Travel | GG2.Net Travel | GG2.Net 2017-05-29 en // Garavi Gujarat <![CDATA[Kerala’s Munnar most charming hill destinations]]>
Kerala's Munnar is expansive tea gardens to Vagamon's unspoilt meadows, there are plenty of places to visit in Kerala that are far removed from urban chaos. Home to dense forests which are marked by walking trails and scenic verdant valleys, these hill stations have spectacular landscapes and a salubrious climate throughout the year. If you've had your fill of the snow-clad Himalayas, then head down south to explore the hills in God's own country. Pluck tea leaves while you]]>
<![CDATA[Ajay Pandey’s new book bestseller soon after its release ]]>
 Ajay K Pandey is currently working with Cognizant, Pune. Although he grew up with a dream of becoming a teacher, destiny landed him in the IT field. Travelling, trekking and reading novels are his hobbies. Travelling to different places has taught him about different cultures and people, and makes him wonder how despite all the differences, there is a bond that unites them. Trekking always inspires him to deal with challenges like a sport. Reading is perhaps what makes him fee]]>
<![CDATA[Shah Rukh to beat drum for Dubai Tourism]]>
  Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has partnered with Dubai Tourism to promote the city through a series of short films. Showcasing Dubai through his eyes, the project aims to appeal to the 51-year-old actor's fans across the globe, giving them the opportunity to explore the city and its many offerings. 'Dubai is a second home to me... Whether I am here on vacation with my family and friends or my many business trips here for shoots, it's a city that I truly relate to o]]>
<![CDATA[This princess has a passion for dinosaurs]]>
    One of princess Aalia Sultana Babi’s most prized possessions is a fossilised dinosaur egg she found an unsuspecting villager using to grind spices on her ancestral lands, an area billed as 'India’s Jurassic Park'. Babi rescued the egg and it now has pride of place among her collection of prehistoric fossils, part of a lifelong legacy of protecting the dinosaur remains on the land her family once ruled over. 'She didn’t know it was ]]>
<![CDATA[Rajasthan International Folk Festival opens]]>
The ninth edition of the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, popularly known as Jodhpur RIFF, unfolded on Thursday (Oct 13) .         For the first time, the global music connoisseurs will experience lesser known folk music from Brazil and Slavic gypsy music amid the rampart of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort.         Over 350 artists from across the globe from different genre will perform in solo and collaborative]]>
<![CDATA[Kerala island finds mention in NatGeo's best destinations list ]]>
The tiny island of Kakkathuruthu in India's southern most state of Kerala's backwaters has made it to a select list of stunning destinations across the world compiled by the National Geographic magazine.         Nestled along the Kerala Coast, the emerald-fringed "Island of Crows" has been listed in National Geographic's 'Around the World in 24 Hours', a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots across the world.]]>
<![CDATA[Goa to host Vintage Bike and Car Festival-2016 ]]>
Goans will witness a motley of classic vehicles plying on city roads with vintage car and bikes enthusiasts set to take part in the first-of-its-kind Vintage Bike and Car Festival-2016 on October 1, organised by the Tourism department.         "Come October 1, more than 50 Vintage vehicles (bikes and cars) are slated to drive down town in the capital city and will be a treat to the eyes at the INOX Courtyard," tourism dep]]>
<![CDATA[No concession for foreigner senior citizen in Indian Railways]]>
Foreigners travelling by trains will no longer be eligible for concessions meant for senior citizens, with the railways deciding to tighten the purse  strings and restricting such rebates to Indian nationals permanently residing in the country.       Though Indian Railway charges concessional fares with regard to people belonging to various categories including sportspersons, the differently abled, patients and eminent artistes among oth]]>
<![CDATA[Ban on polythene at all Indian national monuments ]]>
With a view to give an impetus to 'Swachh Bharat, Swachh Smarak' (Clean India, Clean Memorial) campaign, Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Sunday (Oct. 2) visited heritage sites in Delhi as he launched an initative to ban polythene at all national monuments.         Sharma, along with officials of the tourism ministry and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), visited Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar.     &nb]]>
<![CDATA[Pilgrims visiting Gujarat's Ambaji Temple get insurance cover]]>
The world famous Ambaji Temple in North Gujarat's Banaskantha district has insured the pilgrims visiting the shrine against any natural calamity, including storm, cyclone and earthquake, for a period of 21 days this year.         Ashish Raval, Media Convener of the Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust (SAAMDT), which looks after the shrine's affairs, on Tuesday (Sept 13) said the trust has paid a premium to the New India A]]>
