Saturday, December 27, 2008

What is normal hair loss and excessive hair loss?

During the resting period of the cycle, the hair follicle is reaching the point of detachment and the bulb of the hair shaft moves closer to the surface of the scalp. As time passes during this period, shampooing and other movement on the scalp will cause the hair to disengage from the scalp. This is part of the normal shedding process. We shed an average of 50-100 hairs per day. Under normal conditions new hairs grow to replace each hair that has been shed, keeping the average number of growing hairs about the same at all times. Hair loss may involve many unknown factors, however, healthy hair is part of the over all good health of any person and is directly related to healthy conscientious nutrition. A well balanced diet may not interfere with a genetic predisposition – however it will support the health and appearance of the hair that is retained on your head.
50 Hair Example:For the first example, we have a person with about 100,000 active hair follicles on their scalp, with a 60 month average growth period, and a 3 month average rest period. On average they will shed about 1/63 (60 months +3 months ) of their hairs in any given month, or about 1,500 hairs every 30 days. This works out to about 50 hairs per day, and would be normal hair loss.

New Hairs Grow:
Under normal conditions, approximately the same number of new hairs will just start growing to replace the hairs that have been shed, so the average number of growing hairs remains about the same all the time.
Hair loss may affect anyone at any age, Androgentic hair loss being the most common form of hair loss. Hair loss may also be the result of an auto immune reaction, in which a person's immune system attacks the hair follicles, as in Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis. Hair loss may also be self inflicted as in Trichotillomania. Hair and its appearance contributes greatly to our self-esteem – hair loss may be interpreted as some form of illness or a diminished vitality. Studies have indicated that hair loss has had a detrimental effect in the efforts of men and women persuing high profile careers as well as children and adolescents persuing their education

Monday, December 22, 2008

For Healthy and Shiny hair

It is better to apply castor oil for a healthy growth of hair.
Wash hair with tea once in a week.
Apply besan in the hair and wash it with water drained from the cooked rice.
Soak a handful of gooseberry in a cup of milk for two hours. Make it as a paste and apply in the hair.
Apply the mixture of an egg white, 2 spoon of castor oil, 1 spoon glycerin, in the scalp and hair. Wash it after some time.
Massage hair with warm coconut oil an hour before washing. Let it soak. Cover your head with a hot towel and wash your hair after an hour or so.
Boil a few hibiscus flowers in coconut oil. Filter and use this hair oil to control hair loss and thinning.
Do a 'steam-towel-wrap' once in a while, if your cuticles are damaged, as this steaming opens out the pores and absorbs the oil.
Deep condition with curd, beer and egg.
Mix a little vinegar in warm water and rinse your hair with this solution. This will add bounce to dull and lifeless hair.
Soak 1 teaspoon fenugreek in curd and keep it for a night. Have it in the next morning.
Boil coconut oil with the juices of curry leaves, basil, hibiscus flower and gooseberry. Apply on hair, keep it for sometime and rinse.
Egg white and curd is a good conditioner for hair.
Take a cup of coconut and mustard oils. Soak half a cup of curry leaves in the oil mixture and keep it for a night. Next morning, heat on a slow fire till the curry leaves turn crisp. Remove from heat and add two to three camphor balls. Allow oil to cool and then strain. Apply oil to hair roots using cotton wool along the parting and massage in circular movements. Leave the oil overnight and shampoo the next morning. Repeat twice a week.
Add a lemon peel to a 'shikakai' and 'amla' mixture while washing your hair.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


For Dandruff
Massage the Scalp with pure coconut oil. This will also help for growth of hair.
Apply coconut oil which has been boiled with small onions. Wash it off with a mixture of green gram powder and water drained from cooked (boiled) rice.
Apply a mixture of almond oil and gooseberry juice with finger tips on the scalp.
Apply the warm mixture of olive oil, lemon juice and coconut oil. Do a steam -towel- wrap for 15 minutes and wash the hair with a shampoo.
Apply a paste of fenugreek and mustard to the scalp.
Mix Shikakai powder with the water drained from the cooked rice and wash the hair with it.
Crush the leaves of five petal hibiscus flower
and take the juice. Wash the hair with this juice.
Heat the oil with a little camphor. Apply the oil in the scalp and massage for 10 minutes. After 30 minutes wash the hair with a herbal shampoo. Do the steam -towel- wrap for 15 minutes.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tourist Places in Rajasthan

