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ONAM FESTIVAL-KERALA -INDIA
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Onam, Kerala
(Harvest festival)

15th August to 27th August 2018
Date and Month: 15-27 August 2018
Location : All over Kerala
Type: Culture


A picturesque harvest festival, heralding the annual visit of Mahabali, the favorite mythical king of Kerala and also the end of the monsoons; is celebrated with feasting, singing, dancing and processions. Major attractions are the famed snake-boat races Vallam Kalli held on the picturesque back- waters. Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam - the harvest festival in Kerala

Kerala in late August is a dream! Nature in full bloom, festivity in the air, happy people and lots of fun! This is the time of the Oman festival, the festival that every Keralite calls his own.

The celebrations for Onam are on for 10 days, beginning with the Atham day of the Malayalam month of Chingam. Watch Kerala come alive with elephant processions, classical and folk dance performances, music recitals, cultural pageants, boat races and much more

Onam, a celebration of equality, justice and prosperity, is the State festival which unites all Keralites irrespective of caste, color or creed and is celebrated in Kerala with pomp and grandeur. The whole state joins in the fervour to celebrate the return of the King Mahabali to meet his ‘prajas’ (subjects). Legend has it that every year, King Mahabali, the righteous king visits the land from the nether world and Keralites unite in festivities to welcome the return of the mythical King Mahabali.

The whole of Kerala is splashed with vibrance during this season. The ten days of Onam commences on Atham day and goes up to the Thiruvonam day in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August / September). Thiruvonam is the most important day of Onam which is also the harvest festival.

Starting from Atham, the front yards of houses, offices and other public places are decked in floral arrangements called Athapookkalam to welcome in their king. Every nook and cranny of the state brims with games and the display of traditional art forms.


Attractions Onam Harvest Festivals


During ten days grand carnival celebration of Onam Harvest festival following Folk cultural, Dances, Recipes and attractions as follows in state of kerala

Onam Dances


•Kummatti kali

•Pulikali / Kaduvakali

•Kathakali

Onam games

•Onakalikal

•Talappanthukali

•Kayyankali

•Attakalam

•Ambeyyal

•KutuKutu

Onam Attractions

•Onasadya

•Pookalam

•Vallamkali Boat Race

Onam Recipes

•Parippucurry

•Avial

•Banana Halwa

•Coconut Chutney

•Idli

•Pineaapple Pachhady

•Mor Kuzhambu

•Tomato Rasam

•Palada Pradhaman

•Dosas



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Discovery of India Tour

Our suggested itinerary to discover India  and experience India in its splendor.


Fly from your hometown be it London Heathrow Airport, Paris Charles de Gaule Airport or New York’S John F Kennedy Airports or any other part of the world.


Your long hours of flight travel reach at Delhi Capital city of India , at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Your Discovery of India journey begin here.


DAY01

AT DELHI-Capital City of India.

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles. Overnight stay at hotel.

After breakfast visit to Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate)

faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce.


Also take a Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride through the bustling and colorful market of the old city is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon visit to New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. drive pass through the Raisina Hill, ceremonial avenue past the imposing India Gate, Government Buildings, President House and Parliament House. Also visit Sikh Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to see the worship etc. Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 02

DELHI-AGRA 200 kms / 3.5 hrs One of the New seven wonders of the World /Monument of Love

Departure for Agra en route visit to Mathura originally a Buddhist center, this is the sixteenth century, as scholars have determined that the god Krishna was born in this city. Here we take boat ride on the Yamuna River and see the scared Ghats (river terraces) especially visit the "Vishram Ghats", these giant staircases along the holy river: the Yamuna, where you can see many pilgrims make their offerings and praying bidder’s flowers and candles to the god Krishna. Kesava Doe temple visit, dedicated to Krishna, market, and museum our drive continued to Agra - at the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries. Overnight stay

Evening take Horse cart (Tonga) ride both ways to enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – 7th wonder of the world and Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, what makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry.

As you drive through the city witness the local life, Shopping and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 03

AGRA-FATEPHUR SIKRI –SARISKA 190 kms / 4 hrs Know as Ghost City

On today’s drive to Sariska through the countryside we see villages woman dressed in the brilliantly colored Saris of the region, Camels & Scenes of rural lives en route visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1569 by the Great Emperor Akbar. Today, it is deserted and left in solitude to reminisce over its past glory also visit to Deeg a small town can visited, with its beautiful palaces, fortresses and gardens. The palace of Suraj Mahal is a perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal style, dating du19e century beautiful antique furniture.


