Check out the Top 3 Luxury Resorts in India

Don’t you love to wander in the street of your country? View the unknown places that you haven’t experience in your life? Everyone wants to visit the beautiful India to know its different culture and to get close to its natural beauty. However, if you are planning to visit the extreme north to view Kashmir – the heaven on earth or to extreme south, it is essential to book the best hotels. When you are in your holiday you must want to enjoy a comfortable journey. And only the luxury resorts of India can provide you comfortable places to stay.

Thereby, it is important to find out the best resorts that can provide great facilities to their visitors. You can get every single amenity for your luxury in the resort. There are several such hotels that come with amazing facilities. It is your duty to find out the best. Here is a list of top 3 luxury resorts in India that provide several facilities.

Grand dragon Ladakh: great place in Ladakh

It is a beautiful resort of Ladakh that get amazing feedback from its customers. It is situated at the Old Road Sheynam in Leh. The resort is made beautifully and able to provide several facilities to the customers. In case of accommodation system, the resort provides two different types arrangements. You can get deluxe rooms which are designed in perfect manner offering an aesthetic look.

You can access internet facility directly from your home. There will be telephone as well as television facility. You can watch your favourite shows on LCD screen. There are several royal suites also available for the customers. These rooms are larger as you will get one bedroom, sitting room and two other bathrooms. You can get the amazing view of Leh palace from these rooms.

Snow valley resorts: very convenient for the visitors

Have you even been in the midst of hills in your life? If not then you should definitely visit Manali. The snow valley resort is the best place in Manali that situated in the perfect place. The amazing location around the resort will mesmerize you. It is placed in the Log Hut area of this town. And it is popular for its fantastic weather.

You will get the best luxury at this hotel. It has several rooms for the customers. The rooms are furnished in perfect manner. In fact you can get rooms in different categories in this resort. There are presidential suites, luxury room and maharaja room. The restaurant at the top floor offer brilliant food at reasonable price. There is a coffee shop as well in this resort.

You can avail the mall road very conveniently as it is near to the resort. It is the perfect place for those who love shopping.

Royal Demazong: offers several facilities

It is another resort that gets a place in the list of top 3 resorts in India. Being situated in Sikkim it offers amazing view of the entire city. The resort has grand rooms that come with several facilities. From great service to amazing food you can get everything in this place.

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Golden Triangle Tour the Unforgettable Tour of India – come and visit the real India

India is a country of great historical places. With its strong and illustrious history, India always attracts people to view its excellent places. If you are interested in visiting India for the first time in your life then you need to choose a tour. There are several tours available for the foreigners. You can visit the famous hill stations, amazing snow falls, the beautiful sea beaches and also the great desert. However, if you are really interested in history and wanted to explore it more then you should choose the historical places.

The golden triangle tour can be the best tour plan for you. It is the most famous tourist plan in India that helps you to witness the beauty of this country. With the help of this tour you can visit three most popular cities of India that has great historical importance. Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are the part of this tour. These cities are unique in their beauty. From several forts to tomb you can see many things in these areas. These places are rich with its glory and grandeur.

Delhi – the great historical place:
Delhi Qutub MinarNow you must be thinking that why should you visit Delhi? Well, Delhi is the capital city of India. In every part of this city you will find something unique creation. So, it is the part of this golden triangle tour the unforgettable tour of India. The scholars say that they have found its genesis in the epic of India, Mahabharata as the capital city of Pandava brothers Indraprastha. Now the city has transformed into a new image.

The city offers several flavours as well as colours of India’s wide composition. Delhi is such a city that can completely awestruck you. You will be impressed, fascinated with the every corner of the city. You will love the city. There are a number of places to witness such as the India Gate, Jama Masjid, Kutub Minar, Laxmi Narayan temple, Bahai Temple, Jantar-Mantar, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Akshardham Temple and many more. You can find the old as well as new Delhi at the same time.