Rajasthan Tour covers every place in the state from the pink city Jaipur, city of lakes Udaipur, city of palaces Jodhpur to the historic places like Chittorgarh, Pushkar, Ajmer and the wildlife sanctuaries like Ranthambore and Sariska.
The city of Ajmer, as a pilgrimage, is famous for its renowned Dargah or tomb of the popular 13th-century, Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world throng Ajmer to attend the death anniversary of the great saint every year. The city also has a number of monuments belonging to the Mughal era. The city is known for its traditional handicrafts too.
The capital city of Rajasthan is popular as the Pink City of India. Jaipur is famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. The Aravali hills act as a protective barrier for the city otherwise it would have been a part of the Thar Desert.
The golden city of Jaisalmer, which lies as the western sentinel of India, is a must visit for the tourists. The golden rays of the setting sun draw a heavenly mirage and views on the sand of Jaisalmer. The magnificent wood- and stone-carved mansions and buildings display the appreciation, the Rajputs possessed for the fine arts.
Ranthambore reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur, surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges is quite near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. This area with unending desert and semi-desert vegetation was formerly a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, which was declared a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1980, it became a national park and a tiger reserve. The Kaila Devi Sanctuary, also famous for its tigers, and Mansingh Sanctuary adjoin the Ranthambore Reserve.
Sariska National Park (near Alwar) is situated in the vivid backdrop of the Aravali Hills. It was declared a sanctuary in 1955, a tiger reserve in 1979 and a national park in 1982. The park boasts of quite a few tigers and other interesting flora and fauna for the wildlife and nature lovers. There are also historical ruins and monuments within Sariska's precincts that glorify its rich past.

Kaziranga National Park

On your wildlife tour visit the Kaziranga National Park, located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River. This national park covers an area of approximately 430 Sq. kms with its swamps and tall thickets of elephant grass making it the ideal habitat for the Indian one-horned. Wildlife viewing becomes fairly pleasurable at the vast area of Kaziranga.
Kaziranga is the only national park reserve in India where the rhinoceros can be seen in its natural habitat. You also get to see the tiger, elephant, the hyena, Indian deer, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara and the Chowsingha, along with the crocodile and the long-tailed Langur. Kaziranga is also home to a wide variety of exotic birds. One can go to Kaziranga from Guwahati by road. Alternatively, one can take a boat ride on the mighty Brahmaputra River.
While on wildlife tour to Kaziranga you can take a close look at the huge boulder behind the shrubs, perched safely on top of an elephant. The park is rich in vegetation and beautiful natural surroundings.
Here you can find some rare birds. A few lakes inside the park are home to 5,000 birds, the most important being cranes and flamingoes. Both greater and lesser flamingoes rummaged among aquatic vegetation for food. A trumpet call gave away the presence of Sarus cranes at a filed near the lake. You will find the kingfisher; the osprey and the marsh harrier in search of food, while the crane, cormorant, darter and the heron nestle in the thick green foliage.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Rajasthan Tour India

Rajasthan welcomes you to enjoy a ride on the ship of the desert (camel) over the soft sand dunes of the Thar Desert in India. The tour of Rajasthan presents a kaleidoscope of brightly turbaned men and women with twinkling anklets in colorful swirling ghagras that characterize the vivacious presence of this state. The Rajasthan Tour is dotted with island palaces shimmering on cerulean blue lakes; temples and fortresses situated on the hilltops of the rugged and rocky Aravalli ranges. A tour to Rajasthan India familiarizes you with the exquisite palaces built during the reign of the royal Rajput dynasties; and well laid out gardens, which add up to the charisma of the state.
The vibrant state is famous for the festivals of Holi, Gangaur, Pushkar camel festival, Kite festival, Dussehara. The forts and palaces along with the museums are there to keep you quite engrossed within the state at places like Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Ranthambore and other places.
The History of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is the homeland of the Great Harappan Civilization. The Aryans from Central Asia settled here in about 2000 BC followed by the Mauryan dynasty in about 400 AD. The settlement of the Scythians in Rajasthan gave birth to the warrior clans of Rajput who dominated this region for over 1000 years.
The lack of unity amongst the Rajput clans permitted the Mughals to conquer Rajasthan. With the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Rajputs again recovered their lost territories and status. The British Raj entered in Indian and this state to mark the decline of these powerful Rajput dynasties of this state.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Red Fort

