Category: Train Travel

Heli-Taxi Service To Commence Between Manali and Rohtang: Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur

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The Himachal Pradesh government has announced that it will commence heli-taxi service soon between major tourists’ spots of Manali and Rohtang Pass, which it is confident of giving a fillip to tourism in Lahaul and Kullu areas. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur made the announcement, earlier this month, in a local public meeting. The heli-taxi service will carry tourists safely over the delightful snow-capped peaks, whilst offering a panoramic view of the region.

The chief minister hinted that the government is taking all the required steps to give a new boost to the tourism sector in the region by hopping up the infrastructure and other amenities to develop unexplored tourist destinations to entice more highend visitors and rake more revenue. The heli-taxi service can prove more than handy during unforeseen events such as a landslide.

The chief minister further added that the service is already in operation between Shimla and Chandigarh and will soon commence between Manali and Rohtang to make life lot easier for tourists.  Similar efforts will be put in future from Dharamshala to Dalhousie and Chamba, in addition from Manali to Chandigarh. The Himachal Pradesh Government had earlier started a helicopter taxi service from the city of Shimla to Chandigarh. The six-seater helicopter that flies from Manali to Rohtang at a height of 13050 feet, covering 50km distance, will bring down the travel time to twenty minutes or maybe less.

This operation was put through a trial run recently, which proved successful; a chopper made a soft landing on a helipad built recently at Vashisht Bihal near Manali. Rohtang Pass and Marhi also have two Helipads to its credit, with six more slated to come in the region in the future.

The heli-taxi service, however, will be restricted in case of inclement weather conditions in the region.  The Rohtang route links the Kullu Valley with the Spiti Valley of the state.  The heli-taxi service, nevertheless, is believed to do a world of good for both locals and tourists alike.



Tips to Book Indian Railway Tickets Online

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India is home to some of the most prominent destinations and every day, hundreds and thousands of people travel across different cities within the country for various reasons. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has trains serving the length and breadth across the country, and helps the citizens enjoy India’s outback, regional areas, coastal towns and cities in comfort. Being the most cost effective mode of travel, the Indian Railways continues to be the mode of preference for a majority of the travelers. It has also been the first choice for transfer of commodities and goods.
Indian Railway Tickets OnlineThe launch of the IRCTS website a few years ago has made it possible for travelers to book tickets online. However, the task seems to be a daunting one for many. Here are a few tips that will help you book Indian railway tickets online in an efficient and cost-effective manner:

Registering as a new user – Booking tickets online through the IRCTC website involve user registration as the first step. Ensure you provide accurate name and correspondence address with valid mobile number. If you need to avail the SMS service, it is essential that you enter the correct mobile number. It is advisable to maintain only one account at a time; those with multiple accounts can experience termination of one or all accounts.

Decide between i-Tickets and e-Tickets – Online reservation lets you book i-Tickets and e-Tickets. After booking, i-Tickets are couriered to the address specified by the passenger while e-tickets are available immediately to be taken as a printout. While e-tickets can be booked on the same day till a certain point of time, i-ticket can be booked anytime before three days from the date of journey. Assess your situation and decide the type of ticket you need to book.

Booking in advance – It is always better to book rail tickets as early as possible. Tickets can disappear very quickly, especially during holiday season and even weekends. You may book tickets up to three months early before the date of travel.

Booking in Tatkal quota – The Tatkal quota opens up at 10 am sharp in the IRCTC website. Occupy your computer half an hour before and stay active in the website to ensure your session does not expire or get timed out. You can save time by auto-filling captchas and keeping train and passenger details ready.

Syncing the date and timings – A simple yet important point to make is synching the date and time between your computer and the IRCTC website.

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