Saturday, 29 November 2014

Goa Beach Holiday : A Combination of Fun, Sun and Sand

How do you feel when suddenly you get a chance to explore the land of sun, sand and sea? For me it was amazing, when I got the news that this time we would explore golden sun, sparkling sand and blue sea and for that the best place was Goa. I, Father, Sushant and Jiya, we all took leave for a week from our respective jobs and packed our bags to hit the Goa, the land of beaches.
Church of St. Francis Assisi
Church of St. Francis Assisi
It was hard for everyone to wait, so we opted the air route and took a flight from IGI airport, Delhi. It took around 2 hours and 25 minutes to reach Dabolim airport, Goa. Form there, we hired a private taxi to reach our booked resort located at most famous Dona Paula beach. It was a sea-facing resort from where we could enjoy the sea view all the time. For that day we decided to enjoy the recreation facilities at resort itself along with the spell bounding views of the calm and beautiful sea.

Dona Paula beach view doubled our excitement. It was heavily crowded and most of them were newly wedded couples who were there to celebrate their honeymoon in Goa.

The next day, we all left the resort a bit early, just to make most of the day. To start the day, the first attraction was churches of the land. We moved towards old Goa in car hired by us. Our first Goa attraction was Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Amazing architecture and a sacred place were a good start of that day. After offering our prayers, we left the place and moved to explore the culture of the Goa, blend of Indian and western culture.

After exploring some street markets of the city, the time was to enjoy the cuisines of this gorgeous land. Be it Italian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Thai, Gujarati, Chinese, South Indian, Mexican, European or Korean, Goa serves everything. We tried only rice, fish curry and bhaji and they were delicious. The day was over, we came back to resort and took the rest.

In rest of the days, we covered four famous beaches of Goa, including Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Bogmolo Beach and Calangute Beach. Every beach has its own charm and that cannot be expressed in words.

Rave parties of Anjuna beach attract a large number of tourists every year and that was the reason it was on our must visit list. We spent a full day on Anjuna beach. While Sushant and Jiya were enjoying underwater diving at the beach, I and father explored Wednesday Flea Market.
Goa Beach Vacation
Goa Beach Vacation
Classical dance events and musical concerts organized at Calangute beach kept us occupied for an entire day. Where the days were dedicated to the sandy beaches, our nights were occupied in electrifying Goan parties.

In that week, we tried to explore the maximum but still a week was not enough to cover everything.
This is almost impossible to cover miles of golden beaches and green landscape in a week. So, we left the rest for our next Goa Beach Vacation and came back with golden memories and famous Kaju Feni of Goa.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Guide to Lakshadweep Trave..

Introduction :

The islands of Lakshadweep are an inviting holiday destination for nature lovers. With soft beaches and plenty of sun, this group of 35 islands with lush green landscape and beautiful beaches is known for its diving and snorkeling facilities. We, as principal Travel Agents for India, offer you reliable travel and tour services to this beautiful island territory.

It is believed that the Lakshadweep islands have been formed due to coral activity. These coral reefs give each of these islands and the sea around them, a unique colour and beauty. The smallest of all Indian Union Territories, Lakshadweep is safely tucked away from the cacophony of modernisation.

Tourist Attractions in Lakshadweep :

The Lakshadweep islands offer nature at its best to the travelers. Marvelous marine life to embed in your memories! Lakshadweep offers everything to relax and rejuvenate you besides being far away from the madding crowds.

Bangarama :

The Bangaram Island has been developed as a tourist center and is the only island open to foreign tourists, besides certain other specified islands where day visits are permitted. Just an hour and a half away from Agatti, the island of Bangaram charms you with its coconut canopies, colorful boats and fish is all sizes and hues. Right from the glass bottom boat and the speed boat to wind surfing and kayaking you may indulge in any of the amazing activities offered at Bangaram. Deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, rafting, catamaran sailing and snorkeling are other water activities you may enjoy at Bangaram. Don't forget to treat your taste buds with the Lakshadweep tuna, squid and other sumptuous seafood options. Spot the Asian dolphins, Leopard Moray Eels, frogfish, manyan, octopus and the turtle as they swim by you. Tinnakara, Parali-I and Parali-II make excellent excursion options from Bangaram.

Agatti :

The palm fringed western beach of Agatti is indeed heaven on Earth, one of the nature's treasures at Lakshadweep Islands. Soothe yourself in the combination of the sun, sand and the sea. Agatti boasts of being the only island in Lakshadweep with an airport. Thus the entire air transportation between the Lakshadweep islands and the Indian mainland takes place through Agatti. Thus, Agatti is rightly addressed as the 'Gateway to the Lakshadweep islands'. While at Agatti do not miss the experience of the fiberglass boats and the country canoes cruises. Amongst the wide range of water sports offered at Agatti are snorkeling, kayaking and canoeing.

Kavaratti :

Kavaratti is the administrative capital of the Lakshadweep islands. The swaying coconut canopies invite you for the time of your life. While at Kavaratti do not miss out on the Urja mosque that happens to be one of the most beautiful mosques amongst the 52 mosques in Kavaratti. The ornate ceiling of the mosque has been carved out from a single piece of driftwood. The other must visit at Kavaratti is the Aquarium that will captivate you with the variety of colorful fish and corals. Then there is the Lakshadweep Museum that is home to several artifacts.

Other Tourist Spots in Lakshadweep :

The longest island amongst the Lakshadweep group of islands is the Andrott Island. The tomb of Hazrat Ubaidullah and the Buddhist archaeological remains are the major attractions for tourists at the Andrott Island.

Minicoy is a large island in the Lakshadweep group of islands that is close to Maldives. While at Minicoy you must visit the Tuna Canning Factory, the lighthouse built by the British way back in 1885 and enjoys the performance of the traditional Lava Dance.

