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Goa, Hawaii could be sister states: Tulsi Gabbard

Panaji, Dec 20 : India's most popular beach tourism destination Goa and America's tropical island state of Hawaii could be sister states as the two places had "a lot of similarities", first Hindu US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said Saturday.


'Gyanodaya Express' to arrive in Assam Saturday

Guwahati, Dec 19 : Gyanodaya Express, an initiative of the Indian Railways to expose students to the history and culture of the northeastern states, will arrive here Saturday.


More and more Indians travelling alone: Expert

Kolkata, Dec 19 : More and more Indians are opting to travel alone as information dissemination has improved, a tourism industry expert said here Friday.


Tata's Vistara airline to fly from Jan 9

New Delhi, Dec 19 : Tata's full service carrier in partnership with Singapore Airlines Vistara will take to the skies from January 9 by operating daily flights to Mumbai and Ahmedabad from here, a company official said Friday.


'You need driving licence, tourist permit? Everything can be done'(Investigation)

By Rajnish Singh, New Delhi, Dec 19 : Thousands of motor vehicle drivers across India don't have appropriate certificates, sometimes even licences, to get tourist permits to drive commercial and other vehicles. However, just by shelling out some extra bucks they manage to procure such documents fraudulently - often under the nose and with connivance of transport departments - that permit them to drive around with impunity.


Much food for thought at this media hangout (Foodie Trail - Lucknow)

By Mohit Dubey, Lucknow, Dec 19 : Since the times of the nawabs, the city has been known for its delectable street food. While the royals munched on mouth-watering delicacies cooked by their 'khansamas', old Lucknow has been dotted with several dhabas and roadside food joints serving a cocktail of Mughlai and traditional Avadhi cuisine.


Turn to Ranakpur for simple, unhurried life (Travel Feature)

By Sugandha Rawal, New Delhi, Dec 18 : Those of you on a quest for something unexplored need not look far for such an experience. Ranakpur, a small village nestled in Rajasthan's Aravali hills, promises such a getaway without burning a hole in your pocket.


SpiceJet resumes flight services: Reports

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : SpiceJet, which was forced to ground its entire fleet this morning after the oil companies refused to refuel its planes, has reportedly resumed its flight services.


SpiceJet's flights to resume in evening

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Offering respite to hundreds of SpiceJet passengers stranded across India Wednesday, the company's management said it will resume operations from 4 p.m. onwards as an understanding has been reached with the oil companies over the supply of jet fuel to its aircraft.


Passengers stranded, as SpiceJet operations grounded

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Several hundred passengers were stranded across India Wednesday as fights of budget carrier SpiceJet were grounded after the oil marketing companies (OMCs) refused to provide it credit over non-payment of dues.


Online booking of Tharu huts at Katraniaghat sanctuary soon

Lucknow, Dec 16 : Online booking of Tharu huts will soon be available for tourists and visitors at the Kakraha and Katraniaghat wildlife sanctuaries, an official said Tuesday.


Women cab drivers soon on roads, courtesy Delhi Police

New Delhi, Dec 15 : In the aftermath of the Dec 5 rape in a cab by its driver, the Delhi Police have selected 115 women from poor families to be trained to work as drivers with various cab services.


10 percent more foreign tourists in May-October 2014

New Delhi, Dec 15 : The number of foreign tourist visiting India from May to October 2014 has registered a growth of 10 percent compared to the same period of the preceding year, parliament was told Monday.


Vistara receives flying licence, to start operations soon

New Delhi, Dec 15 : Vistara, Tata Sons full-service carrier joint venture with Singapore Airlines, Monday received its air operator permit (AOP) or flying licence from the industry regulator, paving the way for the passenger carrier to begin commercial operations.


Gulf Air resumes Hyderabad-Bahrain services

Hyderabad, Dec 15 : Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, Monday resumed its direct services between Hyderabad and Bahrain.


Modi promotes northeast as tourist destination

New Delhi, Dec 14 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday sought to promote India's northeast as a tourist destination and urged people to visit the region if they wanted to see the beauty of nature.


Khyber Himalayan resort brings accolades to Gulmarg (Business Feature)

By Sheikh Qayoom, Gulmarg, Dec 14 : When a five-star luxury hotel threw open its doors to guests in this north Kashmir tourist destination in December 2012, many said Gulmarg did not have the inflow to sustain a high-end luxury facility like the Khyber Himalayan Resort.


Railways to provide Wi-Fi services on more trains

New Delhi, Dec 12 : The Indian Railways Friday said they will be providing Wi-Fi-based web services on more trains in the coming period.


Belgium stir fallout: Jet cancels Brussels flight

New Delhi, Dec 11 : Indian airline major Jet Airways has cancelled two of its flights to Brussels in view of an impending nationwide strike by major trade unions in Belgium on Monday, Dec 15.


