Monthly Archives: September 2010

North India Tour – Visit Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in India!

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Varanasi- one of the holiest cities of India!

If you are on a visit to India and planning a trip to Northern India, then you might want to experience the divinity of holy places here, one such holy place is ‘Varanasi’, also known as Banaras or Kashi, it is one of the seven holiest cities of India, considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, situated on the banks of River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of one’s sins.  It’s also one of the oldest living cities in the world, more than 3000 years old.

Varanasi visit, holy dip in River Ganges

Take a holy dip in River Ganges!

Varanasi city is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births. As pundits here will tell you, whatever is sacrificed and chanted here or given in charity reaps its fruits thousand times more than those good deeds performed at other places because of the power of that place.

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The Famous Banarsi Saree...

It is believed that three nights of fasting in Varanasi city can reap you rewards of many thousands of lifetimes of asceticism!Mark Twain, the famous English author, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Benaras, once wrote: “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.Varanasi is also known as- ‘City of Light’, ‘Capital of Knowledge’, ‘City of Temples’… A City of Ashrams & Muths, the city is rich in Arts, Music, Dance and literature. A centre for studying Astrology, Sanskrit, Yoga, Ayurveda. It is also famous for its Banarsi Saree, Handicrafts, Jari work, Wooden Items.

The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years and has produced great saints and personalities like Guatama Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharaya, Ramanuja and Patanjali. Take a Holy dip in sacred River Ganges at Varanasi and feel the spirituality…Holiday India welcomes you to this Abode of Lord Shiva, a religious and spiritual city!

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Posted by on September 29, 2010 in Travel India


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Rajasthan Tour- Rajasthan’s Handicrafts are an add-on to its beauty!

Rajasthan attracts tourists from all over the world. This colorful place is not only famous for grandeur Forts & Palaces but also for its handicrafts which are exquisite and an add up to the colors and beauty of this place. Tourists love to see these amazing crafts and buy the same, some of the famous crafts that have been attracting everyone on Rajasthan Tour:

Textile: Contemporary designs depicting the culture of Rajasthan like Bandhani or Bandhej are very famous textiles of this place, these are made using Tie and die techniques, Bandhej Kurtis, Bandhej sarees, etc are popular among people.

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Rajasthan's Textile

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Rajasthan's Jewelry

Handmade Jewelry: These are stunningly beautiful and come in different varieties like Glass, Silver, Lacquer, Bone, Horn and even in their combinations. Famous ones are Meenakari, Bajuband, Bala etc. Meenakari is enameled gold and silver jewellery.

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Rajasthan's Quilt

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Rajasthan's Furniture

Furniture: Rajasthani wooden furniture is one of its kind and is of extreme beauty. The wooden furniture is carved having different styles and designs, theme based design works on these are eye catching. Famous work is the latticework on wooden furniture. You can buy carved doors, chairs, tables, etc. from Jodhpur and Kishangarh in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan’s Quilts: Commonly known as Jaipuri quilts , these are very light, soft as feathers, and of high quality, the most famous place to shop for these is Jaipur hence the name Jaipuri quilts. These are available in varieties like cotton block prints, velvet-textured etc.

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Rajasthan's Juttis

Jutis/Mojaris: Rajasthan is also famous for its leather items, Jutis and mojaris are very famous here, these are beautiful footwear with embroidery work, patterns and designs are manifold and may vary from region to region.

Rajasthan is a place for everyone. Come and explore it for yourself! Take a Rajasthan Tour with Holiday India and have a holiday full of fun and colors.

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Posted by on September 24, 2010 in Travel India


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Kerala Tour – Visit Alappuzha, a backwater tourist centre…

Alappuzha (traditionally known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty,  it was described as the one of the places known as Venice of the East by Marco Polo (1292). It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District.

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Kerala Backwaters

This backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.

Alappuzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. A land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is called the Rice Bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.

The town was founded by Raja Keshawadasan, Divan of Travanacore in 1762. With the arabian sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Alappuzha is unique in that it is the only district in Kerala without forest.Alappuzha is now the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala.

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Kerala Houseboat...

House boats locally called “Kettuvallam” are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer durations to take visitors on the old waterways. These house boats in general have 2 bedrooms and attached bathrooms.

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Snake Boat Race

Snake boat races are the most significant traditional event in Alappuzha. These spectacular regattas are usually held between August and October, and involve long thin boats powered by up to 120 oarsmen. The most famous snake boat races are the Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Champakulam Moolam Boat Race.

The Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum, features countless arts and artefacts. Revi Karunakaran was the architect of modern Coir industry that still employs more than 500,000 people in the state of Kerala. The objects featured at the Museum were collected by his family over three generations and features unique artistic pieces from all parts of the world.

Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple

Mullakkal Temple located in the heart of Alappuzha city, dedicated to the goddess Rajarajeswari. Basically the temple was a palace of Chembakasseri kingdom and later dedicated to Sree Raja Rajeshwari Devi. Mullakkal Chirappu is one of the main festival time for Alappuzha people. Devotees throng the temple in large numbers to seek the blessings of the Devi . The major attraction of the temple is its top opened Sreekovil, specially made for Vana Durga (Durga in Naure or Forest as a whole).

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Chettikulangara Bharani Festival

Chettikulangara Bharani

This temple is very famous in Kerala, as it is believed that the deity of the Bhagawathy temple has miraculous healing powers. The temple situates in Mavelikkara. In February and March the temple is teeming with life as the festival of Bharani takes place during this time. The temple comes alive with activities and grand feasts.

