World’s Most Expensive Flight Launched by Etihad between Mumbai and New York

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Etihad Airways’ newly launched Mumbai-New York flight is now the world’s most expensive one where an all-inclusive one way ticket is priced at a whopping Rs 25.22 lakh. Not only this, an all-inclusive one way Mumbai-Abu Dhabi ticket is priced at Rs. 3.31 lakh, while a Mumbai-London ticket is priced at Rs 17.25 lakh. World’s biggest commercial aircraft, Airbus A380, includes world-class passenger cabin called ‘The Residence’, which is a luxury ultra-private, three-room suit in the sky having a separate en-suite shower room, a spacious bedroom with double bed, a living room with 32” LCD television, personal chef and butler.

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The jumbo aircraft has a seating capacity of 496 passengers- two seats in The Residence, nine seats in First Class Apartments, 70 seats in Business Suits and 415 Economy Smart Seats. Nine First Class Apartments are private living spaces which are equipped with flat television screen, private vanity unit, well-fitted shower cubicle, mini-bar and wardrobe for guests.

70 Business Studios located on the upper deck of the aircraft are furnished with fully flat beds and are designed with 20 percent increase in personal space. All of these units offer direct aisle access. The luxurious lobby located between the First Class and Business Class units is furnished with comfortable sofas and bar counter for the comfort of passengers.

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The young innovative airline, Etihad Airways, which believes to be a long-time supporter of Indian Aviation industry, is serving the country since 2004. Mumbai was the launch pad of Etihad’s operation in India and introduction of the new aircraft with additional seating capacity and luxury in-flight amenities demonstrates its overwhelming undertaking to one of world’s fastest growing economies. The airline aims to fulfill demands and expectations of travellers with its finest products and services.

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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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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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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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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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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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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!

goNews: Underground Corridor of Bangalore Metro Starts Operation from Friday, April 29

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Traffic gridlock in Bangalore is expected to get curbed to some extent as underground section of Bangalore metro rail was inaugurated on Friday, 29th April, 2016. After a long-term speculation over commencement of the underground section of the East-West corridor, Bangalore Metro, also known as Namma Metro, finally celebrated its inaugural function last Friday evening. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Legislative Building, Vidhan Soudha. Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah were present for the function. First commercial run of the metro was held on April 30, Saturday at 06:00 am, when enthusiastic travellers gathered at the stations and clicked selfies with the new colourful trains while taking their first ride.

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Out of the 42km stretch, this 5km stretch is an underground corridor, as it passes through important and recognisable parts of the city. Vidhan Soudha, a major landmark, got a station of its own to cater to thousands of people who come there for work. With this new underground corridor, Bangalore’s east and west will now have a direct link from Nayandahalli to Baiyappanahalli. The underground network covers important locations of the city like Cubbon Park, Vidhan Soudha, Sir M Visvesvaraya, Kempe Gowda and City stations. The entire East-West Corridor, named ‘Purple Line’ covers a distance of 18 km with 17 stations. There will be 10-minutes gap between each train. First and last train will run at 6am and 11pm respectively.

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Five underground stations on the line promise to give a completely new experience to commuters. They will be able to avail facilities like escalators, air-conditioning, and WiFi soon. The present 45,000 daily metro rider-ship is expected to increase with the launch of this new corridor. Total trip duration will be around 33 minutes. The entire trip is priced at Rs. 40. After missing several deadlines and originally set to go commercial from November 2015, underground corridor of Bangalore Metro finally commenced its operation from April 2016.

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During the inauguration ceremony, Karnataka Chief Minister had put pressure on Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. to finish the work of entire phase 1 network of 42 km by November 1, and also to start operations of the same on Karnataka Rajyotsava.

All the best Bengalureans!

goNews: Noida Gets its First Sci-fi Themed Snow Park, Ski India

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Noida has brought forth a sci-fi themed snow park named Ski India, in its newly opened DLF Mall of India. This theme park is expected to be this year’s most frequented summer destination among NCR people. Equipped with fabulous technology and designed to provide snow and ice in this otherwise sweltering heat, people living in and around Noida can now be found in the snow park anytime. Irrespective of weekends or weekdays, the snow park is expected to remain crowded with kids and families. It is open 365 days a year and has options of skating, skiing, sleighing and tobogganing.

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Spread over two floors and an area as large as 100,000+ sq.ft, temperature inside Ski India is minus 15 degrees and one will have snow up to their calves and icicles above their head. Every activity here, starting from making snow angles to whipping snow balls, passing through snow caves and holding breathe after sliding down huge slopes of snow, is full of fun.

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As per the manual, visitors will be provided with heavy jackets, cool looking boots and gloves. However, it is always good to wear full clothes to protect knees from getting frozen. Get clear instructions from the personnel about slippery floors and the inside temperature. A bunch of activities can be tried here at a price of Rs. 1,200 per person for around two hours. Guests are advised to sit back for sometime, get accustomed to the freezing temperature and take the games slowly. Otherwise, one might suffer from breathlessness or headache.

Such an entertainment zone is actually unbelievable in a hot dry city like Delhi.

Glance Quickly through These Facts:

Where: L05, 06 DLF Mall of India, Sector 18, Noida

Nearest Metro Station: Noida Sector 18

Price: Rs. 1,200 per person

Open: All days

goNews: NHAI Launches Cashless Travel Facility on Toll Plazas

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National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has recently rolled out FASTag, a cashless payment mechanism on toll plazas of national highways. FASTag leads to non-stop vehicular movement through toll plazas along with the convenience of cashless payments of toll fee with the help of nationwide inter operable Electronic Toll Collection Services. It was officially introduced at a toll plaza of National Highway 8 at CTM, Ahmedabad. At present, the system is operational on nearly 275 toll plazas of various national highways across India.

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Use of this new mechanism FASTag will not only increase user convenience for payments without halts at toll plazas, but also will save a lot of time, fuel and money. To one’s knowledge, FASTag will have a one time fee of Rs. 200, and will be affixed on the wind screen of vehicles. FASTag employs RFID technology, which enables toll payments to be made directly from pre-paid accounts linked to it. Introduction of this online payment system is expected to boost transparency of toll transactions and curb revenue leakages.

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FASTag will be on sale from specific toll plazas on National Highways along with designated branches of participating banks from this month itself. A vehicle using this facility can pass through a FASTag lane to avail cashless travel.

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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