We bought this template and worked on it but somehow not able to bring a professional touch to the buttons and feel overall. Any suggestions for an elegant site and a better branding is welcome. Thanks in advance.
Inconsistency here with the text on the rounded grey background area. Presumably one item "Itinerary" is clickable, where-as the other item "Tiny Notes ..." is a headline and not clickable, yet they share nearly identical styling. Consider a more distinct "button" styling for things that you want users to identify as clickable.
This footer is very confusing. I don't know why there are so many twitter accounts, facebook pages, blog pages, etc. These accounts either need to be consolidated, or you need to provide clear explanation and directions for the user as to why there are so many and what the differences are.
I was going to guess that you bought this template before I read your summary to see that that is exactly the case.
The top 1/3 of the page is very well designed, which will get your visitors to stop and pay attention briefly, but you need to do a better job displaying your content once you've initially caught their attention.
I think you really need to take a step back and decide what it is your trying to convey to your visitors and what it is that your visitors expect to get out of your web site, and then craft a wireframe that clearly marries those two sets of expectations. Right now you've just thrown a bunch of links to deeper content on the page without any real calls to action.
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consider losing some of the color. only use color to draw the users eye to critical information. Think of it as a signal - and the rest of the content being noise. To "see the signal" through all of the noise - you have to limit the amount of signals (see the actual theory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signal-to-noise_ratio)
I would suggest a two column layout and make it clean by using big font size.
Move the Live Stream, Video & Images section just under the slideshow as it helps people easily connect to you.
remodel join hands section as to take some good space on the left.
The site lacks coordination of elements and thus every element feel like floating there. There is very less content to as in what exactly you want to achieve from your visitors.
I would say get rid of the curves of the slideshow though it looks good it overshadow the content that follows. Have a big in height slideshow with realistic image rather than backrgound morphed one. add a dark colored block on the slide with some transparency to show your content and on the left section there should the images of people concerned.