Wednesday, August 12, 2009

India Tour - An Incredible Tour Experience of Lifetime

Posted by Krity Pal on 8 Aug 2009

India is globally famous tourism destination of the world. It is the state endowed with fascinating tourism options that never fails to steal the heart of tourists. This beautiful country is decorated with bewitching natural beauty, lovely hill stations; charming backwaters, palm fringed beaches, lovely lakes, heritage monuments, rich culture and customs and more with lovely climate. It is the perfect destination for family vacation, adventure tours, wildlife tours, nature lovers, travellers and even more special for honeymoon couples. Every year tourists from all over the world visit India in a large number to enjoy their vacation in a delightful way.

India is gifted with a large variety of fascinating places and bewitching natural beauty to attract visitors. This beautiful country India is endowed with fascinating tourist destination. If you are a beach lovers then Goa will be the paradise for your. If you are a adventure enthusiast Himachal Pradesh with it charming natural beauty is ready to accept your invitation. If you love to explore and peep through the rich culture and tradition of India, Rajasthan will welcome you in a royal style. If you are a nature lover Kerala’s scintillating natural beauty will steal your heart away. Beside these there are many other fascinating destinations in India that are worth visiting and exploring. Infact visit to any direction of the country be it north to south or west to east you will find India amazingly beautiful and mesmerizing.

Visit to Rajasthan the most beautiful state of India and explore its royal charm in a delightful way. The state is endowed with fascinating places of tourist interest. Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Jaipur, Ajmer, Chittourgarh, etc are some of the popular cities of Rajasthan. These cities have preserved the royal attractions like invincible forts, exquisite palaces, terrific temples, blossoming gardens, charming lakes and royal accommodation it the heritage hotels of Rajasthan. Visit this wonderful state of India and it is sure you will cherish your Rajasthan India tours throughout your lifetime.

Offering scintillating natural beauty Kerala is globally famous for its bewitching natural beauty. Famously known as the God’s Own Country this fascinating state is endowed with charming backwaters, picturesque landscapes, bewitching beaches, lovely hill stations, rich flora and fauna and many other charming attractions. It is the ideal destination for nature lovers, wildlife lovers, vacationers, honeymooners and family vacation. Above all this beautiful state is the ideal destination for newly weeded couples. Newly married couples from across India and abroad come to Kerala to spend their one time vacation of lifetime.

Beside these tourism destinations, Goa is no less attractive and fascinating than other tourist destinations. Famous all over the globe for its palm fringed beaches and beach tours in India this beautiful state is also very popular among vacationers, honeymooner and water sport adventure enthusiast. Some of the worth visiting beaches of Goa are Baga Beach, Dona Paula Beach, Palolem Beach, Vagator Beach, Candolim Beach, Miramar Beach, Colva Beach, etc. Furthermore Goa beaches and its lovely surrounding never fail to tempt newly wedded couples from across India and abroad. Enjoying honeymoon in Goa will be a delightful experience of your honeymoon package in India which both of you will love to cherish throughout your lifetime. Visit this lovely state once and you will never fall in love its bewitching beaches and picturesque surrounding.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Rajasthan Tours and Travels - Incredible Tour of Royal State of India

Posted by Rajesh Kumar on 8 Aug 2009

A perfect holiday destination, Rajasthan has lots of tourism options to offers to its guests. If you want to explore the beauty of Royal monuments cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, etc are very popular. If you want to enjoy the camel safari there will be no better places then Jaisalmer- Golden City of India.

Situated in the northwestern part of India, Rajasthan is globally famous tourism destinations of India. It is the most charming and fascinating state of India with attractive tourism options. It is decorated with invincible forts, elegant palaces, terrific temples, eye catching beauty of havelis, charming lakes, national wildlife parks and sanctuaries, beautiful landscapes of deserts, blossoming gardens and many other fascinating attractions. It is known all over the world for its royal attractions which never fails to steal the heart of tourists coming to Rajasthan for a memorable vacation.

