‘I Wish For It To Bring Happiness’ – tour2health.com – Advices for wives and husbands, parents-children relations, development of modern families

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A man is giving away his ex-fiancée’s engagement ring on Reddit in the hope that it will bring joy to another couple.

The man, known only as Reddit user @what_choice, posted an advert along with two pictures of the ring online on Sunday.

“I have decided to give away my old engagement ring. I have only heard horror stories of people trying to sell their rings and being insulted with sub-par offers from pawn shops, jewellers etc. and thought I would attempt to pass it on to a deserving couple,” he said.

“I am serious. This is not a ploy or a fake. It’s a nice ring and I wish for it to bring happiness and joy.”

The man went on to say that he has the receipt for the ring, which he believes is a size “L”.

He then invited Reddit users to comment if they would like to have the ring for their own engagement.

“I’d like to know why you would like the ring and to get married, and proof you are a couple,” he said. “Something to convince myself and Reddit that you’re legitimate.”

Reddit user @what_choice is based in Sydney and would like to meet the couple in person to exchange the ring.

In an update on the page, he has said he’ll be leaving his original post up for a few days before choosing a couple.

The post has received more than 50 comments so far, with many Reddit users sharing touching stories of their own financial struggles and plans to get married.

Comment from discussion A little bit of happiness from me to you..

Comment from discussion A little bit of happiness from me to you..

Comment from discussion A little bit of happiness from me to you..

Looks like the owner of the ring has a tough decision ahead of him.

Tess Holliday Looks Stunning In New Marie Claire Shoot, But Reveals Trolls Still Call Her ‘Disgusting’ – tour2health.com – Advices for wives and husbands, parents-children relations, development of modern families

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Tess Holliday is back and looking better than ever in a sultry new shoot for Marie Claire UK’s December 2015 issue.

The size 26 model showcased her stunning looks and extensive tattoos in the photos, but it’s her outspoken interview we can’t stop looking at.

Once again, Holliday is standing up for the plus size women of the world, revealing she is sick of being called “disgusting” and “lazy”.

On why the UK has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to accepting plus size fashion:

“You guys need this. The States are more accommodating to fat people – there are more plus-sized clothing labels, and people talk openly about it. I’ve noticed that a lot of people who criticise me are from the UK – both in the press and on social media.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve gotten a lot of stares on the street, but in the States, people always come up to me and say, ‘I love your hair’ or ‘I love your dress, you’re so cute’. Here, people just look at me like I’m a crazy person.”

On the abuse plus size bloggers get over social media:

“People think we’re disgusting. They automatically think we’re lazy, when I work hard and I’m constantly on my feet. But I do have moments, like for this shoot, when I get ready and feel self-conscious. I’ve got this really tight dress on, and my stomach’s not flat – clearly.

“I’m a normal person, but people see me as this person who’s not really real, almost like I don’t have feelings. They think they can treat me any way they want to.”

On plus size fashion:

“I’m excited about plus size clothing now. There are things you see on the runway that they make in plus size fashion, but when I want a designer item and email the label my measurements, they’re like, ‘No, we can’t do that’.

“Shame on you if you want to lose out on money, because plus-sized women are a loyal bunch.”

Want to see more of the shoot? Marie Claire also shared a behind the scenes clip on their Instagram page (above).

Watch the full video at www.marieclaire.co.uk. To read the feature in full, see the December issue of Marie Claire, out today.

Five things to do in Queensland

Article by Lilly Anne

Despite the recent bad luck that has befallen the state in the past few months, Queensland is an amazing holiday destination which is home to Australia?s most spectacular scenery and natural environments. Often called the ?sunshine state?, its beaches, clear blue waters, reefs, islands and tropical rainforests men that holiday makers have an endless list of sights, activities and unforgettable experiences right on their doorstep. If sun, sand and sea is what you?re looking for in a holiday, you?ll find everything you want in Queensland. Here?s a guide to five of Queensland?s unbeatable attractions.

