India Holidays in the North-Eastern Region

North-eastern part of India

North-eastern part of India

The north-eastern part of India, also called the Land of the Seven Sister States, comprises the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland. Always slated to be the laggards among all the states and considered somewhat alienated from the mainstream India in the past, the process of development and integration of these with the mainstream India was consciously undertaken by the government. Key elements of this integration and involvement process was the all round development of the whole region and facilitating increased cooperation and interaction among the people from these states with those of the other states. Emphasis was laid on development of transportation, industry, educational and medical facilities in this region, on par with the best of India. The residents of these states were encouraged to study in schools and colleges of other states, market their products and produce and showcase their cultural elements with government and private support. Travel and tourism is one of the sectors which are expected to play a major role in the development and integration process of these states.

The whole of the north-eastern remains largely a virgin and unexplored region of the country. Though it is blessed with varied geographical features including the rives, mountains, plains and lots of natural flora and fauna along with a number of historical and religious places of interest, the full tourism potential is yet to be exploited. The region has many exotic species of plants, trees and animals which are peculiar to this part of the world only and are not found anywhere else on this planet. Many wonderful landscapes also hold immense potential for being developed as tourist attractions for secluded honeymoon holidays as well as for group and family vacations.

Wild Life

Due to its rather unexplored state and natural habitations, the government has established quite a few national parks and wild life sanctuaries for the conservation, preservation and protection of the species and natural habitats of the region. These are one of the must see attractions of the region and the wild life adventure enthusiasts find these extremely absorbing. India holidays to this part of the country are incomplete without a wildlife sojourn.

  1. Namdapha National Park: This is one of the largest protected wildlife areas in India and the largest of the north-east India, spread out to about 1985 square kilometers.
    Namdapha National Park

    Namdapha National Park

    The Namadhapa Tiger Reserve is spread out in about 1900 square kilometers of the area. Together, in these two regions, one can find more than 150 species of trees and species of felines, primates, birds and reptiles.

    Manas National Park

    Manas National Park

  2. Manas National Park: This national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Barapeta district of Assam. Tens of species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians are some of the common species found here. This place is also a sanctuary for the Elephant and a Biosphere Reserve.
  3. Kaziranga National Park: Famous for holding the largest population of the one-horned Rhino, this National Park is along the banks of River Brahmaputra in Assam also has a number of animal and bird species.

    Kaziranga National Park

    Kaziranga National Park

  4. Orang National Park: Orang is also in the state of Assam and situated along the northern banks of River Brahamputra. It is often called as Mini Kaziranga and is home to Bengal Florican.

    Orang National Park

    Orang National Park

  5. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary: This wildlife sanctuary also a sizeable population of one-horned Rhinoceros, Asian buffalo, leopard and migratory bird. This place is a heaven for bird lovers.

    Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

    Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

  6. Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary: This woodland area is in Tripura and it also has artificial lakes and botanical and zoological gardens. Bespectacled money can be seen here along with a number of other species of birds and animals.
  7. Keibul Lamjoa National Park: This is located in the Manipur state of India, with Loktak Lake also coming within its periphery.

 

Culture and Heritage

Some of the main heritage attractions of the states include the Malinithan temple ruins, Parsuram Kund and World War II Cemetery of Arunachal Pradesh.

Touphema Tourist Village

Touphema Tourist Village

In Nagaland, there is Touphema Tourist Village where tourists can see the Naga way of life. The Hornbill Festival of this state is also famous. In Tripura, there are quite a few temples and palaces to be seen. These include Ujjanta Palace, Neermahal Palace, Maata Bari Temple and others. The monasteries of Sikkim are quite popular as well since these are one of the oldest religious places of this region.

Adventure and Leisure

While in Arunanchal Pradesh, you can undertake rafting in Brahmaputra, Kameng and Subansari rivers. Loktak is the most famous water body and a tourist spot in Manipur where people come to spend time in leisure and complete serenity of nature. In Manipur, the Dzukou Valley is a famous trekking spot. In Mizoram, the Tamdil Lake is famed as a top fishing spot and the Vantawng Fall is the highest waterfall in the State. Phawngpui is the highest peak and trekking is the most loved sport here.

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Pilgrimage India Holidays- A Sojourn To Explore Roots of Buddhism

India is the land of origin of Buddhism. Though Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini in Nepal, almost all of his life was spent in different parts of northern India. He renounced royal living after being disturbed by seeing the pains of life. The Lord took to wandering in quest for finding answers to his questions till the time he decided to meditate in Bodhgaya and attained enlightenment, the ultimate knowledge. Thereafter, his was the life of a preacher who gave sermons at different places, beginning with Sarnath as its first destination. Great impetus was given to the spreading of Buddhism by King Ashoka who produced some of the most astonishing pieces of architecture.

