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Choosing a honeymoon destination in India

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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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Goa

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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Delhi airport gets top honour at ASQ Awards 2017

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New Delhi, Sep 17 : The national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has bagged the title of Best Airport to handle over 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) by the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards 2017.

The Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), a GMR-led consortium which operates and manages the IGIA, made the announcement on Monday.

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“As we witness robust growth, we look forward to a strong collaboration and support of all airport stakeholders and our esteemed passengers. We are set to undertake the expansion works at Delhi airport in line with IGIA Master Plan-2016,” I. Prabhakara Rao, Executive Director, GMR Airports, was quoted as saying in a statement.

According to the statement, the Delhi airport is now the seventh busiest airports in Asia and among the top 20 busiest airports across the world.

ASQ is a worldwide programme to survey passengers at the airport on their day of travel. Every year the programme delivers some 600,000 individual surveys in 41 languages in 84 countries.

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GTC Egypt Business Convention to address needs of 3 distinct verticals

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The Global Tourism Council (GTC) is now focussing on tourism Conclave ,Investment Summit and Film Industry Connect – at the inaugural Egypt-India Business Convention. Set to be organised by GTC in association with Egypt Tourism.

The Convention will be held from September 16-19, 2018, at the Marriott Cairo & Omar Khayyam Casino.

Around 300 delegates from different business segments of India are expected to participate in the 4 day-long event, where they will interact with their Egyptian counterparts over B2B meetings.

As part of the Tourism Conclave, the Convention will offer an opportunity for delegates to explore the possibility of developing and promoting the Biblical Tourism Circuit – Jordan, Israel and Egypt. For corporate houses, the Investment Summit will facilitate opportunities for investment in sectors like agriculture, pharma, hospitality, infrastructure, energy, etc. Film-makers and production houses attending the Convention will be able to meet with their counterparts in Egypt and undertake recee of locations for shooting and explore discussions on co-productions.

“GTC is the first council in the tourism sector of India and we have the best of brains from segments like tourism, pharma, investment, hospitality, etc. The objective of the Convention is to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries,” said M Iqbal Mulla, Chief Council, GTC. According to Mulla, “The response from the industry for this is quite encouraging. Even NTOs of six countries have already approached us,” he said.

Talking on this, Ismail Amer, Egyptian Tourism Counselor, said the theme of the convention ‘Innovate & Invest’ is brilliant and will offer immense benefits in myriad sectors of both the countries. “The three sectors i.e. tourism, investment and film are very much connected with each other and Egypt’s USP in all the segments is very strong. Hence, this convention will immensely benefit Egypt,” said Amer.

According to Amer, “Experts from different segments are associated with GTC, secondly there is a difference between council and association and people associated with council are always serious in business. Apart from this, the convention will highlight the strength of Egypt in the three segments.”

Citing an example, he said that new administrative capital which is coming up has thrown up huge opportunity for investment. “Our new administrative capital (will have a name later) is as big as Singapore and 7 times bigger than Washington D.C. Currently, lot of construction work is going on for shipping, logistics industries, etc. The length of new development corridor by the Suez Canal is 40 km,” pointed out Amer.

The Council will also strongly suggest for developing a Holy Land Circuit among Jordan, Israel and Egypt which will increase in pilgrimage tourism manifolds from what it is now. “We have already discussed it in our committee and will put it in conclave for implementation,” said Mulla.

The film industry is another priority sector for the Council and the Convention will discuss the issue thoroughly so that the film sectors of both the countries are benefitted. Throwing light on possible outcome, Manoj Gursahani, Member Governing Council, GTC, said, “The film industry will benefit
in very unusual way. The Egyptian film industry can look at cross collaboration opportunities with the Indian film industry. Similarly, Indian film industry and can look at opportunities of exploring and doing television serials, movies and web series which are sold on Netflix and other platforms can be captured on Egypt and look at Egypt talent and combine do a hybrid model. I strongly believe that these are largely the areas where the film and media entertainment sectors want to grow with each other and collaborate with each other.” He also said that the response so far is phenomenal. “All the big brands have already shown their interest but I can’t tell the name at this juncture,” said Gursahani.

“It helps empower local community groups, strengthening their voice.” – Neha Dhupia

Global Tourism Council aims to be the world’s biggest non-government organisation recognised by the Government of India Charitable Trust. It is the brain child of the reputed professionals from India and across the world who are committed to the advancement of the global trade and tourism industry.

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1,000 AC buses to join DTC fleet

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New Delhi, Aug 28 : The Delhi Transport Corp (DTC) Board on Tuesday approved a proposal to engage 1,000 low floor AC buses to improve public transportation in the national capital, Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot said.

“DTC Board approves engagement of 1,000 Low Floor AC buses,” he tweeted. The approval of the Cabinet will be sought to finalize the proposal.

The DTC, with only 5,500 buses in its fleet, wants to buy 10,000 buses by the year end.

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