January 2018

How to plan corporate business tour for your employees?

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If you are an employer entrusted with the task of carrying out travel programs for your organization or company, you really have a job cut out for yourself. Be it purely business trips, deal negotiation or attending conferences or seminars, any travel program should factor in the company’s size, culture and available budget and yes, there are some readymade hacks that help you in planning and organizing business trips all throughout the year.

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Finalize the budget

You have to be absolutely clear and upfront on the financial side and come out with a realistic budget that will dictate the overall travel decision and planning. Having a planned budget ensures maximum security and that everything falls within manageable monetary terms. Therefore, planning a trip with a definite budget only helps you to travel without any hiccups and hassles.

Save money or tickets

Regardless of your mode of travel, you can save a lot on the ticket prices. This involves booking the tickets in advance so that you can save more by paying less in return. This can be achieved by meticulous, early planning so that you get enough time to book the ticket. Get in touch with us and we will keep you abreast of the best time and cheap travel deals.

Going for TMCs

There are several companies that approach travel management companies (TMCs) nowadays for a handful of cashbacks, reward points, deals, discounts, offers, tailored-packages, freebies and even complementary breakfasts. If you are a looking for a TMC, then make sure you research well and grab a few deals and custom business travel packages.

Keep your passports and paperwork ready

If you’re travelling abroad, ensure you are ready to fly with the updated passport and all the paperworks completed in time to steer clear of last minute confusion and needless hassle.  If you’re managing the trip, you need to keep a tab of the travelling employee’s expiration date and ask him or her to go for renewal if required. Also, ensure if the place the employees are required to travel needs visa or not.

All said and done, planning a corporate business travel program can prove tricky and you need to manage quite a lot of things to selecting the right travel agency, to fixing the date, to planning nitty gritty agenda — these, of course, in addition to making the trip a successful one and that everyone involved has a ball.

 

All you wanted to know about the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondichery

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The Sri Aurobindo Ashram was formed in 1926 under Mirra Alfassa, popularly called by her followers as ‘The Mother’. The Ashram has progressed fast and steady under her inspired guidance from a small circle to two dozen followers into a widely followed diversified spiritual community with about 1200 members that includes about 400 pupils of the Centre of Education and the hundreds of devotees who reside nearby the Ashram, though the larger ashram community boasts of more than 2000 members.

Tour operators in coimbatoreNestled in a buzzing and bustling city of over 7, 00,000 people, the Ashram has never been a place known for tranquillity or relaxation, but a throbbing and pulsating centre of life set on the backdrop of a modern urban scene. This aspect is a reflection of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy as his steadfast obeisance to the divine forms the core of the Yoga and all Ashramites are required to contribute positively by working productively everyday for the welfare of the community.

The best part about the Ashram is the sadhana or the spiritual discipline at the mind level as there are no needless rituals, no obligatory practises, no mandatory meditations or ‘by the book’ practises in Yoga. Sadhaks are left free to choose whatever that suits their pace and taste of learning. But the general principle of the Sadhana remains intact: one must surrender to the Divine and an opening to the Divine Force at work so that it may turn one into a spiritually and emotionally strong being.

Travel to the eastern part of Pondicherry to visit the Ashram, where the community members live and work in harmony in beautiful old and new buildings side by side in a sprawling area. The community life is focussed on the main building of the Ashram, usually known as “the Ashram”, with block after block of houses in which the Sri Aurobindo and the Mother spend major part of their lives.

At its centre, you can find a white-marble Samadhi (shrine) in a tree-shaded courtyard where the bodies rest in total peace. The members of the Ashram are provided with a healthy and decent life with excellent food, comfortable shelter, necessary clothing and essential medical care. The Ashram, managed by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, also houses a fine library for study and various other facilities for a variety of cultural pursuits.

