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New Delhi :  National carrier Air India on Saturday said that it is set to launch holiday packages from December 1 under the Incredible India program in collaboration with state tourism departments. Among the states represented were Maharashtra, Karnataka, Sikkim, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.

“Ashwani Lohani, managing director, Air India and senior officials of state tourism departments met in New Delhi today (on Saturday) to work out the modalities of the Incredible Air India Holiday Packages to be launched from December 1, 2015,” the national carrier said in a release.

Under the packages, tourists will have the option of choosing from three-four packages in each state.

The packages will cover a wide range of interests like wildlife reserves, religious places, adventure sports like skiing in Gulmarg and Srinagar, paragliding in Kangra, forts, museums, festivities & fairs like Pushkar in Rajasthan.

Air India claimed that  the two nights/three-day packages will be attractively priced and will be available for direct purchase from the Air India website.

Lohani also said that the national carrier would be increasing the intra-state connectivity with the ATR-72 aircraft, operated by subsidiary Alliance Air.

Alliance Air is currently operating ATR-72 flights under the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) basis, in the northeastern states, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, Karnataka and Puducherry.
(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Spooky! 5 Unsolved Mysteries From India You Will Not Believe Are True

If you think you can solve any puzzle with your analytical mind, think again because these incredibly baffling mysteries are going to leave you confused.

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A Tughlak-era hunting lodge, Malcha Mahal has no windows, doors, electricity or water supply. But the royal descendants of Awadh continue to occupy the now run down house. (representative image) Wikimedia

 

  • India is home to not only a variety of cultures, religions, and traditions but also several unsolved mysteries
  • While some cases can be balanced with scientific rationality, these cases remain largely unresolved 

New Delhi, August 30, 2017: A dilapidated Mahal with no doors, windows, food, water or electricity supply, but home to Royal siblings who have not come out for over 20 years; a beach that appears and disappears all within the same day, a girl who recollected everything from a life she has previously lived; a place where thousands of birds commit suicide; these might sound like instances from an Alfred Hitchcock movie but aren’t. We present to you these unsolved mysteries from India that would leave you puzzled.

Believe it or not, these are real-life occurrences that have been reported and documented.

There is a reason after all, why the world knows our country as incredible‘ India.

India has, for generations, gripped researchers and scientists with tales and mysteries. While some of the claims have been debunked by science and rationality, many others remain mysteries “unsolved mysteries” of the modern world.

ALSO READ: The concept of Reincarnation in Hinduism and Buddhism: Read On!

NewsGram presents to you 5 cases “unsolved mysteries” that have baffled the minds of many, and continue to remain unsolved and unexplained-

  1. The curious case of Shanti Devi who recalled being Lugdi Devi in past life.
In the 1930s, a four-year old Delhi girl brought the whole nation to a standstill. Reason? Only one sentence that said “I have lived here before.”
Born in 1926 in a Delhi-based family, Shanti Devi began reminiscing details of a past life at the age of four. She claimed she was Lugdi Devi from Mathura, who lived with her husband Kedar Nath and had died during childbirth. Her recollections of her life as Ludgi Devi were spotless, and were further proved right when a letter sent to Mathura was received by Kedar Nath at the exact address she had shared. Shanti Devi also recognized Kedar Nath at first glance and recalled details of their life lived together.
This strange case even reached Mahatma Gandhi, who upon meeting young Shanti was visibly surprised (according to eye witness accounts) and also set up an inquiry commission for the case.
The case was picked by multiple Indian and foreign researchers over time, who found her claims to be uncannily accurate.
The story of Shanti Devi’s reincarnation till date remains one of the most well-documented unsolved mysteries of past-life recalling in present time.

2. Siblings of the haunted Malcha Mahal 

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One of the gates of Malcha Mahal. Wikimedia

