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Glamping spots in New Zealand

At Clifton Glamping in Hawke’s Bay, you can look forward to clean coastal air and total relaxation. The tents are positioned atop a sunny hilltop, and they are furnished with opulent interiors and outdoor bathrooms…reports Asian Lite News

If you are one of the fans hoping to watch the India vs. New Zealand Series live when it begins on November 18 in New Zealand, what we are going to tell you will be music to your ears.

What if we told you that you could camp out in Eden Park Stadium and watch the intense action unfold there? You can do this by reserving a room at Eden Park’s Stadium Glamping.

Stay where your favourite sports stars come out to play

For sports enthusiasts, this extraordinary glamping experience is ideal since it provides an elevated view of Eden Park’s renowned field from the comfort of a dome. Due to its central Auckland location, it differs slightly from other traditional remote, nature-based glamping experiences and makes for the perfect getaway without having to travel too far. A free stadium tour is included with the stay to give guests a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. The excursions are led by knowledgeable historians who have a passion for sports and Eden Park.

You can also check out more glamping spots in New Zealand – from one with outdoor bathtubs and spectacular views, to those with cosy fires and spacious decks.

Go off-grid with your mates at Valley Views

Get a bunch of friends together for the perfect getaway and book a room at Valley Views Glamping. Six solar-powered, off-the-grid dome tents are available, along with a sizable communal kitchen with a potbelly burner. Spend some time together relaxing in the outdoor double baths with breathtaking views of the Waitaki Valley before gathering around the fire pit with marshmallows and a guitar.

Experience glamping in a wine region at Clifton Glamping

At Clifton Glamping in Hawke’s Bay, you can look forward to clean coastal air and total relaxation. The tents are positioned atop a sunny hilltop, and they are furnished with opulent interiors and outdoor bathrooms. This is your chance to take a break from the pressures of everyday life. Thanks to the barbecue and fully functional kitchen, self-catering is simple. Alternatively, you could leave the cooking to your hosts and hire a private chef, or you could visit some of the many cellar doors in the Napier area.

Stay where your favourite sports stars come out to play

Go glamping near dolphins, penguins and alpacas near Akaroa

Take a 45-minute trip to The Green Antler glamping location the next time you’re swimming with dolphins or hanging out with penguins and alpacas in Akaroa and spend a couple of nights there. Five people can stay in the family-friendly, two-bedroom tent, which is equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. By day, explore the Banks Peninsula, and at night, relax in the wood-fired hot tub. This is unbroken ecstasy at its finest.

Now what are you waiting for? The invitation is yours to take. Visit these locations for a once-in-a lifetime travel experience.

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Air India told to pay up $121.5 mn as refunds to flyers  

TAP Air Portugal – $126.5 million in required refunds paid and a $1.1 million penalty…reports Asian Lite News

The US has ordered Air India to pay as much as $121.5 million as refunds to passengers due to the cancellation or change in flights, mostly during the Covid-19 pandemic. The airline has also been asked to cough up another $1.4 million as penalties on the delays in providing refunds.

The development comes as part of the US Department of Transportation’s crackdown on airlines that refuse to give customers refunds for cancelled flights.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on Monday announced that the department is assessing fines totalling $7.5 million against six airlines, and the DOT is ordering those airlines to pay $600 million in refunds to hundreds of thousands of customers.

The other airlines subject to Monday’s enforcement action are:

TAP Air Portugal – $126.5 million in required refunds paid and a $1.1 million penalty

Aeromexico – $13.6 million in required refunds paid and a $900,000 penalty

El Al – $61.9 million in required refunds paid and a $900,000 penalty

Avianca – $76.8 million in required refunds paid and a $750,000 penalty

“When a flight gets cancelled, passengers seeking refunds should be paid back promptly,” Buttigieg said. “Whenever that doesn’t happen, we will act to hold airlines accountable on behalf of American travelers and get passengers their money back.”

“A flight cancellation is frustrating enough and you shouldn’t also have to haggle or wait months to get your refund,” he said.

Airlines are required to pay customers refunds when a flight is cancelled for any reason, but often, in an effort to keep the cash, many airlines offer vouchers or credit for future travel instead of a refund.

Airlines’ refusal to give passengers their money back has become a huge source of consumer complaints, especially during the early days of the pandemic when almost no one was flying.

