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How to Start a Meditation Practice

meditationHave you always wanted to start meditating…but don’t know how? Or started a meditation practice and quickly fallen off the wagon? It takes a little instruction, but it’s simpler and easier than you may think.

As yogis have known for centuries and scientists more recently discovered, the benefits of meditation are profound!

Studies show, that MEDITATION can help you: lose weight, vastly improve communication and relationships, reduce anxiety and depression, overcome addiction, sharpen your thinking and master your emotions.

When you meditate, you access deeper brainwave states, helping to clear distracting thoughts, reduce stress and boost brainpower while cultivating a spiritual connection and reaching deeper states of awareness and wholeness.

Meditation trains us to use the inevitable challenges of life as opportunities to grow.

TOP 10 TIPS ON HOW TO START MEDITATING

1.    Get comfortable. 
We tend to make meditation more complicated and challenging than necessary. Take it easy. Start by taking a comfortable seat. If you’re flexible, sit on the floor, on a meditation cushion, bolster or blanket (hips higher than your knees). If you’re not, sit in a chair with your feet on the floor.

2.    Same “Bat Time”. Same “Bat Place.”
One of the most lucrative ways to coax the mind into submission is to create a ritual. Set a clearly designated space for meditation. This can be as simple as a candle, picture or stone, thoughtfully placed.

Practice at the same time every day. Start with the same protocol for each meditation. Routine triggers the mind out of the left brain (logical, linear) and into the right hemisphere (intuitive, non-linear).

3.    Sit tall.
Posture 101: Sit tall. Straighten your spine. Sit in a chair or against the wall if you need to. Lengthen the spine to help increase circulation and keep you alert.

4.    Start small.
Start where you are. If 10 min. seems overwhelming, begin with 5. After a week, begin to add 1 min. to your practice each week until you build up to 30 min. (or more) at a time.

 5.    Be nice to yourself (really nice!).
As renowned meditation teacher Sally Kempton says, “Meditation is Relationship.” Ultimately, it is all about your relationship to yourself. The way you do anything is the way you do everything. Meditation teaches us radical acceptance, compassion and unconditional love. Be sweet to your byzantine mind. Surrender to exactly who you are and what is happening – Right here. Right now. Smile.

6.    Note your excuses.
Meditation is a practice of self-inquiry. Observe the excuses you tell yourself. “I’m too tired.” “I don’t have time.”  You can carve 5 – 10 min. out of your day. Notice how your mind rationalizes breaking your commitment. No judgment. Just observation and understanding. Then, recommit.

7.    Find a meditation buddy.
Accountability is the answer to your excuses. Find a buddy. We all have an overactive, unruly mind. It’s built that way! Find a friend who is also beginning to meditate, join a Facebook group or online course. Your struggle is normal…and it will get easier.

8.    Practice Makes Perfect.
Or at least perfectly imperfect. As the great Ashtanga guru, Patthabi Jois says…”Practice. Practice. Practice. All is coming.” Like anything, we get better with practice. Think of your meditation as bicep curls for the muscle of your mind. You are training your brain to focus, concentrate and let go. Over time, with consistency…you will become more skillful.

9.    Just Breathe.
The breath is a gateway beyond the mind. Our mind is addicted to analyzing the past or projecting into the future. The breath is only ever right here, right now. Focus on your breath to anchor the mind into the present moment.

10. Start a “Benefit book”.
End your practice by observing the benefits of your practice. How do you feel? What is your emotional state or mood? Make note any changes so they register in your body and conscious mind. Next time you resist meditation, remember the benefits to help you motivate and stay committed.

8 Quotes to Ignite Your Passion

Do you have a case of the winter blues? It’s spring but the weather around most of the country isn’t acting like that. That makes it a little bit difficult to get into the warmer spirit of Spring – we get it. But the grey coldness is ending and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. To help you reach it, we want you to get warm. Not just temperature wise, but indulge in your favorite activities. Reach out to your favorite people. It’s time to get close to the things that make you feel the warm fire in your heart.

That also means getting in touch with your passions. What makes you vibrate with energy? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What makes you feel like your best self? If you aren’t sure here are a few quotes to inspire you to find what you’re passionate about and ignite it in time to stave off the last of winter and propel you into Spring.

