Travel photography tips ? People

Your photographic collection of the journey will have a more personal touch if you include a variety of people shots to complement the regular sights. Often travelers are shy to shoot people because they are too self conscious to ask for permission. They may feel they are invading people?s privacy, but the fact is that people everywhere love to be photographed, with rare exceptions. So go ahead and just ask with a smile.

People pictures can be categorized into two groups : portraits, which are close up studies of a subject?s face, and environmental portraits, which include the subject?s surroundings, providing a context for the image. The better way to photograph strangers is to get to know the people first by spending some time with them. This should lead to better access to the subject and more relaxed, natural photos.

Do not start messing around with gear and settings in front of your subject. People become self conscious, stop what they are doing, and get into their ?camera pose?. Plan the shot before you approach the subject. Think about your composition and fix the right lens on camera.Stdy the light on the face and check wher it is coming from; this will allow you to position yourself correctly in the first instance. Set your exposure settings. Select a wide aperture if you want the background out of focus, or small small aperture if you want both subject and surroundings to be sharp.

Demonstrate the pose you want by doing it yourself. If people stiffen up in front of camera, it is up to you to make them relax. Take one frame, in whatever pose they have adopted, then wait or talk to them before making any change and trying again. Remember, you are aim to take a National Geographic quality portrait; people will be not only understand and cooperate, but will be eager to see how good they look on the LCD screen.

Alcove new serviced apartments in Delhi

Alcove is pleased to announce two new serviced apartments in Delhi, barely six months after adding Delhi to its network. This rapid expansion is driven by a commitment to provide a large network of serviced apartments across India with the same quality that its customers have learnt to trust.

Alcove Serviced Apartment in Panchsheel Enclave, New Delhi

Bedroomi n Delhi Serviced Apartmentt, PanchsheelThis property has six Single Rooms

All Bedrooms have air-conditioning and LCT TV with cable TV.

Amenities provided :

  • Power backup
  • 24 hours Security
  • Free access to 512 kbps Wifi
  • Doctor on call
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Breakfast Included

Alcove Seviced Apartment in DLF city phase 2, Gurgaon

Bedroom in Service Apartments - GurgaonThis features following inventory :

  • 1 BHK Apartments : 16 Nos
  • 2 BHK Apartments : 2 Nos

All Bedrooms have air-conditioning and LCT TV with cable TV. Every Apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with Refrigerator; Microwave Oven, Toaster, with all Cutlery, Utensils, and Crockery.

Amenities provided :

  • Gym
  • Power backup
  • 24 hours Security
  • Free access to 3 Mbps Wifi
  • Doctor on call
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Breakfast Included

Top tourist attractions in historic city of Delhi

Most tourists visiting India for a short vacation use Delhi as a transit point to popular places like Jaipur and Agra, the hill stations in Kashmir and Himchal and piligrimage places in Uttarakhand.? But Delhi by itself will reward a visitor richly who invests time exploring its historic monuments, gardens and temples. Delhi has a long history which and has the unique distinction of having been India’s capital longer than any other city. Historians refer to the “Seven Cities of Delhi” but, between 1100 A.D. and 1947 A.D., there have actually been eight of them: the oldest city near the site of the Qutab Minar, Siri, Tughlqabad, Jahanpanah, Firozobad, the city around Purana Qila, Shahjahanabad and New Delhi.

The history of Delhi as the Capital of India starts with the Muslim conquest of Northern India at the end of twelfth century.The city is dotted with marvelous mosques, forts, and monuments built by the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. The government has decided to propose Shahjahanbad and the city designed by Edward Lutyens – New Delhi, for nomination to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage City under the category of Inhabited Historic Towns.

You can plan a vacation in Delhi and learn about its rich past. Alcove offers two Serviced Apartments in Delhi -? East Patel Nagar and GK-1, that compare with any 3 star hotels in Delhi.

