Vaishno Devi Yatra Packages Providing Lifetime Experience of Pilgrimage

Vaishno Devi Mandir (Temple), the Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, is one of the most visited religious places in India. Situated in the hills of Vaishno Devi in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the shrine is a sign of the Mother Goddess, who, according to a Hindu epic, was born in South India. Every year, a large number of tourists visit the holy place. To make the pilgrims enjoy the tour to the holy place at ease, many Vaishno Devi Yatra Packages are available in the market.

The temple is located near a town called Katra in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is listed among the most honored worship places in India. At an altitude of 5300 feet, the shrine is located around 14 km (8.7 miles) from Katra. Being the second most visited Hindu shrine in India after Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, the Vaishno Devi temple is visited by about 8 million pilgrims every year. The shrine is maintained by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.

The nearest airport from the holy place is Jammu Airport having very high flight frequency. Jammu Airport is endowed with the services of all the leading domestic airlines. Moreover, a rail link from Udhampur to Katra is under-construction to ease the pilgrimage.

Vaishno Devi Tour Packages help the visitors feel the real sense of the tour to one of the most-visited Hindu shrine. The packages are designed to be suitable for the pockets of various kinds of tourists. So, choose a Vaishno Devi Yatra Tour Packages and get experience of the pilgrimage for a lifetime.

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Making You Stay with Nature

Himachal Pradesh Tourism has always been on the boom side due to the state’s being the spot of marvelous mountains, gentle hills, unblemished lakes, icy glaciers and lush green valleys. This natural beauty of the northern Indian state adds several stars in the excellence list of Himachal. Holidaymakers find the state like a heaven on earth. And Indian tour operators are always open with their outstanding Himachal Tour Packages, round the year. So, all those people who love to spend some time with the nature can avail the benefits of the tour packages available in the market.

Like other Indian states, the nature’s own place Himachal has acquired multi-religion along with multicultural and multilingual arrangements. The state has been mostly untouched by external customs due to the different terrain of Himachal. The state has come across with drastic changes because of technological progression.

Every year, visitors come to the beautiful Himachal to enjoy the amazing atmosphere of the place. The graph of Himachal Tourism moves toward northward as the place provides a full relaxation to the mind and body of people visiting here. They get relieved from the pain of the outside world, when they are at this gorgeous destination. Returning home, you will be feeling much of new energy after spending some special moments in Himachal. Himachal Tour Packages provided in the market help you save your valuable time and enjoy your holidays to the full.

Shimla is among the most visited places of Himachal. Its main tourist attractions are Mall Road, Shilon Bagh, Kufri along with The Ridge and The Mall.

So, get your wishes true. Visit the most beautiful corners of the state by using these tour packages and see the magic of the engrossing beauty of Himachal Pradesh.

Shimla Tourism All-time Favorite for Tourists

Shimla Tourism holds a paramount space in the tourism scenario of India. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is among the most admired places in India for national and international tourists. Shimla was the summer capital of India in the British Raj. British had coined a term for Shimla i.e. the ‘Queen of Hills’, a popular reference for the gorgeous place, even today.

In the list of the most beautiful destinations in Himachal, Shimla hill station holds first and foremost rank. Travelers show immense interest in many of Shimla’s spots including Mall Road, Shilon Bagh, Kufri along with The Ridge and The Mall. You can take the pleasure of being at this beautiful place by using excellent Shimla Tour Packages available in the market.

Shimla is among the most important places of Himachal Pradesh, in tourism point of view. The most visited spots in Shimla are the Mall Road, Shilon Bagh, Kufri, Shilon Bagh, The Ridge and The Mall, Christ Church, Jakhu Hill, Shimla State Museum and Summer Hill as well as Annandale play ground and Junga, among others. The hill city has various worth visit temples including Tara Devi, Sankat Mochan and Anand Vilas.

The accommodation is not a problem in Shimla as a big variety of hotels is available here, that also as per the suitability of your pocket. Hotel Packages in Shimla let you enjoy the accommodation according to your own budget. Hotels in Shimla range from Cheap to Budget to Luxury, and you are free to choose the best one for yourself from this varied list.

