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Uber is Now Offering Rickshaw Rides in Delhi

April 14, 2015 at 1:59 PM | by | ()

First there was uberBLACK and uberX. Then it expanded to uberPOOL and even the seasonal releases of uberCHOPPER (you can understand what that one is) Now, Uber, online cab-hailing company will allow passengers in India’s capital the option to book rickshaws—those seriously cheap three-wheeled taxis that aggressively honk their way through Indian streets.

Rickshaws have long been an iconic part of the Dehli landscape. The city has roughly 100,000 on the streets, and they’re a cheap, convenient way to navigate Indian cities.

uberAUTO, as it will be called in New Delhi, differs from standard Uber services because passengers will pay in cash after their lift, as fares for the rickshaws are set by the state.

The launch in Delhi, Uber’s largest market outside the US, comes against stiff competition against Ola, an Indian version of Uber that already allows customers to hail rickshaws. Beyond that, Uber continues to face troubles in India, battling rape allegations against one of its drivers in December. So while the rickshaw is a nice idea, it may not necessarily take off.

[Photo: Heart Industry/Flickr]

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Does Violence Keep You From Traveling to Certain Regions?

March 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

Traveling abroad should be fun, but often times, the countries we've been dreaming about visiting can be dangerous whether it be because of Mother Nature or political unrest. Our contributor, Linda Marsicano, is having second thoughts about returning to India after watching a powerful documentary about the treatment of women there. Here are her reasons why:

I visited India with my family as a kid and treasure memories of seeing the Taj Mahal and the other unique experiences we had as a family during the trip. Now with daughters of my own, I figured one day when they are old enough to appreciate it, we’d go back so they too can share that experience.

And then I watched “India’s Daughter,” a BBC documentary about the brutal gang rape and murder of a female med student in Delhi in 2012, which can be viewed in its entirety here. It details the cultural attitudes toward women and the seeming “justification” for the brutalization of women who dare to do simple things like be out at 8:00 pm without a husband or male relative.

It’s a disturbing film – and to make matters worse, instead of embracing the documentary India has banned it. While India is not on the State Department travel warning list, I personally would not be comfortable traveling there and certainly would not take my daughters there.<

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Where Travel Writers Want to Go in 2015: Part 4

December 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM | by | ()

Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.

Next up is Jaunted's Assistant Editor, Will, who seeks adventure and good storytellers when he travels:

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India Finally Launches Visas-on-Arrival for US Travelers

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

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'The Darjeeling Limited' and Serious Train Travel

July 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Few movies investigate family bonding, self-actualization, and travel like 'The Darjeeling Limited'. Wes Anderson's flick, about three brothers reunited for a spiritual journey through India while they re-establish their relationship one year after their father's death, had us giggling at some moments and blinking away tears at others, but longing for a long-haul train ride throughout.

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Help 'Great Projects' Protect the Tigers of India

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

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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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