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Indian Visa Requirements to Stay on a Coffee Plantation

January 1st, 2011
Watch out, Italy and Jamaica - the Indian district of Coorg is attempting to become the next must-visit destination for coffee lovers! The New York Times reports that plantations in India's top coffee-growing region have been adding bed-and-breakfast-type lodging for guests to help offset the uncertainty of the coffee market. In addition to drinking freshly roasted coffee from the plantations, tourists can also hike, climb nearby Mount Tadiandamol and visit the Nalaknad Palace. However, for coffee enthusiasts, the chief draw remains getting as close as possible to your favorite beverage. Some of the most respected brands of coffee in the world source their beans from this region, including Italy's Illy. To enter India, US citizens need both a valid passport and an Indian visa. You wi


Indian Visa Requirements to Visit the Elephanta Caves

November 20th, 2010
About an hour off the coast of the city of Mumbai, a small island in the sea if Oman is home to a series of stunning temple-caves. Nobody is quite sure who carved the Elephanta Caves of Elephanta Island, other than the fact that they worshiped the Hindu god Shiva. In fact, according to Wikipedia the local legend is that the caves "are not man-made," but rather were carved by heroes from Hindu epics or perhaps by a powerful demon who was devoted to Shiva. More down-to-earth theories credit the kingdom of the Konkan Mauryas or the Kalacuris. Whoever built them, the caves themselves are amazing. Surrounded by lush, tropical foliage, the caves form a cool, dark, retreat. Inside, intricate carvings and statues loom in the shadows. Unfortunately, many of them were damaged when the Portugue


Get an Indian Visa and Save Big on a Tour With Friendly Planet

October 27th, 2010
Frommer's Deal of the Week for this week is pretty exciting: a 9-day tour of India from Friendly Planet for only $1,199 per person. The price even includes round-trip airfare to and from New York's JFK Airport, though you're on your own when it comes to getting to JFK. Hotels with private bathrooms, breakfast, ground transportation and the services of a tour guide are also part of the deal. The Taj Mahal Express tour takes you through Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, plus the Taj Mahal (naturally). Although it would take more than 9 days to experience even a fraction of the excitement that India has to offer, this tour will give you a good start. Plus, you have the option of adding on a trip to nearby Nepal after the Indian tour is over, for an additional $799-1397. Prices are good if you b


Getting an Indian Visa to See the Living Bridges of Cherrapunji

October 3rd, 2010
Usually, architects and construction workers build bridges, not gardeners. However, in India's Cherrapunji region, it's actually a little bit of both. Like something ripped from the pages of Tolkien, the War-Khasis tribe grows living bridges from the roots of the Ficus elastica rubber tree. (via Treehugger) Although the bridges take time to grow, once they are finished they are quite strong, and they gain strength as they get older and the roots get stronger. To create the bridges, the War-Khasis plant a tree and then uses hollow tree trunks to direct the spread of the roots as the tree goes. When the tree roots reach the other side of the river, they dig themselves into the shore and cling to it with a vengeance. Some of these bridges span more than 100 feet and are over 500 years o


Indian Visa Requirements for a “Tree Pilgrimage”

July 29th, 2010
"I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree." Joyce Kilmer There's something really special, almost magical, about old trees. Being in the presence of a living thing that has been around for hundreds of years really puts our short human lives into perspective. Each tree is unique, shaped by both its own internal biology and the forces of nature. It's no wonder that people often give names or even build shrines to trees that are particularly old or distinctive. India is an excellent place to see some of these giants. In fact, Matador Travel currently has a post up by YD Bar-Ness describing the "tree pilgrimage" he took across the country. I love trees, but I must admit that until now I'd never thought of traveling to India to see them. I'd always imagined touring temple


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