Tag Archives: India

Istanbul-Dhaka railway route on the table

Train.jpgMarch 21 (TravelAndy): The proposal for an Istanbul to Dhaka railway route was discussed at a two-day meeting attended by the representatives of more than 11 countries in New Delhi last week.

The meeting on “Strengthening Railway Transport Connectivity in South and South West Asia” was organised by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in co-ordination with Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD) and the Indian railway ministry.

Discussions were held to strengthen the rail transport and provide connectivity to the countries in South Asia and South East Asia. Among the countries that took part in the meeting are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and India. Continue Reading →

Plans to restore Dhaka-Darjeeling rail link

The iconic Keventer's restaurant in Darjeeling

The iconic Keventer’s restaurant in Darjeeling


March 21 (TravelAndy): In order to enhance cross border tourism and trade, India and Bangladesh is looking to restore rail link between Darjeeling and Dhaka.

The rail route between Darjeeling, the hill town in India’s West Bengal state and Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, will be restored after 52 years, since it was severed during India-Pakistan war in 1965, Mujibul Haque, Bangladesh railway minister, told the Dhaka Tribune.

“We will wrap up the project by late 2019,” added Mujibul. Continue Reading →

IRCTC publishes train food rates for awareness

A standard vegetarian meal available on trains in India

A standard vegetarian meal available on trains in India

March 21 (TravelAndy): The Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd. recently published a food chart with official rates to make passengers aware.

Passengers on Indian Railways often complain how unscrupulous employees charge them more than the official rate for food on trains.

The corporation published the rates on Twitter through its handle @IRCTC_Ltd, which has around 49,100 followers. Continue Reading →

Holi, the festival of colours, today

Logo R1 square bgMarch 13 (TravelAndy): Holi, the festival of colours, is being celebrated in India and various places around the world today.

Though the festival has Hindu origins, this festival, which is associated with the arrival of Spring, has in recent times transcended religious and political boundaries and is celebrated by people in many countries of the world.

In India, the festival is mainly associated with people colouring each other up with coloured powder (gulal) and water-based colours. Many also associate the festival with the drinking of bhang, an intoxicant that is typically mixed with milk shakes. Continue Reading →

Jet Airways & Fiji Airways ink codeshare deal

Logo R1 square bgMarch 7 (TravelAndy): Jet Airways, India’s full-service premier international airline and Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, have announced a code-share partnership which offers guests travelling on both carriers convenient and seamless connectivity between India and Fiji via Singapore and Hong Kong. Apart from connectivity, this increases the scope of Jet’s popular frequent flier programme JetPrivilege.

The codeshare agreement, a first-of-its-kind between the airlines of the two countries, will address the growing demand for travel between India and Fiji.

Jet Airways will place its ‘9W’ code on Fiji Airways’ flights from Singapore and Hong Kong to Nadi, and Fiji Airways will place its ‘FJ’ code on Jet Airways’ services between Singapore and Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai as well as between Hong Kong and Mumbai & Delhi. All codeshare flights will allow through check-in to the final destination of any journey. Continue Reading →

India offers free SIMs to foreign tourists

The Taj Mahal is among India's  biggest tourism attractions. Picture by Atreyee Kar

The Taj Mahal is among India’s biggest tourism attractions. Picture by Atreyee Kar

February 17 (notintown.net): India has decided to start giving free pre-activated SIM cards to foreign tourists arriving in India.

The country’s tourism minister Mahesh Sharma recently launched the scheme which will only be available to tourists arriving in India on e-Visa.

Sharma said this initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. Continue Reading →

Air India Express to fly Delhi-Dhaka

rp_Air-India-300x2251-300x225-300x225-300x2251-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225.jpgFebruary 10 (TravelAndy): Air India Express, the low-cost wings of India’s flagship carrier Air India, has announced a new flight between Delhi and Dhaka, commencing from February 16.

Four flights a week will travel between the capital of India and that of Bangladesh, said the airline.

The flight will depart from Delhi on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 13.15 and reach Dhaka at 16.00. Continue Reading →

Kerala Tourism woos European tourists

Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi. Picture by keralatourism.org

Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi. Picture by keralatourism.org

January 22 (TravelAndy): Kerala’s many advantages as tourism destination were on full display for the Dutch and other European travellers at the five-day Vakantiebeurs 2017, the biggest tourism trade event in the Netherlands.

Laidback cruises on serene backwaters and Ayurveda rejuvenation therapies showcased at the Kerala pavilion grabbed attention and generated several enquiries at Vakantiebeurs 2017, which was held in the city of Utrecht from January 10-15 and drew up to 108,000 visitors.

Spread over 18sqm, the Kerala pavilion marked the state’s first appearance at the trade fair which is held annually in the second week of January in Utrecht and provides a gateway to the highly promising Dutch and European markets. Continue Reading →

Air India lures with free excess baggage

rp_Air-India-300x2251-300x225-300x225-300x2251-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225.jpgJanuary 8 (TravelAndy): India’s flagship carrier Air India has announced free check-in luggage allowance of up to 40kg for economy class passengers on two Delhi-Mumbai to and fro flights.

The free check-in allowance for business class passengers on this route is 50kg.

This offer is applicable on the Delhi-Mumbai flights AI 665 and AI 885 and the Mumbai Delhi flights AI 806 and AI 888. Continue Reading →

Israel’s travel warning in India

Logo squareDecember 31 (TravelAndy): Israel has issued a travel advisory for its citizens against travelling to India.

The government of Israel warned of an immediate threat of attacks on tourist, especially Western tourists, particularly in south-west India.

“We are warning Israeli tourists in India of the possibility of imminent terrorist attacks against Western targets and tourists, particularly in the southwest of that country,“ said a statement released by Israel’s counter terrorism bureau. Continue Reading →

SpiceJet offers INR3111 international tickets

rp_SpiceJet-300x2251-300x2251-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225.jpgDecember 20 (TravelAndy): Indian budget airline SpiceJet is offering all-in one-way international flight tickets in its network starting from INR3,111.

These discounted tickets can be booked till the midnight of December 21, 2016 for travel from January 15 to October 28, 2017.

The lowest-priced tickets are available on the flights to Bangkok, Colombo, Muscat and Male, said the airline. Continue Reading →

First direct flight between India & Indonesia

A Garuda Indonesia aircraft at the airport in Denpasar, Bali

A Garuda Indonesia aircraft at the airport in Denpasar, Bali

December 18 (TravelAndy): Indonesia’s flagship carrier, Garuda Indonesia, has started the first direct flight between India and Indonesia.

The thrice-a-week flight operates between Mumbai and Jakarta with a stopover in Bangkok on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Garuda, a member of the Skyteam airline alliance, operates a Boeing 737 on this route. Continue Reading →