Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Royal Orchid Fort Resort at Mussoorie - Solution to relaxation, family holidays and destination weddings

With the knocking of the summers here in Delhi, I knew hills will be soon knocking at my Door. It was again Mussoorie where I have been hundreds of times before & still love to return back. I had a stay at this lavishly done up luxurious Fort next to the mall road “Royal Orchid Fort Resort”.  It is right in the heart of the town yet away from the hustle bustle.  I was stunned to have such a drive in, in the fort structured resort.

Our welcome was with a vermillion & an amazing deluxe room with a balcony was given to us. I liked this walkway which led us to my room.

The entire room was very tastefully done. Besides, the basic necessities in the room, it was more spacious & huge, with high ceilings, giving us a comfort of staying in a palace. The balcony was also quite spacious with a table & two chairs to sit back & relax.  
I just loved the view from my room’s balcony. We could also gaze the stars & the Doon Valley which was shining like diamonds at night.

What took all my attending here, were the various shades & colours of greens around me. It was all lush green wherever I looked around.

Me & my mom kept admiring the flora & fauna around us with a cuppa coffee & chatting. Plans were grown in cut-tree trunks. It was a great innovation.

There were some garden swings too, to laze around in the sunlight. The cutest thing which hooked my eyes were the birds houses in the lawns. They were at a height with a pole attached to it.

When we looked at this outstanding amplifier, “Sundeck”, we were told this area is used as a “mandap” during weddings & for parties as a “bonfire” area. This open area is vast & can easily be used for weddings & parties. 

After getting ready, we went to the mall road, by a taxi which charged us Rs.100 from the hotel as this service is not provided by the hotel due to strong taxi union. One who is physically fit can easily take a walk from the hotel to the mall road (picture palace) as it is about a km.
After returning back to the Hotel in the evening, we reached to our room, only to find this small surprise awaiting us.

Now, it was dinner time. That night was cold & breezy. We enjoyed our dinner with some lovely singers singing in the dining area. This was like a cherry over the cake.
Their buffet had a great variety laid, to choose from. The resort has one restaurant “Pinxx” which serves multi cuisines for all the taste buds. It is open round the clock with a special menu
“Änytime Menu”. Here, we were served both breakfast & dinner.

Next day, I went for a Spa therapy. The spa area is separate for men & women. I was assisted by a lady called “Baby” who did my therapy. She did a great job by removing all the fatigue I carried with me from Delhi. Her every massage stroke was with the right pressure. It made me realize & forgot the hecticness we carry with us in our everyday life.

“Royal Orchid Fort Resort” also has a small gym for fitness freaks.

One most important & common question which keeps pounding on me from all the “moms” I know-”Where should we stay in Mussoorie which is close to the mall road & also have a kiddies corner?”. It is here! 
It has a lot of toys for your little ones to keep them busy. This area is bright & colourful.You can leave your kids to play alone here & have your own time relaxing time. 

Not only for your little ones, the resort also offers games like carom-board, badminton etc for the families too, to keep them busy!

I would like to also add, the staff here at “Royal Orchid Fort Resort” are very well mannered and hygienic. They always wear a smile on their faces with an attitude of go-getter and are always willing to help you.

Pack your bags with your loved ones & rejuvenate your holidays in this treasure waiting for you. Carry back loads of good cherishable memories for a life time.

P.S. It was an Invite from “Royal Orchid Fort Resort”, Mussoorie.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Auckland to host tourism extravaganza in 2017

Auckland to host tourism extravaganza in 2017

Press Release

Mumbai, May 17, 2016: TRENZ, New Zealand’s biggest annual international tourism showcase, will return to Auckland in 2017, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) announced today.
“After two highly successful years in Rotorua, we look forward to taking TRENZ back to New Zealand’s biggest city and international gateway,” TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.

The announcement was made on the final day of TRENZ 2016, which has brought more than 350 influential international travel buyers and media to meet about 300 leading New Zealand tourism operators at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre this week.
TRENZ 2017 will take place on the Auckland waterfront, 9-12 May 2017.
“TRENZ is a fabulous opportunity for Auckland to showcase what it has to offer international visitors,” Mr Roberts says.
TRENZ 2017 will be hosted by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).
ATEED Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says the city is delighted to be hosting TRENZ again.
“The benefits of hosting TRENZ can be felt for several years, with buyers having the chance to discover how much Auckland has to offer. This first-hand experience of the region helps secure Auckland’s place on their clients’ future itineraries,” he says.
TIA is currently working to secure venues and dates for TRENZ in 2018 and beyond, and is in discussions with several regions.
Additional Information
About TRENZ: TRENZ brings together about 300 New Zealand tourism operators (exhibitors) with targeted international travel and tourism buyers and media from New Zealand’s key established and emerging tourism markets. The event directly helps to grow New Zealand’s $30 billion tourism industry. Hosted by Destination Rotorua, TRENZ 2016 is being held at the Energy Events Centre Rotorua, 10-13 May 2016. This is the second consecutive year TRENZ has been held in Rotorua.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) manages TRENZ on behalf of the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust. TRENZ is supported by Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand and other industry partners.

