Online Casinos: New Favourite Gamble of India

The digital gaming industry of India is experiencing enviable growth in recent years. The availability of cheaper data charges and the increased adoption of smartphones have significantly influenced the growth of the industry. Besides racing and arcade games, online casinos are making a foray into the Indian market, promoting the international games publishers to invest in the space.

Some international online casino players like LeoVegas’ award-winning live casinos that have gained maximum attention and appreciation in India. This multi-award winning online casino has been consistently recognized as one of the best ones. However, with the wide and confusing rating lists of online casinos, the best way to pick the best ones is to personally compare them.

The fast growth of social card games played for real money

There is fast growth in the number of mobile users who are playing online social card games such as poker and rummy for real money. In fact, some of them have become the top-grossing games. Because there are a small number of Indian gamers who want to pay for the games, the free-to-play (F2P) is the most favorite model. However, the number of users who download the game for free and then go for in-app purchases continues to increase. Moreover, game monetization has been possible through advertisements too.

The huge smartphone user base

The growing number of smartphone users has created a strong base for the mobile gaming sector to become the most favorite gaming platform. It is estimated to reach to 530 million smartphone users, who are constantly exploring entertainment options on their mobiles, in the current year. Many gaming companies are working on utilizing this trend to their benefit. Some of them have also co-operated with international game publishers. Online card games such as poker and rummy have been able to harness this opportunity successfully. With their mobile app version, they can offer the same experience, or sometimes even better than that of PC to their users.

The best itineraries for India first-timers (part 1)


India has such a massive space, so you will find it difficult to see it all on one trip. These following Indian itineraries can be a great help for those who are planning to visit this country for the first time.

The classics: The all-time classic Golden Triangle is the most popular India tour. For those who have a short time, this is a perfect introduction to three of India’s top destinations including Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. If you don’t mind moving every couple of days, you can squeeze it into a week. Start in Delhi, with sights like the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb, and then hit Agra and tour the Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, and Fatehpur Sikri. After that, head to Jaipur to explore the fort at Amber and the Pink City. Finally, return to Delhi’s wonderful bazaars for a shopping spree before coming back home.

Religious sites: You can find temples everywhere in India, but particularly in the north and center of the country, you’ll be truly spoiled for choice. There’s the Konark’s rock-carved Sun Temple, Golden Temple in Amritsar, the erotically carved edifices of Khajuraho, and cohorts of Jain temples in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Temples in the south are something different, with towering and statue-covered gopuram towers such as Madurai, Hampi, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruchirappalli, and exquisitely decorated temple caves at Ellora, Ajanta, and Elephanta Island near Mumbai.

Beaches & waterways: Head south to enjoy the best beaches of India. Munch bhelpuri made with puffed rice, noodles, green mango and a tangy sauce on the Girgaum Chowpatty beach of Mumbai before drifting south to the sun and sand in Goa. Take your pick of the Goan beaches with top spots including Arambol, Palolem, and Vagator, or try the black sand beaches of Varkala and Kovalam in Kerala, as well as golden sand in the north of the state. Kerala is also well-known for its meandering backwaters, where you can hire a canoe or a houseboat and let the world glide gently by. Another option is beautiful Dal lake in Srinagar in Kashmir with the beauty of the mountains rising out of the mist from the walnut windowframe.

5 tips for first-time travel to India (part 2)


3. Escape the crowds

India has more than a billion locals, many of  which are certainly crowded. The bustle can be fun, especially if there’s a festival. Luckily, India has a lot of quiet retreats, so add some relaxing escapes into your list of destinations. To keep your batteries remain charged, spend some days in a city, then followed by some days in a small town or in the countryside. For inner and outer peace, go to the south of India to visit the beaches of Kerala, or the north to visit captivating hill stations or the valleys of the Himalaya in Sikkim, Ladakh, and Himachal Pradesh.

4. Stay healthy

India has a notorious reputation amongst travellers for somewhat Delhi belly (an upset stomach). Particularly if you’re on a short trip, you should take steps to avoid a dodgy tum. Avoid drinking tap water, and remember to steer clear of any food which may have been washed in it. You should also avoid ice, ice cream, fruit, and salads that you haven’t just peeled yourself. Before launching into a mega-spicy street food feast or buying street food, let your stomach acclimatize for a few days.

