December 9 (TravelAndy): Come winter, and Vancouver finds itself high on holiday spirit. This season, like all other years, the Canadian city is busy spreading yuletide cheer with spectacular events — be it the Aurora Winter Festival, Vancouver Christmas market, ‘A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill’, or ‘VanDusen Botanical Garden presents Festival of Lights 2018’, ‘Lights of Hope’, and ‘Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas’, among several others.
A celebration of magical winter experiences, the Aurora Winter Festival creates an imaginary village by the North Pole studded with amusement rides, Santa’s Workshop, skating on the Frozen River, live entertainment, Christmas market, fantastic light displays, and food. The festival, running from November 23 to December 30, at Concord Pacific Place, is a winter wonderland both kids and adults would enjoy.
Vancouver Christmas Market, one of the most-awaited holiday events, returns to entertain visitors between November 21 and December 24, at Jack Poole Plaza, from 11.30am to 9.30pm. Whether it is a floating Santa underneath the Olympic Cauldron, a gleaming 30-foot tall walk-in Christmas tree, a 20-foot long tunnel decked up with 10,000 lights, or German and Spanish delicacies, and handcrafted gifts, this market is hard to resist.
December 5 (TravelAndy): Now that the holiday season is upon us, the Mayor’s Holiday Special is offering up to 50% off on Boston’s most loved holiday shows, and dining experiences, making this a fun time to visit the city.
The discounts are available on traditional holiday favourites including José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’, and Boston Pops’ ‘Holiday Pops’. ‘The Nutcracker’ will run at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre from November 30 to December 09, while the latter will show between December 06 and 24.
Other performances to choose from comprise ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical’, a Boch Center production, Rodger + Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’, ‘Hip Hop Nutcracker’, ‘A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan in Boston’, and ‘Mannheim Steamroller Christmas’, among several others. The entire list is available at calendar.artsboston.org.
Kolkata, Oct 15 (IBNS/NITN): The east Indian city of Kolkata is in festive mood with the four main days of Durga Puja, the largest festival in the region starting Tuesday.
The celebrations have already started with the city decked up with lights and beautiful pandals. Hundreds of thousands of people — both locals and visitors — are throning the streets to see the pandals and lightings.
Big and small marques are set up across the state and beyond where Goddess Durga is worshipped. The festival is a celebration of the goddess’ victory in her battle with the buffalo demon Mahishashur. Continue reading Stage set for Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata, beyond
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
August 23 (TravelAndy): Travel agents have found that there have hardly been any cancellations from Indian tourists on holiday bookings in Bangkok in the wake of the deadly bombing in the Thai capital on August 17 that killed 20 people and wounded around 130, The Times of India reported.
“Thailand still remains a popular destination for Indian travellers. The Bangkok blasts have not fuelled major security concerns among travellers, but they are definitely cautious now,” said Ranjeet Oak, chief business officer – holidays, of MakeMyTrip.com. Continue reading For India, Thailand holidays are on