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Following Bliss: An Intent Interview with Modern Mystic Alanna Kaivalya

FollowingBliss_HerosJourney_COVER_500pxAre you following your bliss? Do you even know where to start? Our newest course in the Intent Shop, “Following Bliss: A Modern Mystic’s Guide to the Hero’s Journey,” written by Alanna Kaivalya, gives you the playbook you need to find your own happiness and unlock your inner potential. Intent sat down with Alanna to ask her how the inspiration for the course came about and how she thinks it can truly help you discover your own inner hero.

INTENT: For those in the Intent community that aren’t familiar with your work, what is your background and how did you get into your field?

ALANNA: In my college years, I took a course on South Asian religions and was at once captivated by the stories within those traditions. These were myths I had never been exposed to, and the rich characters and antics immediately awakened something within me. It was right at that time that I began to teach yoga, and incorporate the stories into my classes. People loved them, and eventually I ended up writing a book on the mythology behind yoga poses called Myths of the Asanas (Mandala, 2010). During the time I was writing this book, I stumbled upon the extraordinary work of Joseph Campbell and was inspired beyond my wildest dreams by this man whose work paved the way for people to think outside the box and explore the common thread within all mythologies. I decided to embark on a program that would take me through Joseph Campbell’s own course of study so I could broaden my understanding of myth to include myths of the contemporary west. With the pursuit of my PhD while continuing to teach mythology across the country as well as the completion of my second book (Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning of Mantra and Kirtan, New World Library, 2014), I find myself now fully immersed in Joseph Campbell’s teaching with the unique lens of having brought it to the public in a way that allows them to unlock their own personal mythology and find the core connection to the self-empowering force of myth.

INTENT: What lead you to designing this course?

ALANNA: Joseph Campbell wrote his seminal work in 1949, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, where he looks at the common structure of the journey of the hero throughout various myths and legends around the world. Understanding how this common thread affects us now, in a time where our myths are constantly being questioned, helps us to reunite what has been broken and lost. Finding a way to track and discover our own heroic journey is a way to revivify our aliveness and take back the precious moments of our lives. Joseph Campbell asked people to “follow their bliss.” I’m showing you how.

INTENT: What does being a “modern” mystic mean to you?

ALANNA: It means taking the tools and structures that we have in this life, in this time, at this moment that are relevant and alive for us and using them to discover something more about ourselves. The time has come for us to recreate living mythologies that speak to our current modern psyche and enliven us. What is great, is that each of us already has some kind of personal belief system–figuring out exactly what that is, and what it is aligned with–is how we answer the question Carl Jung asked himself, which is “What myth do we live by?” When we know what myth we live by, what kind of hero we are, then we understand how to navigate all of life’s trials, tribulations and challenges in order to reveal something more powerful within ourselves.

INTENT: In the course you build a lot off of Joseph Campbell’s archetype for a hero – how did you find his work and what drew you to Campbell?

ALANNA: Joseph Campbell is the man behind our modern understanding of myth! You can’t go very far into an inquiry about myth without bumping into his work. He popularized the study of myth and brought to the fore the idea that there is a common theme within all mythic structures, building off of Carl Jung’s ideas of the collective unconscious and universal archetypes. Joseph Campbell, it turns out, had some pretty serious answers to my biggest questions and so I’ve come to be an admirer of his body of work and have been very interested in doing what I can to not only bring his work even further into the public eye, but also to show people the power and potential that his work can have in their own life, on a personal level.

INTENT: You say in the course that you want to take off where Campbell left off in mythology – where do you want to go with it now?

ALANNA: When Campbell died in 1987, he was on to something… that technology and the modern age would continue to accelerate and it would fundamentally change how we interact with one another and how we understand ourselves. This is true, and as a modern comparative mythologist, I’m looking at how to use our experiences of the world today to make our myths start working for us again. Basically, a living mythology activates human potential, and the human psyche has a primary need for myth in order to understand the unexplainable. There is a lot we still can’t explain–even with our technology and science–but as we learn and are able to explain more and more about our universe and condition, our mythology must be malleable enough to evolve and continue to speak to our human potential. This kind of rapid growth and learning can be embodied through our own personal mythology–what each person carries inside of them. Because each of us is now developing our own unique experience of the world, outside of the old, simpler way of living where the world experience was pretty well defined and confined to a much smaller group. On a global scale with wider, varying interests, what we believe needs to satisfy the core structure of each of us as individuals while still uniting us to the larger group.

INTENT: We are currently being bombarded with super-heroes in pop-culture, especially with the success of franchise films like Iron Man and the Avengers. What do you think makes hero stories so appealing to people? Why are they necessary for a fulfilling life?

