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Nearly five thousand years back flourished India's first major civilisation along the Indus River valley

. The twin cities of Mohenjodaro and Harappa now in Pakistan were ruled by priests and held the rudiments of Hinduism. These civilisations are known to possess a sophisticated lifestyle, a highly developed sense of aesthetics, an astonishing knowledge of town planning and an undecipherable script language. The Indus civilization at one point of time extended nearly a million square kilometres across the Indus river valley. It existed at the same time as the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Sumer but far outlasted them. Surviving for nearly a thousand years the Indus valley civilisation fell to tectonic upheavals in about 1700 BC, which caused a series of floods. The coming of the Aryans around 1500 BC, gave the final blow to the collapsing Indus Valley civilisation. At the dawn of Vedic ages the Aryans came in from the North and spread through large parts of India bringing with them their culture and religious beliefs. The Four Vedas or the important books of Hinduism were compiled in this period.

To Top In 567 B.C. the founder of the Buddhist Religion Gautama Buddha was born. During this time lived Mahavira, who founded the Jain Religion. The Indian subcontinent is full of caves and monuments devoted to these religions and are worth a visit. Two hundred years later, in the 4th century B.C., Emperor Ashoka, one of the greatest King of Indian history, led the Mauryan Empire to take over almost all of what is now modern India. This great leader embraced Buddhism and built the group of monuments at Sanchi (a UNESCO world heritage site). The Ashoka pillar at Sarnath has been adopted by India as its national emblem and the Dharma Chakra on the Ashoka Pillar adorns the National Flag. They were followed by the Guptas in the north, while in the south part of India several different Hindu empires, the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Cheras spread and grew, trading with Europe and other parts of Asia till the end of the 1100s. Christianinty entered India at about the same time from Europe. Legend has it that St. Thomas the Apostle arrived in India in 52 A.D. Even earlier than that people of the Jewish religion arrived on India's shores. In approximately the 7th century A.D. a group of Zoroastrians, or Parsees, landed in Gujarat and became a part of the large mix of religions in India today, each of which adds its important and distinctive flavour. In the 15th century Guru Nanak laid the foundation of the Sikh religion in Punjab.

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In 1192, Mohammed of Ghori, a ruler from Afghanistan, came into India and captured several places in the north including Delhi. When he went home he left one of his generals in charge who became the first Sultan of Delhi. During this time Islam, was introduced into a major part of Northern India. It may be mentioned that even before that, just after the period of the prophet, Islam was brought to the western coast of India by Arab traders and flourished in what is now Kerala. The Dehli Sultanate gradually took control of more and more of North India over the next 200 years, till Timur, who was called "Timur the Lame" or "Tamberlane" came from Turkey in 1398 to attack India. He and his army stole all the valuables that they could carry and left again, and after that the Delhi Sultanate was never so strong

