Sunday, 26 May 2013

India is a land of diversity and therefore each state has its own specialty.  Located in the state Uttarkhand, this place is considered holy according to every living Hindu. Therefore if you have not visited Haridwar yet then this festive season you must go and have a dip in the holy Ganges in the Ghats of Haridwar. Haridwar Tour Packages are there for first timers to help see the entire city and enjoy.

Haridwar-a general overview

The name “Haridwar” and “Hardwar” geographically mean the same place but their meanings are a tad different. “Hari” means Lord Vishnu and “dwar” means door and thus “Haridwar” means the door leading to lord Vishnu. Similarly “Har” means Lord Shiva and thus “Hardwar” means the gateway to Lord Shiva. In order to journey Kedarnath (Lord Shiva’s) pilgrimage center, ideally one must start from Hardwar. For tourists visiting Haridwar for the first time, Haridwar Tour Packages are provided by many tour companies for the advantage of tourists. Haridwar is famous for its Ghats, Temples and Aartis.

Historical and religious significance

One of the earliest cities of the Hindus, Haridwar is one of the many birthplaces of Indian culture and civilization. It is a kaleidoscope of Indian civilization and has an important place in the hearts of all Indians for holding a religious significance. In India the river Ganges is considered holy by many and it was brought here by King Bhagirath a descendant of King Sagar. It is considered extremely holy to visit Haridwar and people visit here to wash their sins off. People mostly visit Haridwar by using Haridwar Tour Packages offered by companies such as Budget Tour India.

Places to see in Haridwar

The following are the places that needs to be visited in Haridwar after you’ve got time making dips in the Ganges and if you’re visiting via a tour program then consult your Haridwar Tour Packages for the full details and also if required providing a guide for knowing the city and its history in a far more better manner.

Mansa Devi Temple- This temple is dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi who is supposed to fulfill desires or Mansa and is a very popular destination for tourists due to the ropeways. The ropeway offers a beautiful view of Haridwar.

Kankhal- It a heritage site where it is believed Sati immolated herself when her father King Daksha insulted Lord Shiva. Sati kund is another mythological place where it is believed that Sati burned herself.

Bharat Mata Mandir- This multi-storied temple is dedicated to Mother India (Bharat Mata) and was constructed by Indira Gandhi in the year 1983 and each floor of the building houses a different deity.

Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust- Patanjali Yogpeeth is situated in the highway connecting Haridwar and Delhi.

Most of the above tourist spots are included in Haridwar Tour Packages so that first timers do not miss out anything that is worth seeing.

Other places that are worth visiting are-

Pawan Dham, Bhimgoda Tank, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar, Shantikunj, Ramanand Ashram are some of the places worth viewing. Thus it can be seen that Haridwar has an intricate history and culture that helps us re-define our roots.

Other opinions regarding time of visit and mode of transport

Summers and monsoon seasons are not ideal for visiting (as summers are too hot and monsoons are not suitable for bathing in Ganges) and that leaves only winter season to visit Haridwar. As far as transport is concerned, trains are the best way for transportation and if you’re travelling by any Haridwar Tour Packages then rest assured you are in safe hands.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Calcutta (now Kolkata), the capital of West Bengal, is situated near the bank of the river Hooghly. It has a rich history associated with the rule of the Nawabs, the East India Company and the Indian struggle for independence. It has been the birthplace of many spirited freedom fighters. It has been right called the City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre. The Calcutta Tour Packages gives you the taste of the para of the closeness with one’s neighbour which is predominant in the culture of Calcutta. There are various sites to visit in this city which dotted with monuments that give you a glimpse of the history of the city.

