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As the lunar month of Ashwin approaches, Hindu’s across India devote themselves to the Supreme Being – Goddess Shakti and her nine avatars. Celebrations, ceremonies, feasts and fasts are observed to honour the deity who destroys all evil. This year, the revelry commences on 13th October and after nine nights (Navratri) of merry religious fervour, concludes with the observance of Vijayadashmi. There’s one common purpose for all the gaiety and pomp and though it’s manifested in different ways throughout India, the message stands loud and clear – good always triumphs over evil. Preeminent tour operators offer tailor-made India Travel Packages for those wanting to observe the diverse festivities in full swing. Here’s a day-by-day guide for zealous travellers wishing to undertake the voyage – Day 1 – Amritsar Start your all India Navratri escapade at Amritsar. Having a distinct way of paying obeisance to the beloved goddess, the locals observe seven-day fasts while reading ‘Durga […]

10 Cities in 10 Days – Celebrating Navratri across India

Sometimes it takes loosing yourself to truly discover who you are. Go off the beaten tracks and visit some of these holiday destinations in India before they become the rage and lose their rustic charm.   Discover Artists at Work at Amadubi, West Bengal India has since centuries been known for its luxurious art and culture. One such undiscovered form of art is the concept of Pyatkar. Artists and painters in this region use natural leaves and barks of wood as a canvas and narrate stories and legends of the gone eras. A short drive away from Jamshedpur is Amadubi that harbours these artists and offers visitors a chance to see them at diligent work. Grab a home styled meal with infused flavours while you enjoy their open aired dance and music performances arranged specially for you. For the more adventurous there are even some of the famous tourist places in India such as old […]

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Come 2015, India and rest of the world can see the first aircraft that is powered by solar energy and can fly non-stop. The aircraft, to be unveiled in a few months from now, will make a round-the-globe trip next year, showcasing the latest technology in various countries where it will have stopovers, according to Switzerland-based company Solar Impulse, which is manufacturing it. The plane, weighing around 2,740 kg, will be powered by 12,000 solar cells and can fly at the speed of 70 kms per hour. It can fly day and night continuously, collecting energy from the Sun, the company’s CEO Andre Borshberg told PTI here. Maintaining that the plane will have only one pilot as of now, he said that while the aircraft can fly continuously day and night, “the limiting factor is the pilot. He cannot sustain endlessly and has to take rest.” The around-the-world sojourn will be for three months, with […]

First solar-powered plane to start round-the-world trip from India in ...

New Delhi:  Tourists travelling to India from 180 countries will no longer have to queue at their local consulates to obtain visas after New Delhi announced a “historic” overhaul of its strict visa regime. Most foreigners currently have to wait several weeks before learning whether they will be allowed to enter India after submitting their applications at visa processing centres, a major deterrent for potential visitors. Under the new scheme, many tourists will be allowed to apply online and then receive the green light within five days, before picking up their visa at the airport on arrival into India. “We have decided to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 nations,” Planning Minister Rajiv Shukla told reporters in the capital late Wednesday. “The facility will provide a major boost to the country’s tourism sector. This is historic,” Mr Shukla said. Visitors from countries which account for the bulk of India’s tourists — such as the […]

Visa-on-arrival facility extended by India to tourists from 180 nations

The Government of India has decided that all travelers to India, children as well as adults, from the Republic of Kenya need to have completed a full course of vaccination against polio, preferably with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), and should receive an additional dose of OPV at least six (6) weeks before each international journey. The validity of a full course of vaccination will be one year. All travelers from the Republic of Kenya to India will be required to carry with them a written record of vaccination (Patient-retained record) for polio, preferable using the IHR 2005 International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, from a hospital or centre administering OPV, authorized by Government of the Republic of Kenya. This requirement will be effective from 14th February 2014 for entry into India. Please be guided accordingly… Source:: Indian Association of Tour Operators

Requirement For Vaccination Against Polio for Travelers To India

Thiruvananthapuram:  Travel guides publisher Lonely Planet has named Kerala among the world’s 10 best destinations for taking the family on a holiday in 2014. The Lonely Planet’s award for the best family destination was bestowed on ‘God’s Own Country’ at the World Travel Mart in London, the world’s leading travel trade event attended by industry representatives from across the globe, a statement issued in Thiruvananthapuram said. The World Travel Mart, which began on November 4, concluded on Thursday. Kerala joined the likes of New York City, Denmark, Prague, Iceland, Italy and Hawaii in being described by the travel expert as a child-friendly destination ideal for the family. “The intensity of travel in India could put you off taking a trip here with family, but Kerala is a family-friendly version, more laid back than other regions, greener, slower paced. There are also lots of national parks for elephant spotting, palm fringed beaches and boat trips along the […]

Kerala Named Among Top Ten Holiday Destinations

Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, paid an official visit to Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh as the first destination of their nine-day visit to India on 6th Nov 2013. Arriving just before sunset, the royal highnesses took part in the sacred evening ‘aarti’ ceremony (ritual of lights), which is an internationally-renowned highlight of Parmarth Niketan’s daily activities. Prior to the ‘aarti’, they observed the final offering of a ‘yagna’ (fire ceremony) for world peace and environmental preservation, led by the president of Parmarth Niketan, Swami Chidanand Saraswati. Offering traditional herbs and seeds into the fire to the rhythm of ancient Vedic prayers, the royals took part in one of the most ancient rituals of the Indian tradition, performed on this occasion as a prayer for a healthy environment and peaceful world. Following the yagna ceremony, they took part in a water blessing ceremony, led by Saraswati, in which waters from the world’s […]

Prince Charles & Dutchess Camilla begin nine-day trip to India ...

The airports of Bhubaneswar and Imphal will finally be granted an international status after the approval of the Union Cabinet on October 30, 2013. Both the airports have been renovated for suitable requirements and facilities needed for an international airport. The night operating facility has been completed along with more check-in counters, establishment of immigration services, ample space for health services, and animal and plant quarantine. “The declaration of these airports as international airports will offer improved connectivity, wider choice of services at competitive cost to the air travellers, resulting in boosting international tourism and economic development of the region and the country,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement.  

Imphal and Bhubaneswar Airports to get International Status

Recently, the Ministry of Tourism partnered with Genesys International to launch a ‘Walking Tours’ platform, which is one of the first such kind of initiatives that undertaken in any country. It is a unique and exciting product that will facilitate users to navigate and route their way through cities based on a number of interesting themes. This new service was launched at a function organized in the capital in which the representatives of Tourism and Genesys International were present. The website was also launched as a part of this initiative. It is India’s first location-based service that offer ‘walk-throughs’ of streets across 54 Indian cities. This website supports user generated content & offers social media efficiency and facilitates creation of ‘local communities’ online. Said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourism that this new initiative mainly aims to grant the tourist by facilitating him/her to plan his/her tour. He stated that the Ministry of Tourism has […]

‘Walking Tours’ Platform launched to provide a new facility to ...