Later departure for the game reserve of Sariska dans woodlands that cover an area of 800 sq km and is part of Project Tiger, created in 1979 to protect tigers. Visit to sanctuary by jeep to see the wild animal deep in to the jungle. Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY04:

SARISKA-JAIPUR 113 kms / 2 hrs-Land of Rajas, Forts, Sands, Camels and Colours

Departure for Jaipur - Known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of the colorful state of Rajasthan. Upon arrival check in hotel, later visit to Sanganer village situated of outskirt of Jaipur Look at the teeming Jain temple from the 17th century and visit the traditional wood block painting, tie & dye fabric, paper factory and blue pottery that make the reputation of the craftsmanship of the city rose.


Late afternoon drive to Samode village, we will arrange camel cart ride through country side from nearby Samode village to see the day today life of village, visiting local shrines, Bazaars evening back to Jaipur. Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 05

AT JAIPUR

After breakfast visit the 17th century fortress of Amber Fort - marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort ascended on Caparisoned Elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered, whose hilltop location is to view various palaces with rooms of stunning beauty including the world’s finest chamber of mirrors and also visit temple of Kali.

Afternoon visit to Maharaja’s City Palace, where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art, The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Birla White Marble temple and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY06

JAIPUR-MUMBAI Flight-Commercial Capital city of India


After breakfast and transfer to Airport, flight to Mumbai , arrive mumbia and transfer to hotel, free for leisure and overnight at hotel.

DAY 07

MUMBAI FULLDAY SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast and proceed towards the Elephanta Caves and city tour on your own. Early morning, you will be transferred to the Gateway of India. Then there is Elephanta Caves, located on an island about 10 kilometers away from the shores of Mumbai. These caves comprise of temples carved from solid rock dating back to the 7th century. The main attraction is the three-headed bust of Lord Shiva, famously known as ‘Trimurti’. Thereafter, proceed on a city tour. Later, halt at the Gateway of India for photo stop, drive past monuments built during the British era such as Mumbai University, Rajabai Clock Tower, High Court and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Evening back to hotel and overnight at hotel.

DAY 08

MUMBAI-AURANGABAD flight

Flight to Aurangabad Arrive Aurangabad at 23.43 hrs. Transfer from airport to Hotel. Check in to Hotel. Breakfast at Hotel Rest & relax at Hotel.

Aurangabad is an ancient city situated in the western region of India. Spread over an area of approximately 138.5 sq km, the city falls on the northern side of Maharashtra. Aurangabad stands on the banks of the Kham River, surrounded by wooded hills on all the four sides. A historical city, it is known for its rich cultural legacy and its splendid historic monuments, which speak volumes about its royal past. Infact, the city once formed a very important seat of Mughal Empire, though for a very short period.


DAY 09

AURANGABAD –AJANTA 100 kms

After breakfast drive to Ajanta Caves 100 Kms from Aurangabad. Ajanta Caves are one of the most magnificent Buddhist caves in the whole of India. Counted amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Maharashtra, these caves have been found to date back to the 2nd century BC. There are approximately 30 caves at the site of Ajanta, of which cave number are 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya - grihas. The rest of the caves have been found to comprise of monasteries.

Ajanta Caves were discovered in 1819 AD and some of the paintings discovered inside them were made between 5th and 7th century AD. Almost each and every painting found inside the premises of these caves centers around Buddhist religion.

Situated far away from inhabitation, amidst isolated surroundings, these caves were built in the middle of a huge rock. The main aim behind the construction of the Ajanta Caves was to provide a dwelling and praying place for the Buddhist Monks, who were dedicated towards the mission of spreading the principles of Buddhism throughout the world. All of them have been carved with precision and adorned with exquisite architectural details. The sculptures seen here seem to be the result of superb craftsmanship.


DAY 10

ELLORA EXCURSION AND TO MUMBAI EVENING

After breakfast visit to Ellora Caves are situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of approximately 30 km from the city of Aurangabad. Founded in the period between 5th century and 10th century AD, these caves were declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, a number of years back. Ellora Caves were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills and comprise of temples as well as monasteries. There are total twelve Buddhist Caves at Ellora (numbered 1 to 12), while the Hindu Caves number seventeen (13 to 29). On the other hand, the Jain Caves excavated at the site are only five in number (numbered 30 to 34). The co-existence of Hindi, Jain and Buddhist Caves, at the same site, serves as a proof of the fact that religious harmony prevailed during that period.


Daulatabad Fort is a magnificent fort situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of around 13 km from the Aurangabad city. It forms a part of the Daulatabad city, which was earlier known as 'Devigiri'. The fort, perched at a height of approximately 60 ft, dates back to the 12th century.


Afternoon visit Aurangabad Caves lie nestled in a valley, between Sihyachal and Satara hill ranges. Dating back to somewhere around the 2nd - 3rd century, these caves serve as the proof of the flourishing Buddhist settlement in Maharashtra during that time.

