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12 Best Eco Friendly Hotels & Resorts in India

Whenever we get tired of our daily city life, we yearn to go close to nature. The concept of co-friendly tourism in India captures the same emotion. From past many years, such hotels have been established that offer their guests a chance to feel close to nature, without compromising on modern comforts.

An eco-friendly resort or ecotel is an interesting concept, comprising of nature resorts, tented accommodation, Ayurveda retreats, special initiatives and so on. This is an absolutely refreshing concept. These properties are committed to their duty towards nature, use consumption bulbs, are made of recycled or eco-friendly materials. For a rejuvenating experience, here is a list of 12 best eco-friendly hotels and resorts in India:

Vythiri Village, Wayanad – Housing the first artificial waterfall in India

Lying at an altitude of 2600 feet above the sea level, amid the lofty hills, Vythiri village resort, spreads on 22 acres of verdant green jungle that has vegetable gardens. One the best treehouse resorts in India, it has 200 accommodations, games rooms, health center, convention hall, multi-cuisine restaurants, conference room and so on.

Open your eyes to the chirping of the birds, savor the wonderful views of the gushing waterfall and the Chembra peak, relish the lip-smacking delicacies of the local cuisine, and rejuvenate yourself with Ayurveda therapies and so on. Have a comfortable stay in rooms, villas, cottages or suites, well-appointed with world-class facilities.

Indulge in activities such as archery, cycling, zip lining, trekking, stream walk, yoga, and morning walk. Get rid of all your tiredness around the bonfire. A meal at the traditional Kerala houseboat restaurant would be memorable. The artificial there-tiered waterfall is the major attraction here. Relax yourself with a spa session.

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Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom- Hidden treasure for tourists

With the Lake Vembanad traversing its landscape, Coconut Lagoon resort is a part of a tiled roof bungalow, which supposedly has a part that is 400 years old. The property features villas, which are recreated tharawads of Kerala, which are made by local craftsmen. The décor too is vintage with some traditional artifacts. The resort is accessible by boat and looks like Kerala countryside.
An amazing feature of the resort is its composting plant, which converts waste into manure, which is later used in solar-powered boats for offering rides to the guests. They also have an organic farm and its products are used in the resort’s kitchen to prepare freshest of meals.

Guests can partake in different types of activities such as bird watching, canoeing, coconut husking, backwater cruises, sunset cruises, bird watching, Ayurveda massages, and watching a special Kalari wrestling match in the morning. Savor sumptuous food delights of varied cuisines.

Nameri Eco Camp, Nameri National Park- Getaway for nature-lovers

Founded 22 years back, Nameri eco camp is one of the oldest nature camps in north-east India. Accommodation here is offered in the form of tents with colorful fabrics, well-made beds, attached bathrooms, and thatched-roofs. There is another bigger tents with dorm beds. At the open-side restaurants, enjoy lip-smacking meals, prepared by trained cooks.

Enjoy panoramic views of the clear skies and the Eastern Himalayas, and listen to the gushing of River Nameri. One of the best activities in Nameri is bird watching that has as many as 370 species of birds. You can also enjoy trekking. If you love water sports, enjoy river rafting in River Jia Bhoroli or wildlife spotting in a rubber dinghy.  Visit the nearby villages to catch a glimpse of their lifestyle.

Kipling Camp, Kanha National Park- A mix of luxury and wilderness

Located in the buffer zone of Kanha National Park, Kipling camp was founded in 1982 by Anne and the late Bob Wright, two celebrated wildlife conservationists. One of the finest wildlife camps in India, it is one of the oldest ones in the region. Shamiana is the on-site restaurant cum bar where Indian and World fares are served. Special meals can be planned at different venues.

The rooms and cottages here have been built using indigenous materials and come with all contemporary comforts. One of the special features here is a sewage treatment plan, which filters water by using sand and other natural elements.

There is a lot to do. Read books at the well-stocked library. Lie down on the hammock to enjoy the lush scenery. Enjoy a relaxing Ayurvedic massage or a game of volleyball. The resort also features a wildlife-theme souvenir shop. The evenings are made special by tribal dance performances or screening of wildlife documentaries.

Rainforest Retreat at Mojo Plantation, Coorg- Up close and personal with nature

Mingling eco-tourism with environmental education and sustainable agriculture, Rainforest retreat at Mojo Plantation was founded by Sujata, and Anurag Goel, a botanist couple, in the year 1994. One of the most picturesque eco lodges in Coorg, this place offers memorable trekking and birding experiences to its guests.

Closed in the monsoon months, from July 15 to August 30, this retreat has deluxe and plantation cottages, tents, which are made using nature-friendly materials and are powered by 12V solar lighting. Lodges are also available for long-term rental. This award-winning eco-lodge uses its organic waste in biogas plants for electrifying its kitchen. The rest of its used as a fertilizer.

One can enjoy interesting activities such as Mojo plantation tour, trekking, bird watching, sightseeing including Golden Temple at Kushalnagar, and visit to Dubare Elephant camp. Educational camps for school groups are also organized here.

