Toshali to manage four Odisha Tourism owned properties

Starting with four properties that it bagged from Odisha Tourism under Lease development Agreement(LDA), Toshali Group forays into management of hotel units. It now plans to expand inorganically focusing on destinations that cater to particular segments such as the Buddhist circuit.

Toshali Group won the bid for four hotels out of six it went for that floated by the Odisha Toursim to be managed by private operators. The Department of Toursim, Government of odisha had floated tenders for leasing out 33 hotel properties spread across the state from private hospitality investors recently. Harihar patra, Director marketing, Toshali resorts International revealed,” We won the bid in October for Odisha Toursim-owned accommodation units for management.”. The hotel group will be managing hotels in pathrajpur, ratnagiri, Udayagiri and laitgiri. The property at pathrajpur will be developed as a wayside amenity with 24 rooms, which is near an excavated historical site and would address the local travelers. The Udaygiri will have around six rooms and we plan to add further rooms later. Rooms for Ratnagiri and lalitgiri properties will be finalized soon.

“Our emphasis has always been to promote tourism in the state. Now that we have won the bid to manage the four properties in October 2011, toshali simultaneously enters the management of properties too and will look at lease/ management contracts for our brand expansion. We are still discussing he issues on the brand part with the tourism department,” he said. Apart from that Toshali has acquired Kolkata-based travel company Pan Asia. The company, with a team of five people, is a specialist in selling Buddhist segment to southeast Asian countries and Sri lanka.”pan Asia will empower us with the knowledge on tapping Buddhist Tourism and now that we have properties in critical Buddhist locations of tourism importance, this knowledge force would be utilized to the full est to promote the properties,”Patra summed.

Toshali to manage 4 Odisha Tourism’s properties

Starting with four properties that are bagged from Odisha Tourism under Lease Development Agreement(LDA), the Toshali Group forays into management to hotel units. The hotel Group now plans to expand inorganically, focusing on destinations that cater to the particular segments like Buddhist circuits all the more after attaining properties in such locations.

Toshali Group won the bid for four hotels out of six which were floated by the Odisha Tourism to be managed by private operators. Government of Odisha had floated tenders for leasing out 33 hotel properties spread across the state from private hospitality investors recently.

Harihar Patra, Director marketing, Toshali Resorts International revealed, “ We won the bid in October for Odisha Tourism-owned accommodation units for management.” The hotel group will be managing hotels in Pathrajpur, Ratnagiri, Udaygiri and Lalitgiri. The Pathrajpur property will be developed as a wayside amenity with 24 rooms which is near to an excavated historic site and would address the local travelers. The Udaygiri will have around 6 rooms more rooms to be added later. For Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri properties, rooms will be finalized soon.

“Our emphasis has always been to promote the tourism of the state. Now that we have won the bid to manage 4 properties in October 2011, Toshali simultaneously enters into the management of properties too and will look at the lease/management contracts for our brand expansion. We are still discussing some issue on the brand part with the tourism department.” He said.

Apart from that, Toshali has acquired Kolkata-based travel company Pan Asia. The company with a team of 5 people, is a specialist in selling Buddhist segment to Southeast Asian countries and Sri Lanka.”Pan Asia will empower us with knowledge on capturing Buddhism Tourism opportunities and now that we have properties in critical Buddhist locations of tourism importance, this knowledge force would be utilized to promote the hotels as well as the destinations.” Patra summed.

A pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi Holy Shrine

Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine
Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine

The saying goes until you are invited you cannot visit her shrine. An incarnation of Shakti Shri Mata Vaishno Devi sits in her shrine at the top of the Trikuta hills near Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, at an altitude of 5200 feet and 14 kms from Katra. Some 8 million piligrims visit annually making Mata Rani the second most visited temple after Lord Venkateshwara.

Legend says Lord Rama found her deep in meditation and gave her the name Vaishnavi. The mother in turn fasted for 9 days on navratras and the practice of reading the Ramayanas during the navratras started from here. The more popular legend is that of the divine mother guiding her humble disciple Sreedhar to organise a grand feast and Bhairav Nath a tantric following her through Banganga and Garbh Joon, to her hilltop abode. The mother took on her Mahakali form to slay Bhairav Nath but granted him a boon that her pilgrimage will henceforth be considered complete only upon a visit to the shrine of Bhairav Nath, some 2.5 km from the holy cave temple.

