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Pottery Making
Pottery Making

Pottery is the craft of making ceramic material into pots or potterywares using mud. Major types of potterywares include earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The place where such wares are made by a potter is also called a pottery (plural "potteries"). The technical definition of pottery used by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is "all fired ceramic wares that contain clay when formed, except technical, structural, and refractory products."

Pottery is one of the oldest human inventions, originating before the Neolithic period, with ceramic objects like the Gravettian culture Venus of DolníVěstonice figurine discovered in the Czech Republic date back to 29,000–25,000 BC, and pottery vessels that were discovered in Jiangxi, China, which date back to 18,000 BC. Early Neolithic pottery have been found in places such as Jomon Japan (10,500 BC), the Russian Far East (14,000 BC), Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

Pottery is made by forming a ceramic (often clay) body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln which removes all the water from the clay, which induces reactions that lead to permanent changes including increasing their strength and hardening and setting their shape. A clay body can be decorated before or after firing; however, prior to some shaping processes, clay must be prepared. Kneading helps to ensure an even moisture content throughout the body. Air trapped within the clay body needs to be removed. This is called de-airing and can be accomplished either by a machine called a vacuum pug or manually by wedging. Wedging can also help produce an even moisture content. Once a clay body has been kneaded and de-aired or wedged, it is shaped by a variety of techniques. After shaping, it is dried and then fired.

Yoga with Taj
Yoga with Taj

Book this unique experience with 1-hour yoga session at a location with amazing view of TajMahal. Yoga as a gem of Indian culture is not only a way to keep oneself healthy and fit, but also a way of life. This session will cover basic Asana, Dhyana and Pranayam at a lush green mound about 150 meters away, facing the TajMahal. Multiple start time for you to choose from and all levels are welcome! Imbibe yourself into the spiritual way of life, where your body and soul will get rejuvenated.

You will be picked up at your hotel in Agra by an A/C car and proceed to the yoga location with amazing view of the famous TajMahal. Meet with your professional and friendly yoga Instructor who will guide you throughout the session on the various Asanas, Dhyan and Pranayam while enjoying a breathtaking view of the TajMahal.

At the end of the session, your driver would drop you off at your hotel. Yoga is another gem of Indian culture, take a 1 hour Yoga class covering Asana, Dhyana and Pranayam at a lush green mound about 150 mts from the TajMahal.

Price: INR 2000
Price Inclusion:
1. Pick up and drop available from your hotel.
2. English Speaking instructor and a bottle of Mineral Water and Yoga Mat for each guest.
Starts At: TajMahal
Extra None. Suited For Spiritual beings, explorers
Notes: Please wear comfortable clothing.

Bear Rescue Centre
Bear Rescue Centre

The Agra Bear Rescue Facility is the largest Sloth Bear Rescue Facility in the world. Established in 1999 by Wildlife SOS in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, it currently houses over 210 sloth bears as well as many other species of wildlife in large forested enclosures with ponds and shady trees.

In Agra each rescued bear undergoes a 90-day quarantine period during which he or she is given a complete health checkup and treated for any diseases, wounds and parasites. The bear is vaccinated against Rabies, Leptospirosis and infectious canine hepatitis. After the quarantine period, the bears have access to large socialization enclosures where the behavior& personality of each bear is closely monitored by the Wildlife SOS vets & staff. The enclosures ensure bears interact with each other. Based on each bear's personality, he/she is matched to a group and then moved to a larger free-range areas. Wildlife SOS has full-time Wildlife Veterinary Doctors and a dedicated team of bear keepers to care for the rescued community. The Bear Hospital is equipped with a laboratory in addition to essential equipment like X-ray, Ultrasound, Dental suite, Operation Theater and other equipment needed to meet any bear care need that may arise. A special cub weaning area of the Bear Sanctuary is dedicated to foster baby bears rescued from poachers as the cubs require a lot of careful attention during the early months.

The Agra Bear Rescue Facility runs with the long term commitment of our international partners IAR-UK, FTB-Australia, One Voice, France. We are extremely grateful to our individual donors and supporters. It is thanks to their support that we are able to do the work that we do.

The Agra Bear Rescue Facility is now open for visitors. They have just completed a new Education Conservation Walkway, the first of its kind in India. So, please come and meet some of their bears and learn about their conservation efforts in India. Here are some of the details you need to know for planning your trip.

Pigeon Flying
Pigeon Flying

AGRA: It was a day when people of different faiths put aside their religious differences and came together to participate at the six-day game of pigeon-flying (also known as kulkulbazi and kabootarbazi) at Kuberpur, 20 km from Agra, that began on Thursday. People gathered to showcase their skills as they controlled the birds with peculiar call signs. The six-day long event started on a peaceful note on Thursday without any police and administrative intervention despite a gathering of 10,000 onlookers and participants.

"It is the love of 'kabootarbazi' that has overpowered the fire of communalism," said Dinesh Chand ChaudharyUstad, president of the Agra Kabootarbazi association and head of the six-day kulkulbazi event, which started at Kuberpur. Dinesh Chand Chaudhary learned how to train pigeons from his "ustad" (teacher), Nannu Khan. Chaudhary now has more than a dozen "khalifas" (those who keep and train pigeons) under him who are learning the art from him.

"Kabootarbazi is a practice which is widespread in India and can be traced back to ancient times. Mughal emperor Akbar was fascinated with 'kabootarbazi'. The game was banned for years but it was revived in 2004 by the DM of Agra at that time. The event draws some of the best pigeon fanciers of the city and nearby areas, including Delhi, Firozabad and Mainpuri. It is now attracting more and more youngsters with each passing year," said Dinesh Chand Choudhary.

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