Here are the top must-see places in Delhi :
Red Fort
One of Delhi’s most famous historical monuments, Red fort or “Lal Qila” is made in red sandstone and was built by Shah Jahan in 1648. The fort contains halls of private and public audience called Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Am respectively, domed and arched marble palaces, lavish private apartments, a mosque, and aesthetically designed gardens.
Each night a Sound and Light show is performed in the Red Fort.

Akshardham Temple
Sitauted on the banks of the Yamuna river, this Temple? is built in? pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble, with finely carved pillars, statues, and domes, beautiful, lush gardens and a musical fountain. There is a theatre where films and stories related to the Guru Swaminarayan are shown.

Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple’s has lotus shaped structure and is made of marble structure, and is surrounded by nine ponds and beautiful gardens. Though a Temple, it does not have statues or idols, no sermons are delivered, but every person, irrespective of his or her religion can come and worship God here.

Humayun’s Tomb
The tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun, near Purana Qila, is a World Heritage Site and is a beautiful building made of red sandstone. Humayun’s Tomb was built for Humayun’s widow, Hamida Banu Begum, and completed in 1565.
Its Charbagh or four gardens are are botanical delights and the mausoleum has? domes, lattice screens, and a centrally designed Mihrab (a screened window) at the main chamber, containing the Emperor’s cenotaph.

India Gate
Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, this building connects to? Rashtrapati Bhawan through Rajpath, from which the national parade takes place on the Republic Day. The place is dedicated to all the soldiers who have laid their lives for the nation, and? are commemorated through the sacred fire of the Amar Jawan Jyoti,? There is a cenotaph for all soldiers with a rifle and a soldier’s helmet at the top.

Jama Masjid
One of the most famous and largest mosques in India, built by Shah Jahan in 17th Century, on the Chawri Bazaar Chawk of Old Delhi, is Jama Masjid.

Old Fort or Purana Qila
Constructed in 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Humayun, this fort was later, and only ruins remain, including Sher Mandal and Qila-i-Kuhan Mosque. Excavations also took place on this site many times, resulting in the accumulation of many artifacts which are preserved in the Archaeological Museum.

Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Temple)
There are? intricate carvings on every part and wall of the temple building depicting stories from Hindu mythology, waterfalls and landscaped gardens in the compound area, adorning the Temple.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret, in? the Indo- Islamic architecture; the building is surrounded by various other ruins and historical structures, together forming the Qutub Complex.
The? red sandstone structure has carvings and sermons from the Quran. The building has survived many earthquakes and is now a World Heritage Site.

Rajghat
A memorial of Mahatma Gandhi , this place is an open air, black marbled platform, which is the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi.

National Museum
One of the largest museums in India, the museum treasures art pieces from many fields, from paintings to arms, from manuscripts to armours, from Mohenjodaro times to the modern age.

Jantar Mantar
The Jantar Mantar consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alcove offers a range of Service Apartments, Guest Houses? in Delhi in? East Patel Nagar and Greater Kailash -1 that compare with any mid-range star hotels in Delhi

