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.