Sustainable Interior Designing

Sustainable Decors At Home

Sustainability is all about maintaining a balance between the environment and our own needs without impacting the environment and preventing future generations to meet their own desires and needs. Along with the issues of global warming, deforestation, and climate change, it is high time we understand the magnitude of the prevailing situation. We can take the first step towards saving the planet by building an eco-friendly home and taking steady action towards sustainable homes. There are various sustainable and eco-friendly interior designing that will enhance the living atmosphere in homes while reducing our carbon footprint.

Designing with jute – Jute, the sustainable natural fiber can be used to add a rustic look to our home environment. Simple decors made of jute and furniture can simply amplify the aesthetics of our homes without causing a negative impact on the environment. Jute can be used on furniture pieces like swings, sofa sets, and ottomans to bring texture to the spaces. It can be paired up with fluffy pillows to give a rustic look and texture. It provides a clutter-free look to the rooms and brings freshness and positivity to the room. The minimalistic home decors like Jute mats and carpets are pleasing to the eye. These elements used in the rooms are eco-friendly, trendy and biodegradable.

Distressed finish on the walls – Another eco-friendly interior design is a brick cladding wall with distressed wooden flooring along with minimalistic furniture to give a stylish look to the rooms. This wall texture is highly suitable in bedrooms and living rooms as it brings a bold statement. The texture of the walls goes well with recycled materials and some indoor plants which gives an eco-friendly ambiance to the room. The stylish and layered interior decoration of the rooms provides an elegant look and creates a soothing atmosphere in bedrooms and living rooms.

Bamboo – Raw and thick bamboo can be used to decorate and design the rooms. It can be used as a unique divider between two rooms for floor-to-ceiling. It provides a delicate appearance to the rooms and provides necessary privacy for windows and terraces. It is easier and cheap when it comes to maintenance. It is available in various shapes, styles, and colors. It can also be used as durable flooring as it has structurally strong property. It gives a fresh and natural look to the room. Bamboo accessories can also be used to improve the look of the rooms and decorate spaces in the living rooms, bedrooms, and dining halls. These decors give an additional element to the furniture piece.

Environment-conscious finishes – The paints on the walls to give an extra shine to the room plays an important role in sustainability. One might want to use finishes that have reduced levels of toxic chemicals and volatile organic compounds. No-toxic paint finishes with “low VOCs”, water-based paints, and latex paints can be used to reduce the ecological footprint. This ensures earth-friendly finishes to homes and living spaces. It automatically enlightens the mood and satisfaction.

5 ideas to add colour to your living room

 

The living room is one of the most important spaces at home for entertainment and relaxation. It is a place where we spend our time with family and friends.  The design and decors of the living room are meant to be inviting. The style of living rooms sets a tone for the rest of the home through various furniture, accessories, and personal collections. Adding elegant and brilliant colours to living rooms are initial step toward adding style and personality to the living rooms. Nothing can transform the living room with the right choice of colours and paints. Colour is the first thing that is considered while designing a living room. Some of the ideas to add colour to the living room are listed below:

Peaceful and elegant white – A brilliant white paint on the living room walls have a transformative impact on the interiors.  The white painting on the walls makes every non-white piece of furniture, accessory, or fabric a star in your living room.  The white paints are an ideal choice for small living room ideas. It can also be well decorated with primary colours over the white like addition of gold or coppery metallic to add warmth to the room.

Modern Grays and whites – According to interior designs, white and black is the most famous combination of colours well suited for living rooms. The white texture of the living rooms along with unique accessories and modern furniture brings serenity and calmness. White being a versatile colour, it matches well with a wide range of furniture styles and modern artwork.

Soft Muted Neutrals – Neutrals are highly trending in the market this year as we move past black and white or gray and beige. Adding elegant neutral colours to the living room like hazelnut, mushroom, golden yellow, mint and green gives a cozy feeling. As per interior decorators, warmer neutral tones are the best choice for modern living room styles.

Peaceful and calming blues – Different eye-catchy shades of blue bring life to the living rooms. The colour combinations are highly suitable for anyone who prefers stronger colour. This idea is ideal for mid century living rooms, a shade that has the power to transform. Indigo and deep blue provide a joyous atmosphere. This is the choice of colour for artists and designers. Soft blue is also popular in the world of interiors decorators and is growing living room trend. It has the quality of being smoothing and invigorating. Blue walls with the crisp white or pebble grey create a calming feel.

Soft Greens – Having green walls in living rooms is surely a good idea. It is a nod to beauty and nature which creates a calming atmosphere no matter how busy the living space is. Moreover, soft green walls inspire spontaneity and creativity which makes them an ideal choice for living room walls.

