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Indonesia (Bali) visa for Indians

Indonesian tourist visa is free and on arrival for most nationalties, including Indians

Indonesian tourist visa is free and on arrival for most nationalties, including Indians

I’ve written about it earlier, but the Indian passport is more powerful than you think. You will realise this fact again while planning a trip to the incredibly beautiful Indonesia.

Yes, Indians do not need to a visa to enter Indonesia.

It took three hours for my AirAsia flight to get to Bali from Kuala Lumpur. Continue Reading →

Why Poland is perfect for the budget traveller

logo-3.3-with-bgPoland isn’t the first place on most people’s minds when they think of going to Europe. In this guest post, Rudradeb Mitra explains why it should be right at the top of your go-to list in Europe.

Poland is among the most underrated travel destinations in Europe. I believe it should be one of the top travel destination for travellers who seek to experience local culture, adventure and fun at a reasonable price.

Here’s why. Continue Reading →

AirAsia X cleared to fly to USA

Aircraft at Klia2, AirAsia's hub in Kuala Lumpur

Aircraft at Klia2, AirAsia’s hub in Kuala Lumpur

January 25 (Travelandy): AirAsia X, AirAsia’s long-haul, low-cost sister airline, has got clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to fly to the US, the airline said in a statement.

The airline is the first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to the US.

AirAsia X is currently considering flights to several US states including Hawaii as part of its route expansion plans. Continue Reading →

If you’re in Ubud, Bali, go to 9 Angels

9 Angels 5No one noticed when the music stopped.

The evening rain splattering on the tarpaulin above and through the leafy canopy on the tables set outside had its own music.

By the side of the piano, purple lights reflecting on the dried grass mound reminded me of the film Avatar. As the minutes passed, scores of the bugs we call Ui Poka in Bengali — a flying insect of the termite family — flew to the lights under the tarpaulin and outside. In ten minutes, there were hundreds of them at both the places. Continue Reading →

Michi resort near Ubud in Bali is a weird place

logo-3.3-with-bgThe two of us had hired a scooter and were headed to Michi Retreat Village situated a few kilometres from Ubud, by far my favourite among the places I have been to in Bali.

Esther, a Dutch solo traveller I’d met on the road, was riding pillion and checking directions on the phone and telling me which way to go. Between her not-too-confident English and my non-existent Dutch skills, communication was often a problem, but we managed somehow. Finally, after one or two wrong turns, we found a sign saying “Michi” with an arrow pointing to an alley to the left of the road. Continue Reading →

New LED illumination at Niagara Falls

Niagara 3December 8: The experience of viewing Niagara Falls in night gets better and more spectacular for the tourists flocking to the attraction as the Niagara Falls Illumination Board this month unveiled the new illumination system at Niagara Parks.

The Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls will now be illuminated every evening with energy-efficient LED lights, making the Falls much brighter than the previous xenon spotlights, which had difficulty cutting through the mist.

This USD4 million upgrade, financed by the bi-national Niagara Falls Illumination Board, will offer endless colour combinations and give visitors an entirely new way to experience Niagara Falls at night, said an official of The Niagara Parks Commission. Continue Reading →

Bali is set to become the next Bangkok for Indians

logo-3.3-with-bgOf all Indians who have been outside the country for travel — not work but travel — a very large percentage has been to Thailand.

The reasons for this are not hard to understand. Bangkok is only a few hours away — almost always a direct flight — and the country is not that costly and this works well for India’s middle class looking to travel abroad.

I believe there’s a second Bangkok waiting for Indians to explore, and that, for better or for worse, is Bali. Continue Reading →

Poush Mela to be 3-day affair: Green body

Logo squareNovember 10 (TravelAndy): The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Poush Mela festival, celebrated at Shantiniketan in east India’s West Bengal state, to be concluded within three days of its commencement.

This order has been passed to control the growing pollution left by the stall owners and visitors, which harm the environment of the place in a significant way, said The Times of India.

The festival is scheduled to begin on December 23, 2016 and conclude on December 26, 2017. Continue Reading →

Jet Airways launches video streaming

Jet Airways aircraft at the Mumbai airport

Jet Airways aircraft at the Mumbai airport

September 5 (TravelAndy): Jet Airways has announced the launch of the first of its kind inflight entertainment service in the Indian skies.

Using wireless streaming technology, passengers can now stream a wide variety of video and audio content directly on their own devices such mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

JetScreen, Jet Airways’ in-flight entertainment service will now be available on domestic flights. Over 225 hours of video and audio content such as leading Hollywood and Indian movies, TV shorts, music from multiple genres, interactive games, as well as special children’s programmes can now be enjoyed by the airline’s passengers, the airline said in a statement. Continue Reading →

Hunder in Ladakh, India, will leave you speechless


I was flying into Leh and staying in the region for six days (I had a wedding to attend). So, I didn’t have much time for acclimatisation. I had two day to spare before the wedding and the choice was between Pangong lake and Nubra valley (where Hunder desert is situated). The latter made sense because it was at a lower altitude than Leh and it decreased the chances of me getting ill with altitude sickness.


First, Hunder has the coolest out-of-the-world landscapes. It’s this cold desert of white sand surrounded by the incredible Karakoram mountains. Second, this is the only place in India where you get to see (and ride) the double-humped Bactrian camels.

Rainbow seen from Hunder desert. You can also see the Diskit monastery

Rainbow seen from Hunder desert. You can also see the Diskit monastery

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Zika advisory for Miami tourists

Logo squareAugust 20 (TravelAndy): Following the fresh outbreak of Zika virus in Florida’s popular beach destination Miami, the Centre for Disease Control in the American state issued a travel advisory on Friday.

The advisory warns pregnant women and their sexual partners from travelling to Miami.

“Tourism is a driving force of our economy and this industry has the full support of our state in the fight against the Zika virus,” said Florida governor Rick Scott. Continue Reading →