Posts By - Team Grasshopper

Ahmedabad Conglomerate of Beautiful Places

“ We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states,other lives, other souls.” The words of Anais Nin, a French-Cuban American diarist, flooded my thoughts as I set out to explore the city of Ahmedabad in vibrant Gujarat. Travelling not just take travellers to a new place, it also helps us connect with our natural instinct for exploration and adventure. Being a writer, travelling is something of a "must-do" in my life. Exploring places and discovering their engrossing history satiates my wanderlust. The prospect of demystifying the place with  subtle discoveries about it fills the heart of a traveller with pleasant sensations of anticipation. Every place has its own legends, and every legend has its own charm that delights the heart of the traveller.This time around, my wanderlust took me to Gujarat-the vibrant state of our dynamic Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  And I must say, the tour to Gujarat proved incredibly rewarding.Gujarat greets you with a heartwarming  ‘Kem Chho’ (How are you?) and welcomes you with a large heart. The very air of  Gujarat is impregnated with warmth and hospitality. From language to culture, food to places,  kites festival to Garba dance, people to flora and fauna, everything is exceptionally enigmatic about the place. The words of  Mr. Amitabh Bacchan "Kuch din toh gujaro Gujarat me" rang true in my ears as I stepped on the vibrant land of Gujarat.While in Gujarat, the city I got to explore and fell in love with was Ahemdabad-the largest city and former capital of state of Gujarat. It is a soulful place to visit which is bound to cast a spell on you, and will  leave you spellbound with its beauty, spirit of hospitality and richness of culture. While I give you a lowdown on places to visit in Ahmedabad,  I can’t help but be enamored by it long after I have returned to the hustle and bustle of life. 

Cafes in Lucknow Built on Interesting Themes

Hello foodies, how you doing? You know what! Lucknow is becoming a hub for us these days with so many new cafes/restaurants opening here. We have got so many options to choose from which allows us to experience cuisines from across the globe. Most of the new cafes/restaurants are coming up with unique styles and interiors to attract more visitors and offer them a fulfilling experience with delicious food and refreshing ambiance. These days theme cafes/restaurants are in vogue, and I have picked out to share with you “5 theme-based cafes/restaurants which are most visited and loved by Lucknowites.

Top 5 Destinations for Meditation Break In India

In today’s time, our lifestyle is way different than it used to be earlier. With the increased penetration of technology into our lives, we have become a lot busier and the exploiting use of technology and modern-day workaholism has consumed our minds to the extent that one or the other distraction always finds a way into our lives. The best-known way of untangling the knots of life is Meditation which not only helps us provide the peace we have been looking for but also gives us stress-free breaks.Most of us try to travel in order to get ourselves a break but are we doing it right. Next time when you plan a well-deserved break consider these destinations to make sure you rejuvenate your body and mind in the best possible way. India is the birthplace of Ayurveda, the science that teaches meditation as a treatment for your mind and soul. Visit these places for the best meditation breaks in India.

Top 10 Wellness Centers in India you must visit

In this fast-pacing world, we are almost always digitally connected. It is very rare that we find ourselves away from the hustle-bustle of life owing to the modern-day workaholism. The reason why weekend getaways have become common and people are ready to do just anything to get some respite from this mindfulness. As a result, there is a new industry that is growing at an unimaginable pace. The industry is called “Wellness Tourism” as the name suggests it provides you with opportunities to relax, reset and reconnect in your downtime. However, it might be a bit difficult for you to search for the ideal destination for your next getaway. Which is why, we have handpicked these destinations for you to return home relaxed, resetting your mind and ready to reconnect back into your hectic life.

Top 10 wellness tourism destination of the world

Wellness tourism is the fastest booming industry in the tourism sector. Wellness tourism is not just about travelling to visit places but about cleansing your body and mind. In an effort to get away from the hustle and bustle of the inland city life and implement a sense of mindfulness to daily life. We have talked about various destinations in India that help you rejuvenate and press that reset button. But when it comes to Wellness Tourism destinations of the world, where should you actually visit? Here are the top 10 handpicked destinations of the world that specialises in promoting well being. 

