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India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority has organized one meeting to get a decision regarding a total ban on ‘Tiger Safari In India’ and also plans to phase out all 37 tiger reserves in India. The reason behind this strict decision is the continuous decline in the percentage of tigers in India. By such ban they hope of stemming the decline of the endangered tiger populations.

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From many centuries global explorers and nature enthusiasts have travelled throughout the jungles of India in hopes of spotting a Bengal tiger in the wild.  In the early 1900’s, the estimated population of Tigers was 40,000, which is now declined to just 1,350. It indicates a danger of falling below a sustainable population.

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Authorized Tiger Safaris are even failed to protect the population of tigers, while attempting tourists to bring ever closer to their natural habitat. Multiple Safari lodges and resorts have been built in Eco sensitive areas, some of these block restricts the tiger’s traditional migratory routes.  Due to the excitement of tourist in watching the most exotic creature of world ‘The Tigers’, they prefer to go for an exciting tiger safari, but ever growing number of tours have resulted in tigers being herded by elephants at the time of Safari on the back of Elephants. Whereas, in case of safari via jeeps a problem of traffic jams may arise with photo snapping tourists.  Worst case among all this is that, poachers have continuously raided and killed tigers, which guarantees the eventual extinction of tigers in India.

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Global explorers and government are hoping that by taking this drastic decision of banning tiger sightseeing tours will help to repopulate the habitat of majestic Indian tiger. But it is still not confirm that, whether the poachers will be able divert once attention to take away tourists from the tiger’s territory.  The biggest loss behind this ban is that, dozens of travel companies and their employees will suffer from some decline.  This is indeed a most tentative and dangerous time for Tiger population in India, so here we are hoping India can stabilize this population and prevent them eventuality when the only tigers that can be seen are in a zoo!

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Balewadi is one of the suburbs located in North West region of Pune. This suburb is famous for its occurrence to the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. This complex has organizes many national games in 1994 and also in Commonwealth Youth games in 2008.

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This suburb is linked with Pune Municipal Corporation, Chinchwad, Pune Cantonment, and Alandi via Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses. Balewadi is one of the well developing areas in Pune from the point of view of real estate business, because of its close proximity to Hinjewadi IT Park. Due to this, the prices of properties in this area are very high (ranging from Rs 4500 to 5500 per sq feet for an apartment in Yr 2011-12). Number of commercial Buildings is under construction in Balewadi near sports complex.

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Balewadi suburb is the prime location of INDIA HOUSE, which is India’s acclaimed architectural studio, art gallery and also a seminar center for the arts. A Museum is also planned to be constructed in Balewadi, for dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar.  A New Bridge from Balewadi to Pimple Nilakh, connecting Balewadi with other suburbs across Mula River is recently inaugurated. Rapid Bus Transit is also planned to construct from Airport to Balewadi by the Pune Municipal Corporation.

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Balewadi suburb also hosts many educational institutes and soon going to become educational hub in Pune. Schools and colleges in Balewadi include:

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  • Bharati Vidyapeeth English Medium School
  • D.M.I.R.
  • National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR)
  • MITCON Institute of Management
  • Moze Engineering College
  • N.I.A.

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Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi was built in 1994. This complex hosts multiple stadiums which includes:

Football

American Football

Rollball

VolleyBall

Athletics Stadium

Aquatics Centre

Badminton Hall

Basketball

Boxing Arena

Shooting Range

Table Tennis Hall

Weightlifting Hall

Tennis Court

Wrestling Hall

Velodrome

Cultural Centre

Sports Science Centre

Fitness Centre

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Racently Indian Premier League (IPL 6) is started, in which team of Pune city (Pune Worrier Indians) also participates. So many sport lovers came to Pune to enjoy these matches. All the features of this Balewadi suburb, makes it more efficient and popular, and so there is great demand for the hotels in Balewadi.

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Borivali is a western suburb of Mumbai. Most of the population of this area is second generation residents from rural and small India. It is one of the few areas in world, which serves national park within the city limits. Let’s talk about this national park in detail.

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Borivali National Park, currently renowned as ‘Sanjay Gandhi National Park’, is a unique wildlife park located within the city limits of Mumbai. During the period of pre – independence, this park was known by the name ‘Krishnagiri Park’ and later it was named as ‘Borivali National Park’. After that, in 1990 the park was renamed as ‘Sanjay Gandhi National park’. It has become the most reputed national park, because it is visited by large number of travellers visiting India, and also it is the largest park in world within the city limits.

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The park is decorated with varieties of flora and fauna, which attracts lots of tourists throughout the year, from all over the world. The Kanheri Caves of 2400 years old, lie within the premises of this park and also carved out the Rocky Mountains. The dense green forests i.e. Serene and the abundance of wild life are the unique identifying features of Borivali National Park. This Park has also become a natural habitat of insects, reptiles, mammals, butterflies and flowering plants too.

