Issue no - February / 2020

QUEST ~ rediscover yourself in India
South Sojourn With Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot, the luxurious train of South India is all set make its come back in the month of March with its trademark 'many worlds one voyage' slogan. The marketing and operation of the luxury train is now being handled by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) as they are coming up with fascinating tours of Karnataka where you will experience the wildlife of Bandipur National Park once belonged to the Maharajas of Mysore and the historic Mysore itself that showcases the brilliance of palaces and forts popular for its royal heritage and architecture. In addition you will also witness the dreamy beauty of Halibidu and Chikamangluru famous for its extensive western ghats, picturesque landscapes and an ancient Hoysaleswara temple, a masterpiece of architecture.

So if you are planning to get on board with Golden Chariot, now is the time for booking as you will get an wonderful weather to accompany your journey. Call us for reservation !
Special extra baggage rates by Indigo
In a recent announcement Indigo has eased the extra baggage issues for the foreign tourists visiting India. The rates have been revised for the foreign tourists booked by Indian Association of Tour Operators members and is already applicable from the month of December 2019. For 8 kg baggage the rate would be INR 1200, for 15 kg it would be INR 2000 and for 30 kg, INR 4000 would be applicable. 

Good News ! Visa on arrival 

According to the Bureau of Immigration, UAE nationals will now have access to a 60 Day visa on arrival, with double entry for business, tourism, conference and medical purposes. However there is one point that is required to be considered that the visa on arrival facility will only be available to those Emiratis who have earlier obtained an e-visa or paper visa to visit India. In addition to this, the Ministry of Home affairs has further included two more countries - Equatorial Guinea and Togo whose nationals are also eligible for e-visa scheme.

Govt. Of India combats Coronovirus

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Govt. of India has put in place adequate health surveillance systems in order to combat coronavirus situation. Entry screening, for travelers from affected countries, are at place at airports and sea ports in the country. MoHFW has also set up a 24x7 Helpline : 91-11-23978046 and email id : ncov2019@gmail.com for coronavirus information.

Upcoming Events & Festivals 
March - April'20 


Gangaur Festival

Although the festival is celebrated throughout the country but it is widely celebrated in Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan where the women are dressed in beautiful traditional attire and are clad in antique Rajasthani jewellery of vivid colours and intrinsic patterns. This year the festival will take place from 10th to 27th March. The festival is all about worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri together and as the celebration concludes you will experience an unique ritual among the tribes who select their partners on the last day of the festival.
 

Mewar Festival 

The festival of Mewar is widely known for its charm, dressings and lights but it is actually quite more than that. This year it ill take place from 27th to 29th March. The celebration  includes a number of practices and rituals and people dress in a particular attire to respect the tradition. Then there is a procession that moves through several parts of the city and reaches the Pichola Lake where the pictures are taken on the boats in the lake. To add  colours to the grand celebration many cultural activities take place as they are witnessed by visitors from in and outside India.

BASANTA UTSAV

“Holi” is a colorful festival and is celebrated all over India with utmost energy and happiness. But this festival of colour transfoms to a different level when it is celebrated in Bolpur-Shantiniketan, the land of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, one of the acclaimed Nobel Laureates of India. In Bolpur-Shantiniketan the festival is popularly termed as Basanta Utsav as it is marked to celebrate and welcome the new season - Basanta, the Spring as the winter takes an exit. During this season the nature shows its own beauty as the brightness of colorful flowers of Palash, Shimul cover the entire city with their natural charm and beauty.

The festival starts from 9th - 10th March with a unique cultural programme by thousands of the students of Biswa Bharati University as they dress themselves with brightly decorated yellow sarees with garlands and flowers around their neck, singing and dancing on the tunes of Rabindra Sangeet. The program is followed by Abir play (spreading coloured powders) and expressing festive wishes. As a visitor you can also join in and participate in the songs and dances while experiencing the tremendous joy of being associated with one of the rich culture of Bengal.

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