Dear Valued Partner

As spring fades into summer, April in Northern India witnesses a burst of colour as the flaming red and orange flowers of the silk cotton, gulmohar and flame of the forest trees run riot in cities, villages and forests. Across the country the yellow of the mustard has faded and the wheat fields have ripened gold and are ready for harvesting. In this issue travel with us into the high mountainous regions of Ladakh, where summers are a welcome respite from the sub zero winter temperatures. Watch the elaborately costumed and masked lamas of the Hemis Monastery dance and celebrate the victory of good over evil. Participate in a cultural extravaganza in a procession of the chariots of the Gods in the eastern coastal state of Orissa.
We highlight the quaint medieval Bundela Rajput town of Orchha, visiting its palaces, temples and cenotaphs with its unique architectural style seen nowhere else in India- attending the evening temple ceremony at the Ram Raja temple is an overwhelming experience!
We showcase the magical Mihirgarh fort, truly a wonder creation of Siddharth and Rashmi Singh, Almond Villa- the home of the Princess of Kashmir located on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, a contemporary business hotel in Chennai and a conveniently located Airport hotel in Delhi. Also do not miss reading a poem written by one of our clients for their hard working Go India escort!
We hope you enjoy reading about the Go India experiences, over the past few months and we hope you invite friends from around the world to explore the mountain destinations across the magnificent Himalayas, spanning 2500 km across Northern India, this summer.

Over the next few months, you can meet us at the travel shows listed below. Please email us to fix an appointment per your convenience.

Most Warmly        
Arjun Sharma
Managing Director
& Amit Prasad
Chief Operating Officer
Look out for our next issue in July: The magic of the Monsoons!!!
 









 
 
     
 
     
 
     



 

Senior management of Go India Journeys attend the Jaipur Literature Festival in January. This year’s speakers and authors were Operah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Ben Okri, William Dalrymple, Fatima Bhutto, Vinod Mehta, Tarun Tejpal and many others. This literary phenomenon is gaining global popularity and recognition. A must visit for those intellectually inclined!

January too saw the Go India Team at one of the World’s Best Destination Spas “Ananda In The Himalayas”. The weekend stay at the former estate of the Maharaja of Tehri – Garhwal was not merely a product inspection trip but left the entire Go India team mentally, physically and spiritually rejuvenated!

Our parent company- Le Passage to India takes over the off-board co-ordination along with guest relations on board the regal Maharajas’ Express train. Some of our colleagues had the opportunity to be on board the train on three departures (Royal India. Princely India and Classical India). They have experienced, first hand, the luxury on board along with the breath-taking views, off board meals and cultural activities that make the Maharajas’ Express the foremost luxury train in India. This journey is a must for travellers looking to experience India with unquestionable comfort and extravagance.




     
 



 

Orchha, meaning a "hidden place", certainly lives up to its name. Languishing amid a tangle of scrubby dhak forest, 18km southeast of Jhansi, is the former capital of the Bundela Rajputs. It was founded in the 16th century by, Rudra Pratap, who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa River, as an ideal site for his capital. This medieval city’s grandeur has been captured in stone, the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries have retained much of their pristine perfection.
Of the succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh Deo who built the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha, it is a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris. Entered through an ornate ceremonial gateway, the east-facing facade is encrusted with turquoise tiles. Two stone elephants flank the stairway, holding bells in their trunks to announce the arrival of the Raja. Three storeys of elegant hanging balconies, terraces, apartments and onion domes are piled around a central courtyard. This palace, however, is sort of more airy and lighted since it has countless windows and pierced stone screens looking out over the skyline to the west, and a sea of treetops and ruined temples in the other direction. From here the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular. The Laxminarayan Temple and Raj Mahal contain vibrant murals which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela School of painting. Encompassing a variety of religious and secular themes they bring the walls and ceilings to life.
The Chaturbhuj Temple is built upon a massive stone platform, its huge pointed shikharas soar high above the village, this temple is surely one of the most unusual in India Built, in a cruciform shape, it represents the four-armed Vishnu, with seven stories and spacious courtyards ringed by arched balconies, it epitomizes the Bundelkhand style of architecture Around the village below the hill are several other interesting monuments. The Ram Raja Mandir stands at the end of the small bazaar, in a marble-tiled courtyard. It is also the only place in the country where Rama was worshipped as a King.On the other side of Ram Mandir, a path leads through the Mughal-style Phool Bagh ornamental garden to Hardaul ka Baithak, a grand pavilion where Bir Singh Deo's second son, Hardaul, once held court.
The fourteen riverside cenotaphs are memorials to Bundelkhand's former rulers, are Orchha's most melancholic ruins.