Bibi Ka Maqbara is a magnificent mausoleum, situated at a distance of approximately 5 km from the Aurangabad city of India. It entombs Rabia-ul-Daurani, alias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Drive back to Aurangabad to board the Nandigaram Express at 21.35 hrs overnight Journey.


DAY 11

ARRIVA MUMBAI FLIGHT TO COCHIN –Queen of Arabian Sea.

Arrive Mumbai station at 05.40 and transfer to Airport and flight to Cochin.

You arrive at Cochin Airport, to be whisked away to The Brunton Boatyard Hotel is a looking-glass held up to this era on the bank of Vembanad lake and mouth of India Ocean shores Bay of Cochin is main entry channel for larger and smaller world liners and cruiser ships coming with passengers and cargos pass through just front of this historic hotel, this is the only place you can watch such movement of ships very closely from your room windows or from lawn restaurants or from the swimming pools. It's our attempt to capture the soul of a colorful and romantic age that remains one of history's most charming conjuring tricks, nurtured by Kerala's tolerant spirit

Kochi is the only place in the country where you can see Portuguese Churches, a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temples, and Dutch Architecture & Mosque nearly side by Side. Today visit to old spice market at Mattancherry, the antique shops on Jew’s street, The Synagogue, The Dutch palace and of course St. Francis Church . This evening a memorable experience in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip along the Palm Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area, as we sail along the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. Later we attend the performance of the Kathakali, one of India's most famous Classical dances. Overnight stay at Burton Boat yard


DAY 12

COCHIN-PERIYAR 192 kms / 4 hrs Sanctuary of Fauna

We leave Cochin & drive to a tranquil hill retreat, the Spice Village Resort is our tip of the hat to this wisdom. A timeless experience in ecological living, recreated for the modern traveler. Along the way we pass through tea, cinnamon, and clove & cardamom plantations - beautiful to see and smell! Our hotel is set in a spice garden & has been modeled after that tribal dwelling of the area; each cottage has a thatched roof & a deep, airy verandah. This evening we visit the nearby Periyar Game Sanctuary; game viewing here is like no other safari experience. Be sure to have plenty of Films on hand! Overnight stay at the spice village

DAY 13

PERIYAR –ALLEPPEY 164 kms / 4 hrs Known as Venice of the East.


After breakfast transfer to Alleppey to meet your way own floating hotel in the famous backwaters. Kettuvalam (An Authentic Kerala Houseboat) - the moving masterpiece, have been plying the inland waterways of southwest India for untold centuries and originally used as cargo rice boats. The fully furnished and palm covered boats (single & double) bedrooms with attached bath, sit out, kitchen and living room made of traditional wood. Traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian Kerala cuisines are served. A journey through the backwaters of Kerala which offer one of the world’s truly unforgettable experiences, myriad network of silent lagoons, freshwater river, and hyacinth covered canals that wind their way through colorful corridors of forests, palms and fruit trees. A canoe expedition via an intricate network of canals, through backwater villages where daily continues unaltered, as it has for centuries. You will see lush palm groves and stretches of rice fields. Overnight stay House Boat.


DAY 14

ALLEPPEY-KUMARAKOM –Land of Hamlets, below the sea level.

After breakfast we transfer to Fittingly, Coconut Lagoon can be reached only over the water. The great Vembanad Lake, an inland sea that stretches clear across central Kerala, forms a breeze-laden watery highway. Your coach transfer happens via a generously clunky wooden boat with a little inboard motor (so as not to disturb the fishes). And the lobby, when you arrive, turns out to be a reconstructed 19th century mansion with a stone jetty attached. Your boat putters sedately through a narrow canal, its banks covered with flowers. Tiled-roof bungalows peer through the foliage. And with a reviving coconut cocktail in one hand, you step off the boat and up to the reception desk, all ready to check in.

Evening here is the best time of the day, consume yourself on a sunset cruise on the Vembanad Lake, adrift to a flute accompaniment or just sit on the banks of the mighty lake and delve into a desultory contemplation. Also visit to the nearby village, will give you a sneak-peak into the daily life of a villager, cooking demonstration by Chef later in the afternoon followed by an Ayurvedic massage will rejuvenate your senses. Leisurely sessions of Yoga will take away the stress and let you relax. Overnight stay in Kumarakom backwater resort


DAY 15

KUMARAKOM –MARARI BEACH

After breakfast on board drive to Marari en route visit to Rani John's house to discover the project for the preservation of the historical heritage of Alleppey. Presentation of the city and its architecture in a traditional house, walk in the spice market, then along the open channel of a mosque, a Jain temple and an Anglican church, testimony to the great openness and tolerance of Kerala with regard to religions. Visit to a co-operative in a former British factory where traditional methods of weaving coir fiber are still being applied. Return to the traditional residence for an on-site lunch. Transfer to Mararikulam, and set up at your beachfront resort and close to fishing villages.

