Rangiloo Rajkot


Rajkot is the fourth largest city in the state of Gujarat. Rajkot was once the capital of the princely State of Saurashtra, before its merger in to the Bombay State on 1st of November, 1956. The sprawling city of Rajkot is located on the backs of River Aji and Nirari, and lies in the centre of Saurashtra. It is flourishing of industrial hub with wide streets and distinctly urban architecture. The typical Kathiawari hospitality greets people from all walks of life. Here complicated business deals are struck over cups of tea, jalebi-fafda and ice-cream. The city over the years has earned the title ‘Rangiloo Rajkot’ and the exuberance of the people more than live up to the name.

Today it is best known as the town where Mahatma Gandhi spent the early years of his life, when his father was the Diwan or Prime Minister to the Raja of Saurashtra.

Welcome to the land of fun, frolic and food!

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Places to visit…

Rajkumar College

This is one of the oldest colleges founded in India, by the princes and chiefs of Kathiawar for the education of the princely order. The RKC was opened to the public ini 1939 and is one of Rajkot’s most esteemed schools. A series of buildings in Indo-Gothic architecture, characterizez this 25 acre campus, exuding an old world charm.

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Rajkumar College

Location: Dr. Radhakrishnan Road, Gavliwad.

Timing: Across the day, every day. Permission to be obtained from the Principal’s office for touring the campus.

For more Details: +91 281 2466064/248 1032

Rashtriya Shala

Rashtriya Shala was established in 1921 by the erstwhile ruler of Rajkot, Lakhaji Raj Thakore, in the presence of Mahatma Gandhi to serve as a national educational institution. From 1934 Khadi spinning and weaving were introduced here. Today this institution is involved in reviving Patola weaving techniques.

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Rashtriya Shala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: 3 km from Rajkot railway station.

Timings: 09:00 am to 12:00 noon.

For more details: +91 281 2466076

Mayur Patola Art

Rajkot has quickly developed a Patola-weaving industry. This skill comes from Patan, and is a torturous process that involves dyeing each thread before it is woven. However, in Patan both the warp and weft threads are dyed (double ikat ), whereas in Rajkot only the weft is dyed (single ikat ), so the product is more affordable. You can visit workshops that are located in people’s houses in the Sarvoday Society area, including Mayur Patola Art , behind Virani High School.
Address: Sarvoday Society

Telephone: +91 281 2464519

Opening hours: 10am-6pm

Watson Museum

The Watson Museum is named after Colonel John Watson, a political agent (administrator) in the 1880s who gathered many historical artefacts and documents from around Saurashtra. It’s a jumbled attic of a collection, featuring 3rd-century inscriptions, delicate ivory work, and taxidermy exhibits put together by someone with a bizarre sense of humor.

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Rajkumar College

Address: Jubilee Gardens

Prices: Indian/foreigner: 5/50

Opening hours: 9am-12.45pm & 3-6pm Thu-Tue, closed 2nd & 4th Sat of the month

Kaba Gandhi No Delo

This is the house where Gandhi lived from the age of six (while his father was diwan of Rajkot), and it contains lots of interesting information on his life. It now holds a permanent exhibition of Gandhian items called Gandhi Smriti. The house offers a pictorial tour of the Mahatma’s life with captions in both Hindi and Gujarati. The Mahatma’s passion for the handloom is preserved in the form of a small weaving school.

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Rajkumar College

Address: Kadiya Nav Line, Street No. 8, Sri Lakhajraj Road, Lohana Para.

 

Opening hours: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm and 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

Bangdi Bazaar

The market in the old part of the city is a maze of narrow alleyways, lanes and dead ends. Shop fronts and foot paths display an array of embroidered fabrics, beadwork, bandhanis and readymade material.

Location: Kanak Road in the Old City.

Lang Library

It is an institution over a hundred years old which commemorates the memory of Col. Lang. Originally stared as Vidya Gun Prakash in 1856, it came to be finally housed in the present building in 1893.

