NAMASTE
A TRAVEL NEWSLETTER FROM INDIA

February 2018

Gatiman Express now till Jhansi and Gwalior Air India To Connect Mumbai With San Francisco; To Up Frequencies To Australia Radisson debuts in Jodhpur with 96 rooms

Park Plaza Kolkata Ballygunge is now Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge

The train shall run upto Gwalior till 31st March 2018 and would be subsequently extended up to Jhansi w.e.f. 01 April 2018.

Buoyant over the success of its direct flight to San Francisco from New Delhi, flag carrier Air India may soon connect the American West Coast with the city with a direct flight from this summer.
 
Radisson Jodhpur opened its doors to the magnificent city of Jodhpur with 96 rooms. The hotel is the first Radisson to open in the city. Park Plaza Kolkata Ballygunge has been re-branded to Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge.
       

Dear Partners,
Namaste from India!

India has excellent weather at this time of the year, with Holi - The festival of colors is round the corner!

Summers are fast approaching and with it bring an opportunity to avail very competitive and sometimes unbelievable hotel rates.

This month we bring to you the wilder side of India, a journey through its jungles.

Regards,
Sanjeev Joshi

 

Gatiman Express now till Jhansi and Gwalior

Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) vide their orders dated 13 February 2018, has extended its route from Hazarat Nizammudin to Jhansi and Gwalior. The train shall run upto Gwalior till 31st March 2018 and would be subsequently extended up to Jhansi w.e.f. 01 April 2018.

Mumbai’s First Floating Restaurants Sail Into India

Indian duo hurls the Indian tricolour over the Bosphorous. Mumbai’s first floating restaurants and cruise ships sail from Turkey and reach Indian shores.After a month in sea, Mumbai’s first cruise ships – Neverland and See Yah - have finally reached India in early January 2018. Indian husband-wife duo Mridul Thirani and Shripriya Dalmia Thirani received the ship in the Mumbai Port after it set sail from Turkey. The ships will be Mumbai’s first ever floating restaurants, which will also cruise between the Gateway of India and Chowpatty.
First bid to open restaurants on the Arabian Sea After scouting across the globe, the Thiranis zeroed in on these two ships in Turkey each having a capacity to host 400 diners. In a proud moment, the duo hurled the Indian flag over the Bosphorous in Istanbul along with two of the ship’s original owners before it set sail for India.History was made when the Delhi based couple, in their late 30s, won the first ever bid to open restaurants on the Arabian Sea. Both of them who are outsiders to the food and restaurant business beat industry honchos and swung the tide towards them by a demonstration of their sheer love for Mumbai and its waterfront.
About the experience Passengers will be picked up from designated points across Mumbai’s coastline and taken on board the ship for an “unparalleled dining session coupled with a cruise that would allow people to see the city from the water”, says Shripriya Dalmia Thirani. “2017 has been a year of butterflies in my stomach. From wanting to open restaurants on the sea into bidding and winning the tender to finally seeing the ships arrive in Mumbai is seeing a dream come true. I am incredibly humbled that I can finally do something for the city I so love and call my second home.”

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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.

 

 

 

 

Air India To Connect Mumbai With San Francisco; To Up Frequencies To Australia
Buoyant over the success of its direct flight to San Francisco from New Delhi, flag carrier Air India may soon connect the American West Coast with the city with a direct flight from this summer.
Besides, the frequency to Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne are also being enhanced to five times a week from four­ times and three ­times a­week, respectively at present, the official added.
The proposed flight will be operated three times a week with a Boeing 777 aircraft, as per the official.
Besides, San Francisco, there are daily flights to New York and Chicago from New Delhi and Newark from Mumbai, as well as three flights a week to Washington from New Delhi.
The government­ owned airline also flies to Newark via London from Ahmedabad.

Spicejet Announces 20 New Domestic Flights From Feb 11
Budget airline SpiceJet has announced 20 new non-stop domestic flights starting from February 11, aimed at strengthening its network across South India. The airline will introduce 18 new flights in the South, of which ten would be catering to popular tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh, the airline said in a release here. SpiceJet would also become the only carrier to operate between Kolkata-Jabalpur and Bengaluru-Puducherry with daily direct flights. The new flights connecting the metro cities with the non-metros will give fresh impetus to the airlines regional connectivity theme, 'connect the unconnected,' it said.
The airline will introduce daily direct flights on the Bengaluru-Rajahmundry, Chennai-Mangaluru and Guwahati-Chennai routes and a direct flight between Bengaluru-Tirupati which would operate on all days except Tuesdays. According to the budget carrier, it will operate all the routes with its Bombardier Q400 aircraft, except for the Chennai-Guwahati route where it will deploy its Boeing 737 aircraft.

