India Tourism – Major Attractions in Northern India

Posted by | Posted in Holidays & Vacations, Travel | Posted on 27-02-2012

India is a beautiful country and one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. It appeals travelers and vacationers from all over the world with its numerous catchy attractions. It never fails to lure its visitors. With so many catchy attractions, vibrant culture & tradition and excellent tourist facilities, India has become very popular and tempting tourism destination. It is home to myriad attractions of all kind. Ancient temples, historical monuments, religious monuments, art & architectures, beaches, backwaters, hill stations, sand dunes, and remarkable cities are major attractions of tourism in this beautiful country.

Some remarkable tourist attractions in northern part of India are following.

Taj Mahal - Located in the city of Agra, it is one of the most beautiful and impressive buildings in the world. Built in white marble with beautiful gardens in surroundings, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site, this monument was built by mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is the ultimate symbol of eternal love and one of the star attractions of India travel and tourism.

Red Fort - Red Fort is one of the most impressive mughal monuments. Built in red sand stone this grand fort complex is located in Delhi, the capital city of India. This impressive mughal monument showcases the high level of art form and ornamental form. Its stunning architectural designs never fail to lure visitors and tourists. The architecture of the fort complex is marvelous blend of Persian, European, and Indian art & architecture. There are many beautiful buildings inside the fort complex such as Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Khas, Mumtaz Mahal, Moti Masjid, Hayat Bakhsh Bagh, etc. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Qutub Minar – Located in the city of Delhi, it is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site it is very popular among tourists from all over the world. Sometimes it enjoys more visitors than of the magnificent Taj Mahal.

India Gate - Located in the city of Delhi on Rajpath it is the national monument of India. Originally known as All India War Memorial it is the prominent landmark in the city of Delhi. It is dedicated to brave soldiers who laid down their lives during the First World War and Afghan Wars. The surface of the India Gate is engraved with name of 90,000 Indian warriors.

There are many more attractions in northern India booming India tourism greatly such as Lotus Temple in Delhi, Akshardham Temple in Delhi, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Amber Fort in Jaipur, Golden Fort in Jaisalmer, Golden Temple in Amritsar, Dal Lake in Kashmir, etc. I will reveal information about more attractions northern India in my next article which will give you enticing and memorable experience of tourism in India.

Kerala Tourism – The Places, Festivals and Colors

Posted by | Posted in Holidays & Vacations, Travel | Posted on 22-02-2012

Calm serene beaches, eco tourism and palm grove resorts were the trademarks of Kerala-tourism. Now Kerala-tourism is also redefined as Kerala health tourism, Kerala adventure tourism, Kerala backwater tourism and a lot more. Kerala tourism also stands high in Indian tourism and world tourism with the calm serene beaches, backwaters, house boat journeys, rolling hills blanketed with forests or tea plantation, scopes of adventure, forest and wildlife, trekking, bird watching, best climate, and a fairly long monsoon season.

Early maritime traders came here with an eye on Rich products of God’s own country, Kerala Spices like pepper, nutmeg, and other rich products like Coir, Cashew nut, Coconut and Coconut products, Natural Fruits and Food Products. In this land where season never ends, come tourists in search of riches- now it is the piece of mind the serene back waters can provide and to feel the healing touch of nature in an eco-tourism center.

Colorful performing arts of Kerala like Kathakali, Kalaripayattu, Koodiyattom, Thullal and many dance forms is a blessing to Kerala_tourism.

For those who want to move the divine way has Kerala pilgrimage tourism, which includes a demanding journey through thick forests to Sabarimala or Agastyarkoodom. The society of Kerala is among the rapidly progressing and most literate societies in India. Much achievement has made in Information Technology, Infrastructure and manpower development and ranked best in socio-political index.

The traditional practice of natural remedies for diseases, which is now confined to the tribal people and a few rural folks, is also rejuvenating. The people here knew the power of different herbs to cure diseases of varying kinds.

The food and recipes of Kerala are also rapidly gaining access to dining tables around the world.

Kerala_tourism can safely blow horns for Kerala as God’s own country. Be it healthcare, relaxing in a serene environment or having adventure in mountain biking. Kerala tourism can offer everything a visitor wants.

The Future of the Indian Tourism Industry

Posted by | Posted in Travel | Posted on 13-02-2012

India is the land of culture and heritage. Many of the people are attracted by its beauty in their culture to visit this place. The government of India is also supporting the growth of the tourism industry in the country.

The tourist’s spots in India are known for its diversity. The beauty and authenticity of each state of the country is exhibiting to the tourists. You will get a different experience while visiting each place in the country. The northern India is famous for its hill stations and the southern India for the ancient temple, sculptures, etc.

The captivating beauty of the places in India is making it brighter in the tourism maps. During the recent years there has been a great increase in the number of tourist in India. Now the country is listed in the top ten tourist’s places in the world.

The support from the government is nourishing the tourism industry in the country. The central government and the state government of the respective states are giving their complete support and grants to protect the monuments and sculptures. With improve travel and accommodation facilities more tourists will be visiting the country in the next days.

