Travel to be Inspired


Travel to be Inspired!

India is a land of diverse cultures, religions, and traditions. It is home to many ancient sages and seers who have left a lasting impact on society with their wisdom and teachings. Throughout history, women have played an integral role in shaping society, culture, and art. Ancient India is no exception, with its rich heritage of inspiring women who inspire the society even today. From rulers and warriors to scholars and poets, women have left their mark in various fields.

Today we will explore a few of many of the inspiring women from India and the places they are associated with, making these destinations significant tourist’s attraction in your itinerary.

Tapovan - Maitreyi

Tapovan is a forest located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is associated with Maitreyi, an ancient Indian philosopher and scholar. Maitreyi was known for her wisdom and philosophical teachings, which were recorded in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. She was a contemporary of the sage Yajnavalkya, and their debates on philosophy are still studied and revered today.

Vrindavan - Radha

Vrindavan is a town located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is associated with Radha, a Hindu goddess and consort of Lord Krishna. Radha is revered for her devotion to Lord Krishna and is considered the embodiment of love and compassion. Vrindavan is believed to be the place where Radha and Lord Krishna spent their childhood and is therefore considered a holy place by devotees.

Saptarishi Ashram - Lopamudra

Saptarishi Ashram is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is associated with Lopamudra, an ancient Indian poet and sage. Lopamudra was known for her wisdom and literary skills, and her poetry is still studied and revered today. She was the wife of the sage Agastya and accompanied him to Saptarishi Ashram, where they spent their days in meditation and study.

Dattatreya Temple - Devi Anusuya

Dattatreya Temple is in the Indian state of Telangana. It is associated with Anusuya, an ancient Indian sage and wife of the sage Atri. Anusuya was known for her devotion to her husband and her virtues of chastity and purity. Another inspiring aspect of Devi Anusuya’s life is that she was a known environmentalist of her time. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Dattatreya, who is believed to be an incarnation of the Hindu trinity Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

Rani Lakshmi Bai - Jhansi

Rani Lakshmi Bai was the queen of the princely state of Jhansi in the 19th century. She was known for her bravery and leadership during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Rani Lakshmi Bai fought against the British forces and became a symbol of resistance against colonial rule. She is revered as a national hero in India, and her legacy continues to inspire women across the country.

Mirabai - Rajasthan

Mirabai was a 16th-century poet and devotee of Lord Krishna. She is known for her devotional poetry, which reflects her love and devotion to Lord Krishna. Mirabai challenged the norms of her time by openly expressing her devotion to a deity outside her caste and gender. Her poems continue to inspire women to express themselves freely and follow their hearts.

Begum Hazrat Mahal - Lucknow

Begum Hazrat Mahal was the queen of Awadh (present-day Lucknow) in the mid-19th century. She played a vital role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857, leading a group of soldiers against the British forces. Begum Hazrat Mahal's bravery and leadership continue to inspire women to fight for their rights and challenge injustice. India is home to many sacred places associated with women sages from ancient times. These places continue to inspire people from all over the world with their rich cultural heritage and spiritual significance. A visit to these places is not just a journey through time, but also a spiritual journey that connects us with our roots and our inner selves.

Let us celebrate women not because ‘behind every successful man there is a woman’

but because there are ‘successful women’; successful homemaker, successful

entrepreneurs, successful scientists, successful politicians, successful

influencers, who continue to contribute in the society no matter what.

“यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः। यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफला क्रिया: ॥”

“yatra nāryastu pūjyante ramante tatra devatāḥ। yatraitāstu na pūjyante sarvāstatrāphalā: kriyā: ॥”

Where women are honored, divinity blossoms there. And where they are Dishonored,

all actions remain unfruitful.


Manusmriti 3.56



VISIT INDIA YEAR 2023: Incredible India initiative

Discover true INDIA

“The India I Love, does not make the headlines, but I find it wherever I go – in a field or forest, town or village, mountain or desert – and in the hearts and minds of people who have given me love and affection for the better part of my lifetime.” ~ Ruskin Bond

India, a land of spirituality, science and soul! Our rich and diverse culture has attracted many philosophers, scientists, leaders, individuals, in the past and continues to do so. When there was no internet, by word of mouth, India’s greatness was reaching places. Now, with advanced technology and social media, the outreach is beyond. People travel to our mystic and majestic land in search of knowledge, spirituality, science, peace, and above all humanity. 

The Govt of India, Tourism Ministry, is exhibiting remarkable and noteworthy presence in the world through Incredible India movement. “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” is the principle every Bhartiya practices, irrespective of their background. “Atithi Devo Bhava” is the belief in every household in India. The logo of “Visit India Year 2023” resonates well with these two very profound thoughts. And it is a moment of pride, when the Tourism Ministry of India is taking it to the global platform with ownership, responsibility, understanding and consciousness.