Agra – a place of forts and palaces:
Taj MahalAgra, the land of Mughal empires is highly popular for its several beautiful places. History and culture is at the every part of this city. The famous Mughal Empire Akbar has made a number of palaces to enrich Agra. It is the place of palaces. The old architecture of this city will definitely amaze you. It is the best place for those students who are involved in architecture. Being the heritage of Mughal dynasty, Agra offers many beautiful tombs, forts and mosques. The famous Taj mahal, Fatehpur sikri, Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb, Moti Masjid, Sikandra Fort and Jodha Bai Ka Rauza are always attract people in this city.

Jaipur: beautiful city of India
Jaipur HawamahalAnother most popular historical place is Jaipur. So, while you are visiting India you must take a view of this city. Being a part of the golden triangle tour the unforgettable tour of India, Jaipur offers several amazing places. You should definitely visit Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, City Palace and many more places.

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Fair and Festivals in India in February 2014

Browse through the best of what’s on in February in India scheduled by date & Places

1 Nagaur Fair

The calm town of Nagaur is one of the most charming villages in the Rajput townships; the town comes to life throughout the Nagaur fair. The cattle fair prearranged in this consign is the 2nd largest in the state of Rajasthan. It is held once in a year during the month of Magh as per Hindu almanac, which happens on the months of January or February. The fair is famed for its camel, cow, horse and bullock deal. The holders stand beside their animals grand colorful turbans and massive moustaches.

Naguar Cattle Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Place: Naguar Rjasthan

Date: Feb 6-9, 2014 (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Duration: 4 Days Kota

 

2. Baneshwar Fair

Baneshwar fair is a main tribal fair held at Dungarpur in Rajasthan. The fair is prearranged at Baneshwar, which is a small delta placed 50 km from the city of Dungarpur in February. The word ‘Baneshwar’ means the ‘master of the delta’ and is consequent from the Mahadev temple in Dungarpur

Baneshwar fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Place: Nagaur, Rajasathan
Date: Feb 10-14, 2014 (Mon-Fri)
Duration: 5 days

3. Desert Festival  

The Royal state of Rajasthan arranges the annual and unusual Desert Festival once in a Year. The festival is illustrious to showcase the culture, traditions and endowment in the state of Rajasthan, especially in the city of Jaisalmer. It is held for a period of 3 days, either in January or in February, culminating on the “Purnima” or full moon day.

Camels rest on sand dunes, Thar

Camels rest on sand dunes, Thar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festival Place: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan(amidst the sand dunes of the Thar in a place called Sam)

Festivals Dates: February 12-14, 2014

Duration: 13 Days

4. Shivaratri

Shivaratri or Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu fiesta that is held on the 13th or the 14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month in the Hindu almanac each year which falls in the month of February end or March. According to the Hindu myths a hunter picked out bilva grass from a tree and kept throwing them down unknowingly on a Shiva lingam whole night.

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Festival Place: Entire India

Festivals Dates: February 12-14, 2014

Duration: 1 day

 

 

 

 

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February cheapest month to fly for Indian Traveller: Skyscanner

International travel search site Skyscanner has published a release its ‘Best Time to Book’ inclusive data study, which reveals when to book flights and average fares, to help clients to accumulate money on their travel in 2014. According to the study, the lowest-priced flight tickets from India are offered 22 weeks in advance of travel on an average

However 3 years of booking data also illustrates that cost patterns can differ by type of airline and distance of travel and so is destination-dependent. Further, February is the cheapest month to travel and Indian customers can suppose to accumulate 18 per cent on flight costs on usual, while booking 22 weeks in advance would result in savings of around 15 per cent on average.

As report by Kavitha Gnanamurthy, Senior Marketing executive for India, Skyscanner, “The earlier in proceed you book, the better. It is also imperative to remind that costs canThe cheapest flight tickets from India in fact increase at the last minute, particularly on budget airlines.”

“Clients have to realize that they are taking a gamble if they wait until closer to departure before booking and may find that they have missed the best flight prices. Our study suggests that the best mode to get a flight at the competitive price is to prepare ahead and do your explore,” Gnanamurthy added.