" Apart from the Arabian Sea. Following the sweeping mountains to the northeast. and Kerala. also rests snugly beneath a mountain range---the Eastern Ghats. India became. but it was the British who eventually controlled most of India and finally made it one of their colonies. the Arabian sea to the west. Dutch. then spreads out again to meet Burma in the "eastern triangle. Danish and British . the North becomes flatter and more hospitable. All of them held territories in India and made friends and enemies among India's rulers as they got more and more involved. Bihar. Art & Culture Classical Dance Classical Dance and Music Music Indian Folk and Tribal Dances Classical Dance and Music . and has developed its industry and its agriculture. In the process of becoming independent. The southeast coast. in 1336. and its sheer size promises something for everyone. India reaches its peninsular tip with South India. India is the home of the sacred River Ganges and the majority of Himalayan foothills. Delhi. In the years since independence India has made huge progress and coped with great problems. The Western Ghats separate the verdant coast from the Vindya Mountains and the dry Deccan plateau further inland. Goa. India is set apart from the rest of Asia by the Himalayas. with terrain varying from arid mountains in the far north to the lake country and forests near Srinagar and Jammu. The subcontinent as it is rightly called. and has maintained a system of government which makes it the largest democracy in the world. and Bhutan. youngest and still evolving mountain chain on the planet.started arriving in the early 1600s. East India also contains an area known as the eastern triangle. the world's highest mountain chain and Nepal as its Neighbouring country dominate India's northern border. Tibet. touches three large water bodies and is immediately recognizable on any world map. Orissa. the highest. The Europeans . East India begins with the states of Madhya Pradesh. and the India Ocean to the south. roughly triangular peninsula defines the Bay of Bengal to the east. Andhra Pradesh. India holds virtually every kind of landscape imaginable. with the Indian politics. In the meantime south . The states of Gujarat. culminating in the Naga Hills along the Burmese border. two countries instead of one. and part of the massive. which begins with the Deccan in the north and ends with Cape Comorin. which is entirely distinct. its borders narrow to a small channel that passes between Nepal. central state of Madhya Pradesh constitute West India. came in and took control of the north. The land along the coast is typically lush with rainforests. An abundance of mountain ranges and national parks provide ample opportunity for eco-tourism and trekking. India got its independence from Britain in 1947 after a long struggle led mostly by Mahatma Gandhi. This is the last gulp of land that extends beyond Bangladesh. From north to south India extends a good 2000 miles (3200 km). This thick. who were from Iran. a favourite leisure destination. the Hindu Vijayanagar empire was set up and became very strong. which comprise the westernmost part of the region. the synapse forming the Gulf of Mannar. Extending from the Gujarat peninsula down to Goa. the west coast is lined with some of India's best beaches. Bangladesh. Moving south along the Indus river. Himalayas. widening into the fertile plains of Punjab to the west and the Himalayan foothills of Uttar Pradesh and the Ganges river valley to the East. French. mirroring the west. Cramped between these two states is the capital city. its western border is defined exclusively by Pakistan. Soon the Mughals. North India is the country's largest region begins with Jammu and Kashmir.Portuguese. Maharashtra. Tamil Nadu.again. where the island nation of Sri Lanka seems to be squeezed out of India like a great tear. The states in South India are Karnataka.

hence forth it will only be held on earth". Abhinaya Chandrike. the earliest basis of the classical performing arts. traditions and values relative to geographic locations and the numerous distinctive manners. Sculpture Comes To Life Temples were raised to the house the Gods and became the focal point for the community. Bhava. painting. it is the seminal source book for dancers and performers. They also became centres of learning and contributed to the advancement of such arts as sculpture.abstraction of Upanishadic thought which is assiduously translated in to well designed concrete language of artistic media. all trace their roots to the temple. clothing and habits of an Indian differ in accordance to the place of origin. A festival or a celebration is never constrained to a family or a home. music. . For instance. And Brahma passed on all the information on Dance and Drama to Bharata Muni who compiled it as the Natya Shastra. An Indian wedding is an occasion that calls for participation of the family and friends. the Maibi in Manipur. gestic communication. It was from the temple that the Devdasi cult (Temple Dancers who performed for the Lord) began. Brahma intervened "This is only a performance. to the architectural format. hint at the potency of dance as a path to spiritual exaltation and lays out a complete lexicon of dance techniques. According to five thousand years of recorded history. habits and food that will always remain truly Indian. it is not surprising to find that people here reflect the rich glories of the past. types of instruments. Abhinaya. Mostly built by Kings. Rasa. Similarly. A rich heritage to be brought alive by the artist. stage rituals. The Asuras thought this was a renewed attack and retaliated. The food. Indians believe in sharing happiness and sorrow. In a country as diverse and complex as India. Holi. from the deserts of the West to the humid deltas of the East. Id. it is said that the greater part of vocabulary of Odissi dance is preserved in stone. The countless sculptures of dance poses in the temples. the Devdasi in Tamil Nadu and the Mahari in Orissa. A lot of festivals like Diwali." It all started with Natya Shastra Said to be written 2000 years ago by Bharata Muni. neighbours and friends. music and dance. Later century works like Abhinaya Darpana. 37 chapters that together form the nucleus of this fascinating performing art. encouraging a continuity and enriching rituals of worship. the culture.. neighbours and friends always help out a family in times of need. Mahaveer Jayanthi are all celebrated by sharing sweets and pleasantries with family. from the dry heat and cold of the Central Plateau to the cool forest foothills.Indian Classical Dance ".the Kulvantalu in Andhra Pradesh. the God of Creation. Christmas. From the purpose of natya. Once a practice countrywide . To Top Legend has it that the Devas (Gods) had vanquished the Asuras (Evil) and were relating the happenings to Brahma. The mammoth book covers all technical and aesthetic aspects of the art of the Indian Theatre and Dance. also have great relevance to the dancer today. From the eternal snows of the Himalayas to the cultivated peninsula of far South. Indian lifestyles clearly glorify the geography. who were also the patrons of arts. The whole community or neighbourhood is involved in bringing liveliness to an occasion.

