Kerala - God's Own Country

Kerala is indian state located at Malabar coast of south-west India and it is known as God's Own Country because of natural beauty. Kerala is popular tourist destination for all age of peoples and famous for backwater ride and ayurvedic treatments.

INDIA - SYMBOL OF UNITY IN DIVERSITY

India is a country that thinks in the philosophy of unity in variety. It is a residence to different religions, cultures and civilization. India is known as land of temples. Religions in India are Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam.

Wonders of the India - Tourist Attractions

Since the prehistoric time India is known for number of tourist attractions. India has very rich culture and traditional values. Some of the wonders are Taj Mahal, Golden Temple, Khajuraho, Meenakshi Temple, Nalanda University,etc.

Historical Attractions In India

India has rich set of historic structures across the country because of variety in religion, empires and rulers. Most of the historical places marked as World Heritage Sites due to their traditional, regional and cultural significance.

Wildlife In India

Wildlife in India is famous for rare and exotic varieties of wildlife. India has number of National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries across the nation. Prime tourist attraction in National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuary are Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, etc.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

About Darjeeling



Darjeeling is a Himalayan city situated in the state of West Bengal. It is one the preferred tourist destination in India and it adds value to the tourist by its tea industry and Darjeeling Himalaya Railway which now World Heritage Site declared by UNSECO. Darjeeling is located in the Lesser Himalaya Range at an average height of 6,710 feet from sea level. Darjeeling with its natural beauty provides a wide variety of activities from relaxed scenic walks to more exhausting activities such as trekking and river rafting for the adventurous ones.
There are many places of interest for tourist around the hills of Darjeeling. Let me explore some the place that you must visit while roaming in Darjeeling.
Ghoom is one of the major landmarks in Darjeeling. The renowned Yiga Choeling Monastery dominates the hillock. The main attraction while visiting the monastery is the images of Maitreya Buddha. Then there are the ancient palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Tibetan script too, of much interest to the historians.
Museum of Natural History is another tourist attraction in Darjeeling and it has fine collection of Himalayan animals, reptiles, birds and insects.
Darjeeling also offers several tourist places of interest for the botanist, an animal and nature lover. At the Lloyd Botanical garden all tourists may enjoy the captivating collection of alpine flora and orchids. Darjeeling also has the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. The zoo happens to be the only center in India for the breeding of the rare snow leopard. The Ussurian tigers and the Himalayan black bear are also among its attractions.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is another tourist attraction and was established in 1954 by the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, in the wake of the conquest of Everest. Just nearby that there is Darjeeling-Rangit Valley ropeway which is longest ropeway ride in Asia and offers several spectacular sights.
There are other places such Observatory hill, Dhirdam Temple, Aloobaari Monastery, Bhutia Bustee Monastery and the Ava Art Gallery which you may be like to visit in Darjeeling.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Car Rental - Time & Money Saving Tips



Thought of renting a cat comes to your mind whenever there is a possibility of long drive on your own. Car Rental market is very competitive but rated differences are very small. When you go for best deal with little margin over the other competitive deals at that time you did not even think about drop charges for remote locations, late return fees, fuel rates and other service charges, which would end up spending more than regular deals on car rental. I do not recommend you to pay higher than regular price but you should roam around and check the various rates and deals available because it is not easy to find such deals on Internet and comparison sites. All I want to say that you should consider other factors other than price while comparing and choosing car rental service.

Points to consider while choosing a rental car

Are you ordering car for yourself including family members or for a business trip? How much luggage are you planning to carry with you and trunk space available in car is good enough? If you feel car is too small for everyone to sits comfortably and luggage might require more space then you should opt for big car such minivan or SUV.

Do you need baby seat? Then make sure that you have included in your odder because they charge extra for such service and generally there is shortage of such seats in pick season.

Do you really need car to roam around the city? As Airport charges and city parking charges may cost you big bucks in the metropolitan city.

Do you planning to visit very warm or very cold place? Make sure your car has well working air conditioning and heater system.

It is advisable to check mileage policy of the car rental company because most of the companied offer free miles per day but sometimes they charge you extra money if you drive over the limits specified by them.

Make sure you choose service from well known and popular provider because they have more access points from where you can pick up and drop the car.

Like major hotel chains and airline companies, car rental companies also maintain their customer history and offer favored service to loyal customer. Most of the car rental service also offers frequent rental programs.

