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calcutta.jpg (81710 bytes)Sightseeing of Calcutta includes visiting Eden Gardens, the New Secretariat, High Court, Legislative Assembly, Jain Temple. Chowringhee Museum, New Market, Victoria Memorial and the Race Course. (The Museum and Victoria Memorial are closed on Mondays). Also part of the full day sightseeing are the Lakes. Dock Area, Governor’s House, Botanical Gardens, Belur Temple, Dakshineshwar Temple, and Tagore House.

 SHANTI NIKETAN : Shanti Niketan or the abode of peace is the name chosen by Rabindranath Tagore for the site of the Vishwa Bharti University - a university conceived to be a place where the whole world meets. Founded on idealism, it has a district atmosphere. Classes are conducted under the shade of trees and great emphasis is placed on the fine arts. There are facilities for the study of Comparative Religions, Philosophy, Chinese and Indian classics and the fine arts. It attracts students from all over India and overseas.


An obscure village in 1947, Chandigarh is today a famous name in architecture and town planning. Planned by a team of renowned architects, led by the famous French architect, Le Corbusier, Chandigarh represents an ideal combination of what is best in the architecture of India and the West. Visits include the Secretariat, High Court, State Library, Assembly Chambers, Rose Gardens and the Lake. A short distance away are the Pinjore Mughal Gardens.

 BHAKRA NANGAL PROJECT : In a gorge of the green Shivalik hills, is situated India’s most ambitious multi-purpose river valley project, the Bhakra Nangal Dam. It consists of 226 metre high Dam at Bhakra across the Sutlej River. The Bhakra Dam presents an impressive sight and is regarded as an engineering feat. The Project designed to irrigate 4 million acres of farmland in the Punjab and Rajasthan, has a capacity to generate 450,000 kilowats of electricity. The Nangal Fertilizer Plant is also worth visiting, (Special permission is necessary).

SIMLA : Situated against dark green ranges about 2214 m (7,262 ft) above sea level, this one-time summer capital of the Government of India, is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The 100 km journey has a romance of its own, the mountain road winding through terraced fields, fine forests and rhododendron trees. Winter sports are held every year at Kufri, 16 km (10 miles) from Simla. Simla is the point of origin of many interesting treks.


Cochin, originally built by the Portuguese, has a natural harbour with lagoons and canals and fishing hamlets. One of the three biggest ports on the West Coast, it is also an industrially developed area. The coin industry is of special importance. There is golf and swimming for the sporty tourist. An excursion by the backwaters is enchanting.

Sightseeing includes visits to the Cochin Harbour Terminus, Mattancheery Dutch Palace (closed on Mondays and National Holidays), Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Saturdays), Jew Town, Fort Cochin Area - St. Francis Church (Closed to visitors on Sunday from 8.30 hrs to 13.30 hrs), Chinese Fishing Nets. Also at Ernakulam, the Public Gardens, Colleges, High Court Building and Broadway Shopping Centre.

BACKWATER CRUISE : The motor-launch cruise on the enchanting backwaters through the cocunut groves and quiet lagoons is an exiting tour. Visit Bolghatty Palace, the beautiful Dutch colonial mansion built in 1744, Vypean, Vallarpadom, see tiny fishing hamlets and the fisherfolk in their colourful costumes.

KOTTAYAM EXCURSION : A full day trip by motor launch to Kottayam, to visit old churches especially the Syrian Church. One can return by road driving through tropical fields and charming countryside.

PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY : Periyar is spread out over an area of 300 sq. miles and one can see leopard, tiger, elephants, bison and wild bear. An overnight trip from Cochin enables one to take a recommended early morning boat ride on Periyar Lake to view wildlife and waterbirds.


The traditional city of temples and worship of beauty and peace. Make trips to the Botanical Garden, Lord Murgan’s birth place. A short distance away is the beautiful hill station - Coonoor. Lady Canning Seat, Sim’s Park, Pasteur Institute, Tiger Hill, Walker Hill, Love Dale and Lambs Rock.


Home of some of the greatest pre-partition revolutioneries, Chittagong today is the main port of Bangladesh. See the Shahi Jama Mosque, Sadam Mubarik Mosque, the tomb of Sultan Bayazid Bastani, the Dargah of Shah Amanat. Paharall Lake and the Beaches of Patenga and Fouzdar Hat. A short distance away lies Kaptal, the largest man-made lake in the sub-Continent, abounding in wild life.

Also Rangamati, district headquarters of Chittagong hill tract, ablaze with flora and fauna.


Bangladesh’s pride - yesterday’s popular shopping centre for the fashionable westerner. Today it boasts of having the world’s largest stretch of beach.Enjoy the Irani and Hamchari beaches for natural surroundings. Also the small islands of Nila Moheskali and Sonadia.

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