taj Mahal was built in Agra by Mogul emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his favorite wife, who died at birth in 1631. It took more than 15 years to create the white marble monument, with its vast gardens.
On a square plinth, the white marble frame is surrounded by four-cornered minarets. The chamber houses the falsified Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal sarcophagi. Every minaret has an altitude of over 40 metres.
2. Among the Yamuna River
The mausoleum, mosque, and jawab are located on the riverfront terrace. The mosque and jawab on either side of the mausoleum are almost similar structures. These contribute to the Taj Mahal’s magnificence.
The Taj Mahal is a familiar sight for the 1.2 million people living in Modern Agra. It lies on the south bank of the river Yamuna, a tributary of the holy Ganges.
3. The Minarets
The opulent, domed mausoleum, which stands in formal walled gardens, is commonly considered the finest example of Mogul architecture and sculpture. It has four minarets, each of which is more than 13 stories tall.
Taj Mahal is also referred to as the “Crown of Palaces,” a magnificent building by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He had it installed in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
4. Taj Mahal Mosque
In addition, the Taj Mahal complex comprises a red sandstone mosque and an assembly hall. Smaller mausoleums still exist for other wives of the emperor.
The Taj Mahal is much more than a mausoleum with a white-dome. It is a complex with many tombs, ‘Mumtazabad’ small town, a moonlight garden, and other structures spread over 22.44 hectares.
5. Symbol of Love
The Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore called the Taj Mahal a “teardrop on the cheek of time.” Shah Jahan’s staff had to complete the principal mausoleum for more than 15 years. It is there that the emperor and his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, are both buried.
More than 1,000 elephants are said to have been used to move the building material. Moreover, 20,000 workers contributed to this massive project as well. Although, building this beautiful monument which relies in the heart of many people was tough but worth!
Unlock 5 Guidelines: What’s Allowed, What’s Not
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued another set of guidelines for the next phase of relaxation. It includes reopening of cinemas and theatres. Schools and colleges may also reopen in Unlock 5, but it has been left on the state governments to decide
The Instructions for Unlock 5 will come into effect on October 1 and will run until October 31. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the national lockdown in March, all public activities were banned by the government. Though India now has over 62 cases of lakh coronavirus and 97,000 deaths, Unlock 5 is being used to encourage further activities.
Unlock 5 guidelines in 10 points:
1. Outside containment zones, cinemas, theatres and multiplexes will reopen with up to 50 percent seating capacity as of 15 October. Since March, the cinemas have been completely shut down. Also, their owners have been seeking reopenings as the losses have escalated for more than 7 months.
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Schools and colleges, shut since March as lockdown was announced across the country, will be allowed to re-open from October 15, the Centre said today while announcing the next phase of lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions. . The final call, however, has been left to the states and the institutions involved. Online and distance learning shall, however, continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged, the Centre said. . The government also gave a go ahead to cinema halls, multiplexes, exhibition halls and entertainment parks, but their reopening will be tempered with certain restrictions. . . #Unlock5 #india #unlock #coronavirus
2. The state and UT governments might decide to reopen schools after October 15, but in a graded manner. Decisions on the reopening of schools will be made in consultation with schools and institutional administrators. Moreover, on the basis of their evaluation of the situation and subject to certain conditions.
3. However, even though schools can be reopened, the main form of teaching will continue to be online or distance learning. Where schools conduct online classes, they may be able to do so if certain students choose to attend online classes instead of physically attending school. Only with the written permission of their parents can students attend schools and institutions. The guidelines for MHA Unlock 5 have also specified that attendance will not be enforced and must depend entirely on parental consent.
4. The opening of higher education institutions dedicated to research scholars (Ph.D.) and postgraduate students in the field of science and technology involving laboratory and experimental work will be allowed from 15 October onwards. The head of the institution would have to convince themselves that there is a clear need for research scholars (Ph.D.). Also, for the postgraduate students in the science and technology stream for laboratory and experimental work students mainly for centrally funded higher education institutions.
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MHA issues #Unlock5 guidelines: What all is allowed The Central government on Wednesday issued fresh guidelines for 'Unlock 5' phase in view of the #Covid19 pandemic and allowed the reopening of cinema halls and entertainment parks from October 15 with 50% capacity. The #Unlock5Guidelines, issued by the ministry of home affairs, beginning October 1 will remain in force till October 31.
5. All other institutions of higher education, including state universities, private universities, etc., may only be available to PhD students and postgrad students. Moreover, only for those in the field of science and technology who need laboratory and experimental work. But the decision will be made by the respective governments of the state and the UT.
6. Exhibitions for Business to Business (B2B) will be allowed. Also, the Department of Commerce will release the guidelines for this.
7. Swimming pools used for training sportsmen will be permitted to reopen. Further, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will issue guidelines for this.
8. From October 15, amusement parks and similar places will also be allowed to reopen. In that respect, the guidelines will be released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
9. The Unlock 5.0 guidelines have also made it possible for states to loosen the cap of 100 individuals at public meetings. Also, at functions outside containment areas. States will encourage an increased number of individuals to attend a public meeting from 15 October onwards. The decision comes before the beginning of the festivities of Dussehra, Diwali and Durga Puja across India.
