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A DDP Publication 108 Pages Volume 2 Issue 03 May–June 2013 • `50

Things never done before in

Sridevi Rannvijay Matthew Hayden

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CITIES

ATHENS BANGKOK COLOMBO MADRID PARIS SYDNEY TORONTO YORKSHIRE


Reader’s Page Dear Reader,

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veryone is preparing for their summer holidays… long discussions at the dining table with the family, in office canteens with colleagues, over coffee among friends… everyone is talking about where to go and what to do there. We at Holiday Talk have been busy hunting for the best places for our readers. We managed to put together a choice of 25 cities and towns around the world. So read, enjoy, discover, travel and write back to us with your experiences. Flights are actually quite reasonably priced, if you plan a little in advance and don’t try to book at the last minute. Almost every city today has accommodation to suit every budget and ‘things to do’ are aplenty for all tastes, whether you’re a foodie, an adventure buff, a sight seeing enthusiast, a shopaholic, a café cuddler, a bookworm, or just in the mood to put up your feet and let the world go by… there’s something for everyone. A few suggestions: •Read up on the city you’re planning to go to. •Experience the culture of the places you visit. •Be nice to local people. •Try the local cuisine. •Travel light. •Do not litter. Be happy while travelling and keep smiling, your photographs look nicer!

Deepa Sethi

readers’ letters ¨Spain remains a friendly and experiential destination which has been personified in the Cover Story of the last issue of HolidayTalk. Both natural and cultural aspects of Spain have been so picturesquely portrayed in the cover story that makes any human relate to it closely. The article tells the reader that Spain has something for everyone, from people with cultural interests to foodies to football enthusiasts… It also shows that Spain delivers value for every penny and has a lot to offer to any traveller… Come to Spain, you will feel like you´re amongst your own people… Felices Viajes…¨ Arturo Ortiz Arduán Tourism Counselor Tourism Office of Spain, Mumbai


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contents 27

12 regulars

39 35

features 22

12 Festival Talk Celebrations 16

InfoTalk

News you can use 68

Guest Talk

Travel sojourns of celebs 88

Celeb Talk

Sridevi (Film Actor) Matthew Hayden (Cricketer) Rannvijay (Actor and MTV VJ) 96

Product Talk

Travel Essentials 108 Quiz Contest Guess Where

Globe Talk

A window to 23 destinations 72

Food Talk

Indian food in the UK

Don’t Miss Celeb Talk Sridevi “I’m like a Banjaran”

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information 95

Visa Talk

100 Flight Talk Thai Smile 106 World Weather

World Currency

61 advice 99

Doc Talk

Ensure a stress-free holiday with some precautions 105 Travel Insurance Stay informed about your rights

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70 74

Don’t Miss Food Talk

Mouth watering Indian food in the UK

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Holiday Talk | May–Jun 2013

Cheung Chau Bun Festival When: May 14–18, 2013 Where: Hong Kong

The festival takes place on the tiny island of Cheung Chau, famous for its rocket-shaped towers standing up to 20m high and covered with sacred rolls. The highlight of the festival is the Floating Colours Parade, in which young children, dressed in the guises of traditional deities and modern celebrities, balance on poles and accompanied by gongs and lion dancers appear to float above the crowds in a carnival-like procession. As night falls, competitors gather at the bottom of the bun tower. On the signal, they scramble up it and try to collect as many buns as possible. For more info visit www.DiscoverHongKong.com

Drunken Dragon Festival, Macau When: Mid May Where: Macau Enjoy a cheerful and jovial environment packed with excitement during the Feast of the Drunken Dragon. It is a festivity where fishermen perform a drunken dance with wooden heads and tails of a dragon. They also spew the wine at each other, so don’t get in too close to have a look. The celebration starts in the morning in the Kuan Tai Temple near S. Domingos Market (near Senado Square). All the participants and observers end the day with a great dinner. For more info visit www.macautourism.gov.mo

Rose Festival When: May 31 – June 3, 2013 Where: Kazanlak, Bulgaria Mainly considered as a tribute paid to beauty every year, the festival has three main events which are interesting for the guests of the festival - the election of the Rose Queen, the

harvesting ritual in the rose gardens and the parade along the streets of the town. You can also enjoy some other

interesting events, taking place during the festival weekend – choir a cappella and folklore concerts, art shows, exhibitions, wine-tasting, gourmet-shows, etc. For more details visit www.rose-festival.com


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Echo Festival When: June 6 – 9, 2013 Where: Makarska, Croatia Echo is an intimate underground electronic music festival on the picturesque Croatian bay of Makarska. With a mix of funk, soul, disco, hip hop and reggae to groove you through the midday sun, a beautiful beach location plays host to some of the finest house, tech and bass music. If you want to dance in the crystal waters, survey the impressive mountains and enjoy the golden sunset, then Echo is the place to be. An affordable way to celebrate the start of summer with early bird tickets selling at £35. For more details visit www.echofestival.com

Ascot 2013 When: June 18-22, 2013 Where: Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire It’s all about fast horses and fancy hats at Royal Ascot, the world’s most famous race meeting, and the most glamorous event in London’s sporting calendar. Also you can catch a glimpse of the Queen, when she arrives in her horse drawn landaus just in time for the first race at 2.30pm. The afternoon hosts all of the races and is your chance to get amongst the atmosphere and excitement! For more info: www.visitlondon.com

Queenstown Winter Festival When: June 21 – 30, 2013 Where: New Zealand This ten-day celebration of Queenstown’s unique culture brings visitors from all over the world to catch the winter sports action. There are pro snowboarders and skiers that attend every year as part of the Mountain Mayhem, as well as a spectacular Mardi Gras, street parties, fireworks and comedy. Enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and sporting action that make this festival such an iconic part of New Zealand’s winter. Contact: anna@winterfestival.co.nz


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Fiesta San Fermin 2013 When: July 6-14, 2013 Where: Pamplona, Spain

Join the celebration with bull runs, street parties, dancing and copious Sangria fights! The best-known event of the festival is the ‘encierro’ (Running of the Bulls), held each morning at 08:00 am from July 7 -14.

Must Know

• Try to wear traditional white & red clothing. Buy these at the markets or shops in the centre of town - they are not expensive. • To get a good spot for viewing or to run, you need to reach there very early. For more info: www.sanfermin.com

‘Riverdance - The Gathering’ in Ireland When: July 15 – 21, 2013 Where: Ireland A seven day festival celebrates the magic and international appeal of Irish dancing and provides overseas visitors an opportunity to be a part of the global Riverdance phenomenon. This year up to 5000 Irish Dance Fans and Performers around the world are invited to Riverdance – The Gathering.

Gion Matsuri in Kyoto When: July (entire month) Where: Gion, Kyoto Japan’s most famous and longest festival, it takes place in Kyoto’s Gion district -- an exclusive Geisha entertainment district. Highlight of the festival is the splendid pageant of some 30 floats called yamaboko proceeding along the main streets of Kyoto on July 17. During the parade, children wearing make-up and musicians playing the flute, drums and bells are seated on the second level of the floats. The local residents open their homes to the visitors, exhibiting their valuable art collections. This is a precious opportunity to actually visit and observe traditional Japanese residences of Kyoto. For more info: www.jnto.go.jp


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Edmonton International Street Performers Festival When: Mid July Where: Edmonton, Alberta Also known as the StreetFest, the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival takes place in downtown Edmonton in and around Sir Winston Churchill Square and features an international cast of street performers including jugglers, acrobats, hip hop dancers, sword-swallowers, musicians and more, with over 1500 outdoor performances and a few indoor shows over ten days. For more details visit: edmontonstreetfest.com

Celebration of Light When: July/August Where: Vancouver, British Columbia The largest fireworks competition in the world, it is considered to be one of North America’s top pyrotechnic competitions. The festival attracts the world’s most talented fireworks designers as three or four countries compete for the title on 4 separate nights over two weeks - Wednesday, Saturday and Wednesday and Saturday again at the end of July. For more information visit

www.celebration-of-light.com

Caribana When: End of July Where: Toronto, Ontario The Scotiabank Caribana Festival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry and visual and performing arts culminating in the spectacle of Parade Day on the Lakeshore with a kaleidoscope of music, colourful costumes, theatrical masquerade band displays, steel bands, and mouthwatering feasts of Caribbean cuisine. For more information visit

www.caribanafestival.com


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infotalk

Holi in Germany

Germany will celebrate the Holi festival in Berlin on May 11, 2013 at a unique location in Germany, The REIT STADIUM at the Olympic Park, Berlin. Part of celebrations include an hourly countdown, Indian acts and DJs giving out their best music. Berlin first celebrated Holi in the summer of 2012. Its incredible success, joy and spirit of joint celebrations led to it becoming an annual event. More than 12000 fans are expected at the Olympic park celebrating with plenty of colour enjoying a spectacular entertainment line-up, high spirits and a few surprises.

British Airways Direct Service to Hyderabad British Airways commenced its sixth direct service to Hyderabad from London with effect from 5 April 2013. Offering convenient connections to the rest of the UK, Europe and over 200 destinations in North America, British Airways provides a choice of three cabins, Club World business class, World Traveller plus premium economy and World Traveller economy to its customers from Hyderabad. The service will operate on all days of the week except Mondays.