1. Whitsunday Islands. A chain of islands off Queensland?s coast between Mackay and Bowen, the ?Whitsundays? are a popular tourist destination for those wishing to visit the Great Barrier Reef. But don?t overlook the great things to do on the islands themselves. Whitehaven Beach is a 6 kilometre stretch of soft white sand on Whitsunday Island that has repeatedly been voted one of the world?s best beaches. Airlie Beach offers access to some amazing reefs and islands, and the most popular way to see everything is by taking a chartered sailing trip.

2. Great Barrier Reef. A must-see if you?re visiting Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is the world?s largest system of coral reefs. Made up of almost 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands, it is so big that it can be seen from outer space. With amazing experiences offered both above and below the water, thousands of visitors flock here each year to see this natural wonder and World Heritage listed site first hand. There are plenty of snorkelling trips available, depending on what island you?re staying on, so look into it early so you don?t miss out!

3. Frasier Island. Considered the largest sand island in the world, most visitors camp on Frasier Island and spend their days four-wheel driving over the sand dunes and swimming in the island?s freshwater lakes. If you?re keen to see a Dingo, you?ll be likely to see one here, but be careful ? there have been regular reports of dingoes biting tourists!

4. Surfer?s Paradise, Gold Coast. If you?ve had your fix of nature and adventure and are ready for a nice big hotel room and some busy nightlife, then make a stop at Surfer?s Paradise on Queensland?s Gold Coast. 80 kilometres from Brisbane, the wide surf beach, high rise skyline, and bustling bar and restaurant precinct offers visitors the ultimate combination of city and beach lifestyles. Surfer?s Paradise is close to both the Gold Coast and Brisbane, and there are plenty of cheap flights to Brisbane and the Gold Coast from most Australian locations.

5. Daintree Rainforest. Located on Queensland?s far north coast, the Daintree tropical rainforest is a spectacular ecological and biological wonder, and was added to the World Heritage List in 1988. Over 135 million years old, the Rainforest covers 1200 square kilometres and is home to a diverse array of fauna and flora, as well as endangered and rare species. There are a number of tours, activities and sights for visitors to experience in the spectacular Daintree region, and you can easily get there via Cairns. There are plenty of daily cheap flights to Cairns from other Australian destinations. Queensland is home to some of Australia?s most spectacular and famous sights and attractions, so if you?re planning a trip to Queensland, make sure you use this list as a starting point.

With the increase in the number of airlines offering cheap flights, Australia – and Queensland – should be at the top of your list for your next holiday destination!

Travel Agents – Make Your Vacation Plan Easier

Why would that be? One of many reasons that make travel agents are full of advantages is when you travel somewhere that the local people’s primary language is not english, travel agents can help you to mediate between you and local people.

Using one of available travel agents in your vacation area will make your very first world tour travel impressing and not easily forgotten. Your vacation area travel agents will guide you to the best resorts, dining places, tourist spots, and another vacation place in a specific are that you need visit while you are in your holiday. Travel agents also create or arrange your vacation schedule that you can discuss before with them to maximize your holiday trip. If you are doing your trip with your kids, you can also ask travel agents to make your kids vacation plan. Travel agents will make a few destination for children’s favorite place like amusement parks, theme parks, or playgrounds. Instead of those place, museums are also good for art and culture lover, you should check those out.

Travel agents assistance will allow you to reduce your time and effort of travel plan and destination because they will take for the place or wotn you would very like visit. Travel agents will decide whether you can go to your desire place or not soon after you tell them what do you really want for your vacation and the exact place you want to visit. If you are not agree with the travel agents offer, then they will change their plan offer until it suits your dream holiday. Travel agents usually give you a free service for vehicle which you will use to get into your holiday destination. At the time you get into the destination, the travel agents pick-p service will directly drive you to your choice of hotel to prevent you from get lost.

Moreover, the representatives of these travel agents have a great access to most of discount rates and new promos from hotels and restaurants in the local area of your vacation place. If you do not have an excess budget, you can tell that to your preferred travel agent and they will find you the best deals for your money’s worth. If you are travelling with your family members or party event, you can ask them whether if they have a promotions like free city tour guide, some of travel agents have that kind of promotion. If you can save your money with a lot of promotions, then you can use it to buy some local stuffs or souvenirs.

