Thursday 3 April 2014

Adventure – A Top India Tour Option

Adventure is a part of life. It always is involving in nature. But in the modern times where most of us lead a cubicle lifestyle, it is a luxury to indulge in adventure and emerge as a winner. Due to this reason only, adventure tourism is a favoured tourism attraction, enjoying inclination from tourists worldwide. A special form of new-age travelling, a typical adventure tour is high on physical activity and takes tourists to the isolated and remote areas, typically mountain areas.
At a higher altitude, mountains offer numerous adventure options ranging from simple conquering through mountaineering, trekking or touching the skies through paragliding, parasailing, sky diving, etc. The rugged mountainous terrain offers exciting and thrilling adventurous moments to remember a lifetime. Also, the trip to the cool mountains cools the travellers by providing them a relief from the heat and even helps them observe the nature in the most genuine form. Not only do they offer scenic beauty, but also alleviate stress with its crisp air and freshly soothing location.
India has the largest mountain range in the world, i.e. Himalayas. It also serves as a great backdrop for adventure activities. The height of Himalayas makes it challenging and exciting adventure location in India. In summer months, the chance of enjoying adventure doubles up because it is a vacationing time and tourists wish to seek refuge from the heat in their cities. Due to this reason only, the adventure holidays to Himalayas are always sold-out months in advance.
Also, summer months are the adventure months in the Himalayan destinations. Many of them offer opportunities of mountain biking, trekking, and overnight camping, etc in the most exciting way. Adventure has the sparkling variety in the daunting mountains that makes the trip worth enjoying. There are a lot of options that can be enjoyed during an Adventure tour in India.

With the picturesque beauty and enigmatic variety, the adventure tours and holidays in India are apt travel itineraries to enjoy summer holidays in style. 

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Visit Maharashtra - A Top India Tour Series

Maharashtra is a state summed up with grand experiences in terms of tourism. Its grandness is justified in terms of its large size, rich heritage, endowed natural wealth and other tourist attractions. Highly balanced on tourist infrastructure, Maharashtra hosts the largest number of foreign tourist arrivals in India as well.
There are many reasons why tourism is such a popular activity here. The presence of its capital Mumbai, stone heritage, beaches, harbours, hill stations and pilgrimage experiences make it high on tourist potentials. The first attraction of Maharashtra is definitely Mumbai. The largest and the most populous city, the metropolitan Mumbai is also the commercial and financial capital of India. The city has an incredible charm that lures every traveller. Thanks to its bustling and evolving culture that makes Maharashtra a lively and exciting city.
A visit to Mumbai leaves a visitor with vivid impressions. Here, they get to experience the glitz and glamour of Bollywood’s showbiz, a rich array of Victorian buildings, the seaside enjoyment on the Juhu Beach, or the maze of alleyways and lively streets in the city.
But there’s more to Maharashtra than just Mumbai. As the tourists go beyond this port capital, they get to see an awe-inspiring tryst with history. Yes, here we are talking about the renowned cave temples and monasteries of Ajanta and Ellora. Cave temples are an important part of Maharashtra’s heritage. Belonging to the 2nd century BC era, these cave temples are carved out of the formidable Sahyadri Mountain Range as monastic shelters for monks of different religions.
The cave temples here possess an extraordinary appeal and fascination. May be this is the prominent reason why the Ajanta and Ellora caves are even recognized as the UNESCO world heritage sites.

Aurangabad, the next travel destination offers equally exciting travel opportunities. Replete with monumental Mughal heritage, Aurangabad has some fascinating monuments like Bibi-ka-Maqbara (replicating Taj Mahal), Panchakki, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad caves, etc. The city also serves as a base for exploring the World Heritage Sites of Ellora and Ajanta. More to Maharashtra can be experienced while visiting this grand destination full of incredible surprises. 

