June 5 (TravelAndy): A helicopter taxi service has cut travel time between the north Indian cities of Shimla and Chandigarg to just 20 minutes.
The government of India’s Himachal Pradesh state launched the service on Monday.
The state’s chief minister Jairam Thakur flagged off the Shimla-Chandigarh heli taxi service from the Jubbarhatti Airport near the hill station. Continue reading Chandigarh to Shimla in 20 minutes by helicopter taxi
July 21 (TravelAndy): Unesco’s World Heritage Committee has named Kanchendzonga National Park in India’s Sikkim state a world heritage site.
This is the first time one of India’s tourist spots have been listed in the Unesco’s “mixed heritage” category. Kanchendzonga National Park or Kanchendzonga Biosphere Reserve has been included as a place exhibiting both cultural and natural importance.
Describing the national park on its site, Unesco says, “Located at the heart of the Himalayan range in northern India (State of Sikkim), the Khangchendzonga National Park includes a unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and spectacular, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga. Mythological stories are associated with this mountain and with a great number of natural elements (e.g. caves, rivers, lakes, etc.) that are the object of worship by the indigenous people of Sikkim. The sacred meanings of these stories and practices have been integrated with Buddhist beliefs and constitute the basis for Sikkimese identity.” Continue reading Kanchendzonga National Park now world heritage site
April 5 (TravelAndy): Vistara, the joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, will start flight services to Chandigarh, from May 2, said reports.
The airline will operate daily flights to Chandigarh from Delhi and Hyderabad.
Direct flights will operate between Delhi and Chandigarh, whereas the Hyderabad-Chandigarh route will operate via Delhi. Continue reading Vistara set to connect Chandigarh
April 13 (TravelAndy): If things go to plan, the travel time between Delhi and Chandigarh by train will come down to less than two hours.
Indian Railways and its French counterpart signed a pact to this effect during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country, PTI reported.
The two countries will co-finance an execution study “a semi-high speed project on upgrade of the Delhi-Chandigarh line to 200kmph”.
At present, the fastest train on this route is the Shatabdi Express that takes nearly three-and-a-half hours to complete the 266km journey.