All you want to know about the Rock Fort Temple City at Trichy in Tamilnadu

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Tiruchirappalli (also called Trichy) is the fourth largest city in the state of Tamilnadu. Trichy is located at the heart of the state on the southern banks of the river Cauvery. Though there are several attractions in and around the city that tourists can afford to spend some time, the Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, a historic fort and temple complex raised on an ancient rock, is the most popular tourist destination, often an integral part of the tour itinerary of the city. It is raised on a 273-foot high rock. You can find two Hindu temples inside the complex: the Shiva Temple and the Uchchi Pillaiyar Koil Temple.

Trichy Rock ForteGeologically, the high rock may be over one billion years old. There are other tourist attractions within the temple complex including the famous Nayaka-era fort and the Ganesha temple of the Pallava era. The fort was the scene of bloody battles between Madurai Nayakas, who used it as a military fort, and Carnatic, Bijapur and Maratha empires. The fort also turned the tides in favour of the British in India during the Carnatic wars, fought between many Indian rulers and British and French East India Company on either side.

The Thayumanavar Temple is located in the Rockfort complex close to the base of it and was built by the great Pallava king Mahendravarman I in the 6th century AD. The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva symbolized by the lingam and is worshiped as Thayumanavar. Mattuvar Kuzhalammai represents Shiva’s consort Parvati. The presiding deity is eulogized in the “Tevaram”, the Tamil Saiva canonical work compiled by the Nayanars, the tamil saint poets belonging to the 7th century.

On the eastern side is the Ucchi Pillayar koil, a Hindu temple of the 7th century, is dedicated to Lord Ganesha who was born to Lord Shiva and Parvati. It is situated on the top of Rockfort. Legend has it that Lord Ganesha ran from King Vibishana in this place, after setting up the Ranganathaswamy deity in Srirangam.

The temple houses a large-sized Ganesha and other rare deities and is host to the annual Vinayaka (Ganesha) Chathurthi festival. Devotees take great delight in listening to the classical musical concerts performed by several legendary Tamil Carnatic musicians in the temple, a tradition that has been in practise for over 70 years.

You can also witness the “Pallava Caves” constructed by the famous Pallava rulers during 580AD on the southern face of the Rockfort. One needs to climb 344 stone steps that are carved inside the rock from its entrance and over the rock near the top so as to reach the rock temple.

 

 

 

 

Ideas on how to play winter sports on your family tour

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A happy family stay together, but the happiest family is one that tours and plays together and makes the most of it. It is the togetherness which binds the family together — strong and intact. But do the winters play spoilsport to your family tour and outdoor activities. Don’t be upset and take it in your stride. Every setback has its positives, and therefore, don’t let the season rob off the fun factor. Winter sports are meant for the whole family.  Here are some ideas that will make you a better player, of course, with your family on tour and especially, when it’s snowing hard and heavy.

ice-skatingPlanning:

Research and planning is the key. Ensure you go for a resort with a good ski school and nursery slope for the kids, but just enough to keep you in the mood too. Make sure you book early as possible as good ski schools are pretty much limited and get booked up early. Make sure you are in good shape before the holiday. Start working on your body’s fitness levels and agility before the start of the holiday season. Remember to check if your required equipment is working just fine.

Out & About:

It is a must that kids should be offered plenty of sun protection on their face to protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays such as sun burn and UV goggles. You must check the rules on helmets; it is mandatory for children to wear helmets when playing or skidding on the icy slopes. You need to think about the different options you can come up to keep the kids engaged such as husky sledding or ice skating.

Just in Case:

Teach yourself and your kids ski etiquette and rules of conduct to stay away from unnecessary accidents and mishaps. It is recommended to invest in a winter sports travel insurance to protect your family, trip and equipments against any possible accidents and potential disasters. It’s important for kids to get trained on how to cope with emergency or crisis situations, example just in case you get separated in a crowd. Having an EHIC for every member of your family, when travelling in Europe, comes as an advantage in case you require medical treatment.