Spiritual bliss and cultural extravaganza of Durga Puja

The mesmerizing roll of traditional drums, the? pandit (priest) performing a captivating aarti (worship with fire)? before? the beautiful visage of Mother Durga towering above the devotees, the women blowing conch shells, the young men dancing in a trance holding earthen pots of incense in mouth, the artistically decorated ‘pandals’ (pavilions)? ? all these would lift even a casual visitor to Kolaka during the Durga Puja celebrations into a spiritual high.
Durga Puja, is the worship of ‘Shakti’ or the feminine form of divine power. Goddes Durga is visualized as a beautiful yellow woman with ten arms riding a lion, who was created by the Gods to slay Mahishasura, the demon king. Navratri (nine nights dedicated to the worship of Shakti) is a celebration of the victory of good over evil ,with several variations of the tradition all over India.? Durga Puja is the most important festival for the people of West Bengal? and is celebrated for 5 days starting from Shasthi (the 6th day) to Vijaya Dashami (the tenth day) during period of Navaratri. This year shasthi falls on 20th October.? The entire city of Kolakata becomes immersed in Durga Puja celebrations, transformed into a city of joy.? Even though the Puja spans for only five days, the preparations and celebrations began as early as around one month earlier. The city is decorated and illuminated all through night during this period.
Gorgeously decorated idols of the goddess are created- often in the form of large tableaux which depict her in the act of destroying the demon Mahishasura. The festivities reach fever pitch by the ninth day, and on the tenth day or Vijayadashami, the idols of the goddess are ritually immersed in a river or sea.
The best way to experience? Durga Puja is by visiting the many different pandals? of Goddess Durga,? each with a unique theme.? There are literally thousands of displays in Kolkata; it is? possible to visit only a fraction of them. Some of the not to be missed pandals are :
??? ?Bagbazar, near Bagbazar Kolkata Circular Railway Station. Is one of the oldest Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata, with a history of about? 100 years.? Look out for the strikingly beautiful idol of Goddess Durga.
??? ?College Square, on College Street. Near Kolkata University, has a picturesque setting beside a lake, and the whole area is illuminated for the festival.
??? ?Mohammad Ali Park, Opposite College Square, on Mahatma Gandhi Road, has elaborate displays
??? ?Santosh Mitra Square, in the Bow Bazaar area is known for its remarkable art work.
??? ?Badamtala Ashar Sangha Badamtala Ashar Sangha is around 75 years old.? It is located at Nepal Bhattacharjee Street, Kalighat.
??? ?Suruchi Sangha, on Nalini Rajan Avenue entertains visitors with a cultural extravaganza and outdoor display, themed on a different state of India each year.?? The Durga idols are modeled on how they look in each state as well.
??? ?Ekdalia Evergreen, off Rash Bihari Avenue, in Gariahat,? is an elaborate pandal with exotic decor and lighting. This pandal has become well known for its magnificent replicas of temples from all over India.
??? ?Singhi Park Sarbojanin Durga Puja , near? Gariahat Flyover in South Kolkata, celebrates its? 71st Durga Puja in 2012.? Singhi Park Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee, will? recreate the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple of Madurai in Tamil Nadu as their theme this year. The pandal would be? a replica of Meenakshi Amman Temple with sculptures of Hindu deities and? 23 feet high Durga Idol.
Instead of visiting? the pandals on your own , you can choose the several pandal hopping tours organized by West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation. There are one-day trips to various parts of Kolkata city, morning puja trips, evening puja tours, pre-puja tours, special Durga Puja tours to traditional Puja pandals outside Kolkata city and cruise rides on the river on the day of immersion of the Durga idols.
Visit Belur Math to experience Durga Puja in serene atmosphere of the monastery and temples dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. The math is located on the western bank of the river Ganga, in Howrah district, an hour?s drive from Kolkata. From the first day to the sixth day (Shashthi) of navaratri, Sadhus and Brahmacharins gather at the main temple of Sri Ramakrishna at dawn and sing Agamani (sung to welcome Mother Uma into homes ) songs in chorus. From the sixth day, elaborate worship of the Devi with evening aarti and bhog (food offering) are conducted. A unique feature here is Kumari Puja – worship of a young girl, treating her as Devi, during? Ashtami (eighth day).
Durga puja is also a time to feast. You’ll find a wide array of food? everywhere — you can try the Durga Puja menus with? authentic delicacies? at specialty Bengali restaurants ,? at roadside stalls or join the festive community? meal or ?bhog? in a pandal.
If you plan to stay more than a couple of days in the city, booking accommodation in guest houses? in Kolkata would work out cheaper than hotels.

