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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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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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The Tetra Hotels Are Coming To Magnificent Remote Locations With Its Futuristic Pod Concept

An engineering firm living in 3018, called WSP is working on a futuristic concept of hotel. The Tetra Hotel, as they call it, will be popped in some of world’s most magnificent remote locations. Consisting of 42 free-standing futuristic concrete pods, the hotel will allot 62-foot-tall, triangular pods with multiple stories, for stay. While the top floor will be having a skylight with bed under it, the level below will have restroom with shower. The level below bathroom will be living room and finally lowest level will be an office with desk provided.

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The common areas would be glass-encased so the guests can enjoy unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape. That’s not all, these areas will have bars, restaurant and separate areas for exhibition.

Talking about the locations, WSP has eyes on places like Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Cape Verde, Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain and Andorra. The first location, however, is to be revealed within a month or two. The pod hotels are designed to be built in remote locales, using local raw materials only; keeping in mind a sustainable development. These structures will be carbon-neutral, and are inspired by David Ajasa-Adekunle’s TetraShed modular office concept.

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Reasons Why A Weekend Trip To Kausani Will Totally Spoil You

Kausani has been rightly titled as the Switzerland of India by Mahatma Gandhi. This picturesque hill station is a haven that satiates wanderlust and takes you away from the monotonous city life.

Snuggled in the Himalayas, Kausani is a part of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand which is bestowed with rich biodiversity. While there are many reasons to visit Kausani, we have listed the top 9 that you won’t be able to resist.

But before we move ahead with the list of reasons to visit Kausani, here’s a quick run through some important information that will help you plan a trip a Kausani.

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Summer season is the best time to visit Kausani, when the weather is pleasant and offers respite from scorching heat. However, the lovely hill station can be visited anytime of the year. If you love snow, winter is also a good time to visit Kausani.

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  • April to June: With temperature ranging between 10 degrees celsius and 27 degrees celsius, the three summer months are considered to be the best time to visit Kausani. This is also the peak season. So, make sure you book accommodation and transportation well in advance.
  • July to September: Monsoon brings average rain showers in Kausani, eventually leading to a greener vista and pleasant weather.
  • October to February: During winter months, temperature in Kausani ranges from 0 degree celsius to 15 degree celsius. Average to heavy snowfall turns the whole landscape into a white wonderland. Don’t forget heavy woolens at home if you’re visiting Kausani in winters.

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Kausani is easily accessible via different modes of transportation.

  • By cab: Car rental and cab facilities to reach Kausani from Delhi are easily available. If you want to drive to Kausani, go for ZoomCar and Cars On Rent. You can reach Kausani from Delhi in a cab/car in 10 hours 30 minutes. If you’re coming from Chandigarh, the journey is 12 hour 30 minutes long.
  • By bus: Direct buses from Delhi to Kausani are not yet available. One has to board a bus from Delhi to Haldwani and then from Haldwani to Kausani. Estimated time to reach Kausani from Delhi, in bus, is 10 hours.
  • By train: If someone prefers train, he needs to take train from Delhi or Chandigarh to Haldwani and then from Haldwani board a bus heading towards Kausani. Estimated time to be taken to reach Kausani from Delhi, in train, is 12 hours 30 minutes.
  • By air: Nearest airport from Kausani is located in Pant Nagar, 178 km away (5 hours). This domestic airport is directly connected to Delhi. From Pantnagar, one can opt for a bus ride or cab to reach Kausani. Estimated time to be taken to reach from Delhi to Kausani, via air, is 8 hours.

Easy connectivity, and all-year-round pleasant weather too are the reasons to visit Kausani. But the most compelling ones are as follows:

1. It is a quick weekend getaway from Delhi and is blessed with pristine beauty.

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Kausani is among the most beautiful weekend getaways from Delhi for people in search of sheer tranquility and pristine natural beauty. The hill station is located in Uttarakhand, and has been called ‘Switzerland of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi, owing to stark similarities of the mountainscape. With pine groves strewn through, Kausani is a great place for nature walks. And while you explore the deepest secrets of its woods, you’ll attain sheer tranquility.

Distance from Delhi: 412 km (9.5 hours)

2. Kausani is a trekker’s paradise.

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For those who love to lose themselves in nature’s lap, Kausani is a treasure. You can choose from the lighter ones like treks Rudradhari Falls & Caves to the slightly challenging ones like the trek to Pindari – the options are plenty. On treks of higher altitudes, there are fair chances for you to spot animals like Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, and Blue Sheep.

