Monday, 6 February 2017

Celebrate this valentine day with a chocolaty smile

Someone among us has said that – “Love has no boundaries and it can happen without knocking your door”. Love is like a feeling, a smile that comes automatically after seeing someone whom you love, a sacrifice of everything and many more. The month of February has come, when the most awaited festival called “Valentine Day” is on the way. The festival is very famous not only in India, but also in all over the world. Lovers wait for whole year to welcome this much-awaited day, when they plan special for their beloved. The festival is celebrated for 7 days and each day brings new color, lots of happiness and most importantly abundance of love. Here I have suggested you the importance of these 7 days –

1. Rose Day

The romantic festival begins with Rose Day and lovers celebrate this day by exchanging a rose to their beloved. The first day of this beautiful week brings lots of enthusiasm and spirit among lovers who gives roses to their special one. Try to take out your beloved for a surprise date. On this day, the red color plays a major role and the whole world dip into the mesmeric environment.

2. Proposes Day

This is the second day of the festival, when a boy proposes to a girl. It is a little exciting but uncomfortable time for youngsters who plan to propose their GF or BF and pamper them with new gifts and flowers. They roam, eat and enjoy each other’s companionship.

3. Chocolate

The whole day is devoted to chocolates which everyone likes to have in the world. Chocolates or sweet deserts easily add charms, brings smile on your face and make you speak sweetly. Go ahead and buy lots of chocolates to pamper your soul mates. Gift her basket of chocolates to complete this day.  

4. Teddy Day 

Now this is the day to buy some cute and adorable teddies to your sweet hearts. We boys are familiar with the facts that girls are fond of teddy bears and many of them keep teddies in their bed rooms. Teddies are one of those things, which every girl adore even in her adult days. Go and get a teddy bear to make its own magic.

5. Promise Day

The day plays a vital role in a relationship and completing the promise is the second most major step to maintain a healthy relationship. Love is an absolute promise to a faulty person. Love comes with a long list of responsibilities, promises, commitments and many more. Making promises in your relationship and fulfilling them with extreme devotion and keeping the faith issue alive is truly significance.    

6. Kiss Day

This is the sixth day of the festival where lovers kiss to each other. This is the most well-known day, which every couple knows well and gets a chance to express their love with a sweet way. Express your emotions of love on this kiss day and turn this day into a romantic and unforgettable day.

7. Hug Day

This is a hug day celebrated just two days prior to the main event. This day gives you a valuable chance to express your unlimited love to your beloved with a warm and tight hug. It is just an expression of affection which shows love, care, affection and protection towards your love.   

8. Valentine’s Day

Initially the day comes which brings lots of significance in couple’s life. Many lovers express their love to their beloved on this special day and try to impress their partner. Lovers should find out some creative ideas to make their day memorable, which you can remember throughout your life.

There is a popular proverb that doesn’t wait to tell someone how much you love them, how much you care them. As when they go, no matter how loud you scream and cry, they will not listen you anymore. So, what are waiting for, just go ahead to make your valentine day memorable and we hope lovers are really ready with their creative ideas which presents their unlimited bond of love and affection to their partner. We at ARV holidays wish each and every in advance and expect this day brings lots of surprises in your life.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Top 10 Places in India to Celebrate the Festival of Holi 2016

The festival of colors is going to be held in March and the whole country is waiting to paint themselves in red, yellow, green and purple. As the Holi excitement increases, we let you know about some destinations where you can celebrate the festival of Holi 2016 in unique ways.

1. Holi - Mumbai, Maharashtra

The city of Bollywood or movies! The city celebrates all festival with enthusiasm and prepares weeks before to celebrate the holy. Day before Holi, Shimga is celebrated to burn all evils. People play with colors and welcome the spring season. People in a very festive mood exchanges sweets and greets each other.