Temptations

RESTAURANT

Hugely popular with families, Mexican, Italian, falafel, baked potatoes, parathas (thick flat bread with stuffings such as vegetables or paneer) and South Indian are served in a clean, brightly decorated, well air-conditioned cafe.
Address: Kasturba Rd

Lord’s Banquet

RESTAURANT

Location: Rajkot , India

Address: Kasturba Rd

Telephone: +91 281 2444486

Opening hours

12.30-3.30pm & 7.30-11.30pm

Patel Ice Cream

Home made type/unpasteurized ice cream: Especially seasonal flavours like ginger, Sitafal (Custard Apple), Mango

Address: Sadar Bajar, Race Course

Chouki Dhani, Rajkot

RESTAURANT/HOTEL

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Rajkumar College

Address: Near All India Radio Tower, Jamnagar Road, Rajkot. Gujarat. India
Mobile: 91-99789 55595
Phone: 91-281-6544664 / 6543664
Website: www.ChoukiDhani.com

Heritage Khirasara palace

RESTAURANT/HOTEL

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Khirsara Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: Kalawad Road, Near Metoda G.I.D.C.Khirsara, Kalawad Road, Khirasra, Rajkot, Gujarat 360021, India

Cell: +91 99130 77077
Tel: +91 2827 234444
Web: www.khirasarapalace.in

Places to see around Rajkot…

Virpur: Located here is the Jalaram Bapa temple, a popular pilgrimage sire and the former residence of the saint and social reformer. He dedicated his life to selfless service. During his late teens Bapa and his wife established a sadavrat, offering food to people at all hours. Nobody returned hungry from their doorstep.

Khambhalida Caves: At Khambhalida there are three caves, the central one called ‘chaitya’ has a worn-out stupa. The entrance of the ‘chaitya’ is flanked by two large sculptures of the Bodhisattvas – Padmapani on the right and Vajrapani on the left. The caves date back to the 4th-5th century AD and are carved out from the local limestone rock.

Taking wings to save wildlife


Shah left studies to learn animal, bird rescue in SA

About a year ago, if a person in Kalipat Village, Rajkot, Gujarat, saw a snake he would kill it immediately. But thanks to the efforts of 22-year old Divyaraj Shah from the village, now nobody even harms the snake or any other wildlife.

Now, if they see a snake, villagers call Shah who rescues it and releases it in the wild.

“On an average, I rescue 10 snakes every month from Kalipat Village ( Rajkot, Gujarat ) alone,” says Divyaraj who has dedicated his life for protection of wildlife.

In fact, Shah left his studies mid-way while pursuing graduation from St. Xavier’s College in Ahmedabad in 2010-11. He went to South Africa to learn about wildlife and their rescue and rehabilitation processes. He stayed there for 10 months in the outskirts of Pretoria and learnt to deal with birds, wild animals and how to release them in the wild.

“I went to South Africa because I wanted to work for wildlife conversation. It is important to learn scientific methods to rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. There is a huge difference in dealing with domestic birds and wild birds. It is difficult for rescued birds to adjust again in the wild,” says Shah.

He also advocated rescue of the birds in captivity.

A local charitable trust in city rescue wild birds and hand over them to Shah for rehabilitation. The birds which are being rehabilitated include Barn Owl, Shikra, Black Kite, Black Shouldered Kite, Short toed Snake Eagle, spotted owlet, egrets and ducks.

“In Gujarat, rescue efforts are commendable but there is a lack of knowledge about what to do with the rescued birds. A week ago, a barn owl was rescued near city. A volunteer who rescued it gave anti-rabbis injection and wild bird died immediately,” Shah said describing the lack of awareness among wildlife volunteers.

Shah even found a solution to rat menace in Kalipat ( Rajkot, Gujarat ). He gave villagers cages to catch the rats, which are then fed to the rescued snakes by Shah. “Since I give snakes their natural food, they survive in captivity and then I release them in wild,” the wildlife enthusiast said.

“Villagers and farmers are happy as the problem of rats has been reduced significantly,” he added.

Shah has successfully released over 300 birds in the wild. Now, he plans to set up an ICU for birds at his eight acre farm on outskirts of the city.

Courtesy – Times of India

Rare Masked Booby spotted near Mahuva ( Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Gujarat, India )


The bird is usually found in tropical zones

Manoj Sanghediya, a 23-year old amateur bird watcher from Datardi Village in Mahuva taluka of Bhavnagar District ( Rajkot, Gujarat, India ), could not identify the large seabird that had fallen in his farm on Saturday.

