Kumbhalgarh: One wall standing up for the greener side of Rajasthan
KumbhalgarhSome people and places never become popular. For better, for worse. But some rare and fragile things make you wonder and so you share to explore, connect and learn. Kumbalgarh, emerged in between the thirteen peaks of the Aravallis, back in the 15th century when Maharaja Rana Kumbha of Merwar built this fortress on a 3,500 feet high hill. Its enormous structure and architectural style has been admired more that it’s famous counterpart at Chittorgarh. The fort is surrounded a 36 kilometers wall, second longest in the world. It is guarded by seven main gates and watchtowers which protected the King and his people.
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Invis Multimedia: Capturing Kerala for the world
Who said greeting cards are out of fashion? Better still, greeting cards with a touch of culture, art, legends, tradition, tradition, wildlife and everything that Kerala stands for on Invis website on video images .Conceptualised and executed by India’s first Apple Studio, Invis Multimedia infuses technology with imagination to create amazing voyages of sight and sound. Invis is the first multimedia member from India in UNESCO’s Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity which offers software solutions for different kinds of media.
This Onam, people received e-cards from Kerala videos as greetings for the season. For some it was nostalgic and for some it was a threshold to a whole new world. Such an initiative widens the scope of multimedia for documentation, tourism, preservation of art and culture and engaging directly with the local community.
The personality of Kerala that has evolved over the 10 years has been tracked to suit varied interests. A window into different lifestyles, livelihood, cultures, nature and wildlife, Kerala Videos has created a platform for different socio-economic and cross cultural to coexist.
The audio-visual medium frames reality the way it is, this site covers Kerala for all it’s worth. The team envisages a video encyclopedia of Kerala in the next few years. It really takes a sharp mind and an honest dream to keep it alive.
With Kerala Videos, Kerala is everywhere, literally! Check out more details here
TBY Associates at the WTM, London 2007
The Blue Yonder along with Koder House (Fort Cochin) and Kurumba Village Resort (The Nilgris) are participating at the World Travel Market in London. Staged annually in London under one roof, World Travel Market (WTM) is staged during the 11-15th of November 2007 this year.
A must attend, business to business exhibition: The WTM provides a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade industry (50% from the UK and the rest from rest of the world) to meet, network, negotiate, conduct business and stay abreast with the latest developments in the travel industry. This is also the first time that Indian travel industry is coming together at WTM under the banner of Responsible Tourism.
Meet us at the AS4600 India Pavilion. Contact us for appointments:
Sandeep Sinha - Chief Manager (The Blue Yonder)
Vickey Raj - Director (Koder House - Fort Cochin)
Sanjay Awatramani - Managing Director (Kurumba Village Resort - The Nilgris)
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“Responsibility beyond market”: Interview with Niranjan Khatri, GM, Welcomenviron Initiatives, ITC Welcom Group.
Welcomenviron launched by ITC welcomgroup is an eco responsible initiative based in the three R’s :Reduce, Recycle and Re-Use. It further comprises adherence to three dimensions –economic, environment and social change. Commercially, Welcomenviron has resulted in cost savings. In terms of human resources, it has given every employee a sense of purpose in contributing towards an environmental revolution. But more significantly, it has set new trends in the hospitality industry that others are now aspiring to follow.
TBY: ITC Welcom group had launched 'Welcomenviron' in the early 90's. After a decade of its launch, would you say that the hotel industry in India has been influenced by this initiative? How do you think the hotel industry can operationalise /effectively implement environment friendly practices?
Niranjan Khatri: Yes the hotel industry has been influenced by our eco responsible practices & more or less the entire tourism sector has slowly but surely started to adopt cleaner production practices.
The industry needs to shore up the green knowledge base of all its employees, suppliers, customers, because as we all know, the scale of the challenge is big and requires major mindset changes to bring the relevant lifestyle changes amongst all stakeholders.
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Spiti Valley – Travelogue from the middle land
Spiti valley means many things to many people. Originally known as Piti before the Tibetan dialect influenced the local language, Spiti is a land of stunning beauty for some people. For some others, it’s the cold desert up in the Himalayas where you find the peace within yourself.
On the climb to Spiti through Rohtang pass, we got stuck almost three hours in the middle of the nowhere. It's seems there's been a traffic block for last one week on a regular basis. Bad weather and total mis management on the road leads from one block to another. Finally where the authorities failed to make any difference, we saw a bunch of travellers who got out of their vehicle to clear the traffic by literally pushing trucks and jeeps on their own. When the command control of the administration collapses, the public always takes care of things in India. Simply fabulous! Once we got out of the mess, it was just breath taking views for another 10 hours! In company were a team of Tibetans including a monk who was chatting non-stop. All that sounded like hymns to subdue the tough terrain we were driving through.
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