Monthly Archives: September 2017

Homestay In Goa

Accommodation in Goa is not a problem; the options are numerous. Homestays are some of my favorites because of the many benefits they come with and with so many fairy spread across the region, I always have an easy time finding my ideal homestay in the area to make my holiday as memorable and convenient as I wish for it to be. But what exactly makes homestay in Goa so attractive? If you are thinking of homestay for the first time, here is what you can expect from the properties here.

  • Lots of homestay options. If there is one thing I love about Goa is that it does not limit me to a few options when it comes to homestay. There are just so many you can choose from with some of the most popular properties being Riviera Hermitage, Royal Land Scape, Castelinhos and Parth Holiday home among many others. I advise that you check out what each has to offer so you can select a property you are bound to enjoy to the fullest throughout your stay in Goa. It has always been easy for me to select based on property type, themes I am interested in, locality and the landmarks. This way, I have always landed a property that is convenient for me in every sense.

 

  • Tranquil atmosphere. One of the things I have noticed about the majority of the Homestays here is that they all have beautiful relaxing surroundings. I just love how serene the atmosphere is in the properties, making it possible for me to forget all my worries and stresses. If you are looking for pure relaxation and rejuvenation like I am always seeking, then the homestays are the way to go. I enjoy coming home to my homestay after a crazy crowded day full of activities and sitting on a calm beach like Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach and Candolim Beach.

 

  • Comfortable rooms. Every item in the homestays here seems carefully selected to give you nothing but comfort. I also love how well equipped these rooms are and the modern to ensure I miss nothing at all during my stay. The properties all come with modern facilities to make the perfect home away from home!

 

  • Perfect locations. Apart from the amazing tranquil atmosphere, Goa Homestays are located strategically to make it possible for travelers to easily stumble on what they find most attractive during the holidays here. You can visit the local tourist places like Reis Magos Fort, Museum of Goa, Shantadurga Temple, Mangeshi Temple, Deltin Royale Casino etc. Whether it is the history I am interested in or the local culture and cuisine, or the beaches, there is always a perfect choice of property to keep me closer to what I love the most.

The Queen of All Festivals

Independence Day to the Cricket World Cup, there is hardly anything that Indians do not like celebrating. Simply point us towards an occasion and we are all for it. But hidden amongst this long list of celebrations is a gem in the form of Durga Puja, something celebrated in its full glory in the Bengali community.

So, what exactly IS the Durga Puja?

Well, for the sake of clarity, Puja refers to a religious festival. However, for us Bengalis, Durga Puja is less of a ‘Puja’ and more of the embodiment of the spirit of festiveness. What exactly does that mean? Well, let us go back a few millenniums to answer that question.

The tradition of invoking the goddess Durga (or the mother, known as ‘Ma’) is first considered to have been done by Lord Ram before he went forth to battle Ravana, as documented in the epic Ramayana. However, the tradition lay dormant till about the late 1500s, when the landlords in Bengal took it up. It was finally given its final form in the 18th century as Baroyaari (or 12 friends’) puja, a term which finally came to refer to community sponsored Durga Pujas held in Kolkata.

Essentially, all parts of India celebrates this period, but in the form of Navratri. It constitutes of 9 days’ worth of fasting, which ends with Dussehra, a day where an effigy of Ravana is burned as a way to show that evils are always championed by good as Lord Ram had championed above Ravana.

In Bengal

In Bengal, however, the meaning of these 10 days are quite different.

My earliest memories of Durga Puja are that of waking up in the middle of the night to listen to Mahalaya on the radio. It is a programme that has been airing on the first day of the Bengali month Ashwin for more than 7 decades and 4 generations of Bengalis, forcing them to wake up at 4 am, something I still do religiously every year on that particular day. Although the magic of the scent, the half awoken self and knowing Ma is coming has somewhat diminished with the years, the idea of something so collectively powerful that it makes a whole community look forward to it still holds a great deal of charm nonetheless.

Ma

We treat Ma Durga as something more than just the goddess. While it is true that she embodies the raw power (or Shakti) that overcame evil by slaying the evil demon Mahisasur (hence the term Mahisasur-mardini), she is much MUCH more than just that. The ten days that start with Mahalaya signify her annual visit to her paternal home in Bengal with 4 of her children. As such Ma is, at the same time, a mother, a wife, a goddess, and most importantly, a member of our family. We pamper her, we respect her, we love her and we adore her. She is more than just a divinity.

Touristic Highlights in Morocco

Marrakesh became a wonderful cultural center where the Islamic and Andalusian civilizations melt together. This resulted in distinctive architectural elements and layouts, a large number of famous philosophers and authors, and a magnificent city that welcomes thousands of tourists every year who travel to Morocco.