DAY 16

MARARIKULAM

Today is free day to enjoy the pleasures of the beach and the ocean. Swimming pool, bicycle rental and Ayurvedic care center are at your disposal.


DAY 17

MARARIKULAM TO COCHIN AIRPORT TRANSFER

17 Days of Discovery of India will cherish in your life time and also it will recharge you with new insights and experience about the world and life. transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination




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Coffee Tourism in India


“To drink is human, to drink coffee is divine!” To Sipp endless cups of Coffee is now a passe the “in” thing is now is to head for those places where Coffee is grown and experience firsthand on living the life of a coffee planter. Coffee tours are the latest buzz in the Indian tourism scenario.


Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the three coffee growing states in India. Coffees, similar to wines, taste wise stands different from each other. The flavor essentially alters depends on number of factors like the soil and climate it grows in, the processing (wet vs dry)and, of course, the roasting method.


Among ther Coffee tourism hotspots Coorg referred to as the Scotland of India has taken the lead and can be undoubtedly declared as the coffee country of India, followed by Chikmagalur, Annamalai hills of Tamil Nadu, Munnar and new areas like Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.


Coffee Tourism Coorg

In the Coorg region Coffee tourism is spearheaded by Tata Coffee that offers plantation trails in this evergreen land. Old colonial Bungalows amid the idyllic coffee growing estates have been thoroughly spruced up and offered in two places namely Pollibetta and Glenlorna estates. Pollibetta just an hour’s drive from Madikari has coffee estates which are spread over an extensive area. A number of activities are offered to the tourists here apart from breathing the invigorating fresh air. A guided tour of the coffee making process tops the list of must dos at Pollibetta. Then there are the drives in open-top jeeps through the coffee-plantations with knowledgeable guides to understand the art of growing coffee. A casual stroll in the estates and interaction with the coffee planters are also extremely enjoyable. For golf enthusiasts, there is the Tata Coffee Golf Course to tee off your vacation in style. Glenlorna plantation trails are located about 30 km from the Pollibetta trail near Hudikeri. Incidentally Glenlorna is the sole tea estate in the coffee country of Coorg. The bungalow at this estate is perched on a hillock and gives a bird’s eye view of the lush green plantations. Here also a visit to the tea factory coupled with a guided tour of the coffee and tea plantations are offered to the tourists.

Other than Tatas many private home stays are also offered in and around Madikari, Gonikoppal et al.


Coffee Tourism Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur district along with Hassan of Karnataka are also among the prominent coffee growing areas. Along with Plantation Trail Bungalows of Tata Coffee, there are also many others providing accommodation amid expansive coffee estates.

A 2017 systematic review found that drinking coffee is generally safe within usual levels of intake, possibly excluding women during pregnancy and those having increased risk of bone fracture.[4] Results on clinical studies of coffee effects on health and disease were complicated by poor study quality, and differences in age, gender, health status, and serving size.


Health Benefits

In 2012, the National Institutes of Health–AARP Diet and Health Study analysed the relationship between coffee drinking and mortality. They found that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower risk of death, and that those who drank any coffee lived longer than those who did not. However the authors noted, "whether this was a causal or associational finding cannot be determined from our data." A 2014 meta-analysis found that coffee consumption (4 cups/day) was inversely associated with all-cause mortality (a 16% lower risk), as well as cardiovascular disease mortality specifically (a 21% lower risk from drinking 3 cups/day), but not with cancer mortality. Additional meta-analysis studies corroborated these findings, showing that higher coffee consumption (2–4 cups per day) was associated with a reduced risk of death by all disease causes.


Cardiovascular disease

Moderate coffee consumption is not a risk factor for coronary heart disease.A 2012 meta-analysis concluded that people who drank moderate amounts of coffee had a lower rate of heart failure, with the biggest effect found for those who drank more than four cups a day. A 2014 meta-analysis concluded that cardiovascular disease, such as coronary artery disease and stroke, is less likely with three to five cups of non-decaffeinated coffee per day, but more likely with over five cups per day. A 2016 meta-analysis showed that coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of death in patients who have had a myocardial infarction.

Drinking four or more cups of coffee per day does not affect the risk of hypertension compared to drinking little or no coffee; however, drinking one to three cups per day may be at a slightly increased risk.