Thursday 16 January 2014

Visit Jammu and Kashmir – A Top India Tour Series

The tourist destination of Jammu and Kashmir is another top most Indian state filled with a variety of interesting locations and cultural attractions. It is evident that tourism promotion in the valley of Kashmir is not a recent phenomenon. The promotion of this heavenly setting began right under the Mughal patronship. Even the fourth Mughal emperor, Jahangir while living in a Shikara Houseboat on Dal Lake admired its natural beauty and made it a frequent royal Mughal resort. Once the beauty of this location even inspired him to say, “If paradise is anywhere on the earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.” Due to this, the valley is often addressed as the Jehangir’s Valley of Paradise.
This was the first prominent statement on record that established high regard for Jammu and Kashmir’s tourism potentials. And even after three centuries, the regard, admiration and fondness about this Indian state has not subdued. Such is the charm of the mountain hemmed state that bestows calmness and tranquility on every tourist.
Divided prominently into three regions i.e. Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh; the state is filled with many wonderful surprises, which if utilized properly can usher the era of successful tourism. Each region has its own attraction and potentials which make it a year round destination. It is also the only state to have seasonal capitals. In summers, surreal Srinagar serves as the center of state activities and in winters, Jammu becomes the center stage of action. Ladakh, tucked in remote north opens up its ways for selected summer months for spiritual and adventure tourism.
Amidst its prominent tourist attractions stand out the legendary Dal Lake accommodating the deluxe Shikaras and India’s first floating post office cum museum in Srinagar. Nearby the lake, tourists can enjoy visiting the splendid Mughal Gardens and Char Chinars. Other attractions of the valley feature Tulip Gardens, Saffron Gardens, etc. Besides, the region also features Gulmarg, the center for golfers accommodating the highest golf course in the world, The Royal Springs Golf Course. For other scenic attractions in Kashmir, one can also visit the forested valleys Sonmarg and Pahalgam.
Ladakh opens up in summer months and offers tourists a chance to witness rugged stupas, chant mantras, participate in monastic festivals and experience serene Buddhist culture of Gompas. Jammu, the winter capital hosts a number of Hindu pilgrimage shrines like Vaishno Devi and is visited by tourists and pilgrims throughout the year.

In all, Jammu and Kashmir is a glistening pearl of India tourism and surely one of the topmost attractions of the country. Aspiring tourists can visit this location via the assistance of a trusted tour operator. Some sites in the state require obtaining of a permit prior to visiting. 

Thursday 19 December 2013

Visit Madhya Pradesh – A Top India Tour Series

Madhya Pradesh, located right at the center of India is fondly addressed as the country’s heartland. Featuring numerous interpretations of emotions like love, spirituality, royalty and gallantry through its monuments, temples, forts and palaces, this state has something for every traveller. A home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism, Madhya Pradesh has to its credit numerous monuments, gracefully carved temples, oldest stone stupas, forts and palaces. In fact, every bit of Madhya Pradesh is inspirational for travellers who come to trace back legends and testify the course of history through sightseeing.
A meeting point of North and South India, this large state is filled with many large hearted travel attractions serving varied travel interests. First aspect of MP rests in its heritage. The state’s history, spread over several millennia has etched a distinct impression in the heritage of Madhya Pradesh. Ranging from the prehistoric, ancient, medieval and modern historical monuments, the state is renowned for its abundant heritage specimens. This is the main reason why three of the structures i.e. The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi and Khajuraho Group of Monuments are the declared world heritage structures. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are the stunning rock shelters and rock paintings belonging to the lower Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic period of history. The cave paintings here display themes from everyday events like hunting, dancing, music, animals fighting and other household scenes. These 10,000-year-old paintings illustrate the very first traces of settlement in the region.
The second famous heritage specimen here is the series of Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi. Famous as the masterpiece of Buddhist art, the immaculately restored stupa complex is believed to be the oldest remaining stone structure in India. The excellently carved gateways or Toranas are again one of a kind addition to the stupa architecture in India. One of the hemispherical stupa here is believed to protect the relic casket of Lord Buddha, which makes it one of the most visited Buddhist attractions in India.
The third most influential heritage attraction of the state is the Group of Temples at Khajuraho. A famous cultural destination in India, these temples illustrate the life and times of Chandela kingdom. It was one of the most advanced societies of its times which contributed to the heritage of India in the form of the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples. These temples are also famous for their erotic sculptures. But for the artistic mind, these temples are a tribute to the human desires. Etched in stone, every sculpture is carved immaculately with finesse and excellence by the expert carvers which present the best of heritage specimen in the country.