My Yatra began at Katra and pilgrims have to cover 13 km. of terrain on foot to reach the Darbar. One kilometer away from Katra, you would find Banganga, place where Mata quenched her thirst and at 6 km., the holy cave at Adhkawari. Yatris are advised to obtain a yatra slip only from the Yatra Registration Counter at the Tourism Reception Centre, Katra Bus Stand and nowhere els.e. Without an authentic yatra slip, crossing of Banganga checkpost will not be allowed. The Yatra Slip is absolutely free but is necessary to commence the Yatra. You can obtain caps, canvas shoes, sticks etc. on hire for the Yatra. Those who have problems in climbing on the mountains, can hire the services of a pony or dandi (palenquin). Pithus can also be hired for carrying the children on shoulders. It is advised that you should avail of the services of only registered people be it the pithu, pony or the dandiwalla and keep his token for the period he is engaged. Maa Vaishno Devi

The entire 13 km route is quite wide and tiled. Besides, the whole path is lit up every night by powerful sodium vapour lamps. The entire route is swept and cleaned from time to time throughout the day. Yatris are requested to keep the path clean. Shelter cum sheds and shelter cum cafeterias are setup throughout the route. Pure vegetarian food is available at these outlets. Price charts are exhibited at all these outlets prominently. Drinking water has been made available all along the route, with water coolers and storage facilities. Public utilities with automatic flushing systems along the track and at the Bhawan.

After 6 km. of trekking, you would reach Adhkawari, the holy cave where Mata meditated for nine months. Do visit the cave. After 9.5 km., you would reach Sanji Chhat where you can rest for sometime. Accommodation is also available at this place. Bhawan is just 3.5 km. away. On reaching Bhawan, show your Yatra Slip at the Registration Office and obtain the Batch no. provided on the slip. This number is important as it will determine your place in the queue for darshan. On reaching Bhawan, have a bath and change your clothes. Be sure to get your luggage and leather items booked in the cloak rooms and obtain the receipt. Book the valuables separately and obtain the receipt.

The journey was arduous but the temple trust has done a lot to make the way accessible. The path is paved, food and water are available all along the way, battery operated autos and mules and dolis make the journey easier for the very young and very old. Chants of Jai Mata Di reverberate along the hills day and night except for the peak winters. The cool weather of the hills is an added incentive for visitors. The journey can take some time on foot but the scenery and anticipation makes it worthwhile. It take about 6 hours on foot and another 4 to climb down and can be easily accommodated in a weekend.

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Summer Holiday – Popular Destinations in India

Whether it is Mast Holiday, Holiday Camps, Summer Holiday Destinations, Hill Stations, Summer Camping Destinations or Honeymoon Destinations in India….. Visit to know about best popular places for holidays, vacation & weekend breaks in India.

Coorg Croog

Coorg (Kodagu) borders Kerala and enjoys moderate climate. Besides the scenery is breathtaking, lush greenery, coffee plantations and the deep woods. There’s something for everyone. Madikeri, the headquarters is known as the Scotland of India, Kakabe produces honey, animals abound in Nagarahole national park, Cauvery Nisargadhama is a 2.5 sq. km. island in the middle of the River Cauvery.

Ooty Ooty

Situated in the Nilgiri biosphere reserve Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is known as the queen of the hill stations and sits some 2200 mtrs above the sea level. An added attraction for is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track from Kallar, and makes its way through hair-raising curves and dark tunnels and deep ravines with some of the most stunning views available.

 

Kodaikanal Kodaikanal

It is one of Tamil Nadu’s finest hill stations, some 7200 feet up in the Palani hills in the Western Ghats. Did you know? The Kurinji Flower is in full bloom around December once in 12 years. Last seen in 2006, the next one expected in 2018. Berijam Lake, Coakers Walk- If you wish to catch the scenic valleys, the best place. Oh yeah its close to the bus stand and do try out the telescope near the main gate. Bryant park and Kodai Lake, Silent valley, suicide point, Devil’s kitchen are some must see places.

