Kashmir on edge: Most tourists cancel travel plans, airlines cap flight ticket prices

The turmoil in Kashmir has not only cut short the travel plans of pilgrims and tourists currently visiting the state, but also thrown a spanner into upcoming travel plans for the long Independence Day weekend. According to Tourism Kashmir Director Nissar Wani, about 20,000-22,000 tourists were in Kashmir on Friday when the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration issued an advisory asking Amarnath Yatris to cut short their pilgrimage and all tourists to leave Kashmir Valley at the earliest, citing terror threats. As per reports, only a little over 1600 tourists…

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Virtual route to travel

It was a powerpacked panel at the Digital Nomads: How online companies are shaping the travel plans’ session where the discussion ranged from how millennials are choosing to travel to the way they seek technology to enhance their travelling experience. Smartphones have revolutionised travel, said Rajesh Magow, CEO and co-founder of MakeMyTrip while explaining how the real change for this travel portal started somewhere in 2006, when they relaunched and bought convenience booking at one’s fingertips. Today, there is a ton of data available and we are looking at using…

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What are travel cards. Do you need it?

Mumbai: Travel is fun. And the right tools can make travel even more fun. Have you considered opting for a travel credit card? “The first thing that people associate with travel cards are air miles. However, travel cards also come with other features,” said Navin Chandani, chief business development officer, Bankbazaar. To know more, read on. What are travel cards? A travel card is a type of credit card that is specifically designed keeping in mind the needs of a traveller. A normal credit card gives you rewards in form of cashback…

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Quick tips to make your travel days easier

Anyone who travels a lot will tell you that there are easy ways to get from A to B and hard ways. We are talking specifically about aeroplane travel either in country or international. If done right it can be a very simple and painless day, but if done wrong it can be about delays and hassles and endless frustrations. So, what are the tips and how do you go about destressing a plane trip. From the mouths of the experts, and those who fly very regularly, here are some…

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Kerala makes it to CNN Travel’s list of 19 places to visit in 2019

Soak in the beauty of Kerala in 2019. (Source: Instagram/KeralaTourism, Designed by Gargi Singh) Kerala became one of the 19 places shortlisted by CNN this year for travel enthusiasts to visit in 2019. Stating that Kerala lives up to its moniker, God’s Own Country, the reports says, “This area of India has it all: sun, sea, sand, good food, houseboats, culture and wildlife. Its spectacular natural landscapes — think palm trees and sprawling backwaters — lend the region the nickname “God’s Own Country.” The report also mentions the floods that wreaked havoc in…

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Interview: Experiential travelling is the next big trend in India

The Indian tourism industry is evolving but fails to score well on customer satisfaction. The industry needs certain regulations and interventions in aspects like safety for women travellers, keeping the tourist sites clean and creating a great experience only then people will look upon India as a promising tourist destination, said Saurabh Sharma, the founder and director of Travel Unravel Holidays Private Limited, in an email interview with Yahoo India. Travel Unravel is a UK-based organisation, working to create a better travel experience for every traveler. Here are some edited excerpts…

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