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Independence Day 2022: Singapore reminisces India’s independence fight

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 03:39 PM IST
  • As India celebrates its 75th Independence anniversary this year, Sandip Hor wanders in Singapore to trace any legacies of the INA and Netaji as many historians regard the Singapore chapter of freedom movement as a catalyst of a major threat to the British to leave India.
One of India’s most celebrated freedom fighter, Netaji arrived in the South East Asian city on July 2, 1943 from Germany via Japan to lead the newly established Indian National Army (INA) or the ‘Azad Hind Fauz’ to fight against the British in India.
One of India’s most celebrated freedom fighter, Netaji arrived in the South East Asian city on July 2, 1943 from Germany via Japan to lead the newly established Indian National Army (INA) or the ‘Azad Hind Fauz’ to fight against the British in India.
BySandip Hor | Posted by Parmita Uniyal

6 most stunning forts and palaces in India you need to visit

Check out India's most breathtaking forts and palaces that will leave you in awe.
6 most stunning fort and palaces in India you need to visit(HT Gallery)
6 most stunning fort and palaces in India you need to visit(HT Gallery)
Updated on Aug 15, 2022 02:55 PM IST

Central Railway aims to make vistadome coaches more popular on Mumbai-Goa route

  • The Central Railway is planning to attach one more vistadome coach to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Madgaon Tejas Express, one the premium trains on the Mumbai-Goa route, before this year end.
Central Railway aims to make vistadome coaches more popular on Mumbai-Goa route(HT PHOTO)
Central Railway aims to make vistadome coaches more popular on Mumbai-Goa route(HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 14, 2022 12:41 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, Mumbai

Travel Diaries : India's most amazing jungle getaways

Do you wish to wake up to the sound of birds chirping in the morning or are you willing to spend the entire day in the woods and hear a lion roar at midnight? Then here is a list of perfect jungle getaways for you.
Travel Diaries : India's most amazing jungle getaways(Unsplash)
Travel Diaries : India's most amazing jungle getaways(Unsplash)
Published on Aug 13, 2022 05:52 PM IST

Czech Republic imposes tough restrictions on travel and work visas for Russians

The Czech Republic has joined Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in imposing tough restrictions on travel and work visas for Russian nationals. Travel bans so far have focused on top-level Russian officials in Putin’s inner circle or oligarchs who control industry.
Czech Republic imposes tough restrictions on travel and work visas for Russians (Anthony Beck)
Czech Republic imposes tough restrictions on travel and work visas for Russians (Anthony Beck)
Updated on Aug 13, 2022 08:24 AM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Top 5 romantic places to visit where B'wood celebs proposed to their sweethearts

When it comes to proposals no one can do it better than Bollywood celebs. They know the perfect place and the perfect way to do it. Here is the list of the places where actors proposed to their Bollywood sweethearts.
Top 5 romantic places to visit where Bollywood celebrities proposed(pixabay)
Top 5 romantic places to visit where Bollywood celebrities proposed(pixabay)
Published on Aug 12, 2022 02:14 PM IST

New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since Covid-19 pandemic began

The end of Covid-19 travel restrictions in New Zealand allowed Carnival Australia's Pacific Explorer cruise ship to dock in Auckland with about 2,000 passengers and crew Friday morning as part of a 12-day return trip to Fiji that left from Sydney.
The Pacific Explorer sails into the Waitemata Harbour, in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. New Zealand has welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signalling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation's tourism industry. (AP)
The Pacific Explorer sails into the Waitemata Harbour, in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. New Zealand has welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signalling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation's tourism industry. (AP)
Updated on Aug 12, 2022 01:24 PM IST
AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Wellington, New Zealand

China's tourism hub Hainan extends Covid lockdown, Lhasa in Tibet tightens curbs

In southern province of Hainan, currently the worst-hit Chinese region, two cities, Dongfang and Chengmai, with a total population of around 900,000, said they would add days to the lockdowns on their residents, prolonging what were previously scheduled for three to four days to around a week.
A medical worker takes a swab sample from a resident for the nucleic acid test at a makeshift testing site, amid lockdown measures to curb the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Sanya, Hainan province, China (VIA REUTERS)
A medical worker takes a swab sample from a resident for the nucleic acid test at a makeshift testing site, amid lockdown measures to curb the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Sanya, Hainan province, China (VIA REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 12, 2022 01:11 PM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Shanghai

