Hailed as an ‘untouched piece of art’, Sipadan is a tiny rainforest covered island floating on the Celebes Sea off the East Coast of Sabah in Malaysia. This remote island was formed as a result of coral growth on the volcanic cones rising from the ocean floor and is home to a unique and diverse marine ecosystem. Continue Reading…
Over the years, Christmas has become a truly global festival, irrespective of religion or location. From Europe, to South America and Asia, here are the places that celebrate the yuletide spirit with the perfect mix of tradition and fun.
Prague, Czech Republic
With around 600 years worth of architecture untouched by war or natural disasters, Prague is one of the best looking cities in Europe. Christmas time further adds on to the city’s romantic charm when the streets are lit with thousands of fairy lights and the stores are decked with festive decorations. The Old Town Square is the hub of of Prague’s Christmas celebrations and the entire area is transformed into a magical market with choir singing by candlelight, wooden carts selling local handicrafts and ladies in traditional attire frying Trdelník (Czech pastries). Continue Reading…
Mobile app vs responsive mobile site? That was the fork on the road for us when we started out with our mobile strategy. With an almost equal number of pros and cons for both, there were several bouts of brainstorming before we finally decided on a mobile site.
One year and millions of hits later, we feel we made the right choice, both from a business and customer perspective. To celebrate the milestone, we are offering an exclusive discount for flight bookings on Via mobile for a limited period. Continue Reading…
We recently introduced the option to select seats for SpiceJet flights on Via.com. Here’s a nifty guide weighing the pros and cons of each section of the aircraft to help you snag the best seat on your next trip.
Front, middle or back of the cabin
This is largely a personal choice, but on most wide-body aircrafts, the front of the economy cabin, away from the engine tends to be quietest. The front seat passengers also have the advantage of being the first ones to deplane at the destination. The rear of the cabin is the noisiest due to its close proximity to the aircraft engines and the section is also more sensitive to turbulence.
Located around 17 km from Araku Valley, Anantagiri is a lesser known but charming hill resort atop the Tirumala Hills. This is a perfect summer getaway and the serene location attracts tourists and pilgrims. From Anatagiri, you can travel to nearby attractions like Eishikond Beach, Sri Venkateswara Konda, Borra Caves and Bheemunipatnam Beach and Araku Valley.
They say a thin line separates travellers and tourists. While the tourist merely scratches the outer crust of a place, the traveller dives right in to the core to experience the flowing, changing spirit of a place. Here are few ways to get more out of your travels.
Eat where the locals eat
Every city/town has a couple of legendary eateries where the locals have dined for generations. Choose a place depending on your culinary preference and regardless of whether it is a fine dining experience or a dhaba, go for it. Continue Reading…
This 6.5-acre garden in the vicinity of Golden Temple was witness to a brutal bloodbath on April 13, 1919 – 50 soldiers unloaded 1,650 rounds of ammunition into the screaming, terrified crowd. Walk around the complex to get a sense of the sacrifice by not only the freedom fighters but also ordinary citizens including children. The bullet marks are still visible on the walls surrounding the park along with the well which many jumped into to escape the gunfire. There is a light and sound show and along with a gallery that recreates what transpired on the fateful day. Continue Reading…
In today’s competitive travel market, every other company uses tricks of discounts/offers to lure customers. But as a traveler, I ask myself, is discount all that I want from my travel partner? Perhaps no, because there are other factors which influences my buying decisions. The most important factor amongst them would be ‘Information’. And like me, every traveler wants to know things in detail, be it a hotel or holiday booking.
Second factor would be ‘ease of use’. A site with complex structure can make the user feel tired by clicking on multiple buttons/links. The end result is he/she hitting the close button of the browser in frustration. Apart from this, there are multiple factors which makes a site user friendly. Keeping all this in mind, we at Via decided to introduce some features which will make our users feel great when they surf our site.
a) All Time Cheapest International Fare chart (Don’t be confused with simple airfare calendar)
This feature is designed for those who want to know the cheapest fare available to a particular destination/sector in the current year. This is a very handy tool for those who are flexible with their travel dates and have a limited budget.
This is very unique and time saving feature that we have recently introduced. Now a user can get to know the rates for different room types in a particular hotel on the search page itself. Other websites will ask you to click on details, then go to individual hotel pages to check price and availability, before finally proceeding to book. But on Via.com, you can see, compare and book any room type from the search page itself. We have reduced your booking process by 3 pages.
c) Buy tickets using deposits (avoid transaction fee):
You must have noticed that most travel sites will ask you to pay Rs. 150-300 extra as convenience fees/transaction fees/payment fees while booking online. With Via, you can book tickets with ZERO convenience fee using our deposit model. Just sign up and deposit your ticket amount (using net banking/credit card) in your account before purchasing on Via.com. You are saving Rs. 150 – 300 extra apart from the discount.
d) Membership Bonus:
We offer several special incentives to our members. Let me mention it all here –
1) When you sign up – Get 100 bonus points
2) Buying tickets –
100 points per ticket for one way domestic flight ticket
200 points per ticket for round trip domestic flight ticket
150 points for hotel booking
200 points on every Rs. 5000 you spent on holiday booking
Think back to the hotel you stayed on your last trip. Was it simply a place to rest your head for the night or did it give you a chance to mix with the locals, be one with nature or unleash your creativity. We have whittled down the top extraordinary place to stay this year – pick one that inspires you to travel.
Mihir Garh, Rajasthan, India
Mihir Garh sits in a beautifully isolated stretch of land in Thar Desert. From the distance, it could be mistaken for a mirage;but there is nothing illusory about this stunning piece of structure. It took 150 masons, craftsmen and artisans 2 years to build what the owner describes as ‘a dream realized’. There are just nine huge uber casinoin.us luxurious suites within the hotel, featuring custom made equestrian-inspired curtain holders and fireplaces fashioned from clay and cow dung. The structure is designed to reflect the Rajasthani countryscape – rounded edges that mimic the huts of the Bishnoi tribe;peacock fanning a bejewelled tail across a frescoed wall and murals of elegant Rajasthani women in bright, block printed saris.Continue Reading…
A former French colonial outpost, Pondicherry is the desi version of St. Tropez and makes for a great monsoon getaway. The rains are not incessant and you can catch the sun at fairly regular intervals. Start the day by the sea with a croissant and piping hot cup of coffee at the Le Cafe. Ride a ferry to Paradise Beach;visit Auroville and later hire a bicycle from the Park Guest House and explore the charming French architecture.