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Maharajas Express voted Leading Luxury Train in the World for 3rd Consecutive Year

Resting all rumors to doubt if it is the most exclusive and luxurious train ride in the world, Maharajas’ Express was adjudged World Leading Luxury Train at a gala ceremony in Anguilla by the prestigious World Travel Award 7th December 2014.

Maharajas Express voted World's Leading Luxury Train at WTA
World Travel Awards
This is the 3rd time in as many years that India’s most luxurious train Maharajas’ Express has been declared 'World Leading Luxury Train' beating the likes of Venice-Simplon Orient Express of Europe, Rovos Rail of Africa and Rocky Mountaineer of Canada.

Launched in 2010, Maharajas’ Express luxury train service in India comes equipped with state of the art ensuite amenities such as Wi-Fi internet, RFID door locks for enhanced security, LCD TV with live channels, attached bathroom and electronic safe. The train also boasts of 2 dining cars, a bar car, a souvenir shop, observation lounge and gaming lounge.

What sets Maharajas’ Express apart from the rest of the luxury trains in the world is the Presidential Suite that span across an entire carriage. It is the most spacious of its kind and comes equipped with a twin bed and double bed bedroom, kitchenette, dining space and living area. Presidential suite also features a spacious bathroom equipped with bathtub.

Maharajas Express Train
Maharajas' Express voted World's Leading Luxury Train for 3rd consecutive year
Select from 5 royal journeys offered by the Maharajas’ Express to experience India as never before. Explore the most prominent tourist destinations in India and get a peek into the essence of India with insider experiences and cultural interactions arranged by the train promoters during your journeys for the trip of a lifetime. For more details about train visit www.maharajas-express-india.com

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Best Luxury Hotels in Jodhpur

Jodhpur, nothing less than a paradise, is one of the top most places to visit in Rajasthan. This second largest city of Rajasthan is well known as The Blue City, because the bluish landscape looks extremely engaging.

It is located in Thar Desert and is sun-kissed almost all through the year; this makes it popularly known as The Sun City as well.

Jodhpur’s most beautiful asset and the best tourist attraction is Mehrangarh Fort, a grand hill-fort. This fort stands 400 meters above the rest of the city and holds beautiful palaces inside it. This sparkling state, Rajasthan is embellished with forts and palaces, and people with huge hearts and colorful closet.

One thing that Rajasthan has clutched to is Grandeur. There is apt equilibrium in its bling and simplicity and that’s what makes this place prepossessing. If you are a luxury traveler, there are abundant hotel options. Talking about Jodhpur in particular, many luxury hotels are built upon bonafide royal residences and some are carved with equal perfection. So, let us introduce you to best luxury hotels of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur,Rajasthan
Umaid Bhawan Palace is the largest royal residences in the world
Former residence of Maharaja Umaid Singh, this royal residency hasn’t got its charm faded even a bit. The palace is majorly built from Chittar Sandstone; this gives it a special appearance. Now, Umaid Bhawan Palace is owned by Taj Group of Hotels and is one of the finest luxury hotels in India. This luxury heritage hotel is strategically located near the best tourist spots of Jodhpur. The hotel has 64 rooms and suites of six types; Palace Rooms, Historical Suites, Royal Suites, Maharaja Suite, Maharani suite and Grand Royale Suites. The hotel provides all modern facilities like exquisite dining, spa, banquet rooms etc.

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Balsamand Lake Palace, Jodhpur

Balsamand Lake Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Bal Samand Lake Palace - A royal edifice surrounded by wide expanses of lush green gardens
Adjacent to Balsamad Lake, the palace was built by Maharaja Jaswant Singh I. Balsamand Lake Palace has 36 rooms of three categories; Maharani Suite, Regal Suites and Garden Rooms. The hotel has meditation spots, Spa, Conference Rooms, Bar, Restaurants; and offers state of the art facilities. Outdoor facilities are village safari, horse safari, Sand dunes experience, cycling, royal horse buggy ride, nature trail walk etc. Balsamand Lake Palace is close to some of the amazing attractions of Jodhpur, like the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada and Mehrangarh Fort.

The Gateway Hotel, Jodhpur

The Gateway Hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Front View of The Gateway Hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
The Gateway Hotel is stretched over an area of 28 acres and has 88 rooms and suites. This traditionally thematic hotel provides modern amenities and gracious hospitality. Apart from accommodation, Gateway Hotel Jodhpur has event area, multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gymnasium and salon. The guests can take advantage of the facilities like business centre, secretariat services, hi-speed internet, work stations, swimming pool, jogging track, fitness centre, pool etc. The hotel is owned by Gateway Hotels Group which has hotels in 26 other cities of India. The hotel has three dining areas, namely GAD, Frontier and Dunes Bar; all of these have classy ambience where you can spend memorable time.

