Namaste India Inspired and Powered By Namaste

Namaste or Namaskar, the age-old, timeless way of greeting, is but one of the many forms of Pranama, the Hindu sanskriti or paramparik way of showing respect. Pranama is the root and it means prostrating yourself as a way of showing your highest respect. There are different ways of doing it, ranging from lying totally face down, to bending down on your knees and touching the ground with forehead to bowing low so that your forehead touches the ground to abhinandan where you bend forward with your folded hands touching the chest to namaskar where you bring up your hands, palms joined together and touch your forehead. Today’s Namaste is similar to Abhinandan, the only slight difference is that you do not bow down but simply incline your head.

Namaste India

Namaste India

It is in Indian culture and legacy that a guest is God so when he arrives you greet him or her with a namaste, which means welcome, o worthy guest and be pleased to honour our house with your presence. When it is time for the guest to leave, you against bid him farewell with a namaste, now with a different meaning that says something like thank you for gracing our house with your presence and may you have blessings of gods and good fortune on your way. A youngster greets elders with namaste and it shows he respects them. The elders return his greetings with a namaste to show that everyone, regardless of age or status is worthy of courtesy.

In an era where extreme professionalism marks all business transactions, especially in the packaged tour business, namasteindiatrip has namaste as its philosophy and inspiration. In a world of rush-rush tours where clients are herded together and pushed through, makes a world of difference. Respect, courtesy, graciousness—all of them embodied in the Namaste, are part of its ethos and business operations. Each guest is charmingly welcomed with a smile, treated as an “athiti-dev”, translating to guest is god—and given the best of attention and services throughout the tour, each moment, each day. Then, when the tour ends, each tour guide bids each guest a fond farewell with a heartfelt namaste.

Namaste India Trip

Namaste India Trip

A Namaste, incidentally, is also a way to say we tried our best and if there has been a lack, please do forgive us. Professionals can be brusque and this can be off-putting for guests who have spent so much money and effort on joining a tour. The least they expect is a smooth satisfying experience and namasteindiatrip, treating each guest as a VIP, does its utmost to live up to its name. Our representatives keep up a constant feedback each day, asking about their satisfaction and about issues that are resolved satisfactorily, as far as possible.

A namaste warms up your heart and you know here is a person who knows the true values of life and honours traditions. This is what always strives to uphold and practice in serving guests with customized tour packages that reflect the richness and legacy of India’s cultural heritage. It is a different, gracious world.


Shopping and Souvenirs in Goa

It is unthinkable that you visit a place and do not pick up a souvenir. Shopping goes hand in hand with a tour experience and serves as a part of the overall joyful experience of visiting a land, interacting with people and picking up mementoes. Goa abounds in some lovely places where you can shop.

Goa with its sun-kissed beaches positively incites you to laze about under the palm fronds. If you are the active type, you won’t need much inducement to indulge in water sports. If you have had your fill of both and some good food and drinks, then you may want a siesta and, as evening falls, take a stroll to whip up your appetite. When you go for a stroll, you can visit some unique shops selling typical Goan ware or visit the popular flea markets and haggle and bargain to your heart’s content. It is the experience that counts, not what you buy.

goa shopping

goa shopping

Slip into the Oxford Arcade, a mall just like any other but one that stocks some stuff unique to Goa. It is air conditioned and helps you pass time. If you want an experience of another kind, visit the flea markets. These are interesting, selling a variety of goods. Anjuna Market is one of those must-visit places but it is there only on Wednesdays from morning 9 to 6 evenings. You have stalls offering a host of goods ranging from those practically worthless to some fancy stuff like carpets and handicrafts. Do not give in to temptation and shell out the asked for price. Bargain like you are the most tight-fisted guy in the world.

Anjuna is not the only beach flea market. If you go to Dona Paula you will come across a flea market that is more or less similar selling all kinds of trinkets, clothes, jewellery and other stuff. If you do not buy anything, at least the experience of strolling through the market is interesting. If you are lucky, there may be some rare antique on sale in which case get down to serious haggling.

The Ponda market is almost like a regular bazaar under the sky. You may love photographing the colorful fruits, vegetables and articles on display. A flea market it may be but here you get fresh and new goods too. How about going on to Mapusa? If it is Friday, you are sure to find the beach alive with hawkers selling anything and everything. A tourist in need of cash may sell off his camera, for instance and you could get it at a good price.

Goa Fish Market

Goa Fish Market

The Ingo flea market is more than a bazaar; it is a festival, a carnival and a fair all rolled into one. Make it a point to visit this market. Buy a trinket or do not buy anything but do sample some food, drinks and wander around.

If it is souvenirs you want, visit the Treasure, a storehouse of some beautiful vintage furniture. If you are lucky you could lay your hands on a beautiful last century chandelier or a carved chair or a bed. Glastonbury Street, on the other hand, is where you can buy stuff that has beads and mirrors and pick up a souvenir at a nice price. You may end up buying nothing more than a piece of local handicraft but what you will cherish is the experience that will linger long after your visit to Goa. Memories make some of the best souvenirs.

Goa Video

Snow Festival For Tourists in Kashmir

The Kashmir valley stretches along 129km in length and has a width of 40km which is surrounded by snow-covered peaks. The ‘Pir Panjal’ in the south-western region rises up to a height of 5000m above sea level at certain places and keeps the plains separated from the valley. The Banhial Pass is the main passage for flow of vehicular traffic from Jammu. The north-eastern side of the region is guarded by Pangai range whose principal summits include Mahadeo and Harmukh- both these peaks are located extremely close to Srinagar. The northern face is covered with Ladakh with the Lidder Valley secured by ‘Kolahoi massif’.

kashmir trekking

Kashmir Trekking

Trekking for Backpackers in Kashmir:
Kashmir trekking does not only involve mountain walks since it also includes learning more about the culture of the locality and its nature. The landscape keeps changing with higher altitude for the trekker. At the lower parts you will find Chinar trees and with height you will reach oak, fir and pine trees; at the highest point you will find Burch trees, wild flowers and alpine meadows. Moreover, the villages, the paddy fields and fruit orchards get replaced with herdsmen and Gujjars/ Nomads.

