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Report Reveals The Best Day For Booking Flight Tickets & No It’s Not A Tuesday!

For all you people who think booking air tickets on a Tuesday is a good idea because most people would be too busy to book theirs, well, we have news for you! As per a survey conducted by Expedia, Inc and Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC), booking flight tickets on a Tuesday or any weekday for that matter is not the best time.
The best day instead, is a Sunday and to that, we’d say it is better to follow a data backed option than some random Tuesday myth (if you really want to save money!).

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The reason behind this as per the report is that since more and more business travelers are opting to book their flight tickets on a weekday, the so called advantage is gone now. Instead, Sunday has emerged as the day where one should make their flight bookings and that too a minimum 21 days in advance if you want to score even better prices.

General speaking, the increase in number of planes, higher capacity flights, and extensive competition has not only contributed to falling ticket prices but also have made exciting destinations more accessible. In other words, your dream holiday isn’t that far behind now.

And yes, the report also noted that the average price for flights in the world is also dropping (yay to that!).

So the question that remains now is that when are you planning your next holiday? Because quite frankly, the odds can’t be better than this!

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Taking Selfies On Train Tracks Could Land You In Jail As Per New Rules Of Indian Railways!

The Indian Railways have been bringing about various updates in its measures over the last few months, including passenger ratings for cleanliness of trains and stations and the use of processed seawater for passengers to drink.

While many of the old rules for bookings are still there, there are some new rules that have been rolled out in the last six months, not adhering to which could possibly land you in prison!

The timings for Tatkal ticket booking remain the same. The booking window will open at its usual time of 10 AM for AC classes and 11 AM for non-AC a day prior to the date of travel, but:

  • Only a maximum of four people per PNR will be allowed

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  • Mumbaikars can no longer book their local train pass, Mumbai Suburban Season Ticket (MSST) on IRCTC website
  • They’ll need to book it the Indian Railways’ new app, UTS, that can only be downloaded on Android devices
  • There will be no refund on the cancellation of a confirmed Tatkal ticket
  • Passengers can get a refund of they cancel a waitlisted or RAC ticket at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time
  • If an an RAC or a waitlisted ticket holder is handed a confirmed reservation up to the final preparation of charts, that Tatkal ticket will be treated as confirmed

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The passenger will get a full refund if:

  • They have booked in Tatkal and the train is delayed by more than three hours from their point of origin
  • If the train is diverted and the passenger doesn’t want to travel by that diverted route and if their boarding station or destination or both are not on that diverted route
  • They are accommodated in a different class than the ticket they had booked and are unwilling to travel in that class. If they are willing, however, they’ll be paid the difference

How to get a refund:

  • Passengers will need to file a Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR) clearly stating their reluctance to travel via a diverted route or in a different class than the mentioned in the ticket, in order to get the refund
  • TDRs will need to be filed online as per the existing rules

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Additionally, if a Tatkal ticket is issued for more than one passenger in the case of people traveling in a group, where some passengers are confirmed and others in the waiting list, the confirmed passengers will get a refund as long as the entire ticket is cancelled at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

India has an incredibly high recorded number of senseless selfie deaths on train tracks. Though the Indian Railways have been continuously making public service announcements urging people to refrain from such acts, to the extent of setting up designated selfie booths at train stations across the country, nothing has changed.

Which is why, the Railway Police have established a rule that these offenders who disrupt train services will be booked under Section 147 of the Railway Act (unlawful entry to restricted areas of the station, including tracks) and will either be imprisoned for up to six months or fined a sum of up to INR 1,000/-, or both.

The Indian Railways have surely put down some strict new rules and regulations to monitor and improve the railway transportation sector in India, and boy do they mean business! Do you disagree with any of these? Let us know in the comments below and share this with your train-trotting friends in India.

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Dubai Will Soon Be Home To The World’s Largest Sky Pool, But We Have Packed Our Bags Already!

Dubai seems to want to stop at nothing for making and breaking world records over and over again. From the tallest building, tallest hotel, to now the largest sky pool, Dubai will soon be adding another feather to its hat!