Most important factor while renting a car is insurance. You should make sure that car is fully insured, must have third party insurance clause included and if don’t have personal driver insurance then must take from them by paying extra money because which would critical in situation like accident.

Last but not least make sure you have full contact information of car rental service provider and map of their customer outlet and service centre across the country.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

About Ooty



If you are lover of natural beauty then Ooty is the right place to visit. It is known as Queen of hill stations and situated at a distance of around 100 kilometers from the Coimbatore. Ooty is capital of Nilgiris district. It was summer and weekend entryway for Britishers during their rule in India and now it is one of the popular tourist destinations in India. Ooty is situated at elevation of 2,240 meters above the sea level. Ooty has prime importance because of the climate condition and Nilgiris which is oldest than greater Himalayas and also important content in Ayurvedic medicines.

Attractions of Ooty

Government Botanical Garden: This garden is must visit place if you are in Ooty. It wraps an area of 50 acres and lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak. Fossil tree trunk of 20 million years is preserved here. The plantation life of the garden mainly includes variety of grass carpet, fashioned beds, tree spices, ferns, multi color flowering plant, nurseries and house ferns. Flower show is held here every year in May. This garden is under the administration and maintenance of Government of Tamil Nadu.

Ooty Lake: At a distance of 1 kilometer an artificial lake is situated which was outlined by John Sullivan, a collector of Coimbatore. You can enjoy boat ride using peddle boat or large boat and feel the charming look of the hills and lake.

Doddabetta: It is situated at about 8 kilometers from Ooty and highest peak in the hills of Nilgiris. It stretches out at the connection of Eastern and Western Ghats of Nilgiris hill range. Telescope has been setup to enjoy panoramic view of the landscape with minimal price. Doddabetta is at the height of 2636 meter from the sea level.

National Park and Mukkurthi Peak: This peak is about 40 kilometers from Ooty. The National Park is situated on the Southern corner of the Nilgiris highland and has large population of Nilgiris Thar.

Mountain Rail: This railway was built way back in 1908 by British and it still relies on its fleet of steam engine. It was added as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in the past few years diesel engine has taken over the steam engine work between Coonoor and Ooty. Because of the huge demand from tourist it requires advance booking for ride from Coonoor to Ooty.

Government Museum: This museum has items of tribal objects, district’s ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu.

Toda huts: There are only few Toda huts on the hills above the Botanical Garden where Todas still resides. It is unfortunate that many Toda have discarded their traditional residence and not living in concrete house.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Akshardham


Akshardham is one of the best tourist attractions in India and it is a Hindu temple situated in Delhi. Swaminarayan Akshardham represents traditional Hindu values, culture, architecture and mysticism. This temple was inspired and moderated by head of BAPS (Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha) Shri Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Akshardham was opened for general public on 6th November 2005 and situated on the banks of river Yamuna and just besides the newly constructed 2010 Commonwealth Games Village. The main attractions of the temple are stone crafted monument in the centre, IMAX theatre, musical fountain, demonstration of the life of Swaminarayan and landscaped gardens.

The main monument of the temple is covered top to bottom with carved details for fauna, dancers, musicians, flora and deities. Akshardham is completely constructed from Italian Carrara Marbles and Pink Stones from Rajasthan and has no support of concrete or steel structure. Temple has large number carved pillars, domes and statues of Hindu devotees, archaryas and sadhus, large scale elephant stone structure. In the centre dome statue of Lord Swaminarayan is placed and surrounded by statues of other gurus. All the statues including Ram Sita, Shiv Parvati, Lakshmi Narayan and Radha Krishna are made from five metals.

Attractions of Akshardham

Hall of Values: This is known as Sahajanand Pradarshan, which represents incidents of Lord Swaminarayan life with the use of technology like robotics and dioramas. It represents 18th century India and dioramas using robotics, light and sound effects, fiber optics, music and dialogues.

Theatre: This is known as Neelkanth Kalyan Yatra and display film specially commissioned for the temple, to recount 7 year pilgrimage made by Swaminarayan during his teenage across the India. The file which represents this is known as Mystic India and released in the cinemas worldwide.

Musical Fountain: This is known as Yagnapurush Kund and it is largest step well which provides rest for the visitors during the day time and in the night visitors will seat on it to watch musical fountain show.