Mental health

Long-term preliminary research, including assessment of symptoms for dementia and cognitive impairment, was inconclusive for coffee having an effect in the elderly, mainly due to the poor quality of the studies.Preliminary results indicate long-term coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson's disease.


Type II diabetes

In a systematic review and meta-analysis of 28 prospective observational studies, representing over one million participants, every additional cup of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee consumed in a day was associated, respectively, with a 9% and 6% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.


Cancer

The effects of coffee consumption on cancer risk remain unclear, with reviews and meta-analyses showing either no relationship or a slightly lower risk of cancer onset. Studies suggest that coffee consumption of 2 cups per/day was associated with a 14% increased risk of developing lung cancer, but only among people who smoke.



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Tea Tourism in India


India may boast some of the world’s best tea varieties but the country has yet to fully brew the potential of this special – interest goldmine. Tea tourism remains a sporadic experiment in India, with limited outreach to the special-interest market. You can enjoy the Kerala and Tamil Nadu tea Estate house popular for tea plantations.


Mild and light oolong, black and green teas are grown and harvested year-round in the Nilgiri hills of southern India, running from Ooty in Tamil Nadu to Munnar in Kerala.

Aside from these regions, the foot of the Himalayas also has smaller tea gardens that tour can be as a half-day tour in their general programmed. The scenic charm of tea gardens and the intricacies leading to the perfect cuppa is an enchanting concoction for today’s traveler now wants more grassroots and local experience. Circuit based tea tourism covers every interest while mixing in slices of local life.


India’s one tea museum run by Tata Tea is in Munnar, Kerala. The Museum traces the evolution of the tea industry from way back in the 1980’s and houses an interesting array of relics and artefacts to guide one through the Journey.


A tea bush is from one to one-and-a-half meters in height. Tea leaves are mostly hand-plucked every 5 to 10 days. It takes 70 to 90 days for the plucked shoot (usually the top two leaves and a bud) to redevelop. An experienced person can pluck up to 30 kg of tea leaves a day. Four kilos of tea leaves are needed to make one kilo of black tea. One tea plant can produce 70 kg of black tea a year. An acre in a tea plantation in India yields from 450 kg to 680 kg.


Kerala Tea

Acres of tea plantations interspersed with shade fruit trees wrap the gentle Kerala hill slopes in a warm embrace and create soothing and striking vistas for you to visit on your Kerala eco-tourism vacations.


Rows of neatly clipped tea bushes carpet the Kerala hills on the Western Ghats in Kerala, south India and offer you ample opportunity to gaze at the naturally enthralling Kerala beauty at its beatific best while on your Kerala India eco-tourism vacations.

The Britishers introduced the tradition of tea plantations in India. Tea bushes have the potential to grow to tree heights though they are kept neatly trimmed to waist height to make it feasible for the plantation workers to pluck tealeaves without much difficulty. Gaze at the lovely Kerala tea plantations while on your eco-tourism vacations and mark the fact that each tea bush is planted at a distance of 1 to 1.5 meter from each other along the contours of the landscape.


Stay at the resorts and clean home-like accommodations on the Kerala tea plantations and spend your eco-tourism vacations in Kerala, South India in the midst of pure undulating greens. Watch the plantation workers plucking tealeaves and filling the baskets slung on their backs while you enjoy nature treks.


Usually it's the women who are employed for plucking tealeaves on these tea plantations in Kerala, South India. These women work in unison and sing peppy songs while plucking tealeaves and move along the rows of tea bushes in perfect rhythm.


Kerala, South India has some of the highest tea estates located in India. Munnar is one of the most popular Kerala hill stations, which is known for its sweeping tea plantations. Some of the popular tea plantations in Kerala, South India are located at Peerumedu that is situated at a height of 914-meters above the sea level, Anayirankal that has acres of tea plantations located in the midst of dense evergreen forests and a few other Kerala hill stations that are definitely worth visiting on your Kerala eco-tourism tours to Kerala, South India



Tamil Nadu (Nilgiri) Tea

Also known as the Blue Mountains, Nilgiris are spread across the southwestern tip of India and lies at an altitude of forty five hundred feet. Grown all the year round, Nilgiri teas are relatively mild and is mellow, light and clean liquor. Besides, Nilgiri teas are often used in blends

A tea tour to south India will take you to the Nilgiris, a picturesque range of hilly landscapes. It is here that you will find tea gardens at elevations ranging from 1000 meters to 2500 meters.


The tea estates in Nilgiri produce tea that is mild in taste with a mellow and clean liquor. Moreover, tea is grown all year round in the Nilgiri region, unlike Assam and Nilgiri where it is but seasonal. Having a lateritic origin, the Nilgiris soils are red and yellow loam. Most tea plantations here get two monsoons owing to which the tea bushes in South India 'flush' all the year round resulting in cropping season throughout the year.


