India Update Issue 50 | Oct 2011 LPTI
DIVISION OF LE PASSAGE TO INDIA TOURS & TRAVELS PVT. LTD.
Festive Greetings!

The festive air has brought a smile on everybody’s face as we are celebrating tomorrow one of the biggest festival of India, the festival of lights, luck and prosperity – ‘Diwali’. India is dressed up in luminous lights, sparkling diyas, sounds of firecrackers and colourful rangolis, read more about this special occasion in our Festivals of India section.

India Update presents to you this week an enchanting hill town from the Northeast, Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim; a thieves market in the middle of the buzzing city of Mumbai - Chor Bazaar which is the perfect place to find a lost treasure or grab onto some antiques; Bandhavgarh National Park that has captured the imagination of many is known for its diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes and Deeg Palace, a fine blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture built by various Maharajas of Rajasthan.

Don’t miss to read about a volunteer visit by the BoBath Group of ten volunteers to our partner NGO Deepalaya’s Special unit in Delhi and how they added varied colours in the life of the slum children of the area.

In this festive fervor we wish you all a warm and prosperous Diwali from entire Le Passage to India family.

Have an incredible week!

Most Warmly
Arjun Sharma
Managing Director
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DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT
Gangtok, Sikkim
The clouds of mist floating over the lush countryside, numerous buddhist monasteries, and the colourful lifestyle » MORE
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Chor Bazaar, Mumbai
Literally meaning Thieves Market, Chor Bazar is a short distance away from Crawford Market and in the heart of the Maximum city » MORE
 
 
PRODUCT UPDATE
Bandhavgarh National Park
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has unique historical attributes, with the Bandhavgarh Fort prominently located as a major landmark. According to legend, it is believed that the Bandhavgarh Fort was given to Lakshman » MORE
 
 
HOTEL UPDATE
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with a contemporary design, large living spaces with the modern amenities for your comfort. It is a small new property located at Baga, aesthetically designed offering all the comforts » MORE
 
 
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FESTIVALS OF INDIA
Diwali - Festival of Lights, 26th Oct 2011
Diwali or Deepawali popularly known as ‘Festival of lights’ is one of the most important festival in North india, celebrated for different reasons,
 
 
occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families » MORE
 
 
MONUMENTS OF INDIA
Deeg Palace, Bharatpur
Deeg Palace located in Bharatpur district, Rajasthan is historically associated as the eighteenth century strong hold of the Jat rulers.
 
 
Badan Singh (1722 – 56 AD) after assuming the throne consolidated the headship of the tribe and thereby became the virtual founder of the Jat house at Bharatpur. » MORE
 
 
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Kalasha
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the tour was well organised and within a good price.
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Bobath Group Volunteer Visit Deepalaya Special Unit, Sanjay Colony, Delhi, India
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Lives. The special unit, recently shifted from another slum which was razed, was in a very shabby state. This was targeted as the social work on the Bobath group’s India itinerary » MORE
 
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