Mauritius is much more than its quiet seashores and summery cocktails. It’s a Hindu dominant island country with numerous enchanting Temples. Hinduism in Mauritius began when Indian laborers were brought as indentured labor to colonial French. These immigrants then settled in Mauritius who practiced Hinduism as their religion. As a result, more than 50% of population in Mauritius is Hindus which ultimately makes it necessary to have Hindu temples to worship and perform rituals.
One of the biggest festivals on the island is Maha Shivaratri, or the ‘Great Night of Siva’. During this annual Hindu celebration, which takes place in the months of February and March which is a four to nine days of ceremony and fasting lead up to an all-night vigil of Shiva worship and Ganesha worship. There is also a significant migrant population of Bhumihars in Mauritius who have made a mark for themselves in different fields; they are still in touch with their family members in India and there are instances of marital relations between them to keep their cultural identity intact.
While there are a lot of sacred places to see in the country of Mauritius, a visit to these temples will just add to your overall experience. . Here’s a list of some of the most beautiful temples of Mauritius! . 1. Maa Durga Murti:
The statue of Durga Maa is the biggest of its kind in the world (108 feet, 33 meters high). . The enormous statue of Durga Mata can be found on the banks of Grand Bassin or Ganga Talao, which is a crater-lake situated in the Savanne district of Mauritius. With a population of 670,000 Hindus in the Island nation, there are some Hindu temples spread out all over Mauritius. Navratri is an auspicious occasion that is grandly celebrated by the Hindus on the island.
2. The Lord Shiva Statue, also known as the Mangal Mahadev. The incredible statue of Lord Shiva is also known as the Mangal Mahadev and is as beautiful as it is majestic. This impressive statue of the Hindu God of Destruction is actually a copy of the Shiva statue near Sursagar Lake in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The construction of the statue was finished in 2007 and it was officially unveiled with a ritual (the “Sthapan”) during the Maha Shivratri festival in 2008.
3. Sockalingam Meenatchi Amman Temple: An ethnic tamil temple in Port Loius, Mauritius. Kaylasson Temple also known as Sockalingam Meenatchi amman temple is well maintained, tranquil nineteenth-century, dravidian architectural temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Destroyer, and is one of the most impressive temples in the country, with regard to architecture and construction, showcasing impeccable Dravidian architecture that can be seen in every aspect of the temple. Constructed in 1854, this is one of the oldest and most colourful temples in the country, and the beauty of it is admired by both tourists and devotees.
4. Ganga Talao: Situated near Bois Cheri, the Ganga Talao Temple in Mauritius, otherwise known as the Grand Bassin temple, is considered to be one of the most sacred temples in the country. The temple stands on a crater, located around 550 meters above sea level. The temples is dedicated to Lord Shiva, among other Gods, and has a lot of devotees visiting each year during Maha Shivratri. Even tourists enjoy visiting this temple and just walking by the peaceful lake and admire the beauty of this magnificent temple.
Perched 300 meters above the coast of South West Mauritius, the Rhumerie de Chamarel lies in a fertile valley influenced by its own micro-climate. Set in a charming chalet, exhibiting tropical and traditional vibes, The Rhumerie de Chamarel Distillery will have you learn all you need to know about Rum making on paradise island. You will get to enjoy a boozily delicious rum tasting session, discovering the different flavours of rum the distillery manufactures.
It also offers a guided tour with one of the experienced guides who takes you behind the scenes to provide a detailed explanation of the rum making process while you visit the distillery. This activity lets you choose from 2 options. You can enjoy a quaint visit and rum tasting or you can choose the second option which would enable you to have a delicious lunch as well as a visit and rum tasting.
A truly unique tourist attraction, it encompasses a distillery and an agricultural plantation on an eco-friendly estate.As part of the rum tasting you will be invited to sample a selection of rums such as the: White Rum, Coeur de Chauffe, Chamarel Liquors, Exotic- Flavoured Rums and the Old Rum. Some important information is mentioned below for your understanding:
☆ The Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery tour is done in either English or French at the duration of the tour is of about 30 to 40 minutes.
