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India Finally Launches Visas-on-Arrival for US Travelers

Where: India
December 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Almost two months ago, during a visit by the country's Prime Minister to the United States, it was reported that India's visa-on-arrival program would be delayed until the summer of 2015. But last week, as we were enjoying our turkey dinners, India announced that the system was officially up and running for travelers from 43 countries, including the States.

The new program definitely makes entering the country a lot easier for U.S. travelers and is a pretty straighforward process. You apply for the visa online at least four days before your trip and up to 30 days in advance. You will have to upload a photo and pay the $60 fee. When approved, the visa will be sent in an email and is valid for 30 days. Remember that your passport must valid for six months from the dates of travel.

You can find all the information and details online.

[Photo: Flickr]

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Visas-on-Arrival for Americans Traveling to India Confirmed, Delayed Until 2015

Where: India
October 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

On his recent trip to the United States, India's Prime Minister Nahendra Modi confirmed that his country's plan to expand its visa-on-arrival service to 180 countries will include U.S. travelers for stays of up to 30 days.

While we were initially optimistic that the program would be up and running by now, Modi said the expansion will be delayed until sometime next year, most likely coinciding with the introduction of India's new e-visa system in early summer, which will allow travelers to get a visa online prior to their trip. The delay is a bummer, but it makes sense to wait at this point. Otherwise, by the time U.S. travelers got used to the visa-on-arrival system, the new e-visa operation would make it irrelevant.

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New Airline Alert: Vistara Enters the 'Limitless Expanse' of India

Where: India
August 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

There've plenty of grumblings both good and bad regarding the newest airline in India, but only now does it actually have a name: Vistara. The joint venture comes from Singapore Airlines and Tata, the folks behind TajAir.

The full-service airline is looking to bring back the joy of flying in India, which they hope to do with A320s and a touch of Singapore's signature hospitality. The airline will take the keys to their first bird in September and plans to launch operations around the same time. Vistara is pretty confident with the big names behind them, and plan for a 20-strong fleet by their 5th year of operations, including some shiny new A320Neos.

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Do Yoga While Doing Good in India

July 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

As yoga retreats and tours have gained in popularity, so have the prices of these wellness getaways.

Rainbow Voluntours is now offering a less expensive tour for yogis, that also lets them do good between poses.

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Help 'Great Projects' Protect the Tigers of India

Where: India
June 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Great Projects has put together a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India where volunteers will not only help protect endangered tigers, but they will also stay in the reserve they call home.

The project takes place in the prestigious Kanha National Park, the same location that gave Rudyard Kipling with inspiration to write The Jungle Book.

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Jon Hamm Shares the Dos and Don'ts of Visiting India

Where: India
May 16, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Jon Hamm spent much of last spring filming his new movie Million Dollar Arm in India and, during a recent press junket, he shared some advice for first time visitors to the country.

Don't Eat The Fruit Basket...

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Air India Receives $200 Million to Finance Three Brand-New Dreamliners

Where: India
April 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

Another round of funding and investment is underway in India, and the amount of money that's being thrown around is no joke. The national carrier announced that it has been loaned $200 million by the country's bank, Bank of India, to purchase three brand-new Dreamliner airplanes.

That's not all. Air India expects to raise an additional $500 million from bridge loans and has received a $288 million tax credit to cover the cost of fuel, simulators, and spare parts. If it all comes through as planned, as many as six new Dreamliners could be in the airline's future.

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This Indian Airline Got Into Trouble For Dancing in the Aisles

Where: India
March 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

In celebration of a Hindu festival known as Holi, the crews on several SpiceJet flights added a little color to their service by performing a choreographed dance after takeoff last Monday, March 17th. Passengers sang and clapped along with delight, filming the show with their mobile phones and later posting the videos to social media.

The dance seemed harmless, but the subsequent surfacing of videos online ended up shooting SpiceJet in the foot. India's version of the FAA, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), sent the carrier a notice that threatened sanctions and asked for an explanation as to why its license should not be suspended. The DGCA said that the dance could have created an unruly environment on the plane. As you'll see in the video below, even the pilots came out of the cockpit to participate in the organized event. According to reports, a professional choreographer trained about 30 SpiceJet crew members for the dance.

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India to Finally Welcome Visitors with New Visas Upon Arrival

Where: India
February 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen some good visa news and advice over the last few days, and now we have even more to share. India seems to get be getting on board the technology bandwagon, and they’re streamlining their whole entry process.

The country is boosting its offerings when it comes to allowing visas on arrival to visitors from around 180 countries, and that does include those making the journey from the United States. Right now there’s only like 11 countries that can do this, so it’s certainly quite an expansion. Obviously the thought behind things is convenience, but we’re also thinking that the country is eager to cash in on some more tourist dollars.

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Air India Moves Forward with In-Flight WiFi Hopes and Dreams

Where: India
January 31, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s time for some WiFi news, as another international carrier is jumping on the in-flight connectivity bandwagon. This week it’s Air India that’s getting ready to install wires, switches, and antennas in hopes of keeping passengers happy and logged on during their time up in the air.

Details are kind of limited at this point, but the carrier has announced that WiFi is coming to both their big planes and little planes—on both domestic and international journeys. Right now they’re still reviewing PowerPoint presentations and other sales pitches, but it does sound like Thales is just one of the companies in the running to install the WiFi bits and pieces.

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Habitat For Humanity Seeking Volunteers Willing to Lend a Hand in India

Where: India
November 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Habitat for Humanity is looking for enthusiastic and hardworking people to join a 16-day adventure in Delhi, India.

Volunteers will not only help build decent, safe housing for the community but they will also be able to immerse themselves in the local culture. On their days off volunteers can visit a temple, browse Old Delhi markets or see other nearby places of interest.

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Forget Africa and Opt for an Indian Jungle Safari Instead

Where: India
August 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Taj Safaris, known for their luxurious Indian jungle lodges in Bandhavgarh National Park, Pench National Park, Kanha National Park, and Panna National Park, are now giving their guests a chance to give back.

Through a new voluntourism program, Taj is working to teach children in neighboring villages the importance of conservation in the national parks. Many kids live near the parks but have never been inside because they can’t afford the cost of a safari drive. Now, Taj Safaris is takes these kids inside and teaching them how each element of the jungle contributes and affects the well-being of the eco-system. They are also hoping to improve the lives of surrounding communities by enhancing basic heath care, education, and incomes.

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