Shah Jahan shifted his capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad and laid the foundation of Red Fort, or the Lal Quila, on 16th April 1639. It took nine years to build this mighty citadel and it got completed on 16th April 1648. It is said that about one crore rupees, an astronomical sum in those days, was spent on its construction. Half of this sum was spent to build the exotic palaces within the fort. Built of red sandstone, it is octagonal in shape, with two longer sides on the east and west. The perimeter of its strong ramparts is about 2.41 km. Red Fort rises to a height of 33.5 m on the town side and 18 m along the river. A wide moat surrounds the fort, which was originally connected with the river and was always filled with water. The two main gateways, known as Lahori Gate and Delhi Gate (named so, as they face Lahore and Delhi respectively), are three storeys high and are flanked by semi-octagonal towers. They are situated on the centre of the western and southern sides respectively. The main entrance to the Lal Quila is through the Lahori Gate. Beyond the gate, there is a roofed passage, flanked by arcaded apartments leading to the palaces, known as Chhatta Chowk. These apartments are now used as shops. Besides these, there are three more gates on other sides, which are kept closed now. The master builders of the Red Fort were Hamid and Ahmad. Visitors are allowed only in a part of Red Fort, as the army occupies the rest of it.

Some of the main buildings within the fort are:
Diwan-i-Am or Hall of Public Audience is situated in the Red Fort of Delhi. It originally had a courtyard on its front and was richly ornamented with gilded stuccowork. Heavy curtains graced the main hall, which were three bays in depth.
Accompanying the Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of Selective Audience, the Hamam (bathroom set) consists of three apartments interconnected by corridors. The marble floors and dados are inlaid with beautiful floral patterns of multi-colored stones.
Moti Masjid
The personal mosque of Aurungzeb, Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque lies to the west of Hamam. Situated on a higher level than courtyards, the prayer-hall of the mosque has inlaid black-marble outlines of 'musallas' (small carpets for prayers) and is surmounted by three bulbous domes.
Mumtaz Mahal
One of the original six main-palaces situated along the river front, Mumtaz Mahal was also known as 'Chhoti Baithak'. A beautiful water channel called 'Nahr-i-Bihisht' (meaning Stream of Paradise) flew through these palaces. However, this palace has been removed, probably because it was totally in ruins.Naubat Khana Naubat Khana, or Naqqar Khana (meaning the Drum House), is situated at the entrance of the palace area. Here music was played five times a day at the appointed hours. It housed a gate known as 'Hathi Pol' (Elephant Gate), where visitors dismounted from their elephants.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ranthambore- The Lair of the Tiger

India Profile takes you on a journey to one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries at Ranthambhore that makes up for an elating experience especially if you are lucky enough to sight the Big Cat, Tiger.

Ranthambore was among one of the very first sanctuaries to come under the protection of the Project Tiger.
This national park is situated near the Ranthambore fort in a rich forest area littered with ruins that date back to the 10th century. The areas in and around the Park offer beautiful lakes frequented by a wide range of wildlife. Here you can enjoy the rolling grasslands, rushing streams, open scrubs, heavily wooded valleys and through deep ravines walled on either side with steep cliffs.
The deciduous forests of Ranthambore were once part of the magnificent jungles of Central India. The terrain is rugged and there are rocky ridges, hills and open valleys with lakes and pools. The Ranthambore national park is set between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, the total area of the national park stands at 1,334 sq km. The Ranthambhore Park is a great place for adventurous jungle safaris.
On your way to the Ranthambore sanctuary you can see the green wheat fields and the mustard fields of Rajasthan with the ruins of old forts set atop hillocks surrounded by the yellow haze of mustard. A ride on the Tonga would add more fun to your journey.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Skin Care Cleansing

Cleansing is the first essential step in your daily skin care routine.
Cleansing the face 2-3 times a day; is adequate for normal skin. If your skin is oily a more frequent cleansing i.e. 4-5 times a day is necessary. If your skin is dry it is best to avoid frequent washing and you may have to use a suitable oil-based cosmetic cleanser instead of soap, which has a dry effect.
There are several alternatives to soap and water cleansing. Cleansers can be in the form of creams, milks, lotions, gels and liquids. All are, a mixture of oil, wax and water which have been formulated to suit different skin types. A cotton -pad dipped in fresh milk available at home, is an equally effective cleanser.
The right way to apply cleansers and creams on your face is in an upward and outward movement. The skin should not be stretched, dragged or pulled. Leave the cleanser on for a minute or two so as to loosen the dirt and make up. Remove it either using a cotton wool or with a tissue paper, again using an upward and out ward movement. Finally rinse with water.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Story Behind Taj Mahal