Park Plaza Hotel, Jodhpur

Park Plaza Hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Park Plaza Hotel in Jodhpur - A Luxurious Business Hotel
Park Plaza Jodhpur is located in a convenient spot; 1.3 km from airport and 3.5 km from railway station. Location is one of its assets for sure; the hotel is at a short distance from Mehrangarh fort, Clock Market and Umaid Bhavan Palace. Its rooftop bar SKKY 63 and Goeffrey’s are happening places to spend the night at. Park Plaza also has a swimming pool, five multi-cuisine restaurants, banquet hall and conference room. Talking about accommodation, Gateway Hotel Jodhpur has 6 spacious and well-equipped suites. There are two room types: deluxe rooms and superior rooms.

Vivanta By Taj – Hari Mahal

Vivanta by Taj - Hari Mahal, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Swimming Pool Side View of  Vivanta by Taj - Hari Mahal in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Having convenient locations and awarding its guests with par-excellence hospitality, Hari Mahal is yet another creation of the Taj Group of Hotels. It has 93 rooms and suites provided with mini-bars, safes, Cable Tv, hair-dryers, coffee/tea makers, phones and everything you would need. Its restaurant, Latitude, is settled in lobby and has local and multi cuisine dishes in its menu. Chinese-cuisine lovers may savor The Good Earth. Hari Mahal also has a bar, fitness-centre, spa, salon and special areas for meetings and events.

Hotel Raas Jodhpur

Raas Hotel in Jodhpur,Rajasthan
Located in the midst of the old walled city, Raas, Jodhpur's first boutique hotel is an 18th-century haveli with a cool, contemporary heart.
Seven edifices of RAAS conspire to form a tone of grandiose and warmth. Guests, from their balconies behold the view of Asia’s Best Fortress (2008), Mehrangarh Fort. This hotel has 39 rooms, 7 of which are suites with separate sitting rooms and larger bathrooms and balconies. So, if you are a nature-buff, you can go for rooms with private gardens as well. Guests can also make the most of their vacation by spending time in heated swimming pool or its two dining areas. Hotel’s spa, ‘ila only’ rejuvenates the guests with nature’s elements. This elegant hotel is worth every single penny you will spend.

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Top 10 Best Places for Glamping in India

Fast catching up the attention of the new generation of discerning travelers, glamping offers outdoor enthusiasts and travelers looking for off the beaten path experiences, an upgrade on relaxation, leisure and rejuvenation. A fusion of glamorous and camping, glamping doesn’t require you to pitch a tent or set up a camp. Instead, it offers a way for you to experience the outdoors and underrated yet great locales without compromising on comfort and luxury whether it be a Swiss tent, hut, tree house, tent or a beach front villa.

Glamping sites in India are fast emerging as alternate escape for travelers looking to stay close to nature. Comfy accommodations, healthy meals prepared from fresh, homegrown organic ingredients, unspoiled surroundings away from the buzzing “tourist” spots and off the beaten path experiences that includes nature walks, cultural interactions and insider experiences makes glamping a very good travel option in India.

Listed below are the top places for glamping or luxury camping in India:

1. Sherbagh, Ranthambore

Sher Bagh Resort, located at the edge of the Ranthambore National Park is an eco-friendly luxury resort.
Sher Bagh is the perfect place for those looking for the ultimate in authentic Indian jungle camps. Sher Bagh emulates the style of luxury camping that was the norm during the heydays of the British Raj
With 12 hand-stitched tents, this Sujan property in Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest luxury jungle safari tents in India. Redefining glamping in India, these luxury tents modeled after hunting hut of maharajah of Jodhpur with their Edwardian furnishing will transport you way back in time. Although you won’t be shooting tigers as did the maharaja, you will experience a lifestyle as opulent and elegant as enjoyed by them.

Nestled in well manicured lush lawns, the tents are pitched in arc. The interior are quaint and at the same time “a hedonist’s delight”. Enjoy cocktails and get high on spirit at the alfresco bar and embark on a safri arranged by the camp itself to sight the royal predators and the ultimate find in the wild; the Royal Bengal Tiger, take aim and shoot but remember the camera will have to do.