Alcove adds Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Vizag and Coimbatore to its network of serviced apartments

Serviced apartment company Alcove is on a rapid expansion spree.? Within a short span of six months Alcove has added? Delhi,? Mumbai, Kolkata, Vizag and Coimbatore to its network of cities where it offers? apartment hotels. All properties include a selection of serviced rooms, studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Alcove will be competing against star hotels , whose falling tariffs and increased availability of rooms is providing stiff competition to the once-booming business of serviced apartments and guest houses. With average occupancy plunging to around 50%, and average room rates hovering at around Rs 5,840 against the 2008-09 peak of Rs 9,757, hotels are giving serviced apartments a tough competition. margins of serviced apartment operators are under pressure with the influx of five-star and boutique hotels that offer competitive tariff. Margins which were about 40% three years ago have? now shrunk to 15%. Industry analysts are of the opinion that many serviced apartments mainly in the unorganized sector? ignored the inherent requirements of the long-stay traveler like location, hygiene, safety, facilities, choice of food and beverage, and service standards.

Alcove has focused on? ensuring customer satisfaction with consistent service standards, complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast, taking care of guests personal needs right from its inception. It has had long term tie-ups with corporate who provide alcove with a steady stream of long stay guests, for a period of 30 days to one year, in some cases even more, which take up 20% of? room inventory

Alcove has provided? serviced apartment properties? in Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad for over 6 years.? These Hotel Apartments? are properties managed by Alcove and? tie ups with? partners who have been handpicked after careful due diligence . Today Alcove is the leading brand among Star Hotels in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad as well among Service Apartments in Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore.? It is recognized as providing value-for-money accommodation for long and short stay for business travelers.

This aggressive and rapid expansion is unprecedented? in serviced apartment? industry, which has been made possible by the vision of its founders and a new business model.? The penetration into five cities with 11 properties has been achieved without infusion of fresh capital. Alcove owns two properties and manages two other properties? in Bangalore. All the thirty other properties are properties owned? or managed by partners.

Alcove sees its core strength as provider of serviced apartments,? with quality that customers can trust and value of money. All its partners have been hand-picked by Alcove? after careful evaluation and research. The customer can trust Alcove to provide good accommodation and great service across all its properties.

Alcove has invested in new website and a virtual call center.? The redesigned website will provide? customer with easy search of properties,? video of property and Google map location, live chat for support, online booking? with payment gateway, and? customer portal where guests? can enter testimonials/feedback. Loyal customers will be rewarded with gifts or discounts, just like frequent flyer clubs of airlines. Customers can login and see their ?mileage? or in this case, points accumulated.

As a consequence of slowdown in Indian economy and inflation, companies are struggling to grow revenues and maintain profit margins.? With many companies looking to reduce their travel budgets, staying serviced apartments enables considerable cost savings compared to accommodation in star hotels. Not only is the rental price for these apartments lower on average than a corporate rate for a hotel, but the incidental business costs are substantially lower too. Alcove is betting on this factor in its growth plans.

Alcove has invested heavily into internet marketing a long term partnership with Ananya SEO Company for SEO services and Adwords management. The new website will require fresh SEO evaluation, optimization since content and navigation will be different.

Alcove accommodation in Bangalore-wide range of serviced rooms and apartments

Alcove accommodation in Bangalore

For visitors planning for long stay in Bangalore and looking for value-for-money accommodation with homely stay, Alcove is the best choice.

Alcove Hospitality is among the prominent accommodation operators in Bangalore. Alcove has recently added two new properties, bringing it to a total of seven serviced apartment properties across Bangalore in Koramangala, Electronic City and HRBR Layout. Alcove Serviced Apartments is already present in Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Coorg. Alcove is on an expansion path and plans to add more cities to its network. It currently operates with 40 apartment units and is looking to quadruple the inventory by 2013. Alcove?s repeat business is high, which is testimony to the promoters? passion for hospitality and setting high standards in service.

If you are looking for Accommodation in Bangalore for long or short stay, you can choose from among the six locations in Bangalore :

HRBR Layout, Villa
The Villa in HRBR Layout has nine serviced rooms

Koramangala, Villa
The Villa in Koramangala Layout has four serviced rooms. Facilities include AC bedrooms with double beds and attached bathrooms, TV with Cable.

