With a week remaining until the Holi festival in India, you might be wondering where and how to celebrate. If you're in Mumbai and haven't made any plans yet, check out these Holi parties that will be happening at various locations across the city.
- Holi Party and Dharavi Tour: Do something different his Holi, and visit Dharavi slum and celebrate with the community. Reality Tours is running this special trip on March 16 (the day before Holi) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You'll go on their signature Dharavi tour first, then be taken to the girls' football field where you'll be provided with natural colors and joined by people from Dharavi, children from Reality Tours' various community programs, and also their staff. You'll get to play Holi there, accompanied by non-stop music. Cost: 1,300 rupees per person.
Award winning artist at work.
Image: King's Park Street.
Wondering what to do in west Delhi? Head to Raja Garden to check out the new experiential entertainment zone called King's Park Street! This inspiring initiative of Delhi Tourism has brought together hospitality and destination marketing professionals, along with architects specializing in the treatment of urban spaces, to turn wasteland beneath an overpass into a cultural hub.
One of the main objectives of King's Park Street is to showcase and generate interest in traditional Indian art forms. Award winning artists were called in to create extensive displays of their works. Read More...
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After being conceptualized by Kerala's Department of Cultural Affairs in 2006, the Muziris Heritage Project is starting to take shape and come alive. The project was initiated as a tourism venture to restore the historical and cultural significance Muziris -- an ancient port town in Kerala that played a key role in south India's trade with the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
It's believed that the port disappeared due to natural disaster in 1341. However archeologists have determined that it existed in the vicinity of where Kodungallur and Pattanam now stand, around 30 kilometers north of Kochi on the Malabar Coast. Read More...
Luxury UK travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller recently came out with its 2014 Gold Standard List of the world's best hotels, bars and restaurants, as chosen by the magazine's editors. It's pleasing to see two hotels and two bars in India included on the list.
That's pretty impressive!
Which ones are they?
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Yet to make up your mind where and how to experience Holi in India this year? Most people associate the Holi festival with the throwing of colored powder and water. However, it's actually celebrated in many different ways across the country. One of the best ways to participate in the festival is on a guided tour. This will help you to stay safe and not miss out on any of the action.
Here are three top options, each offering a different way of experiencing Holi. Read More...
Art enthusiasts have something to look forward to in Mumbai. The city's newest art gallery, Tarq, is all set to open on March 3, 2014. The name means "discussion, abstract reasoning, logic and cause" in Sanskrit. Hence, this contemporary art gallery aims to distinguish itself from the rest by growing a conversation around art. And, its first exhibition looks like it has plenty of potential to do just that.
Titled "Disappearing Professions of Urban India", the exhibition consists of a collection of digital images taken by photographer Clare Ani over the last six years in seven major Indian cities, including Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bangalore. Read More...
Walking tours are becoming increasingly popular in India and the ever expanding variety of these tours is really impressive. Many walking tours offer innovative ways to connect with local communities. In this regard, one of the most inspiring tours I came across recently is the Delwara Heritage and Community Walk. It takes place in the former royal principality of Delwara, 40 minutes from Udaipur and not far from the Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple.
The walking tour started last year, as an initiative of Seva Mandir. Read More...
Taj Mahal, Agra.
Great news for those interested in India's magnificent historical sites. According to this news report, the Archeological Survey of India has partnered with Google to release 360 degree views of 30 iconic Indian heritage sites. These include the Taj Mahal, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Agra Fort.
The aim is to promote India's cultural heritage across the world and to make these sites more accessible for people to experience.
Mumbai Airport's new T2 opened last week, and I must admit I was very curious to see what it was like. There had been reports in the the media of some initial problems, such as delays at immigration and baggage collection. However, a friend's relative, who'd arrived at the airport couple of days after it opened, showed me a stunning photo and said she thought it was the best airport in the world.
It sounded really positive! I couldn't wait to see it for myself and fortunately I had an international flight out of Mumbai earlier this week.
So, what did I think?
Chennai auto rickshaws.
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Unfortunately, Chennai is known for having amongst the worst auto rickshaws in India -- drivers that refuse to use meters and charge exorbitant fixed rates, even to go short distances. However, the good news is that a lot has changed over the last year.
Two companies, Namma Auto and Auto Raja, have started providing auto rickshaws with honest drivers that always use tamper-proof electronic meters and the fare structure set by the state government. While Namma Auto auto rickshaws operate in the same way as normal auto rickshaws, and need to be flagged down from the roadside, Auto Raja rickshaws are bookable by phone. Read More...