Shahjahan, the fifth Mughal emperor was a great lover of art and culture. He had a passion for marble and used it extensively whenever he constructed a building. Mughal architecture reached its zenith when Shahjahan built the Taj Mahal. The story of Taj Mahal retreats to June 17, 1631 when Mumtaz Mahal breathed her last after delivering her 14th child. Shocked by her sudden demise, Shahjahan resolved to immortalize their love in some form. Before the construction of Taj Mahal, Mumtaz Mahal was given a temporary burial in the Zainabadi garden in Burhanpur before the body was brought to Taj Mahal Agra for the final burial.
Monuments within the Taj Complex
The monuments within the Taj Complex are entirely made of red sandstone. Out of the two mosques, the one towards the west (left side of the Taj) is used for offering prayers, as it not only sanctifies the Taj but also faces Mecca. The replica on the other side is known as the Jawab (answer).
Taj Mahotsav
Taj Mahal serves as a backdrop for the annual Taj Mahotsav (Taj festival) held in the month of February. The Taj Mahotsav celebrates the traditional Indian art forms and crafts. The main events of this festival include classical dance performances by leading dance exponents and musical recitals by maestros, apart from the display of various craft products and cultural shows.
How to Reach Taj Mahal
Agra is well connected by air, road and railways with most parts of India. It takes only half an hour to reach Agra from New Delhi. A highway journey takes about 5 hours. As Agra is the main junction between Delhi and Varanasi, a number of trains pass through the city. The best options are of course Shatabdi Express and Taj Express

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Add vegetables and fruits in your diet chart.
o Drink 12-16 glass of water daily.
o Avoid excess eating of fried things.
o Try to buy meat which contain less fat.
o Avoid excess sugar in tea and coffee.
o Slice vegetables into big pieces, so that it won’t loose vitamins.
These are few powerful tips for living the healthy life

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Taj Mahal - Agra

Think of Agra and you can visualize the world famous Taj Mahal, the eighth wonder of the World, built by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The various monuments within the Taj complex represent the amalgamation of different cultures that marked the Mughal period. The magnificent and exemplary edifice Taj Mahal in Agra is a remarkable monument depicting Mughal architecture.
The Architecture
The structure of Taj Mahal in India portrays the Islamic style (Mughal style) of architecture belonging to the medieval period. The Islamic style of architecture is well known as the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The Taj Mahal in Agra located towards the far end of the enclosure of Char Bagh, near the bank of river Yamuna, also reflects the influence of Persian architecture.
Taj Mahal with a high base has four tapering minarets at each corner. At the center of this base is an octagonal structure comprising of a central hall, with four small halls grouped around it. The Taj Mahal is a two-storied structure, each having arched recesses with a highly decorated iwan in the middle. The tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shahjahan are actually located in the basement, while their replicas are kept above the same place in the upper hall.
Made of white marble, the walls of Taj Mahal are decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work. In spite of its massive proportions, Taj Mahal looks light and airy. The Taj Mahal and the gardens facing it can be approached through an arched gateway. Each section of this building is an ideal construction with a perfect symmetry.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fruits that cares on your skin

1. Papayas

“A papaya contains the enzyme papain, making it an excellent cleanser. It also helps revive blemished and undernourished skin. It is particularly good for oily skin and also lightens skin colour,” says beauty expert Shahnaz Husain.

* Use ripe papaya pulp as it is or mix with oatmeal, honey or curd and apply on your face for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cold water when dry.* Put a mix of papaya and cucumber pulp under the eyes to minimise dark circles.

2. Apples
“Apart from vitamins and minerals, apples also contain pectin and tannin that help tone and tighten the skin and improve blood circulation. Apples are specially effective for those with sensitive and fair skin,” says natural beauty expert Suparna Trikha.

* To take care of sunburnt skin, add a teaspoon of glycerine to apple pulp (grate the apple or put in mixie) and apply on your face for fifteen minutes. Wash off with cold water.

* For tired and undernourished skin, mix two teaspoons of grated apple, two pieces of mashed papaya, one teaspoon of fresh cream and a teaspoon of China clay. Apply the mixture to a clean face and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with cold water for healthy-looking skin.

3. Bananas
“Fresh, ripe bananas make excellent face masks. Bananas don’t only tighten and cleanse pores, they also revitalise dry skin,” says Dr Shobha Sehgal, head of business, day spa and beauty zone, VLCC.

* Mash two ripe bananas with a tablespoon of honey. Smooth over the face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cold water to reveal soft, supple and hydrated skin.

