Attending 3 Regional Festivals with India Holiday Packages

India is a spiritual country, full of traditions and customs portraying the history of the country. It might take a few hours or days for tourists to explore and experience its various sacred places and colourful festivals. It hosts a massive celebration of some events marked in the calendar and some devoted to deities. You can have a wonderful travel experience with cheap India holiday packages in the bustling cities of the nation that celebrate religious events with great vigour. Following are the three such dazzling occasions when the country unites:

Navratri (In September/October)

The history of the festival is attached with many myths and legends, making it popular amongst different cities. People gather to celebrate the feminine power, Shakti – the Goddess Amba in nine different forms. Every state has its way of celebrating the occasion; including Gujarat, where people perform Garba to the beats of their regional songs in shimmery chaniya cholis.  The energetic Garba and Dandiya are performed around a small Goddess shrine made by each community on the first day of the Hindu month, Ashwin. The tenth day or the last day is called Dussehra, which is another important Hindu festival depicting the defeat of King Ravana. Travellers can visit Gujarat on India tours to witness this joyful and energetic dance fair.

Durga Puja (In September/October)

The last six days of Navratri are celebrated massively as Durga Puja in Kolkata, West Bengal. The city shines with bright lights on shops, streets and houses during this period. Fairs and carnivals are hosted in large grounds with gaming stalls and giant wheels. Durga Puja is one of the largest religious events for Bengali Hindus, who form and decorate huge figures of Goddess Durga, defeating Mahishasura, from clay. These idols are placed in temples for worship and later, immersed in local rivers of the city. The end of this occasion is considered highly auspicious for families to start something new.

Ganesh Chaturthi (In August/September)

Ganesh Chaturthi is the most revered festival of Maharashtra, the essence of which can be experienced with India tours. This 10-day colourful occasion honours the birth of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu deity. Elaborated idols of the God are made for worship and immersed in a waterbody on the last day. Singing and dancing are also performed by the local people.

In addition to the aforementioned, there are many other regional festivals that can be enjoyed with India holiday packages.

A Wonderful Vacation in Manali with India Holiday Packages

India is bestowed with immense natural beauty, and to witness it, tourists can head to any of its innumerable hill stations. One such hill station, where the beauty is in abundance is Manali, which lies in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This picturesque hill town lies at an approximate altitude of 2050 m above sea level in the Beas River Valley. This popular hill station serves as the gateway to other hill destinations in the northern part of the nation as well. It is situated at a distance of about 270 km from the state capital, Shimla. Owing to its scenic landscape and pleasant climate across the year, it attracts a number of tourists, who come here courtesy various India holiday packages.

Attractions to Explore in the Town

There are a number of attractions to explore in this fantastic destination, and two of the must-visit ones are:

Manali Sanctuary – This sanctuary is home to Himalayan wildlife species, including brown bear, musk deer, snow leopard and leopard. In summers, flocks of migratory Ibex birds can be seen here. spread over an approximate area of 32 sq km, this area was declared as a sanctuary in 1954. With India travel packages, tourists can easily explore these attractions.

Hidimbi Devi Temple – This ancient cave temple, built in 1553, is devoted to Hidimbi Devi, who was the sister of Hidimba, a character in the much-read Hindu epic Mahabharata. Located amidst a cedar forest, this temple is popular for its picturesque setting.

How to Reach

Reaching Manali is not an issue as it is well connected to rest of the country by roadways, railways and airways. By road, it can be easily reached from the national capital, New Delhi. The total road distance between these two places is approximately 592 km. Both buses as well private taxis can be availed to travel on this route. The nearest broad-gauge railheads to this town are in Chandigarh, Kalka and Pathankot. The closest airport to this place is Bhuntar Airport, which is about 50 km away. Many domestic carriers offer their services to this airport.

Tourists who wish to come to Manali for a vacation are advised to look for those India holiday packages that include transfer to the town as well as local sightseeing, for a more hassle-free experience.

