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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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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.

Mother’s Day: 7 Gifts that Your Travel Savvy Mom will Love

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The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness“- Honore de Balzac.

Second Sunday of May is indeed a special one. It is dedicated to those beautiful women across the globe who made us see the world. Yes, you got me right! 8th May marks the celebration of International Mother’s Day. So, let us keep our busy schedule aside for a while and plan a surprise for the beautiful moms who sacrificed their happiness, dedicated their precious time and gave our dreams a shape. From new moms to stay-at-home-moms, from single moms to full-time working moms, there is something for everyone. If you are tired of cliché gifts like coffee mugs or customized pillows, then we have some interesting things for you. This year, take her for a vacation and reward her with some unusual yet fantabulous gifts. You might or might not have a globetrotting mother, but our share of gifting ideas will definitely thrill her and take her miles away from the mundane life. Take a look below:

Wine Tasting Trip to Nashik

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Sula Vineyards in Nashik | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/enrico_rainaudo/4538418700/in/

Let your beloved mom feast her eyes with undulating vineyards nestled on foothills and watch grapes being plucked, crushed, blended, bottled and shaped into finished products in a tasting room- gift her a perfect wine tour. This is not all! Wine tasting in Nashik is accompanied by cycling past the hills, enjoying sunset over Nashik’s serene setting and wine touring in Sula Vineyards. Never mind if your mom tasted wine in the past. On this Mother’s Day, present her a glass full of world’s best ever freshly produced wine. Great expectations indeed!

Ayurvedic Spa Therapy in Kerala

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Ayurvedic Spa Massage | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/srilankatourism/4143009510/in/

She must have let her feet go swollen, back go aching and nails go brittle all these years. Why not let her pamper herself with best Ayurvedic spa therapies offered in India’s wonderland called Kerala? Ayurvedic Kerala massages will give her body the much desired rejuvenation. Yoga and meditation session too will reward with a holistic experience. Book a stay in Kumarakom Lake Resort or Taj Malabar, so that your mom experiences a luxurious spa therapy in Kerala. She will remember this pleasant Mother’s Day gift forever.

Delightful Swim in the Infinity Pool of Wildflower Hall

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Infinity Pool that Stretches Up To the Horizon | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddgretreat/5570940060/in/

Perched atop the Himalayas, Wildflower Hall, Shimla, is no less than a fairytale luxury resort encapsulated by thick green forests. Its infinity pool located at an altitude of nearly 8,250 feet promises a surreal swimming experience. Keeping Shimla’s cool climate in mind, the outdoor pool is connected to a heated indoor pool. Here, swimming is rewarded with the pictorial view of snowy Himalayas and unending stretch of pine and cedar trees. Mothers love to get pampered, isn’t it?

Jaipur’s Best Looking Pair of Kundan Jewellery

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A Dazzling Kundan Jewellery | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/anupamchatterjee/6166905603/in/

Jewellery is what she has treasured for years and filled her cupboard with. She might still fancy a traditional Rajasthani jewellery, especially a handmade Kundan set from Bapu Bazaar. It won’t cost much to take her to Jaipur, walk past the old narrow alleys of Bapu Bazaar and gift her an exclusive pair of stone-studded Rajasthani Kundan from one of the old shops of the market. And you will see the million dollar smile on her face!

A Luxury Lunch at Taj Mahal Hotel

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Delectable Brunch Spread at Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yewco/4348347155/in/

Taj Mahal Hotel in Appollo Porbandar, Mumbai, has several in-house restaurants that serve a range of fine delectable global cuisines. Reserve a table in either Shamiana, Masala Craft or Golden Dragon and treat your mom with authentic North Indian or Chinese cuisine on Mother’s Day eve. At the end, treat her sweet tooth with freshly baked cakes at La Patisserie. Your mom is definitely a great cook, but a fantastic meal by the side of Arabian Ocean will surpass all other gifts you have thought to surprise her with.