Korean Air to resume flights to Israel in January: Israel Tourism Ministry

  • The ministry noted that South Korea is an important market for incoming tourism to Israel, in part due to its large Christian market.
Korean Air Lines will resume non-stop flights to Israel in January with a Seoul to Tel Aviv route, Israel's Tourism Ministry said on Thursday.(Unsplash)
Korean Air Lines will resume non-stop flights to Israel in January with a Seoul to Tel Aviv route, Israel's Tourism Ministry said on Thursday.(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 11, 2022 10:10 PM IST
Reuters |

Estonia tightens Russian visa rules as Germany rules out strict travel measure

Estonia said it will block entry to some 50,000 Russians who had been granted visas before the invasion began on Feb. 24. That’s on top of restrictions, also introduced in the Baltic states and the Czech Republic, on issuing new visas for travel, work or study.
Estonia tightens Russian visa rules as Germany rules out strict travel measure amid war in Ukraine (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Estonia tightens Russian visa rules as Germany rules out strict travel measure amid war in Ukraine (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Updated on Aug 11, 2022 08:12 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

China closes Potala Palace after Covid-19 outbreak reported in Tibet

The Potala Palace, that was the traditional home of Tibet's Buddhist leaders, would be closed from Tuesday, with a reopening date to be announced later, as Chinese authorities report a minor outbreak of Covid-19 in the Himalayan region
China closes Potala Palace after Covid-19 outbreak reported in Tibet (Twitter/beautif08467335)
China closes Potala Palace after Covid-19 outbreak reported in Tibet (Twitter/beautif08467335)
Updated on Aug 10, 2022 09:33 AM IST
PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Beijing

Estonia, Finland want Europe to end Russian tourist visas amid war in Ukraine

Estonia and Finland both border Russia and are members of the European Union, which banned air travel from Russia after it invaded Ukraine but Russians can still travel by land to both countries and apparently are then taking flights to other European destinations.
Estonia, Finland want Europe to end Russian tourist visas amid war in Ukraine (Jo Kassis)
Estonia, Finland want Europe to end Russian tourist visas amid war in Ukraine (Jo Kassis)
Updated on Aug 10, 2022 09:19 AM IST
AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Copenhagen, Denmark

After a Covid outbreak, China closes Potala Palace in Tibet

China closed Tibet's Potala Palace, former home of the exiled Dalai Lama, on Tuesday after 22 Covid-19 cases were reported in the Himalayan region.
China closes Tibet's Potala Palace after Covid outbreak(pixabay)
China closes Tibet's Potala Palace after Covid outbreak(pixabay)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 09:13 PM IST
AFP | | Posted by Akanksha Agnihotri

Flight bookings to Hong Kong surge 249% after quarantine cut

The surge on China’s largest online travel agency likely reflects increased demand from mainland residents looking to use Hong Kong as their stopover as its Covid rules are less stringent.
Flight Bookings to Hong Kong Surge 249% After Quarantine Cut(AFP File Photo)
Flight Bookings to Hong Kong Surge 249% After Quarantine Cut(AFP File Photo)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 03:55 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

China races to contain covid outbreaks in tourism hubs Tibet, Hainan

Mainland China reported 828 new domestically transmitted cases across more than a dozen provinces and regions for Aug. 8, with over half of them in Hainan, a highly popular tourist destination, official data showed on Tuesday.
China races to contain covid outbreaks in tourism hubs Tibet, Hainan
China races to contain covid outbreaks in tourism hubs Tibet, Hainan
Published on Aug 09, 2022 03:10 PM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Tapatrisha Das, Shanghai

China's Hainan expands temporary lockdown as Covid-19 outbreak grows

The temporary lockdown of Haikou city follows an ongoing and indefinite lockdown of the beach resort of Sanya that is confining vacationers to their hotels for a week. Four other cities and four counties in Hainan also started lockdowns of two days or more
A sanitation worker drives past an intersection amid lockdown measures to curb the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Sanya, Hainan province, China  (via REUTERS)
A sanitation worker drives past an intersection amid lockdown measures to curb the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Sanya, Hainan province, China  (via REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 08, 2022 08:20 PM IST
AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Beijing

