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E-ticketing launched for Taj Mahal, Humayun's tomb

An e-ticketing facility was launched on 26 December for the Taj Mahal and Humayun's Tomb on a pilot basis, as also a helpline number to ensure safety of domestic and international tourists.

This is the beginning of a journey to cleanliness, safety and hospitality to improve the tourism experience of people visiting our country, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma said at an event here to mark Good Governance Day.

Ever since Sharma took charge of the tourism ministry, he has been emphasising on creating a safer environment for tourists coming to India and the launch of Incredible India toll free helpline number - 1800-111-363 - is in pursuance of this. "The facility currently is available in two languages - Hindi and English - across six lines. We will be introducing international languages like German, Russian and French soon," said Sharma.

Tickets for the Taj Mahal and Humayun's Tomb can now also be booked 90 days in advance. Payment can be made via debit card, credit card or through net banking and there are three categories of tickets for visitors viz foreign visitor, SAARC visitor and domestic visitor.


JW Marriott Hotels to open four hotels in Greater China and India by Summer 2015

Marriott International's luxury hotel brand, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, plans to open three properties in Greater China and one hotel in India by summer 2015 bringing the brand's Asia-Pacific portfolio to 28 hotels and resorts with 11 in China and seven in India. By 2020, the global brand portfolio is expected to encompass 105 properties worldwide, 45 of which will be located in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Marriott International release.

WelcomHertiage adds WelcomHeritage Lha-Ri-Sa Resort in Ladakh to its Nature Resorts collection

WelcomHeritage Lha-Ri-Sa Resort, located in Leh-Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir is the latest addition to the WelcomHeritage collection of Nature Resorts, stated the company in a release. The resort has 23 rooms and tree houses, and offers in-house restaurant that serves authentic Ladakhi, Mughlai, Chinese, Continental and Gujarati cuisines and a tree platform with an outdoor restaurant. WelcomHeritage Lha-Ri-Sa Resort offers facilities like a traditional prayer room, a garden courtyard for cultural programmes, an organic kitchen garden, private terrace and moon view terrace.

WelcomHeritage signs Glenview Resort Kasauli for their Nature Resort Collection

WelcomHeritage, a collection of heritage, legend and nature resorts, has added one more hotel to their Nature Resort Collection in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh. The WelcomHeritage Glenview Resort is situated vertically below the Monkey Point, facing the famous Lawrence School, Sanawar, and offers a beautiful view of the surrounding forests, hills and valleys. The Kasauli Mall and Kasauli Club are about a 15 minutes drive from Glenview Resort.

The resort has 50 rooms and suites and offers facilities like spa and an infinity pool. Also, the property extends a banquet cum conference hall that can accommodate up to 300 guests, a board room for small meetings, a multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, lounge, terrace, lawn and ample parking space in the basement. The Resort also offers a kids' zone, pool table, table tennis, etc. for recreation.

AirAsia India plans flights from Delhi from February 2015

According to a report by Aneesh Phadnis in Business Standard, AirAsia India plans to start services from Delhi from February, aviation sources have said. Mittu Chandilya, CEO, AirAsia India, said the airline was evaluating plans, but was yet to take a final decision. Sources said AirAsia might park two Airbus A320 planes in Delhi and was exploring flights between Delhi and Bengaluru, and Delhi and Goa.

AirAsia will follow Vistara at Delhi airport. Vistara begins its service from January 9, 2015, linking Delhi with Mumbai and Ahmedabad. AirAsia India launched service in June and has two Airbus A320 planes. It inducted its third aircraft earlier this month and another one is expected to join next week or early January. It plans to induct eight to ten planes next year. AirAsia India started its domestic operations with a Bengaluru-Goa flight and flies to Chennai, Kochi, Chadigarh, Jaipur, and Pune. The airline had initially said it will not fly to Delhi and Mumbai because of high airport charges, but now has changed its plan.