Veerabhadra Temple – India’s Pride

My wish to visit Lepakshi’s famous Veerabhadra Temple and explore its architectural beauty has come true! I managed to visit the place during my recent rip to Bengaluru.

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Words will not be enough to describe the stunning 16th century temple, which is just 140km from Bengaluru. I was enthralled by the huge temple complex and its architectural splendors. Dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra, the temple could be divided in three main parts – Mukha mantapa, arda mantapa and the garbhagriha. The Vijayanagara architectural style is quite visible on the temple.

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And one can clearly notice carvings and paintings at almost every part of the temple.

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One of the most attractive features of the temple is a massive monolith structure of Nagalinga. Overall, the whole temple is a masterpiece.

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How I reached the place: I took a city bus from Gunjur Pallaya (where I was staying) to Kempegowda Bus Station. It took me around 1 hour and 15 minutes. From Kempegowda, I took another bus to Hindupur. The bus journey was approximately 3 and half hour journey. From Hindupur, I boarded another bus to reach the temple. So basically it was a one day trip from Bengaluru.

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Be A Part Of UNWTO’s ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ Campaign

In the framework of the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is launching a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development. The ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign wants to engage tourists in making the sector a catalyst for positive change.

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The main message of the campaign is summarized by the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai: “Whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to: respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host. You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better future. TRAVEL, ENJOY AND RESPECT.

You can read more about the press release here.

You can be part of the campaign. Simply click here

Aachen: Cathedral City Of Europe

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Aachen is a city that lives and breathes Europe. It is practically Europe in miniature. Aachen, on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands, has encapsulated the spirit, values and ideals of Europe since the days of Charlemagne. Indeed the Charlemagne Prize for services to European unity has been awarded at Aachen’s town hall since 1950.

Aachen Cathedral is both a local landmark and a monument to Europe’s illustrious past. After starting out life as the imperial palace’s chapel in 800 AD (the year of Charlemagne’s coronation), the completed building became the first cathedral in northern Europe and for many centuries served as the church of coronation for nearly every German king.

You can read more about the article here.

Image and story source: German Tourism

Win A Northern Lights Reindeer Sledding Trip In Norway

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Though the competition is open to residents of all countries aged 18 and over, accommodation in Norway, and flights to Norway is not included.

What is included? The prize is a Northern Light Reindeer Sledding trip from Envago app for 2 people in Dankarvågvatn, Tromsø, Norway, value $191 p/p, total value $382. The trip includes a visit to the Dankarvågvatn Nature Reserve, the northern lights experience and a Sami reindeer sledding trip.

You can participate here.

What To Do In Slovenia In 2017 ?

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Slovenia will host a number of events in 2017 and one should not miss these events if you are planning to visit this Southern Central European nation.

Every season has its own. We recommend that you lend one ear to the sounds of unspoilt nature, and the other to the cultural pulse in Slovenian towns and cities.

Be it winter or summer, Slovenia will offer something for every kind of traveler.

You can read more about here.

Vienna Continues To Charm Indian Tourists

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Vienna is becoming a holiday destination of choice for a larger number of Indians, with 32% more Indians visiting this tourist-friendly city in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year. Of the 3.1 million global visitors, over this period, tourists from India grew at the highest rate, followed by the Great Britain.
Indian families, honeymooners and conference attendees travelled to Vienna for its stately castles, culture, cuisine, music and vast green spaces and helped record 56,000 overnight stays in January-June 2016, a 39% growth over the same period last year.

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The top 5 contributors were travellers from Germany, the USA, Italy, Great Britain and Switzerland, after excluding domestic tourists from the home market, Austria.
“This not only reflects Vienna’s continued attractiveness, but also shows that our systematic internationalization strategy of diversifying into many different markets is paying off,” explains Norbert Kettner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Board.
One in every eight visitors attended one of the 3,685 congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna in 2015 – a new record.

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“A popular destination for families and honeymooners, Vienna bewitched younger audiences to savour its romantic ambience. Young Indian couples are now beginning to forge wedding vows in the city, known for its love affair with imperial heritage and architecture,” says Ms Isabella Rauter, Manager, Media Management, Vienna Tourist Board.
Vienna is enchantingly romantic and a favourite destination for Honeymooners. The narrow cobblestoned lanes, arcade-lined courtyards and time-honoured palaces enable a brush with the past. The suites at the Schönbrunn Palace, where the nobility once resided, are now open to Honeymooners.