Trekking places in and near Kausani: Rudradhari, Kafni Glacier, Baijnath Temple, Pinnath, Pindari, and Sunderdhunga Glacier

3. You get to camp under the stars in Kausani.

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Camping in Kausani is done in unexplored surroundings that give a peace of mind, by keeping you closer to nature’s beauty without compromising on basic necessities. If you’re a peace lover, stargazing, nature walks, and bird watching tours will engage you. Adventure-seekers can indulge in various activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, and rappelling.

Best camps in Kausani: Eco Adventure Camp, Padampuri Camps, and Camp Kalsi

4. Winters in Kausani turn it into a wonderland.

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Winters in Kausani bring snowfall, which eventually make the mountainscape look like a wonderland. Snow covered hills and chilling weatherthat too in a tranquil hill-station like Kausaniisn’t something you’d want to miss.

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5. A delight for the ornithologists and the bird lovers, Kausani will surprise you with colorful bird population.

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Birdwatching is one of the best things to do in Kausani. As you’ll wander through the walkways embraced by bushes and trees, the birds will keep you company in Kausani. Peacock, Great Hornbill, Grey Winged Blackbird, Safed Teetar, Common Hill Partridge, and Red Billed Blue Magpie are some of the birds you can expect to see here.

6. The tea estates will leave you hanging around, both for the taste and the views.

 Tea Estate in Kausani

The Kausani Tea Estate, one of the top tourist attractions in Kausani, is spread across 208 acres of area and can be counted as that perfect chilling heaven for a tea-lover. The staff members of the estate guide the visitors and tell them about the tea manufacturing processes. Also, tourists can taste and buy Darjeeling-style long grain & other kinds of teas at affordable price.

7. Rudradhari Falls and Caves form the ultimate backdrop you want for your selfies.

Rudradhari Waterfall near Kausani

Located amid the paddy fields, terraced farms, and rich pine-covered woods, Rudradhari Falls & caves combine to form one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kausani and thus make a perfect backdrop for your selfies. It’s located just 12 km away from Kausani, in Adi Kailash Region, and can be reached through an easy trek. As per the legends, this place is associated with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

8. There are ashrams that tell inspiring tales of history.

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While in Kausani, you’ll come across ashrams like Lakshmi Ashram (also known as Sarla Ashram) and Anasakti Ashram. Lakshmi Ashram was built back in 1964, and it serves as an orphanage for girls. Tourists visit this place for the views, history, and inspiration.

Right next to Lakshmi Ashram is Gandhi Ashram (Also known as Anasakti Ashram), which mainly is a museum built as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. He once visited Kausani and fell in love with its scenic beauty. His book Anashakti Yog was written here. Many of Gandhi’s books and pictures are kept on display for public viewing.

9. Religious shrines in Kausani cast magic.

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The spiritual aura of Kausani is yet another of many reasons to visit Kausani. Baijnath Temple, Katarmal Temple, and Bageshwar Temple are among the most famous temples in Kausani owing to the legends and history. Also, the panoramic view adds on as a bonus.

Baijnath Temple is located on the banks of Gomti River. This 12th century is a visual treat as the sculptures and carvings showcase excellent artistry of the olden era. Bageshwar Temple holds Uttarayani Fair every January and attract a huge crowd. It’s nestled near the confluence of Saryu and Gomti. The 9th century Katarmal Sun Temple is acclaimed for its history and metallic carving and sculpture.

Now that you’re convinced. Get set to and explore this lovely paradise. Don’t forget to share your experience.

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Ditch The Long Road & Fly To Kolhapur From Mumbai Within 90 Min!

Traveling To Kolhapur from Mumbai just got easier! Thanks to Air Deccan the duration of travel has reduced to about 6 hours to 90 minutes. The Mumbai-Kolhapur flight has come as a boon for the travelers, and in fact the services are frequent, operating three times a week; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

The flights will take off from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 1:15 pm and will land at Kolhapur Airport by 2:25 pm. The return flight from Kolhapur, will leave at 3:05 pm and will land in Mumbai at 4:05 pm. The aircraft is an 18-seater Beechcraft with ticket prices as low as INR 2,500; as 50 percent of the seats are reserved under Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme by the Government of India, launched with an intent to connect regional destinations by air.

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With passing time, increase of frequency to six times will be under the plan. The airline, Air Deccan is indeed vigorously working on connecting regional destinations with major cities. Soon, Delhi will be connected to places such as Agra, Shimla, Dehradun, Pantnagar, Kullu and Ludhiana by air. Recently, Air Deccan connected Shillong with Agartala, Tripura through its low-cost air service. They are also serving to connect other smaller towns such as Jamshedpur, Nashik and Jalgaon.