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Sustainable stays around Rainbow Nation

The focus is on altogether eliminating single-use plastics from their property by the end of 2022. They are also looking at leveraging the latest technology to reduce food wastage…reports Asian Lite News

As travellers continue to seek meaningful experiences, their demand patterns are constantly shifting and evolving, especially in the post-pandemic era. They have become more conscious about the choices they make while choosing a destination and are now particular about the brands they want to be associated with. They are no longer just looking for rooms with a view or for those with a luxurious bathtub but are also interested in the core values of destinations and properties.

With sustainability at the core of all travel decisions they make, these discerning consumers are looking for an authentic commitment to responsible travel and not just lip service. They are also mindful of their choices while actively studying their impact on local communities and environments.

Sustainability and luxury do not have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, travelers looking for sustainable, yet opulent accommodation will be spoilt for choice in South Africa. They can enjoy a luxurious, experiential and mindful time at eco-friendly lodges and hotels all across the Rainbow Nation.

With sustainability as one of its fundamental values, South Africa is the first country in the world to embrace the principles of Fair Trade in its tourism industry. This certification scheme guarantees fair wages, working conditions, fair sourcing of produce, respect for culture, environment, and human rights, and a fair distribution of benefits. For eco-conscious souls and wanderers, below is a curated list of sustainable stays around the Rainbow Nation:

Oyster Box Hotel, KwaZulu-Natal

Famous for its awe-inspiring coastal views and gracious hospitality, Oyster Box is one of South Africa’s most celebrated hotels. The five-star, seaside hotel is located just 15 minutes away from King Shaka International Airport. Sustainability is the central pillar of all hotel operations at Oyster Box, where they have embraced innovations surrounding water conservation, energy efficiency, and waste management through guest-focused programs that encourage environmental awareness.

Currently, the focus is on altogether eliminating single-use plastics from their property by the end of 2022. They are also looking at leveraging the latest technology to reduce food wastage. For each key card returned to their reception desk, they donate 1 ZAR to Rhinos Without Borders.

Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal

Located in the heart of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, this lodge is home to eight ecosystems and 256 bird species. It has 12 thatched eco-sensitive rooms with spectacular views of the ocean and forest around. The rooms are designed to provide maximum privacy and minimal environmental impact.

A team of talented chefs makes sure that the food served is central to their sustainability goals. From selecting ethical local suppliers to creating world-class modern fusions using local resources, Thonga Beach Lodge works ground up on enhancing sustainability. Thonga has also been actively involved in efforts to protect the loggerhead and leatherback turtle. In partnership with the local Isibindi Foundation, Thonga plays a major role in community-driven conservation.

Four Rosmead, Western Cape

Four Rosmead is a boutique luxury guest house located on the slope of Table Mountain in Cape Town. A perfect romantic getaway, it is decorated with chic and contemporary interiors enhanced by original South African artwork. Situated in the heart of Cape Town, visitors can easily explore local markets and beautiful beaches.

The guest house functions on sustainability principles across multiple avenues through its fair-trade policy. They practice water recycling and greywater irrigation for their garden. The property is also energy efficient as they encourage the use of LED lighting and gas. They invest in their staff’s skill development and ensure they are paid above industry standards.


Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve, Northern Cape

As the biggest privately protected wildlife reserve in South Africa, Tswalu is first and foremost an ambitious conservation project. It is also one of the most beautiful and sustainable hotels in South Africa. Following an eco-tourism model, while maintaining a low carbon footprint, they have the lowest ratio of guests to the wilderness in South Africa, with accommodation for a maximum of 40 guests across three luxury safari camps.

Tswalu offers its guests privileged access to unique safari experiences. Guest stays in their luxury safari camps contribute to the sustainability of the entire reserve and the Tswalu Foundation, which is dedicated to scientific research. They are guided by the four key benchmarks of conservation, community, culture, and commerce.

Teniqua Treetops, Western Cape

Located along the famous Garden Route, Teniqua Treetops has self-catering suites that offer spectacular views of lush landscapes. Eco-friendly cabins offer a perfect secluded and peaceful getaway in the arms of Mother Nature. Each suite has been built using sustainably farmed pine and gum and has been designed to blend in with the lush forest. The property’s water supply is drawn from the nearby Karatara River which is filtered through a 10-stage eco-friendly procedure without the use of any harmful chemicals. Teniqua Treetops is a paradise for all nature lovers with more than 100 bird species present around the property. The property also offers several nature-centered activities to keep guests delighted.

These elegant nature reserves are sure to sweep you off your feet! Which property are you booking on your next trip to South Africa?

