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Oman Air to fly Salalah-Calicut direct from March 27

(Source: www.omanair.com)

(Source:
www.omanair.com)

March 23 (TravelAndy): Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, announced a new daily direct flight between Salalah, capital city of southern Oman’s Dhofar province and Calicut, Kerala, starting March 27, 2017.

The three-and-a-half hour flight will depart Salalah at 01.10 and arrive in Calicut at 06.20. The return flight will leave Calicut at 07.00 and arrive in Salalah at 09.15. (Also read: Oman Air to fly Muscat-Nairobi from March 27)

Additionally, the airline has increased frequency of the existing flights between Muscat and Calicut from one a day to twice daily since February. Continue Reading →

India: Alternate train for wait-listed passengers

IMG_2383March 22 (TravelAndy): Indian Railways will now allow wait-listed passengers to avail confirmed seat in the next train to the same destination, without any extra charge.

This is good news for train passengers in India because wait lists run into the hundreds frequently in this country.

The railway ministry, tweeted this today through its official handle @RailMinIndia. Continue Reading →

Istanbul-Dhaka railway route on the table

Train.jpgMarch 21 (TravelAndy): The proposal for an Istanbul to Dhaka railway route was discussed at a two-day meeting attended by the representatives of more than 11 countries in New Delhi last week.

The meeting on “Strengthening Railway Transport Connectivity in South and South West Asia” was organised by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in co-ordination with Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD) and the Indian railway ministry.

Discussions were held to strengthen the rail transport and provide connectivity to the countries in South Asia and South East Asia. Among the countries that took part in the meeting are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and India. Continue Reading →

Plans to restore Dhaka-Darjeeling rail link

The iconic Keventer's restaurant in Darjeeling

The iconic Keventer’s restaurant in Darjeeling

 

March 21 (TravelAndy): In order to enhance cross border tourism and trade, India and Bangladesh is looking to restore rail link between Darjeeling and Dhaka.

The rail route between Darjeeling, the hill town in India’s West Bengal state and Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, will be restored after 52 years, since it was severed during India-Pakistan war in 1965, Mujibul Haque, Bangladesh railway minister, told the Dhaka Tribune.

“We will wrap up the project by late 2019,” added Mujibul. Continue Reading →

IRCTC publishes train food rates for awareness

A standard vegetarian meal available on trains in India

A standard vegetarian meal available on trains in India

March 21 (TravelAndy): The Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd. recently published a food chart with official rates to make passengers aware.

Passengers on Indian Railways often complain how unscrupulous employees charge them more than the official rate for food on trains.

The corporation published the rates on Twitter through its handle @IRCTC_Ltd, which has around 49,100 followers. Continue Reading →

New low-cost option for trans-Altantic flights

 Vueling is another brand of the International Airlines Group that will launch LEVEL

Vueling is another brand of the IAG that will launch LEVEL

March 18 (TravelAndy): A new low-cost long-haul airline will starts operations from Barcelona to Los Angeles, San Francisco (Oakland), Buenos Aires and Punta Cana.

Named LEVEL, the airline brand is being launched by the International Airlines Group (IAG).

Flights to Los Angeles  will  start on June 1, 2017 and operate twice per week, those to San Francisco (Oakland) will start on June 2, 2017 and operate thrice a week and those  to Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) will begin June 10, 2017 and operate twice a week. Flights to Buenos Aires will start on June 17, 2017 and operate three times a week. Continue Reading →

Oman Air to fly Muscat-Nairobi from March 27

Oman Air

(Source: www.omanair.com)

March 16 (TravelAndy): Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, has announced the launch of a four-times-a-week flight from Muscat to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, starting March 27 2017.

The flight will depart from Muscat on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, leaving at 14.50 and arriving in Nairobi at 1855. From Nairobi, the return flights will depart on Tuesdays, Wednesdays,Fridays and Sundays, leaving at 0045 and arriving in Muscat the next day at 0650.

From Nairobi, there will be convenient connections to other places in Africa in cooperation with Kenyan Airways. From Muscat, guests can also benefit from connections offered by Oman Air to its destinations in the far East, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and elsewhere.

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Holi, the festival of colours, today

Logo R1 square bgMarch 13 (TravelAndy): Holi, the festival of colours, is being celebrated in India and various places around the world today.

Though the festival has Hindu origins, this festival, which is associated with the arrival of Spring, has in recent times transcended religious and political boundaries and is celebrated by people in many countries of the world.

In India, the festival is mainly associated with people colouring each other up with coloured powder (gulal) and water-based colours. Many also associate the festival with the drinking of bhang, an intoxicant that is typically mixed with milk shakes. Continue Reading →

Malta’s iconic Azure Window arch collapses

Logo R1 square bgMarch 9 (TravelAndy): Azure Window, the famous geographical landmark in Malta, collapsed yesterday during a storm.

The iconic structure was a 92-foot natural limestone arch on the Gozo island in Malta.

The structure, known as Tieqa tad-Dwejra in Malta, has been featured in several film and TV series over the years, the most famous among them being Game of Thrones. Continue Reading →

Vistara’s new service for solo women travellers

rp_Vistara-300x300.jpgMarch 8 (TravelAndy): On the occasion of International Women’s Day today, the airline Vistara has launched a service called #VistaraWomanFlyer for women travellers.

As part of the new service, which the airline claims to be the first of its kind in the industry, Vistara will assign preferred seats to women and will also provide baggage and transport assistance on arrival for women travelling alone. Continue Reading →

Chefs celebrate Canada’s 150th at 58° North

CHURCHILLMarch 7 (Notintown.net): RAW: Churchill, a unique culinary and adventure experience in Churchill, Manitoba, in Canada, kicked off this weekend and will run through to March 11.

Created to serve the growing market of food tourists who may otherwise never think of visiting northern Manitoba, RAW: Churchill is a partnership of Frontiers North Adventures, the creators of the award-winning RAW: Almond pop-up restaurant in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Parks Canada.

This year, to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary, three Canadian chefs— Mandel Hitzer, Emily Butcher and Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson — have crafted a meal inspired by this Canadian milestone. Continue Reading →