The tourists from all over the world come to Shimla to live some precious moments of their lives with the nature’s beautiful destination. Now it’s your turn to visit Shimla and explore the place in your own way.

Complete Himachal Tour Packages

Himachal is known for its amazing mountains, mild hills, shining lakes, freezing glaciers and lush green valleys. All this natural beauty serves to make out the list of the distinguished features for the North Indian state. The state is not less than a heaven for holidaymakers. So, tour operators in India present striking Himachal Tour Package round the year, for the benefit of those who want to live some special moments of their lives in the lap of the nature.

Due to the states different terrain, Himachal has been mostly untouched by external customs. The technological progression, however, have brought drastic changes in the state. Home to the nature, Himachal Pradesh is possesses multi-religion as well as multicultural and multilingual position as other Indian states do.

Using best Holiday Packages India, every year, thousands of people visit the gorgeous Himachal to and see the magic of the marvelous atmosphere. People feel a rejuvenation of their mind and body, and forget from the pain of the outside world. After spending this precious time in Himachal, they go back to their home with lots of vigor. Helping them not to waste their valuable time, Himachal Tour Package is available in the market. From the luxurious 5-star resorts to the budget hotels, variety of options is available here to suit your pocket and to make your holiday a special one.

Among the most beautiful destinations in Himachal, Shimla has always been first in the catalog. Mall Road, Shilon Bagh, Kufri as well as The Ridge and The Mall located at Shimla are some of the spots where travel enthusiasts show their immense interest. Shimla Tour Packages help them explore the lovely place at ease.

So, waiting for what? Enjoy these packages and be ready see the arresting beauty of Himachal.

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.

Utkal Divas : Odisha Celebrates its 75th Foundation Day on 1st April

Bande Utkala  Janani
Charu Hasmayi Charu Bhasamayi
Dhanye, Punye, Chira Sharanye
Janani, Janani, Janani

….. Jai Jagannath …

Utkal Divas or Odisha Day is celebrated on 1st April in Odisha in the memory of the formation of the state as a separate province on 1st April, 1936. Utkal Divas 2Odisha (Oriya: ଓଡିଶା), also known as Orissa (Oriya: ଓଡି଼ଶା), is a state of India, located on the east coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal.

The history or Odisha dates back to at least 3500 years. The famous Chedi and Matsya kingdom of Mahabharata is believed to be here. The defeat and demise of the last powerful king of Odisha Mukund Dev after a battle with the renegade Kalapahar saw a period of socio-political decline. The British annexed it in 1803 and on popular demand a separate state was formed on April 1, 1936. The movement was led by Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandit Nilakantha Das, Bhubanananda Das among others. The new state had six districts – Cuttack, Puri, Balasore, Sambalpur, Koraput and Ganjam. Cuttack was the capital.

Odisha was the first state to be delineated on the modern line of languages. The struggle was hard. The officialdom of Bengal was not too keen but finally everyone came around to the fact that Odiya as a language is the oldest in the group of Odiya, Bengali and Assamese. The movement persisted and Odisha got its statehood finally. Mahatma Gandhi was in tune with the linguistic line and post independence a number of princely states were incorporated into Odisha to give it the shape it has today.

Penned by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra the song reflects the pride and love and emotion for the land that once colonized Java, Sumatra, Bali, Borneo. The greatest piece of architecture bearing the Odiya stamp is the world heritage site of Angkor Vat, stately and majestic as the history of this ancient land – that transformed Ashoka to Ashoka the Great – on its way to recover and rekindle its glory.

As part of Utkal Divas celebrations, cultural programmes, seminars and various competitive activities are organised in various parts of the state. The Day is celebrated as State Holiday in Odisha, ideal for a grand vacation witnessing cultural festivals across the state. Since 1st April is falling on friday, it will be great for a long weekend getaway..

