Famous Indian Unique Festivals

Besides its beautiful nature and unique architecture, India also brings you more interesting experiences, which are festivals with its own national identity.

India is known as the home of many religions. In addition, India is a country of many unique constructions. However, you forget that India is the motherland of special and meaningful festivals.

If you’ve ever heard of the festival of colors, that’s the Holi Festival in India. During the festival, participants will either throw pigments or mix colors with water and throw them at each other. According to the old concept, the more people receive more colors, the better the new year will be.

However, Diwali is the most important festival in the culture of thousands of years old in this country. Diwali festival, which takes place within 5 days, meant to welcome a new year of Hinduism. People pray for peace and wish that the righteous power will overwhelm darkness and poverty. Accordingly, the important meaning of the festival does not stop at lighting the candles outside, but every citizen here must also be aware of the “inner light”, which is the true nature and good direction of each you.

Besides the Diwali light festival, Ganesha is also one of the oldest and important festivals of Hindus in India. According to Indian mythology, Ganesha was the son of Siva and the goddess Parvati. Ganesha is a wise god who always brings luck and happiness to people.

With that in mind, during the festival, you will easily catch the statue of Ganesha being carried majestically and splendidly from the countryside to the city. On the final day of the festival, the Ganesha statue is placed in the car, carried through the cities before dropping into a river, pond or sea.

Meaningful festivals take place throughout the year and become a memorable experience for most tourists coming here. They freely mingle with the influx of people, perform traditional rituals and receive good luck as indigenous people. That helps many people realize that there is such a friendly and gentle India.

Travel to India – An Ideal Ski Destination

Most people want to find an ideal ski place when traveling in the winter. If so, then certainly not to be missed India, especially the Himalayas and Gulmarg ski area.

India’s diverse terrain also offers many opportunities for outdoor adventure travel. All interests are met from the lightest trips to more exciting activities. India not only offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures, but the tourism price here is also extremely low compared to international standards. The main adventure tourism activity in India includes sailing in Gangas, water skiing in Goa, salmon fishing in Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and more. In it, stand out to go exploring and skiing in the Himalayas. You must ensure good health conditions and strong years of essential skills if you want to conquer this mighty mountain range. Listening to a guide who has lots of experience is extremely necessary.

If you want to search for a safer but no less exciting ski destination, choose Gulmarg. Gulmarg ski area in Srinagar in March 2017 in Kashmir, India, is a miniature place named Switzerland. People love skiing there because the steep slopes are good for winter sports. Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination in Jammu & Kashmir with winters starting from December to April. The weather is good for skiing and snowfall. Nature is peaceful and pure with birds singing.

Kashmir is an extremely attractive tourist destination in northern India bordering Pakistan, a disputed region of India and Pakistan over the past 15 years. It has the highest cable car in the world in the Himalayas with a length of 2.5km connecting the valley of Kongdoori with Afarwat peak with a height of 4390m. Gulmarg is a place with mountainside that is suitable for skiing at an altitude of 2730 above sea level.

You can paddle out on the lake and climb Gulmarg to play with the snow with the majestic, majestic mountain space on the beautiful snowy mountain top. Usually, travel companies will spend a day for you from Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar when you stay at a boathouse on Dan Lak Lake so you can go and return in the day. There are also many high standard resorts and hotels in Gulmarg ski resort, so you can have fun and spend the night and watch the snow right here.

India – A Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Paradise

With great experiences and fun, snorkeling is one of the many sports that people love. If you love scuba diving, you will definitely not be able to ignore the destinations in the article below. These beaches and islands have helped India called scuba diving and snorkeling paradise.

Havelock Island

If you are planning to go to Andaman and Nicobar, try the scuba diving experience at Havelock Island. This island is undoubtedly one of the best places to dive. You should go to the Andaman from December to April every year. This is a paradise with a fresh environment and rich marine life.

