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New York remains Indians’ Favourite Holiday Destination: Study

Locations like Amsterdam, Athens and Male are also becoming travel prospects for Indians

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Delhi, Feb 9, 2017: Topping the charts of favourite tourist destinations for the second year running, New York remains India’s favourite holiday destination. New York, Dubai and London were the top three most searched travel locations by Indians.

The trend has changed slightly for the first half of 2017 with Bangkok replacing London, noted a travel search engine- Kayak. “We saw a lot of interest being built for destinations like Amsterdam, Athens and Male becoming popular. These three key destinations garnered over 283 per cent, 185 per cent and 117 per cent increased volume in search queries respectively,” says Abhijit Mishra, Country Manager India, Kayak.

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Locations like Amsterdam, Athens and Male are also becoming travel prospects for Indians. There was also a study done wherein a comparison was made between travellers from different parts of India.

“Travellers from Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Hyderabad displayed a longer average trip duration as compared to travellers from Pune and Jaipur. The average travel duration for Ahmedabad was 11 days, followed by Mumbai and Hyderabad with an average travel duration of 8 days,” the study said.

The study also said, “Travellers from Kolkata made bookings 45 days prior to the trip, which was the longest lead time to travel. Bookings from Jaipur and Hyderabad showed a relatively less number of days, with an average of 24-25 days prior to their trips.”

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter: @shambhavispeaks

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Kolkata Showcases in Top 100 Global Travel Destinations

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Oct 2, 2017: Kolkata is featured in the top 100 travel destinations globally alongside other Indian cities namely, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, and Bengaluru, as indicated by Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017.

Chennai stands out in India, other than emerging among the top 10 destinations in Asia Pacific when it comes to overnight visitor arrivals.

Travel and tourism in India is on the rise, an authority of a main travel house in the city told PTI.

Durga Puja festival in Kolkata is a major attraction for foreigners with at least two- to three-day stay, he said.

Also Read:  Durga Puja Pandal Decoration Catches Cinema Style, Baahubali Palace Will Be In Cruise This Year In Kolkata 

According to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, there are no indications of the slowdown in travel and tourism in Asia Pacific with the region dominating visitor arrivals.

This is additionally affirmed with the main 10 cities in Asia Pacific destinations tracking the most noteworthy amount of global overnight visitor spending. Bringing USD 91.16 billion in travel use in 2016, Asia Pacific outpaced Europe (USD74.74 billion USD) and North America (USD55.02 billion), MasterCard said in an announcement.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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9 Beautiful Countries Where Indians Can Travel Without Visa

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India, September 23, 2017: Travelling is always an adventure. People love to travelling experience throughout their life to different countries. There are certain limits for Indians, when it comes to travel foreign countries. One requires visa and transit visa when travelling to other countries. But here is a good news for all the travel freaks who are Indian citizen. There are some countries where Indians can travel without Visa.

To reach these spectacular destinations, your Indian passport would be enough to make your travel dreams come true. So, pack your bags and set yourself to travel in these 10 amazing countries.

9 amazing countries where Indian can travel without visa:

  • Hong Kong – Yes, it is true! Hong Kong allows Indians to travel without Visa. You can be a guest to Hong Kong for 14 days without worrying about visa. Hong Kong is a tourist paradise with a handful of clubs, pubs, restaurants, and lot more. Disneyland is the one that you should not miss when you are here.

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  • Bhutan – Also called as the land of happiness, the country welcomes its neighbour Indians to travel without Visa. What you require to do is just take your belongings and enjoy the magnificent view of the valley. At Dochula Pass, you can also gaze the majestic Himalayan ranges and experience the serenity of nature around. For adventure seekers, a trek to Paro Taktsang can be a great end to a memorable journey.

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  • Maldives – Known as the land of beaches, Maldives is the favorite destination for honeymoon travellers as it offers visa on arrival for up to 30 days. Therefore, if you are planning for this trip than what you all need is a passport and travel tickets. The country boasts of having some of the most exotic resorts and beaches that makes sightseeing even more exciting. For those fond of water sports, this is the place where you can try snorkeling, sailing, and underwater diving.

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  • Fiji – Want to pamper yourself with a relaxing holiday? then plan a trip to Fiji. Luckily, for Indians, it is a trip to travel without visa. People who love the sunshine, sand, and beaches, Fiji offers you over 300 islands to fill up your trip with excitement and fun. It is a dream place to all the types of visitors including families, couples, and friends. From shopping, safaris, kite surfing, visiting museums to nightlife, the place is ready to keep you busy throughout the day.

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  • El Salvador – With almost 2000 archaeological sites, El Salvador have some of the exceptional sites to promote its cultural tourism with no visa requirement for Indians. Being surrounded by some of the most famous destinations, the heritage of the place remains overshadowed. For those seeking for surreal vacation, El Salvador can be the one chosen to be added to your travel list. Being the smallest country in Central America, it surely has a lot of expedition stored for you.

