As we bid good-bye to 2015, we hope we have provided you with some great insight of India, its culture, festivals and destinations and you have liked it as much. We also wish to make our relationship better in the coming year by providing you some more amazing tours, ground services and more. This edition takes your through one of the best cities for celebrating Christmas & New Year in India- the Himalayan abode of Manali. Also introducing a picture perfect resort lying on the banks of River Beas in Manali, a yummy hot snack to feast on and lots more.
Hope you would enjoy reading it. We would love to hear from you for suggestions and queries.
Wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS & a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Indian Zing Team
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Span Resort& Spa, Manali
Span Resort and Spa is a magnificent woodland enclosed lodging destination. Vintage cottages, bordering river and sky scrapping hills portray an amazing landscape of the Hotel.
The echo of the crystalline river Beas constant and comforting, Span Resort and Spa is spread over 10 acres, offering a 5-star luxury experience. With fruit orchids in bloom amidst the lush backdrop of deodar and pine, the natural beauty surrounding the hotel has made it a destination for both private travellers as well as major Bollywood film units. The hotel houses 36 well-appointed cottages, a river-side spa, a rich film library, swimming pool and arrangement for all outdoor activities.
Christmas & New Year
Celebrated on 25th December every year, Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ, savior of mankind. Although India isn't a predominantly Christian country, Christmas in India is still celebrated to varying degrees and you'll still be able to find traditional Christmas cheer in many parts of the country.
Vibrant décor and glorious food. Christmas in India is definitely all about that! All luxury hotels and eating joints deck up in Christmas colours and offer vast Christmas buffets with all the favorites: roast meat (including turkey), roast vegetables, and deserts to die for. Most hotels in India also hold a special Christmas dinner of some description but it may have more of an Indian flavor to it.
It's also possible to attend Midnight Mass at churches in Christian dominated areas of India. Following up the Christmas Parties are the New Year celebrations which are celebrated with pomp and show in all parts of India.
When:25th December every year Where:Best places to celebrate Christmas in India areGoa, Mumbai, Kerala, Manali and Shillong
Snow capped Himalayan peaks, green Kullu valleys, gushing Beas river, Manali is a destination that’s beautiful in every season. Adventurers, honeymooners, religious travelers, backpackers, Foodies & photographers this hill resort is a magnet for all. Whether you choose stay at one of the hippie villages in a hut or homestay or enjoy the luxuries of star hotels, Manali will leave you wanting for more. This hill town glows in white during Christmas and hosts gorgeous Xmas celebrations.
Built around 1460 AD, by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu, the castle has a unique medieval Castle, an architectural blend of western and Himalayan style.
Hadimba Devi Temple
Situated atop a hillock the Hidimba Devi Temple is surrounded by thick deodar forests, known for its distinctive architectural style and was built in 1553.
Solang valley is also known as the ‘Snow Point’ and is famous for hosting various winter adventure sports like skiing, parachuting and paragliding etc.
A bridge over Manalsu River is a gateway to another world known as the Old Manali.The village has an exotic charm; not foreign, not entirely Indian.The village is as idle as a fairy tale but at the same time it is exposed to the comfort of today’s world. Spotted with quirky cafes, colourful shops, bakery, apple orchards and more, it is a place that must not be missed.
Vashisht Hot Water Spring
4-5Kms from Manali, the small of village of Vashist is famous for its sulphurous Hot Water Springs and some quaint cafes.
Described as the Heart of Kullu valley and is known for its various camping spots and water sports like Canoeing and Rafting.
From the Kitchen...
Moongdal Pakora (Lentil Fritters)
There are many kinds of pakodas (fritters) in Indian cuisine. One can make pakodas out of virtually any vegetable.Moong Dal (lentil) fritters are one of the popular ones. They can be served as a snack or added in a curry for a dish called mungodi (popular in Himachal Pradesh).
2 cups yellow mung lentils (mungikidaal), soaked in about
1 ½ cups water for a few hours
1 -2 whole green chillies, finely chopped (optional)
½ bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
½ tsp turmeric
Salt to taste
Oil to fry
Grind the soaked mungdaal with its water until it is ground to a fine, dropping consistency.
Add the chopped chilies, cilantro, turmeric and salt to the paste and mix well.
Heat oil in a wok.When the oil is hot enough, carefully drop small mounds of the daal batter into wok.
Fry the pakodas until they are golden brown on the outside.
The perfect daalpakoda will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.