Kadmat, Lakshadweep

Hawksbill Island is famous for its octopus, crab, hawks, turtles and spectacular coral reefs. This place is also known for pristine white sands and clear blue sea. In addition, you will experience scuba diving and discovering the life of sea animals there. The best scuba diving season is from November to March.

Netrani, Karnataka

Netrani Island is a popular destination that scuba divers cannot ignore. At this place, you will be provided with the ideal facilities for dedicated scuba diving activities. The great time to visit Netrani Island is from October to April.

Aravind, Pondicherry

Aravind is famous for whales, lionfish, eels, manta rays, parrot fish, crustaceans and sea snakes with enchanting scenery. In addition to Aravind, Temple Reef is also a great place for snorkeling enthusiasts. The best time to arrive is from January to June or from September to November.

Tarkarli, Maharashtra

Tarkarli is famous for its colorful tropical plants and diverse aquatic species. That is the reason why Tarkarli is one of the most attractive places for snorkelers in India. You should come here from October to March every year. The best time to dive here is from 9 am to 4 pm.

It can be seen that India is a country with many beautiful beaches with extremely rich flora and fauna. These locations are the paradise of scuba diving lovers. Let’s visit there to experience this exciting activity!

Unearthing the Matrix of ‘Matrix’ Call Rate Cut

Is the benefit of people calling from the UK to India for Re. 1 per minute ready to translate in better India tours? Let us explore the matrix of Matrix for a while.

Matrix, a UK based mobile company cuts call rates from UK to India at Re 1/min. In fact Matrix has substantially cut down the UK calling rate that means very cheap ISD charges. It will be available on all the Matrix calling cards.

In fact, the move has been taken in a bid to lure nearly 40 per cent of the traffic of Indians travelling to Britain. As the statistics show that around 5 lakh to 5.5 lakh people from India travel to UK round the year, the recent slashed call rates may attract this chunk of people.

In fact, the current move will substantially alter the dynamics of Indian tours. As the company is already selling around nine lakh connections next fiscal, there is no dearth of opportunities between the peoples at both the sides. Considering it deeply, we find that the total pack will cost Rs 700, which will deliver 500 minutes of free calls to India. In fact, the company has already slashed the rates by 1/10th of the international rates.

The additional benefit would be the unlimited access to emails for those using the BlackBerry on Matrix Cellular services. There is a net gain for Facebook and Twitter users on Matrix in over 150 countries for £ 50 only.

Global Tourism Rises, Substantiate Airline Traffic figures

Opinions, pertaining to the global economic slowdown, must be reconsidered, especially taking into consideration the recent airline traffic trends. Taking into account the recent statistics pertaining to preliminary figures from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), we find that airlines of the 191 ICAO member states send a strong message registering an increase of approximately 2.7 billion passengers in 2011.

Up from 5.1% compared to the previous year, the recent trend in international and domestic travel clearly shows that it includes low-cost and scheduled services. The growth in the overall traffic growth includes the positive economic prospects worldwide. As it is based on a 3% increase in world real GDP, there is a strong demand for air travel.

So, here we are, after registering a strong economic upheaval, which clearly reflect the improved household balance sheets. With robust cash inflows, the traffic is sharply growing by 7.4%. Emerging markets, India in particular, are recording a good percentage. With domestic airline markets growing by 4.9% compared to the last to last year, 2010, an estimated 10% increase in demand shows a healthy trend. What’s more, even the business travel is also undergoing a healthy recovery.

Numbers on the business travel sector are not usual compared to the previous year. Thus, it is direly easy to substantiate the growth figures and jubilate over them as of now. In fact, as things are going as of now, we are heading towards a huge victory in terms of growth in terms of global tourism. However, as far as the current statistics is concerned, we also need to understand it in different light as well. A note of due caution is also needed taking into consideration the current spurt in growth. The trend is applicable on the tours of India as well.