Tourism New Zealand markets New Zealand to the world as a visitor destination. In the year ending March 2016, over 3.25 million international visitors came to New Zealand. International tourism is one of New Zealand’s largest earners of foreign exchange, adding around NZD 11.8 billion annually to the nation’s economy.

Visa procedure: One may forward their application to the TT office in Mumbai or Delhi, which will then be directed to the High Commission. A visitor visa for New Zealand is processed within 15 working days.

Airline connections: Connecting flights to New Zealand are available on Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines with stop-overs in their respective hubs.  New Zealand’s international gateways are Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. 

Domestic services: You can fly between all New Zealand cities and most major towns using domestic air services. Air New Zealand and Jetstar are the main providers. Their services are complemented by regional airlines, charter companies and scenic flight operators.

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Monday, 9 May 2016



Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) in partnership with Korean Air (KAL) organized a luxury FAM trip for their top business partners to Seoul & Jeju Island during 14 – 18  April 2016. The group visited Seoul – the capital and largest city of South Korea and Jeju Island – the world only visa free island which is ranked amongst the 7 New Natural Wonders of the World.

The aim of the visit was to showcase the products and offerings for luxury FIT, family group travel and honeymoon market. Senior most representatives from Cox & Kings, Kesari Travels, Akbar Travels, Riya Travels along with members from Korean Air & KTO Team were part of this 4 nights & 5 days program.

To name a few of the activities in the itinerary, the group visited the Seongsan Sunrise Peak which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most famous attraction of Jeju and experienced deep sea submarine which is again unique to only in Jeju in the whole of Asia. In Seoul the group visited the OneMount Snowpark which offers snow sports all year round with their flagship attraction being the dog-sledging on snow. Other experiences included changing of guard’s ceremony at Gyeongbuk Palace, watching the 
NANTA SHOW – the most famous non-verbal performance of Korea and experiencing Royal Korean Cuisine. The group got to experience a variety of local food, endless quantities of seafood and Indian food at both destinations. KTO ensured the best hospitality for the participants and exclusive treatment for the group.

Korean Air which has direct flight connectivity from Mumbai to Seoul offered its premium product in both the international sector and the internal Seoul-Jeju domestic sector to ensure maximum comfort and a luxurious experience.

“All our participants were carefully chosen and I wanted to give them a really unique and luxurious experience in return of their continuous support. We have received excellent feedback from all the participants and will be coming out with new packages for the Indian market soon.” – said Mr. Byungsun Lee, Director of Korea Tourism Organization in India.

South Korea received more than 1,50,000 Indian visitors in 2015 with an average growth of more than 15% in the last 3 years.

For further information and queries, please contact:
Sandeep Dutta
Korea Tourism Organization
Mob: +91-9711991933

Thursday, 5 May 2016



 1. Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

Taktsang Monastery, located on a high cliff north of Paro is one of the country’s most frequented sites by the tourist. Built in 1692, it is on this site where a Buddhist Saint called Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) is said to have meditated in the 8th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew to the location from Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditations in one of the caves and emerged in eight incarnated forms. As a result, the place is known as the Tiger’s Nest.
The hike up to the place is physically challenging

2.  Treks and Hikes

 Bhutan has some of the best treks in the world. There are more than 23 trek routes throughout the country and they can take anywhere from three days to more than 25 days to complete.  The Treks will be physically demanding, however the experience is hugely rewarding.
All most, all the treks offer a combination of natural discovery and insight into the country’s delicate and unique daily life. Bhutan’s treks are also famous for the majestic views of the Himalayan peaks that provide a sense of awe wonder and a point of contemplation for trekkers along the way.

 3.  Tshechus

The festivals known as Tshechus are a rich form of oral history tradition where the Bhutanese pass on values, mythology and spiritual beliefs through the dance drama. These religious celebrations are lively, high-spirited affairs during which people dress up in their finest clothes and most resplendent jewelry of coral and turquoise.
There will be Tshechu taking place at least once a month in various parts of the country.

4.  Visiting Dzongs

Dzongs or Fortresses are architectural masterpiece built on strategic locations. Each Dzong is unique with a rich religious and cultural history further entwined in myth and legends as to how and why it was built. Most of the Dzongs functions as the centre place of governance and houses the monastic body.
You’ll marvel at these massive construction that defended Bhutan from numerous invasions.

 5.  Wildlife and Bird watching

The land of the Thunder dragon is, today, one of the world’s top ten global hotspots, boasting a rich and varied biodiversity. The raw and natural beauty of the earth characterizes much of Bhutan’s environment that has made it so stunning and captivating to visitors.
Bhutan enjoys a reputation as a bird watcher’s paradise. The country boasts 675 species of birds which includes the endangered Black-Necked Crane.
The country’s flora offers much to the delight of botanist with more than 7000 plants, 300 species of medicinal plants, 50 species of rhododendron and 600 species of orchid.

The country is also growing home of the endangered Bengal tigers, Red Panda and Golden Langurs.