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Honeymoon is one of the most exciting and cherished early events of married life for every newly-wed couple. So whether you choose to soak up the sun on a beach or enjoy drinks together in the quiet beach shack, or just want to lay down in the lush greens thinking about the future, it’s worth spending a little effort to get your plans right!

India is bestowed with many spectacular destinations perfect for your honeymoon, ranging from tranquil beaches, serene hill stations through to bustling metro cities. Your honeymoon is an opportunity to try something a little different and create experiences and memories to share for a lifetime.

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A view of blooming flowers at Nishat Garden in Srinagar. (File Photo: IANS)

Here are a few exciting honeymoon destinations –

Srinagar

Which place can be more romantic to spend some moments of love together than Kashmir? The mesmerising beauty of Srinagar will indeed bring more passion to the both of you. Lush green valleys, high mountains and thick pine forests make up the beautiful Srinagar, the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir. Most of the hotels here around the Dal Lake offer beautiful view of the valley.

If you plan your honeymoon staying in the Shikaras (houseboats) embellished with the finest carved walnut wood and hand-embroidered carpets in Dal Lake, you could not have planned it any better. Beautiful lakes, snowcapped mountains, lofty glaciers and charming rivers coupled with Shalimar Bagh, Chashma Shahi and Nishat Bagh are unmissable.

The valleys of Srinagar will offer you the breath-taking views most beautiful mountain ranges with a refreshing environment that you just won’t want to leave!

If you two are a little more active, amongst the scenic views, there are an amazing range of adventure sports available. In no time, you could find yourself indulging in skiing, paragliding, trekking, mountaineering or white water rafting.

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Alappuzha: Participents during the Nehru boat race at Vembanad Lake in Alappuzha of Kerala on Aug 12, 2017. The 65th edition of the race, named after former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. (Photo: IANS)

Kerala

Kerala, popularly known as “God’s own country”, offers you a land with enchanting natural beauty, lush green forests, palm-fringed backwaters, pristine beaches, exotic flora and fauna, and wild waterfalls.

Not only can you hear the rippling sound of backwaters alongside your houseboat, but enjoy the green countryside in places like Kovalam, Alleppey, Munnar, Wagamon, Devikulam, Cochin, Idukki, Nelliyampathy, Varkala, Kumarakom, Thekkady and Wayanad within the serenity of Kerala state.

Cochin or Kochi is the ancient harbor city of Kerala and counted as one of the most popular historical cities of Kerala. Cochin is visited mostly for its uniquely beautiful beaches and backwaters. Cochin is a modern city and you can enjoy having some retail therapy there.

Alleppey is one of the attractive backwater destinations of Kerala towards the south of Cochin. It is the most sought after destination for the backwater cruises in Kerala. Alleppey is a mysterious maze of canals surrounded by lush green vegetation on the banks. It is no less than a paradise of your dreams on earth, where spending some quality time will be always memorable for you. Alleppey is also centre for the well known coir handicraft products of Kerala.

Kovalam, located at the distance of 16 km from Trivandrum is one of the finest beach destinations of South India. It is a clean, long, beautiful and serene beach that is surrounded by swaying palms.

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Amongst other superb honeymoon destinations across the world, Goa has something special to offer to newlyweds. The former Portuguese colony is truly a honeymooner’s paradise, with lush hills, cool blue waters, coconut groves, and of course the world-class beaches to experience. Goan hotels often offer honeymoon packages so you’ll be sure to find one to fit your budget.

A long list of beaches to choose from including Agonda, Anjuna, Arambol, Aguada, Benaulim, Bogmolo, Morjim, Dona Paula, Mabor, Calangute, Candolim, Colva, Cavelossim, Vagator, Miramar, Palolem, Sinquerim and Varca beach.

You can also indulge in a broad range of activities including various adventure and water sports, cruising the Arabian Sea, shopping at the flea market and much more.

Some planning tips for honeymooners –

  1. Budget: The destination you choose for your honeymoon will greatly influence your budget. While estimating your honeymoon budget, you need to consider much more than just accommodation. Other expenses can include transportation costs (flights, trains, car rental and taxi fares), local sightseeing, meals, tips, activities, entertainment and night life.
  2. Research: Start with the internet. You can get good deals on hotels and tour packages if you will plan and make bookings in advance. But don’t forget your local travel agents as you can grab some good deals there.
  3. Planning – You can find great honeymoon packages offered by travel agencies and tour operators. They’ll have a range of pre-planned honeymoon itineraries so that you can focus on enjoying the trip instead of organising it.

So, what are you waiting for? Choose your destination and get rolling to explore the moon with your honey!

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

 

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Mail/Express trains to get saloons for exclusive journey

Railways has given written instruction to all zonal railways to allow saloons to be attached to all scheduled mail/express trains across the country. The Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi and Gatimaan expresses have been exempted from this.

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New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Aiming to increase earnings, Indian Railways will add a saloon to mail/express trains if booked by passengers for exclusive travel for reaching destination in comfort by paying a little more.

