Indians no longer need visa to visit Reunion island

New Delhi, July 29 : Indians now do not need a visa to visit the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean for stays up to 15 days, French Ambassador to India Francois Richier said Tuesday.


SpiceJet directed to refund passengers

New Delhi, July 28 : The aviation regulator Monday directed budget passenger airlines SpiceJet to immediately refund the passengers of a Mumbai-Delhi flight which was delayed for five hours last month.


Kimonos, jelly sandals must have for your holiday wardrobe

London, July 28 : If you are packing your bags for your next holiday, add different shades of jelly sandals and kimonos as they will not only keep you comfortable, but will also add glamour to your wardrobe.


Holiday must-have: embellished sandals

London, July 26 : If you're heading for a holiday, a pair of embellished sandals should definitely be packed in your suitcase.


International flights allowed from Chandigarh

Chandigarh, July 25 : The defence ministry has cleared a proposal to allow international flights from Chandigarh airport, the Punjab government announced Friday.


DMRC slashes 40% fares on Airport Express Line

New Delhi, July 24 : Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has slashed fares on Airport Express Line by 40 per cent. The rates were revised earlier this month and will take effect from today.


AirAsia India to fly to Jaipur and Chandigarh

New Delhi, July 24 : Budget passenger carrier AirAsia India Thursday said it will start its operations in North India from Sep 5 next with flights to Jaipur and Chandigarh.


Jet, Etihad Airways offer special passenger fare

New Delhi, July 24 : Domestic airline company Jet Airways and its Abu Dhabi-based partner Etihad Airways Thursday started a 72-hour joint special fare offer.


AirAsia to connect Bangalore with Jaipur, Chandigarh for Rs.1,999

Chennai, July 24 : Low cost airline AirAsia (India) will connect Bangalore with Chandigarh and Jaipur this September for around Rs.1,999 and ticket bookings will open soon, a top company official said Thursday.


Car Nicobar connected by air

Car Nicobar, July 24 : A long cherished dream of the people of the southern group of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, especially Car Nicobar, was fulfilled Thursday as India established air connectivity with this remote part of the country.


Flynas to operate Jeddah-Hyderabad flights from August

Hyderabad, July 24 : Flynas, a low-cost airline from Saudi Arabia, has announced it will operate its first services to India beginning next month with two weekly flights each from Jeddah to Hyderabad and Jeddah to Kozhikode.


For Emirates, Kerala leads rest of India in flights

Thiruvananthapuram, July 24 : With the latest bilaterals now in force, Emirates is operating 37 flights every week into Kerala, the highest among all states in the country, said a top airline official.


Virtual walking tour for android phones launched

New Delhi, July 23 : A mobile application that makes travel hassle-free for tourists in a new city in India is now available on android phones.


SpiceJet announces extra flights for limited period

Hyderabad, July 23 : Low-cost airline SpiceJet Wednesday announced the introduction of new flights serving Delhi-Hyderabad, Delhi-Tirupati via Hyderabad, and Delhi-Bangalore from Aug 15 to Sep 8.


Airport Metro's reduced fares effective from Thursday

New Delhi, July 23 : Fares on the Delhi Metro's Airport Express line that were reduced by up to 40 percent will be effective July 24, Metro authorities said Wednesday.


Online visa for Indians travelling to Bahrain

New Delhi, July 23 : Indians travelling to Bahrain will be able to apply for electronic visas from October this year under new visa rules announced in the Gulf country.


Tourism ministry to set up multilingual helpline

New Delhi, July 22 : India will soon have well-equipped, multilingual telephonic contact centre to provide information services to foreign tourists, parliament was informed Tuesday.


Emirates starts Airbus A380 services in India

New Delhi, July 22 : Dubai-based Emirates Airlines Tuesday started daily flights between Mumbai and Dubai with the Airbus A380, the world's largest aircraft by capacity.


Egypt Air to fly to New Delhi thrice a week

New Delhi, July 21 : Egypt's flasgship carrier Egypt Air will launch direct flights to New Delhi to meet the increasing tourist influx from India.


Kesar lassi, dahi bhalla at Tihar's food court a hit

By Shweta Sharma and Shradha Chettri, New Delhi, July 20 : Imagine going to jail for food!


Amarnath Yatra resumes from Baltal, Pahalgam routes

Srinagar, July 19 : The Amarnath Yatra resumed at 10 a.m. Saturday from both Baltal and Pahalgam routes after its temporary suspension, an official said.


SpiceJet to connect Bagdogra, Kathmandu

Kathmandu, July 18 : Indian budget carrier SpiceJet announced here Friday it will be connecting Kathmandu and Kolkata via Bagdogra from Aug 13.


