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Ballard Estate Festival ’16

You thought you had seen all of Mumbai if you had covered the Gateway of India, Juhu beach and Shah Rukh Khan’s bungalow? Ballard Estate, that prime piece of real estate in south Mumbai that’s still evocative of the British Raj in India and is very often out of bounds for the lay traveller, is […]

Would you dare cross the highest bridge in the world?

Once it is thrown open by the end of 2016, the Beipanjiang Bridge in China will stake claim to being the highest in the world. At over 1850 feet high, the impressive mountain overpass links two of China most remote provinces, Yunnan and Guizhou. The structure is nearing completion, with engineers joining the last set […]

Arunachal gets brand ambassador in John Abraham

Arunachal Pradesh, traveller’s paradise and the land of untold tales, is giving the intrepid traveller yet another reason to come visit. Bollywood actor, avid adventure junkie and footballer John Abraham has signed on the north eastern state’s brand ambassador. Arunachal Pradesh, the largest of the seven sister states that form the north eastern part of […]

Free SIM cards for foreign tourists soon?

Foreigners travelling to India could soon have their worst nightmares resolved. Media reports say that the Indian government is planning to give free SIM cards on their arrival in the country. The move to hand out SIM cards along with a welcome kit to foreigners landing on Indian shores on e tourist visas is aimed […]

Bengal drops the ‘west’ connection

You will no longer be traveling to West Bengal next time you plan a holiday to Darjeeling. You will, depending on your language of preference, be visiting either Bangla (Bengali), Bangal (Hindi) or Bengal (English). The state, that had already reverted to pre-British nomenclature by changing good old Calcutta to a more rounded Kolkata, has […]

Iceland, Galapagos top adventure travellers’ wish list

If adventure travel is what gives you a high, Iceland and Galapagos / Ecuador  are apparently the hot spots you should head to. The two locations top the list of preferential adventure travel destinations, according to the latest survey done by Virtuoso Active and Specialty Travel (VAST), an international travel agency network specialising in luxury […]

Tadoba Andhari, Pench tiger reserves open up for monsoon

Wildlife enthusiasts have reason to rejoice this monsoon as the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and Pench Tiger Reserve have opened their doors to tourists this monsoon. The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has announced that these famous wildlife sanctuaries will be open for visitors in monsoon in order to give them a unique experience of this […]

Will Casinos dot coastal towns in India ?

Goa, Sikkim, Daman and Diu. Those are the only places in India you can don your tux and gamble your year’s savings away in an hour in the swanky confines of a casino. No more, if the tourism departments of some states get their way. The Karnataka government, say media reports, has floated the idea […]

Japanese village near Ajanta-Ellora to attract tourists from Japan?

The Maharashtra government is planning to set up a Japanese village near the famed Ajanta-Ellora caves near Aurangabad to attract more tourist footfalls from Japan. Special Japanese tours in Maharashtra are also on the anvil. The plans are part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Japan’s Wakayama Prefectural Government (WPG) and the government […]

Roadtripping from Delhi to Ladakh, now within budget

Fancy a summer vacation in Leh? Having a shoe-string budget or difficulties in coordinating with your bike gang? Ditch all the worry and prepare yourself for a non-stop 33-hour bus journey through mountain passes. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC)  started its summer bus service to and fro bus service between Delhi-Leh via Manali. Started […]

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