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Posted on: Monday , May 18, 2009 At 23:06 PM

Shopping Festival At Bangalore Aiport


The Bangalore International Aiport launched a shopping festival at the airport, starting this week. The festival is not only aimed it shoppers, but is also trying to attract tourists, with Karnataka Tourism as one of the sponsors.


The fest will be on for a month, and will feature discounts, promotions and lucky draws for shoppers at the airport. Along with the travellers who are flying out or coming into Bangalore, the organizers are hoping to draw those who will be travelling through NH7. As an added attraction, it also features some tourist attractions, like replica of the stone chariot at Hampi and the Golden Chariot train. The stalls are housed in a set that appears like a typical village in Karnataka.


Read more on the festival at The Hindu: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/05/16/stories/2009051650871900.htm

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Posted on: Saturday , May 16, 2009 At 08:04 AM

The Next Rickshaw Challenege


Remember the Indian Auto-rickshaw Challenge? It is the queer competition of racing a rickshaw through various parts of the country.

The next leg of the challenge, now twice yearly competition, is to begin on July 31st. The Mumbai Express Challenge covers various climates, starting with the hot weather in Chennai and going past the regions in Karnataka where monsoon will be in full force. Passing through Bangalore, the rickshaws go past the western ghats to reach Mangalore, and then drive north along the coast to conclude the rice in Mumbai.

Registrations for the challenge are now open. Participation costs 1600 Euros, which includes the cost of your auto-rickshaw. The proceeds from the trip go to a charity. Visit Indian Autorickshaw Challenge website for more details.

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Posted on: Friday , May 15, 2009 At 20:36 PM

Ladakh On Oktatabyebye


I had only recently mentioned that the Ladakh season has begun, with the Leh-Srinagar highway thrown open to traffic. If you have been wondering where to go and what to do in Leh and rest of Ladakh, here is all that you can see on oktatabyebye about Ladakh. You can see destination information, travelogues and hotel reviews on many places in Ladakh in the list. And some of them are written by me.

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Posted on: Friday , May 15, 2009 At 20:16 PM

Railways And Internet


Nearly ten months ago, I had mentioned about Indian Railways trying to get internet savvy. Railways was running trials on the Shatabdi running between Ahmedabad and Mumbai to make internet connectivity available to the passengers. But it appears like the railways did not have a clear plan when they started the trials. 


The trials seem to be now complete, but there is no proposal to expand to more lines yet. Railways only says that the trials being complete, a report has been submitted to the railways ministry, which is being further examined. 


A report on Business Standard says "The report is being examined and the ministry is likely to appoint a committee for working out the modalities for introduction of internet in trains, a senior railway ministry official said."


Read the full story at http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=357023

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Posted on: Thursday , May 07, 2009 At 11:26 AM

The High Road To Leh.


The roads to Leh are now thrown open by Border Roads Organization, marking the beginning of the tourist season in Ladakh. The Srinagar - Leh highway is officially open for a week now, and heavy trucks have been plying on the road. It also means that Leh has fresh supply of veggies first time this year, after the long winter.

The official website of Leh administration - http://leh.nic.in still says that the road from Manali has remained closed. The word is that the vehicles are plying through Rohtang Pass too, but may not be fully open to let in free vehicle movement. 

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Posted on: Thursday , May 07, 2009 At 11:19 AM

Festivals And Events For May


Summer Festival in Mt.Abu is starting today and goes on till 7th. The festival begins with a ceremonial procession, and involves cultural displays and fireworks at the end of every day. More details at Rajasthan Tourism website - http://www.rajasthantourism.gov.in/Attractions/Fairs-Festivals/SummerFestival.aspx


Buddha Poornima falls on May 9th this year. Celebrations are hels in places that were eventful in Buddha's life, including Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Sarnath.


The Ramanavami Festival in Bangalore that started in April continues till May 10th. See complete timetable at Rama Seva Mandali Website - http://sreeramasevamandali.org/programme'list.html


Beginning on the first of June, for three days is Sindhu Darshan Festival in Ladakh near Leh. The festival celebrates Ladakhi culture. Read more.

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