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Newsletter, February’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
The International Yoga Week will be held by the State Tourism Department                  Read More....
Taj launched its latest hotel in Coimbatore.-Vivanta by Taj Surya,                           Read More....
Due to election in Agra in Feb’12 Taj Mahotsava postponed to March and will now     Read More....
India will play host to the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2012 on                 Read More....
Eravikulam National Park in Munnar is closed till 31 March due to the breeding             Read More....
Luxe Destination   Luxe Destination

Tucked away in the interiors of the Trans-Himalayan belt of Himachal Pradesh, is a high altitude cold desert region only recently been opened to the outside world-Spiti. Home to the world’s highest villages, ancient monasteries including a 1012 year old Gompa and rare species of wildlife, this land is untouched by urban modernity. It has also come to be known as the Fossil park of the world where marine fossils, some as old as 250 million years, can be found in large numbers near the villages of Kaza, Kibber and Kee. Any visitor is bound to be awestruck by its barren mountain beauty, azure blue lakes, ferocious rivers, beautiful canyons and unusual clay and rock formations. And above all it is the warm, hospitable people of Spiti who lend it its divine soul. Living in match-box styled white coloured houses in this harsh land, their simple yet happy life deeply imbued with spirituality, leaves us with an inner calm and a self-realization of our own complex lives filled with ever-growing desires and ambitions.  Read More....
  Luxe Hotel
Vaamika Island
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A romantic island on Lake Vembanad where 02 skillfully restored Kerala Houses and 03 villas share 07 acres of tropical gardens, Vamika Island is a fantasy made real, to experience the essence of Kerala in exclusivity. Each of its luxurious residences is surrounded by the lake and canals and comes with a private pool, boat jetty and exclusive butler service. Once on the island, explore Ayurveda, spend a day picnicking on the secluded neighboring island, learn how to cook a traditional Kerala meal, go for boating expeditions on country boats, watch a Kathakali performance, admire the vast collection of South Indian sculptures, coins and antiques in their custom-built lake front museum….and lots more to do whilst enjoying the privacy away from the touristic crowds of Kerala.
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Luxe Signature Journey   Luxe Experiences
Bagru - The Hand Block printing village

Bagru- a small village located about 30Kms from Jaipur city, known not for any Palace or Fort but for its unique three centuries old art form, preserved till today by the artisans of the village. Their unique art of hand block printing has made the Bagru prints an essential part of the block printing industry of Rajasthan. The more than three dozen families residing here are seen busy with the most simple and eco friendly tools and ingredients- vegetable dyes and wooden blocks, to produce brilliant print patterns on cloth used for dresses and home linen. Keeping the convention, these craftsmen smear the cloth with fuller's earth got from the riverside and then dip it in turmeric water to get the habitual cream color background. They then stamp the cloth with beautiful hand carved wooden blocks using natural dyes obtained from fruits and vegetables. The brilliance of the craft has put this little known tiny village of Bagru on the map of International fashion. A visit to this village is an enriching experience for not only craft lovers but also for those who respect and acknowledge age-old traditions, usually lost in the tech savvy modern day world.
  Luxe In the know!
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Rangoli is a Sanskrit word meaning creative expression of art through use of colours. It is a traditional decorative folk art of India, with each region having its own versions and variations of patterns and designs reflecting the traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area. In ancient times, rangolis were decorations made on the entrances and walls of houses to brighten up and add color to occasions being celebrated, like weddings, births and significant religious days. A guest occupies a very special place and is treated like God in India, and a rangoli at the entrance of the house is an expression of this warm hospitality. Powdered colors, coloured rice or flower petals are sprinkled on cleaned floors to form simple or elaborated designs consisting of geometrical patterns, deity impressions, floral patterns or ancient symbols. Done by the women of the house, this unique art is passed on from one generation to the next, which has kept the tradition alive till today !

  Luxe Testimonials

We flew into HK this morning and this is a quick message to thank you so much for putting together a fabulous programme in India. Luxe India looked after us extremely well – courteous and proficient driver, knowledgeable guides and all of their representatives extremely helpful and accommodating. We filled in their comments form before we left so they know how pleased we were with the service we received. The hotels we stayed at were superb, especially the Taj Rambagh in Jaipur and we were looked after royally everywhere we stayed. The standard of car was excellent, the driver’s English was good, and Luxe India’s decision to give us a local mobile phone was invaluable.

In the event, we decided to take a car and driver from Agra to Delhi instead of the train on Tuesday, which enabled us to leave Agra earlier (there isn’t much to see there for a whole day) and to arrive into Delhi earlier where we enjoyed initial sights in daylight and had a whole evening at the majestic Imperial Hotel. The driver and representatives were most accommodating. Renewed thanks and Kung Hei Fat Choy.


-Mrs. & Mr. Livingstone, Hong Kong, January’12

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