Exploring Ancient Archaeological Sites during Holiday in India

holiday packages-(India)

holiday packages-(India)

Located in Asia, India is one of the largest countries and most visited in the continent. With a history dating back to the pre-historic times, this place is home to several ancient structures, edifices and sites that attract a lot of history lovers from across the globe. The early accounts of this nation can be traced back to the time of Indus Valley Civilisation in the Bronze Age. A lot has been known about the people and their tradition of that time, after excavations were done at the site, where this great civilisation had settled. There are several similar sites in the country that boast of such legacy, and one of them is the state of Madhya Pradesh where half a dozen excavations have been carried out in the past. Many people who are interested in learning about these sites opt for India holiday packages to come to the country and make their holiday a worthwhile experience.

Bija Mandal Mound, Khajuraho

Bijamandal Temple

Bijamandal Temple

In 2002-2003, a team of experts, conducted excavations for the ancient Bijamandal Temple, which is believed to the largest among the ones in Khajuraho. According to facts retrieve after the process reveal that the construction of this 10th-11th century AD shrine was never completed, and it was abandoned half way. During the different stages of carving, several sculptures were found, including the one of Goddess Saraswati. The other sculptures are that of Jain tithankaras, elephants and rajasena moulding dance scenes. The main structure of the temple had collapsed, and it was buried under the soil for several centuries.

Similarly, such other diggings have been carried out in the state to unearth the past from the ruins. A part of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), these excavations have helped historians to understand the past of this great nation in a better manner. Besides visiting the prominent attractions of the country, a jaunt to these ancient places can make holiday in India, an experience worth cherishing.

Explore the Exquisite Architectural Wonder Akshardham in Gandhinagar with India Holiday Packages

Akshardham Temple-(Gujarat)

Akshardham Temple-(Gujarat)

Akshardham is one of the largest temples located at Gandhinagar in Gujarat state of India. This shrine is a centre of religious activities, education and exhibitions. Sprawling over an area of more than 20 acres, this religious complex is a popular tourist attraction among people of the state and beyond. The premises of the shrine features the main temple, beautifully manicured gardens, research as well as educational centres and exhibition grounds. Hordes of tourists from other countries come down to explore this beatific destination with India holiday packages.

The temple, which is a nine feet tall structure with a golden leaf on the top, is dedicated to the popular saint Swaminarayan. The verdant gardens around the temple feature fountains and intricately carved majestic sculptures. All the structures within the complex have been built using more than six thousand tonnes of unique pink sandstone. There is a colonnade around the main shrine that is over 1700 feet in length. Sahajanand Van is the garden which features a fascinating park for children and is provided with rides and gaming zones. This garden is exquisitely decorated with a marble sculpture of Lord Swaminarayan, a splendid lake and cascading waterfall.

Tour packages (India)

Tour packages (India)

The complex also has a well-equipped research centre, which is known as AARSH or Akshardham Center for Applied Research in Social Harmony. The AARSH features a well-stocked library, archives and study stations where enlisted scholars can conduct research on different subjects. Further, there are three exhibition halls in the complex, namely Sahajanand, Sat-Chit-Anand and Nityanand. These halls are provided with IMAX screens and open areas where thematic light. Sound and imagery shows are displayed. These shows depict different cultures of India, and are informative and entertaining at the same time. Integrovision is a popular show displayed in Sat-Chit-Anand hall that shows an exposition of the philosophy preached by Vedas through spellbinding imagery. From water shows to breath-taking imagery and from intricate architectural carvings to lush gardens, this destination offers it all and is a must visit place with holiday packages in India.

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Explore the Beauty of Red Fort with India Holiday Packages

Rich Heritage and Culture( India)

Rich Heritage and Culture( India)

India is known for its rich cultural heritage and is home to one of the oldest civilisations in the world. It is the seventh largest country in terms of area and has a diverse geography. The nation is crowned by the lofty Himalayas in the north and surrounded by water bodies on three sides; whereas, the north-western part of the nation is a vast subtropical desert. Not only are its terrains diverse, but the nation also features a vibrant cultural spectrum. A good example of its rich diversity and multicultural facets is, New Delhi – the capital of the nation that is a must-visit when opting for India holiday packages. The capital city has a number of attractions including historical edifices, revered shrines, recreational parks, museums and entertainment centres to offer.

Red Fort in Delhi

Red Fort in (Delhi)

One of the most prominent historica edifices of New Delhi is the Red Fort – the largest monument of the city that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2007. Red Fort, made up of red sandstone, was the residence of Mughal emperors for over a period of over 200 years until 1857. Sprawling across an area of about 255 acres, this edifice is octagonal in structure, with the east west axis shorter than the north south axis. Intricate carvings, detailed floral decorations and huge domes in the structure exemplify later Mughal architecture.

