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Why Ooty Is The Best Place To Visit In December?

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Also famously known as the Queen of Hills, Ooty is a beautiful town which is surrounded by the beautiful Nilgiri Hills. The place has a beautiful climate all round the year because of its perfect location.

Winters Are The Best Time!

The winters in Ooty are colder than the rest of South India. And this is what makes it more unique as a travel destination. The best time to visit this beautiful hill station is from October to June. In these months, the temperature remains somewhere around 25°C which offers pleasant weather. It is the best time for travelling and sightseeing. Find out why it would be the best trip ever.

Ooty Lake Is The Perfect Spot To Relax

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One of the most important parts of every Ooty tour, Ooty lake is indeed a place to visit. It is an artificial lake that was built for fishing purposes actually. This lake is popular for boating. Tourists can be seen enjoying a refreshing ride on its serene waters. There is boating house located near the lake offering a wide array of boats on hire. Cycling by the side of the lake is also worth experiencing. There are also a few shops located around the lake, selling various local food items.

 

 Deer Park For Kids

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Located at a distance of 2 km from Ooty Lake, Deer Park is easily accessible by road. With its rich fauna along with varieties of deer such as Sambhar and the Chithal, Deer park makes up for an interesting visit, especially for wildlife enthusiasts or even kids. Equally rich is the variety of flora in this park. Spread across an area of 22 acres, this park was established in the year of 1986. It is one of the known wildlife sanctuaries of not only Tamil Nadu but of India presenting amazing opportunity to observe the wildlife and various animals from closer.

 

Another Lake To Chill- Emerald Lake

 

Located near the Emerald Village in the Nilgiri District, Emerald Lake lies in a place called Silent Valley. It is situated around 25 km away from Ooty. A beautiful lake offering an ideal place for a picnic where you can relax and spend some quality time with your loved one. Tea plantation surrounding adds on to the overall beauty of the lake. The view of sunrise and sunset from here is breathtaking and not to be missed.

 

Kalhatty Waterfalls Is Gorgeous

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About 13 km away from Ooty, on the Ooty-Mysore Road, Kalhatty Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you will see on an Ooty Tour. This waterfall can be reached via a trek of 2 miles from Kalahatti village. It is believed that great Hindu saint Agastya has once lived here. With its rich avian fauna, it is often visited by bird watchers as well. Its scenic beauty is sure to leave you spellbound.

 

St Stephen’s Church For Peace 

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Dating back to 19th century, St. Stephan’s Church is a place to visit in Ooty for its architectural beauty and religious importance. Although comparatively simpler, this church has beautiful interiors. The painted glass windows along with the painting of Last Supper is especially captivating.It is said that the timber used in the construction of this church was brought from Srinangapatna as well as from the Tipu Sultan Palace.

 

Tea Museum For Chai Lovers

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Located on the highest peak of Nilgiri, Tea Museum offers you the delicious exhibition of different tea types. As Nilgiri Mountain boasts of being India’s second-largest hill station bounded by tea gardens, this is a heaven for tea-lovers. Owing to its splendid charm Dodabetta Tea Museum can rightfully be addressed as one of the best places to visit in Ooty.

 

Ooty Cottages Are Classy

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Apart from the pleasant weather, the gorgeous lakes, and the beautiful gardens, the quaint cottages in Ooty for couples also make it a perfect destination for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway! The vintage interiors of these cottages wrapped with soothing views around, guarantee utmost privacy and comfort. So, if you too are planning to escape to the hills with your loved one, ditch the contemporary modern hotels and choose a cottage.

Related article- Top 7 December Travel Destinations.

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International Airlines That Have Resumed Air Travel

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still prevalent in many parts of the world, normal life activities are pretty much back on track. Of Course that comes a twist of how we do it, be it wearing masks or rubbing some sanitizer every hour or so. With several countries gradually opening their air space and lifting lockdown restrictions, ‘non-essential’ travel is slowly gaining momentum.  Major airlines ramp up their services in time for the peak holiday season. However, most countries still have border closures and travel bans in place.

Borders across Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and some Pacific island nations have begun to reopen to non-essential travel even though many countries across Africa and South America are in lockdown. US border closures remain in place with Europe, Mexico, and Canada. Moreover, in order to kick-start tourism and help economies rebound, governments are implementing travel bubbles or air bridges between countries. This allows citizens to travel freely between specified nations. India has implemented a temporary reciprocal arrangement with the US, Germany and France and more countries like the UK and Canada will soon be added to the list.

The airlines that are all set to fly you are:

United Airlines

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Chicago-based carrier United Airlines is going to resume service on more than 25 international routes in September 2020. It plans to fly 37 percent of its overall schedule in September as compared to the same period last year. It will be operating and adding flights to India, Israel, Australia, South America from Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Houston, Washington and Los Angeles. United plans to resume service between Houston and Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Aguascalientes, Tampico, Veracruz and Costa Rica soon too.