Ride of Boat: Boat ride which takes you on a journey through 10,000 years in time of approximately 12 minutes and known as Sanskruti Vihar. Boats used for this ride is peacock shaped and it flaws on the artificial river and passing through various models such Takshashila University, Ancient Hospitals, Bazaars and message for better future of India.

Garden: This is known as Bharat Upavan and has lush green lawns, trees and bushes. It lined with bronze figures of persons who contributed to India’s culture and history including figures of Mahatma Gandhi.

Milestone that matters for every Indian achieved by Akshardham Temple Delhi as it had received Guinness World Record for World’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Safety Tips When Traveling With Children



Traveling with kids always been challenging for parents and especially if you are traveling abroad with the kids along with you.  This would be a learning experience for parents so it is always to take safety measures well in advance. Let me discuss some of the safety tips that every parents should follow to make their trip pleasant and hassle free and ensure that everyone including kids have a great time.

Always fill out emergency information on your passport and make sure that each member of the family has their passport with them all the time. To be more cautious make sure kids has extra proof of identity, address of the home, copy of detailed travel schedule, phone number of one adult who is sitting back home.

Never make planning to trip unsafe areas and do follow and understand travel warnings/information issues by authorities before and while traveling.

Carry one photo of each family member with you especially children in case someone gets lost in that situation which would be more than handful in situation like this.

Always leave one copy of your traveling schedule with friends and family members at back home. That schedule should contain name of the hotels, car rentals and phone number details so in emergency situation your family members can contact you.

Always better to understand rules and laws of a place you are going to travel and must instruct your children about the same.

In a situation when you planning to stay in a foreign country for more than 2 weeks of time then it is advisable to contact consulate in that country this would be a key in case of emergency.

In the current time there is always threat of terrorist attack so on airports, train stations and bus stations never keep your luggage unattended. Give proper instruction to your children that don’t touch any unknown stuff here and there and don’t take anything from unknown people.

Make sure you keep only required money with you and if possible carry plastic currency and traveler’s check with you. Try to exchange your money at well known and authorized place.

Avoid wearing expensive clothes, jewelry and stuff which may puts you in trouble and make sure keep your personal belongings with you.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

About Bangalore




Once upon a time Bangalore was known as Garden City of India and paradise for pensioners but now it is losing ground with lack of green spaces and increasing population. Bangalore is now hub of IT industry in India and famous as Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore is one of the cities which has power to attract casual visitors from all over the world and later on moved them permanently. Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka state in south India and good place to live because of pleasant weather.

Bangalore has many places which attracts large number of domestic and international tourists. Let me introduce some of the place that you should consider while visiting Bangalore.

Bangalore Place:  This palace is spread across 45,000 square feet with mixture of Scottish and Tudor architecture and took 2 years to build this with cost of around Rs 198,000. In year 2005 Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar has declared this palace open for general public to gather fund require to keep it running. The main attraction in the palace is gallery of historical photos of maharajas, viceroys and famous personalities. It also has rich collection of wonderful carvings and paintings. Convention Hall of the palace can be rented by citizen for social activity, function and marriages.

Lakes: Bangalore has large number Lakes such as Ulsoor Lake, Sankey tank, Madiwala Lake, Lalbagh Lake, Puttenahalli WS Lake, Hebbal Lake, Agara Lake, Nagavara Lake, etc. You can enjoy boating facility at some of the Lakes mentioned above.

Lalbagh: This is place is currently under the control of Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka and has been internationally renowned centre for scientific study of botanical artwork, plantation and conversion of plants. Lalbagh is spread across area of 240 acres and has about 675 genera and 1855 spices of plants which make this place house of plants. There are some exotic places to watch inside Lalbagh such as Kempegowda Tower, Bandstand, Lalbagh House, The Glass House, Pigeon House,  The Museum, Lalbagh lake, Statue of Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar, Deer Paddock, Natural Clock, etc.

Gardens: City has variety of parks where you can spend time and feel the nature’s beauty. Some of them are Coles Park, Cubbon Park, Bugle Rock Park, M.N. Krishna Rao Park, Cariappa Memorial Park, Jayamahal Park, etc.

Vidhana Soudha: It is one of the important buildings of Bangalore. Housing the Legislative Chambers of the state government, this 46 meter high seat of the government is Bangalore's best known landmark.

Museums: Bangalore has number of museum to visit such as Government Museum, Government Museum, The State Archeological Museum, Gandhi Bhavan, Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Karnataka Folk Museum, etc.

