A Rural Escape: From Kolkata Clamor to Bishnupur Bequest

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Being in a city like Kolkata, which we often dub as the cultural capital of India, one could often come across the unendurable clamor of some political vibes. Well this is true but the typical bongs often bespeak this as a political hymn.

Once you step in the city for the first time, no doubt there are few common things that you will notice, congested and complex alleys in which it is easy to get lost, sweet shops, tobacco shops and lastly the enrapturing gossip of some senior citizens with a newspaper in hand sitting in a tea stall on the footpath.

Kolkata Clamor to Bishnupur Bequest
Kolkata

You can’t escape such a diorama but the contrast follows as you settle down in one of the hotels in Kolkata. A city tour may change all your reverberating moments that you have framed up so far. This may follow nostalgia once you acquaint its rich old vicinity chimed with modernity.

Howrah Bridge in Kolkata
Howrah Bridge in Kolkata

From the cultural square of Rabindra Sadan to the intrinsic marble architecture of the Victoria Memorial Hall overlooking the lush green landscape of Maidan, from the hymns and rituals of Kalighat to the divinity of Dakshineshwar and from the sacred Ghats along the River Hoogly to the honks and traffic on the Howrah Bridge, Vidyasagar Setu and Vivekananda Setu, the city is full of sounds, spirits and sanctitude.

Victoria Memorial Hall
Victoria Memorial Hall

Wherever you are planning your trip to Kolkata, the city hosts two major railway stations, Howrah and Sealdah that connects Kolkata to all other cities and towns in India whereas the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, connects the city by air to all the major cities in India as well as globally. There are scheduled and cheap Delhi to Kolkata flights as well as Mumbai to Kolkata flights are available in plenty. There are also frequent flights that connect Kolkata to Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.

Hence here you are and once you are done with the city steer your wheels 150kms away to the bequest of Bishnupur. Far from the city horologe, Bishnupur in Bankura district will drive you back to the reign of the Gupta Empire. There you go to the ancient chapters of your Indian history.

Bequest of Bishnupur
Bequest of Bishnupur

This quaint town, with a rural ambiance, is an abode of some ancient hard unglazed brownish-red earthenware architectural works by the Malla rulers of the 17th century and the 18th. Bishnupur is the abode of the terracotta temples, the best diorama of the classical style of Bengal architecture, mostly dedicated to the myth and flute of Radha-Krishna.

Bengal architecture
Bengal architecture

The unique architectural works mostly dilates the scenes from the Indian epic Mahabharata and beholds a testimony to the exquisite craftsmanship of the artisans of the region. There are over thirty such temples that are slowly gaining the interests of tourists from distant part of the country as well as international.

Indian epic Mahabharata-Goibibo
Indian epic Mahabharata

Nonetheless being in its vicinity you will also acquaint the artistic works of various craftsmen arraying down the alleys. Apart from the temples, terracotta products mostly the handmade beautiful jars, disks and the terracotta horses, elephants, ganesha and nataraj are something that will hold you spellbind. Bishnupur is also known for its tussar, a type of silk, the ethnic Baluchari Sarees.

Ethnic Baluchari Sarees kolkata
Ethnic Baluchari Sarees kolkata

Being in Bishnupur you can savor the best of Bengali cuisine that includes boiled rice, dal, posto and obviously fish curry. Nonetheless during the month of August there is a snake festival that is followed by Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Diwali during the Autumn and the Bishnupur fair in the month of December.

Thus planning a holiday trip to Kolkata is not just that you will indulge in the city life but if you see beyond its horizon Kolkata encircles a quaint and quiet lifestyle those are yet to explore. So make your holiday and stay in Kolkata a unique and different from others.

By Swairik Das (Ex Goibibo Writer)

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Redbus Acquisition by Ibibo Web Pvt Ltd.

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In the biggest overseas strategic acquisition of an Indian internet asset, ibibo web pvt ltd has bought redBus, the Bangalore-based online bus ticketing portal.

 This is foot stomping, back slapping news because today, redBus aggregates 228,000 seats per day, sells more than a million bus tickets a month and has over 600 employees. In 2011-12, the net revenue is said to have been Rs 33 crore.

 Ashish Kashyap, CEO of Ibibo Group, said this acquisition would make the group one of the largest in the online travel space. Given that ibiboGroup already is operates other travel businesses like Goibibo and also TravelBoutiqueOnline, which is a B2B aggregator, we realise that by combining the volumes of these businesses we would become one of the biggest online travel businesses in the country.

Goibibo launched IOS app & hotel booking on android

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Goibibo.com, India’s leading online travel site has designed its site to make hotel and flight bookings easy on your smart phone.

