Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cruise in Famous Kerala Backwaters

The backwaters of Kerala stretch 900 Km across the state covering many important districts. The best way to explore the picturesque backwaters of Kerala is by taking a houseboat cruise. It not is a way to refresh and rejuvenate but also a method to get an insight into the wonderful culture of Kerala. 

Best Time to Visit Kerala Backwaters
The climate of the state, as in the most of the other part of India, is tropical. The summer comes to the state in April and continues for the next four months. The maximum temperature during this season is around 33°C. Monsoon touches the state in June and remains there till September though not much difference in temperature can be felt. Winter is from October to January and temperature drops a bit. The weather is never too chilly in Kerala Backwaters 

Alappuzha Backwaters
Alappuzha usually head straight to the backwaters, beaches and lagoons, which are absolutely synonymous to Paradise. So check out our related sections for information on Alleppey travel like places of interest, excursions, backwaters, etc. The place is absolutely captivating and you won't feel like leaving once you come here. 

Cochin Backwaters
Cochin has been ruled over by many empires over centuries. Thus, one can find a cultural amalgamation in this place. Despite being ruled by so many different domains, Cochin still maintains its cultural identity and is fiercely proud of it. The Dutch, British and also the Portuguese have ruled Cochin for many years. This resulted in a unique mix and match of traditional as well Western architecture and lifestyle. 

Kumarakom Backwaters
Renowned world over for the healing powers of its scenic beauty on the senses, leisurely life at Kumarakom Backwaters will revitalize you for the hectic life outside. Kumarakom Backwaters is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves along with waterways and canals filled with white lilies. 

Kozhikode Backwaters
In north Kerala, the cool backwaters of Kozhikode lie waiting to be explored. This old commercial town attracts travelers for its history, wonderful backwaters and leisure sports.

Trivandrum Backwaters
Thiruvallam backwaters is popular for its canoe rides.Secluded beaches and the ancient historic monuments are the special attractions of Trivandrum Backwaters.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Incredible India Travel Experience

Travel to India and make your dream holiday come true. Holiday in India is ideal if you are looking forward to have fun on white sandy beaches of Goa, backwaters of Kerala, Pilgrimage destinations of the Himalayas, tradition and culture of the rural India as well as adventure hot-spots. If you want to do bird watching, see wildlife, paying a visit to Indian National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries will be a holiday you will never forget. If you want to try out eco tourism India is the marvelous place to spend your vacations.

India is the one place where you could be harmony with nature like no other place. Be spending your vacations in India you'' get so much of entertainment out of cheaper trip. A tour to India means that you will have loads of fun, experience a unique culture and heritage at the affordable price.

History of this country spans over a period of 5,000 years ago. India is the home to one of the richest and the most ancient civilizations in the world. The history of India begins originated in the Indus River Valley, hence the name given to it was Indus Valley civilization. The period of early civilization was followed by the Vedic Age, the period of Janapadas, the emergence of Mauryas, Guptas and the Deccan kingdoms. The 16th century saw the emergence of Mughals who were overthrown by the might of British imperialistic powers. The stone tablets, metal plates, pillars, walls of caves, temples depict the history of India.

Wild life in India is something you shouldn't miss out. India has a rich and varied wildlife. India is the home to more than 350 species of mammals, over 1200 species of birds, and more than 3000 species of insects. There are atleast 90 National Parks and 482 Wildlife Sanctuaries. There are several species which are found in India and nowhere as in th world. Make a visit to the Kaziranga National Park famous for the One horned rhinos, Jim Corbett National Park famous for the Royal Bengal Tigers, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary famous for the vast species of the birds and Gir National famous for holding the last wilds of the Asiatic Lions.
Indian beaches are the most picturesque in the world. Soft sound of waves lapping into the beach, endless stripe of the white sandy beaches contrasting with deep blue waters makes India the perfect Holiday destination. Offering glistering sands, swaying coconut palms and ultra fresh sea food will surely add some golden moments in your memorabilia. Every creation of India is beautiful but if you want to be part of something when God was at its best, than you should head towards India.