<![CDATA[Mangalajodi in Odisha be developed into ecotourism destination]]>
Odisha tourism department has decided to develop Mangalajodi, on the northern banks of Chilika Lake into an ecotourism destination.         To attract nature-lovers and bird watchers, the forest department will construct at least a dozen rooms, watchtowers and nature trails at Mangalajodi, ithe second largest hotspot for birds where lakhs of migratory birds flock to during winter.         "The government h]]>
<![CDATA[Bangkok beats London to be named world's top travel destination by Mastercard]]>
Thailand’s capital of Bangkok has beaten London to be crowned the world's most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking by global payments and technology company Mastercard released on Thursday (Sept 22). The British capital topped the 2015 ranking of global destinations, but Mastercard did not say why some of its shine had rubbed off for travellers this year. The two cities have topped the ranking for most of its history. Tourism has been one of ]]>
<![CDATA[IRCTC offers Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia packages ]]>
Exploring beyond domestic tour and travel market, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)is now offering international packages covering Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.      'The Enchanting Singapore and Malaysia' and the 'Sri Ramayana Yatra: Sri Lanka' tours, departing from New Delhi, are now open for bookings and will be fully managed by the IRCTC which will arrange for the visa, air journey, meals and hote]]>
<![CDATA[India to take steps to boost cruise tourism ]]>
India will soon unveil steps to tap cruise tourism in a big way along its 7,500 km-long coastline and is trying to address the issues of cleanliness, connectivity and security to improve the country's image in global tourism market, a senior minister in India has said. "Tourism ministry along with Surface and Waterways ministry are taking cruise tourism in a big way," Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, who was in Melbourne to officially launch the 10-week festival &]]>
<![CDATA[Indian jail offers tourists chance to spend a night in jail]]>
A tourist to India now has the chance to experience life in prison. A 200 year old former jail in southern India offers tourists the chance to live a day in the life of a prisoner. Visitors to the colonial-era Sangareddy District Jail in the state of Telangana receive a prison uniform, basic bedding, soap and eating utensils before being taken to their cell for an overnight stay that costs Rs 500 ($7.50).  Besides promoting tourism, spending a night in jail could educate people o]]>
<![CDATA[Polythene ban in national monuments, tourist destinations from Oct 2]]>
In an initiative to carry forward the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), there will be a complete ban on use of polythene in all national monuments and tourist destinations across India from October 2 to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. "We thought that we should start cleanliness from our house first. So, the Tourism Ministry has decided to ban polythene in all the national monuments and tourist destinations from October 2," ]]>
<![CDATA[Efforts on to harness Lamatapur's untapped tourism potential]]>
Tucked amidst hills, forest, waterfalls and numerous streams, Lamataput is a scenic place in the tribal-dominated Koraput in Odisha which is a  preferred tourist destination.         Official data shows that out of 1,169 foreign tourists who visited the district in 2015, as many as 638 visited the Duduma waterfalls in Lamatapur.         However, private travel operators claim that local tribal communities have not b]]>
<![CDATA[New international terminal ready at Vadodara airport]]>
The construction of a new terminal for international flights at the civilian Airport in Harni, on the outskirts of Gujarat's second largest city of Vadodara has been completed and it is likely to be commissioned soon. Final touches are being given and the work for creating other facilities as per international standards will be done soon, project in-charge and General Manager of Airport Authority of India, Narendra Kumar Shukla said.  ]]>
<![CDATA[West Bengal Tourism to promote Teresa-linked places through Internet]]>
  Keeping in mind that a large number of tourists from the country and abroad may visit the Kolkata city to see places associated with Mother Teresa, West Bengal Tourism Department is planning to promote them on its website.         ‘Several tourists both from other states and foreign lands visit the city and the state to see places which are related to Mother Teresa. And after Sunday's canonisation programme, their&n]]>
<![CDATA[India gains 17.1% growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in July 2016]]>
India has gained a growth of 17.1 per cent in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in July 2016 over the same period in 2015. Bangladesh accounts for highest share of tourist arrivals followed by USA and UK in July 2016. Rs 143.19 billion foreign exchange earned through tourism in July 2016. Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (F]]>
<![CDATA[Thailand's first halal hotel hopes to help attract Muslim tourists]]>