Fairmont Debuts on the Palm Jumeirah Fairmont Hotels & Resorts debuts a new addition to its growing portfolio in the Middle East – Fairmont The Palm. The luxurious resort is located in the heart of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island shaped in the form of a palm tree. It is ideally located next to key leisure areas and business districts, major city landmarks and two ‘world firsts’ – Burj Khalifa, the tallest free standing building and The Dubai Mall, the largest retail development. With 381 guestrooms and suites, including two presidential suites, outdoor leisure facilities with four swimming pools, a private beach club, and other facilities, the resort also houses the newest addition to the brand’s private residence club offering, Fairmont Heritage Place, The Palm, Dubai, featuring 10 one- and two-bedroom residences.


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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort announced the Resort’s new pricing for admission tickets. Under the new pricing, a 1-Day General Admission Ticket (aged 12-64) will be HK$450 and a 1-Day Child Ticket (aged 3-11) will be HK$320; whereas a 2-Day General Admission Ticket and a 2-Day Child Ticket will be HK$585 and HK$415, respectively. All types of admission tickets for senior guests aged 65 or above will remain unchanged. (Check currency

VIA Rail’s On-board Entertainment Starting in Spring 2013, VIA Rail offers its customers the chance to watch movies, television shows and news programs. The new interactive digital platform will provide passengers on VIA Rail trains within the Québec City - Windsor corridor free access to Canadian programming, including CBC/ Radio-Canada TV shows programs, documentaries and animation from the NFB, and ‘Heritage Minutes’ vignettes and Memory Project veteran interviews produced by The Historica-Dominion Institute.

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Travel trade partners will enjoy the current prices for General Admission and Child Tickets until June 30, 2013.

Tourism website for Bhutan The Tourism Council of Bhutan has launched a new website, offering travel information and advice to all visitors to the country. The website includes an interactive map, which breaks the country down into eastern, central and western regions, providing information and locations of all available trekking routes, Dzongs, monasteries, hotels and attractions in each. It will also give visitors an overall impression of what to expect in Bhutan, from trekking in the Himalayas, to festivals, bird watching, meditation, cycling, rocking climbing and fishing.


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infotalk Witness the parting of the sea in Korea

Jindo Island in Jeollanam-do Province presents a miraculous natural phenomenon in the world, called the Miracle Sea Festival, an occasion similar to Moses’ Miracle. Around 1 million people visit the festival every year in April. Once a year in Jindo, the seas mysteriously part and visitors can walk through the sea from the mainland to a nearby island, Modo. This phenomenon is caused due to the difference in high tides and low tides, which creates a 2.8-km-long road measuring 40 to 60 meters in width. First witnessed in 1975 by the French ambassador to Korea, Mr. Pierre Randi visited Jindo, it became popular all over the world. At the Festival, one can enjoy display of fireworks, traditional music and a remarkable performance by Korean shamanists and a maritime ship parade.

New Vancouver attraction takes you soaring over Canada

FlyOver Canada is a new attraction at Vancouver’s iconic Canada Place. The new ride gives guests a bird’s-eye-view of famous Canadian scenery. The full experience is 30-minutes long and is divided into three 10-minute parts. It begins with a pre-show called Uplift illustrating different Canadian lives at the four corners of the country. After Uplift is the main show where guests are brought into the main theatre, strapped in, and lifted in front of a 20-metre halfspherical dome screen to see scenes that will include soaring over Niagara Falls, Parliament Hill, icebergs and Vancouver harbour. The seats move up and down and viewers’ feet will dangle in mid-air to simulate the feeling of being in the aircraft that shot the film. Groups of up to 60 guests at a time can be accommodated. For more info: www.flyovercanada.com www.canadaplace.ca


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Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

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River Safari

in Singapore

Home to the world-famous Singapore Zoo for 40 years, Wildlife Reserves Singapore announced the newest addition to its parks, River Safari - the first and only riverthemed wildlife park in Asia. River Safari is a 12 hectare spectacle featuring animals from freshwater habitats inspired by eight of the world’s iconic rivers, including the Mississippi, Nile, Mekong, Yangtze and Amazon rivers. At River Safari, visitors can look forward to unique aquatic and terrestrial animals such as the Giant Salamander, Giant Freshwater Stingray and Mekong Giant Catfish, which are endangered river giants. It is also the only park in Asia to feature the Giant River Otter.

The Venetian Carnevale in Macau The Venetian® Macao is hosting its third annual carnival celebration at The Venetian lagoon. The Italianthemed Venetian Carnevale offers visitors a fun-filled month-long event from April 25 to May 26. It includes the Macau Wine and Dine

Festival 2013 from May 23 to 26, organised by The Wine Society of Macau. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample wines from different countries in a relaxing atmosphere. For those new to the world of wines, experienced staff will be on hand to teach the basics. Connoisseurs will enjoy discussing the finer points of wine with the experts on-hand.

Experience the Titanic story in Ireland A visit to the newly opened Titanic Belfast® cannot be missed while going to Northern Ireland. Located in the heart of Belfast, on the slipways where RMS Titanic was built, it provides an unforgettable experience for tourists. Titanic Belfast® extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way; from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.


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A WINDOW TO

DESTINATIONS


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From hip and happening cities to idyllic towns and from Canada’s multicultural provinces to Australia’s coastal regions, HolidayTalk presents a sprawling collection of 23 cities featuring breathtaking scenery, picturesque lakes, tall mountains, cosmopolitan flare, local culture and much more for our readers. In the coming pages, you will discover new things to do in places you may have visited already. So read on and enjoy… Contributed by: Devika . Megha . Neelam . Peden


Toronto CANADA

A must-see destination

Visit Toronto’s Islands and see the ever-changing skyline bloom with skyscrapers and experience the excitement throughout the city.

What’s new this summer?

Experience some of Toronto’s newest attractions. Discover Canada’s first LEGOLAND Discovery Center, welcome Pandas to the Toronto Zoo, and be a part of the world’s largest celebration of video games as Game On 2.0 makes its first Canadian appearance at the Ontario Science Centre.

Legoland


Do not Miss

• A visit to Pink House in Yorkville Toronto. This Jeanne Lottie boutique specialises in stylish but affordable fun handbags and accessories. • Niagara Vintage Wine Tours in new luxury Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. • A visit to Sky Zone Toronto where you can leap on the main court, fly into the giant foam pit, and soar on the Sky Slam Court where everyone can dunk a basketball.

Must Visit

For more info, visit www.SeeTorontoNow.com

Pink House in Yorkville

Image courtesy: Tourism Toronto

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada A major family attraction, it features more than 13,500 exotic sea and freshwater creatures, a unique 96-mtlong (315 ft) moving walkway through an acrylic tunnel deep below the 2.84-mllion litre Shark Lagoon, and a Marine and Freshwater Education Centre with dedicated classroom space.


Multicultural

Ottawa CANADA

Canadian capital Ottawa is an urban setting that’s relaxed, friendly and welcoming.

Must Do

During spring, summer and fall, Ottawa’s 175 km of paved recreational paths welcome cyclists, inline skaters and runners.

Do not Miss

MOSAIKA - A powerful narrative set against the spectacular backdrop of Parliament Hill, it takes the audience on an unforgettable journey of sound and light, while exploring Canada’s physical, historical and cultural landscapes.


Saunders Farm maze

Where to shop?

The eclectic ByWard Market just east of Parliament Hill is a visitor’s favourite place, a farmers’ market and shopping district by day, with chic dining, outdoor cafés and lively clubs and pubs by night.

The Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal, Ontario’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, winds through the heart of Ottawa, and is filled with sightseeing cruises, pleasure boats, canoes and kayaks.

Must Visit

Famous national landmarks and historic sights greet visitors around every corner in Canada’s capital, and foremost among them is Parliament Hill. It’s the seat of Canada’s federal government and the setting for pomp and celebration including Canada Day (July 1), the daily Changing the Guard ceremony. Parliament offers free daily tours and rides to the top of the soaring Peace Tower for a spectacular 360º view of the city. Aboriginal dancer

For more info, visit www.ottawatourism.com

Image courtesy: Ottawa Tourism

The Canadian Tulip Festival (in May) is the largest of its kind in the world.


Amazing

Vancouver CANADA

Visit Vancouver for outdoor adventure and the sophisticated amenities of a world-class city. Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where it’s possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon.

Must Do

Cliffwalk, a cliff-side journey through rainforest vegetation above the Capilano River. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is Vancouver’s oldest attraction. A free shuttle to/from the park is offered from downtown Vancouver during the summer season.


Peak of Vancouver - Grouse Mountain, located only 15 minutes away from downtown Vancouver, provides the best view of the city. Five ziplines, six dining options, a lumberjack show, hiking trails and a Refuge for Endangered Wildlife complete with two wild Grizzly Bears, skiing, snowboarding are some activities available there.

For more info, visit www.tourismvancouver.com

Do not Miss

Eye of the Wind - Go for a jaw-dropping view of all of Vancouver and its busy harbor, the Coastal Mountains and a vast, green wilderness. This large wind turbine has elevator accessing a viewPOD™, observation area. The views from The Eye of the Wind are of the jaw-dropping variety.

Image courtesy: Tourism Vancouver

Must Visit


Sublimely

Lake District UNITED KINGDOM

Idyllic villages, a sprawling collection of soaring peaks and knobbly fells, high moorlands and picturesque lakes‌ Lake District comprises of all this and beyond.


Get lost in Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.

