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Rani Durgavati Museum, Jabalpur

India is a place of historical importance where literally every nook and corner of the country has something to story tell. It is either depicted in the form of monuments or museums. A country that boasts of many museums which houses work dating back to BC, it is worthwhile to visit them. One such museum is Rani Durgavati Museum of Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) dedicated to the erstwhile Queen of Jabalpur who fought bravely against the Mughals. The museum not only shows the life story of the Queen in pictures, but houses many more things that are more popular - Ancient Sculptures of Hindu Gods and Jain Tirthankars, Chausath Yogini idols, coin collection in chronological order which dates back to Gupta Dynasty (2nd century BC), depiction of Gond Tribe of MP and some very old writings known to mankind. Fees - 20 INR for Indians and 100 INR for Foreigners Still Camera - 100 INR Video Camera - 200 INR Sculptures Beautiful Collection of statues that have been excavated in and around Jabalpur have been displayed in this hall. It is the first area when you enter the museum. Since the statues are as old as 5th Century AD, some of them have been damaged or were found damaged during excavation. However, it does not at all lower the thrill of admiring the intricacies that were carved on this hard stone. The statues are of Hindu Gods - Vishnu, Ganesha, Maheshwar, Bhairav, etc. It also has many related to Jain Tirthankars like Adinath (Known to be the first Jain Tirthankara) and others. Coins from BC to AD The second floor of the museum starts with an amazing collection of the coins that have been a part of the human race since civilisation. The history of the usage of coins is fascinating in itself. From the barter system to metal, the museum gives a history on the same. One can find the coins from Gupta Dynasty (2nd century BC) till the modern Scindia dynasty of Madhya Pradhesh (19 century AD). A small room with coins in chronological order will interest you in delving deep into history. The oldest coins comes in various shapes and are totally unreadable. As and when we move ahead, the clarity increases (owing to the newness) and once can see the evolution of this financial system. Slide across to see some of the visuals: The Gond Tribe The Gond tribe is as old as 1200 AD and is known to originate from Madhya Pradesh. It resembles closely to Dravidian era and was earlier spread across MP, Chhattisgarh and Southern parts of the country. The tribe is now reserved as ST as per the Indian constitution and the people are mostly confined to eastern MP. The museum depicts the lifestyle of this age old tribe. The room adjacent to this is the ones where you can find ancient scripts in Sanskrit which goes back to Before Christ era. One can also see the earlier chalk art that people did on stones. It is intriguing to know how archaeologists and historians are able to figure out the writings and translate to today's understandable languages. The museum is spread in a relatively larger area and is maintained well. The compound has more excavated statues that makes one think about the enormous kingdoms and artistic capabilities of earlier times. If you have time and are interested in some history, this museum is strongly recommended. Check out the below link to know more about Jabalpur and interesting places to visit:

Poble Espanyol - The Spanish Village

What will you do if you want to see the whole of Spain in one place? The simple answer is to visit Poble Espanyol in Barcelona. Built in 1929, it was created to build the soul of Spain in a single space. It has scaled representations of buildings of different regions of Spain. Not just buildings, but also artisans of Dali, Picasso and Guinovart. Here is the entrance to Poble Espanyol: Do you know that: The creators of Poble Espanyol actually visited 1600+ places in Iberian Peninsula and Southern Portugal to choose the buildings that should be represented here. There are 117 buildings in total. Some scenes of the famous move 'Perfume - The story of a murderer' was shot here. A lot of Disney Theme parks are inspired by Poble Espanyol It was intended that Poble Espanyol will be demolished after the 1929 exhibition, but was spared after it started getting good reviews and traction Poble Espanyol during the Civil War and after During the Civil war of 1936-39, Poble Espanyol was converted to a prisoner camp. After the war as well it was under the threat of ruin since Franco supported used this site for anti-Catalan messages. The change started happening in 1985 when the city council took the initiative of reforming Poble Espanyol and reconstructed the buildings to make this site for leisure, culture and tourism. The impact was that 6L people visited in 1987. But not much later, the place started to get into financial trouble and the council thought that nothing can save it from closure. Thanks to some entrepreneurs who funded the project and revived Poble Espanyol. Today, it is not just a place of leisure but a single space where once can study about entire Spain and feel the aura. Do take out at least half a day here if you visit Barcelona!