A perfect holiday destination, Rajasthan has lots of tourism options to offers to its guests. If you want to explore the beauty of Royal monuments cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, etc are very popular. If you want to enjoy the camel safari there will be no better places then Jaisalmer- Golden City of India. If you want to enjoy the rich flora and fauna of the state you can visit national parks and sanctuaries like Sariska Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Tal Chappar Sanctuary, Desert National Park, etc. If you want to enjoy your vacation in hill station, you can visit Mount Abu the only hill station in Rajasthan. In fact this royal state of India is prepared with everything to offer tourists for a delightful vacation in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan is widely known for its royal charm and heritage monuments. Visit to any part of this state you will find it amazingly beauty and charming. Heritage monuments like invincible forts, exquisite palaces, terrific temples, eye catching havelis and museum heartily welcomes you in this royal state. Till date the heritage monuments depicts its glorious past and sings the chivalry of their kings with a magical tune. There are several fascinating cities in the state and all of them are gifted with unique monumental beauty. Some of the worth visiting heritage monuments in Jaipur the city of Victory are Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, City Palace, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Akshardham Temple, etc. Exploring these captivating beauties of Jaipur-Pink City of India will be a delightful experience of your Rajasthan trip.

Offering heritage attractions, Cities like Udaipur- Lake City of India, Jodhpur-Sun City of India, Jaisalmer- Golden City of India, etc are also well known among tourists. Exploring the heritage monuments of these cities will be an incredible tour experience of Rajasthan. City Palace Udaipur and Jagmandir of Udaipur, Ummaid Bhavan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort, Jashwant Thada of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer Fort( Sonar Killa, Golden Fort), Patwon Ki Haveli and Nathmalji Ki Haveli of Jaisalmer, etc are with visiting heritage monument of Rajasthan tourism. There are many other fascinating cities in Rajasthan endowed with attractive place of tourists Interest. But these above cities are more popular among the international tourists.

Beside these heritage attractions Rajasthan is well known for national parks and sanctuaries. Some of the must visit wildlife sanctuaries of this royal state are Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Desert National Park, Mount Abu wildlife Sanctuary, etc. You can enjoy morning and evening safari in these national parks and catch the view of varied species of wildlife in their natural home. You will also see the majestic tigers taking guard of the wildlife parks which will be a thrilling experience of Rajasthan desert tour.

Well if you want to explore the attractions of Rajasthan book your tour package from the travel agencies or tour operators. You can start your tour from Delhi for Rajasthan as you will be able to explore the tourist attractions of Delhi and Rajasthan. You can also start your tour from Jaipur and explore all the fascinating cities of Rajasthan in a delightful way.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

How the Economic Crisis is Affecting Our Holiday Plans

Posted by David Martin

It is no real surprise that the so-called economic crisis is causing us to think twice about going abroad in the summer, as well as having a knock-on affect on the travel industry as a whole. Yet, the consequences on what we need to consider before booking flights and choosing hotels are somewhat surprising. So how is the economic crisis affecting our holiday plans?

Car Hire
Perhaps the most recent news from the travel money sector concerns car hire whilst abroad. Recently, The Telegraph reported of a company's futile attempt to hire a car at Easter: 'booking very late...the hotel had a room available, and there were seats on suitable flights. But when the company tried to book a car, it was told by its usual commercial partner that they were sold out. The customer couldn't travel, and the tour operator, the airline and the hotel lost a booking.' The reason for the lack of service was the need for hire companies to offer a cheaper service and so making their fleets smaller - a trend that is said to be happening in Spain, Sardinia, and Italy.

Transaction Fees
Similarly, banks and other institutions are changing their methods in order to retain profit in the wake of the credit crunch. As has been reported in The Independent during April, Nationwide and even Thomas Cook Financial have imposed transaction fees every time their credit or debit cards are used abroad. As a consequence of this, holidaymakers either have to make do with fees ranging from 0.81 to 2.99 percent on each purchase, carry around more cash, or acquire a travel money card especially for their trip.

Travel Insurance Hikes
Last but by no means least, the travel insurance sector has also been under scrutiny - by comparison sites at least. The informative site,, recently reported that certain companies (but by no means all) have been found to push up the price of travel insurance prices "overnight" when customers age from 65 to 66. In some respects, it is understandable why this is happening, yet it is when one acknowledges the cost of those increases - an average of 106 percent - that the hikes are regarded with such scorn by the press.

Interestingly, the economic climate and its affects on the travel industry are not causing people to cancel their holiday plans outright. For instance, many are seeing additional value and security with travel money cards, and are planning to use public transport as a means of getting around. However, it does seem that this summer will see more time spent planning our trips than in the cheaper, simpler past.