Must Visit

• A leisurely drive through beautiful sceneries of Lake District is a must. For the literary buffs, the legacy of the Lake District looms large. It was amid this landscape that Wordsworth found inspiration for his poetry and reflected on the state of Man and Nature. • Visit The World of Beatrix Potter and see the Peter Rabbit Garden where Beatrix Potter wrote her much-loved stories.

• Blackwell Arts & Crafts House -The finest example of the Arts & Crafts movement in England, the house was designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott in the 19th century for a wealthy brewer and contains many of his trademark designs, including Delft tiles and some gorgeous 18th century oak panelling. • Windermere Lake Cruises - In the heart of the Lake District, Windermere is England’s largest lake. Cruising on the lake is a popular pastime here. While some of the vessels are modern, there are a couple of period beauties dating back to the 1930s.

For further information, visit www.cumbriatourism.org

Image courtesy: Megha Paul

Do not Miss


Mystical Ruins of

Yorkshire UNITED KINGDOM

Alongside some of the UK’s best shopping, family attractions and nightlife, come and explore the World Heritage Sites, mining museums, abbeys and castles in Yorkshire. From serene gardens, thrilling rides, industrial heritage and unique breweries, this place has it all.


Must Visit

Want to rediscover the Old Tower that dates from 1555 and houses splendid armours, books, panelling and a Priest’s Secret Hiding Place, visit the Ripley Castle. The 700-year old castle is the home of the Ingilby family for twenty-six generations and Sir Thomas and Lady Ingilby and their five children continue the tradition. The guided tours are amusing and informative. For children there are Special Tours of the Castle designed to be amusing and a Children’s Play Trail in the Parkland. As you step back into time, the World Heritage Site of Fountain Abbey greets you. Set in 323 hectares (800 acres) of countryside, the twelfth century abbey ruins is the only surviving Cistercian corn mill.

Do not Miss

For further information, visit www.yorkshire.com

Image courtesy: Megha Paul

Original Ghost Walk of York Believed to be the first ghost walk in the world, explore the world of folklore, legend and dreams through this walk. Tales are drawn from the immense history of York and are told against a backdrop of haunting beauty.


An Evening in FRANCE

Paris

Being the hub of art, culture and food, Paris is a treat for first-timers and every time you visit the city, you tend to discover something new about it.

Must Visit

Café de la Rotonde and Le Dome in Montparnasse were frequented by World War 1 revolutionaries like Lenin and Trotsky. Rotonde is still a favorite among the intelligentsia of Paris and it was also frequented by Pablo Picasso and features in his painting.

Paris on a cruise

Discover Paris in the late evenings or night on a cruise tour on the river Seine. Enjoy the sights and sounds, while savouring the best of French cuisine as you wine and dine onboard. Some dinner cruises cost as much as €160, while a simple cruise along the Seine for an hour comes for as less as €20.

Free entry in museums

National Museums in Paris (with the exception of the Grand Palais) allow free admission to their permanent exhibitions on the first Sunday of each month. Opt for a museum pass that gives you access to almost 60 museums. 2 day Pass- €30 4 Day Pass- €45 6 day Pass- €60


Image courtesy: Pavan Mahatta

Artists’ hub

Montmartre is in the heart of artistic Paris. Take a nice walk around and you can see the house of Van Gogh or Picasso. Pass by the artists square to get your portrait done.

Did You Know: More than 250 public places in Paris (gardens, libraries, town halls, etc.) have free Wi-Fi access.

For more info visit, www.atout-france.fr

Image courtesy: Atout France India

Tip: Visit Montmartre early in the morning before the place is swamped with people or late in the evening to get a spectacular view of the city lights and the Eifel Tower. Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking and stairclimbing to be done.


Lively and Vibrant

Madrid SPAIN

Madrid is an open-minded city where culture, entertainment and art share an attractive, thriving space. Thanks to its modern and cosmopolitan flare, the Spanish capital makes everyone feel right at home while providing them with some of the world’s most interesting tourist attractions.

A Green City

A great number of parks make Madrid the greenest capital in Europe. In Madrid RĂ­o you can walk, ride a bike, enjoy the sports facilities, or just relax at the city beach.

Art Galore

When in Madrid, do go for an unprecedented tour: the Art Walk. It is a unique walk through paintings, sculptures, architecture and nature.Also, a walk through Madrid offers an insight into past eras.


Shopping for All

Visit the Salamanca neighbourhood, particularly on Calle de Serrano and its surroundings for famous boutiques, luxurious jewellery and gift shops. A visit to El Rastro is a must, as it is one of the world’s most famous street markets. This experience is more about seeing than buying.

In Madrid, one of the most popular attractions is the musical theatre, Gran Vía, which is also known as Madrid’s Broadway. It has become a reference point for this musical genre in Spain.

For further information, mail mumbai@tourspain.es

Gourmet Experience

Try a range of different cuisines at The Corte Inglésin in Callao, a multi-space dining area. This innovative space is home to top names and brands and is open 362 days a year, until midnight.

Image courtesy: Tourism office of Spain, Mumbai

Nightlife and Entertainment


Activities

Windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving or canoeing, hiking, cycle touring, paragliding and hang-gliding are activities that enable travellers to discover the Catalan capital’s natural surroundings.

Cosmopolitan

Barcelona SPAIN

Enjoy Barcelona’s Mediterranean character with beautiful urban beaches, seafront golf courses, its innovative and imaginative cuisine, green spaces, and a splendid waterfront.


Image courtesy: Tourism office of Spain, Mumbai

Barcelona by night

Select atmosphere in Diagonal, original clubs in the Barrio de Gràcia area and terraces in Port Vell, Port Olímpic and any square in the city are some of the attractions of the nightlife in Barcelona.

Dine in unique venues in Barcelona, such as an enormous glass dome with a view of the city or a large tower in the harbour overlooking the sea. You can treat yourself to the Mediterranean cuisine in one of the restaurants frequented by Dalí, or in a building designed by Gaudí.

For further information, mail mumbai@tourspain.es

Do not Miss

• La Rambla that leads to the Mediterranean Sea, one of the best places to catch the rhythm of the city. • La Roca Village Shopping Tour: Just 45 minutes outside Barcelona, the tour offers a day of fashion in over 100 cutprice outlet shops with goods by major Spanish and international labels, with a range of exclusive advantages. Our Tip: Be careful of con artists in the thriving markets especially in La Rambla.


Mercedes-Benz Museum

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is the only one in the world to document the complete 126-years history of the automobile industry from day one to the present day.

A city of museums & fun

Stuttgart GERMANY

One of the most beautiful cities of Southwest Germany, Stuttgart is home to the worldclass opera and ballet. The avant-garde Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum tell the stories of two of the world’s most glamorous motor companies.

StuttCard – the Discovery Ticket

‘One card many advantages’ Explore the Stuttgart Region with the discovery ticket. The voucher booklet offers many benefits and free admission to numerous attractions.


Porsche Museum

The Porsche-Museum, opened in 2009, has been the production site of the sports cars since 1950s with Stuttgart’s horse rampant emblem on their bonnets.

Stuttgart Museum of Art

Stuttgart Museum of Art comprise over 15,000 works dating from the late 18th century up to the present day, and ranging from Swabian Impressionism to Contemporary Art. It also owns the world’s most outstanding Otto Dix collection, with some 250 of his works.

Viniculture Museum

For more info, visit www.Stuttgart-tourist.de

Image courtesy: Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH

The newly refurbished, viniculture museum covers the history of the noble grape. Located in a historic, halftimbered building, one can taste fine local wines.


Baden-Baden is Germany’s third largest wine growing region. This is the warmest part of Germany and here 40 per cent of the vineyards grow red wine grapes. Popular varieties include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc.

Glamorous

Baden-Baden GERMANY

Summer capital of Europe, Baden-Baden is a city so nice that you have to name it twice. This international and exclusive thermal spa destination is a paradise for those who cherish life’s pleasures and wish to recharge their batteries.


Casino Baden-Baden

Casino Baden-Baden is the world’s most glamorous casino, with its 250 years of elegance and tradition. Don’t forget your jacket and tie as this regal casino will not let you enter without one.

natural hot springs

With 23 mineral-rich, , Baden-Baden has the world’s most beautiful public spa in the Friedrichsbad. Built by the Romans 2,000 years ago, it was once a favourite of the nobility, now everyone can enjoy it.

For more info, visit www.baden-baden.de

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In the middle of the town, overlooking the Kurhaus gardens, there is one of Germany’s four international registry offices, an ideal place for foreigners to tie the knot.


The city with a heart

Munich GERMANY

Located on the river Isar, Germany’s third largest city, Munich offers an extraordinary quality of life with history, landscapes and architecture.

Must Shop

Karstadt Sports department store on Neuhauserstrasse. The entire world of sports is spread out on five floors where you will find equipment for every imaginable sports discipline: Be it biking, hiking, climbing, running, Nordic walking, inline skating, golf, fitness, yoga and wellness or the winter sports of alpine skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing and iceskating, which are all physically possible to do in this beautiful region. The Stachus Passagen – Europe’s largest underground shopping centre is located in the heart of Munich, directly at Karlsplatz. Here you will find some surprising, varied, stylish trendy shops and boutiques.


