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Sri Lanka or Ceylon is an enchanting tropical island in the Indian Ocean with golden, sandy beaches, exotic wildlife, rolling hills, tea plantations, colonial towns and friendly people. The traditional greeting, Ayu Bowan – “wishing you a long life” – is testament to this. But did you know that Sri Lanka also is a perfect MICE destination? We will give you 8 reasons why:

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1. Heritage and history
Some of Asia’s oldest legends are set here and the island has a long history of contact with foreign merchants and powers. Buddhist, Tamil, Roman, Arab, Portuguese, Dutch and British influences can all be found in Sri Lanka’s culture. In addition the Ancient Cities are a fascinating region, full of archaeology, history and natural beauty. Do not miss out on the largest festival of the country Kandy Perahera, that takes place around the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth.

2. Small size: all in one
One of the best things about Sri Lanka as a MICE destination is its small size. Why not spending the morning in the hills watching the tea pickers, go to an ancient Buddhist temple in the afternoon and enjoy your evening eating seafood at the beach? Although Sri Lanka is not that big, landscape varies enormously; from dense jungles to empty golden beaches; from monasteries and temples to cool, misty mountains dotted with the bright saris of pickers.

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3. Colombo
Colombo is the economic and political capital of Sri Lanka. A big and vibrant city. Do not forget to visit the Fort, Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah (an old and historically interesting district).

4. Beach life
Sri Lanka is famous for its idyllic beaches. They stretch from the eastern coast all the way around to the west near Colombo. You will find there accommodations that vary from intimate boutiques to luxurious resorts on private beaches and larger hotels in more vivid places.

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5. Elephants
You cannot imagine Sri Lanka without her elephants. The Millenium Elephant Foundation and Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage (close to Kandy) give you the opportunity to visit young, elderly and sick elephants but also to wash them yourselves. Not to be missed.

6. National Parks and wildlife
The best places to enjoy the abundant wildlife of Sri Lanka are Uda Walawe, Yala, and Minneriya National Park. Enjoy an exciting jeep safari and take a close look to wild elephants and crocodiles. If you are lucky you can even spot the illusive leopard here.

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7. Tea Plantations
Sri Lanka rises up from the coast to the hills. The landscape is marked with tea bushes, and interlaced with streams and waterfalls. The lush character and cool climate seem to be a perfect combination for tea. Did you know that Sri Lanka has long been a pilgrimage destination for tea planters and tea lovers looking for their perfect cup of tea?

8. Air connectivity, hotels and venues
Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo is well connected. It has direct flights from major European, Indian cities and a convenient destination for onward flights to Maldives. With-in Sri Lanka, there are many domestic flights that covers all major destinations. The train connectivity though limited, can be a good option in certain areas. Sri Lanka has a varied range of accommodation options to offer right from Budget 3* to Deluxe 5*. In past few years numerous new hotels opened their doors in Sri Lanka: from tea planters’ bungalows and private beach villas to small boutique hotels. Many historical buildings including gentlemen’s clubs and private homes take in guests. In addition you will find a number of distinctive, elegant hotels and beach villas designed by the country’s most famous architect Geoffrey Bawa.

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For more information about MICE trips to Sri Lanka, please contact our partner Hi Tours at marketing@hi-tours.com

Think of Bollywood nights, Indian wedding parties, lots of dancing and delicious food… These are the ingredients for an unforgettable experience and incentive trip to India.

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Making a traditional royal wedding part of your MICE trip to India is a guarantee for unforgettable experiences. Being present at one of the most exceptional happenings in life, among coloured and beautifully dressed guests, exquisite locals, culinary highlights, stunning decorations and at a Bollywood style ball. Something to remember for life.

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Tailor-made teambuilding

Hi! Tours, specialist in MICE and leisure travels to India, can organize tailor-made trips for various groups of people, including a traditional Indian wedding experience. Weaving a dream Royal Wedding at a spectacular palace in India as unique team building activity.

At Hi! Tours a Team of 150 experts which has more than 300 years of combined professional experience will assist at every stage right from planning and budgeting to logistics and marketing. Fresh ideas will keep organisations ahead targeting the right audience and attaining maximum ROI.

For more information about MICE trips to India, please contact our partner Hi! Tours.

Snow-capped mountains, stunning vistas, unexplored valleys and villages, fascinating ancient town, whitewashed monasteries, maroon-robed monks that are abuzz, bazaars that whine the musical sounds, multi-lingual folklore enjoying the simple delectable delights of their life. Yes, this is Ladakh in India! A dream destination for any escapist and nature lover.