The kaleidoscopic island of Lakshadweep namely Kadmat boasts of Water Sports Institute. In addition there is Laca Dives, the scuba diving center that attracts adventure seekers from far and wide to Kadmat. It is noteworthy that Kadmat offers the cheapest scuba diving course package in the world.

At the Kalpeni of the Lakshadweep islands you may enjoy the charming coral life with the tourist facilities. Amidst the spectacular sights of the lovely lagoon you may swim, reef walk, snorkel or indulge in water sports like kayaking and sailing. Close by are the islets of Tilakkam and Pitti.

How to Reach Lakshadweep :

The Lakshadweep islands are 400 kms west of the coast of Kerala. From the Indian Mainland you may either board the regular flights or the vessels that ply between Cochin and Agatti. The Indian Airlines flight caters to the air transportation and the ships sails to the major islands of Lakshadweep in a sequence. For inter island travel you may need to use the boat or the helicopter services since they are usually miles apart and could take anything between three to twenty hours.

We provide complete tour packages as well as travel and tour services for the Lakshadweep islands. We offer complete arrangements starting from permits, air booking/sea booking services, transit accommodation and other facilities at Cochin/Agatti, ground /boat transfer facilities and transport facilities for a tour of any of the islands in Lakshadweep. We will be happy to help you in any way. All you need to do is fill in the form at the end of this page and send it to us with your travel query, and we will get back to you at the earliest.

Important Travel Information :

You will need to obtain an entry permit from Cochin or Delhi to get in many of the Lakshadweep islands. In order to obtain the permit one has to furnish several particulars like the passport details, the proof of nationality et al. Only Indian Nationals are allowed entry to many of the islands in Lakshadweep.

Most of the equipments required for the water sports are available at the various islands of Lakshadweep themselves.

Tourists are prohibited from carrying alcoholic beverages into the islands of Lakshadweep.

It is illegal to pick up corals from any of the Lakshadweep islands. So in case you wish to collect any coral for souvenir then get ready for the heavy fines that you will need to pay as punishment for the act.

Similarly the tourists are not supposed to litter around and spoil the beautiful waters.

The tourists are expected to help the local administration and the inhabitants of the various islands of Lakshadweep in preservation of the fragile ecology of the coral islands.

Thus the tourists must keep in mind the golden rule to be followed in Lakshadweep "Don't leave behind anything and don't carry away anything".

Beaches of Tamilnadu

Covelong Beach :
Covelong Beach 

Dreaming to spend some time in a picture-perfect environment, come to Covelong Beach. Covelong is a five star beach resort in Tamil Nadu, which attracts tourists from across the globe. Located at a distance of 40 km from Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, Covelong is the best place to see fishing activities. The beach is bestowed with palm trees and white sand. The billowing breeze at the beach will leave you with a refreshed spirit. The place has its own glorious history associated with the Nawab of Carnatic who built the ancient port of Covelong. Interested in sports activities? You will get the opportunity at this beach. Wind surfing, swimming and other interesting activities can be enjoyed here. Also visit the nearby ancient fort, churches and mosques.

Elliots Beach :
Elliots Beach 

A visit to the Elliots Beach in Tamil Nadu will rejuvenate your spirit in an unmatched manner. The beach is known for its clean surroundings and offers an opportunity to relax in a peaceful environment. It is located towards the south of Marina Beach. The beach is dotted with fast food joints, small stores and a few shrines. It is a wonderful picnic spot. Many tourists come here for holidays and take back home golden memories. It is perfect for enjoying long walks in a pleasant ambiance. It is locally known as 'Bessei'.
Kanyakumari Beach :
Kanyakumari Beach 

Blessed with sheer natural beauty, Kanyakumari Beach is a heavenly tourist destination.  It is located at the southern tip of India, where three seas-the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet. One of the attractions of the beach is its multi-colored sand which looks awesome. One of the major attractions of the Kanyakumari Beach is the Vivekanand a's Rock, which is a huge stone arising from the sea. It is believed that Swami Vivekananda once meditated on this rock. There is a statue of Swami Vivekananda on the rock, which was built in his honor. The view of the Sangam, a bathing ghat, at the beach is truly astonishing, as it is the meeting point of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Gandhi Memorial, Government Museum and Swami Vivekananda Kendra are the nearby attractions.

Mahabalipuram Beach :
Mahabalipuram Beach 

Mahabalipuram is a perfect blend of beauty and history.Untouched and beautiful, the Mahabalipuram Beach attracts tourists from all over the world. Enjoy nature in its pristine beauty at the beach and relax in the lap of Mother nature. The golden sand, cool breeze and the sun kissed palm trees invite you for a wonderful experience. Admire the pleasant surroundings of the beach and keep aside your worries for a few days. Also explore the nearby attractions of the Mahabalipuram Beach.The Rock Cut Temples should not be missed, as they are architectural marvels. The fabulous sculptures add more beauty to the interiors of the temples, leaving you mesmerized.

Marina Beach :
Marina Beach 

Irresistibly desired such is the charm of the famous Marina beach of Chennai. It is the second largest beach in the world and is largest in Asia. Take a stroll at this sandy beach and refresh your body and soul. This beach was revamped in the year 1880 by the then Governor Mountstuart Elphinstone. Today it is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Chennai.

Rameshwaram Beach :
Rameshwaram Beach 

Renowned as an important pilgrimage center of South India, Rameshwaram is a beautiful village. It is this pious place where Lord Rama offered gratitude to Lord Shiva. Equally beautiful is its beach, which is popularly known as Rameshwaram Beach. The sea at this beach is quite calm and offers exciting opportunities for swimming and sunbathing. Amazing marine life such as algae, starfish, sea cucumber, crabs, sponges, sea cow etc can be seen here. If luck favors you, then you can get a glimpse of dolphins at the beach. 

