Monday May 20, 2013
Snow in the winter and a refreshing escape from the heat in the summer, the Himalayas are a year round destination.
Depending on the type of experience you want to have, these 10 Top Himalayan Spa Resorts and 10 Boutique Himalayan Village Getaways Off the Beaten Track are all fabulous places to stay there.
Whether you're interested in wellness, romance, spirituality, tea, or just enjoying the great outdoors, there's something for everyone. Some accommodations even have cottages with multiple bedrooms, making them particularly suitable for groups of friends or families traveling together.
Saturday May 18, 2013
Temple at Dharamshala.
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If you'd prefer to fly rather than subject yourself to long road trips in India, here's some good news! Flights to Dharamshala and Kullu (near Manali) in Himachal Pradesh have finally resumed, after being discontinued for the last eight months.
Kingfisher Airlines used to fly from Delhi to those to two destinations. However, it was suspended from operating in October 2012, due to financial problems.
Friday May 17, 2013
Munnar Tea Plantation.
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Monsoon season is fast approaching, with there only being a couple of weeks left until the south west monsoon hits Kerala (the current prediction is that it will arrive by June 3, as opposed to June 1 as is usually the case, due to a cyclonic storm that's over the central Bay of Bengal).
If you don't mind the rain and would like to save money, June-September is the perfect time of year to visit Kerala. The Kerala Tourism and Development Corporation offers some very attractive monsoon packages, staying at some of its best resorts in Kerala's top destinations.
Friday May 17, 2013
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Ayurveda has helped Kerala become recognized, worldwide, as a medical tourism destination. According to state Tourism Director Rani George, it's resulted in tourists increasing their average stay in Kerala from 14.1 to 18 days -- which is the highest in India.
The only issue is that getting an Ayurvedic treatment in India takes time. This means that visitors often end up missing out on seeing many of Kerala's top destinations and attractions. The good news is that Kerala Tourism has come up with a solution, called "Age Halt", that seamlessly combines Ayurveda with travel.