Enjoy at the Pangong Lake while on a Leh Ladakh Tour

Ladakh, the biggest province in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, spreads over an area of around 60,000 square miles. Surrounded by the highest and the most beautiful mountain range of the country the Himalayas, this land is a must visit for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The Indus River passes through this place and is a sight to watch. This region attracts thousands of tourists every year from across the globe. The beautiful Tso Moriri Lake and  Magnet Hill are some of the most popular tourist spots of this region. It is an ideal place for adventure seekers with trekking being the most preferred form of sport. This area consists of several mountain slopes, secluded villages and monastic settlements. The Tibetan form of Buddhism is the predominant religion followed in Ladakh, although Islam and Christianity believers can also be found here. This probably explains the numerous monasteries and mosques here. Travellers wishing to visit these spots, can choose from a number of packages available on different travel websites. Since it is a popular tourist haunt, this place is considered among the best holiday destinations in India.

Pangong Lake

Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso

This lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations of this region located at an altitude of 4350 m above sea level. The width of the lake is 5 m and its length is 134 km, and it stretches from India to Tibet. It is estimated that about 60 percent of this lake is the Tibetan country. An interesting fact about this lake is that during winter it completely freezes although the water here is saline. This picturesque lake comes under the Ramsar Convention and has been identified as a wetland of international value. It is located at a distance of 150 km from Leh and is generally included in a Leh Ladakh tour  for tourists to come here and experience its serenity. While taking up the tour, you shall not ignore these important advisories as well.

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Be a Part of the Gangaur Festival with Jaipur Tours

A beautiful city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City of India for the colour of the stone used in the buildings of this city. One of the most significant cities in the country from the point of tourism, it is a land of great history and natural beauty. Well known for its 3 hill forts, the city was the stronghold of a family of rulers. It has many splendid structures whose view mesmerise travellers with their brilliance. Many local bazaars selling embroidered leather shoes, tie and dye scarves and traditional artefacts is the other factor for which domestic travellers plan Jaipur tours. The place is efficiently connected by all important cities of India, through its wide network of airways, railways and roads.

Among the most-visited sites of this place are the lofty palaces, such as Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Rambagh Palace and Jal Mahal that are all time favourites among Indian and foreign tourists alike.

kite festval, jaipur

kite festval, jaipur

Besides, the city is acclaimed for its pompous fairs and festivals like the Gangaur Festival, Kite Festival, Teej, Diwali, Elephant Festival and Camel Festival. Travellers who want to enjoy and experience the local culture of this place can plan their trip during the festival season.

Camel Festival

Camel Festival

Camel Festival-2

Gangaur Festival

Gangaur Festival is one of the most rejoiced festivals not only in Jaipur but the entire state. The etymology of Gangaur is from the word Gan that is synonymous to Lord Shiva and Gaur stands for Gauri or Goddess Parvati. However, the festival is dedicated more to Goddess Parvati as she is respected for strength, power, courage, marital love and excellence. For worship idols of Lord Shiva (Isar) and Gauri are made with clay and beautifully adorned with hand paintings and glass. In some of the Rajput families, wood images are prepared that are painted by people known as Matherans. The festival, celebrated for 18 days, falls in between March and April, and begins a day after Holi.

During this festival, married women worship Goddess Parvati for the prosperity and long life of their husbands, while unmarried girls pray for good life partner.  On the 7th day, a procession of women, carry graceful ghudilas (earthen pots) sing songs related to the festival. The procession begins from the City Palace towards Gangauri Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupar, Tripolia Bazaar and Chaugan Stadium, and assembles near Talkatora.

Gangaur Festival

Gangaur Festival

Here, elderly give gifts, sweets, jaggery and money to them as a token of love. On the 10th day of this festival, women and girls break their respective pots and throw the broken pieces into a tank or a well. Even the clay images are immersed in water on the last day of the celebration. The festival is rejoiced with great enthusiasm all over the state and a large number of people come here to observe and be a part of this grand procession. Tourists who want to be a part of this celebration can book tour packages India that are planned to give travellers an insight into the culture of the country.

