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.

Buy happiness by buying ice cream.

 

FUN THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES

By alexatravel on December 5, 2019 Family Vocation

FUN THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES

A city of South California with sprawling districts and suburbs, tropical climate, immensely cosmopolitan, string of sandy beaches, sun-baked hills, beautiful pacific coastline, cultural art institutions, superior museums, theme parks and not to forget home of Hollywood.

The categorization of Los Angeles…… naaa…. Not an easy task to sum up the vibrant and exhilarating city which cannot be defined.

What can you say????

Or what not to say about the city of everything…. Home of the Beach Boys and Linkin Park…..

You can have a romantic weekend or an adventurous tour with your friends or family a refreshing trip with your loved ones in the “City of Angles”.

Bewilderment is usual when you decide to traverse one of the most diverse cities of United States. You can spend days strolling through the studio tours and pilgrimages to places from TV and movies or go deep and discover the taco truck.

Alexa Travel is here to fog you out from the mesh of desirable destinations and by sharing with you the 8 coolest places that you can visit and have fun during your stay in Los Angeles.

  1. GRIFFITH PARK

An eminent park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains has an assortment of fun things to do for you. You have been to LA and not get indulged in one of the top rated activities….

For film fanatics thefabulous Hollywood sign standing tall on Mount Lee in Griffith Park since 1923 (originally put up as “Hollywoodland”) is admirable. For an up-close peek you can hop on the back of horse and get along the network of trails of Griffith Park in a one hour ride for 50$ or two hour ride for 75$. And hiking up to the 53 mile park ….. Though tough yet worthy with every stop giving you a spectacular view of the cityscapeand never gets old. This big a sign is perfectly visible across the canyon by parking at the Lake Hollywood Park.

The Zoo of Los Angeles and Botanical Gardens offers a wide range of plants and animal species including elephants, koala bears, apes, lions, tigers, hippopotamus along with number of amphibians and reptiles.

Spend a beautiful day golfing at the two historic golf courses: Wilson and Harding with the amenities of golf shop, diving range and a restaurant.

A fun ride of a pony or a miniature train that takes you along the perimeter of the Travel Town Museum with a warm welcome by the two miniature goats: Itsy and Bitsy comes with a complete package of enjoyment for youngsters.

Have a refreshing picnic on the grassy areas of the park. The most desirable location is Amir’s Garden with a phenomenal oasis and amazing views, and the abundant of picnic tables.

Crazy for batman???

Bronson caves are for you made from the 20th century rock quarry used in innumerable movies and TV shows. It is accessible through an easy hiking to the caves emerging from the Canyon Drive.

Your amazement gets manifold with the “Christmas present” of Griffith J. Griffith in form of Griffith observatory and Greek Theatre. At the dreamy terrace of observatory behold the twinkling city at night or witness the city rippling in sun. The Samuel Oschin Planetarium screens Centered in the Universe offering you a trip through time with the discoveries by Ptolemy and Galileo, and space, through the Milky Way.

Become the spectator of several live comedy shows, musical performances and plays all along the year along with the sensational mountain views.Explore the culture, history and art of America at the Aurty Museum of American Westexhibiting variety of Native American art, paintings and historic firearms.

  1. THE GETTY CENTER

The Getty Center, an awe-inspiring modern fortress atop Santa Monica Mountains in Brentwood is a labyrinthine complex stretching up to 110 acres of Travertine reflecting light at the hilltop.

Spoil yourself with the astonishing art collection from Stone Age to medieval times to present from different nations embellished with the manicured gardens. The incredible architecture of light-colored marble bob having circular concrete-and-steel structure among pools, fountains and ever-changing Central Garden, the Cactus Garden, the outdoor sculpture along with a knockout view of the city make this a must-do destination, even if you are not into art.

The finest collection comprises ofRenaissance paintings, Italian, Flemish and Dutch painting from the 17th to the 19th centuryEuropean paintings, 20th-century American photography, Baroque sculptures, historic and illuminated manuscripts, the huge assortment of Impressionist painting and exquisite decorative arts, as well as 19th- and 20th-century photography.