Many travellers go veggie while in India because a bit of meat may be more harmful than undercooked vegetables. Moreover, many Indians are vegetarian, so perhaps, this country offers the most fabulous choice of vegetarian food in the world. If you eat meat, make sure it’s well cooked, and only choose stalls and restaurants which are packed with locals.

5. Pick the perfect route

India has a massive space, and you will not have enough time to see it all on one trip. So, think about what you like doing and how much time you have. Instead of trying to see the whole country, you should concentrate on the south, or on the north of the country. However, internal flights, or long-distance trains are plentiful and inexpensive so that you can easily hop from north to south if you want a taste of both.

5 tips for first-time travel to India (part 1)

India is an exotic destination! It has historical monuments, beaches and other attractive tourist spots that you can easily find out from Tripadvisor or a tour company. Some travelers came there for some weeks, some stayed for years and they were even not sure how long they are going to be there. If you know important basics and your expectations are set correctly, you can start enjoying the country!

Whether you are planning to travel to India for a short or long period of time, start with our tips for first-time travel to India.

1. Keep your cool

India has an often deserved reputation not only for its beauty and wonder but also for touts, scams, and other hassles. There are some ways for you to reduce the chances of being cheated or overcharged. However, it is hard to avoid having a few encounters with scammers on your trip. Especially, be careful of taxi or rickshaw drivers who insist on taking you to specific shops, hotels, or travel agencies because you will have to pay for their commission.

The most important advice for any India first-timer is trying to keep calm, no matter what happens. The key to enjoying your time in India is being able to control your frustrations that usually easily boil over in this country, just take a deep breath and move on. If you’re stressed about being scammed or losing some money, consider how much you’ve really lost and it’s worth getting that fussed about or not.

2. Slow down

Many people try to visit too many places in India and subsequently burn out. To enjoy the best trip, instead of trying to tick off as many spots as possible but not having time to appreciate any of them, you should concentrate on just a few ones and see them slowly. Spend a few days in one place and you’ll gain a deeper understanding of where you are and have more time to know about the people you meet. Your exchanges with hospitable locals will certainly create some of the most memorable moments of your trip.

Great Places In India For Adventure Sports (part 2)


6. Andamans (Scuba Diving)

The Andaman and Nicobar group of islands is a union territory of India and considered as one of the top beach destinations in Asia. The beaches are beautiful with crystal clear blue waters and white sandy shores. There are various sites across the islands offering scuba diving and snorkeling. The islands are also well-known for the amazing views of the coral reefs.

7. Mysore (Skydiving)

Skydiving is not so popular in India due to the amount of risk involved and conservative mentality of the people. Located in the Indian state of Karnataka, Mysore is a famous historical town with various forts and monuments and also offers thrill seekers a chance to experience skydiving, tandem jumps, and accelerated free-falls.

8. Rishikesh (Bungee Jumping)

The Holy town of Rishikesh is also famous for providing various adventure sports. Travelers here can take a chance on flying fox, bungee jumping, and giant swings.

9. Goa (Water Sports)

The State of Goa is best-known for being the beach capital of India with various exotic  beaches. Water skiing is available across various beaches and at various sites throughout the State along with training camps to attract adventurous travelers.

10. Pushkar (Hot Air Ballooning)

Pushkar is considered as the holiest of all India’s pilgrim spots and is also home to the illustrious Pushkar Camel Fair which attracts a lot of visitors from across the country and abroad. Hot Air ballooning is offered during the fair and may be the best way to view the exotic colors of the Fair.

Although India is not very familiar with adventure sports, extreme adventure sports are offered generally in various towns which are highly regarded as pilgrim spots. This creates a unique combination when it can offer the visitors both a spiritual and thrilling experience at the same time.

Ramakrishna Math Rajkot, Gujarat

Address: Dr. Yagnik Road, Rajkot – 360 001 Gujarat (India)

Timing: Morning Aarti – 5:00 AM & Evening Puja – 7:30 PM

Ramakrishna Math (Ashrama) was built in the 19th century in order to evoke Vedic philosophy and principles among the Indian people. This serene campus is an important learning center of Rajkot. It offers Vedic education and has a library, bookstore, guest house, ayurvedic center, and a permanent exhibition that showcases the life of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhans.

