India Update Issue 27 | May 2011 LPTI
DIVISION OF LE PASSAGE TO INDIA TOURS & TRAVELS PVT. LTD.
Season’s Greetings!

India is poised to take on the sizzling summer with its luring regions that cool the body and mind. From snowcapped mountains, beautiful beaches and mighty rivers there is a whole range of summer destinations to head to. In this edition we take you to the exotic Queen of hills- Shimla where the snow capped peaks combined with its vibrant himachali culture is sure to mesmerise its travellers. From Himachal head towards the gorgeous Zanskar Valley of Ladakh where the unexplored regions, their simplicity in the lifestyle but richness in traditions make it a must visit. To allure you more we hereby showcase the luxurious property - Vivanta by Taj in the valley of tulips, Kashmir accentuated with the stunning views of Dal Lake.

India is home to many religious sites, without visiting which your journey into this country is incomplete. We bring you the religious and tourist significance of the Ganges Ghats of Varanasi, the bright and the largest muslim fair in India- Urs in Ajmer city of Rajasthan and the Mahabodhi temple of Bodhgaya, each are an experience in its own.

Besides this, the India Update also brings to you the ethereal charm of the city of Hyderabad which has enough reasons to live and jive in it. Also on showcase is the special signature experience of Elephant Polo Match in Jaipur and the significance behind the Indian Doorway decoration with Torans.

Our India Update brings to you a heady mix of articles that would not only increase your knowledge of the sub- continent, but will also keep you pleasantly engrossed for hours! So, sit back and soak in…

We also look forward to seeing you and your clients at the upcoming Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Thimpu, Bhutan this week.

Have an Incredible Week!

Warm Regards

Arjun Sharma
Managing Director
JUST IN

Goa government to set up 'Goa Haat' in Panaji
A crafts bazaar, 'Goa Haat', will soon be set up across six acres of land on the Eastern side » MORE

Ferry service between India & Sri Lanka resumes
The ferry service between India and Sri Lanka that was suspended due to the terrorist » MORE

The Jehangir Nicholson Art Gallery opens in Mumbai
In the recently revamped annexe of what was formerly known as the Prince of Wales » MORE

UNWTO Floats a New Committee on Tourism Development
Tourism is increasingly becoming a source of growth, employment, income and revenue » MORE

DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT
Shimla – The Queen of Hills
Shimla, the capital town of Himachal Pradesh, is built over several hills and connecting ridges. The town is situated in the North-West » MORE
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Elephant Polo — The Sport of the Kings
Elephants have been a part of Indian culture since times Immemorial. They were representatives of the strength » MORE
 
 
PRODUCT UPDATE
Ganges Ghats of Varanasi
Varanasi or Kashi is older than traditions. Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural » MORE
 
Zanskar Valley, Ladakh
Zanskar, famous for its snow-white high hills and gorgeous Gompas (monasteries), has lovely and spectacular landscapes. » MORE
 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
The city of smiles, of lights, of a thousand faces, endearingly called the Pearl City, Hyderabad offers a very interesting variety » MORE
 
Ancient Lothal - Gujarat
Everyone knows that the Indus Valley Civilization disappeared from Mohenjo-daro, but fewer know that the Harappan culture » MORE
 
 
HOTEL UPDATE
Vivanta by Taj - Dal View, Srinagar (Kashmir)
For five Centuries, the battlements of the Hari Parbat Fort have loomed large over the Dal. But Srinagar’s lake placid now lies besieged by a
 
 
fortress of another kind. Veiled by secrecy and fiercely shielded from prying eyes, the Vivanta by Taj-Dal View luxury hotel perched on Kralsangri hill, has finally flung its doors open. » MORE
 
 
AVIATION UPDATE
Air India will be a part of Star Alliance by July 2011
Air India to join the global airlines’ grouping of Star Alliance by July this year. The airline has already completed all modalities » MORE
 
Indigo Launches 08 New Direct Flights From Lucknow
IndiGo recently announced the launch of eight new direct flights from Lucknow to Bombay, Delhi and Bangalore, » MORE
 
 
FESTIVALS OF INDIA
Urs Festival, Ajmer (June 4, 2011)
The Urs festival is an annual festival held at Ajmer, a small city in the state of Rajasthan, commemorates the death anniversary of the
 
 
Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti, (founder of the Chishtiya Sufi order in India). It is held over six days, and features night-long dhikr /zikr qawwali singing. The anniversary is celebrated » MORE
 
 
MONUMENTS OF INDIA
Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya
Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment under a Fig tree at Bodh Gaya. Mahabodhi Temple (Great awakening temple)
 
 
Mahabodhi Temple (Great awakening temple) Complex at Bodh Gaya (Buddha Gaya), spread over an area of 4.86 hectares (12.0 acres) was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage » MORE
 
 
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT INCREDIBLE INDIA
Algebra and Trigonometry were developed in India
A landmark in Indian mathematics was the development of the series expansions for trigonometric functions » MORE
 
An Indian Doorway - Toran
Toran means pass of a sacred gateway. Made from wood or stone in olden days, its is a decorative door hanging » MORE
 
 
YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT
YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT
From: Miriam, ALT Group
Dear Team India,
Congratulations on the good work you did with
 
 
this group. Dinner with the polo match even I was surprised by how well it was mounted and executed. Here I give full 10 points to your team, that didn´t leave » MORE
 
 
WHATS NEW AT LE PASSAGE TO INDIA
Celebrations in Goa
Le Passage to India celebrated the first successful season of Coral Travel Charters to Goa by hosting a grand evening for the fraternity
 
 
on April 28’ 2011, felicitating their best selling travel industry partners. The evening saw 09 hotel partners being recognized for their support namely, The Leela Kempinski, » MORE
 
SPECIAL PROJECTS
Mountain Echoes is a unique literary and cultural festival set in the pristine beauty.. » MORE
 
LPTI brings to you special packages to be a part of this exciting event in India. The 2011 Formula ... » MORE
 
The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was the tenth Cricket World Cup... » MORE
 
 
 
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