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
June 12 (TravelAndy): India’s flagship airline Air India is seeking to have all immigration, customs and agriculture requirements for US-bound passengers at the Delhi and Mumbai airports, reports said.
If this works out, passengers will be able to simply collect their bags and walk off like domestic fliers after landing in the US.
This facility is already available at the airports in Dublin and Abu Dhabi.
June 11 (TravelAndy): Passengers on waiting list of Indian Railways could now choose to fly to their destinations by converting their train tickets into flight ones at a competitive rate.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the Indian Railways subsidiary that handles the catering, tourism and online ticketing, recently signed a deal with GoAir to this effect. Talks are on to include SpiceJet in this scheme too.
This facility is applicable for passengers who book their tickets at least three days before their travel date. Such passengers, if wait-listed, will receive an email from IRCTC and can cancel their unconfirmed tickets to buy flight tickets for the date of travel or one day prior to it. Such passengers will have to pay a little extra to use this service. Continue reading India: Railways tie up with airlines
June 10 (TravelAndy): Indian flagship airline Air India on Tuesday announced all-inclusive fares from INR1,777 for it’s domestic network.
The sale is on till June 12 and the travel dates are from July 1 to September 30.
This offer is valid for a limited number of seats. Continue reading Air India offers fares from INR1777
June 9 (TravelAndy): Sri Lankan government-owned low-cost carrier Mihin Lanka is set to start direct flights between Colombo and Kolkata from June 17.
The airline will operate three flights a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
This will be the first direct flight on this route. Continue reading Kolkata-Colombo direct flight from June 17
June 8 (TravelAndy): Low-cost carrier Air Pegasus started operations to Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh from Bangalore on Sunday.
The airline is the only carrier connecting the Kadapa airport at the moment and it will fly thrice a week.
The Bangalore-based airline is offering an all inclusive inaugural fare of INR1,234. Continue reading Air Pegasus connects Bangalore to Kadapa
June 7 (TravelAndy): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina flagged off a bus service connecting the Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura via Dhaka on Saturday.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was also present at the event in the Bangladesh capital.
The new bus route has significantly shrunk the road distance between the two Indian states to around 500km with one not having to go around Bangladesh. Continue reading Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus cuts travel time
June 6 (TravelAndy): The first capsule hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon), Vietnam’s capital, is trying to woo backpackers and budget travellers.
Each 2.5sqm “capsule” of Hotel Kaiteki is air-conditioned with a bunk bed and a safe. It provides ear plugs and curtains to cut off outside sound and light. Television and Wi-Fi are available in each capsule. Toilets are shared.
These capsules are tailor made for single adults. Continue reading Saigon’s first capsule hotel woos backpackers
June 5 (TravelAndy): India-based airline IndiGo has launched the 6E Pass that relieves passengers of the worry of ticket price fluctuations.
These passes are pre-paid virtual coupons valid for multiple flights.
The airline now offers two kinds of passes – national and regional. Continue reading Indigo introduces 6E Pass