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Brands Academy, one of India’s top brand management and consulting firms, organized the Indian edition of World Travel Brands in New Delhi, India, to honor India’s top brands, brilliant individuals and innovative companies from Tourism sector which have displayed commendable brilliance in customer service and established imaginative tactics to create an unassialable brand for themselves. Mr. Prahlad Kakar, one of India’s prominent ad film director and legend in the world of branding, was the guest of honour at the gala ceremony. Mr. Kakar distributed the esteemed awards to the final winners, making sure that it was an exceptionally energetic night  in his flamboyant manner. Primarily based on market research and opinion surveys conducted by BIG Research, one of the major market research firms in India, the Indian World Travel Brands included popular brand names like Radisson Blu, Indian Hotels Company Limited (Vivanta By Taj), The Leela Kovalam Beach, Hyatt Regency, Meluha-The Fern, Royal Tulip, Wyndham Grand, Air India, Thomas Cook, Amadeus (Bird Group), Sterling Holiday Resorts, Oakwood Serviced Apartments, Moti Mahal Delux, Yo!China, CarzOnRent, Sagar Ratna, Nexus Travel Solutions, Chefs@Work, The Grand Dragon Ladakh, Vijayshree Heritage Village, Spice Court, Shanti Boutique Hotels, Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Awke-nox, Viva Voyages, Paintball Sports, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, Chi Kitchen & Bar, Kai Asia (The Gateway Hotel, Vadodara) and Ranjit’s SVAASA Heritage Boutique Spa Haveli.

World Travel brands India 2012 Ceremony

World Travel brands India 2012 Ceremony

As stated by, Mr. Rishu Monga, Chief Executive Officer, World Travel Brands, “We’re extremely excited seeing the fantastic response that our concept, World Travel Brands has been given in this country! If its dramatically rising level of popularity is any indication, I am confident that World Travel Brands will soon emerge as the most coveted travel awards that offer awesome worldwide recognition to the top players who are altering the traditional ways of the global travel industry.”

The World Travel Brands gala ceremony was conducted at Hotel Radisson Blu, Dwarka, New Delhi, one of the best upcoming 5-star hotels in India. Key decision makers from India’s very best hotels, airlines, restaurants, travel agencies, tour and cruise operators, spas and salons, travel media, and the suppliers to these industries gathered together to celebrate the success of the best performers. Adding to the celebrity quotient of the ceremony was Anaida, legendary Pop Singer from the late 90’s who is more popularly known as the ‘Oova Oova Girl’. The glittering ceremony was punctuated with fabulous dance performances by Goa based Yogi’s Angels, one of India’s most recognized western dance groups.

According to Mr. Prahlad Kakar, “The travel & tourism industry is probably one of the cornerstones of the Indian economy as it not only generates vast revenues for our country but also creates employment for millions of people. World Travel Brands has brought the leaders in Indian Travel industry together onto an remarkable platform. This exceptional concept introduced by Brands Academy will definitely encourage others in the industry to do even better in the times to come!”

The Indian World Travel Brands were decided on the basis of the market research study commissioned by Brands Academy and executed by BIG Research over twelve months with over 100 field executives who surveyed a large number of properties across the country as ‘mystery guests’. To confirm the data compiled in the market research study, BIG Research then carried out the opinion surveys amongst the end consumers including tour operators, travel agencies, leisure & business travelers, suppliers, industry experts and travel media to determine recognition and awareness about the participating brands.

“The primary objective of this huge exercise is to motivate the participating brands to share their success and motivate others in the industry on how they can ensure improvement and growth, while constantly aiming for brilliance in their sphere of operations. World Travel Brands Awards are based on thorough analysis of the participating brands, their service quality and the perception amongst end consumers and a number of other criteria,” added Mr. Monga.

The principal reasons to carry out this research were to determine, acknowledge and give deserving recognition to the dedication to brilliance, innovative strategies and exemplary results achieved by the winning brands that lead to their outstanding performance and to emphasise the vital role that their commitment to customer satisfaction plays in making certain their overall success considering the incredibly competitive and ever changing scenario in the tourism sector.