Hong Kong Gurudwara, Hindu Temple & Mosque

What is life existence without the realisation of the Supreme Himself? Can't imagine! Indians are known to be more religious and spiritual. It is not only within India but is carried with them wherever they go. Hong Kong has many people of Indian origin and Indians themselves, most of them being Sikhs and Hindus. Naturally, the place of worship came into existence. So if you visit HK and miss the temples, you have an option! Gurudwara - Khalsa Diwan The Gurudwara was built in 1901 by the Sikh members of the British Army in Hong Kong. Since, the number of Sikhs living in HK kept growing, there was a need of a bigger space for the temple and subsequently it was expanded. The Gurudwara is in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong. Time of Bombing In the 1940s war, the bombing over the area damaged the Gurduwara and even proved fatal for the then priest. However, there was no damage done to the holy book. Many people, both Sikhs and non Sikhs sought refuge in the Gurudwara during that time. It was later reconstructed. Today, the Gurudwara is visited by hundreds of devotees daily and it also provides 'langar'. Offer your 'seva' (help in serving, cleaning dishes, cooking, etc.) and also experience eating in a langar with many others. It is not only visited by Indian origin people but also Hong Kongers, Philippines, Indonesians, Pakistanis and others who reside in Hong Kong. How to reach? Get down at Wan Chai A3 exit and follow the sign board of Sikh temple after crossing the road. It is about 15 mins walk. Alternatively, the buses going to 'The Peak' pass infront of the Gurudwara and you may get down at the nearest stop. Hindu Temple - Happy Valley The Hindu Temple in Happy Valley was founded in 1949 by the Hindu Association. One can see many devotees coming here and praying daily. All the major Hindu festivals are celebrated with full devotion and rituals. It is also visited by the Indian Consulate General and other dignitaries on major occasions like Diwali. The temple has deities of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and also Lord Hanuman. Devotees can also avail priest services for any rituals. How to Reach? It can be easily reached by the Happy valley tram. Just get down at the last station, i.e. Happy Valley and a 2-3 mins walk will take you to the temple. Kowloon Mosque The Kowloon Mosque is perhaps the biggest religious place in terms of space and is a pious place for Muslims. The first mosque was built in the year 1896 by the 'Mohemeddans of Upper India" who had arrived in Hong Kong with the British Army. However it was later rebuilt in 1984 and was spread over 16000 sq ft. on the Nathan Road (TST). It celebrates and organises all major Muslim festivals and also the Friday prayers. The mosque also has madrassa for the religious teaching of students. There are other Mosques in Hong Kong as well- Wan Chai, Stanley and in Chai Wan. Churches There are also many Churches in Hong Kong which are visited by the locals who follow Christianity. Some of the notable ones are Community Church, Lifehouse International, Methodist International Church, Vine Church and more!

How the world celebrated Diwali?

Diwali is perhaps the most auspicious festivals of the Hindus that is celebrated not just in India but everywhere across the world. The piousness and importance of this festival is such that it is celebrated and greeted by world leaders and also depicted in some form or other. However due to Covid restrictions, the celebrations were muted this time. Here are a few photographs of Diwali 2020 from around the world. Empire State Building - United States Trump celebrating Diwali at the White House Singapore It is a public holiday in Singapore on the Occassion of Deepawali. Ayodhya Ayodhya set up the Guiness World record of lighting arounf 6 lakhs Diyas on Diwali. The beauty can well be seen in the photo below. Golden Temple, Amritsar How can one miss this spectacular site? Wish I was there during this time! Mumbai Station Like any other occassion, the famous CST station of Mumbai was well lit for Diwali 2020. Burj Khalifa - Dubai Be it Mahatma's birth anniversary or SRK's birthday or any major Indian occassion, Burj Khalifa never fails to astonish us with the amazing visuals! Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia Hope to have a grander celebration like always, next year when the pandemic ends! Till then a very Happy Diwali!!

An HK day trip with the locals!