You can find and compare the services from travel agents by asking your friend’s suggestion or go online and find the review. Do not forget to hire a dependable and reputable travel agents to guarantee your travel satisfaction because they are taught to provide the best services and complete the whole travelling agenda for their customer. You do know the best thing to do when travelling and make sure to co-operate with the best travel agents.

Our Guide To Affordable Outdoor Entertainment This Summer – tour2health.com – Advices for wives and husbands, parents-children relations, development of modern families

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It’s summertime, and wallet-conscious Brits are choosing staycations in the UK, rather than schlepping off abroad. According to a report by the World Travel Market, ‘the UK was named in the top three holiday destinations for 2015 – and remained in the top three when consumers considered 2016 holidays.’ Price tag seems to be the main reason we stay close to home.

So, with this in mind, here’s our round up of some of this year’s more purse-friendly outdoor fun to bolt on to your staycation. Pack both waterproofs and plenty of sun cream (let’s be optimistic here), and enjoy the great British outdoors.

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Food festivals

Hungry? Food is always more delicious outdoors and there’s a fantastic choice of food festivals up and down the UK this summer. Want to sample Michelin-starred dishes without the Michelin price tag? Foodie heaven Taste of London features signature dishes from 40 of the capital’s most exciting restaurants, and live demos by grandees Nathan Outlaw and Monica Galetti.

If you prefer garlic-flavoured fudge and beer (who wouldn’t?), cross the Solent to the pongy Isle of Wight Garlic Festival. Isle of Wight food bloggers Matt and Cat describe it, “as quirky as it sounds. With some pretty unusual garlic food and drink on offer as well as plenty of entertainment, it’s a great way to sample the Island’s famous local food. Just make sure the person you kiss has also been to the Garlic Festival.

If you’re north of the border, you might like to enter the Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival’s Haggis Eating Competition. Or perhaps not. There’s plenty of other, less dyspeptic delicacies on offer. And falconry too.

Outdoor film screenings

Fancy snuggling up to watch a classic film under the stars on a warm summer’s night? With witty pairings of movie and place – Jaws at Brockwell Lido, Jurassic Park with the Victorian dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park and Labyrinth at Lulworth Castle – The Luna Cinema brings open-air big digital screen thrills to iconic venues throughout the UK. Cult Screens with its comfy bean bag seating and more intimate pop-up venues is a little cheaper. Remember your blanket and mosquito repellent.

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A proper British summer village fete

Embrace a quintessential British occasion: go to a really good village fete. The best ones showcase what the local community has to offer. Expect bunting, local honey, homemade jam, cake stalls, bric-a-brac, coconut shies, animals, crockery smashing and music. Relax on a hay bale drinking tea from the mandatory green cup and saucer as Morris dancers wassail around you. We love Surrey’s Tandridge Village Fete, with llamas, maypole dancing, tractors and the bonkers National Egg Throwing Championships, and Cheshire’s ancient Marton Wakes, with the children’s Rose Queen village costume procession, fairground rides, bands and Alan’s burgers.

Affordable festivals

If it’s an affordable summer music festival you’re after, book one of the smaller, newer ones. Farmfest in Somerset is how Glastonbury started off – an independent, rural festival featuring emerging artists and DJs. There’s loads of activities for the little ones during the day and you might catch the first performance of a future multi-Grammy Award winner. Well, you might!

Be one of the first at Sunfall, London’s newest summer music festival. It’s good value – your £60.50 ticket gets you into the day session in Brockwell Park, and exclusive access to some of London’s hippest clubs – Brixton’s Phonox, and XoYo Shoreditch  – at night. The line-up includes Jamie XX, Goldie and Zomby.

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Agricultural shows

Do you know your Herdwicks from your Hebrideans? You will if you head to one of the UK’s magnificent agricultural shows. These are a great family day out, and cheaper if you book tickets online. Get hands-on with farm animals of all shapes and sizes, heavy horses, combine harvesters and rural crafts, and maybe see sheepdogs in action. The biggie is the Great Yorkshire Show. Famous for its livestock ring parades, there’s also a motorcycle stunt team, food theatre and 1,000 stalls selling everything from milking machines to wellies. Its southern cousin, The Kent County Show has two exciting features this year: Joseph’s Amazing Racing Pigs and a fly-past by The Kent Spitfire.   

