Bhaona - the Traditional form of Theater in Assam

Bhaona (Assamese: ভাওনা) is a traditional form of entertainment, always with religious messages, prevalent is Assam, India. It is a creation of Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankardeva, written in the early sixteenth century. He created the form to convey religious messages to villagers through entertainment. Later Srimanta Madhavdeva also wrote some plays. The plays of bhaona are popularly known as Ankiya Nats and their staging is known as bhaona. Bhaona is generally staged at xatras and namghars in Assam.

4.5 Million Baby Blue Eyes in Japan at Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park (国営ひたち海浜公園 Kokuei Hitachi Kaihinkōen?) is a public park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan. Covering an area of 190 hectares, the park features blooming flowers around the year.[1] The park has become known for its baby blue-eyes flowers, with the blooming of 4.5 million of the translucent-petaled blue flowers in the spring drawing tourists. In addition to the annual "Nemophila Harmony", the park features a million daffodils, 170 varieties of tulips, and many other flowers. The park includes cycling trails and a small amusement park with a Ferris wheel.

One of the Largest Mirrors in the World - Salar de Uyuni

Salar is salt flat in Spanish. Uyuni originates from the Aymara language and means a pen; Uyuni is also the name of a town that serves as a gateway for tourists visiting the Salar. Thus Salar de Uyuni can be loosely translated as a salt flat with enclosures, the latter possibly referring to the "islands" of the Salar; or as "salt flat at Uyuni (the town named 'pen for animals')".

Midnight Sun, Visa Free Entry - Svalbard

Svalbard (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈsʋɑ(ː)lbɑːɾ] formerly known by its Dutch name Spitsbergen), is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The group of islands range from 74° to 81° north latitude, and from 10° to 35° east longitude. The largest island is Spitsbergen, followed by Nordaustlandet and Edgeøya.

Heaven on Earth - Mesmerizing Dzukou Valley

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The picturesque Dzukou Valley is situated at an altitude of more than 2000 meters from sea level on the border of Nagaland and Manipur States of North East India. On the backdrop of this uninhabited valley stands the Japfu Peak, one of the highest peaks in the region. Dzukou Valley is also called the Valley of Flowers in the North East India. It is a heavenly experience to visit this paradise during the summer – June to September – when the valley is covered with uncountable wild flowers. Book your hotels near Dzukou Valley

Jatinga - where Birds Commit Suicide on a Specific Day Every Year

Jatinga, Borail, Halflong, Assam,
Jatinga (Pron: ʤʌ`tɪŋgʌ or ʤæ`tɪŋgʌ) is a small village in Assam, India. This is a normal Assamese village – a peaceful one. This village is situated on a ridge of the Barail range of hills in Assam. The village is peaceful for about 10 months in the year, but the remaining 2 late monsoon months, the village is filled with activity and excitement – more so at night than during the day time.

The Youngest River is a Moving Ocean – the Brahmaputra

Brahmaputra, Tsangpo, Dihing, Dibang, Dikhiw, Meghna, Januma, Padma, Podda, China, India, Bangladesh

Geologically, the Brahmaputra is one of the youngest rivers in the world. The Brahmaputra's source is the Chemayungdung Glacier, which scales the slants of the Himalayas around 60 miles (100 km) southeast of Lake Mapam in southwestern Tibet. The three headstreams that emerge there are the Kubi, the Angsi, and the Chemayungdung. From its source the stream runs for almost 700 miles (1,100 km) in an easterly direction between the principle scope of the Himalayas to the south and the Kailas Range to the north.

300 year old Monolythic Bridge - Namdang Stone Bridge, Assam, India

Stone Bridge, Namdang, Sivasagar, Assam, India, Thames, Granite, Monolythic, Bengali

Namdang Stone Bridge (Assamese: নামদাং শিলৰ সাকো) is one of the architectural marvels of the Ahom era in Assam. This 60 m (196.85 ft) long, 6.5 m (21.32 ft) wide and 1.7 m (5.57 ft) tall bridge was carved out of a single piece granite stone. It runs over the Namdang river – a tributary to the Dikhow river in the Sivasagar district in Assam.

Countries with Visa free entry for Indian Passport Holders

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Travel is in our genes. We love to travel.Traveling abroad is more fun, and a status symbol. The only barrier between us and a foreign land is the Visa norms of the counties.

British, Finnish, German, Swedish and US citizens have visa free entry up to 174 countries. How about the people in some other countries? How about Indian citizens?

Well, Indian citizens are also allowed visa free entry into many countries. Here is a list of countries that allow visa free entry to Indians as of Nov 1, 2014.

The Red Panda in Nokrek National Park, Megalaya, India

Panda, Red Panda, Nortek, Meghalaya, Tura, Shillong. North East India

Nokrek National Park, or Nokrek Biosphere Reserve, is a national park located Approximately 2 km from Tura Peak in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, India. UNESCO added this National park to its list of Biosphere Reserves in May 2009.Along with Balpakram, Nokrek is a hotspot of biodiversity in Meghalaya.

Nokrek has a remnant population of the Red panda that has generated curiosity across the world. Nokrek is also an important habitat of the Asian elephants.The park had eight species of cats, ranging from Tiger to Marbled cat but the current status of the tigers is uncertain.

