Dear Valued Partner,
Arjun Sharma
Amit Prasad

At the very outset, let us take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year 2012. It has been a great past year for us, made possible by all your support!

Innovation is our mantra for the New Year! Go India Journeys will present India in a different perspective…..a heady cocktail which intoxicates the spirit and soul! We want your clients to feel the magic of our country be its art, culture, cuisines, history, natural wonders, spirituality and mysticism. We will present all these options to you regularly under our mailers “unique experiences”

Starting from this issue, we have also changed the design of our newsletter and it will be published quarterly. We hope to make this more informative and utilize it as a platform to convey information concerning product updates and special promotions.

The past year saw Go India Journeys appoint a special team dedicated to explore regions and design holidays to suit respective markets. We also handled some exciting projects like a 4x4 self drive program through the Thar deserts of Rajasthan, dining with princely families; organize weddings, events and private air charters. We hope to do more such interesting projects this year.

We will also like to inform that our website has been totally revamped and may we request you to visit it at www.goindia.co.in

We once again take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the support all our partners have shown us. We together with you, look forward to a great year ahead.

Over the next few months, you can meet us at the following travel shows. If you are planning to be there please email us to fix an appointment as per your convenience.

     
Most Warmly    
     
Arjun Sharma
Managing Director
& Amit Prasad
Chief Operating Officer
 


 
     
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Great excitement at Go India Journeys!

4X4 DRIVING HOLIDAYS:
Go India Journeys handled a special group of 37 Mexican tourists who undertook an interesting 4 X 4 off-road and on-road trip. They travelled in a convoy of 16 self driven vehicles for a week in the colourfully magical state of Rajasthan covering Shekhawati, Gajner, Jaipur, Ranthambore and Agra. They were met by H.E Ambassador of Mexico, Mr. Jaime NUALART in New Delhi before the start of the tour.

We organized another 4x4 self drive event in Rajasthan for a VIP guest from Russia. The drive was a short one that began in Jodhpur and concluded at Udaipur. The route was designed for the clients keeping in mind their special interests which included many off road drives, village excursions, visit to parks and various modes of entertainment that kept our guests thrilled.

 

HELICOPTER JOURNEYS:
During first week of November we organized a private charter itinerary for a VIP couple from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  We showcased India in an amalgamation of its colourful history, breath-taking architecture and the rich culture of North India through the historic cities of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur.

We used the twin engine Augusta 109 Helicopter for intercity travel and the Cessna Citation CJ2 aircraft for their travel. Our guests stayed at a range of Palace properties and top luxury hotels where they received a true Indian ‘Maharaja welcome.’

 
A REGAL WEDDING:
Go India Journeys ventures into destination weddings; we managed travel logistics, events and co-ordination of a group of over 600  invitees of prominent industrial families from Kolkata and Bangalore with guests from all over the world that was held at the Marriott Hotel, Jaipur in November 2011.

There were a number of themed events ranging from “Bombay Chaat (street food) Stalls” to Qawali evening with special performances by artists, famous for this style of singing. All the people involved in these special themes were flown into Jaipur from their respective cities for the special evenings.

The bride resplendent in her wedding finery and the groom surrounded by his boisterous best men seemed almost matched to the ‘Royal Theme’ at the Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur. The meticulously planned themes brought out the authentic essence of India, at each of these varied events, much to the delight of the guests.

Music, appetizing food and the contribution of the families made this the perfect Indian Wedding!
As an emerging segment of our company, we are looking to expand into this growing market of destination weddings and events.
 
COOKOUT!:
Go India Journeys with the parent company Le Passage to India held its annual cook-out party, full of Christmas cheer and colour. The Go India team got together to cook traditional North Indian cuisine for the guests.

The list of invitees included our partners from various hotel chains and individual suppliers. All invited were requested to come wearing “a hint of red” in the Christmas spirit! The entire event was a success and business lay forgotten for one afternoon.
 



     
 


 
 
KASHMIR VALLEY AND LADAKH:
Go India Journeys invites you to traverse and explore the cultures, flora and fauna of the northern most Himalayan regions of India in 2012. The Himalaya Mountains stretch 2400km west to east, across the Indian Sub continent, and are home to over a 100 of the world’s highest peaks exceeding 7,200m. Six major mountain ranges cross the regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

Jammu, the southernmost, encompasses the foothills and boasts of the famous hilltop shrine of Vaishno Devi, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is accessible by air, rail and road.

The Kashmir Valley, to the north is a mosaic of lakes and waterways, fruit orchards, paddy fields and forests. There is something magical almost mystical about Kashmir. You can feel it in the air. If the Mughal emperors could make the long arduous journey centuries back to Srinagar for their pleasures, they must have had good reason to. Even today, the city holds enough charm to mesmerize the traveller from world over. Each season, be it spring or autumn, summer or winter, Kashmir can be explored with different perspectives, different colours and different activities. There is no best time to visit the Kashmir Valley; every season offers its bountiful best. Accommodation in Srinagar in available on and around the Dal and Nageen lakes, in luxurious houseboats, a palace or hotel or cosy home stays. Shop till you drop, silk carpets, krewl embroidery, silver jewelry, Paper Mache gifts, fine pashmina shawls, wooden carvings ,dry fruits and flower-the list is endless. Srinagar is accessible by air and by road.

