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Q1. Which is the best cruise line
in terms of facilities and price for a convention in Thailand?
- Murugan Santanam, Chennai
Super Star Virgo is very well equipped
to handle a convention, making your event a memorable one.
The facilities on board are an ideal mix of business and pleasure.
In addition, the pricing is indeed competitive.
Q2. How many bottles of alcohol
is a person legally allowed to carry when returning to India
from a foreign trip?
- Nilesh Gole, Mumbai
One bottle (0.95 litres) of alcoholic
liquor is allowed when returning from a foreign country into
Q3.What is a good time to go rafting
in Rishikesh? And could you suggest names of a few companies
that would organise a rafting trip for a corporate group?
- Ashok Gupta, Mumbai
The ideal time for rafting in Rishikesh
is from early March till the first week of May after which
the camps move up due to the roughness in the water flow.
There are many companies which specialise in organising rafting
trips for individuals and corporate groups, prominent among
them being Snow Leopard Camp, Himalayan River Runners, Great
Indian Outdoors, Aqua Terra, Mercury Himalayan Expeditions
Q4. I have heard about whisky
trails in Scotland. Where can one book for the same?
- Avinash Khanna, Pune
There are two whisky trails in Scotland
and by far the better known is the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail
which is spread over about 70 miles of area and entails eight
distilleries - Tamnavulin, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas, Tamdhu,
Cardhu, Glen Grant, Strathisla, Glenfiddich and the Speyside
Cooperage at Craigellachie. Lesser known is the Islay and
Jura whisky trail that takes in Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich,
Bowmore, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Isle of Jura. Further
details may be obtained from the British Tourist Authority
Office at Gurgaon; tel: (124) 280 6180, address: B - 1106,
Millennium Plaza, Sector 27, Gurgaon-122002, Haryana.
Q5. Is it safe to go to Thailand
at this point in time? Has the country been much affected
- Seema Advani, Delhi
Currently all flights are operating
regularly and there are no travel advisories restricting travel.
So far Thailand has remained unaffected by SARS.
Q6. Can one go to Tibet for a
vacation and what is the visa procedure?
- Pooja Tiwari, Delhi
While Tibet is a great destination,
the procedures for visit and connectivity are rather complex.
You are recommended to travel only in groups and through a
registered travel agency. For Indians, it is advisable to
plan to enter Tibet via Kathmandu. You can obtain visas from
the Chinese Consulate in Kathmandu where travellers are herded
into groups and group visas are processed. You would also
be required to purchase TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) Permit
and Alien Travel Permit for each place you plan to visit in
Tibet. However, this can be organised by the travel agency.
You are cautioned to check the destination policies and regulations
which may change from time to time.