India Update Issue 30 | June 2011 LPTI
DIVISION OF LE PASSAGE TO INDIA TOURS & TRAVELS PVT. LTD.
Season’s Greetings!

With monsoons around the corner, can there be a better time to pause and pamper the senses? This is the time to take a break from the sweltering summer heat and refresh your mind and body. Come and celebrate the season by rejuvenating and soaking yourself in the tranquility of the Ananda spas in the Himalayas that is famous world over.. read on about it in our signature experiences. For the history buffs, visit the fabulous and famed Fort Kochi in Kerala and in Delhi see the exquisite architecture of the world heritage site- Humayun’s Tomb. Also showcased in the issue is an interesting heritage restaurant- Surabhi; a turban museum in Jaipur. and the experience of Cruising on the Jhelum River in Kashmir which is bound to mesmerize all.

Another must visit destination during the monsoons is the hidden gem of the state of Assam – Mijuli Islands, which is the largest river island of India and was also known as the culture capital of Assam. A journey to India will be incomplete, without a mention of an Indian festival and this issue features TEEJ festival which is celebrated with great pomp and show in many states of India. Experience every Indian fascination in this festival from Henna and bangles to traditional folk songs and dances to colorful clothes and cuisine. Truly and Incredibly Indian!

Also showcased for you , in this India Update, are the Nepalese treasures at the Durbar Square and our regular section of Interesting facts promises to keep you engrossed as always!

So, enjoy this monsoon , as you discovering another facet of real India that stands for beauty and a cheerful spirit.

Have an incredible week ahead!

Warm Regards

Arjun Sharma
Managing Director
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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh
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Fort Kochi (Fort Cochin)
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Surabhi Restaurant & Turban Museum, Jaipur
Surabhi is a heritage restaurant located in an over 300-year-old palace in Jaipur. The heart of the restaurant is the Durbar » MORE
 
Durbar Square, Kathmandu
Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient » MORE
 
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Teej Festival (2nd - 3rd Aug’11)
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Gujarat in India. Swings, traditional folk songs and dancing are the unique features of Teej celebrations. Women perform traditional folk dance dressed in colourfull clothes and » MORE
 
 
MONUMENTS OF INDIA
Humayun Tomb, Delhi
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