Get off Turmoil with a Respite on Dharamshala Tour

Posted on April 11th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off

Take a Dharamshala tour to get a break from the bustling life. The natural panorama, the soothing tranquillity and the spiritual chant at monasteries will make your Dharamshala holidays rewarding.

Visiting the land that cradled monasteries is always a delight for a peace-lover like me. Tired from the humdrum of city life, I embarked on a trip to Dharamshala. Jeeny, my sister accompanied me on this tour.

Dharamshala TourDharamshala Tour

Having heard a lot about stupas, thangkas and prayer wheels that define Dharamshala tourism, I was curious to understand the concept of monasteries in Dharamshala. It was not very near from Delhi, still we managed to leave by flight and landed at Gaggal airport in Kangra Valley. We had to hire a taxi to reach the town of Dharamshala as it lies 15 km away from the airport.

We stayed in a good hotel that was already booked by us. While experiencing the refreshing ambience of Dharamshala, we felt like a free soul that roams freely without restriction. This tranquil hill station in Himachal Pradesh adores you like a mother, whose lap you never wish to leave.

After having rest, we relished the delicious food with its own special flavour of hill stations that form an important part of India tourism. As the sights of Tibetan flags, ringing bells and prayer wheels that I behold on the way made me restless, we left for the Dharamshala sightseeing.

We headed towards the beautiful Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture. Constructed in a traditional Tibetan style, it is settled in a gorgeous garden of rolling paths, flowing streams and rugged bridges. On the way, we moved towards the Triund which satiated Jeeny’s adventure bug. The exciting trek enabled us to enjoy a panoramic vista of Kangra Valley that is the best part of North India tour. Meanwhile we enjoyed tea with snacks to regain our energy on that 9 km trek.

The sight from atop was beyond than what I expected. It was truly the magic view mountain as locals say. We got to know from locals about another two km trek to Bhagsu Falls but we did not entertain it and rather chose an easy way to proceed.

Dharamshala MonasteryDharamshala Monastery

The day ended and we took shelter of cozy beds at hotels. Next morning, we started our day with having the delicious maggi, momos and thupkas, the traditional drink. The exploration began with Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala that lies inside the Tsuglagkhang Complex. This sacred building also encloses the residence of Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader.

On being here, you can have the breathtaking views of lush pine forests and savour natural beauty. We also visited another important attraction in Dharamshala, Kangra Art Museum which is a good place to visit if you have interest in Tibet religion. The artifacts of Tibetan and Buddhist culture is a delight in itself.

I bought colourful Tibetan flags and mini prayer wheels as souvenirs and left back cherishing the tranquillity that I experienced on my Dharamshala tour.

Touch the Core of Spirituality with Varanasi Tour

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off

An ultimate pilgrim spot for Hindus, Varanasi boasts of being the oldest living city in the world. Varanasi tour takes you to a world of the age-old Ghats, ancient temples and important educational institutions.

Ganges Ghat VaranasiGanges Ghat Varanasi

Varanasi, being the holy land of Lord Shiva, has always grabbed my attention. I am a devotee of Lord Shiva so the places related to Him mean special to me. My Varanasi trip was not planned, it just happened when I got three day break from office. To make the most of this time, I along with my husband headed to Varanasi, the land counted among most famous North India attractions. Another reason was to visit my old friend who shifted to Varanasi long time back.

Hoping to recollect the forgotten time, we started our Varanasi travel from Delhi by train. First we visited my friend at Mughal Sarai where we sojourned on our trip. Everything was amazing at her place as we could enjoy the traditional hospitality.

It makes you feel blessed being near the holy River Ganges on India travel. The city that holds special mention due to its religious importance to Hindus. Earlier, known as “Kashi”, the city is renowned for its contribution to the age-old Ayurveda and classical Indian music. With its rich wealth of 100 Ghats, Varanasi tourism draws tourists with its unique appeal.

Situated on the assemblage of Assi Rivers and the Ganges, Assi Ghat was the first tourist place in Varanasi that we visited. The experience was good at the Ghat and by standing there you could also relive the past era. The tradition comes enrobing as ghats where we could see some religious rituals were being performed. Varanasi is a worth-visit destination of India tour packages.

