Wishing All Reader A Very Happy New Year

I personally wish all Indian Ecstasies readers a very Happy New Year 2011. Though late , the year is yet to begin, and thereby lots of wishes and happiness to you and your loved ones

Spice Village, Kerala

Located in close proximity to world-renowned Periyar National Park ( India ) , Spice Village Hotel is one of the finest wildlife resorts in Periyar. Set in the exceptionally beautiful backdrops of the Cardamom hills of Kerala, Spice Village Hotel offers unique and rare opportunities to explore the natural beauty and wildlife of the Periyar National Park. Enjoy a stay within the lap of nature and get the chance to appreciate nature's wonders.

Accommodation & Dining: Spice Village Resort, Periyar boasts a total of 52 well-appointed individual cottages including 5 suites. Set amidst a landscaped spice garden, each dwelling is thatched with elephant grass, offering a unique peaceful ambience to its valued guests. All cottages are quite spacious and furnished with terracotta-tiled floors, wooden beds and chairs, offering a simple yet comfortable accommodation to its visitors. The Village Resort also has a well-maintained multi-cuisine restaurant, serving delicious South Indian, North Indian and Continental cuisines.

Spice Village Resort offers a range of recreational and leisure facilities to its guests. The Resort has a heated Swimming Pool, an Ayurvedic health Spa and facilities for various indoor games. Spice Village Resort also offers a number of recreational facilities to its guests that include Boat-riding inside Periyar Tiger Reserve, Wildlife Safaris in Periyar National Park, Forest Treks and visits to Spice Plantations.

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Popular Travel Attractions Of India

India is a land of variegated charm. The state boast multitude travel sites that travellers cannot miss to explore on their trip to India. These attractions of India are a part of our rich heritage of India.

Taj Mahal :
One of the seven wonders of the World and part of World Heritage Sites in India, Taj Mahal is inevitably a part of most visit travel attractions in India. Commemorating the love of Shahjahan and Mumtaj Mahal, Taj Mahal in Agra is almost part of every itinerary in Northern India.

Kerala Backwaters:
Smoothly drifting on the calm waters of Kerala Backwaters is a dream of every tourist visiting one of the famous destinations of India – Kerala. Over 900 kms of this labyrinthine waterworld exudes an inexplicable charm.

Palace on Wheels :
This is a royal train made especially for those who want to enjoy a regal foray. The train chug from Delhi to Rajasthan and is one of the most popular luxury trains amongst international travellers.

Ayurveda is a historical form of healing and is a traditional form of Medicine. There are number of ayurveda resorts in India that provide ayurveda treatment to travellers across the borders.

Khajuraho Temples:
Located in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho Temple is a historical monument that oozes passion, eroticism, dance and music. It is 85 temples out which only 22 temples are left.

Corbett National Park :
It is amongst the first national parks in India that was considered a national park. Set up in 1936, Corbett National Park in India boast exemplary flora and fuana. The park is known for Tiger and also come under Project Tiger Scheme.

Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan :
These are chef-d'oeuvre of the yore days. Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan are architectural extravangaza that needs to be explore on your Rajasthan foray.

Varanasi Ghats :

Counted in World Heritage Sites, Varanasi Ghats is one of the revered sites of India. There are around 100 ghats in Varanasi and travellers across the world throng these ghats.

A Tryst with Goa Beaches

Hi Friends,

Its been long since I have last written on my blog log. Infact I was wondering as what all should I share about India. Being a geographically vast country, it was difficult for me to blog strategically, so I thought let my blog be random.

In this blog entry, I would speak about Goa and its beaches, situated on the western coast of India. Nestled on Western Ghats, it has an amazing range of flora and fuana. Goa is a interesting mix of cultures. You can easily see a major influence of portugese on this land. The culture of Goa has witnessed a seamless blend of ethnic and Portuguese traditions.

People of Goa are highly amicable and I didn't faced any such problem, though I kept myself as an awared traveller and never showed my trust on anyone. Being a backpacker in Goa, could have created few problems.

The first thing that I ventured out were offcourse Goa Beaches. Goa carries a coastline of about the 125-kilometer long and it is studded with number of glittering beaches. Some of the famous beaches that I explored were Anjuna, Baga, Colva and Benaulim Beach.

And yes surprising I happened to see an interesting beach culture. There were beautiful rustic beach shacks that provided space to travellers to spend some time in leisure. There were exotic night parties serving equally delicious food.

I tried different types of prawns and fishes and believe me, they were lipsmacking. The sea food cooked here taste somewhat different. I would especially request you to please try out the yummy fishes....

You need atleast three to four days inorder to enjoy beaches of Goa and I would recommend you take its full pleasure..

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My Suggestion: Travelling Tips to India

 Though I am not a travel expert but since I have visited India quite a few time (count 12), I have got an idea, as on how to safely travel in India. It has kind of became my second home and I am quite habitual with it. More so I am dying to give you my travelling tips to India. So here is my quick five:

1) Take a help of a reputed travel expert. Before deciding one, I would recommend to access his credibility regarding the same. This is especially important for those travellers who are visiting India for the first time.

