Different Ways to Travel Around India



Whether you’re travelling to India for the first time or you’re a return visitor, with such a vast and diverse country to explore your head’s bound to be spinning a little: how on earth are you going to fit everything in? If you’re travelling on a budget it can seem even more overwhelming – you’re going to need to get to grips with different transport methods to plan your trip. Don’t panic: there’s a wide range of options available to travellers, and there’s lots of handy information online to help you out. Have a look at our helpful guide to find out a little more about the different ways to explore this vast country.

City Transport

Indian cities are pretty bustling – with 108 million people populating India’s largest cities and Mumbai alone housing more than 16 million, its no wonder getting around can seem confusing. But with high population comes modern transport solutions: Delhi and Kolkalta have amazingly clean, efficient metro systems, while Mumbai and Chennai have a good suburban train system. And hopping on a city bus is a rite of passage in India for any tourist interested in travelling authentically.

An auto-rickshaw is another must-do experience – an icon of Indian travel, these are comprised of the first half of a scooter with two seats mounted on the back. Cheaper than taxis and nifty at navigating the heavy traffic, these exhilarating rides will have you speeding to your destination with your heart in your mouth! A less racy and even cheaper option is a cycle-rickshaw, where the scooter engine is replaced with a manually operated bike.

Taxis are another strong option for city travel – the local knowledge of the driver can be invaluable and, while more expensive than buses or rickshaws, they’re the most comfortable way of getting about.

Cross-County Transport 

Flights may be the perfect way of travelling to India, with flights from Chicago to New Delhirunning regularly. But by catching a domestic flight to travel within the country, you could be losing some of that authentic travelling experience – buses go pretty much everywhere in India, including remote regions like the Himalayas (which aren’t covered by the rail network), and are generally more frequent than trains. If you want to up your comfort level, catch a private bus, rather than a government one – these offer extra legroom, tinted windows, padded seats and are less crowded.

Alternatively, you could always hire yourself a car – the vast majority of Indian tourist rentals offer not just a vehicle, but a driver as well. You can arrange a rental through any tourist office or taxi firm. Self-drive rentals are available, but considering the nuances of driving in India, it’s probably best to leave the driving to the locals – and driver-included services are comparatively reasonable at about £17 a day.

Trains are probably the most comfortable method of long-distance travel, though they do need to be booked in advance and India has seven classes of travel – its worth remembering that the cheapest, second-class unreserved, is fine for day travel, but it’s probably worth paying a little extra for long-distance or overnight trips.

So there you have it – getting around India doesn’t need to be stressful, in fact, the more colourful methods of transport can be a key part of the tourist experience. And remember, you can always check with a local tourist office if you have any specific queries. But the first thing to remember is always – choose the route which gives you the chance to see the most of this spectacular country.

Effects of China’s Visa Policy on Gaming and Travel



The world continues to shrink with each passing year. The time required to communicate with people in regions several thousands of kilometres away is now less than ever before. The quality of the communication continues to get better and better. At present, it is possible to have a face to face discussion with multiple people who are in different countries, in real time. Even the time required to travel across vast oceans and seas is at its lowest ever in history. This globalisation has resulted in the policies of one government affecting activities in many other countries, especially when the country is China.

China has recently reviewed the outgoing Visa requirements for its nationals. This has had a positive impact on international travel. More and more of China’s elite are seeking to spend their money gaming in less traditional destinations. This has given rise to the growth of new locations as potential destinations for Asian millionaires looking to play.

Destinations of choice for many casino high rollers like Vegas are beginning to lose their appeal to this market segment. When coupled with the steady decline of casino empires in regions including Macau it has given room for places like Sidney, Australia to begin to gain recognition.

The amount of traffic that the Australian casinos have received after the easing of travel restrictions by the Asian superpower has dramatically increased.

This traffic is not proportional to the decline in the amount of business that Macau receives. Consequently, this points to the shift in travel policy as one of the main drivers of the increased external travelling by the high roller casino game players. For the rest of the population they will just have to enjoy the best of online casino gaming on sites such as www.casinouk.co.uk where anyone can be a VIP or a higher without raking up frequent flyer miles.

Get It Right! Five Ways to Do Press Ups

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Getting your press up right is massively important, not only for you to receive the benefits and effects you’re wanting from your exercise, but also to make sure you don’t injure yourself in the process.

Regardless of what kind of press up you do, and there are many different variations, it’s important to not push yourself too far. You can build up the intensity of your exercise as you get stronger, but always begin with plenty of room and a firm surface to press against.

These are the basics for any kind of press up:

-       Get yourself into a face down position on the floor

-       Your weight should be on your chest

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Five Ingredients You Don’t Want in Your Child’s Diet

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Food and nutrition for children can be a minefield. You want to give your children the best start in life, so of course you’re going to take their diet seriously. It’s not so easy when you’re constantly being hit with advertisements for sweets, cakes, treats on the TV, and of course your little ones are going to want to taste these forbidden fruits!

Making healthy choices is important early on life, and to instil a healthy attitude to food as well. This becomes harder when foods are packed with certain ingredients that totally hinder your battle to help your children have the healthiest start.

Here are five ingredients you certainly don’t want your children consuming either in small amounts or at all.

Sunset Yellow

You might have heard of this, it’s been in the news quite a lot over recent years, but if you’re not aware, Sunset Yellow is an artificial colourant that is often added to sugary drinks and juices, to give colour. Sunset Yellow has been linked to hyperactivity in children, and I remember when I was younger it used to do the same thing to me whenever I had orange flavoured drinks containing this ingredient. Needless to say my parents quickly stopped me having them!

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