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Vijay Chadda Chief Operating Officer, BTI-Sita, India answers your queries...

I want to tour Iraq, primarily because I am enthralled by the rich history of the place. I would like to know whether it is a safe place to go to at present, considering the belligerent attitude of the US? Radheshyam Doshi, Lucknow

Iraq is not a tourist destination any more due to the present political conditions. There are no flights or trains into Iraq. In case one has to travel it is only by bus from Syria.


Is there any tour devoted exclusively to the Angkor Wat. As in, stopping there and exploring the place for a couple of days rather than merely passing through. If so, could you give me the details? Kishore Sirja, Baroda

There is no tour exclusively to the Angkor Wat. You can visit individually by flying into Siem Reap via Phnom Penh/Bangkok/Singapore and visit Angkor Wat. You can spend 2 full days visiting Angkor Thom the Elephant terrace and the magical Banteay Srei.


This might sound as a strange question, but I have a wish to go to the Antartica. Is the region open to tourism? If so, how can I go there? Meeta Singh, Delhi

Tours typically start with a day in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From there, guests travel to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and the starting point for cruises to Antarctica. Your expedition ship will sail through the glacier-draped Beagle Channel and then Drake Passage. At Antarctica and other islands, guests go ashore in small, motorised Zodiacs. Expert lecturers in the fields of history, geology and marine biology often accompany tour groups. Because you’ll need to fly a long distance to reach your departure city, we suggest that you arrive at the departure city at least one or two days in advance of your trip. This will give you time to rest and get oriented before embarking on your tour. Most companies offer pre-tour hotel packages.


I am planning to go on an all India tour and have set aside three months exclusively for that. I want to see as much of the country as possible within this period of time. Which is the best deal that is on offer? Sulakshana Borde, Mumbai

The best way to go on an India tour is by buying a good India guide. The most popular one is by Lonely Planet that is a favourite with all foreigners and Indians planning a trip within India. Without selection of your area of interest, it is not possible to give details on deals. The rail and air networks connect all the preferred tourist destinations. The cheapest way to travel is undoubtedly by rail. Accommodation may be booked at the state run tourist class hotels.


Indian Airlines recently slashed its rates. I would like to know whether the night fare discount is available over and above the slashed rates? Rahul Shetty, Bangalore

The night fare is a discounted fare valid throughout the year for travel during the night hours. The lower fares are the advance purchase or apex fares that have booking and cancellation restrictions. Two discounts cannot be combined hence you may select either the night fare or an apex fare.

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