2. Tree House Resort, Jaipur

The Tree House Resort, Jaipur - Luxury Camping in Jaipur
The Tree House Resort, Jaipur - World's largest, most unique, 5 Star & Luxury Tree House
Largest of its kind in the world, the Tree House Resort located at Nature’s Farm 30 minutes drive away from Jaipur City will take you back to the nature but with panache. With air conditioning, Wi-Fi and all the other trapping of urban life that you’ll find in a luxury hotel rooms, the “nests” - each named after a bird found in the area - nestled on the keekar tree with live branches running through them takes you as close to nature as possible in as much luxury as you could envisage.
There are two restaurants named Machan and Peacock. While the former serves Indian, Chinese and European food, head to the latter to get high on local and imported liquors in an unhurried ambience. The rate starts from INR 12,000 per person per night that includes meals & taxes.

3. Chhatra Sagar, Rajasthan

Chhatra Sagar, Rajasthan

Hotel Chhatra Sagar Nimaj Rajasthan India
The stunning setting of Chhatra Sagar's hand-stitched tents - perched is an idyllic spot to take a breather from the Rajasthan city crush
The luxurious hand-stitched white linen tents are set spectacularly on the edge of Chattra Sagar Lake on a 100 year old dam. One of the finest places in India for glamping, Chhatra Sagar offers accommodation in a total of 13 luxury tents that comes ensuite with full bathrooms that features hot showers, Wi-Fi facilty keeps you connected with the world whereas the state of the art amenities and gracious hospitality makes these luxury camps home away from home.

4. Paros by Amarya, Goa

Luxury Camping in Goa at Paros by Amarya
Luxury Camping in Goa at Paros by Amarya
Stylish, luxurious and a place close to nature…actually the sun-kissed beach, is what is on offer when you decide to stay at this luxury camping site in Goa. This off the beaten track with its cream canvas tents and Portuguese setting offer serene off the beaten path hideaway in otherwise touristy Goa. The highlights of the tent are not the iPod deck, air conditioning of the Wi-Fi but the sight of the turtles on the pristine golden sands and alfresco dinner beneath star shining brightly overhead. The luxurious accommodation inside the elegant tents feature an artful mix of modern and antique Indian decorative touches, hand-woven fabrics and hand-crafted wooden furniture recycled from old fishing boats (amongst other things). This beach-side camp is truly one of the most romantic glamping sites in India.
Luxury Camping in Goa
Luxury Camping in Goa at Paros by Amarya

Luxurious Interiors of Paros by Amarya

5. Serai, Jaisalmer

Luxury Camping in Rajasthan - The Serai, Jaisalmer

The Serai sits amidst the sand dunes of Jaisalmer in the desert kingdom of Rajasthan in a caravanesque ambiance, reminiscent of the days of the yore when Rajput warrior princes used to camp amidst the desert on their royal detour. One of the finest luxury camping sites with a rejuvenating spa parlour, the Serai, Jaisalmer is set amidst 100 acres of desert scrub that will transport you to an Arabian Nightesque ambience. The evenings spent under the canopy of a starlit desert sky is made all the more punctuating by the ancient melodies of Manganiyar tribesmen whose songs have haunted these dunes for centuries. Dining experience at The Serai reverberates with the eclectic tastes of Rajputana and an exquisite selection of menus made with home grown farmed produce.

Luxury Camping in Rajasthan

Glamping in Rajasthan

The Serai

6. Grassroots, Wayanad, Kerala

Luxury Camping in Kerala
Tree House Resort Grassroots in Wayanad Kerala
Complimentary bicycle rides, bamboo raft riding, bird watching tours and village lunches and walks, is what is in store if you are at Grassroots. Isolated, hidden and camouflaged well within the verdant green in the sleepy corners of the not so touristy Wayanad, Grassroots offer luxurious stay as close to nature as it gets but with all the trappings of the urban life. From the inside, the camps are as plush and elegant as a five star hotel suite could get. Leathered chairs with sitting, iron wrought beds with comfortable sleeping and the state of the art amenities make sure that you have one of the finest experiences of glamping in India. A private porch area allows you to sit and gulp your hot cup of coffee as you behold the verdant coffee plantation, perched on the top of a hill overlooking a river below.
Grassroots Tree House, Wayanad - Luxury Camping in Kerala

Glamping in Kerala

7. Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

Glenburn_Water_Lily_Bungalow_from_the_steps
Glenburn Tea Resort in one of the finest glamping experiences in India
As idyllic as it gets, Glenburn Yea Estate, located in the verdant county of Darjeeling in West Bengal is a place where you could really claim that you are away from the “crowd.” This picturesque tea estate overlooking the mighty     Kanchendzonga peak of Himalayas offers one of the finest glamping experiences in India. There are 4 plush suites that form the main planter’s bunglow each offering awe inspiring view of the towering Himalayas and the lush countryside fringed with tea gardens. When in Glenburn’s Tea Estate, just don’t stay, learn how to make and brew the tea that you love, spot the birds and the bees, head off to the secluded lodge with our beloved to have lamplit dinner or just amble around fishing trouts, glamping at Glenburn Tea Estate will truly take your breathe away.