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Bungee jump to face your fears

However never mistake thrill for danger. Select the best operator that has an exceptional safety record, the most professional practices, expert staff, and outstanding testimonials…reports Asian Lite  News

Ever stood on the edge, facing your fears, only to dive into a beautiful abyss amidst the serenity of nature? Bungee jumping is an activity that involves a person jumping from a formidable height while attached to a long rubber chord harnessed to the ankles. Yes, that leaves you whipped around by the elastic chord mid-air, upside down!

Face your fears


Jumping off the cantilever is not just facing the fear of heights but a lot of things in life. Gathering every ounce of courage to take the leap of faith will help you overcome every feeling of suppression. Bungee jumping is not for the faint of heart. You will have to be extra prepared mentally so that you do not panic. But getting it done will leave you with a once-in-a-lifetime memory. Face your fears and book this activity for your next vacation to overcome resentment. Rishikesh and Goa are said to be some of the best locations for bungee jumping.

Break away from the monotony:

There’s a reason why adventure sports like Bungee jumping have been popular as off-site activities among multinational corporations: it increases productivity! A workforce that’s been shaken out of the monotony of their routine, taken amidst nature, and been given the opportunity to undertake some self-exploration that adventure provides, only works better in the end with much higher output than before.

In fact, even IPS officers in India visit Bungee Jumping annually as part of confidence building. However never mistake thrill for danger. Select the best operator that has an exceptional safety record, the most professional practices, expert staff, and outstanding testimonials.

Make memories that last a lifetime!

Nothing lasts more than the memories you make while living life on the edge. The breathtaking view and coming back with stories are exceptional in their own way. It is a personal achievement to take the proverbial leap of faith! Bragging the experience to loved ones and posting pictures on social media is the happiest after-effect of such journeys. Every time you watch a Bungee jumping video or see an image, your personal experience will come flooding back to you as if it was just done yesterday. The memory will be right up there with others and one off the bucket list.

India has only one company so far to be certified by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India to be operating Bungee jumps in the country- Jumpin Heights. Incidentally, they are also the only ones to set up fixed Bungee platforms amidst a natural landscape. They have two branches – one at Rishikesh and now in Goa. To the uninitiated, it may make no sense, but those who’ve tasted adventure know the thrill of adrenaline and the power of standing on the edge!

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Qatar’s new hot spots to explore beyond stadiums

Early November will see the highly anticipated launch of Qatar Tourism’s West Bay North Beach Project, with the initial launch comprising three new beaches in the heart of Doha…reports Asian Lite News

With less than a month to go until the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Qatar Tourism has revealed new tourism attractions, hotels and resorts that will be open for fans to enjoy during the tournament. This unprecedented year of development represents a major milestone in Qatar’s emergence as a tourist destination, with the country seeking to welcome six million visitors a year by 2030.

Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said, “2022 has been an extraordinary year in Qatar with so many major new hotel and tourism openings. From shopping malls to beach clubs, museums to theme parks, there are now activities and experiences in Qatar for every type of traveller, from every nation, and to suit every budget. With more than one million fans expected to visit for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we’re proud to be able to offer a true breadth of experiences and entertainment beyond our stadiums, fan festivals and matches.”

Entertainment

. Al Maha Island: Set to launch next month, Al Maha Island will feature high-end restaurants including Zuma, LPM, Billionaire and Carbone, as well as other eateries and attractions such as NammosQatar beach club and Lusail Winter Wonderland. The island also features Al MahaDrive, a unique driveway experience reserved only for supercars and classic cars.

. Lusail Winter Wonderland: In contrast to the icy cold temperatures that greet visitors at the famous London Hyde Park location, visitors to Lusail Winter Wonderland will be able to relax on the beach in the sun while enjoying festive games, rides, live entertainment and delicious food and drink. Lusail Winter Wonderland will launch at the beginning of November 2022, bringing winter magic to the Middle East.

. Lusail Boulevard: Located in the heart of Lusail, this dynamic and diverse shopping, commercial and residential area is set to become the Champs-Elysees of the Middle East, with the open-air, climate-controlled boulevard offering a vast range of experiences. Lusail Boulevard is set to open in time for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – with an opening weekend scheduled for November 3-5, 2022.

. Qetaifan Island North: Conceived as an entertainment hub, Qetaifan Island North will feature luxurious hotels, beach clubs, gardens, pedestrian-friendly streets, distinct neighbourhoods and a waterpark. Qetaifan Island North will launch before the end of the year.

. Corinthia Yacht Club: Located on The Pearl-Qatar, the architecture of the stunning Corinthia Yacht Clubechoes the billowing sails of traditional Qatari dhows. The private club, set to open this year, will offer exclusive invitation-only membership, the first of its kind in Qatar. The club will also be home to Kai’s Songbird, an elevated fine-dining experience by the coveted Michelin-starred restaurant, Kai Mayfair, London.

