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Incredible India

India takes you through a timeless land that is both exotic and intriguing. Home to more than a billion people and visited by countless travelers, India is many things. It is bustling and serene, heart-breaking and inspirational, state-of-the-art and timelessly traditional offering travelers an unrivalled diversity of experiences, sights and sensations. The subcontinent of India lies in South Asia, between Pakistan, China and Nepal. To the north it is bordered by the world’s highest mountain chain, where foothill valleys cover the northernmost of the country’s 28 states. Further south, plateaus, tropical rain forests and sandy deserts are bordered by palm fringed beaches. Side by side with the country’s staggering topographical variations is its cultural diversity, the result of the coexistence of a number of religions as well as local tradition.

India

A fusion of modernity and tradition, the vibrant colors of India are truly captivating. From the bustling cities to the sheer simplicity of villages, be touched by the spirituality of this land. Travelling through India is enriching, inspiring and unforgettable. The magic of India comes to life with its immensity, diverse people, culture, landscape, wildlife, cuisine, temples, religion, festivals, architecture, history and more.

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Incredible India launches short-film contest

Incredible India, an initiative by India’s Ministry of Tourism has launched a short film contest for travellers to promote tourism by depicting destinations within the country.

The contest launched in association with Trivone Digital Services Pvt Ltd is open to both Indian and foreign nationals. The contest aims to promote unexplored destinations, encourage visitors to share their travel adventures. Anyone who loves traveling and capturing those moments can upload travel videos of less than 3 minutes’ duration, on the Pixel13 (www.pixel13.in) website to showcase the best of their experiences.

Pixel13 invites videos that portray best destinations, travel experiences and guidelines to visit lesser-known places. The initiative has already received tremendous response with over 1,800 entries and about 2,000 members and is expected to receive many more.

Contestants have to be aged 18 or above to participate in this free online contest by completing a simple Registration Form on the website. Thereafter, they are free to upload the short films, which will be judged a high-powered jury combined with an online poll, which will be initiated once the call for entries closes down.

The short-film adjudged as the ‘Best Film’ based on the online poll and jury will receive a prize worth INR50,000, sponsored by the Hospitality Partners Royal Orchid Hotels.Speaking about the campaign Founder & CEO of Trivone, L. Subramanyan, said “Our aim is to get tourists to document and articulate their experience through a short video film that can be accessed by anyone who visits the website. We also think that such a venture can create awareness of little known places within the country which have thus far remained unexplored.”

source: Travel Daily India, 06 Jan 2014

India participates in Japan travel fair

India showcased its ‘Incredible India’ trademark at Japan’s largest travel fair, the JATA Tabihaku Travel Showcase 2013, at the Tokyo Big Sight recently.

Started in 1977, the JATA Tabihaku Travel Showcase is one of Asia’s largest tourism events and has a goal of igniting demand in the tourism industry.

This year, JCB, as the main sponsor, invited over 700 organizations from 160 countries.

The event has expanded in scale in response to ongoing marketplace changes, and now offers more business meetings, opportunities and chances for the public to learn about travel.

Travel agencies and airline companies showcased their best available offers to boost the industry.

Travel ambassadors from Asia, Europe and Africa introduced their countries and the region’s best potential for tourism.

After winning the bid for hosting the 2020 Olympics, Japan is enthusiastic about welcoming foreign tourists.

The Governor of Tokyo, Mr. Naoiki Inose, who has returned back from Buenos Aires, said, “In Japan, we will describe the road sign boards in English and the menu at restaurants should also be described in many foreign languages including Arabic and French”.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also agreed to introduce a plan to make Japan more open to the world.

Japan is enthusiastically ready to welcome the guests for 2020 Olympic Games.

source: Newstrack India, 14 Sept 2013

Intoxicating Tour to Incredible India

India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. (Mark Twain)Tour in Intoxicating Incredible India, the cradle of civilization unveils a vast symphony of diverse people, varied landscapes, art, cultures, cuisines, and belief systems that enrich one’s inner world and thrill the outer senses. India is incredible not only in view of its ethnic, linguistic, demographic, climatic and geographic diversity, above all, India is incredible when visitors examine India from different historical, and cultural angles.

India is home to ancient Indus Valley Civilization where the Vedic tradition flourished in its historic imprints. The major four eastern religious and cultural traditions Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in Indian sub continent. Further, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in India in the first millennium which also enhanced to shape India’s cultural diversity.

Some Intriguing Intoxicating Facts about Incredible India

  1. India is the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization
  2. India practices the world’s largest living democracy
  3. Sanskrit Grammar constitutes one of India’s greatest contributions to Western Philology
  4. India invented the Number System
  5. The World’s first university was established in Takshashila in 700BC. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th  century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient civilization of India in the field of education.
  6. Sanskrit originated in India which is the mother of all the European languages
  7. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
  8. The value of “pi” was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.
  9. Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10**53(10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 BCE during the Vedic period.
  10. Chess is the product of Indian mind.
  11. When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley which is known as Indus Valley Civilization
  12. Islam is India’s and the world’s second largest religion
  13. Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C.E and 52 A.D respectively.
  14. The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage site, larger than either Rome or Mecca, with an average of 30,000 visitors every day.
  15. Columbus started his voyage from Spain to find a sea route for India but landed in America thinking that he is in India, treasure of Silk and Spices.
  16. India is known for its spirituality and high level of intellectual discussions in Vedas, Gita, Vedanta, Buddhist scriptures and in the writings of Sufis, Jains, Sikh saints and scholars.
  17. The rich tradition of Ayurveda and Yoga is the focus the world today
  18. Politically, India is world’s largest democracy.  India is the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, who practiced Non-violence as an instrument for social change. Mahatna Gandhi is the source of inspiration to the great leaders of the world including Barack Obama.

In fact, visitors can enjoy the open plains of the Rajasthani desert, the calm waters of the Keralan backwaters and the dizzying heights of the Himalaya’s by contrast to the sights, sounds, hustle and bustle of the cities in India. Further, visitors will be left breathless by some of India’s world heritage monuments and be overwhelmed by India’s monument to love, the Taj Mahal.

Overall Incredible India has an amazing variety in terms of cultures, traditions, clothes, people, religion, languages, vegetation, population, landforms, soil colors, cuisine, music, and dances. And, yet there’s unity in so much diversity. Whether it is encounter with the magic taste of Indian spices or spiritual mystic Vedic remnant of ancient traditions or wonders of Taj Mahal or magic of classical music visitors intoxicate the magic of incredible India.