2. Holi - Braj Barsana, Uttar Pradesh

If want to see traditional Holi then visit Braj Barsana in Uttar Pradesh where they celebrate the ‘lathmaar Holi’. In this Holi, the women of Barsana beat up’ the men from the adjacent Nandgaon. Braj Barsana is considered as a birthplace of Lord Krishna’s consort Radha, and has a temple dedicated to her. The whole ‘colorful battle’ consist of the Holi celebrations, which are further turn into singing songs called “Hori” in praise of Radha-Krishna. 

3. Holi - Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

Legend says that Vrindavan is the place where Lord Krishna is supposed to have grown up, celebrates Holi in the most original and romantic way. The popular Banke Bihari Temple is the centre of Holi celebrations here. On this day, the temple is decorated with flowers and lights. Devotees first offer Gulal to the Lord and then on each other.

4. Holi - Shantiniketan, West Bengal

Shantiniketan celebrates the festival with peace and serenity. People sing songs and perform dances wearing yellow-colored clothes. A cultural festival is organized here and wishes each other by applying dry color on face. The festival is very important day for Shantiniketan and attracts thousands of travelers from across India and foreign countries to see an exclusive aspect of Holi.

5. Holi - Purulia, West Bengal

Another cultural place to enjoy Holi is Purulia in West Bengal. The three-day celebration is packed with amazing folk dance performances for example - Chhau dance, Jhumur music and the outstanding Baul musicians. Holi is celebrated by smearing dry color on each other. Folk artists add distinct charm to this festival accompanied by folk singers.

6. Holi - Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Anandpur Sahib is a pilgrimage destination for the Sikhs. The people of here also celebrate Holi but in unique way without water and color. This meticulous festival celebrates the strength male aggression and physical agility that keep the people safe.

7. Holi - Jaipur, Rajasthan

Holi is celebrated with a regal way befitting the royal history of Rajasthan. Holi is renowned for its only one of its kind in which people sitting on the elephants back spray dry color on the bystanders. Elephant dances and elephant polo creates an interesting twist to this celebration. 

8. Holi - Gujarat

Gujarat also celebrates Holi in the same sociable way. Gifting of corn, sugar figurines, raw mango and condensed milk is made to the Holika, after that people apply red color to each other’s forehead. Little girls make statues of Gauri from the ruins of the Holika. Another day of Dhuleti is spent with colors and water. 

9. Holi -  Uttarakhand

Music plays a relevant role of this Holi in Uttarakhand which is known as Kumaoni Holi. Usually speaking, Kumaoni Holi is celebrated for two months! The festival end into a Cheer Bandhan (bonfire), 15 days previous to Dhulendi. Playful games are played to steal each other’s attractions. At the end a ritualistic Shubh Kamna prayer is done.

10. Holi -  Tamilnadu

Holi is an ironic festival here and considered as a matter of love and contains rituals that seek the conquest of religious bliss over romantic needs. A symbolic bonfire is performed to show conquering romantic needs as well as negativities in general. After that day, people play of colors.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Apple Season in Full Bloom in Kullu-Manali

During the 1st quarter of the year, Kullu-Manali enjoys full bloom of apples. During the apple season, the apple growers are engaged with their crop of apples, waited for the year. During the farming, the process of plucking, grading, packing ultimately taking apples to the wholesale market of apple is performed. With the hope of obtaining an excellent price, some of the growers refer the apples to Delhi for selling. While some get satisfaction by selling them in the wholesale markets of the same locality.

Watch the Apple Orchards in Full Bloom in Kullu Manali

During the spring, when the roads are lined with the trees of apple and cherry in full bloom, Kullu-Manali is a must visit for you if you don’t love enjoying snow. While visiting the orchards of red apples and praising the bounty of nature, you can also get red apples, plums and several other fruits, that you can either relish on the spot or carry with you for the rest of your tour.

Apple Orchards in Himachal Pradesh Naggar Kullu-Manali

The orchards of apples are considered as one of the highlight points in Naggar Kullu. It is so because apples have the requirement of cold temperatures. Here, we get the chance of watching the apple trees, all of which are loaded with juicy fruits of apple, growing everywhere, as well as in every home. After the month of September, the apple fruits get prepared to be relished and are transported to every place and city in India and exported on the international level.