Be a Part of the Jaipur Literature Festival with Jaipur Tour Packages

One of the largest cities of the Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is an epitome of grandeur and vibrancy. Popularly known as the Pink City, it was established in 1727 by Raja Jai Singh II and is the first planned city of the country. A royal place with rich history, culture and architecture, it has many magnificent fortresses, beautiful palaces and exquisite temples. Other than these, there are many delights for travellers, such as various fascinating sites, royal cuisine, traditional handicrafts and impeccable jewellery. All these captivating attractions make this city a wonderful tourist destination for both domestic and international travellers. Tourists who are contemplating a tour to this vivid and colourful place can choose from an array of Jaipur tour packages that include air tickets, sightseeing, accommodation and complementary meals. It is advisable to book a package with a reliable travel portal to avoid any hassles during the tour.

Jaipur Literature Festival

 An annual program generally held in January, the Jaipur Literature Festival was started in the year 2006. The biggest literary festival of not only India, but in Asia as well, it has received many acclaims from renowned authors and journalists. Portrayed as the Greatest Literary Show on Earth by Tina Brown, an author, the directors of this festival are William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale.

The usual venue of this festival is the Diggi Palace Hotel, located in the city centre, where writers and readers from India, Africa, Europe, America and South Asia come together. The festival started with mere 100 attendees in its first year, and since then the number has increased to thousands. A festival for literature admirers, it is equally interesting for general public too. So people who want to be a part of this extravagant event can book tour packages India that include a halt at this festival as well.

 

Explore the Architecture of Chini Ka Rauza during Agra Tours

Agra, a city in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, served as the capital of the country during medieval times. Formerly known as Agraban, the city is mentioned as Agreva, meaning border of the forest in the ancient epic, Mahabharata. This place has a great architectural heritage, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites – Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort. Owing to their magnificence and exquisite beauty, these sites are visited by millions of domestic and foreign travellers throughout the year. Apart from these, there are many other attractions in and around this city, such as Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, Mehtab Bagh, Chini Ka Rauza, Ram Bagh, Mariyam Tomb, Musammam Burj, Jama Masjid and Mankameshwar Temple that are flocked by tourists. Travellers interested in Agra tours can plan it either with a leading travel website or travel agency. The tour packages on offer for this destination include a guided tour of this city, besides hotel accommodation and food.

A part of Brijbhoomi, the land identified with the birth of Lord Krishna, this city has a rich history as many emperors made it their seat of power. It was the capital of Sikander Lodhi, the last ruler of the Lodhi dynasty, who was defeated by Babur, a Persian ruler, in the First Battle of Panipat (1526). Babur also made this place his capital, and hence began the great Mughal rule in India. A delight for history lovers, a tour to this place can be equally exciting for leisure travellers, as well.

Chini Ka Rauza

chini ka rauza

chini ka rauza

Chini Ka Rauza is a tomb of a scholar and poet in the court of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, called Allama Afzal Khan Mullah. Built in 1639, the tomb is in proximity to the Itmad-Ud-Daulah Tomb on the bank of the Yamuna River. A blend of Indo-Persian architecture, this structure has an elaborate ornamentation of colourful glazed tiles or chini, used for the first time in India.

Rectangular in shape, the outside walls of this tomb are mainly constructed of brown stone. Each side of this building is around 79 ft in length, and the walls are adorned with inscriptions from Islamic texts. Moving inside, tourists can see an octagonal central chamber with eight arched corners, consisting four square openings and four pentagonal arches in all four directions. The upper part of this structure has been so built to give a double-storey effect to the tomb building. The hollow dome on the tomb has a kalash and an inverted lotus on its top, and pinnacles on all four corners that give this grand tomb a unique look.

The historic value and exceptional architecture of this place makes it one of the most-visited sites in Agra. Travellers interested to come here can look for those holiday packages India that offer a trip to this amazing destination.

Explore the City of Namchi with India Holiday Packages

Sikkim, a picturesque state in the north-eastern part of India, is a popular travel destination owing to its proximity to the Himalayas, besides its clean streams, rich culture, diverse flora and fauna. Spread over an area of about 7096 sq km, the capital of this state is Gangtok, which is located in its east district. The state has many famous cities, such as Pemayangtse, Kalimpong, Namchi, Phodong, Ravangla, Yuksom and Yumthang that are visited by travellers from across the country. If you too wish to visit these places, then choose for those India holiday packages that offer a trip to the various famous sites of these cities.