When to visit Calcutta?
The best time to t avail the Calcutta Tour Packages is between October and March. During this period it will be possible for the tourists to enjoy the tour in the autumn season. It is also during the month of October that the famous Durga Puja is celebrated. Tourists who visit at this time of the year get a taste of the spirit of fun and frenzy that the city flows in.
Places where the Calcutta Tour Packages can take you
This 300 years old city has various places to leave the traveller awestruck. There the famous Victoria Memorial built in the memory of Queen Victoria by Lord Curzon. This huge marble structure stores important relics that belonged to the days of the British Raj. Then there is also famous 450 meter long Howrah Bridge which built without any pylon. It is considered the busiest of bridges in the world. This bridge was constructed during the early years of the 20th century. There is the Eden Garden which the where the social elites gather. For the religious soul there is Kalighat, the temple dedicated to the Goddess Shakti, Kali. There is a circular single storied structure, the Birla Planetarium. This is an imitation of the Sanchi Stupa. Apart from these the other places to visit are the Marble Palace, Dalhousie Square and the Indian Museum.
The Calcutta Tour Packages also takes you to the country side of Calcutta
You can stay in Calcutta and enjoy your trip. The Calcutta Tour Packages also has facilities to take you to the outskirts of Calcutta which have equally interesting places that still draw thousands of visitors every year. There is Shantiniketan which famously known as Tagore’s university township. This place has the culture and the touch of Tagore at every corner. It is also considered to be a place to relax and cure chronic diseases. Belur Math is a pilgrimage for the followers of Ramakrishna. It is also the headquarters if The Ramakrishna Mission. The Dakshineshwar Temple, another famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, was once the dwelling of Ramakrishna. There is the Botanical Garden which covers about 110 hectares of area. Here you can see a Banyan tree that has lived for 250 years. The main location where the famous Balucheri saree is made is Bishnupur. This place is dotted with historical structures that show the talented works of the artisans of old India.
Other attractions of the city
The Calcutta Tour Packages brings you to a city where there is no dearth of markets. It is sometimes also called the shopper’s paradise. Though the city might be a little crowded and dusty, it still holds its charm in the whiff of history. There is the Calcutta Book Fair which is held towards the end of January and continues till February. Calcutta can be reached easily by trains, airways and by road. It is a well connected city and a tour round this city gives a memory to cherish for the rest of your life.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Goa, the smallest state in India, is situated in the region of Konkan which is in the western part of India. It has the state of Karnataka towards its east and south, Maharashtra in the north and the Arabian Sea towards the west. The river bank of Kushavati which is in Usgalimal is full of the engravings of the Paleolithic age. The Delhi Sultanate had brought Goa under its governance in the year 1312. The influence of the Portuguese rulers is evident in the culture and the architecture of the region. Budget Tour To India brings you the lovely and reasonable Goa Tour Packages to take to around this lovely state in India.

