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PM Modi Flagged Off 2 New Vande Bharat Trains In Mumbai
On February 10, PM Modi flagged off 2 Vande Bharat Trains in Mumbai. These are the first of the intra-state Vande Bharat Trains within the state of Maharashtra which will be operating on the Mumbai – Solapur, and Mumbai – Sainagar Shirdi routes. Union Railway Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw recently said that the Railways plans to roll out 2 to 3 new Vande Bharat Trains per week by the end of the next financial year.
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Air Suvidha Forms Discontinued
On February 9, the Indian Government issued its updated COVID-19 travel guidelines for international travelers. International arrivals will no longer be required to upload their negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results and their self declaration form on the Air Suvidha Portal. However, random testing of 2% of all international travelers will still be conducted.
Singapore Lifts Travel Restrictions
Singapore’s Ministry of Health recently announced that from February 13, international travelers will no longer be required to provide a proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test upon their arrival in Singapore. Furthermore, the travelers will no longer be required to be fully vaccinated, provide a proof of vaccination, or buy travel insurance in order to visit the country.
Qatar Announces Extension Of Hayya Cards Validity And Makes Travel Insurance Mandatory
Got your Qatar tour package and ready to pack up and leave? Here’s some update for you. Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has announced that they will be extending the validity of Hayya Cards till January 24, 2024. Hayya Cards were recently introduced for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, to aid in hassle free travel for visitors and act as a multiple entry permit to Qatar. In addition to this, the Ministry of Public Health made travel insurance a mandatory entry requirement for all visitors planning to visit Qatar.
4 More Indian Airports To Provide Digi Yatra Service
From the month of March, 4 more airports in India will be providing travelers with paperless boarding and check-in service known as Digi Yatra. So far this service is only available at the Varanasi, Delhi, and Bengaluru airports. As per the statement released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Airports Authority of India will be implementing this service at the Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Pune, and Kolkata airports.
Gulmarg Is Now Home To India’s First Glass Igloo Restaurant
If you are looking for a reason to book a Jammu and Kashmir tour package, here it is! Gulmarg in Kashmir’s Baramulla district is currently home to India’s First Glass Igloo Restaurant. Built by the Kolahoi Green Heights Hotel and based on a concept from Finland, this glass igloo has been attracting a lot of tourists this season.
Losar Festival To Be Held In Sikkim
Come February 21 to February 27, Sikkim will be witnessing the grand celebrations of the Losar Festival – the Tibetan New Year. If you plan to experience the real culture and heritage of Sikkim, this will be the right time to get your Sikkim tour package. You will get to witness religious performances, enjoy local traditional food, and be a part of general merry making at the many monasteries in the state.
Bir In Himachal To Host Musicathon in April
The key highlight of our Himachal Pradesh tour package, Bir is about to get more exciting. Known for providing thrill seekers with adventurous activities like paragliding, Bir is now looking to attract music lovers with a 2 day long music festival – Musicathon between April 7 – 8. Although the official lineup is yet to be announced, various well known artists from across the genres are expected to perform during the event.
Ellora – Ajanta International Festival To Take Place After 7 Years
Planning a trip to Aurangabad? Now is the right time! Because after 7 long years, the Soneri Mahal a part of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University premises will be hosting the Ellora – Ajanta International Festival. The 3 day festival focused on traditional folk music will take place between February 25 and February 27 wherein several notable international and national artists will display their talents. A pre-festival event called “Purvarang” will also take place on February 12.
Jaipur To Host Sambhar Festival
Organized by the District Administration and the State Tourism Department of Rajasthan, the 3 day Sambhar Festival will take place from February 17 to February 19. This adventure cum cultural festival will take place near the Sambhar Salt Lake and will feature several events such as parasailing, camel rides, bike rides, ATV rides, photography exhibitions, etc. Seems like a good time to visit Jaipur with one of our Rajasthan tour packages, don’t you think?
4 Major Cities In Assam Connected Via Helicopter Services
Your holidays in Assam just got more exciting! On February 8, helicopter services were started to connect the 4 major cities of Assam – Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Jorhat, and Guwahati (which are all included in our Assam tour packages). These services, provided under the RCS UDAN Scheme, will help boost tourism by aiding in the connectivity of the state and save the tourists the hassles of uncomfortable bus rides and long flight and train journeys.
IndiGo Announces New Flights
From March 26 onwards, IndiGo plans to operate flights on new domestic and international routes. In the international sector, the airline plans to operate flights from India to Middle Eastern cities on the Abu Dhabi – Chennai, Chennai – Muscat, and Abu Dhabi – Hyderabad routes. Whereas the domestic sector will see the addition of direct flights from Delhi to Dharamshala.
Vistara To Start New Flights
Vistara is all set to start flight operations on new routes in the month of March. From March 1, the airline will commence operating flights to Colombo and Dammam from Mumbai along with starting 5 weekly flights between Mumbai and Mauritius starting from March 26.
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