Monthly Archives: November 2009

Kerala- God’s own Country

Kerala BackwatersKerala, located on the south-western tip of India, enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia. Fondly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala was selected by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world.

kerala_elephant wildlife sanctuariesAn equable climate, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife are the major attractions of this land.  A unique advantage of Kerala is that most of the destinations here are only a two – four hour drive from the other.

Thrissur Pooram festivalClassical art forms, colourful festivals, exotic cuisine are some of the cultural marvels that await travellers. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine and Panchakarma, the rejuvenation therapy in Ayurveda have also helped Kerala to gain a pan-global reputation as a worth-visit destination.MORE PICS

The best Time to visit this place is from november to march.

Please don’t miss it and check our itenary

Camel Fair Pushkar 2009

13640_310980715553_907450553_9547319_285223_nHeld each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale, attracting 200,000 people and 25,000 camels, cattle and horses.
For visitors it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional melas, which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan.

Almost emtpty lakeThis year the drama was, that the holy lake was almost empty and it was hard to find a place for the holy bath. But although Pushkar was crowded, colorful and rich on camels, horses and good humored people.

 

Make sure that you wont miss it next year or visit the holy place now!!

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Experience Yoga, Meditation in the power of Himalayan Mountains

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“The Body is your Temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in!”

( B.K.S. lyengar)

Originated in ancient India, Yoga typically means ‘union’ between the mind, body and spirit.As the name suggests, the ultimate aim of practicing Yoga is to create a balance between the body and the mind and to attain self-enlightenment. In order to accomplish it, Yoga makes use of different movements, breathing exercises, relaxation technique and meditation. Yoga is associated with a healthy and lively lifestyle with a balanced approach to life.

The oldest physical discipline in existence known to humankind, Yoga brings stability to the body and the wavering mind. It increases the lubrication of joints, ligaments and tendons of the body. Studies in the field of medicine suggest that Yoga is the only form of physical activity that provides complete exercise to the body, because it massages all the internal organs and glands. This in turn reduces the risk of many diseases.

The amazing thing about Yoga is that its positive effects on the health and mind 857515569_c0ecfb2c0eare visible over time. Another specialty about Yoga is its wide choice of asanas. Depending upon the stamina and overall health, you can choose from the mild pranayams, asanas to high intensity asanas. It is a medication without the actual use of medicines.

All you need to know is the most appropriate exercises meant for the structure of your body, while choosing the asanas of the activity. In addition, you need to know the right way of performing the asanas, because any wrong attempt can cause sprains and injuries.

Therefor we are very proud to present you our new and very exclusiv  Yoga and Meditations- Itenary:

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Transformation Yoga and Meditation Retreat

22nd March 2010 to 31th March 2010, Uttarkashi

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22nd March Delhi             Surface           0700 Hrs

Rishikesh

Drive to Rishikesh (225 km) via Haridwar. Rishikesh is known as “Gateway to Himalayas” and center of Yoga & Meditation. In the afternoon visit various Ashrams and Temples. Overnight stay in hotel

23rd March Rishikesh            Surface                0700 Hrs

Uttarkashi

In the morning drive (155 km) to Uttarkashi (1150 m). Uttarkashi is located on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1352 m above sea level. Uttarkashi is home to a number of ashrams and temples. On arrival check in at Shikhar Nature Resort ( Click here for Pictures)

The Resort is conveniently located 5 km from Uttarkashi on the way to Gangotri. The resort is spread around 4 acres of lush green terrace fields surrounded by Cliff Mountains and situated right on the river bank of Bhagirathi. The Resort is a perfect place for a cool retreat from the noise and pollution of the plains amidst refreshing natural surroundings conducive to spiritual instruction and meditation

24th March Uttarkashi          Surface

Inauguration of Yoga Festival followed by the different sessions on transformation on yoga and meditation

In the evening delegates participate in Aarti at the bank of Bhagirathi.  The Bhāgīrathī is a turbulent Himalayan river in the state of Uttarakhand, India, that is the source stream of the Ganges —the major river of the Gangetic plain of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism.

25th March Uttarkashi

Sessions on transformation on yoga and meditation

In afternoon city tour which include the visits of famous temple and local market.

Vishwanath Temple Vishwanath temple in Uttarkashi is one of the prime pilgrimage attractions in Uttarkashi around 300 mts from the local bus stand. An ancient temple, it is said that it was first built by Parasuram. Later, it was renovated by Maharani Khaneti, wife of Sudarshan Shah in 1857. The temple has a Shivling, 60 cms high and 90 cms in circumference. No one misses this holy shrine on their trip to Uttarkashi.

Shakti TempleThis temple is just opposite Vishwanath temple. A big Trishul in this temple is the centre of attraction. The trishul is 6 metres in height and 90 cms at the bottom. Different people hold different views about the trishul, it is widely believed that the trishul is made of iron in the upper part and copper in the lower part. The epics say that this trishul was thrown at devils by goddess Durga.

26th March Uttarkashi

Sessions on transformation yoga and meditation retreat

Afternoon village tour to Maneri thirteen kilometres from Uttarkashi is this beautiful place. The place has lately emerged as a tourist attraction because of a dam being built here on Bhagirathi river. The water from here is fed through a 8 km long tunnel to turbines at Uttarkashi. A lake is formed because of the dam at Maneri which has added to the beauty of the place

27th March Uttarkashi

Sessions on transformation yoga and meditation retreat

In evening enjoy the cultural program which includes the folk dance performance by local people

28th March Uttarkashi

Sessions on transformation yoga and meditation retreat

After noon will bring you to the nature walk

29th March Uttarkashi

Sessions on transformation yoga and meditation retreat

30th March Uttarkashi                         0900 hrs

In morning depart for Day excursion to Gangotri Temple enroute visit hot water spring

Ganga is descending from heaven to earth here, it is in the midst of giant deodars and conifers, nestles the tiny settelment of Gangotri from Gaumukh to Devprayag. Ganga is known as Bhagirathi. On the right bank of the river is the holy temple of Ganga, whilst on the left bank there are few Ashrams, Hindus from all over the world show undying faith in these shrines. The temple of Ganga was originally constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa of Nepal. The word Gangotri exudes peace and divine love, it means that Ganga is descending from Heaven to Earth at this spot. Hundreds of years back, the entire stretch of land from Gaumukh to Gangotri was covered with glaciers and Ganga emerged at this place.

31st March Uttarkashi

Rishikesh- Delhi

Morning drives to Rishikesh by buses and upon arrival catch the train to Delhi.

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