Best Tourist Places in Kerala

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Kerala

The Serene Side of India – Kerala

When I came across a shot of Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against a setting sun in Fort Kochi, a city in the southern state of Kerala, India, I knew I needed to be there.

I admit to having a love affair with India, so it was with boundless enthusiasm that I started a deep dive to see what Kerala was all about. I came to the conclusion I would need four to five days to get the essence of this sliver of land that borders the Arabian Sea, and is often coined “God’s Own Country”.

The trip would need to include a visit to the hill station of Munnar, and an overnight on a private, luxury houseboat on Kerala’s backwaters. December through January would appear to be the ideal weather conditions for a Kerala visit.

Landing late in Kochi (Cochin), one of the three cities in Kerala that has an international airport, I settled into the Crowne Plaza Kochi. Sure it’s a chain hotel (and a darn nice one), but when you’ve been traveling all day and it’s almost midnight, a comfortable bed, an oversized bathtub for a soak, delightful toiletries, and an extensive breakfast buffet works wonders for me.

My local guide, Sanjay, along with our driver Murukesh, came to fetch me around 9 am the following morning. We were headed first to Munnar (at an altitude of 5,200 above sea level), which I was told was about a 5-hour drive so I should just sit back and relax. Indians love to say three things about driving in their country. You need good brakes, a good horn, and good luck. I might add a fourth – a strong arm to brace oneself against the dashboard as we rocked and rolled, darted in and out of traffic and passed cars, cows and motorbikes with mere inches between us and whatever happened to be on the road. The drive wasn’t all that relaxing.

Tea Gardens

As we climbed higher into a lush and forested landscape, we frequently passed farms and plantations interspersed with billboards touting Ayurveda products. We stopped to take a short tour of one of the farms and would learn how common spices, such as lemongrass and nutmeg, take on a second life as healing properties in Ayurvedic medicine. The terrain slowly transformed into undulating hills of emerald green tea plantations that Munnar is known for.

My accommodation in Munnar was the upscale and beautifully landscaped Chandy’s Windy Woods, stair-stepped into one of the hillsides. My room was quite sizable, with a most inviting deck that overlooked rows upon rows of tea bushes, a walk-in shower, a flat-screen TV that picked up a few English stations, and a desk setup should one feel the need to work.

Bike

Sanjay had gotten impatient with the drive to Munnar, apparently because he loves to drive and wanted to be in the driver’s seat. Once we had checked in, he announced he was going to see about renting a motorbike. Now India seems to have its own set of rules and regulations, which are basically that there are no rules or regulations! Half an hour later, there appears a bike; no money is exchanged, no paperwork appears, just a key and a helmet. What the bike did lack was gas…just enough for us to coast downhill and fill up, followed by a pleasurable exploration of the beautiful countryside…with many stops to drink in the view. The remainder of the day and evening was spent soaking up the ambiance of Munnar.

Alleppey

I was reluctant to leave the verdant paradise the next day, but after a delicious breakfast with both Indian and American options on the buffet, eaten out on a sun-drenched deck, it was on to my next adventure.

We braked, braced and honked our way down the mountains to Alleppey, known as the “Venice of the East”.   I had read about these private luxury houseboats on which you can overnight, cruising the backwaters of Kerala, serviced by a crew of three (cook, captain, and an assistant).

My own private chef?   Sign me up!

These handmade boats are called kettuvalloms, and are made of native materials, including anjili wood, bamboo, coconut fibers.   In former times, the boats were used to transport goods and passengers through the canals and lagoons to the remote villages. Today, they are primarily a tourist attraction – and a very unique and tranquil way to see life happening in and along the waters. There are several companies offering up this experience; I was booked with Lakes and Lagoons Backwater Experiences that run a stellar operation.

Backwaters Kerala

We boarded around 1:30 pm, and no sooner were we moving along then came a bowl of fresh fruit and banana chips, followed by a hardy luncheon of fish and other Indian specialties. Payasam, a milky rice dessert topped with raisins and cashews was to die for and I instantly requested this be served at dinner.

