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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Area   8248 sq kms. The Capital of this state is Port Blair
Boundaries   Located in the Bay of Bengal, this group of 572 islands lies 193 km away from Cape Negrais in Myanmar, 1255 km from Calcutta, and 1190 km from Chennai. The two important groups of islets are Ritchie's Archipelago and Labyrinth Islands. The Nicobar Islands are located to the south of the Andamans, 121 km from the Little Andaman Island. Of the total 572 islands, only 36 islands are inhabited. The Islands are located between the latitudes 6° to 14° North and longitudes 92° to 94° East
Important Cities and Towns   Diglipur, Mayabunder, Rangat, Port Blair
Places of Tourist Interest  
The Cellular Jail, Museum, Corbyn's Cove, Mount Hariet, Sippighat Farm, Chidiya Tapu, Wandoor Beach, Viper Island
Best Time To Visit   December to early April
Airports   Port Blair
The climate in the Andaman and Nicobar is tropical. The native people of these islands are of Negroid and Monogloid stocks. The main tribes are Onge, Andamanese, Shompen, Nicobarese and Jarawa. The number of tribals is fast dwindling.
Required Clothing  
Cottons throughout the year
Food culture
The ancient princely state of Rajasthan gave rise to a royal cuisine. Their food cooked in pure ghee is famous for it's mouth- watering aroma. Rajasthani cooking was also influenced by both the war-like lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in the desert region. Food that could last for several days and could be eaten without heating was preferred, more out of necessity than choice. Scarcity of water and lack of fresh green vegetables also had their effect on Rajasthani cooking.
Generally, Rajasthani curries are a brilliant red but they are not as spicy as they look. Most Rajasthani cuisine uses pure ghee (clarified butter) as the medium of cooking. A favorite sweet dish called lapsi is prepared with broken wheat (dalia) sautéed in ghee and sweetened. Apart from the spicy delicacies, each of the regions of Rajasthan is distinguished by its popular sweet ladoos of Jaisalmer, mawa kachori of Jodhpur, malpuas of Pushkar, dil jani of Udaipur, mishri mawa and ghevar of Jaipur, sohan halwa of Ajmer, mawa of Alwar, and rasgullas of Bikaner, to name a few. Bikaner also has a whole range of other savories and snacks like the world famous Bikaner ki bhujia.
Some of the famous dishes include;Jaipuri Mewa Pulao, Rajahastani Dal Bati, Lachchedar Parethe.
Some of the must visit cities are - Port Blair
Port Blair, the capital, has only a handful of sights. This small town has changed in the last three decades from one which saw a ship from the mainland once a month if the weather permitted, to a place connected by flights from Chennai and Kolkatta several times a week. It has now hospitals, shops, schools and colleges and a few museums, in addition to resort hotels and watersports facilities.
Sights in Port Blair
Cellular Jail (National Memorial), located at Port Blair, is a mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this Jail. The Jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name, 'cellular' because it is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement of the prisoners. It originally was a seven pronged, puce colored building with a Central Tower acting as its fulcrum and a massive structure comprising honey-comb like corridors. The building was subsequently damaged and presently three out of seven prongs are intact. The Jail now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared a National Memorial.
he saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Son-et-Lumiere' shown daily at 6.00 PM (Hindi) and 7.15 PM (English). Also there is a Museum and an Art Gallery which is open on all days except Monday from 9.00 AM to 12 Noon and 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM.
Andaman Water Sports Complex, a unique sports complex in India is one of its own kind. Safe Water Sports like Rowing Boats, Paddle Boats, Aqua-glide, Bumper boats; Adventure Water Sports like Water-skiing, Water scooters, Sail boats, Wind-surfers, Speed boats, Glass-bottom boats, etc. are available. There are Saline Water Swimming Pool, Nature-walk, Change Room, Food Plaza, also. There is a Memorial built to commemorate the Battle of Aberdeen, fought between the British and Andamane aborigines in May, 1859, in which many Andamanese died. There is an artificial water-fall nearby.
Gandhi park , is a beautiful Park at Port Blair has facilities like children's park, amusement park, entertainment park, deer and bird park, water sports, nature trail,, lake, garden, restaurant and Japanese temple, as well as a bunker. The erstwhile Dilthaman Tank, which was the only source of drinking water to Port Blair has been developed into Gandhi Park in an unbelievably short time of 13 days. >>TOP
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