Ganga Aarti at VaranasiGanga Aarti at Varanasi

We headed towards the Banaras Hindu University, nicknamed as BHU. My husband was rather eager to visit the university because of its significant contribution towards education. Bharat Mata Temple was another spectacular place to visit in Varanasi which we explored after that.

It houses the statue of Bharat Mata, which is constructed in marble and seems spectacular. You will not find any idols of gods and goddesses, instead, the temple houses a relief map of India, made from marble. In the evening, we enjoyed the spectacular sights of Ganga Aarti, where we could spot hundreds of colourful people, gathered along the ghats.

Being one of the most renowned temples of Varanasi, Tulsi Manas Temple also grabbed our attention. The beauty of the temple is enhanced by the majestic surroundings of landscapes. We were delighted to see the walls, exhibiting the verses and scenes from the Ramcharitmanas.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple became the next part of our exploration. We also took sometime off for early morning boat ride which was very soothing and offered us the unique sights of the Ganges River. Our Varanasi trip was unique in itself as we came across age-old Ghats and pilgrim spots that filled our mind with sheer tranquillity.

Exchange words with Nature on Shimla Tour

Posted on March 18th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off

Holiday in Shimla is all about fun, peace and relaxation.

Shimla TourShimla Tour

Tourists especially embark on a Shimla tour to spend a relaxing vacation and to enjoy an escape from the scorching heat.

My immense desire to travel to hills took me on a Shimla tour. I took along my friend Matheu with me on the trip and we went on exploring the “Queen of Hills”.

As we boarded train from Old Delhi, it took us overnight to reach Shimla. We kept our luggage in the already booked hotel room and went off to take rest in the comfy ambience. After some time, we were ready to go on Shimla sightseeing after filling our stomach with scrumptious breakfast.

With snow-covered Shivalik mountains, apple orchards and pine forests, Shimla just took away my heart. The stunning hill station, sprawled over 12 km on a crescent shaped ridge, Shimla is simply marvellous.

Jakhu Temple was the first tourist attraction in Shimla that we visited. Lying on Jakhu hill, it requires an hour challenging trek to the temple.

Shimla TourJakhu Temple, Shimla

The temple has legends attached to it, which says that Lord Hanuman rested at the place during his journey to Himalayas for Sanjivani Booti. Aggressive monkeys were surrounding the temple and get tempted to see the food items. We kept our eatable in bag to refrain from the attack of monkeys.

Next on our Shimla trip, we moved on to see the Christ Church, consecrated in the year 1846. The Church boasts of being the second oldest in North India. Adorned with an imposing Victorian architecture, the church has an impressive interior as well.

Another imposing structure that we visited was the Viceregal Lodge in Shimla. It is a mansion, built in 1888 for Lord Dufferin. This 100 years old building still retains its old world charm. Our Shimla travel enables us to enjoy the view of sunset at the place, enveloped by British style gardens.

We also visited Tara Devi Temple that lie 11 km from the town. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the temple offers peaceful ambience and forms an important part of Shimla tourism.

As Matheu wanted to buy some souvenirs for his family, he took me to the Mall. It was truly a hub of merriment with shops, a heritage theater and restaurants. He picked some good woollen stuff for family members and we visited a good restaurant where we relished South Indian cuisine.

From there, we went on to visit Kufri. The reason was to enjoy Skiing in Kufri. Based on our experience, I can say that Kufri is a great place for skiing.

The tour ended but the delightful memories occupied my mind.

Cherish Everlasting Memories with Mussoorie Tour

Posted on February 15th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off

Gratifying tourists with its picture-perfect locations, Mussoorie is a gorgeous hill station in India. Visit Mussoorie in Uttarakhand to capture the dramatic views of the Dehradun valley and snowy peaks.

Visiting any hill station of India is always a delight. With its lush green hills, refreshing ambience and breathtaking views of nature, it took away my heart when I visited Mussoorie along with Kedal and Shijao, my best travel buddies.