Houseboat

Relaxation is not part of my vocabulary, so it took some doing to unhinge and settle into “chillaxing”. I found myself taking a few naps on a shady cushion near the front of the boat, followed by intermittent snacking, and most importantly witnessing life as it unfolds in these backwaters. My crew didn’t hover but were attentive as needed. We stopped once to wander through a local village. Around 5:30, our boat, along with several others that were overnighting with guests, docked together at the end of a village where they hook up to electricity for the night. It turned into a bit of a social hour…visiting with fellow travelers on adjacent boats.

HouseBoat Kerala

An evening stroll through the village found many of the kids running out to practice their English, which is no surprise at how proliferate they are, given that Kerala boasts one of the highest literacy rates in all of India. A delicious dinner (chicken tikka as the main course) in a twilight setting capped off the evening.

Food

I was up before dawn and watched the sleepy landscape spring back to life with locals moving about both on land and water. After breakfast and by 10 am, we were back on land, with Murukush waiting, and then it was back to Kochi. An afternoon of shopping, a visit to St. Francis church, then it was off to the shores of Fort Kochi to photograph those fishing nets.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Things were busy along the shore – locals milling about, street vendors with goods and food hawking their wares, a giant cargo ship steaming towards the sea and a slew of rickety fishing boats plying the waters. Assessing the setting sun and the clouds on the horizon, I could see straight away I wasn’t going to get the “killer shot” I had hoped for. Sure I was disappointed, but I made the best of the light – coming away with what I would call “moody” shots of the nets.

Kerala

Reflecting back, Kerala offers up something you wouldn’t come to expect from India – a place to disconnect, unwind, and soak up the sweet fragrance of a lush landscape that produces spices and teas that find their way to my kitchen. But most of all, it’s the Indian people that were the highlight of Kerala. In every visit to this country, the kindness and smiles that have been extended to me are like no place on earth and calls me out to be a better person in how I treat others.

Where to next you might ask? I’m knee-deep in researching the Himalayan region of India – stay tuned.

Donnie Sexton has moved on from a very long stint as staff photographer and media relations manager for the Montana Office of Tourism. Her path is now focused on feeding her addiction to travel and sharing her journeys in both words and photography. www.donniesexton.com

Published here by permission – Original Article at https://www.pointsandtravel.com/best-tourist-places-in-kerala/

Pushkar Camel Fair

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Young boys catching a ride at Pushkar on a bullock cart harnessed to a camel. Donnie Sexton photos.

 

Pushkar Camel Fair: Getting Down and Dirty

By Donnie Sexton

I’m having a love affair with India.   I’ve found my way there three times in the last year and each time, I tear myself away knowing I must go back.

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A camel trader contemplates his next move at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, India.

India gets a bad rap for being very polluted, overcrowded and beset with poverty.   While all of this is true, if you peel back these layers, you’ll discover an unbelievable world of kindness in her people, and a landscape rich with palaces, forts, the mighty Himalayas, tigers, elephants, tea plantations, sacred rivers…the list is endless.

My November trip, with a small group of photographers on a trek with Popular Photography magazine, included a day at the Pushkar Camel Fair.   I was psyched.   I have loved fairs from the time I was small and it was always an annual family outing to spend a summer day when the fair came to town.

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Camels in the setting sun at the end of another day of the 5-9 day-long Camel fair.

A Sea of Camels

The Pushkar Fair takes place near the village of Pushkar in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

This November fair spans somewhere between 5-9 days (depending on who you ask) with the dates always encompassing the full moon of Kartik (from the lunar Hindu calendar).

This is one of the world’s largest camel fairs, with numbers of animals (including cattle, sheep, goats and horses) reaching over 11,000.

In addition to the buying and selling of livestock, there are camel races, a camel beauty pageant, competitions for the longest mustache, cricket matches, food vendors, stalls selling goods, including jewelry, toys, and clothing and rounding the whole affair out – carnival rides.

It is estimated that well over 100,000 people between visitors, locals, tradesmen and farmers attend this colorful event.

