Monasteries to Explore While on Ladakh Holidays

Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is famous for its thousands of years-old culture, and unmatchable natural beauty. A large number of travellers come to this scenic expanse, which is characterised by alluring landscapes like pristine lakes. This desert plateau is also home to some of the highest motorable passes on earth. Another thing unique to it as far as India is concerned is the double-humped Bactrian camels, found along the banks of the Nubra River. Being home to numerous monasteries or gompas has earned Ladakh the title, the land of monasteries. Three of the most famous such places that tourists can visit during their Ladakh holidays are described below:


Alchi Monastery

Alchi Monastery is nestled in a small village, called Alchi, which is around 40 km from Leh. Situated on the banks of the Indus River, it is believed to have been built one thousand years ago. It is different from other monastic sites in a way that unlike others that are built on hilltops, it is based on flat ground. There are five shrines in the complex, and one of the walls here has a thousand miniature paintings of Lord Buddha. While exploring the gompa with Ladakh holiday packages, people can see various temples like Vairocana Lhakhang, Jamyang Lhakhang, Lotsava Lhakhang and Sumtseg. Near the monastery are small restaurants and souvenir shops, where vendors welcome tourists with open arms.


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Factors Boosting Online Travel and Yatra’s Initiative to Meet this Demand

The Indian travel and tourism industry is all set to grow at a thunderous rate over the coming years. The sector is estimated to grow at an average annual rate of 7.9% up to 2023, which pegs India as the third fastest growing tourism destination over the next decade. The burgeoning industry owes its growth to a plethora of factors.

Factors that Boost Online Travel Industry:

1) Increasing internet and mobile penetration: India has the third largest base of internet users in the world and it is expected to take the number two position, very soon. M-commerce and mobile apps are the new way of boosting business and this sector is expected to see major growth. The travel industry too is following suite and now booking your dream vacation is actually just a click away.

2) Burgeoning middle class: The middle class population is expected to grow at a steady rate in the next decade. And with increasing incomes and the growing spending power of the middle class, frequent vacations both domestic and international, are high on the radar of the middle class. Long weekends, school vacations etc. regularly finds consumers taking a break from the daily rigmarole of life and going on holiday.

3) Plastic Money: Increasing use of plastic money or credit and debit cards has now made booking a vacation an almost seamless affair. Now there is no need to go to the bank and withdraw money to book a ticket or hotel. Infact the number of deals being offered by portals for payments made through credit cards is high. Banks and financial institutions are also making use of this opportunity and incentivising their customers to use their cards.

4) Highly competitive rates: Both airlines and hotels are regularly indulging in fare wars making it a win-win situation for customers. Tickets as low as Rs 1000 are being offered by airlines. Hotels too, are fast engaging in means that will increase their occupancy rates. Hotels in tier 3 and 4 are offering comfortable rooms at throw away prices. This is making travel a very pocket friendly and an endearing recreation opportunity for people.

Yatra, an online travel portal is a one stop shop for all kinds of travel services. From hotels, to tickets, to travel itineraries, especially customised for it’s customers, Yatra is a favourite of one and all. Recently it was recognised as India’s Most Trusted Online Brand by The Economic Times survey of 2015.
Keeping in the mind the exponential growth expected in tourism, Yatra has extended its platform to all tour and travel operators under the Yatra Partner Program.

Yatra Partner Program
Absolutely unique and first of it’s kind, Yatra has launched the ‘Yatra Partner Program’, an amazing platform where tour and travel operators can exhibit their holiday packages online, under their very own brand name. This concept brings tour operators and travellers under one umbrella.
This incredible concept gives travel operators the opportunity to reach out to 14 million monthly visitors. They can list their holiday packages for free on Yatra website while enjoying commision at lowest industry rate.
Moreover, with simple payment gateways, message facility to directly connect with customers and with an ultra modern tech platform to market various kinds of holiday packages, this delightful concept will surely help boost Indian tourism.

