Our Policy on Animal Welfare As part of our global Animal Welfare policies, we have made the compassionate decision to ensure an ethical treatment of animals in the tourism industry and reaffirm our commitment to comply with global acceptable practices and prevent the unacceptable ones from occurring. Market research shows that the protection of animals and their welfare is important to a majority of holidaymakers as well. With our new practices, we will be able to deliver welfare-friendly excursions so clients can experience wildlife responsibly and in accordance with global standards. Pink City Jaipur declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site It is a matter of great pride for India that UNESCO has recently declared ‘The Walled City of Jaipur as a World Heritage Site’, making it the second Indian city to bag the honor, Ahmedabad being the first. Founded in 1727, Jaipur, the City of Maharajas, celebrated for its iconic and heroic history, art, handicrafts and architecture, is a harmonious blend of the ancient and the contemporary. As per a UNESCO spokesperson, “Jaipur was nominated for its value of being an exemplary development in town planning and architecture that demonstrates an amalgamation and important exchange of ideas in the late medieval period.” India’s PM Narendra Modi and other prominent leaders have welcomed Jaipur’s Heritage City status with great enthusiasm. Registrations open for Tamil Nadu Travel Mart, Chennai, September 19-22, 2019. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Tamil Nadu Travel Mart Society, supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu is all set for the 2nd edition of CII Tamil Nadu Travel Mart to showcase Tamil Nadu’s tourism potential on a global platform from September 19-22, 2019 in Chennai. More than 300 exhibitors and over 1000 domestic and international buyers are expected to participate and interact. Registrations are now open.
Channapatna, Karnataka Channapatna, or Gombegalaooru, just off the Bengaluru-Mysore highway in Karnataka, and popularly known as ‘toy town’, has earned the Geographical Indication (GI) tag - an international label awarded to products corresponding to a specific geographical location or origin – on account of its wooden handcrafted toys and other items. The town’s streets are lined with painted wooden figures, souvenirs and toys - animals, dolls, caterpillars, kitchen sets, and bobbing dancers in vibrant colors of orange, ochre, red, yellow, blue, and parrot-green. Wooden toy making began here during the 18th century under the reign of Tipu Sultan, who was a patron of wooden crafts. He invited artisans from Persia to teach toy-making skills to local craftsmen, after which it became an integral part of the town’s culture and economy. Traditionally, the craftsmen work with rosewood, sandalwood, and even ivory. Thereafter, they give the product a lacquered finish with resin and vegetable dyes. Nowadays, craftsmen have switched to using eco-friendly paints and inexpensive wood like pine and rubber. For a hands-on experience, visitors can attend workshops to observe the craftsmen, as well as create magic with wood themselves.
Ramada by Wyndham, Jaipur Wyndham Hotels & Resorts launched Ramada by Wyndham at Jaisinghpura area of Jaipur, on June 26, 2019. The 97- room eco-friendly property is set amidst lush green lawns and conveniently located near all major tourist attractions and monuments. It has two dining options: a café restaurant for sumptuous breakfasts and snacks, and Ginger, a fine dining restaurant, famous for serving the choicest traditional Rajasthani cuisine. Other features include free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, and three event spaces (covering 1300 sq. m) to cater equally to both the business traveler and the tourist traveler alike. Raas by Chhatrasagar, Nimaj, Rajasthan Raas is a serene lakeside camp resort, offering 20 elegantly done up luxury air-conditioned tents with sprawling sit-outs overlooking the Chhatrasagar Lake, which houses over 200 species of birds. Just 105 km from the nearest airport at Jodhpur and 41 km from Beawar railway station, this peaceful haven offers idyllic views, a heated swimming pool, world-class spa, yoga on request, tantalizing local and global cuisine prepared with fresh and organic farm produce, a well-stocked bar, jeep and boat safaris, village walks, and bicycle tours, and evening bonfires and stories. Indulge yourself.
September 29 – October 08, 2019 | Karnataka
The 10-day long Mysore Dasara festival will culminate with the spectacular Vijayadashami celebrations on 8th October 2019. The tradition of celebrating Dasara was started by the Vijaynagar kings in the 19th century. According to legend, Dasara is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Goddess Durga, who took the form of Goddess Chamundeshwari and slayed Mahishasura, the evil demon king of Mysore. The top highlight of Dasara festivities is the grand humongous procession of devotees carrying an idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari through the streets of Mysore on Vijayadashami.
Click here for the entire itinerary. Marwar Festival October 12 - 13, 2019 / October 30 - 31, 2020 | Rajasthan The Rajput warrior tribes take great pride in their courageous valor and chivalrous heroism both on and off the battlefield. These warriors were icons of loyalty, integrity, strength, independence, hard work, and exceptional military and strategic intelligence. The Marwar Festival, originally known as the Maand Festival, is held at The Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Mehrangarh fort at Jodhpur, and Mandore nearby. The state of Marwar was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, a prominent chieftain of the Rathore clan. The festival showcases its rich legacy of heroism, culture, and tradition. Maandis or bards are traditional folk musicians who perform at the festival to commemorate the Rajput heroes of yore and relive their romance and heroism through music, dance, and drama before an enthralled audience, which comprises both locals and tourists alike, and who travel far and wide to partake in the festivities. The two-day extravaganza is held annually across the full moon nights during September – October, recreating and reliving the spirit of a bygone royal era through recounting of old myths and legends, besides other interesting activities like camel rides, camel tattoo show, horse riding, magic shows, puppet shows, and horse polo.
New international destinations on GoAir from Delhi, Mumbai & Kannur From July 19, 2019, onwards, GoAir, the low-cost carrier, will fly seven new routes to its international network (Delhi-Abu Dhabi; Delhi-Bangkok; Kannur-Dubai; Kannur-Kuwait; Mumbai-Abu Dhabi; Mumbai-Bangkok; and Mumbai-Muscat). It will also cover three new destinations, namely Bangkok, Dubai, and Kuwait. Within the next two years, GoAir aims to fly up to 100 million passengers. Fly direct to Dubai from Kolkata and Indore From July 16, 2019, Air India will be launching non-stop daily flights (except Sundays) from Kolkata and Indore to Dubai, UAE. In an effort to promote the flight, the airline has offered reduced introductory fares (valid up to July 31) for travel between July 15 and July 31. Indigo Airlines commences flights from Gaya From August 8, 2019, Indigo Airlines will connect Gaya to Kolkata and Varanasi by daily non- stop flights (flight schedules available on the airline's website).