ALANNA: Everyone needs a hero. Everyone needs someone who can show them the possibility and potential of their own human life. Knowing that someone has gone before you, enlightens you to the possibility that it maybe you can do it, too. This gives us two necessary qualities: Hope and connection. Without hope and connection, we live, in the words of T.S. Eliot, “amongst a heap of broken images.” I believe that the beauty of the Avenger’s series is that it is alive and responsive to the current times and culture. Each of the characters has a modern day twist on the hero: Iron Man is a billionaire genius, The Hulk is a super-smart scientist, Captain America is the ultimate soldier. These are characters that are alive and well in our culture, and with The Avengers, they get just a little boost that makes them superhuman. This is what is active and alive in our cultural unconscious and is speaking to the problems of our society including poverty, modern warfare, the development of the digital age and the collapse of large social structures. We have to have hope and inspiration in regards to the problems we face now. I believe that The Avengers are doing a stellar job of giving us a template for this hope and inspiration.

INTENT: Did you learn or realize anything new about your own definition of hero while designing this course?

ALANNA: Actually, it was the other way around. It was my own discovery of the importance of the journey of the hero and personal mythology that made me want to write a course to show people how to find this for themselves. In my more than decade plus years of taking people through the mythology in the context of eastern spirituality and yoga, I was seeing for myself how important it was for people to discover and understand that the hero they were hearing stories about did not exist outside of themselves. The hero’s path, ultimately, is an internal path and we use the stories of our heroes as templates to discover our own internal journey. This is how we find hope, inspiration and connection when it otherwise becomes unavailable in our relationships, careers, health… you name it. Give people the tools and techniques to reignite their own internal power, to rediscover their own internal hero, and they can make it through any challenge. They become heroes themselves. I have seen this time and time again not only in my work with thousands of students, but within myself. How could I not share these powerful insights with others? This is why I wrote the eCourse for Intent, and why I’m leading this as a live workshop at Esalen in January of 2014. Because, it’s a simple process, and once you know how to find your heroic journey, you can do it time and time again, no matter what struggle you face.

INTENT: What should our followers and those who purchase the course expect to gain from taking it? What should be their goal before starting the course?

ALANNA: This work is designed to give you the tools to face your greatest challenges and overcome your greatest fears in order to live the life you imagined. It’s not small stuff. I encourage those who purchase the course to think big and see where their journey takes them.

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Overcome your own deepest fears and emerge as the hero of our own story. Joseph Campbell asked people to “follow their bliss.” I’m showing you how. Join Alanna at the gorgeous Esalen retreat center on the Coast of California with breath taking hot tubs, locally grown food and Kaivalya Method Yoga.

Click here to purchase your own “Following Bliss: A Modern Mystic’s Guide to the Hero’s Journey” course. 

Vedic Astrology – A Life Guiding Tool

As human beings evolved and started to look for answers on different aspects of life, especially on the questions of mystery of life and death, they reached to a conclusion that there is connection between them and the universe. These quests to know the unknown workings of the universe led to the study and observation of sky and its movements. The more they studied more they found a connection between the planets and earth and their impact on the habitats of the earth. These studies led to the need of doing calculations and in the process numbers were invented which further led to the invention of mathematics, decimal system, meta physics and many other subjects. Astrology became mother of many sciences in a way. These powerful workings of the universe made humankind wonder about the force behind it which led to the belief that God force, power, energy, shakti, exists.

Once these researchers learned to draw the blueprints of the sky on a leaf, the connection between us and universe took a huge leap. Firstly by finding the effects of this connection and secondly been able to read them in terms of events on earth and in the lives of individuals.

 When a child was born his horoscope was made and read by the Jyotshi (astrologer) of the village, he would look in to the destiny, will, bent of mind, creative aspects, passion, character etc. of the child and suggest most suitable profession according to his nature. If someone was courageous and had the traits of a warrior was sent to the army. If the passion for knowledge and learning was found then he was sent to Gurukuls (abode of Guru) for studies. If someone was found to be skilled with certain type of work was given that that training right from the child hood. The whole purpose of astrology at that point was to identify the characteristics and attributes of a child and train him accordingly to contribute to different needs of the society. Every profession was equally respected.

Even today if astrology is used in identifying the will, passion, talent, nature, temperament, and bent of mind at an early age then it can be a powerful guiding tool in one’s life. That person doesn’t have to do too many experiments with his life and waste precious time, energy in doing things which are not essential for him.