Indian culture is deeply rooted in religion. People are highly religious in this country. Indian cultural is well preserved in its temple architecture and pilgrim sites. From the Himalayan ranges in the orth to the Kanyakumari in the south, India is arrayed with thousand of shrines, temples and worship places dating back to thousand of years. The major pilgrim destinations are Mathura and Virandavan in Uttar Pradesh, Vaishno Devi, amar nath, Rishikesh, Yamunotri and Gangaotri.

Famous Hill Stations of India

Some of the famous hill stations of India that one should not miss in summers are :

Shimla : Amidst the pine and deodar trees, Shimla nestles itself quietly at a hilly terrain in mothers lap. Situated at an altitude of 2,213 meters, Shimla is blessed with natural bounties. It is also known as the Queen of Hills, Shimla is one of the famous summer destinations in India. Summer Hill, Prospect Hill, Chadwick Falls, Tara Devi, Chharabra, are few of the best known attractions of Shimla.

Darjeeling: This is another summer destination in India. A British Raj-era hill station, Darjeeling is a charming hill station situated at height of 6,982ft. The quaint town is famous for the popular World Heritage Site – Darjeeling Himalayan Train.  Since the hill station flourished in British Era, one can easily see the influence of colonial architecture across the length and breadth of the city. Some of the famous travel attractions of Darjeeling Hill Stations are  Tiger hills, Ghum Monastery, Bhutia Busty Monastert and Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center.

Munnar : Situated on the Western Ghats, Munnar is often termed as the Nature Lovers Paradise. It is on stands at the confluence of three rivers - the Muthirappuzh, Nallathanni and Kundala. The hill stations falls in Gods Own Country, Kerala, is one of the most famous travel attractions and summer destination of India. Known for charismatic beauty, the hill station has been featured in number of Bollywood flicks.

Leh Ladakh – Apart from the salubrious climate, Leh Ladakh is more enticing for its culture. Bordered by the Karakoram Range in the north and by the Himalayas in the south, the destination itself falls in another paradise Jammu and Kashmir.

Ooty – Also known as the queen of hill stations, Ooty is located at a distance of 105 km from Coimbatore. Situated 7,349 feet above sea level, Ooty is a popular and exotic hill station of India. Some of the famous travel attractions of ooty are Botanical Gardens, Ooty Lake, Dodabetta Lake etc.

Chamba – Situated in Himachal Pradesh, Chamba is situated at an altitude of 926m. Some of the famous travel attractions of Chamba are Laxmi Narayan Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Sui Mata Temple and Bhuri Singh Museum.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Famous Things to See and Do in Kerala

Lies at the southern most part of India and hemmed by azure Arabian sea from western side, Kerala is a green strip of land. Heralded as 'God's own country', Kerala, India has numerous treasures troves in its kitty. Adorned with lush stretches of green paddy fields, coconut groves, emerald backwaters, sandy serene beaches and last but not the least, mist-laden high hills of western ghats, Kerala is one of charming state of India.

Thanks to its unique geographic and climatic conditions, this coastal state serves as one of the most popular destinations for holidaying in India. Salubrious hill stations, exotic wildlife, gushing sound  of waterfalls, sprawling plantations of coffee, spices and rubber, enhances the beauty of  Kerala 100 times.