Tracing the footprints of the life and the times of Lord Buddha and in exploration of roots of this faith of Buddhism, pilgrimage tours are organized covering these destinations. For the followers of Buddhism across the world, these India holidays themed on Buddhism provide a way to acquaint themselves with the lands where he visited and to see the various places associated with this religion. This article takes you to four of these important destinations. These are ideal for family holidays as well.

Lumbini Location Map

Lumbini Location Map

Lumbini: This place is the birth place of Lord Buddha and is currently in southern Nepal. Lord Buddha was born as Prince Sidhartha to queen Mayadevi in 563 BC on the occasion of Baisakhi Purnima. The pilgrimage tours to this place are centered on the sacred garden where he was born, the Mayadevi temple, the pillar of King Ashoka and the Pashkani pond.

How to reach Lumbini?

By Air:

Kathmandu to Siddhartnagar ( Bhairahawa): 14 flights in a week (2 flights per day by Yeti Airlines, all days in a week)

By Rail:

Mahaparinirvan Express takes tourists till Gorakhpur from where they can take the road travel, either by car or by bus, to reach Lumbini.

By Bus: Buses ply from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Gorakhpur and Varanasi to Sunauli from where Siddharthanagar is only 3.5 kilometers.

Mayadevi temple

Mayadevi temple

Bodhgaya: One of the most visited places in India, this is the place where Lord Buddha attained Nirvana or enlightenment under the famed Bodhi tree under which he meditated for 49 days.

Bodhi tree

Bodhi tree

This is one of the most revered places in India and people from all over the world come here to see the place of his meditation. Now this place comes under the Maha Bodhi temple complex. The temple itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Maha Bodhi temple

Maha Bodhi temple

The temple was built by King Ashoka 250 years after the death of Lord Buddha and was restored to its current position during the colonial period of the British by Sir Alexander Cunningham.

How to Reach Bodhgaya? 

By Air: Nearest airport is of Gaya and direct flights are operated from five cities to Gaya.

a. Bangkok to Gaya: 2 flights in a week (Druk Air on Saturday and Thai Airways on all days except Wednesday and Friday).

b. Kolkatta To Gaya: 1 flight in a week (Air India on Friday)

c. Delhi to Gaya: 7 flights in a week (1 flight, all days in a week)

d. Paro to Gaya: 1 flight in a week (Druk Air, only on Friday)

e. Yangon to Gaya: 4 flights per week (MAI on Wednesday and Saturday and Air India on Monday and Friday)

By Rail: Nearest railway station is of Gaya and it can be reached from Delhi, Patna and Kolkatta among other cities. From Gaya one can take the bus or cab for reaching Bodh Gaya.

Sarnath: Sarnath is close to modern Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. It was also called by the name of Isipatana. This is the place where the Lord gave the first sermon after attaining nirvana in Bodhgaya.

Dhamek Stupa

Dhamek Stupa

This is also the place where he first taught Dharma and the mentioned the four noble truths. The main tourist attractions of Sarnath are the Dhamek Stupa, the pre-Ashokan Dharamarajika Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and the Sarnath Archaeological Museum where the Ashoka Pillar with Lion Capital is kept.

How to reach Sarnath?

By Air: Varanasi is the nearest airport. 7 cities have nonstop flights to Varanasi. These are from:

a. Gaya: Air India operates 1 flight daily, all days a week.

b. Kathmandu:  Air India operates 1 flight on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

c. Khajuraho: Jet Airways and Spicejet operate 1 flight daily, all days a week. Air India operates 1 flight on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. so, in total more than 2 flights in a day are operated.

d. Kolkatta: Jet Airways operates 1 flight per day, all days a week.

e. Mumbai: Air India operates 1 flight per day, all days a week.

f. Delhi: Spicejet operates 3 flight per day, all days a week. Air India and Jet Airways operate 1 flight per day, all days a week. Additionally, Spicejet operates 1 flight on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

g. Sharjah: Spicejet flies 1 flight on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Rail and bus connectivity is also present from all the major cities of India to Varanasi.

 

Chaukhandi Stupa

Chaukhandi Stupa

Kushinagar: Located close to the Gorakhpur city in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, Kushinagar is the place where the Lord attained the Maha Parinirvana after his death.