Spanish bullet train service between between Madrid and Barcelona resumes

Passengers on Spain’s busiest high-speed train route between the tourist and business hub i.e. Madrid and Barcelona, faced delays due to rail disruption in connection with cable theft
Train passengers wait with their luggage at Atocha train station in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. Hundreds of passengers were stranded Monday morning in Madrid and Barcelona train stations as the bullet-train railway linking both cities was sabotaged during the night. The Spanish railway infrastructure company ADIF reported the theft of some 600 meters of optic fiber cable during the night in the Catalonia region which led to the suspension of the train service for most of Monday morning.  (AP Photo/Paul White)
Train passengers wait with their luggage at Atocha train station in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. Hundreds of passengers were stranded Monday morning in Madrid and Barcelona train stations as the bullet-train railway linking both cities was sabotaged during the night. The Spanish railway infrastructure company ADIF reported the theft of some 600 meters of optic fiber cable during the night in the Catalonia region which led to the suspension of the train service for most of Monday morning.  (AP Photo/Paul White)
Updated on Aug 08, 2022 06:41 PM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Madrid

Raksha Bandhan travel special: Vacation destinations for upcoming long weekend

If you plan to take a short getaway with family, friends or all by yourself this Raksha Bandhan and Independence Day weekend or during Janmashtami holiday then here are a few recommended travel destinations in North, South, Middle, East and West India
Raksha Bandhan, Independence Day, Janmashtami travel special: 9 vacation destinations for upcoming long weekend (Manoj Gurjar)
Raksha Bandhan, Independence Day, Janmashtami travel special: 9 vacation destinations for upcoming long weekend (Manoj Gurjar)
Updated on Aug 08, 2022 07:51 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Hong Kong reduces hotel quarantine to three days to ease travel curbs

  • People arriving at Hong Kong’s international airport will be required to go to an approved quarantine hotel and, if they don’t have Covid, can then serve four days of health monitoring either at home or in a hotel. 
A couple wearing face masks walk along a street in Mongkok, a shopping district of Hong Kong. (AP)
A couple wearing face masks walk along a street in Mongkok, a shopping district of Hong Kong. (AP)
Published on Aug 08, 2022 12:05 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, Delhi

Covid lockdown turns Chinese tourist hub into nightmare for stranded tourists

Sanya, the island's main tourist hub, imposed a lockdown on Saturday and restricted transport links to try to stem the outbreak, even as some 80,000 visitors were enjoying its beaches at peak season. Many are now stuck inside hotels until next Saturday, if not longer.
People get off a coach at an entrance of Atlantis Sanya resort in Sanya, Hainan province, in November last year. (REUTERS)(HT_PRINT)
People get off a coach at an entrance of Atlantis Sanya resort in Sanya, Hainan province, in November last year. (REUTERS)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Aug 07, 2022 07:23 PM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Parmita Uniyal, Beijing/shanghai

Covid-19 travel update: Japan approves Covaxin booster dose for travellers

Quarantine Station of Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare issued an advisory for the Quarantine period after entering Japan. It has approved Covaxin booster dose for travellers
Covid-19 travel update: Japan approves Covaxin booster dose for travellers (HT_PRINT)
Covid-19 travel update: Japan approves Covaxin booster dose for travellers (HT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 06, 2022 06:31 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Hyderabad [telangana]

Odesa: How is the tourist sector coping amid the war?