Best time to avail the Goa Tour Packages
The best time to visit Goa is between the months of October and April. The peak time when Goa welcomes visitors is from middle of December to middle of January. There is the Carnival festival which is celebrated from sometime towards the end of February till the first week of March. This is also the time when visitors can enjoy being in Goa.
How to reach Goa?
The international airport in Goa is in Dabolim which is about 30kms away from Panaji, the capital. Domestic flights from Dabolim connect major cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi. Vasco da Gama and Margao or Madgaon are the main railway stations of Goa. Trains from major places like Mumbai, Bnagalore, Rajkot, Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram connect can take you to Goa. There s the Londa junction where passengers from northern, eastern and southern India can change and take trains to Madgaon or Vasco da Gama. Apart from these modes of transport the Goa Tour Packages can also take the adventurous soul to Goa on road. Places like Pune, Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysore and Mumbai are connected with Goa by bus services. The buses are air-conditioned and the travel is not hectic at all.
Places where the Goa Tour Packages takes you
There is the Old Goa towards the eastern side of the state where you can see the influence if the Portuguese rulers. Here you can see the Basilica of Bom Jesus which is a magnificent edifice built in the 16th century. This has been termed one of the World Heritage Monuments. Then there is the Se Cathedral which has five bells one of which is the well known Golden Bell. There are several others churches like the Nunnery of Santa Monica, Church of St. Francis, Viceroy’s Arch, Church of St. Alex and Church of St. Ana and many others. There are also many temples in Goa like the Sree Bhagavati Temle, Brahma Temple, Sree Chndranath, Mahadev Temple, Shree Maha;axmi, Sree Mahalsa and many others. Aprt from churches and temples and even mosques the Goa Tour Packages also give you the fun of enjoy time at the beaches in Goa. The most popular of the beaches in the northern part of Goa is the Calangute Beach. Then is the Baga Beach which is quite close to Calangute. Other beaches in this part are Vagator, Anjuna, Sinquerim and many others. There are also beaches in the southern part of Goa. There are the Arvalem Caves not far away from the Rudreshwar Temple. Goa is also a place where spice plantations can be seen. The Goa Tour Packages takes you to the tropical spice plantation in Keri in Goa, the Pascola spice village which is near to the Mandovi River and also the rustic plantation which is in the north-eastern region of Goa. In the Sai Herbarium you can get aromatic and medicinal plants.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Kerala has been voted as one of the ten heavens on earth. Kerala has the Arabian Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east. Its also has a network of 44 rivers flowing through it. There are various factors that make Kerala a most sought after place by tourists. There are the stretches of emerald backwaters and serene beaches, the waterfalls, paddy fields and sprawling plantations, exotic wildlife and the lush hill stations to relax. The Kerala Tour Packages provided by Budget Tour To India provides you the utmost joy of travelling across one of the loveliest of coastal regions on earth.

When to visit Kerala?
Budget Tour To India is here to provide you information about the best time to visit Kerala. Time between the months of August and March is suitable for a trip to explore Kerala. The Kerala Tour Packages can also arrange a trip for you to Kerala between April and August which a suitable time for the Ayurvedic treatments available there. Monsoon is the best period for the Ayurvedic treatments as the atmosphere becomes dust free and cool and this allows the body pores to open.

How to reach the place?
There are three airports in Kerala. They are at Kochi, Thiruvnanthapuram and Kozhikode. The one at Kozhicode allows domestic flights from various cities while the other two airports function for both domestic and international flights. Places like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are well connected with Kerala on roadways. A network of metalled roads and the National Highway numbers 17, 47 and 49 connect Kerala to other major cities of the country. Railway services connect Kerala to other major countries apart from the metropolitan cities of Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi and Kolkata.

Places in Kerala where the Kerala Tour Packages takes you
There is the largest and wonderfully preserved fort in Kerala known as the Bekal Fort. It is has its beautiful beach, rivers and hills to attract tourists. The beach is illuminated and Tree houses are provided for the tourists as resting places. The entire beach is provided with bamboo waste bins as an effort to keep the beach clean. There is also the Fort Kochi to visit. Turning left from the K. J. Herschel Road there is the Fort Immanuel. At every corner of Kerala history has left its mark. The lovely Kovalam beach is towards of south of Kerala, 16kms away from Thiruvnanthapuram. The joy of swimming, sunbathing, herbal toning messages and catamaran cruising can be enjoyed here. This place also has centres for Ayurvedic messages and Yoga. The Kerala Tour Packages makes arrangements for you stay at one of the budget cottages that are available there. At the centre of Kerala there is Kumarakom which a cluster of islands forming a village. You get to see a wide variety of migratory birds like the cuckoo, herons, egrets, teals, darters, waterfowls, wild duck and the Siberian Stork. The backwaters provide tourist the fun of fishing and boating.

Some extra travel tips to enjoy the Kerala Tour Packages
There is no limit put on the amount of foreign currency that a traveller can carry. The nationalised banks are open for transaction from 10 am to 2 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturdays. Cotton dresses, sun screen lotions and hats are some of the things that travellers must carry to enjoy the trip. Credit card payments are accepted in most of the restaurants, hotels, shopping malls and centres. The Kerala Tour Packages cautions you against nudity as it is not allowed n any of the Kerala beaches.

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