“Tourist Visa on Arrival” (VoA)

“Tourist Visa on Arrival” (VoA) Walking a StrideAnalyzing the comparison in the month of February, 2012 to 2011, Indian vicinities seem to be attracting more and more foreign tourists to its vicinities. As one witnesses a facilitative measure in order to attract more foreign tourists to India, the scheme launched in the name of “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) from January 2010 is making huge progress. In the earlier phase, citizens of five countries including New Zealand, Luxembourg, Japan, Finland and Singapore availed the benefit whereas the Government of India extended the same to the other countries including Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, and Indonesia. In the month of February 2012, 1259 VoAs were issued, which are higher when compared to the previous year’s 1026 VoAs. Registering a positive growth of 22.7%, the process has shown positive signs. In fact, tours to India are making giant leaps in terms of popularity. This is in fact one of the most important factors in boosting the overall Indian economy. What’s more, it has been substantiated by the recent spurt in the airlines bookings. This is in fact, making huge progress in terms of popularity. The current Government of India’s effort is laudable in many aspects. In fact, it is genuinely making huge strides in terms of making Indian tourism massively popular and significant throughout the world.

Analyzing the comparison in the month of February, 2012 to 2011, Indian vicinities seem to be attracting more and more foreign tourists to its vicinities. As one witnesses a facilitative measure in order to attract more foreign tourists to India, the scheme launched in the name of “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) from January 2010 is making huge progress.

In the earlier phase, citizens of five countries including New Zealand, Luxembourg, Japan, Finland and Singapore availed the benefit whereas the Government of India extended the same to the other countries including Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, and Indonesia.

In the month of February 2012, 1259 VoAs were issued, which are higher when compared to the previous year’s 1026 VoAs. Registering a positive growth of 22.7%, the process has shown positive signs.

In fact, tours to India are making giant leaps in terms of popularity. This is in fact one of the most important factors in boosting the overall Indian economy. What’s more, it has been substantiated by the recent spurt in the airlines bookings. This is in fact, making huge progress in terms of popularity. The current Government of India’s effort is laudable in many aspects. In fact, it is genuinely making huge strides in terms of making Indian tourism massively popular and significant throughout the world.

India Tours Marred by Seduction Stories

India, a land usually considered for elevating one’s soul where spiritual tourism is gaining strength with every passing moment, is also witnessing an interesting phenomenon. Its esteemed cricket players are believed to be indulging in scoring centuries in bedroom rather at playground.

Scams are marring the Indian image. From illegal mining to secret sexual encounters, India is grabbing attention from all quarters. In fact, there is no dearth of glamour in the worlds, the Bollywood and the Cricket arena. But with every passing moment, both are mixing in the wrong way.

As the news poured in, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is believed to be busy in investigating the recent allegations whereby Indian bookmakers, with the help of a Bollywood actor, are roping in the India cricketers into bedrooms in order to throw games for their counterparts in the playgrounds.

In fact, the Indian Cricket Council (ICC) is aware of the activities of the actor, who is seducing the Indian cricket team in order to paralyze them in the playground. The total number of players stand at four as of now who have been reported trapped in the Bollywood honeytrap. The daily National newspaper carried a picture of the actor.

An unnamed bookie says, “Attractive girls are the ideal choice to cosy up to players and to persuade them to work for bookmakers. Players are always surrounded by fans and groupies so nobody suspects a thing when they walk in and out of players’ hotel bedrooms.” It will not be an exaggeration to state that India tours are being largely marred by the news.

Tours to India Set to Reach beyond Conventional Travel

With the Government of India deciding to attend the rural travel, it is set to invest heavily thus making it rich by 77 million jobs pertaining to the Indian tourism and hospitality sector. The fundamental idea is to render impetus to the rural travel thus rendering high value to overall Indian travel industry.

As there is a sudden spurt in jubilation towards the Indian tourism sector, there seems no stopping as the Government of India officially announces to create millions of jobs pertaining to the Indian tourism and hospitality sector. Taking into consideration the current move closely, we find that in wake of Government of India’s ‘pro-poor’ policies that incline towards the development sector, it is surely boost the Indian tourism sector.