There was a time we were looked down upon and were expected to follow world leaders. Now the greatness of India touches many hearts all over the world because of her simplicity, beliefs, culture, heritage, ancient knowledge, and enlightenment. 

Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) launched the Visit India Year 2023 initiative and unveiled its logo at New Delhi today, kicking off the year of grand plans and activities for promoting tourism in India. On the occasion, the Union Minister for Tourism said that today the logo of Visit India Year 2023 is being launched and this is an important year as India is hosting G20. The Union Minister also said that more than one lakh foreign delegates will visit India this year and they will be showcased the entire gamut of India's Culture, including monuments and festivals. Shri G. Kishan Reddy added that each foreign delegate of G20 will be a brand ambassador of India's culture, heritage and tourist destinations. Shri Kishan Reddy further stated that the Ministry of Tourism is coordinating with Indian missions and other stakeholders to have a conducive environment for foreign visitors this year. 

This year is marked for inbound travel concomitant to global effects on tourism post COVID.

With G20, as pointed out by the tourism ministry of India, all the foreign delegates will witness and take it forward with them the rich and diverse culture of India. 

Atithi Devo Bhava! Keeping this thought in mind, let’s welcome tourists from across the globe and from India, with the same fervor and warmth to make VISIT INDIA YEAR 2023 a memorable and remarkable year. It will be enriching for both the parties, the hosts and the guests to meet and greet. Let us keep our hearts and home open for travelers. When we meet people from different places, we get to know a completely different world, a different culture, and much more, we become part of their life and they take some space in our hearts. That is what travel does, becoming and unbecoming, learning and unlearning, a fresh new perspective, yes….. it gives us a new perspective of life allowing us to grow and excel. 

The Tourism Ministry is aiming to increase the revenue in the field, globally the contribution from tourism is  approx. 10%, whereas in India, according to the latest data, it was 5.8% only. There is a huge gap and much larger scope to achieve the given numbers. Post pandemic people have understood the need for traveling, in the moment, rather than saving for later. Many lives have fallen, dreams shattered, goals scattered due to the pandemic. It is indeed an eye opening hard hitting truth that one needs to accept; Tomorrow Never Comes! This realisation has given the boost in tourism and hospitality industry globally. People are looking for meaningful, burden free and sustainable ways to travel. 

India is one of the top most destinations around the world to offer a multitude of reasons with magnificent destinations to travelers from across the globe. The rich Geography of India offers magnificent options under one roof, so to speak; mountains, rivers, plains, sand-dunes, adventure, wellness, village tourism, and enjoy different seasons in contrasting destinations; in winters visit sunny beaches down South, in summers plan a pleasant vacation in hill station. And now India is exhibiting sustainable development where one can witness infrastructure comfort in big cities and villages. Improved standards of infrastructure is another big reason for travelers to visit India to witness the world class facilities. To name a few Mumbai’s Eastern Freeway, India's first solar park at Charanka village in Gujarat, Yamuna Expressway, Banihal-Qazigund rail link through India's longest railway tunnel, World's highest rail bridge to come up across Chenab river, Worli Bandra Sea-link, world class airports, Vande Bharat, and above all DIGITAL INDIA. 

Celebrate 2023 with India and witness the new age travel experience with age-old ancient wisdom, picking up a destination according to your mood, for eg. soul and spirituality come to Varanasi- to - unicron cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurgaon, from mountains in Himalayas to water in Kanyakumari, each and every corner of India is a breathable experience, find a purpose, find yourself.


Incredible India!


Taking a step back to SUSTAINABILITY

र्यटन् पृथिवीं सर्वां, गुणान्वेषणतत्परः। - Panchatantra  

(जो गुणों की खोज में तत्पर है,वे लोग सारी पृथ्वी घुमते है।  Those who wish to seek virtues travel the entire world.)

Bharat has valued ‘Travel’ and ‘Travel Experiences’ for a long time. It reflects the age-old wisdom of our Rishis, who were the greatest wanderers ever. Their renewed thinking was the force behind their energised perspective in everything they did. 

The mind has a way of working and it stimulates when experiencing different things. And what could be a better way than to travel in order to get those experiences? Our ancestors knew this and they have said it loudly in many scriptures and books. 

Tourism as we may believe is a modern concept, it is NOT. Our history has records of various types of tourism and hospitality; from ancient to modern era. A glorious and enriching journey of tourism can be found in our Vedas. One of the most significant activities for seeking knowledge, rest, recreation and rejuvenation. Aakhet (hunting), Vanyavihar (forest sight-seeing), Naukvihar (boating/cruising), Tirthatan (pilgrimage), Paryatan (tourism), many of the few words that can be found in our age-old scriptures. And how fascinating is the description of types of tourism that colloquially explains the purpose of travel. 

