Discover Incredible India with CoPilot

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Travel from the glorious heights of the Himalayas, to the wonders of the Taj Mahal, desert sands in Jaisalmer, palmed beaches in Goa and the panoramic backwaters in Kerala for an unforgettable experience in India.

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Let us take you on a tour:

  • Best time to visit: Peak travel season is between October to March
  • Transport: Jump in an auto-rickshaw for short trips. Book a car with your very own driver for longer journeys across states. Else, you can hire a motorbike or moped to explore like a local with CoPilot. Or just have some fun and ride an elephant! However you travel, let CoPilot guide you (& your driver) everywhere you go
  • Horn please: Drivers of any vehicle love to honk their horn, you’ll hear all kinds of different sounds so be sure to beep when you need to alert other drivers
  • Currency: The Indian Rupee (Rs) is only available on arrival so easily find your nearest ATM, bank and other points of interest with CoPilot
  • Language: Finding your way around can be a challenge, with street signs often not visible or in Hindi/state language, so find landmarks and let CoPilot show you the way in your own language

For Adventure Seekers

Manali, Himachal Pradesh – Mother Nature’s Glory

Surrounded by high peaks, fresh rivers and steep forested hillsides, Manali’s landscape draws in  adventurers searching for cool air and snowy mountains.

  • Good for: Nature, trekking, climbing, skiing, rafting and honeymoon
  • Things to do: Rejuvenate in hot water springs and baths, spot the wildlife, explore the old Manali and enjoy the laid back vibe in cafes.

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For Travellers

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand – The Yoga Capital of the World

Rishikesh is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and on the banks of the River Ganges with surrounding lush green forests. It’s known as the birthplace of yoga and has been a magnet for spiritual seekers ever since the Beatles rocked up in the town during the late ‘60s.  

  • Good for: Nature, yoga, meditation, white-water rafting
  • Things to do: Explore around Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula bridges, visit ancient temples, shop for ethnic arts and handicrafts and bathe in the Ganges at Triveni Ghat.

For Historical Monuments

Agra, Uttar Pradesh – A Point on the Tourist Triangle

The Golden Triangle is a circuit through Delhi, Agra and Jaipur covering the three most visited cities in the north-west of India.

  • Good for: History, architecture, romance
  • Things to do: Agra attracts tourists from around the world to catch a once in a lifetime glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Architectural marvels also include the Agra Fort and moghul empire tombs. Also, shop for handicrafts at bustling bazaars.

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For City Life

Mumbai, Maharashtra – The City of Dreams

Visit the wonderful, diverse and cosmopolitan city of Mumbai. 

  • Mumbai is the country’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicentre, heart of the bollywood film industry plus a hub for shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
  • Good for: history, architecture, shopping, nightlife, spotting celebrities, street food
  • Things to do: Mumbai’s chief “sight” is enjoying it’s street life. You can also wander along the boulevard at Marine Drive, see the arch of triumph Gateway of India monument , feel the sand between your toes at the popular Juhu Beach, spot the wildlife at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, shop for the trendiest clothes in Fashion street, Colaba or Bandra district, then end the night partying with the stars at Enigma nightclub.
  • Nearby places: Visit the spectacular ancient art sculptures and paintings of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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For Couples

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – The Golden City

Jaisalmer is situated in the heart of the Thar Desert and gets its name of the golden city from the golden honey coloured sandstone used for construction of the buildings.

  • Good for: Nature, history, architecture
  • Things to do: Stay in the Jaisalmer Fort, climb on a camel on a desert safari adventure, watch the sunset on sand dunes or take in the sights of the spectacular havelis.

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For Beach Lovers

Goa, Maharashtra – Exotic Beaches

Tucked away into India’s west coast, Goa offers a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures with idyllic turquoise waters and white sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms.

  • Good for: Beaches, nature, nightlife, carnivals and new year’s celebrations
  • Best beaches: Popular long sandy beaches in the north are Arambol, Baga, Calangute and Candolim. More quiet beaches in the South incl Agonda, Palolem, Patnem and Varca beaches.
  • Things to do: Relax on the beach, take a tour of a spice plantation, see the impressive sights of Dudhsagar Waterfall, go island hopping by boat, explore the stunning cathedrals in Old Goa, stroll down the picturesque streets of the old portuguese quarter of Panjim, shop for handicrafts, jewellery and clothing at Anjuna’s famous flea market (every Wednesday) or dance the night away on the clubbing strip or beach shacks in Baga Beach.

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Let’s Talk About Traffic

teaser-nyc-traffic-flickr-cc-by-2-david-goehringAvoid the jams with CoPilot


You just got out of work, you’re on your way home and then all you see is brake light after brake light.

It’s a common occurrence for so many of us as we face the daily commute, when dropping the kids off to school or taking a trip to the shops. Being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic can be so frustrating (just try not to imagine all the ways you could better spend that time) and can even burn a hole in your pocket with fuel costs.

According to inrix.com, commuters in the UK spend 30 hours per year sat in traffic – we’re apparently the 5th most congested country in Europe! London drivers are even worse off, spending an extra 24 hours per year in the infamous London traffic jams. If that makes you throw your hands up in despair, you’re not alone. We feel your pain.

Well, despair no more. With CoPilot’s real-time traffic updates you’ll get peace of mind knowing you’re always taking the best route possible and avoiding the jams. Continue reading

What you always wanted to know about Carnival in Rio

Do you have enough of cold weather and bulky sweaters? Why not flee the winter and celebrate summer in Brasil this year? It’s February and that can only mean one thing: Carnival in Rio! So pack your camera, sun screen and download CoPilot Premium Brasil (for Android and iOS):

The biggest party of the planet in numbers

Every year the 5-day Carnival in Rio de Janeiro attracts around 1 million visitors from abroad and ca. 2 million people party in the streets of Rio every day during the festivities. Around 200 so-called “samba schools” participate in the annual parades. Samba schools are clubs with 3000 or more members and responsible for creating the colourful floats and intricate costumes the carnival in Rio is famous for around the globe.

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Costumes

The vibrant costumes are hand-made and designed according to the theme of each samba school. Since the costumes are very pricey, participants often save money over a long period of time to be able to afford their ensemble. Of course you can purchase your own costume to party like a local.

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Photo: Nicolas de Camaret  – Carnaval 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Source: http://ow.ly/I0SIt

 

Samba

What would the Carnival of Rio be without music? During the festivities street music can be heard from every corner of the city. Before you travel to Rio, you might want to brush up on your dance moves by attending a Samba course. But even if you don’t like dancing, don’t fear. You can still watch the parades float by from a comfy seat in a Sambadrome viewing area.

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History

The carnival started to take shape 200-300 years ago when Portuguese immigrants imported European carnival traditions into Brazil.  Over the centuries it took its own unmistakable shape, developing into one of the biggest yearly events in the world.

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Photo: Nicolas de Camaret from São Paulo, Brazil – Carnaval 2014 – Portela – Rio de Janeiro, Source: http://ow.ly/I0T86

 

What is the “Sambadrome”?

The Sambadrome is a purpose-built 700 m long arena which can host up to 90 000 people. It is built along both sides of the parade ground, allowing viewers to take in the floats and displays from above. It takes one samba school an entire 90 minutes to parade from one end of the Sambadrome to the other. Better take some snacks, this will be a long night.

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We hope you liked our little list! If you know even better resorts, please do tell us here in comments or come to say hello on FacebookGoogle+ or Twitter.

Safe travels!

 

See also:

http://www.rio.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Carnival

http://www.rio-carnival.net/

http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-entertainment/carnival-in-rio-a-short-history/#