Barefoot at Havelock Resort, Andamans- Refreshing break at beach-side jungle resort

Inspired from the pristine beauty of Andamans, Barefoot at Havelock resort is the only beach-side jungle resort in India. The resort is placed amid the rainforest of Havelock beach and comprises of 31 stylishly made cottages, thatch tents, and cottages, filled with world-class conveniences for a comfortable stay. The only source of water at the resort is natural spring field and rainwater harvesting. Relax amid nature, away from city chaos.

The resort has its own farm. Freshest of poultry and seafood is used in making tasty meals of international standards here. It is one of the few Indian places where courses in diving are offered. The on-site spa is pure bliss and absolutely rejuvenating.

Kayaking, snorkeling, nature walks, fishing and scuba diving are some of the other activities at which the guests can try their hands. Stay surrounded by clear skies, colorful creeks, white sandy beaches, and sparkling lagoons.

Wildernest Nature Resort,  Goa- A getaway with the family

Showing a different side of the beach state of Goa, Wildernest nature resort spreads in an area of 450 acres, which joins Mhadei and Bhimgad Wildlife sanctuaries, at an altitude of 800 m above the sea level. The resort offers breathtaking views of the verdant Swapnagandha Valley and the cascading Vazra falls. The resort gives employment to locals and uses solar power.

The resort has 16 eco-friendly cottages built from local materials. Enjoy a pleasant stay amid world-class facilities and amenities. The resort bans the use of plastic, conserves energy and recycles wastes. Boasting of tranquil surroundings, the resort is a multi-cuisine restaurant to meet your food needs.
Enjoy activities such as nature walks, bonfires, folk dances, and village excursions. Hike up to the Machan to enjoy bird watching and wildlife spotting. The resort also has an interesting souvenir shop. Enjoy a stay in the lap of nature.

The Dune Eco Village and Spa, Pondicherry- A nature’s retreat

Spread in an area of 35 acres of land, the Dune Eco Village and Spa is a stunning beachfront property that is placed just north of Pondicherry. An amazing feature of this resort is that it has 55 well-equipped bungalow and all the bungalows have different interiors as well as exteriors. The accommodation features organic linen, solar water system, and low consumption bulbs.

The food at the dining venues of this eco village is nutritious yet lip-smacking. The meals are prepared from the vegetable that come from the organic farm land, spread in 500 acres, helping 4000 farmers. Paradise is a Vedic Spa at the property offering refreshing and rejuvenating therapies.
Make your stay interesting by indulging in interesting activities apart from sightseeing. Enjoy activities such as partaking in pottery classes, milking the cows at the farm, swimming at the 14 meter long swimming pool and so on. Savor the wonderful surrounding views.

Ananda–in the Himalayas, Tehri, Garhwal- A luxurious rejuvenation

An award-winning luxury destination spa in the foothills of Himalayas, Ananda-in the Himalayas adopts eco-friendly gestures such as recycling bottles for the purpose of gardening to making bags and pends of biodegradable material. Afforestation drives are also organized by the hotel for increasing forest cover in the hills.

If you love being amid nature, you will love this retreat that overlooks the Ganga River Valley, and Rishikesh town. Organic cuisine at the dining venues is the specialty and gels well with traditional Ayurveda, and Vedandta coupled with modern wellness. Special menus and low calorie food made from fresh ingredients is served. The world-class spa spread in 2500 square feet and comprises of gym, 24 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy facilities and outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool.

While a typical day at Ananda is filled with fitness, there are a number of other activities too that guests can enjoy. For the adventurous souls, there is white water rafting in the challenging waters of River Ganga. Attend evening Ganga Arti, a site to remember. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, wildlife safari at Rajaji National Park should be your pick. Opt for refreshing and soothing nature treks and walks.

Mountain Trail, Mukteshwar- Footloose in the hills

If you are looking for green spaces, stunning vistas, an escape from the city crowed and some much-wanted solace, Mountain Trail in Mukteshwar is just for you. Placed at an altitude of 2300 m, over an area of two and a half acres, this green resort has orchards with over 70 floral varieties and more than 100 trees for fruits.

The property works towards promoting local traditions, preserving biodiversity, creating employment for the locals and working towards cultural tourism. Carrying plastic bags is not allowed in the hotel. The wasted water from the bathrooms is used in the gardens. The cottage-style rooms here do not have televisions and thus bring you close to the nature. The food is healthy too.

The property lies amid dense mountainous forest and offers a number of memorable experiences. There is a wide range of activities in which one can partake in such as bird watching, picnics with the loved ones, and jungle walks. Evenings are made special with bonfires. Let the fresh air brush past your face and refresh you. Do not miss visiting the popular sunset point on the ride, right behind the property.

Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad – Paradisiacal stay amid jungles

Covering a lush terrain of 35 acres, Banasura hill resort is placed amid the Western Ghats, one of the world’s the richest biodiversity region. The resort lies at an altitude of 3200 feet above the sea level, and is dotted with pepper, coffee, cashew and tea plantations. The largest earth resort in Asia, the property has Earth rooms, Log huts, Family Suites, and Twin Villas that are well-appointed.
One of the most interesting features of the resort the accommodation that are built together with earth technique, have bamboo furnishings, and elephant grass thatched roofs. A rainwater harvesting system fulfills the entire resort water requirements. Go for a relaxing massage or therapy at the hotel’s Ayurvedic spa.

