I spent about 7 hours in annual Surajkund Crafts Mela, hosted by Haryana Tourism at Surajkund in Faridabad, Haryana, India, on Feb 6-7 and loved every bit of it though I could visit only a few stalls and attend just five dance performances. If you want to see everything, stay…
Why Should You not Wear New Clothes on Holi?
Generally, festivals are the best time to flaunt the best clothes and accessories. However, on Holi, the festival of colors, you should wear ragged and old clothes. On Holi day, Indians apply colors to their friends, family members and guests for fun and joy. Some mischievous people even throw balloons filled with plain water / colored-water and / or spray colored water on passersby. If you intend to play Holi or go out on the day (March 1, 2010), be prepared to get balloons filled with plain water / colored-water, colored water sprays and / or smears of dry powder colors. It will be difficult to get stubborn stains of colors out of clothes so wear old clothes.
Taj Mahotsav: 18-27 February 2010
Taj Mahotsav, an annual 10-day craft mela, was inaugurated on February 18, 2010 at Shilpgram near Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Theme of the mela is Ek Utsav Prem Ka (A Festival of Love). Hundreds of artisans from various parts ofIndia are displaying their crafts at the mela. However, it is not just about shopping. Every day cultural programs, including Gujarati, Punjabi and Rajasthani folk dances, Indian classical dances (Odissi, Bharatnatyam), instrumental music and ghazals, will complement the shopping experience.
Kedarkanth Trek 2010: An Ideal Option for Summer Adventures
Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) is organizing Kedarkanth Trek from May 1 to 31, 2010. It winds through some of the beautiful sites of Uttarakhand- Juda Talao, Kedarkanth Peak, Dhundha and Talhouti-India. It is an ideal option for people who wish to trek in the Himalayas but do not want to go through the time consuming planning exercise. The YHAI camps also unfold an opportunity to interact with people from different parts of India and some times from other countries.
The 12-day expedition costs INR 3200/- per head that includes stay at Mussoorie Youth Hostel, camping, vegetarian food, forest entry fee, insurance, equipment and guidance.
Adventure Offering Trends: 2008 vs. 2009
The “2009 Trends in Adventure Offerings” by Xola Consulting, Inc. and the “2008 Adventure Industry Research Roundup” by Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) show that customized and family adventure offerings are growing rapidly.
Xola observed that some of the “specialty” adventure companies are opting for geographic and activity-based diversification. More number of adventure companies are developing multi-activity holiday trips- rafting, biking, kayaking and/or hiking combo packages.
ATTA reported an increase in sea expeditions toAlaska, Galapagos andArctic, women-specific trips and dedicated measures taken to cut down environmental impact and carbon imprint. “Frequent traveler programs” were launched to win customer loyalty. Read full reports at
Khajuraho Festival of Dances 2010: An Extravaganza of Indian Classical Dances
In the first week of February, annual Khajuraho Festival of Dances 2010 will present various Indian classical dance performances including Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathkali, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam in Khajuraho, Madhaya Pradesh, India.