Sarnath Archaeological Museum

Sarnath Archaeological Museum

The place was chosen by him since it has been the ancient city of Kusavati which was the royal city of Maha-Sudassana. Another reason for the choice was that Subhadda could learn the meditation from him while he was still alive. During the time of his death, the place was ruled by Mallas.

6 Majestic Rajasthan Forts – UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Rajasthan has been the state of opulent princely states whose rulers have built majestic forts in order to ward off the attacks from the enemies. These forts have covered areas extending upto 20 kilometers in circumference and have been built in varied geographical typologies ranging from deserts to lakes, forests and hills. The influence of the Mughal and the Sultanate periods is clearly visible on the architecture of these fortresses. These forts are one of the many attractions for the tourists interested in undertaking the Rajasthan tours to witness their stately architecture and royal splendor. Here is a brief mention of these six UNESCO World Heritage forts of Rajasthan.

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort: This fort of Chittorgarh is a pride of Rajputs of Rajasthan. The number and variety of architectural remains found here give it a distinctive monumentality and scale, which remains unmatched by any other fort. It also has the distinction of being the largest fort in India. The legendary fort was beseized three times but the Rajput warriors never gave up and the women folk preferred performing ‘Jauhar’ (mass suicide) rather than being won over by the enemies. These three attacks were by Alauddin Khilji in 1303, Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat in 1535 and Akbar in 1565. Vijay Stambh and Kirti Stambh are also tourist attractions of this fort.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort: This is a fort which is remarkable for retaining its architectural coherence because it was built in a single phase by Rana Kumbha in 15th century.  You might find it interesting to note that the 36 kilometer long fortification wall of this fort is considered to be the second largest wall after the Great Wall of China. It is also famous for its Palace of Clouds, or Badal Mahal.

Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Fort: For the tourists, Ranthambore is famous for its wildlife and the Tiger Reserve. Ranthambore Fort is another destination which is the primary focus of the tourists. The Fort is unique in being a forest hill fort and in being home to the remains of Palace of Hammir.

Gagron Fort

Gagron Fort

Gagron Fort: There is no perfect example than that of the Gagron Fort which is a river protected fort. Besides seeking protection from the river, the Fort enjoys strategic location by being situated in the pass and, thereby, it controlled the trade routes during those times.

Amber Palace

Amber Palace

Amber Palace: Amber Palace was built during an important phase of the Mughal-Rajput synergy and this is clearly reflected in its court style of architecture of buildings and gardens. Raja jai Sigh I played an instrumental role in its development.

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort: This is a classic example of developing a fort in hot desert regions where the sand dunes rule for vast expanses. Quite a few Jain temples and the still inhabited township within its precincts lend vibrancy and sacredness to this fort.

India holidays packages to this princely state are not complete without including one or more these majestic forts in their itineraries. These are examples of a tradition of fort planning, defensive architecture, valour, royal splendor, folklore and sacredness. These are symbols of resilience and Rajput pride that history has left for us to explore and admire.

Where Tour Packages to Kerala Take You?

Kerala

Kerala

Kerala is a land of rich geographical beauty and diverse cultural heritage. The history of this place imbibes within itself a majestic as well as adventurous passage. It is the state that has a perfect amalgamation of past with present,  the traditional with contemporary customs and scientific with religious beliefs. These specialities make this place a perfect option to spend a family vacation or to go on an adventurous journey. Globetrotters can have a wonderful experience at this destination that has continued to sustain its traditional and cultural values. Kerala has a unique geographical feature with 44 brimming rivers along with Arabian Sea in the west and Western Ghats in the east. By availing tour packages to Kerala, tourists can explore this scenic location.

Tranquil Experience on Beaches

This state is famous for its serene beaches, where travellers can go for a leisure walk with their dear ones and can also indulge into recreational activities. One of the most-visited beaches over here is Kovalam Beach, which is located at a distance of 13 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram. It is popular for its crystal clear blue waters, palms and coconut trees that are surrounded by lush landscape. Nearby this beach, there are several street markets from where globetrotters can enjoy tempting local food. Apart from this, there is a plethora of options for tourists to keep themselves entertained. They can avail ayurvedic massage for a relaxing experience as well as can participate in several adventurous activities, such as parasailing, diving and wind surfing.

Besides this, vacationers can spend time at the lagoon at Veli, which is situated on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram. Tourists can visit well-laden parks and spend time at the boat club located here. From row boating, pedal boating, picnicking and swimming, all can be enjoyed. This state has become a popular outing place for tourists for a long time.