Tipu’s Summer Palace: This palace was built from mud-brick in 1537 and renovated by Tipu Sultan in 1791 and this 2 story building serve as summer retreat to Tipu sultan.

Temples: Bull Temple at Basavanagudi, Banashankari Temple, Shiva Statue near airport, ISCON temple are some of the worship places in Bangalore.

The latest attraction is Namma Bangalore Metro rail project was inaugurated in October 2011 and possibly will become lifeline for the people of Bangalore.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Save Money When Traveling Abroad



Every tourist always prefer to have pleasant and relaxing holidays from time to time and better to have sunny pleasant weather while traveling. Most of the time you find yourself tackling with issues other than flight booking, car rental, hotel reservations.  Specially if you are travelling abroad in that case you want to tell your family member about your wellness back home and want to assure that you are fine and enjoying your vacation but it is not that straight forward because of certain facts. Let me discuss some of these facts which could affect your travelling.

Let assume that you have mobile phone with you and you may find that it is not responding properly because cell phone service provider using different technology in country you are in at a moment than the technology in your home country. Other possibility is that your international calling has not been activated or you are probably out of the coverage area which put you bit difficult situation because you are unable to contact other persons. The only option that you can consider is to use local booth phone or phone from your hotel.

So in both situation discussed above you find yourself at end where disadvantage is on your side because it involves huge cost. Generally international calls are really expensive and companies charge you very high rates because of technology involved and agreement between carriers/operator of various countries. In addition if you use phone service from hotel then they will charge you big bucks.

In this situation it is advisable to bring calling card before you leave for trip. Calling is most affordable and simplest way for communication in the current era while traveling. The main benefit with calling card is that it has local number available in almost all major cities in the world and instantly accessible as PIN number is provided as soon as you purchase it. You will also get cheaper call rates for major cities in the world. Some calling card companies also offer callback feature means you can receive phone call from your relatives and family members with very low cost which allows you to save money and utilize it somewhere else during you vacation.

I am pretty sure that by following this tips you can big part of your money while traveling in foreign countries and make a good use of saved money. So just follow the tip and enjoy hassle free vacation.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nainital - Hill Station Town in North India



Nainital is hill station town situated in the Uttarakhand state of India and it is a headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Nainital is a famous tourist destination attracts large number of tourist from India and outside of India as well. It stands out like gemstone in the mountain of Himalayas and it is surrounded by number of lakes and nature’s reward. Nainital is loaded with many wonderful places which require 2 to 3 days to explore lakes, peaks, waterfalls, etc. Horses can be hired to visit these places at Bara-Patthar which makes your trip exciting and more enjoyable. Nainital enjoys very pleasant climate as temperature reach maximum of 27 degree centigrade and minimum of 10 degree centigrade. Let me introduce with some of the major attractions of Nainital.

Naini Lake: This Lake is natural make of the mother earth and surrounded by seven mountains. Most of the tourist takes boat ride to enhance the beauty of the lake and some of them also prefer to see sunshine and sunrise from bank of the lake as the view of the sunrise up to the sunset that reflects with vibrant colors on the lake.

Mall Road: This road is union point between Tallital and Mallital which make it busiest place of the Nainital. It is filled with tourist, shops and eating joints during the peak season. Now government has renamed road as Govind-Ballah marg and vehicles are prohibited in this area and only rickshaws are allowed to carry passengers from one end to another.

Naina Devi Temple: This temple was built in 15th century by kusham reign and must visited place if you want to offer your prayers to Devi. Local devotees visit this temple during the festival season and on religious occasions.

Ropeway: It is one of the most visited attractions by a tourist and it is runs from Mallital to snow point from where tourist can enjoy the view of Himalaya Mountain. Snow point is 2270 meters above the sea level and you can enjoy spectacular view of the entire town with green surrounding and jewel of the town Naini Lake in the middle.

Nainital Zoo: This zoo is really famous for rare variety of snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, Siberian and Royal Bengal tiger, steppe eagle and variety of birds.

Governor’s House: It is one of the few government building open for public viewing and it is now converted to official guest house of the Governor of Uttarakhand.

