India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most destructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!" -Says Mark Twain
Udaipur, the " Sunrise City " as it's name literally translates to , or the " City of Lakes ", is truly on of Rajasthan's or for that matter India's gems. Quite different from any other destination in India, Udaipur is actually an ideal place to end a hectic Rajasthan tour at.
India, undoubtedly, is a land of wonders! There are many off-beat destinations which are unexplored, unknown and unspoken of! Many of them have made a mark on the world’s map owing to their unique perspective. They stand different when compared to cliche destinations and hence should be visited once for an enthralling and exciting experience
Over 1000% growth! Whoa! Sounds unbelievable! But it's true that the number of foreign tourists coming to India on e-tourist visas have jumped by over 1000% in 2015.
These numbers are the evidence to the success story of e-Tourist Visas in India.
Indian culture and its cultural sites have been on travellers' mind since time immemorial! Tourists from across the globe have been flocking to India to see and feel the mysterious cultural element in this holy land. Around 90% of foreign travellers visit India to explore the melting pot of its cultural diversity. This diversity exists in different forms such as history, archaeology, music, festivals, dance etc!
Exotic, extravagant, elegant and eclectic! This is how we define India as a destination! The country's different languages, diverse culture, exotic flora, enticing fauna, quiet calmness and serene spirituality have been wooing lot many travellers from across the globe. There are cultural and geographical differences in India and hence when visiting to this country, one should keep these 10 things in mind…
"Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, And looks twice as old as all of them put together." This is how renowned author Mark Twain describes Varanasi.
The city is a divine destination enveloped by serenity, spirituality and sanctity. You can have a glimpse into several splendid views all at one time and one place in Varanasi.
Watching a big cat in real life could be a distant dream for many! However, this dream, in India, is not that tough to be realised as the country is blessed with over 99 national parks, 40 tiger reserves and 450 wildlife sanctuaries.
No matter if you are surrounded by the big mountains of Himalayas in Uttarakhand or are in deserts of Rajasthan or in the centre of Gujarat, the rich fauna will be there to enthral and entice you always. So let's take a quick view of the top 10 national parks in India that are home to the diverse wildlife.
India is a land which has rich ancient history and deep cultural roots. It is a land of spiritual blessings. A visit to India is unlike any other place one can visit in the world. Indian customs and rituals have been admired by most of the travelers who have visited the country and the vast range of geographical locations in India has made it one of the top tourist destinations.
It was my beloved wife’s birthday last month and in true mystery style, I asked her to apply leave from office as “I was going to kidnap her! And, that’s actually what I had planned! I didn’t book anything on a credit or debit card, so that she does not even get a chance to know about my plan. I made the Hotel and flight bookings with a friend’s credit card and my wife who was quite ecstatic about the kidnapping, stayed blissfully oblivious to all my elaborate plans!
And so before you could actually know it…we’d hit number 6! The sixth anniversary dawned upon us and this time I wanted to do something special for my beloved wife. I was scouting for a destination that offers a perfect combination of sun and sea along with a luxurious stay. Goa was the first place that cropped up into my mind, but one of my office colleague suggested, "why don’t you celebrate your special day in Mumbai ? ” I really liked his idea, because we had been to Goa several times and so I thought giving Mumbai, fondly called as the “city of Dreams” a shot.
I love the streets of Old Delhi as the colorful markets, mouthwatering food and monuments just transport me into another world, where everything is so captivating and beautiful. I know I may sound foolish when I say that, because many people get apprehensive over the thought of visiting there, saying it’s too crowded and noisy, but for me, it holds a charm that remains engraved in my heart. Searching through the pictures of Old Delhi for some project work ignited emotions and memories of my childhood days.