Saturday, August 1, 2009

India's City of Blue Jodhpur in the Northern State of Rajasthan

Jodhpur, Rajasthan's second largest city, has long been a popular destination with international tourists. Few, though, know the origins of it's tag, "the blue city".

The city is a wonderful example of vivid colours providing a photogenic backdrop to everyday life. One colour, above all others, impresses visitors to Jodhpur; blue. The colour is closely associated with the city’s identity and Jodhpur carries the well-known sobriquet of "the blue city".

Jodhpur - A City of Bustling Bazaars

But upon arrival in Jodhpur visitors may well be tempted to ask why the bustling city has that tag. So many other colours can also be seen on the busy streets and in the bazaars. The majority of Rajasthani women wear long, colourful skirts as they visit the shops of the Nai Sadak and while examining wares on the stalls of the Sardar Market. Eye-catching, bright oranges and yellows are popular colours for their fabrics. And the Rajasthani tradition for women to cover their heads with scarves - in materials of complementary hues - adds to the impression that life takes place among a vivid swirl of colour.

That’s exacerbated by the men wearing sizable turbans. The yellows and reds of their traditional tribal headgear is as much a draw to the eye as the women’s garments.

The Blue City - Jodhpur's Old Town

Yet to gain an understanding as to why Jodhpur is known as "the blue city" one has to push on from the market places and away from the new town, and head into the older quarters of Jodhpur. Here, under the centuries old protection of Meherangarh Fort, whose foundations were laid on the orders of the city’s founder, Rao Jodha, in 1459, many of the houses are blue in colour.

The walls of the old town’s buildings explain why Jodhpur is tagged as "the blue city" but even experienced tour guides cannot agree on the underlying reason as to why that colour was chosen.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Burgeoning Religion Tourism in Tirupati, Vaishno Devi India

Posted by A. K. Roy

It is now proved that more than 70% of people who travel are made up of pilgrims. Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam along with Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board are among the highest revenue earners across globe. Sadly infrastructure has not been able to keep pace with the recent boom. There is dearth of good accommodation at religious places.

Travel has always fascinated humans and religion sustains humanity. Nothing gets better commercially, than a combination of these two. So it comes hardly as a surprise when World Tourism Organization (WTO) declares that faith based travel industry or religion tourism is one of the fastest growing travel segments. According to industry estimates religion tourism industry worldwide is valued at more than $18 billion dollars.

In India it is believed that more than 70% of people, who travel, do so for religion. For people outside India, Buddhists and Hindus mainly arrive for pilgrimage. Tirupati and Vaishno Devi can now be counted as richest temples not only in India but in the whole world. They are both real money spinners.

According to recent reports the pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi generates an annual income of approximately Rs 475 crore thus sustaining the local economy. The Yatra has been able to provide livelihood to around 27000 people. Out of this 475 crores , commercial establishments account for around 60% . This is followed by the hospitality sector and the transport sector.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), earned around 738.36 crores during the fiscal 2006-07. By selling human hair alone it expects to earn 33 crores.

Record Number of Pilgrims

According to reports in the year 2007 around 75 lakhs visited Vaishno Devi Temple. In the current year within the first six months a record number of 38.75 lakh people visited the shrine. It is believed for the year 2008 there would be around 80 lakh people who would have visited the cave shrine. This upsurge in pilgrims infuses a lot of money to the state coffers.

Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam receives annually 2 crore pilgrims on an average.

Gap between Demand and Supply

However infrastructure is one sector that has not really able to keep pace with the recent boom in faith based travel industry. During the peak periods every major Pilgrim centre in India faces dearth of hotel rooms. This creates a lot of problem to both who are on shoe string budget or for more affluent devotees. There is a mad scramble for accommodation and often people have to stay in open without any option.


The only solution it seems is to have more hotels in all categories. One good point is that many acclaimed names in the travel and hospitality sectors are now coming with investments at religious places. There is now a 5 star hotel in place at Katra the starting point for Vaishno Devi Yatra.

Famous names in the fast food sector have also realized that devotees are big consumers too No doubt Café Coffee Day has opened its various outlets across pilgrim centers.

