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

Khajuraho Dance Festival : Classical Indian Dance returns to its roots.

Where the hand goes, there the eyes should follow
Where the eyes are, the mind should follow
Where the mind is, there the expression should be brought out
Where the expression is, there the rasa or flavour will be experienced by the audience.

– Lines from the Natyakram

The erstwhile religious capital of the Chandelas, Khajuraho comes alive with its annual Dance Festival in February/ March. It takes place in an amphitheatre in front of the Chitragupta Temple and the Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. They are part of the Western Group of temples. These are some of the largest, well maintained and easily accessible temple(s) in Khajuraho. The festival started in 2002. Already this weeklong festival has carved a niche for itself with its classical dance performances, presented in the backdrop of the stunningly illuminated temples. Khajuraho Dance Festival (Image Courtesy Madhya Pradesh Tourism)

Some of the best artists participate in the festival and the performances include the traditionals – Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Kathakali and off late more modern dance forms

The programmes are held against the spectacular backdrop of the temples. Classical Dance and Music in India was nurtured and developed in the temples. Diverse forms of classical dance matured and evolved in the temples. So a temple as a backdrop to a dance festival is a form of tribute to temples in ancient and medieval India which were focal points of art, culture and learning besides religion.

Along with the performances, craftsmen display their wares in an open market nearby. This year the festival will be opened on February 25th with Bharatnatyam rendition of Hema Malini accompanied by her 2 daughters – Esha and Ahana. This is the first time the famous actress will perform with her daughters.

Khajuraho Dance Festival will be held from 25th February – 2nd Mar 2011 at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India

Event details may change. Please check with the organisers or with your Travel planner that the event is happening before making travel arrangements.

Toshali Tours and Travels, recognised by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, offer an exclusive budget accommodation and travel package to take you to “Khajuraho Dance Festival”. For Reservation and Booking visit at http://bit.ly/gv44YU . Contact your Travel Desk Consultant “Metu” for more information on “Khajuraho Dance Festival” at metu@toshali.in

10th Konark Youth Fest at the International Tourist Destination.

2001 was the International Year of Volunteers. Since then Young India has been organizing the Konark Youth Festival at Konark. The event is supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs.

Konark Youth Festival
Konark Youth Festival

Youth is the essence of India. They need to unite in fighting social evils like factionalism, bigotry, superstition and taboos. The spirit of nationalism, scientific mindset and respect for our cultural heritage and tradition must be inculcated in them. The focus is on showcasing performing arts of India to highlight its tradition and heritage. Off late the festival sees several guest participants from foreign countries too. This year shall see the 10th edition of the festival. It is scheduled from 27th to 31st March 2011 at Konark (Odisha).

Young India received the National Youth Award for the year 2008-09 in recognition of outstanding services to the community. The festival invites national youth awardees, NSS volunteers and youth activists from different corners of the country to initiate interaction among them to bring in social change by involving the youth.

Sometimes we are privileged to hear a Oriya song from foreign delegates – there’s one sung by Isa – from Germany and Kevin , who came from the USA in the 2008 edition.

Konark famous for Konark Temple or Sun Temple built with black granite in the form of Chariot. Konark is the World Heritage Site of the renowned 13th century Sun Temple, also called Black Pagoda, built by king Narasimha Dev I. Since long, the huge Konark Temple Complex–which is an architectural wonder–has enthralled the visitors from far off places.

Konark, Puri and Bhubaneswar form a virtual triangle in tourist circle popularly known as “Golden Triangle”. These three places are well connected by good double lane metal road to each other.

How to reach Puri Konark Bhubaneswar tourist triangle –

  • Konark to Puri – 35 Kms – One hour
  • Puri to Bhubaneswar – 60 Kms – Two hours
  • Bhubaneswar to Konark – 65 Kms – Two hours
Konark to Puri – 35 Kms – One hour
Puri to Bhubaneswar – 60 Kms – Two hours
Bhubaneswar to Konark – 65 Kms – Two hours

Ethnic Village Resort “Toshali Sands” at Puri offer an exclusive budget accommodation package to take you to “10th Konark Youth Festival”. For Reservation and Booking Open for Package at http://bit.ly/gO5TkN . Contact your Travel Desk Consultant “Metu” for more information on “10th Konark Youth Festival” at metu@toshali.in

The Golden City… Jaisalmer Desert Festival

If you have visit Bikaner’s camel festival and thought it was the ultimate in exotic Indian festivals and fairs, then you should not miss to see the fiesta at Jaisalmer. It is also known as Rajasthan Desert Festival.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Jaisalmer Desert Festival

A three-day long desert extravaganza of music, dances, handicraft fairs and interactive competitions- including an unusual event like ‘Mr Desert’ Pageant, ‘Turban Tying’ contest and ‘Best Moustache’ contest. The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is organised by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, showcase the performing arts of the region on the stretching sands around this desert citadel.

