The Buckingham Palace – Witnessing the Grandeur of the British Monarchy


Britain is the world’s oldest democracy and is being ruled under the name of a single family lineage for over 1000 years now. The rich history of the British Monarchy is illustrated in the various architectural phases and eras of the empire. Several castles and forts built around the city have become the showcases of British Art and architecture.

These castles and palaces are visited by thousands of tourists from around the world every year. They not only preserve the rich history of various eras but are also house some of the best collections of art, antiques and memorabilia. As a teacher I am quite enthusiastic about exploring the nuances of world history and European History is by far one of my favorite areas. I was also happy to see my kinds taking a deep interest in British History all through this trip.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

Whenever a mention of palaces and forts in Britain comes up the first name that pops up in any one’s mind is the Buckingham palace which is located in heart of London close to the Constitution Hill. It is also the official workplace and the London residence of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Currently it houses Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. It is actually located in the City of Westminster; the palace serves as the hosting place for most visiting Heads of States and also as an important centre for national and internationally important ceremonies.

The Buckingham Palace is named so because it was initially built and owned by the First Duke of Buckingham and Normanby it was bought and  the year 1700. Later it was bought and acquired by King George III as a private residence for his wife the Queen Charlotte in the year 1761. It has been remodeled and redeveloped on several occasions over the years most recognizably in the 19th century by famed architects Edward Blore and John Nash.

Buckingham Palace Interiors

Buckingham Palace Interiors | Image Resource : royal.gov.uk

The Buckingham Palace is open for the Public during August and September after the ceremonial Summer Opening which is attended by thousands of tourists. The last major reform occurred during the early twentieth century after Buckingham Palace became the official residence of Queen Victoria. The iconic East Front and Garden were built during this remodeling. The Garden of Buckingham Palace also on the East Facade is the largest privately owned garden in Britain.

Photo of the Week : Tower Bridge London


Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge London | Image Resource : commons.wikimedia.org

Tower Bridge London – The tower bridge is an iconic monument of London and I heard that so many movies are shot there. I was extremely excited to pass through it when I was on my way to visit the other tourist locations. It is perfect for a photography shoot and I had some really lovely pictures taken there.

Royal Albert Hall London – A Temple for the Art Lover


The Royal Albert Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in London. It was established in the year 1868 by Queen Victoria. It is among the most visited tourist destinations in the city and is popular not only for its beautiful architecture but also for its vibrant cultural importance in Britain.

It has been a center of excellence for the display of art work from all spheres and all parts of the world since its establishment. It is also interesting to note that the Royal Albert Hall receives neither any public nor any private funding and yet has been able to maintain its extravagance over the years. This is a clear reflection of the dedication of the Royal hall’s trust and also of the immense popularity of the Albert Hall.

Royal Albert Hall is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the largest concert halls in the world and is located on the northern corner of South Kensington in the British capital. It is also popular for hosting the largely followed and internationally covered Proms concerts every summer since the year 1941.

Royal Albert Hall London

Royal Albert Hall London | Image Resource : pudlo.com

The capacity of the hall varies between 4200 and 5800 depending upon the positioning of the stage and the audience. It is a heritage site and has been serving the people of Britain for around 150 years now.

The hall was completed and opened for public in the year 1871. Since then almost all contemporary greats and leading artists from all corners of the world have given several performances cutting across genres. It has thus become one of the most treasured and dignified art stages in the world.

Royal Albert Hall Auditorium

Royal Albert Hall Auditorium | Image Resource : kingshaw.co.uk

The popularity of the Royal Albert Hall can be inferred from the fact that it has hosts around 350 events annually even today including not only classical concerts but also rock and pop genres. Ballet and opera shows have been the signature of the Albert Hall. Several sports, school events, charitable events and award ceremonies are also regularly organized at the hall.

The Hall was built in the memory of the Prince Consort Prince Albert and hence showcases his life and work. My trip to the Royal Albert Hall was mesmerizing and I am definitely touched by the Grandeur of the British Arts.

Photo of the Week : The London Eye United Kingdom


The London Eye United Kingdom

The London Eye United Kingdom | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

The London Eye United Kingdom – The London Eye is one of the iconic locations in London and even though I thought my guts would spill out when I climbed up the Ferris wheel, I really enjoyed the view. I could see the city of London, important monuments and River Thames span across the horizon and it was a memorable experience.