But he was quick to rescue the sick bird that was unable to fly and take it to Mahuva Town. An environment activist, he often rescues snakes in his village.

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The bird that he rescued was Masked Booby, a large bird found in tropical zones of theoceans.

“When the Masked Booby was brought on Saturday, it was sick and exhausted. We contacted, Dr. Nayan Patel, a veterinary doctor, who earlier worked with forest department in Mahuva advised us to give glucose to it. We tried to save the rare visitor but it died on Tuesday evening”, said a wildlife activist from Mahuva Chirag Koradiya.

Bird conservationists say that the Masked Booby may have been exhausted and landed in the coastal area in a sick condition. It nests on small tropical islands especially without forests. It breeds in central and western pacific as well as off Mexico.

According to experts, Masked Booby are spectacular divers that can plunge diagonally into the ocean at high speeds. They mainly eat small fish.

“This could be the third time that a Masked Booby was reported to be seen on the Saurashtra coast,” Koradiya said.

Courtesy – Times Of India 

Caracal trapped in gando baval (Prosopis juliflora) rescued


The forest department rescued a female carcal (a wild cat known for its reclusive behavior) that had got trapped in gando baval weeds ( Prosopis juliflora ) in Jatavira Village of Nakhatrana taluka in Kutch district ( Gujarat, India ) on November 23. This is perhaps the first instance of a caracal being rescued after it got struck in wild weed.

Caracal, Felis caracal, Augrabies Falls National Park, N. Cape, South AfricaCaracals usually venture out of their lair at night. There are around 50 of them in the state and are found only in Kutch. One of these wild cats was last spotted by the officers of the Gujarat forest department in 2006. The conservator of Forests D.K. Sharma said that the rescued caracal was female and around three years of age.

When the rescued animal was found on November 25th had injuries on its front left feet. “ On getting information about it, officials rushed to the spot. After clearing the bushes, the caracal was brought to Nakhatrana ( Kutch, Gujarat, India ) for veterinary care. The services of two expert veterinary doctors were taken to cure the animal,” said Sharma. He further said that the animal had got stuck in thick thorny dry bushes while trying to capture a prey.

Deputy Conservator of Forests Pravinshinh Vihol said that the species is considered rare in India. It has also been listed in annexure – 1 of the CITES (‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’, also known as the Washington Convention) and is also a schedule – ` animal under the Wildlife Protect Act.

According to Dr. Naveen Pandey, veterinarian f the Corbett Foundation who treated the rescued animal, said the paw of the caracals’ lift forelimb, had mild abrasion between the second and third fingers of the toe.

Courtesy: – Times of India

Kyoto Protocol


Japan’s cultural hub reflects all that is so good about the country; modesty, punctuality and discipline

goldone pavilionWhen the destination takes precedence, some journeys pale into the distance. I have 24 hours to visit Kyoto after 15-hour flight into Japan, via Taiwan. There is barely enough time to gather the thoughts in my groggy head, or savour the sights as I shake off the jet lag, grab my knapsack and make my way through the throng to board a ‘Shinkansen’, the Japanese bullet train.

The wheezing sound of the aerodynamically-designed, long-snouted machine is intimidating as it snakes into the platform at Nagoya station.

‘On time, every time, to a second, ‘my Japanese acquaintance Kiko tells me. The Japanese are sticklers for punctuality and hate to keep their machines waiting. “if speed can kill the pleasure of a trip, this is it,” I say to myself with a chuckle I find hard to suppress in the organised bustle of the teeming station.

It takes a mere 50 minutes at 320 kmph from Nagoya to Japan’s cultural hub of Kyoto, a city of 1.5 million, famed for its Buddhist temples with incense hanging heavy in the dry air, expansive gardens, and gleaming palaces. On the train, you only catch a fleeting glimpse of the scenery as they whiz past: rice fields mostly and some traditional houses, so time is better spent training your eyes on the record-busting speed lighting up the digital display above and surveying the spare interiors of the economy class coach.

historic nijo castleA fellow traveller prefers a pose with a pretty cabin attendant – a relief from the stillness inside – which some tourists find amusing. Bored regulars on the line keep their heads down, glued to their tabs, phones and computers, their fingers messaging, mailing and typing. The joys of travel are lost in the hush of the high-speed rush. When caught up in the bustle of Japanese life, the journey often descends into an episode of vacant thoughts as the destination looms.

