Dear Valued Partner

Come the first showers and the magic of the monsoons comes alive. Dark rain bearing clouds gallop over the Western Ghats, racing across the Deccan Pleateau towards the Gangetic plains, and finally collide with great wall of the Himalayan ranges. Nature resurrects, rivers ,lakes and ponds spill over in abundance , myriad shades of green adorn the countryside and peacocks in full plumage dance in welcome of the rain Gods! The monsoon months' of July,August and September are considered the holiest of all the months of the year as they herald the rejuvenation of the Mother Earth and festivities are held across the country following local customs and traditions. A visit to India during these months of can be a completely different experience. A visit to the desert state of Rajasthan, Karnataka and Kerala in these months is indeed magical. It is also the best time to traverse across the high cold desert regions of the Greater Himalayas, that lie in the rain shadow areas of Lahul Spiti, Zanskar and Ladakh.
In this issue we visit the capital of Hadoti, Bundi , a treasure house of the finest ever art works. We also showcase the state of the art upcoming Kempenski Hotel in Delhi, Villa Shanti a boutique hotel in the French quarter of Pondicherry, Kaav a wildlife resrort at Kabini in Karnataka and Vaamika, an island resort off Cochin for those is search of peace and tranquillity!
We look forward to meeting you at the Kerala Travel Mart in Cochin from 27th to 30th September and the PATA travel mart in Manila from 25th to 28th September. Please email to fix an appointment as per your convinience.

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





 
 
 
 
     



 

Mid April saw Go India Journeys participating at the Great India Travel Bazaar at Jaipur. It was great to showcase India and catch up with old partners and make new friends. An elegant evening was hosted by COO Amit Prasad at the Samode Haveli .MD of the group Arjun Sharma joined in to have a drink with our visiting friends.
As temperature rose in May, the Go India Team,took time out to "Chill" at a blockbuster bollywood movie and laughed their sides off!! May also saw a Go India/Le Passage Team on a research and development reccee for the Buddhist Circuit. Please do refer to our flyer "Sacred Spaces" mailed earlier this month.
Braving the heat , one June morning saw COO Amit Prasad, Executive director Sandeep Dayal, Ashwini Kumar from Hotel Beds and Lalit Verma from the Australasia Department explore the by lanes of Old Delhi on bicycles and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!These tours are organized in different parts of Delhi though the popular circuit remains the Old Delhi/ Yamuna tour. It starts at 630 in the morning from the edge of the old city and you cycle into the town exploring narrow lanes, prominent monuments, watching the city wake up and meeting the local people. Enroute there is a ‘Chai’ stop and the tour ends with a traditional breakfast at popular restaurant ‘Karims’ at 10 am. There are great photographic opportunities against the rising sun. Contact us for more details, routings, price etc.




     
 



 
When the Chauhans - the most illustrious of the “thirty-six royal races”, lost out to the Islamic invasions, numerous nobles fled to Mewar to seek a safe refuge and some moved towards newer destinations in the Chambal valley. There they subdued the Meena and Bhil tribes and established their own supremacy in the kingdom of Hadoti. The capital Bundi, named after a former ruler, was established in 1342. Later during the rule of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir, Bundi was forcibly separated into two parts, Kota and Bundi. The state lost its earlier prestige with the rise of Kota, though it continued as an independent state within the British rule.
Built in the 14th century, the Taragarh Fort dominates the narrow valley and the quaint, old town of Bundi. The Bundi Palace is built into and out of the hill side, in gigantic terraces, and dominates the whole of the city, towering above the bazaar. Rudyard Kipling wrote “To give on paper any adequate idea of the Boondi-ki-Mahal is impossible. The Palace of Boondi, even in broad daylight, is such a Palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams, the work of goblins more than the work of men.” It is built in the traditional Rajput style of architecture, with its characteristic lotus flower spandrels, recurrent elephant motifs, richly ornamented brackets and a profusion of drooping, actuated roofs, kiosks and pavilions. Walk up a steep ramp through the Hazari and Hathi Pols. The Hathi Pol is topped with two enormous elephants with raised trunks. Visit the celebrated Chirta Mahal, “Palace of Paintings” and the gallery “Chitrashala”, lavishly decorated in finest ever murals, painted in the style of Bundi school of miniatures. They cover a wide range of subjects from elephant fights, legends of Lord Krishna, battle scenes, lovers’ trysts, processions and scenes of court.
A walk through the winding, colourful lanes of the bazaars in Bundi has a delightful medieval flavour. A visit to the 165 ft deep step well, “Raniji ki Baori”, noteworthy is its ornate arched gateway with its frieze of carved elephants, flanked by carved pillars and the “Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri”, a cenotaph with 84 pillars, covered with beautiful sculptures, etchings and paintings is a must.
Sukh Niwas Palace situated on the banks of the Sukh Sagar Lake, is where Rudyard Kipling was inspired to write Kim in 1901. Close by is Kesar Bagh, where sixty six cenotaphs of the Bundi royals, elegantly carved with marble ceilings, decorative friezes and elephants are located. They span a period of two and a half centuries (1581-1821).
Bundi is truly a hidden gem of all the treasures that Rajasthan has to offer , a must visit for especially for art enthusiasts!
 