The most appropriate time to reserve a flight for long-haul places such as; the United Kingdom & closer nations counting the UAE and Singapore is twelve weeks in advance.

Indian travelers can also save a large amount on flights to Australia and Thailand if they book 16 weeks before of their leaving date, it added.

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A Wildlife Safari in Bandipur

Bandipur, one of India’s optimum tiger sanctuaries, offers much to the discerning wildlife fanatic. Bandipur is located approx 80 km from Mysore (about 230 km from Bangalore). Lodging is offered at the forest guest houses within the park and at the government-run Jungle Lodges just outside the park gates as well.

Brows through some amazing view of Bandipur national park

1. Male Tiger

Tiger finding its way to the lake

Tiger finding its way to the lake

 

2. Chitals testing power  

chitlas

chitlas

 

3. Spotted Deer

Spotted Deer

Spotted Deer

 

4. Indian Gaur

Indian Gaur

 

5. Male Leopard

Male Leopard

 

6. Hiding behind Mom

Young dear hinding behind mom

 

7. Sambar Dear, the favorite prey of the tiger.

Sambar Deer

 

8. Grey Francolin, 

Grey Francolin

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Know about Indian Festivals & Celebrations

Here is the famous Indian Festivals & Celebrations

Maha Kumbh Mela:  Earlier in February 10, 2013 this mega event took place in the north part of India. This festival was the greatest of the events held in this year due to its specialty that the particular day was considered as the most auspicious one by the Hindus since it has occurred after 144 years. The special planetary alignment will happen again only after 144 years.

Allahabad kumbh2013

foreigner at kumbh

Hindus believe that during the auspicious day of ‘Maha Sivarathri’ if they take bath in the Holy Ganges, all their sins will get washed away and they will become pure souls. The holy bath or dip must be taken at the confluence where the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswathi meet in Allahabad.

On the special day on February 10, 2013, more than 100 million people visited Allahabad and nearly 30 million took their holy dip on that single day. These Kumbh Melas occur once in twelve years. Indian cities Haridhwar, Nasik and Ujjain regularly host these festivals. Read Allahabad kumbh Mela 2013

Apart from the annual kumbh melas, there are half-yearly and once in three months melas also celebrated.

Janmashtami: This festival is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Krishna.  It will happen in August or September and Mathura in Uttar Pradesh of India which is the birth place of Krishna will be like heaven during this period. All through the city and around temple areas there will be heavy decorations. Musical dramas, discourses, discussions, songs and dances will be held to celebrate this festival. Not only in Mathura, people all over India will be celebrating Krishna’s birthday in their homes every year.

Ganga Sagar Mela: Thousands of Hindus visit the Sagar Island where river Ganges meets the ocean at this day during the middle of January.

Sonepur Mela: This is actually cattle fair to commemorate the prehistoric battle held between the crocodiles and elephants. This is the largest one in the whole Asia. Not onlysonpur mela the cattle but also all the living beings that stepped off Noah’s Ark will be in the fair along with thousands of pilgrims who take bath in the river. This is held during November or December near Patna in Bihar.

Rath Yatra: This is a spectacular festival held in November in Puri of Odisha. Very large sized chariots with Lord Jagannath, his brother Balbadhra and his sister Subhadra will be hauled from the temple to the beach in Puri all through the streets.

Shiv Rathri Mela: This is held between February and March in Mahadeo Temple in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. More than 100,000 pilgrims and saadhus attend this festival.

Trissur Poornam: This is held between April and May in Trissur, Kerala. The top most festival of Kerala where dozens of elephants decorated with spectacular jewelry will parade in procession.

Ganesh Chathurthi: Held between August and September, this festival is celebrated all over India and most popular in Mumbai. This is the birthday celebrations of the Lord Ganesh, the elephant head god.

Durga Pooja: This is most famous in Kolkata during October. The ten armed goddess Durga is worshipped during this festival with much galore. More than thousands of statues are taken in processions and immersed into Holy River Hooghly amongst firework explosions, dance and music.