  • Odesa has always been a popular destination both for Ukrainian and foreign visitors. But as the war in Ukraine continues, the city's tourism industry is suffering.
Downtown Odesa with its Theater of Opera and Ballet(Natalia Vlasenko/Stanislav Kinka )
Downtown Odesa with its Theater of Opera and Ballet(Natalia Vlasenko/Stanislav Kinka )
Published on Aug 06, 2022 11:41 AM IST
By, Delhi

Travelling tips: 5 safety essentials when planning a weekend getaway

With the miraculous 4-day holiday from Raksha Bandhan to Independence Day, many in India are looking forward to take that much-awaited trip. Here's a list of top 5 essentials to keep in mind while planning your weekend getaway to make your travel experience smooth and hassle free
Travelling tips: 5 safety essentials when planning a weekend getaway (Dominika Roseclay)
Travelling tips: 5 safety essentials when planning a weekend getaway (Dominika Roseclay)
Updated on Aug 05, 2022 02:30 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Southern Chinese tourism hotspot, Sanya, imposes Covid-19 lockdown measures

In effort to curb a fresh Covid-19 cluster, non-essential venues may be suspended in southern Chinese tourism hotspot - Sanya but certain narrower areas in the city are allowed to keep their Covid-19 policy at normal level
Southern Chinese tourism hotspot, Sanya, imposes Covid-19 lockdown measures (Twitter/VisitSanya)
Southern Chinese tourism hotspot, Sanya, imposes Covid-19 lockdown measures (Twitter/VisitSanya)
Updated on Aug 04, 2022 10:04 AM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Beijing

Vietnam airlines advised by China to postpone or cancel flights near Taiwan

Dinh Viet Thang, head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, said that they received an official notice from Chinese authorities asking airlines operating in Asia to avoid flying near the island of Taiwan from 11 am Thursday until Friday.
Tourists look on as a Chinese military helicopter flies past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 4, 2022, ahead of massive military drills off Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-ruled island. China is due on August 4 to kick off its largest-ever military exercises encircling Taiwan, in a show of force straddling vital international shipping lanes following a visit to the self-ruled island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)
Tourists look on as a Chinese military helicopter flies past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 4, 2022, ahead of massive military drills off Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-ruled island. China is due on August 4 to kick off its largest-ever military exercises encircling Taiwan, in a show of force straddling vital international shipping lanes following a visit to the self-ruled island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)
Updated on Aug 04, 2022 09:52 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Hanoi [vietnam]

Airbnb sees third-quarter revenue above estimates as summer bookings surge

  • Travellers across Europe and North America have made early bookings to visit their favourite tourist spots both domestic and international, accelerating demand for the company's long-term vacation rentals.
Vacation rental Airbnb Inc on Tuesday forecast third-quarter revenue above estimates and announced a $2 billion share buyback, its first since going public, as pandemic-weary travellers make the most of the summer.(File Image)
Vacation rental Airbnb Inc on Tuesday forecast third-quarter revenue above estimates and announced a $2 billion share buyback, its first since going public, as pandemic-weary travellers make the most of the summer.(File Image)
Published on Aug 03, 2022 10:41 PM IST
Reuters |

Jammu and Kashmir received record number of tourists, footfalls cross 1 crore

  • "During the current calendar year i.e. from January 2022 till July 3, 2022, the tourist footfall in UT of Jammu and Kashmir increased significantly and estimated to be around 1,06,24,000," he said replying to a written question.
An estimated 1.06 crore tourists have visited Jammu and Kashmir from January to July 3 this year, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.(ANI)
An estimated 1.06 crore tourists have visited Jammu and Kashmir from January to July 3 this year, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.(ANI)
Updated on Aug 03, 2022 06:13 PM IST
PTI |

Digital nomads: Juggling work and wanderlust

The latest travel bug to have bitten millennials, digital nomadism has given birth to ‘anywhere workers’ who live free-spirited while honouring professional commitments
Exploring new cities, countries and cultures, all with a flexible job in hand, sure seemed surreal back then. But, not anymore, for digital nomad travel has taken over (Photo: Shutterstock)
Exploring new cities, countries and cultures, all with a flexible job in hand, sure seemed surreal back then. But, not anymore, for digital nomad travel has taken over (Photo: Shutterstock)
Published on Aug 03, 2022 05:23 PM IST
BySanchita Kalra

Macau resumes quarantine free travel with mainland China

  • Authorities reopened public services and entertainment facilities in Macau, a Chinese special administrative region, on Tuesday.
Macau resumes quarantine free travel with mainland China(Unsplash)
Macau resumes quarantine free travel with mainland China(Unsplash)
Published on Aug 03, 2022 04:16 PM IST
Reuters | , Hong Kong
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