If you are planning for an Indian vacation, than keep Kerala at the top most position of your tourist itinerary. Kerala has no dearth of exciting things to do and see. Tourists has a wide range of choices to indulge themselves in various activities. Some of the most popular things to do and see in Kerala are

Backwater cruises: Similar to Venice,'the city of canals', Kerala is also dotted with a vast network of backwaters, which are combination of lakes, canals, estuaries and deltas of  fourty-four rivers that merged into Arabian sea. A cruise journey to these tranquil stretches of backwaters is undoubtedly the most popular activity in which every visitors want to indulge himself or herself. Backwater cruises are also perfect for honeymooning couples. It provides an excellent opportunity to view the busy life of the villages and placid ambiance through which the cruise passes. Kumarkom, Alappuzha, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam etc. are some of the best backwater cruise destination of Kerala, India.
Water sports at beaches: As Kerala is situated at the shore of  Arabian sea, so Kerala has long coastline of 600 km. These beaches are also a prime attraction of the state. Whether you want to simply lie at the beaches for a sun bath or want to indulge yourself in several water sports, than do visit these celebrated beaches of the Kerala. Some of the famous Kerala beaches are Kovalam, Alappuzha, Varkala, Bekal and Marari beaches which are famed as for swimming, surfing, beach sports like beach volley ball, para sailing etc.

Wildlife tour: Kerala is renowned also for its diverse flora and fauna. It has some celebrated wildlife sanctuaries and national park namely Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Silent Valley National Park etc. which provides shelter to numerous wildlife and plant species. A tour to these wild abode will provide you a golden chance to peep into the wild world of these animals.

Rejuvenation at Ayurveda centres: Ayurveda, another most important thing for which Kerala is renowned across the globe. This ancient form of treatment is very famous in Kerala. Every nook and corner of the state has several Ayurveda centers that enables the tourists to rejuvenate their body, mind and soul. Most of the beach resorts and hotels in Kerala have well furnished Ayurveda centres that provides various Ayurvedic treatments to the patients comes from the various parts of world. Some of the famous Ayurvedic centres of Kerala are the Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach Resort, Rajah Healthy Acres at Rajah Island, Kairali Ayurvedic Resort, Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort etc.

Sightseeing activity: Kerala is land full of ancient temples, churches, monuments, museums that very well exhibits the artistic skills of craftsmen of yesteryears. While your Kerala trip, visit some famous temples like Padmanabhaswamy temple at Tiruvanandapuram, Sabarimala temple at Sabarimala, Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayur etc, churches like Malayattoor church, St. Francis church, St. Mary's Forance church etc, monuments like Bolghatty palace, Koyikkal Palace, Alwaye Palace, Bekal Fort, Vasco da Gama square etc. and museums like Hill Palace Museum, Napier Museum, Sree Chitra Art Gallery etc. that are loacted in various parts of Kerala.

Apart from them Kerala has some more popular things to do and see like Snake boat race, Kathakalli dance shows, Kalari Payatte martial art and many more.  

Festivals of Rajasthan

Brij festival
The Brij festival is celebrated in honor of Lord Krishna in the month of March. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm in which the villagers performs the dance dressed in colorful costumes. The main attraction of the festival is Raslila Dance which illustrates the eternal love story of Radha Krishan.

Bikaner camel festival
The festival is organized by Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, to lay emphasis on the importance of Camel, the ship of Rajasthan. The festival begins with the procession of decorated camels. The other entertaining parts of the festival are camel best breed competition, camel dance, tug-of-war contest, acrobatics and folk dances.

Desert festival
Desert festival is celebrated with great pomp and show in the month of January or February. The festival represents the rich and colorful culture of the state. The most capturing event is the dance performed by the dancers on the ballads of heroism, romance and tragedy of local heroes. The other major attractions of the festival include snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats, folk dances etc.

Gangaur Festival
Gangaur festival is dedicated to Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva and is celebrated in the month of July-August. Goddess Gauri is considered to be an epitome of martial love. It is a festival of maidens and married women in which unmarried females pray for a groom of their choice and married pray to be blessed with a happy married life.

Kali Teez festival
The Kali Teez festival is held to commemorated goddess Teez in the month of July-August. It begins with the procession of the goddess in a decorated palanquin. The festival is celebrated by married couples in which they pray for the restoration of their ties of commitment and devotion. Amazing performances by Hadoti artists and cultural programs organized in the evening are the other attractions of the festival.