Ramakrishna Math Rajkot

The architecture of Ramakrishna Math is really majestic, from the entry gate to fences to temples. Each wall is adorned with a Ramakrishna Math and Mission’s emblem, being designed by the Swami Vivekananda and showing four forms of yoga. Moreover, at each panel, visitors will notice a temple motif in which Conch, Kumbha, Bell, and Deepa are placed so well that all four of them are visible from every corner. Ramakrishna Math campus was inspired by the different notable building of India, for example, the main gate is Ajanta caves entrance’s modified version.

In the middle of the Ramakrishna Math complex is the 168-feet-high temple which features an auditorium under the Bhoga and Natmandir room under the Garbha Mandir. The temple was designed by Shri Madhukar Thakor on the Shri Ramakrishna Temple’s lines Belur Math, originally conceived by Swami Vivekananda. Surrounding the temple, there is a beautiful railing that looks exactly like the Sanchi stupa’s massive stone fences. The idol of Lord Ganesh on the right and Lord Hanuman on the left are installed inside the temple. Overlooking the Naat Mandir is a Gopuram, being covered with an overhanging balcony and further up is a Nahbat-Khana, the place in which the Shehnai is played during festival days. Adorned with domes, parapets, chhatris, and windows, the temple’s exteriors are as impressive as its interior.

Top 10 Places To Visit In Rajkot (part 3)

  1. Lang Library – Discover Gujarati and Kathiyawadi literature

Book fans who love the books’ intoxicating scent and love being surrounded by them will find that Lang Library is one of the greatest places to visit in Rajkot. It is home to Gujarati and Kathiyawadi literature, including fiction and reference books. Some of them are written in gold on handmade paper while some others are bound in old leather. You will have a wonderful time exploring Lang Library with over three lakh books.

Ideal for: Leisure and Culture

  1. Aji Dam – A charming destination 

Aji Dam is another popular sightseeing spot in Rajkot. It is the ideal place for a picnic like former mentioned Nyari Dam. It has plenty of space for children to play, a walkway atop the dam, and a manicured garden. Remember to keep an eye out for migratory birds that flock here.

With a manicured garden surrounding the dam, it includes an amusement park, zoo, bird aviary, crocodile park, and food court. When the winter looms, it becomes a haven of migratory birds and late-flowering shrubs, that is the primary attraction at this time of year. Aji Dam remains in a good condition through many years thanks to Rajkot Municipal Corporation.

Ideal for: Leisure

  1. Lal Pari Lake – The place where serenity meets nature

Lal Pari Lake, located a few kilometres from Rajkot city, is another picturesque locale which is yet another terrific picnic spot. It is among the most popular tourist places near Rajkot such as Aji Dam. It attracts a lot of migratory birds that put on quite a show.

Ideal for: Leisure

Looking at these attractive places to visit in Rajkot, it is certain that Rajkot is an awesome tourism destination for nature and culture lovers! And if you have already been to the city, please share your experience and add your favourite place in the above list.

Top 10 Places To Visit In Rajkot (part 2)

  1. Nyari Dam – For a blissful picnic

If you want to take a break from the famous museums in Rajkot, you should head to Nyari Dam, located five kilometers from Rajkot, a scenic place to visit that is perfect for a picnic. Although frequented by both locals and tourists, nowadays, it still retains a peaceful ambiance. Its views are lovely and picturesque. If you stay here till the evening, you can catch and enjoy a very beautiful sunset.

Ideal for: Leisure.

  1. Prem Mandir – Different architectural styles

Prem Mandir is one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Rajkot. In spite of its name, translated to ‘temple of love’, Prem Mandir is a Syro-Malabar cathedral which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It features an amalgamation of different religions’ architectural styles, including the domes that were inspired by mosques with a mosaic of Christ seated above a lotus. The church’s unique aspects make it become one of the best sightseeing places in Rajkot.

Ideal for: Culture.