Vistara starts Delhi-Chennai direct daily service
Vistara has launched a daily direct service between Delhi and Chennai and is set to double its frequency between the two cities from March 1, offering convenient same-day return options in both directions. Besides, the airline will fly daily direct between Chennai and Port Blair from March 1, and will further expand its operations from the city from March 25 with daily direct flights between Chennai and Kochi and double daily flights between Chennai and Kolkata.
 

Park Plaza Kolkata Ballygunge is now Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge
Park Plaza Kolkata Ballygunge has been re-branded to Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge. Strategically located in the heart of upscale South Kolkata neighbourhood Ballygunge, the hotel is within proximity of the international airport and railway station. Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge has been revitalised with a new look in several areas of the hotels and features upgraded amenities to better serve its discerning guests.
Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge features 92 well-appointed, spacious and modern rooms across Superior, Business Class, Junior and Executive Suites categories. Equipped with modern amenities, new upholstery, superior bath amenities and colorful art work, the hotel assures a comfortable and enjoyable stay for guests.

83-room Taurus Sarovar Portico, New Delhi-IGI Airport opens doors
Sarovar Hotels & Resorts announces the opening of Taurus Sarovar Portico, New Delhi – IGI Airport. Strategically located near the IGI airport, Taurus Sarovar Portico features 83 guestrooms and it is the second hotel opening of the year by Sarovar Hotels after the opening in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The hotel offers state-of-the-art business and conferencing facilities, Fitness Center, Alfa 63 – an all-day dining multi-cuisine restaurant, In-Room dining, and meeting rooms.

48-room Fortune Park, Haridwar opens doors
Expanding its bouquet of hotels, Fortune Park Hotels launched its 46th hotel in the country, Fortune Park, Haridwar. Located on National Highway 58, this first-class full-service hotel is just 5 km from SIDCUL, the industrial hub, 10 km from Haridwar Railway Station and 12 km from Har Ki Pauri. Fortune Park, Haridwar offers a selection of 48 contemporary rooms, including 30 Standard Rooms, 6 Fortune Club Rooms and 12 Suites. All the rooms are replete with modern amenities including 24 hour room service, satellite LED TV, hi-speed Wi-Fi internet connectivity, electronic safe, mini bar and hair dryer.

Radisson debuts in Jodhpur with 96 rooms
Radisson Jodhpur opened its doors to the magnificent city of Jodhpur with 96 rooms. The hotel is the first Radisson to open in the city. Spread over around 70,000 square feet, the hotel constitutes 96 rooms across Superior, Business Class, Studio Suites, Single Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Duplex Suites and Presidential Suite categories.
Positioned to be a preferred hotel in the upscale segment and the first choice among leisure and business travelers, the hotel is situated two kilometers from the airport and four kilometers from the railway station. It is situated within a radius of five kilometers from international tourist attractions like Ummaid Palace, Birkha Bawri Step Well, Merangarh Fort, Ghanta Ghar and Mandore Garden.

Time Recommends

Tour of the month

Meeting with the Tiger

Delhi (2 Nights), Jaipur (2 Nights), Ranthambhore (2 Nights), Agra (2 Nights), Khajuraho (1 Night), Bandhavgarh (2 Nights), Kanha (2 Nights), Mumbai (2 Nights)

Day 01: Arrive Delhi Arrive Delhi.

You will be met by our representative at the arrivals lounge and escorted till your check in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: In Delhi

Morning visit old Delhi visiting the Red Fort , Jama Masjid, the most elegant mosque in India. Drive past Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century with the 13 metre high Ashoka Pillar of 3rd BC. Visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Afternoon city tour of New Delhi. Drive past the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the secretariat buildings. Visit Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Delhi-Jaipur (Approx.265 Kms/5 Hrs Drive)

Morning after breakfast drive to Pink City of Jaipur. On arrival transfer and check in to hotel. Evening Rickshaw ride in the old city. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: In Jaipur

The day begins with a visit to the Amber fort, ascending the fortress seated on elephants, visit the Fort and the Shiladevi temple (which continues to be the private temple of the Royal family) with its exquisite marble carvings and silver door. Afternoon visit the open-air royal observatory Jantar Mantar, the City Palace and Museum stopping by the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds. Overnight at Hotel.


