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Witness the Stunning Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong, Meghalaya






You must have heard or seen Cherry blossom festival being celebrated in other countries but did you know that this type of festival is also celebrated in India!  Yes, you read it right as the capital city of the state of Meghalaya 'Shillong' is hosting the kind of festival since last three year. 

 This year Shillong will host 4th edition of this 'Cherry Blossom festival' from 13th Nov to 16th Nov. 2019. The festival is being conducted by the Meghalaya tourism which is celebrate unique autumn blooming of Himalayan pink cherry tree blossoms.





 Thousands of visitors flock every year to Shillong to admire the beautiful pin blossoms and nature's wonder.  The festival is also a great opportunity to enjoy and experience several unique events of music and dance shows, beauty pageant, region's cuisines stalls, an amateur golf tournament [you can participate in it]. If you are going to this fest then this time you will get to see several Korean events such as Korean Barbeque, art stalls and K-pop music concert.

Few signature events in the Cherry Blossom Festival 2019  :


Day DateEvent
113-NovFashion Show | Unplugged Music | Nostalgia Music (Elvis and Beatles)
214-NovColours of North East | DJ Music (DJ Daffy) | LG XBOOM Karaoke Contest
315-NovCosplay | Miss Cherry Blossom | Mrs Shillong | Rock Show 
416-NovFootball | Korean Films | K-Pop (Jang Han-byul) -former vocalist of LEDApple 

[Schedule courtesy: India International Cherry Blossom Festival]


How to reach Shillong:



By Air:  Airport in Umroi is nearest airport to Shillong. It's about 25 km from Shillong. You can take a bus or taxi from Umroi to Shillong prior to your pick up or at arrival.


By Rail:  Guwahati railway station is nearest airport to Shillong. Buses and rental cabs are available from Guwahati railway station to Shillong.


By Road : Guwahati is well connected to Shillong by NH40. From here one can easily take a state's transport buses or private taxi or cab rental services to reach Shillong and various destinations in Meghalaya.


So let's pack your bag and plan to create priceless travel memories with Family or friends at Meghalaya.  






World's Largest Camel Fair at Pushkar Mela, Rajasthan


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  'Pushkar', a small town located about 20 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan, is one of the famous pilgrimage destination in India. The place is primary famous for two things, first is temple of 'Lord Brahma' and second is 'Camel fair'.

Lord Brahma's Only Temple in The World 


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 Contrary to the legends and various version of  “Why there is no Temple of Lord Brahma”, the temple in Pushkar, Rajasthan remains the most famous “Brahma” temple in the world. This temple is built with marble and  is decorated with silver coins and there is a silver turtle on the floor of the temple. 

 It is a Hindu Temple located near Pushkar lake having 52 Ghats in Rajasthan (India). On Kartik Poornima, a festival dedicated to Lord Brahma is held when large number of pilgrims visit the temple, after bathing in the sacred lake. 

World's Largest Camel Fair 


The place becomes tourist attraction for one more famous reason i.e “Pushkar Camel Fair- the largest Camel trade fair in the world” during this time. This colorful celebration in the golden sand of Thar , is the real mesmerizing experience for the tourist. Apart from trading in the livestock the fair also organizes various other competitions like bridal makeup contest, big mustaches contest and matka phode contest, a unique cricket match between the local team of Pushkar's residents and a foreign team.

There are around 500 Temples and various monuments in and around “Pushkar”. Tourist from various parts of the world gather here, to witness vivid colors of Rajasthan and splendid monuments. Every aspect of this experience would make you feel special.

A perfect & refreshing country side experience with large fairgrounds, mega crowd and herds of cattle all around, is the epic scene you witness when you are at the “Pushkar Camel Fair”.
An ancient tradition where around 30,000 Camel owners participate to show-off their camel's valour. One of the high rated travel experience where around 4,00,000 people mark their presence in this small town of  “Pushkar”.

