the vibrant atmosphere of Bombay, allow the palm-fringed beaches of Goa
to warm your spirit in the sun and relax your mind. Or meditate in cool
and ancient Buddhist caves tunnelled out of solid rock on the craggy
hillsides - a dramatic contrast from the colourful fairs and festivals
in unspoiled Gujarat. The choice is once again tremendous in this land
that offers everything.
Bombay - Gateway of
There is a powerful life force at work in this thriving, modern
commercial city, with its plateglass skyscrapers and hectic colorful
street life. The pace and confusion is vibrant, with businessmen
hurrying to work, hooting traffic, fisher women in their bright sarees
and ‘tiffinwallahs’ hurrying with their metal
containers to deliver the businessman’s lunch direct from his
home to his office. After relaxing on Chowpatty beach under the cool
evening sky, sipping refreshing milk from a large green coconut, you
will start to love Bombay. You will feel ready to visit the elegant and
world famous Taj Mahal hotel for a delicious snack or drink while
watching the sunset over the many boats in the harbour.
the luxury and quiet of a hotel room, sightseeing can be planned.
Consider a visit to the lofty Hanging Gardens next door to the
intriguing Towers of Silence; or maybe win a million at the beautiful
Mahalaxmi Racecourse, one of the finest in India. A glamorous day
visiting the famous Bombay film studios can be arranged, and perhaps a
chat with one of the many film stars. Relive the ancient stories of the
Hindu gods sculpted on the walls of caves at Elephanta. This well known
island, where monkeys scamper across your path, is a short and pleasant
boat ride from the famous landmark in Bombay - the Gateway of India.
When ready to leave this city of tycoons, commerce, skyscrapers and
film stars, prepare for adventures of a very different kind which await
at its doorstep.
The Magic Around
There is so much choice and so many wonders to see around Bombay.
Northwest lies Gujarat, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of
the nation. The region is famous for exclusive garments and hand made
silk saris, and for being the last refuge of the Asian lions, found
deep in the Gir Forest. Join in with the village people in their
brightly coloured costume rejoicing in one of the many festivals and
fairs that abound in this state.
the principal textile city of the country, is well known for the
Sabarmati Ashram founded by Mahatma Gandhi, where his ideals of peace
and non-violence are still promoted; visitors are welcome. As
Jawaharlal Nehru observed, this great man of indomitable spirit was
certainly ’not of the common clay that all of us are made of.
Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace can be seen at the fishing
village of Porbandar. A greater and even more ancient wonder awaits
east of Bombay in Maharashtra, where the thirty Buddhist caves at
Ajanta which are cut into the steep face of a deep rock gorge sit in
silent contemplation. Feel the aura and power left behind by the
Buddhist monks living 2000 years ago.
them with the dynamism and energy radiating from the huge Hindu caves
in nearby Ellora. Imagine the workers carving a way at solid rock on
the hillside to form the thirty-four Hindu, Buddhist and Jain Caves
with the stories of their religions and beliefs etched onto the walls.
Stay at one of the cool and relaxing hill stations such as Matheran or
Mahabaleshwar, popular with the inhabitants of Bombay. Take an evening
stroll around the peaceful Bund Gardens in pleasant and airy Pune. All
these adventures will entertain and fascinate in the magic and beauty
Goa - Sun, Sand and
and experience the idyllic peace that only India can give in sunny Goa.
If you have ever dreamt of a warm land of space and light, where the
beaches stretch for silvery miles, where the glittering sea always
beckons you, where the people are always smiling, where the succulent
juice from a bite of ripe pineapples or papaya drips on your hot skin
as you luxuriate lazily on the white sand, then Goa, a fascinating
blend of Latin and Indian cultures, will be a place where the wish to
linger will be overpowering.
when to sit in the shade under the palm trees sipping the feni, or
lemonade, or when to return to the hot sand to deepen your tan, or when
to swim in the cool refreshing water. What a problem!
well as being a place for relaxation, Goa is also lively and modern,
with many westernstyle entertainments. there is a choice of luxurious
hotels with plenty of night life, or simplicity and tranquillity in one
of the inexpensive, clean and comfortable rooms with their own charm,
right on the beach. The Portuguese influenced food is mouthwatering.
Choose massive fish steaks fresh from the sea or a wide and delicious
choice of both continental and Indian dishes. Panaji, the capital, is
an easy-going town with Portuguese styled cafes, whitewashed churches
and overhanging balconies; a delight after your journey.
east of Panaji, was once the capital of the eastern Portuguese Empire.
Now, it is little more than a fascinating small village surrounded by
huge convents and churches dedicated to the zeal of Christianity,
including the Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the
famous Basilica of Bom Jesus. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier,
who spread Christianity among the subjects of the Portuguese colonies,
are entombed here.
beach to choose from along the 100km long coastline of silvery sand.
Possibly Colva with its warm turquoise sea and fishermen hauling in
their nets by hand in the clear morning light as they chant an ancient
sea song; or maybe sophisticated Aguada, with its jet-set beach and
sixteenth century fort. Try the experience of a full-moon party at
Anjuna, or mingle with the variety of people in Calangute selling
handicrafts, jewellery and modern fabrics.
the old Portuguese fort in Chapora, surrounded by secluded and sandy
beaches and dense green coconut palms. Visit all the beaches or just
adopt one and make it your home. Wild boar and sambar in their natural
habitat in the hills of the Western Ghats can be seen in Bondla, one of
the Goan wildlife sanctuaries. In addition, the region is justly famous
for its many colourful festivals, including Mardi Gras, celebrated with
are so many delights in Western India and so many glorious choices;
from the vibrant life of commercial Bombay to the home of the
indomitable Mahatma Gandhi then down to the peace and magic of sunny
Goa - the choice is yours.
the most fascinating procedure for creating a pattern on fabrics, has
been popularly adopted by the states in Western India. This and the
following pages will adopt this popular product of the Western sates as
its background. Bright primary colours are used in various combinations
to create the most fantastic designs. From simple geometric designs to
complicated patterns of elephants and parrots. The tie-dyed saris from
Patan (Gujarat) take months to make and though very expensive, are so
sought after, that the saris are often sold before they are even made !
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