Water Lily Bunglow, Glenburn Tea Resort

Suspension Bridge to Sikkim
Suspension Bridge to Sikkim

9. Banjara Camp & Retreat, Sangla, Himachal Pradesh

Banjara Camp & Retreat, Sangla, Himachal Pradesh
The awesome setting of the Banjara Camps in Sangla, Himachal Pradesh
Located in the lap of Himalayas along the road less travelled, the Banjara Camp and Retreat lovated in Sangla, Himachal Pradesh on the bank of Baspa river is a mesmerizing place for glamping in India. Cocooned amidst the apple orchards and verdant greenery, Banjara Camp and Retreat is a true luxury camping experience with options such as rapelling, treks into the less trodden Himalayas, cultural interactions in local villages and rock climbing activities. You also have the option of doing nothing and pass your time in leisure in one of the luxurious swiss tents that come equipped with attached washrooms and running hot and cold water.

Banjara Camp & Retreat

Banjara Camp & Retreat - Luxury Camping in Himachal Pradesh

10. The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Chamba Camp, Thiksey

The Ultimate Travelling Camp, Thiksey, Ladakh
The surreal setting of the Ultimate Travelling Camp
Any list talking about glamping or luxury camping in India will remain incomplete if we don’t talk about camping in Ladakh, one of the most surreal and ultimate places to travel in India. With a culture immersed in Tibetan Buddhism, lofty monasteries, stunning high altitude lakes and some of the highest motorable roads in the world, Ladakh is one of the places of a lifetime to be visited in India. The stark terrain, patches of green and colorful prayer flags give the most awe inspiring colors to the otherwise stark landscape to this upper Himalayan kingdom.

Picnic at the Ultimate Travelling Camp, Ladakh
Picnic at the Ultimate Travelling Camp, Ladakh
The Ultimate Traveling Camp located in Thiksey, which also houses the largest and most stunning of the monasteries in Ladakh offers lavish accommodation in its clean white linen tents tucked in the lap of awe inspiring Himalayas. Ensuite bathrooms, private sit outs, four poster beds and a truly off the beaten path experience makes the Ultimate Travelling Camp in Thiksey one of the best places for luxury camping or glamping in India.

Luxury Camping in Thiksey, Ladakh
Luxury Camping in Thiksey, Ladakh
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Day Picnic arranged by the Ultimate Traveller Camp
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Best Places to Visit in Uttarakhand

The state is termed as Devbhumi (Land of God), as it has embraced numerous important pilgrimage sites in it. Uttarakhand was formerly known as Uttranchal, and its beauty has always been intact. Deodar, oak, silver fir, chestnut, poplar, birch, rhododendron and many other species of trees are popped everywhere; even in steep slopes. This bountiful greenery is scattered all over Uttarakhand, in the hills and plains. Two most sacred rivers of India, Yamuna and Ganga (Ganges) are originated in this state. There isn’t much of an argument needed to proof why Uttarakhand is a must-visit destination; but to draw forth some solid reasons, I have listed some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Haridwar

Evening Aarti at Har Ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Evening Aarti at Har Ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Haridwar is the city of pilgrims and spirituality. As it is located in the banks of River Ganga, Hindus come from different regions to take a dip and make their sins wash away. The city is also considered a mandate place for the rituals of death and birth. This is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. As the dusk knocks in, the river banks get illuminated and evening arti is performed; and to attend this arti thousands of people gather. There are four venues for Kumbha Mela (Grandest Fair of India that takes place once in every three year), and out of these four, Haridwar happens to be one.

Jim Corbett National Park 

 Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett National Park
Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett National Park
This is the oldest national park of India, well known to be a Tiger Reserve as well. This park indeed was the first one to come under The Project Tiger Initiative. Jim Corbett is located in Nainital and was named after the person who played key role in its establishment. It is home to 488 different species of flora and fauna, 50 species of mammal, 25 species of reptile and 580 species of birds. As a whole, the park covers an area of 580 km sq; comprised of grasslands, marshy depressions, rivers and hills. Since its inception, Jim Corbett National Park has become a wildlife enthusiast’s top interest. 

