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The Taj Gateway

Posted on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 10:34 by easytours

Taj Gateway, Agra

Located a kilometer (0.6 miles) from the massive structure of the Taj Mahal and its surrounding monuments, the Taj Gateway is one of only two hotels featuring excellent views of the Taj Mahal

Because of our relationship with the Taj Group, we exclusively provide our guests with rooms that have breath-taking views of the Taj Mahal.

Resting on 6 acres of landscaped gardens, the Taj Gateway provides a tranquil retreat in the city. All of the Gateway’s rooms offer comfortable accommodation with the highly personalized service of the Taj Group. Offering a host of amenities,

the hotel features cultural programming and theme nights. Guests may also rejuvenate with traditional, authentic Indian wellness treatments, such as Ayurvedic massages or yoga.

In addition, the Taj Gateway provides guests an incredible culinary experience. Fresh local produce and many natural ingredients are used in the hotel’s variety of regional cooking styles, including Avadhi.

Kites fill Delhi skies in spirit of freedom

Posted on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:27 by easytours

The spirit of freedom scaled colorful heights throughout the capital’s skies when thousands of professional and amateur kite fliers took to the rooftops and streets to celebrate the Independence Day ritual of kite-flying Aug. 15.

"Kite flying as a tradition is much older than the Olympics. In the capital, kite flying as a public sport goes back much before Independence Day, almost 80 years before the country freed itself from the British rule. Now, it is a dying tradition because the present generation does not know how to fly kites," Sobti of Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation said.

Delhi Tourism organized a day's kite flying festival at the Garden of Five Senses at Mehrauli in the capital, where kite fliers from Old Delhi, the birth place of the tradition, came to show off their ability to fly multiple kites on a single thread.

Kite flying as a tradition grew out of Old Delhi where artisans still make a variety of kites. The oldest and biggest kite market is Lal Kuan, where kite flying originated as a sport.

Some historians say the tradition dates back to the days of the Mahabharata, one of the major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Kites were not only used for receiving messages but also for measuring distances during war.

Kite fighting is the most exciting feature of flying kites. The Indian fighter kites are crafted from thin paper, which allows the kites to fly higher. The thread hoisting the fighter kite is strengthened with crushed glass, egg, pigeon droppings and wax so it cannot be snapped or cut by rival kites.

Explore opulent Chettinad mansions

Posted on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 14:54 by easytours

Kerala Madurai Chettinad

A Chettinad mansion is impossible to describe in words. The incredible detail, the opulence of the materials used in its construction, and the remarkable design all combine to make this a unique architectural achievement not found elsewhere.

Venture into centuries-old Madurai temples

Posted on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 14:32 by easytours

By far the main attraction of Madurai is the great Sree Meenakshi Temple. This awe-imposing monument is the finest example of Dravidian temple architecture on this planet. Its Hall of a Thousand Pillars is a fabulous collection of elaborately sculpted and painted deities as well as other creatures from Hindu religious annals.

Resort of the Month - Taj Malabar

Posted on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 10:11 by easytours

The extraordinary craftsmanship of the Taj Malabar can be envied even from the still, soothing backwaters of Kerala. As soon as you step into the lobby, you immediately feel calmed by the dark mahogany wood ceilings and soft lighting. The room's design will remind you of a romantic 1940s film.

Taj Malabar, Cochin

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