“The Japanese are a modest people, timid people,” another acquaintance Yamazaki tells me as we approach Kyoto. He is polite, looks at the floor and avoids eye contact, like many of his compatriots. The chatter and the throb of life at a station are missing despite the crowds. Every process appears programmed and every event is planned the way it is meant to be. A bit disconcerting really and, I really I may be a lonely traveller after all.

Outside the station, school kids wave and greet us with a sprinkling of English, a relief because language can be a challenge in the Land of the Rising sun. The Japanese are a content, inward-looking bunch, rarely showing emotion, you surmise. Kiko, I realise, has now turned into friend from an acquaintance, and her visage sports a broad grin. “I managed some shut eye, 20 minutes maybe, on the train,” she says. The mood is less formal now and I decide not to shun the sun anymore and step out of the covered confines of the station building.

japanese bullen trainThe children are also warming up to me and some of them as where i come from halting English. We start a conversation about Dubai and the world’s tallest building it has come to be famed for. They seem to understand and i am happy to quickly shed the lonely tag being amongst such bright, eager faces keen on a lesson in geography.

“The younger generation is more outgoing these days; they want to learn, explore and belong, ”Kiko makes a point, warming up to the topic. I sense a growing pride in the achievements of the island nation on an economic revival after two decades of tepid growth, and watch tourist groups from all over the country returning to their dressed in traditional kimonos.

I had arrived late for the cherry blossoms which disappeared a fortnight ago, but the cheery faces and bright sunshine is uplifting. You can smell and sense its larger purpose at the shrine we are visiting where gongs are sounded and heads bowed in reverence.

paintings in the ryoainji templeFor the Japanese, the Ryoanji Temple is a spiritual must-see shrine. A World Heritage Site, it was built as a country house by the Tokudaiji Clan, which was converted into a Zen training temple in 1450. I find the faithful meditating near its rock garden and linger for a closer look, move on to the pond, then to a wash basin where there is an inscription which reads: “I learn to be content.” I have 20 minutes and the rest of the tour has to done in a hurry, I am reminded by my guide. I take a quick walk to the Kuri, the main temple building with its sloping roofs, and some Japanese murals of creatures great and small.

It was in Kyoto, formerly known as Heian-kyo, that the geisha culture really took off in AD794. Geishas received huge attention in Western popular novel Memories of a Geisha, by American author Arthur Golden.

I am nervous by now and head out for some Kyoto white miso soup, tempura, a beef concoction, and some sticky rice with gravy at the Yoshikawa, a joint suggested by Kiko. I forget the Japanese names of the other dishes, but if you are a tempura fan, there are places all over Kyoto for a nibble that will delight the palate.

Sushi bars and restaurants abound in Japan’s seventh largest city, and important tourist destination located on the island of Honshu. I also noticed Egyptian, Indian, Lebanese and Iranian restaurants at street corners in the heart of the city.

japanese cuisineKyoto is best explored by bicycle or on foot. Summer is tourism season and bars and restaurants are thriving. Kiyamichi district, which runs along a canal, is the place to enjoy a night out in the city. I meet with Hamid, an Iranian expat, who runs two kabab joints here. He was welcomed in Japan after he fled his country during the revolution in 1979. He now has a Japanese wife and two kids. “The only problem I faced was learning Japanese, but i managed to pick it up in two years. Life has been better since,” he says.

The next morning is spent visiting the resplendent Golden Pavilion, or the Kinkaku, with its sloping roof covered in gold. Originally a villa owned by a nobleman named Saionji Kintsune, it was acquired by a Shogun, or feudal lord in 1397, and later converted into a shrine, where some relics of the Buddha are kept. Entry into the sanctum sanctorum is barred for visitors, but it is a sight to behold even from a distance, with the viewing area separated by a large pond.  A stroll in the compound can take an hour and you pass by a pretty wooden Teahouse, and an area for open-air Buddhist rituals.

zen zoneFor the less religiously inclined, there is the seat of valour, the Nijo Castle, a couple of kilometres away. Completed in 1626 by the third Shogun of the Tokugawa clan, it has lavish paintings, carvings and is one of the best examples of Momoyama culture from the 14th century.

