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India’s Best Kept Secrets

Posted on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:19 by Sunil Trehan
 

Almost no one really knows what a limitless supply of places to see and things to experience that there are in India. I have explored India for over five decades, and I’m nowhere close to having seen it all. Yet there are amazing sights and experiences that even Indians that frequently travel have never heard of.

As the principal of the leading boutique travel facilitator for India, it gives me great pleasure when our guests rave about a non-mainstream destination or an experience that they had never heard of until they consulted us.

This blog will share these unique destinations and/or experiences. We will start with what I believe is the best kept secret in Indian Tourism, the state of Karnataka.


Thousands of new trees will link two national parks; provide new habitats for India’s endangered tigers

Posted on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:13 by easytours
 

A number of local businesses are partnering with the governement of Madhya Pradesh and the United Nations’ Environment Program to plant thousands of trees throughout the state in one of India’s largest-ever reforestation projects.

The project calls for 300,000 new trees to be planted over the course of the next three years to increase the total forest cover between Kanha Nationial Park and Pench National Park in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The project will link the two national parks, some 70 miles away from each other using the local highways, with an unbroken chain of protected forest officials hope will enlarge wildlife populations.

“This project also hugely focuses on encouraging tiger breeding and movement in the Kanha-Pench corridor,” a local business leader working with the project recently told the Times of India.

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The reforestation project hopes to create new habitats to encourage growth in the national parks’ tiger populations.


Agra havelis to be restored, opened to travelers

Posted on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:40 by easytours
 

The tourism department of Uttar Pradesh recently detailed plans to renovate a number of havelis (traditional mansions) and open them to the public as tourist attractions.

Local officials say the havelis chosen for the project are recognized as excellent examples of Mughal architecture.

“A list comprising nine havelis was prepared by the district administration last year for restoration purposes,” regional tourist officer Dinesh Kumar recently told the Times of India.

Some of the historic properties on the list include: Aslat Khan, Mahawat Khan, Azam Khan, and Mughal Khan.

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A number of havelis in Agra are set to receive renovations.


Delhi’s iconic India Gate is set for a digital makeover this summer with 3D projections

Posted on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:55 by easytours
 

After months of debate, the Delhi Urban Arts Commission cleared a 3D projection show that will display the cultural heritage of each Indian State through a series of still images exhibited on façade of India Gate. Concerns over traffic and pedestrian safety delayed the project through the summer.

India Gate
India Gate is set for a 3D mapping project detailing India’s heritage.

The project will use a series of projectors to display hi-resolution images of numerous monuments around India on the edifice of the India Gate. The 3D projection mapping will display the images between one and five minutes apiece to give pedestrians and drivers enough time to view each picture.

Concerns regarding the safety of vehicle commuters and pedestrians led to a number of delays for the 3D mapping project. The display will have no audio-accompaniment, local police are planning to increase the number of traffic supervisors in the India Gate area to ensure the area’s safety. Each of India’s 29 states will have several images, such as the Taj Mahal in the State of Uttar Pradesh, to represent the area’s identity.


New heritage tourism circuit to open by fall

Posted on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:37 by easytours
 

Government officials in the southern Indian state of Kerala recently announced the first stage of the long planned Muziris Heritage Tourism Circuit will be completed this fall.

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A fisherman casts a traditional net into the sea off the coast of the South Indian state of Kerala. Plans for a new tourism circuit in the region are nearing completion.

Led by the Kerala Tourism Department, the project plans to string together a number of historic monuments and sites tied to the lost city of Muziris, an important multicultural seaport and trading hub that existed between the 1st and 14th centuries in Southern India, using a series of modern museums and excavations.

“Construction of museums … is nearing completion, and a batch of five boat services connecting the circuit area is expected to arrive soon,” a government official with the project recently told The Hindu.

Plans call for a total of 25 museums to be built in the coming years. The Tourism Department of Kerala believes the museums will help tourists better understand area’s rich heritage as an ancient port of international trade. A network of boat services will ferry travelers through the circuit.

Officials expect the current phase to be inaugurated by during the Onam festival in September

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