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DPC announces next photo trip to Banaras 22-24th July 2016

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Varanasi has been a cultural centre of North India for several thousand years, and is closely associated with the Ganges. Hindus believe that death in the city will bring salvation, making it a major centre for pilgrimage. The city is known worldwide for its many ghats, embankments made in steps of stone slabs along the river bank where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. Of particular note are the Dashashwamedh Ghat, the Panchganga Ghat, the Manikarnika Ghat and the Harishchandra Ghat, the last two being where Hindus cremate their dead. The Ramnagar Fort, near the eastern bank of the Ganges, was built in the 18th century in the Mughal style of architecture with carved balconies, open courtyards, and scenic pavilions. Among the estimated 23,000 temples in Varanasi are Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Shiva, the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, and the Durga Temple. The Kashi Naresh (Maharaja of Kashi) is the chief cultural patron of Varanasi, and an essential part of all religious celebrations. An educational and musical centre, many prominent Indian philosophers, poets, writers, and musicians live or have lived in the city, and it was the place where the Benares Gharana form of Hindustani classical music was developed. One of Asia’s largest residential universities is Banaras Hindu University (BHU). The Hindi-language nationalist newspaper, Aj, was first published in 1920.

 

 

Varanasi grew as an important industrial centre, famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works, and sculpture. Buddha is believed to have founded Buddhism here around 528 BC when he gave his first sermon, “The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dharma”, at nearby Sarnath. The city’s religious importance continued to grow in the 8th century, when Adi Shankara established the worship of Shiva as an official sect of Varanasi. Despite the Muslim rule, Varanasi remained the centre of activity for Hindu intellectuals and theologians during the Middle Ages, which further contributed to its reputation as a cultural centre of religion and education. Goswami Tulsidas wrote his epic poem on Lord Rama’s life called Ram Charit Manas in Varanasi. Several other major figures of the Bhakti movement were born in Varanasi, including Kabir and Ravidas. Guru Nanak Dev visited Varanasi for Shivratri in 1507, a trip that played a large role in the founding of Sikhism. In the 16th century, Varanasi experienced a cultural revival under the Muslim Mughal emperor Akbar who invested in the city, and built two large temples dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu, though much of modern Varanasi was built during the 18th century, by the Maratha and Bhumihar kings. The kingdom of Benares was given official status by the Mughals in 1737, and continued as a dynasty-governed area until Indian independence in 1947.

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DPC Heritage Photowalk Gazipur Flower Market 18-19th June

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Continuing the series of New Photowalks . Here is the brand new walk.

DPC is announcing its next heritage walk to Ghazipur Flower Mandi.

Ghazipur Flower Mandi is a photographer’s {as well as a botanist’s} delight with stalls upon stalls of regular and exotic flowers being sold at wholesale rates.

Delightfully fragrant and a treat for the eyes, this wholesale market of Delhi located in Ghazipur supplies flowers to an array of buyers ranging from event managers, wedding planners, and designer florists to small scale vendors. Look at the flowers, absorb their beauty and take some home – who knows, it might just turn out to be the best “good morning” you’d have wished yourself in a long time!

Focusing on the flowers, the range found here is as impressive as the source itself. These flowers are brought from all over India, as well as from distant countries like Thailand, China and Holland, amongst others. These include marigolds, lilies, roses, orchids, gerberas, irises, anthuriums, and even artificial flowers in shades of reds, oranges, yellows, blues & whites, to highlight just a few of the wide gamut of flowers.

Ever since the flower market made its shift from Mehrauli to Ghazipur, this has become the ultimate spot for wedding vendors, retailers, flower sellers and florists. The range, types and kinds of flowers are enough to convince you to buy some for your home. Coming in from Holland, China and other South East Asian countries, {and from all over India}, the lilies, roses, marigolds, orchids, gerberas, carnations,rajnigandhas and more are top-notch. During festivals {and we went during Diwali}, the bundles of flowers are piled up high, and the trick is to walk deeper and deeper into the market for better deals.

Date             :  18 and 19th June 2016

Timings         :  7.00 am to 9.00 am

Closest Metro Station: Anand Vihar  ISBT

Please Note

A return mail from your side confirming your participation will help us plan better. We request you to send us a line of confirmation back for us to know that you are certainly coming :)

Please feel free to call Virendra on 8826712162 for other clarifications

 

 

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DPC Heritage Photowalk Azadpur Mandi 22nd May 2016

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In terms of arrivals, Azadpur Fruit & Vegetable Market is the biggest Fruit & Vegetable market in Asia. This is the market of national importance as it has assumed the character of a National Distribution Centre for important fruits like Apple, Banana, Orange, Mango and Vegetables like Potato, Onion, Garlic & Ginger.

This market was constructed by DDA in 1977 & the allotments of Shops to Traders have been made by DDA. There are about 3664 Commission Agents/Wholesalers in regulated market & the purpose of regulation is to ensure orderly marketing to safeguard the interests of both producers/sellers and consumers by eliminating various malpractices like under-weighment, short payment, delayed payments, unauthorised deductions & indulgence of too many intermediaries. The aim is to ensure economic. legal and infrastructural conditions conducive to competitive marketing.