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The award winning newsletter from Creative Travel
May 2018

Dear Industry Colleagues,

Welcome to another edition of the award-winning 'Creatively Yours'.

Creative Travel has always been proud of our ability to innovate and showcase our region in different and unique ways. We have a very strong focus on creating experiences as the way to explore our lands.

We are delighted to introduce our signature product series – ‘Engaging Journeys, Crafted by Creative’. Probably a first in the Indian market, these are unique journeys created around themes of varying interests. Each led by an expert, these trips will bring the guest face-to-face with different aspects of our culture, history and lifestyles.

In addition, our 2018 ‘Be our Guest’ offering for those working on travel companies is already out and if you would like to see some fabulous options to visit India at a subsidized cost, let us know. Write to us for a copy of the brochure that showcases the trips.

We have more exciting initiatives available for you. Some are meant for travel industry professionals to come and experience India and Creative's award-winning services first hand at a very special offer. Other initiatives are special offerings for you to market to your client base. We encourage you to send in your thoughts on what you think could work for your markets, so that we can have the team customize a product set for you. We at Creative intend to aggressively push the price competitiveness of India in its shoulder period as we feel the market is turning around for us. Let's use that to gain some interaction and make up for lost business.

You shall see some new and exciting initiatives in the next season from Team Creative - new experiential inclusions, new circuits, and new concepts. We take pride in our ability to make a trip to the Indian sub-continent something very different.

Read this and much more in this edition of Creatively Yours.

Best Regards,

Take care,

Have a Creative Day!

Rajeev Kohli
Joint Managing Director

Special News

Introducing ‘Engaging Journeys Crafted by Creative’

Creative Travel offers a number of engaging, special-interest journeys through India, led by experts in their fields, that are sure to surprise and delight travelers looking for out-of-the-ordinary South Asia travel experiences.

In line with the philosophy of being unique and ‘Creative’ in whatever we do, we have developed an exclusive product line of very special journeys, guaranteed to operate at a minimum of 2 passengers. All crafted with precision, care and based on a distinct area of interest. The essence of each journey is based on exclusivity and something our guests can’t buy themselves. 

Some selling points of these programs:

  • All special journeys are led by expert resources, celebrated in their field of expertise.
  • Unique itineraries - interest-based journeys such as yoga, art, culinary, architecture, weddings, and more
  • Small intimate groups, never more than 12 couples in each journey
  • Comprehensive inclusions including cultural interaction with locals and authentic local cuisine
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate at a minimum of 2 guests
  • All services are provided in English

To see the journeys, you can see the brochure at Engaging Journeys, Crafted by Creative ‘Brochure’. For pricing details and more information, please write to us at All land prices are commissionable to travel professionals. We are happy to set-up a call to go over the options in more detail if you would like.

Culinary Adventures 

  • The Emperor's Table (Sept 8-21, 2018)
  • Tales of the Indian Brew (Oct 22-Nov 2, 2018) 


  • India’s Architecture Marvels (Oct 18-29, 2018)


  • Glamping and the Royals (Nov 24-Dec 7, 2018)


  • Mind, Body and Soul of India (July 5-16 2018)

Art & Culture

  • The Camel & Cultural Extravaganza (Nov 11-23, 2018)
  • The Big Fat Indian Wedding (Nov 14-24, 2018)
  • An Indian Art Affair (Jan 23-Feb 4, 2019)
  • Artists of the Indian Desert (Feb 2-16, 2019)
  • Heritage of Humanity (Feb 11-24, 2019)
  • Multi Hues of India (March 13-24, 2019)

For pricing details and more information, please write to us at All land prices are commissionable to travel professionals. We are happy to set-up a call to go over the options in more detail if you would like.


Please help us re-create history!!

It’s about trust, continuity and reliability...... for 41 years we have honoured the trust our clients & partners have placed in us across India and the subcontinent. We have never let a partner down and never will.

