June 28 (TravelAndy): The Indian government on Saturday rejected a proposal by budget airlines operating in the country to charge for checked-in baggage.
Passengers are now allowed to carry check-in luggage of up to 15kg for free.
“We have got the proposal from low-cost flights to charge for check-in baggage. We have rejected it and there will be no consideration at the Aviation Ministry level. We will not want to put this burden on passengers,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told PTI. Continue reading Baggage breather for budget fliers
June 28 (TravelAndy): Indian Railways has announced to open a single-window solution to all travel-related issues for customers, reports said.
This facility will come up at Connaught Place in New Delhi.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the Indian Railways subsidiary that handles the catering, tourism and online ticketing, said the facility would take care of all rail, land transport, air tour packages for both domestic and international travellers. Continue reading Indian Railways plans one-stop travel shop
June 27 (TravelAndy): The Kurukshetra administration has invited suggestions from experts and the general public on ways to promote tourism at this historically and mythologically significant place, said reports.
The battle in India’s most famous epic, Mahabharat, took place in Kurukshetra.
Though there is enough interest among tourists about this place, it has never experienced organised tourism. Continue reading Plan to promote tourism in Kurukshetra
June 26 (TravelAndy): India-based budget airline Air Pegasus is set to start flying between Bengaluru and Madurai from June 26, with one way all-inclusive fares starting from INR1,234.
The new airline will be the only one to fly on this route.
The Bengaluru-based airline will ferry in this route thrice a week – Monday, Friday and Saturday. Continue reading Air Pegasus connects Bengaluru to Madurai
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