September 2016

Sightseeing in Gulmarg

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Gulmarg, the popular hill station and skiing destination, can rightly be called the crown of Kashmir. It is the perfect picnic spot, and has featured in several Bollywood films like Bobby, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and Highway, to name a few. Adventure seekers, nature lovers and spiritual seekers will never run out of place to visit in Gulmarg. Here is a list of some of the must-see sightseeing spots in Gulmarg.Gulmarg

Gulmarg Golf Course

Gulmarg Golf Course with its irregular curves is one of the largest 18-hole golf courses in the country. It was in the early 1920s that golfing began in the reign. Thanks to the British who chanced upon the golfing possibilities of the place while spending their summers here. It has now become one of the most popular golfing destinations in India.

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, which is home to a lot of rare species of avifauna, fauna and flora, is spread over an area of 180 sq km. Here you will find biodiversity in its richest form. It is situated at a height varying between 2400 and 4,300 metres above sea level.

Shrine of Baba Reshi

This is a popular religious haunt, which is known for its architectural splendour, built in the 13th century. It is dedicated to Baba Reshi, a Muslim saint, who is believed to have meditated here. People from all walks of life visit the shrine to seek blessings. The shrine is built in old Kashmiri architectural style and is a symbol of fine craftsmanship.

St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Church built in Victorian style of architecture in the early 20th century is a major tourist attraction in Gulmarg. The church has grey stone walls and a steep green roof with wooden trimmings. It is surrounded by tall alpine trees and soaring mountains, which are covered with snow during winters.

Strawberry Valley  

If you are visiting Gulmarg in the summer you are in for a delight. You get to taste the best strawberries you have ever tasted in Gulmarg’s Strawberry Valley. A walk to this unexplored part of Gulmarg will be certainly a walk to remember.

Apharwat Peak  

Situated at an altitude of almost 4200 m above the sea level, the Apharwat Peak is one of the most stunning peaks in the country.  It is located just a few kilometres away from the Line of Control (LOC). It receives heavy snowfall and is covered with snow all year round. This makes it an ideal spot for skiing. You can take a cable car ride to reach the spot.

Ferozepur Nallah  

Between the beautiful Chinamarg and Nurpur Pass lies Ferozepur Nallah, an enchanting mountain stream flowing through lush valleys. It is surrounded by pine trees, verdant pastures and soaring snow-capped mountains. It is the picnic spot of your dreams. The place is also a popular fishing spot.

So, while planning a holiday to Gulmarg, make sure that you include all these charming places in your itinerary.


Places to visit in Phuket City

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Phuket City has several tourist attractions. The fascinating thing about the place is that despite the development it went through since the advent of tourism, it still has its local charm.

If you are planning your next holiday to Phuket, see to it that the tour package given to you by the travel agent includes some of these marvellous

Phuket Old Town

Phuket Old Town, the historical centre of Phuket City, is an important commercial hub. It was established at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, and has splendid mansions and beautifully preserved houses built in Sino-colonial style that function as boutiques. Phuket Old Town has several restaurants, coffee-shops, and bars to keep tourists engaged, so it should certainly be included in your tour package.

Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket Weekend Market is a must visit if you want to experience the real Thai life. It is the biggest shopping and eating out destination in Phuket, so naturally it features in every travel agency holiday package. As the name suggests, the market is open only on Saturdays and Sundays on Wirat Hong Yok Road, and covers a 30,000 sqm area. It’s a shopaholics paradise. You can shop for cloths, pirated items, accessories, souvenirs and more here at discounted rates. You also get to taste authentic local delicacies like sushi, satay (chicken or pork brochettes), pastry, kebab, fried insects, and much more.

Phuket Walking Street

Phuket Walking Street, held every Sunday, is yet another popular market. The commercial street is 350m-long and is known as the big market. Phuket Walking Street will give you a glimpse into the southern Thailand life. You get to buy a diverse range of products from handcrafted accessories and souvenirs to clothing and fancy jewellery. As is the case with any Thai market, Phuket Walking Street is also a foodie’s delight. You can taste all kinds of street food like Thai sweets, beef and chicken skewers, barbecued squid, chicken and pork, and more.

Khao Rang

Khao Rang is the second highest peak in Phuket City. It is a beautiful place with breathtaking views of lush vegetation. If you want to relax in a peaceful environment, this is the place to be. You can also visit the Buddhist temple – Wat Khao Rang – the highlight of which is a golden Buddha statue. There are parks, picnic spots and restaurants for visitors to hang out.

