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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.


Domestic flight allocation increased by 3.5 percent

New Delhi, Oct 15 : The country's civil aviation regulator Wednesday increased the winter schedule flight allotment of domestic passenger airlines by 3.5 percent.


Sunburn festival being marketed as a major Goa atttraction

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, Oct 15 : Sunburn, arguably Asia's biggest electronic dance music festival, has become the first non-government, commercial event to figure in the Goa Tourism Development Corporation's online festival listing.


Norwegians to get visa on arrival in India soon, says Mukherjee

Oslo, Oct 14 : Norway will be among the few countries whose nationals will soon be granted tourist visa on arrival facility in India, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said here Tuesday.


Sun, sand, suicides: Why are Goans killing themselves?

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, Oct 12 : In tourism booklets and guides, it's packaged as paradise - a place to unwind from your worries. But under the glamorous surface and buried in numbers, Goa's suicide statistics reveal a vastly different story.


Over 70 trains cancelled in view of cyclone

Hyderabad, Oct 11 : East Coast Railway and South Central Railway have cancelled over 70 trains while short terminating or diverting many others in view of cyclonic storm Hudhud, which is set to cross Andhra Pradesh coast Sunday.


Over 40 trains cancelled in view of cyclone

Hyderabad, Oct 10 : With severe cyclonic storm 'Hudhud' heading to hit eastern coast, Indian Railways have cancelled over 40 trains and diverted many others.


Shillong to host 3rd edition of Northeast Tourism Mart

Shillong, Oct 10 : This Meghalaya capital, dubbed the "Scotland of the East", is all set to host the third edition of the Northeast Tourism Mart from Oct 14-16, an official said Friday.


When city people turned yogis for a few days

By Natalia Ningthoujam, New Delhi, Oct 8 : For people in big cities like the capital, Mumbai and Pune - silent retreats are like a bonus. Recently packed their bags and got together to celebrate life at picturesque Baikunth Resorts in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh.


Air India to launch direct flight services to Pantnagar

New Delhi, Oct 8 : National carrier Air India Wednesday said it will launch direct flights from the national capital to Pantnagar, Uttarakhand from Oct 14.


A budget tour to Munnar; protesting hike in Kerala taxi rates

By Sujatha N, Kochi, October 4: You may be postponing a vacation trip or a picnic due to hike in taxi and hotel rates. We had a similar situation, this article is about how we solved the matter and visited Munnar, Kerala's best hill station.


India's domestic air passenger demand up 7.4 percent

New Delhi, Oct 3 : Travel industry body International Air Transport Association (IATA) Friday said India's domestic market increased by 7.4 percent in August over the previous year.


Jet Airways launches festive fares

Mumbai, Oct 1 : To lure more passengers during the festive season, airlines major Jet Airways and its partner passenger carrier Etihad Airways Wednesday launched new fares for economy and premier travel, across their domestic and international networks.


Lufthansa to fly in world's largest passenger jet to Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 1 : International passenger carrier Lufthansa Wednesday said it will launch its Airbus A380 services between Delhi and Frankfurt from Oct 27.


Delhi Metro to regulate train movement at two stations

New Delhi, Oct 1 : Delhi Metro will briefly regulate train movement at two stations Thursday owing to security arrangements for the launch of the "Swachh Bharat" campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in world's most spectacular train stations list

New Delhi, Oct 1 : Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which was even elevated in 2004 to the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been named one of the world's most spectacular train stations in a list compiled by a German real estate data mining company.


Goa gets ready for the Exposition, millions expected

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, Oct 1 : Four-lane roads, bridges, hundreds of volunteers, tight security and a myriad of assorted requirements from staying facilities to toilets are all being put in place as Goa prepares for its biggest religious event of the decade - the decennial Exposition of 16th century Spanish saint Francis Xavier - that is expected to be attended by about five million Christians, including half a milllion foreign tourists, from the world over.


Train services resume in Kashmir, passengers relieved

Baramulla (J-K), Sept. 30 : Bringing much relief to the passengers, train services on the Baramulla-Banihal railway track resumed after remaining closed for many days due to floods in Jammu and Kashmir.


Goa tourism portal banks on Zico, IFFI to attract tourists to Goa

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, Sep 29 : A newly-launched tourism portal in Goa is banking on Brazilian football legend Zico to bring home the bucks as well as fans from soccer-crazy Kolkata and other Indian metros, where the 'Beautiful Game' has a large following.


Airlines doll out new years offers to flyers

Newc Delhi, Sep 29 : To lure more flyers this festive and upcoming New Year travel season domestic airlines Monday launched attractive fare schemes.


AirAsia to recommence Hyderabad-Kuala Lumpur flight

Hyderabad, Sep 29 : AirAsia, a leading low cost airline announced the recommencement of its international route from Hyderabad to Kuala Lumpur with daily flights from Dec 8.


Mauritius Tourism ties up with Indian designer Charu Parashar

New Delhi, Sep 29 : With destination wedding becoming a popular trend in Indian market, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) has associated with wedding couturier Charu Parashar to promote the Island nation as the ideal location.


DTTDC to celebrate World Tourism Day Saturday

New Delhi, Sep 26 : DTTDC has planned musical performances, sight-seeing tours and welcoming tourists with sweets and garlands to celebrate the World Tourism Day Saturday, a statement said Friday.


Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus takes 57 passengers across LoC

Srinagar, Sep 26 : As many as 57 passengers belonging to Pakistan-administered-Kashmir travelled in the special Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus that resumed its run Friday after the recent floods in the Valley.


Airlines slash prices at start of festive season

New Delhi, Sep 25 : To lure passengers in the festive season, domestic airlines Thursday launched new sales offers.


Vistara's first aircraft lands in India

New Delhi, Sep 25 : Tata Son's full-service airline joint venture with Singapore Airlines - Vistara - Thursday took the delivery of its first Airbus A320-200 aircraft.


Heli-taxis for Himachal's Aadi Himani Chamunda shrine

Shimla, Sep 25 : Himachal Pradesh Thursday allowed a private operator to daily ply a heli-taxi to the ancient hilltop shrine of Aadi Himani Chamunda.


Alliance Air to restore flights to northeast

New Delhi, Sep 24 : Air India's subsidiary Alliance Air Wednesday said it will restart flights to destinations in northeast cities where it used to operate earlier.


Himachal all set to take tourists to apple orchards (Travel Feature)

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, Sep 24 : In a uniqe initiative to make tourism business more fruitful in Himachal Pradesh, the state tourism department is all set to take tourists to apple orchards, far from the maddening crowd.


Another memorial of colonial repression: Vietnam's 'Kala Paani' (Travel Feature)

By Vikas Datta, Hanoi, Sep 24 : Walking through its dark, depressing corridors and a glimpse of its dank dungeons may make you feel you have stepped into an Alexandre Dumas novel. A visit to the Hoa Lo Prison, later famous as the "Hanoi Hilton" in another war, is an educational experience about colonial repression as well as the resilience of the human spirit and its unquenchable desire for freedom.


AAI identifies 29 airports for starting of operations

New Delhi, Sept.23 : The Airports Authority of India (AAI) that participated in the 20th World Route Development Forum held at Chicago from 20th to 23rd September has identified 29 metro and non-metro airports for domestic and global airlines to start operations from there.


Jet to start four new flights to Abu Dhabi

Mumbai, Sep 23 : In a major expansion drive, Jet Airways Tuesday said it will enhance global connectivity by introducing four new daily direct flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond effective Nov 14, 2014.


SpiceJet launches booking tool, discount scheme for SME travellers

New Delhi, Sep 23 : To attract small and medium enterprise (SME) business travellers, budget carrier SpiceJet Tuesday launched a scheme which offers up to 10 percent discount.


Mumbai-Shirdi seaplane service launched

Mumbai, Sep 22 : Seaplane transport company Mehair Monday launched its services to second destination in Maharastra from Juhu to Mula dam which is a waterdrome located between the religious destinations of Meherabad, Shirdi and ShaniShinglapur.


Feeder bus service from Shivaji Stadium Metro station

New Delhi, Sep 22 : The Delhi Metro will start feeder bus service from the Shivaji Stadium Metro station from Tuesday, a statement said Monday.


Mountain bikers ride high on Himachal lofty peaks

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, Sep 21 : Himachal Pradesh is riding high on a popularity wave among mountain bikers - both Indians and foreigners. More and more of them are negotiating sharp bends on inhospitable off-road tracks of the lower Himalayas for their slice of glory.


Special bi-weekly train from Ahmedabad to Katra

Ahmedabad, Sep 20 : Beginning Oct 1, Western Railway will run a special train from here twice a week for pilgrims to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said Saturday.


Tourism ministry's new mission: Documenting Indian recipes

New Delhi, Sep 19 : The tourism ministry Friday said it has ambitious plans to preserve India's rich culinary traditions.


Will complete Hyderabad metro as per schedule: Larsen & Toubro

Hyderabad, Sep 17 : Larsen & Toubro Wednesday said it is committed to completing the Hyderabad Metro rail project expeditiously as per schedule with all support from the Telangana government.


Indigo inks $2.6 bn leasing deal with Chinese bank

New Delhi, Sep 17 : Budget passenger carrier IndiGo has signed a $2.6 billion finance and leasing agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) under which the latter will finance more than 30 new aircraft, it was announced here Wednesday.


Air France to operate 42 percent flights on Thursday

New Delhi, Sep 17 : Air France Wednesday said it expects to operate 42 percent of its flights on Thursday given the fact that around 60 percent of its pilots are on strike.


IndiGo makes $2.6 bn aircraft finance deal with ICBC

New Delhi, Sep 17 : Budget passenger carrier IndiGo Wednesday entered into an agreement with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) for financing more than 30 new aircraft in its fleet for around $2.6 billion.


Not to invest in any domestic airline: Emirates

New Delhi, Sep 17 : Dubai-based Emirates Airline Wednesday said that it will not invest in any of the Indian domestic passenger carriers and that it will grow its operational organically in India.


Snag hits services on Delhi Metro's Blue Line

New Delhi, Sep 17 : Delhi Metro commuters faced a harrowing time again Wednesday when a technical snag affected services on a line, causing trains to run slow and halt for several minutes at many stations resulting in overcrowding.


SpiceJet starts promotional travel scheme at Rs.699

New Delhi, Sep 16 : Continuing with its promotional schemes, budget passenger carrier SpiceJet Tuesday launched 'early New Year sale' for next year with fares starting at Rs.699 one way (excluding taxes).


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