Monday, August 03, 2015

                               The Diverse Attractions of Kerala!

Kerala is known as “God’s Own Country” and anyone who has visited the place will easily understand why. Lush with thick green forests, abundant and diverse wildlife, natural landscapes, replete with amazing ancient temples, mosques and culture, Kerala seems to have been created with care and detail.

The state has something to offer to every kind of traveler. If it is exotic cuisine you are looking for, nothing can beat the varied native menu, with both, veg and non-veg dishes, especially the local fish curries. Each city in Kerala has its own specialties to offer.

For culture enthusiasts, there are several social and traditional arts, architecture and performances to peruse. These include the Vedic martial art of Kalripayyattu, Mohiniattam dance, the rock-carved temples and much more.
For the nature lover, Kerala has one of the largest and pristine beach lines in the world. The state also possesses an intricate waterway of canals that meander through small villages, jungles and witnesses amazing wildlife and fauna.

Starting at its southernmost tip is Kanyakumari situated on the edge of the Indian Ocean. One can begin by visiting the Vivekananda Memorial, besides the Wax Museum, Velli Gardens, Raja Ravi Varma Art Gallery and relax by the beach. Alleppey is another town, offering visitors the beauty of its backwaters. You can glide through lagoons and canals, watching the breathtaking greenery and the local villages.

Nearby, is the Periyar Game Sanctuary. A must-see for its wildlife, from huge elephants, deer and crocodiles. A boat ride takes you across Periyar Lake, allowing a complete view of the hills and the waterholes used by animals. Here, you can enjoy cultural dance performances and buy exotic spices from the Kumily Spice Village. In Munnar, you can visit the famed Echo Point, Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park and the Tea Garden, besides taking a boat ride to Mattupetty Dam.

Kerala is also home to the “Dwaraka of the South”, the ancient Guruvayoor Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna. A spot not to be missed is the Elephant Sanctuary. Moving further towards Cochin via Kaladi, there is the birth-place of the spiritual seer, Adi Shankaracharya.Cochin itself, houses the Church of St. Francis, the Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace. There is also a Harbour Cruise to watch the Chinese Fishing Nets.

Kerala is an amalgamation of old and new, from rural village huts to modern architecture, hill-stations to verdant beaches. For the shopaholics, Kerala has a treasure of goodies. Traditional handicrafts, traditional silk, coir products and much much more.

Make sure to visit this beautiful Southern state in India and capture memories that are unparalleled.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Rangeelo Rajasthan

Rajasthan has long mesmerized the world with its rugged charm and vibrant culture. Land of the Rajput empire, it flaunts amazing fort architecture, monuments, camel fairs, exquisite local attire and jewelry, besides a delectable cuisine. A number of heritage palaces, desert safaris and more have continued to draw visitors from across the globe for not only vacations, but also for memorable occasions such as weddings.

Mt Abu is a beautiful hill station in Rajasthan, with the famed Dilwara Temples that are a marvel in marble, with intricate carving. It also has several Hindu temples carved out of single rock. Abu has a wildlife sanctuary that spans the mountains.

A city that has captured imaginations of the West and the silver screen is Udaipur. Beautiful lakes and heritage fort hotels, such as the Maharana Pratap Smarak - Moti Magri, Saheliyon ki Bari- 'Garden of the Maids of Honour’ make it a delight for visitors. Close by is the Nathdwara temple, the seat of the Vaishnavite philosophy.

Moving from Udaipur to Pushkar, one can find the famed Chittorgarh Fort, Ranakumbha Palace, Meera Mandir, Vijay Stambha and Padmini's Palace.

The monument of Moinuddin Chishti Darga awaits in Ajmer, where one can also find the sole Bhrama temple in India and the colourful Pushkar fair.

Tiger territory Ranthambore are next up on the map, allowing wildlife enthusiasts to capture the diverse species of animals in their natural habitat.

Rajasthan would be incomplete without a trip to Jaipur, famed for its beautiful semi-precious jewelry, bandhanis, handicrafts, silks and the amazing Hawa Mahal, besides the Jantar Mantar.

If the desert landscape and its whimsical culture entrance you, Bikaner and Jaisalmer are the spots to head for. Bikaner has a long history of forts and temples and in Jaisalmer, you can enjoy the traditional folk dances, camel rides, with a fabulous dinner as you watch the sun set on the dunes.

Cuisine in Rajasthan is unique, with its rich spices and flavors. Each city has its own specialties, but the Mirchi Vada (Chilli Pancake) originated in Jodhpur, where it can be enjoyed with a thick chutney (sauce). Jodhpur is also home to the brilliant Rajput architecture, such as Ummaid Bhavan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort which includes Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Silah Khana, Daulat Khana and Rang Mahal.

Rajasthan is one of the most amazing states of India, which showcases the growth of culture amidst the arid desert. Its colorful festivals and attire brighten up the golden landscapes and it has a long history of honor and tradition. Relive the glory of the past by visiting this land of ancient culture.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Top 5 Benefits of Traveling in a Group

Leisure traveling is always exciting and fun. Discovering unknown lands and cultures fills us with an eager anticipation, besides giving us unforgettable memories to treasure and share with loved ones.
Traveling in a group has greater advantages than traveling alone. Singular travel can be extremely therapeutic for those deliberately seeking it, but for those traveling for fun and holiday, nothing can beat the enjoyment of being in a group. Human beings are inherently social animals and one of the greatest joys is the one of sharing. Traveling in a group enhances this joy in several ways and makes for a memorable trip together. This also allows for many other advantages in a tour.

Here, we explore the benefits of traveling in and how it can add a lot more value to our journeys to new places.

1.  Taking selfies of oneself and posting them on social sites is gratifying, but in a group we share the moments “live” with loved ones, be it family or friends. Posting such pictures is far more enjoyable, as many can relate to it and certainly makes for more “likes” than otherwise.

2.  Traveling in group helps us overcome our small fears or inhibitions for discovering unknown things. Not all of us would be comfortable walking into a dance lounge or nightclub, even though these are the norm in several foreign lands. However as a part of a small group, those who are shy can easily visit such places and take those memories home.

3.  Traveling without tasting local cuisine is truly a waste of a trip. However, not all countries or cultures offer us the kind of palate we are used to and this deters many of us from trying out their fare. As a group, we can visit local eateries and order several different dishes, thus, allowing discovery of new food, with the back-up of “safe” dishes, should some not like the former.

4. Local travel can sometimes be difficult to arrange or may seem dangerous, to newcomers. In a group, people can easily arrange for transportation, such as taxis, etc, without the fear of sharing these with strangers. This helps one in taking full advantage of a tour to see tangential sights, not included in a tour and check out local areas, for shopping, culture, etc.

5. One of the greatest benefits of traveling in a group is that it allows us to overcome long hours and tedious plane/bus rides with company. Imagine having to spend 10 to 12 hours in planes and airports alone! While traveling in a group, one can pass the time with fun games, antakshari etc. This alleviates the boredom and adds a festive air to the trip.

Traveling for a holiday is best enjoyed in a group. Kesari Tours is India’s leading Group travel organizer, with a repute that is unmatched for itinerary and in-house sumptuous meals, besides some of the most experienced and professional tour leaders. Group travel with Kesari, takes on a different hue, as the company provides some excellent events and entertainment for group members, while on tour. Above all, prices at Kesari are transparent and “All Inclusive, with no hidden costs or add-ons!

Give your family or friends circle a treat and book a tour with Kesari to experience a memorable trip that will be the talking point for years to come.
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