Also pay a visit to the Ramanathaswamy Temple, which is located nearby. The history of the temple dates back to the 17th century. The striking features of the temple are its 1200 huge granite columns, 54 m tall gate-tower and  attractive corridors. Agnitheertham is the holy place where Lord Rama worshiped Lord Shiva, to atone for killing Ravana.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Travel to India for a Lifetime Experience

India, the land of diversity, has a lot to offer to the tourists. The land, which has almost everything to crown your holidays with delightful memories. The different states of India are packed with surprising attractions for tourists. Every state has its own culture and tradition that create more opportunities for tourists to explore the cities. With its harmonious diversity, India has become one of the most preferred tourist’s destinations in the world.
India Beach Holidays

Traveling in India comes up with a wonderful opportunity for the many fascinating attractions in the face of India. Snow-covered mountains, enchanting backwaters, romantic beaches, scenic hill stations and colorful festivals altogether make it an appealing tourist destination.

Theme tours are very popular in India. Though it has already been accepted by tourists long ago, but recently a buzz can be seen in the same. There are different theme tours for travelers so that they can go for their favorite attractions and interests.

If you wish to go for Beach Holidays, India has excellent options to offer.  Goa, Kerala and Andaman & Nikobar are some famous beach destinations in India. Goa has around 40 sun-kissed beaches that are all set to offer you a unique experience. Some popular beaches in Goa include Anjuna, Palolem,Varca, Baga, Dona Paula, Arambol, Calangute and Aguada. Kerala has a 600 km prolonged shoreline which offers numerous desirable beaches. Enjoy a relaxing experience at fascinating beaches of Kerala which include Kappad, Alappuzha, Mararikulam and Varkala. While in Andaman and Nikobar, you can visit the beaches like Corbyn Cove, Karmatang, Chidiya Tapu and Harminder Brook beach.

Cultural Tours are another popular themes of India. The culture of India has been changed by the diverse history of India. With the amalgamation of custom and traditions, the cultural tours in India are loved by tourists. This type of tours takes you to the culturally rich cities of India.

Indian Religious Tours
India is a holy land and it offers different Religious Tours to the visitors. Being home to various religions, India offers unlimited opportunities to explore religious spots and shrines. These are of different faith and therefore, strengthen the harmony of numerous religions. Visiting India during the festive season is the best way to catch the glimpses of Indian culture and tradition.

If you wish to explore the tribal life, you can choose the Tribal Tours in India that offer you an excellent opportunity to learn about India’s tribal heritage. The places like Gujrat, Orissa and Chhattisgarh offer you ample opportunities to catch the glimpses of tribal life. Each state in the country has its own unique tribes to offer you a truly unique experience.

If you love nature and adventure, you can go for Wildlife Tours which offer you ample opportunities to enjoy the same. A big part of India is enveloped by forests. Therefore, there are many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India where you can visit to quench your thirst for adventure.

India Wildlife
Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is one of the best national parks where tourists can see the royal Bengal tiger. Corbett National Park is the first tiger reserve of India that was covered under the conservation program of the Project Tiger. Situated in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is renowned for its avifauna. In Kerala, you can go to Periyar National Park which boasts of its abundance of wildlife.

Situated in Madhya Pradesh, there lies the Bandhavgarh National Park which is renowned as the home of white tigers. Kanha National Park is also home to tigers and swamp deer. A home to many species of animals and birds, Gir National Park is known for being the last abode of the Asiatic Lion. Kaziranga National Park houses the rare Indian rhinoceros and several unique species of flora and fauna.

India offers unlimited options for Honeymoon Tours to make it a lifetime experience. The romantic destinations like Kerala, Rajasthan, Himachal and Uttarakhand are all set to offer you a truly memorable experience during your honeymoon. Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong are the fascinating North-East Himalayan destinations that allow you to enjoy intimacy amidst the romantic ambiance.

Honeymoon Tours India
Rajasthan, the princely state offers honeymooners to enjoy the royal charm of the era of kings. Enveloped with unlimited attractions like rich culture, heritage, camel safaris, sand dunes and wildlife, Rajasthan is a perfect honeymoon destination. Honeymoon in Goa ensures to strengthen the bond of love between couples. Scenic backwaters, enchanting hills, beautiful beaches and rejuvenating Ayurveda therapies, all these attractions in Kerala truly make your honeymoon a cherish able affair.

Those who are inclined to well-being and want to experience the rejuvenation can go for Ayurveda and Yoga Tours in India. The tours offer you an excellent opportunity to learn a salubrious practice of India. You can enjoy the bliss of Ayurveda in the pristine surroundings. Kerala, Haridwar, Rishikesh are some of the most popular destinations for these types of tours. To balance the harmony between you mind, body and soul, take a yoga tour in the naturally beautiful destinations of India.

Visit India to explore the kaleidoscope of landscapes, golden beaches, historical sites, royal cities, misty mountain retreats, rich cultures and festivities.

Hyderabad City of Love and joy

Charminar in Hyderabad
Charminar in Hyderabad

The city of smiles, of lights, of a thousand faces, endearingly called the Pearl City; Hyderabad- the capital of Andhra Pradesh offers a variety of tourist attraction. Set up in 1591, the city is one of the major metropolitan cities of the country and is famous for its IT industry, Biopharmaceutical and Telugu film industry. Starting from historical places of visit to the beauty of nature, the city has all. The fast development of the city, along with the development of adjoining city Secunderabad and adjacent municipalities has resulted in the creation of a huge and densely populated metropolitan region. With my keen interest in this cultural rich heritage city, I decided for a sojourn to Hyderabad tourism.


Called roughly as Four Towers, it is one of the most important monuments of Hyderabad. The Charminar was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah. Legend says that sultan built it to honor a promise to Allah when he prayed for an end to a plague that ravaged the new city. The building got its name from its four minarets, which were possibly meant to honor the first four caliphs of Islam. Islamic style define the arches, minarets and domes to make a unified whole. At the western end of the Charminar’s roof is a mosque–the oldest in Hyderabad and atop the building are 45 prayer spaces.