Nainital is also famous for numerous of schools and research facilities and one of latest attraction of Nainital is Eco Cave Garden where children can learn about ecosphere.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Palace On Wheels - Super Luxury Train in India



Palace on Wheels has is a superior luxurious train to travel splendor Rajasthan and to visit wonder of the world Taj Mahal. This train has been rated amongst the top tem luxury trains of the world. Palace on Wheels is one of the finest ways to explore exciting, incomparable, incredible, impressive, inimitable, inspirational land of India and feel the royal touch with unforgettable experience.  Incontrovertibly it is an amazing and unparalleled experience to travel the carbon copy carriages refurbished to look like the original saloons of Maharajas. The Palace on Wheels run on route which covers pink city Jaipur, Jaisalmer, blue city Jodhpur, Ramthambhor National Park, city of lakes Udaipur, Bharatpur bird sanctuary, Chittaurgarh and Agra before it returned to the Indian capital Delhi.

Train coaches for passengers were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the former rulers of generous states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. Because of the very affluent and traditional interiors of coaches Indian Government were not been using this coaches for normal passenger trains after the independence. 

Name of the train was derived from its imperial background of the coaches and introduced in 1982 for the first time and later in new meter gauge air-conditioned Palace on Wheels was introduce in 1990 which has about 13 saloons, 1 Bar cum Lounge, 2 Restaurant with kitchen car and also 4 service cars. It was further improved in 1995 with broad gauge and interior was refreshed to give royal touch and name given to each saloon attached with showers. I also added facility of library, bar, dining cars, etc. Saloons has been named based on the Rajasthan significance such as Bharatpur, Bundi, Dungarpur, Kishangarh, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jhalawar, Alwar, Bikaner, Dholpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Kota, Sirohi, etc. The interior decoration of each of the saloon has decorated in a way that it expresses the culture of Rajasthan with use of paintings, handicrafts and furniture. Ceiling in every lounge has particular interest of showing something but it has been designed very carefully that ceiling of the all cars provides continuity in display. Each saloon has four sleeping rooms and having attached toilet. One captain and one attendant is present in each car to take care of personal need of the passengers. There is a small pantry in each card fully prepared to offer coffee, tea and some lighter snacks. With capacity of 82 passengers at a time and can accommodate about 120 dinners to the passengers with help of 2 restaurants present on the train. It also provide some other facilities such as Hot and Cold water supply, Internet Wi-Fi Network, Music Channel.

Palace on Wheel trip is about 7 Nights/ 8 Days long and train departure every Wednesday from Delhi. Tariff of the train is vary depends on time of the year and occupancy level. It cost as low as US$340 per person per night in triple occupancy in off season and US$450 in peak season and as high as US$500 per person per night in single occupancy in off season and US$670 in peak season. Tariff includes cost of travel, accommodation, catering, sightseeing of places, cultural programs and entrée fees at various memorials during the trip but it does not include charges related to laundry, liquor and camera and other personal stuff.

Palace on Wheels is a must visit train in a lifetime if you can afford the tariff cost to feel the experience of royal Rajasthan and life of Maharaja.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Khajuraho - Erotic Rock Carving Temples



The Khajuraho is small town situated in the central India in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is well known for ancient Hindu and Jain temples which are now UNESCO World Heritage Site. Khajuraho is mainly famous for erotic rock carving and one of the most visited destination in India by domestic and international tourist. The site is surrounded by Vindhya range of mountains which makes this place a charming place to visit. Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India because it is something different than trend of religion, worshipping and deities. Instead it is well known for eroticism etched on its walls in the form of statues. These 10th and 11th century temples have a very interesting legend of amalgamation of science and art of architecture behind them which connects them to the origin of Chandela dynasty.

Architecture of the temples is very interesting as temples are assembled into three geographical divisions such eastern, southern and western. Temples mainly built with use of sandstone and they have not used field gun but stones were put together with mortise and tenon joints and apprehended in place by gravity. Architraves and columns were built with megaliths that have weight of about 20 tons.  Khajuraho temples even today look magnificent and real and inspired by that Birla Institute of Technology has developed a temple named Saraswati.

Western Group of Temples: These temples are largest among all group of temples present in Khajuraho. It is not compressed and situated in the middle but also contains some exotic prominent and remarkable monuments. Under the well maintenance of Archeological Survey of India and has beautiful scenery because it is surrounded by flourishing green gardens. Some of the most outstanding temple includes Lakshmana Temple, Matangesvara Temple, Varaha Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Jagadambi Temple, Kandariya Mahadeo Temples, etc.