Koramangala, Raheja
Raheja in Koramangala offers 1/2/3 BHK Independent service apartment for long stay of 3 months and more. Raheja has a large swimming pool, Club House with Billiards, TT, Gym & Tennis Court and a Departmental Store

Facilities in Raheja Apartments

? 2/3 bedroom apartments with living/dinning room, opening into spacious balcony.
? AC bedrooms with double beds and independent bathrooms.
? TV with Cable & DVD Player.
? Wireless Broadband Internet Connection (512kbps).
? Fully Furnished Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker,
mixer grinder and gas stove.
? Utility with fully automatic washing machine, iron and ironing board.
? Cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.

Koramangala, 535
?535? in Koramangala offers serviced rooms and Independent 1BHK / 2 BHK Apartments

Facilities in ?535?

? Single rooms or 1/2 BHK independent apartments with living/dining room.
? AC bedrooms with double beds and attached bathrooms.
? LCD TV with Cable.
? Wireless Broadband Internet Connection (512 kbps).
? Fully Furnished Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, electric kettle,
mixer grinder and gas stove.
? Utility with fully automatic washing machine, iron and ironing board.
? Cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.

Koramangala, Studio Rooms
Studio Rooms offers 25 serviced rooms. The rooms are spacious and come with Kitchenette, includes Microwave, Refrigerator, Kettle & basic Cutlery. bedrooms have AC and LCD TV.

Electronic City, Block A
This property has six serviced rooms. The deluxe rooms are of 250 Sq ft with AC, TV and attached bathrooms

Electronic City, Block B
This property has eleven serviced rooms. The deluxe rooms are 130-160 Sq ft with AC, TV and attached bathrooms

Tariff ranges from Rs. 1500 to Rs 3000 for a serviced room per day. The room rate includes breakfast and free internet access. Daily rate of 1BHK Apartment ranges from Rs. 2750 to Rs 4500

All the properties have following in common :
? Doctor on call
? Round the clock service
? Laundry service
? Internet Wi-Fi connectivity
? Daily Housekeeping
? Travel services

Alcove Serviced apartments expanding fast in India

With the growth of Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad cities as IT Hubs of India and growth of bio-tech and electronics? industries there has been? a strong demand for long-stay accommodations. The serviced apartments segment has not really caught up with the demand. Now hospitality operators are beginning? to understand the potential of this accommodation category, and supply is expected to increase significantly in the coming years.

Looking at installed capacity, industry experts estimate the current serviced apartment capacity? to be a small proportion of the overall hotel room inventory.? According to? ?The Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report 2011-12? , with room supply growing at 15% a year, India is one of the few global serviced apartment markets where supply is expected to exceed demand in major Indian cities in 2012 to 2013.

Hotel rates have been forecast to fall as a result of increased competition from the serviced apartment and budget hotel sectors. As a result, companies are being advised not to commit more than 75% of their requirement of advance purchasing of room nights at discounted corporate rates. A large number Indian organizations have switched to serviced accommodation. In contrast to Europe and the US, booking of these apartments is left to individual travelers to arrange instead of being managed centrally.

Among prominent serviced apartment brands operating in India is Alcove Hospitality.? Alcove Serviced Apartments is already present in Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Coorg. Alcove is on an expansion path and plans to add more cities to its network.? It currently operates with 40 apartment units and is looking to quadruple the inventory by 2013.

Alcove adds two new accommodation properties in Bangalore

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Alcove Serviced Apartment Accommodation Pune

Every time you take a? a business trip or family vacation leaving your home behind, you are confronted with the challenges of a new city, and looking for a suitable accommodation. The search for a comfortable accommodation, whether for? a long business stay or short holiday, in a big city like Pune can be frustrating.

At Alcove?s accommodation in Pune,you have your perfect answer to your search. You can now enjoy the luxury and privacy of your own fully contained serviced accommodation in an independent apartment or room as an alternative to 3-star hotels, and make your stay in Pune comfortable, homely and economical.
We are delighted and proud to announce that for the third year running, according to our ongoing survey results, Alcove accommodations in Pune has been voted as the best in city by discerning travelers.