Tea produced in the tea estates in Nilgiri give a fine and pronounced flavor. The flavor of the tea is derived from the high elevation and prevails throughout the year in the varying degrees. Considered as blender's dream, Nilgiri teas give the liquor body and strength as well.

The tranquil ambience, soothing greenery and salubrious climate - everything about the Nilgiri region spells magic. So why don't you experience this magic for yourself with a tea tour that will add up as an experience to cherish for life.




Tea and Health Factors


The Healthy effects of Green Tea

Green tea, with its sweet aroma and eternally fresh taste has been approved and drunk since its introduction to Japan centuries ago. Modern research has finally put up why as a functional food Green tea is indispensable and should prove a popular beverage for the health conscious generation. It is indeed as researchers say "A miraculous medicine with an extraordinary power to prolong".


Green Tea has the following components

•Catechins - Reduces incidence of cancer, Reduces tumors, Reduces mutations, Reduces oxidation by active oxygen, Lowers blood cholesterol, Inhibits increase of blood pressure, increase of blood sugar, Kills bacteria, influenza virus, Fights carcinogenic bacteria, Prevents halitosis.

•Caffeine - Acts as diuretics

•Vitamin C - Reduces stress Prevents flu,

•Theanine (a kind of amino acid) - Gives green tea its delicious taste

•Vitamin B Complex - Aids carbohydrate metabolism

Tea & Cancer

Researchers from the National Center for Toxicological Research in the United States demonstrated that the flavins and polyphenols significantly inhibited the growth of human pancreatic and prostrate tumor cells.

Their research also indicated that tea could have a role to play in changing the genes involved in the process of causing cancer. Another study published in the International Journal of Cancer indicated that men who drink between 2 and 3 cups of tea per day might reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer by up to 30% compared to the non tea drinkers.

Tea & Cardiac Ailments

The natural oxidant properties of tea may help reduce the risk of developing heart disease. The polyphenols in tea have beneficial effect on two long established heart disease risk factors - High Cholesterol - High Blood Pressure.

To quote Dr Simon Maxwell, Clinical Pharmacologist, Edinburgh University, " Dietary flavonoids may play in reducing the risk of circulatory diseases".


Tea & Oral Health

Tea is one of the few natural sources of fluoride and has been shown to have positive effect on preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Scientists believe that drinking tea improves oral health by helping prevent dental caries, by minimizing the possibility of dental plaques, the scale caused by mouth bacteria that leads to gum disease



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Top Eight Reasons
You should travel to India on your next Vacation/Holiday.

One

5000 Years old civilizational History.



Two

Only a unique nation of the world you will see the all world religions living with their on unique culture and ethos like Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the Baha'i Faith are also practiced in India.

Three

One or other part of the India you can see the culture and heritage of Aryan, Dravidian, British, Mughals, French, Dutch and Portuguese.

Four

Every part of the Region you will see the National parks with Animals with Tigers, Elephants and Leopards etc.


(The South Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are home to nearly 55% of the elephants, 35% of the tigers and 31% of the leopards in India.

The Northeast Indian states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura together with West Bengal account for 30% of the elephants and 5% of the tiger population.)



Five

World’s highest peak (8848 m) Mount Everest Himalaya situated in Indian states Uttarkhand, Himachal, ,Sikkim, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir.


Six

Indian Festivals are unique in it’s natures and features with its colorfulness and diversity.


Seven

With 36 sites, India stand the rank of 6th in the UNESCO World Heritages sites of the World .


Eight

Half of India’s geographical mass in in the Indian Ocean with 7255 m of Coastline with finest suny and virgin beaches of the world. Goa, Kovalam (Kerala), Marina (Tamil Nadu) , Karwar (Karnataka), Puri (Orissa) etc are famous beaches of India.








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Palace on Wheels New Edition

About-Heritage Palace On Wheels (Desert Triangle)


Rajasthan is the magnificent land of numerous kingdoms, majestic forts and palaces, diverse cultures, varied landscapes and vibrant colours. Experience the land of regal splendour with Heritage Palace on Wheels, the contemporary royal living. The Heritage Palace on Wheels is the regal delight where every moment is woven together into an everlasting and immemorial experience to be lived and cherished forever. The makers of the Palace on Wheels have rekindled the charm of luxury with utmost consideration of your comfort and modern amenities at the Heritage Palace on Wheels. This tour is extensively planned to take you through the whispering sands of desert.


The intriguing sagas of forts and palaces, and the adventurous escapades to the wilds; while you witness the luxuries on the train in a truly royal fashion. This train is newly built and designed in a contemporary royal style. You will be delighted with the magnificent interiors, sumptuous meals, expensive wines, and personalized service by the Khidmatgars, the likes of which you would rarely experience.