The city is soon going to build a second Raffles on the artificial Palm Jumeirah island by 2021. When complete, the two towers of Palm360 will be the tallest building on The Palm Island.

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The two-tower site will have 359 branded residences that will include 16 penthouses with a private infinity pool, gym, and cinema in each of them. The hotel will also have two rooftop restaurants overlooking the beautiful city of Dubai at the top of one of the towers, along with some downright opulent facilities that will make you feel like royalty.

The hotel will have a waterside restaurant, a luxe all-day diner, a lavish lobby lounge, Raffles Spa, a health club, tennis court, a beach club, as well as a fully-supervised children’s club.

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But that’s not what’s getting everyone talking. What we’re excited about is the pool! Word is that it’s going to be the world’s largest sky pool, resigning at 170 meters of height and spanning a whopping 155 meters in length, connecting the two towers. The waterside restaurant we mentioned is going to be right on the side of this super sky pool. How cool is that!

The property will give you a direct access to the beach, and its beach club will be located directly on the brand new 11 km crescent Boardwalk of The Palm. Need more reasons to go check it out?

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Coming as a joint venture between Dubai-based developer Nakheel and the AccorHotels that run Raffles, this sky pool is probably going to be the sexiest addition to Dubai’s landscape.

Imagine taking a lavish swim in a pool no less than an ocean with sweeping views of the grandest Middle Eastern city right below! We don’t know about you but we’ve started dreaming already.

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Flying To The US This Summer? Apply Early For Visa

The US embassy has asked Indian travelers to apply early for US visa to avoid potential delays because of high demand for it during the summer season. The embassy also said that Indian applicants may have to wait 30 days or more for their visa interview appointment.

“The US embassy and our four consulates are constantly working to improve service and meet demand, but applicants should be aware that the summer is a peak travel season and there will be delays in getting visa appointments. Travelers should apply early to avoid potential delays,” the embassy said.

They have also advised applicants to beware of scams and fraud and reminded them that the only way one can get a US visa is through channels.

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“The only way to get a US visa is through official channels. Someone can either apply and have an interview at a US Embassy or Consulate, or if they have had a visa before and meet certain criteria, they may qualify to have their visa renewed.”

“Anyone claiming they can guarantee a visa in exchange for a fee is attempting to defraud you. Applicants should be smart and apply the right way,” the US embassy official said.

The embassy said consular sections in the US mission are currently only able to expedite visa appointments for cases involving genuine emergencies.

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Peru Is Proving To Be An Emerging Travel Destination For Indian Travelers

If you’re one of those who is always looking for new places and exotic locations to travel to then you’d be glad to know that Peru is one of the best emerging travel destination for Indian Travelers out there.

Peru, the third largest country in South America, has seen a significant growth in number of Indian tourist arrivals in the first two months of 2018, which is 36.9% more than the last year in the same period of time. Also, tourist arrivals of Indians in Peru were a good 22% in the year 2017 itself according to the statistics received from MINCETUR – the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru.

The government of Peru is now looking to extensively pursue the Indian outbound market. Luis M. Cabello, the Economic and Commercial Counselor of Embassy of Peru in India, while discussing about SATTE 2018 said, “I am more than excited to announce that this is the very first time that nine of the top Peruvian Tour Operators will come together on one platform in India to promote Peru as a tourist destination to the avid-travelling Indians, who are always in search of a novel international destination. Each of these operators participating at the Pavilion will offer a different aspect of Peru- be it adventure, gastronomy, history or culture. The Peru Pavilion will have experts who look after only specialized tours for the discerning Indian traveler and even those who look after MICE segments.”

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From beaches to rain forests to oasis, this fascinating destination has got it all. No wonder, Peru has also been named as the Best Emerging International Destination for 2018 by the Lonely Planet Magazine India for the second time in the last three years. This travel destination, which has been garnering constant traction amongst the Indian travelers offers them a myriad of experiences ranging from spirituality to history to nature.

So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip and tick this one off from your bucket list!!