This multifaceted attraction avails free 45-minute guided tours (for 15-30 people) at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., moreover the complimentary headsets are available for self-guided audio tours.

The fee to visit…. Yeah ……Important thing…. It’s free!!! You just need to give the parking charges 0f 20$ (you can avoid even this with the provision of city bus which drop you at the gate).

  1. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington, one of the world’s greatest research libraries in San Marino might be considered a little extravagant, however with every moving step it becomes apparent that it’s worth every penny spent.

Looking for a garden or in search of some art…. Or want some peaceful reading in a library or to get a glimpse of magnificent aromatic flowers….. Or what you can think of….. History?????

Whatever intriguing thing you are thinking, you are going to get at this sprawling estate stretched in 120 acres adorned with more than a dozen themed gardens including aesthetic desert garden, flabbergasting Japanese garden, Chinese garden and fragrant rose garden. The county withholds nine million items from alluring artifacts to inspiring manuscripts from 1000s to 21st century, Henry David Thoreau’s manuscript of Walden, for instance,and the documents from Abraham Lincon’s life are like an icing to the cake.

That’s not it… the exhibition spaces has an engaging display of literature and paintings and lush botanical gardens have an assortment of orchids, bonsai, cycads and camellias. Don’t miss out on the works of Rogier van der Weyden, Gainsborough and American artists like Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol at the Huntington Art Gallery with a marvellous exhibit of painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

  1. DISNEYLAND RESORT

What’s your age??? Ahhh ….. Forget it… who cares???

Whatever your age…. an obligatory trip to Disneyland Resort is on the top of your bucket list because you are never too old for DISNEYLAND.

A premier family vacation destination is offered by the incorporation of two theme parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, connected via outdoor shopping area, Hotels, Restaurants and Downtown Disney.

The park offers legendary rides like Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad combined with the ecstatic experience of elaborately created sets based on movie themes.

You will get fascinated with the charm of old Hollywood and the buzz of Disney’s Marvel and Pixar movies in the park. People especially the tiny visitors cannot get out of the fun and enchantment of Main Street parades.

Have you already been to the place????…. No worries….A new land is opened in 2019 for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, designed in collaboration with Lucas film.

  1. VENICE BEACH

Thinking of VENICE …. Two words pop up…. Amusing and vibrant having its own unique vibe.

Developed in the early 20th century by Abbot Kinney, the two and half mile stretch of golden sand, known as the Venice Beach boardwalk never fails to create an impression with the daily procession of scantily clad beachgoers and packed withconstant stream of  walkers, cyclers, rollerbladers, and joggers among the eclectic characters.

Name a fun activity …… Muscle Beach, cannabis shops, a skate park, street performers, tattoo parlours, international cuisine, innumerable trinket hawkers….. And it’s there.

The bohemian epicenter of California boldly embraces its eccentric spirit with its arcaded historic buildings, canal side resorts, funky boutiques and restaurants.

For a vacation filled with cool and fun activities, Venice Beach is free for everyone for the whole 24 hours (though parking can be a hassle) and easily accessible through nearby bus stops.

6.     Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The linchpin of Los Angeles museum district with the expansion of 20 acres ornamented with a medley of seven uniquely architectured buildings is the largest museum of the western United States on Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile.

Get mind-boggling experiences of the vast collection encasing every nook and corner of the world exhibiting almost 130,000 artifacts from Impressionist paintings to modern art and admire the Chris Burden’s Urban Light installation, designed from 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps.

Some of the visit-worthy pieces include inventories of Greek, Roman with enthralling Etruscan, American, Latin American, Islamic, Asian art, photography and film as well as eye-catching permanent art installations.

