Newsletter: Indian Zing Tours (www.indianzing.in, Email: info@indianzing.in)
Contents: A Message from the team , Eyed By Indian Zing, Festivals, Wandering about, From the kitchen,

A Message from the Team

Season’s Greetings!


A New Year is upon us and it is with great cheer and hope for the future that we wish you a very successful and enlightening 2015. Winter is in its full glory with festivals, weddings and celebrations all over and this time we take you to another unique destination of India – Kutch, introduce you to its rich and extravagant festival– RannUtsavand a charming rural resort that will tempt you to make a visit to this colourful land.


Satiate the chill in the weather with our India’s special Masala Chai recipe and enjoy the festive joyfulness. This edition also acquaints you with one of our national festival celebrations – Republic Day. Hope you would enjoy reading!


We are also participating at the ITB Berlin 2015 (4th- 8th March 2015) on booth number 241 Hall 5.2B. For appointment please write to us at info@indianzing.in Look forward to meeting you there.


Cheers to 2015 !

Indian Zing Team


Eyed By Indian Zing

Shaam-e-Sarhad Rural Resort, Kutch

Shaam-e-Sarhad is a community driven Village resort, owned and operated by the Village Tourism Committee of the indigenous people from Hodka village. Imagine an authentic and charming retreat… Complemented by the unique experience of being hosted by the local community… And the richness of culture that awaits you here.


Designed in local style, and exquisitely decorated with mirror work, textiles and other local crafts, the Shaam E Sarhad Village Resort is the perfect gateway to a genuine travel experience in India.


Accommodation at Shaam-e-Sarhad is comfortable, simple and clean. The rooms are set up in local style and decorated with crafts of the area, creating an authentic atmosphere. There are different types of accommodation at the resort: Ecofriendly Tents, Family cottages, Bhungas (circular mud huts with sloping roofs) and Eco Hut. All of them have attached bathrooms with a western-style toilet and shower with running water.


Festivals

RannUtsav

A plethora of varied hues, profusion of design, superfluity of culture, cornucopia of music and dance, all together in the arid lands of Kutch creates a mosaic of exquisiteness which reflects the identity and spirit of the region. During the full moon night of the winters amid the awe-inspiring and contrasting landscape each year a three day festive extravaganza brimming with hospitality, vigor and traditional flavor of the area is hosted and known as the RannUtsav.


This three to four day carnival organized at the various locales within Kutch takes one around the natural grandiose while introducing the visitor to the indigenous cultural and ethnical flavor of the people. While an array of folk music and dance performances organized in the shimmering moonlit landscape provides the most enchanting experience. The festival is visited and enjoyed by more than 8000 tourists from all over the world.


When: Full moon night in the month of December (06 Dec 2014 to 5 March 2015)
Where: Kutch, Gujarat

Festivals 

Republic Day

Republic Day in India falls on January 26 every year. The day marks India's adoption of a republic constitution on January 26, 1950, after gaining of independence from British rule in 1947.Understandably, this makes it an occasion that's close to the hearts of all Indians. Republic Day is one of three national holidays in India.


Festivities take place on a grand scale in Delhi, India's capital. Traditionally, the highlight is the Republic Day Parade. It features contingents and displays from the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The parade also includes colorful floats from each of India's states. Smaller parades are held in each state as well.


The Beating Retreat ceremony at the Vijay Chowk on January 29 every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.


When: 26th January every year
Where: Across India (Main celebrations happen in Capital city – New Delhi)

Wandering about...

Rann of Kutch

Kutch, India’s Wild West, is a geographic phenomenon, full of rustic beauty. Ancient temples, attractive architectured palaces and rugged fort, men and women in vibrant costumes, Flamingoes and wild Asses, harsh sunlight, moderate rainfall and the cool evening breeze – are all there in abundance. Kutch landscape is flat and dry, but the villages dotted throughout the dramatic, inhospitable landscape feel like pre-partition Pakistan, and the tribal villagers produce some of India’s finest folk textiles, glittering with exquisite embroidery and mirror work. The district is also famous for ecologically important Banni grasslands with their seasonal marshy wetlands which form the outer belt of the Rann of Kutch.


The Great Rann of Kutch
The Rann of Kutch, also referred to as the Great Rann of Kutch is a major attraction in Kutch region, Gujarat. It is the world’s largest salt desert, which spans an area more than 16,000 sq. km and is a remarkable place to visit.What makes it even more amazing is that the salt desert is underwater during the main monsoon season in India. For the remaining eight months of the year, it's an enormous stretch of packed white salt.


Wildlife Sanctuaries & Eco-sites
Being ecologically rich and wildlife conservation areas, Kutch has a number of sanctuaries and sites that can be visited. Some of the sanctuaries which are worth visiting in Kutch include Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, Banni Grasslands Reserve and Chari-Chand Wetland Conservation Reserve.


Camel Rides & Dessert Safaris
If you are looking for an experience for a life term, Corbett National Park offer you with the delight of Elephant rides. Tamed elephants are offered specially to tourists for having the amazing trip over a beautifully adorned elephants.


Temples & Palaces
Ancient crafted temples and palaces also dot the place and are worth visiting.


Art, Music & Culture
Kutch is cultural district of Gujarat which is famous for its music, art, handicrafts and food. The music in Kutch is influenced by Sufi & Folk songs. The popular handicraft items are Garments Embroidery, Handwall painting, Jewellery items, Wood Carving, Wall Paintings, & many more .


From the Kitchen...

Masala Chai

Chai is ubiquitous on the Indian subcontinent and in homes across the diaspora. An offering of tea is a sign of welcome and generosity, so every guest is greeted with a cup of warm, milky, spicy tea. This recipe of traditional Indian Masala Chai will cozy up your winters.


Ingredients:

  • Tea leaves 4-6 teaspoon
  • Milk 1 cup
  • Chai masala 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar 4 measures

For masala

  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick
  • Green cardamoms 4
  • Black peppercorns 16
  • Nutmeg grated1/4 teaspoon


Recipe:


Step 1:Dry grind all the masala ingredients to a fine powder. Let it cool completely then sieve. Store in an airtight container


Step 2:Use the masala as and when required to make tea. Boil three cups of water in a pan.


Step 3:Add tea leaves, milk, the powdered masala and sugar and bring the mixture to a boil again. Boil for a couple of minutes. Strain and serve piping hot.

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