Mussoorie TourismMussoorie Tourism

We visited the hill station from Delhi by road and it was a good experience of witnessing the gorgeous vistas of nature. Our first halt was at Dehradun where we got enchanted to see the splendour of Garhwall hills.

It started drizzling when we entered Mussoorie city and luckily we reached hotel before it rained heavily. The clean Mall Road welcomed us and we were filled with happiness. The view of the Doon Valley from the road was simply enchanting. After check in, we took rest for a while but the excitement to explore the town insisted us to move out soon. We gobbled our food at hotel and left for the Mussoorie sightseeing.

Forming an important part of Mussoorie tourism, Gun Hill was the first place, we visited. This rope way station lies at the end of the Road. We simply enjoyed this 400 m journey to the hill. It boasts of being the 2nd highest point of the town. The Gun point enabled us to capture the panoramic views of the beautiful hill town and the Himalayan ranges as well. The cloudy ambience further increased our joy.

We came back and relished dinner while sharing our experience of the day. Our next morning was dedicated to a visit to Municipal Garden, lying 4 km from Library point. There was an entry fee for the garden. It was well maintained and the long pines, a small canal and green house with gorgeous orchids altogether were enhancing its charm. Being a nature lover, I truly enjoyed the place.

Kempty Fall MussoorieKempty Fall, Mussoorie

A walk on the camel back road was next part of our travel to Mussoorie. Starting from Library Bazaar, it concludes at Kulri Bazaar. A refreshing ambience greeted us. We visited Kempty Falls, which was a bit crowded. Plunging its way from 40 ft from mountain, the gorgeous waterfall left us refreshed with a short bath while on our Mussoorie tour. It is the largest of the five cascades, emerging down from the mountains to flow down different huge rocks into the plains.

Serving among the popular attractions in Mussoorie, the Mall is the place where we went for shopping. I bought woollens for my family whereas my companions picked some souvenirs. We also had delicious paranthas and locally prepared ice creams after shopping.

It was a short but memorable trip to Mussoorie that transformed me into a refreshed person.

Indulge in Sheer Fun with Goa Beaches Tour

Posted on January 24th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off

A quick jaunt to Goa will relieve you from the exhausted daily chores. Enjoy a break with Goa beaches tour that will add fun, adventure and entertainment to your tour experience.

Goa Beach TourGoa Beach Tour

The atmosphere of Goa is perfect for a hard-core party lover like me. Accompanied by my two like-minded friends, Joseph and Nichol, I left for Goa from Delhi. We reached the “Land of beaches” in late evening by air. Though it was dark, yet the atmosphere was very lively and the places were crowded. It seemed to be a perfect destination for discerning tourists.

We made ourselves cosy in a good Goa beach resort, which was located amidst of South Goa. As we wanted to make the most of our time, we ordered the traditional Goa cuisine and seafood. After pacifying our appetite with the scrumptious food, we indulged ourselves in planning out our next day visit to some of the popular Goa beaches.

The excitement to explore the beauty of beaches and the attractions of adventure did not allow me to have a sound sleep. I left my bed at 6 o’clock, eagerly waiting my friends-Joseph and Nichol to wake up. Finally, they woke up and we left to start our Goa beaches tour at 9 o’clock.

We reached Candolim beach that lies about 14 kms from the capital city Panaji. Well, starting with a beach, called as the traveller’s paradise was a great experience as it enabled us to relax amidst cool winds on the beach. It was not too crowded and a good place for people who want peace.

Candolim Beach GoaCandolim Beach, Goa

Our next visit was dedicated to Anjuna Beach in Goa. Reason being, to be a part of the beach party and yes… there we were! A great place to enjoy late night parties, Anjuna was crowded with romantic couples. We all three lost ourselves in the sheer fun and enjoyment of the beach party. The provoking music made us to dance till wee hours and we left back to the resort.

We welcomed second day a bit late. How could we miss the Dona Paula beach on our Goa beaches tour! We visited Dona Paula fishing village as well, which lies at the tip of Panaji. The site offers a very good view of the monument at the same place. Miramar beach added another great experience to our Goa beach travel. While on this beach, we could also treat our eyes with the spectacular views of the river Mandovi.