Indians travel abroad in search of White Christmas: Survey

New Delhi, Dec 11 : Moving on from Diwali and Holi, Indians are now opting to travel abroad to experience Christmas on the cobbled roads with snowflakes and decorated trees, according to a survey.


New Delhi tops domestic travel destination of 2014: Survey

New Delhi, Dec 10 : The pristine beaches of Goa, snowy mountains of Himachal Pradesh and glitz and glamour of Mumbai were all trumped by the national capital to top the list of most favourite destinations in India, according to a survey.


Trial run of Guwahati-Shillong-Dhaka bus flagged off

Shillong, Dec 10 : The trial run of the Guwahati-Shillong-Dhaka passenger bus service was flagged off Wednesday from Assam's main ciy of Guwahati. The trial run is expected to conclude in Bangladesh's capital city Dhaka Friday.


Luxury cruise liner Azamara may avoid Indian ports

Chennai, Dec 9 : The US-based Azamara Club Cruises owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is planning to take India off its route map if the immigration and customs formalities are not systematised to ease the hardships faced by passengers, said a top official of the cruise ship 'Azamara Quest'.


Railway revenue up by 12.63 percent in 2014, passenger bookings down

New Delhi, Dec.9 : Revenue earnings of the railways between April 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014 have registered an increase of 12.36 percent in comparison to the same period last year.


Wi-fi internet service launched at New Delhi railway station

New Delhi, Dec. 9 : Passengers at the New Delhi railway station will now be able to access free internet for 30 minutes as the Indian Railways has finally launched free Wi-fi internet service at the busy train station.


Travel survey names New Zealand world's best country

Wellington, Dec 09 : A new travel survey has named New Zealand the world's best country, a report said.


SpiceJet cancels over 1,800 domestic flights

New Delhi, Dec. 9 : SpiceJet, owned by the Sun Group of India, has cancelled over 1,800 domestic flights across the country for the current month, after it reported a fifth straight quarter of net losses of 310 crore for July- September period.


Railways start Wi-Fi services at New Delhi station

New Delhi, Dec 8 : Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu Monday inaugurated Wi-Fi broadband services at New Delhi railway station and said that such facilities will be extended to the other stations and also in running trains.


An evening in Srinagar at Sher Khan's skewer shop (Foodie Trail-Srinagar)

By Sheikh Qayoom, Srinagar, Dec 8 : Seventy-seven-year old Sher Khan could well be called the father of street food in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, or at least he claims to be one.


Ahoy! 'Chaakara' time again at Ente Keralam (Foodie Trail-Chennai)

By Venkatachari Jagannathan, Chennai, Dec 7 : Ahoy! It's again 'Chaakara' time at fine-dining restaurant Ente Keralam.


Centre proposes another bus service to Bangladesh

New Delhi, Dec 6 : Aiming to strengthen people-to-people contact between India and Bangladesh, the central government Saturday said it plans to introduce regular passenger bus service to Dhaka from Assam's Guwahati via Meghalaya's Shillong.


Follow smart tips to beat jet lag

Los Angeles, Dec 6 : All of a sudden, you're wide awake in the middle of the night but you can barely stay awake for dinner. Yes, jet lag can nearly ruin a trip and totally throw you off but one can make it less terrible by following a few simple steps.


Air Canada resuming its direct flights to Delhi

By Ajit Jain, Toronto, Dec 5 : Air Canada will begin non-stop service from Toronto to Delhi, beginning in November 2015, the airline said in an official announcement Friday from Montreal.


British Airways launches discounts scheme for US flights

New Delhi, Dec 5 : To attract more passengers, British Airways Friday launched its discounts scheme of up to 74 percent savings on base fares for US flights.


India's domestic air passenger traffic up 16.3 percent

New Delhi, Dec 5 : The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Friday that India's domestic market increased by 16.3 percent last month as a result of market stimulation by domestic carriers.


SE Railway to run special trains to tackle year end rush

Kolkata, Dec 2 : To tackle the year end rush, the South Eastern Railway Tuesday said it will continue running weekly AC premium special trains on Howrah-Chennai, Howrah-Yesvantpur and Santragachi-Ernakulam routes and the bi-weekly Jansadharan specials from Santragachi to Chennai.


Etihad Airways to begin operations from Kolkata in February

Kolkata, Dec 2 : Etihad Airways is set to commence operations from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCB Airport) in Kolkata February onwards, an official said Tuesday.


New fleet boost for Alliance Air, will ferry more passengers

By Rohit Vaid, New Delhi, Dec 1 : Air India's wholly owned subsidiary Alliance Air will soon get a fleet of eight new state-of-the-art ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft from ATR of France.


Visa on arrival will bring 'achche din' for Goa Tourism

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, Dec 1 : 'Achche din' (good days) are here for Goa's travel and tourism industry, stakeholders claim, rubbing their hands in glee at the inclusion of Goa's Dabolim international airport as one the nine nationwide authorized to issue visa-on-arrival (VoA) to foreign tourists.


