A showcase of finest boutique hotels to converge in Delhi

Representation pic Scores of Indian and overseas tour operators, alongwith world travellers, will converge in New Delhi later this month to participate in an event showcasing boutique hotels, lodges, hideaways, camps and retreats in India, Nepal and B...

Indonesia eyeing 7 lakh tourists from India in 2018

Indonesia is hoping for an "exponential" increase in tourist inflow from India and has set its visitor arrival target at seven lakh from the country in 2018, a senior official from the island nation has said. The country received 485,314 Indian visitor...

Visit Marine camp at Lakshadweep – Thinnakara Island

Lakshadweep Lakshadweep is a group of islands, 200–440 km off the southwest coast of India. These islands form the smallest union territory of the country. The Lakshadweep region has about 600 species of fish, 78 species of coral and over 100 sp...

Tips for picking, packing footwear for travel

Representational Picture Picking the right kind of footwear for your trip is important but what is more important is how to pack them. Wear your heavier shoes for the flight to lessen luggage weight, suggest experts. Ishaan Sachdeva, Director at Albe...

Offbeat places to visit on this long Holi weekend


Pic/Asif N Khan

Find Nemo
WHERE: Lakshadweep
Who needs a pool party when you can splash around in the pristine waters of Lakshadweep? And if the underwater world fascinates you, this marine camp at the picturesque Thinnakara Island, organised by the Bombay Natural History Society, is for you. The archipelago brims with about 600 species of fish, 78 species of coral and over 100 species of other marine invertebrates. With most snorkelling in waist-deep coral lagoons, you won't miss out on any fun if you don't know how to swim.
FROM: March 3 to 7 meeting point Agatti airport, Lakshadweep.
LOG ON TO: bnhs.org
CALL: 22871202
COST: Rs 49,000 (includes stay, food, one snorkelling session per day; excludes flight/train tickets)

turtle festival

Attend a turtle festival
WHERE: Velas, Ratnagiri
Watch hundreds of baby Olive Ridley turtles take their first steps towards embracing the ocean at the annual Velas Turtle Festival. An initiative to conserve and raise awareness about the vulnerable species, it is organised by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra and Kasav Mitra Mandal. The three-day trip includes homestay, simple Konkani food, and visits to Bankot fort and the 16th-century Harihareshwar temple as well.
FROM: March 2 to 4, 10.30 pm
MEETING POINT: Pritam Hotel, Dadar East.
LOG ON TO: mumbai-rangers.com
CALL: 9819299164
COST: Rs 2,400 all inclusive

Welcome spring

Welcome spring
WHERE: Pushkar, Rajasthan
If you'd rather skip the wild Holi revelries of Vrindavan to mark the end of winter, opt for the easy vibe of the sandstone town of Pushkar, nestled in the Aravalli range. A pilgrim centre with ancient temples by the ghats of its famous lake, Pushkar offers a vivid landscape and views unlike any you would come across in a busy metro. While strolling by the Pushkar lake, take a detour to the many rose gardens in the vicinity. A three-day travel plan can comfortably pack in desert camping in Jaisalmer.
ON: Early March ideal
LOG ON TO: facebook.com/HakunaMatataTour
CALL: 9819470506
EMAIL: Hakunamatatatoursltd @gmail.com
COST: Rs 8,000 onwards

Explore the heart of India

Explore the heart of India
WHERE: The Satpura range, Madhya Pradesh
The dense deciduous forests in the Satpura range of Madhya Pradesh are said to be one of the best-kept natural secrets of India. Lesser-known than Pench, Bandhavgarh and Kanha reserves, the Satpura National Park is not just a wildlife lover's paradise. Its placid water bodies lend themselves perfectly to boat safaris and canoeing. Head to nearby Pachmarhi for its beautiful sunset points and waterfalls. A visit to the archaeological site of Bhimbetka rock shelters can also be packed in a three-day itinerary.
ON: Early March is ideal
AT: Resort Madhai by MP Tourism; Reni Pani Jungle Lodge and Pugdundee Safaris are some options.
LOG ON TO: mptourism.com
COST: Rs 4,000 onwards per night

Live the quaint life

Live the quaint life
WHERE: Kumaon, Uttarakhand
If extending your long weekend by a few days is not too difficult, this eco-friendly retreat in the Himalayas will help you come back refreshed. The itinerary includes a stay in a century-old traditional stone house, visits to Mukteshwar, Ranikhet and a few hidden gems of the Kumaoni region, a Holi celebration in the Aerodeo ridge, all while living the mountain life and relishing Kumaoni meals.
FROM: February 27 to March 3
LOG ON TO: mumbaitravellers.in
CALL: 8692055777
COST: Rs 16,999 plus tax (excludes transfers to Delhi and back)

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Valentine’s Day: Five not-so-predictable ideas to make the day special

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Railways enlists bloggers to publicise luxury trains

The Tourism Ministry and the IRCTC have enlisted 60 bloggers from 23 countries, including India, as part of a new publicity blitz to write on luxury trains run by the railways and improve their dwindling occupancy rate. The first-of-its-kind venture ...

Now you can book hotels with Google Flights

Google has introduced updates to its existing "Google Flights" service that will now let users book a hotel at their travel destination directly from Search. Earlier, the service helped users predict flight delays and find the cheapest fare by using ma...

Travel: Head out to Khandala for cliff traversing, other adventurous activities

What is life if full of care, you have no time to stand and stare. To ensure that you stand and stare at the beauty that is the Western Ghats, Mapping Journeys is organising trekking, rappelling and cliff traversing at the Duke Nose peak of Khandala ...