Munnar Munnar

It is the most popular hill resort in Kerala. Kerala and greenery are synonymous. Some places of interest include Pallivasal, Chinnakanal, Anayirangal, the Tea Museum and the oddly named Top Station – the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road.

 

 

Srinagar Srinagar

Heaven on Earth. Insurgency and political turmoil haven’t taken its toll. She is as beautiful as on the day she enthralled Jahangir into saying: “Agar Firdaus bar ru-e zamin hast. Hami asto. Hami asto. Hami ast.”  – Farsi for – If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here it is here. He recited Kwaja Amir Khusrav. Be careful but do visit it once.

 

Shimla Shimla

A Dilliwala speaking about Shimla. Well the ex summer capital, the most popular hill station in Northern India – simply by numbers. The mall looks a bit like bazaars of Delhi but just go out a bit and Shimla will still enthrall you. Take the train to chug into the Queen of hill stations and she will unravel her beauty. The city is named after goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali. Annandale, Jaku hill, Tara Devi and Sankat Mochan temple and Mashobra are some places of interest.

Manali Manali

It is at the North end of the Kullu valley, some 250 km from Shimla. Legend says its home to the seven sages of Hinduism. The name suggests it – its named after the law giver saint Manu. Tourism in Manali picked up after rise of militancy in Kashmir. It’s a place for adventure tourism with its ‘extreme Yak sports’ making it to the covers of the Time. Naggar fort, Hirimba Devi temple, Solang and Rohtang are some of the must see places around.

 

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Balighai Beach at Puri, Orissa : A Popular Holiday Spot

Balighai beach is just four kilometers from Puri along the spectacular Puri – Konark marine drive.  Fringed with Casuarinas, the sea and Nuanai river. It is clean and well maintained. The adjacent Balihirana Sanctuary for the protected Indian Black Bucks. If lucky you may have a glimpse of this shy and fast antelope.

Balighai Beach, Puri
Balighai Beach, Puri

This is a private beach of Toshali Sands (exclusive right to use by the guests of Toshali Sands Ethnic village resort) and Yoga sessions and other beach activity, etc. for the guests. It is maintained according to strict government guidelines. The resort is known for the green cover. The Sea Turtle Research Centre is nearby. The beach area is part of the breeding zone of Olive Ridleys. There are talks of a cycling trek of the reserve forest right up to Konark along the marine drive and harnessing wind and solar energy for a more green source of power.

Moonlit nights and sunrise or sunsets are pure magic. The scenery is a wash with molten silver and gold and oh if you are lucky on a moonlit night when the sea whispers to the shores the Olive Ridleys come ashore to lay eggs (November to February). They return to the same beach where they once swam away from as hatchlings – like the Salmon run another enduring mystery of nature. Bird watchers can track some as some winged visitors o n their way to the world famous Chilka Lake.

Balighai beach is a very popular picnic and vacation spot, located near the holy seaside city Puri, Orissa. The best time to visit Balighai beach is during October to June.

Toshali Sands, Orissa’s Ethnic Village Resort is where you experience the magic of the Golden Traingle of Puri, Bhubaneshwar & Konark, and the serene beauty of Balighai Beach, to know more  and to nook your Package visit http://bit.ly/b6sc29 . For more details, please contact your “Metu” your friendly Travel Planner at metu@toshali.in

Enjoy Sun, Sand And Superb Goa Carnival, A Festive Vacation in India

February is carnival time in Goa. For three days and nights it is all lively processions, floats and non-stop festivity.

Goa Carnival
Goa Carnival

It was introduced by the Portuguese – a rowdy celebration in which flour, eggs, oranges, lemons, mud, sand-filled gloves along with dirty water, various liquids and glue were aimed at passersby. Used kitchen utensils were also thrown out of windows, perhaps to discard the old before the Lenten fast.

The legendary king Momo – the King of Chaos takes over the state and gaiety prevails. The carnival is a feasting-drinking-merry making extravaganza before the austere 40 days of Lent. It concludes with the famous red-and-black dance held by the Club National in Panjim.