Phuket Trickeye Museum

Phuket Trickeye Museum, which was opened in 2014, is a 3D museum set in a large two-storeyed building. It has on display 100-odd paintings, which are indeed amusing. It is the best place to click some great pictures. There are sample photos to show visitors how they should position themselves to take the most realistic-fantasy picture. From classic paintings with a twist to scenes of modern life and movie scenes, it stimulates your imagination. Most travel agency holiday package includes this museum in Phuket City.

Baan Teelanka – The Upside-down House

Baan Teelanka – The Upside Down House is a new attraction in Phuket City. It is a fully furnished three-storeyed house built exactly leaning on its roof. All furniture suspends from the floor as you walk on the ceiling. Visiting Baan Teelanka is, indeed, a brain-teasing yet amusing experience. The house’s garden has a maze. Enter it if you have lots of time to spare.

Thai Hua Museum

It was actually a Chinese language school, which underwent major renovation in 2008 and reopened as a museum the same year. To know the history of Phuket, this museum is a must visit. It is set in a well-preserved mansion built in Sino-colonial style, and features several exhibition rooms filled with information about Phuket.

Things first time passport applicant need to know

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If you are going on a foreign tour you need a passport, which is a proof of your identity and nationality. This travel document is issued by a particular government, and is a compulsory document for you to travel to countries other than your own. Hence, the issuing authorities have a responsibility to confirm your identity before issuing the passport. The more documents you have the

Now, you can apply for a fresh passport online. You can apply under Tatkaal scheme if you need the passport on an urgent basis. Before you avail of the passport services online, we give you a passport checklist to make the process a bit easier.

1) While applying for a passport online, you need to create an account in Passport Seva Website

2) Select the passport office of the city you’re living in now, not your native place.

3) The given email ID should be legitimate, as the link to activate your account and other status emails will be sent to this email address.

4) Once you register you will get an email to activate your account, then you can start the registration process.

5) You will see many options like “Fresh passport”or “Tatkal passport”. Click on your choice.

6) Then start filling your personal information. You can use the form online and fill it right away or you can download the PDF form and fill it offline.

7) When you are done with filling all the information, read the Self Declaration and click on I Agree. Then click on Validate and Save.

8) Make the payment after checking the available dates for appointment.

9) Then take a print out of the receipt of the application.

10) The next step is to visit the Passport Kendra on the given appointment date.

11) You will have to submit certain documents at the Passport Kendra, and the source of these documents is significant. You need documents/ certificates that are issued by various government ministries, offices, departments, etc. The documents should be as new as possible, particularly your address proof.

12) Also, you need to submit a self-attested photocopy of these documents.

13) Your name given in the application form as well as the documents should be the same. For instance, if you have filled your name in the application as Gaganpreet Singh, and your documents have Gagandeep Singh, it will not be accepted.

14) If you have all the required documents, your job at the Passport Kendra will be over in a matter of hours and your passport will be send to your given address after police verification.

If you are a first time passport applicant and a bit confused about the entire filling process, get help at Emperor Traveline. The travel agents in Coimbatore undertake passport services in online. You can avail of their service and be tension-free.

Best places to visit in September

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September is the best part of summer that holds magical powers to transport you from the warm summer breeze through the cool autumn weather accessorized with colorful leaves everywhere. It is a great idea to take a European summer holiday in September. Calm cascading blue sea, warm waters so very inviting and the matching blue skies, all sound like wonderland. We have enlisted a few fantabulous places where you can go this September.


Sicily is pleasant year round. The warm Mediterranean wind keeps it sunny and rich. Though you can feel the heat wave, its wild and beautiful beaches offer a great way to enjoy the breeze. September is also the best month to explore the labyrinthine streets of its enchanting towns. It is also time to relish the fine fruits and produce from Etna’s rich national park. There are innumerable local delicacies to be enjoyed around every corner of the streets. Go for the travel agency holiday packages that offer great discounts during off-season.


California wine tours can be the best way to enjoy late summer and autumn. Amateurs can get the most out of it by touring the centuries old wineries. Visiting a maximum of 3 to 4 wineries per day would be fine. The Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley are two very popular destinations and they would be great for a first time visit. There are a lot of wineries and other hot spots that offer great tours for beginners that make them come again. The best time to visit California would be mid-September to late October. This is also the busiest month for wineries in Napa and Sonoma. California wine tours are available with travel agency tour packages that are also all-inclusive.


September in Morocco marks the time of the famous Tangier’s TanJazz festival. Enjoy the concerts and explore the workshops, souks, cafes and historic cultural celebrations that are held in cool venues by night. Tangier is a glamorous hub that was loved by celebrities, artists and musicians. Today it is also loved and visited by tourists from around the world. Moroccan tour packages come at great rates at this time of the year.