It is a time for prayer. follow different religions. there are Films in 15 languages. dance. to get together with friends and relatives and to exchange gifts. festivals serve as an occasion to clean and decorate houses.000 years respectively. each of which share a common language and culture. The vividness can be ascertained by the fact that schools in India teach more than 50 different languages. India is a land of a variety of linguistic communities. Sino Tibetan languages are spoken in the northern Himalayas and close to Burmese border. The population of people speaking each language varies drastically. New attire. and SinoTibetan. Majority of Indian population uses Indo-European and Dravidian languages. 75% of Indian population speaks languages of Indo-European family. great historical happenings and the advent of the New Year. In terms of percentage.000 and 3. For instance Bhili and Santali both tribal languages have more than 4 million speakers. 23% speak languages of Dravidian origin and about 2% of the population speaks Mon-Khmer languages and Sino-Tibetan languages.Ethnically Indians speak different languages. That's not all! The birthdays of Gods and Goddesses. Indo-European languages dominate the northern and central India while in south India. while Andamanese is spoken by relatively fewer people. Newspapers in 90 or more languages and radio programmes in 71 languages! Indian languages come from four distinct families. while maintaining their own entity. They are round the year vibrant interludes in the mundane routine of life. though celebrated differently in the various parts of the country. Tribal or Aboriginal language speaking population in India may be more than some of the European languages. Every season brings along new festivals. which are: Indo-European. Though there could be fifteen principal languages there are hundreds of thousands dialects that add to the vividness of the country. give-and-take and a composition of cultures that can be compared to a garden of flowers of various colours and shades of which. 18 languages are officially recognized in India of which Sanskrit and Tamil share a long history of more than 5. .India! The Colourful mosaic of Indian festivals and fairs . The same festival. festivals are like gems ornamenting the crown of Indian Culture. mainly languages of Dravidian origin are spoken. is an eternal expression of the spirit of celebration.all add to their joyful rhythm. each a true celebration of the bounties of the rich traditions followed for time immemorial. exhibits an eternal harmony of the spirit of celebration. eat the most diverse varieties of food all of which add to the rich Indian culture. saints and prophets. Packed with fun and excitement. for pageantry and procession…a time to rejoice.as diverse as the land. Observed with enthusiasm and gaiety.The beauty of the Indian people lies in the spirit of tolerance. Mon-Khmer. Dravidian. lend harmony and beauty to the garden . For example Hindi has 250 million speakers. in celebration of life. all find expression in colourful festivities. The language families divide India geographically too. In eastern India languages of Mon-Khmer group is popular. music and rituals.

cloves and cardamoms are very antiseptic. garlic. salty. An authentic Indian curry is an intricate combination of a stir-fried Masala . taste and flavour. daals and Indian pickles contribute to and add to the overall flavour and texture of a meal and provide balance needed. Uttar Pradesh's Kebabs and Punjab's Sarson Ka Saag and Makki di Roti. bitter and astringent. recipes are handed down from generation to generation. curries. Being so diverse geographically. Most of the spices used in Indian cooking were originally chosen thousands of years ago for their medicinal qualities and not for flavour. Private operators have made mobile telephony the fastest growing (over 164% p. and tomatoes. not always can this be accomplished. Today it is the fastest growing market in the world. each region has its own cuisine and style of preparation. ginger. In India. Many of them such as turmeric. food is categorized into six tastes . Our Native Village You Travel What is Eco-tourism? Do's Don'ts Golden Rules When . The Indian telecommunications Network is the fifth largest in the world and is the second largest among the emerging economies of Asia.a. are carminative and good for the digestion.sweet. seasonings and nutritious ingredients such as leafy vegetables. Note: the word Masala also means spice. The Government has played a key enabling role by deregulating and liberalising the industry. wireless is the principal growth engine of the Indian telecom industry.a mixture of onion. The Wazwan style of Kashmir is luxurious but the same can be said about Bengal's Macher Jhol. renowned for its exotic gravies seems complicated for any newcomer. The Mughlai cuisine of North differs sharply from the preparations of the south.The Indian cuisine boasts of an immense variety not restricted to only curry. various spices and seasonings with which meat. With more than 33 million users (both CDMA and GSM). poultry. All curries are made using a wide variety of spices. The unique and strong flavours in Indian cuisine are derived from spices. Food in India is wide ranging in variety. Hutch. Tata and Reliance and with the State sector incumbents-BSNL and MTNL has brought about a significant drop in tariffs. and legumes. In Indian cuisine. Rajasthan's Dal Bati. fruits. This principle explains the use of numerous spice combinations and depth of flavour in Indian recipes. ushering in competition and paving the way for growth. spicy. Indian cuisine. others like ginger. grains. Intense competition between the four main private groups . vegetables or fish is prepared to produce a stew-type dish. sour.Bharti. A wellbalanced Indian meal contains all six tastes.) in India. Side dishes and condiments like chutneys.

