India Update Issue 34 | July 2011 LPTI
Season’s Greetings!

A land of Cultures, Traditions and Heritage, India welcomes everybody with warmth and affection for those who visit her with an open heart. India is not just a piece of land with beautiful terrains or man-made monuments and ancient history! India to her people is a mother goddess and is worshipped by all. The beauty of this relationship between man and earth will surely overwhelm one. So take in the kaleidoscope of India’s harmony, as its vivacious nature and cultural delight vey for your attention.

Let the beauty of our monsoons add their very own special charm to your incredible experience! This week’s India Update features for you, the Paradise on Earth – Kashmir, where you can discover the sheer bliss of cruising on the dal lake, soak in the snow capped Himalayan peaks and choose to stay in a houseboat. Next unravel the exquisite art and design of the unique heritage centre Dakshinachitra in Chennai in South India and the breezy beautiful hill town of Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh in North India.

We are delighted to share with you that your encouragement and enthusiasm to partner our socially responsible initiatives has helped us take yet another meaningful step for our Travel Foundation, the launch of our Shaping Lives website. Do take a look, and join this heartfelt meaningful initiative as we endeavour to make a difference in society.

With a promise to help you know India better with our weekly updates, we hope this edition will keep you engrossed.

Please do write in to us your suggestions and feedback. We love to hear from you!

Have an Incredible week!

Warm Regards
Arjun Sharma
Managing Director

Goa Tourism launches SMS service for tourists
In an effort to be more tourist-friendly, Goa tourism has embarked on a tech-savvy project » MORE

MoT-IATO to conduct road shows in Switzerland & France in August 2011
In a bid to tap major European source markets and boost visitor arrivals » MORE

Govt plans 20 parks on Sentosa model to boost tourism through PPP
Each tourism park, first-of-its-kind in the country, will have a hotel, convention centre » MORE

Visa-on-Arrival scheme most availed by Filipinos in May
Filipinos were the largest group tourists who availed the Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) scheme » MORE

Kashmir – Paradise on Earth
This ‘Switzerland of India’ needs no introduction, Kashmir is the crowning glory of India, located in the northern state Jammu & Kashmir » MORE
DakshinaChitra, Chennai
DakshinaChitra is a unique Heritage Centre located on the east coast road in Muttukadu on the way to Mahabalipuram » MORE
Manas National Park, Assam
The Manas sanctuary, a national park, a tiger reserve, an elephant and a biosphere reserve situated in Assam » MORE
Passenger Vessel between India - Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka lies off the south-eastern coast, separated from India by the Palk Strait and the chain of low sandbars and islands » MORE
Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
The roads to Indo - Tibet Border in the Baspa Valley in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh ends at the Chitkul village » MORE
Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), Tamil Nadu
An important temple town on the South India tour circuit between Pondicherry-Madurai, Trichy is a storage significant antiquity. » MORE
Udai Kothi, Udaipur
Located in the old Udaipur City, through picturesque narrow streets, stands Udai Kothi, a unique mansion which melds seamlessly into
the traditional architecture. Located only a few steps away from the beautiful Lake Pichola, the hotel has used its space in a unique way, creating a warm, luxurious haven for the modern traveler. » MORE
Guwahati to be regional aviation hub in Northeast
After inaugurating the new passenger terminal building at Shillong Airport, the Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi » MORE
Relocation of various Indian airports

The Indian airports which were located at one extreme end of the major cities of our country are in the shifting mode. » MORE
Tarnetar Mela, Gujarat (1st – 3rd Sept 2011)
The Saurashtra region of Gujarat state is known for a temple, Trineteshwar Mahadev temple, which is the site of a very special event, the
Tarnetar Mela (fair). This fair is celebrated as a commemoration of the wedding of India’s legendary hero, Arjuna and Draupadi. This unique religious festival of India is organised » MORE
Pattadakal, Karnataka - World Heritage Site
The second most important group of temple complex after Vijayanagar Empire in South India is the Temple complex of Pattadakal, a village in
the state of Karnataka. Three very closely located sites in the state of Karnataka provide a remarkable concentration of religious monuments dating from the great dynasty » MORE
Why do we offer Coconut in temples?
In Indian one of the most common offerings is a temple is a coconut. It is also offered on occasions like weddings, festivals » MORE
Tabla, the popular Indian Musical Instrument
The tabla is a popular Indian percussion instrument used in Hindustani classical music and in popular and devotional music » MORE
Your Feedback Is Important
We are delighted receive such encouraging comments from you, with so many of you write in to us and sharing these kind words. From this
week onwards, we would try and include more than one feedback. Just a small gesture from us to silently thank each of you for your constant support to Brand India! » MORE
Le Passage Travel Foundation – ‘Shaping Lives’ website unveiled
We are delighted to share with you the official webpage of Le Passage Travel Foundation – ‘Shaping Lives’. A keen desire for our entire team

to give back to society, on 08 Dec 2010 at a CSR Symposium in Delhi, we formally launched our Travel Foundation – ‘Shaping Lives’ with partner NGOs. Today the website has been launched » MORE
LPTI brings to you an exclusive opportunity to play your favourite sport- Golf... » MORE
LPTI brings to you special packages to be a part of this exciting event in India. The 2011 Formula... » MORE
Taj Mahal Trophy-International Amateur Golf Championship... » MORE
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