The castle was returned to the Emperor by the last Shogun feudal lord in 1867 and is now a World Heritage Site.

I managed to watch a kimono fashion show at a mall before I rush to grab a few gifts at Nishiki market, a narrow two-kilometre long stretch which dates back to 1311. Some 200 shops sell traditional Japanese food, sweets, dried food and fish here. Paintings, kimonos and traditional Japanese fans and sweets are a good buy if you can suffer the smell of fish and other creatures of the deep.

nijo castleThe ‘Shinkanzen’ awaits for my ride back to Nagoya. It is fast, predictable, even inspiring if you are a fan of time travel. Kyoto was a trip into Japan’s past. Nagoya is the modern, industrial face of the country from where Toyota, Honda, Suzuki and other rule.

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Courtesy by K.T.

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Gujarat readies to clone its Lions


Sets up DNA Banks to preserve and improve Gene pool

Like humans, Asiatic Lions now have a gene bank with a cloning facility. In collaboration with the Gujarat State Bio-Technology Mission (GSBTM), the forest department has already collected 80 strains of DNA of the Asiatic lion.

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The DNA banking of lions will not only be useful for further diseases and management related issues, but will also help to have healthy lion genes. An exclusive “Institute of Wildlife Genomics and DNA Banking” will be set up by the end of this year.

Akshaykumar Saxena, the GSBTM Director, says, “The institute is a joint collaboration of the forest department and the GSBTM, and will come up in Gandhinagar(Gujarat). We are already working on the project”.

The institute will help the department to overcome fears that the genes of the lions are deteriorating, as the institute will have a data bank of genes of different types of lions in Gir Region (Gujarat, India). Having lineage data will help the wildlife experts evaluate breeding stress and diseases susceptibility, say officials. The DNA bank will also have embryo transfer technology to supplement highly endangered species.

asian-lion-sleeping_452_990x742An official says, “The institute will help identify the cats with the best genes, which will be introduced at the gene pool centre set up at Sakarbaugh Zoo (Junagadh, Gujarat, India) and Rampara Virdi (Rajkot, Gujarat, India).

Once the institute is fully operational, various studies related to diseases and other management aspects of lions will be taken up. The genetic material stored in these banks will be used to increase genetic diversity. Material from DNA banks can be used to infuse small populations with new genetic material, increasing their chances of survival. Another goal of DNA banks is to increase the population size.

In 1999, at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered species a domestic house cat gave birth to an African wildcat kitten that had been frozen as an embryo in a DNA bank. This was the first example of inter species birth. In 2000, the Center produced test-tube Caracal cats from sperm that had been stored in their DNA bank.

Officials say that the GSBTM is also in the process of collecting samples of cubs born at Rampara virdi (Rajkot, Gujarat, India) to study their genes. The GSBTM also plans to carry out a study of the Pestes Des Petits Ruminants Virus (PPRV).

Courtesy:- Times of India

 

No Drought of winged beauties


Despite the erratic rainfall and drying water bodies around the city, there is a silver lining. Ishwaria Lake on the outskirts of Rajkot (Gujarat, India) has literary turned into an oasis for thousands of wetlands birds. Spread over 40 hectares of wasteland at Madharpar village, Ishwaria (Rajkot, Gujarat, India) plays host to thousands of migratory birds from far away places like Siberia and Mongolia in winter and resident birds through out the year. the lake is a major attraction for bird lovers from far and near.

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Courtesy:- Times of India

Sharp decline in number of vultures, just 1043 left in state


 

Junagadh (Gujarat, India) Breeding centre starts Delivering results

The government appears to be doing precious little for improving the vulture count in the state. While their numbers have dropped to 1043 which is the lowest count registered so far, the government has so far spent only Rs. 19.70 lakhs for their conservation in the last two years.

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The count recorded in 2007 was 2539 and ever since then, there has been a sharp decline. Their number was 1431 in 2008 and 1043 in May 2010.

