Indian Consuls Surprising OCIs, Where OCIs are Planning to Surprise Their Families

By alexatravel on December 14, 2019 Alexa Travel

It has been reported that who have not renewed their OCIs Card documents after having updated their passport were dismissed off-boarding permission for their flights to India.

With the urge of NRIs and OCIs to celebrate Christmas eve and New year with their families, they look back to plan their occasion on their landmark India, whereas the Government has already planned something different for them.

With the new amendment to The Citizenship Act, 1955 the Government of India has recently issued an order to all the Indian consuls worldwide to deny the boarding of people to India who has not updated their OCI cards with the renewal of their passports. The airlines with which usually most passengers are dealing with issues around these regulations are Air India and Qatar Airways.

After hours of intense debate, the Lok Sabha passed The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on Monday (December 2). The same amount of chaos the bill caused among the Lok Sabha members during the passing of bill is now being caused among the OCIs residing outside India who wish to celebrate their new year back in India. Reports associated with denial of boarding to be able to foreign citizens of Indian native origin because of not necessarily complying with the innovative rules of OCI card validity have been observed in the news given that November.

Similar cases of many OCIs Cardholders who’ve failed to update their OCI cards and update their passports have been recently discerned in major airports in Unified States, New Zealand and Singapore Additionally, several OCI holders who’ve been traveling to India from Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington throughout New Zealand have furthermore been struggling due to be able to same reasons.

Most of the people who’ve faced, or maybe are facing the problem of boarding have likely been due to lack of the updates of the new rules brought in by the Government of India. Also, visitors and people in Sweden and various other airports are left stranded in result of this bill.

Thus, Indian consulates worldwide have issued a travel advisory for OCI cardholders regarding the Indian Government’s strict enforcement of the new OCI validity rules and relating to airlines’ rigid checks at the time of check-in.

The government requires individuals below the age of 20 years to have their OCI cards reissued, every time their passports are renewed. Whereas, individuals between 21 to 50 years of age have no compulsion of renewing their OCI cards, however, they are required to carry their old passports in addition to their current/renewed passports.

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TRI-VALLEY’S ICE CREAM O’CLOCK – ALWAYS!

By alexatravel on December 12, 2019 Alexa Travel

TRI-VALLEY’S ICE CREAM O’CLOCK – ALWAYS!

Tri-valley…… a gold state with abundance of wine and beer trails is also a home of exquisite cuisine and delectable frozen treats.

Even after exploring a bunch of wine tours and breweries, I’m here again for the tour of irresistible ice-cream trail of Tri-valley with 16 extraordinary ice cream or gelato shops in this triangular region. Can you think of more tasty way of connecting the beautiful cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, and Danville?

Why settle for just scoop when you have more than dozen distinguished treats are waiting for you. Bring out your inner ice cream fanatic and hop aboard for the journey of cones and cups which is an epitome of Tri-valley.

Pleasanton:

  • Icicles

Have a delight of handcrafted ice cream from your chosen flavor of fresh fruits. This refreshing frozen treat is rolled into the bowls (Thai style) with your choice of toppings. (They have unlimited toppings o choose from)

  • Rita’s Italian Ice

Want to grab some ice cream but worrying about the fats???

Rita’s provide trans-fat free ice creams with more than dozens of flavors. The cool treats includes Italian ice (even sugar-free!), Cream ice, Concretes, Sundaes, Gelati, Misto, Blending, Milkshakes, Frozen drinks, Frozen Custard Cakes, Custard cookie sandwiches and what not….. Customize your own paradise of the scrumptious offerings with 20 toppings.

  • Meadowlark Dairy

Feeling the rush to roam through each and every nook of Tri-valley, but cannot skip the ice cream. Then, Meadowlark Dairy’s drive-thru is your one stop solution, which offers affordable and delicious cones with customized flavours.

  • Flavor Brigade

A Flavor Brigade with more than 30 flavors of water ice (Italian ice) has something for everyone. The dessert offered is gluten-free, non-dairy and even zero cholesterol! Every ingredient of this healthy dessert is made with fruit-puree, sugar, and water, so it’s for Vegetarians and Vegans as well (everyone).

  • Almare Gelato Italiano

This Italian hub is sure to amaze you in summers as well as winters with their variety of servings from fragrant, smooth gelato to Traditional CioccolataCalda, a hot chocolate cup.