The origins of carnival are probably Pagan in nature, of ancient Roman and Grecian vintage. The Goan carnival is also called Intruz and culminates in a parade on Fat Tuesday. In the villages you will see a different face of the fest. You will find local youths dancing in front of the main cross of the vaddo, to the beat of drums around an oil lamp, singing songs about their ancestors. The tempo of the drum speeds up and feni flows. Some gets into a trance…….. Local Konkani influence includes replacing of dirty water with colored powder and water similar to Holi. That is India – sincerely yours.

In 2011, Goa Carnival is celebrated for 3 Days from 5th March – 8th March (Saturday – Tuesday)

Do not miss to explore the Incredible India travel and celebrate at Goa Carnival (Goa the hottest travel destination of India.) before you enjoy the ICC World Cup 2011 Cricketing Carnival in India. ………..  Toshali Tours and Travels is a  travel management company and tour operator recognised and approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Department of Tourism, Government of Orissa. For More details on Reservation and Accommodation for the Goa Carnival, Incredible India tour package visit at http://bit.ly/fUoIQH …….. You can also contact your Travel Consultant “Metu” atmetu@toshali.in for HELP with your travel and accomodation when you are in India during the ICC WorldCup 2011


ICC WorldCup 2011: A Cricketing Carnival and Vacation in India

ICC World Cup, 2011 is starting from Feb 19 till Apr 02 and will be hosted jointly by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, at more than 10 venues across three countries.

The countries attract visitors, tourist and supporters and expect the event to provide a spurt to the tourism industry across the region. The venues are well spaced out and the schedule is convenient. This provides an ample amount of time to travel.

In India cricket has fanatic following. Mesmerizing India will dazzle you. If the thrill of cricket drains you India’s breathtaking beauty and legendary hospitality will sooth you.

Delhi is a showcase of the cultural rainbow of India besides it serves as a base to Jaipur and Agra etc. Elegant Mumbai, cool Bangalore, magnetic Chennai and lovely Kolkata are some other tourist destinations hosting matches.

Sri Lanka is aggressively promoting several World Cup packages that include tickets to matches and a country tour. The Emerald Island is a tourist’s paradise with pristine palm-lined beaches and striking waterfalls. The majestic fort of Galle, Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Temple of the Tooth – are all UNESCO world heritage sites waiting for tourists.

Bangladesh is hosting the Cup for the first time. They are keen on making it a massive success. Travelers and spectators would do well to take full advantage of their holidays and discover this land of rivers and greenery with a diversity ranging from the hill tracts of Chittagong to its magnificent natural harbour and beach.

Visit India for Cricket World Cup 2011, an advance booking on, accommodation, tour India and book flights to India, it would be helpful to save money if you are planning to travel there during the cricket world cup 2011. Matches will take place in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi (all India), Colombo, Hambantota, Kandy (all Sri Lanka), Chittagong and Dhaka (both Bangladesh). The schedule of the matches is a suitable one and shall provide sufficient amount of time for sightseeing to visitors. Spectators would like to explore various each of these beautiful countries.

Toshali Resorts Invites all the Spectators, Visitors, Tourists, Guests to its prime resorts in topographically diverse landscapes – Toshali Sands – http://bit.ly/gO5TkN and Toshali Royal View Resort – http://bit.ly/goHmRf .

Do not miss to explore the Incredible India travel when you are ICC World Cup 2011 Cricketing Carnival.  Toshali Tours and Travels is a  travel management company and tour operator recognised and approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Department of Tourism, Government of Orissa. For More details on the Incredible India tour package visit athttp://bit.ly/fsbmXf .

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Valentine’s Day : The Only Holiday Best Celebrated in Pairs

If any festival has been ‘marketed’ successfully into the calendar of celebrations in India it is Valentine’s Day. The buzz started around the early 1990s and by the new millennia it was a rage. Of course anti-V day activists – Shri Ram Sene et al. has only popularized the celebration of love.

It is actually a commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love. The day is named after perhaps two early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD.

The Valentines commemorated on this day are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. The former was martyred around 269 ADE. The later was martyred about 197 ADE during persecution of Emperor Aurelian. Sometimes experts equate Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia, an ancient Pagan festival of Rome. Connected to fertility it was observed from February 13 to 15.