Golconda Fort: 

Built in the 13th century by the Kakatiya kings, the fort is located on the hill above 400 ft. It has 8 imposing gateways and is buttressed with 87 bastions rising to a height of 15 to 18 m. one of its greatest marvels is its acoustic effects- one handclap at a certain point below the entrance dome can be heard at the highest point of the pavilion almost a kilometer away. This was said to be used for warning the royals in case of an attack. The Golconda Fort used to have a vault where once the famous Kohinoor and Hope diamonds were stored along with other diamonds.

Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City:  

Is the world’s largest integrated film studio complex over 2000 acres and has found its way into the Guinness book of world records. The Ramoji Film City is a spooky haunted place. It is believed to be built on a war ground of the Nizam sultans therefore haunted by the ghosts of the dead soldiers.

Jama Masjid:  

It is the oldest mosque in Hyderabad built by Quli Qutub Shah in 1857. Jama Masjid encloses an ancient Turkish bath in its premises. Every day during the prayer time and especially during the festive seasons, the Jama Masjid is crowded by numerous Muslims who come here and offer their prayers.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Offbeat Holidays

Been there, done that?
Looking to do something different?

In the big bizarre bazaar that’s travel, what’s your itch what indeed is your personal have-money-will-travel switch? Here’s a guide that helps you get a perspective find little known destinations, hidden treasures, off beat places that are guaranteed to have you reaching for your bags.

So come on.
What are you waiting for?
Let’s go!
Our pick of Offbeat destinations in India

Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh :- Pastoral beauty up in the hills, Araku Valley tucked away in Andhra Pradesh is far from the madding crowd…

Bishnupur, West Bengal :- Bankura horses, Baluchari saris and amazing terracotta temples will take your breath away. Come and interact with master craftsmen of dying arts…
Gokarna, Karnataka :- For a cleansing of your soul in the beautiful temples , for a dip in the clear blue waters of the sea, come to Gokarna…
Kurseong, West Bengal :- A waft of the fragrant orchid follows you everywhere in Kurseong. Discover peace and quiet in this charming town…
Mirik, West Bengal :- Aromatic spice plantations and terraced tea estates make Mirik a hidden jewel in West Bengal’s crown…
Theog, Himachal Pradesh :- A tiny hamlet in Himachal, Theog is relatively untouched and a perfect place just waiting to be discovered.
Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu :- Hugging the coastline in Tamil Nadu, a quaint little Danish settlement has now become a heavenly retreat…

Our pick of Offbeat destinations around the world :

Boracay Islands, Philippines :- Shimmering white sands, romantic sunsets. Little wonder it is known as the Jewel of the Philippines….
Costa Rica :- A country of volcanoes, some active and some not, Costa Rica is naturalists dream come true with its cloud forests and sprawling parks…
Dresden, Germany :- Baroque architecture, idyllic swathes of green parks interspersed with interesting museums makes Dresden a city worth visiting…
Luang Prabang, Laos :- Rich heritage interspersed with remnants French architecture coupled with the chilled out attitude of the locals, make Luang Prabang a must visit destination…
Myanmar :- Shining gold pagodas, picturesque rivers, a rich cultural heritage and a warm friendly people make Myanmar a country worth a visit…
Nha Trang, Vietnam :- Swaying palm trees line the pristine beaches making Nha Trang a beach destination to reckon with…
Tasman Peninsula :- Rugged cliffs, perfect beaches, exciting bushwalks make the Tasman Peninsula an outdoor enthusiast’s favourite playground…

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Manali Tour....

Manali is a picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and dense forest and the ever flowing River Beas. It is a favourite destination for honeymooner as well as for adventure sport lovers. Famously known as the Switzerland of India, it is definitely a paradise on earth.

The best time to visit Manali is between March and June, but if you are interested in watching snowfall, you should visit during October to February. Renowned as the queen of valleys, this beautiful hill station in the lower Himalayas has a close link with the legendary law giver of ancient India, Manu. Manali literally means the abode of Manu.

Manali is the humble abode to many gods and goddesses, so it has a vast number of temples dedicated to the various dieties. One of the most famous temple in Manali is the four storey wooden temple, Hadimba or Dhungiri temple. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols and is located in the midst of deodar forest. The temple of Manu is also a must-see attraction of Manali, which is made up of slippery stones paths lead through the old village houses.

The Vashishth village is famous for its sulphurous hot-water springs known as Vashisth Hot Sulphur Springs and you can enjoy a stress-free evening here, lazing around in the hot water of the spring.
Manali's highest point is the Rohtang Pass, it is located 50 km away from Manali town. If you are wondering that roaming around watching the beauty of the mountains is fine, but what about a waterfall? Then, Rahalla falls is the place that you should definitely see in manali.

It is about 16 km from Manali and has become a good picnic spot. Old Manali is famous for its unending apple orchards, friendly locals, a playful river Beas and inexpensive lodging.
Manali is completely abuzz with activity in the winter season, where many come in the hope of watching a snowfall. It is also a great place for adventure sports.

Solang Valley offers Himachal Pradesh's best ski slopes and you can also indulge in paragliding during summers. For heli Skiing (downhill skiing that is accessed by a helicopter), the best place to go are Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani Pass near Manali. If you are in the mood of rafting, then the Beas River is the place where you should definitely go as it has become very popular among the lovers of river rafting where you can brave the swift currents with your paddles.

Manali is also a shopper's paradise, you can find scores of artifacts, wooden items, warm garments etc. in the malls and other shops of Manali.You really become overwhelm with the mesmerising view of Manali, it's enthralling beauty impressions you for a life time and you are bound to come back to be in the midst of the lush valleys and the snowy surroundings.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Amazing India..