Top 5 Adventure Sports In India

India is fast growing into a favored destination for adventure sports. The mountains, beaches, deserts, forests provide opportunities for adventure and sports. Throughout the length and breadth of the country, one can find multiple destinations with thrilling adventurous activities. Mentioned below are the top 5 adventure sports in India.

Paragliding: If there is one thing that a human always fancies, that is flying. It is a relatively new sport in India. It’s a thrilling experience to soar high and the vast expanse of the landscape beneath. So, if you are ready to conquer the skies, paragliding is the best option. It is the easiest way to fly in the air like a bird. Some of the destinations that offer Paragliding services include Ladakh, Kamshet, Darjeeling, Solang, Billing, and South Anjuna in Goa.

Paragliding

River Rafting: It is one of the most popular adventure sports in India. In the last couple of years, it has gained popularity in India. Rafting is a completely different experience as the river flows between high mountain walls, the views are absolutely stunning. It is a fun-filled activity; if you are an adventure lover you must experience this and shun the hectic boredom once in a while. Some of the Popular destinations include Zanskar, Manali, Rishikesh, Coorg, and Brahmaputra.

River Rafting

Snorkeling: It is considered one of the safest ways to explore the beauty of marine life beneath the water. It is usually done with the aid of a diving mask, fins, and a breathing tube. India is gifted with beautiful islands and does offer great opportunities to experience snorkeling. Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Lakshadweep are some known snorkeling destinations in India. Experience the thrill and beauty of India’s stunning underwater natural world.

Snorkeling

Sky diving: Though sky diving in India is a new concept, there are a lot of places you can have unmatched fun and excitement of diving into the skies.  Fly like a bird amidst the winds and enjoy a freefall from 4000 feet above, gazing at the breathtaking landscaped beauty beneath. The sky diving camps provide professional training for 2-3days. The experience is just out of the world. Dhana in Madhya Pradesh, Mysore in Karnataka, Deesa in Gujarat, and Aamby Valley in Maharashtra are some places where you can try skydiving.

Sky Diving

Heli-Skiing : It is also known as exhilarating winter sports. It is the best way to get acquainted with the snowy mountains of the Himalayas. It’s truly an amazing feeling once you are on the top of the mountain as the sun reflects the impeccably white slopes. You feel on top of the world as you come whizzing down through the snow on your skies and the cold wind nipping at your face. It is one of the recreational activities popular with adventure lovers. Gulmarg in Kashmir and Manali in Himachal Pradesh are the hotspots for skiing and heli-skiing.  

Heli Skiing

Adventure gateways are the latest in terms of spending holidays. If you want to try something adventurous these are the sports which will bring you immense satisfaction. So ditch the monotony of daily life and try something new.

The Festival Of Colours – HOLI

The Beacon of Hope, Love and Merriment

The Spring Season

Millions of people in India awaits the most colorful festival: HOLI

It is the festival where Indians welcome the spring season. The beginning of the wonderful season!  

To many Bengalis, the celebration of Holi symbolizes a new year, a new beginning.

The festival of colors also symbolizes the wonderful season and celebration of agriculture, harvests, and fertile land.

According to Hindu mythology, the origin of Holi started with Holida dahan, which signifies the victory of good over evil.

The festival provides an absolute reason to celebrate the glory of life.  People usually spend their time outdoor, throwing colors and water bombing each other. The tradition has been observed for decades.

The Holika Bonfire

The festival usually begins with a ‘Holika Bonfire’. A group of people with their friends or family sings and dances around the bonfire to the drums and dholaks. The bonfire takes place on the evening of a full moon (also known as Purnima) as per the Hindu calendar. The night before Holi is the celebration of the death of the demon named Holika. This event signifies the victory of good over evil.

Watch out for colour bombs during Holi!

The next day is filled with colors!  People, irrespective of religion, caste, status, or creed gather together to have a friendly color fight!  People try to water bomb one another filled with colors. Although the colors are harmless and safe, you might want to watch out for the water bombs, which might startle you and take you off guard!

The fun filled activities are what makes Holi so special!

But,

As an Indian how could you forget the delicacies ?

Indians just can’t keep calm when it comes to exciting foods!

You definitely don’t wanna miss out on the delicacies! Apart from the fun-filled activities and excitement, it’s the time to eat, drink and celebrate life!

With the bright colors in the air, the amazing festival of colors is incomplete without food!