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We’ll Soon Have Personal Virtual Assistants Onboard Mediterranean Cruises

The upcoming Mediterranean cruise liner, MSC Bellissima, will make your voyage more luxurious with the introduction of digital personal cruise assistant. This assistant will be directly dealing with the passengers and the concept pretty similar to Amazon’s Alexa. You will be able to receive tailor-made suggestions according to your preferences; all thanks to its voice-enabled Artificial Intelligence.

Whether you want to play music of your favorite genre or wish to know about the schedules onboard, this virtual assistance will be there to help. The cruise-liner’s authorities partnered with Harman International of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, in order to provide ship-based solutions meant especially for the guests. This makes MSC’s system stand out, as the general virtual assistants work on cloud-based programs. Being that said, you can obviously set the language of your choice, such as Mandarin, German, English, French, Brazilian and Spanish.

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This feature is expected to be launched from March 2, 2019 and will later be added to MSC’s other cruises. In fact, this is not all! The virtual assistance is just a part of the MSC for Me digital innovation program, which will also feature mobile interactive information screens as well as in-cabin connected televisions. Beside the digital factor, there will be a Grand Canyon themed aqua park, 2 new dining concepts and 2 Cirque du Soleil shows.

The 1034-foot long MSC Bellissima is currently under construction. The cruise will have 10 restaurants. 20 bars and a bowling alley for all the fun aboard.

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You Could Never Guess Which City Will Have A 100 Million Residents By 2100

While everyone is blabbering about world population on the rise, Lagos in Nigeria is going to be world’s most populated city by end of this century. The population here is predicted to come close to 100 million, which would indeed take over the population rate of Tokyo; as per the research conducted by University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In fact, many African cities will see a rise in population in the coming years.

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Daniel Hoornweg, Associate Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology said “Lagos, Dar Es Salaam, Kinshasa: These are the cities that are looking at four- to five-fold increases in population; by the end of the century, the lion’s share of large cities, the top 20 if you will, most of those will be in Africa,” in an interview with Voice of America.

The research was projected using the data provided by United Nations’ World Urbanization Prospects; predicting growth of population as well as urbanization through 2050. There were again many factors which led to the analysis – current urban to rural ratio in cities, birth rates and mortality rates. Currently, the most populated city is Tokyo in Japan, with 38.1 million people (2016) calling it home. The research also predicted that by 2100, the world’s population would range between 6.9 billion and 13.1 billion.

Daniel Hoornweg also mentioned that China is heading toward the latter leg of urbanization phase, and currently the wave of urbanization is headed to India and will later be going towards sub-Saharan Africa’s big cities.

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12 Domes Around The World That Depict Ancient Architecture At Their Best

While traveling places dating back to ancient times it’s their fine architecture that has left travelers enchanted the most. Buildings encompass ages, cultures, and craftsmanship that speak volume of its times. Among all the architectural wonders, those with massive arches stand out. These majestic domes around the world, first created and propagated by Romans, took years to complete and display impeccable architecture. Today, domes make an important part of the religious sites like temples, churches, mosques, and even the government buildings.

The domes of these monuments carry religious symbols, scriptures, and other engravings that say a lot about their past. Byzantines, in the 4th century, made sure that they explored the best of the detailing and intricacies of the domes. With time, these megastructures have only evolved.

Here are some of the best domes from across the world that have been known for their massive size, epic architecture, and cultural significance that they carry! Enjoy their surreal views and try to make it there soon.

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Dating back to 7th century, Some of the rock is an Islamic Shrine with a massive dome mounted on Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. The architecture exhibits the architectural style of Umayyad, Abbasid, and Ottoman. It is the oldest remaining Islamic monument today!

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Located in the capital city of UAE, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque boasts of one of the grandest domes around the world. The largest mosque in the country stands 115 m tall.

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Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, located on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square in Iran is another masterpiece for the art lovers. Standing at the face of Iranian architecture, the mosque, built during the Safavid Empire, is the beauty worth your visit.

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Sanchi Stupa located in the Sanchi district in Madhya Pradesh is a fine display of Buddhist architecture. The Buddhist complex is certainly one of the biggest creations in central India.

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The primary mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia stands 50 meters tall and a prominent cityscape in Malaysia. The mosque features best of Moorish, Islamic pattern perfectly blended into modern architecture.