Street festivals

Summer street festivals are ideal if you’re on a budget as they come with low or no entry fees, eye-popping entertainment, tasty street food, and the freedom to wander. Take your pick of the carnivals celebrating Britain’s diversity: kick off in June with Pride’s rainbow LGBT Festival and Parade, brave the rain of the August Bank Holiday for the Notting Hill Carnival or join the South Asian community for the London Mela in early September. While the Edinburgh International Festival is out of reach of many pockets, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has lots of free street theatre, music and dance – if you can find somewhere cheap to stay in Edinburgh.

SHORT TRIP 1: Christchurch – Akaroa – Christchurch (164km)

Where do you find some challenging, twists and turns, wonderful scenery and a destination worth traveling to? Now that is a big ask you may say.

But if you are visiting Christchurch and don’t have much time, and had hoped to fit in a quick tour on a hired motor cycle of your choice to see the local sites, well you have come to the right place. There are lots of choices, but here is one that we always enjoy and can highly recommend…..

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CHRISTCHURCH – AKAROA

 Just The Facts
                                     

Duration: 3:00            Distance: 164km         Required Skill: intermediate

                                     

Corners: many            Straights: few           Scenery: good

Note: Duration and Distance are calculated based on a return trip.

MAP:

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Little River

Little River is approximately 30 minutes drive from Akaroa on Banks Peninsula, a major South Island tourist destination, and 45 minutes drive from Christchurch. It is on State Highway 75, which links Christchurch and Akaroa. Little River is a great place to stop at for a quick break and to prepare for the lovely twisty switchbacks which about to come. Little River is very popular for its cafe and art gallery.

The road from Christchurch is at sea level, but once past Little River, the road rises steeply and twists and turns its way to the top of the summit road. From the summit at Hilltop, all of the bays on the peninsula are accessible on equally steep and twisting roads leading down to them. Not all roads are sealed and some are more suited to Adventure Motor Cycles. But here we keep you to the black stuff.

The ride is simply brilliant, little traffic, especially on week days. Though you do need to be aware that when you least expect it a Goods truck could come round the next corner. Negotiating the switchbacks from Little River over to Akaroa is a good test of anyones riding skills. The views are wonderful, but keep your eyes on the road going down in to Akaroa, it has many lovely twists and turns, so you may want to stop to take some time to enjoy the view and to take photos of this beautiful harbour. There are a few purpose built parking bays at the sides of the road, ideal for the photo enthusiast.

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Hill Top Tavern

But first you’ll arrive at the hill top which is worth stopping at to get some pictures of the massive expansive view and taking a good look down to where you will be heading.

At hill top is the apply named Hill Top Tavern which is open Wed to Sun 10:00 to late with live music, great food and an assortment of locally brewed Beers, Wines and Ciders.

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Plenty Room for Parking at the Hill Top Tavern

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Akaroa

The name Akaroa in the native Māori Language is Kāi Tahu meaning ‘Long Harbour’. Akoroa is located in this long habour which began as a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. It still has a French/New Zealand feel and you will probably notice the streets are all named in French.

A French Touch

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After leaving the hill top, you are in for further corners carved out in the very heavens themselves.  You will be negotiating some exciting twists and turns all the way down to Barry’s Bay which take you through a number of additional bays leading finally to the lovely little village of Akaroa.

Village View

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 Fish’N’Chips  (Kiwi Gourmet Speciality)

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Akoroa has a lovely feel to it. On the weekends it is full of atmosphere and you can enjoy having lunch at one of the many yummy restaurants, cafes etc (Fish a chips are not to be missed) or simply sitting back soaking up the harbour view while enjoying a nice cold drink or ice cream and chatting with fellow riders (riders who for sure will be there on a sunny day!!). Once you have felt that you have truly experienced Akoroa and have had a great look in all the many Art galleries and shops, and maybe even taken your ‘togs’ (Kiwi for swimming gear) and enjoyed a swim with the dolphins, it’s time to throw your leg back over the bike and do it all again. Go on ..have fun!! Indulge in all those challenging corners…..you know you want to!

