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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.

Heritage arc to link top tourist cities of Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi

Posted on Mon, 01/19/2015 - 18:13 by easytours

The Tourism Department of Uttar Pradesh, a north Indian state, is planning to link three of the most traveled cities in the region via land and air to bolster tourism potential across the state.

By linking the cities of Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi by building new road- and railways and extending air services, the local government believes the number of tourists traveling between the three destinations will increase dramatically.

The Agra Fort is just one of the many destinations the new heritage arc would benefit
The Agra Fort is just one of the many destinations the new heritage arc would benefit.

If the plan comes to fruition, it will be the first time the cities of Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi will be linked by air. To encourage the development and retention of these new air routes, the local government is expect to cut the fuel tax on domestic flights in the region by more than 16 percent to encourage Indian airlines to start servicing the new routes.

New Visa on Arrival Services Make Travel to India Easier

Posted on Fri, 01/16/2015 - 17:47 by easytours
The Indian government announced in late November that travelers from 43 countries could apply for their tourist visas to India online and receive travel authorization via email, a move that has already greatly reduced the amount of time and effort required to travel to India. After arriving in India, travelers who have completed the online process and received acceptance will have their passports stamped with a 30-day Indian tourist visa at an immigration counter.

Before the new service rolled out on November 27, potential travelers to India faced a lengthy visa acquisition process that required either visits to an Indian consulate or subcontracting the processing through a visa acquisition service.

Humayun's Tomb is one of the three World Heritage Sites in Delhi protected by UNESCO
Humayun's Tomb is one of the three World Heritage Sites in Delhi protected by UNESCO.

New tourist visa on arrival services and facilities are expected to increases tourist numbers in India.

Officials with the Indian government believe the new services and corresponding facilities will greatly increase the number of travelers visiting India, which sees only a fraction of the tourist footfalls of other Asian destinations like Thailand.

“[This new process] is a dream come true for the Indian tourism industry, and [is] bound to impact [India’s] economy,” said Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of State tourism and Culture.

Spice Village Periyar

Posted on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:22 by easytours
The Spice Village is a boutique luxury property owned by the CGH Group located in the heart of the Periyar National Park. The entire resort is a recreation of a mountain tribal village, albeit with modern comforts to suit the tastes of the independent luxury traveler.

The CGH Spice Village
The CGH Spice Village - Back to nature without compromising comfort

The focus of the Spice Village is providing a luxurious experience in an eco-friendly setting. The property curls around a misty ridge 2,000 feet above sea level, and at first glance seems to rise out of the forest itself. The idea is to provide the comforts of a modern hotel in a setting that does not intrude on the natural experience.

The entire resort has been built on the site of a former home of a British forest ranger. The property is full of verdant greenery, fruit trees, flowering plants and rare herbs.

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.

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