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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Thursday, May 21, 2015

10 Places to visit in India on a Budget

Have you ever imagined going to the most exotic places in India in what you call as the ‘month end savings’? As vast and as diverse as our country is, it is also very affordable. If planned properly you can travel almost half of India even when you are a miser who likes to budget everything. Here are 10 places one can visit on a budget.
1.  Lonavala & Khandala
Lonavala also called the Jewel of the Sahayadri Hills is located on the Mumbai- Pune express highway .Just 5kms away is Khandala.  It is a favourite spot for all the Mumbaikars as well as the Bollywood filmmakers. Walk through the mist- clad, shimmering waterfalls, enjoy the freshness of the moist earth and abundance of scenic beauty not spending more than Rs. 6000 on hotel, food and transport.

2.  Kodiakanal
Food here in Kodaikanal is amazingly affordable, be it chicken or the South Indian cuisine you can eat a hell lot of food just by spending Rs. 200 and staying here is also not a great deal as you can book hotel rooms here which are not too expensive. This place located at the south of Palani Hills is covered in thick forests and waterfalls. It is not very difficult to reach there as bus and train are easily available.

3.  Goa
Goa known for its beautiful beaches have visitors all over the world, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. A mix of peaceful relaxation but also buzzing activity, which goes into making a fabulous place.

4.  Jaipur
A one day trip to Jaipur can be amazingly good and satisfying. The architectural beauty of the Pink City offers great peace and tranquillity after which you can move towards your final destination.

5.  Darjeeling
If you plan to travel to Darjeeling with your family you can book economical Holiday Homes a month prior to your trip. Journey can be done by train or by bus from Siliguri to Darjeeling. The town is endowed with rich cultural history, natural resources and due to its pleasant climate all year round, Darjeeling can be one of the best places to visit.

6.  Leh Ladakh
There are a number of attractions at Leh Ladakh which are filled with extreme pristine beauty. It is well known for its monasteries, mountain peaks and wildlife safaris. With regard to accommodation, Ladakh offers several options from family run establishments, to guest houses to budget hotel rooms in monasteries.

7.  Varanasi
Varanasi also known as Benares or Kashi is one of India’s seven holy cities. The Ghats of this city are spiritually enlightening and fantastically photogenic. Staying there is very affordable as rooms in aashrams and dharamshalas are easily available.

8.  Amritsar
The place where belief and faith is more important than money. Golden Temple, one of the holiest places of worship makes your stay worth at Amritsar. One can stay at the Gurudwara by paying a minimal amount.

9.  Kerala
All worries disappear as you sit back and drift past riverbanks lined with coconut trees, verdant paddy fields and colourful lotuses. The Backwaters of Kerala are a bliss. Most houseboat trips start from Alleppey and are quite affordable.

10.  Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer also known as the Golden City of India, is a land of fascinating sand dunes, magnificent havelis and stunning Jain Temples. It is located in the midst of the scenic Thar Desert. You can check out the Jaisalmer fort or visit the Desert National Park all at very low prices.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

15 Reasons to Travel to Canada Alaska

The state of Alaska that lies in the northwest extreme of North American Continent is known for its Freshness, Freedom and Farness. The people in Alaska & Canada are ordinary people with extraordinary dreams, just like the place is extraordinarily beautiful. Here are 15 reasons why one should visit Canada Alaska at least once in their life time.

1. Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls is a series of three awe- inspiring waterfalls situated on the border of Canada’s Ontario and the United States New York.  In recent years Niagara Falls has developed as a popular destination for family and adventure vacations.

2. The Alaska Highway: Witness the 1,500- mile Alaska Highway, which crosses British Columbia and the Yukon for most of its route. The most difficult thing about travelling the Alaska Highway is deciding where to stop and what to gawk at. It offers you the best road trip of your life with breath-taking scenic views.

3. Anchorage Museum: One of the top 10 most visited attractions in Alaska, the Anchorage Museum is a world-class art, history and science museum. Its collections offer an overview of Alaska’s rich history and an introduction to its varied culture.

