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OberOi HOtels & resOrts

E x o t i cTr a v e l

India: Soul-Stirring

The town of Panna in Madhya Pradesh
is home to the Mahamati
Prannathji Temple.

Paloma Villaverde de Rico

In the Heart of India
There's a place in the very heart of India that will stir your soul and leave you swooning with its
beauty and delights. The region of Madhya Pradesh ("MP," as it's lovingly called), located in the
heart of India, is home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, 25 sanctuaries and nine national
parks. And if it's tigers your clients are into, then it's MP they'll want to visit as the destination
accounts for almost 20 percent of India's tiger population, with six tiger reserves.
According to representatives from the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board, with whom
Recommend recently chatted, "visitors can experience all of India in Madhya Pradesh without
moving around too much. It's a truly authentic experience."
Those aforementioned UNESCO sites are at the forefront of the many reasons to visit this
exotic destination: the temples of Khajuraho, built between 950 to 1050 AD, with 22 surviving
temples; Bhimbetka, with over 600 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age filled with
detailed paintings depicting the life of the prehistoric cave dwellers; and the town of Sanchi,
home to an ensemble of Buddhist monuments that are considered to be one of the oldest stone
structures in India.
Of course, to truly experience the destination in-depth, your clients, the tourism board suggests,
should visit for 14 to 16 days, but knowing that not everyone has so much time on their hands,
we've put together a cheat sheet of tour options provided to us by the tourism board that are
ideal for recommending to clients: The 4-night World Heritage Route takes visitors to Bhopal,
Bhimbetka, Bhojpur, Sanchi and Khajuraho (overnights are in Bhopal and Khajuraho); the
4-night Tiger & Temple Tour takes visitors to Panna, famous for its diamond mines; and
Khajuraho (overnights are in Panna and Khajuraho); and the 7-night Majestic Forts, with stops
at various forts including Mandu, Raisen, Gwalior and Jhansi (overnights are in Mandu,
Burhanpur, Chanderi and Gwalior, known for its palaces and temples). mptourismusa.com
or mptourism.com

Icon Gets Even More Glammed Up
The Oberoi, New Delhi has gotten a
refresh and what a fabulous new look it
is-it's a multi-million dollar renovation
that has transformed this iconic property,
all while keeping true to its historic
roots. Its 220 rooms, including 34 suites,
are now more spacious and invite the
natural light in; there's a new restaurant,
Omya, offering authentic Indian cuisine;
Baoshuan, the rooftop restaurant, takes
guests on a culinary journey through
China; and for curated beverages and
"am I in heaven" views, guests can head
to Cirrus9, the rooftop bar. And for the
ultimate in pampering, book clients into
the 8th-floor, 3,500-sq.-ft. The Kohinoor
Suite, with views of the 16th century
Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World
Heritage site, and the Delhi Golf Course,
India's oldest golf course.
oberoihotels.com

My 2nd Home
Pacific Delight Tours is offering a heritage
tour to India next year Jan. 16-29, 2019.
Led by professor Nathan Katz-a scholar
of Indian religions who specializes in Asian
Jewry and has lived and traveled extensively
throughout India-the itinerary takes guests
to Mumbai, Kochi, Kolkata, and Delhi.
26 march 2018

Participants will have the opportunity to
learn about Mumbai's Jewish community
during dinner with locals and when visiting
the city's 19th century Indian synagogues.
In rural Kerala, they'll travel back in time
when visiting some of the oldest synagogues
in the region; and in Kolkata, there's a tour

of the recently renovated Maghen Abraham
Synagogue. Other highlights include visiting
Elephanta Island and the 16th century Palace
of the Raja of Kochi, touring Jain Temple
in Kolkata, and learning about the Dalai
Lama's "Jewish secret" from professor Katz.
pacificdelighttours.com
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