wilderness adventures. sustainable development etc. National and State Park Management. It accommodates and entertains visitors in a way that is minimally intrusive or destructive to the environment and sustains & supports the native cultures in the locations it is operating in. energy efficiency. which encourages going back to natural products in every aspect of . Eco-tourism focuses on local cultures. the revenue produced from tourism helps and encourages governments to fund conservation projects and training programs. fauna. biological and cultural conservation.4% of all consumer spending not a market to be taken lightly. Responsibility of both travellers and service providers is the genuine meaning for eco-tourism. water reuse. They come from the fields of Geographic Information Systems. and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. To Top What is Eco-tourism? Fundamentally. are some of the fields closely related to Eco-Tourism. It is typically defined as travel to destinations where the flora. that's what eco-tourism is all about. Many professionals have been involved in formulating and developing eco-tourism policies. Historians and Archaeologists. 11. This is responsible form of tourism and tourism development. Therefore. Historical. Responsible Eco-tourism includes programs that minimize the adverse effects of traditional tourism on the natural environment. Wildlife Photography. etc. With support from tourists. one should always keep in mind not to create any mishap or disturbance in the life cycle of nature. Marine Biology and Oceanography. preservation. personal growth and learning new ways to live on our vulnerable planet. Besides all these. Women in Development. volunteering. and the creation of economic opportunities for local communities are an integral part of Eco-tourism. in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors. Ecotourism is consecrated for preserving and sustaining the diversity of the world's natural and cultural environments. according to the World Tourism Organization with an annual growth rate of 5% worldwide and representing 6% of the world gross domestic product. eco-tourism means making as little environmental impact as possible and helping to sustain the indigenous populace. Wildlife Management. and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. thereby encouraging the preservation of wildlife and habitats when visiting a place. local services and producers can compete with larger. Whether it's about a nature camp or organizing trekking trips towards the unspoilt and inaccessible regions. Saving the environment around you and preserving the natural luxuries and forest life. initiatives by hospitality providers to promote recycling. Environmental Sciences.Eco-tourism is more than a catch phrase for nature loving travel and recreation. foreign companies and local families can support themselves. Eco-tourism also endeavours to encourage and support the diversity of local economies for which the tourism-related income is important. Eco-tourism is considered the fastest growing market in the tourism industry.

environmental and social benefits of tourism. seeds or roots. tape recorders or other electronic entertainment equipment in nature resorts. They must be disposed in municipal dustbins only. temples and local cultures. Some basic do's and don'ts of eco-tourism are listed below: Do's Carry back all non-degradable litter such as empty bottles. The International Eco-tourism Society defines eco-tourism as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. cover with mud or sand.life. To Top Don'ts Do not take away flora and fauna in the forms of cuttings." This means that those who implement and participate in Eco-tourism activities should follow the following principles: Minimize impact Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts Provide direct financial benefits for conservation Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people Raise sensitivity to host countries' political. after defecation.Today the "Green Laws" of conservation are making people aware of how man and the environment can live symbiotically for more time to come and eco-tourism is the only way to maximize the economic. environmental. Ask for prior permission before taking a photograph. plastic bags etc. Observe the sanctity of holy sites. Do not blare aloud radios. sanctuaries and wildlife parks. It is illegal. Cut noise pollution. especially in the Himalayas. The environment is really delicate in this region and the bio-diversity of . To Top In India too the movement is gathering momentum with more and more travel and travel related organisation's are addressing the needs of the eco-tourists and promoting ecotourism in the country. tins. Everyone is a stakeholder in the process and we clearly need to avoid our past shortcomings and negative impact that they have had. In case temporary toilets are set-up near campsites. Make sure that the spot is at least 30 meters away from the water source. These must not litter the environment or be buried. It is also the key to sustainable ecological development. and social climate Support international human rights and labour agreements Aware of the Environment . Respect people's privacy while taking photographs.