Below is the list of Districts of Orissa:

Angul, Balangir, Baleshwar, Bargarh, Bauda, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Deogarh, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kendrapara, Kendujhar, Khordha, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangapur, Nayagarh, Nuaparha, Puri, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Sundargarh.

Luckily, this year Utkal Divas is on friday and Weekend Getaway is on the card for all… Are you planning to travel to Puri during this time of the Odisha Day celebration. Toshali Sands Wishes a Happy Utkal Divas and offers a Exclusive Package for family and your friends to celebrate “Odisha Day” at Toshali Sands, Puri, http://bit.ly/g9JsMu . You can also contact “Metu” your Travel Consultant at metu@toshali.in and booking@toshalitours.com


Below is the list of Districts of Orissa:
Angul, Balangir, Baleshwar, Bargarh, Bauda, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Deogarh, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kendrapara, Kendujhar, Khordha, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangapur, Nayagarh, Nuaparha, Puri, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Sundargarh

Bengalis get ready for ‘Poila Baisakh’, New Year Festival at West Bengal

Bengali New Year (Bengali: নববর্ষ Nôbobôrsho (from Sanskrit Navavarsha=New Year) or Poela Boishakh (পহেলা বৈশাখ Pôela Boishakh or পয়লা বৈশাখ Pôela Boishakh or Poila Boishakh, from Sanskrit= Pahela Vaisakhi) is the first day of the Bengali calendar, celebrated in both West Bengal, India and Bangadesh. Bengali New Year - Polia Boishak

Freshly printed calendars with the scent of ink and new paper, boxes of sweets and the forbidden Fanta on the lap of an indulgent father – personal, nostalgia of the Bengali New Year ’s Day. Celebrated mid April (14th) this is a Bengali festival irrespective of religious or regional origins.

Mughals collected agricultural taxes according to the Hijri calendar. it didn’t coincide with the harvest. So Akbar ordered changes and Fatehullah Shirazi, a scholar and astronomer, formulated the Bengali year on the basis of the Hijri lunar and Hindu solar calendars. The new Fasli San (agricultural year) was introduced on 10/11 March 1584, but was dated from Akbar’s ascension to the throne in 1556.

Poila Boishakh started from Akbar’s time. All dues were cleared on the last day of Choitro. On the next day, or landlords entertained their tenants with what else but sweets – the indicative epitome of Bengaliness. Time went by and the occasion became turned into a day of merriment. Traders started their new book of accounts on this day.

Poila Boisakh sees the Bengali Sangit Mela (Song fest), held at Rabindra Sadan, sponsored by the Government of West Bengal.

Panta-Ilish-Poila BaisakhPoila Boisakh is widely celebrated in neighboring Bangladesh and the Chittagong area sees Boi-Sa-Bi celebrations where Boisuks of Tripura, Sangrai of Marma and Biju of Chakmas come together to celebrate their variation of the festival. Poila Boishakh connects all ethnic Bengalis irrespective of religious and regional

A day before the Poila Baishakh, that is 14 April, people will mark Sankanranti in which they start the day with ‘Satu and Gudd’. The day involves some prayers and placing of idols in water. It is celebrated in the month of Vaishakh or Baisakh.

In 2011, Naba Barsha or Poila Baisakhis is celebrated on April 15th (Friday).

Luckily, this year Polia Baishak is on friday and Weekend Getaway is on the card for all Bengalis, they all are planning to travel to Puri during this time of the festival celebration. Toshali Sands Wishes a Happy Poila Baishak and offers a  Early Bird Reservation and Booking Open for Family and your friends to celebrate “Poila Baishak” at Toshali Sands, Puri, Puri http://bit.ly/g9JsMu . You can also contact “Metu” your Travel Consultant at metu@toshali.in and booking@toshalitours.com

Baisakhi Festival : Celebration of the Sikh New Year

Baishaki Festival

Baisakhi is a Sikh religious festival; it is celebrated in Punjab on the first of Baisakh which marks the beginning of New Year in the northern part of India.