2) See that you have valid passport and Visas.

3) It is always good to be in groups. The people of India are amiable but yet at the same time there are quite a few who are crooks or touts. Protect yourself from them and don't let yourself fall prey to them.

4) This one is for Women. The third point remains especially valid for you. I would also suggest to avoid travelling in night as India is not that safe during dark. It is better to prevent then to remorse.

5) Don't show off your money..

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Nightlife of Delhi/NCR

Freaking out in Night is one of the best ideas any youngster would have. Delhi gives all the opportunity for party mongers to club and rock at night.Nightlife in Delhi is a best time for those who want to spend few hours away from the daily chores of life.It have considerable numbers of pubs and discotheques to indulge in some great music and hip hop dances.

Good music, palatable food and intoxicating drinks with quite a few eye candies makes Delhi nightclubs, superb hub for time pass. Girls and guys dressed in their best outfits shake their booty on the dance floor creating an ambiance that you wouldn't experience by being part of any birthday party or dandiya night.

Some of the famous pubs and bars of Delhi/ NCR, India are listed below:

C-27, Sector-18, Noida
Expected Payment for Two - Rs 600

N 18 Cannaught Place (Outer Circle)
Expected payment for Two - Rs 600

L-1, Centrestage Mall, Sector- 18, Noida
Expected Payment For Two - Rs 1500.

24, Basant Lok, 1st floor vasant vihar
Expected Payment for Two- Rs 1000.

#1, Central Stage Mall
Shop #6A, Ground Floor
Sector - 18
Phone: 0120-2512020

#4350, Hotel Gold Regency
Main Bazaar, Paharganj
S.R.T. Nagar
Phone: 011-23562101

3rd Floor
M.G. Road
Landmark: Near T.B. Hospital
Phone: 0124-4019526

Tonic Bar and Lounge
Khel Gaon Marg
South Extension Part I
Landmark: Near Sri Fort

32nd Milestone
Landmark: Near Syndicate Bank
Phone: 0124-2332571

Basant Lok
Vasant Vihar
Phone: 011-26156695

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Hindu Temples in Delhi

Listed below are some of the famous Hindu Temples of Delhi, India

Gauri Shankar Temple
Situated in the Old Delhi, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It houses an approximately 800 year old brown Lingam, made of phallus stone. The Lingam is encircled by snakes and represents a “cosmic pillar, the centre of the universe, the life itself. Bejeweled statues of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, standing beneath the silver canopy are placed inside the main shrine.

Chattarpur Mandir
Chattarpur Mandir is situated in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. It is built in both the South Indian as well as North Indian style of architecture. Goddess Durga is the presiding deity in the temple, accompanied with other shrines of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. The most interesting festival celebrated here is Durung Navaratri.

Kalkaji Temple
A twelve sided structure, Kalkaji Mandir is situated beyond the commercial complex of Nehru Place in South Delhi. The temple is devoted to Goddess Kalka Devi, a reincarnation of Goddess Durga. The idol is bathed with milk in the morning and aarti is held in the evening. People worship by singing hymns and songs in the praise of goddess. The devotees flock in a large number during the period of Navratras and attend a fair held at the temple.

Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir also known as Lakshmi-Narayan Mandir was built by the industrial family of Birla in the year 1938. It is situated to the west of Connaught Place in Delhi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Goddess Lakshmi. The small shrines are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Durga. Famous festival celebrated in Mandir is Janmashtmi.

Lotus Temple
Lotus temple is situated 12 km southeast of Connaught place. The monument is designed like a half-opened lotus flower made up of white marble and facilitates the Bahai's faith of worship. The Bahai's faith encourages the spirit of oneness of all religions and mankind. They lay great emphasis on meditation.

Iskcon Temple
Iskcon Temple is located at Raja Dhirshain Marg, Sant Nagar near the East of Kailash Locality. The temple hold great reverence for the devotees of Lord Krishna. The fine looking paintings of Radha-Krishna, Sita-Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu made by Russian artist are presented in the central hall. The most interesting attraction of the temple is the museum which organizes multimedia shows on the story of the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Akshardham Temple
Akshardham Temple is one of the most recently built temple, constructed by the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). The beautiful Mandir consist of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, floral motis, arches, a spectacular Gajendra Pith and 20,000 statues of India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine persona. IMAX threatre, a Swaminarayan temple and musical fountains are the other attractions of the temple.

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Happy Dusherra 2010

 Wishing all the reader of Indian Ectsasies, a very happy Dussehra and Durga Puja.

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Gujarat’s New Face - Amitabh Bachchan

Impressed by Narendar’s Modi initiative, Amitabh Bachchan, the legendary bollywood actor offered to become State Tourism Brand Ambassador. Mr Bachchan expressed his views in his blog that says “Modi talks of raising the level of awareness for his state through tourism and I volunteer to participate in any activity that would help promote that.” He also concluded that the largest number of heritage sites in the country is in Gujarat and it should be well promoted.

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