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Guidelines issued for homestays in India

With the aim of standardising facilities across homestays and bed & breakfasts in the country, the Tourism Ministry has issued new guidelines to such establishments. Properties where their owners or promoters physically reside will be designated as homestay establishments, while those where only an agent or operator resides will be ...

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GST effect: Nandi Hills entry and parking fee set to increase

After Lalbagh, now it is the turn of Nandi Hills to increase entry and vehicle parking fees, citing Goods and Services Tax (GST). The Horticulture Department, which manages the famous tourist spot has taken a decision to double the entry fee from ₹10 to ₹ 20. Parking fees for two-wheelers ...

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On the road to Pattaya

If you’ve been thinking of visiting Pattaya, consider a road trip. The city in Chonburi Province in the east coast of Thailand is easily accessible by road. Pattaya is on travellers’ itinerary for its beaches, amusement and water parks, sea aquarium, floating market and nightlife. But the drive there from ...

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Art with sea breeze and fish curry

For Bose Krishnamachari, co-founder and director, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), exploring a city means walking aimlessly along the streets and having conversations with people. He also enjoys visiting art galleries, museums and artists’ studios. “Half a day chatting with an artist is a day well spent,” he says. As tourists and ...

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The nomads of Mongolia’s Orkhon Valley leave only footprints | travel

We’re breezing on a singular road in the heart of Mongolia, with gently rolling short grass plains and low hillocks on both sides. They’re a part of the Eurasian steppe that stretches over a surprisingly long east-west band from Manchuria to Hungary. The slender blue Orkhon River meandering this valley ...

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Painting the town red – The Hindu

A wall of the tallest building in Sonagachi in Kolkata, bears a painting of a woman’s face. It covers over half of the mammoth wall, the background done up in bright yellow and orange. Community artist Poornima Sukumar and her team worked on it in February this year for the ...

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A man is taking a tour of the entire country on his two-wheeler and making friends on the way

It is more than a year since Prashobh I L has been home. This former User Interface (UI) designer quit his corporate job to pursue a dream that kept resurfacing every now and then — to set out on a bike to tour ‘parts of the country’. Following that dream ...

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K&M city souvenirs links landmarks and lives with love

When Karthik was working in Malaysia, he was astounded at their collection of memorabilia. Apart from the ubiquitous keychains, magnets and ‘I love KL’ T-shirts, small tin cans on the shelf surprised him. “Tin mining is the oldest in Malaysia; so unless you know a lot about the country tin ...

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Time to take a break. India is the most vacation deprived country in the world | travel

One way to know it’s been too long since you took a vacation is when you start looking like the person on your driving license. And according to a recent survey, that is exactly what is happening in India. Expedia’s vacation based survey has discovered that India is the most ...

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Aarti Panikkar on travelling with a baby bump

Aarti Panikkar is all about travel. The 34-year-old covered 22 countries by the age of 33 and she now has her eyes trained on the remaining. Aarti laughs as she says: “My goal was to visit 15 countries by the age of 30, settle down and have a baby. I, ...

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