Jaisalmer received a large amount of tourists during the occasion of the New Year, with the crowd-puller being the wonderful Sand Dunes. According to various sources of information, more than 20,000 vehicles made their way to Sam Sand Dunes along with almost one lakh tourists, besides the two lakh tourists that enjoyed the New Year in Jaisalmer. This major increase in tourist arrivals in Jaisalmer can be attributed to the air service that is enjoyed by this city, thereby making it highly convenient for tourists.

On this occasion, the Palace on Wheels also received around 70 tourists, out of which 42 were Americans. Palace on Wheels GM Pradeep Bohra said that the train reached Jaisalmer on Sunday from Udaipur and the guests were welcomed in a traditional manner, by applying tikka and garlanding them. What enhanced the entire experience was the performance of lively dance performers by the Manganiyar and Langa communities, both exclusively hereditary communities who make their living as dance performers. 

Everybody welcomed the New Year with lots of singing, dancing and partying. Palace on Wheels was adorned with lights and the tourists onboard were served various kinds of delicacies including Indian and continental dishes. All the 70 guests onboard danced late till night and were thrilled with various cultural performances. They also enjoyed dinner along with the cutting of the New Year cake. A glass of champagne was also served on this occasion.

One of the couples on the Palace on Wheels, Kristshtan Thomus and Victoria Thoumas from Britain, said that this was a very memorable and unique experience for them, and they loved celebrating the New Year’s Day in such a unique way. They were very impressed with the royal treatment meted out to him, and commented that they felt like Maharaja and Maharani. The staff, food and other services were extraordinary and they enjoyed every moment of their stay in the train. 
Google India discloses a dramatic change in the top travel trends. As per ‘Google’, this year has witnessed a surge of 27 percent in search related queries for honeymoon, luxury and safari destinations. The search behavior transformations of the Indian Audience was observed from September to November. It was concluded that there was a tremendous increase of 34 percent in both domestic and international luxury searches. Also, the online hunt for luxury holidays have increased 12 times.

Night Safari in Singapore, Desert Safari in Dubai, Marine Park and Bali Safari, as well as Safari World in Bangkok have gained the maximum attention. However, talking about the honeymooners’ international search list, a hike of 40 percent was witnessed for destinations like Seychelles, Maldives, and Bali.

Dubai still leads in terms of international travel trends as the most searched destination. Bangkok, Thailand, and Disneyland USA also maintain their position is the list. Not only destinations but also activities like international cricket and safaris touched the count of 456 percent, reason being matches held at Melbourne, Australia and Lords, UK.

Coming to India, Kerala again leads the chart as the most ‘crowd-pleasing’ destination. On the other hand, weekend getaways in close proximity to Delhi have emerged as the game changer and have spiked up to 361 percent. Therefore, places like Srinagar and Rajasthan have shown up in the list for fervent tourism amongst domestic travelers.

Moreover, it was also noticed that advance bookings are gaining popularity while last minute bookings have reduced by 20 percent for international and 17 percent for domestic travelers. Another interesting point to note was that two out of three holiday related queries was made via smartphones instead of desktops.
Budgetary concerns while travelling is something that we’ve all had to face during our trips. Going for a trip can be costly. Food, accommodation and travel, these tend to occupy a significant part of our budget. In cases where your trip lasts for a few days, the need for cost-cutting presents itself as a greater necessity.

It’s essential therefore, that you follow some tips and take some measures that allow you to save money even while enjoying every part of your trip. This involves becoming aware of your spending habits while reducing, or trying to eliminate, any kind of wasteful expenditure. This blog acquaints you with 12 tips for saving money while travelling. 

Tips for Saving Money While Travelling

1. Choose a budget friendly destination

Always choose a destination which does not put a dent in your pocket and allows you to spend your money in other activities which you have been looking forward to during your vacation. Choose a destination which is budget friendly and allows you to have a great time rather than leaving you with simply regrets.

2. Carry your own food

It’s always good to pack your food while travelling, because the food which you carry will serve you will at least for the first few days. This will cut your food expenses and is especially important if the food of the place you are travelling to goes against your taste.

3. Avoid over-tipping 

Resist the urge to tip the waiter after every meal. After all, you have your budget to look after. Usually, restaurants and other eateries include the service charges in the bill, which basically means that the waiter has been rewarded for his services. You don’t have to go a step further! 

4. Eat the local street food

While traveling to a particular country, go ahead and try the local street food of a country. Besides getting acquainted with the taste of the locals, it’s extremely cheap. Street food outlets are where you are likely to overhear and participate in some interesting conversations!

5. Find free activities

Most of the cities you travel to will have free walking tours. Participating in them is a great way of exploring the city. Several places offer free classes, be they Yoga, or dance. Apart from these, you always have the option of visiting museums and art galleries, most of which require no entry or ticket fee.

6. Be a hiker

The best way of keeping fit while travelling is hiking. Sometimes, you might have to pay a nominal free for entering a national park or private land, but that’s about it. In doing so, you will also come across spectacular views. In other words, hiking provides you the benefits of health and entertainment.

7. Find a nice lookout

Sometimes, the best attraction in a city is the one that provides outstanding views. Things only get better when many of these places are free to visit. At times, you will witness the most spectacular sunsets of your life in one of these free to visit places.

8. Do your own laundry

Of course, you will still be unable to wash the bulkier items that your carry. However, lighter clothes, such as undergarments, t shirts and socks can always be washed by yourself using your own, or the hotel soap. Just carry a travel clothesline with you, and you can set your clothes to dry.