4. Montreal: Explore the museums, parks and attractions that make Montreal and Quebec City some of the most diverse, beautiful and exciting places in Canada. Basilique Notre-Dame is a place you definitely need to visit if you are in Canada.

5. Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park: Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one common ribbon of road. It is home to the untamed landscapes and wildlife, providing visitors a relaxing place to return to after a day of hiking, white-water rafting or touring. At the edge of Kenai Peninsula lies a land where ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield

6. Tracy Arm Fjord: A cruise to Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska allows you to awe at the landscape carved by glaciers with hundreds of waterfalls cascading down the 3000-foot granite wall. You will have ample time to admire a few native animals as you cruise through this port.

7. Northern Lights: It is a beautiful and mysterious experience to view the Northern Lights where bright, energetic curtains of yellow, red, green or even purple light brighten the night skies regularly. This location provides a terrific balance of occurrence, frequency and activity.

8. Vancouver: Situated between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean Vancouver is known for its majestic landscapes that present a natural playground letting us go through scenic parks and snow ski in the mountains. Vancouver is one of the most popular places to visit in Canada. 

9. Mendenhall Glacier: The glacier caves are best viewed in the spring when most of the snow at low elevations is gone and the nearby lake is still frozen. It feels like you have reached the heavens but oh no you are actually at the Mendenhall Glacier which stretches 12 miles.

10. Ottawa: Located at the confluence of the Ottawa, Gatineau, and Rideau rivers in south eastern Ontario, Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Running right through the heart of the city, the Rideau Canal is Ottawa’s star attraction. In winter the Canal becomes the world’s largest ice skating ring. 

11. Inside Passage: Cruise the Alaska Inside Passage and enjoy Alaska’s pristine beauty including the Hubbard Glacier and rain forests. 

12. Alaska Native Heritage Center: It is the gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates and shares Alaska's native culture, language, heritage and tradition.

13. Flightsee tour: The best way to see Alaska is from an airplane and there may be no better way to get close to the face of Mt. McKinley. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Alaska’s scenic highlights on a flightseeing tour. 

14. Bear viewing tour & Whales: Strong, unbridled, and nomadic, bears are perhaps the ultimate symbol of the Alaskan wild. And seeing a Bear, if even for a fleeting moment, is a rare and magical experience. But going bear viewing at Brooks River Falls is an entirely different experience. There are eight species of whales that frequent the waters of Alaska.

15. Alaska’s Climate & Culture: Alaska’s summer is as divine as it looks in all the postcards. If you enjoy the outdoors winter is a beautiful time of the year- when you’ll be outside with picture perfect low angle light and an Alpenglow that illuminates the sky. The native cultures of Alaska are wonderfully rich both in their similarities and diversity.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Travelling around the South East - Fun & Entertainment Unlimited

Generally one would not have places of the South East of Asia on their bucket list but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most visited regions in the world. A perfect holiday destination for wanderers. The best part about south east is that it doesn’t dig a hole in your pocket, right from inexpensive shopping to the best of cuisines. Mainland South East Asia – Thailand, Hong Kong Macau, Malaysia and Singapore – offer some of the safest and friendliest semi-exotic travel around, for people of all budgets and ages and are well-known for its perfect beaches, tasty cuisine, low prices, and good air connections - these countries have it all.

Thailand – The unique part about this land, is that it has been described as the land of smiles even though the cities are always buzzing. With the beaches that it has, it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in recent times. From mountains in the northern parts to beaches in Phuket, everything you ask for is what you’ll get in Thailand.

Singapore – One of the most developed countries not only in the south east but also in the world. It is the 5th most visited city by international tourist arrivals. Its verdant parks, world-class zoos, luxurious hotels and historical structures are some of the favourite tourist attractions in Singapore.

Malaysia – One of the most underrated destinations in the southeast. Though it doesn’t have a night life as great as compared to Bali and its other counter parts, Malaysia has been one of the most suited destinations for good Hollywood & Bollywood projects. From the PETRONAS Tower to the Sepang circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia brings all tourist and motor fans together which makes it one of the most visited city in Malaysia.