Corresponds to the first day of the Nanaksahi calendar and is usually on April 13. It is a harvest festival of Punjab. On this day in 1699, the 10th Guru, Guru Govind Singh ji established the Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib. With the Khalsa the Sikhs had a code of conduct to live by. The day sees devotees line up humbly and tirelessly before Gurdwarasw with offerings. People reflect on the values taught to them by the gurus and celebrate the birth of the Khalsa. Legends of Baisakhi

In Punjab celebrations are centered around Talwandi Sabo – where Guru Gobind Singh stayed and completed the recompilation of the Guru Granth Sahib, and in the gurdwara at Anandpur Sahib, the birth place of Khalsa and of course at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Across the border in Pakistan festivities are centered on the Panja Sahib complex in Hassan Abdal, numerous shrines in Nanakana Sahib, and in various historical sites in Lahore.

Traditional folk dances of Punjab, called the Gidda and Bhangra, are performed. Prayers are offered to the Guru Granth Sahib, ‘Amrit’ is prepared as the Guru did and Kara Prasad is offered – followed by the devotees trooping to the community dining hall – Guru ka Langar. Baisakhi Festival

Vaisakhi or Baisakhi Festival is celebrated on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

On the occasion of Baisakhi Festival, Toshali Resort offers you “Vaisakhi / Basakhi Weekend Getaway Tour Package” http://bit.ly/eP1iAT . Reservation and Booking Open for Family and your friends to celebrate Baisakhi at Toshali Resorts, you can also contact “Metu” your Travel Consultant at metu@toshali.in and booking@toshalitours.com

Bohag Bihu Festival : The Assamese New Year Celebration

Bihu is the National Festival of Assam, one of the most beautiful states of India, known for its tea gardens, lush green forests and the mighty Brahmaputra. Bohag or Rongali Bihu happens mid April. It marks the first day of the Hindu solar calendar and is also observed in Bengal, Manipur, Nepal, Orissa, Punjab, Kerala and Tamil Nadu with different names. It is a quintessentially harvesting festival of a predominantly farming community. The first day (the last day of the year) is Goru (cow) bihu, next is Manu (man) bihu, this day sees delicacies and fineries galore, next day is Gosai (God) Bihu – dedicated to the resident and temporal deities of the dwelling, farm, livestock – equate it Thanksgiving. Bihu Festival

Husoris – folk songs, carol style abound during bihu celebrations. The Southwestern monsoon has never missed its date with the vast plains of India for the last thousand years at least. The festivities have evolved over time. The Fat bihu of Lakhimpur area of Assam is one of the earliest surviving types. This is a fertility fest as characterized by the sometimes explicitly worded songs of ‘Mukoli’ bihu and the Jeng bihu – which is performance by and for the women – exclusively. The Bodo people of Kachar hills celebrate Baisago – the rituals being similar to Bihu.

There is a feeling of joy around as the farmers prepare the field for the cultivation of paddy. Bohag Bihu is celebrated for 7 days. Assamese cuisines like pitha, larus and Jolpan.

On 14th April 2011 it is Goru bihu or Cow bihu, on this day, Cow is bathed and worshipped.

On the 2nd Day, 15th April 2011 is manuh bihu or human bihu, on this New Year day all Assamese clean up, wear new clothes to celebrate the new year. Young people gift elders bihuwan, a hachoti, a cheleng etc and seek their blessing.

Third day April 16 2011 is Gosai Bihu or Gods bihu. The statues of God are worshiped with devotion in all houses.

Modern urban lifestyle has seen ‘Bihutolis’ emerging. Bihu in modern times owes its popularity to its undisputed king Khagen Mahanta. Bihutolis combine traditional songs and dances with comedies and other performance to suit city tastes.

On the occasion of Bihu festival Toshali Resort offers you “East India Golden Triangle Tour Package” http://bit.ly/hDdQ6o . Reservation and Booking Open for Family and your friends to celebrate Bihu festival at Toshali Resorts, you can also contact “Metu” your Travel Consultant at metu@toshali.in and booking@toshalitours.com