Today (August 15, 2017) is India’s 70th Independence Day — a national holiday — and I am now in Bangalore, the IT city in South India’s Karnataka state.
I had been meaning to visit this city for a long time. Bangalore, per se, doesn’t have destinations which tourists come from far and wide to visit. What it has is a large number of beautiful places around it and this is what attracts visitors.
My agenda, however, has been a little different. I am in the city just to meet up with people.
I have several friends in Bangalore, many of whom have been asking me to visit for a long time and for some reason or another, it hadn’t just worked out till now. Earlier this month, I realised I could squeeze out a five-day leave, booked my tickets (with credit card points of course!) and here I was. Continue reading What makes a place memorable is its people
It’s not that I had never been to China. But, then you don’t really consider transit through somewhere as actually “going” there!
I have changed planes (and once, an airport) in China during two separate trips. But this time, I was actually intending to get into the country.
My quest for a Chinese tourist visa began at this website. Continue reading How to secure a China tourist visa
January 24 (TravelAndy): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently announced visa-on-arrival facility for Chinese visitors.
We have approved a decision to grant visas on arrival at the country’s airports to visitors from the People’s Republic of China,” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai tweeted in his official Twitter account.
Previously, Chinese citizens had to apply for a visa before their arrival in the UAE. Continue reading UAE visa-on-arrival for Chinese citizens
December 5 (TravelAndy): Oman Air, the flagship carrier of the sultanate of Oman, is launching a new flight route between its capital Muscat and Guangzhou, China, from December 9, 2016.
Four times a week flight will take off from Muscat on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; on the other hand it will depart from Guangzhou on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, said the airline.
The carrier will depart from Muscat at 10.15 and reach Guangzhou at 21.00. On its return, the flight will leave Guangzhou at 6.25 and arrive in Muscat at 11.00. Continue reading Oman Air to fly Muscat- Guangzhou from Dec 9
September 23 (TravelAndy): Air China has started flights between its capital city, Beijing and Warsaw, the capital of Poland, from on Wednesday, said reports.
One thousand trained interpretors have been recruited, who will give face to face guidance to visitors, with the aid of live video chat.
Shanghai being one of the prime tourist destinations in China, this service is expected to draw an increased number of tourists to the city.
February 28 (TravelAndy): Tibet will remain closed for foreign tourists till the end of March, CNN said.
The Chinese government announced the closure with effect from February 25.
No travel permit will be issued to international travellers seeking to visit Tibet during this phase. Continue reading Tibet closed for foreigners till March end
February 12 (TravelAndy): China has decided to ban tourism activities on the Xinjiang glacier, in a bid to conserve the fast eroding glacial layer, said reports.
By 2020, China hopes to put an end to glacier tourism and encourage holiday resorts, which will allow tourists to view the snow clad regions from afar.
Chinese government has requested support from all other countries, to execute ban on all glaciers that are located along the ancient Silk road route. Continue reading Ban on Xinjiang glacier access by 2020
December 29 (TravelAndy): In an attempt to lure back Chinese tourists, Nepal has decided to grant free visa to travellers from the country, said reports.
After the devastating earthquake in April, like several other countries, China had warned its citizens against travelling to Nepal. The travel advisory was officially lifted on December 25.
Chinese tourists will help rebuild Nepal’s tourism and economy, Sherdhan Rai, Nepal’s minister for information and communications technology told the media. Continue reading Nepal offers free to Chinese tourists
November 7 (TravelAndy): China’s only low-cost carrier Spring Airlines is planning to launch a chain of budget hotels in Japan, said reports.
In collaboration with a Japanese real estate company, the airline intends to set up 20 budget accommodations in the cities of Japan popular with tourists.
The first hotel is scheduled to come up in Aichi prefecture in Japan’s Chubu region, by June 2016. Continue reading Spring Airlines plans budget stays in Japan
July 30 (TravelAndy): India has decided to extend e-tourist visa (e-TV) to the citizens of China, Hong Kong and Macao from today.
With the latest move, the number of nations enjoying Indian e-TV facility becomes 77.
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the US are among the 74 countries that are already in the e-TV list. Continue reading India extends e-tourist visa to China
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