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A TRAVEL NEWSLETTER FROM INDIA

April 2018

Now, foreigners travelling to India can get visa extended online Hyatt Amritsar rebrands to Hyatt Regency Amritsar SpiceJet to commence Delhi-Leh flight from May Jet Airways to add 30 new weekly flights between North East and rest of the country

Foreigners touring India will no longer need to visit the Foreigners Registration Office or the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRO/FRRO) for visa-related services,

In a bid to enhance customer experience, Hyatt Amritsar has rebranded itself as Hyatt Regency Hotel. The property, which was established in 2013, offers a full range of services and amenities

SpiceJet is set to commence its New Delhi-Leh daily direct flight service from May 1, 2018. The flight service will be operated from Terminal 1D Jet Airways announced its plans to expand its presence in the North East and make Guwahati its regional gateway to/ from the region.
       

Dear Partners,
Namaste from India!

This National Park, part of an ambitious government initiative that seeks to preserve and reclaim dwindling forests, is a landscape of hills and ravines. As your eye ranges carefully over this readily visible contrast, you will begin to notice the many small things that make the Satpura National Park unique—an intersection of North with South, and indeed, East with West, never mind what the good Mr. Kipling said. A zone of meeting, mingling and divergences of transitions and continuities.

This month we bring to you Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh, as the destination of the month!


Regards,
Sanjeev Joshi

 

Now, foreigners travelling to India can get visa extended online

Foreigners touring India will no longer need to visit the Foreigners Registration Office or the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRO/FRRO) for visa-related services, including registration and visa extension, which will now be offered online through the e-FRRO platform.
In the new system, foreigners will be able to get 27 visa and immigration-related services in India from the comfort of their place of stay. Using the e-FRRO application, foreigners can apply online and obtain the service(s) through email/post without appearing in person at the FRO/FRRO.
Some of the features of the e-FRRO include online FRRO service delivery mechanism without requirement of visiting the FRRO/FRO barring in exceptional cases. Using this application, foreigners are required to create their user ID by registering themselves. Afterwards, they can apply online through registered user ID for various visa and immigration related services in India like registration, visa extension, visa conversion, exit permit etc. The e-FRRO scheme has been running successfully in four FRROs (Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai) since February 12. Now, it has been rolled out in Kolkata, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

AirAsia announces four new routes connecting Kolkata

AirAsia India has announced the induction of its 18th aircraft and the introduction of four new routes connecting Kolkata. The 18th aircraft will be stationed in Kolkata, which is also the third base for AirAsia India, connecting it to Imphal, Pune, Vizag and Guwahati, in addition to increasing the frequency of flights between Kolkata and Bagdogra.

SpiceJet to commence Delhi-Leh flight from May

SpiceJet is set to commence its New Delhi-Leh daily direct flight service from May 1, 2018. The flight service will be operated from Terminal 1D at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airline said that it will deploy a Boeing 737-700 aircraft on the route.

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Travel with time

In today’s world where man and machine are synonyms due to fast growing technology, a holiday has become must for us to relax and rejuvenate. The tourism industry therefore has become one of the fast growing industries and is changing its dimensions every minute. We at TIME understand the changing time and demands of travelers and therefore aim to provide all our clients with an experience, which is unparalleled. TIME was established in 1998 with the sole aim of providing quality services viz a viz value for money. The Indian sub-continent being one of the most challenging destinations requires lot of expertise and dedication, therefore we at TIME ensure to provide all our Travel Partners services which not only make their clients happy but gives us a repeat value.

Our motto, “The Company that cares”, says it all.

 

 

 

 

Jet Airways to add 30 new weekly flights between North East and rest of the country

Jet Airways announced its plans to expand its presence in the North East and make Guwahati its regional gateway to/ from the region. The initiative forms a part of Jet Airways’ strategy to further strengthen its domestic footprint of 45 cities in the country, complementing its three hubs at Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.
Strengthening connectivity between the country’s capital and the North Eastern region, Jet Airways introduces non-stop services including thrice-a-week flights to Aizawl and Jorhat and four times-a-week flights to Silchar from New Delhi. The airline also resumes its operations from Imphal, the capital of Manipur, commencing four times-a-week non-stop service to Imphal from Delhi.
Delhi and Aizawl are now be connected by a Jet Airways daily service. For three days a week, 9W 851 departs Delhi at 11:00 hrs and arrives into Aizawl 14:00 hrs. For four days, Jet Airways 9W 605 departs at 10:30 hrs, arriving into Aizawl at 14:55 hrs. On its return leg for three days, 9W 852 departs at 15:30 hrs to arrive into Delhi at 18:30 hrs.
Connecting Delhi with Jorhat, flight 9W 956 (non-stop) departs from Delhi at 11:00 hrs, and arrives into Jorhat at 14:00 hrs for three days of the week. During the other four days, 9W 917 departs Delhi at 09:20 hrs and arrives into Jorhat at 13:10 hrs. On its return leg for three days, 9W 957 departs at 15:20 hrs and lands in Delhi at 18:20 hrs. For the other four days, 9W 918 departs at 14:20 hrs and arrives into Delhi at 18:55 hrs.
Silchar is now also connected with Delhi by a daily Jet Airways service. For four days a week, 9W 991 (non-stop) departs from Delhi at 11:00 and arrives in Silchar at 13:50 hrs. For three days, Jet Airways 9W 669 depart at 09:20 hrs, arriving in Silchar at 13:10 hrs. On its return leg for four days, 9W 992 (non-stop) departs at 15:30 hrs and arrives in Delhi at 18:30 hrs while for the other three days, 9W 606 departs at 14:25 hrs and lands in Delhi at 18:55 hrs.