A Ticket to Casino in Goa

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Who said mothers are not happening? They only scold for the innumerable parties you attend every month? LOL. There are many globetrotting moms who cannot just reject a ticket to casino in Goa. If Vegas is not in budget, Goa can do wonders. Roll the dice, spin the wheels, tap feet to thunderous music, let her win luck and take her to a crazy happening world. Chances Casino, Deltin Royale Casino, Casino Pearl are few to be named. Which one are you taking your mom to?

A Stay Amidst Wild in Orange County Resort

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Orange County Resort, Kabini, set amidst 300 acres of spice and coffee plantations is admired for its exquisite hand-cut, rust-red Kodava architectural style accommodation units. As Kabini is sandwiched between two dense forest reserves, Nagarhole and Bandipur, a day or two in Orange County sums up to a luxurious stay amidst serenity of wilderness. Trip to Bylekuppe Tibetan Settlement, bird watching and jungle safari in Bandipur and Nagarhole sum up for an unforgettable Mother’s Day.

Mothers deserve a holiday, they deserve to be taken away from four-walled homes and daily chores to far off lands where spa sojourns, international cuisines, jungle safari, shopping extravaganza and vineyard tour happen to lend a mind-blowing trip she might have not imagined before. Loosen your purse strings this Mother’s Day to make it a memorable one for your creator.

To all mothers around the world, wish you Happy Mother’s Day!

15 Things Every 90’s Traveller Would Have Done

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90’s was a period to be cherished forever. From Hollywood hits to epic romantic Bollywood numbers, from the adventurous and mysterious series of Harry Potter to Enid Blyton’s English children’s stories, 90’s rewarded us with heaps of amazing things. A age devoid of WiFi, 4G and mobile based travel applications, travel during 90’s seemed to be a tedious job for many. However, there are millions who believe that some unique, rather exceptional features of 90’s travel now make them sigh. Forget if it was easier or harder, better or worse, confusing or carefree, let us revisit the golden era of holidaying and if possible, turn those crazy acts and nostalgic moments into reality. Here are some stuff every traveller from 90’s have done:

Carrying a Suitcase without Wheels

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Those big heavy vintage looking suitcases with small handles must have given back pain and arthritis, but carrying them along with piles of clothes stuffed inside was way fashionable than pulling a classy trolley with ease today.

Keeping a Track of Travel Expenses in a Notepad

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A pen and paper pad was enough to note down every single penny spent on travel. Who cared about maintaining an excel sheet and calculating expenses in their laptops’s calculator?

Travelling with a Road Map or Compass

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I doubt if GPS or Google map was discovered then! With basic knowledge of geography, carrying a map and compass along was a common feature that every traveller of 90’s shared.

Locking Every Suitcase with Mini Locks and Steel Chains

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Bags packed for train travel was accompanied by small locks and steel chains. Locking suitcases with a handle below the seat a common sight during train travel. Wait! Story does not end here! 90’s travellers even used to seal their bags with lock and key during flight travel. ‘Security check’ was just a term that time!

Carrying Home-made Food

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A separate food baggage was a must, especially during train journey. Irrespective of the hours of train journey, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner was cooked at home and packed separately. And international travel? Laddoo, khakra and dhokla travelled free of cost. Cup noodles were beyond imagination. Haha!

Ladies Secretly Putting a Mini Pouch with Cash in Bosom

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One of the creative creative ways to hide cash in the past. May be a Fastrack pouch was yet to be discovered! LOL!

Purchasing Typical Gifts Like Key Chains Made of Sea-shells or Woollen Cardigans

 

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Beaches meant key chains and ornaments made of sea shells, hills meant woollen sweaters and historical sites meant miniature versions of Taj Mahal or Eiffel Tower. And all friends and cousins were satisfied! Ahh!

