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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Bhang, Benaras and I Ultimate Travel Jockey @FareHawker

Videshi Baba In Varanasi 

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi is a holy city for Muslims and Buddhists, and the most revered pilgrimage place for Hindus. Shiva, according to one legend, is supposed to have laid down, and where his body was, where the river Ganga now flows.
It is a city of narrow streets and ancient buildings, perfumed and acrid smells. In Varanasi there are 365 holy days a year and a temple exists to commemorate each. For Hindus, a pilgrimage to Varanasi and a bath in its waters liberates the soul forever from returning to human form.
I'd arrived with no place to stay but quickly found a cheap room in a ramshackle hotel, and then headed out into the thick of it. I wound through streets and alleys in a slightly downhill fashion, and in perhaps an hour or two I'd reached the ghat. The sun was setting and the river was golden and shallow. I could see rows of people and small boats congested on a sandbar in the middle of the holy river.

In no time I arrived at a row of little wooden shacks that were locked up for the day. I could smell the cannabis and knew I was in the right place. Down the street I could see a dozen or more boats moored to poles at water's edge. I decided to come back at dawn then headed back to my room through the bustling streets. The next morning, I was right there, to my surprise most locals were fairly open about talking about chillum than one would expect in an Indian town. The problem and the humor however, came in the form their fantasized stories about the cannabis and the bhang. Funnily enough, each one of them have their own stories to narrate about how the cannabis became so popular in one of the most religious places in the country, and all of them were rife with fantastical details about Lord Shiva and how he loved to have cannabis. This narration, although mystical is also quite interesting, some of them not to mention hilarious as well…  Arun Mishra, our boatman while we traversed across ghats, had one such anecdote to narrate
“In a battle between the Gods and the demons, the Gods had lost. It was then that Lord Vishnu, suggested to churn the ocean for the nectar of immortality and consume it among themselves, the gods and the demons both. It was during this time that Halahal was unleashed- a dangerous poison that could’ve wiped out the entire world. It was then that lord Shiva, in an act of sacrifice swallowed this poison and this is when his neck turned blue. And that is precisely why we call him Neelkanth. We celebrate this deed by consuming ganja or bhang or both.” 

According to another legend…  “Lord Shiva, while upset over some familial row, took to the fields to cool off. There, he took refuge under the shade of a tall cool Marijuana plant. Curious about the plant he ate some leaves from it, and he instantly adopted them as his favorite food.”

Right when we reached the banks of the Kedar ghat, Arun grinned and told in a rather patronizing voice, “Don’t forget. Shiva lives here. Welcome to my city.”

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Lowest Air Fare Tickets To or In India

A glorious parade of resplendent charms awaits besotted souls who get hold of flights tickets for the miraculous country called India With a splash of cultural conundrums, a dash of panorama and a burst of historical vestiges, India remains the greatest enigmatic forum on the face of earth, captivating the vacillating attentiveness of even the most judicious of tourist who looks for cheap tickets on flights to travel to the Indian shores.

With its contrastive diversity – from sophisticated cities to petite lantern lit villages, calm temples to bustling bazaars, sun kissed beaches to snow capped mountains, glittering skyscrapers to jarred edifices – it's unsurprising why India is dubbed as one of the most fascinating countries in the world with millions stampeding to bag those flights tickets to this kaleidoscopic land of multihued shades. 

The iconic Taj Mahal alone lures tourists in droves on those cheap flight tickets and then there are other draws which leave them with a problem of plenty - mystical Varanasi, Golden Temple, tranquil Kerala, royal Jaipur, sensual Khajuraho, virginal Andaman and Nicobar islands and the paradisiacal Kashmir are just few places that beckon one and all to book flights tickets to India.

Indeed, spending on those cheap tickets and flights for India is nothing but a chance to grab a colourful smorgasbord of riveting prerogatives – be it adventure, cultural, spiritual, family friendly or solo holidays!

For those booking flights to seek spiritual and cultural nurture, Indian cities pack in oodles of consecrated sites, stimulating traditions, colourful festivals, museums and art galleries; while history lovers may explore India's enthralling historical parade of grand old forts and palaces.

Those netting tickets for an extravagant dose of adrenaline may rush to ride soaring waves or just amble along the many beautiful beaches or head for heart thudding wildlife safaris in its verdant nature reserves.

And then there are traditional charmers like yoga and ayurveda that append another remarkable facet to India holidays. Unveiling perhaps the finest concoction of old and new, tickets on flights landing in India are keys to the golden box laden with blocks of spectacular experiences! 

