July 28 (TravelAndy): The tourism minister of the south Indian state of Kerala has denied allegations of the authorities planning to cull stray dogs across the state.
Over the past few weeks, Kerala has faced strong criticism on social media against its alleged decision to cull all street dogs across the state.
Animal-lover groups had been urging tourists to shun Kerala, known for its backwaters, to register their protest against the move. Rallies have been organised in Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities in protest against the alleged decision. Continue reading Kerala denies dog cull decision
July 27 (TravelAndy): Thailand-based Bangkok Airways is set to resume flights between Phuket and Hat Yai, the largest city in south Thailand, from October 2, said reports.
Four flights a week will operate on this route on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The airline has not yet confirmed the timings of the flights. Continue reading Phuket-Hat Yai direct flights from Oct 2
July 26 (TravelAndy): Tourists visiting Tokyo might soon get to charge their smartphones free of cost at the city’s popular sight seeing spots, said reports.
The Tokyo metropolitan government recently announced that the first solar-powered battery charging station will be functional by October, 2015.
Tokyo Tower and Toranomon Hills business complex will be the first two tourist spots to get these charging stations. Continue reading Solar phone chargers at Tokyo tourist spots
July 25 (TravelAndy): The Indian government has given an in-principle nod to Madrid-based locomotive makers Talgo to trial run their lighter and faster trains on the Mumbai-Delhi railway route.
If the plan works out, this could potentially decrease the train travel time between the two cities to 12 hours from the current 17.
The shipping process of trains from Spain to India awaits an official go-ahead from India, said Talgo CEO Jose Maria Oriol after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Continue reading Spanish trains await India debut
This scheme allows flyers to pay for their tickets any time within three to 12 months from the date of purchase.
Passengers holding credit cards issued by Axis Bank, HSBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Kotak bank can currently benefit from this scheme. The airline has assured to add other banks shortly. Continue reading SpiceJet introduces EMI for tickets
July 23 (TravelAndy): The iconic Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata is undergoing an elaborate makeover and intends to open in all its glory to visitors by March 2017, said reports.
After the renovation, it will serve as an open cultural space, allowing visitors access to parts which are not open to the public now.
This makeover will transform this Kolkata landmark into a unique combination of heritage, architecture and museum, Victoria Memorial Hall curator, Jayanta Sengupta told PTI. Continue reading ‘New’ Victoria Memorial sets 2017 date
July 22 (TravelAndy): The ministry of railways in India has decided to make the refund of confirmed and RAC e-tickets automatic in case of cancellation of trains.
Passengers would not be required to cancel or fill in ticket deposit receipts for refund of online tickets if the trains are cancelled.
This automatic refund system came into effect from July 13, said the ministry said in a statement. Continue reading Automatic refund for cancelled trains
July 21 (TravelAndy): Air Canada will begin non-stop flights between its hub in Toronto and New Delhi from November 1.
The airline will use its new Dreamliner aircraft on this route and plans to operate four flights a week initially.
The flight will depart from the Canadian city at 8.55pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and landing in the Indian capital at 9.15pm, the next day. Continue reading Delhi-Toronto direct flight from Nov 1
July 20 (TravelAndy): Train passengers in India can now complain against anything illegal they notice inside the train without interrupting their journey.
Delhi Police launched a 24X7 helpline recently where travellers can instantly file an FIR by dialling the number, 1512, from their mobile handsets.
The complaint launched through the helpline will not only register the FIR, but will also alert the railway police personnel present on the train. The information will also be passed on to the local police station of the area concerned. Continue reading Indian Railways launches 24X7 helpline
July 19 (TravelAndy): The Delhi government is planning to launch an app to help tourists visiting the India’s capital.
Reports quoting a tourism department official said it would provide useful information and work as an audio guide at tourist destinations.
Tourists using the app will no long need to visit the tourist information offices. Continue reading Tourist guide app plan for Delhi
July 18 (TravelAndy): India’s National Green Tribunal on Thursday refused to relax a ban on commercial activities in the popular Rohtang Pass.
The tribunal intends to dispose off cases related to environment issues at the earliest.
According to reports, the tribunal bench asked the Himachal Pradesh state government to submit a report on people whose livelihoods are being affected by the ban. Continue reading Rohtang Pass restrictions to stay put
July 17 (TravelAndy): Hyderabad-based budget-airline TruJet plans to pick up its flyers from their hometowns and ferry them to the airports.
The airline, which will start regular flights on the Chennai-Rajahmundry route from July 25, plans to start this service for small towns in and around Chennai, Salem and Coimbatore.
“We are yet to decide which towns to connect by road. But we want to bring people from Puducherry to Chennai airport by road. They can be put on our flights to Hyderabad or Aurangabad,” TruJet managing director Vankayalapati Umesh told The Times of India newspaper. Continue reading TruJet plans bus service for passengers