With tremendous increase in Smartphone users in the country , goibibo focuses on taping the mobile segment on all platforms like Android , IOS, Blackberry , windows etc & drive 30-40% transactions from the total sales .

Goibibo focuses on user experience with a technological advancement & now you can search for and book a Hotel on its new android app through google maps. Domestic and international Flight bookings are also made possible through the site’s new IOS app.

The new mobile version of the site is set to delight users with its new features. With excellent User interface, Easy selection process & Minimum fare showcase of +/- 3 days of the travel date, users can now select the minimum fare available on flights within a timeline of 3 days before and after the selected travel date on the IOS platform. Hotel bookings meanwhile get enhanced with the google map view which enables users to book a hotel based on their current location.

The android home page powered for both hotel and flight bookings has been kept clean and simple in terms of the user interface. Search for hotels on your android phones by simply entering the details of your location, check in and check out dates, number of rooms and occupants to activate your search on google map view & then you can also filter the hotels by stars or the price range the user is looking for , payment process is completely seamless experience .

One of the user quoted “I wanted to book my hotel near to the palace where I had my meetings, I could not able to figure out the hotels locations on other apps , I check goibibo’s map view booking & could figure out the hotels according to my feasibility & price range’.

Goibibo IOS app
Goibibo IOS app

The IOS app is Muted and  with bright colors are cleverly used to balance the lay out of the interface while minimal text is formatted without leaving any room for error while you are in the midst of the booking process.

The IOS platform lets you book flights with options of choosing a one way or round trip, the cities you are travelling to and from with dates, number of tickets and class all in the same page without appearing cluttered. Find the best fare for the given date as well as the fare trend for the next 7 days and simply tap to view details & book on the go.

Goibibo Flight apps
Goibibo Flight apps

With the increasing trend of travellers looking to make flight and hotel bookings on their phone, Goibibo makes sure the best of travel deals are available within seconds with a seamless touch screen experience on the most advanced mobile platforms.

About Goibibo.com – goibibo is one of the top online travel platforms in India. It enables consumers to search, compare and buy across: air, bus, hotels and car rentals. Travelers can access Goibibo across screens: Desktop, Tablets and mobile. Goibibo was founded in September 2009 and within a short span it has trounced hundreds of travel websites. Goibibo.com has a strong technology enabling it to serve its customers fastest in the market. Speed, Service & TRUST is the core value differentiators. Goibibo.com has the fastest processes for rescheduling, cancellation, settlements and refunds, thereby creating trust and a superior user experience.

Photographers Haven and Lovers Hidey-hole, Coorg

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Monsoon is a seasonal break that either ceases your bustling time or offers you to step, dance and play in the flooded streets and soggy fields. Either it brings your childhood back or it makes your adolescence filled with cuddling love and luring lust. Nonetheless the onset of early monsoon is also swamped enough to call off your vacation back to your soaked up house or scheduled office hours. Ah! There you fall in a dilemma. Well chunk together all your emotions, throw aside the office papers, switch of your phone to avoid the bossy calls and frame this season with some quixotic moments… but to where? Obviously not in your room or any landslide hill stations, but drive your daydream and steer your wheels and tick-tock your forthcoming days to the foliage of Coorg.

Lovers Hidey-Coorg
Lovers Hidey-Coorg

Beyond the horizon of the Wodeyar dynasty, a further hundred kilometers of drive, from the palatial hues of Mysore, you will drop in the abode of a sprawling wilderness dotted with vast coffee and spice plantations and spotted with the suspiring calico patches of varied animal lives. Coorg greets you with its evergreen landmass and varied species. Book your flight to Mysore if you are in India or if you are an inbound traveller then flight to Bangalore will draw you in this magnetic natural realm. Thereafter you hit the ramp and as you meander up the hills passing by the heathen plumes of the Bailkuppe Golden Monastery you will acquaint the ethnicity dwelling amongst the inhabiting Tibetans, making Coorg one of the Buddhist pilgrimage centers in South India. The unsung hymn echoing divinely within its walls, contrived with gold-coated Buddhist statues and dilating a series of Tibetan diorama, makes this place an emblem of rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans.

Monsoon is a seasonal-Coorg
Monsoon is a seasonal-Coorg

As you precede your journey deep in the mystic of Coorg, all of a sudden you will adjourn your hot wheels at the Nisargadhama Ecological Park, which you can dub as nature freak’s paradise. Nestled amid the lush foliage and bamboo grove, the dotted deers are worth to sight. Well the surging waves of the River Cauveri will drive you crazy as you cross the hanging bridge.