Garampani - the Wildlife Sanctuary around a Natural Hot Water Spring

Garampani. Hotwater Spring, Myna, Hollock, Gibbon, Raptile, Natural

“Garampani “ literally means “Hot water”. Garampani is a natural hot water spring in the Hill District of Karbi Anglong in Assam, India. Around this hot water spring, there is a wildlife sanctuary covering an area of about six square kilometer.

Garampani wildlife sanctuary is famous for its hot water spring and also for some of the rare flora and fauna. The wildlife sanctuary is the home of Hoolock Gibbons, Leopards, Elephants, Golden Langurs, Deer and tigers apart from reptiles and birds like Hill Myna.

Drive above the clouds to reach the Largest Monastery in India

Tawang, Sangrila, Largest Monastery, Snow clad, Valley, Madhuri, Arunachal, China, Lama

Tawang district (Pron:/tɑ:ˈwæŋ or təˈwæŋ/) is one of the 16 administrative districts of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India. Tawang is both historically and naturally endowed. It is located at a distance of 183 Kms from Bomdila and about 319 km from Tezpur, the nearest major town. Tawang is situated at an altitude of 3,048 meters above sea level.

Nartiang - where Monoliths explain history

Nartiang, Meghalaya, Shillong, Jayantiya, Jowai, Megaliths, Monoliths

65 kms from Shillong, Meghalaya, India, is the summer capital of the Jaintia kings, Nartiang. The town is well known for its weekly bazaar and the annual February Festival and bordering this colourful market place is a stunning megalithic site comprising of fascinating megaliths. Structurally these are menhirs, cromlechs and dolmenoid cists.

The Valley above 11,800 feet - Yumthang

Yumthang, Sikkin, Gangtok, Snowfall, Flowers

Yumthang Valley is lap of the Himalayas in the Indian State of Sikkim about 3,564 metres above the sea level.

Like a chamelion, this valely has two faces. In the winter the valley is covered with snow, and appears to be a large white blanket across the valley. It so happens that sometimes the valley is closed for visitors due to heavy snowfall, and hailstorm in the winter. But there are possibilities that it is opened on the very next day.

Mayong - the predecessor of Hogwarts

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Long before Ms Rowling conceived the idea of harry Potter and Hogwarts, there was a small village in Assam, India which practiced and preached magic. The name of this village is called Mayong.

In the ancient Hindu scriptures, Assam is called the Pragjyotishpur. It has always been associated with magic, sorcery and mystery. Ghatotkach, Chitralekha, Naraksura, are some of the names associated with magic in the scriptures.

Loktak - the Floating Lake

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Located at the Moirang district of Manipur, India is the Loktak lake. Loktak is the largest freshwater lake in North East India. It is renowned as the only Floating Lake in the world. In the local Manipuri language, Lok means “stream”, and Tak means “the end”. The lake is covered with phumdis. Phumdis are a series of floating islands specific to Loktak. The largest of all the phumdis is about 40 sq km, and it hosts the Keibul Lamjao National Park – the home of the endangered sangai or Manipur brow-antlered deer (Cervus eldi eldi).

Umananda - The untold Island of Assam

When you are in Guwahati, Assam, India, you don't want to miss Umananda. Umananda is famous for a temple of Lord Shiva located on the Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra. But I don't think this is the only reason you should visit this place. There are thousand of Lord Shiva Template across the world. This temple is no different from many of them.

Poa Mecca - One fourth of Mecca

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Poa Mecca (1/4th Mecca) has been famous pilgrimage center for the followers of Islam in Assam. The Shrine is situated atop the Garurachala Hills. An Iraqi Prince turned Preacher, Ghiyasuddin Auliya, had founded the mosque here in the 12th century A. D. The Preacher had brought one Poa (1/4th of a Seer) of soil from Mecca and enshrined the same at a spot where the mosque was later built. However, a Persian epigraph at the site indicates that the original mosque of Poa Mecca was built circa 1657 by Sujauddin Mohammed Shah, during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan.

Bomdila - the Queen of Eastern Himalayas

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Bomdila is a beautiful town in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Bomdila is situated at an altitude of about 7,273 feet above the sea level. Bomdila offers some of the most picturesque view of the snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan Range. Bomdila is the headquarters of West Kameng district. It has many tourist attractions coupled with its climate, Apple orchards, artistic people, snow-capped Himalayan peaks and the Buddhist Gompas. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is a repository of culture. Bomdila is inhabited by the Aka (Hrusso), Miji (Sajalong), Monpa, Sherdukpen, and Bogun (Khawas) tribes.

Sela Pass - one of the highest motor-able passes in the world

Sela, Bomdila, Tawang, Arunachal, Himalayas, East, North-East India

Very close to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, India, is situated the Sela Pass is one of the highest motor able passes in the world at an altitude of 13700 ft. The serene crystal blue water natural lake and the surrounding landscape are truly pleasing to the eyes and senses. Very close to the Pass is the beautiful Sela Lake (sometimes called Paradise Lake because of its beauty) which could be fully or partially frozen if you come in extreme winters. Some small rivers also flow out of the lake and during grazing season, you could see a lot of yaks grazing around the lake too.

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