Various events and carnivals are celebrated here all through the year, such as Bumchu, Flower Festival, Maghe Sankranti, Gangtok Food and Cultural Festival, Mangan Music Festival and Lampokhari Tourism Festival. These popular events offer tourists a chance to interact with the local population and know the local traditions as well.

Namchi City

Namchi City, perched at an elevation of around 5,500 ft above sea level, lies at a distance of 92 km from Gangtok and off the road between Jorethang and Melli. The city offers a panoramic view of the snow-covered hills and vast stretches of green valley. The headquarters of the South Sikkim district, this region is fast growing as a tourist spot owing to its immense potential for all round tourist activities. The most popular attractions here are the Meanam Peak, Ngadak Monastery, Rock Garden, Solophok Shrine, Rayong Sunrise View Point, Salleybong Bul Cave, Timi Tea Garden and Rangit Water World. Another famous delight for tourists here is the Flower Festival, which is usually celebrated in the month of February. To enjoy this festival and to explore the various tourist sites of this place, travellers can look for various Sikkim tourism packages online.

 

Start Your Shimla Holidays by Worshipping at the Kali Bari Temple

Shimla, located in the northern part of the country, is the capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh. A tourism hub, this hill station offers many delights to its visitors in terms of attractions and activities. A major part of the present city was under dense forestation until the 18th century, except the Jakhoo Temple and a few scattered houses. This place was first invaded by Bhimsen Thapa of Nepal in the year 1806, and thereafter, the British East India Company took supervision of this territory as per the Sugauli Treaty that was signed after the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814-16). Following which, this place became the summer capital of the Britishers. Tourists can plan Shimla holidays from April to August and December to January as these are considered to be the ideal time to visit this beautiful place. The city is well-connected by air, rail and road transportation with different parts of the country.

Kali Bari Temple

Devoted to Shyamala (a Hindu goddess), the Kali Bari Temple is located near the Shimla City Mall. This city has derived its name from this temple, which was built in the early 19th century by anonymous Bengali devotees. The temple was renovated to its present form during the British rule in 1845.

Kali, a paramount figure in late medieval Bengali devotional literature, was first cited in the Rigveda, an ancient Hindu religious text. The name Kali is synonymous with several goddesses, such as Durga, Bhadrakali, Chamunda, Bhavani, Sati, Parvati, Rudrarani, Kamakshya, Uma, Himavati, Kumari and Tara.

A famous shrine among locals, it is visited by Hindu pilgrims and tourists throughout the year. During Navaratras and other important Hindu festivals, the temple attracts a huge crowd from all across the country. Tourists can look for the best holiday packages to this destination that includes a visit to this revered site, along with hotel accommodation and food.

Rajasthan: Among the Favourite Holiday Destinations in India

The topography of Rajasthan is diverse with shining sand dunes of the Thar Desert, hilly tracts of Aravallis and the flat plains of Bharatpur region. It is the land of royals and warriors, and a symbol of glory and bravery. Setting it apart from other places in India are its backdrop of the Aravalli mountain range, besides rich heritage, vibrant culture, wildlife and forests. The grandness of the architectural heritage of this place is reflected in its prominent structures such as the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Lake Palace Hotel, Dilwara Jain Temples, Chittorgarh Fort and Jaisalmer Havelis. Thus, Rajasthan is considered among the favourite holiday destinations in India. This state covers an area of over 343000 sq km with its capital city being Jaipur.

Jaipur

Referred to as the Pink City, Jaipur is located about 260 km from Delhi and 240 km from Agra. This city was named after Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who founded it. It is home to many ancient forts and monuments, like Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall, Moti Doongri and Gaitore. Another popular attraction of this place is the Galtaji Temple, which is famous for its natural springs.

Galtaji Temple

The Galtaji Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage centre located at a distance of 10 km from Jaipur. This 18th century temple was built by Diwan Rao Kriparam, who was an attendant of Sawai Jai Singh II. There are natural water springs and 7 holy kunds (water tanks) in the premises of this temple that are considered sacred by Hindus. Amongst all the kunds, the Galta Kund is believed to be the holiest. According to popular beliefs, it is auspicious to take a bath in the pure springs of Galtaji. The best time to come to the Galtaji Temple is during the Makar Sankranti Festival when devotees take auspicious bath; however, it can be visited all through the year. To make a visit to this famous temple, choose for those Jaipur tour packages that include a trip to this place.