All us human beings are born with what I call -7 rights of consciousness– To Survive be Happy, Healthy, loved, Abundant, Creative and spiritual. All of these rights and their opposites coexist with us, these opposite are not our nature but they attack our rights of consciousness and when our will to defend becomes weak we lose our rights and suffer. A birth chart shows how our will is regarding these rights and in what areas we should improve our will by the use of free will in defence of these attacks; we can enjoy our rights of consciousness to the fullest and lead a best possible life.

This true incidence in the life of a famous spiritual master in reference to destiny and power of will is a classic example in itself. There was a spiritual master and a student; they were going from one village to another. The student loved to question everything the teacher said, and test him in all his teachings. They were talking about destiny and power of will. As they were passing by a little plant, the student said “take this plant for example, what is its destiny? Will it live or will it die?” So the teacher sat and meditated on it for a few minutes, after which he determined the plant’s destiny was to live!  The student of course pulled out the plant and threw it away. The teacher did not say anything, they walked in silence, soon after it started raining heavily, and pouring – so much so that mud was gathering in the puddles and being washed away with the running water. After couple of days the rain cleared up and the teacher and student were coming back to their village through same route. They came across the plant again – however during the rain storm, the mud was pushed around the plant roots and the rain (as heavy as it was) had packed the ground around it. The plant was standing tall. The teacher said “look, there is the plant and it is alive. When I meditated on it, it had such a strong will to live, I knew that you will pull it off the ground to prove me wrong but I had the confidence in the will of the plant and I knew it would live.” In this case the plant’s will was so strong to live, stronger than the students will to have it perish. Thus the whole universe moved and came in its support and created conditions to allow it to live. If the will of a plant to survive can move the whole universe then imagine what can the will of a human being do.

The powerful massage in this story– to have the will and the whole universe would come running to your rescue. Miracle of the will would take place and everybody would come to share the Joy.

A Vedic astrological chart is the map of one’s will on the journey of life and an astrologer is a person who knows how to read it and can guide the will of a person to lead a life through his rights of consciousness.

Sanjeev Verma
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A Man’s Guide to Skin Care

 For most men, taking care of their skin is not a priority. It falls somewhere between trimming his toe nails or changing a compact fluorescent bulb. In other words, it doesn’t happen often and is not a big concern. Being a man I can safely speak the truth, but being a man whom takes care of his skin, I can safely say that it doesn’t have to be this way. For most men, skin care is letting the water hit your face in the shower and shaving. Why is this? I believe there are two key reasons: Skin care is deemed to be feminine and most "blue-collar" men lack vanity.

Up until recently, the skin care industry catered to women, thus creating the stigma that cleansing your pores at night was the equivalent of strapping on a pair of heels for a guy. Vanity comes easily for some men, but for others, not so much. Men tend to perceive tending to one’s skin as a mark of vanity. Wrong guys! Taking care of your skin is the mark of good health. Just like a brown spot on your lawn tells you it isn’t healthy, your skin is the first measure of your internal health. With skin care products that are tailored to "manly-men" and some simple ways to keep your skin looking healthy, even "blue-collar" men can start grooming and maintaining their face like they do their lawns. Here are some simple things us men can do to keep our masculinity, while keeping our skin healthy:

What You Eat is What You Get:

When you are working hard and short on time, it is easy to head to the drive-thru and grab a greasy burger and a 32oz. soda for lunch or dinner. Your mind might say, "Yummy!", but your face is gonna say, "Grease is the word." Watching what we eat and drink is one of the easiest ways us guys can take care of our skin. Just like fertilizing your lawn, you need to be certain that your body is getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Here are a few tips to keep your skin healthy:

  • Avoid greasy foods, soda, alcohol, and cigarettes: These can trigger breakouts and damage the appearance of your skin by damaging skin cells and stifling vitamin and mineral absorption by the skin
  • Drink plenty of water: This will hydrate your skin. Think, watering the grass
  • Reduce meat intake and eat plenty of fruits and veggies
  • Eat foods high in Vitamin C, A, E, K, and B complex: These vitamins will help prevent and fight skin damage
  • Eat foods that contain Selenium, Copper, and Zinc: These minerals can help prevent malignancies, develop elastin, and prevent acne respectively

Wash You Talkin’ ‘Bout Willis?:

 Now I know some men might wash their face as often as they do their sheets or underwear, but come on, this is just plain wrong. No one likes crusty underwear or sheets, so why do you think someone wants to see your crusty face? Whether in the shower or prior to shaving, another way us men can take care of our skin is to simply wash our faces. Using your bar of soap is handy, but it will not be effective and could actually cause more harm by drying out your skin. There are now numerous lines of skin care products designed for men. You do not have to use the most expensive. Just find the product at the price point you can afford, that provides the best results. Here are some simple ways to keep your skin clean and healthy:

  • Scrub your face: Don’t just run water on your face or rub some soap on it. Scrub it! Whether you simply use a loofah or facial scrub, this will exfoliate your skin and remove the dead skin cells. Not scrubbing is equivalent to leaving the grass clippings on the lawn after you mowed.
  • Use a facial cleanser: This will help remove dirt from your pores and add some shine to keep your skin looking healthy. Clean pores allow your skin to breathe, like aerating your lawn.
  • Add some topical vitamins: There are now after shave lotions and creams that contain vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin. Think of these like lawn fertilizer. It doesn’t have to be done daily, but regularly enough to maintain your skins health. 
  • Wash your sheets often: Your pillow case captures bacteria, sweat, and oils from your face each night. The longer you go without washing, the greater the likeliness you will have a breakout.

Let’s Get Physical:

 When you are working out or physically active, not only are you building your muscles and improving your physical health, you are improving the health of your skin as well. Those that are physically active, tend to have healthier skin than those that do not. This can be attributed to several factors: lower stress levels, removal of toxins, improved delivery of nutrients and circulation, and the balance of hormones within the body. Thirty minutes of physical activity a day is all you need to establish a healthy foundation for your skin. Whether it be a brisk walk, run around the block, or a pick-up game of basketball, get up and get moving. You might break a sweat, but your skin will thank you.

Time to "Maintain your Lawn":

 Men, don’t think of maintaining your skin as feminine or a sign of vanity. Think of it as "maintaining your lawn". Your lawn is one of the first things people see when they come to see your house. Your face is one of the first things people see when they come to see you. If you will take care of your lawn, then why not take care of your skin? As you have read, taking care of your skin is as easy as watching what you eat, washing your face, and being physically active. How in depth you want to take each component is up to you. So men, put aside any preconceived notions and take some time to "maintain your lawn". You know I mean skin, right?

Blessings on your journey.

Your Guide to Goodness on the Web

Now that everything in the world seems bleak (and maybe is bleak — raise your hand if you’re upside down on your mortgage), I suddenly notice that the Web is bursting with sites meant to turn those frowns upside down (as my first grade teacher would say). 



Is it just that I’ve started working at one of them (this one!) and so am more tuned into such things, or is it really the case that the Internet is overflowing with good vibes? And not only good vibes, but do-gooding vibes. All around this series of tubes, people are sharing positive stories and enabling positive deeds. If you know where to get your news, you’ll never have to hear anything gloomy again.



Here’s your handy guide to the good on the Web. This list is only the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good start to get you feeling inspired.



Let’s start right here, at Tonic, "The place where good lives – good news, good style, and good deeds." Check out all our good news, as well as the neat projects in our store, from which some of the proceeds go to charity.



Then we move on to Optimist World, a cheerful site that "brings you positive news which shows the very best of the human spirit and helps to show that good news can help to counteract the bad by reminding us what an amazing world we live in." My favorite part is a little bird logo on the right that says "100 per cent recycled negativity." 



Along those same lines, the Good News Network (and not www.gnn.org, which will offer you a whole other kind of Good News) offers "a ‘Daily Dose of News to Enthuse." The Good News Network is a clearinghouse for the gathering and dissemination of positive news stories from around the globe. Daily stories will confirm what we already believe — that good news itself is not in short supply; the advertising of it is."



Then there are the sites that aim to inspire people to goodness. Go Inspire Go, which I recently featured on Tonic, aims not only "to provide a global platform where people can see and share stories of inspiration" but also to inspire people "to better someone’s life."



AOL’s Philanthropy Project also aims to change lives. The goal of the multimedia site is "to enhance America’s culture of generosity by inspiring and enabling every man, woman, and child to become a philanthropist. We are accomplishing this by using the moving image to tell the untold stories of our nation’s 72,000 foundations and their innovative good works … along with the stories of citizen philanthropists who are ‘giving and glowing’ in their communities nationwide."