Must Try

Augustiner am Dom - The popular inn with a view of Munich’s most recognisable structure, Frauenkirche Cathedral. It makes no difference whether you are seated in the heated-patio beer garden, in the romantic ‘Domblick’ (Cathedral View) or in one of the other beautiful rooms, since you can enjoy Bavarian hospitality from the moment you enter. Enjoy the pleasant Hofbräu beer and delicious tidbits at the Hofbräukeller at the Wiener Platz. All the main dishes are available for €5.55 at the most.

Lively Nightlife at P1

The legendary nightclub in Prinzregentenstraße 1 is a favourite place for the rich and the beautiful, stars and starlets. Remember to wear posh clothes and shoes. Open 365 nights per year

Do not Miss

• Go for river rafting on the Isar, where traditional wooden rafts are used. • A guided bike tour of Munich and you will learn so much about the city. • A walk into the courtyards, the best architectural features of the city.

For more info log on to www.muenchen.de/int/en/


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DO NOT MISS visiting the Poet sandal maker

Exploring

Stavros Mellissinos is a shoemaker who writes poetry. While in Athens don’t forget to pay a visit to the man whose most famous work is The Rubaiyat. His sandals have adorned the feet of the likes of The Beatles, Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy and Anthony Quinn.

Athens GREECE

One of the oldest cities in the world and a city steeped in history, Athens is the capital and the largest city of Greece. The glory of the bygone era is still evident in the monuments and works of art that are found all over the city.


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Shop @ Athens

From curios, books, trinkets and paintings to vintage vinyl records, rare CDs and clothes, you can find almost everything at the Monastiraki Flea Market. If you are in Athens on Sunday then this is definitely the place to be. Even if you are not interested in buying anything, then you can just sit in the cafes that dot the market while you watch the shoppers and shopkeepers go about their business. However, be careful of having your pockets picked!

For more info visit www.visitathensga.com

Pleasure Walking

With all the major museums and tourist destinations located close to the city centre, Athens is the best place to go walking and explore the myriad facets of the city. Some of the streets in the city are only for pedestrians.


Enjoy Cosmopolitan

Mykonos GREECE

The island of Mykonos is a favourite port of call for many cruise ships. In spite of the narrow streets and alleys all around the place, it’s a pleasure to shop around this place. While at Mykonos do enjoy the view of the famous windmills.

Go Scuba

Mykonos boasts of some of the best diving sites in the country. And while scuba diving might be strictly controlled in the country, this is one of the very few places that has some excellent dive centers in the country.


Maz-ing your way

Cruise ships normally stop at Mykonos town for a daytrip, however, make sure you don’t lose your way as the place is like a maze. The streets are dotted with souvenir shops and there are also a few art galleries. You can pick up some pretty fancy jewellery from here.

Water babies

While at Mykonos do visit the beaches. The best and most busy beaches are along the south coast. Platys Gialos is the most popular family beach on the island. And for those who like sunbathing in their birthday suits, some of the famous beaches are Paragka, Paradise, Super Paradise and Elia. Do your research and visit the beach of your taste. Beaches on the north side are more peaceful.

For more info, visit www.mykonosgreece.com


Breathtaking

Macau CHINA

Make your holiday experience a memorable one in Macau, a famous destination known for fashion and a mix of history and oriental and western cultures. A place where modern glittering glass buildings rub shoulders with restored colonial edifices, churches, Chinese gardens and temples...

Do not Miss

Luxury at Galaxy

Galaxy Hotel Macau features a 52,000 sqm Grand Resort Deck, complete with white sand beach, tropical and Japanese gardens.

Performance Lake located in the open area just in front of Wynn Macau is the perfect place to visit. Here lofty plumes of water and fire shimmer and dance through the air to classical and popular music, as well as Broadway tunes. This vibrant performance expressing a complexity of moods, rhythms and emotions provides a joyous and fascinating entertainment.


Greyhound Dogs Racing

Greyhound Dogs Racing takes place at the Canidrome located at Avenida General Castelo Branco. There are around 18 games on every racing night starting from 7:30 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. Tickets MOP$10 for the public stand. Boxes are MOP$80 (weekdays) and MOP$120 (Weekends and Public Holidays) with a minimum charge of MOP$30 per person plus 10% service charge.

For more info log on to www.macautourism.gov.mo

The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams Macau Created and

directed by Franco Dragone, this unique water-based show is one of the most extravagant, innovative and aweinspiring productions to be staged anywhere in the world.


Enjoy the rustic charm

Differently

Hop on to the Phraya Express Boat to Nonthaburi and set sail for Ko Kret Island along the Chao Phraya river. In spite of being a little more than 20km from Bangkok, the island is far removed from the capital city offering a glimpse into a rustic world. The Kwan Aman Pottery and Wat Poramaiyikawat museums are a must-visit here. You can walk around the island, but if you get too tired you can also take a water taxi or a healthier option is to rent a bicycle.

Bangkok THAILAND

Suit yourself

Bangkok is the best place to get suited up. Bespoke suits and dresses at great prices can be best had while on a trip to the city, especially if you are around areas like Sukhumvit Sois 3-11, Thanon Khao San, Thanon Charoen Krung (between Silom and River City) and the malls.


Shopping on a boat

For more info log on to www.tourismthailand.org

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Visiting one of the floating markets is a must-to-do activity in Bangkok. There are many floating markets all around, but the most famous one is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Also, this is the best place to just sit and watch the vendors in their boats, go about their business. For an authentic experience around the market hire a boat for 300 baht per hour and set sail. Our Tip: Reach the market early in the morning.


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Krabi THAILAND

Street smart buys

On weekends the streets of Krabi are flooded with eateries serving lipsmacking food, clothes and sometimes even street performers.

Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave Temple)

A place of archaeological and historical interest, the temple complex is famous for a limestone tower to see the ‘footprint of the Buddha’. To reach there you need to climb 1237 steps. At the top, you are also rewarded with stunning 3600 views of the surrounding countryside and the Andaman Sea. Entry fee: 200 Baht per person.

Dining at Bellini

Located right at the beach at the Amari Vogue Krabi Hotel, the place boasts of a varied Italian menu and offers an excellent view of the beach in the evenings accompanied by live music. Try to book the table facing the beach and reach before 7pm to avail the happy hour offer on all drinks except wine.


Picturesque

Koh Samui THAILAND

Full Moon Fun

Aussie Flavour

With a total of six Aussie pubs on Samui – The Billabong Surf Club, Bondi Bar, Sydney Bar, Walkabout, Andaman and the Big Buddha Cafe – you may get a feel of being in Australia. These bars are ideal for grabbing a cold beer and enjoying a soccer or cricket match on the TV.

For more info log on to www.tourismthailand.org

Magic Garden

Located in the hills of Samui, the garden was built by a Samuian fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk, who started to build the garden in 1976 when he was 77 years old. It’s quite worth a visit and on the way you can make a stop-over at Samui’s highest point overlooking the island from north to south, the surrounding islands as well as the mainland. The entry fee here is 80 Baht per person.

Image courtesy: www.tourismthailand.org

Famous for its full moon parties, Koh Phangan is a prime destination for some hedonistic pleasure. On full moon nights, the island hosts as many as 30,000 partygoers as they paint the town red!


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Must Shop

Haji lane is a retail place located in possibly one of the narrowest lanes in Singapore. This is the best place to catch the hip and happening crowd of Singapore. Some of the best places to shop here are Know It Nothing, The Blog Shop and White Room.

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Singapore

Besides being one of the world’s richest nations and a capital of global finance, Singapore is also a shopping and food paradise. This densely populated city-state that’s slowly turning into a green centre, has a plethora of activities to offer to tourists.


Do not Miss Gardens by the Bay

This latest icon is an integral part of Singapore’s ‘City in a Garden’ vision in which the island-state is woven into a green and floral tapestry. Spanning 101 hectares, this award-winning horticultural attraction houses over 250 thousand rare plants and is just a five-minute walk from the city.

Amazing food in Singapore Restaurants along the East Coast serve excellent seafood. The black pepper crab and the chilli crab served in these restaurants are definitely not to be missed. Meat lovers can try the beef kway teow (beef thick rice noodle soup), while those into chicken should definitely try the chicken wings.

Tiong Bahru in Singapore is a residential housing area that was developed in the 1940s-50s and features an art deco style of architecture. It is a very popular hangout joint for the youth, full of cafes and art galleries. If you get tired of all that walking around, drop in at The Orange Thimble for an Espresso and a Breakfast Burger or the BBC (bacon, brie and cranberry).

For more info log on to www.yoursingapore.com

Image courtesy: www.yoursingapore.com

Must Visit


Jumbo fun

Have you ever heard of an elephant orphanage? Located halfway between Colombo and Kandy, Pinnawela Orphanage is also a breeding place for elephants, and it has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world. There are over 75 elephants in the orphanage. Entrance fee to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is LKR 2,000 for tourists but for SAARC country nationals, it is LKR 1,000 only.

Unique Charm of

Colombo SRI LANKA

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is also the country’s largest city and the main port. The juxtaposition of hills and sea makes this city a very scenic destination for tourists.

Tea story

Do visit Mlesna Tea Fortress which is less than 30 minutes away from Colombo. This three-decade old shop sells top quality tea leaves in specially designed packages. You can also sit and enjoy a cuppa here, which is complimentary.

Cricket Club Café

For a crazy cricket fan no tour of Sri Lanka is complete without a trip to the Cricket Club Café. Set up in 1996, this restaurant and bar hosts one of the world’s finest collections of cricketing memorabilia, including bats, balls, bales and gloves used by the likes of Sir Don Bradman, Ray Lindwall, Shane Warne, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sunil Gavaskar and Joel Garner.