 

Activities

Day 05: Jaipur-Ranthambhore (Approx. 180 Kms / 3 ½ Hrs Drive)

Morning after breakfast drive to Ranthambhore. The Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve (near Sawai Madhopur) is known for its spectacular scenery. The sanctuary is a system of lakes and rivers - hemmed by steep, high crags and the remains of a thousand year old fortress and temple.The park apart from housing tigers, leopard and the sloth bear also provides a congenial habitat for the ‘chital’ or spotted deer and sambar, the largest of the Asiatic deer. Woodland, ground and water birds also bound in the area, including the uncommon red jungle owl and eagle. On arrival transfer and check in to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: In Ranthambhore

Morning & Afternoon jungle safari in the park accompanied by a naturalist. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Ranthambhore-Agra (Approx. 325 Kms/7 Hrs Drive)

Morning leave for Agra by surface en route visiting the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri. Continue to Agra. On arrival transfer and check in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: In Agra

Visit India’s best-known landmark, the breathtaking Taj Mahal, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz. You will also see Agra’s imposing Red Fort, with its vast sandstone walls and surrounding moat. Later return to see the Taj Mahal at sunset. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09: Agra-Jhansi-Khajuraho (By Train)

Morning in time transfer to railway station to board train Shatabdi Express to Jhansi and onwards proceed to Khajuraho by road.Afternoon city tour visiting the world famous Khajuraho temples built by Chandela kings between 250 AD and 1050 AD. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Khajuraho-Bandhavgarh (Approx. 280 Kms/6 Hrs Drive)

Morning after breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh. Bandhavgarh (pronounced Bandogarh) is not very far from south of Rewa, famous as the place in which the (albino) white tiger originated. Now it is only found in zoos. Before becoming a National Park in 1968, it was the game preserve of the maharajas of Rewa. There are also interesting cave shrines scattered around the park, with Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century BC. You can visit the archaeological remains of a fort believed to be 2,000 years old where you may spot crag martins and brown rock thrush. Overnight at hotel

Day 11: In Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh park has a wide variety of game. Its main wild beasts are tiger, leopard, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, chital, muntjac, nilgai, chinkara, wild pigs apart from the abundant flora and fauna. Morning and afternoon Jungle safari in the park accompanied by a naturalist. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Bandhavgarh-Kanha (Approx. 210 Kms / 4 ½ Hrs Drive)

Morning after breakfast drive to Kanha. Kipling wrote so vividly about this Park in his Jungle Books. The same abundance of wildlife and variety of species still exists today and the park which forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve (1,945 sq. km) within the game reserve, created in 1974, also protects the rare hard - ground - adapted barasingha (swamp deer). Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: In Kanha

Kanha has 22 species and the most easily spotted are three-striped palm squirrel, common langur monkey, jackal, wild pig, cheetah, rasingha and blackbuck. Less commonly seen are tiger, Indian hare, dhole (Indian wild dog), sambar and gaur. Rarely seen are Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, panther (leopard), nilgai (blue bull), Indian porcupine, wolf (outside park proper) and the Indian pangolin (sometimes called the scaly ant-eater). Kanha has 230 species recorded, more to be found. Good vantage points are in the hills where the mixed bamboo forests harbors many species. Commonly seen species are leaf warblers, minivets, black ibis, common peafowl, racket-tailed drongo, hawk eagle, red-wattled lapwing, various species of flycatcher, woodpecker, pigeon, dove, parakeet, babbler, mynah, Indian roller, white-breasted kingfisher and grey hornbill. Morning and afternoon Jungle safari in the park accompanied by a naturalist. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Kanha-Nagpur-Mumbai

Morning free. Afternoon transfer to Nagpur airport to connect flight to Mumbai. You will be met by our representative at the airport and escorted till your check in at Hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: In Mumbai

Morning excursion to Elephanta caves (Closed on Monday) Afternoon city tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India drive, past the Victoria Terminus, Marine Drive and visit the Hanging Gardens and the Jain Temple. Last but not the least, make a brief photo stop at “Dhobi Ghat” the Indian laundry system. Overnight at hotel. Day 16: Leave Mumbai In time transfer to international airport to connect flight to onward destination


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