Pushkar Camel Fair: Even the desert cities of Rajasthan are in way behind the other cities of India in celebrating festivals. More than 50,000 camels and cattle a

camel race

Camel race at Pushkar

ccompanied with traders and pilgrims make the occasion a grand one during early November in Pushkar, Rajasthan. read Pushkar desert festival

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Best Backpacking Destinations in India

Backpacking is the cheapest form of traveling and is suitable for those who want to spend longer period in foreign countries in order to fulfill various purposes. For the first time visitors of India backpacking is really a challenging affair. So to avoid the pitfalls and the risks and to enjoy the most, travelers to India need to do thorough research and planning before venturing in the adventure.

As a bit of advice, many backpacking packages that prevail in India are inadequate and out of date. Some may even misguide you. So do not be ignorant of the country and do not entirely depend on the ready-made packages.

Backpacking Destination of South India

  • Hampi: The most spectacular relics of history providing you lots of mystery and a sense of awe and pleasure on seeing the beautiful architectural ruins of Sasivekalu ganeshatemple HampiVijayanagar Empire. The entire city, once the capital of popular Vijayanagar Empire, was now at ruins in Karnataka. It is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

 

  • Palolem:  One of the best beaches of Goa in India offers complete relaxation combined with life throbbing parties. This beach is in the shape of the crescent moon.  The villages nearby are the best places to stay and live a life in Indian style without any rush and hush of the city culture.
  • Munnar: The greenery and the scenery of Munnar in Kerala of India will dazzle
    Munnar Hill

    Munnar Hill

    any tourist making them wish to settle there permanently.  An ideal hill station for backpacking, it provides you the opportunity to discover and enjoy beauty as well as the nature in a pleasant manner. You can do fishing, go for walking, jogging, cycling, boating, para-gliding and simply sit and relax.

  • Mysore: This is a little charming city in Karnataka. The grand Mysore palace, the zoo, museum and ‘brindavan’ gardens are the attractions of this city. Though this place fits in the definition of a city, it lacks the tension and busy routine lifestyle of modern world.  Anyone who has lived in this city for sometime can understand what Mysore offers a person. Life here is a calm, relaxed one and to explain in a nutshell Mysore is a real village posing as a city.

Backpacking Destination of North India

  • Jaipur: This pink city of the Rajasthan desert is the gateway of Rajasthan. It is also the shopping Mecca of North India. This city is full with fantastic forts and the monkey palace is the main attraction. Jaipur is a colorful city depicting Indian culture in all its aspects. You can witness elephants, camels, gems and jewels.
  • Darjeeling: This darling hill station of Himalayas is also the perfect place for backpacking in India. The beauty at the foothills of Himalayas is stunning. This is the most popular hill station for all types of people especially for the honey moon couple. Lots of activities take place around Darjeeling.  You can enjoy the toy train; go for trekking, biking, rafting and just for walking. You can view Everest from here in its splendor.
  • Udaipur: Again a stunning city of Rajasthan offering complete cultural view of India, Udaipur has many attractions like forts, museums and palaces.  This is a beautiful city where both locals and foreigners visit every day.
  • Pushkar: This is the small town where the annual camel fair is very popular.
    Pushkar Lake

    Pushkar Lake

    This is actually an oasis town amidst the dry desert of Rajasthan. Schedule your stay during the popular camel fair so that you will not miss the friendliness and the Indian way of life.

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7 Offbeat Places in Delhi

Brows through 7 offbeat places in Delhi

1. Ishq in Delhi, Purana qila

Purana qila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Alai Darwaza

Alai Darwaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Feroz Shah Kotla fort

Feroz shah kotla fort

 

4.  National Rail Museum

National Rail Museum

 

5. Safdarjung Tomb

Safdarjung Tomb

 

6.  Temple in the park Hauz Khas

Temple in the park Hauz Khas

 

7.  National Gandhi Museum

National Gandhi Museum

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How to eat safe food in India

When you visit any foreign country, it is common to get stomach upset since your dietary system will not adjust to the new type of food initially. During your India tours, it is important to know what is safe and what is not safe.  There is ample chance for you to get excellent food in cheap road side hotels or at streets and dirty dangerous food in the fashionable restaurants. This article reveals some important points to follow in eating during your stay in India.

