Celebrate India – Island Tourism Festival with Yatra.com

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The reason I am in love with this festival is because, unlike most Indian festivals it is devoid of all mythological and historical associations. Its sole purpose is to promote tourism at this eco-friendly destination. The festival is hosted by the capital city of Port Blair but 10 days is more than enough to seek out all the major and not-so-major tourist attractions, in and around.

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Celebrate India – Island Tourism Festival with Yatra.com

  1. 1. Celebrate India – Island Tourism Festival with Yatra.comNow that your New Year Bash’s hangover is finally fading and the severe winter chill is startingto make itself felt again, it is time to continue the party somewhere warm. Down south, a littleeast, across the sea you will can find natures’ true bounty, the magnificent islands of Andamanand Nicobar. But, why would you want to head out so far in the middle of nowhere? Well,because that’s where the annual Islands Tourism Festival is taking place and that too for a good10 days.The reason I am in love with this festival is because, unlike most Indian festivals it is devoid ofall mythological and historical associations. Its sole purpose is to promote tourism at this eco-friendly destination. The festival is hosted by the capital city of Port Blair but 10 days is morethan enough to seek out all the major andnot-so-major tourist attractions, in andaround.You know how much I dig the localcultural stuff. I was totally into the nativedance, drama, music, arts & craftsexhibitions and water sports too butseriously those were not the attractions Iwent seeking (although I accept thatwithout these, the festival woulddefinitely be incomplete) all the wayacross the sea. I mean why take all this trouble when I have already done all this in similarfestivals in Goa and Orissa? No, my real motivation was the rich marine life, fauna, flora andmost of all the opportunity to see it all while scuba diving. That’s right people, if you are goingall that distance and not indulging in scuba diving or at least snorkeling (i.e. if you don’t havethe heart for the former) then making this trip is useless (sorry for the exaggeration). I stronglyrecommend it because down there under the waves exists a whole another magical world that,trust me, you won’t want to miss.For both these activities you will need to head out to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine NationalPark. This place is nature lovers’ absolute delight and covers several islands where you canenjoy the above mentioned activities as well as get a chance to surf the waves (provided youknow how to. I don’t. L)
  2. 2. If you are still skeptical regarding this whole underwater thing then don’t worry, the trip won’tbe a total washout because plenty of other activities and attractions are organized for all kindsof tourists. Nicobari Hodi race is at the top of the list of these attractions followed by Magic andPuppet shows along with smaller Canoe Races.Another fact that really caught my attention was the existence of such tribes (mainly in theNicobar Islands) that have no connection with the civilized world till date. It is a very rarechance of coming across one because they stay hidden in the jungles, access to which isextremely difficult. However, experiencing that culture is not that difficult because plenty oftribes did come in contact with the civilized world and brought along with them all the mysteryof their tribal cultures. The best way to experience this would be to witness one of the tribaldance and musical performances during the festival. It’s a unique and one-of-a-kind experiencethat I am sure I will remember for a very long time to come.Well, if you are still unconvinced about making that trip to Andaman & Nicobar I guess I’ll justhave to write another blog. Just kidding! On a serious note, I personally feel it is a great way tokick off the New Year, breathing the fresh air under the starry skies, in the middle of nowhere.How is that for painting a picture?This is Joy signing off,Wishing all of you a Safe and Happy Travel.CiaoConnect with Yatra.com on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube as well.

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