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The forest enclosed within the Park, is an ideal dwelling place for many varieties of wild animals, which attracts numerous animals lovers. These wild animals include Bonnet and Rhesus Macaque, Indian Hare, Chital, Gray Lungur, deer, Sambar and may other varieties of animals. Tourist can also take a ride of a toy train, which is available in the Park itself. Nature and wild animal lovers really get motivated by the wild life offered by this Park. Undoubtedly this is a best tourist attraction nearby Mumbai to pay a worthy visit.

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Borivali is fragmented into two segments East and West, like that of the other areas in Mumbai. Along with Sanjay Gandhi National Park, this suburb serves many other tourist attractions too. It is at a close proximity to Mumbai Airport, and also has a prominent educational complex. All these features make Borivali, one of the best suburbs to live. Hence, there is great demand for comfortable hotels in this area, by the travellers.

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Shimla is located in northern India at the top of the mighty Himalayas. It is surrounded by lofty mountain ranges, but still the place is well connected to rest of the country via all means of transportation. If any traveller is willing to go for holidays at Shimla, then first question arises in their mind is how to reach Shimla? The best answer suggested for this question is via railway, because it is the safest and cheapest mode of transportation, and even the Kalka Railway Station at Shimla offers many special trains and coaches for the travellers. Let’s talk about this station in detail.

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As per the records of UNESCO, Kalka Railway is one of the very few heritage Railways in world. UNESCO offers special trains and coaches in the regular train service between Shimla and Kalka. You can also become one of the privileged persons of having the wonderful experience of travelling on one of these trains/coaches for everlasting memories of the trip. Some of the special trains and coaches offered at Kalka are:

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  • Shivalik Deluxe
  • Delux Rail Motor Car
  • Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach (RA-4)
  • Shivalik Queen (RA-67)
  • Twin Heritage Coach

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The Kalka – Shimla Railway was built during the British Raj, to connect with Shimla, which is the summer capital of India. Now, it becomes the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, whereas Kalka is a town in Panchkula district, Haryana. This route offers spectacular scenery along the whole journey, and the marvels of its construction, keeps the travellers on this line spell bound. On leaving Kalka, at 656 meters above sea level, the railway enters into the foothills and immediately commences its climb.

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Many of the film shots get shooed on this route, some of them are mentioned here.

  • Dharmendra’s song ‘Signal hua ke nikle’ from Taradevi.
  • Joy Mukherjee’s song ‘Chale nagin ki tarah’.
  • Shammi Kapoor’s ‘original snow yeti’.

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Due to all such features and facilities that railways offered, most of the travellers prefer to stay at comfortable ‘Hotels near Shimla Railway Station’, so that it becomes easier for them to catch the trains from their staying place itself.

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Popularly known as ‘Srinagar’s jewel’, the Dal Lake is one of the most beautiful lake and a big tourist attraction in India. Dal Lake in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, is the second largest in state. It is spread over an area of 26 sq. km. It is renowned for its house boats and Shikara boat rides, which are set against the slow clad glorious Himalayas. The Dal Lake continues to be on the canvas of most of the artists, and also be a most inspirational place and subject for several poets.

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The unparalleled beauty & scenic environment of Dal Lake, makes it ideal to stay in the ‘Hotels near Dal Lake’, and also in the luxury houseboats to enjoy the raising evening sun, shimmering on the lake as it goes down. The lake is divided into four areas by the four causeways, with the Western part of the lake which is dotted with many Islands, attracting tourists with its serenity. It is the first lake in the world which has secured Wi – Fi connection.

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The lake is situated around 10 km away from the Srinagar, and is easily reachable within 20 minutes by the taxis. Along with all this, it is also a hub for numerous water sports like water surfing, Shikara rides, swimming, kayaking, houseboat stays, angling and canoeing. Some of the other tourist attractions that can be visited nearby Dal Lake are Nehru Park, Nishat Bagh, Char Chinar, and Shalimar Bagh.

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The environment of Dal Lake is warm monomictic i.e. of mixed type, where pH value is ranging from minimum 1.4 to maximum of 12.3 within a year.

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Dal Lake is a popular summer resort for most of the visitors. Some of the important features of this lake are Fisheries and harvesting of food and fodder plants. Some of the activities practiced here are swimming, snow skiing, boating, and canoeing. Along with all these features the lake has numerous sites and places of interest, most of which are the important cultural heritage of Srinagar. Apart from Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh, some of the other places frequently visited by tourists are the Hari Prabhat, Shankaracharya temple, Nagin Lake, Hazratbal Shrine, Chashme Shahi, and so on.

