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Tulip festival on in Kashmir

rp_Logo-R1-square-bg-300x30011.jpgApril 10 (TravelAndy): Asia’s largest tulip garden is on in the north Indian valley of Kashmir.

Apart from displaying a large variety of tulips, the 15-day festival will also demonstrate the Kashmiri cuisine, art, craft and literature, said reports.

The festival began on April 1 and will conclude on April 15, 2017. Continue Reading →

Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus starts

Esplanade in central Kolkata

Esplanade in central Kolkata

April 9 (TravelAndy): To facilitate travel between India and Bangladesh, a Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service was flagged off from Kolkata yesterday.

This is a part of several initiatives being taken to strengthen bilateral relations and provide better tourism, road and rail connectivity for citizens of both India and Bangladesh. (Also read: Kolkata budget travel guide)

The bus services are being operated on the Kolkata-Dhaka and Kolkata- Dhaka-Agaratala routes in addition to the newly introduced Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service. Continue Reading →

Emirates to fly Dubai-Bali twice a day

The-Emirates-Boeing-777-300ER-2-300x2001April 7 (TravelAndy): Emirates will start it second daily flight between Dubai and the Indonesia tourist hotspot Bali from July 2, 2017.

Operated by Emirates’ popular Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration with 42 seats in Business Class and 386 seats in Economy Class. The outbound flight EK360 will depart from Dubai at 0125hrs and arrive in I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport at 1430hrs, the airline said.

This service will connect seamlessly with a number of destinations across Europe, including Amsterdam, Moscow, Paris and London. It will also enable passengers to connect domestically to the nearby cities of Surabaya, Makassar and Lombok.

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VietJet launches Hanoi-Siem Reap daily flight

Bayon Temple in Siem Reap

Bayon Temple in Siem Reap

April 5 (TravelAndy): Vietnamese low-cost carrier VietJet has launched an international flight between Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and Siem Reap, Cambodia, said the airline. (Also read: The awesome Cambodia travel guide on TravelAndy)

The daily flight leaves Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi at 16:55 and arrives in Siem Reap at 18:40.

The return flight departs from Siem Reap at 19:30 and arrives in Hanoi at 21:15. Continue Reading →

AirAsia to fly Pontianak-Kuching direct from June 5  

rp_Air-Asia-300x217-300x217.jpgApril 4 (TravelAndy): Budget airline AirAsia has announced to start a direct flight between Pontianak in Indonesia and Kuching in Malaysia from June 5, 2017.

This will mark the airline’s first direct flight route between Indonesia and Kuching.

At present, AirAsia flies only one flight from Pontianak to Malaysia — to the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur.  Continue Reading →

India’s longest road tunnel to open on April 2

rp_Logo-R1-square-bg-300x3001.jpgApril 1 (TravelAndy): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India’s longest road tunnel – the 9km Chenani-Nashri Tunnel – tomorrow.

Situated on the NH-44, which connects Jammu with Srinagar, the tunnel will reduce travel time between the two cities by around two hours by reducing road distance by 31km.

It is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35m carriageway and a vertical clearance of 5m. Continue Reading →

Air Arabia to fly Sharjah-Trabzon from June 23

rp_Logo-R1-square-bg-300x300.jpgMarch 28 (TravelAndy): Low-cost carrier Air Arabia has announced a new flight between Sharjah in the UAE and Trabzon in Turkey starting June 23, 2017.

The flight will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing from Sharjah International Airport at 21:30, and arriving at Trabzon International Airport at 00:05 local time the next day.

The return service will leave Trabzon at 00:45, landing in Sharjah at 05:00 local time. Continue Reading →

Laptop, tablet handling for Emirates US flights

rp_The-Emirates-Boeing-777-300ER-2-300x200.jpgMarch 26 (TravelAndy): Emirates has announced to introduce a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US.

Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. They must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate just before boarding their US-bound flight. The devices will be carefully packed into boxes, loaded into the aircraft hold, and returned to the customer at their US destination. There will not be any charge for this service.

Passengers on US-bound flights starting their journeys in Dubai are encouraged to pack their electronic devices into their check-in luggage in the first instance, to avoid delays. Continue Reading →

Oman Air to fly Salalah-Calicut direct from March 27



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 →