The massive sandstone walls of this historical edifice, stretching over about 2.5 kilometres, were built in the year 1638 to symbolise the magnificence of Mughal rule in the country. These walls are punctuated by bastions and turrets, which vary in height from 18 metres on the side of Yamuna River to 33 metres on the side of the city. On 15th August 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, hoisted the national flag here and delivered the historic speech of freedom. It is a tradition since then that the ruling Prime Minster of the country hoists the tricolour here every year and delivers a speech. People from near and far can opt for India travel packages and visit this mesmerising architectural wonder.

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Unravelling Historical Treasures at Napier Museum with India Holiday Packages

Ocean of Bangal-India

Ocean of Bangal-India

India is bounded by three large water bodies, namely Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. It is not only the largest democracy, but also one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The country is bestowed with immense natural beauty, which attracts a large number of tourists from across the globe every year. Those planning a holiday in India have many attractions to see, including breathtaking beaches, imposing edifices, snow-clad peaks, nature reserves and revered pilgrimage centres.

Kerala, located in the southern part of the nation, is one of those states that receives the largest influx of visitors all round the year. This state is flanked by the soaring Western Ghats and the vast Arabian Sea in the East and West, respectively. Sprawling spice plantations, bewitching waterfalls, sun-kissed shoreline, rolling hills, enchanting backwaters and historical sites form the tourist delights of the region.

Napier Museum – A Home to the Cultural Heritage of Kerala

Cultural Heritage of (Kerala)

Cultural Heritage of (Kerala)

The renowned Napier Museum is located in the heart of  Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. It lies in a large complex along with the Natural History Museum, close to one of the oldest zoos in the country. Established in 1855 by the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore, it is a place where the rich past of this region is on display. Built in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, its name is accredited to the former Governor of Madras residency, John Napier. The Gothic roof and minarets add a unique charm to this age-old edifice, making it a prominent landmark of the city.

This museum houses a noteworthy collection of historical artefacts and archaeological discoveries, belonging to different time periods. Bronze sculptures, ancient ornaments, handicrafts, musical instruments, carvings of ivory, temple chariot and a numismatic collection are among the items on display here. Besides, stone sculptures of Lord Vishnu and bronze images of Lord Shiva, Goddess Lakshmi and Parvathi can also be seen at the museum. With India holiday packages, travellers can explore such museums and other must-see attractions that are situated in different parts of this state.

Explore the Best of Asia with Sri Lanka and India Holiday Packages

India holiday packages

India holiday packages

India is a country that draws hordes of tourists from across the globe owing to its numerous attractions, both natural and man-made. Home to several revered shrines, magnificent edifices, nature parks and soaring mountains, this nation is an ideal place to spend a vacation with family and friends. Travellers planning a trip in Asia, especially in this country can go for India holiday packages on offer by travel agents and travel portals. These packages include trips to the prominent attractions and offer travellers a chance to discover the diversity of this multi-faceted country. Some of the must-visit attractions in India are the Himalayan mountain range, Golden Temple, Corbett National Park, Taj Mahal, Howrah Bridge, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, the ghats of Varanasi and Charminar.

Beach Destination

Beach Destination

Beach Destination

Beaches in this nation, especially in Goa and Kerala are the top destinations that are flocked by international tourists all across the year. These beaches are a place to relax and rejuvenate, and indulge in a range of adventure activities, like water skiing, parasailing and diving. Adventure enthusiasts can further opt for trekking to the nearby hills to these beaches. Another delight that draws people to these places is seafood that are prepared according to local culinary techniques to offer tourists a flavour of that region.

Explore Kerala

Kerala

Kerala

Sri Lanka, an island nation located close to the southern part of India is another prominent destination of Asia. Over the years, this region has attracted tourists owing to its traditional culture, cuisine and splendid, historical monuments. Tourists after visiting India can head to this island to indulge in more beach activities and to enjoy Sri Lankan way of seafood delights. Those planning to make a trip to this region can avail deals on Sri Lanka tours to enjoy the best of this mesmerising destination with family and friends.