Therefore, Yatra is the best online market place for tour and travel operators and beckons them to join hands in creating many more happy travellers. Register yourself for the <Yatra Partner Program> and reach out to millions of customers on India’s leading travel portal –

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Pallak Bhatnagar,

Customer is King – As Tour and Travel Operators Join

Every year, an estimated 4000 tour and travel operators in India help organise family vacations. However, it sometimes becomes a hassle to rope in customers either due to lack of credibility of the tour operators or due to inability of the tour operator to reach out to the target audience. Hence a tour operator’s job is certainly not an easy one!

Winds of Change
However times have changed and so has the travel industry. With a boom in the Indian e-commerce industry – shopping, fashion and travel options are now just a click away for consumers. However with so many sites vying for consumer attention, making a mark in the digital space is not an easy game, and companies need to invest money and efforts to establish their brands.
As a travel operator, if you are looking to boost your travel business and taking it to a higher scale, then you have an easy option. Partner with and immediately get online visibility by getting your holiday packages listed for free on

Why Yatra?
Yatra receives an estimated 6 lakh page views daily and also receives a lot of traffic through it’s recently launched mobile app. So undoubtedly, as a travel operator one will be reaching out to a huge audience. Also you don’t need to worry about losing out on your brand name – as your packages will be on under your own name!
Yatra with its Yatra Partner Program, provides a unique platform for tour and travel operators to showcase their domestic and international holiday packages online. This distinctive concept brings tour operators and customers under one roof and in direct contact with each another.

Customer is King
As a customer, one can avail many discounts and get a wide variety in terms of holiday packages, besides total transparency on which tour operator you are dealing with. Visit a historical site or spend your days lazing around at a beach in leisure. The holiday packages in this marketplace are flexible, suiting the needs of travellers. Hence, there is something for everybody out here!
With a facility where the vendors and the customers can connect directly through a chat system, the process of booking a holiday is now easy and less time consuming. A live platform where people plan happy memories.

In sum:
Therefore, Yatra is the perfect online market place for tour and travel operators in India. Register yourself on the Yatra Partner Program and reach out to millions of customers at India’s leading travel portal,

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4 Amazing Theme Parks to Visit with Australia Tour Packages

Lying between the Pacific and Indian oceans, Australia is a land of diverse cultures and welcoming people. Not to forget, this enormous country also houses some of the most fascinating landforms like Uluru – among the biggest monoliths in the world. The largest coral reef ecosystem on the earth is also found here. The country gives so many reasons to globetrotters to come here time and again, and that is why, Australia tour packages are such a hit.

Tourists from around the world visit this country to explore its various attractions but one thing that is often a part of holiday packages in Australia is its state-of-the-art theme parks. Movie World, Sea World, Adventure World and Dream World are such a few places where travellers can discover the thrilling side of the country.

Movie World


Located in Gold Coast, Queensland, Warner Bros. Movie World is a bliss for any movie buff. The slogan of the park says, Hollywood on the Gold Coast, and that is exactly what it is. This movie-themed park has various enthralling rides based on blockbuster movies like Superman and Batman. SCOOBY-DOO Spooky Coaster is a famous ride that excites all. It uses laser lighting, horrifying sound effects and state-of-the-art animatronics to give a unique adrenaline rush to participants. Children will also return pleased from here as numerous sections of the park give them exactly what they want.

Sea World


Perhaps the best place in Australia to learn about the regional marine life is Sea World. This prominent attraction in Gold Coast is among the must-visit attractions while on Australia holidays. The Creatures of the Deep section entertains, as well as educates visitors about some mysterious creatures of the oceans. Visitors can see the antics of the cute, little flightless birds in the Penguin Point area of the park. They can also end their fear of sharks, coming face-to-face with these fierce creatures, in the Shark Bay section. This theme park has an extensive section for kids, including Nickelodeon Land which has kids rides like a mini roller coaster.

Adventure World


One of the most popular cities in Australia, Perth is a regular name in Australia tour packages, and among the various noted tourist spots of this place is Adventure World. Located on the shores of Bibra Lake Reserve, the park is a dream destination for any adventure lover. The Abyss roller coaster is the main attraction here. This steel giant runs up to 85 kmph and guarantees visitors adrenaline rush. Sky Lift, Dragon Express and Aqua Super 6 Racer are some other rides that visitors would love.