A Man’s World

When our driver dropped us off, it was abundantly clear this was going to be a hot, dusty, and smelly adventure. I made a beeline for the herds of camels lounging about on a landscape of sandy dunes, determined to make a few new friends in this rural slice of life.   Many of the camels had their front legs hobbled together so as not to run off.   There was not a fence or enclosure of any kind in sight to contain any of the livestock.

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Women with their heads full, carrying food for the camels in Pushkar.

Save for two women literally carrying a head full of fodder for the animals and a few kids running around, the scene was punctuated with the leathery, weathered faces of men.

Most were dressed in what looks like a white sheet bunched up between the legs to hide the family jewels with a long shirt over the top and all sporting lofty turbans.

Sitting on Haunches

Indians are adept at sitting on their haunches, so this particular dress lends itself well to this position.     When I approached these gentlemen and used hand signals to ask if I could take a photo, they gestured me to sit down, relax and even suggested I have a toke of whatever they were smoking.

This was the India I loved – that genuine hospitality that holds a country together.

Here I was down on my haunches with these men whose life’s toil had been so much harder than mine, yet through the smiles and gestures in this hazy landscape we were becoming fast friends.

A young girl carrying food for the many vendors and locals who attend the fair.

Maybe it was the heat of the day, but nobody seemed to move too fast, including the camels and their owners or buyers.   Occasionally there would be a buyer examining the health of a camel by prying open its mouth and examining the teeth, apparently a telltale sign of its health.

That was followed by a heated conversation between buyer and seller coupled with a sufficient amount of gesturing.

Cotton Candy

There was a single paved road that bisected the fairgrounds and served as the dividing line between the carnival and the livestock grounds.   It was busy with cars, motorcycles, bullock carts adorned with colorful tapestries plodding along, and the occasional wandering Brahma bull.   I took a break from the ungulates to check out the carnival.

Like any great carnival, there was no shortage of kids being kids, along with women socializing and checking out the colorful goods from the vendors.

The food stalls drew my attention.   I was lured in by giant bubbly vats of dal cooked over the coals, along with stacks of naan and poppadums.   I graciously turned down several offers of free samples, again, part of the Indian kindness that I know and love.

Then I spotted my all-time favorite fair food – cotton candy!   Had it not been coated with a bit of dust from the fairgrounds, I might have succumbed to temptation.

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Toys and all sorts of items for sale at the Camel Fair.

It has been my mantra while in developing nations to stay away from street food; while it sometimes looks so tantalizing, I try to minimize my risk of getting sick.

Greener Pastures

Late in the afternoon, the pace had picked up over at camel central.

The herders were unhobbling their camels and began moving them out to greener pastures on the hillsides surrounding the fairgrounds, running alongside to keep the herds together.

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Heading home from the fair in typical Pushkar style, in the back of a dump truck.

In an attempt to get some action photos, I took off on a run as well, only to discover running in tennis shoes full of sand wasn’t that easy.

In the background, hot air balloons, another option for enjoying Pushkar, were starting to appear on the horizon.

A sea of camels.

We were to meet out driver again just after sunset, so I headed to the meeting point.   While we waited, a young gentleman in a nearby tent offered us bottled water and welcomed us to sit.

Turns out he worked in the movie industry as a production assistant, including most recently being involved with “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”   Our ride was late, very late, and I realized I hadn’t peed all day, nor had I actually seen any sort of porta potties.

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Stirring the big pot at the Camel Fair.

I asked the movie man about facilities and he pointed to a white building at least a quarter mile off in the distant.   Knowing I would never make it, he insisted I jump on the back of his motorbike for a ride up.   While I don’t advocate jumping on the back of a motorcycle with a stranger in India, there was no question in my mind this was a safe bet to put an end to my discomfort.

The Love Affair Continues

In hindsight, it would have been great if our day at Pushkar had been one filled with camel races or the longest mustache competition, but with travel, there are no guarantees that you’ll hit the perfect day of activities, weather, etc. while on the road.   As a photographer, I’ve found it’s best to take what any day presents and make the most of it.