With humans in lockdown, nature claims the roads

Amid the lockdown due to coronavirus, it seems nature is claiming back what was hers. From around the world, photos of animals taking over the roads are flooding the social media. In India as well, a number of videos and photos of animals such as nilgai, civet, Indian bison and sambar deers roaming on the roads, have been uploaded. While the citizens are forced to stay at home due to the 21-day lockdown in India, the wildlife is making most out of this opportunity to roam on the otherwise busy roads.

Amid the lockdown, these National Parks offer virtual tours to patrons

Outbreak of coronavirus has led to a total lockdown in most countries around the world, severely affecting tourism industry. But some tourist attractions have found an alternative in the digital world. Patrons can get a virtual tour of museums and visit places they've wanted to go to, with just a few clicks. Not just that many national parks from around the world are also a part of this list. A good news for ecotravellers. You can enjoy the wildlife safari in your home. You'll stay stuck to your chair as these national parks are so beautiful and offer amazing view that would make you feel the rush.

After a tiger in New York tested positive of COVID-19, zoos and parks in India on high alert

Recently a case of a tiger in Bronx Zoo of New York tested positive of coronavirus, this has alerted the Indian zoo authorities. The Ministry of Environment and Forests has instructed all the states to keep an eye on animals in zoos, national parks and tiger reserves; and report any abnormal behavior of the animals. This step has been taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 among animals. The animals are being monitor round the clock through CCTV cameras, after the confirmation of the case of a four year old Malayan tiger has been infected, by US Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services.

UNWTO lauches online campaign #TravelTomorrow

In the response to travel lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation has launched a #TravelTomorrow campaign. The phrase would highlight the values of tourism, becoming a common thread in response to the current crisis. The core values of tourism like discovering different cultures, practising solidarity and respect, caring for the environment, continuing to learn, fostering decent work, development and sustainability and generating new opportunities for all, will be the pillars of the campaign.

San Rafael Waterfalls in Ecaudor suddenly disappeared

Due to an unknown reasons, the largest waterfall in Ecuador suddenly disappeared. The popular tourist destination in Ecaudor, the San Rafael on the Coca river attracted tons of tourists every year. With it's green surroundings and picturesque landscape cascading these 150m high waterfall made this place a heaven for adventure and nature lovers.

An Online Portal Launched by Government of India to Help Stranded Tourists

The 21 day lockdown in India, has led to a complete shutdown of national and international travel. The flights, buses and trains of the country have stopped all operations. Due to this, a lot of international tourists who had travelled to India for leisure or business are stuck here. To help these tourists, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has launched a web portal.

Spain Celebrates Holy Week at Home During Lockdown

Every year in Spain, in the week leading to Easter Sunday, the streets of every city and village of the country would be flooded with colourful processions with penitents wearing cone shaped hoods and centuries-old religious floats. But, this year, with a nationwide lockdown in Spain to stop the spread of COVID-19, Spainiards have found the ways of celebrating this Holy Week from their homes. They're playing religious music from their balconies or watching last year's parades.

Disney Parks will be Different in these ways when they Reopen

Unlike ever before, Disney theme parks from around the world are closed for weeks. No one knows for how long these parks may remain closed as the term used by Disney was indefinite, it is certain that they will look different from before when they finally open up for the public. In the words of Bob Over, Disney's CEO till February 2020 and now Executive Chairman, "Based on what we've seen Based on what we’ve seen at the Disney parks in Asia, which is a bit farther along the curve of the coronavirus pandemic than the U.S., in addition to what the U.S. parks were doing just before they closed in March, technological capabilities we know Disney has at its disposal; and a little old-fashioned guessing, we’ll paint a picture of what we expect to see at Disney parks when they unlock the gates."

Water of River Ganga Becomes fit for Drinking in These Cities

A few days back the news flashed that the water of Yamuna River has reached a remarkable level of purity in Delhi, as all the industrial activities have been put on hold during the lockdown. And now joining the list is River Ganga, showing off its sparkling clear water.

Goa to Impose Restrictions on Tourists after Lockdown is lifted

Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India, attracting a huge crowd of both national and international tourists every year. This state makes most of its revenue from tourism. But with the spread of COVID-19 on the rise, the Minister of Health, Vishwajit Rane has taken some strict decisions related to tourists travelling through air to Goa, after the lockdown is lifted.