Dream World


Among the largest theme parks in the country, Dream World has dozens of rides and attractions, suitable for people of all ages. Tower of Terror II and Buzzsaw are two of the most sought after such rides. While the former is a 100-m free fall, the latter takes riders to astonishing speeds of 105 kmph. The theme park also has a number of eating and shopping points that make it a wholesome outing destination.

To enhance their Australia holidays experience, travellers must give these adventure hubs a visit.

4 Must Do Things for Memorable Dubai Holidays

Vacations are something, which fills the mind of travellers with a sense of happiness. An escape from the daily surroundings becomes a hit, when a destination is chosen carefully, keeping value for money as well as satisfaction in mind. Dubai is one such destination, which proves to a perfect getaway for tourists. During Dubai holidays, people can explore numerous outstanding attractions like the artificial Palm Islands and The Dubai Mall, as well as natural ones, including Jumeirah Beach. There are numerous accommodation options, available in every nook and corner of the city. Here are four things that travellers can do, while visiting the city of Dubai.

See Breathtaking Views of Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa Dubai

Travellers during their Dubai tours can visit the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, located at a distance of around 14 km From Dubai International Airport. The staggering views of the entire city can be enjoyed from the highest observation deck in the world on the 148th floor of this free-standing structure. Enjoy a audio-video show on the city and Burj Khalifa, offered on this deck. At the foot of this majestic building is The Dubai Fountain, comprising more than 6000 colourful lights and shooting water jets about 150 metres high in the sky. Travellers can satiate their hunger at the highest restaurant in the world, located on the 122nd floor of the building.

Visit the Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum Another attraction, which can be visited while spending holidays in Dubai, is the Dubai Museum. Located in Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest existing building in the city, it exhibits the charm of the bygone era. While strolling through its galleries, travellers can find the pictorial representations of traditional Arab houses, desert, markets and regional topography. Many descriptive dioramas, showcasing the life in the UAE before becoming famous for its oil industry are also demonstrated here.

Enjoy at the Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Located at a distance of about 550 metres from Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall is the perfect place for shopaholics to buy the products of their favourite brands. Being the largest shopping mall in the UAE, it has set a new standard for entertainment as well. A wide range of entertainment options is available at the site, making Dubai holidays even better. Travellers can have breathtaking encounters with hundreds of aquatic animals by going for a cage snorkelling experience at the Dubai Aquarium, located within the mall. Vacationers can also see the King Croc, weighing around 750 kg at the onsite Underwater Zoo.

Pay a Visit to Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque Dubai

Travellers can pay a visit to Jumeirah Mosque, which is the only such site in the city to welcome people of all regions. It is considered as one of the most photographed landmarks in the city. Exhibiting the impressive Islamic architecture, the mosque looks incredible when it is lit with bright, colourful lights in the evening.

The four above-mentioned things can be done to make Dubai holidays unforgettable.

3 Destinations to Explore during Sri Lanka tours

Officially known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, this country is regarded by many travellers as a paradise. Situated on a giant tectonic plate, called the Indian Plate, it shares its maritime borders with India in the north and northwest, and Maldives in the southwest. The best way to describe Sri Lanka is a land full of endless beaches, hospitable people, rolling surf, timeless ruins, herds of elephants, delicious food and tea. Travellers can pack their itinerary with all these myriad appeals of Sri Lanka tours, but listed below are three of the most incredible places to visit here.


Located approximately 205 km northwest of Colombo, this city lies on the banks of the Malvathu Oya river. It has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for being one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and for well-preserved architectural ruins. The ruins are clear reminders of its status as the centre of power for more than 1300 years. A poya or religious celebration is one of the best times to visit this place during Sri Lanka tour packages. Lit with lanterns and candles, the temples, streets and courtyards in the city offer a magical journey down the lanes of history. Stupas, monasteries, temples, gardens, rock shelters, sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist deities, and Sandakada Pahana – unique features of local architecture – are some things to see here.