We are proud to have been nominated for South Asian Travel Awards 2018 (SATA) under the following categories:

  1. Leading Tour Operator
  2. Leading Travel Agent

Can we please ask for your support with your vote.

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    • Category # 25 – Leading Tour Operator
    • Category # 26 – Leading Travel Agent

About SATA: The South Asian Travel Awards is the first ever regional Travel Awards endorsed by Multi National Associations providing the Tourism sector of the South Asian Region with recognition towards their facilities and service excellence. The South Asian Travel Awards aims to encourage and raise service standards within the regions of the Tourism industry.

We hope to have your support through your vote. It means a lot to us.

Foreigners travelling to India can now get visa extended online
Foreigners touring India will no longer need to visit the Foreigners Registration Office or the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRO/FRRO) for visa-related services, as it will now be offered online through the e-FRRO platform.

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Where You Can Find Us Next
IMEX, Frankfurt 2018
May 15-17
PURE, Marrakech 2018
Sep 9-13
What People Say About Us

I would like to thank you for allowing us to have the same tour guide – Jaspal Singh - for our third national polio immunisation trip Bhiwadi/Gurgaon in January/February. Yet again, he was fantastic; he has built up good relationships over the past two years with our host Rotarians in Bhiwadi ensuring our stay went as smoothly as possible (despite the last minute change in destination), expertly dealing with any issues that arose and ensured we turned up in the right places at the right times. One of his strengths is being able to inject humour into a situation whilst striking the right balance between integrity and professionalism at all times, ensuring we had a most enjoyable trip.

He is a first class guide and a real asset to Creative Travel.

Paula & Roger Byrom,
The Rotary Club of Braunton Caen, UK

Unique Experiences

Bhutan through a prism of festivals

Bhutan has a charismatic simplicity that feeds into an integral statistical data for the country – Gross National Happiness. A nation that is willing to record an evolved data like this is naturally anchored on high thinking. This has a lot to do with the spiritual background of the country. Steeped in Buddhism, the Bhutanese anchor their life on the mantra of high thinking. Bhutan’s festivals too, dip into the pool of intense spirituality with most of them hosted in monasteries. The festivals are a great way of seeing Bhutan at close quarters. Here are some of the most vibrant festivals of the country.

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Festival News


Ganga Dussehra, 24th May 2018

The festival of Ganga Dussehra is celebrated to mark the descent of the holy Ganges River to earth, a significant part of Hindu mythology. Pilgrims in large numbers assemble alongside the holy river, to take a dip and worship.

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Ramadan, 15th May to 14th June 2018

During Ramadan, Muslims traditionally fast daily from sunrise until sunset. This holy month of fasting concludes with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. It is a month of charity, reflections and resolutions. People show their gratitude to god and abstain from food, alcohol, smoking and physical intimacy, and are only allowed to eat during an early-morning meal, suhur, and a night-time meal, iftar.

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Destination News

Coastal cycling to drive tourism in Kerala

Kerala’s Coastal Cycling Tourism Destination Project (CCTDP) has the potential to develop the state as the most preferred cycle tourism destination. Part of the larger initiative to develop coastal highways, this project may help tap into the ample opportunity the state offers for cycling tourism.

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India's first sea ropeway will zip you from Mumbai to Elephanta Caves in 40 minutes

Mumbai, the commercial capital and cultural hub of India, is coming up with the longest ropeway of the country.
This first-of-a-kind ropeway over the sea will be 8km long and will connect Mumbai to the scenic Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea. The route will start from Sewari Fort in the east coast of Mumbai and end across the harbour, in Raigad district of the island.

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Inaccessible parts of Delhi’s Red Fort set to open to public

Parts of the Red Fort, which have been inaccessible to the public till now, are being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and will soon be a part of the unique Lal Qila experience for visitors.

