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Counting Down 2018 In Bariloche!

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New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and this is the time of the year when all we care about is bidding farewell to the year with a bang. But if a party city is what you’re after, then Bariloche is not it. Though it boasts of quite a few interesting clubs, its quiet aura and unique sights is what makes it so popular.

Think of warm, beautiful weather, smooth beaches stretching out as far as the eye can see, colourful and kitschy clubs and the amazing feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, and you’ll think of Bariloche, a small Argentinean town in the province of Rio Negro, located at the foot of the Andes.

While not yet a crowded tourist destination, the attraction is picking up quite fast, mainly due to its amazing weather, unique wildlife and unbelievably delicious food. If you choose to spend a couple of days here, then there are a couple of things you absolutely have to try out!

Route Of The Seven Lakes

Image resultThe Route Of The Seven Lakes drive is an amazing and wonderfully scenic 248km round-trip that follows a windy road past four of the seven magnificent lakes, charming towns, green forests, tundras, and even a waterfall. Along the way you’ll also pass through charming little towns that are truly a sight to behold and will take you back to a much simpler time. Definitely a must-do whenever you visit Bariloche.

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Kayak, mountain bike and trek the mountains and lakes of Bariloche as you explore its amazingly beautiful sights and unique wildlife. While this doesn’t sound like your typical New Year’s Eve, just imagine the spending the night on top of a towering mountain or camping on the banks of a river. Magical is the word that comes to mind.
Nightclubs

While Bariloche is a haven for nature lovers, it’s not completely devoid of fun for the party animals. With a large variety of nightclubs, of all shapes and sizes, and several well-known discos, to choose from, you can party New Year’s Eve away in true Argentinian style. Here, the party doesn’t truly start till 3am and refuses to actually end.

The Best Of Chocolate!

While Bariloche is definitely known for its amazing cuisine, it’s especially famous for the chocolates. Known as Argentina’s chocolate capital, there is something special for everyone. Whether it’s the annual chocolate festival, the aptly named Avenue of Chocolate Dreams or the special, artisanal chocolates the town’s famous for, no sweet tooth will ever go back disappointed.

“Bariloche is an idyllic place that’s picking up as far as tourism goes, yet is still quite unexplored, which really adds to its charm,” says Viren Batra, co-founder of Nirvana Travel. “And while it’s not your typical New Year’s destination, we personally recommend it as it’s not an experience you’ll ever have elsewhere, though it’s truly a must-visit any time of the year.

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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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IRCTC Sloon Coach

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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Qatar Airways, anti-women jibe

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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