Indian passenger carriers to shun Ukrainian airspace

New Delhi, July 18 : The civil aviation ministry Friday said that Air India and Jet Airways will change the route of their flights to avoid the conflict zone of Ukraine.


Alliance Air to resume Shillong, Tezpur, Lilabari services

Shillong, July 18 : Alliance Air will resume its services between Kolkata and Shillong in Meghalaya besides Tezpur and Lilabari in Assam from Aug 1, an official said Friday.


Drinking in the open out, CCTVs in on Goa's beaches

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, July 18 : Visiting Goa during the next tourist season? Here's a heads-up. Drinking in the open on beaches and cooking in public is out, but CCTVs on all major beaches and courteous policemen eager to help out tourists might be in.


Weekly special train between Yashwantpur-Bikaner via Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Jul 17 : In an effort to tackle passengers' rush, Western Railways has decided to run a weekly special train between Yashwantpur and Bikaner via Ahmedabad.


Rs 63,000 cr expenditure estimated for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed: Min

New Delhi, Jul 17 : An expenditure of approximately Rs 63,000 crore is estimated for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Corridor, the first sector identified by the Indian Railways for introduction of High Speed trains in the country, the Lok Sabha was informed today.


Railways to develop 10 major stations to intl standards

New Delhi, Jul 17 : The Railways has decided to develop at least 10 major stations of metro cities and important junctions to international standards with modern facilities and passenger amenities through public private partnership (PPP) mode, the Lok Sabha was informed today.


Weather hits Char Dham, Hemkund pilgrimage

Dehradun, Jul 17 : The pilgrimage would remain suspended till Saturday for Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag district while staunch devotees managed to reach Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib in Chamoli district and Yamunotri and Gangotri in Uttarkashi yesterday despite the warning of medium to heavy rains in the region.


Airlines go in for flash sales; tickets up for Rs.1,999

New Delhi, July 15 : To attract more flyers and retain market share, domestic airlines Tuesday launched new flash sales of tickets, starting with a minimum airfare of Rs.1,999.


First Delhi-Katra 'Shri Shakti Express' arrives at New Delhi station

New Delhi, July 15 : The first Delhi-Katra 'Shri Shakti Express' arrived at the New Delhi Railway Station here on Tuesday.


Mansarovar yatra route option cheers Himachal

Shimla, July 15 : An assurance by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday over the possibility of an additional route for the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage in China through Himachal Pradesh has cheered the state's hospitality industry.


Imagica: Mumbai's gateway to a magical world

By Quaid Najmi, Khopoli (Maharashtra), July 15 : The Haunted Castle of Salimgarh, Wrath of the Gods, Wild West, Deep Space, Prince of the Dark Waters, Alibaba Aur Chalis Chor, Scream Machine, Gold Rush Express, Mr. India-The Ride and D2-Dare Drop - there are all these and more at Adlabs Imagica - arguably India's first and only world-class theme park some 90 km from Mumbai in Raigad district.


First train between Delhi, Katra starts

Jammu, July 14 : The first superfast train - Shri Shakti Express - between the national capital and Katra at the foot of the popular religious hill shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir started Monday evening, railways officials said.


It's raining tourists in Himachal hills (Letter from Himachal)

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla/Manali, July 14 : The prolonged heat and dry spell in the plains has led to an exponential increase in footfall of tourists in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, say members of the hospitality industry.


Haleem set to return to Saudi Arabia with Indian taste (Foodie Trail)

By Mohammed Shafeeq, Hyderabad, July 13 : Pista House, the Hyderabad-based food joint that has become synonymous with haleem, plans to take it to Saudi Arabia, from where the delicacy is said to have originated. It is gearing up to open 20 outlets in Saudi Arabia to meet the demand from not just South Asians working there but also the locals.


Experience infinity with nature for company in Western Ghats (Travelogue)

By Arvind Padmanabhan, Thucklay (Tamil Nadu), July 13 : If you are longing for a serene and tranquil getaway and want to cosy up to the cuddle of Mother Nature, head for the unspoiled plantations on the foothills of Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari district, where lush green vegetation enjoins a clear blue lake with gentle mountain slopes for a picture perfect backdrop.


Integrate culture with tourism, says Shripad Naik

New Delhi, July 12 : Showcasing a range of artefacts and curios across mediums and over the past two millennia, the National Museum (NM) has turned a new chapter by hosting an exhibition of a private donor for the first time in its 65-year history.


Northeast to get better rail connectivity


Spicejet to launch Kolkata-Kathmandu flight via Bagdogra

Kolkata, July 11 : Private carrier SpiceJet Friday announced it will launch a new flight connecting Kolkata and Kathmandu via Bagdogra from Aug 13.


Kolkata among six new routes of Etihad Airways

Abu Dhabi, July 10 : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced that it will launch six new routes in the first half of 2015, including Kolkata in India.