☆ Price for the Rhumerie de Chamarel Distillery Tour – 11 Euros, per person (adult) 6 Euros, per child (3-12)
La Rhumerie de Chamarel is one of the rare distilleries still in activity to cultivate its own sugarcane. They are carefully selected and grown exclusively for the production of the Chamarel Rums: here lies the first secret of its quality. The harvest is done by hand, without ever burning the crops, and extends between July to December. The identification of the various crops and their traceability will allow the Master Blender to select the finest lots for the White Rums and the Old Rums.
The freshly harvested sugarcane is then transferred within 4 hours to the Distillery to preserve its freshness and aromas. The first pressed sugarcane juice is filtered, then taken to 25HL stainless steel vats to initiate the alcoholic fermentation. Their selection of yeasts and controlled parameters allow the development of a unique aromatic bouquet.
One of the highlights of the distillery’s guided tour is definitely the Rum tasting. At the end of the tour, unique rum tastings are offered where one can try the selection of the agricultural Rums produced by the distillery. As opposed to the traditional rum produced by the distillation of molasses, the agricultural rum is obtained by distilling pure cane juice, a process which gives it its specific aromas and flavors.
At the Chamarel Distillery, various means of distillation are available thanks to the complexity of their devices. The White Rum is distilled in a Barbet type plate column, entirely made of copper. This column allows the separation of heads, heart and tail, which guarantees an optimum quality. The Double Distillation Rum is distilled in two 20HL copper stills, following the Cognac method. This distillation technique allows for a remarkable finesse. This process is very uncommon for Rum preparation, and makes it a unique product.
The distilled rum is stocked for at least 6 months in stainless steel vats for a slow and gradual decrease of the alcohol content, allowing it to acquire a pleasant roundness and its full expression. Part of the White Rum is transferred to ageing cellars. Barrels, casks, ovals, French oak, American oak, 18 months, 3 years, 6 years, …an array of combinations and mystery allow the White Rum to obtain its aromas, its roundness and its colour. As long as the angels are watching over the Rums, they have all their time
Do add this to your itinerary whenever you visit Mauritius next! Hasta-La-Vista!
The pristine blue waves, the sunny hues, the sandcastles and the salty breeze are what keep me going back to Goa. Now, anybody who has been to Goa even once would have surely visited a few popular beaches here. Be it the shacks, cocktail starry nights, soulful music, seafood, the rocking nightlife or the tranquillity it offers – different people chase different things in Goa! There are many popular beaches like Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Calangute or Vagator, the list is pretty long. I am an absolute beach person and as a beach-craving soul, I went on to explore some unexplored beach spots in Goa during my last visit.
I am listing down my top 5 favourite unexplored beaches of Goa, check them out below!
1. COLA BEACH:
Cola Beach is in the Canacona region of South Goa, 31.1 kms from Margao and 9.6 kms from Agonda Beach. Cola Beach is an unexplored beach in South Goa that not many tourists are yet aware of. With its tall coconut trees and beautiful terrain, it almost feels like a private beach.
The beach is divided into two parts – North Cola, and South Cola, with a small hill separating the two.
North Cola Beach is 800 meters long, while South Cola at 145 meters is much smaller.
There is a small river (Khola) that creates a lagoon on the northern side, which is why Cola Beach is often referred to as Khola beach. The river and its lagoon give Cola Beach a unique landscape, different from most other beaches in Goa. There are a handful of hotels and accommodation options around, and only a few beach shacks, keeping Cola’s serenity intact.
The tranquillity of this beach is incomparable. If you’re someone who likes peace more than the party spots, then Cola Beach is the place for you!
– Exact Location: Cola Beach Road, Cola, Goa!
– How to Reach: From Margao, you can reach the Cola Beach by first taking the MDR41 and then the MDR49. You have to hire a car or a bike to reach this beautiful beach.
2. KAKOLEM BEACH:
Another tranquil beach that has made it to our list is Kakolem Beach. It is one of the raw beaches of South Goa. Also known as the Tiger Beach, Kakolem Beach is one of the most secluded and naturally beautiful beaches in Goa. You will hardly see any people around, and it is a haven for peace lovers! It is squeaky clean and can only be accessed from
Cola village or if you take a boat to reach here. There are a few eco-friendly resorts as you reach Cola village, in case you want to stay.
Would you like to know that why this beach is called Tiger Beach?
According to an urban legend, this used to be the spot to hunt tigers. But truth be told, no one has really spotted tigers here, recently.