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Goa gets first airport ferry terminal

A new airport ferry terminal has opened at Baina beach in Goa. The passenger ferryboats Drishti Two and Drishti Three, which have already been made operational between Vasco, Panaji, Old Goa and Sinquerim, are expected to be used by tourists landing at Dabolim airport to travel to these areas using waterways.

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Railway board directs luxury trains to slash ticket prices by 20%

In Luxury trains  could soon be easier on the pocketbook by at least 20%, say railway officials.
The Railway Board has directed that the tariff for luxury trains like the Maharajas’ Express and Palace on Wheels be reduced.dia’s first yachting festival took in place at Vizag (Andhra Pradesh) in March.

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Yachting festival off to a breezy start

India’s first yachting festival took in place at Vizag (Andhra Pradesh) in March. The Vizag Yachting festival is a first of its kind in the country where people can enjoy luxury yachts, water sports activities like scuba diving, snorkelling and spend a day at the sea.

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The unsaid story of Butter Chicken

Ask a non-vegetarian about their love for Butter Chicken and you can measure it in the eyes. And if you ask the same person about the humble origin of this iconic dish of the Indian cuisine, they go blank. Well, it’s nothing surprising, because many of us are actually not aware of the interesting story behind the origin of the dish that is also a favourite of every non-veg lover.

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Luxury travel on railway saloons now a reality for public

The first privately-occupied saloon coach, run by the Indian Railways, is now operational and open to public. Complete with air-conditioned rooms, valet service and attached bathroom, the cost of chartering this saloon coach is Rs. 2 Lakh.

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Thekkady tourism in peril

With water level falling considerably, boating at Thekkady Lake could be called off since tree stumps pose a threat to boats. Currently, the Forest Department and the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) offer boating services at the lake.

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Explore and enjoy Maharashtrian street food in Pune, Maharashtra

Each city has its own distinct flavours and its specialty lies in its street. Pune, or Poona, has nailed the traditional Maharashtrian street food culture.

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Mumbai-Delhi Super Expressway will halve drive time to just 12 hours

On a long weekend not far from now, travellers will be able to take an impromptu trip from Mumbai to New Delhi, bypassing last-minute flights bookings or long train rides. Thanks to the swanky new Super Expressway between the Capital and Mumbai, by the bay at speeds exceeding 120km/h.

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Foreigners can travel to Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur unrestricted

Foreign tourists, except those from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, would now be allowed to visit Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur, which were out of bounds for them without a special permit. The Home Ministry has decided to relax the six-decade-old Protected Area Permit regime for five years with effect from April 1.

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Canopy walk at Kuveshi forest to be open for tourists soon

Ticket prices for India’s first canopy walk at Kuveshi forest area near Castle Rock in Joida taluk of Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka have been fixed and soon it will be open for tourists.

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News From The Jungle
Kaziranga has more rhinos today than it did in 2015

Kaziranga National Park is currently home to 2,413 one-horned rhinos, 12 more than what it had in 2015, according to the latest census of the species. This rise, though marginal, is noteworthy considering the park's rhino population had dwindled to a few hundred in the 1970s.

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National Chambal Sanctuary is teeming with rare and exotic species of water birds & animals

Invariably, the quest for wildlife results in our being directed to the verdant jungles of a Corbett, Kanha or a Kaziranga, and seldom do they disappoint the visitor. The diversity and breadth of this country's wildlife heritage, however, is such that lesser known sanctuaries harbour species rarely seen elsewhere.

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Hotel News
JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa set for November debut
JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa will be opening on the island of Vagaru, Shaviyani Atoll, in November. The 61-villa property will be headed by renowned general manager Marc Gussing.

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Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty Opens in Kerala, India

To add an all-new dimension to food and beverage landscape, JW Marriott Chandigarh has launched a 'food truck' to cater to varied gastronomical preferences of the city's populace.