The on-site dining venue not only serves lip-smacking Indian and World delights, but also lets you treat your eyes to the surroundings views. Guests can enjoy a plethora of activities such as bird watching and walking on jungle trails. You can also visit the various nearby streams, and the waterfall. Visit the nearby tribal village and get an insight into the living style.

Orange County Resort, Kabini-  Escape to the wilderness

Just two hours’ drive away from Mysore, Orange County Resort lets you have a comfortable stay, amid green surroundings of Kabini wildlife reserve. Taking cue from the Hadis or tribal villages, the accommodation here is in the form of huts, which come with all the world-class conveniences. The on-site Ayurveda spa offers impeccable services.

To protect the environment, the resort makes several endeavors such as recycling metal cans, unused plastic and paper; installing Sewage treatment plant with stream water; and other kinds of eco-friendly practices. At a given point of time, only a particular number of guests can enter the resort. At the two restaurant, the best of food delights are served.

Visit the nearby village to get an insight into the tribal life. You can also opt for a cycling tour to nearby villages. The activities include boat safari, vehicle safari, coracle ride, night trails, and guided nature walk. Do not miss a visit to the resort elephant. Special activities are also organized in the evenings for the guests.

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Foreign tourists can now explore the enchanting Nubra Valley

One of the most popular attractions of Ladakh, Nubra Valley has been blessed with several man-made and natural wonders. Due to security reasons, the entire valley was not accessible for the foreign nationals. However, the Union Ministry of Home has now modified the ‘Protected Area Permit’ (PAP) for foreigner nationals, visiting Nubra Valley of the Leh district. This has resulted in a more peaceful scene at the line of control (LoC) in cold desert of Ladakh.
An official spokesman informed, “On the intervention of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to relax the 'Protected Area Permit' for foreigners visiting various parts of Ladakh and as a consequence foreign tourists will be now able to visit various parts of the Nubra Valley. The necessary notification has been issued by MHA in this regard”.

Because of the vulnerability of that area, the foreign nationals were permitted to visit only some areas of Nubra Valley and not the whole of it, in the past. The locals demanded that the PAP must be modified so that more areas of Nubra Valley can come under the sphere of the tourism circuit so that the foreign tourists can explore the entire valley.

Placed at an altitude of 10,000 feet above the sea level, the Valley boasts of cascading rivers, Pashmina goat rearing, stunning natural scenery and splendid Buddhist monasteries.

“There was some restriction in some parts of Nubra. Foreigners were not allowed to visit Turtuk and Yarma. In fact Tutuk was liberated from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir in 1971. Yerma falls on the way to the Siachen glacier,” said Dr Sonam Dawa Lonpo, chief executive councilor (CEC) of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh.

After 35 years, two years back, the government had removed all the inner line permits for Indian tourists and had allowed them an entry into sensitive and restricted areas, close to the border in Ladakh. In the year 1978, the system of inner line permit was initiated so that there is no unwanted access to areas which were vulnerable from the point of view of security.

The officials were concerned about the security breach issues as these areas were on the borderline and they wanted maintenance of security at all levels.  Moreover, a number of these areas were home of some of the ancient tribes of India. The Indian government wanted to safeguards them by controlling the movement of tourists in those areas.

But, after relaxation, there is positivity in the air. Dr Dawa said, “It (relaxing the PAP) will definitely boost the tourist sector in our area. It has been our long pending demand right from the beginning.”
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12 Best Road Trips in India: Every Indian Biker Must Take

India is one of most amazing and uncommon countries blessed with some of the most diverse terrains and incredible landscapes. Crisscrossing on the face of this massive country are some fascinating roads snaking their way through some of the most heavenly locations and sites on Earth. Mentioned below are 12 Best Road Trips in India every Indian biker must take which are equally challenging when it comes to thrill and excitement.

Delhi – Leh

Widely perceived as one of the most adventurous and exciting motorcycles tours in India, the Delhi-Leh stretch is full of most wonderful sights and experiences. The road trip in India, normally taking 14-15 days, is also one of the most difficult one and passes through Chandigarh, eventually making its way through the fabulous valley of Manali.

This exotic bike trip can rightly be categorized as one of the most real adventures that any biker can experience. Coming out from the urban chaos of Delhi, the sights and scenery quickly change from beautiful to exotic, taking you into the mysterious hills of Leh with barren landscapes and heavenly cold deserts, proving to be an ultimate one to one encounter with the nature. This is doubtlessly one of the most cherished road trips in India for anyone who love to go on adventurous expeditions on their motorcycles.

Best time to Visit : May to October

Manali – Leh

The stretch from Manali to Leh is one of the most difficult ones with unpredictable roads and weather, making the bikers face a lot of problems. The sweep ahead of Manali to Leh can take nearly 7-8 days while uncertain weather can cause the duration to increase. The journey from Manali to Leh takes you through the highest motorable road in the world, which is the Khadungla Pass.

Interspersed with beautiful Buddhist Monasteries and snow clad hills in the backdrop, the route appears like a reflection of heaven with some of the most unique and amazing sceneries. In fact the difficulty and challenging nature of this stretch even further enhances its appeal and lure for bikers.  

Best time to Visit: May to October

Shillong- East Khasi Hills

North-East was and still very much the most beautiful place in India. Beginning from Guwahati, the path takes you towards the Meghalaya capital of Shillong and then to some of the wettest regions on Earth with the majestic East Khasi Hills.

