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All set for India's first high speed train

Agra, Nov 21 : The decks have been cleared for the launch of India's first high speed train that will link New Delhi and the Taj city of Agra -- in 105 minutes.


All set for India's first high speed train

Agra, Nov 21 : The decks have been cleared for the launch of India's first high speed train that will link New Delhi and the Taj city of Agra -- in 105 minutes.


Osmania biscuits: Cookies with a unique taste (Foodie Trail-Hyderabad)

By Mohammed Shafeeq : They say Hyderabad is famous for biryani, sherwani and gandipet ka pani but the list many not be just confined to the mouth watering dish, the ethnic attire and the water from Gandipet, as the Osman Sagar reservoir is popularly known.


Australia urges Indians to be cautious about visa scams

New Delhi, Nov 20 : The Australian High Commission here Thursday urged Indians to be cautious of scams while applying for visas and report any fraud to the authorities.


Emirates flight to Hyderabad diverted due to fog

Hyderabad, Nov 20 : Emirates flight from Dubai to Hyderabad was diverted to Chennai Thursday due to fog at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here.


'Flying doughnuts' may be the future of air travel

Wellington, Nov 19 : The "flying doughnuts" plane concept could soon become the future of air travel, it has been reported.


Spend a weekend in China's 'City of Eternal Spring'

Kolkata, Nov 19 : Spend a relaxing weekend in the lap of nature, nestled between aromatic cherry, peach blossoms, picturesque wetlands and gigantic but alluring rocky structures in southwest China's Kunming also known as 'City Of Eternal Spring'.


Domestic passenger traffic up 18.31 percent

New Delhi, Nov 18 : Domestic air passenger traffic increased by 18.31 percent in October to 59.25 lakh passengers - up from 50.08 lakh ferried in the corresponding month last year.


Delhi-Lahore bus fare hiked

New Delhi, Nov 17 : The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has sharply hiked the cost of travelling on its Delhi-Lahore Bus service from Rs.1,500 to Rs.2,400, an official said Monday.


Spicejet shares slump nearly 10 percent

Mumbai, Nov 17 : Scrip of budget carrier SpiceJet Monday slumped by as much as 10 percent on back of its auditor cautioning against the airline's declining financial and assest worth.


IndiGo launches six new flights

New Delhi, Nov 17 : Budget carrier Indigo Monday launched six new non-stop flights connecting Delhi, Coimbatore, Kolkata and Chennai.


'Much more to Punjab than just agriculture, religious tourism'

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Nov 16 : Punjab has always been famous for its agriculture and religious tourism, particularly the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandar Sahib (popularly known as the Golden Temple) in Amritsar. But for travel writer Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu, the state that ushered in the Green Revolution in the 1960s that made India self-sufficient in foodgrain, has much more to offer in terms of history and a rich heritage.


Uttar Pradesh Travel Mart 2015 to be launched Saturday

Lucknow, Nov 14 : Uttar Pradesh Travel Mart 2015, the biggest outreach by the state government to tap the possibilities to enhance its tourism potential, would be inaugurated in New Delhi Saturday, officials said Friday.


Vegetarian family specializes in Mughlai biryanis! (Foodie Trail-Mumbai)

By Quaid Najmi : It was left to a pure vegetarian Gujarati family in Mumbai to whip up and serve some of the most popular non-vegetarian Mughlai cuisine - specially their lipsmacking Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani and other varieties.


Now, recharge Metro card through SMS

New Delhi, Nov 13 : Delhi Metro commuters will now be able to recharge their smart cards by sending SMS to a designated number, courtesy a new facility launched Thursday.


Visa on arrival spurs tourist traffic

New Delhi, Nov 13 : Tourist arrivals in India grew 41.5 percent in October with 2,705 granted visa on arrival, up from 1,911 in October last year.


Snack healthy while travelling

New Delhi, Nov 9 : You can be tempted to get your hands on a packet full of wafers or biscuits on a road trip. But try gorging on dry fruits or some packed veggies with a dip for the journey.


Air India to increase Birmingham-Delhi flights

New Delhi, Nov 8 : National passenger carrier Air India Saturday said that it plans to increase the flight frequency of its Delhi-Birmingham flights to daily services from four times a week.


After Maharashtra, Gujarat to get seaplane service...s

Mumbai, Nov 7 : Mumbai's Maritime Energy Heli Air Services (MEHAIR) Pvt Ltd, which operates India's first onshore seaplane services in Maharashtra, will soon launch regional amphibian aircraft services within Gujarat, an official said Friday.


Air Deccan keen to start flights to Himachal

Bangalore, Nov 7 : Budget airline Air Deccan Friday expressed interest in starting to-and-fro fights from Delhi and Chandigarh to three tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, a statement said.


