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‘Travel & tourism suggestions for Fiftyplus travels’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Foreign travel packages for Fiftyplus travelers:

SOTC-KUONI: Travel house SOTC with Kuoni  is  starting foreign travel package trips exclusively for Fiftyplus citizens. For more information see their website: http://www.sotc.in/; email holidays@sotc.in.

Kesari Travels:  Kesari Travels is also offering six foreign package trips for Fiftyplus. See details at http://www.kesari.in/Speciality-Tours/Second-Innings-Tours.asp

Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) recently launched India’s first Travellers’ Executive Lounge at New Delhi railway station.  Built on the concept of airport lounges, the lounge on the Ajmeri Gate entry side of the New Delhi railway station, completed at a cost of Rs five crore is equipped with all the facilities such as buffet meals, snacks, tea/coffee and soft beverages, 24-hour wi-fi facility, luggage racks, wheel chairs, television displaying minute to minute train information, business centre with fax, book shop, facilities for wash and change, etc.  It can accommodate 125 passengers at a time…by P Krishna Kumar. http://www.travelbizmonitor.com/irctc-launches-indias-first-travellers-executive-lounge-at-new-delhi-railway-station-18800

I recently spent three hours in this lounge and found it to be excellent and worth Rs. 300/- that I paid. . Bravo Indian Railways.

Travel Trend: Quest for the simple life ..Tired of their competitive and demanding lives, urbanites are travelling to tribal areas to learn the basics of staying happy….Rural Tourism…by Meghna Mukherjee, The Times of India, March 24, 2013.

IRCTC to offer online advance booking for Travellers’ Executive Lounge at New Delhi.   http://railwaynewsnviews.in/irctc-to-offer-online-advance-booking-for-travellers-executive-lounge-at-new-travelbizmonitor/

Tourism: From satanic mills to sundecks…Having moved into package holidays, TUI finds it must change again…http://www.economist.com/news/business/21568437-having-moved-package-holidays-tui-finds-it-must-change-again-satanic-mills

Mew Spice Route: by Kalpana Sunder. Espelette in the Basque region of France has a culinary celebrity known for its fiery nature. . AS you drive past …  www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130317/spectrum/main5.htm

Serenading Chef: You may view the latest post of the well known writer and blogger Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu at http://www.cuttingloose.in/serenading-chef

Mysore Railway Station gets tourist friendly railway station award: The tourist friendly infrastructure at Mysore Railway Station include battery-operated buggy service, passenger care centre, an additional booking counter on the west end of the station, Wi-Fi connectivity, integrated security system, prepaid auto rickshaw stand, multiple option mobile battery charges, drinking water, giant screen, executive lounge, waiting rooms, upgraded retiring rooms, a Tourist Information Centre, ATMs of nationalized banks, dual display infotainment system, touch screen kiosks, dynamic queue management system, amenities for physically challenged, on board audio-video infotainment system, website for Mysore Railway station, free emergency medical care centre, closed circuit TV with LCD screens, model railroad layout in Mysore Railway station, heritage photo gallery, city bus service schedule, tourist information and facilitation centre and rail museum. http://in.news.yahoo.com/mysore-railway-station-gets-tourist-friendly-railway-station-142147583.html.

See my recent  picture posts on the Mysore Rail Museum at http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=3556 and http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=3683

Goa Kayaking to Conduct Training Program in Association with Goa Tourism: Goa-based kayaking club, Goa Kayaking, will conduct two training programs in April, in association with Goa Tourism, Goa Tourism Development Corpn. and Drishti, which is the lifeguard service

The ninth Introduction to Kayaking & Training Program 2013 will take off from Vasco (Hollant Beach) from April 1-4, 2013 while the Panaji program will kick off at Vainguinim beach from April 5-8, 2013. Both programs are open to adults who can swim. For more details please visit www.goakayaking.com or Goa Tourism website at www.goa-tourism.com.

Come on Fiftyplus – why should younger people have all the fun!

In King Arthur’s castle by Nivedita Choudhuri…Set high on : http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130324/spectrum/main5.htm

Enjoy the walk: Vancouver’s a great city walk around as its different alleys offer interesting walk tours by Preeti Verma Lal. http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130106/spectrum/main5.htm

Travel: Life in the Fast Lane-  Rev yourself up for ourcustom ccircuits of Macau by John Krich. http://style.time.com/2012/11/15/life-in-the-fast-lane-rev-yourself-up-for-macau/

Beware fiftyplus travellers: ‘Given the skyrocketing fares and arbitrary ancillary fees, the travel sector is rife with charges that can double your travel budget….Instead of increasing the base fare, most airlines or travel operators have found other ways to levy or hike fees on services…excess baggage fee…ticket printout fees at airline counters…unaccompanied minor charge…online booking of cabs and airport parking fee…’  and … ‘Cancellation and reschduling charges: ‘…This is another charge that has been recently hiked by Rs.750-950 by airlines. I(f you have booked your flight or hotel through an online travel agent, you may have to pay the cancellation fee twice….    ….’ See the full article at The Times of India, New Delhi, December 24, 2012.

Photo by K.J.S.Chatrath

IMPORTANT: This website does not sell any hotel rooms/air tickets/packages/insurance cover etc.  It is intended only for providing information to the Fifty+/younger travellers and sharing of travel experiences. The above information is being shared only for the convenience of the readers who are advised to double check the information and satisfy themselves before taking any decision.

I am happy to share with you about the starting of another website by me:       www.gravematters.in 

Grave matters….matters of graves…graves and cemeteries….tombs and graves…cemeteries and graveyards….photos of gravestones from all over the world…inscriptions from all over the world…sad, inspirational and some with a sense humour… I look forward to receiving your encouragement and advice.

3 Responses to “‘Travel & tourism suggestions for Fiftyplus travels’ by K.J.S.Chatrath”

  1. Puneet Sidhu says:

    Thanks for the mention :-)

  2. dv bahtia says:

    Very interesting and useful write-up.

    BHATIA DV

  3. chat says:

    @Puneet…..’Mention not!’
    @Bhatia Sir…thanks. more posts of this variety will follow

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