The daily service between Delhi and Imphal is four days a week, 9W 908 (non-stop) departs Delhi at 11:05 and arrives in Imphal at 14:05 hrs. For three days, Jet Airways 9W 827 departs at 10:30 hrs, arriving into Imphal at 15:00 hrs. On its return leg for four days, 9W 909 (non-stop) departs at 15:30 hrs and arrives in Delhi at 18:35 hrs.


 

Lemon Tree Hotels doubles inventory in Goa, inks contract for Red Fox hotel in Morjim
Carnation Hotels, the wholly owned subsidiary and management arm of Lemon Tree Hotels, has signed an operating agreement for the groups’ first Red Fox hotel in Morjim, Goa with Unicorn Real Estate. With this signing, Lemon Tree Hotels doubles its consolidated inventory in the city. Red Fox Hotel, Goa will have 111 rooms and cater to leisure travellers looking for a pocket-friendly experience in Goa. The hotel is strategically located just a stone’s throw from the Morjim beach known for the fabled Olive Ridley Turtles and the golden sands. The hotel will be refurbished and renovated as per the Lemon Tree brand standards in the next few months and is expected to open doors to guests by October 2018.

Novotel opens first international hotel in Kakkanad, Kochi
AccorHotels along with the MuthootPappachan Group, has opened its Novotel Kochi Infopark located in the IT Hub of Kakkanad Infopark, making it one of the first international mid-scale brands to debut in the industrial zone. The hotel is a 40-minute drive from the Kochi International Airport and 30-minute drive from the Ernakulam Railway Station. It features 128 rooms including eight suites and a room designed specifically for the specially-abled.

Hyatt Amritsar rebrands to Hyatt Regency Amritsar
In a bid to enhance customer experience, Hyatt Amritsar has rebranded itself as Hyatt Regency Hotel. The property, which was established in 2013, offers a full range of services and amenities – remarkable restaurants and bars; technology-enabled ways to collaborate with associates; and space to work, engage and relax. Featuring 248 adorned rooms (including 10 Regency Suites), Hotel Hyatt Regency is the idyllic holiday retreat to unwind at. The culinary professionals of Hyatt Regency Amritsar take visitors on a gastronomic expedition not just to the different nooks and crannies of the country but also to the different cities of the world with their numerous eclectic recipes. Hyatt Regency Amritsar is ideal for all sorts of events, both social and corporate. Keeping up with the brand’s identity, Hyatt Regency Amritsar has exclusive facilities for rejuvenation in the form of a spa, a fitness centre and a swimming pool. The beautifully appointed spa rooms offer the perfect ambience to unwind and destress. The facility equips a total of eight rooms that are divided into two Ayurvedic Therapy Rooms, four Western Therapy Rooms, one Couple Therapy Room and one Oriental Therapy Room.

Leisure Hotels debuts in Himachal Pradesh with property in Kasauli
Leisure Hotels has entered Himachal Pradesh with the launch of 7 Pines – “An English Retreat” in Kasauli. With this launch, Leisure Hotels are now available at four sates in India including Uttar Pradesh and Goa. “7 Pines – “An English Retreat”, is located in the quaint hill town of Kasauli, home to one of the largest breweries in the world. A quintessential English Retreat, The ‘7 Pines’ is built with a British colonial décor and is a perfect weekend getaway. Kasauli has a colonial ambience which is complemented by windy paths, quaint shops, lovely homes with charming exteriors and rows of neat little gardens and orchards.

Marriott International scores century in India with opening of 100th hotel in Bengaluru

Marriott International has marked an important milestone in India with the opening of its 100th hotel in the country – the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center in Bengaluru.
The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center has 360 rooms with 39 suites. It also features the Sheraton brand’s signature amenities and facilities like Shine Spa for Sheraton, Sheraton Club Lounge, Sheraton Fitness and Sherato Signature Sleep Experience.