Southern Group of Temples: It is situates at most far location and mainly includes Chaturbhuja and Duladeo temples.

Eastern Group of Temples: These are five remote sub group temples located in and in the region of town of Khajuraho. This includes temples of Vamana, Jaavari and Bramha which belongs to Hindus and also Ghantai, Parsvanath and Adinath belongs to Jains.

Khajuraho is widely attracting tourist because of the supremely artistic representation of human sexuality in the ancient day and magnificent temple architecture. Cultural festival associated with this place also promote the tourism industry in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Vacation Tips for Business Owners



Business proprietor is so busy in day to day business activity that he cannot even think or plan about vacation or leisure tour.  Planning of such holidays can be complex and unimaginable for person who is involved in many business activities. Anxiety regarding relationship with customers and missed business opportunities could make proprietor tense and he/she can think that this is not right time to take off as so much important matters rise on the surface.

Regardless of such business worries high percentage of business proprietor still looks forward to for break for at least week. Small business proprietor work really hard in day to day activity and it is really important that they can take time off to refresh themselves to guide right direction to their business in future. If small business proprietor can make advance planning about their business agenda then they are able to take much appreciated holiday or vacation at right time without worrying about business and assure that their business runs very well in their absence.

Let me discuss some tips which help business owner to take time off from busy work schedule and also save some money.

Always plan one step ahead means plan in advance to save money. In current era credit cards and other charge cards allow members to earn points in the direction of everything from airfare to car rentals and hotel accommodation. Later owner can redeem these points to buy next trip or vacation means cost of the next vacation can be covered by redeeming this points.

Always take your customers in trust and give them two to three week advance notice about your absence. Communicate well with customers and make them believe that their problem would be solved even if you are not present.

Take day trip or three day weekend, because change of scenery can do the trick and you will come back with fresh mindset which would help you to make decision better.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Mysore Palace In Karnataka



Mysore Palace is a Maharaja palace located in the heart if the city which is authorized   residence of the royal family of Mysore and also known as Amba Vilas Palace. It attracts large number of tourist every year and is one of the most visited attractions in India by domestic and international visitors. Photography is prohibited inside the palace and there are entry fees of INR 20 for Indian tourist and INR 200 for foreign tourist. Palace was originally built with mud and wood when Tippu Sultan’s was dead but it was burnt down in fire during weeding of the daughter of the maharaja. Palace was reconstructed in 1912 with the cost of about Rs 41 lakhs with the help of English architect Henry Irwin. Current architecture of the palace is Indo-Saracenic style and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. Palace is built from stone and dome with marble and has 145 feet storied tower. Palace is surrounded by large gardens and about 97,000 bulbs were used to decorate whole palace.


Mysore Palace is the treasure of priceless national pride of a kingdom; the Mysore Maharaja Palace is home to the famed Wodeyar Maharaja of Mysore. The palace is now a treasure of memories of the museum, paintings, jewelry, royal costumes and other items that were once owned by the Wodeyar. It is a kaleidoscope of stained glass and mirrors. Tastefully decorated doors and open finely carved decoration of luxury. On the ground floor with an enclosed courtyard displays of costumes, musical instruments, children's toys and numerous portraits. The upper floor has a small collection of weapons. The beautifully carved mahogany ceilings, solid silver doors, white marble floors and columns magnificent Durbar Hall is a feast for the eyes. The palace is a treasure trove of exquisite carvings and works of art from around the world. The carved doors open on the surprisingly luxurious rooms.

The front view of the palace has an open balcony supported by massive circular columns. The Royal Portrait Gallery, which is of historic importance, is a visual feast for visitors. This three-story structure is beautifully designed square towers at various points of the compass covered by domes. The artisans of Jaipur and Agra with the local workers were employed in their craft. The flag of marriage or Kalyana Mantap gabled roof with a central octagonal, covered with colored glass, is that the southern part of the building. The floor of this beautiful Kalyana Mantap has artistic geometric patterns created with glittering glazed tiles imported from England. The building has beautiful chandeliers from Czechoslovakia to do.