It’s the showcase of all things Rajasthani culture, cuisines, dresses and it is a justifiably popular Indian festival and fairs with both domestic and foreign tourists coming from across the world to be a part of the Jaisalmer desert festival. Besides the food, the music and the cultural performances, other major eye-catching events are camel rides, processions, camel polo, and even a camel tug-of-war. All of it is held against the backdrop of the majestic Jaisalmer fort.

In the evening at Jaisalmer Desert Festival, a sound and light spectacle is organized with folk artists performing against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night.  And Fireworks displays at night light up the area, and the fort is illuminated too.

Places to see : Jaisalmer is famous for Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon – ki – Haveli, Tazia Tower, Gadsisar Lake and many more.

In 2011, it will be held on 16th – 18th February 2011 at Sam Sand Dunes, 42 K.M. from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Toshali Tours and Travels, a tour and travel operator recognised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India,  will help you in planning and making arrangements to see the Jaisalmer Desert Festival. For Reservation and Booking of  04 Days /03 Nights Jaisalmer Tour, visit at http://bit.ly/ep6KgT .

You can also contact your Travel Planner ‘Metu’ at metu@toshali.in for your Jaisalmer Desert Festival Travel Plan.

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.

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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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A Mangalajodi Sojourn: Wild Orissa Eco Tourism to get close to birds and biodiversity

Haven’t you ever been out with your friends and family and caught sight of an odd bird? You probably wish that you knew these migratory birds whether they are squawking seagull or humble sparrow. It is natural delight to watch birds whether you are old one or younger one. Mangalajodi village near Chilika lake, Orissa is a place where you can watch more than 1, 50,000 birds in the peak season.

Mangalajodi Eco Tourism (Image Courtesy kolkatabirds)
Mangalajodi Eco Tourism (Image Courtesy kolkatabirds)

Getting to Mangalajodi village is task but perhaps there is something to say for your journey that you don’t want to miss in your life.

With every stage of the travel towards Mangalajodi you will move a step far from the rapidity of life you spent in Delhi, Mumbai or any cities of India, but getting closer to the mildness of nature’s beauty. You can’t say that there is no adventure to be had or your tour to Maglajodi is not idyllic.

Mangalajodi village is home to all migratory birds that in every winter migrate here to spend winter in its warm water. Ducks like Shovellers, Pintail, Garganey, Pochards and Gadwall and waders like black winged Stilts, Black Tailed Godwits, Ringed Plovers undertake this journey from Central Asia and Europe etc across the Himalayas and return in summer season.

How well do you know Mangalajodi ……

Manglajodi is a small picturesque village on Chilika Lake famous for marshes fowl congregations located 60 kms to south-west of Bhubaneswar city and 4kms south-east of Tangi town in Khurda district of Orissa, India.

Brahminy Kite at Mangalajodi (Image by Kolkatta Birds
Brahminy Kite at Mangalajodi (Image by Kolkatta Birds

Earlier this site was used for roosting, foraging and nesting by the avian population. Killing, Trapping and subsequent selling of birds were ritual here. Every night, poison were spread here to kill birds, shooters frequently visit this place. In 1997, some volunteers and NGOs of Wild Orissa have taken serious steps to save the wetland. Slowly and steadily they are able to save this place and in 2000 they made a “Sri Mahavir Pakshi Suraksha Samity” of Mangalajodi. And it become a “ Pachers” village that do this task on commercial scale.

Now Manglajodi is designated as “Important Bird Area” by Birdlife International for its significant global waterfowl habitat.

Tourist’s attractions you can’t afford to miss…

  • The prime attractions of Manglajodi are birds, birds and wild birds……! but while watching birds you can enjoy boating and feed the birds. You can experience conservation as Saviors patrol in Mangalajodi to protect the birds and know their migratory patterns and breeding cycles.
  • Photography and Local cuisine are  delights of this area. You will love it.
  • Along with Mangalajodi you can visit Chilka Lake and Nalabana Bird Sanctuary. Every winter, Chilika has 7, 00, 000 to 8, 00,000 birds compromising 121 species.