Livermore:

  • Amorino Gelato Al Naturale

Amorino renders a vivifying sorbet from exotic fruits. In addition to the mouth-watering gelato burgers and waffle sticks it offers customized, picturesque cones shaped into flowers (Instagram worthy)

  • Loard’s

Keeping the traditional ice cream intact, they are serving since 1950. A perfect blend of classic and seasonal flavors they provide scrummy ice creams.

  • CREAM

Make sure not to restrict to just cups and cones of ice cream so that you enjoy a complete ice cream meal.

Yes, it’s right. A perfect meal of cookie ice cream sandwiches, ice cream tacos, rich and delicious brownies, palatable waffles and do’s ants and a cross between a donut and a croissant that too in the flavor of your choice.

Still waiting for more…. Cream also serves vegan cookies, gluten-free cookies and even soy ice cream.

Dublin:

  • Snowflake

This restaurant offers an assortment of ice cream and authentic Taiwanese desserts like crepes and boba tea to savor your tongue. If you want to grab a quick bite then this is the stop for you.

  • O’Honey

Have a tang of Japanese crepe rolls, one-of-a-kind boba tea creations with the hint of limited-edition flavors. Enjoy the aromatic coffee with yummy ice cream at this stop.

Danville:

  • Yersen Gelato Cakes

Just want to eat the gelato ….. how will you resist yourself from quintessential cakes( even gelato cakes). Feel the contentment of cakes and gelato at this point.

  • Sweet Street

A tour to this Street makes you feel like a trip to Charlie’s Chocolate Factory! It is dream come true. Live your childhood fantasy and grab every candy and sweet treat that you imagine.

Let’s begin the flavorsome journey with Alexa Travel and avail the best flight deals from India to USA for your hassle-free journey.

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Go On a Luxury Air Travel With Avianca

By alexatravel on November 30, 2019 Airline Reviews

Go On a Luxury Air Travel With Avianca

Avianca’s establishment

Avianca is a world-famous airlines in Colombia. It came into existence in the year of 1919 on the 5th of December. And it has been carrying a multitude of passengers ever since then. Avianca has its base at Bogota and has its major hub at the El Dorado International Airport. Avianca is the largest airline that is functioning in Colombia. And it is well known as the second-largest functioning airline in Latin America.

Avianca- A member of the star alliance

Becoming a member of the star alliance was what gave Avianca the boost it needed to get more passengers to fly with the Airline from the U.S to India. Star Alliance is one of the world’s largest alliances in terms of companies providing air travel. This star alliance was established in the year 1997 on the 14th of May. It has its base in Frankfurt.

Luggage allowance for Avianca Airlines

  1. For Domestic flights:

Tourist class:

For Adults: Those adults traveling with Avianca in tourist class are permitted to carry 23 Kgs of weight. They are allowed to carry one piece of luggage which has to weigh up to 23Kgs. In case the weight is more than 23Kgs, then the passenger will be charged extra for the extra weight per Kg the passenger is carrying.

For Children: All children between the age group of 2 to 12 years are allowed to carry one standard piece of bag. It should weigh 23Kgs according to the Baggage allowance policy given by Avianca airlines. If the weight of the bag is more than the mentioned 23Kgs, the passenger will be charged extra for each extra Kg they are carrying.

For Infants: All infants between the age group of 0 to 2 years are permitted to carry on a piece of standard luggage of weight 10 kgs.

Business-class:

For Adults: Those adults traveling with Avianca in business class are permitted to carry two standard pieces of luggage weighing 32Kgs each. The overall weight of the luggage is supposed to sum up to 32 plus 32 each. In case there is any difference in the weight according to the baggage policy set by the Avianca airlines, the traveler will be charged an extra amount for every extra Kg that they will carry.

For Children: Those children between the age group of 2 years to 12 years are allowed to carry two standard pieces of luggage each weighing 32 Kgs. The weight has to be exact in the case of the business class. In case the passenger is carrying any extra weight more than the mentioned 32Kgs then they will have to pay extra for the additional luggage that they are carrying.

For Infants: All infants between the age group of 0 to 2 years are permitted to carry on a piece of standard luggage of weight 10 kgs.

Check-in for Avianca Airlines

Say no to the ques at the airport with the online check in facility available for you at Avianca airlines.

The online check in service at Avianca airlines is applicable only for:

Those passengers that have confirmed their air ticket booking and have a printed ticket. All the disabled passengers can make the most of this facility as they won’t have to stand in the ques.