The sheer greenery, the cool breezes, the backdrop of amazing mountains and winding roads are too much of a temptation. Find exotic sites, such as the cleanest village in India, the Mawlynnong, the traditional living root bridges of the surrounding areas and soul enchanting waterfalls. If you are considering a sojourn to the regions of North East then rest assured, this bike trip is one of the most adventurous tours in India.

Best time to Visit: October to February

Shimla - Spiti Valley

This ride will make you pass through one of the most scenic routes of India, right up to the heavenly Spiti Valley. Experiencing the paradisiacal sights and sounds of nature, one gets to see wonderful orchards, beautiful shrines, amazing resting places after passing through the route past Baspa, Kalpa, Kinnaur and Kaza.

Spiti valley has the charm similar to Ladakh, in fact, it resembles Tibet in many respects. Hence it furnishes almost an equal adventure of an expedition to Leh-Ladakh region. The best time to visit through this amazing course is from summers to early winters after which the terrain gets progressively difficult due to the onset of harsh winters and snow. Nevertheless, this trip has all that it takes to have one of best bike adventures.  

Best time to Visit: Mid June to Mid October

Delhi –Nainital

Nature has blessed this region with some of the most spectacular views with abundant greenery and round the year nice weather. Starting from the urban and concrete jungle of Delhi, the ride takes you towards the Corbett region as the path becomes adorned with fruit orchards on both the sides of the road, making the ride a fairytale experience. The winding roads then take you to the beautiful lake city of Nainital offering as well the delights of a popular hill station.

Savor the raw beauty of Uttarakhand on this favorable and popular stretch with your bike and capture wonderful memories in your mind forever.

Best time to Visit: October – April

Western Arunachal Pradesh

With is its amazing landscape providing the quintessential visual treat, the bike trip in Western Arunachal Pradesh can be called as one of the best road trips in the country. Replete with natural beauty, there are waterfalls, terraced paddy fields, beautiful mountain streams, alpine forests on the way, which really takes the heart away.

Although one may find unpaved roads and landslides on the stretch, the beauty of this route far more compensates these shortcomings. Other attractions such as the Bomdila, Tawang, Gorshem Chorten, Lake District, Ziro Valley and Namdapha National Park etc. enhances the beauty of this course manifold.

Best time to Visit: March to May and October to November

Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu

Located within Eastern Ghats in Tamil Nadu, the scenes of this exotic destination will literally take your heart away. The place is known for its continuous hairpin bends which are over 70 in number. The Kolli Hills are, hands down, one of the most beautiful places in the region.

The site is adorned with the fascinating waterfall, Agaya Gangai, along with an ancient Shiva Temple and beautiful Pineapple farms. Most of the bikers take the sojourn to Kolli Hills as a weekend trip from Bangalore. Due the wonderful weather which remains present here all the time, this bike trip is a year round expedition.

Best time to Visit: All Year round

Mumbai - Goa

This one of the best road trips in India, taking you south from the maximum city of Mumbai to the exotic beach destination of Goa. Widely known as the NH17 highway, the course takes you through the western coastline of the country, replete with some of the most mesmerizing views.

The NH 17 highways also connects Mumbai with Kerala, so if your heart suddenly decides to enjoy the nature with its exotic views, you can always make a stopover in Kerala. Dispersed with exquisite landscapes all around, this is one most cherishing bike trips you will ever have.

Best time to Visit: October to February


One of the beautiful and romantic stretches is the one leading from Darjeeling to Sikkim. There can be no two thoughts about the beauty of India’s North Eastern region and this route is another such heavenly course. However the roads are pretty winding and rains can make the roads slippery and hence dangerous.

But nevertheless, if one is careful enough with speed and grip, this can be one of your most memorable rides. The Darjeeling-Sikkim route begins from Siliguri and passes through Kalimpong, Gangtok, Pelling and Yuksom. It is an all year round route which you can take.

Best time to Visit: All year round

Royal ride from Delhi- Ranthambore

The route for this one most exciting trips in India starts from Delhi and passes through Agra, letting the bikers experience the majesty of Taj Mahal en-route. Post this the road take the route towards the Pink City Jaipur, passing through the Rajput Strongholds of Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore and then finally moving back towards Delhi. One can cover this stretch either in 14 or 22 days depending upon the time constrains.

Since the route passes through dry and hot regions, the best time to undertake this trip is from November to March. Full of many scenic views, the cultural cauldron of Rajasthan and Agra is absolutely enthralling. This is a bike trip that one must undertake.

Best time to Visit: November to March


If you are planning a vacation to Kannur, then, one of the best way to access it is through a bike trip from Bangalore. The Bangalore-Kannur road trip is said to be one of the best road trips in South India. The route passes through Nagarhole and Tholpatty and go on Kuthuparamba from Manandvady. Then going all the way to Kuthuparamba, the route ends at Kannur.

One of the most beautiful places in Kerala, Kannur is a holiday destination in itself and the trail has many lakes too which are a great sight and where you can take a stop to enjoy the scenes.

With great restaurants offering sumptuous meals on the way and great scenic sights already adorning, this is one of the most sought after bike trip for adventure lovers.