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One final piece of advice….. Barry’s Bay

If you love cheese, then on the way out back to Christchurch, don’t forget to stop at Barry’s Bay. There is a great little cheese factory named oddly enough Barry’s Bay Cheese, which has some amazing New Zealand cheeses not to be missed by cheese connoisseurs.

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So give Christchurch – Akoroa a go, you will love it!!

..and please contact Kiwi Motor Cycle Tours for any questions you may have, we would love to help ensure you have a great tour in New Zealand.

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HOW TO GET THERE

From the Center of Christchurch ride south via Columbo street, which leads from the central city south to Cashmere, up the cashmere hills via Dyers Pass Road… keep following the main road all the way up passed the sign of the Takahe to the Sign of the Kiwi -> Down to Governors Bay -> around Banks Peninsula -> down to Teddington -> (turn right into) Gebbies Pass Rd (Highway 75) -> follow the road to the Blue Duck Cafe -> still on Highway 75 towards Little River, up and over to Akaroa via the Hill Top Tavern….. a !!FANTASTIC!! short ride on a sunny day.  See the map for further clarification.

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Fethiye Tourist Guide


The Saklikent Canyon is an incomparable natural wonder, at a
distance of 50 km. from Fethiye. 300 meters deep and l8 km. long, the
canyon acquired the present-day appearance as a result of erosion of
rocks by rivers flowing down from mountains for thousands of years.
Because the level of water rises during winter months, visitors can
enter the canyon only in the summer. If amateur photography is among
your hobbies, you can snap splendid shots in the unspoiled panorama of
Saklikent and its environs.
The trout and traditional pastry offered to visitors on the wooden
resting places erected above the water rapidly flowing inside and
outside the canyon enrich the holiday memories and enhance the
enjoyment…
It is possible to reach Saklikent from Fethiye by dolmus or
daily tours organized by travel agencies. In an approximately
45-minute trip, as you pass through small settlements with authentic
life-style, you can see tobacco, cotton, aniseed, wheat plantations as
well as greenhouses. Access to the canyon is by way of a safe service
bridge. With the first step, travellers witness the crashing spring
waters capped with white foam and are bewitched with the greenery of
this secret paradise. Saklikent is a haven for those overcome from
heat in hot summer days, and the 3-km. trekking within the waters is
an ideal sport for everyone…
The discovery of the Saklikent Canyon is due to an
interesting coincidence. A shepherd wishing to start a trout farm in
the region was forced to have a service bridge built at this spot,
which opened the door of this secret paradise to all visitors. In the
beginning, the canyon was to be used only for trout farming but, as a
result of attracting great interest, plans were altered to meet the
requirements of the visitors.
Saklikent is a centre of attraction also for geologists and
cave researchers. Within the 18 km.-long canyon, you can go as far as
3 km. through water and climbing over rocks. If you should plan to go
further and experience an adventurous trekking, you must have
professional equipment and suitable clothing necessary for difficult
conditions.

October 2013 ~ Your Tour Travel

When your name is Goliath, you’d better be one humongous, ferocious creature, and the Goliath tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath) definitely lives up to its moniker. A native of the Congo River basin, the Lualaba River, Lake Upemba and Lake Tanganyika in Africa, it’s the largest member of the tigerfish clan, a genus of fierce predators with protruding, daggerlike teeth. The biggest one on record was nearly 5 feet long and weighed 154 pounds, the equivalent of a super-welterweight prizefighter. And it outclasses other African game fish in speed and power.

Locals say it’s the only fish that doesn’t fear the crocodile and that it actually eats smaller ones. It’s also been known to attack humans in rare instances. It’s so lightning quick and forceful that not only will it snap an angler’s line, but it will sometimes make off with his or her tackle. No wonder one fishing safari promoter requires clients read a cautionary treatise on the Goliath before agreeing to a fishing trip.