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Picturesque places
Known to be one of the rare places on earth which is original, fresh and un-explored, Ladakh is one of the best kept secrets of India. Located in the far north in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, with a high altitude desert dominated by rugged snowcapped mountains and deep turquoise lakes, it is one of the most picturesque places on earth. Also referred to as ‘little Tibet’, Ladakh is a gateway into the timeless world of the Tibetan Plateau. Geographically protected from the ravages of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, it is one of the few places where Tantric Buddhism still exists and thrives.

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Luxury glamping
A special place like Ladakh asks for a unique way to stay. How about a luxury glamping experience? A stay in an opulent canvas bastion, surrounded by the stunning scenery is a good way to unwind in an aura of unmatched beauty and serenity.

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Authentic activities
Besides the feeling of staying right in the heart of Ladakh, a lot of activities can be found in this part of India as well. From Morning Prayer to an adrenalin River rafting. From spinning prayer wheels at the monasteries to candle light vigils at hilltop villages and gentle walks. The mix of dramatic landscapes, cultural charm and the activities provide an authentic local life experience, including religion and customs.

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Hemis Festival
The best way to marvel the rich and diverse culture of Ladakh, is by experiencing the Hemis Festival (June 2015). At this prominent festival, you can reconnect with your spiritual side while immersing and rejuvenating in the teachings of His Holiness the Dali Lama.

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Enjoy and discover Ladakh in your own style and pace. With summertime just around the corner, a luxury sojourn during the summer months (June to September) would be a good idea.

For an interesting itinerary, prices and further details, please contact us our partner Hi Tours.

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India, the country of colourful people, rich history and the most tasteful spices and curries you have ever tasted. Besides all the leisure travel highlights, it is also a suprising MICE destination for people from all over the world. Even more interesting is the fact that India is making it much easier to visit the country: from today the visa procedure can be done in only a few clicks on the internet. Part I of the countries visa-list has been launched today. The Netherlands and Belgium will follow as soon as possible.

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Nine e-visa airports
India offers a tourist visa upon arrival at nine international airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa. In order to get an e-visa, visitors would need to apply on the visa website, along with the required fees. An electronic version of the visa will  be send within 96 hours. Much faster and easier than it was before.

As per the governmental decision, all countries, except Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia, would be brought into the new e-visa procedure over the next two years.

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From Himalayas to one-horn rhinos
Destination India with it’s magnificent Himalayas in the north to the beautiful serene backwaters of Kerala, from legendary forts of Rajasthan to world class heritage sites like Hampi in Karnataka, from exotic one-horn rhinos of Kaziranga to majestic elephant herds of Bandipur, from majestic lions of the Gir to Royal Bengal tigers of the Sunderbans, besides sprawling beaches of the long coastline are within reach.

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In addition to the new visa upon arrival, Hi Tours is offering a special discount price of €49 per person per day, (min. of 7 nights & 2 guests, May 1st to August 31st 2015). Curious to know more about the MICE and leisure possibilities of India? Please contact our partner Hi Tours.

India, known for its colourful people, delicious curries and beautiful nature, is also home of the tiger. The country preserves a variety of National Parks where this impressive animal is living and can be seen in his own habitat. A top 5 list of National Park ‘must-visits’ while on a leisure or business trip in India:

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1. Kanha National Park

Kanha (1955) is considered as one of India’s greatest parks and excellent habitat for many mammals and bird species. Home of a large tiger population and animals like leopards, the sloth bear and Indian wild dog. While visiting Kanha make sure you visit the Kanha and Kisli zone of the park, were the tigers are more accustomed to human visitors and are much easier sigthed.

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2. Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh is set amongst the Vindya Hills of Madhya Pradesh. The setting for this park is impressive; the ruins of the ancient fort, from which this park derives its name, provide a stunning backdrop. After the Mararaja of Rewa had occupied the fort for years, the the forest and surrounding area were given national park status in 1968. Bandhavgarh has developed into one of the most finest tiger reserves in India.

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3. Pench National Park

Since 1992 Pench has been included in the Project Tiger Reserve list. This Kipling country covers the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh and was once known as the Seoni forests. Did you know that Kipling chose this park as the scenery for his story of the wolf boy Mowgli?

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4. Panna National Park

Take an elephant ride into the tiger reserve, or go out in a jeep on a ‘tiger-tour’ around. It is easy to spend a day or two at this park which opens at 06:00 hrs in the morning. Originally Panna was a hunting reserve owned by the Maharaja of Panna. Nowadays the tiger population and the rocky River Ken, home of India’s crocodiles the marsh mugger and the fish eating Gharial., make it a beautiful National Park to visit.

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5. Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park is one of the ‘most visitor friendly’ wildlife destinations and one of the finest tiger reserves in India. The park is part of India’s Central Highlands, and is named after the Satpura Hill ranges. The extremely rugged hills, the beautiful Tewa lake, coves and bays makes Satpura a perfect place for a kayaking tour. Furthermore, this park is one of the only tiger reserves where you can make a walking tour accompied by local guides.