 









 
 
MIHIR GARH, RAJASTHAN: situated 55 Kms from Jodhpur, this property is the creation of Siddharta and Rashmi Singh. Started in 2009-the majestic fort seems to emerge from the desert and complements the rugged beauty of the land. The boutique hotel offers a plethora of activities. Bishnoi Village Safari, culinary workshops and demonstrations are also held so guests can learn to make the delicacies that they enjoy here. Mihir Garh is a tribute to all the things Rajasthan is best known for: a rich culture, warm hospitality, majestic deserts and of course, an experience to cherish…
 
EATON SMART, NEW DELHI AIRPORT: Catering to transiting international and domestic passengers, The Eaton Smart New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel is conveniently located within the airport’s sleek new Terminal 3.The hotel is divided into an International and a Domestic Wing, and is accessible via the fifth floor of Terminal 3.The Airport Transit Hotel offers 93 intelligently designed rooms, 57 in the International Terminal wing and a further 36 reserved for domestic passengers. The hotel also offers seven Aqua Pods. These private shower rooms allow passengers looking for a pre or post-flight freshen up, or those with shorter layovers, to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

 
HYATT REGENCY, CHENNAI: The Hyatt Regency Chennai is a newly opened 5 star premium business hotel, located conveniently in the city’s central business district, 20 minutes from Anna International Airport and Chennai’s IT corridor. This 327-room contemporary business hotel has a sun-filled atrium lobby with soothing water features and extensive art work created by some of India's best-known contemporary artists. For travellers looking to soothe body and mind, Siddh Spa provides massages and indulgent wellness treatments for individuals and couples. Steam room, sauna and state of the art Fitness Centre is also available for the spa users.


 
ALMOND VILLA HOMESTAY, SRINAGAR: ALMOND VILLA is the heritage colonial home of the daughter of Maharaja of Kashmir- Jyotsna Singh. Located amidst 40 acres almond, apples, apricot and cherry orchards offer a perfect view of famous Dal Lake. You can interact with the hostess, who is extremely warm and hospitable, she organizes music, and theatre and environment awareness programs for those who want to experience the heritage, and become a part of the local culture.







 





 
 

This ancient harvest festival is celebrated across the northern Indian subcontinent, especially in the region of Punjab. This festival is also an expression of prosperity; singing and dancing constitute its most enchanting features. Punjab's famous Bhangra and Gidda are inextricably linked with this festival.

 

This festival is by far one of the most visited in the country as three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures are pulled through the streets of Puri in Orissa.
During the festival, devotees from all over the world visit Puri with an earnest desire to help pull Lords' chariot with the help of other priests pulling the chariots with ropes. A glimpse of Lord Jagannath on the chariot is considered to be very auspicious.

 

Dressed in colourful, vibrant brocades with brightly decorated and richly adorned paper-mache masks- Monastery Lamas perform to a cacophony of drums, cymbals and long horns at the birthday celebrations of Guru Padamasambhava.
Join in at Leh, the capital of the former Kingdom of Lakakh to discover, Buddhist gompas and monasteries perched on soaring hilltops, ruins of ancient palaces, snow peaked Himalayan landscapes and the local culture and ancient traditions of the annual Hemis festival.





     
     


One of our guests wrote a poem to best describe her tour guide and stay in India: Jenny Mann, Australia
Mr. Jain, or MK, is a very special chap,
He leads us all through India without any mishap,
He works so hard for Wendy Wu to be a great tour guide,
We are all so grateful to go along for the ride.
His knowledge about India he shares with one and all,
And never once forgets about our early wake-up call.
He helps us understand about the special Indian ways,
So we can follow as we go but often in a daze!
He promised we would see tigers as to the park we went,
And joked that we’d be sleeping the night in just a tent!
He recommends the special foods that we might like to eat,
The curries and tandooris too- that have a bit of heat.
He manages to calm us all even when we fuss,
And always checks and counts our luggage safely on the bus.
MK’s always planning shops for us to go and find,
That special little souvenir we just can’t leave behind!
He knows when he is counting heads and somebody is late,
To find them in the palace shop just back near the gate.
He has a wife in Kolkata he must miss for sure,
But when we leave to head back home he’ll miss us even more!
The history he tells us, as well as India’s future trends,
He shepherds us around the place and calls us all his friends.
If ever he can manage a trip to Oz across the sea,
We will be his friends and show him hospitality!
He really loves his India-that is plain to see,
And I m very grateful that he shared it all with me.

 
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