After spending another night in the Goa beach resort, we made a move to the sightseeing of Goa. We came across many Cathedrals and Churches including the popular ones, Se Cathedral and Church of St. Francis Xavier.

While we were leaving Goa, it was hard to believe that we had a great time on the beaches of Goa as everything seemed like a dream. Truly, it was a gratifying experience for us!

Revive your Spiritual Senses on South India Temple Tour

Posted on January 18th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off

Speaking volume about its architectural beauty, South India temples are simply stunning. The magnificence of temples in South India makes them extraordinary gems in the state.

Meenakshi Temple MaduraiMeenakshi Temple Madurai

India, the haven of religious places, has always been on the must-visit travel places in my list. One factor about India that makes me leave speechless is its never-ending faith in God. That is why there are innumerable temples and sacred spots.

Let me recall my South India temple trip, which still leaves my mind with awesome memories. I was in Tamilnadu for some project work and after accomplishing my official work, I set out my South India temple tour.

I am a devotee of Lord Shiva and the temples dedicated to Him are on the top of my wish-list. That encouraged me to start my Tamilnadu trip with Shri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. Legends say that Shiva and Meenakshi (the consort of Shiva, known as Parvati) were married in Madurai.

As I entered the temple with my two colleagues, Ashka and Shabby, we were simply amazed to gaze at the large temple complex of Meenakshi temple. It had 12 gopurams or towers, adorned with brightly coloured sculptures of Hindu deities. Well, we could easily make out that we had to devote more time and it actually happened. It took us hours to explore the far-stretched temple complex but we were contended with our visit to Meenakshi temple.

Rameshwaram TempleRameshwaram Temple

Next in our travel plan, Rameshwaram was on the top. Having read a lot about the significance of the temple, I was eager to step into this religious abode. Select any Tour packages for south India temples, the outcome will be great. An important Hindu pilgrimage spot, Rameshwaram was the place where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to the island of Lanka. There was another spectacular temple, The Ramanathaswamy Temple. It dates back to the 17th century and serves as a finest specimen of Dravidian temple architecture.

How could we miss out The Shore Temple in Mamallapuram on our South India temple travel! The history of the temple dates back to the 7th century. The Dravidian-style temple made you wonder how could such perfection be carried out in the ancient era without technology.

Holding back our curiosity, we moved on to Kanchipuram, another amazing destination of spiritual tours of south India. Being one of Hinduism’s seven sacred cities, it is packed with spectacular temples. We headed to Kamakshi Amman Temple where Goddess Shakti was worshipped. It is one of the most famous temples in Kanchipuram.

Our South temple tours ended smoothly and we were back with lots of wonderful memories.

Elephant Festival unrolls an expression of Celebration in Kerala

Posted on January 14th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off

Being the most celebrated festival of Kerala, Elephant Festival has registered itself among the top Indian Fairs and Festivals. The Thrissur ‘Pooram’ festival adds the delightful memories to your Kerala tour.

With a desire to become a part of Indian festivals, I booked my tour accordingly. My husband gathered all the India Festivals Information to ensure a smooth tour.

Every season brings along new festivals. The popular Indian fairs and festivals include Pushkar Fair, Goa Carnival, Desert Festival, Nagaur Fair, Good Friday, Baisakhi, Teej, Onam, Dussehra, Diwali, Pongal, Lohri and many others. And that is not all. Even the festivals on the name of Indian God and Goddess are also celebrated with great enthusiasm in India.

Elephant Festival KeralaElephant Festival Kerala

I, along with my husband was on Kerala tour where the popular Elephant Festival is celebrated. It takes place annually in the month of Medam according to the Malayalam Calender at Trissur in Kerala, which falls in Mid April -Mid-May.

Visualising the charm of Indian Fairs Festivals, we landed in the wonderful state of Kerala. Soon we were at the place where the grand “Elephant Festival” was being celebrated. It is among the remarkable plays of light and sound. ‘Thissur Pooram’ is a 36-hours long affair, dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. It is among the biggest elephant festivals of the state.