Winters doesn’t mean putting things in cold storage, especially family tours, sports and outdoor activities. Winters not only presents some unique challenges, but also every reason to travel outdoors and get going with the whole family. With the thermometer dropping, the festive spirit and fervour may well embrace the adventure in you!

 

Spectacular South Africa 2018

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emperor POSTER 2Duration: 10 Nights/11Days

Departs: Mumbai: 21st Feb 2018

From Price: Rs. 1, 25,000 per person

South Africa, a land of extraordinary, beyond-the-world beauty and a plethora of experiences, is sure to get you spellbound. We have a special New Year offer that is a scheduled tour package that includes travelling to Johannesburg, Sun City, George, Mossel Bay, Oudtshroon, Knysna, and ending in the stunning city of Cape Town.

This itinerary allows you to enjoy and take in the magnificent scenes, sounds, and tastes for which South Africa is known for.

Itinerary:

Day 1: 21st Feb 2018. Fly Mumbai to Johannesburg (overnight flight).

Arrive Johannesburg or Joburg, the land of the magnificent Jacarnada Trees. Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to the shuttle transfer service for a city tour. Thereafter you will be taken to The Gandhi Square and Nelson Mandela Square. Then you will be taken to our hotel to sine and stay overnight.

Day 2: 22nd Feb 2018. Johannesburg – Sun City – Johannesburg

After breakfast, this morning depart for Sun City and check-in to the hotel. Thereafter enjoy the myriad entertainment options that Sun City has to offer. Travel along the city or visit the bird aviary. Opt for the adventurous activities like Quad biking, Parasailing, Motor boats, Banana ride and more. Finally, return back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: 23rd Feb 2018. Sun City – Johannesburg – George – Mossel Bay

Have a bright and early start to the day to proceed to Johannesburg airport to board the flight for George. Proceed from George airport and check-in at our hotel. Relax and refresh at the natural tidal pool. Explore Mossel Bay and visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum.

Get ready by evening for an adventurous hike to the lighthouse. Explore the scintillating beauty of Mossel Bay in the late evening. Return back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay at Mossel Bay.

Day 4: 24th Feb 2018. Mossel Bay – Oudtshroon – Mossel Bay

Have an energizing breakfast at our hotel in Mossel Bay and proceed to travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. Then proceed to the Ostrich Farm to have the time of your life. This is a great opportunity for kids and adults alike to have a thrilling ride on an ostrich and stand on top of an ostrich egg to find out what happens.

Visit the astounding Cango Caves located in the lush Cango valley. Explore the beauty of natural Stalacite caves that are the world’s finest limestone formations. Now is the best part of your day. Proceed to visit Cheetah Land and Crocodile Farm at the Cango Wildlife Ranch. Get closer with the fastest land animal on earth. Experience the most fascinating animal encounters with cheetahs, lemurs, croc-cage diving and more. This place has soemthign for everyone in the family.  At the end of the day, dine and stay at Mossel Bay.

Day 5: 25th Feb 2018.  Mossel Bay

Have a hearty breakfast and get ready to experience a bird’s eye view of the sea. Opt for a helicopter ride and experience the breathtaking views of the bright blue sea that is bordered with over 60 kilometers of bright beaches. Grab your gear and experience some adrenaline rush. Go Quad biking on a 4 wheeled bike or opt for a speed boat ride. Finally, get back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6: 26th Feb 2018. Mossel Bat –Knysna – Mossel Bay

After breakfast head to Knysna for a day excursion. If you prefer some extreme action, opt for Bungee Jumping at the Bloukrans Bridge on route to Knysna. Reach the beautiful Knysna nestled between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Explore South Africa’s beautiful gardens just east of Cape Town. Enjoy the rural beauty of the small towns located by the sea. By the end of the day, head back to the hotel for a scrumptious dinner and stay.

