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October 2018

Dear Industry Colleagues

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

We are in the most exciting part of the year as the peak travel season is at its onset. The seasonal flavours and festivities of these months attract thousands of tourists to India and the subcontinent, every year. And we are happy to be facilitating their immersive journeys across the region.

The last few months have brought in prestigious honours for our company. We are proud to have been recognised as India’s leading tour operator and tour agent as well as South Asia’s leading tour operator by the distinguished South Asian Travel Awards (SATA). The Government of India further honoured us as the best MICE operator in the country with a National Tourism Award. We couldn’t have done this without your support and love, and the dedication of our teams. So, thank you to each one of you.

With the holiday season coming up, we are gearing up to welcome visitors on our specially-crafted journeys. From Yoga retreats in the South to beach holidays in Goa, winter is a great time to witness the diversity of India. You can read more about these curated journeys, brought together by our Crafted by Creative brand, here.

Read on for the top travel stories from the Indian subcontinent – a stunning new airport in the Himalayan state of Sikkim, helicopter-taxis out of Mumbai, a luxury cruise in Varanasi, and new hotels in Nepal and Maldives.

Best Regards,
Take care,

Have a Creative Day!

Rajeev Kohli
Joint Managing Director


From November 5-7, Creative Travel will be at WTM stall # AS450

Join our global business partners as they make their way to WTM and come and meet us for exciting journeys from India and South Asia.

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Immigration, e-visa counters added at Delhi’s IGI airport to save time

Passengers travelling abroad, via Delhi airport, will no longer have to waste time queuing up or walking 10 minutes to complete security checks.

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Creative Travel Bags Four Global Honours!

National Tourism Award For
Best MICE Operator

South Asian Travel Awards For

India’s Leading Tour Operator (North)
India’s leading Travel Agent (North)
South Asia’s leading Tour Operator


5th – 7th November, 2018

27th – 29th November, 2018

3rd – 6th December, 2018

To make an appointment at these shows, please email us at



I have realised that I have forgotten to write to you to say 'thank-you' for the services of Creative Travel. At the end of January I came to India as Team Leader for a group of Rotarians involved in the polio NID project. We should have been carrying out the immunisation at Bhiwadi, but this was changed at short notice to Gurgaon. However, we had to stay at our hotel in Bhiwadi and commute to Gurgaon. This was my fourth trip to India, and on each occasion our stay has been arranged by Creative Travel, and on each occasion I have come home feeling very happy and impressed with the service we've had from Creative Travel.

In addition to this, I have been fortunate to have Mr Jaspal Singh as our Guide on this trip and also on previous occasions. As Team Leader we sometimes encounter problems or issues which require delicate handling or clear communication. With Jaspal's invaluable help we overcame such issues whilst remaining civil and respectful.

One example was when we visited a town to carry out immunisation, but our hosts seemed to be more interested in an endless circuit of photographs. We weren't getting anywhere and time was ticking away. Jaspal explained our frustrations to our hosts without offending them, after which the project moved forward and our team managed to immunise a few hundred children during the day.

In addition to this, Jaspal has been so enthusiastic about the Eradicate Polio project that he became part of the team and immunised many children. He has helped me in many ways, and has strengthened my confidence wherever we have gone. Many of the team members have come to rely on Jaspal for assistance and advice, and many of us now count him as a friend.

He's an excellent ambassador for Creative Travel. I've been meaning to write to you since I came home, and I apologise for the delay. If I visit India again I will use Creative, and if Jaspal is available I would always ask for him.

Laurence Foster


Himalayan state of Sikkim now connected by air!

Nestled in the Himalayas, the north-east Indian state of Sikkim now houses one of the most beautiful airports in the world!

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Google’s new virtual museum: An ode to the Indian Railways

Google and the Ministry of Railways have launched a new project to preserve the cultural heritage of Indian Railways.

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Bhopal’s Minto Hall soon to be unveiled as a convention centre

After a gap of almost 20 years, Bhopal’s heritage monument Minto Hall is all set to welcome crowds again in its new avatar as a convention centre.

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New ferry service at Srinagar airport

The Srinagar Airport authorities have initiated a ferry service within the airport premises from the drop gate to the departure terminal, priced at INR 20 per person, along with baggage.

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Varanasi airport will soon start round-the-clock operations

The LBS International Airport in Varanasi will soon be operational 24-hours

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Now, fly a helicopter-taxi out of Mumbai

JetSetGo, a Delhi-based private air charter provider, has launched twice-daily helicopter taxi services from Mumbai to the industrial towns of Tarapur in Maharashtra and Vapi in Gujarat.

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Luxury river cruise launched in Varanasi

A luxury river cruise, christened Alaknanda, was inaugurated at the Khidkiya Ghat in Varanasi.

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Angriya, the Mumbai-Goa cruise, is now open for bookings

Angriya, the Mumbai to Goa cruise, will make its first commercial voyage on 24 October.

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Indian Hotels Company Limited signs new hotels in Kathmandu

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has signed a new Vivanta hotel in Kathmandu, marking the brand’s entry into the city.

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Grandest convention centre in Bengaluru to debut at The Sheraton Grand

The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center recently announced the launch of the largest convention centre in a 5-star hotel, a monumental venue with the largest pre-function area in the city.

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Onyx Hospitality Group plans new hotel in Maldives

Onyx Hospitality Group, one of the region’s leading hotel management companies, has signed an agreement with a joint venture company led by Panchshil Realty to launch OZO Maldives.

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Tadoba Tiger reserve to get electric vehicles

In a bid to promote use of green energy, electric tourist vehicles are likely to be introduced in the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) of Maharashtra.

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Odisha to have three new wildlife sanctuaries

In its bid to increase the protected area network in Odisha, the Forest and Environment department has proposed Barbara (Khurda), Northern Reserve Forest (Athamallik) and Gandhamardan (Bargarh) as wildlife sanctuaries.

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Kerala’s Kannur airport will soon be operational

The Kannur airport will be ready for commercial operations this year, with as many as 17 airlines, including 11 international flights.

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SpiceJet announces Delhi-Hong Kong service

SpiceJet has announced a new daily service from Delhi to Hong Kong, operating on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

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SpiceJet launches daily direct flights between Shirdi and New Delhi

SpiceJet has launched daily direct flights from New Delhi to the famous temple town in Maharashtra's Shirdi district, which is visited by thousands of devotees of Shri Sai Baba every year.

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IndiGo announces Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh as its 60th destination

In a bid to further enhance its flight connectivity from Uttar Pradesh, IndiGo has announced Allahabad as its 60th destination.

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Fly non-stop from Mumbai to 6 new international destinations

Mumbai is all set to get connected to six new destinations across the world, thanks to these non-stop routes being introduced by domestic and international airlines.

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Direct flight service to Guwahati begins

The first direct flight from Guwahati was given water salute on its arrival at Patna airport on 10 October.

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Recipe of the month

Sweet Potato Curry With Spinach And Chickpeas

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