Photo of the Day : Hyde Park London


Hyde Park London

Hyde Park London | Image Resource : tagzania.com

Hyde Park London – When I visited London as guest lecturer to one of the universities there, the students whom I had a chance to address took me to the famous Hyde Park as a treat. The speaker’s corner was what I was excited to see as it holds so much importance and the park itself was lovely and relaxing.

Jharkhand: A New State That Retains Old Traditions


Jharkhand is a newly formed state that separated from Bihar recently to retain its cultural identity. Here is a brief look at Jharkhand as a state. I have given a brief insight into the diverse festivals, customs and even cuisine of this marvellous state. Hope you enjoy reading about this beautiful state.

Waterfall in Jharkhand

Waterfall in Jharkhand | Image Resource : blog.easyhols.com

Festivals of Jharkhand

The unique festivals of Jharkhand are one of the major contributors of its distinct identity. The state celebrates Sarhul, Tusu, Karma and Hal Punhya apart from the regular festivals like Christmas, Id, Holi and New Year.

Sarhul

Sarhul is practised during spring time. It is a harvest festival to please the village deities. The flowers are placed as offerings. It Is regarded as a symbol of love and brotherhood.

Tusu

Tusu is a harvest festival celebrated during the winter harvest. People still diligently follow the customs related to this festival.

Hal Punhya

Hal Punhya celebrates the first day of ploughing and is again a harvest festival.

Unique Cuisine

The cuisine of a place defines a place to a great extent. The prevalence of Buddhism in Jharkhand has naturally lead to a greater preference of vegetarian food among people in Jharkhand. Mustard oil is used for most cooking purposes.

Music and Dance

The unique music and dance forms of Jharkhand are also a major part of the Jharkhand culture. There are many different forms of dance like Paika Dance, Chaw, Jadur and Karma that are prominent among the people of Jharkhand. They form a significant part of their unique culture.

Paika Dance Form of Jharkhand

Paika Dance Form of Jharkhand | Image Resource : cravebits.com

Lifestyle of Jharkhand

There are nearly 32 archaic tribes of India that reside in Jharkhand. The languages spoken are primarily Hindi, English and Urdu. You may also find traces of Bengali speaking people. Tribal languages like Kurukh and Munda are also spoken here.

Jharkhand is a culturally rich Indian state. The rich culture and countless traditions of Jharkhand need to be safeguarded. They need to be kept alive. The unique cuisine needs to be taken to the world. That is the only way you can safeguard this beautiful state.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai- Witness to the City’s Progress since Ages


The next destination in our list was the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is nothing but a railway station in Mumbai. But if you think that it is just a simple railway station, you are wrong. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2004 and has an extremely rich association with Maharashtra’s history. It also serves as the main hub for the Central Railways.

We came to know that the credit for designing the railway station goes to Frederick William Stevens who had been influenced by architecture from Mughal buildings and late Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival. It was originally established to commemorate the completion of 50 years of Queen Victoria in the year 1887 in what was known as Bori Bunder. There is no doubt about the fact that Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai is one of the busiest stations in the world.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Entrance

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Entrance | Image Resource : commons.wikimedia.org

It acts as a major terminal for commuter trains under Suburban Railway of Mumbai as well as long distance express trains. It was originally named as Victoria Terminus and got its present name in the month of March in 1996 at the hands of Suresh Kalmadi, the then Minister of Railways. The station clearly reminds us of the grandeur of the rule of the British before independence. Such is the magnificence of the station that it still stands as an important landmark in the history of Mumbai’s central business district. It also represents the importance of the industrial revolution.

We could easily spot that the structure shows the importance of the massive city in building the economy of the country as well as the commonwealth of British people. One of the old residents told us that the CST has been the lone witness to Mumbai’s rapid growth since ages. It is said that at the time of its opening, the structure was the most expensive one in the city, with a value of more 2,50,000 Sterling Pounds. There is a high dome which acts as the structure’s main focal point. It has been designed magnificently with ancient styled windows and rows and arched shapes which clearly take you back to the design of Indian palaces.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org