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.

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A Taste of Culture and Tradition with India Travel Packages

Classical tours to India

Classical tours to India

Tour packages to classical India can be made to feel like their name by getting a taste of the local culture and traditions. A good way to do so is by shopping for traditional things like handicrafts, clothing items, food, jewellery, accessories and other things. Delhi, the national capital, is a good place to look for such souvenirs, many of which are handmade. A number of small and large markets are located around the city, where tourists can come to take samples of the local culture back home.

Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat, in INA Colony, has 62 stalls, arranged according to the region and things they sell. The things sold here include handicrafts, rugs, carpets, antiques, silk clothes, leather accessories, linen, fabrics, furniture, stone/woodcarvings and precious stones. Apart from shopping, visitors can also enjoy performances like music, dances and puppet shows to learn more about India. Another bonus of coming to this place is that the stalls in the food court serve dishes of cuisines from around the country. Many food festivals are regularly organised here by the government to further allow tourists to sample the rich food of the country. It is open between 10 am and 10 pm every day and can be accessed by Delhi Metro.

Tibetan Market and Janpath

Janpath is a street arising out of Connaught Place, in the heart of the city. It is a hub for people looking for clothes and fabrics at cheap rates. All kinds of handicrafts, paintings, shoes, brass items, leather products, artificial jewellery and semi-precious stones are sold here. One of the most significant items sold here is the fine Pashmina rug from Jammu and Kashmir. Other objects available here are kundan jewellery sets, vermilion and hallmarked gold/diamond items. The Tibetan market here sells arts and crafts from the plateau along with beads, musical instruments and wall hangings. Vendors along this 1.5 km long road sell necklaces, horns, drums, trinkets and postcards, which make this market quite sought-after by tourists. Visitors coming here as part of their India travel packages or otherwise can reach here via Delhi Metro.

Religiosity of Kamakhya Temple with India Travel Packages

Holidaytours-(India)

Holidaytours-(India)

Indian holiday tours are incomplete without a visit to its plethora of shrines of various religions. All its states are replete with sacred spots of religious importance, where devotees from around the world come to seek blessings. Shrines of various customs like Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and several others have found importance in this country. The country was under the reigns of different rulers from various countries for over centuries, as a result of which, it has imbibed the culture, religion and heritage of all the reigning empires. These rulers had established temples, mosques and monasteries across the nation where worshippers come from around the world to pay their respects. India travel packages organise scheduled trips to these pilgrimage spots for worshippers and other tourists to pay a visit to these places.

About the Shrine

Kamakhya Tempale-(Guwahati)

Kamakhya Tempale-(Guwahati)

Kamakhya Temple, located on  Nilachal Hill, in the western region of Guwahati in Assam, ranks high among the most-visited shrines in India. It is considered as one of the first Shakti Pithas in India. Situated at an approximate elevation of 800 feet from mean sea level, the premises comprises a number of temples devoted to popular Hindu goddesses such as Kali, Bagala, Tara, Chinnamasta, Bhairavi, Dhumavati and Bhuvanesvari. Apart from these, there are the Vana Durga, Rajarajesvari, the Smasanakali temple and more dedicated to other goddesses. The complex also houses five shrines in respect of Lord Shiva in different forms; Aghpra, Kotilinga, Siddhesvara, Kamesvara and Amratokesvara.

According to mythology, people who are able to visit this spot at least once in their lifetime are considered to be lucky. As a result, thousands of devotees and tourists alike, come to this shrine to seek blessings. It is advised to opt for tour packages in India to visit this place, as devotees can focus only on paying their homage and not worry about any provisions like accommodation, food and conveyance.

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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