Roaming with Milton Water Bottle All the Time

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Kinley or Aquafina were expensive affairs while travelling during 90’s. I could remember both young and adult travellers hanging a Milton bottle on their shoulder and filling those with mineral water in hotels, restaurants and sightseeing spots. Sigh!

Purchasing Train Tickets by Standing in a Queue

This was a fashion of holidaying during 90s. Early morning, railway counter, long.. very long queues.. and it proved you are about to travel. After all, the term mobile application was not born!

Contacting Home from the Holiday Destination’s PCO Booth

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A PCO booth and the traveller was like Ahhh, I am relieved! Forget WhatsApp and SMS, having a mobile phone during 90’s was an expensive affair and status symbol.

Carrying a Walkman Along with an Earpiece

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iPod or downloading music are just trends of 21st century. A traveller of 90’s made sure he carried a walkman and cassettes along to listen to Hindi, English or regional hits during his trip.

Hiring Mostly a Maruti Omni, Gypsy or Mini Bus for Sightseeing

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A big family and a 8-seater Maruti Omni, Gypsy or Mini Bus was ready to take them for sightseeing. While, a 5-seater Omni would do for a small family. Now, it is all about Duster and Eco Sport! Grrrrr!

Hunting for a Hotel after Arriving at the Destination

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Hopping around to find a good hotel in best deal was a trend amongst a 90’s traveller. As there was no or less scope for promo codes and online discounts, every traveller made sure they have the best bargaining skills.

Playing Cards with Friends or Co-passengers in Train to Kill Time

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As travelling occupied a major period of the trip and availing flights was like distant dream, playing cards seemed to be the best time pass during the journey. Also, making temporary friends with co-passengers and talking crap was another hilarious task. Grrr!

Having a Box Filled with Coins and Currencies

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Most travellers from 90’s ensured bringing back coins and currencies from every country they visit. May be now those currencies are only antiques in living rooms, as present generation prefers a Gucci watch or Da Milano bag at cheaper rates.

I think I have done almost all of these, and want to do these again. Do you want to go back to the 90’s with me and experience an old age travel? Then ditch the techy way of holidaying and come along!

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10 Types of Passengers You Always Find in Indian Trains!

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Taking a train journey is no less than a Bollywood movie that has almost all the required features-entertainment, comedy, drama and sometimes action too. There are times while on the wheels that we spot a variety of characters who either make the travel comfortable or more often than not, troublesome. We all must have seen and witnessed them around, but it’s hard to tell the story. Let us recall those times and take you on the track again with this list that shows the types of passengers we all have come across during our train travel.

1. The Stalker: Most passengers, specially females would have come across one such stalker who has an eye on almost every action of yours. If they aren’t stalking a girl, you can find them digging their nose in somebody else’s mobile phone and books.

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2. The Irritating Kid: There is this one kid who would come to you and ask for your mobile phone because he wants to play games on it. And if you dare to say no, he/she will cry like you have beaten them.

3. The Talkative Aunty: Your journey is incomplete unless and until you see an aunty who is constantly talking to every one around. Once she is free from interviewing them, she will get busy on her phone again, yapping. Oh so annoying!

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4. The Bhajan Mandli: These kind of people call them the daily passengers and their journey is incomplete without singing a few bhajans. They will force you to join them and clap along the beat. Like really!

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5. The News Anchor Uncle: While you are normally discussing something with a co-passenger, an uncle will jump in like a boss and change the whole topic of the conversation. Mind it, he is no less than the news anchor who says, ‘The nation wants to know.’

6. The Over Luggage Carrier: These kind of travellers are the ones who think they are actually going to Mars, thus take their house with them. The load of their bags even makes the coolie run away from them. If they sit around you, you’ll see more bags than humans.

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7. The Flirting Guy/Girl: No matter how hard you try to avoid these creatures, there will always be one guy/girl who will make the best efforts to flirt with you. They are always eager to know you and will follow you till your destination.

