INDEBO – experience the extraordinary

INDEBO – experience the extraordinary!
WELCOME! It’s another April and the financial year ended with a rush for invoices and accounts while making sure our visitors are setting off safely to wherever they were headed. This business year is expected to be very different from the last one – and we are expanding and broadening our horizons into new segments. Updates and options will be available on our website soon. While the general sense of financial news is a little sober, we’re working harder to tailoring your journeys in India better. The budget hailed an important increase in fares and prices while signaling a corresponding hike in service taxes as well. Factoring all that into our markets, the coming months will see many changes for our clients – but what will remain the same is our committment to provide you with a unique face to face with the country!

Delhi just saw a welcome set of showers in the middle of the April heat. And we decided it was best to spend one of these breezy days walking around the walled city – Shahjahanabad as it remains today, and try to discover the silent pleasures of travelling. Kabootarbaazi (the practice of keeping pigeons) used to be an indulgence of old landed gentry; over the years it has become a pastime for the bird lovers. From there we walked along the kite market of Old Delhi, and Khari Baoli’s spice market, arguably the largest in Asia. Withing minutes of leaving we had decided that we would be back to see more – because that’s what old cities do – they make you come back.

focus – Mewar Festival
In Rajasthan, the onset of spring is celebrated with the Mewar festival in Udaipur. The idea is relatively new, as it tries to expand the regional consciousness around the previously princely estate of Mewar, but it builds upon a much older set of celebrations and ritualistic performances around the beginning of spring. The most important of these celebrations is the Gangauri Puja where women dress up the idols of Isar and Gangaur and a procession travels from one locality to another collecting more devotees and adding more colour and music. The last segment of the religious rituals at the Gangauri Ghat along the Lake Pichola includes several ritualised chants and offerings by women who are yet to be married.
In Rajasthan, the onset of spring is celebrated with the Mewar festival in Udaipur. The idea is relatively new, as it tries to expand the regional consciousness around the previously princely estate of Mewar, but it builds upon a much older set of celebrations and ritualistic performances around the beginning of spring. The most important of these celebrations is the Gangauri Puja where women dress up the idols of Isar and Gangaur and a procession travels from one locality to another collecting more devotees and adding more colour and music. The last segment of the religious rituals at the Gangauri Ghat along the Lake Pichola includes several ritualised chants and offerings by women who are yet to be married.

The Union Budget of 2012 heralded in a series of hikes in service taxes in the Tourism sector. The general hike follows a 2% increase and the service tax stands at 12.36% over last year’s 10.30% while a revision in the rates amounts to 3.09% service tax for tours and 12.36% for events and conferences. Air ticketing prices will also see a hike as the revised tax rate stands at 0.618% for domestic flights and 1.236% for international ones. Transport services will be corresponding with the revised rate standing at 4.994% and other service charges on allied services at 12.36%. The hikes in fares are already in place and our costings will be made accordingly.

Music – K J Yesudas
K J Yesudas is perhaps one of the tallest classical singers in the country. The value of his accolades and his work can hardly be estimated but he’s come a very long way – his cabinet at home holds seven National Awards and forty three State Awards from from five states for playback singing. More than fifty thousand recorded singles and a vibrant recording studio in Trivandrum and Chennai. His five decades as a professional singer have been a source of great affect for many. We wish him several more years of great music and even greater warmth from his admirers.

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