Image courtesy: wikipedia

Though the first 2 days are considered auspicious for bathing in sacred lake, for the rest of the days various shows and contests are organized by Rajasthan Tourism. The major highlights of the events are Camel races, Dance, Folk and Fusion music concerts, spiritual and heritage walks, and local Arts an Crafts Bazaar.. but expect the rate to inflate because local vendors see this as an opportunity to gain windfall profit.Negotiate hard,if planning for local shopping.


Dates of Pushkar Camel Fair:

This year Pushkar fair schedule from 4th November to 12th November 2019. See more fair event schedule.

How to reach Pushkar- 


By Train: 

If you are planning to travel by train then to reach here Ajmer is the neartes railway station to Pushkar. From there a local connectivity is Ajmer-Pushkar Passenger which  departs Ajmer between  9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and arrives in Pushkar at 10.30 a.m. 

By Road:

From Ajmer you may also plan for a road journey which is 30 minutes drive. You can rent a chauffeur driven cab from around 300+ Indian cities to plan a road trip to Pushkar. 

By Air:

The air connectivity provided to “Pushkar” is through 2 places, one is Kishangarh which is 40 km from Ajmer and the second is Jaipur 146.5 km i.e around 3 hours journey.

Where to Stay

Due to great flow of people visiting during this period, the demand for accommodations  increase accordingly. The rates would be comparatively high therefore plan in advance and book guesthouses. If willing to shell out extra bugs go for luxury tented camps set up in the desert especially for the festival, heritage hotels, and farm stays.

So pack your bags and get ready to explore the vivid colors of Rajasthan in your next vacations!


If you have not seen Mysore Dussehra, what have you seen?



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Dussehra is one of the biggest festival in India and celebrated with great pomp throughout the country, and Mysore's Dussehra is quite special in itself as it has rich history of more than 400 years. The celebration of Mysore Dussehra is believed to have been started in 1610 during the Vijayanagara empire and has played major role in the history.

  Myusuru is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka which is around 140 km away from Bangalore. The festival starts from the very first day of Navratri and lasts from about 10 days till the day of Vijayadashmi and attracts millions of tourists around the globe.

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 During the festival of Navratri, Mysore palace is decorated with about one lakh lamps and remain opened to the common people. If you want to see the royal Dussehra and the glamour of palace closely, then be a part of this festival. The popular part of the festival procession is the Jumbo Savari which is held every year on the day of Vijayadashmi. On the day The idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari first worshiped by the Royal couple of Mysore and then a procession is taken out of it. Jumbo savari starts from Mysore palace and ends at Banimandap. The procession is accompanied by music bands, dance groups, armored forces, elephants, horses and camels. The main attraction of this procession on the this day is the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari which is placed on the 750 kg golden howdah placed on a decorated elephant. The idol worshiped by the royal family and is a principal deity of Mysore.

There are also various events like sports, food festivals, film festivals held at palace area.

How to reach Mysuru:

Mysore is easily accessible from all major cities by plane, road and train. If you do not get a direct flight, you can reach Bangalore and cab from Bangalore to Mysuru. The distance from Mysore to Bengaluru is about 145 km.

So whats your plan this Navratri? Let's pack up your bags and go with us on the tour to Mysore in a comfortable cab. 

Shri Krishna Janmashtami most popular place to experience the festival



 Birla Mandir, Delhi  (credit: Sushil Kumar Verma)

 The whole nation geared up the great devotion and enthusiasm for celebrating the Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. The festival also known as Gokulashtami and devotees from around the nation celebrates it with much pomp and grandeur. Thousands of people visit the temple on this day to have the darshan of their worshipable Lord Shri Krishna. There also Dahi Handi or Gopal Kala a  popular ceremony celebrated on the second day of Janmashtami.

Here are few most popular and special places where large number of devotees throng during Janmashtami because these are the places where Shri Krishna had spent his life.

Mathura :

             Lord Shri Krishna Temple (credit: prasadsewa.com) 

 Mathura is a birthplace of Lord Krishna and it's a stronghold for Janmashtami celebration. It's a district place situated on the banks of river 'Yamuna' in north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. 

