India Update Issue 57 | Dec 2011 LPTI
DIVISION OF LE PASSAGE TO INDIA TOURS & TRAVELS PVT. LTD.
Greetings!!

This week India celebrates a cultural extravaganza in the land of Kutch, Gujarat where dances, arts and crafts from across the state come together for three days, read about this in our Festivals of India section.

India’s magnitude and grandiose is reflected in its majestic palaces, fortifications and traditions that have lived here from a bygone era. See a glimpse of all this in our India Update where we introduce you to Bikaner, a town dotted with sand dunes and architectural marvels that speak about the royal influences over the city; the exotic Royal Palaces spread across the state of Chhattisgarh and the intricate work of a Mughal architectural masterpiece, Tomb of Sikandra.

As truly said once, India is a land of snake charmers and mystics, read about this ancient practice prevalent today in few parts of the country. Also read about the unique martial art form from the south, Kalaripayattu, inspired from the raw power and sinuous strength of majestic animal forms and an exotic pork cuisine from the land of beaches and sunshine, Goa.

Have an incredible week!

Most Warmly
Arjun Sharma
Managing Director
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DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT
Bikaner
Walking down the narrow lanes of Bikaner one can still smell the city’s deep connection with it’s past. Bikaner, another gem of » MORE
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Palaces of Chhattisgarh
Historically Chhattisgarh is an ancient land, known as Dakshin kosala in ancient texts, inscriptions, literary works » MORE
 
 
PRODUCT UPDATE
Kalaripayattu
India is known the world over for its many unique art forms and one among them is the Kalaripayattu - the martial art form of Kerala. It is
 
 
also practiced in contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Kalari payat includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. » MORE
 
 
HOTEL UPDATE
The Serai, Kabini
Located in village Karapra, 220 kilometres from Bangalore, The Serai Kabini is simply named after the Kabini River, on whose banks it is set.
 
 
Close is the Rajiv Gandhi National Park and a stone’s throw away is the Kabini River Lodge property. On the periphery of the meandering Kabini, and its reservoir backwaters » MORE
 
 
AVIATION UPDATE
Qatar Airways CEO eyes further Indian expansion
Qatar Airways is looking for further expansion opportunities in India for both passenger flights and cargo, as said by the airline's CEO. Akbar Al
 
 

Baker said he was keen to develop more routes in India, stressing the importance of the "strong market". He said: "This is a market that is strong and full of confidence. » MORE
 
 
FESTIVALS OF INDIA
Rann Utsav, Kutch (Gujarat) - 09th - 11th DEC 2011
A plethora of varied hues, profusion of design, superfluity of culture, cornucopia of music and dance, all together in the arid lands of Kutch
 
 

creates a mosaic of exquisiteness which reflects the identity and spirit of the region. Kutch, one of the most ecologically and ethnically diverse district of the state is a celebratory land » MORE
 
 
MONUMENTS OF INDIA
Tomb of Sikandra, Agra
The Tomb of Akbar the Great is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece, built 1605-1613 in Sikandra, a suburb of Agra. It houses the
 
 
mortal remains of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who, during his lifetime itself had completed the tomb and laid out a beautiful garden. However, the topmost portion of mausoleum in marble » MORE
 
 
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT INCREDIBLE INDIA
Snake Charmers
Snake charmers of India are known to be a clan called the Saperas who practice Snake charming - hypnotising of snakes » MORE
 
Recipe of the week - Pork Vindaloo
Hot and tangy, this dish is from the heart of beautiful Goa on India's western coast. Eat it with plain boiled rice and a leafy green salad. » MORE
 
 
YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT
Your Feedback is Important
Feedback from UK:
Very good communication between staff ensured smooth & enjoyable visit. The guide in Agra, Iqbal
 
 
had excellent knowledge about destination and our language. Also the driver was very pleasant and safe.Many thanks for organising this beautiful trip. » MORE
 
 
WHATS NEW AT LE PASSAGE TO INDIA
An International Day for the People with Disabilities
The Foundation celebrated the day with its special children at the Deepalaya Special Unit, Sanjay Colony, Delhi on 03rd December’2011.
 
 

The festivities started with a cricket match between the hearing and speech impaired teams, with a fair mix of boys and girls as Ms Sudha Parthasarthy, Executive Director, » MORE
 
SPECIAL PROJECTS
Taj Mahal Trophy-International Amateur Golf Championship... » MORE
 
We are the Official Event Partners for Inter Pacific Bar Association’s 22nd Annual Conference in New Delhi. ...>>MORE
 
November 2011
Jaipur, India
The 10th SAARC Golf Championship... » MORE
 
 
 
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