Thirumullavaram Beach, is another secluded beach in Kerala, where tourists can enjoy a tranquil ambience. Situated 7 kilometres from Kollam, this beach boasts of golden sand, where vacationers can unwind either by sitting idle or sunbask. Apart from this, ayurvedic centres, offering massages and rejuvenation therapies are situated in vicinity of this beach.

Explore Valleys in Munnar

For tourists who want to explore the beauty of nature will find Munnar an ideal destination. Situated at an elevation of 5000 to 8000 feet above sea level, this hill station once served as the summer resort for the British. Lush greenery, tea plantations, streaming water bodies and scenic environs of this region delights visitors. There are also several attractions that can be visited in this hill station. One of the most-visited is the highest peak of South India, Anamudi, which has a height of 2695 metres. Travellers can go for trekking to this mountain and can witness the scenic view of sunrise and sunset. It is also famous for its rich and exotic flora. Entire land is covered with beautiful flowers, meadows, shrubs as well as tea and coffee plantations, which contribute to its picturesque view. Special honeymoon tours are also organised here, where newly-wedded couples can have a romantic time.

Palm-fringed beaches of Kovalam and Thirumullavaram, scenic beauty of Vagamon and Munnar hills, dense forests of  Silent Valley and Thekkady and the serenity of the pristine backwaters of Kuttanad and Kumarakom make this place an ideal destination to spend holidays.

Udaipur Tour Packages- An Ideal Way to Explore the City of Lakes

Discover the romantic aspect of the majestic Rajputs while visiting Udaipur, which is informally known as the most romantic city in India. The location of this popular tourist destination amidst the Aravalli Mountains in Rajasthan is bound to make travellers fall in love with it. Globetrotters can experience the natural beauty of this place with picturesque lakes set on the forefront with huge mountains as the backdrop. Udaipur tour packages offer travellers  scheduled trips to experience the unsullied landscapes of this region. Plan out the next vacation trip to this enchanting city of Udaipur across the Great Indian Desert with family and friends for an amazing experience.

Ideal Tourist Hotspot for Vacationers

Like most other locations in the state of Rajasthan, this region also has a variety of attractions to amaze every traveler. It has something to charm tourists with different taste, and the unending splendour of this area is wonderfully depicted by its pristine lakes, colossal monuments, imposing palaces, vibrant festivals and fairs. Be it the architectural beauties or the colourful attire of the locals, tourists from far and wide would always find something to their delight. Having the correct blend of lively ambiance with gaiety as well as the raw desolate natural beauty, this region has emerged as one of the favored locations for organizing honeymoon tours in India.

Pichola Lake

Pichola Lake

Pichola Lake

Rajasthan, being the kingdom of Rajputs for centuries, reflects a strong influence of their architectural pattern and craftwork in its massive monuments and forts. Apart from these structures, which are regarded as a forte of Rajputs, the lakes of Udaipur have made this place immensely popular, so much so that it has earned the sobriquet of the City of Lakes in India. Among these, there is hardly any other water body more famous in this region than Pichola Lake. Situated alongside the famous City Palace, it draws travellers from around the world for its amazing shores and crystal clear waters. For the locals as well as enthusiastic tourists, separate ghats have been established to take a bath in its cool waters.

Serene Gardens

Walking amidst the magnificent palaces in this area, visitors are able to reminisce the luxurious lifestyle of its imperial rulers of the bygone era. The palatial buildings are masterpieces when it comes to architecture as well as remind of the authority with which the Rajputs ruled their territories despite constant threats of Mughal invasions. This region also has a number of quaint gardens, which are well-kept and maintained to nurture and preserve their natural beauty. Tourists can go for a walk in these gardens and experience their calm and serene ambience. These gardens also serve as popular picnic spots for locals as well as tourists who visit this place.

 

Travel portals in India as well as popular trip organisers around the globe arrange excursions and trips to this destination. Visitors can choose from the various itineraries available on these websites and select the one that suits the best.

Go for Some Fun at the Waterfront during Karnataka Holidays

Karnataka has a vibrant heritage, with a myriad of cultures of India. This part of Indian sub-continent is a habitat to different ethnicities, including Tuluvas, Kodavas, Konkanis, Kannadigas and various tribal sects that have lent multiple hues to its cultural lifestyle. This area also houses the biggest Tibetan settlement of South India (called Bylakuppe)and people residing over here practice religious beliefs of Islam, Hinduism and Jainism. Being home to religions like Buddhism, Christianity and Sikhism, this region has become a melting pot of cultures. The cultural blend has left an indelible imprint on the different art forms like drama, theatre, poetry, architecture, dance and handicrafts. The most famous and one of the ancient art forms of this region is Yakshagana, the soul of Karnataka. Yakshagana or celestial song is a unique mix of music, dance and literature. The main highlight of this type of traditional theatre is the extempore dialogue delivery. Karnataka holidays are not just about its art and culture but also religious pilgrimage, sparkling falls, rolling hills, splendid palaces, wildlife sanctuaries, magnificent forts and beautiful beaches.