Candid Kandy SRI LANKA

Kandy, the second largest city of Sri Lanka, also features as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is the southern tip of Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’ and was the last capital of the Sinhala kings.

Tooth temple

This temple houses the tooth that was stolen from Buddha’s funeral fire in 543 BC. Legend has it that the tooth was smuggled to Sri Lanka in the hair of a princess. The best time to visit the temple is during one of the puja ceremonies, which happen in the morning, midday or evening. The entrance fee to the temple is LKR 1,000.

Must Try

Don’t miss a visit to Lyon Café in Kandy. Don’t forget to try the Lyon Special which is a big plate of fried rice with boiled eggs, vegetables and pieces of chicken, beef and pork. For average eaters one portion can be shared between two or three people.

Kandy Shopping

Kandy City Center is the latest shopping complex outside Colombo, with a large multi-level parking space. Here you can buy things from organic food and souvenirs to laptops, have snacks with tea, fruit juice or ice cream and spend some time relaxing. For more info log on to www.srilanka.travel


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Queestown NEW ZEALAND

Known as the adventure sports capital of the world, Queenstown has something to offer to everyone.

Bungy Jumping

Participate in a number of activities -- go Bungy Jumping, try out the Bungy Trampoline, watch the Bungy Movie, or have lunch in the cafe and simply watch some of the action from the viewing deck.

Milford Sound

Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect. Boat cruises – during the day or overnight – are an excellent way to experience the Sound.


Skydive

Located amidst the most breathtaking scenery in the world, your flight to altitude takes you high above the alpine town, over crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Upon reaching altitude, you and your instructor jump from the aircraft, freefalling thousands of feet at an awesome adrenalin pumping 200 km per hour.

Nomad Safaris

Go for small personalised tours into New Zealand back country, exploring historic gold mining areas, Lord of The Rings filming locations and an exclusive high-country farm.

Luge

For further info visit - www.newzealand.com

Image Courtesy – Tourism New Zealand’s image library

Take the Skyline Gondola to ride the Queenstown Luge, an exciting gravity ride with a choice of two tracks. Both, 800 meters long, are accessed by a scenic chairlift which takes you up to the start zone high on Bob’s Peak.


Spectacular

Auckland NEW ZEALAND

Auckland’s vast harbour, quiet islands and vibrant cityscape offer an exciting and accessible mix of urban, water and wildlife activities.

Must Visit

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Shopping in Auckland There’s everything from Polynesian markets to shopping malls and even a maritime quarter in Westhaven. Top food markets to explore include the French market in Parnell (weekends), the City Farmers’ Market at Britomart (Saturdays) and the Matakana Market (Saturdays).

• Visit the Sky Tower and travel 328 metres up in glass fronted lifts to the spectacular viewing platforms. • The all new Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium is one of Auckland’s top visitor attractions. It offers a unique Southern Ocean experience with 30 exhibits, more than 80 different species and 8 new themed zones.


DO NOT MISS The Whale & Dolphin Safari

Encounter dolphins and whales in their natural environment. Auckland’s Whale & Dolphin Safari takes one out on the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park which has over 22 species of dolphins and whales. The trip also includes extensive commentary on the most significant cultural and historical parts of this amazing maritime park.

Must Do

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• Take a 3600 view of Auckland The ONLY way to experience the Auckland Harbour Bridge is by foot! Climb under, around, up and over one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks during a 1.5 hour personally guided tour with extensive commentary. Custom engineered walkways provide a safe, enjoyable and fun experience.

For further info visit - www.newzealand.com


Sydney AUSTRALIA

Unplugged

Sydney is best known for its icons that represent the city’s spirit for being fun, enthusiastic and vibrant. This buzzingcityissurroundedbynationalparks,thecoastal regionsfeaturingmanybays,rivers,inletsandbeaches.

Must Visit

• The breathtaking Sydney Opera House. • Sydney Cricket Ground to tour the stadium. You may get a chance to meet one of your favourite Australian crickets practicing. • Darling Harbor for its vibrant energy and the one-of-a-kind entertainment and gambling destination, The Star.


Must Do

• The legendry climb at the Sydney Harbor Bridge for an amazing view of the city. • A sailing regatta on Sydney Harbor; Hoist the sail and feel the breeze blow in your hair. • Enjoy the thrill - on-board a Harley Davidson motorcycle en route to the famous Bondi Beach.

Must Try

 ydney’s award-winning seafood S selection. Chinese delicacies in Australia’s large Chinatown district. Indian food can be easily found in Sydney. Zaffran and Aki’s Indian restaurant are a must try for good Indian food.

• Castlereagh, Elizabeth and King streets host the world’s most famous designer brands, including Chanel and Gucci, and Australia’s two largest department stores, Myer and David Jones. • Paddington’s Oxford Street is the most wellknown shopping zone with two km of funky boutiques and highstreet fashion.

For more info visit www.australia.com

Image courtesy: Tourism Australia

Must Shop


Precious

Gold Coast AUSTRALIA

Being true to their name, the Gold Coast promises 70 km of pristine coastline, 100,000 hectares of World Heritage rainforest, more theme parks than anywhere else in the southern hemisphere, private islands and more than 600 restaurants and cafes.

Experience Luxury

• The world’s first Versace Hotel is located in Gold Coast and has been designed by Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace. It is the perfect place for that indulgent experience. • A 30-minute helicopter ride to the island of Tangalooma is an unforgettable experience. The island is famous for feeding wild dolphins, the crystal clear water and golden sands.

Don’t forget to...

• Go shopping! Select world-class labels from boutiques or pick up a bargain at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre. • Cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos or swim with dolphins and sharks at Sea World, a spectacular place to start the holiday. • A visit to one of the world’s tallest towers. Q1 is 230 mt above sea level and offers a 3600 view of the hinterland, city and ocean.


Experience thrills

For more info visit www.australia.com

Image courtesy: Tourism Australia

• Tame the southern hemisphere’s fastest and tallest theme park rides, experience giant drops, rollercoaster spins or water rides that thrill. We recommend dream world and movie world. • Try the speed jet boating and get your adrenaline pumping while touring the houses of the rich and the famous. Experience the best thrill in life! Learn to surf in one easy lesson with local surfing professionals. • Meet the tigers at Tiger Island. Pat the rare Bengal and Sumatran tigers and don’t forget to get your pictures clicked.


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Gurmeet & Debina in Hong Kong

The Life of television actors is very busy, and if both husband - wife belong to the world of TV, it becomes even more difficult to spend time together. The famous TV celebrity couple, Gurmeet and Debina, visited Asia’s most romantic destination Hong Kong. Here is what Gurmeet planned for Debina on their second anniversary.

A breathtaking 30 minute scenic cabl e car ride to the tallest outdoor seated bronze Budd ha at Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island wa s amazing.

Having fun together in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board helped us to explore famous attractions of Hong Kong.


and me. perience for Debina ex e bl ta et rg fo un deed a fun and Hong Kong was in

Experienced the Bo unty Sail, a legend ary tall ship with cla design. We even di ssic d a Titanic pose wh ile we sallied.

Harbour City, located in Tsim Sha Tsui, is an ideal place to shop for your all favorite brands.

Image Courtesy: Hong Kong Tourism Board

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Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapoor Sojourn in New Zealand New Zealand provides the ideal spot to let your hair loose and unwind in its breathtaking landscapesand natural beauty. HolidayTalk catches up with MasterChef India co-host Chef Kunal Kapoor and his wife Ekta Kapoor, as they zip through the towns of Auckland and Queenstown.

On the way back from Milford Sound, we landed at the highest snow capped mountain to catch the view.

At the Sky Tower in

Auckland

Coming down the luge....the best I had in Queenstown


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Rangihoua olive fa rm produces one of the best

olive oils of New Ze aland

Digging for gold at the Goldfields

Shotoverjet in Quee nstown, the fastes t that I have been on water

Enjoyed a basket of freshly made jams, preserves and marmlade at the farmers’ market in Cromwell For further info please visit - www.newzealand.com

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Holiday Talk | May–Jun 2013

Indian Food

in the UK

Ever since the colonial rule in India, the British have been heavily influenced by the vastness of the Indian cuisine. And with a large population of the Indian diaspora in the United Kingdom, Indian food has gained massive popularity here. So if you crave for a desi bite on your travels in the UK, HolidayTalk charts a list of the must-eat Indian haunts in the UK. Ramya J S D’Rozario

Chicken Tikka Masala

One of UK’s most popular dishes, the Chicken Tikka Masala has won the hearts of many. You will get its different varieties in following food joints: • Dishoom (£ 20-25 per person on a 3-course meal on sharing basis) • Britannica Spice Restaurant, Edinburgh, Scotland (£ 10.55 ) • Dhoop, Authentic Indian Restaurant, Manchester - Murgh Malai Tikka Zafrani - Cream cheese marinated murgh tikka with saffron, coconut, ground cashew nuts, melon seeds & a rich sauce (£ 10.5) • The Dhabba, Glasgow (£ 10.95 ) • Mayur, Liverpool (£ 11.5 )

Camellia Punjabi: Popularising Indian Cuisine in UK Camellia Punjabi is one of the pioneers of introducing regional Indian cuisine to the United Kingdom. Some of the best Indian restaurants in the UK are owned by Camellia and her sister Namita, including the Michelinstarred Amaya, Chutney Mary, Veeraswamy and the seven Indian brassiere restaurants under the Masala Zone banner.


