Month: May 2016

10 Countries Where You can Drive with Your Indian Driving License

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How many road trips have you taken till date? You have explored only India till now by road? You dream to drive on international roads, but not sure how to get around with a license? Hold on! We have some good news for you. Here is our list of countries which allow you to drive with a valid Indian driving license. Shocked? Better not be, because many road-friendly nations across the globe have made road trips actually easier than we can think. So, carry your home license and roll the wheels down the postcard-like landscape far away from the Indian territory.

Germany

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The German Fairy Tale Road | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetands0ur/12952048845/in/

Indian tourists are permitted to drive in Germany for a period of six months from their date of arrival in the country with a valid Indian license. To avoid hassles, get a translated copy of your Indian driving license from any German diplomatic mission. Also, many roads in Germany have no speed limits. Hit with four wheels and discover Germany, a country of fairy tales.

USA

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Road from Niagara Falls to Washington | Photo Credit: Chandrima Mitra

Home to some of the most amazing driving routes of the world, United States of America is a country to explore by road. USA allows to drive with Indian driving license, as long as it is in English. Get an International Driving Permit and I-94 form as proves of your date of arrival in the country. Your are permitted to drive for one year from the date of arrival.

Australia

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The Great Ocean Road, Australia | Photo Credit: Akshay Saxena

Do you know that you can drive through Canberra, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia simply with your Indian driving license? While you make sure that the driving license is in English, also remember that Australia allows to drive those vehicles that your Indian license allows permit. The country gives three months to explore it on wheels.

France

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Route Napoleon | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sruefenacht/8626476345/in/

Take along a French translated copy of your Indian driving license and drive through the scenic locales of France for one year. A country rich in culture, artificial edifices and natural wonders, France should be explored by road.

New Zealand

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East Cape Region of New Zealand | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew-int/5237534002/in/

Are you 21 years of age with a valid Indian license? If so, then your are eligible to hit New Zealand roads whenever you wish to. However, remember that you are permitted to drive only those vehicles which your Indian license allows you to. If the license is partially in English, get it translated from New Zealand Transport Agency or a government recognized translator. You will have one whole year to explore this small yet postcard like country along the Pacific.

Switzerland

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St. Gotthard Pass | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bocket/3570853470/in/

Scenic Switzerland dotted by Swiss Alps, turquoise lakes and green meadows, is everyone’s dream destination. A journey to this magical country will turn more breathtaking when you will explore it with your own Indian driving license. Swiss authority allows Indians to drive with their English version of home license for one year.

Great Britain

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Highland Fling: Scotland’s Back Garden | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mckay85/3498340214/in/

Great Britain which includes England, Scotland and Wales allows Indians to drive with their home country’s license for one year. However, make a note that you will be allowed to drive only those vehicles which your Indian license permit. So folks, get ready for a long drive along the pictorial British countryside.

South Africa

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The Road to Bethlehem | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kartaba/14494374823/in/

Breathtaking cliffs, vivid flora and unique fauna-this is South Africa, a country that grew up to a paradise for nature lovers. Here, you are eligible to drive through the country’s enticing roads with Indian license. Make sure it is in English and contains your photo and signature. Carry along an International Driving Permit as many car rental companies ask for it while hiring.

Mauritius

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The Road to Lion Mountain | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22674911@N00/2689172759/in/

The fascinating island of Mauritius is a driver’s paradise. Carry your Indian license and drive in pleasure along the sandy beaches of Mauritius. Note that the driving license has to be in English and you can drive those vehicles that are permitted by home license for four weeks. Carry International Driving Permit to rent cars easily.

Norway

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The Atlantic Road | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/82134796@N03/14888786881/in/

If road expedition in a foreign land is what you dream of, then grab a ticket to Norway. An Indian tourist with his valid Indian license in English language can drive around the country for a period of three months.

Endless roads, somewhere lined by mountains, somewhere by water bodies and somewhere by forests, is something that embraces one with the pleasure of driving. Laid back villages or lively cities come in the middle of road trips as reflections of a country’s cultural backdrop. Take a break wherever you wish to, linger longer, admire the landscape and bring back some mesmerizing clicks of the unhindered countryside you come across while driving in these distant nations.