Area for Trekking and Camping:
The major camping and trekking areas in the Kashmir valley include Lidder and Sind Valleys that overflow with ‘high altitude’ meadows. Both Pahalgam and Sonamarg townships are important trekking heads for short as well as long treks (with camping) in the Himalayan region.

Camping in Sonamarg:
Sonamarg means ‘Meadow of Gold’ and is a major and the final township in this Sind Valley of Kashmir on way to Ladakh. It is also a staging point for popular camping and trekking in high altitudes. The most famous trekking from the Sonamarg region initiates from the Kashmir Lake. The trek covers the Kishanasar, Vishansar and Gangabal Lakes and ends at the ‘Harmukh peak. The trails initially covers the ‘Nichinai Pass’ (at 13,387 feet), entering the ‘alpine’ valleys to lead to the ‘Gangabal’ Lake. Vishnu’s Lake, ‘Vishansar’, lies over 12,000 feet and happens to be larger than Kirshna’s Lake, ‘Kishansar’. The trek’s highlight is ‘Gangabal’ Lake which remains secured by three main ‘Harmukh’ peaks. Its circumference covers 5 miles offering the best of trout fish available in Kashmir.

Gulmarrg snow cycling.

Gulmarrg snow cycling.

Pahalgam Trekking:
Pahalagam stands for ‘A Village of Shepherds’ and is located on the river Lidder’s banks at an impressive altitude of around 7000 feet offering a picturesque landscape view. This place also acts as staging point for trekking in the Kashmir valley. The ‘Pahalgam-Kolahoi Glacier-Pahalgam’ trekking expedition with camping facilities is covered in 6 days with a distance of 60km. The ‘Kolahoi’ Peak at 5,734m is an amazing view that you can get from the ‘Kolahei’ glacier. You can also view the river Lidder’s source from this glacier. The Marsar and Tarsar lakes excursions in the ‘Upper Dachigam’ region also start from herewith two additional days. Palagam via Lidderwat, Aru, Khemsar, Kulan and Sekiwas up to Sonamarg trekking is also completed within four days.

Amarnath Camps:
30,000 and above pilgrims undertake the ‘Amarnath Yatra’ each year with the tradition continuing over 300 years. ‘Amarnath’ is located in the ‘Amravati’ valley and can be reached through Pahalgam.

With all these options available for camping and trekking in Kashmir you should have no problem in making an adventure trip to this region and remember to be physically fit for embracing all the challenges put up during the trek.

Top 5 Reasons to Re-visit Manali Shimla Himachal

If you have visited Manali and Shimla once, it is likely you may not have had the time to visit all the interesting places. Plan a trip or join a group tour and explore all those places you missed out. Each visit gives a different dimension, a different perspective.

Beautiful Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is without doubt one of the most beautiful places on Earth, amply blessed by God with mountains towering majestically in the North, valleys with forests and grassy meadows interspersed with streams, Lakes and everything beautiful in nature that you could wish for. Some of the best destinations in India are in Himachal. Shimla and Manali need no introduction. If you have visited these two pearls of the North, it is likely you may not have had the time to visit all the places in and around these resorts. Why would you want to revisit these two incomparable destinations in Himachal? Here are a few reasons.

Change is constant – The Shimla and Manali of today are not the same resorts you visited five years ago. There is always something new to see; something you missed the last time. Join a group tour and explore the same places but from a different perspective. You could walk along the Mall and Ridge Road and find something new or something you did not find the last time you were here. Jakhoo Hill is worth climbing and you will see that Shimla has grown. The State Museum may be the same but look at the exhibits and wonder again at the artistry of the works on display. Just as Shimla looks different so does Summer Hill along the Shimla-Kalka railway line, a place where Mahatma Gandhi once lived. Some things never change. Christ Church will look the same as it did 50 years ago and visiting a place that endures is another joy of life. You may have missed Daranghati Sanctuary. This time around take time to explore it to the fullest.

train to himachal

Just as we enjoy eating our favorite foods all over again, visiting Manali and Shimla again helps you relive those pleasant memories. On your last visit to Manali you may have visited Solang Valley, Jogini Falls, Kothi Village, Jana Falls, Beas Kund and Club House among the dozens of places in the vicinity. You may have missed out on some. Revisit, rekindle memories and gain new ones as well.

The last time you visited Himachal you may have been put up in some uncomfortable hotels that could have spoilt your joy. This time around, go with a group tour that gets you accommodation in newer and better hotels. You will really enjoy your trip to Manali and Shimla.

solang valley

If it was summer the last time you came here, visit again during the rains, in winter or in autumn. The colors, the scents in the air and even the people seem so different.

As you age you develop different perspectives and priorities. Coming back to Shimla and Manali that have changed but are the same gives you a fresh view from your changed perspective.

Last time you visited, you may have been single. This time you may have a partner or a family. There is a different kind of joy in re-exploring familiar places in the company of loved ones.

Modernity is fast overtaking even quaint, charming places and in some years the old charm may vanish altogether so visit while it lasts.

Manali Rohtang Pass Snow

Then again, do you ever need a reason to re-visit the two beauties? That they are beautiful is reason enough.