Here are some of the delicacies you don’t wanna miss if you are attending the festival:

Thandai  – It is indeed the center of attraction for Indians playing Holi. It is a wholesome beverage of cold milkshake made with dry fruits like almonds, fennel seeds, saffron, cardamom, sugar, rose petals, and poppy. It is an absolutely refreshing drink for Holi. In some places, you might also get some magic ingredient that is bhag! If you wanna be a little high you know.

Thandai

Malpua – It is a sweet dish eaten widely during the festival of Holi. The pancake-style sweet and crispy dessert is made with flour, khoya, semolina, and cardamom. Malpua is dipped with sugary syrup to fill your mouth with sweetness.

Malpua

Ladoos – Ladoos are famous Indian sweets made with different ingredients like motichoor, sugar, boondi, and til. So, you can indulge yourself in this sweet as you play Holi.

Ladoos

Dahi Balle  – It is also a famous snack enjoyed during the festival of colors. It consists of small soft vadas covered with chilled curd, chutneys, and namkeens and enjoyed with green chutney and spices.

Dahi Balle

Rasmalai – None of the Indian festivals is complete without this amazing sweet dish. Rasmalai is a creamy delight with chenna and milk. An epitome of sweet goodness. The taste of this sweet is further elevated with saffron strands, fruit essence, and some dry fruits. So adorn your festival with this aromatic sweet dish, Rasmalai.

Rasmalai

Badam Fhirni – This dish is for people who do not like too much sweetness. With a very light sweet taste, Fhirni is a thicker version of Kheer with a more creamy texture. If you want to enjoy a light sweet dish, you might wanna try Badam Fhirni. The goodness of almonds will surely lift up your spirits.

Badam Fhirni

Pakoras – What’s the fun without some crunchies? This dish can be a shining star among all the dishes. Pakoras are simply made with besan, onions, and some species. And if you want you may add some bhag in it!

Pakoras

The festival is indeed the one that is blooming with culture, colors, and tradition! A wonderful time of the year, where everyone forgets the worries and struggles of life and comes out to celebrate with their loved ones. There is no exception to this festival.

Paper Towns

Quentin “Q” Jacobsen and his next-door neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman, played together as children, but over time Margo has become an unattainable girl of allure and mystery. Just some time before graduation, the two friends reconnect when she suddenly appears at Q’s window and asks for help with an all-night revenge spree targeting unfaithful friends and bullies throughout their Orlando neighborhood. This adrenaline-filled adventure kicks off Paper Towns, another insightful novel by the Printz award-winning novelistJohn Green, and refuels Quentin’s desire for Margo.

The book portrays young minds and their desire to experience things. Get lost in the beauty of youthful days with Margo and Quentin.

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Unacknowledged beauty

Sunbeams kiss my cheeks
The wind chimes against the trees be music to my ears
Gives a fresh sweet scented smell.
Feels as if they are talking to me
Smiling at me..
Wanna befriend me…
Affirming my inner thoughts…


Saying that ‘we are there for you’
Perhaps saying that ‘you are not alone’

The warmth on my skin
Makes my eyes drowsy.
The nature around makes me high

The golden leaves on the trees
shining in sunbeams
Sing with joy….
The mischievous squirrels playing around
The doves hoping here and there
The kingfishers on the branches with keen eyes on the pond.


Eyes fixated in the network of twigs of trees around.
The leaves of the mahogany trees sing joyously
Swinging and swaying merrily…
As if happily living their life…
There is beauty in wild trees and shrubs too
Making the surroundings look greener than before
The beauty of God’s work never felt before.


Now and then birds chirping can be heard
Trying to figure out from which tree are they peeping
Wish I knew what they are communicating!
The nature makes me wonder
Is this the heaven that humans look for?

In love with the sound of silence around me…

Away from humanly clutters
Away from the hustle and bustle of town
Aways from the noise of vehicles passing by
Away from electronics for a while..
Made my day!!

Beauty of Nature

​Luxurious travel in India

India is a land of extraordinary beauty and elegance, a homeland of exotic mountains, deserts, beautiful hill stations, riverfront and beach cities. Every destination in India is unique and filled with extra oomph that will makes it  ideal destinations for luxurious holidays. India has plenty to offer for the elite travelers. Here are top 5 luxurious trips that you can visit in India.

Goa: It is land for a vacay filled with serenity and richness. It is an ideal place to visit during the holidays. It is a destination that vibrates with tourists of all ages and races. This place is covered with rich Portuguese architectural buildings, laid back environs and resorts and above all the overwhelming ambiance of the beach. Spending time here is absolutely refreshing and always keeps you in a happy mood.  