The economic liberalisation ushered in globalization on all levels. The festival became popular, even as purists dubbed it as another decadent Western influence. Then came the age of satellite television and 24X7 tv channels. V-Day, its significance, romanticism in all its alluring avatar was presented right to the living rooms. The fad caught on. We have a penchant for imbibing traditions and despite right wing charges of moral degradation and depravity it is here to stay.

Not being a hardliner I would softly like to remind that love, passion and their unfettered expression are not Western inventions imported to India, it is very much the other way around.

Business have cashed in, restaurants, dating portals, florists, almost everyone have cashed in. Even the Indian Postal Department introduced a set of scented stamps which have always seen demand far outstripping supply come February. The point we lose sometimes is that the original Valentines had little romantic elements involved in their life or persecution, but isn’t giving up all for your belief the greatest act of love?

Valentine Day, a day for love, millions of people wait eagerly with cards, red roses, exotic orchids, heart-shaped candies, chocolates, etc for this day to express their feeling to their near and dear ones.

So what are you waiting for? Cherish your love and romance with this festival… Request a Quote for Valentines Day Package http://bit.ly/fhrABb and you can send your inquiry at metu@toshali.in to gift a Valentines Day Holiday Package to your beloved……

“Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” : A Tribute to ‘Bharat Ratna’ Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri

‘Bharat Ratna’ Lal Bahadur Shrivastava Shastri (2 October 1904 – 11 January 1966), he shares his birthday with the Mahatma on October 2. He was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of India and a significant figure in the Indian independence movement.

'Bharat Ratna' Lal Bahadur Shrivastava Shastri (2 October 1904 - 11 January 1966)
'Bharat Ratna' Lal Bahadur Shrivastava Shastri (2 October 1904 - 11 January 1966)

A staunch Gandhian he discontinued the use of his surmane as it indicated his caste. he was born in Mughalsarai and moving to Varanasi in persual of higher education. A 1915, speech of Gandhiji converted him into a lifelong Gandhian. He spend some 9 years in prison for participating in the freedom struggle. His values never ditched him. During one of his prison terms his daughter fell ill. He was released for 15 days from teh prison. She died and a stoic Shastri performed her funeral rites and returned to prison, before time. And when his son’s illness was not cured withing the stipulated parole time he returned to prison..

In prison he got acquinted  with the works of western philosophers, revolutionaries and social reformers and translated the autobiography of Marie Curie to Hindi.

After independence, he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary in Uttar Pradesh. Then He became Minister of Police and Transport. He was the first to appoint women conductors and ordered that Police use jets of water instead of lathis to disperse unruly crowds.

In 1951, he became the General Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee and played an important role in the landslide successes of the Congress Party in the General Elections of 1952, 1957 and 1962.

In 1951, Nehru nominated him to the Rajya Sabha. He served as the Minister of Railways and Transport in the Central Cabinet from 1951 to 1956. In 1956, he offered his resignation after a railway accident at Mahbubnagar and three months later, he resigned accepting moral and constitutional responsibility for a railway accident at Ariyalur in Tamil Nadu that resulted in 144 deaths. His unprecedented gesture was greatly appreciated by the citizens.

In 1957 he was appointed as the Minister for Transport and Communications, and then as the Minister of Commerce and Industry. In 1961, he became Minister for Home. Chacha Nehru died in office on 27 May 1964. Then Congress Party President K. Kamaraj was instrumental in making and installing Shastri as Prime Minister on 9 June. He pushed through the Green Revolution which led to India becoming a food-surplus nation, although he did not live to see it.

During the 22-day war with Pakistan, Lal Bahadur Shastri created the slogan of “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” (“Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer”). He was instrumental in promoting the White Revolution.