Best time for visit: November to March every year

Ruddy Shelduck at Mangalajod (Image by Kolkatta Birds
Ruddy Shelduck at Mangalajod (Image by Kolkatta Birds

Where to stay:

You can  get your accommodation at Toshali Sands and contact the  Travel Desk, they will be glad to help you to reach Mangalajodi in 2 hours.

Getting there to Manglajodi  is easy

Nearest Airport: Bhubaneshwar (Odisha State Capital)

Railway: Bhubaneswar is well connected to train, nearest railway stations are Mukateshwar and Kalupada Ghat  on S.E. Railway’s Howrah-Chennai line

Road: Well connected, Tangi on NH5 is the nearest town. Bhubaneshwar city is a 2 hour drive from Mangalajodi.

Ethnic Village Resort “Toshali Sands” at Puri offer an exclusive budget accommodation package to take you to Mangalajodi Wetlands, Chilka, Orissa fro For Reservation and Booking Open from November to March, Book Your Package at http://bit.ly/gO5TkN . Contact your Travel Desk Consultant “Metu” for more information on Manglajodi Eco Tourism at metu@toshali.in

Saraswati Puja : The Festival of Goddess of Learning in India

“Yaa Kundendu Tushaara Haaradhavalaa, Yaa Shubhravastraavritha
Yaa Veenavara Dandamanditakara, Yaa Shwetha Padmaasana
Yaa Brahmaachyutha Shankara Prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswati Bhagavatee Nihshesha Jaadyaapaha…”

Meaning :

May Goddess Saraswati, who is fair like the Jasmine coloured moon and whose garland is like frosty dew drops, who is adorned with radiant white clothes and on whose beautiful palm and arm rests the Veena, those throne is a white lotus, and who is surrounded and respected by the Gods beginning with Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheshwar, protect me. I implore Her to totally remove my laziness and sluggishness .

Maa Saraswati Puja

Mother or Maa Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. She is the consort of Brahma and the “Mother of the Vedas”.

Saraswati is known as a guardian deity in Buddhism by offering protection and assistance to practitioners. In Burmese, she is Thurathadi, in Chinese as Biàncáitiān, in Thai as Surasawadee and in Japanese as Benzaiten.

Goddess Saraswati represents intelligence, consciousness, cosmic knowledge, creativity, education, enlightenment, music, the arts, and power. She is worshipped for “secular knowledge”, and “divine knowledge”.

In hindu mythology, in some Skanda Purana, she is sister of Shiva (Shivaanujaa) and in some Tantras sister of Ganesha.

Goddess Saraswati represents the union of power and intelligence from which organized creation arises. Saraswati possesses all the learning of the Vedas, scriptures, dancing, music and poetry. She is wisdom, fortune, intelligence, nourishment, brilliance, contentment, splendor and devotion. She is depicted as a gracefully seated or standing goddess, holding a veena, a musical instrument, a rosary and the scripture. The ‘bahon’ are the ‘rajhansa’ (swan) and the ‘mayur’ (peacock). The instrument symbolizes knowledge of the arts held in high esteem in Vedic tradition. The rosary points to the meditative qualities necessary to acquire knowledge. The scripture is knowledge in itself. The swan signifies discrimination between right and wrong, while the peacock points to the mundane, the unstable.

In Eastern India, Odisha,West Bengal, Bihār and Assam. Goddess Saraswati  is worshipped on Vasant Panchami and also known as Sree Panchami, in Magha month (January–February). day and in Southern India on the Navratris. She is bedecked in all white and adorned in yellow color dress on the day and books and writing instruments are placed before her.

In the eastern parts of India, Palash or flame of the forest and marigold flowers form an important part of her offering. Children are also initiated into the world of learning on the day. Saraswati Puja is also known as Boi or Bahi Puja ( a worship of books)

In the South India Lotus and jasmine are offered. It is all vegetarian fare all day long and the most alluring part was that the strictest of all parents would not ask you to study on the day. It is believed that the Goddess blesses the books and writing instruments etc on that day.

“Saraswati Namasthubhyam
Varade Kamarupini
Vidhyarambam Karishyami
Siddhir Bavathume Sadha”

This sloka (mantra) of  Goddess Saraswati can be recited daily to improve memory, power and concentration in studies.

