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.

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