. West Walk: Located in the heart of Al Waab, West Walk is Doha’s latest urban lifestyle community. Scheduled to open before the end of the year, the district is tailored to the needs of modern living and fuses residential, retail and leisure spaces to provide the perfect live-work-play experience. West Walk also features a one-of-a-kind pedestrian promenade with innovative outdoor cooling technology.

Beaches & beach clubs

. West Bay North Beach Project: Early November will see the highly anticipated launch of Qatar Tourism’s West Bay North Beach Project, with the initial launch comprising three new beaches in the heart of Doha:

. West Bay Beach: An affordable public beach where diverse amenities will include a food court, fan zone and beach volleyball court.

. B12 Beach Club Doha: A family-friendly beach club with a breadth of amenities including 600 sun loungers, a restaurant, retail shops and a children’s playground.

. DOHASANDS Beach Club: The stylish club will feature a buzzing concert stage, quick-service food and beverage outlets, retail offerings and 1,000 sun loungers for visitors keen to enjoy the sunshine.

. 974 Beach Club: Located next to the iconic 974 Stadium, this beach club will feature an all-encompassing beachside experience with water-based activities, beach sports, luxury retail outlets, food and beverage kiosks, a big screen, live DJ sets and other cultural activities.

. La Mar Beach Club: Recently opened in October, this luxury beach lounge in the InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa overlooks unparalleled views of the West Bay skyline. Guests can dip in azure waters while enjoying chic cabanas, sunbeds, private loungers and a twist on the well-loved La Mar restaurant menu.

. Makani Beach Club: Also newly opened in October, The Four Seasons Hotel Doha’s new lively seafront lounge brings Southern Mediterranean elegance in a chilled setting overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Club-goers can expect light bites, ocean views and DJ entertainment.

Arts & Culture

. Museum of Islamic Art (re-opening): Qatar’s iconic Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) reopened to the public on October 5 2022 following a year-long facilities enhancement project. The re-imagination of its permanent collection of over 1,000 objects will create a new visitor-focused layout and storyline, allowing the museum to showcase its world-renowned exhibits as never before. Aimed at families with children, the new galleries at MIA include hands-on experiences and activities.

Shopping

Printemps Doha: Launching for the first time outside of France, the prestigious Parisian department store Printempswill combines new technologies and an immersive physical experience to offer over 600 brands – 200 exclusives in Qatar. Printemps will be the only department store in Qatar to house all the iconic Maisons under one roof: Louis Vuitton, Dior, Valentino, Balmain, Pinel et Pinel and more. Set to be the largest luxury department store in the region, Printempswill opens its doors in Doha Oasis over the coming weeks.

Hotels and resorts

.Fuwairit Kite Beach: Fuwairit Kite Beach, which celebrated its official opening earlier in October, is nestled along a natural lagoon an easy hour’s drive north of Doha. With excellent kitesurfing conditions, the state-of-the-art resort has found a perfect home thanks to the consistent winds, ideal ocean conditions and powder-soft sands.

The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island: This exclusive island getaway in the heart of Porto Arabia opened in October. The hotel offers bespoke services and exquisite culinary offerings on a Mediterranean-styled island.

. Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha: Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha has inherited a location with a prestigious history; since 1973 and now, the site was home to the landmark Gulf Hotel. The building has undergone a grand refurbishment to accommodate this newall-inclusive venture by Rixos Hotels, in partnership with Accor and Katara Hospitality, which will consist of 350 rooms and suites and seven dining outlets. The hotel will be open at the end of October.

. The Outpost Al Barari: The first-of-its-kind accommodation in Qatar, The Outpost Al Barari is situated in the stunning Inland Sea nature reserve and is surrounded by soaring sand dunes and desert wilderness. The resort offers 21 luxury lodges with private pools that will integrate close-to-nature experiences, sustainability and luxury hospitality. This unique desert experience will be open from November 1 2022.

. RixosQetaifan Island North Doha: Opening before the end of the year, this resort will surround the island’s main attraction: a state-of-the-art waterpark. A traditional Turkish hammam and luxurious treatment rooms will also be on offer, alongside an exclusive sports club for active travellers and the Rixy Kids Club to keep every child entertained.

. Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay: Currently in the final phases of construction, this hotel will open by the end of the year in the heart of the capital’s Diplomatic Area. The 44-story tower will boast art-deco-inspired rooms, a rooftop indoor pool and extensive culinary options created by Michelin-starred chefs.