“Atithi Devo Bhava”- “ Guest is Dev/God” “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”- “The world is One Family”. This simply refers to respectful reception and graceful treatment of strangers assuming him/her as Dev/God is ancient notation reflecting our rich and diverse culture. ‘Atithi’; simply means one who arrived without giving any tithi/date. That was yesterday when transport and connectivity was mostly by foot. With time and evolution, connectivity improved, communication is faster now, resulting in an improved tourism service sector. Yes, a service sector Tourism is one of the key sectors generating revenue and employment.

India known for her DIVERSITY, rich heritage, culture and scenic beauties, makes it one of the most preferred tourist destinations-Diversity is the Key. According to Statista 2022, the contribution of the tourism industry in the Indian Economy in the year 2021 is 5.8%. There is a 1.2% decline from the year 2019 due to COVID, but is picking up the pace again. During 2021, the number of Domestic Tourist Visits to the States/UTs was 67,76,32,981 as compared to 61,02,16,157 in 2020 registering a growth of 11.05% and during 2021, the number of Foreign Tourist Visits to the States/UTs was 10,54,642 as compared to 71,71,769 in 2020 registering negative growth of 85.3% (

There are different reasons to travel to a particular location, from taking a break to wellness to education and much more……. How many of us travel with a sense of responsibility as a TRAVELER/VISITOR?

Yes! We are responsible for our actions while we visit a place, and it is overwhelming to see this mindfulness is igniting thoughtfulness and responsibility among many travelers. But it is not enough. We keep taking from our Mother Earth since the time we are born….. one should now start to reflect upon the idea of contributing back to the PRAKRITI.

ONE STEP AT A TIME-if we want constructive outcomes then this is the key.

Moving forward with SUSTAINABLE TOURISM:

Sustainability cannot be defined in a word or a sentence, rather, it is a series of practices involved while traveling through mindfulness, consciousness and awareness making the most of the journey and an enriching experience for the travelers and the locals, the guests and the hosts. 

Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting a location as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy. It must be envisaged as leading to management of all resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, and biological nature. Tourism is welcomed almost universally for the benefits and opportunities it creates. There is a growing recognition of the need to see tourism in its environmental context, to acknowledge that tourism and the environment are interdependent, to work to reinforce the positive relationship between tourism and the environment that will bring required balance to the idea of tourism with sustainability.

There are different ideas pertaining to sustainable tourism, however, there is no right or wrong definition of the said concept. Individual and collective consciousness is required to practically apply to the term. Today, with global-warming and other potential threats to nature is quite evident, and we humans have contributed the most to this downfall. Hence, we must take ownership for this shift in the environment. Over the past few decades, we can see the awakening and measures are taken towards sustainable development in all fields. 

Most effectual and attentive audience will be the young generation or colloquially known as the gen Z. Educate young minds at an early age to be responsible and mindful, create their connection with nature, involve them in various activities that will give them a sense of wonder and anticipation. Once we assume our responsibility, we will find a door, a window, or a hole to see the light. As a traveler, individual/friends/family, be mindful while traveling and always contribute back to nature in your own way. And you are most certainly a different individual with all those experiences you gain while traveling. Be it travel or anywhere, one can start working towards sustainability with simple measures. To start with, plant a tree to celebrate small or big occasions in your life and make a difference. Be inspired, keep inspiring!

TRAVEL MORE, GAIN MORE EXPERIENCE! Be a better version of yourself.

A few of my favorite quotes concluding my thoughts:

“मधु॒ वाता ऋतायते मधु क्षरन्ति सिन्धवः।माध्वीर्नः सन्त्वोषधीः ॥

Transliteration: madhu̱ vātā ṛtāyate madhu kṣaranti sindhavaḥ। mādhvīrnaḥ santvoṣadhīḥ ॥

English Translation: Environment provides bliss to people leading their life perfectly. Rivers bless us with sacred water and provide us health, night, morning, vegetation. Sun bliss us with peaceful life. Our cows provide us with milk.

Source: Rigveda, 1/90/6

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” - Kevin Kruse

“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” - Iroquois Maxim

“How is it possible that the most intellectual creature to ever walk the planet earth is destroying its only home?” - Jane Goodall


Tourism and Hospitality in Vedas: A journey of Tourism and Hospitality through Indian Epics and Scriptures

-Dr. Chiranjib Kumar Choudhary (PhD)

Tourism in India and its various types-Dr Sutinder Singh, Dr Manohar Jain