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Ginger Hotels opens second property in Goa at Dona Paula

Budget lodging chain Ginger Hotels has opened their second hotel in Goa with the launch of Ginger Goa, Dona Paula. Perched on a hillock overlooking the Arabian Sea, Ginger Goa, Dona Paula enjoys a prime location and is situated between the Dona Paula beach and the Vainguinim beach.

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Park Hotels opens adults-only boutique property at Baga River, Goa

The Park Hotels, a boutique hotels group in India, has launched its first adults-only hotel at the Baga River, Goa. The Park Hotel at Baga River, surrounded by rich greenery and coconut trees, is just 30 minutes from the airport and a ten-minute drive from the beach.

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Jukaso Journeys adds five new properties to its portfolio

Jukaso Journeys, an Indian hospitality brand, has recently acquired the following properties: Jukaso Sai Palace Udaipur, Jukaso Jim Corbett, Jukaso Seven Heaven Bhimtal, Jukaso Mrikula Cottage Manali, Jukaso Palace Dharamshala. The acquisition adds to the growth of Jukaso Journeys in Tier II cities.

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StayWell Holdings announce first Park Regis in Southern India

One of Asia Pacific’s largest hotel management groups, StayWell Holdings, has announced it will further expand its Park Regis portfolio in India, with the rebranding of Aveda Resort & Spa in Kumarakom to Park Regis Aveda, Kumarakom scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2018.

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Aviation News
AirAsia X To Start Amritsar-Kuala Lumpur Flight From August 16

The AirAsia X will start direct flight services between Amritsar and Kuala Lumpur as part of its expansion plan in India this year.
From August 16, the four times a week service will provide visitors access to Amritsar, which has a tremendous potential as a religious, tourism, commerce and trade destination.

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SpiceJet to commence Delhi-Leh flight from May

SpiceJet will commence daily direct flight service from New Delhi to Leh  from May 1, 2018. According to the company, the flight service will be operated from Terminal 1D at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.

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Jet Airways to add 30 new weekly flights between North East and rest of the country

Jet Airways announced its plans to expand its presence in the North East and make Guwahati its regional gateway to/ from the region.

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New flights for Pune, Mumbai and Bengaluru

Jet Airways will introduce a ‘red eye hour’ flight to Pune, besides adding two more, connecting Mumbai and Bengaluru with Patna, in the summer schedule beginning March 25. Jet also proposes to introduce a direct service between Indore and Patna once a week—on Sundays — from July 1.

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Singapore Airlines set to scale up India operations

Singapore Airlines is set to scale up India operations to tap into the growing number of global air travellers from Asia’s third largest economy. The airline will step up the frequency of flights between Singapore and various Indian cities as well as offer more options to Indians travelling to the rest of the world.

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IndiGo to launch service in Chennai-Tiruchi sector

IndiGo has announced launch of daily service on the Chennai-Tiruchi-Chennai sector from June 1.

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Indigo airlines plans to launch ATR, Airbus services from Surat, Gujarat

Indigo Airlines is planning to launch services to destinations like Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi by end of May or early June.

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Air India launches flights between New Delhi and Tel Aviv, Israel

Air India has launched non-stop flights between New Delhi and Tel Aviv, Israel. The airline will operate the route with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft three times per week every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Air India’s B787 has 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats.

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VietJet to launch Saigon – New Delhi Flights

Vietjet plans to launch flights between Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and New Delhi, India. The airline says it will launch four flights per week in the third quarter of 2018.

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AirAsia launches Imphal-New Delhi direct flight

AirAsia has started operating direct flights between Imphal-Delhi. The airlines will operate direct flights seven days a week and the daily scheduled arrival at Imphal is 12.25 pm and the departure schedule is 12.55 pm.

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AirAsia to expand services from Kolkata

AirAsia India has expanded its fleet size to 18 planes with the induction of a new Airbus A320, which will help it add new routes and enhance the frequency between Kolkata and Bagdogra.

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Recipe of the Month

Mango Peach Chutney

Serves: 4-6
Ready in: 1h5m

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