September is a season of celebrations in Canada. The city comes alive with music concerts and street shops that offer exotic gourmet food. There is a lot of music, dance, art, sports and competitions that are conducted to entertain every traveller. Colorful fireworks and hot air balloon rides are also held to perk up your mood even more. It would be a great idea to head to Canada’s jewel-toned lakes for hikes and horse rides if you prefer to get close to nature instead of all the hustle and bustle of the city.

Travel Tips For Siberia

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Planning a trip to an unknown destination like Siberia is not an easy task. We offer you a few tips to make the most of your time in Siberia without getting into any trouble.

Ensure that you have all the travel documents

Just like any other foreign trip, your trip to Russia starts wiSiberiath a set of travel documents. If you are booking the trip through a travel agency, they will give you the essential information regarding what all papers you may need. But if you are arranging all by yourself, contact the consulate in your country. You will certainly need a passport and visa.

Take photocopies

After getting all the travel papers get at least three photocopies of each paper, and don’t keep everything in one place. You must carry the original documents with your. Keep the photocopies in separate suitcases. It is not possible to anticipate what may happen to your luggage or when airport staff or a police officer may ask you to show your identification card.

Purchase travel insurance

You don’t know what will happen while on the road, especially when you are travelling in a foreign country. So it is better to procure travel insurance. This will make you feel safe in a foreign country.

Pack your suitcase

After getting all your travel documents, the next job is to pack your suitcase. Before packing check the climate in the selected destination. Siberia doesn’t have a tropical climate. If you are planning a trip to Siberia in the winter, you will need sweaters, coats, jackets and shoes to keep yourself warm while you take long walks in the snow, if you wish to do so.

Carry medicines

Always carry medicines while travelling to unknown destinations. Your stomach may not be used to the kind of food you get to eat there, and your body will take time to get accustomed to new climatic conditions.

Choose a flight route with minimum of changes

To reach Siberia you will have to take a long distance flight. So, choose a flight route with bare minimum changes to make yourself comfortable.

Know hotel reservation details

You must know the schedule and hotel reservation details beforehand. If your journey includes a train ride, better book a first class or deluxe berth.

Get the help of a travel agent

When travelling to an exotic place like Siberia, it is better to get the help of a tour agent or any other person working in the local travel industry. They will know a lot more about the place than you do.

You need contact details

Carry with you phone numbers of certain services like an ambulance and the embassy of your country, even if it is situated far from the place you are going to visit.

Learn some Russian

Try to learn at least some Russian. Nobody expects you to speak fluently, but to find a way or to get a meal, it may come in handy.

Dubai Shopping Festival 2017

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The Dubai Shopping Festival is considered to be known as the most exciting shopping festivals of Dubai. This festival is organized at the starting of a year and just before arrival of summer. The Dubai Shopping Festival is something that has made Dubai proud.

The Dubai shopping festival is an event held across the city. All the shops around the city put up interesting deals, offers and discounts. The Global Village and all big malls are major places for great shopping offers.

You will not only find the best electronic products, but can participate in many activities that are organized by the government. Film festivals, special events for youngsters, impressive street splays, night fireworks, International fashion shows, and many others are some of the cultural and entertainment programs that are organized for visitors.

Innovative programs are organized every year, which makes the ShoppingDubai Shopping Festival festival unique and remarkable. This year this grand festival is held from 26th December 2016 to 28th January 2017 as the Dubai Shopping Festival celebrates its 22nd anniversary. Fashion fanatics and shopping enthusiasts around the world are eagerly looking forward to explore this extravagant gala. This shopper’s paradise is getting ready and it is on its full fledge to entertain hungry shoppers and travellers of all age groups.

This luxurious event is not limited just to shopping alone, but it has no bounds when it comes to sheer entertainment and fun. Lively music shows and concerts by renowned international artists, Fashion shows hosted by international brands, fun-filled indoor and outdoor sports and an array of gastronomic treats are all here at DSF 2017 to make each and every moment very special for you and your family.

DSF 2017 promises a lot of entertainment programs and events for their visitors. There are innumerable programs that have been organized for different segments of people. Special efforts have been taken to ensure that every guest is well taken care of throughout their visit to the festival. The impressive and exclusive festival ideas make people around the globe eagerly wait to explore this shopping festival.

The good news is that DSF is not all about satisfying the upper end travellers, it also about offering a memorable trip to an average traveller with a limited budget. If budget is your problem, DSF offers just the right solution for you. This treasure trove is full of surprises to satisfy your fashion needs. You can delve your hands into the genuine international luxury brands available at huge discounts. This is your one and only chance to do duty free shopping on a variety of designer clothes, accessories, footwear, jewellery, carpets, spices, perfumes and handicrafts.