Social networking can’t be left off the list, considering its growing importance for philanthropy and social action. Causecast, a site still in Beta, "is a platform where media, philanthropy, social networking, entertainment and education converge to serve a greater purpose. People want to do good, want to be inspired, and want to inspire others to join them in giving back. Causecast makes this easy by providing users with means to CONNECT with people, leaders, charities, nonprofit organizations, and brands that inspire them."



Last but not least are those sites that actually connect readers with projects to help, represented in this list by the venerable GlobalGiving, "an online marketplace that connects you to the causes and countries you care about."



Now if all that’s not enough to make your day a little brighter, you probably don’t want to be cheered up. And in that case, I send you to the ultimate cynic’s website, FMyLife, for some good old-fashioned griping. Positivity is not for everyone, though if it is your bag, start here at Tonic for the best in good.

By Katherine Gustafson of Tonic.com. Katherine Gustafson is a freelance writer and editor with a background as a professional fundraiser, journal editor, document developer, and project administrator for international nonprofit organizations

 

India Tours Guide

While tours to India tourists from other countries having very less information about target country, here you will find lot of content that helps foreigners in having some instructions and guidelines which they can follow while India tours. As India is a vast country with wide variety of hotels, tourists destinations, sightseeing places and lots more that confuses tourists where to go and how to go to explore the secrets and beauty of India. Here you find information and suggestions that guides tourists while traveling within India.

* As for any overseas travel have a medical/dental/optical check-up to avoid nasty surprises on the road. Check with a specialist in travel medicine. Bring your glasses /contact lens prescription with you and pick up a spare made in India for the fraction of the cost at home.

* Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your arrival date in India and that you have enough spare pages for visa stamps. Arrange your Indian visa and take out adequate travel insurance.

* India‘s time zone is GMT/UTC +5.5 so flying from almost anywhere in the world you will probably be jet lagged. Try to get onto India‘s time zone as soon as you leave home, try to eat and sleep on Indian time. Its easier if your flight arrives late in the day as you will probably want to sleep anyway. If you arrive early in the day try to stay awake and get out in the daylight

* Before arrival to India get arrange of adequate Indian currency INR (rupees) as other currencies are not in use in India.

* The main international airports in India are: Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi, Kolkata (Calcutta) and Chennai (Madras).

* In India you will find mainly three modes of transport road, railways and air. Book your mode of transport in advance that enables you to transfer directly from airport.

* In India railways and buses network is widely use to travel to different destinations in India that comprises luxury buses or railways, economy or second classes buses and railways which you can book as per your budget. You can also travel by airways to travel to main or major tourist destinations of India.   

* Here you find wide variety of hotel s ranging form 2 stars to 5stars, book your hotel in advance as per your budget, Where you can transfer directly from airport.

* Chill out – don’t try to sight see and shop on your first day – relax wander around – try to get your head around India – practice crossing the road.

* You will rarely see members of the opposite sex touch or hold hands in India, in contrast you will often see young men or women holding hands with the same sex. Kissing and being obviously affectionate in public is considered rude.

* Cover your head (sometimes) and remove your shoes (always) before entering a temple or other religious building – this includes Christian churches.

* If it is first tours to India or if you have very little information about India culture, traditions or environment then it is better to have tourists guide to help in exploring India’s culture and traditions. Make sure that guide should be authorized travel agent approved by India government otherwise it is chance of getting loss.

* Despite the warnings of foreign governments regarding safety, India is a very safe destination. There are terrorists and bombings and disputed areas but these tend to occur near the Pakistani, Chinese and Bhutanese borders, areas where you won’t often be allowed to go as a tourist anyway.

* Petty theft is common and the pickpockets are very good. Do not carry large amounts of cash in your wallet or a back pocket. Do carry enough for a day or so expenses in a wallet in a front pocket.

* Although women may get stares, rude suggestions and the odd grope, you will be unlikely to be seriously threatened. If you get uncomfortable, appeal for help from couples or women, public in India is very helpful and maximum time giving write way or direction.

* The most dangerous thing is high traffic on road, make sure to see all around on road while take a bus or cross the road.

* Be careful while purchasing or dealing with shopkeepers as the behavior, culture and traditions changes as travel from south India to north India, east to west you will people with different religion and customs.