10. Restrictions on International travel would continue.
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The suspension on commercial international passenger flights has been extended till October 31, the government announced on Wednesday. However, the restriction will not be applicable for international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. #InternationalFlights #Unlock5 #covid19 #DGCA #instawithHT
Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Oregon
Before admitting to the union in February 1859, the only state in the United States of America to have two different designs on each side of its flag was Oregon. Situated on the West coast of the country, was called the Oregon Territory.
Oregon is America’s ninth-largest state. Moreover, home to a vast range of geographical diversities, including forests, deserts, volcanoes, shrublands, and plentiful bodies of water.
Find below a few hidden gems of Oregon city:
Sweet Creek Trail
A simple 2.2-mile ride that takes in about a dozen spectacular waterfalls is the Pleasant Creek Trail. The best time to visit the trail is maybe April and May, as this is when numerous woodland wildflowers burst into full bloom. Look out for especially rare pink fawn lilies. Just a few miles inland from Florence, at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, the trail is located.
Yaquina Head Light and Cliffs
Yaquina Head Light, the tallest lighthouse in the state. Also, it can be located near the mouth of the Yaquina River, near Newport City. The lighthouse is known for its presence when it stood as the Moesko Island Lighthouse in the 2002 film The Ring. Lighthouse tours are available and it can also take time for tourists to take a stroll along the cliffs.
Thor’s Well, Yachats
A giant hole in the rock on the side of the Oregon Coast is Thor’s Well. The void appears to swallow the surrounding seawater. It may seem like a giant, bottomless gap to a normal eye, but, in fact, it does have a bottom.
Though it is unknown, researchers believe that the pit is only about 20 feet deep, but Thor’s Well manages to produce some of the most spectacular sights in the state, especially during high tide, regardless of its insignificant depth.
Enchanted Forest, Turner
The artist who began to create characters and attractions based on fairy tales such as Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, and Humpty Dumpty created the Enchanted Forest exclusively.
In 1971, the park was opened to the public and has been attracting families since then.
Chocolate Waterfall, Portland
A massive 21-one-foot chocolate waterfall stands inside the Candy Basket Shop in Portland, Oregon. It throws a gobsmacking 2,700 pounds of chocolate over a huge waterfall-like structure. This towering cascade, constructed from sculpted bronze and Italian marble, has been in operation since 1991 and is the world’s tallest and oldest waterfall of its kind.
Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook
The Tillamook Air Museum houses a vast private collection of ancient and unusual aircraft. In addition, some of them are stored to be a part of the museum.
The “Flying Museum” is painted on one of the exterior walls after the discontinuation of its use by the military. It also contains many unusual and different planes which are not in use by military.
Silent Rock, Rhododendron
While no one seems to know the true roots of the belief, when approaching the mound, it is considered that one must be as quiet as possible or suffer the consequences.
‘Disgusting Food Museum’ Opens In Sweden
We are not oblivious to fact that each country has its own cuisine and culture. What we might find disgusting and intolerable, they may actually love it. The ‘Disgusting Food Museum’ Opens in Sweden. However, to limit the spread of COVID-19/Corona virus, the Disgusting Food Museum will temporarily be open only on Saturdays and Sundays. They will reassess the situation every week and determine if the closure will still be in effect. The food items are as such disgusting as it can get. You literally need to have guts to fathom whatever food items that are in display.
The Disgusting Food Museum’s exhibit has 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods. Adventurous visitors will appreciate the opportunity to smell and taste some of these notorious foods. Do you dare smell the world’s stinkiest cheese? Or taste sweets made with metal cleansing chemicals? Nonetheless, the museum isn’t trying to make visitors lose their lunch; instead, it hopes to highlight the cultural subjectivity of food.
Here are a few items on display:
Surströmming – Fermented herring from Sweden
Small Baltic herring are caught in the spring, salted and left to ferment at leisure. Through the process of fermenting or souring. The aroma is pungent, and the taste is rounded yet piquant with a distinct acidity.
Cuy – Roasted guinea pigs from Peru
The people of Peru love this delicacy. The roasted guinea pig recipe called Cuy, although it is a permanent part of Peru’s Andean diet for thousands of years.
Casu marzu – Maggot-infested cheese from Sardinia
The traditional dish of the people of Sardinia known as Casu marzu. Also known as, Fly larvae cheese, the cheese prepared by live Maggots; The flies transform a good traditional cheese by eating and digesting it, and the larvae STAY in the cheese and get to be eaten with it. According to Delish, the cheese “develops when cheese fly larvae are introduced into Pecorino to promote advanced fermentation. As the larvae hatch and eat through the cheese, it softens. Diners have to dig in before the maggots die.”
Stinky tofu – Pungent bean curd from China
A stinky tofu, there is a recipe from China and Taiwan that is on exhibit at the museum. It is made by fermenting the bean curd, and then the tofu is soaked and the pungent bean curd extracted from it. Furthermore, Stinky tofu is one of the most popular snack foods in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.
Hákarl – Well-aged shark from Iceland
Known as Hákarl, the Greenland shark is fermented and hung to dry for up to five months to remove the acid from the meat. It is the national cuisine of Iceland.
Durian – Infamously stinky fruit from Thailand
A fruit weighing two to seven pounds, Durian is one of the worst smelling fruits in the world. Moreover, it is forbidden to eat in many countries like Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. The odour of the fruit is described as pig-excrement, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. Can be smelled from miles away, it a popular fruit.
Address: Caroli city, Östergatan 12, Malmö, Sweden
Timings: 12 pm to 6 pm
Ticket Price: KR 185 (Rs. 1,340)
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