Known as an Inspection Car, a saloon is a specially designed rail coach with two bedrooms, a drawing/dining room, two bathrooms, an attendant’s room and a kitchen.

Facing stiff competition from low cost carriers the national transporter is in the process of coming out with many innovative approaches to perk up revenue.

Saloons are used by senior railway officials on their inspection duty. Ministers are also entitled to use the saloon during their rail journey.

Though the saloon can comfortably accommodate six passengers, one has to pay the equivalent of 18 first class fare for the same destination in the scheduled train.

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IRCTC opens luxury railway saloons to public; coaches to offer valet service, air-conditioned rooms

“We have allowed saloon to be booked by any passenger. It would be added as an additional coach to the existing mail/express train on demand after paying the prescribed rate,” a senior Railway Ministry official said.

One can book the saloon through IRCTC, the railways’ tourism and catering wing.

Railways has given written instruction to all zonal railways to allow saloons to be attached to all scheduled mail/express trains across the country. The Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi and Gatimaan expresses have been exempted from this.

Currently, a Mail/Express train have between 18 to 24 coaches.

Since the saloon is equiped with cooking facility, customers will be free to make their own catering arrangements.

Railways expect the saloon will be in demand in tourist destinations and it would also be a much sought after service by newly married couples.

By : Arun Kumar Das

( is a senior Delhi-based freelance journalist. He can be contacted at [email protected])

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Qatar Airways boss sorry for anti-women jibe

Qatar Airways says 44 per cent of its workforce are female. Al Baker said he supports efforts to bring a woman in to lead Air Italy, in which the Middle Eastern carrier owns a stake.

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Sydney, June 7 (IANS) Qatar Airways’s board Chairman has apologized for his remark that a woman could not run his airline, saying his comment was taken out of context, media reports said.

Akbar Al Baker made the initial remark at an annual meeting in Sydney of the International Air Transport Association, an industry group made up of major airlines including big US carriers, Efe reported.

“Of course it has to be led by a man, because it is a very challenging position,” Al Baker said, in an audio recording of the Tuesday press conference that was posted to Twitter.

He apologized but said the media took the comment out of context.

Al Baker is the group’s new board Chairman and the meeting in Sydney attracted some 1,000 attendees.

On Wednesday, at a separate conference in Sydney run by market-intelligence firm Centre for Aviation, Al Baker said he didn’t mean he “would discourage any woman to come and take my position.”

He said, “It was just a joke, everybody laughed and I thought that was the end of the story.”

Qatar Airways says 44 per cent of its workforce are female. Al Baker said he supports efforts to bring a woman in to lead Air Italy, in which the Middle Eastern carrier owns a stake.

But many parts of the aviation industry are still dominated by men. The International Society of Women Airline Pilots says not even 5 per cent of airline aviators are women.

A 2015 Centre for Aviation study found 94 per cent of airlines are led by men. The new 31-member governing board of IATA has just two female members.

Some airline executives at the Wednesday event agreed with Al Baker that his comments were blown out of proportion, but said they recognized the need for more women to get involved in the industry.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive of Latvian airline airBaltic, said the industry must make it clear to young women that having a career as a pilot is a possibility.

Still, no women spoke on a half-day of panels at the Centre for Aviation event on Wednesday, a report in Dow Jones said.

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Now, Shimla is just 20 minutes away from Chandigarh

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The heli-taxi service that will cut down the travel time by four hours. (Photo- AIR)

Shimla, June 4: The travel distance between this Himachal Pradesh tourist resort and Chandigarh was reduced to just 20 minutes with the launch of a heli-taxi service on Monday.

The state government in association with helicopter service operator Pawan Hans Ltd launched a to and fro heli-taxi service on the Chandigarh-Shimla route, cutting down the earlier four hours travel time.

Each sortie, with 19 passengers on board, will offer a minimum fare of Rs 2,999 per person. It will initially ply twice a week, Monday and Friday.

The helicopter will take off from Shimla’s airport at Jubbarhatti at 8 a.m. and reach the Chandigarh International Airport at 8.20 a.m.

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And from Chandigarh to Shimla, the flight will take off at 9 a.m. and reach Shimla at 9.20 a.m., an official with Pawan Hans told IANS.

He said the frequency of heli-taxi service would be increased depending on response of the passengers.

Otherwise, it takes minimum four hours to travel between Shimla and Chandigarh by road.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur flagged off the first service from Shimla. He said this would greatly help to boost the tourism industry in the state.

The government is also planning to start heli-taxi service between Chandigarh and Manali and sortie service from Manali to the majestic Rohtang Pass, an official said.

Members of the tourism industry are elated as they are hopeful that high-end tourists, especially foreigners and business travellers, will prefer to visit the state capital and its nearby destinations by flights.

“We are hopeful that the heli-taxi service will give boost to the tourism industry,” D.P. Bhatia, liaison officer with Shimla-based Oberoi Group of hotels, told IANS.

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