Yala National Parkyala-national-park-srilankaSpread over 979 sq km, this park is located about 300 km from Colombo. Known to have one the highest numbers of leopards in the world, this protected area attracts a lot of photographers and biologists. Although travellers can book safari rides, cycling can be a better means to explore the territory. Visitors can start their journey right at dawn along the B35 road, going through the park, to see myriad sights of wildlife from water buffaloes and giant squirrels to mongooses and crocodiles. Here, travellers will be required to follow certain rules to respect the natural habitat of the animals. Carrying food and drugs, firearms, smoking, wearing a strong perfume or odour, and mobiles in vibration mode are strictly prohibited in the park.

Sigiriya Rock FortressSigiriya-Rock-Fortress-srilanka

Sri Lanka holiday packages may not be complete without a visit to the ancient ruins of the approximately 200-metres high cliff, housing Sigiriya rock fortress. Situated in the Matale district in the Central Province, this is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Most historical records credit its construction to King Kashyapa I, who ruled here in 5th century BC. The most striking part of the fortress is a pair of giant paws of a lion, which guards the staircase leading to the summit. A good way to see ancient graffiti, views of the idyllic countryside, colourful frescoes, water reservoirs and landscaped gardens, is climbing the rocky footsteps to the top. The mirror wall, which was extensively polished in the olden days for the monarchs to see their reflection, is an intriguing site within the fortress.

These are three marvellous sites to explore during Sri Lanka holidays to learn about the history and wildlife of this island country.

Visit Breathtaking Waterfalls with Switzerland Holidays

Extending across the northern and southern part of the Alps, Switzerland is situated in Western Europe. The country shares its borders with France, Germany, Austria and Italy. It is famous for its picture-perfect setting that features the magnificent Swiss Alps, lush valleys and serene lakes. The southern part of the country has some of the best waterfalls amid the rugged mountain range that are often visited by tourists during the Switzerland holidays. Here is a list of some of such waterfalls that are jewels of this country.

Trümmelbach Falls


Roaring, gurgling, loud thundering with churning and foaming water are some of the adjectives that best describe Trümmelbach Falls. It is one of the largest subterranean waterfalls in Europe, located in the valley of 72 waterfalls – Lauterbrunnen Valley. To reach this glacial waterfall, travellers have to go through underground lifts, tunnels, pathways and galleries. The main source of this fall is water melting from the glaciers Monch, Jungfrau and Eiger. It is said that around 20000 litres of water is melt in just one second. The entire valley echoes the sound of gushing water, boulders and scree when water melts at the glaciers. Travellers can easily hike along vertical rock formations with water flowing past them in a rushing pace. The illuminated underground parts provide the most striking sights with imposing rock formations that are around 100 metres high.

Staubbach Falls

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

The Switzerland holiday packages is incomplete without a trip to Staubbach Falls, which is regarded as one of the highest free-falling falls in the world. A mist of spray is the perfect way to illustrate the legacy of these falls. Located at Lauterbrunnen Valley in the Bernese Oberland, this waterfall is around 300 metre tall, and it drops straight from the cliffs into the Lütschine River. In springs, when the winds swirl the waters around the mountain, the falls spread the spray in every direction. This is the reason it is often called Staub, which literally means dust in German. Owing to its incredible height, this fall presents a spellbinding sight as the water gushes down in the form of liquid dust.

Reichenbach Falls


Located in the south of Meiringen, the Rosenlaui Glacier is the source of two beautiful natural attractions – Glacier Gorge Rosenlaui and Reichenbach Falls. The melting waters of the glacier flows with a thundering sound through the ravine, which is enclosed by an 80-metre high rock faces. It has been immortalised by many painters, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – the writer of fictional series Sherlock Holmes – also mentioned it in his book. With a drop of approximately 250 metres, these falls present a vision of white powder falling from the sky.

Travellers are suggested to explore these picturesque spots during their Switzerland tours.