Visit any new city and the touristy places are easy to search for and find. Like the first few noticeable things in Hong Kong are - The Peak, Victoria Harbour, Big Buddha, Disneyland, Ocean Park, Causeway Bay and the likes. Covering these places itself consumes a week. But even if you explore more, there are some things that are bound to be missed and can only be known by a local! Thanks to my colleagues - Earvin, Ivy and Stephanie who not only showed my around but also explained the background of those places! Mind you! These places are only accessible by personal vehicle. There are public transport but it leaves you far behind the main spots. So let's begin the day! Sai Wan Swimming Shed Swimming Sheds were built by the HK govt. in the 20th century that provided changing rooms and wooden piers near the sea shore. Sai Wan is one of them and currently is the only shed that is serviceable. It is said that mostly oldies come here for a good dive and swim! It is also one of the worst kept secrets of a beautiful senset point. People who know of the place come here and relax amidst the thick trees, beautiful vintage shed and the lovely sea! Sai Wan Swimming Shed Isn't it cool? That is why I keep saying - HK is the place where you can find sea, awesome city life, hills and sufficient nature! Starting from here I was surprised by my head when he gave a great ride in his Tesla and we head straight towards the Airport side! Airport Not many venture out to the backside of the Airport where you can witness the gigantic sea, aeroplane yard and the famous Zuhai bridge of China, all together! You don't believe me? Slide across below: I am sure after seeing this, you will make up your plan to visit Airport for a day trip as well :D Close to the airport are the head offices of 2 of the iconic airlines that is also the face of Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon. Unfortunately the pandemic has brought upon a really tough time for them. The low cost airline Cathay Dragon is shut and we were there at the last day when people were taking their last pics with the airline board. Cathay Dragon From Left - Stephanie, Me, Earvin, Ivy We could see Air Hostesses and pilots taking their last shots with the board as memories. It must have been heart breaking for them. Cathay Pacific Not far away is the grand office of the airline Cathay Pacific. It is currently an emotional topic for all the Hong Kong people as the news of cutting down of its staff went public. HK is a small yet powerful city and this airline brand resonates in the world. Naturally, the emotion. However, thanks to Earvin, who was a former employee with Cathay had an amazing story to tell about the below aircraft. Cathay office greets you with their first ever propeller plane dating back to World War II era. Interestingly, this was lost during transit and was later found in Australia. It was then flown back to Hong Kong and has been kept as a symbol of Cathay. It gives a different spark altogether! Here is a glimpse of the aircraft again: Video Credits: Earvin After an amazing 2 hours spent near the Airport, next in line was the Lantau link Visitor Center which showcases 2 important bridges of Hong Kong - Ting Kau Bridge and Tsing Ma Bridge Lantau link Visitor Center Located near the northwest corner of the Tsing Yi island in the new territories, the Lantau Link Visitor Center is an observation deck which gives a serene view to the two Hong kong bridges. That's me getting a good view of the bridge and also the moving cars on it! Ting Kau Bridge This 3800 ft long bridge connects the Airport at the Lantau Island to the rest of the Hong Kong. It started operations from 1998 and since then carries the heaviest volume of traffic. Needless to say that it looks beautiful in the night. And if I go to the other side of the ground, I see a different bridge. Tsing Ma Bridge This bridge was the 2nd longest suspension bridge at the time of its completion in 1998. It connects HK with the Lantau Island and New Territories. Prior to this bridge, Lantau could only be accessed through water. Getting to this Lantau Center is easier by a personal vehicle.You can find a nice restaurant with this amazing view. Spend some time in this quiet part of the city. Our next destination was the older parts of Hong Kong - Sham Shui Po. Though I had been to a few places in Sham Shui Po, notably the electronic market, but this time I had to shop for some local Chinese Tea. Instagram Pic Credits: sjmusgrave Roam this local side of Hong Kong which also gives a feel of the mainland. It is not swanky like the Island side of the city but has definitely preserved its age old charm. And when it comes to dinner, avoid the restaurants and directly go to the local street food, called as 'Tai Pai Dong' Instagram Credits: chkwan23 and ianhc_22 To my surprise, it also had amazing vegetarian dishes. I was also skeptical that such places may not offer vegetarian food but I was wrong. It was not only cheap but also tasty! I had veg Chowmein and Tofu (which were deliciously soft) along with the popular local beer 'Tsingtao'. All in all it was an amazing day which couldn't have been possible without my colleagues. I thank them once again!