Day 7: 27th Feb 2018. Mossel Bay – Game Lodge

Have a filling breakfast and get ready for an adventurous open vehicle safari. Check in to Game Lodge and grab your binoculars to spend some time with South Africa’s big 5 – Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Wild Buffalos, and African Rhinos, right in their territory. By evening, get back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8: 28th Feb 2018. Game Lodge – Cape Town

Have breakfast, pack-up and check out from Game Lodge and head towards Cape Town.  Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful city. Check-in at our hotel and proceed for Canal Walk, the 3rd largest shopping complex in Africa. Explore and shop at this complex that has over 400 stores, 7000 parking bays, various restaurants, 20 cinemas and a game arcade. By the end of the day, head back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 9: 01st March 2018. Cape Town

This morning continue your journey after breakfast, Drive to Cape Point to visit the “Cape of Good Hope”, which is the South Western Point of the African Continent. Visit the Seal Island on your way back. By evening visit the V&A Waterfront. Finally, head back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10: 02nd March 2018. Cape Town

Awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and proceed for a breathtaking ride on the cable car atop the glorious Table Mountain. Get to experience the beauty of the entire city with its lively beaches from the top of the Table Mountain, which is South Africa’s pride. Have a stunning colorful panoramic view that stretches from the Table Bay to the False Bay, encircling the mountain to the Hout Bay Valley.

Later that day, proceed for a guided Orientation City Tour visiting the main attractions across the Town including Green Market Square, District 6, Company Gardens, Houses of Parliament, the Castle, Signal hill, sea point, water front, Malay Quarters, downtown business district, and Clifton en route to Hout Bay. Finally, head back to the hotel to dine and stay overnight.

Day 11: 03th March 2018. Cape Town – Johannesburg – Home Bound

Have a good breakfast on your final day of the tour and check-out the hotel. Now head to the Johannesburg airport to board the flight that takes you back to Mumbai.

Highlights:

  • Scheduled Departure
  • 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners as per preset menus
  • Johannesburg
  • Mossel Bay
  • Oudtshroon
  • Knysna
  • Cape Town
  • Sightseeing
  • Orientation city tour of Johannesburg.
  • Trip to Sun city (You have an option to Visit Bird Aviary or enjoy Optional activities like Jet Ski, Parasailing,
  • Sanana ride etc). Valley Of Waves included.
  • Excursion to Knysna lagoon, Bunjee jumping bridge
  • En route Mossel Bay, Tsisikama national park and George.
  • 1 Game Drive at Game Lodge.
  • Orientation City tour of Cape town including Table Mountain, Scenic drive through Clifton and sea point,
  • Green Market square, walk though the company gardens, House of Parliament, the city wall, the castle and
  • slave lodge at Cape town
  • Full day Cape Peninsular Tour- Cape of Good Hope, Flying Dutchman, Seal Island.
  • Evening Visit to Canal Walk Mall and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.

Entrance included in this tour:

Garden Route: Cango caves, Ostrich farm, Cheetah Land & crocodile farm.

Cape Town: Table Mountain (If weather permit), Seal Island, Cape point with Flying Dutchman.

Pricing:

Tour Cost:

Tour Cost: Jan – March 2018

  • Adults: Rs. 1, 25,000 per person based on double/triple sharing accomodation.
  • Child with bed: Rs. 1, 15, 000 child sharing room with 02 adults
  • Child without Bed: Rs. 1, 03,000 child sharing room with 02 adults
  • Single Sharing: Rs. 1, 60,000 per person

Note: An additional Airfare Difference of Rs 15000 is applicable for the month of January.

Upgrade Cost per person

  • Johannesburg: D’Oreale/Similar Rs 5500
  • Mossel Bay: Point/ Similar Rs 8000
  • Cape Town: Westin/ Similar Rs 15000
  • Base Fare Calculated at Rs 26000
  • Tour Cost Calculated at Zar 1 = Rs 05

Take advantage of our flexible itinerary this 2018. Contact us to tailor make an itinerary to suit you.