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(Creative Credit: Priyanka Sharma)

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goNews: 4 New Trains Launched in Kashmir

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After a gap of almost eight years that a train was introduced in Kashmir, Northern Railways finally announced the launch of four DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) trains in Kashmir. From now onward, these new trains will ply on the Banihal-Baramulla and Baramulla-Budgam routes. The trains were launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu this month itself from Delhi’s Rail Bhawan through video conferencing. Then, Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, flagged off the service from Anantnag Railway Station in South Kashmir.

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Banihal Railway Station | Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashmir_Railway#/media/File:Kashmir_railway_line_near_Banihal_railway_station.jpg

These DEMU trains will have limited stops and will make travelling between the places convenient for both locals and tourists. At the same time, passengers will get better opportunity to explore Kashmir valley with these train rides. As per sources, another rail-link from Banihal to Katra, which will connect Kashmir Valley with rest of India, is expected to be completed by the year 2020.

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A Railway Bridge in Banihal | Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashmir_Railway#/media/File:Railway_bridge_in_banihal.jpg

The cool pleasant weather of Kashmir makes it a year round destination. So hurry up and book your tickets to this ‘paradise on earth’. Make sure you take either one or all of these train journeys to watch the spectacular landscape of Kashmir.

Where to Get The Best Photos This Summer Vacation?

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It is that time of the year again when you can get the beach tan, play on white sand, ride on ocean waves and have unlimited fun. Summer vacations are meant to be enjoyed, make memories and spend quality time with friends and family. While you are planning to get set for the same, we have picked up the top destinations where you can have a blast and get the perfect vacation photographs. Take a look and tell us where are you planning to go?

1. Hawaii: There cannot be a better place than Hawaii for spending a marvellous summer vacation. Rugged landscapes, mesmerising islands and alluring beaches of this wonderland will make you fall in love with everything and entice you to click amazing pictures with the jaw dropping beaches at the background.

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Cliff Jumping at the Hawaii Beach | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/28882702@N00/25456395122/in/

2. Bora Bora: With a plethora of luxury resorts, turquoise blue ocean, sandy beaches and coral reefs, Bora Bora is another destination you should head to this summer. Enjoy scuba diving, rejuvenate yourself with a spa and get the perfect beach picture by visiting it soon.                  

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The beautiful Bora Bora island | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/28940022@N06/6831479322/in/

3. Amsterdam: With a rich treasure of cultural and historical heritage, Amsterdam also makes a great place for your next summer vacation. Paddle through the canals, click pictures and enjoy the scenic beauty of clean, green Amsterdam. The vibrant night-life of this beautiful place will double up the fun of your vacation.

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The alluring canals of Amsterdam | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aigle_dore/5716397597/in/

4. The Bahamas: Imagine yourself chilling at a place surrounded by turquoise blue waters and breathtaking sights. This can only happen if you choose to visit Bahamas for your summer vacation. With around 700 islands, this destination will not only give you beautiful pictures, but also give you the opportunity to enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving.

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The breathtaking view of Bahamas Island | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisandholley/7342098634/in/

5. Virginia Beach: From cruise rides to board-walks, from fishing to water sports; there a number of things to see and enjoy at Virginia Beach. Whether you are with family or friends, there will not be a single moment in your trip that will make you feel bored. So, take your camera and capture some amazing shots of beach parties or aquatic creatures in Virginia.

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The lively Virginia Beach | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonpratt/2129082749/in/

Add a pinch of magic to your vacation by trying some offbeat activities and doing something unusual. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to experience a ‘like never before’ summer vacation and create some magical memories that will last forever.

goNews: World’s First Bollywood Theme Park to Open in Dubai This October

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This October, Dubai is going to open doors to world’s first and largest Bollywood theme park, called Bollywood Parks Dubai. The park is spread over an area of 1.7 million square foot space, which comprises of five themed zones inspired by major film studios of Mumbai. Each zone is dedicated to popular Bollywood films and attractions from scenes like Dabangg Stunt Show, Krrish 4D flying ride and Rock On, a live music show area.