Mystic of Coorg
Mystic of Coorg

Up and approximately 30kms of drive will drop you to the mighty town, Madikeri that is seeded with some of the best hotels in Coorg including home stays. The undulating landscapes peppered with quaint hamlets, Madikeri is an ideal stopover and a break from your Coorg trot. The evening may further extend with framing some fuddling moments along with Rum, soda and some spice culinary. There you heat up when the climate goes mild and bracing and slowly your time melds with the mist of chirruping night.  Off to your cuddling moment you go and there the alarm breaks your stargazing vibes.

Hotels in Coorg
Hotels in Coorg

Pelt along the chromatic boulevard and the morning rays will drive you up to Tala Cauveri, which is the source of the River Cauveri. This place is more than what you can imagine of. En route the unique architectural work of the Baghmanadala Temple that is believed to exist since the 11th century, Tala Cauveri offers you a breath taking view of the Brahmagiri hills. Nonetheless, this place is considered as a prime pilgrimage center being the confluence of three Rivers where the Cauvery and Kannike join with the mythical river Sujyothi.

Iruppu Falls
Iruppu Falls

Way down from Madikeri, 3kms away, the splashing waters of the Abeey Falls is yet another mesmerizing sight where you can frame up some poses with your dear one. Down the woods, holding her hand… Ah! Don’t be too romantic as you can encounter some elderly tourists or taunting youngsters breaking your privacy, the ambiance truly arise an intuitive feel of lust. There is another perfect hideout having a parallel ambiance. The Iruppu Falls, which is a fresh water cascade, is just 70kms drive from Madekeri.

Are you still planning? Well just pack your bags to leave for a wild, besotted and quixotic holiday to Coorg and pack back home some monsoonal moments in your life. By the way, don’t bring home leeches. While you are holidaying in Coorg, these bloodsucking aquatic worms will surely accompany you often.

By Swairik Das (Ex Goibibo Writer)

Can you imagine a team winning all its league matches in the IPL?

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Can you image a team winning all its league matches in the IPL?

Or a team losing all its matches ….what a disaster that would be!

These are the kind of scenarios that were going through the mind while creating the rules and FAQ’s for the Travel Premier League at goibibo.com

Finally the math is as complex as the mega cricket tournament itself but the simple truth is, the more your favourite team wins the better the discounts on your air tickets when you book on goibibo.com and all thanks to the TPL.

Getting into the fine print, I was struggling with the numbers, like what happens when we have the qualifiers and the eliminator and the finals? What will the max discount possible, what will be the min discount possible? It got realty complex and like any self respecting old timer I figured it all out on the back of a tissue paper which I had saved from the lunch break.

All this is of course academic because what the Travel Premier League really is is fabulous discounts on the busiest sectors while enjoying the MAAZA of the IPL to the fullest.

So get online and book your cheap air tickets while squeezing the max discounts on the TPL ….and of course the Delhi team will win this year. I can just feel it.By Rajesh Baruah

Goibibo Launches Unique Travel offer for Cricket Lovers

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If it’s April then it’s time for cricket and it looks like the whole world has come home to the biggest and best cricket party around. There are many things to like about the ongoing cricket carnival and chief among them is going to watch a live match in a floodlit stadium. I for one believe it’s a good thing that these wonderful facilities are being used so often and we the people can get to watch our modern day gladiators in these massive coliseums of emotion.

Travel offer for Cricket Lovers-Goibibo
Travel offer for Cricket Lovers-Goibibo

Some years back the FSK stadium in Delhi used to a biggish crowd maybe once in two years for a test match and I used to meet the same 200 people at Delhi’s regular season appearances. I think it’s because of this so called “eyesore” of a tournament that we saw 30 thousand people at the Kotla for this year’s 3 day fixture against the errant schoolboy team from down under. That serene performance from the patient priest who seemed so at home while batting on quicksand will remain with us all for a long time.

Unique Travel offer for Cricket Lovers
Unique Travel offer for Cricket Lovers

Think about it, these extremely fit warriors, dressed in the pads, gloves, box and meshed helmet facing fireballs from burly giants and canny wizards and us …the hoi polloi, screaming and chanting for more…. we have been like this for ages, voyeurs to fighters in a game of skill…dreams of glory while playing with cherries.

Cricket fever is all pervasive
Cricket fever is all pervasive

The fact is the cricket fever is all pervasive; it sinks into all that we do. I find myself demanding …why it won’t give me fabulous discounts on air ticket. Well it does…..Goibibo’s Travel Premier League is an incredibly simple idea that gives you what you want, i.e. fabulous discounts on air ticket. The more matches your favourite team wins, the better the discounts on your online bookings of air tickets.By  Rajesh Baruah

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http://www.goibibo.com/tpl/