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Saint Basil’s Cathedral located at Red Square in Moscow is one of the world’s most remarkable structures. Thanks to the colorful appearance and unique domes of the cathedral. This one is also known as the Cathedral of the Intercession.

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Whispering and Golden Gallery make for the prime attraction at St. Paul’s. At 111.3 meters, St. Paul’s in London is the largest cathedral in the United Kingdom and highest point in the city.

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Once a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica, then an imperial mosque, and currently a museum in Istanbul! The Hagia Sophia is truly an enchantress known for being the most remarkable tourist attraction in the country.

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Dating back to 16th century, The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican is an architectural wonder that every traveler must visit. It’s an Italian Renaissance church located in the heart of the Vatican City and the seat of the pope. Renaissance architecture can be seen in every bit of The Papal Basilica.

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Italy’s main church is a treat to the eyes! Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as Florence Cathedral, is the 13th-century building that continues to amaze people from across the world.

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The 96-meter tall parliament building is Budapest’s most popular tourist destinations. It features one of the largest domes in the world and is also a notable landmark.

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The most prominent building in the heart of Washington D.C is also referred as the Capitol Building. The building is home to the United States Congress and a prominent working place for the Federal Government. Planning a trip to the Capitol Building could be a wonderful experience for you.

Spellbound! Aren’t you? They look even bigger & better in real life. Why don’t you start with a checklist of your favorites?

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Things To Do On A 6N/7D Dubai Honeymoon Trip For Adventure Loving Couples

A honeymoon trip is perhaps the most special journey of a couple’s life, which is why it has to be perfect! Seeking this perfection, Ashish booked himself and his wife a 6 nights 7 days Dubai honeymoon package and set off to make memories on the golden deserts of Arabia. Here’s an account of what made his trip his life’s most memorable holiday experience!

Trip Type: Honeymoon
Trip Duration: 6 Nights 7 Days
Trip Cost: INR 171,000/-
Agent Name: Timeless Trips Private Limited
Inclusions: Airfare, VISA Fee, Airport Transfers, Accommodation, Meals, Sightseeing, Burj Khalifa 124th Floor Observation Deck Ticket
Exclusions: Dubai Dirham Fee, Personal Expenses, All Taxes

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: during desert safari

Traveling is synonymous with spending quality time with loved ones in novel destinations. It’s all about having new experiences and taking a break from routine life to de-stress.

Being doctors with extremely busy schedules, me and my wife knew we would hardly have any time to make all arrangements for the trip. Though we had finalised our destination – Dubai – long back, we were stuck with hotel bookings and the itinerary. That’s when TravelTriangle came to our rescue!

A friend of mine had suggested TravelTriangle to me. Being a travel blogger himself, he had apparently traveled via TT some time back and had full faith in their services. After we had sent in our query, the company’s Dubai team immediately got to work and furnished us a fantastic itinerary according to our preferences with top choices for hotels.

We had to put in minimal effort in planning our trip. Everything was well taken care of by TravelTriangle, all within our budget!

Here’s a detailed account of my trip to Dubai:

DAY 1: Quad Biking & BBQ Delicacies on Golden Sands

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: quad biking

We arrived in Dubai at around 11 AM and were escorted to our hotel – Hilton Garden Almina. After resting for a while, we proceeded for the first activity in our Dubai itinerary – the Desert Safari. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed quad biking on those golden dunes (at our own expense), followed by a back-breaking but fun round of dune bashing.

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: camel riding

An afternoon of exciting activities on the sand was followed by an entertaining evening where we enjoyed freshly prepared barbecue dinner on the sands while watching performances of Belly Dance, Tanoura Dance, and Fire Show. The food was average, but the experience of watching those shiny performances under the starry sky made up for it!

DAY 2: Dubai City Tour With Miracle Garden And Global Village

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: miracle garden

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: global village

We spent the morning exploring the popular attractions of Dubai as part of our Dubai city tour. This was followed by a visit to the Miracle Garden, where, millions of flowers all around you proved to be an out of world experience!