World Travel Brands: Background Information
World Travel Brands is a exclusive status presented to brands, companies and products belonging to Hospitality sector as an special honor as an acknowledgement to their efforts towards  promoting excellence in their business. World Travel Brands celebrates the popularity of highly effective brands, extraordinary individuals & imaginative businesses from Hospitality sector that have achieved perfection in customer service and formulated imaginative strategies to establish an unmatched persona for them. It is a concept introduced and being implemented across various nations around the world by Brands Academy,  finest brand management advosiries in Asia. For further details, please visit the official website of World Travel Brands Awards.

Just been back from a rel heady trip of Dublin, Ireland. Need I say that I’ve been simply floored? Those who’ve been there will know what I am talking about!

Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland, has great pubs, amazing attractions and vibrant street culture. It is a fantastic destination for a couple. I was there with my wife and the mood was more than just romantic! 😉

We had to spend well over 4 days just to take in its wonderful theatres, wander around its museums, enjoy its fine dining and sample a Guinness or two at various of its friendly and lively pubs!

The best place to start is probably on the south side of the city that is divided in two by the famous River Liffey. Most of the main attractions are concentrated in a small area that is close to the city centre. As a result you’ll also find that there is a good selection of Cheap Dublin Hotels to be found in this area. Once you’ve picked a hotel to your liking, head for a taste of the nightlife in Dublin.

The area is awash with chic restaurants, quality bars and is usually buzzing with activity every evening. If you fancy something more traditional then a night out in a traditional pub is a must. Food is hearty and simple, folk are extremely friendly and before long you’ll find yourself singing along to the traditional Irish folk music.

No visit to Dublin is complete without a visit to the ever popular Guinness Storehouse. With 250 years of brewing history behind it, it is a great day out especially as you end up at the top floor bar where you can enjoy a complimentary Guinness and enjoy the best views of Dublin.

A traveler to India is bound to find list of Holidays in India in 2009 of immense use. Indian festivals in 2009 are sure to add a lot of excitement to the travel plans of any tourist on a trip to India.
India Public Holidays 2009
Indian Festivals 2009

Moharram      8-1-2009      Thursday
Lohri     13-1-2009     Tuesday
Makar Sakranti     14-1-2009     Wednesday
Republic Day     26-1-2009     Monday
Vasant Panchami     31-1-2009     Saturday
Maha Shivaratri     23-2-2009     Monday
Id-Ul-Milad     10-3-2009     Wednesday
Holi     10-3-2009     Wednesday
Dhulendi     11-3-2009     Thursday
Hindu New Year     27-3-2009     Friday
Ramayana Week Starts     27-3-2009     Friday
Ramayana Week Ends     3-4-2009     Friday
Ramanavami     3-4-2009     Friday
Mahavir Jayanti     7-4-2009     Tuesday
Hanuman Jayanti     9-4-2009     Thursday
Good Friday     9-4-2009     Friday
Baisakhi     13-4-2009     Monday
Ambedkar Jayanti     14-4-2009     Tuesday
May Day     1-5-2009     Friday
Boodh Poornima     9-5-2009     Saturday
Raksha Bandhan     5-8-2009     Wednesday
Krishna Janmashthami     14-8-2009     Friday
Independence Day     15-8-2009     Saturday
Ganesh Chaturthi     23-8-2009     Sunday
Anant Chaudas     3-9-2009     Thursday
Pitr-paksha Start     5-9-2009     Saturday
Pitr-paksha End     18-9-2009     Friday
Id-Ul-Fitar     21-9-2009     Monday
Navaratri Start     19-9-2009     Saturday
Navaratri Ends     27-9-2009     Sunday
Vijay Dashami (Dasera)     28-9-2009     Monday
Gandhi Jayanti     2-10-2009     Friday
Balmiki Jayanti     4-10-2009     Sunday
Deepavali (Diwali)     17-10-2009     Saturday
Vikram New Year     18-10-2009     Sunday
Guru Nanak Jayanti     2-11-2009     Monday
Id-Ul-Zuha     28-11-2009     Saturday
Guru Gobind Singh Birthday     24-12-2009     Thursday
Christmas     25-12-2009     Friday
Morarram     28-12-2009     Monday