Predominately consisting of a Buddhist population, Thailand has opened its first halal hotel to attract more Muslim visitors and boost one of the few bright spots in its economy.  Nearly 30 million foreign tourists came to Thailand last year but only about 658,000 were from the Middle East, according to industry data.  The four-star Al Meroz hotel in Bangkok, which opened in November, hopes to play its part in changing that, and to cash in. The Al Meroz, which boasts mos]]>
<![CDATA[Qatar's international airport to levy exit tax from passengers]]>
Qatar's international airport said on Monday (August 29) that it is to charge passengers an exit tax as the energy-reliant emirate adjusts to falling oil prices. The 35-riyal ($10) levy is to be introduced this week, Hamad International Airport (HIA) said in a statement. The fee, to be added to airline ticket prices, will apply to tickets issued on or after August 30, as well as for travel starting on or after December 1. 'The charge is in line with International Civil Aviation ]]>
<![CDATA[Paris loses 750 mln euros in tourism after attacks]]>
  Foreign tourists have kept away from Paris due to Islamist attacks, strikes and floods in the first half of the year costing the Paris region tourism industry some 750 million euros  ($849.38 million) in lost revenue, officials said on Tuesday (August 23).   ‘It's time to realise that the tourism sector is going through an industrial disaster. This is no longer the time for communication campaigns but to set up a relief plan,’ Frederic Valletoux, h]]>
<![CDATA[Air India launches new non-stop flight from London to Ahmedabad]]>
Air India has launched new non-stop flights from London’s Heathrow Airport to Ahmedabad beginning from August 15. The flight from London Heathrow to New York will be thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Earlier, Air India passengers flying between London and Ahmedabad had to stop at Mumbai or travel via Delhi. This non-stop service will reduce journey time by up to 3 and a half hours, each way. Non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Newark, New Jersey in the USA are b]]>
<![CDATA[India enjoys travel bookings boost after British royal's visit]]>
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s historic visit to India earlier this year has sparked an increase in holidaymakers booking trips to the country, according to travel firms. TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals saw a 25 per cent rise in bookings after the royal couple visited Mumbai, New Delhi and posed for an iconic image outside the Taj Mahal. Tourism has also been boosted by the introduction of online visas with new figures showing 1,15,677 tourists entered the country under the s]]>
<![CDATA[Arunachal Pradesh receives 'Today's Traveller Award 2016']]>
The tourism industry in  Arunachal Pradesh received a major boost with the state  receiving the 'Today's Traveller Award 2016'.         Organised by Gill India Group for Best Adventure Tourism Destination, the state bagged the award at the 10th  Annual Today's Traveller Awards 2016 held in New Delhi on  Tuesday (Aug 2) , an official release said.         Additional Resident Commissioner Jigmi Choden along  ]]>
<![CDATA[Marine plane service to be soon launched in Goa]]>
Indian tourist hot-spot Goa will launch a marine plane service in the next tourist season, the state government told the Legislative Assembly on Monday (Aug 1) Replying to a question by independent MLA Naresh Sawal, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said the planes (flying from the airport) would land in Mandovi river. 'Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) has conducted detailed audit and recommended (that the state get) necessary compliances for the approval of servic]]>
<![CDATA[Jammu and Kashmir Government launches border tourism]]>
The rattle of guns was replaced by the excited noises of people clicking selfies and dancing to the beats of drums at the Border Out Post (BoP) in the India's northen state of Jammu and Kashmir as government launched its border tourism initiative. Ahead of their departure to Amarnath cave shrine to pay obeisance at ice-lingam of Lord Shiva in South Kashmir Himalayan shrine, a group of nearly 100 pilgrims from various states of the country made a beeline at Octerio Border Out Post (BoP]]>
<![CDATA[Lives of Gandhi, Mandela to form part of Durban film studio]]>
The history of Mahatma Gandhis tenure in South Africa and the life of Nelson Mandela are to be recreated in Durban as experiences for tourists as part of a massive film studio project. Internationally acclaimed South African-Indian movie mogul Anant Singh announced today that this would be part of his development plans to make his company VideoVisions Durban project as popular as the one that has been running successfully in Cape Town for several years now. "If you look at Univer]]>
<![CDATA[India to roll out liberalised visa policy to boost trade]]>
India will soon roll out a liberalised visa policy to boost services trade that may fetch USD 80 billion annually by attracting foreigners and foreign exchange.  The Indian commerce and industry ministry has been rooting for comprehensive relaxation of visa norms to boost services trade,&n]]>