Besides providing a healing experience in the spiritual journey of the tourists, the visit to the Himachal Pradesh, the northern state of India, offers a bonus for the gardener in its visitors. During the apple season, Kullu-Manali, which is enriched with loads of colorful flowers everywhere growing like wild even in the snow capped mountains, looks like a place of fantasy and imagination. Because of the suitable climate, these plants and flowers grow in the hills and mountains in peace, freedom and without any care. Besides offering a scarce experience, the apple fruits on trees provides the chance of grabbing them (apple fruits).

If you also want to take the fine glimpse of apple season in full bloom in Kullu-Manali, you can get the chance by booking Kullu-Manali Tour Packages from ARV Holidays. Kullu-Manali Holiday Packages, which are affordable to the budget of the tourists of Kullu-Manali, can also be customized as per the demand of the clients.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Best Adventure Activities in Shimla

Offering some of the most challenging and thrilling mountaineering chances in the globe, Shimla, which is the area abundant in several valleys and peaks, densely populated pine trees, green alpine meadows, trekking region, rivers, mountaineering choices and several more adventure sports, is the best spot for those who love adventure sports and adventures. Mountaineering Institute of Himachal Pradesh organizes these events. Here are some of the popular adventure activities in Shimla.

Horse Riding

The best way to feel the joy of life is horse riding, which can be best experienced on the Mall Road, Shimla. Several horse vendors in Shimla offer well-maintained and well-cleaned horses for horse riding.

Ice- Skating

Shimla is the part of the world, which has the largest open-air region with frozen ice for ice skating during winters. Shimla Ice-Skating Club, which has already celebrated its Diamond Jubilee, coordinates to perform this sport, which normally lasts from early December to February. A series of continuous sessions is provided by low temperatures and clear skies.

River Rafting

Conducting in summer season instead of the monsoons and winter, the adventure activity of river rafting is performed by using an inflatable rubber boat (dinghy). The fast flowing rivers of Shimla offer the suitable condition for the adventure activity of river rafting. The Sutlej River close to Shimla provides exciting chances for river rafting. A 12 km long stretch from Chabba to Tattapani is the popular place for river rafting in Shimla.


Being the best way to explore and appreciate the best landscapes and mountains of the hill station of Shimla, trekking (taking a scenic walk), which is very popular among adventure lovers, is an extremely exciting adventure activity of walking or trekking from the slopes and incline of one mountain to the slopes and incline of another mountain. The magnificent hills of Shimla, which are surrounded by snowy peaks, are suitable for trekking.


Considered as one of the most challenging golf course in India and situated at Naldehra at a distance of 23 kms from Shimla, this golf course in Shimla, which is a par 68, nine hole course, is one of the most ancient golf course in this country. Lord Curzon, the British Viceroy of India, originally founded the course, whose topography is entirely natural.


Being a skillful combination of hang gliding and parachuting, Paragliding, which is simply launched in lighter winds and requires less space for landing, is the exhilarating adventure sport in Shimla. Two locations named ‘Bir’ and ‘Billing’ in the Kangra Valley are supposed to be the hot spots of gliding in Shimla


Skiing is the best way to get the feel of charm and cool weather of Shimla during the winter season. Famous for its smooth slopes and snow-capped peaks of the lofty ranges of the Himalayas, Shimla, which is home to several places to offer the exhilarating adventure activity of skiing, is the ideal location (after Swiss Alps) for involving in skiing.

Fishing in Shimla

Fishing is an extremely famous recreational sport in Shimla (almost called ‘Angler’s Paradise’), famous for its treasure of the best sport fish in the world. The shallow waters and streams of Shimla render this place as the ideal location for fishing. Located in the Pabbar Valley, the upstream of Rohru, which is home to a trout hatchery in Chiragaon, the suitable spot for the fishing of trouts.

ARV Holidays offers Shimla Tour Packages at cheap & best prices. All these packages can be customized as per the requirement of the clients

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Festivals in Kullu Manali

Winter Carnival

Organized on ‘Manu Kala Kendra’ in Manali, the gay festival ‘Winter Carnival’, which has been declared as a state level festival, is the most awaited events in the Kullu Valley. The success of winter carnival is marked with the massive partaking by cultural groups and the students from several colleges of India.