Best time to Visit: All year round

Jaipur – Jaisalmer

Hardcore bikers will find this trail not only challenging but also the one with many cultural delights on the way. The trip passes through some of the best destinations for road travel in India. The wonderful paved roads lets you enjoy the amazing green and brown hues of the state along with the heart melting hospitality of its people whenever you make a stopover.

The course, while passing through the rural landscapes and villages makes one come across the lifestyles, cuisines, culture, customs and mannerisms of local people, not to forget the exotic buildings that dot the every corner of this superb region. If heat and dust is something you can manage then this is the bike trail that you should not miss.

Best time to Visit: October to February

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International Mango Festival in Delhi 2016: Celebration the King of Fruits

The International Mango Festival in Delhi celebrates the delicious tropical fruit, Mango. It is a brilliant opportunity to taste 1100+ varieties of mango at one place. The succulent flavors of India’s favorite fruit has its very own festival which is celebrated in vigor.

Delhi International Mango Festival (DIMF) is the best way to honor the long-standing love and the fondness for this spectacular fruit of tropical countries. You do not need any special reason, as the tantalizing juices of the King of Fruits is enough to tempt you to attend. The Mango Festival is one of the most attended festivals in India. Every lover of Mango has a pretty good reason to be here. Enjoy the festivities for your favorite fruit, the festival is celebrated every year in Delhi.

International Mango Festival in Delhi

Roots of the International Mango Festival in Delhi

The International Mango Festival was first started in 1987. The Delhi Tourism and Govt. of NCT of Delhi in association with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), the National Horticultural Board (NHB) and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) organized an event to put spotlight on India’s favorite fruit in the capital city, Delhi.

In 2016, the horticulture department of the West Bengal government and the food processing industries of the state have also contributed to the event. The Mango festival will promote trading of the fruit from all across the world. This festival is also a good platform for the farmers mainly from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Delhi to get an interaction with the consumers and the agents. There will be exhibits around 1100 varieties of mangoes from different Indian states.

When is the International Mango Festival?

Every year the date of the International Mango Festival changes. It is generally celebrated in the summer months of June or July. In 2016, the celebration of the tropical fruits is on 9th and 10th July.

Where is the International Mango Festival?

  • Dilli Haat, Netaji Subhash Palace, Lala Jagat Narayan Marg, Pitampura
  • Dilli Haat, Lal Sai Mandir Marg, Opposite Hari Nagar Bus Depot, Janakpuri
  • Dilli Haat, West Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi are the designated places to celebrate the tropical fruit.  

Celebration the King of Fruits 2016

International Mango Festival Highlights

The Mango Festival is the celebration of the tropical fruit. At the festival, visitors can enjoy the sight, aroma and taste of more than 1100 varieties. The most popular names including Alphonso, Totapari, Mallika, Rataul, Himsagar, Amrapali, Mumbai Green, Kesar, Fazli and Banganpalli etc.

Some interesting varieties are Neeleshwari, Sikri, Royal SP, Suwarn, Himsagar, Raddy Pasand, Banganpally, Kensington, Dushehari, Langda, Chausa, Malda, Neelam, Papitiyo, Langra, Kesar, Sensation, Nazuk Badab, Fazli, Tommy Atkins and Amrapali.

From the Kaleemullah Khan’s nursery, varieties of mangoes like Aishwarya, Bombay Green, and Abdullah are brought here. One of the rare species of mangoes are Gula by Tariq Mustafa from Purkazi in Muzaffarnagar.

The festival also features some specialties of chefs’ recipes of mangoes. Reputed chefs share the recipes of different kinds of mango-based gastronomy. You can taste their delicacies and learn the secret of creating one finger-licking mango dish at home. From dessert, shakes, ice-cream to other delicacies, mango can easily be combined in your cuisine.

What to Do?

To make it like a full-fledged mango party for observers, different competitions are also held amid mango growers. Mango eating competitions, mango quiz, children’s shows and mango folk performances make the celebration an ornamented sight to behold.

Last but not least, the festival encourages vigorous trading of the fruit too. Products like mango pulp, Aam panna, juice, Aam papad, pickles, jelly, fresh mangoes, and chutneys are available on sale. Take home your favorites at amazing prices.

Visitors can also buy a small mango tree. Take home the plant and gift the upcoming generation a treasure of the fruit.
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Top 6 Bungee Jumping Spots in India

Does adventure activities excite you? Are you one of those whose idea of a vacation is partaking in thrilling adventurous activities? If yes, then Bungee jumping is surely a thing of your interest. Getting straddled in an elastic harness, jumping from a cliff and looking at the world from a different angle, surely raises the adrenaline rush.

To help you out, we have listed top 6 bungee jumping in India:

1. Goa

Places for Bungee Jumping In India
Goa is one of those destinations that offers a wonderful amalgam of adventure activities and pleasurable experiences. When in Goa, visit Anjuna Beach to enjoy the excitement of bungee jumping in Goa. The platform for jumping is attached to a crane and its height is relatively low.

If this is your first attempt at bungee jumping then this is a great chance for you. If you plan to jump for the second time on the same day, you might get a discount!

Site: Gravity Adventure Zone, Anjuna Beach, Goa
Height of Bungee Jumping: 25 m
Minimum Age: 14 years

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2. Lonavala

Lonavala - one of the best bungee jumping spots in India.
Though there are no place for bungee jumping in Pune or Mumbai, but placed halfway between these two destinations is Lonavala, the place that is one of best bungee jumping destinations in India. One of the largest adventure parks in India, Della Adventures offers the experience is this amazing activity.

