How to Survive a Bee Attack?

rp_BeeNest.pngI have come across bee nests in a number of monuments. And on one Sunday, I had to return fromSukhnaLakewithout enjoying morning walk as some body had stirred a bee nest and bees attacked a morning walker. In such situation, what to do?

Try to protect ears, eyes, mouth and nose with a handkerchief, coat and what ever you have.

Try to get away from the place as quickly as possible.

Do not fight with bees.

Run away from bees.

Get inside a vehicle or building if possible.

Visit a doctor to treat swelling and pain that bees may cause.


Revision of Minimum Daily Tariff for Bhutan Travel Packages

What is Minimum Daily Tariff?  The Bhutanese Department of Tourism has fixed a minimum daily tariff for all travel packages. However, tourists can plan their own itineraries. The tariff includes all meals, accommodations, entrance fees, internal transport, internal taxes and government royalty, camping gear in case of trekking trips and…

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How to Survive an Earthquake?

How to Survive an Earthquake?

During February and March, powerful earthquakes shook parts of Chile, Japan, Indonesiaand Turkey. Predicting earthquakes is quite difficult so we cannot avoid them. However, we can learn a few things and prepare ourselves to survive an earthquake.

If you are in a moving bus, car and any other vehicle, stop as quickly as possible and do not leave the vehicle. However, avoid stopping under or near trees, utility wires and buildings.

If you are outdoors, stay away from streetlights and buildings.

If you are indoors, stay within the building until tremors stop, stay away from any object that could crumble, such as glass windows, furniture and lighting fixture.

GOI Introduces T-VoA

GOI Introduces T-VoA

The Government of India (GOI) introduced Tourist Visa on Arrival scheme (T-VoA) for the citizens ofSingapore,New Zealand, Luxembourg, Japan and Finland in view of the Commonwealth Games 2010. The citizens who wish to meet their relatives and friends, go for sight seeing and travel for recreation in India can get the T-VoA provided they fulfill all criteria of a normal tourist visa such as a proof of having sufficient money required to stay in India and a valid passport.

T-VoA, a non-convertible and non-extendable visa, is applicable for a single entry into the country for maximum of 30 days. The visa, costing USD 60.00 per passenger, will be issued only at the airports of Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai andDelhi. In one calendar year, just two visits are permissible on the T-VoA but there should be a gap of two months between the visits.

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Don’t Walk Like a Coolie, Carry only the Essentials

Don’t Walk Like a Coolie, Carry only the Essentials

In all my big and small adventure expeditions to remote areas, organizers ensured that participants should carry only the essentials contrary to desire of participants, especially teenagers and rookies who pack a dress a day, a sweater a day, make up and shaving kits and other fancy items to look their best in no man’s land. Organizers advise do not walk like a coolie (porter), travel light, enjoy beautiful surroundings and reach the destination in time, happy and relaxed.

There is nothing wrong in looking good. However, beyond snowline, in deep recesses of forests, deserts or other similar environs where public conveniences are non-existent bathing and cleaning are itself an adventure. Then, what is the use of make-up kits? In fact, growing beard in extreme climates protect the skin from harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. Traveling light saves energy and keeps fatigue related problems at bay. Some travelers may argue that mules and porters can be hired but both require money and at many places, these luxuries may not be available.

Why Should You not Wear New Clothes on Holi?

Why Should You not Wear New Clothes on Holi?

Generally, festivals are the best time to flaunt the best clothes and accessories. However, on Holi, the festival of colors, you should wear ragged and old clothes. On Holi day, Indians apply colors to their friends, family members and guests for fun and joy. Some mischievous people even throw balloons filled with plain water / colored-water and / or spray colored water on passersby. If you intend to play Holi or go out on the day (March 1, 2010), be prepared to get balloons filled with plain water / colored-water, colored water sprays and / or smears of dry powder colors. It will be difficult to get stubborn stains of colors out of clothes so wear old clothes.