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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:


Taj Mahal – India’s most visited tourism treasure

  • 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.


The National Museum Institute to document cultural heritage across India!

Posted on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 10:00 by easytours
 
The National Museum Institute (NMI) has embarked on a major exercise to develop an archive of the performing arts across India’s diverse cultural landscape. The idea behind the initiative is to document each and every one of these art forms in painstaking detail so that their survival can be better ensured for the benefit of future generations.

According to National Museum Director General, Mr. Venu V. “The projects, being undertaken in different parts of the country, will take time. The NMI wants to develop a robust format and is creating a few models (to ensure better documentation and study).”

As the first phase of the project, the NMI has commenced the documentation exercise in Meerut as well as in Jammu and Kashmir. The NMI hopes that its work in documenting the intangible heritage of these two regions will serve to provide the required formats and case studies for the project to be rolled out to other parts of India as well.

The management of the NMI stated that it understands that the effort to document all of these performing arts along with their superbly detailed aspects will be a Herculean task, however it is optimistic that once the framework is established particularly in the challenging terrain of Ladakh, Western UP as well as Jammu and Kashmir, the study can be easily replicated across the country.

The NMI hopes to involve local communities as well as elders in villages across India thereby ensuring that the project gets the necessary support and quality input on the ground.


The Taj Gateway

Posted on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:03 by easytours
 
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 this matchless legendary monument. While all rooms of the Taj Gateway may not boast of breath-taking views of the Taj Mahal, at Easy Tours we pride ourselves in getting the rooms with the very best Taj views thanks to our relationship with the Taj Group.

Resting on 6 acres of landscaped gardens, the Taj Gateway provides a tranquil retreat in the bustling city of Agra. All of the Taj Gateway’s rooms offer comfortable accommodation with the highly personalized service that is the hallmark of the Taj Group.

Apart from the usual amenities that one expects from a world class resort, the Taj Gateway features cultural programming and theme nights that extrapolate the strong link between the hotel, Agra and the phenomenal Taj Mahal. Guests may also rejuvenate with traditional, authentic Indian wellness treatments such as Ayurvedic massages or yoga.

The Taj Gateway also provides guests an incredible culinary experience. The chefs at the hotel are experts in Mughlai, North Indian and Avadhi fare. Fresh local produce and many natural ingredients are used in the hotel’s variety of cooking styles and signature dishes.



Chettinad

Posted on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 18:13 by easytours
 

The Chettinad region is made up of 76 rural communities and its capital is Karaikudi. Easy Tours guests stay in an exquisitely renovated Chettinad mansion while exploring the area. The Chettinad region has been famous in South Asia for many centuries. The inhabitants that made this region famous moved here about 400 years ago when the coastal region that they had lived in for over a thousand years was devastated by a tsunami. They were prosperous traders that had migrated to nations all over South Asia and had become successful businessman in these nations.

Their primary vocations included moneylending and trade in goods between nations. They accumulated vast wealth and with this wealth they purchased the finest materials from the countries that they lived and traded in, and brought these materials back to their homeland. These materials were used to construct the amazing mansions of Chettinad. A Chettinad mansion is impossible to describe in words. These mansions are massive structures where wide open spaces are enhanced by generous use of Burma teak and marble, and the ambiance created puts most modern mansions to shame.


Aurangabad

Posted on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 09:48 by easytours
 

Although it is more famous (in tourism circles) as the nearest major city to Ajanta & Ellora, Aurangabad is one's of India's main commercial centers and a bustling metropolis. It has an interesting history, and a culture (and monuments) that are worth exploring. The city was founded, in the early 16th century, by Malik Amber (a former Abyssinian slave who was, at that time, prime minister to the Moghul rulers of nearby Ahmadnagar). Scattered over a large industrial sprawl are remains of various monuments, some of which can be explored between your visits to Ajanta & Ellora.

Aurangabad's brocade creations (the finest silks combined with gold and other threads) have been long acknowledged as the best in the world. The city is also a bustling center of manufacturing and other commerce.

The Chowk area retains it's Islamic flavor from the days of the Nizams. Visit the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, the Pan Chakki, or the Dargah of Baba Shah Muzaffar. You can also choose to explore the Buddhist Caves as a prelude to your visits to Ajanta & Ellora. Aurangabad is easily accessible from most major cities in India...More details.

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