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Heathrow-Barbados direct flight from Dec 12

London EyeFebruary 21 (TravelAndy): Virgin Atlantic announced today the launch of a direct flight between Heathrow London, UK and Barbados in the Carribean, which will take off on December 12, 2017.

Twice-a-week flights will operate between Heathrow and Barbados, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with an inaugural round trip fare starting from EUR649, said reports.

Tickets for this route will be available from February 25, 2017, across all channels of the airline. Continue Reading →

AirAsia India starts flights to Srinagar

airasiaFebruary 19 (IBNS): The first AirAsia India flight touched down at Srinagar, capital of north India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, today.

The troubled mountainous state, which is a bone of contention between the nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan, attracts thousands of domestic and international tourists with his incredible beauty — because of which it has often been referred to as “heaven on earth”.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti waved the flag “as a landing signal” to the first AirAsia India flight today. Continue Reading →

Jet Airways introduces Jet Global Pass

Jet Airways aircraft at the Mumbai airport

Jet Airways aircraft at the Mumbai airport

February 18 (TravelAndy): Jet Airways has introduced a new pre-paid ‘Jet Global Pass’ that will allow its guests to travel on the airline’s its entire network of 66 domestic and international destinations.

The pre-paid Jet Global Pass – available as booklets with sets of four pre-paid coupons each, has been designed and made available for both Economy and Premiere travel at price points of INR 52,673 and INR 119,312 (excluding taxes) respectively, the airline said.

The one-fare Global Pass will be specially advantageous for guests who maintain flexible travel itineraries and for those whose itineraries are firmed up at the last minute, as it will insulate them against higher available bucket fares or peak fares which generally prevail closer to the date of travel. Continue Reading →

India offers free SIMs to foreign tourists

The Taj Mahal is among India's  biggest tourism attractions. Picture by Atreyee Kar

The Taj Mahal is among India’s biggest tourism attractions. Picture by Atreyee Kar

February 17 (notintown.net): India has decided to start giving free pre-activated SIM cards to foreign tourists arriving in India.

The country’s tourism minister Mahesh Sharma recently launched the scheme which will only be available to tourists arriving in India on e-Visa.

Sharma said this initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. Continue Reading →

Vienna woos young Indian tourists

Picture by Archita Ray

Picture by Archita Ray

February 13 (NotinTown.net): The Austrian capital Vienna, known for its imperial history, beautiful gardens, and magnificent palaces, received a record number of travellers from India in 2016, contributing to 115,531 overnight stays, a 28 per cent increase from 2015.

Home to legendary composers like Mozart and Beethoven, this smart metropolis with an incredible musical heritage attracted a host of music lovers, families, honeymooners and conference attendees from India during the year, said the Vienna Tourist Board. Continue Reading →

Indonesia (Bali) visa for Indians

Indonesian tourist visa is free and on arrival for most nationalties, including Indians

Indonesian tourist visa is free and on arrival for most nationalties, including Indians

I’ve written about it earlier, but the Indian passport is more powerful than you think. You will realise this fact again while planning a trip to the incredibly beautiful Indonesia.

Yes, Indians do not need to a visa to enter Indonesia.

It took three hours for my AirAsia flight to get to Bali from Kuala Lumpur. Continue Reading →

Why Poland is perfect for the budget traveller

logo-3.3-with-bgPoland isn’t the first place on most people’s minds when they think of going to Europe. In this guest post, Rudradeb Mitra explains why it should be right at the top of your go-to list in Europe.

Poland is among the most underrated travel destinations in Europe. I believe it should be one of the top travel destination for travellers who seek to experience local culture, adventure and fun at a reasonable price.

Here’s why. Continue Reading →

AirAsia X cleared to fly to USA

Aircraft at Klia2, AirAsia's hub in Kuala Lumpur

Aircraft at Klia2, AirAsia’s hub in Kuala Lumpur

January 25 (Travelandy): AirAsia X, AirAsia’s long-haul, low-cost sister airline, has got clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to fly to the US, the airline said in a statement.

The airline is the first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to the US.

AirAsia X is currently considering flights to several US states including Hawaii as part of its route expansion plans. Continue Reading →

Melania tourism hope for Sevnica in Slovenia

Logo squareJanuary 22 (TravelAndy): More than 7,000km from the celebrations in Washington DC where Donald Trump took over as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, the small town of Sevnica in Slovenia was hooked to their TV sets watching the event live.

But unlike other people around the world watching Trump’s inauguration, they were considerably more interested in the woman wearing the powder-blue gown and holding the Bible than Trump himself.

Sevnica, the hometown of Melania Trump, is now hoping for a tourism boost in the wake of a girl from the town making it to the White House. Continue Reading →

Kerala Tourism woos European tourists

Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi. Picture by keralatourism.org

Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi. Picture by keralatourism.org

January 22 (TravelAndy): Kerala’s many advantages as tourism destination were on full display for the Dutch and other European travellers at the five-day Vakantiebeurs 2017, the biggest tourism trade event in the Netherlands.

Laidback cruises on serene backwaters and Ayurveda rejuvenation therapies showcased at the Kerala pavilion grabbed attention and generated several enquiries at Vakantiebeurs 2017, which was held in the city of Utrecht from January 10-15 and drew up to 108,000 visitors.

Spread over 18sqm, the Kerala pavilion marked the state’s first appearance at the trade fair which is held annually in the second week of January in Utrecht and provides a gateway to the highly promising Dutch and European markets. Continue Reading →

If you’re in Ubud, Bali, go to 9 Angels

9 Angels 5No one noticed when the music stopped.

The evening rain splattering on the tarpaulin above and through the leafy canopy on the tables set outside had its own music.

By the side of the piano, purple lights reflecting on the dried grass mound reminded me of the film Avatar. As the minutes passed, scores of the bugs we call Ui Poka in Bengali — a flying insect of the termite family — flew to the lights under the tarpaulin and outside. In ten minutes, there were hundreds of them at both the places. Continue Reading →