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Cruise small in Scotland, Europe, Tahiti, Alaska, India, SE Asia & more
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Cruise small in Scotland, Europe, Tahiti, Alaska, India, SE Asia & more

Small-ship cruising floats our boats & this week we’re happy to share reviews of a couple of real beauties! There’s the très elegant 7-pax Savannah barge that writers Cynthia Heininger & Jim Feeney capture so well. You can also read about self-drive Le Boating on Scotland’s Caledonian Canal from Scottish writer Robin McKelvie. We’re also...

The Sacred Groves of Kerala – Sarpa Kavu
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The Sacred Groves of Kerala – Sarpa Kavu

The sacred groves are patches of green eco-systems which shelter exotic flora, and fauna, including ferocious snakes and various other reptiles. Local people consider Snakes as messengers of mythical and divine serpents, and therefore sacred groves are revered as places of worship of serpents.

Is Assam Tea an original plant of Assam?
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Is Assam Tea an original plant of Assam?

The Indian Tea Districts Association was established in London in 1879 and in Kolkata in 1881 (as the Indian Tea Association) to organize and advance these tea interests. By 1888 tea imported from India finally exceeded that from China. Today India is second to China in production of tea.

Shivsagar and the Tai-Ahom of Mung-Dun-Chun-Kham
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Shivsagar and the Tai-Ahom of Mung-Dun-Chun-Kham

In 1667, the Ahom army under the leadership of Lachit Barphukan reclaimed Guwahati from Mughals. On receiving this news, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb despatched a strong army under the leadership of Raja Ram Singh of Amber to re-establish Mughal prestige in North East. Ram Singh with his mighty army reached the frontiers in 1669. A long and fierce naval battle with guerilla tactics ensued. The topography of natural hills, dense forests and rivers provided Ahom forces with natural defense potentials. After receiving a few setbacks, Ahoms emerged victorious. This battle is known as ‘Battle of Saraighat’.

The Antiquity of Kottayam
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The Antiquity of Kottayam

KOTTAYAM, one of the most prosperous towns of Kerala is located at its central part, in the midland of hills and plains and surrounded by Meenachil river on the north, the Western Ghats on the East, the Pampa River on South and the Vembanad lagoon on the West. Kottayam is one of the oldest human...

Majuli, A Land Between Two Parallel Rivers
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Majuli, A Land Between Two Parallel Rivers

Majuli is not a single island within a single parameter, but it is the combination of cluster of islets formed and developed in the mid-river stream of the mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries — the Luit & Kherkatia to the north & north- east and north-west extremity.

Gastronomy of Kerala
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Gastronomy of Kerala

The geo-socio-cultural diversity of Kerala has deep influence on its kitchen, cuisine and culinary art. As we travel exploring the beaches, the rivers, the hills and the Forests of the mighty Western Ghats, we can vividly experience influence of the Jews, Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British, on the Gastronomic culture of Kerala.

Pally Odam – the legacy of Aranmula Village
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Pally Odam – the legacy of Aranmula Village

Keralites enjoy the pompous and exuberant festivals. Pageantry of elephants, boats and cultural extravaganza are integral part of the culture since time immemorial. The spiritually inclined rulers of various dynasties used to find time for expressing their gratitude for the blessings for their victories by performing various Vedic rituals, indulging in social commitments, promoting cultural programs and community welfare events.

Mishing – The Water Man of Assam
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Mishing – The Water Man of Assam

‘Mi’—Man and ‘Asi’—Water gives rise to the name Mising or Mishing. Originally an eastern Himalayan tribe of Tibeto-Burman origin, ‘Tani’ people who descended along the river Brahmaputra to the welcoming weather conditions of the north-east. Miri or Mishing are now a major ethnic group, the second largest tribe in Assam.

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