Lockdown 2: These Airlines will phased resume services from 4th May

As the second phase of the lockdown begins in our country, these airline companies have started giving notices regarding their operations. According to the news, vistara may resume their flights services from May 4th, once  this phase of the lockdown comes to an end on 3rd May, 2020. In order to manage the money lost during the lockdown, the airlines has requested a third of their staff to go on a 3 day leave without pay.

Corbett National Park is first in India to set up animal quarantine wards

After the news of the tiger being affected by COVID-19 in Bronx Zoo of New  York reached India, the CZA had taken certain steps for the protection of the animals in Indian zoos, national parks and reserves; and sent out a circular. Taking further steps for protection of the wildlife from the COVID-19 or coronavirus disease, the forest authorities at the Corbett Tiger reserve have established the quarantine wards. In addition, Corbett Tiger Reserve is the first national park in India to make the quarantine wards for the animals.

Lockdown: Australian family recreates flying to Munich at home

During these tough times, where most of us stuck at home are letting the lockdown blues get the best of us, an Australian family came up with an unique idea of recreating a vacation to Munich. The family recreated the 15 hour flight to Munich from Sydney in a creative manner.Nathan Russell, a school teacher currently on sabbatical, was the one who came up with this idea. And to give it more of a real touch, he even printed in-flight menus and boarding passes. Kristy Russell, his wife posted their entire virtual trip in a thread on Twitter.Image source - Kristy Russell's Twitter

Airlines may have to refund the fare amount for flights cancelled due to lockdown

Supreme court of India has been requested through a PIL, filed to issue directions to the Central Government and the aviation regulator DGCA, ensuring that airlines refund full amount of the tickets cancelled due to the lockdown enforced to contain the spread of COVID-19 in India. In the plea that has been filed by the Pravasi Legal Cell, they've also requested to declare not refunding the amount of the fare illegal and a voilation of the DCGA Civil Aviation Requirement.

Earth Day: While humans are in a lockdown, Earth restores itself

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the world of humans is fighting for survival, locked up in their concrete jungle, the natural world is restoring itself. The skies are now clearer, air is more pure, the marine life is coming back to the clearer rivers. No one would have thought of seeing this view on the 50th Earth Day.This is definitely not the way we wanted the restoration of nature to happen, but seeing such brighter sides in these dark times definitely brings a smile on the face of us natural lovers.

Travel movies to satisfy your wanderlust during lockdown

Travel movies that would satisfy your wanderlust during lockdown. The title did draw you to this article. Coronavirus outbreak has locked us all in our homes and there is not much we can do. It's like we are stuck in a time loop, getting up every morning lazing around all day going back to sleep. So, as we can't really go out ourselves, let's take a short trip to beautiful destinations with these amazing movies, that won't just satisfy your wanderlust but also give you New destinations to discover.

How international travel after lockdown will be different

As most countries around the world are under complete lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, a number of industries have been hit hard. But the worst affected by the lockdown is the travel industry. According to the latest reports and surveys show that international travel may not be able to recover that well after the lockdown has been lifted. Though governments around the world are assuring that they will restore the economy once it is safe, but life post lockdown lies in uncertainty and according to experts, restoring the economy might be very difficult

Government officials against resuming road and train travel after lockdown

Ministers of the Defence Ministry, under Rajnath Singh, in a recent meeting, have suggested resuming the functioning of domestic flights in coronavirus free areas after the lockdown is lifted. However, according to the news, the Home Ministry and Civil Aviation Minister will take the final call after assessing the situation in the country, and the status of spread of COVID-19 in states. 

Sicily offers to share holiday expenses post lockdown

The Italian Island, Sicily, is working on reviving the tourism post-coronavirus. Sicily announces that it would cover half the air ticket fares and one third of the lodging prices for the travellers wanting to visit the island. It is will also offer free tickets to many of its museums and archaeological sites. Sicily has lost over €1 billion in tourism related revenue, ever since the lockdown was enforced here on March 10. The scheme might cost the island around €50 million, it hopes that the scheme would be able to attract a large number of tourists once the lockdown is lifted. 