Will you be able to live in a dilapidated house with more bats than humans, in the middle of a dense forest, in the absence of electricity or water; no windows or doors with no such thing as human presence or contact?
What if we tell you there are people who do?
700-year-old Malcha Mahal is home to two siblings from the royal family of Oudh- Prince Riaz and Princess Sakina, who have since 1985 not made any contact with the outside world and strictly stay indoors.
Adjacent to the Earth Station in Delhi, the lodge was a Shikaarghar (hunting ground) built by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and was declared haunted in the 14th century after which all human activity was banned around the area.
The Begum of Oudh and the granddaughter of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah,  Began Wilayat Mahal was given the Malcha Mahal by the Indian government in 1985 as compensation for Wajid Ali Shah’a land that had been seized by the Britishers.
A few years after moving in, the Begun committed suicide by drinking crushed diamonds in 1993, leaving behind the wailing royal siblings. A few successful theft cases left the children aggressive, who ever since have broken all possible human contact with the world.
They remain strictly inside without proper food, water or electricity with reports suggesting that Prince Riaz comes out concealed only to get meat for their dogs.
Till date, they have only given two interviews with no other record of their presence. The spooky lodge stands tall amidst all surrounding mysteries and all you can find there is an eerie silence, zero human presence and a board that reads ‘ENTRY RESTRICTED. CAUTIOUS OF HAUND DOGS. PROCLAMATION : INTRUDERS SHALL BE GUNDOWN’

 

3. The sonic boom of Jodhpur

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The city of Jodhpur was one of the many places around the world where the explosion sound was heard. Wikimedia

The world was in the grip of a global rumor claiming that the world was to end on December 21 as predicted by the Mayan calendar. At such disquieting times, the people of Jodhpur city in Rajasthan were startled on December 18 by a deafening boom.
The sound, which resembled a loud explosion, was believed by some to have been the breaking of a sound barrier by an IAF over Jodhpur while others contested that an army ammunition depot situated nearby must have gone up in smoke. However, these claims were immediately turned down by army officials.
When an object travels through air at a speed greater than that of sound, an enormous amount of sound energy is released which sounds similar to the sound of an explosion – the sonic boom.
What was even more intriguing was that this was not a singular event. Similar unexplained sounds or booms were heard at different places spread all over the world including UK and US that month. At some places, the boom was also allegedly accompanied with a green light.
What could have moved in the air at that great a speed? Was that the sound of testing a strange new weapon or could it have been some alien activity. And were these sounds connected? The case continues to remain one of the many daunting mysteries of present times…& its still one of the unsolved mysteries.

4. The hair-raising case of Monkey Man

A mysterious, hairy animal-like creature was rumored to roam the streets of Delhi in the summers of 2001 that would attack people and vanish almost magically. This was the case of Delhi’s Monkey Man.
Eyewitnesses and victims gave varied accounts of this monkey-like man; some claimed he was 4 feet tall and hairy while others asserted it was over 5.5 feet tall, wore a helmet, and had glowing red eyes with long claws and three buttons on its chest. It’s still one of the the unresolved mysteries.
Several of the Monkey Man’s victims were reported to have serious scratches on their bodies and two victims had allegedly fallen off buildings because of panic after coming face to face with the ‘creature’.
Within a year, reports of attacks by a similar creature surfaced from different parts of Delhi and even Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh).
Monkey Man was a menace for a long duration as kids and adults alike feared his sightings. Large groups of people carrying arms at night to fight the beast became a common sight around the time.
Some people dismissed the story as an urban myth, while others claimed the creature to be a reincarnation of Lord Hanuman. Either way, the cases and reports of the Monkey Man’s sightings died down on its own and the case was reduced to one of the many unsolved mysteries of the country.

5. The Hide and Seek beach 

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The Chandipur beach in Odisha is also called the Hide and Seek beach. Wikimedia

There is a beach in India that disappears twice a day. Don’t believe us?
The Chandipur beach, also known as the Hide and Seek beach does not exist constantly in any map. Here, visitors can actually witness the sea disappear in front of their eyes.
Located in Orissa, the Chandipur beach witnesses a mysterious natural phenomenon. Visitors may witness water on one visit, but may find only sand dunes and Casuarina trees on the next. The entire beach appears and then disappears in the matter of just one day.
This phenomenon is believed to be unique to Chandipur beach, where the sea recedes by as much as 5 km every day during the ebb time, which is the period between the high tide and the low tide. This phenomenon happens twice every day with the locals even being fairly aware of the timings of the high tide and the low tide.
However, this timing of the magical disappearance and re-appearance of the water changes as per the moon cycle because of which, safety measure have to be taken by the beach visitors at all times. This is one of the unsolved mysteries of India.