I came away having witnessed once again, the kindness and hospitality of the Indian people and having been privy to a slice of life never before experienced.   I left the fairgrounds happily covered in dirt and dust, the insides of my shoes layered in sand, with a heart content that the love affair was stronger than ever.

Donnie Sexton has moved on from a very long stint as staff photographer and media relations manager for the Montana Office of Tourism. Her path is now focused on feeding her addiction to travel and sharing her journeys in both words and photography. www.donniesexton.com

Published here by permission – Original Article at https://www.gonomad.com/85288-pushkar-camel-fair-getting-dirty

Golden Temple Amritsar

Golden Temple Amritsar

Golden Temple Amritsar

The Harmandar Sahib also known as Darbar Sahib, is a Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. The name Sri Harmandir Sahib literally means the “Temple of God”. It is the most important shrine of the Sikh religion. It is usually called the Golden Temple in English, because it is plated with gold.

Golden Temple Amritsar

Originally a small lake in the midst of a quiet forest, the site has been a meditation retreat for wandering mendicants and sages since deep antiquity.

The Buddha is known to have spent time at this place in contemplation. Two thousand years after Buddha’s time, another philosopher-saint came to live and meditate by the peaceful lake.This was Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the founder of the Sikh religion. The Golden Temple was founded in 1574 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das.

Golden Temple Amritsar

In December 1588, the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan initiated the construction of the gurdwara and the foundation stone was laid by Muslim saint Mian Mir on 28 December 1588. Guru Arjan, designed Sri Harmandir Sahib to be built in the center of this holy tank, and upon its construction, installed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, inside the Harmandir Sahib. The gurdwara was completed in 1604.

Golden Temple Amritsar

On numerous occasions the temple was destroyed by the Muslims, and each time was rebuilt more beautifully by the Sikhs. The present-day gurdwara was rebuilt in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with the help of other Sikh Misls. uring the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the Golden Temple was richly ornamented with marble sculptures, golden gilding, and large quantities of precious stones.

Golden Temple Amritsar

Floating at the end of a long causeway, the Golden Temple itself is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, with an elegant marble lower level adorned with flower and animal motifs in pietra dura work. (as seen on the Taj Mahal). Above this rises a shimmering second level, encased in intricately engraved gold panels, and topped by a dome gilded with 750 kilograms (1653 pounds) of gold.

Golden Temple Amritsar

The main hall of the Golden Temple houses the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred scripture of the Sikh religion. It is placed on a raised platform under a canopy studded with precious jewels. This scripture is a collection of devotional poems, prayers, and hymns composed by the ten Sikh gurus and various Muslim and Hindu saints.

Golden Temple Amritsar

Structurally, the temple is located on a level below the ground level as it signifies that one must be humble and go down to reach the temple of God. This design is quite opposite to that of the Hindu temples, most of which are built at an elevated level. The Golden Temple is surrounded by the Sarovar, a large lake or holy tank, which consists of Amrit (“holy water” or “immortal nectar”) and is fed by the Ravi River.

Langar at Golden Temple Amritsar

The largest langar is found at the Golden Temple. It typically feeds roughly 40,000 people a day for free. On religious holidays and weekends, the langar can feed upwards of 100,000 people a day.This incredible feat is made possible through donations and volunteers.

All the diners have to sit on the floor, irrespective of caste, status, wealth or creed, symbolizing the central Sikh doctrine of the equality of all people.

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Varanasi Photography Tour

Varanasi

Varanasi

(Varanasi ) Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together – Mark Twain

Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

Varanasi

All action is prayer. All trees are desire-fulfilling. All water is the Ganga. All land is Varanasi. Love everything – Neem Karoli Baba

It is not easy to understand Varanasi, but you can feel and experience it… it does not work with logic and reasoning, but with faith and devotion. It is a world apart from any other place you have even known. This is the place where the sea of humanity finds salvation.