Indian airlines may resume domestic services from June

Domestic flight may resume in India from the first week of June. The senior aviation officials say that the airlines will start booking tickets 10 days before the services resume. The flights have been grounded since March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

How air travel might be different post COVID-19 pandemic

It is tough to say when international travel may resume as many countries still are having a tough time beating the pandemic, while others in the hope to avoid an outbreak are keeping their doors shut for international tourists. While in India, Aviation Officials hinted that international travel may resume in June, but countries like Argentina and UK are still uncertain about the air travel. But we are well aware that international air travel will not look the same as it used to. Here are certain changes we can expect to see:

Watch the Super Flower Moon tonight, the last super moon of 2020

Today, 7th May, you can get to admire and photograph the last Super Flower Moon of the year - 2020. This is the 4th super moon of the year since February. Not just that, it is also the longest super moon that will be visible this season. It has been visible from 5th May and will be in its full luminous form till early morning of 8th May. A super moon is 14 percent larger and 30% brighter than the full moon we usually happen. This happens when the moon is closest to earth, in its orbit. With the lockdown all travel has been banned and we cannot go out. But that has led to huge dip in the levels of air pollution making skies clearer than ever before. So we can enjoy some beautiful sights like never before from our roofs and balconies. Capture some great photographs as happy memories of these tough times.

Uttarakhand Government reopens Kedarnath temple for local pilgrims

As per the orders of the CM of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat, the Kedarnath temple has been opened up for local tourists from May 4. The pilgrims can also visit other Himalayan temples within the state. As no case of COVID-19 has been reported, the three districts of Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, which is home to the famous northern Char Dhams, Kedarnath, Badrinatth, Gangotri and Yamunotri, they fall under the green zone.

Passenger train operations resume, here's everything you need to know

On Sunday, Railways have announced that they will slowly restart the operations of passenger trains on 12th May. The railway services had been suspended for almost two months due to the lockdown that was enforced to contain the spread of coronavirus. The decision to resume passenger train operations was taken on Saturday in a meeting of Cabinet Secretary and the government, both central and states. The sources also told the media that the final draft was prepared on Sunday evening. Railways have provided various services throughout the lockdown. They have operated as freight trains and Shramik trains to help the ones in need during the coronavirus crisis. 

Travel and tourism: How will it recover post lockdown

Governments around the globe have put a number of restrictions on both domestic and international travel, locking billions within their home. These restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 have brought travel and tourism industry to a complete standstill. From small scale business to the MNCs, all have been affected by the sudden halt. TUI, that is the biggest tour operator of today’s time, has said that it could shed up to 8000 jobs. Airlines like Lufthansa are seeking support of the government to survive. According to WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council), an industry group, tourism accounts up to 10% of the global GDP and one in ten jobs. The council also estimated that over a third of these jobs or 100 million positions, and $2.7 trillion in GDP could be at risk due to the current crisis. Countries whose GDP majorly depends on the tourism industry will be the worst hit. Among small and developing island states, even 25% decrease in tourism could cut off up to 7% of GDP. This could go down to up to 16% in places like Maldives and Seychelles, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. 

Indian Railway cancels trains till 30th June, know the guidelines for refund

IRCTC has cancelled all booking of regular trains, Shramik and special trains excluded, up till 30th June due to the coronavirus pandemic. The railway will refund the full amount of the ticket to everyone who had booked the tickets. The Shramik and Special passenger trains will continue operations as planned. As per the railways, the refund will be provided to those with effect from 21st March. The railway board issued an order on 13th May that included waiting list provision on the special passenger trains from 22nd May. 

The phase two of 'Vande Bharat Mission' commences on May 16

Air India has started booking in 14th May on some repatriation flights for the second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission. The flights would travel from India to the USA, the UK, Australia, Frankfurt, Paris and Singapore. Only the citizens of these countries will be eligible to book tickets. For some flights people holding a valid visa of the country will also be eligible. The reservation facility and eligibility criteria are available on the Air India website (http://www.airindia.in), the national carrier posted on twitter. 

Lufthansa to resume flight operations to 130 destinations by end of June

Lufthansa Group is planning to restart flight operations in to 130 destinations by the end of June. From 1st June, Airline Lufthansa Euro wings and Swiss will start services to a select few destinations. These flight operations will resume from Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dublin to Frankfurt Zurich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Cologne. The airlines will also increase the flight operation frequency from London Heathrow. The group will offer 63 departures weekly from next month.