eating behaviours. Follow established guidelines. As a traveller. but there are for sure conscious efforts to save the fragile Himalayan Eco System and culture and heritage of the indigenous people. Do not use pollutants such as detergent. Tree Houses at Vythiri combine to make India one of the most . Ask your eco-tour operator. Resorts tucked deep inside jungles of Karnataka. Read guidebooks. which is probably the largest concentration in the world. in streams or springs while washing and bathing. Do not use wood as fuel to cook food at the campsite. Staying on trails. and/or novels by local authors and pay particular attention to customs such as greetings. Here are some rules of thumb to make this impact positive! To Top Golden Rules When You Travel Learn about your destination before you get there. House-boats of Kerala.the region has to be protected at all costs. you will have an impact on the environment and culture of the place you are visiting. guide and/or the local authorities what their guidelines are for limiting tourism's impact on the environment and local culture. Holiday Camping vis a vis Hotel accommodation are gathering momentum amongst the metropolis traveller. especially children by offering them foodstuff or sweets. Do not tempt the locals. and remaining set distances away from wildlife are a few ways to minimize your impact in sensitive areas. alcohol. Eco-Tourism in India is still at a very nascent stage. where soft adventure tourism is packaged with holiday camping to create an acceptable eco-tourism product. histories. travel articles. Support local businesses during your eco-travels to ensure maximum community and conservation benefit from your spending. drugs or any other intoxicant and throw bottles in the wild. Polythene and plastics are non biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be used and littered. Do not consume aerated drinks. appropriate dress. A plethora of holiday camping options are available in the Himalayan belt. Do not leave cigarettes butts or make open fires in the forests. Respect local traditions. Seek out and support locally owned businesses. Being sensitive to these customs will increase local acceptance of you as a tourist and enrich your trip. etc. packing up your trash.

Ramnagar -www.com The Leopard Beach Camp .com The OAI Camp .www.questrails. from the ancient Gangetic Kingdoms to the present state. From a bustling cosmopolitan city to the quiet countryside. feelings & courtesies.Rishikesh. Uttaranchal .Rishikesh.diverse eco-tourism destinations on the planet. Uttaranchal .wildrift.hrr.oai. comfort & convenience virtually everything the modern conference organiser or delegate could expect.com These are but a selective panorama on the Indian Eco-tourism products.http://www.com Camp Silver Sands . Uttaranchal .www. style & splendour. tastes and textures.Tirthan.Rishikesh.com The Camp RapidFire .Rishikesh. hill station or a beach resort.com Info on Organic Farming & Eco-Tourism: The Saat-tal Camp .com Jungle Lodges and Resorts . You will find a fascinating amalgam of tradition & culture.Mukteshwar The Camp Kyari (one of the finest models of Eco-tourism in the country) . and has made stupendous progress among developing nations.www. India's impressive variety of history and culture. beauty & nature.com/india.Mori. .treknraft.www.Saat-tal. Uttaranchal The Camp BodhiSatva .html India is not just one of the world's oldest civilizations. Himachal Pradesh . it is also the world's largest democracy. A continent-sized country.http://www.www. Uttaranchal .tourindiakerala.(Eco-Tourism Pioneers in South India) .com The Himalayan River Runner Camp . Nainital The Camp Purple . Himachal Pradesh The Himalayan Trout House . which offer a backdrop of unmatched beauty for a business meet.Rajgarh. Some other ecotourism spots in India are well detailed on the website http://ecoclub. India has destinations. Conferences here bring fresh meaning of the concept of combining work with pleasure. India possesses an amazing wealth of sights and sounds. Some of these are given below Eco-Tourism Pioneers in Kerala .Village Kyari.snowleopardadventures.junglelodges.Rishikesh. warmth. Uttaranchal Camp Lunagarh . harmoniously blend to form a unique atmosphere in over a million square kilometers of scenic sights.