 
 
VAAMIKA, KOCHI: A beautiful boutique hotel, situated 45 km from Kochi is on a seven-acre private island in the backwaters. Each residence combines the old-world charm of traditional Kerala houses with the new-world comforts of contemporary design. Explore Ayurveda in the marquee massage pavilion elevated among coconut palms, with views of the infinity pool flowing into the lake. Sip on champagne while drifting down the backwaters or jet to Fort Cochin for a romantic sunset dinner. Learn how to cook a traditional Kerela meal. Watch a Kathakali performance as the sun fades into the lake. The island also has a private fleet of speed and country boats, available at all times to guests.
 
VILLA SHANTI, PONDICHERRY: Villa Shanti is located in the White town of Pondicherry, a former French colony. Quite distinct from any of the hotels that Pondicherry has till now. It is a restored French house over a 100 years old. This Contemporary heritage hotel has 15 rooms and suites built around an inner courtyard with a vertical garden and all have natural light and are tailored to the needs of modern traveler with modern amenities. Villa Shanti gives the impression of standing back, quiet and unassuming, already at peace with its identity.

 
KAAV SAFARI LODGE, KARNATAKA: Along the very edge of the Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary, lies KAAV -a luxury home stay steeped in the spirit of rare solitude of the forest. A cradle of luxury, but colored by the local landscape, KAAV offers the experience of a lifetime. It houses 4 bedroom luxurious home style accommodation. All rooms come with attached bath and have jungle view. The second floor deck overlooks the forest and is ideal for animal sightings. The common areas include a lounge and a pantry. Being right by the jungle, you'll hear alarm calls and other sounds of the wild even while ensconced in the resort’s care.


 
KEMPINSKI AMBIENCE HOTEL DELHI: Europe’s oldest hotel group ignites the rich traditions of this legacy, with its newest landmark-Kempinski Hotel Delhi. Encased within the two towers are 480 well-endowed rooms and suites, dual swimming pools, extensive banqueting and world class dining options - it is home to one of India’s largest ballrooms accommodating over 6000 delegates. Come, experience the new symbol of luxury in traditional city. The hotel is located 20 minutes from Connaught place & 45 minutes drive from the International Airport. The Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi puts a high focus on the meetings and events sector and offers a total of 70,000 square feet of event space.







 





 
 
A very special Indian festival is the celebration of the special bond between a brother and a sister. Sisters tie a special band on their brothers' wrist on that day as a mark of affection. This thread, which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime sentiments, is rightly called the 'Rakhi'.
 
The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna , the eighth incarnation of Vishu, the preserver of the Universe. He is the most beloved of all the Hindu Gods.
 
The 'festival of fast breaking' is the most celebratory of all Muslim festivals. The festival is significant as much for its timing, as for its religious implications, it is celebrated after the long fasting month of Ramazan. Eid ul Fitr is synonymous with joy and thanksgiving. Such is the spirit of this great festival that even a lot of Non-Muslims participate in Eid celebrations in India.
 
Onam is a traditional ten day harvest festival rich in culture and heritage celebrated in the state of Kerala. Boat races mark the festive season through August and September.The Aranmula snake boat race and the Pulikkali Tiger Dance are a hightlight.
 
The birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God of wisdom. It an important festival of Maharashtra. In Mumbai it is celebrated in a very lively and enthusiastic manner- with the devotional songs, dances and drum beats being a part of the procession observed by the devotees of Lord Ganesha.




     
     


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- Shanti Subramanian/ Kuala Lumpur/ May 2012

"Thank you for making my few off days in India, very special days. My trip to Kochi was a highlight and a place I would recommend and return to myself. The people, history and food were all fantastic. The service from Go India Journey's team was impeccable. I cannot say enough about their endless desire to assure a perfect holiday of truly memorable experiences. I thank you for that."
- Mary Lamontagne/ South Africa. May 2012


 
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