There’s much more to this thought-provoking place like Diego Rivera’s Portrait of Frida Kahlo (1939), Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio by David Hockney (1980), Titian’s Portrait of Jacopo (1532), The Swineherd by Paul Gauguin (1888) and the most recent expansion Transformation.

You can avail this terrific experience with an admission ticket of 25$ for adults and the smaller visitors (17 or younger) gets a free pass.

  1. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The largest natural history museum of western United States encompasses 4.5 billion years of history within three museums:The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the The Page Museum at The La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park and the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum in NewhallSanta Clarita, California.

Get amazed with the Spanish Colonial Revival designed mansion circumjacent by the trails, farm animals, bison, park and a cheerful picnic area. The museum carry forward Hart’s legacy withholding the possessions of movie stars along with Native American artifacts. The charm of the museum gets enhanced with the commemoration of Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and Annual Hart of the West Powwow since 2015.

George C. Page museum is a story teller of the excavation of tar pits with the display of out of the ordinary specimens dug out from the pits. A stroll in the park offers you a splendid view of more than 100 tar pits and the life-size models of prehistoric animals.

The Natural History of Museum is house of immense agglomeration of specimens covering a range of topics on several galleries.

You will surely get astound by the 14,000 square foot Dinosaur Hall having a mind-blowing display of dinosaur skeletons and the spell-bounding experience especially for the younger guests to witness the growth series of Tyrannosaurus rex fossils ranging from baby to adult. You can never ever ignore to explore the 500 years of Southern Californian history in Becoming Los Angeles and the accompanying Discovery Center and Insect Zoo.

Searching for an added advantage??? Okay… there it is… you can have a tour of this amazing place without spending a single penny… yeah…. it’s free.

  1. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

Movies… all-time favourite source of entertainment…. We all concur to this fact.

And given the opportunity no one misses out to have a tour of the movie sets and if the tour is of Universal Studios…. It becomes a must-do trip.

The fun of having an hour-long tram ride is unmatched as it offers you a peek to the sets of movies like Courthouse Square (To Kill a Mockingbird, Back to the Future, Gremlins) and the house from Psycho (1960) with a fascinating view of certain famous movies, in addition to this you feel the shiver of couple of mishaps, like flash flood and earthquake.

The Universal Studios Theme park serve as the icing on cake with breath-taking theme rides based on blockbuster movies like Wizarding World of Harry Potter having the Flight of the Hippogriff rollercoaster and the Forbidden Journey, a dark ride through Hogwarts and the latest arrival of Jurassic World: The Ride, a “shoot the chute”.

You can meander on the City Walk and pamper yourself with the three-block entertainment area along with awesome places for dining, shopping and to enjoy theater.

It’s not possible to stay away from these dreamy destinations for a long…

So grab your luggage, pack and plan your trip to Los Angeles with Alexa Travel and avail the best flight deals from India to USA for your hassle-free journey.

Here’s How You Can Save on Black Friday Major Flight Sales

By alexatravel on November 28, 2019 Flight Deals

Black Friday is the only most popular day with historical importance in the whole year for retailers in the US. Black Friday is much-awaited sales of the year which resembles the start of the US Christmas shopping season. Every company comes up with heavy discounts & offers on their products.

Last year a record of $6.22 billion was made by the US retailers in Black Friday business only in online sales. With the addition of online components in Black Friday, these sales have included more than toys and electronics. Now the airlines have been coming up with their sales & special discounts.

You can expect from many major airlines to post discounts on flights & vacation packages for this big day such as Delta, Southwest, Ryanair, Emirates, Singapore, British Airways, JetBlue, Easy Jet, and Norwegian. Till now only a few airlines have announced their offers. We are expecting more offers to be announced as Black Friday and Cyber Monday is getting closer. So, what are you waiting, just check out which airline is giving what offer and plan your vacation in a budgeted manner.

Till the time you check up yourself about the offers and discounts, we will tell you about the specials announced by some of the airlines.

Air France

This airline is offering triple miles instead of any discounts to its frequent flyer members of Flying Blue on the flights of round trips between the US and Paris. For taking the advantage of this offer you can start booking now till December 2nd and between the 7th of December till the 31st of March.

