June 25 (TravelAndy): Mandu, a tourist destination in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is set for a revamp in order to attract more tourists, reported The Times of India.
The project is a joint venture of Mandu Tourism Promotion Council and the Dhar district administration.
According to the report, the project aims to introduce adventure sports such as paragliding, parasailing, water tugging, banana rides, hiking, rappelling, rock climbing and a zipline across the valley of Kakdakho. Continue reading Mandu revamp plan to attract tourists
June 24 (TravelAndy): Budget carrier Air Asia has announced discounted all-inclusive one way fares on flights from Bengaluru to Kochi, Goa, Pune, Visakhapatanam, Jaipur, Chandigarh and New Delhi.
While fares to Kochi start from INR799, those to Goa, Pune and Visakhapatanam start from INR999.
Fares to Jaipur, Chandigarh and New Delhi start from INR1599, INR1799 and INR1999 respectively. Continue reading Air Asia offers cheap fares from Bengaluru
June 22 (TravelAndy): Mobile phone maker Micromax has invested in ixigo, a mobile travel search and marketplace.
According to reports, Micromax has picked up a significant minority stake.
“We look forward to working closely with them (ixigo) to build on-demand and one-click travel experiences for Micromax consumers,” reports quoted Rahul Sharma, co-founder, Micromax Informatics, as saying. Continue reading Micromax invests in travel app
June 21 (TravelAndy): The outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is likely to have an effect on the travel industry in the Middle-East, apart from South Korea, China and Thailand.
According to latest reports, 169 people in South Korea and one person in China have been affected by the disease. Twenty-four patients have died.
While China and some other countries have increased vigil at their border and entry points, India is expected to make a statement on the situation shortly. Continue reading MERS worry for travel industry
June 20 (TravelAndy): Chennai has become to first city in India to introduce paperless travel on its suburban trains.
Travellers having the utsonmobile app on their smart phones can book unreserved tickets for any destination in Chennai or its suburbs including Gummidipoondi, Tiruvallur, Velachery and Chengalpattu.
Passengers using the app will not require any hard copy of the ticket but can show their mobile tickets to the checker. Continue reading Paperless travel on Chennai suburban trains
June 19 (TravelAndy): The Nathu La pass reopened on Thursday after more than 50 years to facilitate Indian pilgrims going to Kailash Manas Sarovar in Tibet.
During his trip to China in May, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the pass would be made operational in June.
A batch of forty tourists including two women and support staff have embarked on the journey to the Hindu pilgrimage from the Indian state of Sikkim. Continue reading Nathu La opens to Indians after 50 years
June 18 (TravelAndy): The South Indian state of Karnataka has inked a deal with the country’s flagship airline Air India to get Mysuru back on the air map of India and boost tourism.
Mysuru, which is the new name of Mysore, is known as India’s Palace City. It’s most popular tourist attractions are Mysore Palace, the tomb of Tipu Sultan, Brindavan Garden, Mysore Zoo and Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, which is situated by the Cauvery river.
Shivanasamudra Falls, the second-largest in India, is also situated near the city. Continue reading Plan on to bring Mysuru back on air map
June 17 (TravelAndy): The Indian government plans to bring bring 150 countries under its e-visa scheme by the end of 2015, minister of state (independent charge) for tourism Mahesh Sharma has said.
More than 1.36 lakh tourists have availed of the e-visa and this year, India has seen a 10 per cent jump in the number of tourists, reports said.
The e-visa scheme currently covers 77 countries including the US, Germany, Russia, Singapore and Guyana. Continue reading India plans e-visa for 150 countries by 2015
June 16 (TravelAndy): Nepal reopened six of its seven earthquake-hit World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley on Monday despite Unesco raising safety concerns, said reports.
Bhaktapur, Hanumandhoka, Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath stupas and Pashupatinath were the sites that have been opened.
Only Changu Narayan, the seventh heritage site, remains closed. Continue reading Nepal reopens heritage sites
June 15 (TravelAndy): UAE-based Etihad Airways has launched a daily flight between Abu Dhabi and the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is Etihad’s third flying destination in the UK after Heathrow in London and Manchester. The flight to Abu Dhabi will have 22 business class and 240 economy class seats, the airline said in a statement.
While it will take off from Abu Dhabi at 2.20am and land in Edinburgh at 7.20am, the return flight will take off at 9.10am and reach Abu Dhabi at 7.40pm. All these are local times. Continue reading Etihad starts Abu Dhabi-Edinburgh flight
June 13 (TravelAndy): British Airways is allowing Indian students to carry an extra check-in bag of up to 23kg while travelling abroad for higher studies, reports said.
The airline normally allows check-in luggage of 23kg. With this move, students will able to check in up to 46kg.
This allowance is valid for destinations across the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Continue reading British Airways treat for Indian students
June 13 (TravelAndy): The Buddhist tourism circuit in the east Indian state of Odisha just became historically more significant with archaeologists finding that a structure unearthed at Aragada was much older than initially thought, The Telegraph reported.
The stupa (dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) discovered at Aragada in the suburbs of Odisha’s capital, Bhubaneswar, could date back to the first or the second century BC, say researchers.
The new conclusion comes after examination of the pottery and other artefacts discovered from the site. Continue reading Ancient Buddhist site excavated in India