– Exact Location: Kakolem Beach, South Goa, Located 31 kms away from the city of Margao, Kakolem Beach is about 7 kms to the South of the Cabo de Rama resort.
– How to Reach: One can reach this beach only by private transport, such as cabs, auto-rickshaws available from Margao. You can also reach the beach by boat or motorboat.
3. VELSAO BEACH:
Now let me tell you about one of the most beautiful beaches to visit in Goa, which is another hidden gem here. Velsao Beach is located in Vasco da Gama, quite close to the Dabolim Airport and is richly blessed with silver sands, coconut groves and lakes decked up with lilies.
Situated on the southern coast of Goa, Velsao Beach connects with the Bogmalo Beach lying to its north side and the Majorda & Colva Beach lying to its south. It’s a beautiful beach lined with thick coconut trees. It has a lovely long stretch of white sand which is a treat to the eyes and makes for a perfect place for relaxation, soothing walks and sunbathing. It’s such a peaceful beach which lets you be close to nature, you can hear the chirping of birds and peaceful sounds
of nature. The soothing air, cool breeze and water of the beach simply create a perfect picturesque view. It offers a mesmerising view of the sunrise and sunset, so make sure to be here at the time of dawn and dusk.
– Exact Location: 9V3M+QG9, Consua, Goa 403712. – How to Reach: There are direct buses services available from Panaji to Velsao.
4. BUTTERFLY BEACH:
Butterfly Beach is situated in the Canacona region of Goa. This beach is also known as the Honeymoon Beach which is in the form of a small cove surrounded by dense trees. One of the most secluded and lesser-known beaches of Goa, Butterfly Beach is mostly accessible by a boat (ferry) ride from the nearby beaches, which only adds to the overall charm of this beach.
You can bag the best time of your vacation at Butterfly Beach which is north of Palolem Beach in Southern Goa. Enjoy your solitude, away from the rest of the world and also experience the wonderful aquatic life out in the open front of the beach.
It’s a haven for the newlyweds and lovebirds for a secluded vacation, and hence it’s also popularly called the Honeymoon Beach. It’s a fun picnic spot; you can spend quality time with your family, friends, BFF or your partner. You can also get to witness the wandering sea urchins, redfish, goldfish and sea cucumbers here. You would rarely get to see this sight anywhere else in Goa. Bookmark this one right away!
– Exact Location: This place is located at the end of Palolem Beach.
– How to Reach: You can opt for a ferry from Palolem or Agonda Beach or even a boat ride is available too.
5. SINQUERIM BEACH:
Sinquerim Beach is located just beside Aguada Fort, a major tourist attraction in Goa with immense historical significance.
Beach is located around 13 kms from Panaji and has a spectacular stretch of sand.
It is located in the south of famous beaches like Baga, Calangute and Candolim. An ideal place for swimming, this beach at Sinquerim lies adjacent to the Aguada Beach.
This beach stretches all the way north to Baga, making it great for casual walking, enjoying the spectacular sunset views & capturing them in your camera. Its beauty is enhanced several times during the sunset, and taking a walk on the beach then is an altogether different experience. There are a few tourist resorts, hotels and some amazing restaurants at this beach. You can catch a taxi, motorbike or a bus to go to Sinquerim.
Exact Location: Candolim Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa.
How to Reach: Sinquerim Beach is located just 14 kms from Panjim. You can hire a taxi or private vehicle to reach it.
Post the second wave of Covid, I was looking for a short break and a rejuvenating stay somewhere in or around the city and when it comes to the hospitality, there’s no one like Andazand hence a quick decision to check into the hotel for a night. Andaz never fails to impress you!
Andazfeatures the largest guestrooms in Aerocity, which are thoughtfully designed and decorated with locally inspired details. Each room contains one of their 401 unique artworks inspired by Delhi. Sophisticated details such as wooden floors create a residential comfort, while modern bath amenities and artistic integration invite guests to relax in style.
Stunning views of the runway at Indira Gandhi International Airport, an exciting vantage point to watch aircrafts taking off or touching down.
It offers an array of exceptional experiences and we were absolutely stunned by the same..!