Travel expert calls 14-days quarantine rule for travellers 'useless'

Lockdown, travel restrictions and travel related though have a devastating effect on the travel and tourism industry, but the 14 days quarantine rule, implemented by the UK, Spain and other countries around Europe, useless as it might jeopardise the holiday plan of many. This 14 days rule also points that the global tourism would not return to normal or as it were in 2019 anytime soon. On an estimate, British people spent over £4.8 billion on international trips, but this year tourists travelling overseas will need to take three weeks off from work for a week's trip. 

Saint Lucia plans to welcome international tourists from June 4

The Saint Lucia Government has announced restarting tourism in phases starting June 4. This will be done in responsible manner keeping in mind the safety of nationals and tourists from the COVID-19. The Tourism Minister of Saint Lucia has revealed the steps government will be taking.  This includes advanced testing, regular screening and monitoring of staff and tourists, sanitization of tourists spots along with airports and train terminals, and social distancing protocols. 

Japan offers subsidy over travel expenses for travellers

After Sicily, Japan too announces a new campaign that would subsidize the travel cost for tourists, in an attempt to kick start tourism again. According to the news, the head of Japan Tourism Agency, Hiroshi Tabata has said that their plan of $19.51 billion is announced in hope of attracting tourists by offering to pay half of their travel expenses. The Government has provided little details on the programme, but they say that it could be implemented by the month of July. Travel ban in Japan has still not been lifted.

Camping can be the safest vacation right now if you follow certain tips

Experts say camping can be the safest vacation you can take right now. But there are still some risks. There are tips that you can follow for a safe camp outside. The experts say that being outdoors is safer as we are not congregating with too many people. But that does not mean that we let our guard down. With certain care tips kept in mind, we can enjoy a perfect camp outdoors with family.

Karnataka Government issues revised guidelines for inter-state travel

On May 31, Karnataka Government has lifted restrictions on intra-state and inter-state travel as it laid down the plans of easing the lockdown in a phased manner in the state, excluding the containment zones. The Government has revised the interstate travel protocols for the phase 1 that will be effective from today, June 1. The revised guidelines have strict 14 days quarantine rule for people arriving in both rural and urban areas of the state.

Go for a virtual wild adventure this World Environment Day

The world is out of bounds for us to explore this World's Environment Day, but doesn't mean that there's nothing you can do about it. A number of famous national parks are offering virtual safaris. These awe-inspiring virtual tours not only entertain and amaze, but also educate. With this year's theme being biodiversity, let's explore the diverse species and know more about them. So sit back on your couch and get ready to go on a wild adventure.Here is the list of best national park offering virtual tours

Air travel guidlines and precautions during the Unlock-1 in India

The Central Government has declared lockdown 5.0, which is more of an unlock phase in the country and offers a lot of travel relaxations. In Unlock-1, interstate travel has been permitted with some guidelines. The Ministry of Home Affairs has laid down some guidelines you need to follow till June 30.Following the guidelines by MHA, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry has restarted domestic air travel in India. While the air travel has been permitted, the number of flights arriving and departing at an airport has been lowered. Metros linking airports to the cities have been closed.

Google Maps to alert users about COVID-19 related travel restrictions

Google is adding a new update to its Maps services. The Maps would not just warn us about the traffic but also alert us about the COVID-19 related travel restrictions. It would help the user plan their trips better and help them avoid stumbling upon restricted areas on the journey. Google Maps service has helped users always in finding the way in a new city and pick the right route for the journey. It has saved many of us from almost getting stranded, finding their way to a new restaurant, public spot, etc.  And now with this new feature, we can ensure that our trip goes uninterrupted even with travel restrictions in certain areas.

The tales of the haunted Dumas Beach of Gujarat

When talking of horror destinations in India, the places that come to our mind are Bhangarh and Kuldhara in Rajasthan and Agrasen ki Baoli in Delhi. But that is not it. A rarely known tale among the horror destinations in India is the Dumas Beach in Surat, Gujarat.  A beautiful beach by the day becomes a deserted horror after sunset. The beach offers an excellent view and is famous among tourists who know about it. But there is something eerie about it and you can feel it there even during the day. No one dares to stay at the beach at night and if anyone ever does they don’t ever come back or are too horrified to tell the tale.