Rishikesh

View of Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh,Uttarakhand
View of Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Rishikesh is known as The Gateway of Garhwal Himalayas and is located at a distance of 25 km from Haridwar. However, the divinity of Haridwar is living here equally, as Rishikesh too has sacred Ganga River flowing through it. The spiritual importance of Rishikesh is that people believed Lord Rama underwent penance and practiced for killing the demon Ravana. Famous bridges Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula are the highlights of the city. These bridges offer a magnificent view of the hillocks and the river. Over the years, Rishikesh came more into the limelight because of its river rafting activities; so today not just pilgrims but groups of adventurers too seek a visit to Rishikesh.

Nainital

Naini Lake in Nainital,Uttarakhand
Naini Lake in Nainital, Uttarakhand
Nainital is located on the foothills of Kumaon, in an elevation of 2048 meters above sea level.  This location indeed owes to the awe-inspiring view of the giant mountains with iced top. The pear shaped Naini Lake makes this hill station look even more magnificent. And boating in this clear lake is one favorite activity of the visitors. Let alone leading in tourism industry, Nainital has India’s best educational institutes as well.  What adorns the city further is the British architecture, standing strongly and alluringly since decades.

Valley of Flowers

The Valley of the flowers - UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Valley of the flowers - One of the Natural wonders of the world
Valley of flowers has different species of flowers blooming in abundance. These alpine flowers are eye-catching. It has managed to preserve its pristine nature and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located 3658 meters above sea level, Valley of Flowers is home to some of the most endangered species like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox and brown bear. This colorful valley not only attracts the travelers but birds from faraway lands.

Ranikhet

Ranikhet - A celestial Land of Uttarakhand
Ranikhet - A celestial Land of Uttarakhand
Ranikhet has served as a summer retreat for the British, and they established their headquarters of Kumaon Regiment here.  It is situated at an altitude of 1869 meters and is brimming with Pine, Oak and Deodar Forests. These forests are comfortable abode of red-faced monkeys, jackals, langur, red fox, porcupine, sambar, pine marten, barking deer, leopard, leopard cat, and mountain goats. Pilgrims visit Ranikhet to have darshans in the Rama Mandir and Jhula Devi Temple. Chaubatia Garden is a retreat having plantation of apricots, peaches, almonds, chestnuts, apples and with a wide variety of Himalyan flowers.

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Char dham


Chardham - Sacred Jewel of the Himalayas
Chardham - Sacred Jewel of the Himalayas
Char Dham means four sacred seats of God. And taking a tour and visiting all these four seats is considered highly auspicious. It is said a Hindu must go for Char Dham Yatra at least once in his lifetime, to attain salvation. Chhota (Smaller) Char Dham is located in Uttarakhand, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Yamunotri is the source of sacred Yamuna River, and so is Gangotri of Ganga River. Kedarnath is one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Badrinath is where Lord Vishnu is believed to exist in the form of Badrinarayan. 

Mussoorie

Mussoorie - Escape the Heat in the Queen of Hills
Mussoorie - Escape the Heat in the Queen of Hills
This is a popular vacation destination of India. Mussoorie is located in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalyan Ranges. Apart from being a major tourist spot, this hill-station has some of the most important educational institutes of the country.  Camel’s Back Road has come out to be a superstar for the tourism industry, travelers spend plenty of time walking around and getting closer to nature. The cable car rides up to the Gun Hill is yet another reason to fall in love with this beauty. People get into the cable car from Mall Road. The oldest church of Himalyas stand in the Mall Road and the oldest Tibetan Temple of India is situated in the Happy Valley. 

Dehradun 

Dehradun - Ocean of the cloud
Dehradun - Ocean of the cloud
The capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is known as one of the “Counter Magnets” of the National Capital Region (NCR) of India. Dehradun has two most sacred rivers of India flowing through it; Ganga in the east and Yamuna on the west.  It is located in Doon Valley, on the foothills of Himalyas. The city is calm and relaxed, and is still appreciably pacing up with the modern standards. With the most eminent educational institutes of the country, Dehradun has become a host to a huge number of students as well. Other than its beauty, Dehradun’s proximity with major tourist destinations (Haridwar, Mussoorie, Nainital, Auli and Rishikesh) has made its tourism activities stronger. 

