July 2012

Best places to Visit in Manali

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With a stunning and delightful landscape, Manali is beautifully situated at the end of the valley on the National Highway that leads to Leh. The brilliant snow capped peaks, the majestic deodar and pine trees, the charming fields, and splendid fruit orchards make it a dream holiday destination. It is an ideal holiday spot for all seasons and all travelers as there a multitude of places to see and things to do, ranging from skiing, mountaineering, trekking and rafting to visiting beautiful temples and serene rivers. Here is a bucket list of some of the must see places in Manali!

The Rohtang Pass

Rohtang final

The Rohtang Pass offers spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. Set at 3979m above sea level and situated 51 kilometres from Manali, it is the abode of beautiful glaciers, peaks and the Chandra River. The pass is open from June to October each year for vacationers to come and view this magnificent sight. This is a great spot for trekking enthusiasts as the pass has some great trekking trails. The Rohtang pass with its breathtaking serene views is a must see place when you are in Manali!

The Hadimba Temple

Hadimba temple

The Hadimba Devi Mandir is a charming, ancient cave temple which houses Hadimba Devi, a character in Mahabharata. It is a chief centre of interest both historically and archeologically. The temple’s structure has a stunning four-tiered pagoda shaped roof and the giant doorway has carvings of legendary figures and symbols. The entire temple is surrounded by a majestic cedar and deodar forest that gives it a very serene and green atmosphere. Visiting the temple will definitely be a surreal experience for all!

The River Beas

Beas River

This magnificent river originates from an igloo shaped structure near the Rohtang Pass and is abundantly fed by monsoons, making it amazingly beautiful! The river offers great water sport activities and is a huge attraction for vacationers coming to Manali. The tall, marvelous pine trees on the banks of the river add to its pristine beauty. The entire scene is mesmerizing and is truly an enchanting experience!

Rahala Waterfalls

Rahala Waterfall

The Rahala Waterfalls fall from a jaw dropping altitude of 2,501m and are richly fed by the melting glaciers that gush down with tremendous force! It is beautiful picnic spot as it provides an exotic and exclusive view of the gushing white water flow. It is located just 16 kilometres from Manali. The lush deodar forests engulfing the falls create a mystical ambience and add more splendour to the serene atmosphere.

There are numerous travel agencies that offer attractive Manali package tour that include all the top attractions and things to do! Being a part of an organized tour will be the ideal way to visit and experience Manali in all its splendor and grandeur!

How to Renew a Passport?

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All passport holders will have to apply for renewal of their passports when it is less than 1 year from the date of expiration in order for them to use their passports for international travel. In cases where the passport has already expired, the process is even more cumbersome, but if it is less than 6 months since the passport has expired, it can be re-issued by submitting all necessary documents. The application for passport renewal is available online as well as at 33 different locations in India and at 160 Indian Consular Passport and Visa Divisions overseas.

How to renew passport

Required Documentation

The essential papers that have to submitted at the time of applying for renewal are:
• A duly filled application in blue or black ink along with six passport size photographs (3.5cm by 3.5cm) with a white or off-white background. It is important to ensure that the picture is a full head shot with the top of the head to under the chin being visible.
• A valid proof of address document such as bank statement, income tax statement, utility bill that displays the address or the voter’s ID. This document is especially mandatory if the address on the old passport is different from your current residential address.
• Birth certificate issued by the Office of Registrar of Births and Deaths. If you do not have a birth certificate, then Form A must be filled out and duly notarized by a magistrate or notary.
• A proof of citizenship document.
• The old passport along with relevant documents such as proof of change in marital status such as marriage certificate, proof of name change done due to marriage, copy of divorce decree etc.
• In case of minor’s, the parents’ passports copies will also have to be submitted along with the minor’s passport.

How to Apply?