India An Amazing Place to Visit...

People of India In a diverse and elaborate country like India, it is evident to find that people here bring forth the rich glories of the past, the culture, traditions and values relative to geographic locations and many distinctive behaviours, habits and food. Since time immemorial, India has been invaded by armies, traders and immigrants who brought with them their own style, beliefs, practices and observances which have all added to the glorious texture of Indian life and living.

From the boundless snows of the Himalayas to the cultivated peninsula of far South, from the deserts of the West to the humid deltas of the East, from the dry heat and cold of the Central Plateau to the cool forest foothills, Indian lifestyles definitely glorify the geography. The food, clothing and habits of the Indians are according to the place of their origin.

Indian families have deep-rooted values which are given importance and recognition. The surname of an Indian is grounded on his caste or place of origin or his family occupation. Men are no longer single breadwinners of the family but are still considered to be the head and are consulted for all decisions. A wife will always serve her husband before she eats, parents are looked upon with respect and regard and children are financially supported by their parents throughout their education.

Becoming a part in times of joy and sorrow is the prime belief of the Indians where they share all the happiness and sorrow. A festival is never bounded to a family or a home but the whole community or neighborhood gets involved in adding liveliness to an occasion. The festivals like Diwali, Holi, Id, Christmas, Mahaveer Jayanthi are all jubilated by sharing sweets and pleasantries with family, neighbours and friends. Indian weddings are celebrated with great enthusiasm where all the family members and friends are invited. Likewise, neighbours and friends always help out a family in difficult times.

Indians speak various languages, follow different religions, enjoy different cuisines but still stand together as a unified nation. The country has a rich arts and culture which is unmatched anywhere else in the world. The charm of Indians lies is in the spirit of tolerance, sharing and an amalgamation of cultures that can be matched to a garden of flowers of different hues and shades which, bloom together to glorify the garden itself.

People : 72% Indo-Aryan, 25% Dravidian, 3% other

Language : Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Kashmiri, English, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam

Religion : 80% Hindu, 14% Muslim, 2.4% Christian, 2% Sikh, 0.7% Buddhist, 0.5% Jains, 0.4% other.

India is the motherland of art, culture and architecture all across the globe where each historical monument in the country like the forts, palaces, caves, temples, mosques and churches reflect the glory of the era to which they belonged. The Art and Culture Tour of India unravels an unforgettable journey of the monuments of the olden times in India like the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh; Ajanta Ellora caves near Aurangabad in Maharashtra; the mesmerising temples of Khajuraho and South India along with many more structures portray the enriched architecture of India in the olden times.

Indian traditional art forms are the most evolved and cultured systems in the world where carnatic music, classical dance styles like Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Kathak, Manipuri etc, theatre and various drama forms including Harikatha and folk arts are amongst the traditional and ancient art and entertainment forms today. Indian films of today were based on the traditional arts in their formative years during 1930's and 40's. Indian cinema especially Hindi and Tamil cinema have evolved as the largest film industries in the world next only to Hollywood.

Indian classical arts like classical music, classical dance, theatre and drama possesses traditions and history dating back to several centuries and Carnatic and Hindustani music have their roots in "Sama Veda" one of the four Vedas which are the eternal and timeless scriptures from which the religious and social ethos of the sub-continent evolved. Bharatnatyam, a celebrated dance form too is based on authoritative sources like "Natya Sastra" by the sage Bharata Muni and "Abhinaya Darpana" by Nandi Kesava dating back to centuries before Christ.

Culture of India
Art and Culture of IndiaIndian culture is rich, diverse and unique in the whole world as the people in the country belong to different religions, castes, creed; speak different languages; enjoy different kind of cuisines. People belonging to different religions celebrate different festivals with great enthusiasm and zeal.

The major religions followed within India are Hinduism (80%), Islam (14%), Christianity (2.4%), Sikhism (2%), Buddhism( 0.7%), Jainism (0.5%). The people belonging to different ethnic groups are Indo-Aryans(72%), Dravidians (25%) and Others(3%). There are hundreds of tribal communities. There are about 1600 languages spoken throughout the country.

Indian culture is so diverse that it is very difficult to explain it. Every region and every state has a culture and tradition of its own. Even in one single state different communities follow different customs. Every region has it own cuisine, clothing, language, etc. The appearances of the people too differ from one another depending on the region one belongs to. The diverse climate and the diverse landscape too plays a major role in the diverse culture of India.

People belonging to different regions celebrate different festivals all round the year. Some of the important Hindu festivals celebrated are Holi, Diwali, Dussehra, Ganesh Utsav; Muslim festivals celebrated are Iid and Bakriid and the Christian festivals celebrated are Christmas, and Easter.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Tourism in Singapore

Tourism in Singapore is a major industry and contributor to the Singaporean economy, attracting 13,171,303 tourists in 2011, over twice Singapore's total population. It is also environmentally friendly, and maintains natural and heritage conservation programs. Along with this, it also has one of the world's lowest crime rates. As English is the dominant one of its four official languages, it is generally easier for tourists to understand when speaking to the local population of the country, for example, when shopping. Transport in Singapore exhaustively covers most, if not all public venues in Singapore, which increases convenience for tourists. This includes the well-known Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system.

The Orchard Road district, which is dominated by multi-story shopping centres and hotels, can be considered the center of tourism in Singapore. Other popular tourist attractions include the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, which allows people to explore Asian, African and American habitats at night without any visible barriers between guests and the wild animals. The Singapore Zoo has embraced the 'open zoo' concept whereby animals are kept in enclosures, separated from visitors by hidden dry or wet moats, instead of caging the animals.