. Waldorf Astoria Doha Lusail: The sprawling resort is located in the heart of Lusail and boasts a pristine private sand beach. The hotel opened in October 2022, offering a selection of fun activities for both adults and children, from water slides to surfing, alongside 461 rooms, a fitness centre, a spa and offices.

New attractions, hotels and resorts in Qatar.(Photo: Ianslife)

. The Ned Doha: One of London and New York’s most exclusive hotels and private members’ clubs, The Ned will open in Doha this November. Set inside the former Ministry of Interior building along the Doha Corniche, The Ned Doha will be home to 90 rooms and 12 suites, seven restaurants, a gym, a spa and a 30-metre outdoor pool.

. The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort: Nestled in the heart of Katara Cultural Village and surrounded by lavish gardens, this property will open in November with luxury rooms and 32 regal villas – all designed with an elegant blend of Mughal and Ottoman aesthetics.

. Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha: Each of these luxury hotels will face one another in two grand towers, which combine to represent the two scimitar swords on Qatar’s national seal. Fairmont Doha will be inspired by mega-yacht design and a soaring lobby will house the world’s tallest chandelier, whereas Raffles Doha will be a suite-only property with a legendary butler service. Select dining and event spaces will be accessible during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

. Rosewood Doha: Located in two stunning towers inspired by Qatar’s coral reefs, Rosewood Doha and Rosewood Residences Doha will open before the end of the year and consist of a luxury hotel, apartments, spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre.

. Katara Hills LXR Hotels: Inspired by Scandinavian architectural style and created with environment-friendly materials, 15 luxury villas will offer a private and peaceful escape from the city in the green paradise of Katara Hills. Set to open this November.

. DoubleTree by Hilton Doha Downtown: Just 10 minutes from the city centre and near to many of Qatar’s most popular attractions, this hotel opened in October and features over 250 spacious serviced apartments.

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Flynas gets 5th destination in India

The Saudi carrier connects more than 70 domestic and international destinations, and since its establishment in 2007, it has transported more than 60 million passengers…reports Asian Lite News

Flynas, the Saudi carrier and leading low-cost airline in the Middle East, announced the inauguration of operating direct flights from Riyadh and Dammam to Mumbai, making the largest city in India to be the 5th destination for flynas in the country.

Mumbai will now join Delhi, Lucknow, Calicut, and Hyderabad on the growing destinations list of flynas as the company continues growing in India, the second most populous country in the world.

Daily direct flynas flights connecting Riyadh with Mumbai started departing from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh back and forth as of October 20. Meanwhile, flynas flights from King Fahad International airport in Dammam will start on December 2022.

“Most of flynas’ aircraft are the brand new Airbus A320neo which have the most efficient and environmentally friendly engines and the largest seat pitch of all low-cost carriers between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India; this expansion is part of our long-term plan to become the No 1 airline between the Kingdom and India and to serve more direct routes,” Stefan Magiera, flynas Chief Commercial Officer, said in a press conference held Wednesday in Mumbai on the occasion of launching the new direct route to the financial and commercial center of India, in addition to opening a new office in Mumbai.

“More growth to be expected, with more destinations in India and more routes. We will also offer connectivity within the Kingdom, where our passengers can continue their flights on our planes to Jeddah or Medina,” he added.

Growing in the Indian market comes in line with flynas’ expansion strategy and its plan launched at the beginning of the year under the slogan “We Connect the World to the Kingdom” after the growth achieved by the company in all its operations during the first half of 2022.

flynas succeeded in scaling up its fleet to 38 aircraft in June 2022 compared to 25 aircraft in January 2021, an increase of 52%. Meanwhile, the number of passengers on its flights increased to about 4 million during the first half of 2022, up from about 1.8 million in the same period last year, an increase of nearly 120%.

The Saudi carrier connects more than 70 domestic and international destinations, and since its establishment in 2007, it has transported more than 60 million passengers.

Recently, flynas won the Skytrax International Award as the best Low-cost Airline in the Middle East in 2022 for the fifth time in a row after winning it in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021. It is awarded after an assessment that extends for several months and includes more than 100 countries by conducting the largest survey of its kind to measure travellers’ satisfaction in the world annually.

flynas also achieved the highest ranking in the Official Airline Rating by the non-profit organization APEX, one of the most significant international airline associations. With 600 airlines of various categories included worldwide, flynas came in the 4-star low-cost carrier category, the highest category of low-cost airline worldwide. In 2022, it was also ranked as the Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East by the World Travel Awards for the seventh consecutive year.