The old passport along with the passport renewal application and all the relevant documents will have to be submitted to the nearest Passport office in your district or at a central passport collection center. Alternatively, they can also be submitted through Speed Post Centers. While submitting, take note of the File Reference Number in order to be able to check and track the status of the application. The application fee also has to be paid at the time of submitting the application. If it is a 36 page passport, the fee is Rs.1,000 and for a 60 page passport, it is Rs.1,500. In cases of minors, the fee is Rs.600. The application status can be easily tracked at the Consular and Passport Division Website by making use of the File Reference Number.
All these activities are time consuming and cumbersome, especially if you are a working professional and have a time crunch. The ideal solution for this would be to make use of the services of a reputed travel agent who will be able to ensure that the documentation is accurate and get the renewal process done for a relevant fee very quickly and efficiently.

Tatkal Passport Services

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The general passport issuing or renewing process takes anywhere between three weeks to three months. In case of emergencies though, people usually do not have that time to wait to travel overseas. There might be family emergencies or business situations that require a person to travel immediately. In such cases, the Indian Government has established a “Tatkal Scheme” that allows a certain category of applicants to process their passports within 4-5 business days.

Passport Services

How to Apply?
The application can be downloaded online and the duly filled in application must be counter signed by an applicable officer from the Regional Passport Office. Along with the regulatory documents needed for issuance of passport, the applicant will also have to submit the following papers – proof of nature of the emergency, a confirmed airline ticket and a copy of the paid tatkal fee. Professional travel agencies that offer tatkal passport services can make it easier for people to apply for the passport.

Benefits of Tatkal Scheme
The purpose of the Tatkal scheme is to issue or re-issue passports in times of genuine emergencies. This scheme is beneficial in a lot of ways for various kinds of people, such as:

• It is of great help when patients with critical illness have to travel abroad for medical treatment.

• Tatkal passports are issued on compassionate grounds when there is death of blood relative. This is a huge assistance provided to people whose old parents are living in another country.

• It is hugely beneficial to students who have travel overseas within a specific period of time to take up their SAT, GRE or other exams in universities abroad and also for students who have secured admission and have to go abroad to join their universities.

• The tatkal passport services also aids businessmen when they have to take up overseas travel urgently for conferences or crucial business situations.

• The biggest benefit of the tatkal scheme is that it provides an option for people in times of emergency. This gives tremendous peace of mind to people who might have to travel due to various emergencies that they might encounter in the future.

The “Tatkal Scheme” is one of the most beneficial schemes introduced by the Government for the well-being of the people. With an additional fee and being present in person in the regional passport office, a person can obtain a passport within a week for emergency purposes.

NASA – Tour Package for Students

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An educational trip to NASA is a very enriching and rewarding experience for students of all ages! NASA continues to be the front runner amongst all organizations in their unceasing adventures is space. Many schools in India are now taking their students on educational tours to NASA to enlighten them about the tremendous developments that have been achieved in the field of outer space science and technology. Emperor Traveline, Coimbatore offers a lucrative educational tour package for students of all schools and colleges to visit NASA.

Nasa Education Tour Packages

The tour programme at NASA is designed to enable students to explore all NASA areas and also interact with the numerous exhibits present there. The tour is conducted over three day. The first day involves a three hour guided tour that allows the students to take a look at the ten-story high rockets in the Rocket Garden, view IMAX space films on huge five-story screens and also see a real Gemini program capsule which is displayed there. On the second day, the students undergo a full day of hands on training on mission simulation and space exploration activities, which are usually undergone by astronauts as part of their preparation to be able to withstand the rigors of the space flight. The best part of the tour is having the opportunity to meet a member of the NASA Astronaut Corps and get to know his personal experiences while he was in outer space! The final day of the tour gives the students the unique opportunity to witness a live NASA launch such as a space shuttle launch or martian rovers launch or a launch of huge rockets that carry satellites!

Emperor Traveline offers extensive services that include, passport service, visa counseling, air plane ticketing as well as accommodation bookings as part of the NASA educational tour package. The schools and colleges can hugely benefit from this package as all essential requirements for the trip are arranged by professional agents and also at a very reasonable price. This comprehensive package will take care of everything that the students will need in order to visit NASA and enjoy their learning time there!

Contact Emperor Traveline to know more about NASA Education Tour Packages