Chor Bizarre, London

Biryani

Pindi Channa

The Lucknowi Biryani, influenced by the Mughals, is less spicy as compared to the Hyderabadi Biryani, which originated from the Nizam’s kitchen. • Quilon - Malabar Lamb Biryani • The Spice Pavilion, Edinburgh, Scotland - Shahjahani Vegetable Biryani £ 10.95

• Chor Bizarre, London (Pindi Chole – £ 6.5 ; Roti – £ 2.75) • La Porte des Indes, London –Chickpeas cooked Punjabi home-style with ‘garam masala’ and tinged with tamarind (available in £ 13) • Memories of India, London (£ 4.95)• Memories of India, London (£ 4.95) • Rasam Restaurant, Dublin (£ 4.95)

A sumptuous meal consisting of Basmati rice marinated in special spices, cooked with meat – lamb or chicken in traditional sealed pot. In England, following restaurants provide some delicious biryani:

A popular dish that originated from Rawalpindi in Pakistan, Pindi Channa is always a hot favourite. In following restaurants you will get this amazing spicy dish:


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South Indian

Dosa, Idli and Vada are the famous South Indian dishes. In England, you will get them at: • Quilon - Mini Masala Dosa • Chennai Dosa - (£ 10 per person for dosa) • Chettinad Mess - Eastham (£ 10 per person for dosa)

Tandoori Style

It is a style of cooking where the burning fuel was placed inside pots in the earth so that little fuel could cook an entire meal. In England, you will get Tandoori style food at: • Bombay Brasserie - Tandoori Chicken - Half a spring chicken marinated with yoghurt and spices, broiled in the tandoor - £ 18 • Chor Bizarre, London -Tandoori Wild Spencer Gulf king prawns with Goan curry sauce, pandan and coconut rice - £ 27.5 •The Cinnamon Club - Tandoori breast of Cartmel Valley pheasant with chickpeas and tamarind - £ 14.50

Inputs from Punam Singh, Country Representative, London & Partners, India and Ritushri Dhanker, PR Manager, Visit England

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Dal Makhani

It is a rich and creamy lentil dish served with a dollop of butter and accompanied with hot naan (type of Indian bread). • Tamarind – £ 7.95 • The Spice Pavilion, Scotland – £ 8.95 • Asha’s Restaurant, Birmingham – £ 9.95


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Experience the scenic beauty of

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Andaman Islands

Set yourself free from the boring office routine, and soak in the relaxing sound of the waves on the mesmerising islands of Andaman. Situated at a distance of 1190 Km from Chennai & 1255 Km from Kolkata, the islands offer the perfect setting for a leisure getaway. The Islands are shrouded in the mystery for centuries because of their inaccessibility. A paragon of beauty, these islands present a landscape of scenic and picturesque extravaganza, shimmering like emeralds in the Bay of Bengal.

Packages for Andaman Islands Mountain Edge Tours and Holidays Pvt. Ltd at Port Blair, Andaman Islands offers customised packages starting from 3 nights/4 days to 8 nights/9 days for family holidays, Honeymoons, group tours & events. Mountain Edge also offers leisure activities like Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Trekking, Boat rides and other land and underwater activities as per the requirement of the travellers.

Places to see & other Activities on the Andaman Islands options

With a total number of 572 islands, Havelock Island, North Bay, Baratang Island and Diglipur are the more popular ones. Enjoy the white-sand beaches, spot dolphins and turtles or the captivating wide variety of corals and exotic flora & fauna. One can also visit the museums, the historical Cellular Jail (National Memorial), Samudrika Marine Museum, parks and more. With Snorkeling & Scuba Diving, one can take a closer look at the coral colonies and underwater marine life.

For more information, contact info@mountainedge.in | mountainedgepb@gmail.com


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The Lalit Resort and Spa Bekal

Holiday Talk | May–Jun 2013

NESTLED AMIDST NATURE The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal, located in Kasargod district of Kerala, is a top of the line luxury beach resort set up on 26 acres of virgin stretch of northern Kerala in the lap of Arabian Sea. Embraced by natural backwater from three sides and with internal lagoons, the resort is region’s first five star deluxe property offering world class facilities.

For more information, visit: www.thelalit.com/the-lalit-resort-spa-bekal/overview


ACCOMMODATION

39 rooms including the luxurious Kettuvallum (Floating House Boat) and the Presidential Suite

SPECIAL FEATURES

• Sea Side Dining under a private tent • Helipad and Bagghies for guests • Other facilities include water sports, swimming pool with outdoor Jacuzzi, International library with WIFI internet access, DVD library with music selection and business centre.

OTHER SERVICES

• A shopping arcade selling exotic goods and Asian crafts • Organic garden • Excursion cum activity desk • Swimming pool with a multitude of indoor & outdoor activities- beach volleyball, kayaking, etc., that enhance the destination experience

DINING

• Nombili Restaurant - An all day dining restaurant, includes special menus for the health conscious • Nombili Bar - Extensive range of cocktails, mocktails wines and spirits

LEISURE AND WELLNESS FACILITIES Rejuvenate the body and mind at the award winning Rejuve - The Spa. Built over an area of 20000 sqft, the spa offers traditional ayurvedic treatments, international therapies, beauty treatments and yoga. It provides a comprehensive service package encompassing physical fitness, beauty care, a nutritious diet, meditation - just besides the estuary, where the beach and backwater meet.


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A Walk in

Amritsar We’ve always heard that the best way to discover a city is by walking, this holds true for the famed Amritsar Heritage Walk. This two-hour guided tour, conducted twice every day, promises to take you back in time as you witness traditional trades and crafts being practised in the same place and in the same manner, as they have been for centuries.

The walk includes the numerous katras, akharas, bungas, havelis, hattis – all expressions of traditional town planning. Harsimran Bhullar, Manager, Projects, Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board


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he starting point of the tour is the historic Town Hall built by the Britishers in 1866, today it is the centre of Amritsar’s local administration. It goes past the Gurudwara Saragarhi, dedicated to the heroism of the 21 soldiers of the 36 Sikhs Battalion who lost their lives defending their posts on September 12, 1897, in the North Western Frontier Provinces. From Qila Ahluwalia, the fort replete with colonial architectural features, the walk brings you to Jalebiwala Chowk - home to a worldfamous jalebi shop that opened in 1956. It then continues to the Sangalwala and Chitta Akharas – rest spots for sadhus and yogis. Up ahead lies the Darshani Deori, marking the spot from where Guru Arjun Dev and Guru Hargobind would gaze out at an uninterrupted view of the Golden Temple. Other sites that one comes across are an ancient banyan tree, revered by all as Baba Bohar, the Thakurdwara Mandir, the Chowrasti Atari built by Guru Hargobind, and Amritsar’s first mint - the Taksal. From Churi Bazaar, an archway meant to connect mohallas and katras of yore leads to the final destination - the Golden Temple. For more information, contact: Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board www.punjabtourism.gov.in


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Romancing with Mountains

Jaypee Residency Manor A dream location, excellent facilities and access to varied activities in the region make Jaypee Residency Manor, Mussoorie, a preferred choice for luxury travellers. Spread over nine acres of lush green on a hilltop, this unique five star deluxe hotel in Uttaranchal is a tribute to the majesty and splendor of Mussoorie ‘the queen of hills’.

Special Features

• The hotel has offerings for every lifestyle with extensive leisure facilities like an indoor temperature controlled swimming pool, Tamaya - spa, salon and wellness centre, a leisure mall featuring electronic games, bowling alley, kids room and outdoor play areas. • Valley View Tower is a brand new extension to Jaypee Residency Manor, Mussoorie, situated on a hill crest. With 41 rooms, resto café, 3 banquet halls & a kids’ zone.


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Dining options

Jaypee Residency Manor offers some exceptional dining options. These include Captain Young’s Café for casual dining, Regency multi-cuisine restaurant with live music in the evenings, Marshal’s Lounge, the bar with a colonial setting and Terrace Grill open-air dining during summer months. Café Manor, with contemporary interiors and elegant setting, offers an interesting mix of international flavours. Wood fired Pizzas are its specialty.

Outdoor Activities

Mussoorie is a fascinating hill resort offering breathtaking views of the Shivalik ranges as well as the Doon valley, along with options for everyone, trekkers, sight-seeing aficionados, bird lovers and admirers of colonial architecture. • Another mesmerizing phenomenon to experience from here is winterline - straight line that seems to have cut the stunningly beautiful horizon in two. This can be viewed only from two places in the world, Switzerland and Mussoorie. • Jaypee Residency Manor has designed special rejuvenation packages keeping in mind the varied sensibilities of our guests. Spa enthusiasts can avail the Spa Indulgence Package at the in-house spa, Tamaya that brings a specially crafted repertoire of traditional & authentic treatments to relax and heal the body. • Spectacular views, unbridled luxury, extensive leisure and an un-interrupted encounter with nature combined with exceptional service promise to make every moment this vacation a perfect moment.