Marwar festival
Marwar festival was originally known as the Maand festival. Maand is a classical style of folk music that revolves around the romantic and passionate lifestyle of the former ruler of Rajasthan, India. It is celebrated in the month of October mainly in Jodhpur where Folk artist provide with close touch to mythologies, folk stories, tales and legends of battles and war victories

Teez festival
Teez festival signifies the advent of monsoon and is celebrated in the month of July-August. The festival is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating the union of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. The married couple worship the goddess and seek her blessings for marital happiness.

There are many other festivals celebrated in Rajasthan like summer festival at Mount Abu, Elephant festival and Mewar festival. In addition the major Hindu festivals like Holi, Dussehra, Diwali and Raksha Bandhan are also celebrated in the state.

Winter Sports in India

Are you bored of spending the chilling days of winters in front of fire place or room heater? If yes, than  why don't you break your monotonous routine and check out some thrilling winter sports. If you once indulge yourself in these exciting winter games than its for sure that you will definitely fall in love with the season.

Similar to western countries, India too has excellent collections of winter games in its kitty. Gradually, with the passage of time winter sports are also gaining popularity in our country among the people of all ages . Northern fringes of India which is crowned by snow-capped Himalayas is an ideal destination for winter sports.

Every year the snow covered mountains and glaciers, beckon thousands of adventure lovers to engage themselves to these new kind of sport genre in India. Of late, Indian government has started taking interest in these sports. It has selected some locations in the lap of Great Himalayan ranges to promote as a winter sport destinations in India. The Garhwal and Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand and the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, are the best locales for winter sports with their steep mountainous slopes that are covered under thick layer of snow.  

Skiing, Heli-Skiing, Skating, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Snow boarding are some thrilling sports that are the main attractions of winter in India.

Skiing: Skiing is a winter sport in which skis are the primary equipment. Skis are used in conjunction with boots that connect to the ski with use of a binding. In this sport, skiers have to slope down to vast snow covered areas . The snow covered slopes of Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, large snow covered slopes of Garhwal and Kumaon hills, Auli in Uttarakhand, Manali, Kufri and Narkanda in Himachal Pradesh are the best destinations for skiing in India.

Heli-Skiing: Heli-skiing is different from normal skiing. As the name suggests, heli-skiing involves skiing with the help of a helicopter. At first, helicopter will leave you at the top of a snow-capped peak and from there you have to ski down to lower areas. It is challenging game because you have to criss-cross through unknown routes and ridges. Some of the best locales for heli-skiing in India are Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Chandrakhani Pass in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, Auli in Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh in Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand and Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir,

Ice-Climbing: Ice climbing is regarded as the rough form of adventure sports. Hard rock is necessary for ice-climbing. Climbers must have lots of courage and excellent physical condition to undertake this sport. Prior experience with the crampons and ice axes are essential before participating in this sport. Map, compass, extra clothing for changing, matches, fire starter, knife or multi purpose camp tool, sunglasses, extra food, first aid kit, headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries, sunscreen, water filter or other method of water purification and whistle are the main equipments require for ice climbing. Open peaks in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Garhwal and Kumaon mountain ranges in Himalayas and Sikkim are the best zones for ice climbing in India.

Snow-Boarding: Snowboarding is the newest form of winter sport among all of them. Fiberglass board is the essential equipment for snow boarding. One has to ride on a fiberglass with the feet strapped on it, and sliding down a ski slope or a particularly designed pipe. The main principle is to maintain the balance while surfing down the ski slope with both feet securely tighten to the snowboard via high-back or plate bindings that are non-releasable. Auli and Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of western Himalayas in Uttar Pradesh are the best site for snow-boarding in India.

Every year the Winter Games Federation of India organizes the national winter sports championships in Auli. Get ready to plan your next winter vacation as soon as possible so that you don't miss out to enjoy the Winter Sports Championship of 2009 in Auli.