3 Naturalistic Sites to Explore with Singapore Holidays

A global city-state in Southeast Asia, the Republic of Singapore is often called The Garden City, owing to its abundant natural beauty. The main territory of the city consists of a diamond-shaped island, popularly called Singapore Island, and many smaller islets. Parks and nature reserves constitute nearly 10 per cent of its land area. Its people have been successful in improving their urban lifestyle, without damaging the natural surroundings. These parks and nature reserves can be included in the itinerary, when planning Singapore holidays. Three amazing naturalistic sites in the city-state are Pulau Ubin, the city zoo and the botanical gardens.


Pulau Ubin

Travellers can catch a bumboat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal to reach the peaceful shores of Pulau Ubin. The stroll through this island village takes them back to the Singapore of the 60s, owing to its slow pace and simple pleasures of life. A day trip to this place is often included in Singapore tour packages, available with different online travel agencies (OTAs). Visitors can choose to either walk or pedal down the serene roads, lined with swaying coconut palms. They can explore the shady trails in its rubber plantations, mangroves and secluded beaches. With fresh air, delicious cuisine, and soothing sounds and sights, this place calms mind and soul.

Singapore Zoo


Singapore tours may seem incomplete without a visit to the city zoo. Established in the year 1973, this zoological park is famous for its wildlife settings, where animals can roam freely in their natural habitats. Elevated platforms have been installed to allow visitors to see giraffes. Different underwater galleries provide tourists a glimpse of marine life with otters, giant estuarine crocodiles and pygmy hippos swimming around. Predatory cheetahs and lions can be witnessed safely from special glass observation panels.

Encompassing different wildlife habitats of the world, the zoo has exhibits like savannah grasslands of Africa and rough canyons of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Fragile Forest has pathways, where people can walk to do incredibly intimate interactions with animals. The Elephants at Work and Play Show features the animals, carrying massive logs and spraying water from their trunks. With goals of preserving the biodiversity, this zoo not only educates travellers about appreciating the animals, but also teaches to respect them in their natural surroundings.

Singapore Botanic Gardens


Fostering agricultural development, the 74-hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens holds a significant place in the hearts of nature lovers. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, these gardens attract casual visitors, horticulture experts, biologists and photographers. Its landscape consisting of greenery, along with the serene surroundings of Swan Lake, provides a tranquil environment. The gardens house more than 1000 species and 2000 hybrids of orchids. People can also visit Ginger Garden, home to around 250 members of the Zingiberaceae species of plants. The primeval rainforest in these gardens contains over 300 types of plants, with some that are rare in Singapore.

These are the three informative naturalistic places to explore during Singapore holidays.

Exploring New 7 Wonders of the World with World Tour Packages

The world is dotted with numerous alluring sites, enough to make its people spellbound. It can be tough to decide which attractions to explore and which ones to miss on. Hence, visiting the best of the world would be a great idea. Here are seven wonders that travel enthusiasts must visit with world tour packages.

Christ the Redeemer

Rio de Janeiro, a huge seaside city in Brazil, is famed for its 38-metre high statue – Christ the Redeemer. Overlooking the city, this art deco statue of Jesus Christ is located atop 700-metre high Mountain Corcovado. Made of the reinforced concrete and soapstone tiles, it is a symbol of Christianity across the world.

Great Wall of China


A great piece of work from Ming Dynasty, this stretch is more than 20000 km long. Made of brick, tamped earth, stone, wood and many other materials, this magnificent wall was built to protect its empire from various raids and invasions. This series of fortification is constructed along the east to west line across the historical borders of the country.

Machu Picchu


Machu Picchu, a rock citadel from Inca civilisation, is situated on the ridge of the Andes Range, in Peru. The name consists of two words – Machu and Picchu – that means old and peak, respectively. This site features the Intiwatana Sundial that was used in religious ceremonies for tracking the path of the Sun. Declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and UNESCO-listed site, it can be one of the most interesting attractions on your world tour packages from India.



A fine example of the Hellenistic architecture, Petra is known to exist from the 1st century BC that used to serve as the capital of the Nabataean Empire. However later, it got annexed to the Roman empire, until the massive destructions that occurred because of the earthquake. This half-built, half-carved, rugged city has still got secrets to reveal, which attracts history lovers from all across the globe.