How to reach:- 

By air: 
Kheria Airport is the nearest airport to Mathura which is approxmitly 46 km away from Mathura. Taxi or cab are available from the airport to reach Mathura. 

By road:
 Mathura is well connected to the major cities (Agra, Lucknow, Delhi and Kanpur) by bus and private vehicle. 

By train:
Mathura is very well-connected to the country through Western and central rails.



Vrindavan: 


Prem Mandir (credit: commons.wikimedia.com)

 This holy place is situated in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh state. According to mythology it is the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days.

 How to reach:

By air:
Nearest aiport to Vrindavan is Kheria airport and it is about 72 km away from the city.


By train: 
Vrindavan has a small railway station but well connected to Mathura railway station.


By road:
 Vrindavan is good connected to Delhi and Mathura by bus as there are frequent buses and taxis are available from there.

Dwarka :


    Dwarakadheesh Temple (credit: bharatdarshan.info)
 Dwarka is considered as one of the seven most ancient cities in India. It is located in Jamnagar district in Gujarat state. Most famous Lord Krishna's Dwarkadhish temple is located at the heart of this city.

How to reach

By air : 

There is no airport in the town but the Jamnager and Porbandar is the nearest airport for it. 

By train: 
Dwarka is well and one of the popular railway station on the western railway line and has good connectivity with many of major cities of the country.

By road:
Visitor can easily reach to Dwarka by road as it has good road connectivity with the other tourist destination.


Apart from that Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi are also popular places for Krishna Janmashtami celebration.
 Every year numbers of devotees and tourists come to witness this celebration if you too want to visit then do make your plan properly and book really a quick and easy car rental services for your visit to these places.

Bhandardara - A Perfect Weekend Getaway





 India is blessed with various shades of nature and monsoon beauty covering the entire plateau is one  among them. Holidaying at these exotic locations is surely a lifetime experience which leaves you spellbound with its beauty.

Lush green carpet, overflowing river & sparkling waterfalls makes you fall in love with Incredible India.

If you are looking for a drenching monsoon and is a nature lover, "Bhandardara" is the perfect place this Monsoon, to enjoy pakodas and hot chai. Not to forget the amazing beauty of nature and wonderful trekking sites. Hiring a car to Bhandarada is a preferred option to reach this place. 

Located in the lap of Sahyadrai Mountain, Bhandardara is a hill station in Maharashtra. Connected to many mythological stories Pravara river is considered as a tributary of River Ganga.

This is a place which is loved not only by nature lovers for its crisscrossed trench but is also a major tourist attraction as dotted with major forts like Ratangarh & Harishchandragad Forts.. The most loved stopover for the people traveling to Nashik & Shirdi.
Though you can visit Bhandardara through out the year, but the best time to visit is Monsoon. It unleashes its real beauty in this season only. The rains are very heavy and continuous which is a treat for rain lovers.


Things to do: 

Trekking, sightseeing, camping, Boating, Rappling. 

Other Places to Visit in Bhandardara :

Wilson Dam :- 

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 Built with excellent engineering ,Wilson Dam is the largest earthen dam in India. It is built on Pravara river in 1910. Usually during monsoon the gates of the dam are opened to release the excess water and becomes the major tourist attraction in and around area.Adjacent to it a garden full of trees and natural green carpet add more to the beauty of Wilson Dam.


Umbrella Falls :-


 Another place which comes to full life in Monsoon is Umbrella falls situated in Bhandardara. Umbrella falls are situated behind the Wilson Dam. 


Necklace Falls: - 

Water flow forming a natural Necklace like structure when falling down the rocks is Necklace Falls.It is active only in Monsoon.

Ghatghar Dam:

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People looking for solicitation and peaceful ambience must visit Ghatghar Dam.No very renounced and difficult to locate on map, reaching Ghatghar dam might require local help.
With its picturesque scene in rainy season Ghatghar Dam is a total treat to nature lovers and has waterfalls all over.Since the dam is located near hilly region this is consider as ideal spot for trekking and camping. Less crowded therefore food and other shops are not available.