<![CDATA[Taj Mahal and Gir National Park among 10 iconic places to be cleaned]]>
The Indian Government has identified 10 iconic places with high number of visitors, including Taj Mahal and Vaishno Devi, to be cleaned on par with international standards for which the World Bank will provide technical assistance, officials said on Thursday (June 23). The government  is also in the process of drafting standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure cleanliness at as many known sanctuaries and tigers reserves, they said. "We have taken an initiative at 10 ic]]>
<![CDATA[Air India announces direct Ahmedabad-London flight from August 15]]>
Indians travelling to UK will heave a sigh of relief now as Air India has announced a non-sop flight from Ahmedabad to London Heathrow starting from August 15. The same aircraft will fly on to Newark, an airport in New Jersey that is in New York metropolitan are]]>
<![CDATA[Air travel to become cheaper for Indians after Government reforms ]]>
India approved a civil aviation policy Wednesday (June 15) aimed at making air travel affordable for millions of Indians and vastly expanding the country's aviation market. The government said the long-awaited reforms will bring down airfares to 2,500 rupees ($37) per hour of flying time on many under-served regional routes, particularly away from big cities. Air travel in India is mostly confined to the urban third of the population, and is largely out of reach for hundreds of mi]]>
<![CDATA[Gir National Park to remain closed during monsoon]]>
Home to over 500 Asiatic lions, the Gir National Park will remain closed for tourists, both domestic and foreigners, from June 16 to October 15. Naval Aparnathi, Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) said the park is closed during this period every year as it is breeding season for many of the animals including the big cats.   "It is closing to provide some privacy to the wild animals like lions, leopards and birds like peacocks during their mating season. Four months of m]]>
<![CDATA[ Israel sees tourism growth from China, India]]>
ISRAEL is looking east to China and India to help drive tourism, as visits to the country have yet to fully recover from the 2014 Gaza war, Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi said. In 2015, tourism grew 43 per cent from China to some 50,000 visitors and the ministry sees that doubling by 2018. It will be helped by the start of nonstop flights next month by Hainan Airlines from Beijing to Tel Aviv that will add 35,000 extra seats to Israel a year. "This will change the ]]>
<![CDATA[Tourism circuit to be developed along Gujarat coast, says Rajnath]]>
UNION Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday (February 5) announced that the Centre would develop tourism circuit along the coast of Gujarat.   "Gujarat has a long coast and several historic places. The Union Government has decided to develop tourist circuit along the state coast covering some historic places like Gir, Sasan, Junagadh, Somnath and Udvada," Singh said.   The minister, who is on a visit to Saurashtra region, was talking to reporters after ]]>
<![CDATA['Sweden eyes 22 per cent increase in Indian tourists in 2016']]>
SWEDEN is eyeing 22 per cent growth in Indian travellers visiting the Scandinavian country in 2016, and is mainly focusing on experienced travellers, who have taken or take at least two trips abroad every year, a Swedish official said.   "Both business and leisure travel has increased in the last few years. In 2014, we had 1,55,203 bed nights spent by Indian travellers, which was an increase of 22 per cent from the preceding year. We are expecting a continued growth from Ind]]>
<![CDATA[Sunburn and Supersonic festivals in Goa end]]>
THE high-octane Sunburn and Supersonic electronic dance music (EDM) festivals concluded on Wednesday (December 30) amid a high turnout of revellers and assembly of the world's top DJs.   'Sunburn', a property of Percept, was held at Vagatore, Viacom's 'Supersonic' on Candolim beach.           The organisers of 'Sunburn' claimed that music enthusiasts from over 50 countries were enthralled by EDM powerhouses like Wor]]>
<![CDATA[London Zoo offers chance to sleep with lions]]>
LONDON Zoo began taking bookings on Thursday (December 3) for a new safari lodge it is building in the lion enclosure to allow visitors to get a taste of exotic holidays in the centre of the capital.   The "room with a zoo" is located in the Land of the Lions exhibit, which will be home to a breeding group of endangered Asiatic lions when it opens next year.   An overnight stay costs between £378 ($567) and £558 for two people, including a drink]]>
<![CDATA[India receives just 0.68 per cent of international tourists]]>
INDIA receives less than one per cent international tourists annually and their average stay in the country has come down by two days, Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Monday (November 30).   Replying a question in Lok Sabha, Sharma said India received just 0.68 per cent of the world tourists every year and efforts have been made to attract more and more international tourists to the country.   "Various initiatives have been taken by the government to attr]]>
<![CDATA[Kaziranga National Park reopens]]>