Pyramid at Chichen Itza


The literal translation of Chichen Itza is, at the mouth of the well of Itza.  This Mayan Temple is situated in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. One of its various structures is the Kukulkan Pyramid, also known as El Castillo. Consisting 91 steps on each side and one on the top that makes a total of 365 steps, this site was used as the Maya calendar and for predicting the solar eclipses.



An oval amphitheatre, Colosseum is situated in the centre of Italy. Showcasing an ingenious architecture and engineering work, it is said to be the largest amphitheatre in the world. Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, it is among the most recognisable classical structures in the world. This ages-old amphitheatre can accommodate around 60000 seats, 10000 standing stalls and 80 entrances.

Taj Mahal


Taj Mahal, indeed a legend of the eternal love of Emperor Shahjahan, is also a UNESCO-listed site. Standing majestically on the banks of the River Yamuna, this structure looks stunning on the full-moon night, making the moment and the air romantic. Shining white marble building, precious gemstones and exquisite ornamentation, makes this place standalone.

Visiting these New 7 Wonders of the World with International holiday packages would be a unique experience to have.

Enjoy Visiting 5 Attractions with Munnar Tour Packages

Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams at an elevation of around 1600 metres above the sea level, Munnar is one of the most famous hill stations in India. The place is marked by sprawling tea plantations, windy lanes, picturesque towns and exotic flora, especially Neelakurinji that blooms in every twelve years. Travellers can visit many attractions here like Anamudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Blossom Park, Kundala Lake, by availing Munnar tour packages.


Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, this hill station has a lot to offer to travellers, who avail Munnar packages. Offering breathtaking views of the never-ending tea plantations, Anamudi Peak in Eravikulam National Park is the highest peak situated in the Western Ghats. Anamudi literally means forehead of an elephant, and justifying its name, this place is home to the largest surviving population of elephants of Asia, Nilgiri langurs, leopards and endangered gaurs. To experience the thrill and feel the adrenalin rush, travellers can trek this peak.

Another prominent attraction to explore on Munnar tour is Tea Museum, set up in the Nallathanni estate of Tata Tea. The museum showcases and highlights various aspects of the finest tea production. Visitors can learn about different stages involved in the processing of tea and production of black tea. There is a large demonstration room at the museum, where tourists can taste different varieties of tea. A section of the museum also features an oven, classic furniture, iron, wooden bathtub, typewriters, magneto phones and magnetic calculators.

Top Station is the highest point in Munnar, offering panoramic views of the valley of the Theni district and Western Ghats.  The name suits it perfectly, as it is the uppermost railway station situated in the valley of Kundala. The place is famous for Neelakurinji flower that blooms after a period of 12 years, painting the surroundings in blue. It is an attractive destination for trek lovers.

While availing Munnar tour packages, holidaymakers can visit Mattupetty, which is located at a short distance of around 13 km from the town of Munnar. Tourists can relish fascinating sights while enjoying the pleasant weather here. Major crowd-pullers of this place are Mattupetty Dam and Lake. This dam of Mattupetty is a source of electricity generation in the region, and also a home to various birds and wild animals due to the constant availability of water. The reflection of the magnificent tea plantations in the still waters of the dam looks stunning. Tourists can engage themselves in numerous water sports activities like speed boating while enjoying the panoramic surroundings. Adventure lovers can trek in the lush Shola forests here.

Another ideal picnic spot is the Mattupetty Lake situated amidst the Shola forests. Offering a serene ambience, this lake is a perfect place for peace seekers. Tourists can enjoy boating in various boats, such as motor boat, row boat and speed boat.

How to Reach

Vacationers planning a Munnar tour, can fly to the nearest Cochin International Airport, which is around 110 km from the hill station. It is well-connected with major Indian cities like Mumbai, New Delhi. From there, cabs can be hired from the airfield to cover the remaining distance. Regular train service is available from these major cities to Ernakulam Junction railway station, located at a distance of 110 km from Munnar. Travellers can board private buses or hire a taxi to reach this hill station.

Tourists can visit these five attractions with Munnar tour packages.

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