Kokan Kada: - 

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Natural fall located at 1700 Ft above the sea level Kokan kada has amazing view from the top. This view is complementary to trekking at Harishchandra Fort which is easy at the initial stage but quite challenging once reaching the top.
Covered by dense forest the possibility of encountering wild animal like cheetah is high.
A perfect escape into nature's lap during short holiday is Kokan Kada.

The cliff at Kokan Kada looks like a hood of a cobra which a natural structure beyond proudly displaying the nature 's architect. Must loved place for over night camping as one can enjoy the cool breeze and natural view beyond description.


Randha Falls: -

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With a river bed of approx 140m broad ,this is one among the largest falls in India.Situated near Ranad region this falls receive water from Wilson Dam . Maintained by administration this is Much developed tourist spot compare to other spots . Safe walkways are constructed at some places over the river bed to provide a better view of the water fall.Parking and local eating facility is also available. 


Other Places - 

Arthur Lake , Ratanwadi Village, Agatsya Rishi Ashram etc.

How to reach Bhandaradara :

 Bhandardara is connected though all the major cities in Maharashtra.

Mumbai to Bhandardara -> It’s 3 hour 45 minutes (163.6 km) from Mumbai . Bhandardara does not have a train station, and the nearest station is Igatpuri, at a distance of 28 kms from Bhandardara.

Pune to Bhandardara- It’s 4 hour 45 minutes (172.6 km) from Pune . 



By Air – Nearest airports Mumbai , Pune , Nashik



By Train - Bhandardara does not have a railway station of its own so nearest railway is Igatpuri .Igatpuri is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains. Bhandardara is 35 kms away from Igatpuri.




By Road- Car Rental are easily available from Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and all the major cities for Bhandardara.




 So,pack your bags to add yet another fun filled travel chapter to your travel diaries. Log on to ClearCarRental to explore yet another adventurous location in India.

A quick trek guide to Korigad Fort

Plateau of Korigad
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 Stands at 929 meters high above the sea level in the Sahyadri mountain range, Korigad fort is one of the most preferred trekking destinations in Maharashtra for one day trek from Pune and Mumbai. Fort can be visited throughout the year. Even the trek to this korigad fort hill is also a great night trekking adventure and is comfortable to trek in the summer months. The fort is located around 24 KM from Lonavala, Maharashtra.

The trek to Korigad can be catogories in easy level trek. Everyone can enjoy the trek to this fort even if you are the beginner. It takes around 1 hour to reach the top of the fort.
There are two ways to reach the top of fort; one is from Peth Shahpur and second is from Ambavne village.  Starting trek from Peth Shahpur route is considered to be the easier one than second mentioned route. Enroute you can have a magnificent views of tiny waterfalls and lush greenery.

There is not enough information available about the history of this fort. This fort was incorporated into his Maratha kingdom by 'Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj' in 1657 and remain under their empire until 1818. Approximately the 2 km fort walls for fort circumference are still nearly intact.

What to see on the Korigad Fort 

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1] Goddess Koraidevi.

2] Some of the Cannons on the fort.

3] View of waterfalls falling along in the way to fort.

4] Two ancient rock cut cisterns on the fort which are also called as a tank. 

Best Time To Visit Korigad :

If you love to monsoon and to view nature at its best then the monsoon is the best time to visit Korigad fort. or else you can also visit the place during September to March.
If you are visiting the place in monsoon then be extra careful while trekking as the track route are slippery.

How to reach Korigad :


By road: You can reach to Aamby valley by bus but the frequency of them are quite low. If you are going by road to reach Korigad fort then you have to get down to Peth Shahapur village. You can rent a self or chauffeur driven cab from Pune, Mumbai, or Lonavala to reach the base village.

By air: Pune airport is the nearest airport to Korigad fort. Before reaching to the airport you can hire a cab for Korigad.


By rail: Nearest railway station to Korigad is Lonavala. Lonavala is well connected to Pune and Mumbai.