The luxurious Heritage Palace on Wheels takes you through a seven day exploration of the vibrant Rajasthan. The magic of the splendid journey begins at New Delhi and prepares you to weave the fabric of delightful imagination becoming reality over the next seven days. Your royal journey begins from Delhi and takes you through various erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan like Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittor, Swai-madhopur, and Jaipur.


After experiencing multifaceted Rajasthan you will visit Khajuraho temples unique gift to the world and then Varanasi, The holy city and city of temples and ghats,. In the end The TajMahal at Agra. The entire expedition has been thoroughly planned like The palace on wheels to take you back into the history. Most enjoyable journeys are short lived but long remembered. This journey will come to an end at Delhi. Which will, the onset of your reliving these cherished memories for a life time come get captivated.


Facilities-Heritage Palace On Wheels

Super Deluxe Saloon The Bravura Suite

Your princely saloon offers a spacious living with complete comfort of royal suite. The exquisite silk and velvet bedspreads and draperies take you to the era of munificent living. The finely carved wooden furniture in the super-deluxe suite adds to.


Deluxe Saloon The Extraordinary Suite

Welcome to your exquisite saloon, your personal imperial chamber. The saloon has been designed to live up to the grandeur of contemporary princely living with elegant silk furnishings for a befitting aesthetic appeal. These saloons have been thematic.


Hospitality

At Heritage Palace on Wheels, the gracious hospitality is bound to leave you speechless. Your experience at the regal train will be doubled by the warm welcome and the diligent service. The meticulously trained attendants, your Khidmatgars will serve.


Splendid Saloons

The 13 deluxe coaches have been rightly named after the famous palaces of Rajasthan. Namely, Hawa Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Surya Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Jal Mahal, Padmini Mahal, Kishori Mahal, Phool Mahal, Jogi Mahal, Kumbha Palace, Umaid Palace.


Nationals n Magazines

Various national dailies and magazines are available aboard.


Laundry Service

Laundry service is available on board to serve you better.


Separate Safe

A separate safe is provided in your cabin to store your valuables.


Forex

Foreign exchange counters are available at hotel counters.


Electric Sockets

110/120 V sockets in Train.


Mail Box

Mailbox is provided on board.


No Smoking

Heritage Palace on Wheels is a no smoking train.


Facilities

The Royal train is Business Center, Board Room and Fitness Center.


Transport

For a comfortable sightseeing experience, Heritage Palace on Wheels will provide AC buses for the passengers in deluxe saloons and cars for passengers in super-deluxe saloon.


Books n Library

Get engrossed with a range of board-games and a variety of books on the train.


Music System

Channel music system and public address system.



Journey-Heritage Palace On Wheels

The Heritage Palace On Wheels is one of the world's most exciting rail journeys, as the train provided more facilities on board, as for the royal destinations it proceeds to every single day. With everything taken care of dining accommodation, sightseeing as well as organized shopping, there are nothing for the traveller to do but sleep in the history of the land, soak in the colours and experience the royal life of Maharaja. The tour starts from Delhi and come back to the city after going through in order: Jaipur-SawaiMadhopur-Chittaurgarh-Udaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Bharatpur-Agra-Delhi. Welcome aboard. To Head to the best city in the World "Udaipur" (Travel+Leisure) and TAJ a wonder of the world.


Linear Itinerary

DayDetailsPlaceArrival TimeDeparture Time


Day 1 - FridayDelhi, Safdarjung- -06:30 AM

Day 1 - FridayChuru11:30 AM- -

Day 1 - FridayRamgarh Shekhwati- -- -

Day 1 - FridayChuru02:00 PM02:00 PM

Day 1 - FridayPadihara04:00 PM- -

Day 1 - FridayTalchapar- -- -

Day 1 - FridayPadihara- -07:30 PM

Day 2 - SaturdayBikaner05:00 AM10:00 PM

Day 3 - SundayJaipur06:00 AM08:00 PM

Day 4 - MondayDholpur/Agra09:00 AM10:30 PM

Day 5 - TuesdayDelhi05:00 AM- -


Tariff In USD (Per Person Per Night)


OccupancyDecember 2017 to March 2018

Double Occupancy300

Single Occupancy500

Triple Occupancy250


Cancellation Policy :

1.10% of ticket value 90 days or more prior to departure.

2.20% of ticket value 89 to30 days prior to departure.

3.100% of ticket value 29 days prior to departure.

Note - Taxes will be charges extra.