For more information about the National Parks and India, please contact our partner HI! Tours

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Once you have visited this incredible destination, it’s in your heart forever. Taste, see and feel the Indian culture, walk in the footsteps of a Maharajah and get inspired by this colourful country.

India……
“This is indeed India; the land of dreams and romance of tigers and elephants, the country of a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions, cradle of the human race, mother of history, grandmother of legend, the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.”
Mark Twain, Famous Explorer, Following the Equator 1897

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Why choose India?

India’s rich heritage, monuments & huge geographic diversity coupled with a booming economy makes it an attractive destination for leisure and business travelers.

  • Excellent air connectivity both international and domestic
  • World class hotels offering warm Indian hospitality
  • State-of-the-art Conference venues
  • Chic and traditional award winning restaurants
  • Sightseeing – Forts & Palaces, Taj Mahal, Ancient temples, etc. as many as 28 World UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wildlife safaris including Tiger sighting,
  • Huge geographical diversity – Himalayas, Deserts, Backwaters, Beaches
  • Unique events & Theme Evenings for memorable Gala Dinners
  • Exquisite shopping
  • Inexhaustible database of cultural and special interest programs to meet every requirement, and help every dream come true. And of course, the experience and connections to transform every itinerary on paper into an experience to remember.
  • Chartering the course to absolute luxury

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AN INTRODUCTION TO NEPAL…..

Explore the pristine beauty of the Himalayan country Nepal on your next trip. From dense forests to gurgling streams to sweet smelling rhododendrons, a nature treat awaits you here! Considered as mystical and inaccessible, this landlocked country of valleys and peaks has attracted an astounding number of visitors for decades. From the endorsers of ‘Flower Power’ in the hedonistic 60s to the daring adventure traveler, Nepal has catered to the varied needs of visitors in its own incomparable way. The landscape offers a kaleidoscope of green paddy terraces, dense forests, marshy grasslands and mighty rivers.
The Kingdom of Nepal offers some of the closest and finest Himalayan views to be witnessed across its entire range. Nepal also offers a magical culture, stunning architectural relics and enticing safaris. Nepal has always been independent of greater India, and has retained much of its charming culture and customs. It is a Mecca for those who adore classical mountain views in a sophisticated tourist infrastructure.
It is difficult to match Nepal for dramatic scenery: home to the world-famous, 8,848m high Mount Everest, it is a completely dominated by the Himalayan range. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley alone; most of them ancient temple or palace complexes that display extraordinary craftsmanship. The Nepalis’ complex blend of religious beliefs and traditions is reflected in the exquisite thangkas, gold-painted stupas and intricate carvings seen at every turn.

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Why Nepal?

  • Nepal is right there on that list of ’50-places-to-visit-before-I-die’
  • Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city
  • Medieval cities of Patan and Bhaktapur
  • Pokhara an area of outstanding beauty overshadowed by Annapurna and Macchapuchere mountains and ideal base for treks
  • Royal Chitwan National Park, home to a great variety of wildlife including tiger and rhinoceros
  • Plethora of options for adventure tourism
  • Spectacular backdrop of the Himalayas
  • A rich and high spirited culture
  • Excellent air connectivity both international and domestic
  • World class hotels offering a unique hospitality
  • Unique events
  • Exquisite shopping

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Hi! Tours is a complete Destination Management Company, offering tailor-made journeys throughout India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Subcontinent. We have a comprehensive network of high-qualified local agents across the sub-continent offering value driven ground operations with streamlined efficiency.

Knowledge is our highest precedence. Our staff members regularly travel to their chosen regions, meticulously inspect hotels and keep up-to-date with all travel-related matters. We have successfully operated for many years word-of-mouth, bespoke travel service for VIP clients who require “off the menu” al-carte travel options including private jets, yachts, luxury resorts and private journeys. Our special access guarantees an inside to some inimitable experiences that are inaccessible to others and VIP treatment to the guests and exceptional level services with all our preferred vendors.

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We recommend: Travel should be amazing, exciting, intriguing, rejuvenating and an unforgettable experience and in India you can witness all these experiences.
USPs: Hi! Tours is one stop travel fulfillment center offering a comprehensive range of travel related services, including:

  • Custom-designed luxury tours for individuals, small and large groups
  • Incentive Tours
  • Specialized interest tours – culture, adventure, wildlife etc
  • Luxury Trekking in the Indian Himalayas
  • High profile press trips and fashion shoots
  • Luxury Trains including Charters
  • Conference and Incentive Programs
  • High-profile weddings

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