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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.

Pushkar Camel Fair 2014

Posted on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:37 by easytours

The small town of Pushkar in Rajasthan is a two and a half hour drive (130 km) from the state capital Jaipur. Pushkar is the venue for the world renowned Pushkar Camel Fair and the town is located on the banks of an eponymous holy lake.

The actual dates of the Pushkar Camel Festival vary every year as they coincide with the lunar calendar, and the festival always ends on the night of a full moon. This year the festival dates are scheduled at the end of October running through November.

As the time of the festival approaches, the sleepy little town comes alive as elaborate preparations begin for the Pushkar Fair. These activities result in the many unique events, spectacles and sights that one can experience during the fair. These include a number of ethnic cultural events such as the colorful and vibrant Rajasthani dance performances, as well as traditional sporting events to coincide with the fair. During the fair, villagers bring over 100,000 heads of cattle (about half of which are camels) to trade and sell.

Apart from its commercial aspects, the festivities are also buoyed by a plethora of activities such as horse shows, camel races, camel and cow beauty contests, acrobatics, camel safaris and much more.

Apart from being a city of 400 temples, Pushkar prides itself on being the site of the only Brahma temple dedicated solely to the worship of the Hindu God of Creation.

Sariska Tiger Reserve has two new additions

Posted on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:01 by easytours

Rajasthan’s Sariska Tiger Reserve recently announced a tigress has given birth to two cubs.

“Two cubs … [were] spotted Thursday evening through camera traps,” a field director with the reserve recently told the media.

Sariska Tiger Reserve’s tiger population is up to 13 after two new cubs were spotted this summer.

Officials with the tiger reserve said that the cubs appear to be four- to five-months-old and healthy. The two cubs represent only the second set of new tiger births in the Sariska reserve since adult tigers were moved here from the nearby Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in 2008.

Poaching inside the reserve decimated the tiger population in the early 2000s. A population survey between 2005 and 2006 found no trace of tigers in the reserve, and officials arranged to have 7 breeding-age adults moved to the park from the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve while increasing park security to protect against illegal hunting and trapping.

The two new cubs bring the total population of tigers inside the Sariska reserve to 13.

Pench National Park

Posted on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:33 by easytours

Pench is a close neighbor to Kanha in terms of proximity, but stands on its own in terms of geography. Pench is a mostly flat parcel and is home to a large Teak forest. Legend has it that this was the place that provided Rudyard Kipling the inspiration and setting for his iconic novel, The Jungle Book. Although not one of the more noted parks for tiger sightings, there is a large and wonderful array of animals and flora here. The scenic and wide Pench River gives life to this amazing national treasure.

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Panna National Park

Posted on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:11 by easytours

Located immediately north of Bandhavgarh, Panna is only slightly larger than its neighbor thus making it a smaller sized park. It is a great park to insert after a visit to Khajuraho, as it is only around 50 km away. Panna has been the source of some mystery over the last few years, as the tiger population has dwindled down to almost non-existence. What is lacks in big cats however, it makes up for in flora and fowl. The many streams and waterfalls attract large flocks of varied species of birds. The terrain is undulating and very heavily forested.

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