Facelift for another iconic British-era structure in Shimla

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, July 10 : Thanks to a major leg-up from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a blast from the colonial past will soon greet visitors to Shimla, India's summer capital during the British Raj,with the government set to restore the iconic Town Hall located on The Mall, a favourite haunt of those out for a stroll.


E-visas facility at nine airports soon

New Delhi, July 10 : E-visa facilities will be introduced at nine airports in the next six months to attract more tourists, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Thursday.


London to be world's top tourist destination, finds survey

Singapore, July 9 : London is likely to become world's top tourist city with the most international overnight visitors, according to a survey.


Rediscovering Bengali recipes of an earlier era (Foodie Trail)

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, July 9 : It's surprising how vignettes of history often turn up on a foodie's trail. And, when it leads to some innovative Bengali dishes concocted by Basanti Devi, wife of Indian freedom fighter C. R. Das, you know the discovery is priceless and the recipes are worth trying out for the sheer pleasure of experiencing vintage Raj-era Bengal that oddly enough blends well even 67 years after Independence.


SpiceJet starts promotional fares at Rs.999 per ticket

New Delhi, July 8 : Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet Tuesday launched another promotional fare scheme offering all-India travel options starting from Rs.999, excluding taxes.


Special pilgrim train services to boost tourism

New Delhi, July 8 : Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda's Tuesday proposal to begin special pilgrimage and eco-tourism services will boost domestic tourism and encourage private participation in the sector, stakeholders say.


Himachal's Saach Pass reopens for motorists

Shimla, July 8 : Himachal Pradesh's Saach Pass, the gateway to the picturesque Pangi Valley, has reopened for motorists after being closed for seven months due to snow, an official said Tuesday.


Indian Railways now on Facebook, Twitter

New Delhi, Jul 7 : Indian Railways is now on facebook and Twitter with Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda today launching a new social media application for the ministry.


Foreign tourist arrivals up nine percent

New Delhi, July 7 : The number of foreign tourists visiting India grew by nine percent in June compared to the like period of last year, the tourism ministry said Monday.


Himachal may develop ski resort in Shimla

Shimla, July 7 : Himachal Pradesh may develop a ski resort in Shimla to promote tourism, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said here Monday.


Find Delhi's monuments at click of a button

By Shilpa Raina, New Delhi, July 7 : Seeing his son download apps on his mobile phone, this Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officer had a brainwave - to create an app for Delhi's monuments, both well-known and obscure, so that tourists could keep this information "handy" as a "self guide".


The Yellow Chilli - one stop for fine dining in East Delhi

By Arpana, New Delhi, July 6 : Looking for fine dining in East Delhi? Visit The Yellow Chilli in East Gokulpur and treat your taste buds with celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor's signature dishes as well as tastier and spicier preparations from the a la carte menu.


VIP or not, luxury awaits at IGI Airport

By Natalia Ningthoujam, New Delhi, July 6 : There was a time when only business class flyers could enjoy airport lounges. But Plaza Premium Lounge, at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here, offers live kitchen, spa services and other comforts to all kinds of travellers without burning a hole in their pocket.


Cooking can be child's play at Chennai's Marriott (Foodie Trail)

By Venkatachari Jagannathan, Chennai, July 6 : For the past couple of Sundays, groups of children have found that cooking could actually be child's play under expert supervision at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. The programme will be a continuing one, said a top official.


Indians across the country urge Railway Minister to improve facilities, cleanliness and security in trains

Lucknow, Agra (Uttar Pradesh)/ Siliguri (West Bengal)/ Vadodara (Gujarat), July 5 : Common People have urged the Railway Minister Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda to improve facilities, cleanliness and beef up security in trains ahead of his maiden budget in the Parliament.


10 trains cancelled due to mega-block at Ahmedabad station

Ahmedabad, Jul 5 : A total of 10 passenger and express trains plying from and towards Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara and Anand would remain cancelled completely or partially tomorrow due to a technical mega-block at Ahmedabad station.


New train will help Amarnath shrine devotees across country: Modi

Katra, July 4 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who flagged off a new train to Katra on Friday, congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for helping the project see the light of day, and said the new facility will not only be beneficial to Kashmiris, but also to all who want to visit the state.


Sadananda Gowda welcomes Katra-Udhampur rail inauguration

Katra, July 4 : Stating that the Indian Railways is committed to the balanced development of railway network across regions, Union Railways Minister D.V Sadananda Gowda today welcomed the Katra-Udhampur rail inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Modi opens Katra rail link, vows to walk Vajpayee's path

Katra (Jammu and Kashmir), July 4 : Making his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after taking office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday inaugurated the Katra-Udhampur rail link and pledged to realize the dream of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to restore peace in the troubled state.