The duration of second and third weeks of January in Manali, when the five day long festival is organized, is a feast for the visitors. During this occasion, the artists get the chances to prove themselves and the performers try to provide their level best and display their excellence. Competitions organized comprise Indian classical music (instrumental and vocal), folk dances, folk songs, group dance, classical dances, fancy dress, group songs, film dances, film songs, street plays and one act plays. The Winter Queen Contest and the Man’s personality contest are the most awaited competitions.

On the first day of the festival, several cultural groups present ‘Tablos’, which is also a competitive item. The duration of the rest four days makes equal invitation offering its visitors a substantial variety of programs. On the fifth and the last day of the carnival, the finals of the Man’s Personality contest and Winter Queen Contest are organized and the distribution of prizes to the won partakers of the five-day long festival is made by the chief guest.

Winter Sports Carnival

Organized in the mid-February, Winter Sports Carnival attracts a good strength of tourists from every nook and corner of the world. A number of sports loving people from all over India attend this carnival to participate the sports competitions.

Spring Festival

Also referred to as Basantotsava or Pipal Jatra, the Spring Festival, which occurs on the Dhalpur ground in Kullu between the 28th of April and the 30th of April, has been declared a state festival by the state government of Himachal Pradesh. This festival is celebrated to mark the start of the spring season (and also the season for the coming of tourists) in the Kullu Valley.

Several cultural groups perform cultural programs at Kala Kendra, a large open-air theater every night during the festival. To perform in the festival, the reputed artists and cultural groups arrive here from all over India.

Hadimba Devi Fair (Dhoongri Fair)

Held from the 2nd day of the Jaishth month (May-June) for three days at Dhoongri in Manali, the Hadimba Devi Fair, which is a rather large fair organized in the Hadimba Devi Complex, is another significant event in this place. This festival, which is celebrated in the memory of Hadimba Devi during the spring season when the valley is colorful and splendid, who made meditation at Dhoohngri, begins with the worship of this Goddess. This fair is visited by the people coming here from in and around the countryside.

International Kullu Dussehra Festival

To mark the triumph of Rama over demon king Ravana or the victory of goodness over evil, Dushehra (Dussehra), which starts on Vijya Dashmi (Dushehra) and lasts for a week, is held in most parts of India. The internationally renowned Dussehra (Dushehra) of Kullu, which presents cultural ethos of the people and their profoundly rooted spiritual beliefs, is celebrated with traditional dances, songs and colorful dress.

To take the enjoyment of grand festivals in Kullu-Manali, book Kullu-Manali Tour Packages from ARV Holidays at reasonable prices. These packages can also be customized as per the requirement of the clients.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Toy Train Ride in Shimla

Due to a proposal for the construction of a rail line, Shimla came into the limelight just after the start of railways in India. Before the starting of the actual work, intensive surveys were carried out. In the year 1884, the first of these surveys was carried out and the very next year, another one was made. In the year 1887, the preparation of a project report, on the basis of consequences got from these two surveys, was made before the government of India. The preference of an adhesion line for the route to the rack system was made after a lot of brainstorming. In the starting, the breadth of the rail line was supposed to be of only two feet when the contract was signed in the year 1898. Somehow, after this, the narrow gauge was grown to be the standard 2 feet six inches broad with the insistence of the authorities of the army. Ultimately, in the year 1903, the route was opened for traffic.

A seating arrangement of 120 passengers is made by the Shivalik Deluxe Express. The coaches of this train are well-furnished with wall to wall carpets and glass windows adding the overall look. Apart from these, an engrossing atmosphere is created by the light music playing in the background. To finish a journey from Kalka to Shimla, the train takes approx four and a half hours. On the way, the train crosses 20 railway stations, 103 tunnels, 919 curves and 969 bridges. Besides few stations, the train rapidly runs past other stations. The train stops at the Barong station for 15 minutes in order to allow the passengers to alight and take the enjoyment of some snacks in the restaurant, which is considered as one of the best ones at any hill station in India.