Time taken would be 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Minimum weight must be 35 kg and maximum weight must be 200 kg. In the end, you also get a certificate from the management.

Site: Della Adventures, Kunegaon, in Lonavala.
Height of Bungee Jumping: 45 m
Minimum Age: 10 years

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3. Bangalore

Ozone Adventures in Bangalore is known for offering memorable non-fixed bungee jumping in India. Proper safety measures are taken by the management for the visitors. Treat your eyes to the amazing sights. It is going to be an amazing experience.

Site: Ozone Adventures, located on St. Mark’s Road, Bangalore.
Height of Bungee Jumping: 25 m platform suspended from a 40 m high crane
Minimum Age: 18 years

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4. Jagdalpur

Another amazing place to try your hand at bungee jumping in India is Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. Along with bungee jumping, one can also enjoy other adventure activities in Jagdalpur. Bungee jumping in Jagdalpur is adventurous as well as refreshing.

Site: Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh
Height of Bungee Jumping: 30 m
Minimum Age: 14 years

5. Rishikes

 Rishikesh - the highest bungee jumping spot in India

Jumping Heights, in the Mohan Chatti village is popular for offering the highest bungee jumping in India. This place is the only place in India that offers bungee jumping in India from a fixed platform. Cantilever platform is made on rocky cliff. The experience here is not only thrilling but and expensive too.

Site: Jumping Heights, located in Mohan Chatti village, Rishikesh
Height of Bungee Jumping: 83 m
Minimum Age: 12 years

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6. New Delhi

Not many known this, but bungee jumping is slowly becoming one of the best things to do in Delhi and Wanderlust is the best choice. The equipment is attached to at a height of 130 feet. After you complete the activity, you also get an ‘I did it’ T-shirt, a cap and a certificate.  The staff here has got its training in Germany. People between 14 to 50 years can try their hand at this activity here.

Site: Wanderlust, around 42 km from the city
Height of Bungee Jumping:  130 feet
Minimum age: 14 years

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So, what are waiting for! Pack your backs and unpack the adventure enthusiast in you!

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Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016 Travel Guide

Also known as "the world’s most massive act of faith", Kumbh Mela is a colossal gathering of huge number of devotees at a designated spot every 12 years. The sights are simply overwhelming. Thousands upon thousands pilgrims chanting "Har Har Mahadev" and clad in saffron come to one out of four holy cities to observe this massive event. This year the Kumbh Mela is taking place at Ujjain, situated in the exotic Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Maha Kumbh Mela 2016, Ujjain

Known as the divine place of Lord Mahakal, Ujjain is located on the eastern bank of River Shipra. The Kumbh Mela is considered to be the most auspicious time to take bath in the holy waters of River Shipra. Tradition has assigned a lot significance to this act. It is believed that by taking bath in these holy waters, a man can be absolved from his past sins and thus can contemplate liberation from the endless cycle of births and deaths.

History of the Kumbh Mela

The name Kumbh has been derived from the immortal celestial Pot of nectar. The significance of this festival is mentioned in the sacred Hindu texts that describe the story of how the immortal nectar was obtained.

Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016 Travel Guide

It is said that after being cursed by the celestial rishi (Sage) Durvasa, the devtas lost all their power. The devtas, after having being deprived of their strength approached the divine Trinity of Gods (Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva) and suggested to churn the celestial Ocean of Milk that lies at a distant location of the cosmos.

Due to the massive task involved, the devtas enlisted the danavas for the exercise and agreed to share the immortal nectar upon its procurement.The great mountain Mandara was used as the churning rod while the celetial serpent Vasuki became the rope for the churning.

At last the churning of the celestial ocean began with devtas at the tail and demons at the head of Vasuki. At first the ocean produced a deadly poison called halahal which the Lord Shiva stored in His throat and thus prevented the universe from annihilation.

However after 1,000 years, the sage Dhawantari came out with the pot of the immortal nectar. Fearing that danavas might play some trick, the Devtas seized the nectar. The demons after realizing that they have been cheated gave a chase to the devtas. The chase lasted for 12 days and 12 nights during which the drops of the immortal nectar fell at four places on the Earth-Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. Thus, these site became purified due to which they became the venue of the Kumbh Melas.

Since 12 days of celestial gods are said to be equivalent to the 12 years of humans, the Kumbh Mela is celebrated after every 12 years. Every 12 years, devotees gather at one of the banks of the holy rivers-River Godavari in Nasik, River Shipra in Ujjain, River Ganges in Haridwar and at confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at Allahabad. The event witness millions of devotees taking a holy dip and partaking in rituals and ceremonies in order to get rid of all their sins.   

Importance of Ujjain Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela holds tremendous significance for Hindus. The event is usually seen as a rare opportunity for the devotees to cleanse themselves of all the past lives sins and attain liberation. The importance of the holy bath in the sacred rives have been greatly emphasized in the spiritual texts. Since the drops of the celestial nectar dropped in these rivers, it is said that by taking bath here, one attains total liberation or Moksha. The Ujjain festival draws people and devotees from different corners of the country and the world.  