The state is also known for wildlife tourism with the presence of many national parks namely Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Satpura, Panna and Pench. These scrubby forests in Madhya Pradesh also host the highest density of tiger population in the country.
Besides this, the state is also renowned for its reverence and dedication towards god. According to Hindu Tradition, it hosts a number of pilgrimage sites and cities like Ujjain, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Chitrakoot, Amarkantak, Kaleshwar, Rajarajeshwara, etc.
The region also has many forts and palaces to it credit. Gwalior, Chanderi, Mandu, Orchha etc are the cities that still resonate with the royal essence of the state.
To reach this magnificent state, travellers need to head towards Bhopal or Indore. As the gateway cities, these two metropolitans cater to the travellers in the equally exciting way.

With so much of history, heritage, spirituality and other cultural attraction, the state offers extraordinary experiences to the tourists. The marvels of Madhya Pradesh Travel are many; choose what you want from it.

Monday 25 November 2013

Visit Tamil Nadu – A Top India Tour Series

Whenever we imagine South India, the cultural, heritage and artistic traditions of Tamil Nadu come into mind generally. Synonymous to the grandeur and splendour of south, this state of India is a treasure trove of culture and heritage. The heartland of Dravidian beliefs, this state has been Hindu by soul. This is because of the dominion of three prominent dynasties – the Cholas, the Pallavas and the Pandyas. They made sure that their unique religious and political control remains pure from foreign influences.
And they succeeded in their attempt by protecting their kingdoms for around 1,000 years. During this period, these dynasties built forts and even contributed luxuriously towards the unique temple architecture. The temples of Tamil Nadu are the most visible legacy of the Hindu kings. Based on the most intricate and grand gateways or Gopurams, these temples are the most important part of Tamilian heritage. The temple architecture here features the culmination of successive dynasties and testifies the importance of religion in daily life. Also, the temples here are bustling with devotion, rituals, worship, festivals and feasts. The legacy of Gopurams still exists in Tamil Nadu, making it a part of rich traditional heritage.
The famous temples here belong to Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Trichy or Tiruchirapalli, Tanjore or Thanjavur, Madurai and Rameshwaram. Some are simply etched in stone; others symbolize the richness in artistic style and elegance.  In fact out of them, two i.e. Stone temples at Mahabalipuram and the Great Living Chola Temples are even regarded as the world heritage sites. The shrine at Rameshwaram is also a part of Char Dham Hindu Pilgrimage and a Shiva Jyotirlinga.
Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is famous for its wealth of the longest Marina beach, grand mansions, and performing arts. Kanchipuram, besides being a famous pilgrim town is also famous for its patented offering of sarees. Besides, the state also has many other facets to look out for. These include a visit to the offbeat Puducherry, the erstwhile French enclave filled with a cosmopolitan and refined culture.
Another unique attraction here includes a visit to the famous hill stations like Coonoor, Kodaikanal, Ooty, etc. A part of Nilgiri Mountains, these hill stations offer welcoming relief to the tourists. Also, one of the hill stations, i.e. Ooty hosts the recognized world heritage site of mountain railways of India, Nilgiri Mountain Railway from Metupalayam to Ooty.  Also known as Toy Train, this cherished rail journey offers the travellers an exciting way to look at the heritage of steam fed engines.
In terms of beaches, the state is bestowed with a large number of beaches. Of all, one beach namely Kanyakumari stands unique for its sacred geography. Located at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, this beach is also the meeting point of the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Along with this, the destination also is visited by heritage buffs for Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari Temple and Gandhi Mandapam.
One can spend recurrent vacations to soak in the most of the tourism potentials in Tamil Nadu. The prominent options to explore here include Beaches of Tamil Nadu Tour and South India Temple Tour.

