Did you know Cardamom is not just a spice?
Over the years due to it’s many health benefits it has been commonly used in traditional medicine. It is most commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat mouth ulcers, digestive problems and even depression. Use it to combat nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation and much more. This spice helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.
Sikkim state is a hidden gem of eastern India at the foothill of East Himalayas. Lesser known by western travelers, this region offers spectacular views of the majestic Himalayas, waterfalls and unique native plants and flora. Many villages still retain their traditional way of life. The ancient Buddhist monasteries here are destination pilgrims.
Darjaeeling is a Himalayan hill station and a summer resort for the British Raj elite. The British introduced tea production in India in the 19th century using seeds imported from China. By 1870s there were 113 tea gardens (tea gardens and tea plantations are commonly used for tea growing estates). Darjeeling tea planters faced tough and isolated life in the remote tea gardens, their highlight was the weekly gathering at the planter’s club in town. Take a walk along Chowrasta (the main square) then down the Mall to see the Planters’ Club that was founded in 1868.
Tamil Nadu is a South Indian state. It is famed for its Dravidian-style Hindu temples. At the southern tip of the sub-continent is the city of Kanyakumari (formerly Cape Comorin) right on the intersection of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. These seas brought explorers and traders from Europe and Far East, enriching the rulers of the Cholas, the Cheras and the Pandyas for centuries.
Tamil culture originated from the Dravidian peoples with additions from subsequent Tamil rulers as well as external influences from both Eastern and Western explorers. In turn, Tamil culture has been exported to Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and across the globe. Modern day explorers can savor a wide-range of Tamil culture encompassing music, dance, folk arts, martial arts, painting, sculpture, architecture and more!
Kerala is an Indian state on the tropical Malabar Coast, with nearly 375 miles of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s well known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters (a network of canals). Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as much wildlife.
Udaipur retains the charm of old colonial times in India. Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, the lake city of Udaipur is known as a centre for performing arts and crafts. Although its main palace is almost red in color, it is called the white city of Rajasthan (a large state in northwest India on the border with Pakistan). The blue waters of its four lakes – Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Rang Sagar and Swaroop Sagar – reflect the green of the surrounding hills and the white color of its temples.