In case you require a special service then you can avail the benefits of this online check-in E-tickets. Do you wish to know the services which you can expect from us if you choose to travel with Avian airlines? Book cheap flight now with Alexa Travel and get ready to cherish the adorable moment at affordable range.

Get the best offers:

Avianca Airlines deals offer ultimate services on the ground and in flight.

Assistance for minors: For unaccompanied minors, we offer:

  • Check-in assistance,
  • Private escort to the boarding gate and
  • Travel coordinated with cabin crew.

Extra luggage:

We also allow extra baggage and a stroller or bassinet for passengers traveling with infants along with an option of avail a limited number of cribs available on board.

Special attention for ill patient travelers:

Avianca Airlines also provides special assistance such as a limited medical oxygen supply service, oxygen concentrator uses permit, passenger-provided incubators, and stretchers on board besides paying extra attention to pregnant women and passengers with serious illness.

Avianca Travel Classes:

  • Avianca Airlines has both Economy and Business Class travel options for the convenience of its passengers.
  • You can opt for more space at the front of the cabin through AM Plus, an Economy Plus option or enjoy in-seat power, fully flatbed reclining seats teamed with a personal on-demand entertainment system at the Premier segment.

Welcome our loyalty program at Avianca!

Club Premier is the free loyalty program designed to give you incredible rewards and premier points just for flying with Avianca Airlines or by purchasing goods or services through any of its partners. It also has pet’s special baggage, baggage wrapping services and track lost baggage services.

The Most Digital Airlines of Colombia

Avianca believes in digital innovation to improve flight experiences.

  • We’re the first airlines to introduce Netflix access to our aircrafts. Our -in-flight Wi-fi services are amazingly fast so you browse the internet, send mails, and remain in touch with your friends and family during your travel.
  • Avianca airlines’ internet facilities are sponsored by Panasonic and Gogo Vision. iv.We’re continuously entering into new partnerships, making upgrades and efforts to improve our digital facilities:

Avianca airlines co-sponsored the launch of Mass Challenge in Colombia

We’ve completely overhauled our website to further simplify the Avianca Bookings Process for our passengers. The Avianca Customer Service staff is tech-savvy, and digitally equipped to resolve all your queries in the shortest and most efficient ways.

 

Experience The Amazing Dussehra Festivities

By alexatravel on October 7, 2019 Travel Tips

Experience The Amazing Dussehra Festivities

It’s that time of the year again….. Fervour prevails all over India and people are immersed in elegant ethnicity and souls with emotions.

Fun….rituals…… traditions…… feast…… pomp…… colours…. burning of Ravana’s effigies…. Fanfare…… pageantry…….The victory of good over evil. Vijayadashami (or dussehra), a perfect combination of delectation with culture makes everyone spell-bound with its ecstasy and then a story-teller.

Alexa Travel is here to give you a deep insight into the marvellous celebrations of Dussehra at the 5 best places in India. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to capture the most mesmerizing moments.

A peep for the reason

The mighty festival of Dussehra is celebrated all over with great enthusiasm and for different reasons. People from southern, eastern and north-eastern states commemorate this day in the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura (Buffalo demon) marking the end of Durga Puja, whereas northern and western states celebrate the victory of Lord Rama over demon Ravana marking the end of Ramlila.

In accordance to another mythological belief on this occasion, more than a million Kuru warriors including BhishmaDronaAshwatthamaKarnaKripa were decimated by Arjuna.

When are the celebrations???

The grand festival of Dussehra is celebrated on the sixth and seventh month of the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar, tenth day in accordance with the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin or Kartik, respectively. Be ready for the astonishing fest on 8 October 2019.

Best places for celebration

1. Mysore: Dasara

The regal city of Mysore celebrates the state festival Dasara with royalty for ten days (29 September 2019 to 8 October, 2019) in the honour of Goddess Chamundeshwari.

The tradition celebration dating way back to 1610 is charismatic leaving you enchanted.

The extravagant festivity by Mysore royals is a spectacle to behold. The splendorous dazzle of 100,000 light bulbs embellish the Mysore Palace during the festivity along with themed programmes of dance, music and the culture of Karnataka.

The last day awe-inspiring event comprises of a traditional elephant procession (Jumboo Savari) accompanied with Colorful floats, cultural troupes proceeding to fireworks, daredevil motorcycle stunts, and a laser show.

The prominent attractions incorporates Yuva Dasara (an event targeted at the youth), food festival, cultural programs at various venues, sound and light show, sporting events (such as wrestling), heritage cycling, a shopping festival, a flower show, vintage car rally, kite festival, and film festival.

