Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport declared as ‘Best Airport by Size and Region’ Airport Council International (ACI) World has bestowed the Best Airport Award by size and region in the ‘over 40 million passenger category’ to Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), fourth time in a row since 2015. The award will be given away at a ceremony held at the second ASQ Forum & ACI Customer Experience Global Summit (September 02 – 05, 2019) at Bali, Indonesia. The award reflects the airport’s excellence in service parameters that go beyond satisfying the needs of travellers. India bags first prize at the international ‘Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2019’ at ITB Berlin The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has bagged the First Prize in the ‘TV Cinema Spot’ category at the international ‘Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2019’. Several promotional films/television commercials as part of the Ministry’s Incredible India 2.0 Campaign also received the awards, namely Yogi of the Racetrack, The Reincarnation of Mr and Mrs Jones Sanctuary in Paris, Maharani of Manhattan, and The Masala Master Chef. The award will be received by Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, at ITB Berlin. India records over 20% growth in number of air routes: IATA India is estimated to have 480 million flyers, and as per International Air Transport Association (IATA), India has recorded a growth of over 20% in the number of new routes in India. The increased inflow of international flyers is motivating airlines such as Air Italy and NokScoot to make new air routes in India and to collaborate with Indian carriers including Jet Airways and IndiGo to start operations on foreign routes. Amendments in rules for e-Tourist and e- Business Visa The Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division), Government of India issued a circular regarding the amendment of the Visa Manual. E-Tourist and E-Business visa applicants would be eligible to enter India from the date of grant of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) till any time in the next 365 days, for which period their visa would remain valid. Also, E-Visa for tourists will be for a period of one year from the date of issue of Electronic Travel Authorisation instead of period up to one year from the date of first entry India with multiple entry on e-Tourist Visa and e-Business Visa (conditions applicable). On E-Tourist Visa, continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days in all cases except nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan, for whom continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days. No registration is required for a stay-period less than 180 days. Foreigners will also be required to register with the FRRO/FRO concerned in case the aggregate stay in India on e-Business Visa and/or normal Business Visa exceeds 180 days during a calendar year.
A tea experience in Darjeeling and Assam Experience the bliss of staying in a tea garden home stay in a charming and quaint colonial-style bungalow. The soothing green expanses of the tea gardens of Darjeeling and Assam, suffused by the subtle scent of tea all around are sure to transport you to heaven! Pick tea leaves and sing along with the smiling basket-clad tea-pickers and witness the rolling, drying, and packaging of tea. You can get to sample different varieties with tea tasters. Explore the nature trails on foot, meet the local farmers and partake in cultural performances of music and dance in the evenings over cups of refreshing Darjeeling tea – quite aptly known as the ‘champagne of all teas’. Darjeeling (in West Bengal) and Assam are the two major tea growing regions of India, with sprawling tea estates that attract visitors in the summer and monsoon months. Relax with a hot cup of tea in the balcony of your room and let the lush greenery and the magnificent Himalayas in the distance and feel the peace and calm invade your senses. Assam’s carpets of tea bushes in the lowlands by the banks of River Brahmaputra yield the largest amount of tea in the world.
ITC Fortune Cedar Wood Trail, Mashobra ITC - Fortune Hotels has opened its 48th hotel in Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh. An imaginative blend of colonial and contemporary architecture, it is located just 12 km from Shimla. On offer are 47 guest rooms with eclectic décor. Zodiac Coffee Shop offers an all day dining facility serving Indian, Oriental, and Continental fare, whereas Neptune, bar and lounge serves an excellent selection of spirits, signature cocktails, wines and beers. Additional facilities include a gym, a conference room and spacious banquet halls, accommodating up to 300 guests. WelcomHeritage Kalyan Bhawan, Jaisalmer WelcomHeritage Kalyan Bhawan or Kanwar Pada (meaning ‘Residence of Princes’) was the former home of the Ruler of Jaisalmer. Centrally located in the precincts of the walled city of Jaisalmer, on offer are 22 renovated and refurbished rooms restored in their original art deco style, combined with modern comfort and luxury. Rooftop dining option serving local and customized culinary delights and a live tandoor with the illuminated city and the magnificent mud fort spread out before you is breathtaking, to say the least. Traditional massage services and swimming pool services are available on request at the nearby WelcomHeritage Mandir Palace. Explore the walled city of Jaisalmer on foot and enjoy the local flavours of the town.
International Yoga Festival Date: June 21, 2019 Place: Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Yoga was born in India and deeply embedded in its culture. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand is the Yoga capital of the world, and annually, thousands of participants (over 2000 participants in 2018) from all over the world congregate to celebrate the spirit of yoga. Relax, rejuvenate and realise your inner being at the 7-day event organised by the Ministry of Ayush and Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, in collaboration with Incredible India. Transcend to your best self under the guidance of enlightened spiritual leaders, master Yoga teachers, evolutionary thought leaders, and wellness specialists from around the world. The 7-day event will hold meditation sessions, discourses, seminars and workshops conducted by seers and masters at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, the largest ashram in Rishikesh and one of the largest interfaith yoga institutions in India. Soak in the ethos of Yoga with Kundalini sadhana (meditation) beginning at the crack of dawn, and immerse yourself in kirtan and traditional cultural songs and dances to awaken your inner being. Interact with like-minded souls and feel the energy of the mighty Himalayas by the banks of the holy Ganga River.
Air India Express to fly twice a week from Kunnur to Bahrain The first direct flight service from Kunnur to Bahrain has been initiated by Air India Express, opening up many new opportunities for tourism and trade between the two countries. Air India Express, a subsidiary of Air India, will operate a service between Kunnur International Airport and BIA twice a week, with a stopover at Kuwait. Vistara adds 3 new routes for peak summer season (April 16- July 15) Vistara has added 14 flights to counter the surge of travellers, for the period April 16 – July 15, 2019. Three new routes have also been added for this duration (Mumbai – Bengaluru, Mumbai – Hyderabad, and Mumbai – Kolkata). The airline will also be flying on the Pune – Hyderabad route during April 07 – April 30, 2019, as well as Delhi- Raipur (with double daily flights to/from Delhi) and Delhi-Dibrugarh (via Bagdogra)