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Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Industry and Trade and Tourism in Fiji shares Fijian secrets

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Fiji: Fiji is a fascinating destination with the dominance of the Indian diaspora. Indians and Fijians share a marvelous warmth and to make this long-standing relationship strong, Indians have a free visa facility every time they visit Fiji, said Fijian politician Faiyaz Koya in a recent interview published in an Indian newspaper. Following are the highlights of the conversation.

  • Koya’s connection with India

According to Koya, their ancestors were Indians by origin so he still has his roots in Kerala. Later on, a mixed culture from other countries began to power Fiji’s culture. Therefore, they always welcome Indian tourists with full of heart and open arms.

After being separated from British, Fijians are very excited about the significant move. Even Fiji’s National Flag and Coat of Arms are being renovated in a new look devoid of any British affect.

  • Fijians are called the Happiest People on Earth

Fiji, the heart of South Pacific is highly blessed with immense diversity including 333 tropical islands and friendly locals. There are thousands of attractions for the visitors including adventure, romance, luxury, beautiful sight-seeing, traditional music and dance, cooking capability and many more.

  • Perfect place for tourism and film-making

 Every visitor here can find affordable accommodation all the way through to exclusive 5-star resorts, bunk down in a hostel or even book an entire Island. Filmmakers can gain incredible subsidies for a film shoot. The visit of Fiji will truly memorable with so much to do, said Koya.

  • How to go from India?

The connectivity is direct via Singapore now with a great comfort.

By Plane- The main international airport in Fiji is Nadi International Airport (NAN). It is the main hub of Fiji Airways, and also services Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Air Fiji flights, amongst others.

  • Fiji is an island nation in the Pacific consisting of roughly 300 islands accounting for 18,272 km² of earth’s surface. It has a population of about 900 thousand (9 lakh), with 40 % of the population being of Indian decent (Indo-Fijians). (Inputs from economictimes.com)
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3 Best Travel Experiences in India You Should Not Miss

India is steeped in culture and history.

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Beaches in India. Pixabay

About 60% of polled vacationers rate travel experiences as more important than material possessions. Curated experiences rank high on the list of voyagers this year and in 2019, the trend is expected to continue according to an independent survey commissioned by Booking.com. If you are planning a trip to India, there are several experiences that you should not miss from checking in at a luxurious royal hotel and estate tea visits to temple tours and mountain sun rise excursions.

Arrange a Yoga Retreat

The country is a dream destination for yogis with many places to choose from. A yoga retreat might just be what you need to relax and discover your inner self. A relaxing vacation is not only rejuvenating but also offers a glimpse of a different lifestyle.

 

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In order to comprehend better, the Indian seers constructed the special “BOAT” – named Yoga/Meditation. Pixabay

While the practice of yoga in the West focuses on physical postures and sequences, a yoga retreat in India offers benefits by emphasizing breathing, meditation and cleansing. In addition, you’ll be exposed to devotional practices such as chanting and karma yoga. A typical retreat consists of an inclusive stay at specialist accommodation such as a hotel, yoga camp or school but if you want to save on accommodation costs, you can just drop in daily or sign-up for shorter courses.

 

Go on a Tour of the River Ganges

To continue your spiritual journey, organize a tour of the Ganges, the third largest river that flows through the country. Named after the Hindu goddess, Ganga, it is one of the most sacred places in India with religious festivities and burial rites taking place at the river’s banks. Pilgrims come from far to cleanse themselves with the holy water in the Ganges.

 

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River Ganga is one of the holiest rivers in India. Pixabay

 

The river starts at the Himalayas and drains into the Bay of Bengal. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Ganges River while on a cruise. If you have the opportunity, sign-up for a walking tour along the Ganges in Varanasi.

Get Up Close with Hindu Gods

With over 2 million Hindu temples in India, deciding where to go might prove difficult. But if you want to cover the most temples during your visit, head to the state of Tamil Nadu. It is not for nothing that it is known as the ‘Land of the Temples’ boasting of almost 33,000 ancient places of worship. In total, there are 38,615 temples according to the Tamil Nadu Hindu Endowments Board.

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Most of the temples situated in Tamil Nadu were built during the historic and medieval period

Marvel at the Brihadishvara Temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest South Indian temples and features exceptional architecture. Don’t forget the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai decked with thousands of colorful figures of gods, animals and demons.

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India is steeped in culture and history. With so many things to offer its visitors, you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to unique travel experiences that cater to your senses and personal preferences.