When it's sweets, it has to be Lovely! (Foodie Trail-Jalandhar)

By Jaideep Sarin, Jalandhar (Punjab), Dec 1 : If there is a brand name that links directly to Punjab's sweet tooth, it is Lovely.


Unregulated tourism takes toll on Naldehra hill's ecosystem

By Vishal Gulati, Naldehra (Himachal Pradesh), Dec 1 : Increasing footfalls and unregulated movement of horses are taking a toll on the fragile ecosystem of Naldehra, located at a height of 2,044 metres, in Himachal Pradesh.


Modi flags off Meghalaya's first train, compares northeast to Lakshmi

Guwahati, Nov 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday flagged off the first passenger train from Mendipathar in Meghalaya to Dudhnoi in Assam, thereby putting Meghalaya for the first time on India's railway map. He compared the northeast region to Goddess Lakshmi, and said development of the region will help the rest of India.


Modi flags off first passenger train from Meghalaya

Guwahati, Nov 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday flagged off the first passenger train from Mendipathar in Meghalaya to Guwahati, putting Meghalaya on India's railway map for the first time.


Hilton Chennai culinary express 'pantry car' offers Goan delicacies (Foodie Trail-Chennai)

By Venkatachari Jagannathan, Chennai, Nov 29 : Hilton Chennai's Culinary Express now offers Goan delights like fish or paneer recheado, Goan curries (fish or prawn), moogachi gathi (green sprouts slow cooked with Goan spices) and others and the response is good, the hotel's top chef said.


Fog likely to hit air services in Delhi from December third week

New Delhi, Nov 28 : Flight services to-and-from the national capital's Indira Gandhi International Airport might be interrupted due to medium-heavy fog conditions expected to commence from the third week of December.


Easing medical visa process may boost medical tourism

Chennai, Nov 28 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of issuing visas fast to patients from SAARC nations will boost medical tourism in the country, said an official of Apollo Hospitals group.


The trick to better Indian wines, the French way (Foodie Trail)

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, Nov 28 : What happens at the molecular level when the crisp layers of wine hit your mouth or when you combine cheese with your favorite Bordeaux Red? What should you sample first - wine or cheese?


18 UP trains cancelled for over 45 days

Lucknow, Nov 28 : Fog in many parts of Uttar Pradesh has forced the Indian Railways to cancel 18 trains from here, officials said Friday. The train services will remain suspended between Dec 31 and Feb 15.


France to open eight new visa centres in India

New Delhi, Nov 27 : France will open eight new visa application centers in India, taking their number from six to 18, French Ambassador Francois Richer said Thursday.


India launches e-visa facility for 43 countries

New Delhi, Nov 27 : India Thursday launched electronic visa (e-visa) facility for tourists from 43 countries, including US, Israel, Palestine and Japan to boost tourism sector and offer hassle-free travel to foreign visitors.


India launches e-visa facility for 43 countries

New Delhi, Nov 27 : India Thursday launched electronic visa (e-visa) facility for tourists from 43 countries, including US, Israel, Palestine and Japan to the boost tourism sector and offer hassle-free travel to foreign visitors.


Emirates introduces special fares from India

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov.26 :Emirates has announced a limited period sale starting from November 25 to December 4, 2014.


PM Modi flags off Delhi-Kathmandu bus service

Kathmandu, Nov. 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the New Delhi-Kathmandu bus service here on Tuesday.


Heritage Week? What's that, asks Agra

By Brij Khandelwal, Agra, Nov 26 : The annual "Heritage Week" observed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has just ended in the Taj city but most people gave it a miss, while activists mourned the conditions of monuments under threat by rampant neglect and encroachment by squatters.


Emirates luanches new limited period sale offer

New Delhi, Nov 25 : Dubai-based airlines Emirates Tuesday announced a limited period sale offer on all its economy and business class fares to US and Europe from 10 Indian destinations.


Modi flags off Kathmandu-Delhi bus service

Kathmandu, Nov 25 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday flagged off a Kathmandu-Delhi bus service here. A bus bound for Kathmandu took off from the Indian capital at the same time.


Gadkari to flag off Delhi-Kathmandu bus service today

New Delhi, Nov. 25 : Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will flag off the Delhi-Kathmandu bus service from the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) Bus Terminal at Ambedkar Stadium.


Narkanda: Of snow-capped peaks and poetry

By Somrita Ghosh, Narkanda (Himachal Pradesh), Nov 25 : If you've flipped through English romantic poet Wordsworth's "The Mountain Echo", you will realise that the peaceful valley of Narkanda, a picturesque town in Himachal Pradesh, perfectly echoes his mesmerising poetry.


More English test options for applicants for Australian visas

Canberra, Nov 24 : Applicants for an Australian visa now have more choice in English language testing with the addition of two new assessment options, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash said Monday.


Mono rail planned to connect Noida with Agra

Agra, Nov 24 : The Uttar Pradesh government has set its eyes on a mono rail project that would connect Noida with Agra.


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