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Monsoon in India: Urban Travelers take Advantage of the ‘Green Season’

It is all about taking advantage of the amazing tariff-rates, coupons and discounts; which further promote the cause of traveling to these destinations in this season

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Indian Travel Destinations. Pixabay
  • Adventurous activities and amazing experiences coupled with fascinating deals have triggered the interest in the urban travelers
  • In addition to the most unconventional tourist-spots observed during the monsoon, Ladakh, Kerela, Coorg, and Goa continue to remain the appealing destinations
  • It has been observed that Solo Travel has seen a 10-15% rise

New Delhi, July 15, 2017: An Indian subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group in Australia- Flight Shop, has recently declared the findings of Monsoon 2017, the “Green Season” of India stating the present unique monsoon destinations of the country.

These include Tinsukia in Assam, Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, Kausani in Uttrakhand, Mandu in Madhya Pradesh, and Athirapally falls in Kerala. Apart from these, Mawlynnong in Meghalaya, Digha in West Bengal and Panshet in Maharashtra are also grabbing the attention of the Indian travelers with their vivid beauty and unique appeal.

ALSO READ: Travel is the Top Reason Why Indians spend Money Overseas

Reportedly, the findings of Monsoon 2017 has also testified a 30% rise in Domestic-Travel during the ‘green season’ as travelers cherish the fading heat of the summer holiday-period and also can dodge a large number of tourists, visiting the popular tourist-spots.

It is all about taking advantage of the amazing tariff-rates, coupons, and discounts; which further promote the cause of traveling to these destinations in this season.

Adventurous activities and amazing experiences coupled with fascinating deals have triggered the interest in the urban travelers, solo travelers, the backpackers, and the adventure buffs to break free and explore, ANI has reported.

According to ANI report, executive Director of Leisure Businesses, FCM Travel Solutions, Indian subsidiary of FCTG, Australia, Shravan Gupta, was quoted as saying, “The spirit of India truly comes alive during monsoons, showcasing its dense and diverse natural riches; an exceptional weather is always an add-on and hence, an excellent time to travel. At Flight Shop, we have also observed steep interest from the new-age segment -the last minute travelers indulging in outdoor activities like white water rafting, hiking trails and photography off the beaten path. We have seen a rise of 52% in these last minute bookings.”

He further added, “During monsoons, there can be no destination worthier than Incredible India – from lush greens in the South and lofty mountains in the North!”

Reportedly, in addition to the most unconventional tourist-spots observed during the monsoon, Ladakh, Kerela, Coorg, and Goa continue to remain the appealing destinations for the tourists and the exquisiteness that they offer.

It has been observed that Solo Travel has seen a 10-15% rise, with travelers from key metros cities heading to the mountains for monsoon getaways to the unique destinations.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter @ElaanaC

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Air India deliberates creating no-fly list post unruly behaviour of MP

Shiv Sena MP assaulted a 60 yr old airline staff with slippers onboard a flight

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New Delhi, Mar 23, 2017: A Shiv Sena MP apparently assaulted an Air India airline staff- 60 years old, with slipper, at the IGI airport in New Delhi today. Following the incident, Air India is deliberating creating a no-fly list for unruly passengers.

A senior official said, “Air India is considering preparation of a no-fly list of unruly passengers on the lines of other carriers.”

Ravindra Gaikwad, Shiv Sena MP, who was flying from Pune to Delhi on an Air India flight, hit Sukumar, the airline’s duty manager with his slipper several times, when Sukumar asked him to unboard the plane after the minister denied doing so once the plane landed at the Delhi airport.

PTI reported the airlines sources saying, “ The lawmaker turned violent, tore the duty manager’s shirt, broke his spectacles and hit him several times with his slippers.”

Possessing a business class ticket, Gaikwad insisted on taking the airline’s early morning flight from Pune to Delhi, Flight AI-852; which happens to be an all-economy class flight. This stiked an argument between the MP and the airline staff in Pune, leading to the assault in Delhi, on landing.

In recent times, there have been many incidents of unruly behaviour by the passengers, across various airlines.

AirAsia, in the previous month, had filed a police complaint against two drunk passengers for creating a nuisance onboard.

In January, on one of its flight from Dubai to New Delhi, IndiGo had to tie down a passenger to his seat for being violent onboard.

According to official data, 53 incidents of unruly behaviour by the passengers have been reported by domestic airlines between July 2016 and Feb 2017.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), unruly passengers make the list of the top three safety concerns of the cabin crew.

As per the IATA, in 2015, there were 10,854 reported cases of unruly behaviour by the passengers across airlines worldwide, which translate into one incident for every 1,205 flights.

-Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf