The Himalayan chain is home to the world’s highest and most impressive mountain peak, The Everest. Its plateau begins in Pakistan and it stretches all the way to beautiful India, Bhutan, and beautiful Nepal until it reaches China on the east. The landscape from the top is majestic; packed with surreal glaciers, deep valleys and hidden lakes, Himalaya is a dreamlike destination for avid trekkers.
India’s largest online hotel company, Travelguru.com, just announced their alliance with the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to offer hotels under the brand name Ashok Group of Hotels.
In hotels news, global hospitality player Wyndham Hotel Group has announced a major expansion of their already vast hotel offerings. According to the news, the group intends opening some 80 hotels on the sub-continent within the next five years. The moves, reportedly achieved via acquisitions, partnerships, and building, will make Wyndham one of India’s biggest competitors in rooms.
Where growth in the hotel business is concerned, the Asia hospitality sector is overdue for even more spiraling expansion. Believe it or not, China and India are the most underdeveloped hotel markets in the world outside the US, according to a report from STR Global. Accordingly, there are over 100,000 rooms under construction in China and 30,000 in India.
Air India is rolling out a new kind of pricing scheme for a number of its domestic Indian flights as it bids to make jetting off into the sunset during the upcoming holiday season easy, comfortable and affordable.
The Far East is proving to be the Promised Land for many Indian travelers nowadays. After decades of fascination with North American and European destinations, travelers from the Sub Continent are now turning their attentions to Southeast Asia, lured by the pull of perfect weather, low cost flights and straightforward visa rules.
Visitors to India will have a rare treat in store with Mahashivratri being celebrated across the country. Millions of followers, and their visiting guests from other countries, will be on the march to see some of the tallest Shiva statues, giant wonders that not only honor Shiva, but leave onlookers entranced.
For the adventurous of the world, trekking the Indian Himalayas is certainly a dream come true. Himalayan Frontiers Cultural and Adventure Tours announces their offerings for 2011, for the stout hearted who have what it takes to visit the legendary land of Kashmir and Ladakh. From high desert plateau to river valley village, this trekking series is a cultural adventure as much as a physical one. Experience life as it has been for a dozen or more centuries.
A trip to the secluded Tajpur Beach remedies what ails Kolkata dwellers. Someone once said; “salt water will cure almost anything,” and Anglophilia’s India correspondent Sharmistha Ray explains how. West Bengal holds thrills and relaxation for visitors to India.
Argophilia’s Sharmista Ray talks about her trek along the Silk Route and to Lake Memoncho. What was an ancient link between the continents, can be an adventure for travelers and locals in India. A more secluded and beautiful landscape would be hard to find anywhere.