December 24, 2007
Poush mela is a big festival in Shantiniketan in West Bengal. It happens in end of December. This festival is full of folk songs, baul songs, theatres and group dance. During this time the air in Shantiniketan is filled with colors, soft musics. People from all over India and outside India come here to rediscover India
On the first day the festival begins with community prayer or Brahmopasana written by Maharshi and Rabindranath. This followed by Tagore songs. Next comes the famous folk songs of West Bengal along with boul songs.
On the second day the university arrange a award ceremony for students who have completed graduation. At the fair, the centre stage never quietens – more bauls and kirtan singers perform ; jatras and folk theatres are held.
On the second evening, there is a celebration of fireworks, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone
By the third day the number of tourist reach to near about ten thousand ; at night some areas are flooded with neon lights, while at other corners, you cannot even discern your own big toe. Irrespective of their urban or rural roots, children happily pick up brightly coloured wooden toys while their mothers select palm-leaf trinkets
Usually, the three days include Christmas Day and everyone joins in the Krishtotsav, observed by the ashramites. Besides, there are cultural events and memorial lecture.
Although real estate is booming, still the place is comfortably swathed in green and with not much auto mobile traffic (walking or cycling is the common mode of commuting), Shantiniketan offers a welcome weekend getaway, any time throughout the year and specially during its festive days.
December 24, 2007
For a better Ecotourism the people from all quarters have to help the government. Whether its local authorities or developer or local people or the tourist all have to play an active part in having a successful ecotourism spot. The government alone cannot make this ecotourism successful. Everyone should follow the rules and guidelines so make the attempt of government successful.
Besides this non-governmental organizations and scientific and research institutions also have to play a key role. The management of ecotourism should make a 20 years of Master Plan for each state This plan should include construction of proper roads and railway, greenery, Garbage disposal utensils and drums everywhere, Banners and Advertisement to make people aware of effects of garbage disposal here n there. The tourist should also take care of the need to protect the environment. Many hospitality sectors have developed who have adopted environment-friendly practices like conserving energy and water and recycling of unutilized hotel outputs.
Now a days, the political parties, non government organization, print and tele media are taking active part to aware people about the destruction we are making by not protecting our environment.
The Government has also set up institutions like the Central and State Pollution Control Board to deal with the defaulters. The state governments also have Departments of Environment and Pollution Control. The Ministry of Tourism has issued ecotourism guidelines for adoption by all concerned organisations. Some tourism bodies and associations like the Pacific Travel Association have introduced an ecotourism pledge which requires their members to adopt environment-friendly practices.
Government departments working for Ecotourism in India.
The Government of India has set up a group of Ministers under the Minister of Tourism to coordinate activities of various government departments and agencies. Many of the activities in the tourism sector are dependent on initiatives of the state governments. Enlightened state governments like Kerala, Goa and Rajasthan have done a lot to attract more tourists by making facilities more tourist friendly.
December 19, 2007
Shantiniketan is the land of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Bengal’s pride and the greatest figure. Shantiniketan has become a famous tourist spot because of its garden village look which compels you to come again and again specially in spring. This is because Rabindranath Tagore inspired of Holi(a festival of colours). He introduced Vasanta Utsav, the festival of spring here. Not only youth but also old generation takes active participation in Holi here, All were dressed in traditional colors like yellow, white, and red dhotis, kurtas, and saris, celebrating Holi in a very special way. Not only they play with colors but also sing Tagore songs and dance with it. Thousands of people come from all over the world to see this festival here. Though there are so many enjoyment but the place don’t lose its ambience and heavenly experience. Everyone looked simple and gay as though they did not have any worries in the world.
Heavenly experience , enthusiastic participation from all people make the spring in shantiniketan a different one from any any of india
December 19, 2007
Sunderban is situated in the south of West Bengal where Ganga meets Bay of Bengal. It is called the Land of Royal Bengal Tigers. Forest department of West Bengal has helped West Bengal government to develop different wide resort area for making beautiful cottages in the 9 acre land. Cottages have 24 hrs water supply and other amenities. Beside this you can also enjoy in four twin bedded Swis tents, a couple of 10 or a 36 seater motorized fiber glass boat to enjoy the different jungles, islands and animals and of course the big cats i.e. is Royal Bengal Tigers. The tourists are given top- end jungle facilities.
With the boat you can also enjoy mangrove interpretation centre and hatcheries. You can also get a glimpse of almost extinct Olive Ridley Turtles and River Terrapin (Batagur Baska).