All you need to know about National War Memorial, Delhi

 

Image by: Sanket Oswal, wikipedia

“Quartered in snow, silent to remain. When the bugle calls, they shall rise and march again.” – The scroll of honour at the Siachen base camp.

Nation salutes to Indian Army for their unwavering commitment and bravery in the battle field since time immemorial. Among 29 Largest standing army in the world topped by China, India hold second position with an enviable reputation for having a well-trained and powerful army, which is really a remarkable achievement.
The story of their bravery and legendary sacrifices are still hold high by every single citizen of India.

 In order to Honour their efforts, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on 25th February inaugurated India’s first National War Memorial in Delhi not very far from the another  popular tourism  attraction in Delhi ,India Gate.

 “National War Memorial will be akin to a pilgrimage to a holy place” as quoted by our PM Shri. Narendra Modi, depicts his true reverence for the Indian Army.  A true respect to the  sacrifices of men who laid down their lives for the sake of their country, so that we could live so that the country could be safe & secure, paving the way for development."
Though the proposal for the same was presented long back but it finally got approved in 2015. National War Memorial was built at the cost of Rs 176 crore which is spread in  40 acres. 
Built in the vicinity of India Gate, the National War Memorial pays homage to the soldier who sacrificed their lives during various war. The memorial honors 25,942 martyr soldiers.

Build with perfect architect, the four concentric circles of National War Memorial represents the entire journey of soldier, from entry to martyrdom and finally merge with eternal flame represented by obelisk which is at the center of the circles.

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The four concentric circle or  4 chakras around the obelisk are 'Amar Chakra' , 'Veerta Chakra', 'Tyag Chakra' and 'Rakshak Chakra'. The outmost chakra Rakshak Chakra represents spirit of security.
Moving towards inner circle the second chakra Tyag Chakra represents sacrifice of soldiers. The third chakra represents  courage and bravery of the Indian soldiers and the inner most chakra near obelisk is Amar Chakra representing eternity of the soul.

To make it a green zone around 700 trees were planted and the area is well manicured to make it as popular tourist attraction in Delhi.
WeBe design lab of chennai is the winner of the design selected for Memorial.Beautifully designed in a form of Chakravyuh the architect is unique in itself.The walls are made up of granite brick .It also has Brick with Name of each soldier, his ID, regiment, and rank. Going a step further and making things easier for the visitors an app is available on google play store  by which one can type the name of the solider and find the location of the brick. It also hold statue of 21 Param Vir Chakra Awardees at Param Yoddha Sthal.

How to Reach National War Museum : - 

Delhi is well connected with all the major capital of all the states, through Air ,Train and Road network. 
National War Memorial can be easily reached from all corners of Delhi though Public or Private Transport. You can also book a Cab for local site seeing. There is no entry fee for visiting the National War Memorial in Delhi.

Best Time to Visit The National War Memorial : -

Like other tourist attractions in Delhi, It is also open on all days of the week. However, the entry to the National War memorial is restricted on certain days. 
The official timings for the War Memorial Delhi is from 9 am to 6:30 pm till March and From April, the timings would be 9 am to 7:30 pm.

Other Places to Visit Around Delhi : -

India Gate :
 Formally known as Kingsway. The India Gate is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath. This was built in the memory of 70,000 soldiers both Indian and British who  lost lives in World War – 1

Rashtraparti Bhavan :
 Rashtraparti Bhavan is yet another amazing place to visit. Occupying 330 acres it has 190 acres of garden area.It has 340 room build over four floors. The legendary Mughal Gardens has an Persian style architect which cover an area of 15 acres and have 159 celebrated varieties of roses, varieties of bougainvillea. The walls are covered with creepers like Jasmine, Rhynchospermum, and  China Orange trees. From Feb to March every year  The Mughal Gardens opens for general public i.e  during Udyanotsav.