which is 40% more than the same period last year. excellent facilities of beach and adventure holidays which can be combined as pre and post conference tours. even as most other preferred hotspots marked a decline in their tourism graphs. India has literally everything that a visitor wants to experience and offers people a complete holiday both physical and mental. India is undoubtedly a unique Conference Destination as it offers cultural and heritage sites. The inbound MICE (meetings. This is perhaps the reason why we have so many repeat visitors. her unmatched offering as a health destination or continually improved infrastructure facilities that over 3 million foreign tourists thronged her this year generating over US $30 billion as revenue. airports that contest with the best in the world and efforts to team the famous Indian hospitality with customisation as per a visitor's requirement. Exclusive business hotels and exotic resorts. Enchanting India's image as a conference destination is also projected through the chains of Hotels. providing international standards in facilities and services. modern business centres and a wide range of conference facilities. According to industry estimates. India is in a continual process of upgrading its MICE (Meetings. incentives. her ability to heal spiritually. there also exists a dynamic business opportunity as a splendid venue for international conferences and conventions of no less than global standards. the exotic and mystical. with meeting rooms of distinction. the Indian in-bound MICE market in first seven months in 2004 was $20 million. This is one land where the ancient and the modern co-exist. "India is the cradle of the human race." Amidst the countless ways that India can capture world attention as a tourist paradise. Incentives. You could also offer the credit to the world class incentive programs.What makes India different from any other destination is the myriad of experiences that it offers. the birthplace of human speech. the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition. The Infrastructure . spacious convention facilities.India provides an impressive combination of accommodation and other conference support . the mother of history. To quote Mark Twain. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India. Conferences & Exhibitions) facilities. conventions and events) segment is growing at 15 to 20% annually. There are multiple plans on the anvil for more world-class convention centers. India ranks 27th in the Global Meetings market. It is estimated that the total national and international MICE meetings market all over the world is in excess of $270 billion.

the Jaypee Hotels & International Convention Centre. Today. more on business centre services. it's only a matter of time before the entire gamut of MICE activities are undertaken by the Indian corporate world. India is now an important MICE destination. Added to this is an elaborate network of surface transportation system. which provide convenient connectivity within India. Destinations have also begun to market MICE products to specialised agencies and the corporate world at large. the BM Birla Science and Technology Centre in Jaipur. comprising of air-conditioned . In the Indian context. Agra and the Cochin Convention Centre. Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. To mention a few. Kochi etc together with facilities in the business hotels and resorts at various centers in the country. The business of MICE holds enormous potential for any country. better tourist surface transport systems including the Indian Railways. new centers of information technology. there are distinct travel divisions within tour companies and airlines that exclusively target MICE movement. The incentive programmes are a combination of old world charm and tradition interlaced with modern cosmopolitan sophistication. incentives is at present the largest component of MICE but in a maturing market. Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Mumbai. Special trains like Palace on Wheels and Royal Orient Express. From the icy Himalayas to the tropical islands and from citadels in the desert to verdant jungles it is a world in itself. The Indian sub-continent is emerging as one of the finest Incentive destinations in the world owing to the diverse culture and geography. With the emergence of exciting new destinations every year one has unparalleled choices for the incentive operator here. many new convention centres. hotels and meeting facilities. With the expansion in the network of airlines operation on the domestic routes. They spend more on food. Centre Point. There is an excellent Railway system running through the entire country. India is globally connected to a network of over 50 international airlines and several domestic airlines. It is estimated that a person travelling to a country for a conference or convention spends anywhere four to eight times more than a normal leisure traveller. All-important cities are connected with state-of-the-art 'Shatabdi & Rajdhani' Express trains.facilities to hold a successful Conference. India is going the global way and MICE is fast becoming a major part of its travel and promotional budgets.

Discotheque. Agra. To Top Facilities available at all the Recommended Venues : Convention Centres. Badminton. ITC-Welcomgroup. Chennai. Goa. to add to this. Hyderabad. Bangalore. national and state highways. luxury coaches. The important conference centres in the country are at New Delhi. the Nehru Centre in Mumbai and the Chennai Trade Centre in Chennai amongst several other options. the Oberoi's. Mumbai. Health Club with Spa facilities Easy accessibility in terms of domestic and international flights . An excellent network of roads. Conference & Banquet Halls Exhibition Centres Auditoriums & Stadiums for hosting opening/closing ceremonies & other events Accommodation in good 5-star and 4-star hotels Restaurants & Bars Recreation activities like Golf Course. Some important hotel chains like the Taj Group. Sports like Tennis. Squash. A large number of Convention Centres are available in India with a seating capacity of up to 1700 persons. Marriott Hotels etc. Meridien Hotels. India offers an educated manpower base where fluency in English and other official international languages can be expected. Yoga & Ayurveda Centre. The exhibition industry has also gained fresh impetus with exhibition centres like Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. And. Jaipur & Kolkata.saloons decorated in the old Maharaja style offer guests a chance to stay on the train and visit colourful Rajasthan and fascinating Gujarat. also have excellent conference facilities. Indian & foreign-make vehicles add to the convenience and comfort of surface travel. Cochin.