SpiceJet suspends Surat operations, after run-in with a stray animal

New Delhi, Nov 7 : Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet Friday said that it has suspended its services to Surat indefinitely, after one of its aircraft had a run-in with a stray animal at the city's airport last night.


Mega music events could revive Goa's faltering tourism

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, Nov 6 : Known as a balm for the soul, music could just bail out Goa's floundering tourist season this year.


Jet starts Delhi-Ho Chi Minh City service

New Delhi, Nov 5 : Airlines major Jet Airways Wednesday launched its inaugural flight from New Delhi to Ho Chi Minh City with its code-share partner Vietnam Airlines.


India's domestic air passenger demand up 26.3 percent

New Delhi, Nov 4 : International Air Transport Association (IATA) Tuesday said that India's domestic market increased by a whooping 26.3 percent last month as a result of price stimulation.


Jet increases services to Far East and Gulf region

Mumbai, Nov 4 : Airlines major Jet Airways Tuesday said that it has enhanced its global connectivity by introducing additional frequencies from Mumbai to the Far East and the Gulf region.


Free Wi-Fi connections standard feature in future: Emirates

New Delhi, Nov 4 : Dubai-based airline major Emirates Tuesday said that it foresees free on-board internet Wi-Fi connections as a standard feature of air travel in the future.


Women prefer vacations without their kids: Survey

New Delhi, Oct 31 : A vacation must mean a vacation in its truest sense. A majority of Indian women have admitted in a new survey that they prefer to go on a holiday without their children, primarily due to a lack of personal time with their spouse.


Gadkari launches ETC system for Delhi-Mumbai Highway

New Delhi, Oct. 31 : Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday launched the Electronic Toll Collection system for the Delhi-Mumbai Highway.


Punjab to promote tourism along Shivalik hills

Chandigarh, Oct 31 : To exploit the tourism potential of sub-mountain regions of Shivalik hills along its border with Himachal Pradesh, the Punjab government Friday announced the setting up of the Shivalik (Dhauladhar) Tourism Development Board.


India to launch electronic toll collection at 350 highway plazas: Minister

New Delhi, Oct 31 : Launching an electronic toll collection (ETC) system for the Delhi-Mumbai highway, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari Friday said such a facility will be extended to as many as 350 plazas by the end of next year.


Space tourism appears to be safe for civilians

Washington, Oct 31 : A new study has revealed that space tourism and brief trip of weightlessness appears to be safe for most of the ordinary citizens.


China now offers destination weddings for Indian couples (Trend Feature)

By Anurag Dey, Kolkata, Oct 31 : Tying the knot at Kunming or taking the path to marital bliss at Dali could soon become a fad as the big fat Indian weddings get the Made in China tag.


Wearable health devices key for safe space tourism

New York, Oct 31 : At a time when several firms are developing spacecrafts to take ordinary citizens on short trips into space, scientists have outlined the risks and challenges involved in human commercial spaceflights.


Hilton Chennai Culinary Express offers Hyderabadi delicacies (Foodie Trail-Chennai)

By Venkatachari Jagannathan, Chennai, Oct 31 : The Culinary Express at the Ayna restaurant in Hilton Chennai at Guindy is now chugging at good pace with the on-going Hyderabadi food festival - the second in the series, the hotel's top chef said.


Mumbai International Airport bags Golden Peacock Award for sustainability

Mumbai, Oct. 30 : GVK Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (MIAL) has bagged the prestigious 'Golden Peacock Award for sustainability' for the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).


Visa-free travel for Indian, Albanian diplomatic passport holders

New Delhi, Oct 29 : The Indian government Wednesday gave its nod for an agreement to do away with a visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and official passports for travel between India and Albania.


Bangalore becomes first railway station with Wifi facility

Bangalore, Oct. 28 : Bangalore City Railway Station on Tuesday became the first railway station in the country to be fitted with Wifi facilities.


Ola cabs signs accord for $210-mn fund from SoftBank

Bangalore, Oct 28 : Ola, the mobile application for booking cabs in India, Tuesday said it has signed an accord to raise $210 million from Japan's SoftBank and its existing investors like Tiger Global, Matrix Partners India and Steadview Capital.


Orange festival to lure foodies, tourists to north Bengal

Kolkata, Oct 27 : Orange orchards amid the picturesque hills of north Bengal are set to woo foodies and potential tourists, courtesy an orange festival beginning here Dec 5.


Stay energised post festive season with sherbets, lassi, tea (Foodie Trail-Kolkata)

By Sahana Ghosh : What better way to ease up on your tummy post the festive season than with some truly exotic and healthy beverages? Take your pick from nearly a century-old secret 'sherbet' recipe, fruit and herb infused yoghurt drinks (lassis) or concoctions of the cup that cheers - tea.


