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Jaipur is the place to be on New Year’s Eve

Posted on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 19:36 by easytours

JaipurThe Pink City saw an increase in foreign and domestic tourism this New Year’s Eve as tons of tourists flocked to the city to ring in the New Year. Luxury hotel and resort operators were thrilled with the turn out, organizing lavish dinners and celebrations to suit every tourist’s need. Jaipur is hosting three major events this New Year, Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Jaipur Literature Festival and Jaipur International Film Festival. Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is celebrated in India each January to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India.

Delhi closer to UNESCO world heritage city status

Posted on Tue, 01/17/2012 - 18:52 by easytours

As Delhi celebrates its 100 year anniversary as the capital of India, heritage conservation groups are designing guided tours and heritage walks to highlight the most important historical sites in the city. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is a non-profit organization designed to involve its members in protecting and conserving India’s vast natural, built and cultural heritage. They have now set their sights on Delhi as a heritage tourism destination.
The city of Delhi has a long history - the British capital, the foundation of which was laid in December, 1911, was planned by two leading 20th century British architects,Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, who embedded it with Victorian style grandeur. Today, after a century of growth, its citizens live in an environment where new elements are juxtaposed with old ones. Often centuries-old buildings and groups of buildings lie out of sight behind modern development. Sometimes new growth tends to overshadow the older areas of the city. But these areas and the communities that live in them represent the city’s history, tradition, heritage, culture, architecture and craftsmanship.

The Heritage walks take place every weekend and are conducted by experienced and knowledgeable walk-leaders. Visitors are provided with illustrated information material which includes relevant facts about the monuments, a route map etc. Walks are conducted every weekend in the following five areas of Delhi: Chandni Chowk, Nizamuddin, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Lodi Garden and Hauz Khas.

Resort of the Month - Raj Palace

Posted on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 19:02 by easytours

One of the most fascinating Heritage establishments in Jaipur, the Raj Palace Hotel is a boutique Hotel with three dozen tastefully decorated rooms and suites. Extensive recent renovations have transformed this already charming heritage retreat to a unique combination of an opulent palace and a luxurious modern hotel, complete with the latest technology.

Formerly a Heritage Hotel, it has now been upgraded to a Grand Heritage Hotel. The Raj Palace offers a high standard of services and is located in the heart of the Pink City of Jaipur.

Unusual among Heritage Hotels, it has the distinction of being completely accessible by wheelchair, and 10 of its rooms are equipped with handicapped accessible bathrooms.

Kochi becoming an artist’s paradise

Posted on Fri, 12/23/2011 - 19:07 by easytours

With an amalgam of various cultures, Kochi is slowly transforming into the art capital of the state. The city, which is home to 20 art galleries, has become a rising star in India’s art scene.

Dinesh Shenoy, an artist based out of Mattancherry is one of the many artists who abide by this belief. "Kochi has always been open to so many cultures, communities and different types of art. The influences can still be seen in the work of the present day artists," says Shenoy. He now owns a gallery for his paintings, where he sells his works to foreigners and locals alike.

The art scene in Kochi has become more dynamic because of the varied people in the city who turn up for exhibitions, says Bahuleyan, another city-based artist. The 39-year-old artist, who has participated in international exhibitions, including those in Poland and Kuwait, believes that the appreciation for art is much better now. "What we now need to focus on is the marketing of art," he says.

Jayanth, director for Kerala Arts Gallery, believes there is a kind of democracy or equality in art. "From a schoolchild to a retiree, they all come to see, question and understand paintings. There is also a rise in a younger generation of artists, willing to experiment on canvas," says Jayanth.

Art lovers like Mia, a German tourist traveling through Kochi, feel that art in Kerala has something unique about it. "Maybe it's the rich cultural tradition, or the urge to not be type-casted. I feel that art, especially the paintings, are more poignant than their western counterparts. The artists’ stylization is also worth a study," she says.

Delhi festival celebrates the city’s vibrant culture

Posted on Thu, 12/22/2011 - 18:47 by easytours

Once again, Delhi celebrates Dilli Ke Pakwan, a festival which encompasses the full culinary, cultural and historical scope of this vibrant city as well as India as a whole. Replicas of the seven gates of Delhi (including Ajmeri Gate, Turkman Gate and India Gate) greet you as you enter the festival grounds. Many other landmarks are recreated, including Meena Bazaar and the Lotus temple.

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