Juniper Bar is India’s first Gin Bar with 35 inhouse gin infusions and signature gin cocktails. We had a great time and some amazing infusion blends during our stay, an experience worth every sip.!Enjoy their signature blend – The Delhi’s Fire.. One can enjoy Unlimited House Infused Gin at Rs.3000 plus taxes between 11 am to 10 pm
Artisan Sunday Brunch @annamayadelhi
The delightful Sunday Brunch can brighten up your Sunday afternoon with the AnnaMaya Artisan spread where you can explore a lavish farm-to-table meals packed with fresh flavours. Their chefs have designed a unique menu curated using organic, locally sourced produce. The food was absolutely delectable and the team at Andaz ensures a comfortable stay and an everlasting experience!
Timings: 01:00pm – 04:00pm Special packages starting INR 2500 /- Live Music to uplift your dining experience Choicest artisanal meals and a wonderful ambiance
Lastly, the safety and wellbeing of the guests is considered a top priority by @Andaz and hence, all precautionary Covid measures are being followed to ensure a safe and comfortable experience! You may visit them with a relaxed frame of mind for a rejuvenating experience!
On that note, take care of yourself and shine bright..!!
body making your legs tremble with nervousness? Is it killing your confidence?
Self-confidence is the most important aspect of one’s life,
it can either make or break you. It is what you must carry with yourself
wherever you go and as they say, first impression is sometimes the last
impression. Now, how can you ensure that your first impression is impactful and
you’re not lacking confidence?
Several factors contribute to self-confidence- appearance
and knowledge being the top most imperative factors. One must work on both
these aspects for a positive and successful life. Knowledge is an on-going
process that one needs to continuously work on. Today, let’s talk about the
physical appearance that can be built and improved with time.
Being skinny is when you’re thinner than the usual or too lean to fit
into most of your outfits. If you feel your outfits just hang on you and aren’t
fitting well as it does on others, you’re under weight and need to put on some
A person may be underweight due to genetics, metabolism, lack of food,
eating disorder or illness (both physical and mental). Being underweight is
associated with certain medical conditions, including anorexia, type 1
diabetes, hyperthyroidism, cancer, or tuberculosis.
to check if you’re under weight?
You can check if you’re underweight or not by calculating your BMI. Body-Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. It gives you an idea of whether you’re ‘underweight’, a ‘healthy’ weight, ‘overweight’, or ‘obese’ for your height.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
A BMI of less than 18.5 means that a person is
BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9 is ideal.
BMI of between 25 and 29.9 is overweight.
A BMI over 30 indicates obesity.
tips to gain weight naturally:
Don’t drink water before meals. This can fill
your stomach and make it harder to get in enough calories.
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St+art Delhi 2019; Celebrating the expansion of India’s First Public Art District through an Immersive Urban Art Experience St+art India Foundation’s latest festival offers an inclusive, urban art experience for all
St+art India Foundation (St+art) is pleased to announce its Urban Art Festival – St+art Delhi 2019, supported by Asian Paints. Since inception in 2014, the St+art has worked tirelessly towards its vision of making art accessible to everyone through transforming public spaces and creating open-air public art galleries, which not only ignite conversation but also increase community pride and interaction.
This year, St+art Delhi 2019, will include, an expansion of the flagship project – (i) The Lodhi Art District with an addition of more than 20 new murals, (ii) an immersive art exhibition – F(r)iction at KONA, that will represent the discourse on the changing nature of the relationship between Art, Nature and Technology at Jor Bagh and, (iii) a special focus on increasing community participation at Lodhi Colony and surrounding areas. The festival will see participation from over 30 creators including artists, musicians, chefs and performers, and will run for 6 weeks until mid-march 2019. A true celebration of diversity, cultures and inclusivity, making art accessible to all.
Over the years, St+art has transformed the walls between Khanna market and Meherchand Market into a public art gallery, made possible with support from the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) & Swachh Bharat mission. The aim is to re-invigorate the Lodhi Colony area of New Delhi and convert it into the first open-air art district in India. St+art’s projects have found immense support from the long term association with Asian Paints. Speaking of this shared vision, Mr. Amit Syngle, COO, Asian Paints Limited, said, “Delhi is known for its rich history and heritage. Through St+art festival, we are continuing to create the country’s first public art space, LodhiArt District. Asian Paints feels elated to support St+art India Foundation and the national and international artists as they set out to paint the art district of Lodhi in unique colours and concepts. This year we are excited to take St+art Delhi 2019 to the next level by increasing community participation at Lodhi Colony and the surrounding areas”
The passionate team at St+art added that, “It has been our endeavour to increase awareness and initiate public discourse on the benefits of public art and encourage creative expression. This year we have built the festival with the Lodhi community at its core, The Lodhi Art District, as India’s first Public Art District, provides an example of how art can be made democrative, accessible, inclusive, uplift communities and above all, celebrate diversity. We are encouraged by the continuing support of our partners and the Government, to not only expand the Lodhi Art District, but also manifest other public art disctricts across India.”