Jaipur, Rajasthan: The capital of Rajasthan is always beaming with tourists from across the country.  It is one of the states that receives tourists almost every season.  If you are an architectural admirer, it is the perfect place. Its flocking with  historical buffs and architectural building of the Mughal Dynasty. It is wonderful city to explore. It will be a nice rejuvenating stay to spend the holidays. 

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu: It is a hill town that lies in the Southern India. It is absolutely a nature lovers divine destination. The beauty of waterfalls, hills, cliffs and lakes will leave you mesmerized. It is a divine destination as it offers luxurious resorts to reside and you will find solitary and peace. It is perfect for peace seekers and who wants to spend their holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the town. 

Gangtok, Sikkim: It is one of the magnificent tourist destination.  You can view the Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks. This hill town offers a great sight. Alongside stupas and monasteries, it also bustles like any other thriving town. It is a great place to hangout with your friends or family for a while, and experience the beauty of the snow capped mountains. It offers modern amenities with the charming mountains. It is a very comfortable place to spend vacation. 

Guwahati, Assam:  This distinct city has a lot to offer. You must definitely  take a tour to the hilly ranges, and once in a while experience the ferry ride from one island to another. The experience is absolutely rejuvenating. You can visit the Kamakhya Temple, or visit the incredible botanical gardens and the zoo. To seek some luxury you can splash into luxurious resorts. 

Conclusion

These were some of the luxurious trips in and around India that you can visit. So get some refreshment, ditch the monotony of your life. Once in a while you must treat yourself to these amazing destinations. 

 

​Offbeat Places in West Bengal

Explore some of the offbeat tourist destinations in West Bengal. Calm and serene, tourist spots distributed in different corners of this part of Bengal let the travelers get in touch with nature.

Ideal duration: 4 – 12 days

Best time: October to March

Tourist destinations

1. Bakkhali : It is a perfect retreat for sea lovers. Very close to Sundarban and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, tourists can enjoy the bliss of nature’s beauty. The temple of Banbibi is located inside the Casuarina forest.

2. Makutmanipur: It is a great place for those who want an amalgam of nature and architecture. It also abodes beautiful temples. A serene location that gives few moments of peacefulness to you.

3. Dooars: The gateway to untainted tranquility. It is the center of attraction for WB tourism. It has dense forest, deep green tea gardens, magnetic streams, exotic wildlife, and streaming rivers which generate a soothing feel. The tourists spend long vacations in the lap of nature.

4.  Samsing: A Landscape Coloured With Green and Orange. The village is covered with bright orange orchards, lush green tea gardens, low hills, and a dense forest inhabited by small animals and birds. It boosts the grandeur of its scenic view.

5. Tajpur: Mystifying Beauty of Casuarina Groves and Keya Flower. Those who love to go adventurous can enjoy Kayaking, Rafting, Zorbing, and Rock Climbing. This is absolutely a beach lovers destination known for its natural beauty.

Conclusion

These are some of the offbeat destinations in West Bengal where you can spend your vacation and spend some time with family or friends. Take a break from your busy life and dwell in the beauty of nature.

Top 5 sea beaches in India

Top 5 sea beaches in India.

India is surrounded by water in three directions, the peninsular India stands to enrapture the imagination of nature lovers. There are countless beaches in Indian peninsula which give opportunities for not only the nature lovers but also many tourists all over the country to spend their vacations, for people who just want to relax and explore. With 7517km long coastline at its disposal India attracts tourists from all across the continent.

You can forget the beaches of Ibitza,  Rio, and even Australia . These days Indian beaches are where its all happening.

These are the best creation of nature where the sun, sand and the sea come together to celebrate there love. these are the best place to feel , relax , and enjoy the nature’s beauty. Here are the top 5 sea beaches we can explore in India.

GOA

1) PALOLEM BEACH
It is one of the most beautiful sea beach in Goa. The crescent shaped beach is located in the market place of chaudi in South Goa. It is the most beautiful beach in Goa. One might love to spend their holidays in this most ideal beach. This beach is an open invitation to swimmers as the depth of the sea gradually increases which makes it shallow near the coast and also the waves are not very threatening.

KARNATAKA

2) GOKARNA BEACH.
Along this west coast of India lies this sleepy little town called Gokarna. It is originally a Hindu pilgrimage place and has become the most important tourist destination. This beach is known for its lovely rocky beaches and hills. This place is increasingly popular among the foreign tourists in India. Gokarna is about a peaceful beach holiday. Gokarna has 5 major beaches : half moon beach, paradise beach, kudle beach, OM beach and Gokarna beach. Which is situated among the hills and one has to literally climb along the hilly rocks from one beach to another and that’s where the excitement lies.