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8. The Gyaani Baba: Irrespective of the range of topics, there is one gyaani baba on the train who claims to know everything. He will never stop to interrupt every discussion with his expert comments until you agree with him. As if there aren’t enough gyaanis back home!

9. The Foodie: From paranthas to chips, gajar ka halwa to a variety of pickles, you’ll find everything edible in their travel bags. You name it, they have it. While this is still fine, the smell that floats across the closed compartment every 10 minutes they pull out something to eat is just too much!

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10. The PDA Couples: Well, you just cannot miss them on any train journey. Their koochi-koos and “do you need anything baby?” sessions are endless and why not. A train journey is supposed to be a romantic affair, eh!

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Love them or hate them, you just cannot have enough of these. Well, I have had various such experiences, how about you? Do share some of the funniest co-passengers you have come across in your train journey!

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10 Silliest Work Excuses for a Holiday that will Make Your Boss ‘Think’

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The sleepy groggy eyes suffer from energy deficiency every Monday morning. Uff! The week is back and your boss is fully charged up. However, you feel that you simply need, or rather deserve to forsake the desktop and get your self-batteries recharged. The boss might chuckle over leave approval, but smart ones like you will surely find a tricky or more often than not, a silly work excuse that will rarely be turned down. While you will enjoy a vacation, he might think ‘Whatttt?’, ‘How Come’? Really?

Statutory Warning: Meant only for bosses with a good sense of humour. Don’t blame us if your ‘planned’ or ‘unplanned’ leaves do not get approved.

Guess I can play safe for 3-4 days and return back from a short and sweet trip.

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After all, painful injections and regular check-ups always get their way. Isn’t it?

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Sir, I can’t travel with a vomiting tendency.. Shhh! Am off for a vacation to the beaches.

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Grrrr! I am planning (JUST) a 3 day bachelor party.

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A brilliant excuse to take an off from attending your boss’s boring meetings. Haha!

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Whoa! Let me keep my boss in a state of awe!

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Oh, I guess its again time for my fake surgery excuse!

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You must be thinking, What? However, try this out.

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No one can dare to question if I play with this crazy excuse. Woo-hoo!

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Ah! This is a great idea. Now I can travel for a week tension-free.

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So folks, you think we have missed out something funnier/sillier than these? Try one of these if you’ve run out of the old ones. Do not forget to share the expressions of your boss with us! 😀

(With inputs from Debatree Saha)

Here Are 20 Signs That Show You Are a Born Traveller

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Are you the type – who loves, reading a book in wilderness rather than in a four-walled room; trying out a delicious local cuisine rather than eating Chinese in a restaurant; downloading all the travel apps rather than movies, games and videos or constantly day-dreaming which place to visit next? If your answer to all these questions is a big Yes!, then the wanderlust bug has surely bitten you and you have fallen prey to its nature of hopping around the vivid world. If you exhibit any of the following 20 signs, you’re definitely born to travel!

1. You love to sit with an Atlas and encircle the places you wish to visit!

Yes! The pleasure of turning this into reality is fantabulous.

2. Your backpack is always within your reach!

Better not keep it away when you are sure that you will need it too frequently? After all, backpack is your essential travel partner.

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3. You keep a constant check on trending airfares, hotel deals and availability of rail tickets!

Is this your favourite time-pass? Then I term you as a ‘wanderlust’.

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4. Accumulating cashback has become your singular life mission!

Then your frequent trips can turn into real cheap ones.

5. Your phone is updated with all travel apps!

Because you could possibly need those any time.

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6. Your passport is your favourite accessory!

Can you count the number of stamps it has?

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7. Whenever you save some cash, you plan to utilize it in your next travel!

And then your friends can call you ‘kanjus’. Who cares?

8. Photographing landscape, local culture and memories is your dream!

They remain entangled in your heart forever.

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Lodhi Garden, Delhi | Photo Credit: Debatree Saha

9. Wherever you go, you bring along souvenirs as a memory!

One day you might have to buy a separate cupboard to keep all those.

