India Update Issue 28 | May 2011 LPTI
DIVISION OF LE PASSAGE TO INDIA TOURS & TRAVELS PVT. LTD.
Season’s Greetings!

With some surprise rain showers that made this summer quite pleasant, this edition of India update will take you on yet another exciting journey of Incredible India. Its home to the many beautiful hill stations and monuments that mesmerize the senses…. And in this issue we introduce to you the Scotland of India - Coorg, a quaint hill town of Karnataka and a small hamlet of up north Himachal Pradesh - Chail. Truly, a perfect balm to the soul buffeted by the rigours of life!

Also in this edition is the Himalayan jewel, Bhutan - one of the world’s most enigmatic and happiest countries, through our signature tour specially crafted for you. For the history buffs, revel in the serene beauty and the French connection of Pondicherry, and the legendary story behind the Srirangapatna Fort on the small island town near Mysore in south India. Adventure enthusiasts can come out and explore the Gir National Park for the Asiatic lions or participate in the snake boat race of Kerala sure to give you an adrenalin rush.

Also in this India Update find out how we keep cool during the extreme summers, with its indigenous and traditional beetal leaf savoury the ‘Paan’ and the colourful turbans, an Indian headgear that adds to the vibrance of traditional attire. Remember to try them both for an authentic and indelible Indian experience!

Have an incredible week!

Warm Regards

Arjun Sharma
Managing Director
JUST IN

India’s first epic tourism park themed on Jatayu
A 1000-feet high rocky hill cluster at Chadayamangalam in south Kerala, believed to be » MORE

Golfers soon to tee off from Goa’s 1st PGA Golf Course
The 200-acre PGA standard Golf Course will be developed by Leading Hotels. » MORE

Kaziranga National Park closes for monsoon
The Kaziranga National Park in Assam has been closed for tourists from May 1, 2011 » MORE

DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT
Coorg – The Scotland of India
Kodagu or Coorg, the thickly wooded grandeur on the Western Ghats, is the most beautiful hill station of Karnataka. » MORE
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Bhutan – The Last ShangriLa
Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon and experience the charm and magic of one of the world’s most enigmatic » MORE
 
 
PRODUCT UPDATE
Pondicherry
Pondicherry or Puducherry, is a town tucked away on the Eastern seaboard of India. Among its diverse attractions are » MORE
 
Gir National Park (Lion Sanctuary)
Gir, the last bastion of the Asiatic lion, is a beautiful and teak dominated habitat in the Junagadh district in » MORE
 
Chail the Hill Station above Shimla
After introducing you to the Queen of hills Shimla in our last issue, here we showcase to you a small hamlet called » MORE
 
Mayfair Spa Resort, Gangtok (Sikkim)
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a unique hill resort of northeast India and undoubtedly one of the most oft-visited ones. » MORE
 
 
HOTEL UPDATE
Leela Palace Kempenski, Delhi
The 260 room new Leela Palace New Delhi located in the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave. Now open, this luxurious New Delhi Hotel is
 
 
considered among the finest in India. The hotel is in close proximity to the Presidential Palace, Prime Minister's office, ministries, embassies, central business districts and » MORE
 
 
AVIATION UPDATE
Mumbai airport could handle 60% more flights
The city's airport could soon improve its flight handling capacity by 60%. But this can happen only if the recommendations » MORE
 
Ahmedabad Airport closure due to repair work
A major part of the 3,599-metre runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport of Ahmedabad will remain » MORE
 
 
FESTIVALS OF INDIA
Champakulam Boat Race, Kerala
Kerala’s winding stretches of backwaters are not just known for their house boats and calm waters. They are also famous for the rumbling
 
 
snake boat races that bring the regions alive every year in different parts of the State in the harvest season. The Champakulam boat race will be held on 16th June this year, the first » MORE
 
 
MONUMENTS OF INDIA
Srirangapatana Fort (Karnataka)
Srirangapatna Fort also known as Tipu's Palace was reckoned to be an impregnable fortress during the British era. Built in the year 1537 by
 
 
a feudal lord, this magnificent fort is considered to be the second toughest fort of India. The legendary Tipu Sultan's residence was inside this fort, hence it is also named after him. » MORE
 
 
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT INCREDIBLE INDIA
Indian PAAN
India has an old tradition of offering Paan to their guests as a sign of hospitality, be it after meals or at the beginning of social » MORE
 
Turban (Pagri)
Indian turban is a headdress consisting of long scarf-like single piece of cloth, wound around the head. It is worn by a certain » MORE
 
 
YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT
Your Feedback Is Important
Dear Team India
Hi, I just wanted to pass on the comments from Jane Cooper and Gerard Kelly on their recent
 
 
trek and tour. Here’s Jane & Gerard’s letter… We had a great trip and loved both the trek and the visit to Glenburn - very different experiences! » MORE
 
 
WHATS NEW AT LE PASSAGE TO INDIA
Participation in the Arabian Travel Mart
LPTI wrapped up a highly successful participation in the 4 day Arabian Travel Market that concluded in dubai on 5th May 2011, with thousands of
 
 
visitors, leading regional and international tourism industry players, decision makers, media visiting the colourful and vibrant LPTI stand. The stand had the brand colour prominent and the » 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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