India Update Issue 37 | July 2011 LPTI
DIVISION OF LE PASSAGE TO INDIA TOURS & TRAVELS PVT. LTD.
Season’s Greetings!

This edition of the India Update brings to you some interesting destinations and the fascinating history to Explore, Experience and Enthuse your sense. Let the Incredibly Indian magic enthrall you! Spotlight this week is on Aurangabad - ‘The City of Gates’, a region with an interesting blend of ancient Indian architecture. Creativity should start with K, because that’s what is Kerala is best at – introducing to you Kumbalangi – a tiny fishing village, which was inaugurated just last week to be a “model tourist village”, an interesting concept that should encourage many more tourist to experience rural India.

This week we also share with you something that I am personally quite fond off, the thrill of white water rafting on the Indus River in the Ladakh region with the backdrop of the Himalayas, read about it in the product update section. The section also features quaint and pretty hill town of Ooty and cultural vibrance of Mahabalipuram. This is one time of the year, when we all love to visit God’s own country – Kerala, as the festive celebration of its most auspicious harvest festival – Onam unfolds. The region vibrates with an energy, as colours, customs and couture of the brightest shades are seen all around. Art forms of India are not just restricted to dance and music, in this edition we feature the unique art of Tanjore paintings that revered the world over and the fabric design styling with Tie & Dye tradition .

Lastly, we take this opportunity to thank you all, for the overwhelming support to our vote appeal for our ‘World Travel Awards’ nomination in the “India’s leading Destination Management” company category. This really does mean a lot to us.

With the monsoon in full bloom, here’s another Incredible India Update, especially for you. Do keep writing to us, we love to hear from you.

Have an Incredible Week!

Most Warmly
Arjun Sharma
Managing Director
JUST IN

India witnesses increase in Gay Travellers
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Kalagram project to unveil in Aurangabad
Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Minister of Tourism unveiled the Rs 442 lakh Kalagram project » MORE

Goa seeks EoI for sea plane, helicopter and ropeway services
Soon tourists on holiday in Goa will be able to pick from sea plane, helicopter and ropeway » MORE

ASCOTT’s first serviced residence to open in Bangalore
Ascott, one of the largest international serviced residence owner, is expanding its network » MORE

DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT
Aurangabad
Located in the Maharashtra state of West India, Aurangabad is the city needs no introduction, for it is the gateway » MORE
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Kumbalangi Village Experience, Kerala
A visit to Cochin can now be even more exciting. With the Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village project is a unique initiative » MORE
 
 
PRODUCT UPDATE
Corbett, Uttarakhand
Corbett National Park has captured the imagination of many with its diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. » MORE
 
White Water Rafting, R. Indus, Ladakh
White water rafting in the Ladakh region is an unparalleled experience. Pristine waters and the backdrop of the Himalayan ranges » MORE
 
OOTY, Tamil Nadu
Everyone is nostalgic about the toy trains of India especially the one running between Ooty – Coonoor. » MORE
 
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
Mahabalipuram, derived from 'Mamallapuram' is a small town in Kancheepuram district in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. » MORE
 
 
HOTEL UPDATE
Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
The Garden City of India welcomes you at the premier Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway. This is India’s first Sheraton-Managed
 
 
property. Located in the neighbourhood of Malleswaram, Brigade Gateway is an expansive lifestyle enclave comprising the World Trade Centre office tower, the massive Orion Mall & Multiplex » MORE
 
 
AVIATION UPDATE
Air India’s new Boeing 787 to start operation on Melbourne route
Direct Air India services between Delhi and Melbourne have been scheduled to finally commence in October » MORE
 
First Chennai-Jakarta flight likely by year-end

Indonesian national airline Garuda’s first Chennai-Jakarta flight is likely to start by this year end. Currently, passengers to Indonesia » MORE
 
 
FESTIVALS OF INDIA
Onam – Kerala
Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and
 
 
enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala » MORE
 
 
MONUMENTS OF INDIA
India Gate, Delhi
India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India it was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Originally known
 
 
as All India War Memorial, it is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the British Indian Empire » MORE
 
 
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT INCREDIBLE INDIA
Tanjore Paintings
Tanjore Painting is an important form of classical South Indian painting native to the town of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. » MORE
 
Tie - Dye Art of India
The art of creating patterns and designs through the process of tying and dying of fabrics traces its origins to many countries » MORE
 
 
YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT
Your Feedback is Important
Congratulations to LPTI on winning of 5 national Tourism Awards. Our guests are always very happy with their tour and with your service.
 
 
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WHATS NEW AT LE PASSAGE TO INDIA
‘MANZIL’ celebrates annual day festival ‘UTSAV’
One of our affiliated NGO Manzil celebrated its annual festival of at the Nehru Museum amphitheatre on 17 Jul 2011. The children put
 
 
an excellent program with a wonderful theme as ‘what Manzil means to them and what it has taught them’. With every item having a Manzil centric touch, the audience thoroughly enjoyed » MORE
 
SPECIAL PROJECTS
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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