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Qutab Minar

Posted on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 15:12 by easytours
 

The Qutab Minar - This 239 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and an amazing example of architectural and building skills during the 12th century. The Qutab Minar is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutub complex. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi's weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in over 1500 years. Inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan and wishing to surpass it, Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced construction of the Qutab Minar in 1193. The minaret is made of fluted red sandstone covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur'an.


Chennai (Madras) Dance and Music Festival

Posted on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 12:41 by easytours
 
The Chennai Dance and Music Festival is held in December in the Southernmost Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The dates of the festival coincide with the traditional Tamil month of 'Margazhi' (December). Marghazi is considered a sacred month for Hindus in Tamil Nadu and is considered a time for worship and spiritual devotion.
Kathakali

South Indian classical music, popularly known as Carnatic Music as a genre, has its roots in religious worship. For many centuries, music and dance have been used as a vehicle to depict zealous devotion to the Gods and has been encouraged in its traditional forms in temples and religious institutions of learning across India.

The Chennai Dance and Music Festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the region. The festival is held at multiple venues in the city by a number of organizations and averages performances by over 2,000 participants. It is an amazing experience to visit Chennai during the course of the festival as the city transforms itself into a hub of cultural activities as opposed to its traditional role as a bustling commercial metropolis.

The Chennai Dance and Music Festival was originally started in the year 1927 and was titled the Marghazi Festival of Dance and Music. The Chennai Dance and Music Festival features performances by both upcoming and established performers in many languages including Kannada, Telgu and Tamil. There are a number of concerts using traditional musical instruments that have been of great interest to foreign visitors.


Kerala crosses the Atlantic for successful Road-shows

Posted on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:19 by easytours
 
Kerala is one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in India. Branded as “God’s Own Country”, the state attracts visitors from around the world who come to see its dynamic culture, rich history, immersive art scene and progressive literary-scape.

In an effort to build on the successes of the state government in many foreign markets, the Kerala Tourism Board organized a series of roadshows across three major cities of the United States of America.

The roadshows were held between October 21 to 24 in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. This schedule was planned in a bid to cover all major US geographic markets and make it easy for all relevant tourism industry professionals to come in and get oriented with “God’s Own Country”.

Easy Tours of India Inc. was the only US based travel company to have been invited to participate at the Kerala Tourism Roadshows. Easy Tours was represented at all the roadshows by our Marketing Director Mr. Pierce Haney.

The United States represents the fourth largest market for tourism to Kerala, surpassed only by the United Kingdom, France and Germany. In 2011 and 2012, 55,741 and 57,807 tourists originating from the USA visited Kerala respectively.


Jaipur positioning itself as a center of Culinary Tourism

Posted on Thu, 12/12/2013 - 11:15 by easytours
 
Rajasthan state constantly sees a steady stream of visitors coming in to marvel at the various attractions of the state. International tourism industry experts claim that the success of Rajasthani tourism has been primarily because the state government and tourism board has been hard at work to constantly improve the tourism offerings in the state.

Elephant Ride in Jaipur
Tourism in Jaipur – continuing the march of tradition and excellence


Travel Experts share their favorite tips to get the most out of a Taj Mahal visit!

Posted on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:35 by easytours
 
Much has been written about the Taj Mahal and the immense feelings that visitors get when touring the eternal monument to love. Recently a panel of tourism experts put together a list of what visitors can do to get the most out of their Taj excursion:
  • The Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday in honor of the Muslim Sabbath. Arriving on Fridays is the most common tourism mistake made by tourists visiting the Taj Mahal.

  • Get a professional guide to show you around. The beauty of the Taj Mahal is in the details of its design and architecture so it pays to have someone who can make you appreciate the little intricacies.
  • Rise early and beat the crowds. Sunrise (along with Sunset) is the best time to photograph the Taj Mahal in the various hues of soft light.
  • When arriving for a sunrise visit, be sure to get into the main cenotaph chamber early and hear the “sound of infinity” which is the sounds of the air that moves through the ventilated dome.
  • Expert photographers claim that there are over 300 angles to get unique photos of the Taj Mahal. They however claim visitors should focus on enjoying the monument. To find great locations for the best shots ask either your guides or look at expert photographers with the fancy equipment and follow their trail.
  • The least known unique locations for some great shots of the Taj Mahal include the benches at the Southern end of the complex as well as the Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden),across the Yamuna for some great vantage shots.
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