Note:

  • Public holidays in India tend to be observed more on a regional basis. Only the secular holidays of Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday are universally observed in the Indian states. The above dates are Government of India holidays, when government offices will be closed nationwide. In addition, there are numerous festivals and fairs which are also observed in some States as holidays, the dates of which change from year to year. For more details, contact Incredible India (see Contact Addresses).
  • Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking.
  • Although not government official holidays, Christmas Day (25 Dec) and New Year’s Day (1 Jan) are widely observed nationally.

Neemrana is an ancient historical town in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. It is at a distance of 125 km from Delhi on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. Neemrana Fort Palace is one of the leading heritage hotels of Rajasthan and India, Neemrana Fort Palace has been a major tourist attraction for long.

Neemrana Fort Palace Rajasthan

Neemrana Fort Palace Rajasthan

Built in 1464, Neemrana Fort Palace is located on a small hill close to the busy Delhi-Jaipur highway. Step in to Neemrana Fort Palace and you can be sure to step away from the worries of the city life, particularly if you are on your honeymoon. The Neemrana Fort Palace complex is a marvelous place to while away a weekend or a for honeymoon with a royal touch. The Suraj Kund, once a water reservoir for the fort has been turned into a swimming pool and is located on a hillside terrace.

Neemrana Fort Palace hotel has 44 rooms, including single and double rooms. Restaurants in the hotel serve Indian, Continental, and Regional foods.

Each room at the Neemrana Fort Palace has been individually decorated and some of them offer simply breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The rooms are furnished with an eclectic mix of traditional Indian and colonial furniture, antiques and objects d’art. Most rooms have private balconies or terraces and the loos are designed to have views!

Activities
The Neemrana Fort Palace is designed to pamper the senses and restore mind, body and soul. Yoga, meditation, indoor games, health spa, gym, and swimming – almost everything to relax those tensed muscles and minds. If you are on your honeymoon, Neemrana Fort Palace is a great romantic destination. The Neemrana Fort Palace has facilities for Camel safari, jeep safari, and outdoor and indoor games.

How to reach Neemrana Fort Palace
Neemrana is well-connected by air, rail and road transport. The nearest airport is New Delhi from where you can get flights for the other destinations of India and abroad easily. The road transport from Delhi is equally good. The nearest railway station is just 65 kms away at Rewari and the nearest airport is Delhi Airport i.e. 120 kms.

Situated at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur city in Rajasthan is a an ancient tale of the bravery and courage of Rajputs. Jodhpur had the distinction of being the capital of the Marwar state. Jodhpur also was a major trade center during the 16th century. Jodhpur is one of the most vibrant cities in Rajasthan, India.

Jodhpur Weather
The climate of Jodhpur is hot and dry. The summer season extends from April to mid October, with the average temperature falling in the range of 42.2° C (max) to 36.6° C (min). The climatic conditions of Jodhpur, Rajasthan are quite pleasant in winters. The average temperature in the winter season is somewhere between 27.5° C (max) to 15.5° C (min). However, in winters, Jodhpur weather might experience cold nights, with the temperature dipping to as low as 3° C. The annual rainfall is approximately 31.87 cm.

Best time to visit Jodhpur
The best time to visit the city is during the period of October to April.

How to Reach Jodhpur

  • By Air
    The Jodhpur airport is located in the cantonment area of the Jodhpur City. It is well connected to the metro cities in India through direct flights.
  • By Rail
    Jodhpur is well connected by rail to other parts of Rajasthan and important cities and towns of India like Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur.
  • By Road
    A well-developed network of roads connects Jodhpur with other towns and cities of Rajasthan and North India. State roadways and private operators run bus services between Jodhpur and other cities of Rajasthan and North India.

Shopping in Jodhpur
Jodhpur shopping destinations will provide you with an enjoyable and satisfying shopping experience. The numerous bazaars, pavements stalls, handloom houses, etc. add lots of color to this, otherwise laidback city of Rajasthan.