Mysore Palace is also famous for Dasara celebration associated with victory of good over evil. Mysore also has relations with the Mahabharata and King Ashoka of the 3rd century. During the Wodeyar rule Mysore reached the Zenith of its glory as a fabled centre of oriental splendour. Mysore palace is very famous for illuminations display as there more than 90,000 bulbs were used to lighten up the whole palace. Lighting is enabled only on Sundays, State Holidays and National Holidays between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and during the Dasara festival between 7:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Be Cautious About Travel Scams



Most of the travel services or products basically require pre payment before it transported. This is known as loop hole in the travel deal market as it created prospects for scandalous companies and individuals. There are some travel deals turns out to be dissimilar from what exists or the end user expected. If someone receives a deal for popular tourist attraction by email or phone for very low price compared to the deals currently available in the market then you need be very careful while preferring such a package. You need to consider some facts while accessing such low priced vacation trip to a popular domestic or international destination.

Point 1:  Does the price offered to you by service provider appear to low? Possibly it may be.

Point 2: Have been asked to provide credit card/debit card information over the phone?

Point 3: Is the service provider putting pressure on you to make a quick decision?

Point 4: Is the airline offered to you is well known or service provider offering you combination of airline package without specification that on which airline you are going to fly?

Point 5: Is customer care executive unable to provide enough information about office address and other contact detail?

If you came across any of the warning sign discussed in the above points then be alert and don’t share any critical information to the customer care executive. Always ask for information in written format or brochure of deal and also ask for some time to think about. If executive is not ready to provide any information in paper format then this trip is not right for you as there is smell of scandal coming out of this which you need to notice before you get into big trouble.

There are some other symptoms which you should consider before making a final decision about such low priced vacation deal. Let me discuss some of these symptoms which may cause financial damage to you. 

If executive told you that you won free trip to a popular destination but to get that for free you need to buy some other deals such as expensive hotel accommodation or expensive flight ticket which is quite expensive compared to similar deals available in the market.

If the deal that you considered is priced way above other deals available in the market even if offered deal includes freebie like free return airfare. Even if return air ticket is free in the offered trip, it is quite costlier than regular package deal.

Always get a confirmed flight tickets and must confirm departure date before pay anything to the service provider. If they offer waitlist travel or later reservation then make sure you get your money back (refund) in time if tickets not get confirmed.

If you dream destination is beach resort then must ask distance of that place from beach because sometimes they make fool and gives you a accommodation which is far from beach or tourist destination which makes your trip stressful.

You must check complete cost including every type of taxes and service fees. You also need to make sure that legal right allow getting your money refunded if offered services are not delivered the way it explained to you prior to trip.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The City Palace Udaipur - Tourist Attraction In Rajasthan


City Palace Udaipur is architectural miracle of Rajasthan which is situated at the shore of Lake Pichola. City Palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia Rajput family and lengthens to its current form by his successors. It is built in marble and granite and surrounded by crenellated fort walls. City Palace is the largest palace complex situated in Udaipur and one of the most visited attraction in Rajasthan by domestic and international tourist. Udaipur is also known as city of lakes and it is also centre of Rajasthan cultural arts and crafts. The Palace is combination of European and Chinese architecture with large number of domes, towers and arches to form a fascinating view. City Palace is a wonderful mixture of courtyards, pavilions, corridors, terrace and amazing hanging gardens.

City Palace entrance is marvelous piece of architecture and it is magnificent elephant gate. There is a Jagdish temple next to main gate and followed by that is Bari Pol which takes you to the court yard joining the triple gate where maharaja use to get weighed in silver and gold, which basically distributed among the poor people. City palace consists of 11 amazing palaces build by different rulers. This Palace has collection of some beautiful paintings, beautiful tile collection across the floor and also furniture with heritage touch. Module of the City Palace which is now converted into museum showcasing assorted set of artefacts. It also exhibits weapons such as two-pronged swords.

Later in year 1974 some part of the City Palace and Zenana Mahal have been converted into museum. This museum is now accessible for common a person which basically takes you to the Lakshmi Chowk known as white pavilion. On the way to the white pavilion you can see some amazing paintings in the Ladies chamber. The highest point in City Palace is Amar Vilas from where you can see the beautiful view of the Lake. Amar Vilas is also famous for its variety of fountains and hanging garden. City Palace not only has splendid outside view but it also has some exotic interior, marble work, wall paintings and mirror work. City Palace cannot be explained in words so every individual must visit palace once in a while lifetime.