Hong Kong & Macau – Considered as one of the best modern day destinations, it has a culture and heritage like no other on earth: brimming with tradition yet thriving on modernity; blends Chinese and Portuguese cultures and emerging as a unique tourist destination. Apart from this, Macau is fascinating with ancient history, historic cathedrals and ancient Macanese.

South East Asia boasts a unique fusion all of its own that blends a variety of religions & cultures that makes it a popular destination for experienced travellers.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Paradise called Kashmir

'Hamin asto, hamin asto , hamin asto.'
A quote by the famous emperor of Kashmir stated the simplistic beauty of the state in minimum words. If there is paradise on earth, it has to be here in the arms of these sun-kissed valleys and serene shikaras.

Kashmir has been notably famous across the globe for being nature's marvel decked with beautiful mountain tops, valleys, lakes, and much more. It is indeed one of the foremost bullet point on many people's to-do lists who are either visiting India or reside here. 
Kashmir is a splendid experience all-year round. Spring season is the most beautiful to experience with a spurt of colours and freshness that the landscape has to offer. Orchards with ripe harvest and plush colours fill the atmosphere with a kind of pleasantness and exclusivity. 

On the other hand, Summers in Kashmir are relatively pleasing and soothing. The bounty of plucked harvest and pale green paddy fields on the three tiered steps upon the hill make a perfect picture for photography enthusiasts. Autumn begins with misty mornings with a slight chill in the air. The dew drops will lift your mood with a dash of morning freshness and novelty. 

Winters in Kashmir are covered in a layer of pristine white snow concealing and resonating the beauty of this paradise. Though visiting often becomes a physical challenge in this season but the beautiful place always entices its visitors from time to time.

Kashmir has a number of sights; from Patnitop to the lake view in Srinagar, from Sonamarg to witnessing snow clad peaks in Gulmarg and to the serene beauty of Pahalgam. 

A number of awe-striking views have made it one of the best places to visit in India. A variety of activities and picturesque views catering to the needs of travellers across ages can be experienced in the arms of Kashmiri beauty. From newly-wed couples to fun- loving families, from adventures with college friends to a solo trip, Kashmir has it all that takes to make it the best-sought after travel destination.
Clad and adorned with the exquisiteness of nature, Kashmir, you are a piece of paradise on earth.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Enthralling Antarctica

A trip to Antarctica will always be a once in a lifetime journey and whenever you get a chance to visit the seventh and the most enchanting continent make the most of it. A journey to the remote continent of the world that gives you an opportunity to witness movements of penguins and seals. As winter in Antarctica is severe and inhospitable the best time to hit the deck is during the summer months. And believe us you will be surprised by what the continent offers you.

Enjoy the Wildlife
When one thinks of Antarctic wildlife, PENGUINS are often the first animals that come to mind. But even in such harsh conditions Antarctica remains the home of a large variety of extraordinary wildlife. The animals of Antarctica - penguins, seals, whales, albatrosses and others—are typically the main attraction for people taking a trip down town.

Drake Passage
Drake Passage was originally named after the famous explorer Sir Frances Drake and marks the Antarctic Convergence. This voyage will give you an opportunity to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air while enjoying the stunning view. Not only will it give you a chance to lookout for whales but will also mark the first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains of the South Shetland Islands, an archipelago of twenty islands and islets first discovered in 1819.

While most of us have heard and seen the iceberg in the movie Titanic, Icebergs are commonly found near Antarctica.

Polar Circle Crossing
By crossing the Antarctic Circle, you will join an elite group of people, an impressive achievement that will be cherished by you all your life and a story to tell when you get back home.