We both were very excited to become a part of Elephant Festival Kerala, held at the Thekkinkadu Maidan outside the Vadakkunnathan Temple. Beautifully decorated elephants in two processions symbolizing the Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu temples, were creating an imposing spectacle. My husband was busy in clicking photographs, while I was simply enjoying the extravaganza.

The celebration befalls in the dawn and extends till the break of the next day. Every group is permitted to perform with around 15 elephants. I observed that extraordinary efforts were being made by every group to ensure the best elephants of the place. It seemed to me one of the best Fairs and Festivals of India that I could attend.

It was a treat for eyes to see the colourful cloaks, raised on the elephants. The assigning of elephants and canopy is done while maintaining complete privacy by each group to surpass the other. Be it Fairs in India or Festivals in India, the charm is exceptional. The mammoths adorned with gold ornaments, each driven with three priests, are a spectacular scene.

We were at the maidan and watching the magnificent look of elephants. Soon a remarkable work of fireplay mesmerised us and it seemed as various cylindrical drums were sounding together.

Then, the amazing procession started, which simply fascinated us. The parade of the Thiruvambadi Pooram to the grounds of Vadakkunnathan Temple and back was worth witnessing.

The sweet melody of the ‘Panchavadyam’ added to the spectacle. It was produced with a blend of five percussion and wind instruments. The jollity persists all night with the Vadakkunathan Temple, acting as a backdrop.

The festival added as an indelible chapter to our Festival Tours of India and we left happily for our destination.

Ladakh Tourism for Die-Hard Explorers

Posted on December 27th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

Ladakh, the Moon Land is blessed with all the wonderful elements of tourism. With its snow covered mountains, ancient monasteries, deep valleys and tranquil lakes, Ladakh is a destination to explore.

Ladakh, being a cool place has been my desired travel destination in India. Edrik and I love to explore the various travel places. We went to Ladakh via Manali early morning from Delhi, and it took us long hours to reach the place.

Ladakh TrekkingLadakh Trekking

Making ourselves cozy on a comfortable bed of our hotel room, we shed our fatigue. Edrik was to excited to explore the place and therefore, he got ready before me. After some time we left for the Khardung La, which was snow covered. The extreme cold made us to have a glass of hot tea first, which we enjoyed at an army run canteen.

Finding ourselves amidst a vast river bed that was dried years ago was an unbelievable experience. The snowy mountains will make you leave fascinated with their sheer natural charm. We started our next day with a visit to the famous Pangong Tso Lake. This high altitude lake exceeds your excitement once you start reaching there.

Though it was not easy to acclimatize yet we left no stone unturned for the same because that is what could help us to enjoy our Ladakh trip. We relished the authentic Momos that enabled us to enjoy the extreme cold.

To make the most of our trip to Ladakh, we headed for Nubra Valley. Adjoining a cold desert, this is a verdant valley that grabs your attention at once. To reach the valley, we had to cross the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung La. The valley treasures all the wonderful elements to offer you a perfect visual treat.

Shanti Stupa, LadakhShanti Stupa, Ladakh

The next spot we visited on our travel to Ladakh was Shanti Stupa. It holds my interest since I read about it in a travel magazine. Lies on a hilltop near Leh, Shanti Stupa is a panoramic place. Adjoining monuments add appeal to the Stupa. The unique architecture of the Ladakhi style offers a majestic view at sunrise and sunset. This marvellous symbol of Buddha’s Teaching fills your mind with absolute tranquillity.

How could Edrik miss out the adventure on his Ladakh trip? So we headed for Zanskar Valley to treat ourselves with adventure. Enveloped with lofty mountains and deep-seated valleys, the region offers challenging activities. The Chadar trek in Zanskar is a great experience in itself. We started huffing and puffing by the time, we reached to the valley. It was arduous yet exciting experience.

Realising that our tour was over, we packed our bags and headed to our destination with wonderful memories.

Eulogize the Beauty in White Marble with Taj Mahal Tour

Posted on November 8th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

Known for its Phenomenal beauty, Taj Mahal is the pride of India tourism. Visit Agra to witness the outstanding monuments of Mughal style architecture and add an unforgettable chapter to your life.