4. Oranges
“The citrus family is best known for its astringent and toning properties. Rub fresh orange peel on your skin to tighten it and lighten the colour,” says beauty expert Shahnaz Husain.

* Take the juice of two oranges and freeze it in an ice tray. Rub your face with the frozen orange juice cubes whenever you need to look good after a tiring day. The orange juice will give your tired, dull and oily face an instant pick-me-up sheen.

5. Pomegranates
“Pomegranates are excellent for oily and combination skin. Rich in AHA, pomegranate juice acts as an astringent and is a natural toner too,” says Suparna Trikha. * Pound pomegranate seeds and use as a face scrub. This will remove excess oil and make your skin look fresh.

* Using cottonwool, massage around 50 ml pomegranate juice on your face for 10 minutes. Wash off for an instant glow.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tips to reduce obesity

Physical activity:
1 Determine the type of physical activity that suits your life style.
2 Regular aerobic exercise like brisk walking, jogging or swimming, is a key factor in achieving permanent weight loss and improving health
3 Health experts recommend exercising 30 minutes or more on all, days of the week for maximum benefits. The exercises should be moderately vigorous to be most effective but not exhausting.
4 Incorporate few simple measures to burn calories effectively. Like- taking an after dinner walk, using stairs instead of escalators or elevators, parking the car farther away to have a longer walk etc.
5 Exercises also improve sense of well being ,decreases stress and decreases appetite in some.
10 Essential Tips
1 Fry or sauté foods in a non-stick cook wear with low-calorie fat.
2 Baking or boiling is recommended instead of frying.
3 Eat high-fiber foods.
4 Use sugar substitutes while sweetening foods and beverages.
5 Opt for light menus in restaurants, or purchase low-calorie or reduced-fat products at the grocery store.
6 Never skip meals. Eat three to six times a day in smaller portions to avoid getting hungry.
7 Use a smaller plate at mealtime to satisfy your psychological need to see a full plate.
8 Eat and chew slowly. Stop eating before you feel full. (It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that it is full!)
9 Weigh yourself on a regular schedule, but don’t become a slave to your scale.
10 Reward yourself with pleasures other than food--buy some new clothes, get a different hair style, see a movie, visit a friend, etc.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Top 20 tallest building in the world

1 Taipei 101
2 Shanghai World Financial Center
3 Petronas Tower 2
4 Petronas Tower 1
5 Sears Tower
6 Jin Mao Building
7 Two International Finance Center
8 Citic Plaza
9 Shun Hing Square
10 Empire State Building
11 Central Plaza
12 Bank of China Tower
13 Emirates Tower One
14 The Center
15 T & C Tower
16 Aon Centre
17 John Hancock Center
18 Burj al Arab Hotel
19 Chrysler Building
20 Bank of America

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dhoni may prove better captain than Ganguly: Sehwag

Sourav Ganguly is India's most successful captain but Mahendra Singh Dhoni may prove even better, according to star batsman Virender Sehwag.
Sehwag said Dhoni has a cool head on his shoulders and great leadership potential.
"He (Dhoni) may prove to be a better captain than Ganguly," Sehwag said.
Looking back, Sehwag felt hardly anything went wrong for him in 2008 and both he and Gautam Gabhir have forged a formidable opening partnership, something he attributes to their perfect understanding.
"2008 has been the best year in my career. Me and Gambhir have a really good understanding in the field," he told a television channel.

Goa Tour India

Goa; 'the queen of beaches', is known for its Gothic churches, palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, Gin and Feni; and the Great Carnival. With its 131-km-long coastline, Goa represents the perfect trio of sun, sand and sea.

Goa is a state blessed with fabulous weather, fantastic beaches, cooperative people, good food, hilltop forts making Goa tour one of the most wanted tours in India. If the tourists coincide their Goa tour with the most happening month of February, then the great Goa Carnival awaits them in full flair of colour and music. The most attractive part of the Goa Carnival is the mask dance, rhythmic music and thirst quenching Feni. For the travelers fond of village life; the ancestral Loutolim village takes them away from the flamboyant celebration of Goa carnival in the main city area. The tourists can also visit the tranquil and snow white beaches of Goa, churches, temples, markets and enjoy the water sports as well. The nightlife of Goa also becomes vibrant with the onset of the late evenings. The discotheques, bars and nightclubs in the hotels provide enough scope for the entertainment.
History of Goa
People relate the Goan history only with Portuguese but the seldom known fact is that it was also a part of the Mauryan Empire, around third century BC. The Satvahanas of Kolhapur, and the Chalukyas of Badami, took over the governance later. Other dynasties followed until the entry of Vijayanagar Empire for almost a century. This Mughal era ended with the reign of Sultans of Gulbarga, from whom the rule passed on to Adil Shah of Bijapur. In the tussle of power between the Dutch, English, French and Portuguese; in 1510, the Portuguese conquered Goa. Having ruled for around four hundred years, in 1961, the Portuguese left Goa making it an independent state.
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Vegetable Roll