Emirates

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It will soon operate from London, Paris and Sydney to Tehran, Guangzhou, Addis, Oslo, Philippines and India. The company is planning to ramp up long-haul operations, Emirates has decided to expand its passenger network to 62 destinations in August. On August 1, Emirates became the first commercial passenger flight to fly to Seychelles since March. The carrier is also planning to increase its services to the Maldives in August.

 

Etihad Airways

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It soon flies from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 58 destinations including several in India. Abu Dhabi’s state-owned carrier Etihad Airways will resume international flights from Abu Dhabi to 58 destinations in August, aiming to operate at about 45 percent of its pre coronavirus capacity this month. In June-July the airline was operating to 29 destinations.

Lufthansa

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It has begun its operations from Frankfurt and New York to Germany and other destinations in Europe, repatriation flights to India. Lufthansa has announced that it planned to operate more than 70 per cent of its long-haul routes by the end of October and 90 percent of all short- and medium-haul flights. It plans to fly to 130 destinations worldwide, with more than 2,000 flights weekly by October.

British Airways

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This company has been operating repatriation flights to India. British Airways, which had started skeletal operations in July to a few Caribbean nations and Dubai, is expected to resume flights to Russia and Pakistan this month. The first flight will land in Islamabad on August 14. Soon we will have many more flights flying.

Turkish Airlines

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The latest to join international services, operating from St Petersburg, Istanbul and Antalya to India. Turkish Airlines will be the first foreign carrier to resume flights between St Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport and the Turkish cities of Istanbul and Antalya, starting from this weekend. Five weekly services to Istanbul will begin on 2 August. Turkish Airlines flights from St. Petersburg to Antalya will launch on August 10.

Delta Airlines

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It is currently operating from Atlanta to Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Munich and Dublin. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has said it planned to add 700 flights to its worldwide schedule in August. This is including the resumption of services from Atlanta to Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Munich and Dublin. As of July 28, Delta is flying to Amsterdam, Seoul, Shanghai Pudong via Seoul, Tokyo, Sydney, Tel Aviv, London, Shanghai and Paris.

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4 Movies To Awaken The Inner Environmentalist In You

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With the news of mishaps happening one after another, like a savage pandemic like Covid-19, Assam floods, a series of frightening earthquakes, this is a chance to awaken the inner environmentalist within ourselves. When too many things go wrong, we start looking for solutions. That is when movies become a source of light at the end of the tunnel.

Ricciotto Canud was an Italian film theoretician who labelled cinema as the Seventh Art among other arts. This value attached to cinema clearly explains the need for movies to evoke the much-needed environment consciousness. These 4 movies are a source to awaken the inner environmentalist within you: 

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

The trailer takes you through our fast-paced lives ignoring the facets of destruction we cause each step we take. Released in 1982, this movie was directed by Godfrey Reggio, this film took us on an unasked, epic, wordless exploration of the Hopi phrase Koyaanisqatsi, which roughly translates as life out of balance or order. Initially, the film may seem tedious and too stretchy, but once you get into the zone of the meditational, patient journey of our environment, you will find focus and dedication. It achieves the dichotomy between the imagery of nature among the modern-day megapolis.

Bambi (1942)

It’s been 70 years since Bambi was released. For an animation film, it was too brutal to traumatize children with the scariest hunting expedition in movie history. Yet unquestionably, Bambi has altered the landscape of wildlife protection and made people more conscious. The tale of Bambi and his friends continues to touch people’s life to pay homage to the character.  Luckily, The Bambi Effect was a special interest put into place among the public for the protection of animals. Nevertheless, the simple animations were enough to awaken the inner environmentalist.

Erin Brockovich (2000)

With Julia Roberts as the star lead, this movie is underrated for an environment film. This is a rare and unheard, unseen example of an environmental film. Owing to a great script and an incomparable performance by Julia Roberts, the story was brilliant and smashed the box office as millions of moviegoers were scarcely aware they were watching a piece of environmental advocacy. We need more films around the malpractices of big and evil corporations polluting local water supplies by their money-minting mindsets.

Wall-E (2008)

Walt Disney managed to portray an apocalyptic future dominated by endless landscapes of garbage completely devoid of life (ironically, the people are the ones who cluttered all the garbage at first). The message was muted, which was so because a robot seems to convey a message but his language is still too alien to us. This is symbolic of the way how nature tries to communicate with us in her rage but we methodology ignore the subtle messages. What remains is decay with no sign of life. WALL-E is amazing, visionary, hilarious, sad and an eye-opener and one must watch it consciously to find the hidden messages.

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Interesting Facts About Taj Mahal In Agra

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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6. Calligraphy 

The calligraphy rendered over the Taj Mahal walls and the verses inscribed on the tomb of Queen Mumtaz Mahal and Emperor Shah Jahan was taken mainly from the holy book- Quran Sharif. 

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7. Construction

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!

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