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Newsletter, March’12 Issue.   www.luxeindia.in

Dear Friend,

Greetings from India!

As the winter in India is slowly getting milder and the sun is getting brighter, we bring to you the February edition of our newsletter, for you to know more about exploring India differently. Read about the unfeigned beauty of the hidden Himalayan destination of Spiti, one of the least explored wonders of India. Experience Jaipur beyond the customary by a visit to the block hand printing village of Bagru, acclaimed internationally for its unique craft, know about the remote island retreat in Kerala for those of you looking for an exclusive holiday in God’s own country and learn about the colourful Indian art of Rangoli. Add to this we have researched and added some new experiences to provide your clients with rich cultural & life experiences. Hope this has been well appreciated by your clients as well.

Hope you enjoy reading the newsletter!

Most Warmly

Arjun Sharma
Managing Director

Luxe Concierges’ Travel news & recommendations
Thai low cost carrier-Air Asia announces the launch of direct flights between Chennai and Bangkok five times a                      Read More....
India will play host to the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2012 on December 12, 2012. The ceremony will                             Read More....
Eravikulam National Park in Munnar is closed till 31 March due to the breeding period of Nilgiri Tahr (mountain goat).                               Read More....
Luxe Destination   Luxe Destination
Sunderbans National Park

The largest estuarine mangrove forest in the world, the Indian Sunderbans forms the largest tiger reserve and National Park in India. covering 4264 square kilometers. This dense forest of such great size and bio-diversity is a part of the world's largest delta formed by the mighty rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna and has been awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Biotic factors contributing to the uniqueness of the variety of habitats developed here including beaches, estuaries, swamps, tidal creeks, coastal dunes, back dunes and levees, have made the Sunderbans home to an extremely wide variety of wildlife including a number of endangered and globally threatened species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, who are excellent swimmers here and the fishing cat. The extensive forests, the network of rivers and creeks, the majestic tiger, the basking crocodiles, the roaming spotted deer, the high pitched sound of the macaques, the green pigeons on the trees, the olive ridley turtles in the waters and many more are sure to captivate any nature lover visiting these delightful forests.  Read More....
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The Serai Kabini
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Nestled in the warm embrace of Nagarhole forest on the banks of the magnificent Kabini River, The Serai Kabini is a quiet luxurious resort in the lap of nature serving as a wonderful gallery for viewing the wildlife of this region. The rich natural tapestry surrounding the resort on the outside, the tastefully done decors on the inside and the varied bird and animal life including the largest congregation of Asiatic elephants, makes this retreat a treat for the senses. Excursions to mythological sites located nearby, jungle safaris and walks, kayaking in the river, bird watching during the day and star gazing at night are some of the activities to enjoy on a nature holiday to The Serai Kabini. Read More....

Luxe Signature Journey   Luxe Experiences
Kumbhalangi Village

Cruise on a country boat to the island of Kumbhalangi, a coastal hamlet near Cochin in Kerala that provides a glimpse of the simple yet prosperous livelihood of the villagers and also unravels the age-old magnificent culture and heritage of the place. Most of the 500 inhabitants of this village are engaged in fishing and clam meat processing and a few in boat building, masonry and coir making. Fishing being the primary activity, the island is surrounded by Chinese fishing nets that literally encircle it, bearing witness to the rich aquatic life. Watch the Chinese net operation and various other activities like crab catching, clam meat processing, coconut processing, coir yarn processing, coconut leaves weaving and plantations of betel nut, pepper, vanilla, jack fruit and lots more. You may even try your hand at catching your own crab along with the local fisherman, for your evening dinner. Culminate your visit savouring a traditional lunch at the humble family home of one of the warm inhabitants who are more than pleased to have you as their guest. A day at Kumbhalangi is a treat for the eye and the mind as it offers an enriching cultural experience amidst virgin landscape of backwaters, interlocking waterways and mangroves, unspoiled by excessive tourist presence.
  Rare & Curious Museums of India
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Ever wondered about a museum dedicated entirely to the history of toilets or to the origin of black magic! Museums as repositories of artifacts and other objects

  1. International Toilet Museum, Delhi
  2. Calico Museum of Textiles, Gujarat
  3. Calizz Museum, Goa
  4. Vintage Car Museum, Udaipur
  5. Roerich Art Gallery Museum, Manali
  6. Mayong Central Museum, AssamIsland museum of Nagarjunakonda, Hyderabad  Read More....
Luxe Signature Journey   Luxe In the know!

For a single length of fabric, the Indian saree is probably the most versatile garment in existence! A sari or saree is a strip of unstitched cloth, worn by women, ranging from four to nine yards in length that is draped over the body in various styles. The sari is worn with an underskirt and tight fitted top called a choli. In the history of Indian clothing the origin of sari goes back to 5000 years ago. Early examples of Indian art support the existence of Saree. Scriptures from the Gandharva, Mathura and Gupta schools (1st-6thcentury AD) reveal that the Saree in its earlier form was a brief garment with a veil. In South India the Saree has been for a long period a single piece of material, which served as both skirt and veil. This trend continues to date in some rural areas. Women in each state of India wear the sari in their unique way reflecting the local traditions and way of life. It has an ageless charm since it is not cut or tailored for a particular size. Till today it forms an important part of the trousseau of an Indian bride. Saree is not merely an outfit but an ornament, lending both grace and glamour to the wearer and is an epitome of Indian Culture.
  Luxe Testimonials

“Just a quick note to say thank you so much for your assistance with my recent trip to India with my sister, Theadora, and our friend, Kaye Kannis. As always, the land arrangements were impeccable and the drivers and guides provided by Luxe India were outstanding, particularly the guide we had for our tour to Mahabalipuram – she was brilliant.  The drivers were the best I have experienced so far in my 5 trips to India.”


-Ms. Anne Sideris, Australia, February’12

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