Take potatoes ,peas ,tomatoes ,onion
wheat floursalt to tate
paste of green chilly +garlic +ginger
whole cumin seeds 1 tsp1/2 lime
oil or ghee
1. pressure cook potatoes and peas
2. wash and cut tomato and onion in thin slice
3. Make dough with little oil and a pinch of salt
4. fry onion (pinkish)
5. Add tomato
6. Let it get cooked.
7. Mash potatoes and peas
8. Add to onion-tomato mix
9. Add salt, paste of chilly+garlic+ginger ,whole jeera. ,lime juice
10. mix it well and leave it to get cool
11. make roti and fill in with mixing
12. roll and close both ends.
13. cut into size of last finger
14. deep fry
15. serve hot with cutney or ketchup

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dal Lake

Dal Lake has rightfully become an icon of the Kashmir tourism industry. A Himalayan urban lake, it has five basins and a number of channels that are well linked with each other. There are plenty of fishes in Dal Lake and fishery is the second largest industry of the region centered on the lake. The sparkling quiet waters of Dal surrounded by snow-capped mountains on its three sides, undoubtedly mark it as one of the most beautiful lakes of India. It is also the second largest lake in the State of Jammu and Kashmir with numerous gardens and orchards all along its shores. Houseboats form an indelible part of the scenery of the Dal Lake that are always ready to take tourists to a romantic and peaceful ride of the lake and soothe their nerves as the houseboat floats over the slightly rippling waters. They also offer some of the most exotic views of the splendid scenery of the Dal Lake. There are Shikaras that look like small ornate versions of the gondolas of Venice that offers ferry rides to and from the banks of the lake to the houseboats. The shores of the Lake houses the distinct Moghul monuments and the campus of the University of Kashmir while the two hillocks overlooking the lake house Shankaracharya and Hari Parbat temples. The glorious Mughal gardens on its shores contribute to the beauty of the Dal Lake. Out of about five hundred gardens laid down in 16th to 17th century, only a few still survive. There have been controversies about the origin of the Dal Lake. While some geologists believe that the origins of Dal Lake lie in the Pleistocene Oligotrophic Lake that once covered the entire valley of Kashmir, others just believe it to be a flood plain lake. The floating gardens of Dal Lake are considered a beauty in themselves. One can find a number of restaurants and hotels at the lakefront that have sprung up, encouraged by the large influx of tourists here.

Friday, October 10, 2008

White Tiger

The white tiger (also known as the Bengal tiger) is about 3 meters long, and weighs approximately 180-285 kg (400-569 LB). It’s coat lies flatter than that of the Siberian tiger, the tawny color is richer and the stripes are darker.
White tigers are white colored bengals, they are not albinos and they are not a seperate subspecies of tigers.
They have blue eyes, a pink nose, and creamy white furr covered with chocolate colored stripes. White tigers are born to tigers that carry the unusual gene needed for white coloring. Wild white tigers are very rare.
They are usually located on the Mainland of Southeastern Asia and in central and southern India. The white Bengal tiger lives in grassy or swampy areas and forests, where they can be well camouflaged. Those living on islands have almost disappeared; most now live in zoo’s or special wildlife parks.
Even though it is illegal, white tigers are hunted by poachers in many Asian countries.
Tiger’s body parts are sought for use in traditional Chinese medicine and exotic recipes. As well as their body parts, their coats can be sold for a small fortune, so to many people this is the ideal animal to hunt if they want some fast money.

White tigers are born to Bengal tigers that carry an unusual gene needed for white coloring. The White Tiger is a good swimmer, but a very poor climber.
They may be slow runners, but they are stealthy enough to catch any prey in their sights. Because they are solitary animals, they mostly hunt at night.
The other four sub-species of tiger are Siberian, South China, Indochinese, and Sumataran. There are only approximately 5,000 to 7,400 tigers left in the wild.
It is belief that if you are born in the Chinese year of the tiger you are unusually lucky. Let’s hope that some of this luck rubs off on the white tiger before it’s too late.