Adorned with magnetic charm, the total journey of the toy train covers its length of 96.6 kms. The rail track, which rises from Kalka at a height of 640 meters, reaches Shimla at an altitude of 2060 meters. To allow the passengers to take the enjoyment of the captivating charm around, the train twists its way uphill slowly. The best of the scenes around can be enjoyed at Kushalya River, Koti, Barog, Kanoh and Jabli at an altitude of 1,240 meters. Only 4 out of 103 tunnels, that the train passes through, are long. The train takes approx 3 minutes to pass through the Barog Tunnel fully. Koti, Tara Devi and Tunnel No. 103 are included under the other three significant tunnels.

Stretched over Shimla, Solan & Panchkula, districts of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, the states in North-west India, Kalka-Shimla Railway – KSR (Shimla-Kalka Toy Train) has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Shimla-Kalka Toy Train ride is considered as one of the major tourist attractions in the state of Himachal Pradesh. By booking Shimla Tour Packages, you can get the opportunity of enjoying this attraction.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Shimla honeymoon Trip for a Memorable Romantic Time Ahead


Shimla – pride of Himachal Pradesh Tourism, is the capital city and one of the beautiful hill stations in India witnessing presence of couples and honeymooners all round the year. Being one of the most preferred holiday retreats in Northern part of India, Shimla is famous for its Victorian architecture that is reflected in The Mall and The Ridge areas. Shimla is also the most preferred and popular holiday spot for honeymoon. Choosing Shimla Manali honeymoon packages is certainly the best way of spending time in the Lap of Mother Nature in tranquil environment. There is a lot more to keep you busy during your holidays in this beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh.

Places and Tourist Attractions That Will Surprise You during Your Shimla Honeymoon Trip

You not only love to spend time in serene and luxury environment, but also love to explore some of the fascinated attractions that will add more spark in your Shimla honeymoon trip. These tourist attractions and wonderful places are often covered in your Shimla Manali honeymoon packages. Some of the wonderful destinations that you will see are the following.

The Mall – Being the main shopping centre, The Mall is packed with restaurants, clubs, bars, tourist offices and Gaiety Theatre. It is also the ideal meeting place and walking path for people at the time of evening.

Jakhoo Hill and Jakhoo Temple – Standing among the must see destinations in Shimla, Jakhu Hill is at an altitude of 2445 meter – the highest point of Shimla and one of the most beautiful place to see. Jakhoo Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanumana. Here, you will see thousands of monkeys dwelling.

Chadwick Falls – Located at a few km distances from Shimla, Chadwick Falls is the most preferred destination.

The Ridge – It is the center of cultural and social life of Shimla that is ideal to view the surrounding mountains.

Christ Church – It is one of the second oldest churches in Northern part of India. Here, you will also see the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the church.

Lower Bazaar – It is famous for less expensive hotels, restaurants and shops.

In addition, there are numerous other wonderful destinations to explore that include Viceregal Lodge, Shimla Water Catchment sanctuary, Hip Hip Hurrah Amusement Park, Kufri Fun World, Tara Devi, State Museum, Photo Art Galley and a lot more. Not forget to mention Lakkar Bazaar that is quiet famous and the main center of commercial activities here.

Explore the Natural Wonders and Stay in Lap of Mother Nature

There is a lot more to explore and do for the duration of your honeymoon in Shimla that will surprise you and persuade you for memorable holidays again and again. Custom-made Shimla Manali honeymoon package will cover all these destinations and persuade you for memorable holidays again here. You will love to spend more days here. Romantic environment also makes it an ideal honeymoon destination where Mother Nature leaves her entire beauty in different forms. You have to choose the right honeymoon package according to your choice and enjoy the best time of your life.

Summary: Shimla Manali honeymoon packages are planned and designed for honeymooners for the best time to enjoy. They will be treated like royal couple; while they will get chance to indulge them in the lap of Mother Nature.