Detailed Itinerary

Heritage Palace On Wheels (Desert Triangle)

1. New-Delhi - The Capital Of India:

Delhi you will be treated like Maharaja & Maharani on welcome by garlanding, Tikka and turban with glass of wine. The Capital city of modern India a city known for its rich valorous and exotic history. Once the fabled city of the heroes of the Mahabharata and ruled by the Rajputs before they were displaced by foreign invaders. The tour starts in the evening with a ceremonial welcome aboard the Heritage Palace On Wheels at Safdarjung New Delhi. You will be introduced to your fellow travellers. Feel free to explore your new palace, and acquaint yourself with its various facilities. Relax with a drink at the bar. Dinner will be served on board in its two restaurants.

1. Churu:

1. Ramgarh Shekhawati:

1. Padihara:

1. Talchapar:


2. Bikaner:


3. Jaipur - The Pink Paradise:

Now you will be welcomed at the magnificent Pink City, Jaipur. The city with graceful architecture in a unique pink colour was established in the year 1727 by the then Maharaja, Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is known as one of the well-planned cities of its time. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen. Today, it is visited for its fine jewellery, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine.


In this diverse land of rich cultural heritage, you’ll be first treated to a visit at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. This was built for the royal ladies to watch the processions through the myriad windows of the palace. This five-storied palace was also used to store artefacts by the royal family.


After such an enthralling ride, you visit the Jantar Mantar; the largest observatory built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734. The next in line of exploration is the City Palace. A defining architectural marvel of Jaipur, the City Palace was the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur in the eighteenth century.


4. Dholpur:

4. Agra - Royal Romance:

Agra is located on the banks of river Yamuna and was established in 1504 by the ruler of Delhi, Sultan Sikandar Lodi. The medieval era city, Agra is a witness of the rise and fall of numerous dynasties. The city is home to the gem of finest architectural monument, Taj Mahal.


Taj Mahal, is the mausoleum that reminiscences of the love shared between Shah Jahan, the king for his beloved queen Mumtaz after her demise. This white-marble-wonder expands on the design traditions of Persians and Mughals and is one of the most visited sites in India.


After a heartfelt visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, you’ll be ushered to the Lal Quila or the Red Fort of Agra. This fort is also called the Palatial City because of its enormous size. The fort was the largest state treasury and welcomed ambassadors from other princely states.


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Visa on Arrival India


India Government recently announced Visa on arrival, to make easy your travel to India.

Come explore Incredible India


e-Visa Facility is available for nationals of following countries/territories


Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameron Union Republic, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger Republic, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal , Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Uganda,Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe


Eligibility

•International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sight seeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.

•Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.

•International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket,with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.

•International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.

•Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders or Laissez-passer travel document holders.

•Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent's/Spouse's Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.

•Not available to International Travel Document Holders.



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2018 Pushkar Fair , Rajasthan
(A largest Camel fair of world)

Date and Month: 15 November to 23 November
Type: Culture
Place: Pushkar, Rajasthan


Activity: Livestock show (camels, horses, cows), dance, rural sports, ferris wheels, competitions.

The Pushkar Fair, also called the Pushkar Camel Fair or locally as Kartik Mela or Pushkar ka Mela is an annual multi-day livestock fair and cultural fête held in the town of Pushkar (Rajasthan, India). The fair starts with the Hindu calendar month of Kartik and ends on the Kartik Purnima, which typically overlaps with late October and early November in the Gregorian calendar. In 1998, over 1 million visitors came to Pushkar throughout the year. The Pushkar fair alone attracts over 200,000 visitors.


The Pushkar fair is one of the India's large camel, horse and cattle fairs. Apart from the trading of livestock, it is an important pilgrimage season for Hindus to the Pushkar lake. Pushkar fair has also become a significant tourist attraction for domestic and international travelers, given the cooler season, the abundance of colorful cultural themes. Cultural events and competitions include dances, tug of war between women teams as well as men teams, the "matka phod", "longest moustache" competition, "bridal competition", camel races and others.

Thousands of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake where the fair takes place. Men trade their livestock, which includes camels, horses, cows, sheep and goats. Rural families shop at the handicraft stalls full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.


Pushkar is in centre-east part of Rajasthan, on the western side of Aravalli mountains. The nearest airport from Pushkar is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur, about 146 km (91 mi) northeast. Jaipur is well connected with all the major cities in India. Pushkar is about 10 km (6.2 mi) from Ajmer, connected via Pushkar road (Highway 58) which goes over the Aravalli Range mountains. Ajmer is also the nearest major railway station.


The peak celebrations occur over the last five days from the Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, the full moon day of Kartik (October–November) in Hindu calendar. This period sees an influx of Hindu pilgrims who attend the fairs, visit the temples and take a dip in the Pushkar lake.


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