Book-for-healthy-food

  • Though fresh fruit juices are healthy, the water used for preparing it may be just ordinary tap water. So do not drink fresh juices while you are in India.
  • While selecting the restaurant, choose the one where most of the local people prefer to go.
  • It is better to avoid raw vegetables and salads since Indians are not aware of thorough cleaning of the vegetables and fruits before consumption. Of course they will also clean them but with tap water.
  • Never use ice in India since most probably it will also be prepared with tap water.
  • Eat only fresh cooked food. Do not eat food from buffet tables here they have been kept all day long.
  • It is well known factor that foreign people do not take meat In India since it is famous for its vegetarian food.
  • Eating plenty of fresh fruits and yogurt will prevent digestive problems. Always wash them before eating with your own hands.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep you from dehydration and be careful to drink only good bottled water.

Street side Foods

Street foods are real pleasure in India making the entire trip meaningful. However use your common sense to find the safe food.

  • Always go to the vendor where lots of local families are crowded. It must be a good place since families visit the joint.
  • Before buying the snacks, a little bit of watching is sufficient to conclude its safety. The way how the vendor cleans the utensils, handles and how he maintains the food and the cleanliness with proper coverings – all these can be easily found within few minutes.
  • Do not eat meals from the street vendors.
  • In case you need to drink juice you must ask the vendor to press the juice in front of you and be sure not to drink anything from already stored containers.

Indian style of eating

Indian food varities

Indian food varities

Indian style of eating is a tricky business and in case you want to follow the same style of the local people, it is well and good. All of them eat with their right hand. Never use your left hand for eating. It will be considered as a big mistake. In the olden days and even in these modern days in some traditional house, Indians sit on the floor and eat with their right hand. However most of them use dining tables for eating.

  • As the first step before eating in any house, make sure you wash your hands.
  • Then as the second step, after food is being served, you have to mix the rice with the side dishes well with your fingers. Make it a thick and sticky mixture. For example when you are served with sabzi and dhal, you need to mix the rice only with the dhal. Sabzi can be taken as scoops along with the mixture of rice and dhal.
  • As the final step, you need to take the mixed food in small quantities with your hand and fingers and put it into your mouth. The knuckles of your hand must face the dish.
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Second edition of Goa Heritage Festival begins on January 7 at Saligao

The 2nd edition of the Goa Heritage Festival was inducted by Francis D’Souza, Deputy CM, Goa in the presence of Dilip Parulekar, Minister of Tourism, Woman & Child Development, Government of Goa; & Nilesh Cabral, MLA and Chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation on 7th of Jan, 2014 at the Football Ground in Saligao. The inaugural session saw input of over 4,000 guests, as per a report.

The Festival showcased Goa heritage through stall displays of Goan arrays sucha as sausages, cashew feni, wood craft, coconut shell craft, crochet and needle work, terracotta, hand-painted tiles, Loka Daij, heritage photo gallery, etc. Parulekar said, “Every Goan should be proud of their heritage and culture. We are pleased to arrange the 2nd annual Heritage Festival by the beautiful Mae de Deus church that is a one twenty five-year-old heritage construction. We look forward to that all tourists eyewitness this Carnival and enjoy Goa’s rich heritage.”

Goan Heritage Festival 2014

Goan Heritage Festival 2014

Tourists also got an option to watch the Divli-naach, Mando, Goff dance, Ganesh Vandana, tarang. The Coa Tourism Department campaign to make this event an annual scheme and spread out it to include many more local performers and Goan culture to give visitors a healthy experience of Goa.

What to assume at this year’s Goan Heritage Festival

  1. Fashion shows
  2. Goan food
  3. Photographs of ancient Goa
  4. Goa’s arts, culture and history
  5. The great Goans in History
  6. Historic Goan moments
  7. Saligao village highlights
  8. Historic temple of Goddess Sharvani
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