Swaminarayan Akshardham :
 Awarded with the Guinness World Record as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple Akshardham epitomizes thousand years of history of Indian Culture, India’s ancient architecture, and the essence of spirituality which flows in every Hindu.

Apart from this Delhi tourism covers places like Red Fort, Rajpath, Humayun Tomb, Agrasen Ki Baoli, Lotus Temple, Birla Mandi, Dilli Haat, Garden of Five Senses, Shantivan, Iskcon Temple, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Lodi Tomb, Qutab Minar and many more.

So log on to Clear Car Rental  to check out yet more Near by Tourist attractions in Delhi and add few more cherishing memories in your travel diary .

Top Preferred Yoga Destinations In India




  International Yoga Day has been celebrated every year by millions of people across the globe on 21st June since it's inception in 2015. Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual exercises or disciplines which originated and started in ancient India, helps to improve health happiness.
 Millions of people are joining the moment every year and continues to growth across the world. If you too have been inspired by the yoga and want to roll out yoga mats somewhere at the best places but not sure where to go then surely the list will help you a lot in your plan for yoga tourism. And here we bring you a quick list of yoga retreat places for you. You may have visited many places from the list or have planned to go.


1] Rishikesh : 


Rishikesh, a city nestled amidst beautiful mountains of Himalaya and on the bank of Ganga river, is at number one position in our list and should be on the first position as it is the capital of yoga practice of the world. There are a good number of yoga classes and ashrams where you can try your yoga practice 

2] Varanasi : 

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Varanasi always been on yoga practioner's radar as it is one of the premier yoga places. It is also known as Kashi and Banaras situated on the bank of holy river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh state. It is the most ancient city in India. There are several Yoga schools where you can go and learn or practice yoga.
 Instead of this Varanasi is famous for numerous Hindu temples including Kashi Vishwanath Temple and many ghats and delicious food. 

3] Goa : 


Goa is not all about parties. In recent years, Goa has emerged as one of the most popular destinations for yoga practitioners. Goa's uniquely calm and soothing ambiance makes it one of a prime place for a yoga practice. If you want to have a vacation while practicing yoga in wonderful surroundings, Goa might be a good fit for you.
 Spend a blissful week in a gorgeous Goa, surrounded by amidst best beaches and magically aesthetic culture. You can easy find the yoga retreats center with a simple search in Google. Few of them Bamboo Yoga Retreat, SWAN yoga retreat, The beach house and many more.

4] Auroville : 


What could be a better place for your yoga tourism, if you are looking for a yoga retreat in south India.
Auroville is an experimental township in the state of Tamil Nadu. Silence and spiritual atmosphere of Auroville makes it a perfect destination for every yoga enthusiast. You could visit other places in and around Auroville, when you get time from yoga. 
Take a local ride in and around Auroville with a cab to visit some of the most beautiful sights like Matrimandir, Auroville Bakery and Boulangerie, Auroville Beach[ restricted for swimming due to high tide], Auroville Botanical Gardens. 

5] Dharamshala :

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 Nestled amid dense forest of northern India, and surrounding stunning natural beauty makes Dharamshala a popular destination for Yoga retreat.
 Enthusiasts will have plenty of yoga school choices to choose from with this, you can also have the opportunity to participate in yoga teacher training programs. 

6] Manali : 

Manali does not have as much yoga centers as compared with other places from the list but misty and beautiful Himalayas and lush greenery around it offers the perfect yoga retreat.

7] Mysore : 

The list incomplete without including Mysuru. Mysore is famous for an excellent style of yoga to accommodate people of all levels. It's a home of Ashtanga yoga, Late yoga guru K. Pattabhi Jois’ founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute which is best known yoga schools in India and the world. 

8] Kerala:  
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It will be the perfect destination for you if you are looking for an Ayurveda and yoga retreat. Kerala is known as the 'God's own abode' which has been blessed with dense palms, bushy trees and serenity. ideally, people looking for solace and peace opt Kerala as their yoga destination.


So let’s make Yoga an integral part of our daily lives and also inspire others to do the same, for a better and healthier future.


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