Ginger Hotels opens 24-key hotel in Goa
Ginger Hotels has opened its second hotel in Goa with the launch of Ginger Goa, Dona Paula. The move is in line with Indian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) focus on increasing its footprint across segments to meet the consumer demand at various price points. The hotel offers 24 rooms with a choice of a private terrace or a balcony.
Dona Paula enjoys a prime location and is situated between the Dona Paula beach and Vainguinim beach. The hotel is within a 40-minute drive from the airport and is near Panjim city centre as well as the Karmali railway station (Old Goa). It features a multi-cuisine restaurant, fitness centre, swimming pool, meeting facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.


 




 

Time Recommends

Tour of the month

Satpura National Park

Satpura is a Sanskrit word, that means seven mountains (sapta=seven;pura=mountain). Most of the Satpura range was heavily forested, but the area has been subject to gradual deforestation in recent decades, although significant stands of forests remain. These forest enclaves provide habitat to several at risk and endangered species, including the Tiger.

Satpura National Park is one the areas of this landscape preserved marvelously for protection of flora and fauna.

What makes the National Park such a great birding destination?

It is home to a diverse ecosystem and, in addition, the Satpuras form one corridor of movement between the mountains of the Eastern Himalayas and the Western Ghats. It thus provides a habitat for migrant waterfowl, including Bar-headed Geese, the Pintail, the Garganey, the Pochard and the Ruddy Shelduck. Birds of preysuch as the Black Eagle, the Rufous-bellied Eagle, the Shahin Falcon, Bonelli’s Eagle, and the Mountain Hawk Eagle have often been sighted. These are but a small sampling of a long list of more than 300 oft-spotted bird species. And we haven’t even begun talking about the rarer species.

Satpura National Park is one of India’s finest Tiger reserves, and was the winner in 2010 of the TOFT Wildlife Tourism Award for ‘most visitor friendly’ wildlife destinations. Located south of Hoshangabad it is part of India’s Central Highlands, and gets its name from the Satpura Hill ranges, or Mahadeo hills. These Highlands were one of the last places to be ‘uncovered’ by the English Raj’s authorities in the early 1860’s, but also, due to the rapid Teak deforestation at the time, one of the first reserves in the world, Bori Sanctuary, to be formally declared. Satpura National Park, today covers an area of 524 km, and along with the adjoining Bori and Panchmarhi Sanctuaries to form the Satpura Tiger reserve, provides a total 1427 km² of unique Central Indian Highland ecosystem stuffed with wildlife.

Satpura is a little visited park in Madhya Pradesh, but it’s one distinguishing feature is the ability to walk within its boundaries, accompanied by local guides, something not possible to do in most Tiger reserves in India. Do not visit Satpura if you are only after Tigers, but do come here if you want to see just what else Central India has to offer in both wildlife and birdlife.



 


 

The Park

Satpura National Park is spread over 1427 sq km and was formed in 1981 after joining Satpura, Pachmari and Bori sanctuaries and the altitude ranges from 300 to 1,352 metres (980 to 4,436 ft). The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged and consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, rivulets, waterfalls, thick dense green forest of Sal and other medicinal herbs, it also has large tracts of Teak forests.

Its fauna comprises Spotted Dear, Indian Bison(Gaur), Tigers, Leopards, Wild boar, Wild dog (locally called Dholes), Sloth bear, Black buck (unique attraction), Porcupine, Sambhar, Four Horned antelopes (Chowsingha), Otters, Crocodile, Malabar squirrels, Langurs etc.

The flora consists of mainly of Sal and famous Bori Teak forests, but also includes Tendu, Mahua and Bel trees, a variety of bamboo species, and a variety of grasses and medicinal plants.

Indian Giant squirrel and White Bison are a special feature of Satpura National Park. It offers good birding opportunity due to its unique terrain and many water bodies including the Tawa reservoir. From November to March it also hosts a variety of migratory birds in the Tawa reservoir and fields around the park.

The striking terrain of the national park is what gives it its beauty, from extremely rugged hills and mountains with sandstone peaks, narrow water filled gorges, deep ravines, dense Sal and mixed forests, and thanks to the Tewa lake bordering the park, some delightful coves and bays, which you can explore by kayak. The altitude ranges from 300 m on the plains of Marai and Churna to Dhoopgarh peak as high as 4500 feet (1400 m).

How to reach

The nearest town to the national park is the old Raj hill station of Pachmarhi. The nearest railhead is Piparia at a distance of 55 km and the state capital, Bhopal is situated at a distance of 210 km or 4 hour’s drive away.

By Road: Satpura National park is close to Pachmarhi hill station and can be easily travelled by road from cities like Bhopal, Jabalpur, Chindwara, Nagpur. It is in Hoshangabad district and well linked by road from other places.

By Train: Nearest railway station for reaching Satpura tiger reserve is Sohagpur about 20kms from national park. Being a small station, many long-route trains do not stops here so next better option in Pipariya railway station which is about 45kms from national park.

Best Time to Visit

Park is open for visitors from 16-October to 30-June.




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