The conference will offer a range of pre- and post-conference tourism options through its travel partner, Travelscope.
India is a study in contrasts; a historical backdrop for a modern-day industrial narrative, a traditional outlook co-existing with fresh, global lifestyles, an ensemble of ethnic disparities creating a cohesive, cultural identity. India is a sensory potpourri; of colorful, exuberant scenes and folks, of tangible, delectable cuisines and flavors, of dialects and tongues exchanged like currency, and the ebb and flow of a billion people working through their daily routines!
What better place to travel to, than a country that offers everything from snow-kissed peaks and sun drenched sands, from festive colors to spiritual solitude, from lush forests to arid deserts? A land that is more than history, diverse in geography, a land of peace and plenty that brought empires and colonies to its shores, a nation that throbs with the stories of the past paving the way to a bright future.
Delhi - If trees and streets could talk, the stories that would pour out of Delhi would keep listeners mesmerized for years. With a history as a capital, Delhi has seen the tides of several rulers from those that people the pages of the epic poem, Mahabharata to the Tughlaq and Mughal empires from Persia, from the imperial colonial armies to the present-day government.
Looted, plundered, and resurrected over the years, Delhi emerges from the ashes of her past to take her place in the world as a global capital – politically, culturally and commercially.
Rajasthan- most people visit the desert state of Rajasthan for its imperial heritage; beautiful palaces, historic forts, regal havelis or mansions, and it is indeed, a resplendent route to journey on. Yet who built these grandiose structures, who immortalized battle stories in song and dance, who told stories of the ancient feudal lords, and who sustained these fiefdoms of old times.
One can retrace the dustier routes that the riches of ancient feudal kingdoms travelled by, to hear the history from the folk who’ve borne it to present-day. The desert folk with lineages of royalty intermingled with rustic tribes have long endured the adversities of the desert. Their ways of life evolved in their desert environment; from the cuisine that harvests the desert shrubs and berries, to the colorful clothing that stands out against dunes, from the folk music that sings of water and wells, to the dance forms that mimic the desert wildlife, from the masonry skills that carved intricate designs into local stones to the leather tanneries that thrived on cattle.
Jaipur- erected during the 18th Century by the ruler of Amer as a ‘city of victory’, Jaipur was north India’s first planned city. Jaipur is often known as the ‘pink city’; some say because of the distinctive rosy sandstone used in its construction, others claim it was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales.
Either way, the city is a beautiful symphony of the history with the present; well expressed in the planned, gridded network of streets juxtaposed with a bustling maze of by-lanes and bazaars, the traditional artisanal crafts offset against contemporary arts.
In 2019, the Walled City of Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.