The road winds its way eastward over the high mountain pass of Zojila and you enter the high altitude desert areas of Ladakh. Four mountain ranges cross this region, the Greater Himalayas, Zanskar, Ladakh and the Karakarom along with the Indus River. It is a magical and remote moonscape, its mountains, valleys and lakes -spectacular, the people- delightful and gentle, its religion -ancient and its monasteries -unaltered over the period of time. Go India Journeys beckons the more intense and adventurous traveller to explore this land of wilderness and overwhelming natural beauty. Observe the lifestyle of remote villages and nomadic Changa shepherds on horseback, jeep or light trekking routes, along the way observe rare wildlife like the kiangs, marmots, markhor sheep, the black necked crane and the bar headed geese amongst others. Trek in freezing winter to track the world's most elusive big cat- the snow leopard. Visit the colourful Drokpa tribes, whose ethnic origin is traced from Aryan, Greek and Jewish ancestors. Soak in the Buddhist culture at Leh, Thikse, Hemis, Alchi and Lamayaru.

Ladakh is accessible overland from Srinagar from the west and Manali from the south (open only between June and September) over some of the highest mountain passes in the world and direct flights into Leh (available year-round). You will be escorted by experienced tour managers who have an in-depth knowledge of the destination.

Best time to visit Ladakh is May to October

 







 
 
TAJ FALAKNUMA PALACE, HYDERABAD:
Falaknuma Palace- one of the finest palaces in Hyderabad was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, the then Prime Minister of Hyderabad. Falak-numa literally means "Like the Sky" or "Mirror of the Sky" in Urdu and is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. It was built in the shape of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings in the north. The palace has as many as 220 lavishly decorated rooms and 22 spacious halls. It has some of the finest artefact collections of the Nizam. This grand palace also houses a large collection of rare treasures including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books.

In 2000 Taj Hotels started renovating and restoring it. The new renovated hotel was opened in November, 2010. The rooms and halls were decorated with ornate furniture, rich handcrafted tapestries and brocade from France. The interiors are a splendid interplay of Venetian chandeliers and intricate frescos, and have charming outdoor terraces, and a treasure of rare artefacts, including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books. The palace also has a 101-seat dining hall, considered the largest in the world, and the Durbar Hall, embellished with intricately carved wooden ceilings, parquet flooring, regal walnut wood furniture and handcrafted mirrors.

Taj Falaknuma Palace's 60 beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored rooms allow you to journey into the clouds and into the glided ages, where grandeur and excess is celebrated and savoured in equal measure.

Retrace the steps of Nizams, European royalty, enchanting Begums, distinguished Heads of State and walk the walk of Kings through this Palace in the sky, 2000 feet above Hyderabad.

 
LE SUTRA, MUMBAI:
Fired by the concept of Indian philosophy, several artists, designers, curators and philosophers were inspired to take on a challenge and create Le Sutra.

At Le Sutra, the rooms have been designed keeping in mind- Gunas; The Gunas in Indian philosophy are tendencies and attributes that exist within people, nature and things and are essential to the evolution of the consciousness.

The 16 rooms at Le Sutra are based on 'characters' (Ravana, Karna, and Buddha) or 'characteristics' (sensuality, love, purification) inspired by the Indian mythos. Every room is a virtual canvas where the story forms the guest experience. It is subtly composed through art - paintings, artefacts, chairs, inlays and sculptures; narrating their part, showcasing diverse themes and philosophies.

The reception is based on the concept of the 'kundalini'. The kundalini shakti is a potential power or cosmic energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine. The awakening of this energy is an essential part of all spiritual advancement and realization.

The lift is based on the 'chakras'. They are not physical but are aspects of consciousness. They form the ladder leading up to the apex of spiritual awakening. Each chakra has a specific function and a specific colour and governs a specific organ in the body.

Taken from a palette of philosophy, myth, art form, and historic pride, across time in the search of the illusive Indian-ness, Le Sutra tries to weave thousands of years of Indian ethos and narrate it through contemporary Indian Art.

 
MANTRA AMALTAS, NEW DELHI:
Located in the heart of Delhi, Mantra Amaltas is an exclusive boutique hotel offering a contemporary retreat of elegant and spacious accommodation.

The well-appointed rooms coupled with the latest in high-tech entertainment and business facilities, make Mantra Amaltas the perfect choice for discerning visitors wishing to enjoy high standards of excellence and the finest in Indian hospitality. The amenities in the room as well as the dining menus are specially designed to cater to both, the leisure and the business traveller.