Also known as Poorna Kumbha or Simhasta Kumbha Mela, the massive event at Ujjain takes place once in every 12 years. The significance of time chosen for the festival is itself evident from the fact that the star configuration during this time is same as it was during the legendary Sagar Manthan. Bath in the holy River Shipra has a great importance. After taking the sacred bath all the devotees head on for the temple of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, which is one of the 12 most sacred Jyotirlingas, dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Holy Bathing Dates of the Ujjain Kumbh Mela, 2016 

Holy Bathing Dates of the Ujjain Kumbh Mela, 2016

Before attending the sacred Ujjain Kumbh Mela, it is good to know about the dates and schedule. These are listed as follows: 
  •  22 April 2016 : Purnima First Shahi Snaan (Royal Holy Dip)
  • 03 May 2016 : Vratparv Vauthini Ekadashi
  • 06 May 2016  : Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya (First Pramukh Snan)
  • 09 May 2016  : Shukla/Akshey Tritya (Second Pramukh Snan)
  • 11 May 2016 : Shukla Panchami
  • 15 May 2016 : Vrishabh Sankranti
  • 17 May 2016 : Ekadashi & Pradosh Snan
  • 19 May 2016 : Pradosh
  • 20 May 2016 : Nursingh Jayanti
  • 21 May 2016 : Purnima Main Shahi Snan

When is Simhasth Ujjain Kumbh Mela in 2016?

The Kumbh Mela at Ujjain will begin with the bath on the full moon day of the month, i.e. on 22nd April. The Mela lasts for almost a whole month and in 2016 will conclude on full moon day of 21st May. In total there are 10 days of bathing as a part of the celebrations of the Kumbh. The Purnima (Full moon day), month of Baisakha, bright fortnight, the brihaspati (Jupitor) in Leo, the sun in the arise (Mesha Rasi), vyatipata yoga, moon in the Libra (Tula rasi), holy Ksetra Avantika and pious Mondays are the most important and sacred days to take bath in the holy waters.  

How to Reach Kumbh Mela Venue in Ujjain 

By Air 

The nearest airport for reaching Ujjain is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore, which is situated at a distance of 57 kilometers from the city. Frequent flights of all major carries arrive from important cities and towns of the country. The airport is well connected by buses, taxis and cabs that take the tourists to different parts of Ujjain. 

By Rail

Ujjain has a railway station of its own by the name Ujjain Junction. The terminal is connected to major towns and cities within the state and across the county. It is located approximately 1 kilometer from the city center. Buses, Taxis and Cabs are available from the station to locations within the Ujjain City.

By Road

Good quality metaled roads connect Ujjain to major locations within the Madhya Pradesh State and nearby locations outside it. Conveyances include the state owned MPSRTC buses as well private, deluxe and Volvo buses that take you from different locations to the holy city and vice versa. Besides private cabs and taxis are always present to visit Ujjain or commute within the city.

Things to be kept in Mind

Ujjain Kumbh Festival is celebrated during the summer months. At this time the weather in the Ujjain City can be extremely hot with temperatures shooting up as high as 41 degrees. Thus, visitors are advised to have a thorough check on accommodation and important items. They need to keep themselves hydrated at all times and abstain from skipping the meals. 

And, if you are planning to camp on site, then you may check-out the Price Guide for Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016 to make sure your journey to visit "Aastha ka Kumbh".

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Top 5 Trekking Trails in Kerala

Also known as the ‘God’s Own Country’, the South Indian state of Kerala has been blessed several natural wonders. Verdant mist-clad mountain ranges, tropical rainforests and cascading waterfalls are some of these wonders. All these also offer memorable trekking experiences and become some of Kerala’s best trekking routes. The natural views, variety of flora and fauna is simply spectacular.

It is no exaggeration when we say that trekking is one of the most popular adventure activities in Kerala. The blog enlists 5 popular trekking & hiking trails in Kerala:

1. Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad, at 2,050 m above sea level.

Starting the trek from Meppady, near Kalpetta (district center of Wayanad), walking past aromatic huge green tea plantations, crossing mist-covered clouds like in a dream. You gradually make your way into the verdant jungles. Here you follow the trail made by the former trekkers or make your new trail to arrive the Chembra Peak, which has a height of 2100 m above sea level.

After covering this trek of 14 km, when you arrive at the summit, you realize it’s worth all the hardships. Trekking to Chembra Peak is ideal for those who have previous experience of trekking. You can also take guidance and assistance from the local tribal people. Do take their words! Prior permission from the Forest Office is mandatory.

Best Season :  October to May

2. Dhoni Hills

One of the most popular trekking trails in Kerala are the Dhoni hills. It takes a duration of 3 hours to reach the top. On the way, savor the lovely views of a small waterfall while on your way up.

If you are a peace-loving person who like places that are not crowded, there is a farmhouse on the top of the hill. This farmhouse houses hundreds of Swiss and other European types of cattle.

Best Season : After monsoon

3. Agasthyarkoodam Peak

Agasthyakoodam Trek in Kerala

Positioned at a height of 1868 m above the sea level, the Agasthyarkoodam Peak is reachable only on-foot. If folklores are to be believed it is said that revered Sage Agasthya made this peak his peaceful dwelling, staying amid nature. The local people say that females should avoid embarking on this trek as the Sage will not approve of it. All this adds to the charm of already mystical lush thick forests.