Srinagar 

Srinagar - Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas
Srinagar - Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas
Uttarakhand’s Srinagar is situated beside the Alaknanda River, at an average elevation of 560 meters. This is the largest city of Garhwal hills and last city of the plains of Uttarakhand. Srinagar had been the capital of Garhwal Kingdom until British invasion. British re-built and modernized the city in 1931.  And today it is an important destination of education and culture. In a four day festival, cultural shows are organized to flaunt its ethnicity. 

Almora 

Almora - A popular hill station in Uttarakhand
Almora - A popular hill station in Uttarakhand
Almora was founded in 1568 and is considered the cultural heart of Kumaon. It is located at an elevation of 1651 meters, upon a ridge. Thick forests of pine and fir trees encircle the area in abundance, and River Koshi and Suyal flows across it. The city has venerated shrines like Kesar Devi, Nanda Devi, Shyayi Devi, Katarmal temple, Asht Bhairav and many others.  Chand Rajas developed Almora and British adorned it further. Swami Vivekananda spent years in meditation here and appreciated its raw beauty and serenity. 

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Kausani

View of Sunset in Kausani, Uttarakhand
View of Sunset in Kausani, Uttarakhand
Kausani is believed to be one of the few places on earth that has incomparable beauty of its own. Mahatma Gandhi too spent his time here and wrote the commentary on Anashakti Yog. And the very place is today known as Anashakti Yog; a major tourist attraction of Kausani. A Hindi literature Poet Sumitranandan Pant was born here and this place now has special reverence and is known as Pant Museum. Kausani must be visited if you are hunting for sheer peace and tranquility.     

Panch Prayag

Panch Prayag - An expression in Hindu religious ethos
Panch Prayag - An expression in Hindu religious ethos
Panch Prayag literally means Five Confluence. This name has specifically been given to this place because of the five sacred river confluences. These confluences have been named Vishnu Prayag, Nand Prayag, Dev Prayag, Karn Prayag and Rudra Prayag. Panch Prayag is a sacred Hindu spot having its own mythology. Temples located in the confluences major spiritual highlights of Panch Prayag.

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Tourist Visa on Arrival in India now powered with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

Effective from 27th November 2014, Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system will replace the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) scheme which was launched first on January 1st 2010. Initially launched to offer the facility of visa on arrival for the citizens of 5 countries, the ETA scheme is now made available to citizens of 43 countries. The ETA facility for tourist visa on arrival in India may be availed no more than twice in a calendar year.

Electronic Travel Authorization for India Tourist Visa on Arrival
India Tourist Visa on Arrival is now enabled with ETA

Who Can Apply for Tourist Visa on Arrival enabled with ETA Scheme

The countries included in the new tourist visa on arrival enabled with electronic travel authorization scheme include Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kingdom of Tongo, Laos, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Papua & New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Korea (i.e. South Korea), Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam and Vanuatu.

The ETA scheme is not applicable for the citizens of the above mentioned countries if their parents or grandparents were born or lived in Pakistan. The visa procedure will remain the same for them.

The citizens of the above listed countries could now apply online for tourist visa on arrival for travel to India and get the same online. The visa thus applied for and if granted will entitle the foreign nationals to enter India anytime within 30 days of the authorization of TVoA. The electronic travel authorization, which will be in the form of an email received by the tourist from the Indian authorities, will entitle the prospective tourist to a 30-day stay in India.

How to Apply for Tourist Visa on Arrival ETA Scheme

With the ETA scheme for tourist visa on arrival, the prospective foreign tourist can now apply for an Indian visa online from his/her home country without having to go to the Indian mission to apply for the same. The online process requires the foreign tourist to enter their travel details. They will also be required to upload their recent passport size photograph on a white background that meets the specifications listed on the official website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html . Along with the application, the photo page of passport (which needs to be valid for at least 6 months) that shows the personal details of the visitors.

How much will ETA Cost

The tourist visa on arrival applied for via ETA scheme will cost US$60. This fee is to be paid online through credit or debit card. The visa fee must be paid 4 days prior to the expected date of travel of the foreign visitor.

Which Airports in India will Authorize Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

The nine international airports will authorize this visa which the applicant will receive through email within 5 days of the approval of the visa application. At the airport, authorities will stamp the printout of ETA received via email thus authorizing the visitor’s entry into the country. The airports where one could get their ETA stamped are: Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Trivandrum.

India Tourist Visa on Arrival with ETA: What you need to know

  • International travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
  • Passport should have at least six months validity
  • International travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India
  • International travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian MissionNot available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.
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