As the Government of India seems set to decide to create more jobs in the Indian tourism sector, it is clear that Indian tourism industry will get impetus in wake of this process. In fact, it is primarily done in wake of 12th Five Year Plan.

“Initiatives to be taken towards the development of the tourism and hospitality sector in 12th Plan will aim at increasing net benefits to the poor from tourism and ensure that tourism growth contributes to poverty,” said one official belonging to Ministry of Tourism.

As we take the current statistics into consideration, the total employment, as far as the current scenario is concerned, stands at 47.26 lakh belonging to the 2012-13 sessions and 63.79 lakh in the year 2016-17. As the current state of affairs is concerned, there is clearly a boost in the Indian tourism in every aspect. The current move will surely enhance the tours to India in every aspect.

The Impact of Decaying Kingfisher Airlines on India Tours

There seems no resolution, as of now, to the recent crisis of Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines. In fact, there are series of events, which are relentlessly pointing towards the situation worsening further.

In the league, IATA, the Geneva-based International Air Transport Association has suspended Kingfisher Airlines from its global carrier-to-carrier account. Obviously, the issue centers on the non-payment of dues. The story is not over yet as in the later part of the day, there have been some state-run oil companies that stopped fuel supply to the once considered giant air carrier. Therefore, it is clear by now that the airline is facing resource crunch.

What’s more, even the Bangalore income tax authorities has frozen Kingfisher accounts numbering in 20 and this has been done in a short span of past three days. The onslaught is not only confined to the customers who bought the tickets but extends to travel agents who bought the Kingfisher tickets in bulk for further selling.

The worst part of the story is that the Ministry of Civil Aviation seems to be impervious to the developing story and is turning a blind eye to the current situation.

In fact, all this is bound to render a serious blow to those embarking on the India tours. As the Indian economy is deeply entangled with Indian tourism, it may result in some serious repercussions for the Indian travel industry. This is what the concerned agencies in Bangalore had to say in wake of freezing the accounts of Kingfisher, “If they the (company) don’t come up with a plan then we will have to start attaching their properties as well.”

Diplomacy Roars in Latest Travel Advisories

Before taking into consideration the impact on inbound tourism sector in wake of latest travel advisories, it would be worthwhile to ponder over the seriousness of the advisory itself and unearth the hidden agenda or antagonism attached to it. Going by the experts we could easily conclude that the latest travel advisories are nothing more than a farce and consequently “misguiding”. Undoubtedly, they will be significantly affecting the tourist inflow in every aspect.

However, one of the noteworthy points is to take into consideration the timing of the advisory. It is widely believed that as India did not send its Head of the State to the CHOGM meet and also opposed the setting up a human rights watchdog by the New Delhi, it annoyed the West largely, which is also facing a lot of upheaval in wake of Occupy Wall Street protests in almost all the parts of Europe.

As we witness the latest travel advisories issued by five countries—the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand against India, it becomes nevertheless important to understand the diplomacy factor behind the whole process. Apart from the fact that these advisories are unnecessary and unethical, as pointed out by the experts, it would severely impact (both leisure and business) travelers as a result.

It is clear that there is a dose of diplomacy involved in the process and Indian travel industry has stood in sharp contrast to the claims made by the policy makers. Iqbal Mullah, president, The Travel Agents Association of India told Moneylife, “We strongly condemn such advisories. Today Bangkok is flooded, but there is no such advisory against Thailand. While here India is peaceful, festival celebrations are taking place, and there are major events that are happening which have seen positive support from other countries. These advisories may or may not affect tourism, but they are definitely misguiding (travellers).”

The only way out from this diplomatic mayhem is to ensure good service to the tourists coming in the Indian vicinities as they will be spreading good word and finally making their respective governments realize their bit. As India Tour is under scanner as of now, it will be good to consider from another point of view as well. What about the ongoing violent protests in the corridors of the West involving almost every part of Europe in the name of Occupy Wall Street protests?