9. Learn the art of bargaining

Bargaining is an art which you should try to excel at when travelling in India. The more you bargain, the more you save. Whether you are using public transport or buying an item from one of the merchandise shops, the art of bargaining will go a long way in making your trip quite economical.

10. Choose budget hotels over expensive ones

After all, you just need a place to rest your head after a hard day, right? Why throw away your money on luxurious accommodations when all you need is a decent place to rest and sleep after all that travelling. Money saved here can be spent in other important activities.

11. Be transport savvy

Research is the most important thing when choosing to be transport savvy. You could walk instead of taking the taxi or catching the local bus. One way is finding accommodation in town and walking to the restaurants and shops, rather than taking public transport. When you have to take public transport, choose buses over airlines.

12. Remember to splurge sometimes tough

Always remember that travelling is about enjoying yourself and having incredible experiences. Do not feel guilty on splurging on activities which you have looked forward to for a long time. It’s all about enjoying every second of your travel adventure.

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Deccan Odyssey, the Indian luxury train, seeks to celebrate the arrival of the New Year with a new itinerary called the 5-day "SUSEGADO GOA" journey. This brilliantly crafted journey seeks to ensure that the New Year, lasting from 30th December 2017 to 2nd January 2018, is celebrated with enormous gusto and enthusiasm by reveling in the delights and pleasures that Goa has to offer. The guests will not only have a memorable time on the train but also experience the various fascinations that Goa has to offer. 

This year, celebrate the New Year immersed in luxury and vigorous merrymaking. “Susegado”, which is a Portuguese phrase, signifies the celebration of life in all its glories. Indeed, it’s only appropriate that this itinerary is sought to be introduced on the occasion of the New Year in Goa, since life is looked upon as a celebration here. The newly introduced train journey will take you to the beautiful and mesmeric beaches of Goa, where the gently swaying palm trees, the gentle echoes of the sea, the soothing sea breeze brushing against your skin and the relaxed vibe will transport you into a world of sheer bliss. Here, you will come across the glorious and ancient heritage of Goa, much of it heavily influenced by the Portuguese legacy, in the elegant Old Goa churches scattered all across the state. Enjoy the taste of Goan cuisine along with the soothing Feni, the playful local brew composed of cashews. Shop your heart out as incredible bargains wait in store for you.

A distinguished aspect of the famous Deccan Odyssey New Year Journey constitutes a memorable journey through the picturesque Konkan region, traditional welcome on-board, New Year Gala Dinner, lavish meals on-board the train and at special venues, free flowing IMFL combined with flexible tour with multiple optional programs. Have a gala time in Goa while being immersed in comfort and luxury with one of India’s finest luxury trains. 

Deccan Odyssey 

Deccan Odyssey, one of India’s finest luxury train, is a joint initiative between The Ministry of Railways, Government of India & State Government of Maharashtra. One of the most famous luxury trains in India, it has been awarded with the World Luxury Award seven times. 

This incredible railway journey seeks to showcase the finest aspects of heritage, culture and natural beauty of India. The interiors of this luxury train amalgamate the comforts stemming from state-of-the-art modern day amenities with the elegance and opulence reflective of the past. The artistic skills and traditionalism of the Deccan region is reflected brilliantly by the décor of the train.  All the cabins are equipped with contemporary amenities like Wi-Fi Internet, LCD television, individual climate control etc. The facilities further include a personal attendant, spa saloon, fitness center, dining cars, conference room and bar and lounges.
Mahamana Express, India’s newest superfast luxury train makes its maiden journey between Vadodara and Varanasi. Inaugurated by Indian PM Narendra Modi, the modern, 'luxurious' train sets a new benchmark of enhanced comfort for passengers on long journeys. The Indian Railways’ Mahamana Express is equipped with "world-class interior and aesthetics" along with large number of "passenger-friendly amenities". A part of the Make in India Initiative, the train coaches have been refurbished and retrofitted at Coach Rehabilitation Workshop in Bhopal.
Operating on the route between Varanasi and Vadodara, the weekly train which will depart from Varanasi on Fridays and from Vadodara on Wednesdays. The 1,531 km-journey will be covered at an average speed of 55.7 km per hour, in 27 hours and 30 minutes.
Crossing over four states: Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat, the train will halt at 9 stations that are - Chheoki in Uttar Pradesh, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni and Satna in Madhya Pradesh, Amalner and Bhusawal in Maharashtra, and Bahruch in Gujarat.

The luxury coaches of Mahamana Express are 1 First-AC coach, 2 AC II-tier coaches, 8 sleeper-class coaches, 4 general second-class coaches, a pantry car and luggage van coaches.
The train has unique features that include ergonomically-designed seats and ladders for climbing to upper berths. There are swanky snack tables for side berths, windows powered with Venetian blinds and roller blinds, LED lights across the coaches as berth indicators and reading lights, fire extinguishers in all coaches and other comforts.
The bathrooms are designed lavishly. Platform washbasins, bigger mirrors, taps which allow controlled discharge of water, an exhaust fans, dustbins are some highlights. Some other facilities in the train include electrically operated chimney in pantry car and stainless steel panelling in luggage compartment.
The Mahamana Express, gets its name from the former Hindu Mahasabha president Madan Mohan Malviya. The other two superfast luxury trains, launched previously, run on the routes of Varanasi-New Delhi and Bhopal-Khajuraho.