Passengers traveling with flynas can book their flights through all flynas booking channels: www.flynas.com, the flynas app, the 24/7 call center (920001234), or travel agents.

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Tips to enjoy a trip to the Land of the Maharajas

Tollywood star and Instagrammer, Samyuktha Shan, opined, “Jodhpur is known as the “Sun City” and indeed it was, shining brightly through its culture and colours!”…reports N. LOTHUNGBENI HUMTSOE

Situated in the Aravalli ranges, Rajasthan is the biggest state in India and without a doubt, the state also holds the biggest place in people’s hearts. From majestic havelis to breathtaking lakes, and exquisite food, from melodic folk music to adventurous sandy safaris, Rajasthan truly is a one-stop shop.

According to Agoda’s indigenous travel survey, food is the second biggest motivator for Indians to travel, followed by art and culture, and Rajasthan presents the best of both worlds. From Laal Maas to Dal Bhati Churma, the food here is just a burst of flavours and you cannot get enough of it. The festive season is around the corner, and it is the perfect time to pack your bags and travel! If you are still figuring out your travel destination for the upcoming festivities, here are some top tips to enjoy a trip to the Land of the Maharajas.

Jodhpur — The Blue City

What to see?

Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha of Mandore. The Blue City’s most unmissable attraction is the Mehrangarh fort, perched high on a hillside, this magnificent piece of architecture provides a glimpse of past royal life. Visit the gorgeous Phool Mahal, the glass Sheesh Mahal and Moti Mahal situated within the fort. After spending a day exploring the fort, head to the Pachetia Hills during sunset to experience the panoramic view of the entire city and the streets of Navchowkiya. Rajasthan is also known for its ‘kunds’ aka step-wells, and one of the most popular ones among them is the ‘Toorji ka Jhalra’ — an 18th-century stepwell that features intricate sandstone carvings.

What to experience?

Did you know that Rajasthan has its own Taj Mahal? Jaswant Thada — is one of the most famous white marble Cenotaphs. Get mesmerised by the magnificence of the Umaid Bhavan and also explore the streets of Sadar Bazaar, Tripolia bazaar, and Kapra bazaar markets. You will get lost in the vibrant colours of the flamboyant Rajasthani threadwork. Some other must-visit places include the Ranisar Padamsar lake, Rao Jodha Desert Park, Kaylana Lake and Mandore garden.

Sharing her experience, Kamiya Jani of Curly Tales, said, “Jodhpur has been at the top of my travel list! I had only 48 hours in the city but I managed to fall right into the lap of luxury, by visiting the iconic Jaswant Thada, enjoying a beautiful sunset atop Mehrangarh Fort, and making some beautiful memories at the gorgeous Panchetia Hills.”

Tollywood star and Instagrammer, Samyuktha Shan, opined, “Jodhpur is known as the “Sun City” and indeed it was, shining brightly through its culture and colours!”

Where to eat?


Jodhpur is known for the scrumptious dal bati churma and must rank number one on your list of things to try here. There are also a number of restaurants serving authentic Rajasthani cuisine, with massive thalis reminiscent of a king’s plate and the classic Makhaniya Lassi. Street food such as dahi chaat and pani patasa are unmissable, alongside sweet delights like ghevar and matka kulfi.

Talking about her trip to Jodhpur, daily Vlogger, Gopali Tiwari, stated, “Jodhpur has sustained its heritage and culture beautifully. The people there will welcome you with a warm, big smile and feed you yummy dal bati with lots of love. Can’t wait to be there again!”

Where to stay?


Here are some of the best properties to choose to stay nearby including:

* Raas Jodhpur

* Radisson Jodhpur

* WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace

Udaipur

What to see?


Udaipur, which is located in the southernmost part of Rajasthan, is known by many names – the ‘City of lakes’, the ‘Venice of the East’, and rightly so. Udaipur brims with natural beauty as the city is surrounded by seven lakes and is also known as the ‘White City’, due to the prevalence of Rajput-style palaces that are made out of white marble. Experience the rich culture and heritage of the city by visiting the Jagmandir Palace, situated in the middle of Lake Pichola, the Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, built on the Aravalli hilltop, overlooking a breathtaking view of Lake Fateh Sagar, and the City Palace of Udaipur.

What to experience?

