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Destination India!

In Urdu, we'd say, 'der aaye durust aaye' :-) to this... Incredible India has identified 20 great destinations to promote and develop. This is great news to us desi travellers, plus a new opening for international tourists to explore in India.

The official word is that the Indian Tourism Ministry has identified 20 mega destinations for infrastructure development, since India is witnessing encouraging trends in the tourism sector with foreign tourist inflows touching 5 million mark in the year 2007.

Domestic tourism is also a key driver. The “Incredible India” campaign has led to immense interest and awareness and is likely to result in significantly larger numbers of tourists traveling to and within the country. All this requires infrastructure, particularly at the key destinations / circuits. 
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Now, online booking for bus service in India

The Indian travel industry has geared up to cater to convenience for travellers by way improving bus travel...

Online travel portal Ezeego1.com has tied up with bus tour operator redBus, to offer online spot booking on nearly 3,600 routes across the country. According to Ezeego1, the profile of tourists in the country is changing and most vacationers from metros are weekend hoppers, looking for a quick getaway to the nearest holiday town or fusing short-haul business travel with leisure.
It is high time too, that the Indian travel industry has seen the gap and done something about it. More...

Vedic chants of India for wellness and peace

The album, 'Chants of India' by Music Maestro Ravi Shankar is a great introduction to Indian prayers in tune with Classical Hindustani Music.

Pandit Ravi Shankar

Sanskrit chants from the Vedas, Upanishads, and other texts have been handed down through the centuries by Traditional Scholars in India. In these renditions, Ravi Shankar reconfigured existing forms and composed new numbers to convey the spiritual force of these Sanskrit mantras and chants.

Oftentimes, it's the repetitive use of mantras that calls upon the internal spiritual self. And, it's the primordial, and shortest, sacred sound Aum or Om that is used before or after each prayer.

These chants, Shankar notes, "were mainly prayers for the well being of the universe, physical, mental, and spiritual selves of everyone, without pollution, turmoil, illness, discomfort, and misery of any kind and for overall Shanti (peace)."
The following Sanskrit prayer sung by Ravi Shankar echoes the message that transgresses cultures, boundaries, and even time.
Bhoomimangalam. Udakamangalam.
Agnimangalam. Vaayumangalam.
Gaganamangalam. Sooryamangalam.
Chandramangalam. Jagat Mangalam.
Jeevamangalam. Dehamangalam.
Manomangalam. Aatmamangalam.
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu.
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu.
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu.

May there be tranquility on earth, on water, in fire, in the wind, in the sky, in the sun, on the moon, on our planet, in all living beings, in the body, in the mind, and in the spirit. May that tranquility be everywhere, and in everyone.
This is the essence of Vedic chants: invocation of well-being for all existence, because we are all interdependent :-) Read More

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