Jurong Bird Park is another zoological garden centred on birds, which is dedicated towards exposing the public to as much species and varieties of birds from around the world as possible, including a flock of one thousand flamingos. The tourist island of Sentosa, which attracts 19 million visitors in 2011, is located in the south of Singapore, consists of about 20–30 landmarks, such as Fort Siloso, which was built as a fortress to defend against the Japanese during World War II.

Guns from the World War II era can be seen at Fort Siloso, from a mini-sized to a 16 pound (7 kg) gun. Moreover, the island has built the Tiger Sky Tower, which allows visitors to view the whole of Sentosa, as well as the Sentosa Luge, a small one- or two-person sled on which one sleighs supine and feet-first. Steering is done by shifting the weight or pulling straps attached to the sled's runners. Singapore has two integrated resorts which house casinos, namely Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa.

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Tourist Attractions of India

Planning a trip to India this vacation and still not sure what really you should see and do? Looking for a place that introduces you to the topmost tourist attractions of the country? Well, you have just reached there. Here, you will find all that you are looking for - a list of tourist hotspots in India. The attractions have been categorised for your convenience.

If after going through the list, you feel the urge to know more about some of them and what makes them so special, the text provided below will be of great help. Have a look.

Top States

Rajasthan - One of the most visited states in India, Rajasthan is the abode of the erstwhile royal Maharajas (kings) and Maharanis (queens). A number of magnificent forts, palaces, havelis, museums, monuments and other legacies of royalty dot the land. What also makes Rajasthan attractive is its desert area. A part of Rajasthan lies in the great Thar desert. Traversing through the sandy regions on the back of a camel or on aborad a jeep is a unique experience. Also camping on the sand under the moonlit starry night is a huge attraction for the visitors.

Kerala - Rajasthan is known more for its royal heritage. In contrast, Kerala is more of nature lover's delight. The state is referred to as called 'God's own country' . The natural beauty of Kerala is refereshing, be it the backwaters of Allepey and Kumarakom or the tea gardens of Munnar. The wildlife sanctuaries - Periyar, Kumarakom and Wayanad - are abode to both ferocious and beautiful flora and fauna. Also, the people of Kerala, their lifestyle, cuisine, festivals are very different from what you will come across in Rajasthan.

Goa - No other destination in India matches up with the fun loving spirit of Goa. The beaches are the prime attraction here where you can enjoy both leisurely walks and adveturous water sports. The churches are not only attractive because of their architectural style but also because they stand reminder to the centuries of Portuguese rule that Goa has seen in the past. The New year celebration and the Goa Carnival in February are the time when maximum number of tourists visit this state.

Uttaranchal - Carved out from the state of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranachal is a destination picked up those looking for a adventurous and religious holiday. The mighty hills, rushing rivers, snowy peaks are just perfect for an adventure activities like trekking, rafting and skiing. The pilgrimage destinations, specially the Chardham offer your soul a peace that you have been yearning for a long time now. Apart from this, Uttaranchal is also quiet well known for its wildlife sanctuaries and ayurvedic therapies.

Himachal Pradesh - The north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh boasts of a natural beauty that is awesome. Nestling in the arms of the mighty Himalayas, the state has a number of valleys and passes with a captivating beauty. Adventure options in Himachal is as vivid as it is in Uttaranchal. You can go trekking, skiing, rafting, gliding, skating or anyother form of adventure activities. Himachal is also a pilgrimage destinations for Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. The culture of the state is also distinct.

Top Cities
Jaipur - The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh and is also known as the Pink City. The main drawers of tourists in this city are the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort. The city is also a stop in the royal journey of the luxury train, Palace on Wheels.

Agra - Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world is what draws a major bulk of tourists to Agra. However, this city in Uttar Pradesh has whole lot of other attractions to charm tourists after they have paid a visit to the Taj. Prominent amongst them are the Agra Red Fort and Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb. A little distance away from the city, the remains of Fatehpur Sikri is definitely not be missed out attraction. Shopping is also high on the list of visitors here. Apart form the miniature models of Taj Mahal, you can also pick up marble items from the government emporia.

Khajuraho - Khajuraho is a small place in Madhya Pradesh and is known world over for its cave temples. There were originally 85 temples, however, today you will get to see the remains of only 20 temples. Those of you interested in exploring the cultural heritage of India should not miss out a trip to the Khajuraho.

Varanasi - Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is one of the holiest destinations for the Hindus. The ghats and temples of Varanasi see a number of tourists coming in every day to pay their respect to sacred river Ganges and prominent Hindu deities. A visit to Varanasi is important for those desirous of knowing more about Hindu religion.

Cochin - A city in the south Indian state of Kerala, Cochin attractions are multifold. Santa Cruz Basilica, Mattancherry Palace and St. Francis Church showcase the cultural heritage of the city while the Cherai Beach and the Cochin backwaters expose visitors to the natural beauty of the area. Take a trip to it and unravel its other treasures.

Top Monuments
Taj Mahal - Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan's greatest contribution to the world - a magnificient masoleum built in the memory of his beloved spouse Mumtaaz Mahal. An insignia of eternal love in white marble, the Taj, appears amongst the seven architectural Wonders of the World and accounts for over 3 million tourists per year. A trip to it inevitabel once you come to India.

Red Fort - This red-sandstone multiplex was once the palace of the erstwhile Mughal Maharajahs who ruled India for generations. A plethora of other palaces in its campus and the antique Meena Bazaar where the royality once shopped make it a day-long tourist jaunt. Indian Prime Ministers till date deliver the Independence Day speech for the nation from the Red Fort.

Jaisalmer Fort - Witness to generations of tired merchants and travellers, caravans and camels, a 10th century fort still stands proud and tall amidst endless expanse of deserts and sand-dunes. The temples, intricately carved havelis and a feel of the life in the arid desert make Jaisalmer a must-visit for tourists. Camel and jeep safaris add to the excitement all the more.