The support of the private sector industries like aviation, medical tourism, hotels, transportation also has complemented the growth. India hosted the Common wealth Games this year which has also increased the visitors to the country. The pioneer works of the people in the Asian games had polished India’s face to the world. The hospitality and the generosity of the people will attract the tourists.

Review about Rajasthan Fairs and Festivals

Posted by | Posted in Holidays & Vacations, Travel | Posted on 01-02-2012

Experience the vibrant Fairs and Festivals of Rajasthan during your royal journey aboard the Palace on Wheels. As the Palace on Wheels chugs through the heart of Rajasthan in the kind of royal style that only the Maharajas of yesteryear could have enjoyed, you not only experience the romance of old-fashioned rail travel, but also get to experience the splendid architecture, colourful bazaars, the rich culture, the myriad topography of the Thar Desert, the vibrant people and colourful fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.

Rajasthan is a vibrant, exotic state in India where tradition and royal glory meet in a riot of colors against the vast backdrop of sand and desert. Referred to as the Desert Jewel of India, Rajasthan shimmers with even more vibrancy during the time of its colourful fairs and festivals. The desert glitters with the colors of joyous celebration and gay abandon with every fair and festival of Rajasthan. There is a celebration for every religious occasion, every change of season and every harvest, all invariably a reflection of the genius of their arts and crafts and their ascetic refinement.

In fact, celebrations occur almost round the year and are a splendid opportunity for tourists to gain an insight into the life of the Rajasthan during their travel. Other than the traditional fairs, recently established festivals which involve elephants, camel races, dance and music have been specially organised for tourists. Among the better known fairs and festivals of Rajasthan are:

Pushkar Fair, Pushkar (November): The well-known and marked with largest participation of all the festivals of Rajasthan, Pushkar is an important pilgrimage as well as the venue of a mammoth cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions, music and sports are highlight of this event.

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (Jan-Feb.): One of the most popular among the festivals of Rajasthan, the Jaisalmer Desert festival is a journey into the heart of the Rajasthan desert, the golden city of Jaisalmer. A true show on the sands which attracts even the much traveled visitor. Folk performers like musicians, ballad singers, snake charmers, and puppeteers all exhibit their traditional skills. There are exciting camel dances, camel acrobatics, camel races, and camel polo, competitions for the best decorated camel, tug-of-war between musclemen, a turban tying competition and a Mr. Desert contest. The culmination is a sound and light spectacle on a moonlit night amidst sand dunes.

Elephant Festival, Jaipur (March-April): A festival to celebrate Holi, this is a great occasion for the visitor to watch several elephant sports and also play this festival of colours. A show is organised with the elephants turning out in their best finery.

Gangaur Festival (March-April): A festival devoted to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. It is time for young girls to dress up in their finery and pray for grooms of their choice while the married women pray for the well-being of their husbands. This 18-day festival is laced with various activities and culminates in a grand procession marking the arrival of Shiva to escort his bride home.

 Marwar Festival, Jodhpur (October): A festival devoted mainly to the music and dance of the Marwar region. This is a festival that allows the visitor to understand and enjoy the folk traditions of this part of the state. Organized by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, the Marwar Festival was originally known as the Maand Festival. Maand is a classical style of folk music centered on the romantic life style of Rajasthan’s rulers, and Maand Raag recreates the old world charm and graceful dances of the desert. A must for those interested in folk music during their holidays in Rajasthan.

Camel Festival, Bikaner (January): An enchanting desert city which comes alive with music and dance during the famed Camel Festival of Bikaner. It is fast gaining popularity as the visitor finds an opportunity to see some unusual folk performances, camel, race camel dance etc.

 Teej Festival, Jaipur (July-August): A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Processions, women dressed in bright colours and a lot of merriment prevails during Teej. Essentially a women’s festival, it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars where they turn up to shop in all their finery.

Nagaur Fair, Nagaur (Jan-Feb.): Essentially an animal fair, it provides an opportunity to participate in some of the local sports. Situated half way between Bikaner and Jodhpur, Nagaur awakens with the thronging of cattle, horses and camels accompanied by their colorfully turbaned owners. There is earnest bargaining between owners and buyers, and plenty of fun and festivity. Games, tug-of-war contests, camel rac

es and strains of ballads create a joyful atmosphere with the setting sun in the background.

Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar (Jan-Feb.): A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. This fair is the centre of attraction of a large number of tribals from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join their brethren from Rajasthan in offering prayers to Lord Shiva.

 Mewar Festival, Udaipur (March-April): A festival to welcome the spring season. There is song,  dance, processions, devotional music and fireworks where almost everybody participates. Not to be missed during your Rajasthan tour and travel.

Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (According to Lunar Calendar): Held in the memory of the revered Sufi Saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, it is an occasion for thousands of believers to congregate at the shrine and offer their prayers. All of Ajmer seems to take on a festive air and several programmes are organised to mark the festival.

Summer Festival, Mount Abu (June): Organised in the only hill station of Rajasthan, this is the coldest place at this time of the year. Folk dances and a general atmosphere of gaiety prevails in this tiny hill resort and the tourist has ample time to relax and enjoy himself.

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