For further info visit: www.jaypeehotels.com


I’m like a Banjaran Sridevi Living out of a suitcase I am very much like a banjaran (nomad), we all live like that, our bags are always packed. But in spite of the fact that we live out of our suitcases, I love to travel.

holiday mantra Sridevi lets us in on her h she loves and talks about how muc and and travelling with her husb ts the actress ge daughters. HolidayTalk trip to Capri. to talk about her recent

Recently I had gone on a trip to Italy with my family and we hired a yacht and spent a day at sea in Capri. My daughters had a great time as they could swim and since they are both very keen on adventure they wanted to travel on the yacht at full speed, however I’m not like them on that front. So while the yacht was on full speed and they were laughing and having fun, I was on the verge of tears. But I really enjoyed watching my daughters having so much fun.

Sridevi - The Explorer I love to shop from Milan and New York. But there is When I travel for work, especially for no compulsion that I only have to shop from concerts, etc., sometimes I don’t even high-end shops, street shopping can be know which city I am in, as I am only equally fun. Whenever I see something performing and then packing my interesting, I immediately pick it up, when suitcase to leave for another city. never mind if it’s from the streets or However, when I travel with my a designer store. I travel with family I like to explore the city and my family I like go around the place. My husband My favourite destinations to explore the city and I love to familiarise ourselves are Rome and Milan. Rome is the with the place. However, I do not most beautiful and romantic city. and go around enjoy adventure tourism. But having said that if I’m with my the place family, no matter where I am, be it in As told to Peden Doma Bhutia Rome or Chennai, I love that feeling.

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Shopping spree


Matthew Hayden Family Man & Foodie

Better known for his imperious batting and intimidating personality, former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden is a keen foodie with his own cookbook and CEO of The Hayden Way, is indulging his love for travel, sailing and skiing.

Your favourite destination Bora Bora in Tahiti. I recently visited it with my wife and it is one of the most remarkable experiences on the planet.

What makes it so special for you? We spent our entire day in Bora Bora in the crystal clear lagoon adjoining our hotel villa and our nights feasting on the most delicious seafood preparations. The French influence, the incredible seafood, the beaches, the warmth and ready affection of the Tahitian people make Bora Bora a once in a lifetime destination.

What kind of a traveller are you? I love to travel with my family – my wife and children. We had recently chartered a boat and we took off for thirteen days to one of the most beautiful locations in Australia, the Hayman Islands in the Great Barrier Reef. If I had to travel by myself, I would probably opt to visit all the major surfing destinations around the world as I love the sport.

Any restaurants you would recommend? In Barbados, we ate at a restaurant in the Gorge where the sand dunes on the beach have a pinkish hue. It was probably one of the best beaches in the world and truly, a slice of paradise and dining at the restaurant overlooking the beach was a breath-taking experience. In London, I’m a huge fan of the Bombay Brasserie for its superlative Indian food as well as the Japanese cuisine in Zuma. In India, my most memorable meals have been at Dakshin at the ITC Maratha, Mumbai, for

its South Indian food and the Bukhara in ITC Maurya, Delhi, for their outstanding lamb shanks.

Any destinations you would like to visit and why? Japan is on top of my list of destinations to visit. I plan to go skiing there during Christmas as my family loves to ski and they’re all experienced skiers, even my six-yearold son! I would also like to visit India with my family and have them get to know the country. South Africa is another destination on my family’s wish list, as they would all like to experience a safari in South Africa’s game reserves.

Which three destinations would you say are ‘must-visits’? The top must-visit destination in my book is Hayman Islands, for its scenic natural beauty, options for an action packed holiday and diverse culinary experiences; Kerala for its serene backwaters and spice and rubber plantations that hark back to an ancient way of life; and Tuscany in Italy. Interviewed by Lyandra D’souza


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London attracts

Rannvijay Best known for hosting the popular adventure reality show, MTV Roadies, Actor and VJ Rannvijay revealed in a candid conversation with HolidayTalk that he himself is an adventure junkie and an opportunity to eat and party attracts him to a destination. Favourite restaurant in London I don’t follow a review. But I like Buddha Bar for fine dining. I also love walking around and mixing with the locals and finding out the joints where they eat and dine.

Partying in London I enjoyed a lot of underground garage parties with our Film crew from there. I enjoy going to the clubs in Oxford and Bond Street. It’s hard to get into a club there. I enjoy standing in their line and being checked for how well dressed we are and anticipating whether we’re up to the mark or not.

Staying in London When I travelled with my friends last summer across Europe, we stayed in youth hostels everywhere knowing that we wouldn’t be spending too much time in the hotel. While travelling for Roadies across the states/countries we stay in motels. In London, I particularly enjoyed my stay at the St. James Court Hotel, which is located in the heart of Westminster, minutes away from Buckingham Palace, and a short walk from many of London’s most famous landmarks. It was like living in a postcard of London.

Shopping in London Oxford & Bond Street. I also like experimenting with the small boutiques of the local designers that aren’t big labels but their collections are chic.

In London What’s overrated?

Prices of cabs and drinks in a club.

What’s underrated? Small studios with stand up comic acts. I took a 5 pound ticket and for 2 hours there were 8 comedians who had us in splits. As told to Neha Oberoi


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FOR A STAY AT CLASSIC Classic Residency

With 47 luxurious rooms, Classic Residency - Haridwar, has the distinction of being the only hospitality outlet with a swimming pool in Haridwar and all rooms have a private balcony. The hotel has excellent banquet/ conference facilities, a multi cuisine restaurant, and Hitayu - the Ayurvedic health spa.

Classic Hill Top Resort

Spread over 7 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens, Classic Hill Top Resort – Chamba offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the snow-clad mighty Himalayas. The hotel is located 60km from Rishikesh on the Mussoorie-Chamba road and only a six-hour drive from Delhi. The resort’s spa – Hitayu – offers a whole lot of Ayurvedic treatments and yoga & meditation sessions. The place is also ideal for MICE activities.

Classic The Mall

– Nainital, provides a great view of the hills and Naini lake. Located on the Mall Road itself, this hotel runs through the heart of the Nainital town parallel to the lake. The hotel has 35 rooms including luxury suites and family cottages.

Classic Diplomat

, New Delhi, is a business hotel located in Mahipalpur, just 5 minutes drive from IGI Airport, New Delhi and 30 minutes away from the New Delhi Railway Station. The hotel is easily accessible and each of the 88 rooms is modern in appeal with contemporary amenities and personalised services. For more information, log on to www.classichotels.net.in


Changes in Tourist Visa Requirements

Canada Now an applicant can fill the form online. Then a barcode is generated and data automatically goes to the Embassy. A printout with the barcode details, along with the form, signed by the applicant has to be attached with the application for submission. Please Note: Visa application form should be of the current year and current month.

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s visa is applied online through ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). The fee payment can be done through credit card. Please Note for Tourist visa, One needs to submit a copy of the passport – front, last page and the observation page. A copy of the ticket and hotel confirmation is also needed.

Thailand From February 4, 2013, applicants for tourists and transit visas at VFS Thailand Visa application Centre and Connaught Place, New Delhi, can use following options as mode of payment for visa fee and VFS service charge: 1) Cash, and 2) Demand Drafts should be made in a consolidated amount consisting of visa fee and VFS service charge payable to VFS Global Service Pvt. Ltd. Non-immigrant applicants must provide an external demand draft for visa fee. In addition to visa fee and VFS service charge, there will be a bank charge of Rs 30 per application for both modes of payments.

Australia Now Australia has started issuing label-free visas. They require a notarised copy of the passport – front, last page and the observation page, and the form is filled online. There have also been changes in the visa categories and the forms accordingly.

New Guidelines 1. A  pplicants for all types of visa must complete all fields in the application form except those not applicable. 2. Applicants for Tourist and Transit visa must provide • Details of arrival to and departure from Thailand, e.g., airlines, flight numbers, time and date of travel. • Accommodation reserved under applicant’s name. If one intends to stay with relatives or friends, one must provide invitation letter along with a copy of their ID/ passport. • In addition, applicants must provide proof of sufficient funds available during their stay in Thailand, e.g., copy of bank statement from the last 6 months, copy of credit cards with their names visibly seen on them, or currency exchange slip of US $500 per person or US $1,000 per family with their names. 3. One must provide name, address, telephone number, and fax numbers of travel agent and personal tour guide in Thailand. In case of individuals, one must provide name, address, telephone number, and fax numbers of parents, relatives, or friends in India.

Info courtesy: www.udaanindia.com


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Holiday Talk | May–Jun 2013

Travel Essentials With the onset of summer comes the time of vacations. Choose your destination and get into the mood of some adventure with these fun travel accessories…

RARE CASK collection LOUIS XIII RARE CASK 42, 6 Suggested retail price, 18 000 €

Comfort bags for Laptops by Samsonite Available at a retail price of ` 6290 and ` 12990

Camping must haves by

BASECAMP Available at all leading outlets including Basecamp, Westside, Central and Shoppers Stop

Go Travel Playing cards Price: `395

Maglite Solitaire Price: `540

Fab Lock Price: `295


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New Travel Gear by

VICTORINOX

Celebrating cotton Add some fun to your wardrobe and shine bright in cottons that are not only comfortable but stylish at the same time. Cotton Council International gives you a detailed account on what to wear by highlighting the latest cotton trends. Sheers, Cut-Outs, Camouflage prints, Prints, Crop Tops and Metallic are the latest takeaway cotton trends for Spring Summer 2013.