While trekking, savor the scenery and the tranquility spread all around you. You feel like you have been transferred into a whole new old. The trek route to Agasthyarkoodam Peak is a treasure house of different kinds of medicinal plants known to hold a lot of importance in the holistic healing science of Ayurveda. As you reach the hilltop, you can see a life-size statue of Sage Agasthya.

The trekking base is around 61 km from the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. Seek prior permission of the Forest Department. Another amazing sight on the top of the hill, is the view of blue-colored Neelakurinji flowers that blossom once in 12 years.

Best Season : December to April

4. Soochipara Waterfalls

Soochipara Falls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall in Vellarimala, Wayanad, surrounded by Deciduous, Evergreen and Montane forests.

Also known as Sentinel Rock waterfalls, Soochipara waterfalls are a three-tiered strong waterfalls that are popular for its trekking experiences. The waterfalls are around 22 km from Kalpetta, in the Vellarimala village. The last 2 km towards the waterfalls have to be covered on-foot, taking you through verdant forests. If you are lucky you might spot a friendly deer. The trek is of around 30 minutes. You will forget all your tiredness as you reach the falls. Do take a dip in the pool at its foot and enjoy swimming.

Best Season- June to September

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5. Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar is a reserve forest and hence it remains in its natural form. This trek means admiring wonderful greenery, all around. During Periyar tiger reserve trek, you are accompanied by armed forest guards who are appointed by the Forest Officer. These guides known each and every thing about the forest and you must listen to what they say. 

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The Periyar Tiger Trail takes around 24 to 36 hours and thus including night stay. Camping is arranged before the trek. The trek starts in the morning around 8:00 or 9:00 am. Walk past a herd of elephants or a shy deer. Do not disturb them! You are in their home. After the trek, you can simply relax by the Lake Periyar. This is a pure form of adventure trekking and camping.

Best Season : October to May

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Gatimaan Express Luxury Train - From Delhi To Agra in 100 Minutes

India’s high-speed luxury train, Gatimaan Express has made its inaugural journey. The lavish ride runs from New Delhi to Agra. The Honorable Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, flagged off the first ride today.

The launch of the train heralds a new era of high-speed rail travel in India. Though a far call from bullet trains, it is the fastest train in India, with a maximum speed of 160 km per hour. The best aspect of the train is its deluxe features and facilities, inspired from the series of ‘Palace on Wheels’ luxury trains in India. The train has made it possible to enjoy a luxurious day trip to Agra possible.

Gatimaan Express - Travel Time

The train will cover the 192-km distance between Delhi and Agra in all of 100 minutes. The train achieves the maximum speed of 160 km/ hr.

Amazing interiors of Gatimaan Express will make you go crazy

The Gatimaan service will be running on all days of the week, except Friday, the day Taj Mahal remains closed. The train starts from Nizamuddin station at 8.10 am and reaching Agra Cantt at 9.50 am. The return journey of the train will start from Agra at 5.50 pm and reach Nizamuddin station at 7.30 pm.

Gatimaan Express - Technology

Made by the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, the Gatimaan Express boasts of some of the best technology for locomotives. The train runs on a WAP5 electrical engine of 1500 Horse Power. It is the best in-class loco produced so far by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works and Linke Hofmann Busch coaches.

Gatimaan Express - Technology

Most of the locomotive and the coaches are the same as used in Shatabdi Express, though several changes in the track and the signaling system have been made. One of the reasons behind the Gatimaan’s higher speed is that Northern Railways has worked to cut down more than 80 obstacle points on the Delhi-Agra route. Sharp turns, bridges, crossings and yards have been lessened. Also tracks have been tilted for the smoother and faster run of the train.

Gatimaan Express - Menu of Gastronomy Served

The Gatimaan Express, owing to IRCTC is set to provide culinary delights. Different from other regular passenger trains in the country, the catering is unique and a new sign of luxury. The hostesses will be serving both Indian and continental cuisine. Imagine, Chicken Sausages with Spanish Omelette, plus slices of Date Walnut Cake. If you are on the calorie-conscious band, you can opt for the Whole-Wheat Upma, Kanjeevaram Idli, or Freshly Cut Fruits.

Gatimaan Express - Menu of Gastronomy Served

Indulgent flavors of India are presented in delights of Aloo Kulcha, Mini Dosa, Chicken Roll and Swiss Roll are also on the menu. And the icing on the cake, everything will be served in Bone China. It is quite the gastronomical journey.

Gatimaan Express Entertainment

Gatimaan Express also provides free on-board entertainment by a private provider, MyFreeTv.in. There is an 8 inch LED Screen at the back of every seat. These screens are planned to be powered by satellite television and will broadcast live-feed. Passengers can also entertain themselves with videos during the travel on their smartphone, tablets or laptops even without internet connection through Wi-Fi.

Gatimaan Express Entertainment

Gatimaan Express Fare

The Gatimaan Express train comprises two executive AC chair cars and eight AC chair car coaches. The train will run with 10 coaches, including eight air-conditioned chair car (AC CC) coaches and two executive class bogies, with a total of 715 seats. The fare for an AC chair car seat is set at 750 INR and that for an executive AC chair car seat at 1,500 INR.

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