  1. Khambhalida Caves – A look back into the past

Looking back to the 4th or 5th century AD, Khambhalida Caves include beautiful carvings hewn from limestone with 3 caves of which the central one has a chaitya. Bodhisattva’s life-size figures flank the entrance to the chaitya. One figure is Avalokiteshvara Padmapani and another is Avalokiteshvara Vajrapani. According to the site’s description, these figures are Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s only known depictions in cave architecture in Gujarat.

Ideal for: History

  1. Jubilee Garden – Spend time amidst nature

Jubilee Garden is a picturesque tourism place in Rajkot city. It provides a quick getaway from the hustle and the bustle, encouraging you to relax and enjoy the serenity. Leafy, large trees offer a lot of shade and an old pavilion invites visitors to admire its intricate carvings. The garden is not too well maintained, however, it is still worth a quick visit.

Ideal for: Leisure.

Great Places In India For Adventure Sports (part 1)

 

Adventure sports means performing activities which have a certain amount of danger and thrill involved. Mountaineering, bungee jumping, and skiing are practiced all across the globe and have garnered a huge number of followers. Not being very familiar with this genre of sports, India is still one of the most populous countries in the world with various natural resources making it an interesting destination for adventure sports enthusiasts. Here is a list of India’s great places for adventure sports:

  1. Rishikesh (White Water Rafting)

The ancient Rishikesh is perfect to practice white water rafting. Considered as the Gate to the Himalayas, Rishikesh is famous for its pilgrim spot, various yoga, and spiritual centers.  It is the best place to start a slide through Ganges River with various rafting camps across the towns which offer training and rafting facilities.

  1. Auli (Skiing)

Located in the State of Uttrakhand, Auli is one of the most favorite skiing destinations in the Himalayas. With the monolithic slopes going up to a massive more than 3000 meters above sea level, it attracts a lot of adventure skiers from all around the world. The best time to visit Auli is from December to March.

  1. Kasauli (Hang Gliding)

Located in the State of Himachal Pradesh, Kasauli is at a height of 1,927 meters above sea level. Although the town is not densely populated, it is one of the top tourist attractions and offers some of the best hang gliding spots in India.

  1. Ladakh (Trekking)

Located in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is one of the most favorite destinations in India. The Himalayas’ various mountain ranges and the Kunlun Mountain ranges surrounding the region give Ladakh some of the most amazing trekking spots.

  1. Gulmarg (Ice Climbing)

Located in the Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir, amidst the Himalayas, at a height of 2,690 meters above sea level, Gulmarg is a popular hill station of India. During winter, the temperature here can drop below 0 degree Celsius and it is perfect to practice ice climbing on the frozen waterfalls here.

 

Top 10 Places To Visit In Rajkot (part 1)

The bustling and sprawling city of Rajkot in Gujrat is not the first tourism destination which comes to mind when you plan a holiday here. However, there are many great places in Rajkot that let you explore its history and natural allure.

Among Rajkot’s many must-sees are the childhood home of Gandhi, a museum where you can learn about Rajkot’s history, and a library with a vast books collection which showcases Gujarati literature. And when you head out of the city, there are beautiful lakes and dams just waiting to be explored.

  1. Kaba Gandhi No Delo – Explore Gandhi’s childhood

Kaba Gandhi No Delo, where Gandhi spent his childhood, is one of the most visited places in Rajkot. It was his paternal home and has been converted into the Gandhi Smriti – the museum which showcases his whole life through photographs. Besides being a museum, this building is also used to hold embroidery and sewing classes for young girls.

Ideal for: History

  1. Rotary Dolls Museum – Marvel at dolls from all over the world

The Rotary Dolls Museum is an important tourism attraction of Rajkot. It exhibits more than 1,000 dolls decked out in different attires from various countries in the world. Unlike most of the other museums which give you a glimpse of the world’s cultures by exhibiting ancient relics and artifacts, the Rotary Dolls Museum does so through beautiful dolls that set against the backdrops highlighting the original place where they came from.

Ideal for: Culture, leisure

  1. Watson Museum – Discover Rajkot’s history

Saurashtra’s region has recently changed from the home of princely states to the industrial cities. Rajkot is a typical example. The Watson Museum inside Jubilee Garden, commemorating Colonel John Watson, shows the region’s colonial history with artifacts dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization which can be found in and around the state. These relics from the past takes you back in time and appreciate Gujarat’s long history.

Ideal for: History