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Live Music Stage at Rock On in the Upcoming Bollywood Parks Dubai | Photo Credit: https://www.bollywoodparksdubai.com/plan-your-visit/park-map

Other entertainment sections in the park include family-run-shooting-experience in Sholay and a dedicated fun fair venue called ‘Rustic Ravine’. Ferris wheel, simulator, carousel and cricket ground, all inspired from the Bollywood movie ‘Lagaan’ will feature in ‘Rustic Ravine’. ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, accredited as a royal dining experience and Cinemagic, a DIY movie maker experience take excitement to another level. Here one will find the replica of Mumbai’s iconic Victoria Terminus Railway Station, where the roofs of colourful trains will be turned into a stage. Another site of entertainment called the Rajmahal Theatre will have a Taj Mahal-like edifice where five Broadway-style shows will take place every day.

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Mumbai Chowk Attraction Zone in Bollywood Park | Photo Credit: https://www.bollywoodparksdubai.com/plan-your-visit/park-map

This is not all. As Dubai is a shopaholic’s paradise, the park too will house a host of retail stores featuring tacky souvenirs and various types of gift items. From Bollywood Boulevard and Rock On to numerous film-themed eateries and retail shops, Bollywood Parks Dubai, a part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, is going to be another spectacular attraction to be added in the list of places to visit in Dubai.

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Theme Park Map | Photo Credit: https://www.bollywoodparksdubai.com/plan-your-visit/park-map

Get ready for an unforgettable experience full of colour, culture and life time entertainment in Dubai!

8 Favourite Dialogues of Moms Every Kid Has Heard on Sharing Their Travel Plan

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The love of a mom cannot be compared to anything else in the world. She is our friend, role model, guide and our teacher too. But there are times when she becomes a Hitler for us, after hearing our travel plans. No matter how hard we try to convince our moms, her heart sees it as an illogical thing. Almost every kid has witnessed the pain of taking permissions and getting bombs of sarcasm in return.

This mother’s day, we thought of compiling the most common dialogues that we have heard from our moms at least once in our life.

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The list doesn’t end here, there a few more like:

Kyun jaana hai ghumne? Abhi thode time pehle hi to gaye the!

Tum sab ladkiyaan akele hi jaa rahi ho?

Kahin nahi jana abhi. Agle mahine sab Haridwaar jayenge, saath mein chalna.

Whether its illogical or not, our moms will never let us do anything alone because we still are the star of her eyes. And accept it, we cannot find our favorite pair of shoes without her.

Tell us how many were you able to relate and we know you are still laughing. Do share your comments in the section below and tell us if your mom has some special dialogue.

Mother’s Day: How First Time Mothers Define Travel for Their Kids

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The pleasure of being a mother is unparalleled and the happiness of celebrating motherhood surpasses every other happiness of life. While the United States made Mother’s Day a recognised holiday, we Indians too decided to dedicate this day to all those women who worked day and night and sacrificed their needs for the well-being of their children. Going through labour pain and delivering a baby is not an easy task, and that memory is fresh for those who have just entered motherhood. These new mothers have new ways of thinking and big dreams for their children. They want to take their kids for a world tour, show them the Alps, Disneyland, Gold Coast, Athens, and what not! For them, exploring the vivid world with their children from time to time is like a challenge-a challenge that helps them learn new things and that makes the mother-child bond stronger. Let us hear it from them:

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Share your feelings as you will be celebrating your first Mother’s Day.

Arpita: Wow! My first Mother’s Day and that too of two little children. There is a feeling of ecstacy and fulfillment working within me.

Treena: My first Mother’s Day is special since me and my daughter Myra will be with my mom. I want to pay my regards to all mothers on Mother’s Day.

Rati: I feel blissful as I am all set to celebrate my first Mother’s Day.

Devlina: It is an awesome feeling to celebrate my first Mother’s Day. I feel that being a mother is what makes a woman complete. Cheers to all moms on this day!

Reshmi: Not only 8th May, as a mother every day is special and seeing my child grow each new day is a celebration.

Sanjana: It feels great to be a mother. Mother’s Day is what I have been waiting for.

Jyothi: Mother’s Day is a time for me to relish once again the joy of holding my baby tight and feeling my own heartbeats inside her.