Taj Mahal Tour, AgraTaj Mahal, Agra

On last weekend, I with Adey, my best travel buddy left for Agra. From Delhi, we hired a car and moved ahead. It was my first visit to Taj so I was more excited than Adey. We started early in the morning and within an hour, we were enjoying the view of gorgeous landscapes along with cool wind. Experiencing the views of the limitless sky was something, I cannot forget.

On our trip to Agra, everything was looking magical. The roadways, the moving sky and the beautiful sites, everything seemed like inviting us for a memorable experience. After another an hour, we had a halt for lunch. Though the food was simple yet great.

Thinking of Taj Mahal Agra, we reached the border of the city. Having heard a lot about the beauty and architecture of this world heritage monument, I was elated. Built by Shah Jahan, this monument has extraordinary charm that can make anyone wonder. The king constructed Taj in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Of course, we could see how beautifully built it was!

And there we were, standing in front of Taj Mahal and wondering on the glory of this outstanding structure. Agra tourism is all about witnessing the outstanding architecture of Mughal style. The architecture speaks volume about the meticulously efforts by the skilled artisans of that time. With its minarets and majestic elevation, the Taj Mahal looks simply breathtaking. Exquisitely combined, the gorgeous garden further enhances its appeal.

Our travel to Agra was packed with fun and wonderful memories as after having our food, we could also enjoy the fascinating site of Taj during sunset. It seemed like changing its backdrop. With its remarkable architecture, it appears like more of a work of beauty than merely a Mughal mausoleum.

After our Tour to Taj Mahal, we headed for Agra Fort. We sat and relaxed for a while and strolled around for sometime. Lies on the bank of river Yamuna, the Agra Fort stands as a stronghold of the past. Constructed in red stone, the Agra fort sprawls across two km and is encircled by a huge wall that adds glory to the structure. It has the two gates to enter, named as the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate.

Our tour to Agra concluded and we were all set to off to Delhi with an eagerness to share that memorable experience with our friends.

Golden Triangle Tours Present an Incredible View of India

Posted on October 31st, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

It has been interesting to share my travel experience with all the travel enthusiasts alike. With my two friends, Sasha and Joseph I planned to visit India. My friends also gave their consent for the famous Golden Triangle Tour, India.

Golden Triangle Tours IndiaGolden Triangle Tour

This tour covers the three ethnic cities of India-Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. For a change, we selected a tour operator in Delhi to arrange the tour for us. We left everything on them and they assured us to arrange booking, transport, accommodation and itinerary planning.

As soon as we reached Delhi, we managed to explore the city by heading towards Connaught Place. This bustling area is known as the heart of the city, which we discovered on foot. During lunch hours, we were back to the hotel and relished our lunch.

The next day was packed with the exciting experience of Delhi Sightseeing. We got a car for this, which was arranged by our tour operator who took all our pain by providing us Golden Triangle Tour Package. Starting from India Gate, we came across various historic monuments such as Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and Lotus Temple.

We also spared some time for Shopping in Delhi, which gave us a chance to pass through narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and bustling central market in Lajpat Nagar.

After that tiring yet interesting experience, we took shelter of the dreamland. The next day we headed to Agra, which was another charming destination of Golden Triangle trip. We took around 6 hours to reach the Taj City. Golden Triangle Tours have also been termed as the Taj Mahal Tours.

Joseph and Sasha were high on excitement once we could treat our eyes with the outstanding beauty of the Taj Mahal. This exceptional architectural marvel deserves all the praise. Meanwhile, it got sunset and we could actually understand why it is a must on all the Agra Travel Packages. Its beauty was just beyond description. It was a great way to conclude the day with the soothing views of Taj during sunset.

After that, it was our off to Jaipur where we came across various impressive sites. One of them was the famous Amber Fort. An outstanding specimen of ancient architecture, the fort made us wonder.

Other monuments that became a part of our exploration were the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort and Jantar Mantar. In the evening, we visited Chokhi Dhani, the ethnic village resort that displays the truest form of Rajasthani culture.

We were happy to explore the three most amazing cities of India with our Golden Triangle Travel.