Holidaying at the Beachfront

Malpe Beach

Malpe Beach

This state has some well-known beaches at Malpe, Karwar, Suratkal, Gokarna, St. Mary Island, Marawanthe, Murudeshwar and Kaup, where travellers can enjoy a lot. While Malpe is a prime fishing centre, it is also famous for beach holidays. Adorned by the swaying palm trees, its vast stretches of sand seem to touch the azure sky at the horizon painting a scenic picture. The endless coastline sets the backdrop for an idyllic vacation. Some of the attractions at this beachside include Balarama Temple and Darya Bahadurgarh Island.

Local Attractions

Located nearby is St. Mary Island in the Arabian Sea. This piece of island houses a cross that was brought by Vasco Da Gama, when he came here in 1498. This coast is also known for its rock salt formations due to which this island earned the title of being a National Geological Monument.

St. Mary Island

St. Mary Island

If holidaymakers go towards the seaside at Kaup, they can view the famous temples dedicated to Goddess Mariamma and the ruins of Jain basadis (monasteries). Another waterfront at Suratkal offers a beautiful view of the sea and leads a way to the Lighthouse and Sadashiva Temple.

Fun at Gokarna

A renowned hotspot in Karnataka is Gokarna that seems like a dream destination due to its unexplored coves, jagged cliffs, serene beaches, wonderful sunsets and exquisite temples. A remarkable thing to notice about this place are its five beaches – Paradise, Kudle, Half-Moon, Om and Gokarna that offer a splendid sight of the sea and are separated by cliffs from each other.

Gokarna

Gokarna

Here, vacationers can indulge into several activities at the seashore like enjoying a boat ride to spot dolphins in the seawaters or surfing, getting sun-tanned or walking along the shore. There are facilities for many activities available at the shoreline including jet-skiing, banana boat rides and fishing. If holidaymakers are looking for spending some time with their family at this dream destination, then they must make all their bookings in advance for a hassle-free holiday.

Ooty Tour Packages Take Travellers for a Trip across South India

One of the most favoured tourist destinations not only in South India, but also in the Indian subcontinent is Udhagamandalam, which is more commonly known as Ooty. The scenic beauty of this location is so mesmerising that it has earned the sobriquet of Queen of Hill Stations. Located in the Nilgiri Hills, it is connected with cities of both, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In spite of being situated in the tropics, the climate of this place is mild and pleasant mainly due to its altitude. Ooty tour packages are organised by regional as well as national tour organisers, which take enthusiasts through a trip across this scenic hill station.

Ooty Lake

Among the number of vacation spots at this place, one of the most visited is Ooty Lake (map: https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d6885!2d76.6868582!3d11.4035511), which starts right from behind the main bus stand. It is an artificial lake that was constructed by John Sullivan by building dams around the snaky mountain streams that flowed down the ranges. This water body is L-shaped and extends to about two kilometres in length. The spot surrounding this lake has emerged as a major tourist attraction for people coming to this place.

The far end of the water body has a Boat House, where boats are available for rent from morning till evening for trips. A number of boat pageantry as well as races are organised during the summer season, which are major crowd-pulling events here. With the passage of time, this spot has become the major hub for tourist entertainment. There is also a children park nearby that houses a toy-train. This is a major source of recreation, especially for children, as it takes them through the green surroundings. Also present nearby, is a deer park, which showcases a variety of flora and fauna. A paved path surrounds the entire lake, where visitors can go for a walk during the evenings to enjoy the cool breeze.

This place is considered as one of the must-visit locations by most travel planners when offering India vacation packages. The most attractive thing to see here is the change in vegetation pattern. This place has historically been famous for its amazing and unending tea gardens, which span all over the gradients of the hills in this region. The lingering fragrance of tea leaves fills the atmosphere and visitors can sense it as soon as they enter this hill station.

Travellers looking for a vacation at this destination can opt for a number of packages available on leading travel portals. These tours are organised for varying number of days and enthusiasts can go through the itineraries for opting for the one that suits them the best. Discounts are offered during festive seasons as well as in case there is a popular event coming up. Often, trips, which span over a week take visitors for a tour across the chief attractions of South India. For a complete, systematic and refreshing tour of the vacation hotspots, consult popular travel websites in India.