What is now needed is a drastic improvement in the infrastructure and basic facilities that effectively addresses all the segments of pilgrims.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cheap Travel to India: The Cost Effective Travel in India

Posted by Michael braganza

Looking for something a little different and also searching a cost effective tour? Whirl your mind, dazzle your eyes and fall in love with India's extremes. India as one of the most ancient civilizations is unknown to none. The old civilization with its timeless monuments and religious places, alluring wildlife parks, dazzling deserts, lovely beaches, famous tourist site – the Taj Mahal (Agra), Gloden triangle tours – one of the famous tours circuit and many more are some of attractions that can make your vacation a dream come true.

India is, with its diversity, a beautiful, enchanting, yet enigmatic country at the same time. There is more to this country than words can tell or books describe. India is not only a travel destination but also it is an experience. With assistance of a tour operator or a travel planner you can make your tour to India memorable and cost effective and of course cheap travel to India. You can get information from a reliable travel agency regarding cheap India travel.

Because of its diversities, historically prosperous culture, an old age traditions of tourism and of course due to cost effective, India has been globally a famous tourist destinations. Perhaps, no other any country in the world offers various categories of tourism. India tourism satisfies all type of tourist weather they are nature lovers, adventure lovers, interested in culture or special interest tourists.

India is a land where all seasons make there attendance and make the country more and more appropriate place for tourists to explore India in every seasons. For every season India has many destinations to satisfy tourists. In summer when the sun is scorching many tourists from different parts of the world come to India and feel themselves comfortable.

Many tour operators offer summer special tour packages for the tourists who come to India spend their summer vacations. In India there are many Himalayan and non-Himalayan hill resorts which provide comfortable life during summer season. Apart from hill stations there are also many cool trekking trails and lovely beaches to spend summer in pleasantly way.

I think to spend summer in India, Himalayan regions are more appropriate because they provide Himalayan adventure as well as relief from scorching sun. Shimla is an important hill station in Himalayan region. During Shimla tours, tourists forget weather hotness in watching picturesque landscapes. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and it was the erstwhile summer capital of British Empire in India.

It is often called that India is a land of monuments that resonates its legends of bygone era. When your choice is fort and palaces tours, Rajasthan will be probably too much fascinating. Rajasthan has many magnificent monuments, forts, grand heritage hotels which attract the tourists’ attentions.

Featured with many qualities India has a lot of things to offer tourists. Come to India and experience its culture and traditions, unexploited natural beauty, lovely beaches, dazzling snow-capped peaks, thrilling treks, panoramic view of green valleys and many more.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Indian Popular Hill Stations-Shimla

Shimla-the queen of all hill stations,is one of the most popular hill stations in India.Its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and many other attractions makes it the most sought after hill resort in India.It is surrounded by pine, cedar, oak and rhododendron forests,in the lower Himalyan ranges.Shimla is favourite amongst all type of people,be it honeymooners,families, youngsters & old people.Most of the people comes to the sylvan heights to spend some time in the lap of hills & to enjoy the pleasures of natural bounties out there.

Main Tourist attractions in Shimla-

The Ridge-
This is the best place in Shimla,where one can spend many hours in a day,basking in the warmth of the lazy sun.This place experiences a mixed crowd of young and the old,having a stroll or talking against the backdrop of the glittering peaks.

Lakkad Bazaar-
This place,popularly known as the world of wooden marvels lies right below the ridge.This market offers a wide variety of items carved out of wood.One can get anything from key chains, walking sticks, massagers, toys and jewellery boxes to sailor's wheels, planters and stationary holders.One can pick a plenty of things for friends and relatives, without flattening your wallets.

St Michael’s Cathedral-
This cathedral was Once considered to be the Michael's Cathedral is a stained-glass masterpiece. It is masterpiece of stained-glass.It is a place that makes you learn the qualities of Hope, Faith, Patience and Humility.

Institute of Advanced Studies-
Orginally,this institute was the Viceregal Lodge,built in in 1888,it is a perfect example of a magnificent English Renaissance grey-stone edifice set admist beautiful gardens and lawns. The grounds of this place are open for visitors only on Sundays,otherwise the is by ticket.

Tara Devi Temple-
The panoramic views,provided by this temple leave visitors gasping.Situated atop a hill,& lying amidst the oak and rhododendrons, it is accessible by road, rail and by foot.