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  • Dominica – Also known as ‘Nature Isle of the Caribbean’, Dominica provides the facility to Indian tourists to travel without Visa. Known for its natural exquisiteness, the country is the home to some rare species of flora and fauna. You should not forget to visit Morne Trois Pitons national park as it enables you to experience boiling lake, sulphur vents and giant Trafalgar falls.

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  • Nepal – Apart from sharing the common culture with India, Nepal allow the entrance of Indian tourist to travel without Visa. What you need is just one photo identity card issued by the government. Traveller from India can take down the road to reach this country where the highest mountain peak of the world, Mount Everest resides. If you are looking for adventure then Annapurna Circuit will provide you the best trekking experience. It takes around 15-20 days to complete this trek.

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  • Montserrat – If you are looking for a good long vacation without a visa trouble then Montserrat can be your next stop. The island enables the Indian tourists to visit without any visa and enjoy the nature flourishing at its best. If the beauty of the place wins your heart then you can try tasting the water at Runaway Ghaut as the legendary tales says, those who drink its water are destined to visit the place again. You can also enjoy the helicopter and boat ride here.

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  • Vanuatu- Country made of around 80 islands will allow you to experience its beauty without any visa trouble. One can enjoy watching active volcanoes, deep-sea fishing, water sports, scuba diving, where you can see coral reefs, caverns and the wreckage of World War II.

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Now with the places list travelling around the world without visa seems more interesting and fun. So get ready to unveil the places you have not visited yet and share your experience with others.

ALSO READ: Here are Some Tips for First Time Travelling Experience

Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_Desire

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Chainsmokers on How they dealt with the fame that came after the release of their hit song “Closer”?

The Chainsmokers admire Indian music and say that it was cool to work with globally popular Indian star Priyanka Chopra

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Chainsmokers duo are behind the hit single "Closer". IANS
  • It is important to use the popularity to send out a positive message
  • India is holding onto its cultural music
  • A lot of musicians in the US want to use their music for political activism

New Delhi, September 10, 2017: They felt “strange” with the fame that came with the popularity of their single “Closer”, and feel they still have a lot to prove.

American DJs and production duo The Chainsmokers say they want to push themselves and experiment. And they want to spread “positivity with their music without any propaganda.”

In a joint email interview to IANS, The Chainsmokers duo Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall reflected upon their journey in the music world and how they are dealing with the fame. They mentioned it is important to use the popularity to send out a positive message amid all the “craziness happening in the world”.

“That song (‘Closer’) gave us a lot of acclaim in a good way. (In) a lot of cases for DJs, people know the music but don’t know what they look like. And ‘Closer’ became so big. We made a couple of TV appearances and we felt famous for the first time, it kind of felt strange,” the duo said in their joint reply.

The duo, who wrapped up their two-city India tour on Friday, also appreciated how India is holding onto its “cultural music”.

The Grammy Award-winning artists headlined the Indian leg of Road to ULTRA, an independent festival brand, brought to India by ULTRA Worldwide and Percept Live. The fest made its foray into the country with Road To ULTRA show in Mumbai and Greater Noida.

The New York based artists exploded onto the music scene with viral hit “#SELFIE” in 2014. They followed it up with hits like “Roses” and “Don’t let me down”, for which they won a Grammy. The success of “Closer”, featuring Halsey, changed the whole game for them.

“We are having the best time and just enjoying every second of the ride but there is still so much more we want to accomplish and we push ourselves to experiment so we are always thinking about what’s next,” they said.

The duo continued the successful ride as they released “Paris” and a single in collaboration with Coldplay titled “Something just like this”.

A lot of musicians in the US want to use their music for political activism.

Ask The Chainsmokers if they also want to use their beats and sounds for a bigger cause, and they said: “It is important to use the resources you have and say the things you believe in, whatever those positive things may be.”

“There is a lot of craziness happening in the world right now and if you have a lot of fans looking up to you, need to create some awareness and spread positivity without a propaganda.”

Talking about their India visit, the duo said: “This is our fourth visit, to be honest…We just weren’t that famous then. We played a fun free festival in Pune. We also went to an orphanage there and met some school kids. Being foodies, we had a lot of naans and tikkas.”

The Chainsmokers admire Indian music and say that it was cool to work with globally popular Indian star Priyanka Chopra. They worked with the Bollywood actress back in 2012 for the single “Erase”.

“It’s amazing how there are only a few countries in the world that support cultural music and India is one of them apart from Brazil and Canada. It is great because there is a strong cultural identity. We have worked with Priyanka Chopra who was pretty cool,” said the “All we know” hitmakers.

Any plans to collaborate with any other Indian actor or musician?

“We were supposed to meet Shah Rukh Khan (after the Mumbai gig) but everything got messed up. He seems (to be) pretty cool and (we) wouldn’t mind hanging out with him sometime,” they said.

But that has to wait now.

“Right now, our schedule is very pretty crazy and we still feel we are relatively new music artists and we have to prove a lot. But there will come a point when we want to put our thing aside and want to work (with) all kinds of artists,” they said. (IANS)