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Get Indian in your attire :

For the ladies, wearing the Indian 'sari' will be a delightful experience. After you've managed to put on one that is. There is an art to it, which the friendly Indian ladies will only be too happy to help you with.

Gentlemen may try out kurta-dhoti and 'sherwanis' with the famous gear for the head, turban.



Healing Gems :
The Navaratna (nine gems) is an exquisite piece of jewellery and every woman must own one. Traditionally the stone and its weight are decided according to the individual’s astrological chart. The Navratna consists of diamond, ruby, emerald, coral, pearl, sapphire, garnet, topaz and the cat’s eye. This combination of gems is considered highly auspicious and is said to protect the wearer.



Gold Facial :

Get a 22 carat gold facial at any of the premium parlours like the Shahnaz Herbal Parlours in India. The facial involves a massage-with 22 carat pure gold gel and cream to stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Intensive toning and a use of specialized mask, containing 22 carat gold, accelerates cell-renewal. This is an intensive age-control and rejuvenating treatment, leaving you as good as gold.



Design your hands :
Mehendi, "henna colouring", has become the in-thing for women. No Indian wedding is complete without mehendi. Whichever part of the country the bride may be from; her hands are adorned with the lovely red hue of mehendi. Visit a local bazaar and get your hands coloured. Popular traditional images used in mehendi designs are the peacock, the national bird of India, the lotus flower, and an elephant with a raised trunk - a symbol of good luck.
It usually takes over six hours for the mehendi to set properly. The intricate patterns are dabbed with cotton balls doused in sugar syrup and lime juice to make the mehendi darker.



Get married Indian Style :

Indian marriages are symbolised by a host of rites and rituals, traditions, pomp and festivity and numerous customs passed down from generation to generation. Take a quick peek into the world of Indian weddings in all their glory by getting married Indian style at a luxurious heritage hotel. The groom dresses in traditional attire and is welcomed by friends with flower garlands by the bride's 'close relatives' (hotel staff and guests in the case of international visitors). The bride and groom exchange garlands during this ceremony. The mahurat or auspicious time for the wedding ceremony is usually set after dinner. The couple walk around the sacred fire. At the end of the ceremony, the newly-weds touch the feet of elders to take their blessings.



Jingle jangle bangles :

Visit a fair and buy a host of multi-coloured glass bangles to match your eyes, dress, shoes or taste.
Ferozabad, a town in Uttar Pradesh, renowned for its glass bangle manufacturing. In each region, bangles are made using materials available locally, like wood in Kashmir and lac in Rajasthan.




Pearls and happiness :

Ever since the Diwan's patronage of the pearl industry, Hyderabad has remained the premier centre for buying, sorting, and selling of pearls. The pearls are polished and graded and are then patterned into strings, jewellery, or simply sold by weight.



Watch a Kathakali dancer apply makeup :

A Kathakali performance is a major social event that starts at dusk and goes on through the night. Kathakali is performed only by men. The makeup is so elaborate that it is more like a mask. The materials that comprise the makeup include rice flour for white, the red is made from Vermilion (a red earth such as cinnabar). The black is made from soot. The colours are not merely decoration, but are also a means of portraying characters. For instance, red on the feet is used to symbolize evil character and evil intent.

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