Many people think they cannot have knowledge or understanding of God without reading books. But hearing is better than reading, and seeing is better than hearing. Hearing about Benares is different from reading about it; but seeing Benares is different from either hearing or reading From the book The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.

Varanasi

It is believed that this holy city is one of the oldest living cities in the world. In fact, it is believed that this place was once the home of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This connection of this city with eternity doesn’t end here; for it is believed that the person who inhales his final breath here, actually attains salvation. A a number of famous literary geniuses such as Munshi Prem Chand and Tulsi Das hail from this city. Ravi Shankar and the shehnai maestro, Ustad Bismillah Khan, the leading legends of the industry also have their roots in this place.

Varanasi is also a leading trading center as a great amount of trade is done here. The intricate silver and gold brocades and the famous Banarasi silk are the major items that this city is known for. A very uncanny and astonishing custom is practiced in this city – frog marriage, which is particularly done in the rainy season at the Ashwamedh Ghat. The priest performs the ceremony of wedding a couple of frogs and then they are then left into the river.

Below are some of the pics taken by our clients during a recent Varanasi Photography Tour..

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Teelewali Masjid and Makbra of Shah Peer Mohammed Lucknow

Teele Wali Masjid

Teelewali Masjid

On the bank of river Gomti near the Hardinge Bridge, most popularly known as Pakka Pul or the Laal Pul, stands a beautiful mosque known as the Jami Masjid or Teele Wali Masjid. The exquisite monument is surrounded by the Bada Imambara, Rumi Darwaaza.

This beautiful mosque was constructed by the Mughal governor during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb (1658-1707). The mosque stands on a mound or a Teela and that is why it is called as Teele Waali Masjid which means the Mosque on the mound. The mosque has three domes and tall minarets.

Makbra of Shah Peer Mohammed

In the campus of the mosque, Tomb of Shaikh Pir Muhammad hardly twenty meters to the east of the mosque stands the Tomb of Shaikh Pir Muhammad, who died in the year 1674. Shaikh Pir Muhammad was a very prominent Islamic scholar and inspired a large number of people from around the world.

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Bhutan

Origin of the name Bhutan may be derived from the Sanskrit Bhotanta which means “the end of Tibet,” or the Sanskrit Bhu-attan, meaning “highlands.” Bhutanese call their home “Druk Yul,” which means “the Land of the Thunder Dragons,” because of the extremely powerful storms which constantly roar in from the Himalayas. Until the 1960’s it had no roads, automobiles, telephone, postal system or electricity. Bhutanese had no access to TV or Internet until limited access was permitted in 1999. The first foreign tourists were allowed into Bhutan in 1974.

Bhutan

Bhutan is the world’s only carbon sink, that is; it absorbs more CO2 than it gives out. It sells hydro-electrical power, making it the only country whose largest export is renewable energy. 72% of the country is forested. In fact, it’s in the country’s constitution to keep 60% of its land forested. Respect for the environment, the eco system and all species is a serious matter in Bhutan. Anyone caught killing an endangered species, faces the harsh sentence of life in prison.

Bhutanese have a long tradition of painting phalluses on their houses to serve as a symbol of fertility and good luck and all citizens officially become one year older on New Year’s Day. This way, no one forgets anyone’s birthday! Rather than using the GDP as an economic index, Bhutan measures its overall “health” through the four pillars: sustainable development, environmental protection, cultural preservation, and good governance, which together form the Gross National Happiness or GNH.

Below are some pics clicked by our clients during a recent trip to Bhutan..

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Chota Imambara Lucknow

Chota Imambara Lucknow

Chota Imambara Lucknow

Chota Imambara, also known as Imambara Hussainabad Mubarak is an imposing monument located in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built in the year 1838 by Mohammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Awadh.Fondly called the palace of lights because of the stunning chandeliers and decorations that light up the building on special occasions, Chota Imambara is located adjacent to the Bada Imambara in the heart of Lucknow. Several minarets, turrets, domes and large courtyards make this historical monument a popular pit-stop for anyone visiting Lucknow. The stunning marble work, striking interiors decorated with grand and colourful chandeliers and sprawling gardens add to the majestic charm of the Imambara. Built by the third nawab of Awadh, Muhammad Ali Shah in the 19th century, the imposing monument also houses two replicas of Agra’s Taj Mahal, which are the tombs of Mohammed Ali Shah’s daughter and her husband.