The problem for Shastri’s administration was Pakistan. Laying claim to half of the Kutch peninsula, Pakistan sent incursion forces in August 1965,  leading to the Indo-Pak war. The Indo-Pak war ended on 23 September 1965 with a United Nations-mandated ceasefire. After the declaration of ceasefire, Shastri and Pakistani President Muhammad Ayub Khan attended a summit in Tashkent (former USSR) organised by Kosygin. On 10 January 1966, Shastri and Khan signed the Tashkent Declaration. The next day Shastri died, supposedly of a heart attack at 1:32 AM, and now he rest at Vijay Ghat, Delhi

He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, and his memorial “Vijay Ghat” in Delhi will forever remind Indians and humanity how this unassuming man personified ‘where there is a will there is a way’. His life would be a lesson for generations to come.

History has not forgotten this giant…… Jai Hind !!

Toshali Resotrts Pay Tribute and Celebrates the 106th Birth anniversary of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri on 2nd October’2010 (Saturday) and invites you for a Weekend Getaway at Toshali Sands, Puri India. For Reservation and travel booking contact your travel consultant metu@toshali.in

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Green Delhi… Breath life to the place we stay!

Delhi is synonymous with wide roads and lush greenery. Reportedly Emperor Akbar ordered all roads to be lined with ‘Sheesham’ trees. The Imperial Capital Committee, decided to plant mainly evergreen trees in its new capital.

Delhi has some 42 types of ‘native’ trees. The commonest tree is the Mesquite (Prosopis Juliflora), called ‘Vilaiti or Angrezi Keekar’. It was introduced around 1915 from the Central Americas.

Emperor Shah Jahan offered special rent-free tenures to proprietors around Sadhaura Kalan, northwest of Mori Gate.

Today Jamun trees are found on Rajpath, India Gate and some Luyten’s avenues. Delhi’s numerous gardens, like the Mughal Gardens, Lodhi Gardens, Zoological Park, Buddha Jayanti Park, Delhi Golf Club, Nehru Park, etc boast of over 250 species of trees.

Population pressure has seen depletion in the green cover. Government initiatives including Bhagidari scheme and a revamped industrial policy countered the situation. The strategy was to:

•       Motivate citizens to generate minimum waste
•       Recycle horticulture waste.
•       Minimising use of polythene bags.
•       Panting trees.
•       Celebrating festivals in an eco friendly manner.
•       Educating citizens about re-use and recycling.

The situation has improved 2005 onwards.

According to the State of the Forest survey 2009 Delhi (8.29%) comes third behind Lakshwadeep (12.50%) and Chandigarh (9.65%) in the percentage of area under forest cover.

Delhi has a geographical area 1,483.01 sq km. Of this 123 sq km is under tree cover. Delhi’s tree cover has increased to 176.58 sq km till 2005. It rose by 16 sq km from 107 sq km to 123 sq km during the 2007-2009 periods mainly due to the government’s plantation drive.

The forest cover comprises 6.76 sq km very dense forest, 49.84 sq km moderately dense forest, and 119.98 sq km open forest.

New Delhi district is the greenest having the highest forest cover at 46.60 % of geographical area, followed by South Delhi (31.46 %) and South-West Delhi (10.08 %).

Asola-Bhatti is the only forest sanctuary in the capital spread over 1,991 hectares.

Greatest threats to the green cover are:

•       Delhi ridge has seen shrinking in size due to mining and quarrying activities, especially in the south-central Ridge.

•       At 1,615 units, Delhi has the highest per capita consumption of electricity in the country.

•       Apart from the production levels of 785 MGD in 2009, the average shortfall in water is about 200 MGD (million gallons per day) but the percentage of unaccounted for water is 35-40 per cent, reflecting problems in management of resources.

•       As against 8 private cars per 1,000 persons across India, Delhi has 85 even as the city has seen an exponential growth in the number of vehicles from 30.5 lakh in 1998-99 to 63.0 lakh in 2008-09.

Delhi introduces itself through nature and heritage walks along its lush greenery dotted with heritage sites and place of Delhi delicacies. Toshali Holidays arranges, to be with the nature “Walks in Green Delhi”. And customized your accommodation on demand. These walks reveal a side of the mega polis little known – a human side, a human face that needs all nurturing and care that we can afford – to preserve it for posterity.

To know more on the Toshali Holidays “Walks in Green Delhi”, post you comments or Contact our Delhi City Tour Planner at metu@toshali.in