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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.



Hampi - UNESCO World Heritage Sight

Posted on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 23:50 by Sunil Trehan
 

The most remarkable single attraction in Karnataka has to be the ruins of the ancient city of Hampi.

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Traces of a two-millennia-old civilization have been found at Hampi, but the UNESCO World Heritage Group of Monuments at Hampi are a mere five-to seven-centuries old. Hampi was the last Capital of the Great Vijayanagar Empire, and the amazing monuments here are definitely matched by the incredibly scenic landscape strewn with massive boulders.

The landscape is surreal and breathtaking. Amidst hundreds of square kilometers of granite hills and boulders are the remains of a civilization that was unmatched in its heyday.

It is my opinion that Hampi, along with the Taj Mahal and the caves at Ajanta & Ellora, make up the most impressive attractions in a country that is overflowing with magnificent achievements made by ancient and medieval man.

Two days of exploration at Hampi are a must to really savor the amazing city and its granite monuments. The Vijayanagar Empire thrived here from the 14th - 17th centuries. The estimates of the local population during that period range from over 500,000 to almost a million residents, and the city was said to have been surrounded by an army of about a million soldiers.


The State of Karnataka

Posted on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 23:44 by Sunil Trehan
 
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A multiple choice question - What is Karnataka?

1. A state in Southern India where the temperature, in most areas, is uniformly cool and pleasant during most of the summer.

2. A state with a plethora of amazing monuments and sights, with the crown jewel being the incredible and surreal city of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. A state that has incredible natural beauty, ranging from massive granite formations to lush rain forest and mountain resort areas such as legendary Coorg.

4. A state that has some of the best wildlife viewing in all of India, with tigers and large elephant herds and even the elusive leopard.

5. A state with a diverse cultural base that ranges from the modern lifestyles of cosmopolitan Bangalore, to colorful rural communities with a higher standard of living then most other states in India.

6. A state with a unique, delectable cuisine that, although distinctly Indian, has its own special flavors and characteristics, honed by millennia of local evolution.

7. A state with world class lodging options for travelers, ranging from small boutique resorts like the amazing Orange County Resorts, to incredible architecture that is both luxurious and environment friendly like Coorg's Taj Vivanta, situated in the middle of a rainforest.

 

Answer: All of the Above.

 

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