MAHARASTRA

3) GANPATIPULE
Untouched by commercialism Ganpatipule is a great destination for peace seekers, nature lovers and pilgrims. It is ranked number 1 among the places to visit in Maharashtra. It is a perfect 2-3 days trip. It offers water games around the month November- April.

It is a clean rocky beach with silvery white sand also known for its lagoon houses. If u are adventurous type try your hands in balancing a kayak. The view of this beach is captivating. The cashew trees and mango trees makes it picturesque.

KERELA

4) Merari beach
Merari Beach is the perfect location for holidaying with friends and family. This place is eternal with coconut palm trees with golden sand. The serenity and tranquillity of this beach takes nature lovers backward in time.  The indolent pace of local life makes vacationing near the Merari beach a reviving experience. You may also enjoy snake boat races and fishing during the month of august.

It is the best place in spending holidays in this deserted beach.

ANDABAN AND NICOBAR ISLAND

5) Havelock Island

Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest. It is one of the populated islands in the Andaman group with an area of 113 sq. km. and is located 39 km of north-east of Port Blair.

This island, with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with green canopy of the rain-fed forests beckons everyone to enjoy the frolic and fun at the azure sea.
The end.

Daman and Diu

FASCINATING LANDS OF DAMAN AND DIU. 

Daman and Diu are sea side locations near Gujrat in Arabian sea. Daman and Diu is comprised of sun bathed beaches, colonial forts and renowned churches. Rich heritage and culture of this place offers to tourists very lively festive days and bustling nightlife. The mixture of natural and man-made attractions along with moderate climate allure a number of travellers from all across the world.

One might love to spend there holidays at beautiful beaches of Daman and Diu, view the captivating sights of the sun, sand and the sea. The beaches offers immense beauty and tranquillity to the visitors. The best time to visit Daman and Diu is between October to March. So lose yourself to this place which is nothing less than Heaven.

WHERE TO VISIT IN DAMAN AND DIU

CHAKRATIRTH BEACH DIU
ONE of the popular beaches in Diu is CHAKRATIRTH BEACH, that enjoys a central location, adjacent to the town. This enchanting beach have so far been overshadowed by the overwhelming popularity of both domestic and international travellers. Spending vacation in this beach gives opportunity to break away from monotony of life and soak up in fun. If you are a lover of sea and surfing you just can’t ignore Chakratirth beach. Spending time here is a moment of blissful solitude.

The surrounding landscape predominated by hills makes it more picturesque. CHAKRATIRTH BEACH is incomplete without mentioning the sunset point and quaint temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The landscape and we’ll maintained gardens are an aesthete’s delight.

NAIDA CAVES DIU

Naida caves are located outside the city wall of Diu fort which was constructed by Portuguese. It lies within a short distance from Diu town. Caves are formed sure to different geological processes. Caves vary in shape and size. According to U. S geological SURVEY it takes in special interest for Earth scientist.
Diu ‘s greatest glory is a huge fort, a sight that justifies the long trip here. Diu NAIDA CAVES have a natural opening in the ground extending beyond the zone of light. These caves are one of the magnificent natural attractions since prehistoric times.

JAIN TEMPLE DAMAN 
The Jain temple Daman is located to the northern region of very impressive and famous Nani daman fort. It comprises of refined mural painting, the sight of which completely enthral you. Most of these painting belong to 18th century.

The specially of this temple exquisitely and intricately designed and decorated inner walls, with elegant glass cover. These murals represent the life of Mahavir swami.

There are many travellers who take a trip to Daman to visit the Holy places asking with the beaches. Of the various religious places in Damon, Jain temple attracts tourists to the fullest extent.

DOMINICAN MONASTERY DAMAN

Dominican monastery

Daman is a seminar of great honour and reputation. The most see object of interest in this monastery is the elaborately and intricately carved out floral stone placed at the abode of main Altar. It previously served as the headquarters of theological studies. Many scholars from far and wide previously visited before the downfall which remains an unsolved mystery.
You may visit during 3rd Sunday of December. During this time a public mass is held in honour of St. Dominic.

KADAIYA LAKE GARDEN DAMAN 

Kadaiya Lake garden is also known as Mirasol lake garden, located near kadaiya village in Naini Daman. It is an artificial created wonder which is encircled by a magnificent lake surrounded by two lovely islands connected by a bridge. Graced with fountains and boasts. Also includes amusements computer games, toy trains which adds flavour. It facilitates go Carty, jumper boats, and other rides that will surely make your day.

Daman is also known for its delicacies and mouth watering sea food with the touch of both Indian and Portuguese influence. Availability of liquor in abundance are noteworthy features of Damon cuisine.

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