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Visit Goa – A Top India Tour Series

India’s beach riviera, Goa is a premium destination famed for its sea, sun and tan. Quite literally, it has been said that brown skin tan is the visible proof that you’ve visited Goa. An obvious touristic heaven, this smallest Indian state has the largest tourist potentials. A world in its own, this gorgeous destination is blessed with the old world charm of Portuguese heritage, churches, spice forests, and a languid culture.
Sossegado is the word that defines the leisurely pace of Goa. This relaxed way of life encapsulates the essence of Goa. It is the relaxed feel only that sets it apart from the rest of Indian destinations. Goans influenced by Portuguese culture are inclined towards enjoying the good things in life and this is the distinctive aspect that makes Goa a good destination filled with numerous surprises. The fishing, coconut groves, fenni – the colloquial patented drink, soothing sunrise and mesmeric sunset is a few of the relieving experiences here.
The holiday culture here began with the inflow of hippies in the 60’s and 70’s who promoted the beauty and everlasting appeal of the destination worldwide. Since then, the state has welcomed millions and millions of travellers in search of peace and relaxation of Goan beaches.
But now, there is more to Goa than just beaches. The sheer heritage of Goa in the form of churches and heritage houses reveal much more to the travellers and familiarize them to the destination wholeheartedly. Old Goa, the first Portuguese capital showcases splendid architecture of cathedrals, churches and monasteries that still competes with Lisbon. This celebrated heritage of Convents and Churches of Goa has also received the recognition as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Also, the travellers can notice the colonial heritage of the region by visiting the Braganza-Perreira House in Chandor. Undoubtedly the region’s most extravagant colonial mansion, this property displays a good collection of period furniture and fittings that attract many heritage enthusiasts.
The other side to Goa can also be experienced with a visit to Ponda. The lush valleys and surrounding woodlands here host a wealth of spices and medicinal herbs. Even tourists can experience the sensory pleasures of spices with a guided tour of Sahakari Spice Farm. Add on to this tour is the culinary meal relished during the end of this trip.
There is much more to this destination that can only be experienced during Goa state travel. As a part of top India tour series, we are highlighting every state of India replete with incredible travel experiences.

Monday 7 October 2013

Visit Kerala – A Top India Tour Series

At par with Rajasthan in terms of tourism potentials stands Kerala. Placed on the extreme south end of India, this is a pristine paradise speckled with many splendoured wonders. Projected worldwide as the ‘God’s own country,’ this is a destination with a difference. Unlike other states in India filled with bewildering culture, this is an unusually calm, refined and relaxed in its own unique way. The cities and villages here epitomize the slow pace and offer tourists a chance to ponder over the beauty and appeal. This in turn helps them relax and unwind slowly to its rare pleasures.
Literally interpreted as the line of coconut groves, Kerala offers one of the top India tour experiences. These travel experiences are as unique as the destination. At the first sight, it comes across as any other tourist destination, but slowly it pulls the tourists out of their weariness and engages them with its sensory experiences. This experiential side is the prime reason why it is listed as one of the ten paradises of the world by the National Geographic Magazine.
It is this Kerala experience only in this country that treats the senses comprehensively and pulls the visitor’s heart, mind and soul. Its hospitable side based on receptive Malayali ethos makes the destination more inviting and welcoming.
As far as its nature is concerned, the state is dotted with beaches, backwaters, paddy fields and coconut groves. These natural attractions and abundant green cover soothe the eyes and minds of the travellers. This picturesque beauty of greenery also accommodates the great wealth of spice forests and tea gardens that tease the sense of scents. Similarly, the taste buds here receive a wholesome treat full of rioted flavours in the form of Sadya. In the form of entertainment, visitors here experience foot-thumping ritual dances, temple festivals, boat races and wildlife spotting. In the end, the perfect way to unwind also rests in the Ayurvedic therapies that are followed with great expertise and acumen.

These sensory wonders comprise the essence of Kerala and feature as Top India tour experience. But wait. This is just a glimpse of this experiential journey. More of it can be easily experienced by participating in Kerala travel.