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: burj al arab

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: global village at night

Later, we explored the Global Village, an enormous place that offered a stupendous shopping extravaganza unlike anywhere else. The best part about Global Village was the Bollywood Dance and Monster Truck Show!

DAY 3: Playing With Snow In Ski Dubai Snow Park

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: burj khalifa at night

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: dubai cityy view from burj khalifa

In the morning we went to Ski Dubai and totally loved it! It was freezing in contrast to the scorching temperature of Dubai outside. We engaged in a lot of fun snowy rides before proceeding to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa in the evening.

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ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: dubai mall underwater zoo

It was a lifetime experience to watch the Musical Fountain from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa.

DAY 4: Shopping In Gold Souk And Sailing On The Dhow Cruise

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ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: meena bazaar

The fourth day of our Dubai honeymoon trip was a leisure day, so we went to the Dubai Frame, the largest picture frame in the world! This was followed by a visit to the Meena Bazaar and Gold Souk where we treated ourselves with some light shopping.

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In the evening we sailed the Dubai Creek aboard the Dhow Cruise where we enjoyed a hearty meal, some traditional dance performances, and a glittering view of Dubai’s skyline.

DAY 5: Riding Ferraris And Exploring The Dazzling Realms Of Grand Mosque

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ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: ferrari at ferrari world

In the morning we boarded our SIC coach to travel to Abu Dhabi for a tour of this amazing place. After around 2 hours of traveling, we reached this new-age metropolitan and immediately escaped to Ferrari World – the much-awaited part of our trip. Saying that it was an awesome experience would be an understatement!

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ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: sheikh zayed mosque

We tried as many of those thrilling rides as we could but still couldn’t get enough of this paradise. Later, we proceeded for an eventful city tour of Abu Dhabi. Though we enjoyed visiting all of Abu Dhabi’s attractions more or less, it was the Sheikh Zayed Mosque that took our breath away with its incredible architecture and stunning outlook!

DAY 6: Hotel Atlantis And Aquaventure Waterpark

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ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: in atlantis

This day, we moved to Hotel Atlantis in the morning, as we wanted to experience a stay at this luxurious abode before heading home. Since their check-in time was 3 PM, they provided us free passes to the Aquaventure Waterpark where we enjoyed 3-4 water rides till it was time to check-in. The most excellent of these rides was the Lazy River where we found ourselves laughing and splashing water like silly little kids!

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: outside atlantis

After we had pleased our hearts with the ultra luxurious interiors of this grand hotel and our room, we proceeded to Lost Chambers in the evening. This bizarre aquarium is undoubtedly one of the best attractions in Dubai, and so is the dining experience at its Kaleidoscope restaurant! One must not miss these two experiences on their Dubai honeymoon trip.

DAY 7: Bidding Farewell To Dubai

We had a lavish breakfast at Saffron, the amazing restaurant at Atlantis, before being dropped at the airport for our return flight. We boarded our flight well in time with fond memories of our trip and the hope to return to this paradise someday!

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: in ski dubai snow park

We cannot thank TravelTriangle enough for brewing us a superb trip and providing all sorts of comforts and amenities during it. Needless to say, we had the most amazing time of our lives!

Our WOW Moments Of The Trip: Though the whole trip was one big WOW for us, we would like to single out the following experiences.

  • The visit to Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall – it was an awesome feeling to see the magnificent water fountain show from the staggering heights of The Burj.
  • The visit to Miracle Garden & Global Village was simply fantastic!
  • My wife enjoyed a lot at Ferrari World.
  • The Desert Safari was one hell of an adventure!
  • Ski Dubai – playing with snow in a desert, where else do you get that privilege?

What We Missed Out On: We wish we had more time to explore the exciting spots of Dubai like the Glow Garden.

Tips For Future Travelers:

  • Book Dhow Marina Cruise instead of Dhow Cruise.
  • Dress respectfully. Emiratis are very strict about their laws against obscenity and exposing clothes in public.
  • Book your trip only with TravelTriangle for an awesome experience at the best prices when compared to other leading travel agents.

We hope we’ve been able to help you plan your Dubai honeymoon trip better with this insightful account of Ashish’s vacation. Now book your trip to Dubai without further ado and embark on your lives’ most special journey!