In one line share your experience when you saw your child for the first time.

Arpita: I developed a sense of motherly pride and skepticism of carrying those cuddly twins in my womb.

Purnima: After she came out from my womb crying, a nurse had put her on my belly. It was the first time I held her. She was so warm, so soft, so small, but so cute.

Jyothi: I felt immense relief that she was crying with strong, healthy lungs. Now I realize how anxious I was for a healthy delivery.

Devlina: Tears of happiness ran down my eyes.

Reshmi: The moment was a mixture of joy, relief and pride, all at once.

Treena: With tears in my eyes, I felt that feeling of motherhood surpasses every other feeling.

Sarbani: A treasured moment that falls short of words to be explained.

Rati: Even if I had to write a book, it will be less. Myra is my life!

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How many trips did you sacrifice during pregnancy?

Treena: We are avid travellers and used to go for vacations in every 2 months. During pregnancy, I sacrificed around 5-6 trips and skipped all long weekend breaks.

Reshmi: I Sacrificed the Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Japan trip with my best friends. Something I waited for a long time!

Rati: I planned to visit Lonavla-Khandala for my anniversary, but my baby landed a day before that. So no sacrifices at all.

Devlina: As I was in total bed rest, I sacrificed several trips. The most precious one was my trip to Hyderabad, where my husband received the ‘best performer’ award.

Jyothi: Most often! I managed to kill my time by watching movies on babies or episodes in YouTube related to normal deliveries.

Now, as your child is here, which place you are planning to take your child for his/her first vacation?

Reshmi: When she was 5 months old, we took her to Australia. Though she was too small to enjoy Dreamworld, but loved playing on the beaches of Gold Coast.

Arpita: I am taking my twins to Los Angeles on 20th May.

Jyoti: I am really cherished that my baby is now a part of my adventure trips. Her first vacation was in Sydney. She had a great time at Sydney aquarium watching whales, sharks and other marine creatures. I am planning the next trip with her to Thailand.

Which country do you dream to explore with your child when he/she grows up?

Reshmi: On her 10th birthday l will take her to Shanghai, her birthplace. I want to explore Shanghai with Janhavi, as many fond memories are etched with the city.

Jyothi: I want to explore many countries, but first one is Australia, because it offers several adventure activities. Then Fiji, Thailand and Europe are in my list.

Sanjana: Greece, the historical wonderland. I will bring back a book of Greek myths to read for bedtime stories. My son will have plenty to enliven the imagination.

Treena: Disneyland in Paris. We will stay in a Disney hotel, go for buggy ride, make her eat with her favourite character, watch ‘Disney Dreams’ show and lots more.

Purnima: The whole Europe, where she can see the Alps, Disneyland, Eiffel Tower, green Amsterdam!

Sarbani: Our very own India. After all, incredible it is! LOL

Devlina: India it is! Hope he will love his homeland. Wink!

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Are you planning a vacation this Mother’s Day?

Devlina: Yes, a visit to my maternal home to meet my mom. It will be great for me and my mom to celebrate this special day together.

Reshmi: I have already started my trip to Kerala with my chubby cheek.

Jyothi: Yes certainly! We have bought a family annual ticket with which we can visit any place around Sydney.

Arpita: Yes, before leaving India, I am taking them to Shantiniketan, the land of Tagore.

Rati: A bit skeptical about the rush, so post Mother’s Day may be.

If you plan to gift your kid a travel kitty, which is ‘that one thing’ you would love to include?

Reshmi: A good camera, where we can capture her best moments.

Treena: A cool pair of shades for my super cool daughter. Wink!

Sanjana: Camera, so that he can capture all the special moments of his holiday.

Sarbani: A comfortable pair of shoes, so that she can walk and explore miles without getting tired.

Purnima: I will include a puzzle game in her kitty. I will love to help her solve the puzzle.

Jyothi: Her toy piggy, because she can’t leave without it.

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How you think that travel with your child can change your life as a mother?

Sarbani: Being a working mom, I will spend more time with my daughter on a holiday than at home.

Rati: Travelling with Myra can turn this otherwise laid-back woman into a quick-going one. Haha!