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A souvenir stall at Mcleodganj | Photo Credit: Ujjal Deb Roy

10. Your facebook profile has more of your personal travel albums!

Friends may get bored of it but for you it is fun, it is life. Go ahead dear friend!

11. You are constantly day dreaming of where to go next!

Live up to your ‘day dreams’.. LOL.. Only you can prove ‘daydreams do come true’.

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12. Alps Mountain Railway or Amazon jungle has been your favourite fantasy!

While your friends tap their feet on English pops in a dark disco, you wish to wake up to the glory of Alps mountains or click a tiger deep inside the bushes of Amazon and you go far, far and more far…Wowww! How varied the world is!

13. The major criteria for your life partner is that he should be a travel freak by heart!

And you two will swim in the ocean, trek up to the Himalayas or kiss each other under the starlit sky of Jaisalmer.

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14. Your in-flight time pass is to read the complementary travel magazine!

Do you really care if you secretly bring one back with you.

15. French, German, Chinese, Spanish and more!

You are an expert in toasting your host in many languages.

16. You have saved your salary to gift yourself a DSLR!

And it will go heavy with clicks of your trips.

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17. You would be more than happy if parents gift a travel ticket on your birthday!

I don’t need a gold chain mamma. Hahaha 😀

18. You are a foodie by heart!

You can eat any cuisine in any part of the world, drink tap water if mineral water is out of reach. And this is an experience to you!

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19. You are the one always sitting in front with the driver!

Antakshari can happen later on, you got to keep an eye on the road first.

20. When you know there is a long weekend, you start planning a trip way ahead!

Bang Bang!!Thailand? Dubai? Okay no.. this time Udaipur or Darjeeling will do..Just pack up buddy and make the best of the long weekend!

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If you can relate to the above pointers, then get the tattoo of the word ‘wanderlust’ done on your wrist. The world may or may not know you, but you will fall in love with yourself all the more as your dreams of walking barefoot on the beaches of Maldives or dune bashing in Dubai will come true. For life is short and give it everything you live for!

Bon voyage!

goNews: Delhi Airport Wins ‘World’s Best Airport’ Title for Second Time in a Row

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On Monday, 1st March, 2016, New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has been adjudged as the world’s best airport in the category of handling nearly 25-40 million passengers on a yearly basis. For the second time in a row, Delhi airport has attained this prestigious position. All thanks to the airport’s employees and partners who have relentlessly delivered the best and most distinctive experiences to global passengers. Apart from holding the world’s number one position for two consecutive years, the airport has also been awarded for being the best airport by size and region – Asia Pacific and second the best one by Region-Asia Pacific.

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Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi | Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indira_Gandhi_International_Airport#/media/File:Delhi_t3_terminal.jpg

The parametres that helped the airport bag the award include improved on-time performance of airlines, launch of flyDEL (an interactive and user-friendly mobile application), enhancement of signages and airport ambiance, strong bonding with stakeholders, upgradation of entertainment facilities like shopping and eating joints, excellent sanitation system and positive customer flying experience. The ranking was announced by The Airports Council International (ACI), a trade association of world’s airports established in 1991. Also, the airport has scored 4.96 on a scale of 1 to 5 in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey.

Last year the airport handled an average of 958 flights daily and 760 thousand tonnes of cargo. Delhi’s IGIA is an active gateway to nearly 58 domestic and 62 international cities. Around six domestic and 57 international airlines use the airport as their destination. Domestic flights like Vistara, Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet use IGIA as their operational hub.

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Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad | Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajiv_Gandhi_International_Airport#/media

At the same time, Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has been ranked as the world’s third best airport, and that too for the seventh time in a row. Airports Council International (ACI) declared Hyderabad International Airport, which is operated and managed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport, as the third best in the world in the category of handling 5-15 million passengers annually. The airport is set to receive the award at the ASQ Awards Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place in the month of April.