Enjoy the sunset at the bank of the Fateh Sagar Lake or the Badi lake and if you’re someone who loves history, head to Bagore Ki Haveli — a piece of architecture built in the 18th century which is now converted into a museum. Experience the hustle and bustle of the Udaipur streets while shopping at the Chetak Circle; find a decorative and aesthetic assortment of handicrafts. Hathi Pol Bazaar which is famous for the Pichwai and Phad paints of Rajasthan is a must-do destination for art buffs. Other must-visit places include the Ahar Cenotaphs Museum — the cremation ground of the Maharanas of Mewar and Saheliyo ki Bari — a majestic garden in the city.

Vlogger Jasminder Singh, said, “My visit to Udaipur was extremely fascinating. The forts were well maintained, the lakes were gorgeous, and the city in itself was oozing with history — which as an avid traveller, was very exciting for me!”

Chiming in on his time at Udaipur, Influencer Anunay Sood, said, “As a traveller who is constantly searching for views that take my breath away, Udaipur has been one of the best places I have visited. The bustling streets, calming sunsets and serene lakes all added up to the city’s beauty. The hospitality of the Rajasthani folks goes over and beyond anything else to make you feel royal.”

Rriyanka Sarkar further said, “Everything you visit, takes you back in time. Udaipur is engulfed with scenic beauty, culture and tales — and is a must-visit for all travelers.”

Where to eat?

For breakfast, try out the famous aloo Pyaaz kachori. The streets around Circle have a range of fabulous flavours of Rajasthan, including lamb meat aka laal maas Sand Ker Sangri, local desserts such as Gulab halwa, or vegetarian favourites — Aloo Pethe Ka Aag and Mirchi Bada.

Where to stay?


Here are some of the best properties to choose from a host of Agoda accommodations to stay nearby including:

* Aurika Udaipur — Luxury by Lemon Tree hotels

* The Ananta Udaipur

* Lalit Laxmi Vilas

(Agoda’s #TryAgoda influencer campaign is part of a wider marketing and advertising campaign the brand is launching this year to inspire Indians to explore and travel more.)

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Handpicked destinations for a well-deserved holiday

The visit to the wondrous Thar desert along with exciting adventure sports, desert safaris, and delectable cuisines will keep you going! Parasailing and quad biking in sand dunes in Jaisalmer are some offbeat activities to experience…reports Asian Lite News

Ageing is a unique experience that allows life to come a full circle. You get to give back to the community and at the same time, you let the heart in you live again by experiencing each day as it comes.

The beauty of travelling in your silver years is that you become a child once again and realise your dream of being free-spirited. What a perfect time and age to take that voyage when all you want to do is travel comfortably, eat good, stay away from the crowd, explore, and enjoy.

Seniors can travel to some of these handpicked destinations for a well-deserved holiday, shared by MP Deepu, Co-Founder & COO, Senior World.

Varanasi – Sarnath


A trip to this magical city, Varanasi is an experience in itself. One of the oldest cities in India, this place boasts life-changing perspectives. There are more than 100 ghats in Varanasi but some of the most visited ones include Manikarnika and Assi Ghat. Strolling on the ghats, watching the sunrise on a boat ride in the Ganges or simply observing the rituals on the ghat in this city of lights, will mesmerise you.

Due to its proximity to Varanasi and its rich culture, Sarnath is a must-visit. Sarnath is the place where Gautam Buddha preached his first sermon. It is just 10 Km away from Varanasi. Archaeological museums, Stupas and Monasteries are some of the major attractions in Sarnath.

Jaisalmer

The royal dessert city of India also known as the golden city, Jaisalmer’s charm lies in the grandeur and glory of its forts and palaces. With the massive sand dunes on one hand and the colourful bazaars on the other, this trip will fill you with rich cultural heritage. The visit to the wondrous Thar desert along with exciting adventure sports, desert safaris, and delectable cuisines will keep you going! Parasailing and quad biking in sand dunes in Jaisalmer are some offbeat activities to experience.

Munnar

The most picturesque hill station in Southern India, Munnar offers a perfect getaway for pleasant weather, verdant valleys, virgin forests, savannah, rolling hills, streams, waterfalls, winding walkways and lush tea and spice plantations. Trekking, camping, and staying in a treehouse are some of the activities to explore for a surreal experience. August receives a good amount of rainfall which enhances the spectacular beauty of this hill station in Kerala to another level, making it an ideal holiday spot.

Singapore

One of the safest places to visit in the world, Singapore is a small country with a high level of law and order. It is also one of the most senior citizen-friendly countries in the world. Singapore is a melting pot of different cultures, cuisines, and ethnicities. A spotlessly clean country, it offers numerous choices to its visitors from art galleries, museums, and top-notch shopping centres to vast green spaces.