Work Remotely and Travel

These are tough times. It started with such a fear that stepping out of the house had to be thought twice. However, due to various factors, we all have started going out. Be it for work or essentials, getting rid of boredom, travel, social events, slowly life is returning back to normal. However, the threat of the virus remains. Still, this time can also be capitalized to full-fill your dream of working remotely from a vacation spot. Of course, your work should allow that flexibility. So if you plan to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity (maybe!), you can get along with Zostel Longstays. What is it? Zostel has started providing longstay options to travellers who wish to enjoy a lengthy stay at their favourite vacation spots without compromising on the work. They guarantee to provide essential services like Wi-fi, meals along with regular hotel services, keeping in mind the Covid precautions. Where can you travel and at what price? (Taken for November) Mashobra, Shimla How about working from the Zostel room and then enjoy your weekends with this view? Sounds exciting! Also, Shimla is just a half an hour ride from Mashobra. Instagram Pic Credits: akashsaklanii Cost: Rs. 27,000 for double bed room for 1 month (Taken from Zostel website - subject to change) Rs. 7,500 in 6 bed dorm room for 1 month (for 1 bed) Udaipur, Rajasthan Imagine working from a royal city! Get to Udaipur, stay in a Zostel and enjoy the city life, forts, Rajasthani culture after work! Cost: Rs. 19,000 for double bed for 1 month (Taken from Zostel website - subject to change) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Ever lived in a spiritual and religious place? Learn the essence of life by spending some time in this holy city. Instagram Pic Credits: esmasiddiqui Cost: Rs. 16,500 for double bed for 1 month (Taken from Zostel website - subject to change) Vagamon, Kerala How about working from 'God's own country'? We all plan for a vacation in Kerala, but now is the time that we can plan without compromising leaves or salary! Work full day and enjoy such rides on weekends! Instagram Pic Credits: naveen_jose Cost: Rs. 29,000 for double bed for 1 month (Taken from Zostel website - subject to change) Rs. 8,600 in 8 bed dorm room for 1 month (for 1 bed) Gokarna, Karnataka You dont have to plan for Goa only when it comes to beaches. Club that with blissfulness and visit Gokarna. Beer and friends after work at such beach would make the best of your day! Instagram Pic Credits: as_we_travel Cost: Rs. 9,600 for 6 bed for dorm room for 1 month (Taken from Zostel website - subject to change) For more locations and prices, visit Make the best of your schedule during these harsh times, keeping in mind the safety. Happy work and happy vacationing!

Welcome to Disneyland Hong Kong!

Who doesn't know Disney and who doesn't know Disneyland?! I bet no one! But yet all of us irrespective of our age dream to visit this dreamland which is not just a fantasy but also magical. The closest and probably cheapest to visit from India is the Hong Kong Disneyland! Located in the outskirts of the city, it is easily reachable by Bus or Metro. Take the MTR from Hong Kong MTR Station for Sunny Bay. There are sufficient signboards to guide you through. Change the train from Sunny Bay to Disneyland! Your magical day starts with the train itself! In about 10 minutes, we reach Disneyland! The excitement increases tenfolds when you see the welcome gate: Enter inside and the world changes. There is a ticketing counter before the main park begins and you may show your online tickets/vouchers or can purchase a new one. Due to Covid, there was a pre-registration on the Disneyland Hong Kong website. Once the tickets formalities are done, here we go! It is customary to take out our cameras and we started shooting the beautiful buildings. But, there was a surprise! Woah! What an energetic, mesmerising, magical, beautiful, etc. etc. etc. start! Your entire childhood is right in front of you! Here onwards, everything is beautiful. Buildings, shops, rides, the park and the people! Walk down the same road and you witness the castle of your dreams! If you want to capture your selfie, then queue up and the staff will help you! Here am I with my friend. The diversion of routes start here with options for Tomorrowland, IronMan and Antman shows, Adventureland, Mystic Manor, Philhar Magic, It's a small world, Winnie the Pooh and so many! We started with the Iron Man! He was humble enough for a photo :D . But even Ironman was Covid conscious :P . He had his mask and I had mine! There is an amazing Ironman museum that showcases everything related to Stark Industries. Head next to the Adventureland! Get the taste of boating, Theatre in the Jungle with Lion King, Tarzan Tree and some cool real looking man-made animals! The boat ride in AdventureLand takes you through the waters with Elephants, Chimpanzees, Rhino, Hippo, Cobras and Zebras! Slide across and roam with me! Adventureland is not yet over! Time for some amazing performances in the Theatre in the Jungle- with Lion King! Hakuna Matata!!! After this energetic performance, time for the Mystic Land! Mystic Manor - This is probably the best ever creation that Disneyland has ever made. It truly will make you feel that you indeed are in a magical world. Photos may not do justice to this statement. It can only be experienced inside the beautiful castle and riding on the lorry! Check out! And all this magic was inside this castle: Amidst all this, how could we forget our lovely Winnie the Pooh? I bet every child had thought that honey was only prepared by Winnie in this whole wide world! Do you want to know how it looked from inside? Check out! Any conversation about Disney can go on and on. But one cannot forget "Frozen". From movie to merchandising, it ruled our hearts. And just for that, there is an amazing performance for it! Wasn't that a fairytale? This is what all you can do in the day! But when the sun sets, the beauty of the park is at a different level. Slide across some of the photos: That's not all! Because Mickey wont leave you so easily. Mickey has a surprise for everyone! Watch it till the end :) So that was a full 1-day trip to Disneyland Hong Kong! You may choose to stay at the Disneyland resort which I am sure would enrich the experience tenfolds. And the magical day ended with this