The land of god, or Marrakesh, as its name refers to in the Amazeeg language, was the capital of Almoravids Dynasty. This is why the city enjoys hosting a large number of Islamic monuments and fortifications. When the French took control of Morocco in the beginning of the 20th century, Marrakesh received considerable attention from the French authorities. There are many French establishments that survived until today in Marrakesh and amaze tourists who come from all over the world to enjoy their trips in Morocco.

Today we would be highlighting some of the most remarkable touristic highlights of Marrakesh commonly visited by travelers who spend their holidays in Morocco.

Medina Souk

Medina Souk is the main market of Marrakesh. Located in the old district which is full of monuments and historical sites, the Medina Souk is characterized by its wonderful blend of narrow lanes, colors, and the marvelous smells of perfumes and various herbs. It is quite recommended for tourists who visit Morocco to explore the Medina Souk.

Many tourists who travel to Morocco pay this market a visit to buy some traditional Moroccan gifts and souvenirs including the traditional Moroccan shoes, perfumes, leather products, herbs, and many other wonderful products.

Almoravids Dome

Almoravids Dome is in fact the most ancient surviving monument in Marrakesh. This marvelous dome was constructed in the 12th century during the reign of Ali ibn Yusuf. The Almoravids Dome is commonly included in several travel packages in Morocco.

Although the layout and the design from outside are rather simple, the dome is quite interesting from inside. The inner part of the dome is featured with its distinctive stone decoration, one of the magnificent features of the Almoravids dynasty architecture. Some tourists who visit Morocco are interested to know more about the civilization of Almoravids dynasty.

The dome is a rare example of the architecture of Almoravids that was largely damaged by Almohads Dynasty that took control of this region of the country afterwards. This is the main reason why many tourists who travel to Morocco are interested to visit it.

Majorelle Garden

A magnificent place to explore in Marrakesh is the Majorelle Garden. This is where you find the fertile soil with many trees and plants including palms and cactus. This garden goes back to the middle of the 20th century when the famous French painter, Jack Majorelle visited Morocco for health reasons.

Majorelle started drawing many several paintings to reflect the life in Marrakesh. This is why travelers who tour Morocco visit the garden to enjoy the natural scenery blended with the French taste of art and how they viewed the life and the architecture of Morocco.

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Chandler, Arizona

As you search new homes in Chandler, you probably keep seeing certain names pop up. Sun Lakes. Ocotillo. Morrison Ranch. Fulton Ranch. Chandler is home to many new home communities, owing in large part to its rapid growth and booming economy. As the San Tan Freeway was completed in 2006, a lot of large employers made the move to Chandler, and many that were already here expanded operations. Intel, Microchip Technology, PayPal, Wells Fargo, Verizon Wireless, to name a few, are some of Chandler’s corporate citizens. As the business climate continued to thrive, the cotton fields and grazing land of south Chandler yielded to destination shopping centers, hotels, restaurants and lots of housing. Builders such as Fulton Homes, Toll Brothers and Pulte made their mark on the landscape with spacious modern homes in beautiful communities. Many older historic neighborhoods are experiencing rebirth as homes are remodeled and modernized.

Chandler Schools consistently meet or exceed state and national averages; multiple charter schools and academies also provide top-notch education. Chandler-Gilbert Community College offers a wide variety of classes and programs, and private institutions such as Western International University and Ottawa University have branches in town as well.

There is no shortage of things to do in Chandler. Downtown on the square you will find unique shopping, dining and entertainment; there is almost always a festival, farmers market, art show or other affair to enjoy at AJ Chandler Park. Take a break and enjoy a craft beer, or a glass of Arizona wine. Visit Chandler Center for the Arts and catch a national act. Drop in at Vision Gallery or Uptown Art for more eclectic tastes. Downtown is also home to the beautiful, historic Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, Arizona’s first golf course.

Speaking of golf, Chandler is a linksman’s paradise. Courses run the gamut from executive to championship; you can visit driving ranges and golf academies, and stock up on the latest gear at the PGA Superstore!

Looking for other outdoor fun? Tumbleweed Regional Park boasts a rec center, sports and picnic areas, as well as Playtopia-a playground paradise based on Chandler’s heritage. A perennial favorite is the constantly expanding Arizona Railway Museum where you can explore a great collection of classic railroad cars and equipment. Skate park, BMX park, dog parks, equestrian and aquatic centers; Chandler has it all!

For indoor, air conditioned fun, Chandler Fashion Center is an upscale regional shopping powerhouse! Enjoy its great variety of dining choices from fast to casual to elegant. There are shows, movies, nightlife, shops and services galore, and special events almost every weekend. Another popular destination is The Ice Den, a favorite for skaters of all ages and a great way to keep cool year round.