Aviation industry suffers due to different quarantine rules in states

Different quarantine rules implemented by states are causing confusion and uncertainty in passengers, holding them back from booking flights. It has also led to an increased cancellation by business travellers - a class aviation industry was banking on to bring the business back on track.

Travel regulations in Andaman and Nicobar and Andhra Pradesh

Travelling to Andaman and Nicobar or Andhra Pradesh? Here are the quarantine rules and travel restrictions that you might face while travelling to these to states from any other.

Hospitality industry places its hopes on young travellers

As intrastate and interstate travel resumes slowly, the lodging and hospitality industry is placing its best bets on the young travellers, who would be desperately looking for a weekend getaway to a near destination, after staying in for over two month. The industry came to a sudden halt once the travel ban was placed by the Indian Government, but it is now reopening gradually in the Unlock 1.0. Hotels are ticking all the boxes for zero contact check in and other safety measures required to ensure the customers that they would be staying in a COVID-19 free place. Because the travellers still might be uncertain about their safety and no one wants to catch the disease.

A new health advisory issued by Kerala: Rules tourists must know

As the number of COVID-19 case drastically increase in Kerala, the state's government have announced a new set of guidelines for travellers visiting the state for a short period. According to these new sets of guidelines, no tourist will be allowed to stay for more than week in the southern side of the state. The visitors need to submit their itinerary, purpose of travel, accommodation details and contact person with the State Government before their arrival. All passengers must be registered on Jagratha portal, a COVID-19 portal by the Kerala Government, and also obtain an entry pass for their visit. The short visit will be approved by district collectors after reviewing the details submitted.

Rules interstate travellers going to Assam or Bihar must know

If you are looking forward to travel to the states – Assam and Bihar, here are some important rules and regulations for travellers that you need to know. 

Rules interstate travellers going to Assam or Bihar must know

If you are looking forward to travel to the states – Assam and Bihar, here are some important rules and regulations for travellers that you need to know. 

Quarantine rules for interstate passengers in Delhi and Chhattisgarh

Here are the set of rules you should know if you are going to Delhi or Chhattisgarh from any other state.

Travel related rules you need to know when visiting Goa or Gujarat

As interstate travel resumes, every state in India has introduced its own travel regulations based on how the state was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the travel related rules you need to know if you are planning to visit Goa or Gujarat.

Interstate travel guidelines issued by Haryana and Himachal Pradesh

The Health department of every state has issued a different advisory in relation to travel and passengers travelling from one state to the other. Here are the travel guidelines you need to know if you are going to visit Haryana or Himachal Pradesh.

India planning to form travel bubble with some countries by July

India is planning to look at forming travel bubbles with countries that are allowing their citizens to return and vice versa by next month. This is a step to scale up the "Vande Bharat Mission" repatriation exercise. The Government is expecting that the number of domestic travellers would reach half of the pre-pandemic number by mid-July. India will consider restarting international flights, forming a bilateral travel bubble with some countries.

Unlock 2.0: Travel related Guidelines issued by the Government

Unlock 2.0 guidelines have been issued by the Home Ministry on June 29, 2020. The new guidelines related to travel in areas other than the containment zone has also been renewed. The Unlock 2.0 will be enforced from Wednesday, July 1. All the states have been requested to strictly comply with guidelines and restrictions put forth by the Central Government of India.

Unlock 2: The states that allow interstate travel without e-pass

Lockdown 6 - Unlock 2 has been enforced from July 1, 2020. According to the guidelines enforced by the Home Ministry, interstate travel will not require an e-pass or separate permit. But due to the rising threat of coronavirus in certain states like Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, the state governments here have restricted the movement of people and goods in certain hotspots other than the containment zones. But there are other states that have permitted inter state movement without the e-pass.

Goa reopens for domestic tourists, rules you must know

Interstate travel has been permitted by the Central government of India and a number of states are reopening their borders to welcome domestic travellers and restart tourism in their state. Goa is also a part of this list. The favourite beach destination of Indians is open to welcome them. The state government of Goa has announced the reopening of the state for domestic travellers from today, July 2, 2020. Tourism is the main revenue generating industry of the state and this news has come as a great relief to it. The people associated with the industry are prepared to welcome back tourists to the state. The state government has offered permission to 250 hotels to resume operations.