Air passengers' body asks DGCA to stop low fare schemes

Mumbai, Oct 26 : Describing the frequent special discount fare offers by domestic carriers as "non-existent", the Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) Sunday urged regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) not to permit such schemes.


Lucky, Pappi, Kakke da..the lavish spread of Punjab's dhaba names! (Foodie Trail-Punjab)

By Jaideep Sarin : Punjabi dhabas are known countrywide for their rich and finger-licking food on the roadside. But it is also the lavish spread of their interesting names that makes them stand out.


Villa Maya, where dining is more than a pleasure (Foodie Trail-Thiruvananthapuram)

By Sanu George : Fancy dining in a three-storyed restored 300-year-old Dutch manor? Head for Villa Maya, a stone's throw from the international airport in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram, which has hit the headlines after it was ranked fourth among India's top 10 restaurants by travel portal Trip Advisor.


Northern Railways runs extra train to Patna for Chhath rush

New Delhi, Oct 24 : With Chhath Puja to be celebrated from Oct 27-29, the Indian Railways is making extra efforts to accommodate the hundreds of people heading home for the festival and ran an extra train to Patna Friday, said officials.


Tosha Maidan to be a tourist resort: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, Oct 22 : Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday visited the Tosha Maidan firing range in Badgam district which has been cleared of all explosive materials by the army.


Chennai named 9th best cosmopolitan city in the world

Washington, Oct 22 : Chennai has been named the 9th best city in the list of 2015's top 10 cosmopolitan cities in the world.


Domestic travel surges during Diwali weekend

New Delhi, Oct 22 : Making the most of the long Diwali weekend, domestic travel this festive season has risen by around 25 percent as compared with last year, a survey revealed Wednesday.


E-businesses modernising rail travel in India

By Rohit Vaid, New Delhi, Oct 22 : Gazing at the far-away tracks searching for signs of train arrivals might bring in nostalgic memories as a host of e-companies are providing everything from tracking minute-by-minute locomotive locations to details of taxi availability or the best deals at hotels to make rail journey in India a more pleasant and less taxing experience.


SpiceJet commences Diwali sales, offers tickets at Rs.899

Gurgaon, Oct 21 : Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet Tuesday launched its "Diwali Dhamaka" sale, with one-way fares starting as low as Rs.899 (including taxes).


E-toll collection to commence from Oct 27

New Delhi, Oct 21 : Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will launch the electronic toll collection system across the country Oct 27, an official statement said Tuesday.


E-business modernising rail travel in India

By Rohit Vaid, New Delhi, Oct 21 : Gazing at the far-away tracks searching for signs of train arrivals might bring in nostalgic memories as a host of e-companies are providing everything from tracking minute-by-minute locomotive locations to details of taxi availability or the best deals at hotels to make rail journey in India a more pleasant and less taxing experience.


Sound & Light shows at three Odisha heritage sites

Bhubaneswar, Oct 21 : The Odisha government Tuesday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the the India Tourism Development Corporation for Sound and Light shows at three heritage sites in the state.


Delhi Metro to halt services at 8 p.m. on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 21 : The Delhi Metro will stop its services at 8 p.m. Thursday on account of Diwali, a statement said Tuesday.


Less Russians on Goan beaches this season

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, Oct 19 : Russian tourist arrivals in Goa are expected to drop by nearly 20 percent this season due to a mix of factors, including the European economic crisis, Russian tour operators going bankrupt and the Ukraine-Russia conflict, according to a top official of the Russian Information Centre (RIC) here.


Lacking infrastructure, 'Paradise Unexplored' remains just that

By Raymond Kharmujai, Shillong, Oct 19 : It's been termed "Paradise Unexplored" but poor internal communication between India's northeastern states and the lack of connectivity to the region are the major hurdles tour operators face in promoting it as a tourist destination, an expert says.


Gujaratis in Britain want Ahmedabad flights

London, Oct 17 (IANS/RAY) Britain-based overseas Gujaratis want direct flights between Britain and Ahmedabad in India's Gujarat state.


Fly Emirates for best in-flight food

Melbourne, Oct 17 : A luxury food magazine has rated Emirates as the carrier with the best in-flight food options.


Goa Tourism launches women only taxi service

Panaji, Oct. 16 : Goa Tourism has rolled out a taxi service exclusively for women residents and tourists. The swanky new taxis will also be driven only by women.


Domestic passenger traffic up 27.82 percent

New Delhi, Oct 17 : Domestic air passenger traffic increased by 27.82 percent in September to 58.22 lakh passengers - up from 45.55 lakh ferried in the corresponding month last year.


Guide launched on spots related to Gandhi's South Africa journey

New Delhi, Oct 17 : A guide to over a dozen sites in South Africa related to Mahatma Gandhi, including the Pietermaritzburg station where he was thrown off a train and the Old Fort prison complex where he was jailed for two months, has been launched, the authorities said Friday.


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