Welcome to the January issue of our monthly video-magazine, ‘Colours of India’ and wish you all a very halcyon new year. As the new year starts a 52-week journey, we introduce you to some newer hues of the country. It opens up with the Incredible India strategy in Europe through an exclusive interview with BB Mukherjee, Director of India Tourism, based in Paris. We then take you to an exuberant Kolkata, West Bengal, during Christmas, where the locals passionately celebrate the festival and indulge in seasonal specialties. Extending our stay in the city, we soak in the fervour of the CIty of Joy at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club, to explore India’s oldest race course and experience the New Year Derby. Moving on to the west coast, we visit Adalaj ki vav, a five-story stepwell in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, with an awe-inspiring Indo-Islamic architecture. We are then back in suburban Kolkata to light a candle at the Bandel Church, built by the Portuguese colonisers centuries ago. Finally, we head to Madhya Pradesh in central India to celebrate Jal Mahotsav, a water festival on the banks of Narmada River, offering adventure and water sports, cultural shows and a perfect weekend escapade.
Welcome to the January issue of our monthly video-magazine, ‘Colours of India’ and wish you all a very halcyon new year. As the new year starts a 52-week journey, we introduce you to some newer hues of the country.
Welcome to the December issue of our monthly video-magazine, ‘Colours of India’. It opens with a tour of the World Travel Mart in London (WTM 2016), the largest travel fair organised in Europe. This year about 15 Indian states and 42 private players participated in this tourism event which was a grand affair. We then take you to the celebration of the movie Befikre, which is entirely shot in France, at the launch of a couture collection by the film’s costume designer Sanya Dhir, at the French Embassy, in New Delhi. The magazine further travels to North-east India for the annual Manipur Sangai Festival to explore the state’s dances, traditions and gastronomic delights. Finally, we head to Vrindavan, in Uttar Pradesh, and meet the widows who challenge the conservative social vendettas by celebrating Diwali for the first time.
In this November issue of our monthly video-magazine, ‘Colours of India’, we first meet Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Indian Minister of State for Culture and Tourism. He talks about the strategies to attract more Japanese tourists to India. Following suit, Dr Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, will elaborate on the huge opportunities that India has at the famous World Travel Market 2016, in London. Then, we take you to ITB Asia, the international tourism fair organised in Singapore, promoting India to the South and South East Asian countries. Back to India, in Udaipur, Rajasthan, we celebrate Gavari, a 40-day festival, with the Bheel tribe. Our journey concludes in Kolkata with the five-day Durga Puja festivities, culminating in Diwali, a pan-India celebration.
In this issue of Colours of India, Media India Group takes you to Udaipur in Rajasthan, to visit Bagore Ki Haveli and its splendid Mewari architecture famous for its fine mirror work. We then go to Ahmedabad in Gujarat, to celebrate the grand Navratri Festival and interview the state tourism board’s principal secretary S J Haider on his strategies to boost the local economy through a diversified and sustainable tourism. The next stop is Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, where we have a tete-a-tete with French musician Emmanuel Simon. An ardent student of Bengali percussions, notably of Tabla, for many years, he will make you experience the true vibe and richness of World Music. We conclude our journey at the picturesque Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh at the north-eastern tip of India, where the Ziro Festival of Music was recently held. It witnessed a delightful participation of music-lovers, nature-aficionados and travellers from around the globe.