Goa reopens for domestic tourists, rules you must know

Interstate travel has been permitted by the Central government of India and a number of states are reopening their borders to welcome domestic travellers and restart tourism in their state. Goa is also a part of this list. The favourite beach destination of Indians is open to welcome them. The state government of Goa has announced the reopening of the state for domestic travellers from today, July 2, 2020. Tourism is the main revenue generating industry of the state and this news has come as a great relief to it. The people associated with the industry are prepared to welcome back tourists to the state. The state government has offered permission to 250 hotels to resume operations.

Unlock 2: Railway Ministry may start operation of more special trains

In the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs for Unlock 2.0 on June 30, 2020, it was stated that more special passenger trains would be added and will start operation soon. Now the Railway Ministry has shared a proposal on the operation of 40 special trains under the same pretext.

This airline will give you a yellow card for taking off your mask

In football, if a player breaks the rules of the game, he is given a yellow card. Following the same trend, Alaska Airlines hands over passengers a hand written warning on the card for not wearing a mask. In the times where wearing a mask when you step out is very essential, this step by the airlines will ensure the safety of the passengers and the crew. The airlines said that the idea behind this method is to lighten up the mood of the passengers amid all the stress and anxiety they might go through while on board.

Japanese theme park to give free passes to visitors who win this challenge

The Fuji-Q Highland theme park, near Tokyo in Japan made an unusual request to its patrons when it reopened a month ago. The Japanese theme park asked them to not scream as that would spread the germs through droplets from people’s mouths. The request seems a bit unrealistic as it is natural for some visitors to fear the high speed or shrieking when the ride takes a drop from height adds to the thrill.

IGI Airport to speed up security checks with this new tech

The security check process has now become longer, as it includes extra precautionary measures due to the COVID-19. The Indira Gandhi International Airport has come up with ways to speed up the process from September 2020.

Rules all flyers arriving at the Mumbai airport must know

The Central Government of India gave domestic air travel a green flag on May 25, 2020. But even with all the precautions, airlines are taking, they have failed to convince the people that it is okay to fly. The rising number of cases is also fueling the paranoia. The fear of the pandemic is not the only reason why people are not travelling, the different rules in every different state is a major reason too. While now most states do not have very strict quarantine rules, some states like Maharashtra where the virus seems uncontainable, they're forced to put strict quarantine rules for travellers coming from different states.So if you are heading to Mumbai any time soon and taking an air trip, here are the quarantine and other guidelines you must keep yourself updated with.

Manali: A Trip Full of Surprises at Every Turn

Writer - Harshit PandeyManali - one of the most popular destinations in India is flooded with tourists from around the world. The hill station is full of tourists be it any month of the year. I usually love to travel to places that offer peace and are not usually full of people taking selfies at every spot. However, I visited Manali for the first time in 2014 and it is the only holiday destination that I promised to visit once again during the time when it shows to enjoy the beauty of this place to the fullest. Manali is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and rivers. The major attraction among which is the distant and superb view of Pir Panjal and Dhaulandhar ranges. Another reason you will find a large number of tourists here is that Manali serves as the gateway to the nomadic lands of Ladakh through the Manali-Leh Highway which crosses Sarchu, Darcha and Keylong. Manali also serves as a starting point of many expeditions and treks to higher Himalayan mountain ranges.

Travel restart in disarray as world sees a second surge of coronavirus

The unlock plans of the world has in disarray as the second wave of coronavirus spread takes over the world. Many countries in Asia have imposed new restrictions on travel, and Britain too has announced sudden quarantine rules for travellers from Spain. In the United States as well as the number of people who have caught the virus is continuously rising.

The first look of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya: check out these pictures

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Vidushi Mishra“Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”-Mark Twain  Kashi was the mystical city and the source of all the devotion I had seen in people so I was thrilled to know that I'd be taking a trip to this city with my father

CHRONICLES OF THE ANCIENT CITY:BENARAS

Vidushi Mishra“Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”-Mark Twain  Kashi was the mystical city and the source of all the devotion I had seen in people so I was thrilled to know that I'd be taking a trip to this city with my father

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