Arpita: Travel with my twins will certainly stretch my patience. LOL. However, I am glad to do it.

Jyothi: It has changed drastically. We are busy parents with tight schedules. Travelling with my daughter has changed my priorities. Packing for a trip is a big thing now. On every trip, I make sure she gets all her necessities. Also, as a mother, I became more choosy about the place to visit.

Devlina: Travelling and few days away from regular routine will increase the bonding and understanding between a mother and child.

Reshmi: We no more travel like backpackers. Travelling with my daughter has changed my priorities as a mother. Now, her priorities are my priorities. Because of her comfort, I disagree to things like long journeys and backpacking destinations. I feel holidaying helps a mom understand her child more.

Sanjana: Travelling with my child will make me more organised and responsible as a mother. It will help me learn new things in an unknown place.

Share a special travel memory you as a child had with your mom.

Jyothi: I have many beautiful memories with my mom, but our trips to Nepal to our grandparents’ place during summer holidays are the most memorable ones. As my brothers too accompanied me, those trips turned out to be more thrilling and exciting.

Purnima: My trip to Vaishnodevi. When I got tired walking for hours, mom took me on her lap and walked up to the shrine.

Sanjana: Definitely, a holiday with mom to ‘mamarbari’ (maternal grandparents’ home). Nothing can beat the warmth of maternal grandparents.

Treena: Kashmir, where I went during my childhood. The ride through Dal Lake on a shikara with my mom and dad is etched in my mind.

Reshmi: One that frequently comes to my mind is the drive from Siliguri to Darjeeling. I was leaning on my mother’s lap, enjoying the beauty of the hills, wondering how I can touch the clouds and questioning mom about the hills. Those questions may sound meaningless now.

Rati: During our trip to Darjeeling, when we had to visit Tiger Hills during sunrise, mamma made special arrangements of my woollen clothes the previous night to keep me warm and protected. I feel every small act of a mother for her child is a thing to remember forever.

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While these beautiful moms wait for their child to speak the word ‘mummy’, let us wish them ‘Happy Mother’s Day’. Go ladies, travel the world with your little heartbeats and have a mind-blowing vacation! Do share your stories with us too!

(Creative Credit: Priyanka Sharma)

7 Travel Lessons We Can Take From Our Mothers

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Mothers are considered to be the first teachers and the lessons given by them help us in almost every situation throughout our lifetime. Her teachings give us the strength and power to face different challenges of life easily. Many of her qualities are an inspiration and can be utilized in several ways. Taking a step forward, we have picked up a few qualities of mothers that can be utilized as travel lessons. Take a look and see how many have you learnt yet.

1. Money Saving Skills: A mother is known to be the home minister and knows how to smartly invest and save money. This lesson can be easily followed while planning a trip by recalling all the saving techniques she taught us during our childhood.  

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2. Planning in Advance: Moms like to do advance planning and save themselves from last minute hassles. This definitely is a tip that can be followed as planning plays an important role in taking a cost-efficient trip to our favourite place.        

3. Multitasking: From doing the household chores to making food, buying groceries to managing to make all family members happy; mothers are perfect in multitasking and hardly fail in anything. Taking this quality from her, we can definitely have a great vacation and do several things at the same time.      

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4. Organising: Whether it is about our birthday parties or preparing us for exams, our moms have amazing organising skills that one cannot have even with a degree. These skills can be learnt from them and implemented for our next group travel.  

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 5. Patience: The way she handles all our random moods and still loves us unconditionally requires a lot of patience. Matching up to her level is difficult, but doing that is itself an achievement that takes us one step closer to our destination.        

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6. Accepting Challenges: Accepting every challenge with a smile is the quality of a mother. Adapting the same quality and accepting the challenges will help us in making the most of our travel expedition.      

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7. Determination: A mom’s determination can change the look of the universe and even can make the world come to a stand still. Whatever she does, she is well determined about it. Picking up this quality of hers is definitely going to make our excursion amazing.

There are many more qualities that can be learnt and adhered from mothers, because there is no better teacher than a mother.

Tell us which travel lesson have you learnt from your mother in the comment sections below.