Below are some pics clicked by our clients at the famous Chota Imambara at Lucknow..

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Bara Imambara Lucknow

Bara Imambara Lucknow

Bara Imambara, also known as Asafi Imambara. Imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. The fourth Nawab, Asaf-Ud-Dowhala, commissioned the building during the drought year of 1784 AD to help the poor make a living. However, from the time it was finished, it became a symbol of pride and grandeur of Lucknow.

Bara Imambara Lucknow

The Bara Imambara is among the grandest buildings of Lucknow. A labyrinth of about a thousand passageways leading to its roof has intrigued traveler as well as architects for the last two hundred years. The monument also includes the large Asfi Mosque, the Bhul Bhulaiya (the labyrinth), and Bowli, a step well with running water. According to legends It has secret tunnels which lead to a location near Gomti river,Faizabad, Allahabad and Delhi. The main Imambara consists of a large central chamber which is said to be the largest arched hall in the world.The hall which measures 50 meters long and goes upto a height of 15 meters,stands without any beams support. Shahi Baoli, constructed as the source of water, also has a interesting fact about it. One can see the reflection of the visitors standing at the gate,in the water of the well.

Below are some pics clicked by our clients at the famous Bara Imambara at Lucknow..

The Capital city of Uttar Pradesh and often described as the ‘City of Nawabs’, Lucknow is one of the most pristine and multicultural tourist destinations of India. Come, discover the magic of Lucknow with Indus Trips. We will be happy to plan and manage your private tour of Lucknow City.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Rishikesh

On a recent trip to Rishikesh, we visited the famous Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, which is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nilkanth, an aspect of Shiva. The temple is situated at a height of 1330 meters and is located about 32 km from Rishikesh in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, India.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Rishikesh

Mythology states that Neelkanth Mahadev Temple has been built on that sacred point where Lord Shiva had consumed poison at that time of Samudra Manthan, which was churning of the ocean by Devtas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons). The poison was placed in his throat that turned blue to its effect, and thus Lord is also known as Neelkanth. The world Neel means blue and the word Kanth means throat. Devotees of Lord Shiva throng the temple in huge numbers, every year.

If you are planning to go to Neelkanth from Rishikesh by shared taxi then go to Neelkanth Taxi Stand, which is about 500 Mts after you cross Ram Jhula. From here you can bllok seats in taxis – going and coming back trip per person at just Rs.150/-. You will get about 1 hour to explore the temple complex, buy prasad, offer your prayers and come back to where your taxi is parked.

Below are some pics we clicked at the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple..

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Festivals of India

Holi

India is a land of festivals – these are bright, colourful and joyous celebrations that can go on for Days. If you are planning to visit India, it will be a great idea to combine your trip with one of the big festivals of India. Currently we are providing customized holiday packages for Durga Puja, Deepawali and Holi.

Durga Puja:

Durga Puja
Durga Puja

Durga Puja is the celebration of the annual homecoming of Maa Durga to her parents’ house. While the festival is celebrated by all Hindus, it is the major festival in the state of West Bengal.

The festival is spread across five days, with over 1000 Durga Puja pandals set up in the city of Kolkata alone. On the fifth and final day, the idols are taken through the city in a huge procession culminating with the immersion in the Hooghly.

Schedule: 16th to 19th October 2018

Deepawali:

Deepawali
Deepawali

Deepawali is the celebration of lights – and an invocation to Goddess Lakshmi to shower wealth and prosperity on all.

Deepawali 2018: 6th November 2018

Holi:

Holi
Holi

Holi is the festival of colours. Anywhere you go across India, you can see a most amazing riot of colours, and an absolutely beautiful day to be in India. The next Holi celebration is scheduled for 2nd March 2018.

How to Customize your Festivals Package:

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