International beaches of India

India has a long coastal line and thus numerous beaches. The ones that are popular with the likes of the beaches of Goa, Mumbai, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and others are touristy beaches. However, these beaches are just 'touristy'. They fail on many standards of hygiene and water quality. Thankfully, India now has 8 beaches that have been awarded the coveted 'Blue Flag' beach tag. This tag is given by the UN for Environment, FEE (Foundation of Environmental Education) and IUCN on the basis of water quality, safety and public environmental awareness. So make your next trip here and remember to not dirty the place! Shivrajpur Beach (Dwarka, Gujarat) Instagram Pic Credits: character_insta Ghoghla (Diu) Instagram Pic Credits: damandiuindia Kasarkod (Karnataka) Instagram Pic Credits: thisisstn Padubidri (Karnataka) Instagram Pic Credits: padubidribeach Kappad (Kerala) Instagram Pic Credits: my_kozhikode Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh) Instagram Pic Credits: poto_patch Golden Beach (Puri, Odisha) Pic Credits: Times of India Radhanagar (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) Instagram Pic Credits: explore_andamans Time to plan your trip on these safe, clean and less crowded beaches!

India vs. The World

What would come into your mind if you picture Switzerland in your mind? - Snow capped mountain peaks, beautiful lakes, attractive homes. How about Maldives or Philippines? - I am sure it must be about the clean sea, white sands, picturesque islands, etc. But do you know that we have almost similar places in India as well? Let us see some of them! These are some prominent places, but surely there would be many other places of streets, palaces, gardens, monuments, etc. Hoe about taking up a challenge to visit all of the above places!

Coffee in India

India is primarily known as a tea consuming country. But do you know that India is among world's top 10 coffee producers in the world? Let's find out something about our very own Indian Coffee and the Coffee plantation. Where is Coffee grown in India (Coffee Estates)? Coorg Arabica Coffee -Grown in the region of Kodagu district in Karnataka Wayanaad Robusta Coffee - Grown in the Wayanaad district in the eastern portion of Kerala Chikmangalur Arabica Coffee - Grown in the Chikamangalur district of Kerala, Araku Valley Arabica Coffee - Grown in the hilly tracks of Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and mostly use organic practices Bababudangiris Arabica Coffee - Grown in the birthplace of Coffee in India - Central portion of Chikmangalur, Karnataka All the above Coffee types are recognized by the GI tag. What is Arabica and Robusta Coffee? Arabica Coffee has smoother, sweeter taste with flavour notes of Chocolate and Sugar Robusta Coffee is more strong, harsh and bitter in taste. Did you know? Starbucks coffee only procures Arabica Coffee since it is more refined and is grown at higher altitudes. Now you can see why the pricing is high! Slide across to see the Coffee Plantations: Pic Credits: Coorgtour, Holidify, Bluetokaicoffee, Indianvisit, What can you do as a tourist? Coffee Plantations are in the hilly areas which are tourist places. Having a coffee plantation is an added benefit. Take a walk across coffee plantations and learn the art of growing and nurturing coffee in organized Coffee Tours Enjoy a cup of coffee in the traditional way that is the purest Coffee Museum-- How can you miss this? Pic Credits: Holidify, avalshe9.blogspot, thrilophillia Fun Fact: How did Coffee arrive in India? Coffee was brought to India by the saint - Baba Budan, from Yemen. It is believed that he smuggled 7 coffee beans in his beard and planted in his courtyard in Buba Budan Giri Hills, known after him. However, commercially Coffee came to India after British started the plantation in Southern India's hills. Maybe something like this ;)