Moments away from thriving shopping, business, and entertainment districts, Mantra Amaltas is the best hotel accommodation option for busy travellers. Wider travel is effortless as major highways; the New Delhi Railway Station and the Indira Gandhi International Airport are all easily accessible from this prime location.

 
MOVENPICK, BANGALORE:
Conveniently accessible in just 30 minutes from the airport, the Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore embodies Indian hospitality delivered with Swiss passion. This brand new 182 room five star hotel of Bangalore city also offers a variety of dining experiences to choose from.

The 7 meeting rooms along with an outdoor venue can host meetings and events for up to 500 people. The gym and swimming pool along with the Spa offers that ideal relaxation after a long day at work.






 





 
 

Every month India is brightened by the riot of colours, sound and feasting that mark religious or seasonal festivals. Often these festivities (usually being linked to the full or the new moon) offer the visitor a chance to sample the country’s rich heritage of traditional customs, music, dance and folk theatre.

Some upcoming festivals between January and March 2012 are:

 
Lohri/ Makar Sankranti/ International Kite Festival (14th January):
The International Kite Festival is held at Ahmedabad on January 14 every year, to coincide with the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti, the festival that heralds a change of season and marks the end of winter. It is also celebrated as Lohri in the state of Punjab with gaiety.
 
Republic Day and Beating the Retreat (26th January and 29th January):
Republic Day is celebrated every year with much enthusiasm all over the country and to mark the importance of this occasion, a grand parade is held in the capital, New Delhi, from Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Residence) Every year, a notable foreign Head of State - is the invited Chief Guest, who accompanies the President to take the salute at the grand parade.

After this spectacular display every year on the 29th of January, the massed military bands of the Indian Armed Forces present a spectacular pomp and show of sound and sight, a grand finale signifying the end of the Republic day celebrations. Over forty bands consisting of over a thousand players in their brilliant uniforms and gleaming instruments descend from the slopes of Raisina Hill on to Vijay Chowk.

 
Nagaur Fair (30th January- 2nd February):
Nagaur Fair is the second largest cattle fair in India. The animals are lavishly decorated and the fair is a riot of colours. It is a sight for visitors, who get an excellent opportunity to enjoy a diversity of enthralling activities at the fair. There are some sports held at the fair that include tug-of-war, camel races and bullock races. While jugglers, puppeteers and storytellers, on campfire evenings, make this a life time experience.
 
Holi (8th March):
Holi is also known as festival of Colours. It is celebrated by people rejoicing and the revellers throw coloured powder and pour coloured water at each other in the spirit of the festival. This is one of the most beloved festivals in north India.

A day before Holi, the Elephant festival is celebrated in Jaipur, Rajasthan- This enthralling festival is definitely a highlight!

In Udaipur the regal ceremony of Holika Dahan is celebrated on the full moon night preceding Holi at the City Palace.

Another interesting part of Holi is Holla Mohalla, celebrated by the Sikh community in Anantpur Sahib; it displays the military power of the Sikhs.





     
     


 
We are extremely satisfied from our holiday in India. First of all, I want to thank you for your perfect organization. At every stop of our route, your representative met us on time and made all the arrangements both at airports and in hotels. All the guides, especially those in Varanasi, Jaipur and Jodhpur had competency in their fields and were very friendly. It was a very carefully thought out journey planned for us and we experienced an unforgettable trip, because of your organisation. I want to mention here that we highly recommend your company to all our friends and family. We hope to see you and India again.
- Inci Demirtas, Turkey
   
“No words can better describe” and “we cannot express enough our appreciation and thanks.” Thank you for every excellent moment we had on the trip. True Indian hospitality, excellent service, making every moment part of the Maharaja lifestyle”
– Amin I. Hakeem, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
   
We would like to thank you for the extraordinary efforts you made for our recent VIP trip. Your help and patience in the planning process, continuing negotiations with partners were very helpful to make everything a success. Your tireless efforts to problem solve is really appreciated. Look forward to managing the next VIP group with you.
– Annette, Russia  
   
I would like to sincerely thank you for making us feel really welcome on our first family trip to India and making it an extraordinarily memorable experience. The genuine warmth immediately made us feel at home, and the determination to provide us with only the best facilities available and treating us like family deserve only the highest commendation.
The representatives of Go India Journeys truly made my very first trip to India magical. It could not possibly have been better. The itinerary planned and the simplicity of culture manifested during the trip was immensely purposeful in restoring peace back into my soul and I am definitely looking forward to more opportunities to travel with Go India in the future.
- Vimala Devi Rao, Singapore
   

     



Go India Journeys invites you to an experience of a lifetime- The Maha Kumbh Mela- “the festival of the  vessel holding the nectar of immortality.” Come witness the largest human spectacle on the planet, that takes place once every twelve years.
Mauni Amavasya Snan (Main bathing day)- 10 February, 2013
Go India Journey will have a tented camp at the venue of this religious milieu. Come be a part of the centre of religious festivities, where the air is filled with chiming bells, incense and flower fragrances, Vedic chanting, beating drums and elephants. Its India at her majestic best.
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