Enjoy your Kerala Tour with Holiday India.

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Posted by on September 20, 2010 in Travel India


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Types of spa

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Ayurvedic Spa

A physique treatment, spa treatment, or corrective analysis is non-medical action to advice the bloom of the body, spa is associated with water treatment which is also known as balneotherapy.  It is an ancient ayurvedic arts, aromatic scrubs, tangerine body wraps, or “bone shaking” massages – they’re all here. In India, the best Indian spas and spa resorts from Kerala to the Himalayas is centuries-old attitude of ayurveda, practiced at Hindu ashrams (monastic retreats), alms holistic, life-enhancing treatments including yoga techniques. Today, packaged contortion, ambrosial rubs, ambience imaging and herbal physique pummelling are accessible in abundance. And acceptable ayurvedic bloom resorts are ample in the south area they curl as an accurate cottage industry in the accompaniment of Kerala and elsewhere.

Types of Spa:

  • Ayurvedic spa, a spa in which all treatments and articles are accustomed and it’s generally acclimated as another medicine.
  • Club spa, a ability whose primary purpose is exercise and which offers a array of professionally administered spa casework on a day-use basis.
  • Cruise address spa, a spa aboard a cruise address accouterment professionally administered spa services, exercise and wellness apparatus and spa cuisine card choices.
  • Day spa, a spa alms a array of professionally administered spa casework to audience on a day-use basis.
  • Dental spa, a ability beneath the administration of a accountant dentist that combines acceptable dental analysis with the casework of a spa.
  • Destination spa, a ability with the primary purpose of allegorical alone spa-goers to advance advantageous habits. Historically a seven-day stay, this affairs transformation can be able by accouterment a absolute affairs that includes spa services, concrete exercise activities, wellness education, benign cuisine and appropriate absorption programming.
  • Medical spa, a ability that operates beneath the full-time, on-site administration of a accountant bloom affliction able whose primary purpose is to accommodate absolute medical and wellness affliction in an ambiance that integrates spa services, as able-bodied as traditional, adulatory and/or another therapies and treatments. The ability operates aural the ambit of convenance of its staff, which can cover both aesthetic/cosmetic and prevention/wellness procedures and services. These spas about use balneotherapy, employing a array of peloids.
  • “Balneotherapy treatments can accept altered purposes. In a spa setting, they can be acclimated to amusement altitude such as arthritis and backache, body up anatomy afterwards abrasion or affliction or to activate the allowed system, and they can be enjoyed as a abatement from circadian stress.”[15]
  • Mineral springs spa, a spa alms an on-site antecedent of accustomed mineral, thermal or seawater acclimated in hydrotherapy treatments.
  • Resort/hotel spa, a spa endemic by and amid aural a resort or auberge accouterment professionally administered spa services, exercise and wellness apparatus and spa cuisine card choices.
  • Mobile spa, a spa which provides casework at home, hotels, or wherever you are.

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    best Indian spas

Each Spa resort and auberge in India highlights characteristic bounded abundance practices of the destination. Apart from the a lot of adequate apartment the Spa accessories for ameliorative massage, physique wraps, scrubs, baths and adorableness treatments accommodate abounding befalling to relax afterwards assorted expeditions or antic activities, or to abate the mind, physique and spirit. Linking analysis of some of the world’s a lot of absorbing cultural and accustomed environments to the bloom and abundance of its guests has consistently been a cornerstone of Holiday India’s approach.

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Posted by on September 15, 2010 in Travel India


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Experience the divinity in Haridwar!

Northern India has its own significance due to diverse culture; amazing monuments, wildlife, rivers, Himalayas; religion and climate and many important pilgrimage. One of the most important pilgrimage and one of the seven holiest places to Hindus is Haridwar, which is also one of the oldest living cities. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, it’s here that the holy Ganga (Ganges) River emerges from the mountains and commences its long journey to the Bay of Bengal.

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Haridwar- A Divine experience!

Haridwar is fascinating and the divinity can be felt the moment you step into this place, every evening, prayers are offered on the Har ki pauri ghat of Holy Ganga river (Aarti at Har ki Pauri) , many people gather to experience and offer their prayers. Coupled with the chanting of mantras, clanking of bells, and enthusiastic crowd, it’s very moving. Ganga river scintillates as small lamps are lit and sent floating down the river after prayer.  The beautiful Aarti ceremony is  attended by thousands of people from all round the world who make a point to attend this prayer on their visit to Haridwar. The best time to visit Haridwar is from October to March. The main attractions here are the Ghats, Holy river Ganga, Aarti in the evening on the Har ki pauri  ghat of Ganga.

Ganga Aarti,Haridwar

Evening Aarti!

According to the Samundra Mantha; , Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad is one of four sites where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. The Kumbh Mela is actually a manifestation of this and is being celebrated in every 12 years in Haridwar.It draws tens of millions of pilgrims who come to bathe in the Holy Ganga and be exonerated of their sins. During the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganga to wash away their sins to attain Moksha. It is believed that Brahma Kund is the place (or spot) where the Amrit fell, it  is located at Har Ki Pauri which means  “footsteps of the Lord” and is considered to be the most sacred ghat (bank of river Ganga) of Haridwar. There are many Ghats in Haridwar and majority of them were largely developed in the 1800s.

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Posted by on September 13, 2010 in Travel India


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