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HindustanTimes Thu,10 Jul 2014

German airport rolls out world’s first robot parking valet

Named Ray, the robot was put to work recently at Dusseldorf Airport and operates like a forklift, picking up cars and positioning them in one of the dedicated 249 spots reserved for the automated valets.

Germany's Heidelberg is a pocketful of charm

Far removed from the daily grind of industrial towns, this precious nook has been lovingly preserved and is truly worth exploring. It has been a venerable seat of learning since 1386 and it harbours an atmosphere of learning and excellence, far removed from the daily-grind of industrial towns.

Find Delhi's monuments at click of a button

Seeing his son download apps on his mobile phone, this Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officer had a brainwave - to create an app for Delhi's monuments, both well-known and obscure, so that tourists could keep this information "handy" as a "self guide".

Kyoto voted the world's top destination

Japan's Kyoto has been named the top travel destination in the world by readers of Travel+Leisure magazine in the US, knocking last year’s winner Bangkok clear off the top 10 list. Santorini in Greece is voted the best overall island in the world.

Australia emerging as new casino hotspot

Australia is emerging as the latest hotspot for casino operators as they look to attract Asia's high rollers to the gaming tables as well as its pristine beaches and popular centres like the Great Barrier Reef.

Oregon: only hours from Napa Valley, but a world away

While Napa Valley and Sonoma are renowned for their world-class wines, tasting trips there generally come attached to luxurious digs, spa treatments, $25 tasting fees, Hummer limos and standstill traffic. But four hours from it,

Caribbean hotspot Belize: a surf and turf vacation

It has a major advantage in reeling in the holidaymakers - spectacular Mayan ruins tucked away in lush jungle. Its ancient appeal draws in backpackers eager for adventure as well as divers ready to gawk at its bustling reefs or plunge into its turquoise waters.

Rome unveils drastic Trevi Fountain facelift

Rome unveiled the most drastic facelift for the Trevi Fountain in its 252-year history on Monday, the latest in a series of privately-funded restorations to Italy's prized landmarks.

Africa's oldest nature park counts on sustainability

People living in and around Africa's oldest wildlife reserve -- Virunga National Park -- threatened by armed groups and oil prospectors, are pinning their hopes on sustainable development projects for energy, agriculture and tourism.

Manali: a biker's paradise!

Somewhere between Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass came acceptance. This trip to Manali, taken at the invitation of Riderthon, an independent community of biking enthusiasts, to cover a ride to Rohtang in celebration of World Motorcycle Day (June 21), would not go as planned.
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