2. Kullu Dussehra

Kullu Dussehra is a majestic week-long festival dating back to 17th century. The charisma of red dresses metallic idol of Goddess Chamunda garlanded in marigold instated on a palanquin carried on the heads of worshippers along with the gracious presence of Lord Ghatotkach and Goddess Hidimba is bewitching teeming with the crisp Himalayan air surrounding by the mellifulous calls of the Narasingha trumpets (buffalo-horn). The celebrations starts on Vijayadashmi with a tribute to Lord Raghunathji by the goddess with the installation of idol on the beauteous chariot adorned with the presence of village gods and goddess in the peaceful ambience of colour and music. The festivity with a blend of rituals, history along with rich culture is celebrated with dancing and singing for the 7 days. You cannot miss the precession of Lord Raghunathji led by the king and the shopping of authentic handicrafts from fair while enjoying the folk music.

The last day of merrymaking is accomplished with the bringing the chariot to the banks of River Beas followed by the ritual of burning the mass of wood grass betokens as the burning of Lanka.

3.     Delhi Dusshera

The savour of Dusshera in Delhi is unforgettable with the most dramatic and entertaining celebrations of nine long days of worship and fasting and extravaganza Ramlila show (theatrical depiction of the eternal good defeats evil- mythological story) at Subhash Maidan, Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Ramlila Maidan, the Red Fort grounds and at the Red Fort lawns. The jolly making culminates into breathtaking fireworks dazzling the night sky as the Towering effigies of demon King Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran blazed and crackled in fiery splendour amidst the enthusiastic cheering of the crowd.

The savour of Dusshera in Delhi is unforgettable with the most dramatic and entertaining celebrations of nine long days of worship and fasting and extravaganza Ramlila show (theatrical depiction of the eternal good defeats evil- mythological story) at Subhash Maidan, Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Ramlila Maidan, the Red Fort grounds and at the Red Fort lawns. The jolly making culminates into breathtaking fireworks dazzling the night sky as the Towering effigies of demon King Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran blazed and crackled in fiery splendour amidst the enthusiastic cheering of the crowd.

4.     Varanasi Ganga Dussehra

Get ready with your cameras to capture the picturesque scenes of the might festival Dussehra over the river Ganges…..

Ganga Dussehra in Varanasi is celebrated to honour the journey of river Ganges from heaven to Earth. You can enjoy the magnificent Ramlila initiated by King of Kashi at Ramnagar and the devotional Durga Puja along with the sprinkling of Varanasi’s own traditional way of celebration.
The day is filled with fast accompanied with a holy dip in the divine water of River Ganges. You must attend the special Aarti on all the 84 ghats especially Assi Ghat and get mesmerized with the view of earthen lamps and flowers bejewelling the holy water. The aroma of fairs besides river banks paired with the euphonious devotional songs will surely fill you up with devotion and rituals.
Go for bathe in the holy water with a belief that a single dip into River Ganges on this special occassion washes away ten sins.

5.     Kolkata Durga Puja

A visit to the Dussehra capital, Kolkata is simply delightful.

The grandeur celebrations are done in the honour of reverence of Goddess Durga believed to be emerged from the collective energy of all Gods as an embodiment of Shakti or divine feminine power who destroyed demon Mahishasura; blessed to not be defeated by any man or god.

The look of eagerness and excitement is conspicuous on people’s faces prior to the celebration of 10 days festival.

Get immersed in Overcrowded streets with more than 3000 huge decorated pandals exhibiting outstanding creativity, exquisite and scrumptious traditional cuisine(only place to get traditional non-vegetarian meals during this time of the year), profusion of opulent heritage and culture, irresistible and delightful music and dance, magnificent lighting illuminating the pandals and the city gets literally lit up with festivity……. And what not????

You should not miss out on the precession for Goddess Durga on the first day and the enormous celebration on the tenth day. On Vijayadashami women (especially married women) initiates the precession with the application of Sinddor powder on Goddess and to each other symbolizing marriage and fertility followed by immersion of Goddess’s idol in the water. The most popular place is Babu Ghat near Eden Gardens.

Pack your luggage and get ready to explore the mighty land, India during the zeal of festivity and get submerged in vibrant traditions and frolics. Book your flight tickets from USA to India this festivity and avail amazing deals with unmatched prices.

Hurry!!!! You don’t wanna miss all the excitement dipped in rituals. Do you???