With its brilliant salmagundi of spiritual appellatives, India packs in impressive celebrations that range from epical fests with scores of entertainment events to pint-size funfairs observed to offer homage to local deities. With so much on offer, it remains quite unsurprising why heaps of visitors are often found scrambling for those cheap deals on tickets for flights bound to India.

October to March is the best time to board flights and unravel the varying shades of colourful Indian canvas. Availability of cheap flights tickets for the destination could be scanty during the time. Book your tickets on flights to India as early as possible to save more and to avail the cheapest available prices!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Ways to Reduce Air Fares for Group Booking

You don’t have to have access to a corporate travel program to save money on group air fares for an annual meeting, incentive trip, leisure groups or weddings.

Although airline tickets continue to account for a greater share of event expenses, it’s possible for event and meeting planners to obtain discount air fares for their group events. Of course, most people know that there’s a long list of small print items to disclaim discount fares associated with an event.

1.  Book 10 or More Travelers

To receive a group discount on air fares, events require a minimum of 10 or more people traveling to a common destination. Airline requirements will vary their terms as it relates to whether or not the travelers must be booked on the same flight. However, much more flexibility will be extended to group events for association meetings, incentive trips and weddings.

2.  Book 11 Months Prior to Travel

It is debatable as to when the most cost effective time to book airline travel may be, but many airlines will allow planners to book as far out as 11 months prior to the date of travel. The earlier when airline tickets are booked, most airlines will still have their more cost effective classes of seats still available.

3.  Name Your Program as a Business Event

Business events are more likely to have attendees who are traveling on multiple flights to the same destination, so airlines offer group travel programs that may be attractive for association meetings and incentive trips. Airlines may offer discount air fares of about 25% off published fares for domestic travel, and the savings may be even more significant depending on the zone where flights originate. These discounts don’t require attendees to originate from the same location.

4.  Request FareHawker for Group Discounts

Many airlines may also offer a discount for site inspections performed by FareHawker Group Consolidator, depending on the potential business associated with the event, so it’s important to find out which airline may offer this option to help offset a portion of your travel expenses. And in order to lure more business, some airlines will also extend staff tickets for event and meeting planners that have several programs (possibly even upgrades).
FareHawker GroupDesk for Airlines Group AirFare 
FareHawker is not a travel agency, we are travel service consultant that specializes in airfare search & group fare arranger. So, we are top accounted with several of the major airlines across the pan India. This means that the airlines know us for high volume of group tickets.We have assigned specific Jockeys to handle all our customers’ needs from airlines. In addition, due to the high volume of group flights we book, we have secured consolidator contracts with many airlines across the India & world.
This recognition allows us to be an effective advocate for our clients, negotiating discount airfares & securing favours when other agencies or travel company can’t. Since we work with so many non-profit organizations, travel agents & travel management companies, we know that every penny counts. Our goal is to provide you with the best value on group airline tickets‚ as well as other additional services.

(10 or more passengers on the same travel itinerary)

Please advise your travel jockey if your dates are flexible or if you can fly from a different city to reduce the cost. Group travel rates are based on how full the flights are. So, checking another date, time or airport may open up flights with more availability, & thus, lower airfares.
It is also helpful to let us know if you’ve already received other group quotes. Airlines will not allow us to offer you a quote if another travel agency is holding space for you.(When our price is lower, they’d be losing money.) In addition, your farehawker travel jockey can use that information to have more negotiating power when approaching competing airlines.

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We know that organising a trip for a group can be challenging that’s why; we at FareHawker have a dedicated team to make it easier for you. Whatever your reason for travel, being a stag/ Leisure Travel, wedding, sports club event, corporate event, golfing trip or a skiing trip, contact one of our experts to help arrange your trip.
If you are ready to make your booking or have a query, give us a call or alternatively mail us at, fill in our online form and one of our experts will be in touch
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§  Preferred date, time and routes you would like to travel on
§  Flight numbers
§  Group size

§  Reason for travel

The benefits of a group booking:
§  When you obtain a quote for your booking, we will save it for certain days, giving you time to decide whether you would like to go ahead.
§  Pay just a deposit of 25% per person from total.
§  Pay the remaining balance up to 21 Days prior to travel.
§  No need to confirm the passengers’ names until 7 Days prior to travel.
§  Free name changes up to 7 days prior to travel.
§  For Tour Company tour manager ticket will be free of cost. 

Our group desk Jockeys team consists of some of our most experienced consultants who are highly knowledgeable and offer impeccable customer service. With access to the widest choice of airfares on sale in the India, discounted accommodation throughout the world, tours and travel extras, we promise you to save your money as well as time. So, whether you have a conference or sales incentive trip to arrange, sports team, school group, special interest club or a large group of friends and family, FareHawker Group Desk can help with any flight fare and accommodations.