Shimla Ooty (Udhagamandalam) Darjeeling Matheran If you have some time to spare. on its way to the hill resort at Ooty. There is nothing to match the experience of chugging up the hills. 'The Toy Train' covers the distance of 96 km between the two stations within six hours. The invigorating air and the delights of scenic hill resort provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.The Nilgiri Express conncets Mettupalayam with Chennai daily. Shimla . Coimbatore.Dharmpore. take a slow toy train up to the hill resort of Shimla.The Nilgiri Mountain Railway starts from the town of Mettupalayam and thus begins a journey full of twists and turns as this narrow gauge train ascends 46 km. Gamma and Solan all add up to an exhilarating experience. Mettupalayam is easily accessible from Coimbatore by frequent bus or train services.A broad gauge line up to Kalka connects Shimla. Taksal.The toy train journey from Kalka to Shimla is entertaining with 107 tunnels and lofty arched bridges. Ooty (Udhagamandalam) . To Top . past little hamlets and terraced fields. At a maximum speed of 33 km per hour this 'toy train' treks across plains. The dazzling view and the stops at the picturesque stations along the way .Ooty is connected by a narrow gauge line from Mettupalayam. making your way through tunnels and over breathtaking bridges. Darjeeling or Matheran. which serves as the railhead for mainline trains. the nearest city is 90 kms away and linked to all the major cities by rail . Major Trains to Mettupalayam . Ooty (Udhagamandalam). The 16 tunnels and tall bridges on the way along with the breathtaking view make this toy train journey to Ooty an extraordinary experience! Access to Ooty . plantations and forest clad hills. Its leisurely pace offers you a panoramic view of changing vistas. Access to Shimla .

long coastlines and magical moonscapes . thus allowing the traveller an uninterrupted view of the breathtaking scenery of the Himalaya.Darjeeling . To Top Matheran . The journey up to Matheran from Neral takes about 1 1/2 hours. is the main way to reach the tiny hill resort. beautiful valleys. Access to Darjeeling . the starting point of the hill train to Darjeeling. The 7 1/2 hour ride is a journey especially for rail buffs. gushing waterfalls. As the little train wheezes up into the clear mountain air one can view the scenic vista of hills and plains below. With a 2 ft gauge. The tiny century-old engine is connoisseur's delight. The Deccan Odyssey The Fairy Queen The Palace on Wheels Golden Chariot Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Blessed with snow-clad peaks. The toy train runs between sunrise and sunset. meandering and roaring rivers. connecting Neral (on main line of Central Railway) to Matheran . thick forests rich in wildlife. Delhi. rolling meadows and ski slopes.The most famous of the little trains. Access to Matheran . close to Mumbai. The lack of vehicular traffic at Matheran makes it an unusual and peaceful retreat.New Jalpaiguri .The toy train to Matheran commences from Neral (Mumbai. has direct connections to Calcutta. is the one linking the town of New Jalpaiguri the plains to the lovely hill station of Darjeeling.Pune line). which is connected from Mumbai by local train. crystal glaciers. swampy deltas.India has something for everyone looking for adventure. Adventure< . The 86 km Darjeeling line has no tunnels.The 77 year old line. the Darjeeling Hill Railway is indeed a 'toy train' being the narrowest of the regular narrow gauges. Guwahati and other places in India.

Water Sports • • • Sports White water rafting & Kayaking Diving • • • Goa Andaman Lakshadweep • Water Skiing Wild life Tourism • • • National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries Bird Watching Angling Trekking Rock Climbing Mountaineering Aero sports • • • • • Paragliding Parasailing Hang Gliding Skydiving Ballooning Jeep Safaris Camel Safaris Elephant Safari Jim Corbett National Park Horse Safari Jim Corbett National Park Skiing • Heli Skiing Biking Bungee Jumping Moto Sports • Bike Safaris .

• Car Rallies • Federation Of Motor Sports Clubs Of India • Raid De Himalaya Speleology (Caving) .