South India Tour Packages

 

South India tour that a trip to India offers you with beach tour, wildlife tour South India, Monuments, temples, cultural and art gallery tour, South India sightseeing tour, ayurveda and backwater tour that provides beautiful scenic views and stay in luxury beach resorts in South India.

South India Tour includes Enchanting Kerala tour that includes tour to Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Allepey, Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum while South India tour accommodation consists in 5, 4, 3 star hotels that you select as per your budget. Apart from enchantng Kerala tour a trip to India offers you with Culture & Heritage exotic South India tour and South India Pilgrimage Tour that includes tour to Bombay, Goa, Belgaum, Badami, Aihole, Hospet, Hassan, Madikeri, Mysore, Bangalore, Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mamallapuram, Pondicherry, Trichy, Thanjavur, Madurai, Rameshwaram, Coimbatore, Ooty, Nagarhole.

 While South India tours you also get chance to Visits to the Holy Saints of South India that takes you to tour to Puttaputhy, Tirupati, Chennai, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum, Delhi. This tour is starts from Delhi where you visit to red fort, Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjung’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. After Delhi tour you get chance to visit to Sri Sathya Sai Baba Ashram at Puttaparthi. After Puttaparthi South India tour takes you to Tirupati where you visit to Lord Balaji Temple. After this India tours get its way to Mahabalipuram where you visit to Kanchipuram and Kamakshi Temple. After mahabalipuram you visit to Kanchipuram which is the most famous of the ‘temple cities’ of Tamil Nadu. Here you get chance to visit kanyakumari and Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram at Trivandrum.

 A trip to India also provide complete tour to palms and backwaters Kerala that include tour to Cochin, Periyar, Munnar, Kumarakom, Alappuzha, Kovalam, Trivandrum. This tour consists scenic route filled with plantations of rubber, cardamom, cocoa, green pepper and areca nut, to the wildlife reserve at Periyar together with Spice & Handicraft shops and shopping at Ernakulam. Visitors can also go for famous hill station at Kerala and visit to Kumarakom near Kottayam and stay in one of the backwater resorts. Tour to South India takes tourists to Kovalam that is famous for beach of Kerala, with three adjacent crescent beaches and international beach Resort with full of Coconut trees. You can also take your way to Trivandrum that provides most scenic views, Ayurvedic Massage, Water Sports, Kathakali dance performance and backwaters, is among the most beautiful states of India.

India Tours Packages

India is one of the tourists hub that attracts 4 million foreign tourists in 2006 who spent US$8.9 billion. The tourism industry in India generated about US$100 billion in 2008 and that is expected to increase to US$275.5 billion by 2018 at a 9.4% annual growth rate.

If you plan to book tours to India then it is right place wher you can find wide variety of India tours packages that you can select according to you budget and members to travel.You can also select according to destination and sightseeing you want to visit. Like north India tour for mountain ranges, rich cultures, greenery, natural beauty. South India Tour to visit Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty. Golden triangle tour to visit to different states and tourist destinations and sightseeing places in India like tourists places at Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, and Varanasi, Khajuraho, Mandawa, Sarnath, Mumbai and Amritsar. To experience culture, traditions and religions you can go for classical India tours, fair and festival tours and arts and crafts tours which offer you the scope to experience the cultural diversity of India.

India is a collection of number of tourists sightseeing in India, historical sites and royal cities, golden beaches, misty mountain retreats, rich cultures, mountaineering, camping and rock climbing, things to do in India, tourists destinations India, valleys, beautiful lakes, desert regions, south India travel, temple, tropical rain forests, fertile plains, dry plateaus, coastal areas and lots more during tour to India for all types of visitors visit from all across the world.

 

Rajasthan, is famous for its handicrafts, sand dunes and forts and palaces. And if you are fascinated by these heritage sites then you cannot escape the charm of luxury trains. Here you get detailed information about Palace on Wheels, Fairy Queen and The Royal Orient that helps in exploring the varied facets of Rajasthan.    

 

On an average travel agent 25 to 30 inquiries daily about prominent trekking routes, adventure sports, mountaineering, rock climbing and camping sites. Now, not only professional trekkers but also amateurs and children are trekking and climbing in the state,’ as per the report from travel agents. According to the tourism department, over 65,000 tourists, mainly from north and south India, have been travel to the Himalayan state over the past summer months. Popular tourist town Manali is in the middle of a heavy rush of adventure seekers. ‘This season with heavy summer rays is actually responsible for quite good traffic as more than 20,000 tourists have reached Manali for adventure-related activities.

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