In 2011, Saraswati Puja is celebrated all over India by Hindus on 8th February 2011 (Tuesday)

Toshali Resorts offers for India festivals to visit Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, India for Saraswati Puja festivals. Book Your Package at. For More Information, contact your Travel Manager Metu at metu@toshali.in

Holi Festival: A Colourful Celebration in India

The colorful festival is observed across the Indian subcontinent and
places with large Hindu Diasporas like Suriname, Guyana, South Africa,
Trinidad, UK, USA, Mauritius, and Fiji. In West Bengal and Bangladesh
it is known as Dol-yatra. The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj
region, in locations connected with Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan
and Barsana. Holi lasts here to up to sixteen days.
Legend says Demoness Holika, carried little Prahlad into the fire to
destroy him and got burnt – Choti Holi – a day before the main
festival celebrates this with a bonfire. On Holi day, also known as
Dhulandi or Dhulendi by people throw colored powder and water at each
other.
In Braj bhoomi Holi commemorates of the divine love of Shri Radha
Krishna. Krishna, legend says complained to his mother about his dark
and Shri Radhika’s fair complexion. Yashoda asked him to color Radha’s
face. The celebrations mark the end of winter and ushers in spring. It
is celebrated on the last full moon of Phalguna (February/March).
Rangapanchami, the fifth day of the full moon marks the end of
festivities.
An alternative story marks Holi as the destruction and recreation of
Kamdeva by Lord Shiva. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in
Andhra Pradesh.
Reference of Holi is found in Narada Purana and Bhavisya Purana and
Harshavardhan’s Ratnavali.
Barsana’s ‘Lath mar holi’ is unique. It is Shri Radha’s village. The
Kumaoni holi(s)– Baithaki, Mahila Holi and Khari Holi are an unique
journey into melody, besides sharing other traditional aspects.
Holi is called Phagwa in Bhojpuri. In Bengal ‘Dol Yatra’ sees
traditional fanfare and in Orissa Lord Jagannath replaces idols of
Shri Radha Krishna.
Holi is a part of Goan or Konkani spring festival known as Śigmo. In
Gujarat some celebrations reflect the rituals of Barsana.
Holi merges with the centuries-old festival of Yaosang in Manipur. The
folk dance ‘thaabal chongba’ is performed to beats of drum on the full
moon night of Lamta (Phalgun).

Khaa Key Gujia, Pee Kae Thandai,

Laaga k Thora Thora Sa Rang,

Baaja Ke Bholak Aur Mridang,

Khele Holi Hum Aap K Sang” ~ HOLI MUBARAK

The colorful festival is observed across the Indian subcontinent and places with large Hindu Diasporas like Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, UK, USA, Mauritius, and Fiji. In West Bengal and Bangladesh it is known as Dol-yatra. The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj region, in locations connected with Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana. Holi lasts here to up to sixteen days.

Legend says Demoness Holika, carried little Prahlad into the fire to destroy him and got burnt – Choti Holi – a day before the main festival celebrates this with a bonfire. On Holi day, also known as Dhulandi or Dhulendi by people throw colored powder and water at each other.

In Braj bhoomi Holi commemorates of the divine love of Shri RadhaKrishna. Krishna, legend says complained to his mother about his dark and Shri Radhika’s fair complexion. Yashoda asked him to color Radha’s face. The celebrations mark the end of winter and ushers in spring. It is celebrated on the last full moon of Phalguna (February/March). Rangapanchami, the fifth day of the full moon marks the end of festivities.

An alternative story marks Holi as the destruction and recreation of Kamdeva by Lord Shiva. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in Andhra Pradesh.

Reference of Holi is found in Narada Purana and Bhavisya Purana and Harshavardhan’s Ratnavali.

Barsana’s ‘Lath mar holi’ is unique. It is Shri Radha’s village. The Kumaoni holi(s)– Baithaki, Mahila Holi and Khari Holi are an unique journey into melody, besides sharing other traditional aspects.

Holi is called Phagwa in Bhojpuri. In Bengal ‘Dol Yatra’ sees traditional fanfare and in Orissa Lord Jagannath replaces idols of Shri Radha Krishna.

Holi is a part of Goan or Konkani spring festival known as Śigmo. In Gujarat some celebrations reflect the rituals of Barsana.

Holi merges with the centuries-old festival of Yaosang in Manipur. The folk dance ‘thaabal chongba’ is performed to beats of drum on the full moon night of Lamta (Phalgun).

In 2011, Holi, the festival of colours in India will be celebrated on 20th March. Lets the colour shower the Joy of life….

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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……