Some of the most popular shopping items of Rajasthan are: Bandhini (tie and dye fabric), Footwear (mainly embroidered jutis), Utensils, Leather items, Handicrafts, Textiles, Lac works and Bangles, Handlooms, Spices, Antiques

Some of the most famous shopping places in Jodhpur, Rajasthan include Sojati Gate, Station Road, Tripolia Bazaar, Mochi Bazaar, Nai Sarak, Clock tower, Sarafa Bazaar, Sadarpura Market

Jodhpur Tourist Attractions
Jodhpur is a city rich in history as well as architecture. The main tourist attractions of Jodhpur consist of its massive forts and palaces, monuments, museums, lakes, gardens, etc. One should include the following places in any Jodhpur, Rajasthan sightseeing tour itinerary.

  • Mehrangarh Fort
    One of the largest forts in India, the Mehrangarh fort is the pride of Jodhpur. Situated on a 150 m high hill, this magnificent fort was built in the year 1469 by Rao Jodha. The fort has seven gates, some of which still stand as a witness to the battles fought by the armies of Jodhpur. The fort houses a number of palaces inside, with extensive patios. The main palaces are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Takht Vilas and Jhanki Mahal. A museum also finds a place inside the fort, displaying a rich collection of old royal palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes, etc. There are also a number of galleries and temples inside the fort. The Mehrangarh fort is a living proof of the expertise and hard work of Jodhpur artisans.
  • Umaid Bhavan Palace
    One of the famous places to see in Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan Palace. Built with the noble intention of providing employment to the people during famine, this palace is an architectural beauty. The palace has been divided into three parts. In one part, functions a hotel, in the second, a museum and the third houses the royal family.
  • Rai ka Bag Palace
    Rai ka Bag Palace was amongst the favorite retreats of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Built by Hadiji, the queen of Maharaja Jaswant Singh I, the palace ranks amongst the popular attractions of Jodhpur
  • Jaswant Thada in RajasthanJaswant Thada
    Jaswant Thada is a royal cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. A white marble memorial, the cenotaph is adorned with exquisite carvings. It houses the portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur. Built like a temple, the Thada is a perfect example of skill of the Jodhpuri sculptors.
  • Museums in Jodhpur
    The most famous museum of Jodhpur is the Government museum situated in the Umaid public gardens. It has on display an array of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits local arts and crafts, etc. Along with that, the other museums of Jodhpur are the Mehrangarh fort museum and the Umaid Bhavan palace museum.
  • Parks and Gardens in Jodhpur
    There are a number of beautiful parks and gardens in Jodhpur. The Mandore garden houses the chattries (cenotaphs) of the erstwhile rulers. The Umed garden and Nehru Park hold special attraction for the kids.
  • Temples in Jodhpur
    There are a number of temples in Jodhpur. One of the famous temples of Jodhpur is the Raj Ranchhodji temple, enshrining a black marble statue of Ranchhodji. Then, there is the Achal Nath Shivalaya, a must see for the devotees of Lord Shiva. For Lord Krishna devotees, there is the Kunj Bihari temple and the Rasik Bihari temple. Some other famous temples of Jodhpur are Ghanshyamji temple, Chamunda Mataji temple, Baba Ramdeo temple and Udai Mandir.

Other Tourist Attractions in Jodhpur
Fort Chanwa Luni, Jagram Durg Nimaj, Khimsar Fort Palace, Rawla Narlai, Rohetgarh Fort, Nagaur Fair, Marwar Festival, Jaswant Thada, Balasamand Lake and the Government Museum.

Goa offers a scintillating combination of sun, sand, surf, and the sea! Goa is a showcase of the best in Portuguese architecture, ambiance and a laid back lifestyle. Its never ending beaches, pristine beauty, mystical hills, the rhythmic pounding of the sea and swaying palms – all make it a dream vacation destination for the earnest traveler. As such, Goa is one of the most picture perfect destinations in India.

Goa is the perfect place for honeymooners. Your honeymoon will become all the more enchanting in Goa as the place ensures ample privacy for a special bond to develop between couples.