Hawa Mahal -Jaipur's Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds is an architectural marvel, befitting the appelaltion well with its abundance of windows that circulate tranquil breeze and its look, that resembles more a cascading screen than a building.

City Palace - A blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace of Jaipur was once the emblem of power of the mighty Rajputs that lorded the deserts. The palace complex is knitted with lush lawns and a deluge of theme palaces making it one of the most visited tourist hangouts.

Top Religious Attractions
The Golden Temple - Adherents of the Sikh religion need no introduction to their sacred pilgrimage seat. Sri Harmandir Sahib or the Golden Temple, named so due to the quintessential golden hue that the monument is bathed in, is laced by the equally sacred waters of the Amrit Sarovar or the Pond of Nectar. On a jewel-studded platform is the Adi Grantha or the sacred scripture of the Sikhs wherein are enshrined holy inscriptions by the ten Sikh gurus and various Hindu and Moslem saints.

Meenakshi Temple -Lord Shiva and his consort Meenakshi or the Fish-eyed one are the reigning deities here in this typical, yet classic representative of Dravidian temple architecture with its gopurams (large sclupted gateways) and mandapams (multi-pillared halls). Don't miss out a regal safari on elephants embellished in bright clothes and the regal umbrella.

Koark Sun Temple -The 13th Century Sun Temple or the Black Pagoda at Konark is one of the World Heritage Sites built in the shape of a magnanimous 24-wheeled chariot with 7 huge stallions - a classic vehicle for the Sun God to soar the heavens. The fascinating beach flanking it is ideal for holiday-makers.

Akshardham Temple -Flanking the banks of river Yamuna across is this 2 billion architectural grandeur - an initiative of the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). A fine blend of faith and technology, Akshardham Temple complex is replete with a majestic 11 ft statue of Lord Swaminarayan, 20,000 other statues, an IMAX theatre, artificial lakes and an elaborate musical fountain.

Lotus Temple -A piquant lotus-shaped insignia of the Bahai faith - the Lotus Temple - its quietitude a stark contrast to the bustling purlieu of Kalkaji where it stands. The Lotus Temple is the meditative refuge that draws people from across the globe irrespective of creed and community.

Top Wild Attractions
Ranthambore National Park - One of Rajasthan's premier wildlife sanctaury, Ranthambore National Park is well known for its Tiger and also variety of floral variety. The Ranthambore Fort stands impressively in the park.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary -The most famous sanctaury of Kerala, Periyar is where the large herds of elephants, over 300 species of birds and around 120 species of butterflies greet visitors. The park also has a tiger population which you can look out for during your trip.

Jim Corbett National Park -The first National Park and Tiger Reserve of India, Corbett National Park in Uttaranchal offers visitors great opportunity to spot wild animals and birds. Spotting tigers, however, requires bit of patience since the king of best doesn't gives frequent appearance.

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary -The last natural habitat of the Asiatic Lions, Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat makes for an interesting visit. Apart from the Lions, the park is also home to 300 species of birds.

Kaziranga National Park -The Kaziranga National Park in the Jorhat district of Assam is just the place if you wish to see the one horned rhino. The park also houses a healthy population of tiger, wild buffalos and elephants. Rare species of birds like hornbill are also a major drawer of tourists.

Top Luxury Trains
Palace on Wheels - This is perhaps the most luxurious and popular of all the luxury trains in India. The Palace on Wheels begins its royal journey from the Indian capital city, Delhi and takes its visitors on a memorable trip to Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambore, Udaipur and Agra before returning to Delhi. On board, for eight consecutive days, it is the royalty of the erstwhile Rajasthani rulers that replaces the monotonous lifetsyle of the passengers. A trip on the Palace on Wheels is a must for those looking to enjoy a royal and luxurious lifestyle.

Deccan Odyssey -If the Palace on Wheels lets you explore the regality of Rajasthan, then the Deccan Odyssey is no way behind in unfurling before you the glorious past of Maharashtra. For a week, the Deccan Odyssey takes its passengers on a tour to the heritage spots of Maharashtra. Beginning from Mumbai, the train proceeds to Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Kolhapur, Pune, Aurangabad (Ellora), Nasik (Ajanta) and Mumbai. At the end of the tour, the experience is something that is difficult to encapsualte in words.

Top Hill Stations
Munnar -This beautiful and serene hill station is located in the south Indian state of Kerala. Prime attractions here are the green tea gardens, breathtaking waterfalls and the Ervikulam National Park. Shopping is Munnar means picking up items like tea, strawberries and spices. A visit to Munnar is for those looking for a quiet but enjoyable time.

Shimla -One of the most famous hill stations in India that draws tourists in large number, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. The hill station has been benevolently blessed by mother nature and offers its visitors a visual treat in form of pine clad hills, beautiful valleys and waterfalls. The Mall is the prime attraction of Shimla.

Natural Attractions
Dal Lake, Kashmir -A pristine lake nestled in the enchanting Kashmir Valley, amidst the lush Mughal gardens flanked with multi-colored flora and avian metropolis, antique monuments and plummetted orchards. Other than to feel nature-at-its-best tourist attraction is the quiet boat ride in one of the thousand odd elongated and elegant shikaras or houseboats that float on the Dal.

Kerala Backwaters -The Backwaters of Kerala are the place meant for those in search of a peaceful moments amidst natural beauty. The main backwater destinations in Kerala are Kumarakom, Allepey, Cochin, Trivandrum and Kollam. Cruising along these backwaters on board the houseboats or Kettuvallom is one experience that is forever cherished by visitors to the state.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Must See Agra Attractions

What To See in Agra : Must See Agra Attractions

Most of the time travelers visit Agra on a short one day trip either from New Delhi or Jaipur. And they have no idea to what to see in Agra beside the famous Taj Mahal… Agra is the only city in the world which boasts of having 3 world heritage sites by UNESCO: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Now visiting India’s most cherished monument Taj Mahal in a hurry under a hot afternoon sun is not at all fun. Moreover, Agra is not just about the Taj. This ancient 500 years old city is home to many splendid monuments like Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Itimad-ud-Daulah, Akbar’s Tomb, which should be in must see Agra tourist attraction list of every tourist. One has to look beyond the Taj to feel the essence of this 5 centuries old city which remained capital of India during Mughal period.
Being born and brought up in Agra & son of a tour guide, I’ve seen closely what Agra has to offer to tourists. Here’s my version of the best Agra tour Itinerary of places to see in Agra:

Note: Taj Mahal is closed full day on FRIDAYS.

What To See In Agra

Day 1 Agra

Starting from New Delhi, you can visit Agra after an early breakfast either by fast luxury train Shatabdi Express which starts from New Delhi Railway station at 6:00 am and arrives at Agra Cantt station at 08:06 am. Total time of journey is 2 Hours 6 minutes with just 1 halt at Mathura. Fare for Chair car is Rs. 465 and Executive Class is Rs. 900 per adult with breakfast included in both classes.
The second option is to hire a car with driver to travel to Taj Mahal which takes around 3.5 hours via Taj Expressway or around 4-5 hours via National Highway. Distance between New Delhi – Agra is 210 kms / 130 miles and the car journey from New Delhi – Agra should cost you around Rs.4,500 approximately.

Now the biggest mistake people do is once they step in Agra they immediately want to run to see Taj Mahal. Avoid visiting Taj in the afternoon since it’s too crowded and there is long waiting time in the queue to purchase tickets and clear the security check. Since no shoes are allowed on the white marble platform, the floor can get pretty hot in summers during afternoon.

The best time to see Taj is either at dawn or dusk or both. Since Taj is open from sunrise to sunset, I would say a visit around 4 pm in the evening or 6 am in the morning before the gates open is ideal. I always prefer the morning time 6 am sharp as there is very less local crowd and there are plenty of beautiful photo opportunities as the dust in the air gives a pink aura to the entire monument. This is what we call moods of Taj.

So coming back to the tour once you touch down in Agra by train I would suggest checking-in to your hotel followed by tour of the magnificent Agra Fort, a world heritage site declared by UNESCO. Explore its vast grounds with a certified guide who will explain you the splendid monuments inside red fort.

Entrance Fee: Foreigners: Rs. 300, Indians: Rs. 20 per person. Children below 15 years of Age are allowed free entry. If you buy composite ticket of Rs. 750 for world heritage sites at Taj Mahal, you can see more than one monument SAME DAY on single ticket as mentioned.

Post lunch proceed to the fabulous Taj Mahal around 3 pm. Although evenings tends to be quite crowded, but the Taj is extremely beautiful at dusk and the lighting is perfect for beautiful photography. Get a certified guide tour to acquaint yourself with the history and significance of this monument of love. Visit Taj Museum which is located inside Taj premises and opens from 10 am – 5 pm only. Spend remainder of the evening enjoying Taj as the sun sets. Recommended time duration: at least 2 hours inside the Taj to feel the essence of it.

Entrance Fee Taj Mahal: Foreigners: Rs. 750. Indians: Rs. 20 Child below 15 years are free.

Post Taj Mahal head over to nearby Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center for ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’ – a series of play depicting the saga of love with a big replica of Taj Mahal. An attempt to recreate the glory of Mughal architecture at its peak, Little Taj is a tribute to the craftsmanship of the original Taj Mahal. The magic unveils on the fantasy stage! Kalakriti created the world’s largest replica of Taj Mahal in Makarana marble. One can relish exclusive glimpse of the master creation in its various and vibrant moods and experience the breathtaking live show presented by performing artisans depicting the era in time.

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Features of Taj replica: Built on a 12×12 feet platform of pure white makrana marble, it is 10 feet high, and studded with real semi-precious stones. Scaled dimensions match exactly with that of real Taj Mahal, the model weighs 10,000 Pounds. Two hydraulic lifts are installed, one to carry artists and another to elevate Taj during the live dance show. Tickets can be booked online through website or at the venue itself.

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Time: 6:15 pm sharp
Duration: 80 minutes

Tickets: Maharaja (Rs. 4,000), Platinum (Rs. 1,500), Gold (Rs. 1,200), Silver Balcony (Rs. 1,000)
Language: Live show is running in Hindi + Urdu language; however they have interpretation facility through earphones for many other major foreign languages like English, French, German, Spanish, etc.
After the show you can head over for dinner at your hotel or many fine dining restaurants.


Today will be a long day! Head to the Taj Mahal before 6 am when the gates open for the day. This glorious monument is at its best under the early morning sun. It is the best time to click pictures as not only is the light wonderful but it’s relatively less crowded too.

After exploring the fabulous Taj Mahal at sunrise, have a quick breakfast and then drive to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after fifteen years due to scarcity of water.Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, it is an amalgamation of Indian, Persian and Islamic architecture.

Distance: Fatehpur Sikri is around 39 kms far from Agra, around 1 hour drive in busy traffic.
Entrance: Rs. 260 for foreigners and Rs. 20 for Indians, children below 15 years are free.
Drive back to Agra at lunch time. In the evening, head to Mehtab Garden for a unique (and your last!) view of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna river! This 25 acre garden constructed during 1631 to 1635 alongside the beautiful Yamuna River is one of the most beautiful baghs (gardens) in the city that is a hit among the locals and the tourists alike…. Come here for splendid views of the Taj Mahal, in the lap of serene landscaped surroundings.

Entrance: Rs. 100 for foreigners and Rs. 10 for Indians. Open all days of the week from 6 am – 6 pm.

Use the remaining evening for visiting the old city bazaar, shopping the souvenirs and tasting the local sweet called “Petha”.