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Turkey

The country to talk about

Bright sun, beautiful blue sea, vast plains and high mountains, and in addition to that – traces of the ancient cultures: legendary Troy, mysterious caves of Cappadocia, magnificent Byzantium monuments and luxurious Osman palaces. This is all about Turkey – the cultural, economic and tourism link between Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Shopping

Authentic handmade gifts, carpets, textile, leather clothes and accessories, sweets and Turkish delights attract tourists. Turkey also boasts numerous boutiques of world famous fashion and outlet brands.

Spa

Sports and outdoor

One can enjoy hiking, trekking, mountain biking, river rafting, scuba diving, windsurfing, wave surfing, kite surfing, paragliding, parasailing, skiing, jet-skiing, fishing activities in Turkey.

World famous Hamam bath, aromatherapy and relaxing massages provide tourists with exquisite Spa experience.

Sightseeing

Turkey hosts the most archeological sites on the Earth and the biggest open air museum in the world. Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, City of Troy, Cappadocia and wonders of Istanbul are some other places of interest.

For more information: www.goturkey.com


Doctor’s Advice

Doctor talk

Going on a holiday? Depending upon where you are headed, a few essentials need to be packed and one needs to know a bit about basic health care. HolidayTalk presents some tips to follow and some basic medicines that are must to pack for a stress-free journey.

Essential Eye Care

Always carry Anti-allergic drops and Antibiotic drops for any unforeseen infection (redness, sticky discharge).

Our Tip

Washing eyes with clean water is the best first aid if dust, foreign particles or chemical should accidentally fall into the eye. If the irritation persists, consult a doctor.

Essential Skin Care

Always carry Sunscreen and sunglasses for protection from harmful effects of UV sun rays. • Skin takes at least 15 minutes for absorption of the sunscreen. So apply it at least 15 minutes before going out and reapply after every 2-3 hours. • Sunglasses protect against bright sunlight, dust, sand, flying obstacles and even snow, ice and water while skiing. Ensure the goggles are UV protective.

Our Tip

For proper nourishment of your skin, eat salads blanched in boiling water, vegetable soup to keep you warm and healthy and drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Your skin is always thirstier than you are!

Essential medicines

For tender Stomach/diarrhea/watery stools: Always remember • Drinking adequate amounts of fluid. • Eat only cooked food. It is better to avoid raw salads or sushi, when the stomach is out of action. • As and if needed, take Tablet ORNOF twice a day, after meals for 5 days along with Tablet REDOTIL (100mg.) twice a day for 3 days.

Our Tip

Always drink bottled water in any new region. Always carry your medical information, such as any medication, allergies, and your family doctor information with you.

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Holiday Talk | May–Jun 2013

Thai Smile Spreading smiles Taking a Bangkok detour from Delhi to reach Phuket is no longer needed, thanks to the THAI Smile service launched by THAI Airways. Operating with a brand new fleet of Airbus-320, the airline now provides direct connectivity to Phuket from Delhi and Mumbai.

Seating

With a seating capacity of 168 seats, the aircraft boasts of two classes – 12 seats in Smile Plus (Business Class) and 156 seats in Smile Class (Economy Class). The baggage allowance in economy class is 20kg.

Smile Plus

THAI Smile’s business class will provide utmost comfort in a friendly atmosphere. With passenger comfort in mind, the middle seat in each row of 3 seats will always be vacant, this means more leg and elbow room. Other business class services include: • Separate Smile Plus check-in counters • 30 kg baggage allowance • Access to lounges prior to departure • Full Frequent Flyer Programme mileage accrual. Royal Orchid Plus members can earn 125 per cent of actual miles flown, or 500 minimum miles. • Star Alliance FPP members would earn miles as per bilateral agreements


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“THAI Smile is being used as a product strategy for the first time in the Indian market to refresh the existing brand and to bridge the gap between full service carriers and low cost carriers. It is a module to help us explore the new markets with right size capacity aircraft which are more fuel efficient and environment friendly. As a budget airline THAI Smile is providing all the services of THAI Airways,�. Korakot Chatasingha General Manager, India, THAI Airways International


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New Concept of Motoring

PCP Terra

Changing the way Indians view their holidays, Paracoat Products (PCP) launched PCP Terra, Motor Home cum Office, based on a standard pick-up vehicle. This caravan can be customised according to one’s specific needs, such as number of berths, interior design, etc.

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The vehicle is installed with a frame made of fibreglass (FRP) with resistance to road worthy conditions. It is also thermal insulated and is electricity proof. Its durability has been designed as such that one just pack up and leave for a trip to the wild outdoors. The window has a vacuum system and 3 style nets (clear, opaque and mosquito net).

Perfect for a family or group outing, the PCP Terra can seat 7 people in total. The living room can be adjusted to a bedroom to fit 5 people. The vehicle is fitted with heater, microwave, air conditioner, refrigerator, shower, shelves and even a stereo and multimedia system. It also has a display to monitor the level of fresh water and wastewater as well.

Basic Information: Cost: The conversion cost is 28.5 lacs + taxes, base vehicle cost around 6 lacs, final cost to customer approx 34.5 lacs. Fuel Average: 7-9 km/litre (diesel) Best For: Travel Industry, entertainment Industry, state Government tourism, businessman, politicians, media personals, Saints.


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Royal Rajasthan Exhibiting

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Besides the above, SHREE TOURS also operate SPA and health tours.

ajasthan is a major travel destination of India. Here you will find all colours, historical monuments, Palaces, Handicrafts, Gems, Minerals, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Cattle Fairs and touching hospitality. There is nothing more rewarding and relaxing than spending some time in the royal state of Rajasthan. SHREE Tours provides some very special package tours of Rajasthan like Sun-and-sand tours, camel safari, desert trekking, majestic Rajasthan, historical monument tours, etc. Another attraction is experiencing Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. The train having capacity of 82 tourists running from Delhi and covering Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Bharatpur and Agra, covers some major attractive and charming cities of Rajasthan along with Agra and Delhi. For More information visit: www.shreetours.com


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Travel Insurance Stay informed about your rights

When a person travels outside his/her home country, there always remains a risk of illness or an accident and the possibility of medical care requirements. In order to ensure protection against such elements, travel insurance is a must. HolidayTalk asked Antony Jacob, Chief Executive Officer, Apollo Munich Health Insurance, some basic insurance questions, which a traveller should know before going on a trip. 1.In case of adventure and outdoor trips, what kind of policies provide a good cover to a traveller? Unfortunately there is inadequate travel insurance for people who are travelling abroad for adventure sports. Most travel insurance policies exclude medical treatment for injuries that occur from participation in activities such as mountaineering, scuba diving, hand gliding, etc., when performed on a professional or semi-professional basis. Though there are a few insurance companies that provide some cover for medical expenses related to adventure sports, but they require such information to be shared at the time of signing the policy. Anyone looking for a policy with such covers should specifically ask for these benefits while choosing a plan. 2.Is there any special group insurance cover for a couple or a family? Most insurance companies offer travel insurance policies on an individual basis, but there are options available on a family floater basis, similar to health insurance policies. In a family floater policy, the sum insured coverage is shared amongst all the family members. This often leads to a lower premium amount. At Apollo Munich, we offer such family floater travel insurance policies, and the response to these have been quite favourable over the last year as more and more families are vacationing at far-off destinations. 3.What does the baggage insurance policy cover? How will a person claim for it in case of lost baggage? And how long does it take to get the compensation? Baggage insurance is a part of the overall travel insurance policy, wherein the coverage extends to a total loss of checkedin baggage, and also compensates for delay in the delivery of checked-in baggage.

Total loss of checked-in baggage coverage is provided based on the airline’s confirmation report of the loss of baggage. However, this does not provide compensation for the loss of money or securities. To claim baggage insurance benefit, a customer should submit the required proof (letter from airlines) to the insurance provider, along with information on the actual loss. Compensation is made into the customer’s bank account in India or a cheque is sent to the customer’s location, when the claim is accepted. A delay in baggage can be compensated for, provided the delay is defined as a fixed amount of time over which the checked-in baggage has not been received and sufficient proof has also been received from the airline. Compensation paid out would be as per the sum insured determined under the travel insurance policy.

4.In case of loss of passport, how does an insurance help the traveller? When there is a loss of a passport, the travel insurance provider will compensate for the cost incurred to obtain a new passport. This does not include compensation in cases where the passport was impounded or confiscated by local authorities.


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worldcurrency Country

World Weather

Currency Units/INR

THAILAND

THB

1.879

SINGAPORE

SGD

44.13

EUROPEAN UNION EUR

71.4

UK

GBP

83.74

CANADA

CAD

53.50

City/Months

January

February

Avg low High

Avg low High

Colombo, Sri Lanka

25.5

31.1

25.5

30.4

Bangkok, Thailand

25.6

34.0

25.4

33.1

Singapore

24.6

31.6

24.5

31.2

Athens, Greece

13.9

26.0

18.2

31.1

Madrid, Spain

10.7

21.4

15.1

26.9

London, England

8.9

18.1

11.8

21.0

7.7

19.1

12.7

23.8

NEW ZEALAND

NZD

46.27

Ottawa, Canada

10.5

19.0

13.3

21.8

AUSTRALIA

AUD

56.87

Wellington, New Zealand 9.7

15.2

7.9

13.1

3.1

15.4

0.9

12.1

HKD

7.03

Canberra, Australia

HONG KONG

Berlin, Germany

9.0

18.9

12.3

21.6

SLR

0.44

24.1

28.4

26.2

30.2

Sri Lanka

Paris, France

Hong Kong

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