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The Austrian capital, with its legacy of palaces, art, music and romance, also caught the eye of Indian film maker Karan Johar who chose Vienna as the setting for his upcoming romantic film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that stars Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai and Ranbir Kapoor.

Coffee Houses, Green Cityscapes and Resounding Music add to Viennese charm
Vienna is the only major world capital with an extensive wine growing industry operating within the city limited. It even has its own culinary genre – Viennese Cuisine. The irresistible coffee houses, heavens of Viennese coziness, are the perfect places to dream of imperial days of yore.
Most coffee houses offer superb confections that pamper taste buds. Viennese cake, Apple Strudel, Sacher Torte and Coffee make for a great gastronomic experience. For an Indian food buff Vienna boasts of over 30 Indian restaurants.

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Some of the attractions popular with Indians are a stroll around the city, a leisurely journey which takes one back to the days of the empire. Parks and green spaces make up more than the half of the metropolitan area offering plenty of opportunities for recreation. 280 imperial parks and gardens enrich the cityscape. In spring, 400 species of rose bloom in the Volksgarten alone.

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A study by Mercer, a global consulting leader, has ranked Vienna with the world’s highest quality of living, for the seventh consecutive time in a row until 2016.

The Spanish Riding School preserves and promotes classic equestrian skills in its original form. Many years of training meshes the horse and rider into an inseparable unit. Their rhythmic movement in harmony with music leaves the audience spell bound. Lately the horsemanship has been classified as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

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Not long after sundown 10,000 music fans throng concert halls, resounding with live classical music, something unheard of in any other part of the world. Vienna has also hosted many outstanding composers of the stature of Mozart, Mahler, Haydn, Beethoven and Johann Strauss, the king of the Viennese waltz.

How To Get There
Air India offers a thrice a week direct flight from Delhi from Vienna and back.
Those embarking from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore can reach Vienna after a small stop on Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Air India, Swiss, Lufthansa and British Airways.

About The Vienna Tourist Board
The Vienna Tourist Board, the official destination marketing agency for the tourism sector of the city, provides many service offerings, tips and information on Viennese tourist businesses. The Vienna Tourist Board set up in 1955 under public law as directed by the Vienna Tourist Support Law, is run like a private enterprise with flat hierarchies.

Mrs. Renate Brauner, Councilor of Finance and Economic Affairs, serves as the President of the Vienna Tourist Board since March 2007. The position of Director of Tourism is occupied by Mr. Norbert Kettner since September 2007. The Board of Directors (officially: The Tourism Commission) consists of the president, two vice presidents and 15 additional members, the latter mostly assigned by the City of Vienna. The Vienna Tourist Board is financed by local taxes on hotels in Vienna, the general city budget and its own revenues.

For more details please visit:
http://www.vienna.info
http://www.facebook.com/ViennaTouristBoard
http://www.youtube.com/Vienna
http://www.twitter.com/ViennaInfoB2B
Strategic Communications and PR Counsel
Sanjiv Kataria, Tel. +919810048095, sanjiv.kataria@gmail.com
Press contact Vienna Tourist Board
Isabella Rauter, Tel. +43121114301, isabella.rauter@vienna.info

Tamil Nadu Becomes Top Tourist Destination

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Here is a surprising fact! Latest data released by the Tourism Ministry has shown that Tamil Nadu has become the number one tourist destination in India.

The top 10 states in terms of number of Foreign Tourist Visits (in millions) during 2015 were Tamil Nadu (4.68), Maharashtra (4.41), Uttar Pradesh (3.1), Delhi (2.38), West Bengal (1.49), Rajasthan (1.48), Kerala (0.98), Bihar (0.92), Karnataka (0.64) and Goa (0.54).

Similarly, the top 10 States in terms of number of Domestic Tourist Visits (in millions), during 2015, were Tamil Nadu (333.5), Uttar Pradesh (204.9), Andhra Pradesh (121.6), Karnataka (119.9), Maharashtra (103.4), Telangana (94.5), Madhya Pradesh (78), West Bengal (70.2), Gujarat (36.3) and Rajasthan (35.2).

You can read more about data here.

Press Release – Discussion on Sustainable Tourism

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UNWTO Network of Observatories meets to discuss the measurement of sustainable tourism at destination level.

Under the title ‘Advancing the Measurement of Sustainable Tourism Development’, UNWTO Member States, NGOs, academic institutions and other public and private sector entities discussed approaches to effectively measure, monitor and assess tourism performance and impacts at destination level. This consultative process takes place at a time in which the international tourism community embraces the Sustainable Development Goals.

You can read more about the event here.