New Delhi is fast turning into a gourmet travelers paradise, with excellent restaurants and eateries. Ofcourse Delhi is home to well known Indian Restaurants like the Bukhara and the Warq , but, in addition, Delhi offers a multitude of fine dining and casual restaurants with other global cuisines as well. For special occasions , there is the Orient Express fine dining French Restaurant, and for casual Bistro style Italian cuisine, there is the Diva Café. The list below has our selection of the Best Dining experiences that the city has to offer.
Over the last several years, I’ve been asked by several friends as well as clients for recommendations on restaurants in Goa, so I finally decided to put together my own little list of places that I can recommend , both in North as well as in South Goa. While South Goa has the better beaches, the North certainly seems to have the better restaurants --- most of Goa’s iconic bars and restaurants are located in North Goa, in the stretch from Baga / Calangute to Vagator beach. Many of them have now become so popular, that reservations need to be made well in advance.
Thanks to almost all major travel and lifestyle channels doing a lot of food and cooking based shows, and Indian cuisine getting its rightful place as among the world's favorite cuisines, Culinary Tourism to india is on the increase. At Trans India Holidays we've been planning, organizing, booking and handling culinary holidays for gourmets from across the world. from booking tables at renowned restaurants like the Bukhara in New Delhi, to Indigo in Mumbai, we've actually come a long way as far as culinary tourism is concerned.
This Christmas, on our annual break in Goa, I decided to do something completely different, something, none of us had done before – something exciting enough to get us away from being beach and pool bums for atleast a day.. and what we decided was, lets do a day of Scuba diving !! Though Goa isn’t really regarded as the best place to go Scuba Diving (primarily because the underwater visibility isn’t too good ), we said, what the hell, we’re here, might as well do it !!
A couple of weekends ago, a family function made me travel to Hyderabad. Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh (and soon to be the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana )is one of the largest , and most populous cities of Southern India , with a population of over 7 million . Hyderabad,is also known as the “City of Pearls”, as also the “City of Nizams”. -
Our recently concluded family holiday to Bhutan – “ the Land of the Thunder Dragon”, was no less than a magical experience. The flight from Delhi to Paro is little over two hours with a short halt in Kathmandu, but landing in Paro is challenging. It’s only the experienced pilots of Druk Air, who could glide into the green Paro valley with no problem. -
Having seen Tigers so closely (it was so pulse racing, that I felt like my heart in my mouth) in Kanha and Bandhavgarh last year, my interest in seeing more wildlife in it’s natural habitat, made me book a trip to Gujarat, which is the only home of the Asiatic Lion in India --- I alongwith two of my colleagues, Himanshu and Krishna did a recent trip to Gujarat and Diu.
I just wanted to share something interesting that me and my Golfing buddies did last weekend . Well, it wasn't officially a long weekend , but we decided to take Friday off and do a three day golfing trip to ....... Guess where .... Srinigar, Kashmir.
Last weekend I did something I hadn’t done for years—which was a weekend trip with the family to Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, the city of Bollywood, and perhaps India’s most cosmopolitan city.
Last Sunday, instead of lazing at home and catching up on my sleep, I decided to do something a bit more adventurous—a Bicycle tour of Old Delhi.
Wildlife tourism is very quickly becoming a very important part of the Indian tourism product.
It is certainly true that India as a tourist destination offers a whole lot more to tourists than most other destinations can, from the peaks of the Himalayas , to the Tea Gardens of Assam, to the backwaters of Kerala, to the white sandy beaches of Goa , and above all, monuments like the Taj Mahal , one of the wonders of the world--- India has all of this and much more , but sadly , India gets fewer tourists than most of its competing nations.
The Connaught - is bordering the city center , Connaught Place, and is only a 3 minute walk away from the outer circle of Connaught Circus . Connaught Place is an old style low rise shopping area, with plenty to offer by way of shopping, bars and restaurants. As far as food and drinks are concerned, in Connaught Place, one would find everything from fine Dining Indian restaurants like Veda, to fast food outlets like Saravana Bhawan (serving well priced Indian fast food), Mc Donalds, Costa Coffee etc