In written reply to a question from Wakaner (Rajkot, Gujarat, India) MLA Mohammed Javed Pirzada, environment and forest minister Ganpat Vasava said that apart from an awareness campaign to conserve vultures, the government has also started a vulture breeding centre at Sakkarbaugh Zoo in Junagadh (Gujarat, India). In addition to this, the union government has banned the use of Diclofenac treatment by vets, especially on cattle.

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Vasava claimed that the centre at Sakkarbaugh Zoo has started showing results in the form of a White Rumped vulture being bred successfully. Two vultures have been born there in the last 2 years.

Officials said that vulture conservation in Gujarat has got a major boost with the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) selecting Mahuva (Rajkot, Gujarat, India) and Ahmadabad among the six provisional Vulture Safe Zones (VSZ) in India.

A recent survey has indicated that the current state wide estimated population of ‘critically endangered’ Gyps vultures is 938, White- Rumped vultures is 577 and Long Billed Vultures is 361.

The survey has shown a reduction of 11.34 per cent in the population of Gyps vultures between 2010 and 2013. In 2010, there were 1,065 Gyps vultures. In the survey carried last year, 97 Egyptian vultures and eight Red headed vultures have been enumerated.

Courtesy:- Times Of India (Saturday, 23rd February, 2013).

 

Randarda Lake(Rajkot, Gujarat, India) gets wings


Sunset At Randada Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India.

Sunset At Randarda Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India.

Randarda Lake has turned into a bird watchers paradise with a large number of migratory birds arriving at the water body. The 100 year old lake is home to many indigenous birds also.

The natural lake with shallow water is located near Rajkot Municipal Corporation’s (RMC’s) Pradhyuman Park Zoo. According to ardent bird watcher Ashol Mashru, “This Lake is home to about 167 bird species which include 15 species of ducks and eight of eight of fly catcher. As many as 60 species of migratory birds can be spotted here”.

Purple Moorhen at Randarda Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

Purple Moorhen at Randarda Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

He said that Randarda Lake has supporting natural eco – system with shallow water which provide suitable environment for birds. Moreover, there is a nursery managed by forest department adjoining the lake that provides good tree cover where birds can roost. Some of the bird species that can be seen there include black tailed god-wit, rosy pastor, pheasant tailed jacana, purple moor hen, wigeon, common teal, pelican and spoon bill.

Common Teal at Randarda Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

Common Teal at Randarda Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

Courtesy:- Times of India

Festivals Around the Globe in September


Till September 29, 2012

NYC & Company along with Rooftop Films is organizing a films festival in NYC that will allow visitors to watch more than 40 movies outdoors this summer, absolutely free! The venues include Bronx Terminal Market, Coney Island Boardwalk, Dekalb Market, Queens Museum of art, Socrates Sculpture Park, Pichmond Country Bank ballpark & Tompkins Square Park, all of which will host free outdoor screenings of classic movies, blockbuster hits, independent documentaries, shot films & more (nycgo.com/rooftopfilms).

 September 21-23, 2012

The countdown to the Singapore Grand Prix has begun & the city is going all out to make it one of the best this year. Packed with high-octane fun, visitor can book tickets in advance have the change to witness F1 action live.

 

 

September 21-24, 2012

 

The Fests de la Merce in Barcelona, Spain is weeklong festival that celebrates Our Lady of Mercy, the partron saint of the city. It opens with giants & dragons in the Placa Sant Jaume. This is followed by more than 600 events including sardanes [a circular dance typical of Catalonia] and correfocs, a tamper version for kids, a spectacular fireworks display, sporting events and lots of activities for children.

September 22-23, 2012

The people of Sydney love their food and this year, the city comes alive with the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. Food-lovers will have gala time trying to fit all the culinary experiences into their calendars. Iconic Crave events include Barbecue Madness and the night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park.

 

Till September 30, 2012

Goa in the rain is spectacular. Why not take advantage of the season & goo off on a monsoon Vacation? We are offering villas & hotels at discounted rates.

September 22-23, 2012

Ever wondered what was behind the doors of all those beautiful buildings in London? Open House London celebrates all that is beautiful about the capital’s building, areas neighborhoods, which are not ordinarily, open to public. Get under the skin of London’s brilliant architecture & explore over 700 buildings that throw their doors open during this time.

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