The interiors are a study in aesthetics with exclusive furniture and furnishings accentuating the appeal. The three Alcove Accommodation properties in Pune are a blend of innovative and contemporary benchmark in hospitality. We make the stay of each guest a unique experience where they can indulge themselves in luxury and where every whim is catered to.

General Facilities in all? Apartment Accommodation

  • 2/3 bedroom apartments with living/dining? room, opening into spacious balcony.
  • AC bedrooms with double beds and independent bathrooms.
  • TV with Cable & DVD Player.
  • Free Wireless Broadband Internet Connection
  • Fully Furnished Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, electric kettle and gas stove.
  • Utility with fully automatic washing machine,? iron and ironing board.
  • Doctor on call
  • Business Center
  • Electronic safe
  • 24 Hrs room service
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Travel services

Amenities in Accommodation : Service Apartment – Greenville

  • A large swimming pool with Children area, Sun deck, A swim up bar & Jacuzzi
  • Club House with Gym, Lounge/Party room, Steam Sauna & Massage room
  • 24hrs Security
  • Power Back up
  • Basket ball & Badminton court

Alcove launches two serviced apartments in Electronic City, Bangalore

Electronics City is one of India’s largest electronic industrial parks, spread over 332 acres (1.3 km?) in Konappana Agrahara and Doddathogur villages, just outside Bangalore, India. It has three phases ? Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. Today it houses about 300 companies

Electronics City has a world class infrastructure which has housed major technology companies like such as C-DOT , Wipro, Mahindra Satyam, Hewlett-Packard, Infosys, HCL Technologies, Patni Computer Systems, CGI, Siemens, Biocon,? 3M India? etc

Alcove has launched two serviced apartments in Electronic City, Bangalore :
??? ?Serviced Apartments ? Electronic City (Block A) which has 6 Delux
???? Serviced Apartments ? Electronic City (Block B) which has 11 Executive rooms

Deluxe rooms in Block A are large rooms approximately 250 Sq ft with AC, TV and attached bathrooms. Executive rooms in Block B are large rooms approximately 130-160 Sq ft with AC, TV and attached bathrooms.

Amenities

  • 24hrs Security
  • Power Back up
  • Water softener plant
  • Intercom Connection

Services Offered

  • Daily newspaper
  • Free unlimited internet usage
  • Doctor on call
  • Travel related Services

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Places to see in Coorg

Tourist Attractions Coorg

Coorg (or Kodagu) is a popular hill resort in Karnataka.? Coorg is Set amidst verdant valleys? of the Western Ghats.? Madikeri,is? the district headquarters of Kodagu and is located 252 kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level.

Madikeri town reflects an old world charm and is famous for its tourist attractions, some of which are historic Madikeri Fort, the Omkareshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu, viewpoints such as Raja’s Seat.? Around Madikeri, there are lots of recreational and pilgrimage sites such as Abbey,? Irupu Falls and Bylekuppe.

Talakaveri

River Kaveri which is one of the 7 sacred rivers, originates at a place is called Talakaveri in the Brahmagiri hills, at about 4,500 ft above sea level. There are temples at Talakaveri of Agasthyeshwara and Lord Ganapathi.? It is about 48 kms from Madikeri.
From Talakaveri, steps lead up to the nearby Brahmagri peak (300-feet high), where the 7 great sages called the Sapta Maharishis had performed a special yagna.
On a clear day, one can see Kudremukh, Chamundi Hills of Mysore, Wyanad Hills of Malabar and Arabian Sea from the peak of Brahmagiri Hill.
There is a shrine near the kundike and a big tank in front of it where devotees baths before offering prayers. There are 2 temples, a Shiva temple and with a rare and ancient Shiva Linga, and another temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This temple has a holy Ashwantha tree where, according to legend, the Trimurtis – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh gave darshan to sage Agastya.
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