5 European destinations for 2021

The year 2020 has been a nightmare for everyone. We all have been longing to take a break from those long home working hours, eye balls glutted to the screens and unable to even go out for a cricket match. With travel destinations slowly opening up everywhere in the world, here is a list of Top 10 travel destinations that are not the usual ones. These destinations offer less crowd, real country experience and are very welcoming. So what are you waiting for? Spin the globe and see the results below! Lille, France France is not just about Paris but also about other small towns and country side which offers you the authentic and real French experience. One such underrated city is Lille. It is situated at the borders of Belgium and has been rated as the best French city to live in. It offers museums, rich city life, ancient French architecture and an amazing zoo. With less crowd and charming experience, this place can be on your go to list in 2021. All the more, it is just 1 hour from Paris, 35 minutes from Brussels and 80 minutes from London! Flights: Delhi/Mumbai -->Paris --->Lille (There is no direct flight from India to Lille) Slovenia One of the Balkan countries, Slovenia will take you through mountains and hills, urban culture and art, vineyards and the coast. Travelling by road in the country will enlighten your mood and take you away from the dull pandemic life. Roaming around in the country is relatively cheaper than western European countries, so you could plan well ahead! Flights: New Delhi/Mumbai to Ljubljana (via Germany) Belgrade, Serbia Serbia is situated in the eastern Europe and is often called as the 'Gate of the Balkans" or "Door to Central Europe". A relatively inexpensive city as compared to France, Spain, Germany and other western European countries, Serbia is a beauty in itself. The ancient Forts and the Roman empire charm fills the cities of Serbia. Flights: Direct from New Delhi Visa: No Visa needed for Indian Passport Holders. Just book your ticket and hop on! Rijeka, Croatia Croatia is not just about Zagreb but much more than that. The country has a long coastal line and Rijeka is one of the cities in it. The museums that can be seen in Zagreb are also there in Rijeka. In fact, if you visit Rijeka in the carnival the city looks even more colourful and bright. Flights: New Delhi to Rijeka (via Germany) Palermo, Italy "Sicilians build things like they will live forever and eat like they will die tomorrow. Going to Sicily is better than going to the moon" Palermo is the capital city of the region of Sicily in Italy (or you can identify this with the most popular web series 'Money Heist'. Palermo was once the epicenter of the Sicily mafia which ruled the city for decades. The things are good now and the city is welcoming to tourists. Palermo is not only about architecture or history. It is about the exquisite life of an Italian - thick coffee, narrow streets, night life, people dressed in style and more. However, you have to visit the palace, old theatres and some amazing churches of Palermo and the nearby towns. Pic Credits: Travelonspot Flights: New Delhi to Palermo (via Germany or France)

Nrityagram - The Dance Village

There is so much to see in India that you can explore it throughout your life. Away from the glow and charm of Bangalore and our everyday appreciation of its cool climate, lies a village that is known for Dance. You heard it right - Nrityagram. Nrityagram is India's first modern age Gurukul for Indian Classical Dances and was started by the famous Odissi dancer, Protima Gauri in 1989. It was inaugrated by the then Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh in 1990 near Hesaraghatta Lake. Protima Gauri, Odissi Dancer - Founder of Nrityagram The residential school offers dance training in Odissi, Kathak, Mohinattam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam and Manipuri. - 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. It follows the age old education system of Guru-shishya. The school was designed by renowned Indian architect Gerard da Cunha who is known for utilising locally available materials for construction. Slide across to see some photos of the village International Reach The dance and the Nrityagram made its debut in 1996 in New York and was categorized as "one of the most luminous dance events of the year". This set the way for an international outreach and experienced sold out shows in Hawaii, USA, Middle East, Europe, Japan, Macau and Australia. Temple A dedicated and thoughtfully designed temple was built in 1998. It is decorated with panels with elements, dance motifs, mudras and ghunghroos. Inside is a granite rock to hold water and flame that stays lit. Yoga Center A Yoga center is attached to the temple and is also used for in-house performances Dining Hall This is the heart of the village and acts as a community kitchen. Many students return to Nrityagram just to experience the meal that the community used to have during their practice. It acts like a bond between them. When to Visit? Make sure to first check with the concerned people about the opening hours, post Covid. However, generally it is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays 10AM to 2PM. Find out on the website for more details. Do make a visit to this amazing village where Dance is a way of life. From the words of Protima Gauri - "I dream of building a community of dancers in the foresaken place amidst nature. A place where nothing exists, except dance. A place where you breathe, eat, sleep, dream, talk, imagine - dance. A place where all five senses can be refined to perfection. A place where dancers drop negative qualities such as jealousy, small-mindedness, greed and malice to embrace their colleagues as sisters and support each other in their journey towards becoming dancers of merit. A place called Nrityagram"