Bully of the Congo Basin

The Goliath tigerfish has an olive-colored back and a silvery underbelly. But if you see one, what you’ll remember is its mouthful of 32 jagged, razorlike teeth. Each tooth can be up to one inch long. The Goliath’s teeth are set at the edge of the jaw — the monster has barely any lips. And when those teeth slam down on prey, it’s a clean, almost surgical cut. Those attributes, combined with its muscular physique, make the Goliath a state-of-the-art mayhem machine.

It likes turbulent waters, where fish who are less powerful swimmers struggle against the current, rendering them vulnerable to attack. It has excellent eyesight and the ability to sense low-frequency vibrations emitted by prey. It generally circles the unlucky fish before striking with the brutality of a piranha. The Goliath has been known to pounce on a 60-pound catfish and literally slice it in half. Scary, huh? The Goliath’s lifespan in the wild is uncertain, but they’ve lasted 10 to 15 years in captivity.

Catching a Goliath

The Goliath is a tough fish to catch, but it can be done, provided you’ve got heavy-duty gear, a sharp enough hook and you’re willing to remain vigilant for long stretches. They’ll strike either lures or live bait. If you have good fortune, your hook will set deep enough in the mouth that it will survive the Goliath’s head-thrashing. When the Goliath jumps, be sure to lower the rod tip to reduce shock against the line. This is a fish that won’t allow you to make any mistakes.

Why You Should Throw It Back

The Goliath tigerfish puts more energy into killing than breeding. It can take a local population between five and 14 years to double in size. Ergo, every one you release helps ensure that the monsters remain in adequate numbers to keep the ecosystem in stasis.

Mahabalipuram Temple

Mamallapuram, situated 58 kms south
of Chennai, is a very important tourist stop. From the thousand year old
lighthouse situated there, one has a breathtaking view of the turquoise
waters of the Bay of Bengal. The lighthouse is not quite as one would
expect. It is built on a little platform beautifully carved, perched on a
rocky elevation where fires used to be lit a long time ago to guide the
ships safely to port.

The Shore temple is situated right on the
shores of the beach away from the hustle and bustle of the main area. During
high tides, this temple looks majestic with the gigantic waves crashing on
it. Below this rocky outcrop and the lighthouse, lies the little village of
Mamallapuram. Built between the 8th and 10th century AD, it was a major
sea-port of the great Pallava kings. Mamallapuram is today a marvellous open
air museum displaying all the wealth of the Pallava craftsmanship. It has
rock-cut caves and carvings set amongst the shadycasuarina groves. And a
perfect little shore temple, ornaments its wide sun-drenched beach.

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Perhaps the best known of the rock carvings is the immense 27
metre long and 9 metre wide bas-relief that is sculpted from one rock. It is
done in fascinating detail on a huge whale-back shaped rock. Frozen in stone
is the story of the descent of the river Ganga to the earth. It is after a
thousand year penance by Bhagiratha, that the god Shiva agreed to let the
heavenly river flow through his tresses, so that the world would not be
destroyed by its turbulent nature.

A natural fissure in the rock
serves as the river, and the emaciated sage Bhagiratha is pictured standing
on one foot, while all of creation – animals, humans and heavenly beings
watch the descent of the Ganga. The panel is sculpted in a vivid and
authentic style, and has the power to delight the viewer even a thousand
years after it was carved.At Mamallapuram, one can see the various shapes of
the Dravidian temple as it evolved from the early cave temples to the more
elaborate style of temple architecture.

This finally culminated in
temples with immense gateways or gopurams, courtyards and thousand pillared
halls. The five rathas (chariots) in Mamallapuram represent the five Pandava
heroes of Mahabharatha. Carved out in different styles, four of them have
been chiselled out of one immense rock. These rathas are the masterpieces of
the Pallava temple architecture and sculpture. There are nine rock-cut
temples excavated out of huge rocks.

One of them dedicated to
goddess Durga has carvings of the goddess killing a buffalo headed demon. In
absolute contrast is the Ananthasayana panel where Lord Vishnu is
illustrated as reclining peacefully on the coils of his serpent throne. A
thousand years ago, Mamallapuram was a bustling sea port with ships bringing
in riches from the distant lands. Now we are privileged to have these
structures which offer us an insight into the golden age of the Pallava
architecture.

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