Museum opens at 9:30 A.M. in the morning and closes in the evening at 5:30 P.M. The main attraction consists Mewar Sound and Light Show showcase legacy of honour at the Manek Chowk.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tips To Make Flight Travel Stress Free


Travel can be a stressful event and air travel is leading the list of stressors that we live on what is supposed to be an exciting and fun event. Pre consideration of some steps can abolish most of the stress associated with air travel.

Points to consider before traveling

You should organize all travel related papers including maps, tickets, passport, trip schedule, etc.

You should pack your bags one day prior to the travelling and must keep in a central location from where you can easily access and load into your car or taxi.

You must make checklist of all stuff that you want to carry or required to be with you when you are on trip. You must check list of all items at least twice before travel day and one hour before you leave your house. 

If you own any pets then must consider and finalize service provider who can take care your pets while you are not present and prefer location near to your house.

You must check with airline customer care and airport authority at least day before your travel date to make trip smother and stress less. Generally you need to arrive 3 hours prior to your flight schedule because it requires this time for boarding and other formalities. You must make inquiry about parking facility and restriction.

You should consider prior printout of boarding pass on internet 24 hours before your flight if you plan to carry only carry on luggage with you. As you do not have any other luggage for check in so you do not need to stand in a long queue for check in and you can directly proceed to boarding area.

Points to consider on travel day

You should leave your house at least half hour early than it takes to reach airport because it helps you to tackle situation such traffic jam or accident.

If you are having lots of luggage that needs to be checked in then must prepare to stand in a queue because this time may vary depends on time of the day you travel and airlines that you choose for your trip. It is always recommended to reach early and keep patient and relax while check in your luggage.

You must make sure size allowed for carry on luggage because if it exceeds than allowed size by airline then your stuff will be taken away and you need to put this luggage with all other check in luggage.

You should find your seat quickly and put your carry on luggage into cabin yourself or with the help crew staff members. You should not stand in middle as there are passengers also want to do the same stuff and you have lots of time after airplane will take off to do other activity.

If you have to change flights through your route to final destination then you should know the airport very well as you may need to require going one gate to another to catch your next flight. Thing even gets worse if you need to move from one terminal to other terminal and no advanced transport facility is available.

While plan lands you should wait and keep patience while getting off the plane and pick a better spot around the conveyor belt from where you can collect your luggage easily.
Hope this tips helps you to make it joyful and stress free. In conclusion advance planning helps you to make your trip amazing and improves the quality of air travel.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hawa Mahal Jaipur - A Wind Palace



The Hawa Mahal also known as Wind Palace is jaipur’s best memorial build by Rajput rulers. It was built in 1799 by Raja Sawai Pratap Singh. Hawa Mahal’s architecture is unique designed by Lal Chand Usta and has traditional values as Rajput rulers does not like their women individuals to be seen in public place among the strangers. This signature building is interplay of pink and red sand stone and it has been watchfully outlined with white borders and patterns. Hawa Mahal is five Flory building which looks out the main street of the old city. The main vision behind its architecture is to enable royal women to watch everyday life and demonstration of the city from semi octagonal windows.

Hawa Mahal has about 953 beautifully imprinted windows which keep palace cool in the really hot summer as wing flowing through these windows. The top section of the Hawa Mahal is only accessible through incline as there are no stairs available in that area. Hawa Mahal is a residence of archaeological museum which has collection of historical work of art belongs to legacy of Rajasthan. This Mahal is most excellent visited in the morning and must not missed place at any expenditure. The Openings of the Hawa Mahal roughly look like knotholes, partially blocked by fine latticework in lime plaster, and some with plain wooden windows.


Every year large number of tourist comes to jaipur to watch this magnificent piece of royal architecture. Travelers can view the city and bird’s eye view of the Jantar Mantar an important tourist attraction in jaipur. One of the strange facts of the Hawa Mahal is that its entrance is on the rear side so keep in mind once you plan to visit that place. There is a entry fee for foreigner (INR 50). There are other attractions around in jaipur which every tourist wants to visit once in a life time.

Amber Fort: It is built from white marble and red sandstones and fore grounded by extremely good Moata Lake.

Laxmi Narayan Temple: Architecture build by Birla family from white marbles and it is the corresponding structure of Birla Temple situated in Delhi.

Jantar Mantar: Place build by Maharaja Jai Singh which is famous for world of scientific secrets.

Jaigarh Fort: Victory fort build by Rajput and true demonstrations of the stuff from period of Maharaja Rule.

India Holiday is all about experiencing Indian values, traditions and variety in culture.

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