The best way to travel around Singapore is by its mass transit system. The modern transport system covers the entire island with a network of light and clean and speedy underground rail lines. These railways are the best

way to get around the country for older travellers, as all of the stations and trains are operational with accessibility features like lifts, escalators, ramps and handrails.

Some of the senior-friendly activities that can be enjoyed in Singapore are Sentosa view via cable cars, flyer capsules to enjoy the night skyline, river cruise at Marina Bay and nature outings at Gardens by the bay.

Maldives

The picture-perfect destination with striking blue waters, alabaster white sand beaches and mesmerising sunsets dipping into the horizon, the spectacular beauty of the Maldives is something to behold. The island nation is popular with seniors looking to explore the depths of the sea on a snorkelling excursion.

Those seeking relaxation can unwind at one of the island spas in this archipelagic state situated in the Indian Ocean known best for its luxurious water villas. The majority of the resorts and hotels in the Maldives offer Indian food.

The excellent ferry and seaplane transport system of Maldives can be availed at a cost to visit the other islands near the Maldives.

Plan your vacation to any one of these best spots in India or Asia. SeniorWorld offers safe travel packages to enjoy a comfortable stay. So, get going and enjoy your second innings this senior citizens day.

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French air traffic to strike on Sep 16

The national strike will last from 6 a.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Saturday, DGAC announced on Tuesday…reports Asian Lite News

Air traffic in France will be severely disrupted this Friday due to a strike over wages, the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has warned. French air traffic controllers are taking action to demand higher wages due to soaring inflation.

The national strike will last from 6 a.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Saturday, DGAC announced on Tuesday.

In addition to calling for higher wages, air traffic controllers will also use this strike to force authorities to open up employment in aviation, especially in air traffic control, Xinhua news agency reported.

“From 2029 to 2035, a third of the body will be retiring, it is imperative to anticipate and plan recruitment,” the National Union of Air Traffic Controllers (SNCTA) said, adding that “failure to do so will have inevitable consequences in terms of public service, working conditions and mobility”.

The SNCTA and the DGAC have called on airlines to reduce their flight services by 50 per cent on Friday, both in Metropolitan France and in the French overseas territories. Passengers are being advised to postpone their trips.

Meanwhile, SNCTA said on Tuesday that a second strike could be expected between September 28 and 30.

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UTA call for repatriation of Uganda’s artefacts

He is also against the proposal to have the tangible and intangible heritage managed by different ministries and departments…reports Asian Lite News

The Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) has called for the establishment of a committee to lead the return of Ugandan artefacts from foreign museums.

Herbert Byaruhanga, the President of UTA made the call on Tuesday, 30 August 2022, as he and association members appeared before the Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industries chaired by Hon. Mwine Mpaka.

According to Byaruhanga, who was presenting on the Museums and Monuments Bill, 2022, several artefacts were taken from different archeological and historical sites by different entities like the British, and to date, these have never been returned.

The Museums and Monuments Bill seeks to repeal the outdated 1967 Historical Monument Act. It among other things seeks to provide for the development, management, and maintenance of museums and monuments and formalise, control, and protect tangible and intangible heritage and works of art collection.

Byaruhanga said that it was a great achievement for several countries including the DR Congo (DRC) that are returning their furtively taken or stolen items – and besought that the Ugandan authorities do the same.

AUDIO: Mr Herbert Byaruhanga

“We only have pictures in museums. The bill should start the process of bringing these artefacts back. We need to constitute a committee to survey, investigate and bring back the artefacts that were taken from places like Bigo bya Mugenyi, Ntuusi, Bwogero, and Nshogezi among others,” he said.

On specific provisions of the bill, Byaruhanga proposes that the administration and management of museums or sites should be done at district, community, and supervised levels by a government department.

He is also against the proposal to have the tangible and intangible heritage managed by different ministries and departments.

“The management of imbalu site is under the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities and management of rituals is under the Ministry of Gender, this confusion will affect tourism promotion and development.” He said.

Byaruhanga said that every city or district should have a monument for instance the Bull in Mbarara and the Elephant in Gulu among others.

Hon. Hannington Musoke Wakayima the Nansana Municipality MP questioned whether it is not pricy to repatriate the artefacts.

“It is expensive to maintain these artefacts when they are brought back, there are several items that were once returned and some of them are still in boxes, how can you help the committee to see how we can work on them despite these challenges?” he asked.

Hon. Ronald Afidra, the Lower Madi County MP said it is important for the association to begin by sharing the profile of the heritage that could have been taken away by colonialists. He says that as legislators, this will help them in the process of searching for the artefacts.

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