St+art provides a unique platform for cultural exchange, by inviting artists from all over the world, activating unique networks, creating engaging projects for public consumption. This is made possible with the support from Institutes of culture, embassies and international organizations such as, European Union (EU), the Singapore Tourism Board, Australian High Commission, The Jaunt, The Japan Foundation, New Zealand High Commission, Institute Camoes, Instituto Cervantes, Pro Helvetia, Italian Embassy Culture Centre, Polish Institute and The Mexican Embassy amongst others.
‘Passion Meets Possibilities’ – Collaboration with Singapore Tourism Board: This year, a special project will be realized with artists from Singapore, featuring visual arts, AR projects, music and F&B experiences at two locations. The Lodhi Art District will feature a special Singapore artist’s lane, and F(r )iction at KONA will feature art installations bringing to light the most cutting edge art expressions by Singapore artists. Speaking about the collaboration, Mr. GB Srithar, Regional Director (South Asia, Middle East and Africa) Singapore Tourism Board said, “We are happy to partner with St+art India Foundation and Impresario Group for the second time, after a successful collaboration in Mumbai in 2017. This time around, our partnership will showcase Singaporean art and culture in New Delhi. With young Indian travellers increasingly seeking different, immersive and authentic experiences, we seek innovative ways of connecting with them and presenting Singapore in a different light. The Singaporean artists at the Festival, driven by their passion for artistic expression and creativity, embody our brand Passion Made Possible. They will convey to the Festival visitors a sense of the dynamic spirit of Singapore by sharing their journeys in pursuing their passions.”
Amongst the most significant collaborations with foreign institutions, towards cultural exchanges and socially relevant projects, this year St+art is honoured to work with the European Union (EU). Polish artist, Nespoon is going to create a large mural and conduct a skill-learning workshop with a group of unprivileged women, which will be inaugurated on 8th March in the presence of the artist, the EU ambassador and 28 European ambassadors.
Some Highlights of St+art Delhi 2019
Lodhi Art District: An additional 20 new murals have been planned this year. The artists will produce their interpretation of social causes such as, women empowerment, climate change, waste and upcycling and various other pertinent issues. The festival will be made experiential through a focus on interactive media art pieces, which will explore the use of public space with emerging technologies. Visitors are encouraged to participate in artist-led workshops and curated tours for children and adults, in order to champion accessibility, there will be specially curated tours for the differently-abled.
For more information and festival updates, follow @startindia on Instagram
F(r)iction at KONA: An immersive walk-through multimedia artworks by national and international artists. The temporary exhibition will invite the public to dig into the complexities of our lives entangled in dichotomies and crosspollinations between technology, art and nature.
Technology is changing our interactions with what all surrounds us, with nature, with ourselves within it as well as the viewership and creation of art. Thanks to technology also our definition of what art is made us capable of thinking about it in a more dynamic, open-minded way. It has also increased accessibility to art, making it no longer a realm of the elite. But does the desire of a captivating instagram picture dilute the reason of art to be? Urban Contemporary Art, St+art’s domain, became popular majorly thanks to the social media power, F(r)iction is an occasion to present this movement and its dynamics while presenting different perspectives through the artists’ lenses.
Site-specific installations, videos, interactive multimedia pieces and murals transform the venue of Kona – in Jor Bagh Market – in a parallel universe of frictions and fictions, from 16th February until mid-march 2019.
Community Outreach and engagement: This year, there has been overarching community outreach effort that began with reaching out over 7500 households, using the extensive newspaper delivery networks, to get feedback on their interests, and the stories of the Lodhi community. As a result of the outreach, free workshops, performances and curated tours, tailored to engage the communities have been scheduled, as a way of thanking them for their continued support. These efforts will culminate in a dedicated community wall – “saath saath”, and a talent showcase from the residents, to activate a sense of ownership and community pride for the Lodhi Art District residential community.