THE Kaziranga National Park (KNP) will reopen for tourists on Sunday (November 1) after its routine closure for the monsoon season.   The World Heritage Site - home to the one-horn rhinoceros - will be opened for tourists at Mihimukh in Kohora Range of the Park at 5.30 AM on Sunday, KNP senior official Mahendra Duwara said.   Assam Forest and Environment Minister Etwa Munda is scheduled to reopen the Park at Mihimukh elephant tower in the Kohora Range in the presence]]>
<![CDATA[China, India drive Australia's best tourism year since Sydney Olympics]]>
A BOOM in cashed-up visitors from China and India has helped Australia record its strongest tourism year since the Sydney Olympics, officials said Wednesday (September 2), with more than Aus$33 billion (US$23.1 billion) pumped into the economy.   The government-run Tourism Research Australia's International Visitor Survey showed that seven per cent more people made the trip in the year to June 30 to reach a new high of 6.6 million - the best since the hugely successful Games ]]>
<![CDATA[Uproar in India's 'Valley of Gods' over green ruling]]>
ITS ski slopes are considered among the best in India while its stunning views are a magnet for hikers, horse riders and paragliders in the summer.   But a new ruling by India's environmental court designed to protect the Kullu Valley from its hordes of visitors now threatens to devastate the tourist industry, according to furious local businesses.   "The vast majority of the people are engaged in tourism activities in and around the Rohtang Pass," says]]>
<![CDATA['Weather terror' scares tourists away from Kashmir]]>
A SERIES of cloudbursts, landslides and flood alerts in Kashmir - a combination of extreme events dubbed "weather terror" by local business people - has caused tourist arrivals to drop 60 per cent so far this year, and things may get worse.   India's Kashmir, whose stunning Himalayan mountain and lake scenery once made it a magnet for visitors, had seen its important tourism industry revive over the past four years, following two decades of armed insurgency against ]]>
<![CDATA[Eiffel reopens after staff walk out over pick pockets]]>
Eiffel reopens after staff walk out over pick pockets   PARIS'S iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists for several hours on Friday (May 22) as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument.   The closure of one of the busiest tourist attractions in the French capital ahead of a long holiday weekend recalled a similar strike at the Louvre museum in 2013 as staff protested against the often violent pickpockets sta]]>
<![CDATA[Modi's birthplace bus tour draws fans]]>
FANS of Narendra Modi have been given a boost, with plans to expand bus tours of the town where the future Indian prime minister grew up and worked at his father's tea stall. The weekly tour has become so popular since starting early this year that daily excursions are being planned to the tiny town in Gujarat where the charismatic premier was born, said the travel agency running them. 'We have been taking about 56 tourists every week since February. Now with the increase in]]>
<![CDATA[Dunes, ruins and cafes in India's sandy Jaisalmer]]>
INDIA'S city of gold derives its nickname from an imposing honey-coloured fort overlooking sandstone dwellings hemmed in by the rolling dunes of the Thar desert. “Everything is golden,” said our driver as he took us around Jaisalmer in an auto rickshaw, a three-wheeled tuk-tuk, pointing to the sandstone structures that had changed colour in the sun. Men in vivid turbans smoke pipes on verandas above lanes that snake between havelis, or private mansions. Women in trad]]>
<![CDATA[Indian village bans kissing in public]]>
AN INDIAN village in a western coastal state has imposed a ban on couples kissing in public, claiming the sight of such “obscene' behaviour is unwanted by local residents. The village parliament of Salvador-de-Mundo, eight miles north of Goa's capital Panaji, unanimously passed a resolution this week warning holidaymakers against engaging in public displays of affection. “We have adopted this resolution following complaints from villagers about couples kissing in]]>
<![CDATA[City of 'New Delhi' was named on December 31, 1926]]>
DECEMBER 31, 1926. That is the day when 'New Delhi' as we know the capital city was named as such. When British monarch King George V and his consort Queen Mary held one of the grandest darbars on December 12, 1911, where he assumed the crown of India and announced the shifting of the imperial capital from Calcutta (now Kolkata) to Delhi, the new capital had remained unchristened. On December 15, the King and the Queen, the first monarchs to attend their coronation darbar in]]>
<![CDATA[BA faces backlash over points changes]]>
BRITISH Airways is facing a backlash from customers after making changes to the way passengers can earn and spend miles under its Avios frequent flyer programme, with some threatening to switch to rival airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair and easyJet. Following the example of US carriers, British Airways, owned by IAG, is tying the number of points awarded to pricing tiers within cabins, rather than the number of miles flown. Those paying for fully-flexible first-class and busin]]>