This unmatched paradise for honeymooners offers luxury and romance. The hotels and beach resorts in Goa offer the best of facilities and services for an unforgettable honeymoon in Goa.

On the South bank of the river Mandovi, Panaji is the capital of Goa State. The Portuguese heritage is visible everywhere in the architecture, the many churches, the friendly casual ambience and the bars and cafes. Visit the Sebastian Chapel, Jama Masjid, Braganza Library and the Mahalaxmi Temple on your luxury travel to Panaji, the capital city of Goa India.

10 kms from Panaji is the former Portuguese capital of old Goa, where it is worth spending a day to see the old churches and remains of the former colony. Visits to the churches could include The Church of St Francis of Assissi, the Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses the mortal remains and the tomb of St. Francis Xavier.

Goa Beaches
The beaches in Goa, particularly those of Miramar and Dona Paula are famous for their beautiful stretch from Siquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator and Arambol. There are a wide variety of places to stay and eat suiting every budget. The Baga beach has a lot of exciting action for tourists visiting Goa. A huge number of resorts, hotels and shacks, restaurants and eateries to suit one’s palate exist in near vicinity. Goa’s Anjuna Beach is famous for its Wednesday flea market and its ability to attract all kinds of eccentrics and die-hard hippies. Beaches of Bagmalo, Colva and Benaulim are also very popular. Colva with its pristine white sands offers a wide range of accommodation and restaurants and shacks.

Wild Life Sanctuaries
Bondla, Molem and Catigao Wild Life sanctuaries must definitely be on one’s itinerary while visiting Goa. Bondla is the most popular of the three because of its easy accessibility and regular sightings of wild boars and sambar.

Cuisine
Apart from the seafood, the key specialties of the Goan cuisine include Vindaloo, xacuti and sorpotel. Bebinca, a popular Goan dessert with vanilla ice cream is a favourite of many a tourist. The local spirit, feni, made from either coconut or cashewnut is notorious for its “kick” and a must try for those who can handle their drinks!

Transport
Apart from the lackadaisical buses and expensive taxis, the popular means of transport is motorcycle taxis. Motorcycles and bicycles are also available on hire.

Best Season to visit Goa
October to March is considered to be the best season for a visit to Goa in India. In the months of April and May, one may find Goa under a quiet, lethargic spell. One should avoid these months if he cannot tolerate the soaring temperatures. However, the sea is still calm enough for a swim during these months. Still, the best time to visit Goa is around Christmas and New Year. The celebratory mood is infectious, the parties loud and outrageous, the fun element at its peak and the anonymity in the milling crowds really enticing. One may also get to brush shoulders with many Bollywood stars whose favourite destination during the time is Goa!

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands were shrouded in mystery for centuries because of their inaccessibility.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands present the true essence of natural beauty and a landscape replete with breathtaking and picturesque locales.

These Andaman & Nicobar islands feature a  dense forest covering it almost entirely. One can find rare exotic flowers and birds giving the place a truly poetic and romantic atmosphere.

A peaceful destination
Andaman & Nicobar islands are what a dream destination should be! Full of greenery, multi-cultural population, beautiful beaches, extremely tasty sea food, mangroves and beautiful corals under the water give a magical touch to the place. It is destination of peace, relaxation, and lot of enjoyable moment. I highly recommend it for honeymoon couples as the place offers a lot of privacy away from the hum-drum of the city life, something essential to get closer to your spouse!

Excellent food, breathtaking sights and exquisite shopping experience
Almost all types of food is available at Andaman & Nicobar islands but the specialty, of course, is the sea food. A few notable restaurants include Annarporna restaurant, Ananda restaurant, Temptation and Gagan etc. The main attractions for sight-seeing include the cellular jail, Ross and viper island, Havelock and Neil island, Jolly bouy and red skin, marina park and Gandhi park, city tour including sagarika musuem, anthropological museum, sumudrika musuem, Baratang island. For shopaholics, there are ample memorabilia on offer ranging form handicraft items, shells and jute items.

Activities & things to do
Water sports activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, mountaineering are all on offer for those with the adventurous streak!