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Shimla, also known as Simla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, situated in the northern part of India. It is bordered by:

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Mandi and Kullu from north

Kinnaur from east

Uttarakhand from south-east and

Solan and Sirmaur from south

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Shimla is one of the top 10 most preferred entrepreneurial locations in India. It was declared as a summer capital of British India in 1864. After independence, it became the capital of Punjab, and later the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The name of this city has been derived from the goddess ‘Shyamala Devi’, who is an alternate name of the Hindu goddess Kali. Up to 2011 Shimla comprise of 19 erstwhile hill states, which are Balson, Bhaji and Koti, Bushahr, Tharoch & Dhadi, Darkoti, Khaneti & Delath, Kumharsain, Dhami, Keothal, Jubbal, Madhan, Ratesh, Rawingarh, and Sangri.

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Shimla is a large and growing city, which is a home to many reputed colleges and research institutions in India. It serves a large number of temples and palaces. This city is also well noted for its Tudorbethan and neo-gothic style of buildings, which dates back to the architecture of colonical era.

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Along with all these features, Shimla also houses number of places of tourist’s interest, some of them are:

The Mall: Main shopping street of Shimla.

Christ Church: The second oldest church in northern India.

Jakhu Hill: The highest peak (8000 ft) which offers a beautiful view of the town and also of the snow-capped Himalayas.

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Jutogh: It is an army cantonment near Totu, which is an important suburb of Shimla city.

Shimla State Museum: The Museum, which has tried to protect hill-out and also the cultural wealth of state.

Sankat Mochan: A famous temple of Lord Hanuman.

Anand Vilas: Is a spiritual group dedicated to Mother Nature.

Kufri: The local winter sports center, and a small zoo too.

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Chharabra: 13 km from Shimla on route to Kufri.

Naldehra: Known for the Naldehra Golf Club, arranging place of annual Sipi fair in June.

Chail: Chail was the summer capital of Maharaja of Patiala before Independence, which is known for its highest cricket pitch in the world.

Arki: The capital of the hill state of Baghal

Sanjauli: The main suburb of Shimla.

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All these features attract large number of tourists from all over the India.  Rails are the best and cheapest way to reach to Shimla, and hence most of the travellers prefer to stay at ‘Hotels near Shimla Railway Station’, so that it becomes easy for them to catch trains, and also many of the tourist destinations are at a close proximity to this Railway Station.

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In the Sangameshwar taluka of Ratnagiri, a 40 years old mosque had begun to develop cracks in January 2009. At that time it was decided that the existing structure of mosque should be demolished to make way for a new mosque. That mosque has been designed by taking the inspiration from ‘Taj Mahal’, and also from the other aspects of Islamic architecture.

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Let’s take a look at this newly built mosque, and get information about the effort and the inspiration that went into building this magnificent structure. One can easily notice the familiar slants of Islamic architecture on outer face of mosque, whereas interior part includes the minarets, chandeliers and mihrab which is a semicircle niche in the mosque, indicating the direction of Mecca. This mosque that is spread over a land of 5,000 sq ft, and it was designed by a local architect, Amol Patankar. This mosque has special arrangements for women to pray the namaz here also.

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This mosque is a part of the Ratnagiri district in the Konkan belt, and is located midway on the Mumbai-Goa Highway. The Kondivare village, where the mosque is situated, comprises of near about 200 families. Number of men in this district are employing in the merchant navy. The same village is also known for the biggest madrasas in India, ‘Darul Uloom Imam Ahmed Raza’, who caters to over 1,500 students.

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Little information given by the architects, about their experience while building this beautiful mosque, is explained below.

The inspiration behind this mosque:
The Taj Mahal in Agra, was an inspiration behind this beautiful development. You can also spot the similarities in the dome design, front view and exterior carvings of this mosque and Taj Mahal. To appreciate it’s significance, we must visualize the mosque in isolation.

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The challenges faced by architects while working on it:
Being a Hindu, that architect had no idea of Islam. Even though he had never been visited any of the mosque and never followed Islamic architecture. So, its challenge for him. I collected all the information about Islam and its architecture, and also studied the photographs of mosques and visited few of them. He was live in Kolhapur, which is at a distance of 150 kms from the mosque site. He preferred to travel daily, from Kolhapur to the site on his scooter, so he has to cover total of 300 km daily!

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It was the first mosque designed by this architect. Along with this, he has designed three temples in Kolhapur.

The unique features of this mosque:
Initially this mosque was built using concrete and marble. The carvings were also designed in concrete though these are usually done with stone or POP (Plaster Of Paris). But stone carvings are time-consuming and could have delayed the project. It requires 86 people from Rajasthan, to do plastering, carving, POP, tiles, electrical and plumbing work. The dome of this beautiful mosque is 18 ft in diameter, and 32 ft in height, whereas the minar towers up to 78 ft, 6 inches in height.

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To take a look of this beautiful mosque, travelers came from all over the world. So, it will ultimately increase the development and demand of comfortable ‘Ratnagiri Hotels’.