The Antarctic Peninsula

It is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, located at the base of the Southern Hemisphere. Many visitors have described the Antarctic Peninsula as being one of the most beautiful places on earth. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nainital - A Paradise on its own

 Very less is known about the history of Nainital. At one time, the Nainital area had many lakes and it was called the City of 60 lakes or 'Chakta'.
Though it may not have the same number of lakes today but the stunning landscapes and beautiful views are breath taking. It’s the best place for a perfect holiday surrounded with mountains and lakes. We list down things that you shouldn't miss while you take a trip to the "Mini Switzerland" of India.

Nainital Lake - What most of us don’t know is that it is owing to this lake that Nainital earned its name. It’s also known as Naini Lake and is located in the heart of the city.

Take a boat ride - The best way to experience the beauty of the lakes is to take a boat ride. You can also try Pedal boating, which is an awesome experience for someone seeking a pleasant cruise for affordable prices.

Nainadevi Temple - The shrine of Nainadevi is a must visit not only for all the holy importance it carries but you will be awestruck with the view from the temple that cover the most of the hill station.

Tiffin Top – Also known as Dorothy's Seat, it is a popular picnic spot and view point in Nainital. Placed on the Ayarpatta hill at 2292 m, Dorothy's seat is dedicated in the memory of Dorothy Kellet. After her death in a plane crash, her husband built a memorial for her at this place. It promises an excellent view of the Himalayas as well as the neighbouring country side.

Nainital Zoo – It is the best attraction for wildlife lovers in Nainital. Officially named as Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Nainital, is among the Very well maintained Zoos in India.  Nainital zoo is home to exotic birds, high altitude thriving flora and fauna. Moreover this zoo is best known for its well trained staff, well looked after animals and economical entry fees.  

Isn’t it a perfect getaway for the summer? For more details click log on to - or give us a call on 1800 22 1100 and we’ll help you book a perfect summer holiday. 

Monday, March 02, 2015

5 Reasons Why USA Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination

United States of America is one place where every traveller would love to explore. It's a perfect holiday destination for the young and vibrant and over the last few decades, people from all around the globe have travelled there.  We give you an overview of the best places to visit while holidaying in the United States.

The Niagara Falls - Being the collective name for 3 waterfalls (the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls), the Horseshoe Falls is located on the Canadian side while others are in New York.

Las Vegas – A place that you can’t miss out in the States has be Las Vegas. Probably the best night clubs and casinos in the world are here, and indeed the most iconic and value oriented.

Washington DC – Located in the Eastern Coast is the capital of the United States. Founded on July 16, 1790, Washington DC is Unique because it was established by the Constitution of the United States. Widely known for its iconic landmarks like the White House, Capitol Building, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

Los Angeles - Often known by its initials L.A., is a major city in California's Southern California region. A walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where more than 2400 figures from entertainment are immortalized.

New York City – Termed as the city that never sleeps, NYC is the biggest and the most populated city in the United States. It’s the sky line of this city that travellers have in vision when they think of visiting the US.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Long Weekend Trips

We all love spending time with our friends and family, don’t we? And wait for that one break which sets us free from our daily routine, as they say all work no play makes Jack a dull boy. Most of us will agree that a weekend goes around so quick that by the time we realise that it’s a weekend we are already planning for our meetings on Monday. A long weekend is something that all working class people crave for, it is something that gives us time to spend with not only our loved ones but also rejuvenates us from our daily hectic schedules.
Top reasons why people prefer long weekends you ask?

  • Hassle-free – Yes, when you plan for your long weekend you don’t have to think twice whether your friends would be available or will your boss approve your leaves? It is something that you know well in advance about holidays. Come on, checking holidays is the first thing we do before planning any trip, at least I do it.
  • Quick – It doesn’t require you to pack stuff for days neither do you have to go and shop especially for your trip on the long weekend.

  • Exciting – The reason that makes the long weekend trips exciting is that you just can’t afford to waste time, yes, not even 5 minutes of your extra sleep. Because you know you would love to get the most out of this and wouldn’t mind sacrificing your usual sleep by getting up early in the morning.
  • Affordable – And they don’t burn a hole in your pocket! It’s affordable and one can easily save a lot of money by planning everything well in advance.
Are you ready for the long weekend of 24th -26th January 2015?