Rishikesh, a habitat for the parched soul has a new reason to visit the holy city – Sanskriti. The very essence of Ayurveda seeps in the culture of the new Vedic retreat that sits pretty amidst the bustle of Rishikesh. International tourists who come here to seek solace can now acquire tranquility when they enter the retreat.
Weekend getaways are now becoming more popular. With stressful working days and barely any holidays, families are finding it difficult to find time together. New options keep springing up that take care of either the parents or kids but rarely is there any relief for both.
Amidst the beautiful backdrop of the monolithic caves belonging to the Age of Pallavas takes place one of Asia’s most loved dance festivals – The Mamallapuram Dance Festival. Mamallapuram is an ancient beach town in the coastal region of Tamil Nadu where once the grand Pallavas used to rule. The town is a center of tourist activity in the state where tourists from all corners of the world come to explore and witness the rich cultural, historical and architectural heritage of the town. Mamallapuram used to be a port town for the Pallava dynasty and has its landscape dotted with many ancient architectural marvels such as monolith temples, caves, monuments and sculptures.
In the state of desert sand and red sandstone forts, Bikaner is a city which is home to and famous for one of its most loved animals – Camels. The city which is less popular in tourist itineraries in comparison to other cities of Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer comes alive in the winter month of January for the celebration and adoration of camels in the one of its kind Camel Festival in Asia. The Bikaner Camel Festival is a three day long, beauty pageant of sorts for camels where one can see camels from all parts of Rajasthan gathering in the joyous celebration of this tenacious and adorable animal.
The much awaited and highly successful Kabir Festival is back this year with its fourth annual edition in Mumbai. A tribute to the legend of Kabir, an influential fifteenth century poet and mystic whose writings have been moving people for generations and holds relevance in the twenty-first century. A celebration unlike any, Kabir’s poetry is celebrated with the help of its most ardent followers and students, through the moving voices of the folk singers of Kutch, Rajasthan and Sufi singers from India. This is an opportunity for the lovers of Kabir and his works to come together for an evening full of his love, devotion and intellect.
Desert sand dunes, speaking havelis, cheerful people and authentic Rajasthani dance. Churu spells exuberance in the very heart of Rajasthan. The much abandoned child of the desert, this quaint town marvels with the historic tale that captivates tourists the moment they step in. The town is literally a living mural that has expressed itself on the walls of the havelis (mansions) of the rich trading classes. Mystery unfolds its classic epilogue as each haveli has a tale to tell.
In the months of December till February the land of Kutchh in Gujarat is transformed into perhaps one of the prettiest and most colorful sights in the country when on the full moon night in the month of December the ‘Rann Utsav’ or the ‘Festival of Rann of Kutch’ kick starts bringing together the varied aspects of the culture and traditions of this unique geographical wonder of the Kutchh district of Gujarat. Gujarat has emerged as one of the favored destinations of tourists in India among both domestic as well as foreign tourists. The way the state has grown in its appeal among the tourists in the past five or six years is amazing.
Perched high on the Sahyadri Hills of the Great Western Ghats is located in isolation one of the most revered temples of religious unity in India, the famous Sabrimala Temple. The Sambrimala Temple which is considered to be the abode of the protector of the land of Kerala Lord Ayyappan is said to have been built by the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Lord Parshuram. The temple located inside the dense forst cover of the Western Ghats in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala is a sight of great historic importance and religious benevolence. It is the place where Lord Ayyappan chose to sit in eternal Samadhi or bliss after defeating the powers of the demon Mahishi.
Rajasthan is known worldwide for its beautiful architecture, its palaces, its fort, its folk art and its colorful & vibrant culture. In this land of Maharajas and dance & music, there is one festival that is able to add that icing on the cake for Rajasthan tourism. This festival celebrated in the last week of the month of January every year is known as the Jaipur Literature Festival. The Jaipur Literature Festival or the ‘Lit Fest’ as it is popularly known is the biggest such literature festival in the Asia-Pacific region and has since its inception in 2006 been able to attract the attention of the biggest and the best of the world of literature.
Goa is considered the land of endless joy, exuberance and beauty. The queen of beaches and currently India’s most happening vacation destination, Goa has something to offer to everyone. The state known for its silvery white sand beaches, its party life, its liberal culture, its way of life and its hospitality is the place to be this winter holiday season.
Gujarat the land of vibrant culture, traditions, heritage and values has emerged as one of the top most destinations for tourism in the country. The ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ campaign has catapulted the state into the league of the hottest tourism destinations in the country. The state is famous all over the country for its diverse social fabric, history, its rustic yet beautiful landscape and its cultural celebration which bring forth the real beauty of Indian heritage and cultural treasure.
Sikkim is the smallest state in India, second to Goa. It is situated in the lower Himalayas. The serene surroundings and lush green environment of Sikkim, makes it an ideal destination for people seeking breaks from their hectic schedules. Known for its scenic beauty, the state borders Nepal in the west, Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north and Bhutan in the south-east.
In these uncertain times, when salaries are being squeezed and the cost of everything seems to be constantly going up, it can be a welcome relief to know that all inclusive holidays offer all the main essentials in the upfront cost. That way, you know how much your trip is going to cost and you don’t need to worry about over-spending while you’re away.
The name Kerala in Indian tourism today is synonymous with pleasures of vacationing, calmness, unbelievable serenity and a surreal experience of nature and its wonders. Kerala, the God’s own country, has been at the helm of the Indian tourism for a while now attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world as well as within India. Its beautiful beaches, greenery, waterfalls, misty hills and the world famous backwaters are treasures to behold and cherish. Kerala is on the top of everyone’s travel list and provides one the experience of a lifetime, which one is rarely to forget.
On the banks of the Valvanti River at Vithalapur Village in Sanquelim this Sunday took place a unique festival testament to the great culture of Goa; the Tripurari Poornima a unique boating festival was celebrated to mark the ending of Diwali.