Every day you connect with your friends in a spilt of a second using internet cables in urban areas. Or, you may quickly drive to the friends’ place in your fancy two-, three-, or four-wheeler or a public bus. But connecting with villagers living on the opposite banks of the…
You can browse Air India (AI) flight route maps at its Interactive Route Map website.
Besides the route map, a pop up shows details of all available flights and a red color “Book Flight” button.
If you are time-strapped or looking for the fastest way to the Everest Region in Eastern Nepal, Agni and Yeti airlines fly between Kathmandu and Lukla, the gateway to the home of the loftiest peak. This less than an hour’s flight is however quite risky or “adventurous.” Accidents…
Sitting on the top of the bus plying within the Indian Himalayan states is fatal and prohibited for the safety of travelers. So, avoid it at any cost. The bus top may give you short-term pleasure of gazing at the landscape. But, if you reach safely to your…
Driving in the Himalayas, a challenge in itself, requires special skills and experience to negotiate its thin snaky roads. In fact, unmetalled and dirt roads are common in the mountain. During rainy season, metalled roads become slithery and the dirt roads turn into slurries, making driving difficult. Landslides, rock…
Travel in group to save on Himalayan trips
The Himalayan Adventure Company, mentioned in Rough Guides’ Clean breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World (2009), offers one complimentary place when you buy its adventure holidays for a 10-member group. So, travel with friends and family to save expenses of one person. Contact the company, based in Northern Ireland, for more details at http://www.thehimalayanadventurecompany.com/news.htm.
Some of the Himalayan roads remain closed during winter due to thick snow cover. However, some of these are very popular among tourists. For instance, Manali-Leh, Srinagar-Leh, Manali-Keylong and Kaza-Keylong. Next time, when you plan to explore any of these routes, check the road status at the website of Lahaul Spiti and Leh districts, as the respective state governments regularly update the status of these roads. And, drive safely.
Do you like to travel by bus?
You can book bus tickets online like airline and rail tickets. Thanks to Internet savvy entrepreneurs!
redBus.in offers bus tickets for several Indian cities / towns, includingDelhi, Mumbai, Chennai,Bangalore, Kolkatta and Manali. Select the route and date of travel. Search result page will display bus operator’s name, bus type, departure and arrival time, total travel time, rating, mTicket option, fare and available seats. You can even view the seat arrangement of the selected bus and choose a seat as per your requirements.
redBus, headquartered inBangalore,India, boasts a database of more than 350 bus operators. The company has outlets in various Indian cities and a ticket-booking website. The largest Indian bus ticket company redBus allows you to book tickets in person, by phone or online. Tickets are delivered at passengers’ home. Alternatively, you can print online.
Next time try redBus to purchase Indian bus tickets to avoid queues and save time to travel to the bus stand.
IRCTC Train Menu: Éclairs in Breakfast
My favorite mode of transport, especially for long journeys, is the Indian trains for four reasons: more legroom, pantry car, bedding, washrooms and guarantee of fewer jerks than in a bus ride. On many routes, train ticket price includes meals, morning tea and / or evening tea. However, menu requires some changes.
For instance, pantry of Kalka Shatabadi running between Kalka and Delhi via Chandigarh serves 2 Marie biscuits and tea in the early morning; and 2 white bread slices,10 gramsof Amul butter,10 gramsof Kissan mix fruit jam, 2 cutlets and 2 éclairs in vegetarian breakfast. Egg omelet replaces the cutlets in non-vegetarian breakfast.
However, I really wonder why Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd.(IRCTC) and its caterers serve this unhealthy and non-Indian breakfast. Moreover, éclairs do not make any sense at all. I have neither seen anybody eating éclairs in breakfast ever nor do I.
Diverse Indian cuisine traditions, in fact, offer many healthy, delicious breakfast options, including paratha, dhokla, idli, dosa, dal vada, chilla (pan cakes)… I will appreciate if white bread is replaced with brown and / or whole wheat bread, and éclairs and biscuits with a small seasonal fruit.
Try to Assess Cost of Offsetting Carbon Footprint of Your Holiday Air Travel
Global warming has become a buzzword but I wonder how many of us know that they can contribute small amounts to minimize / offset impact of their lifestyle-maintaining activities such as holidaying on the environment. It appears to be simple to contribute financially. For instance, as per the carbon footprint calculator of Natural Habitat Adventures and Sustainable Travel International (STI), one person flying from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, India to Goa, India is responsible for 0.5934 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Offsetting which costs just US$ 7.12 that money can be invested in renewable energy and conservation carbon reforestation projects and / or used to buy carbon offsets even through the travel agent.