La Compagnie

This French airline with all business class is giving a pre-Black Friday sale. You can fly a round trip in business class for just $1000 from Paris and New York if your booking is done maximum by November 26. These fares are valid for the travel time starting from now till the 30th of April and all these are subject to the availability of tickets. This luxury airline usually offers the rates for its business class that are competitive but we hardly see them going below $1500.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

This airline is co-owned by Air France airlines mainly by the KLM group of Air France is giving the same promotion to frequent flyer members of Flying Blue as offered by Air France. You can earn triple Flying Blue miles for your travel between the US and Amsterdam for the round trip flights if you book your tickets by the 2nd of December and plan your travel between the 7th of December and 31st o March.

As Black Friday and Cyber, Monday are approaching near, we are expecting a huge number of airlines to announce their deals. Be sure to have a complete check on the offers and deals of airlines so that you can enjoy your travel in a cost-effective manner. Looking for cheapest flight deals from USA to India on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? You’ve come to the right place. Book your ticket now with Alexa Travel and get ready to cherish the adorable moment at affordable prices.

 

 

 

 

FLY WITH QATAR

By alexatravel on November 15, 2019 Travel Tips

FLY WITH QATAR

Whenever the thought of travelling crosses my mind, it always leaves me with a question….. Why should I walk when I can fly??

And it’s aptly said by Henry Ford “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” This arise the curiosity to explore more flying options. We at Alexa Travel works round the clock to provide you with best of the best. So, today we are going to have an insight into the world’s best airline of the year (by Skytrax) – Qatar Airways.

Qatar – youngest global airline serves in all the 6 continents of the world connecting more than 160 destinations every day. This world’s fastest-growing airline provides the experience of the most technologically advanced aircraft (Airbus A350- 1000) with the maximum capacity (Airbus A380– largest passenger jet of the world). This airline renders the special facilities for mobility assistance and to expectant mothers as well as unaccompanied minors. Have a pleasure of extraordinary and sumptuous cuisine along with in-flight entertainment with 4,000 entertainment options to choose from, or you just lean back and enjoy your spacious sanctuary in the sky.

Though, it is so tempting already…. But, there’s no harm in making it more enticing with some special offers.

  • Discover the economic and cultural capital of Thailand with its spirituality with fares starting from USD 781(let me share a secret …..ssshhhh…. book your flight as soon as possible and experience the blend of tradition with modernity because fares are going to rise in December 2019 ).
  • Traverse the exotic archipelago and feel the magnificent aura of the magical ancient Persia, Ottoman Turkey and Indian the prices starting from USD 1623.
  • Fly to the south Asia’s most culturally vibrant city – Peshawar. it is sure to get allured with the distinctive Afghan flavors with the fares starting from USD 1263 and indulge in the aroma of spices.
  • Open the portal to the parallel world by taking a flight to Manila and have the delight of Asia’s fastest-growing metropolises in a price of USD 775.
  • Visit the town of Lord Anantha, a millennium-old Indian historic city – Thiruvanthapuram with fares starting from USD 840 and get mesmerized with the beautiful spot on India’s Arabian Sea coast.
  • Get fascinated by the glittering Aegean sea of Greek island and enjoy the sun-bleached beaches of Mykonos with fares starting with USD 1176.
  • Fly to the land of Sandy beaches and rugged coastlines stand alongside volcanic hillsides, lush rainforests and traditional rice paddies with the most finest surfing and scuba-diving sites, one and only Bali with fares starting from USD 754.
  • Step into the city of myth and mysteries and experience the epic adventure of Sinbad at Basra with prices starting from USD 1454.
  • Discover the home of Nelson Mandela and take pleasure in vibrant cultural and economic scenes of Johannesburg with the fare of USD 796.
  • Get enchanted by an enigmatic city with the bustling multicultural metropolis of Kuala Lumpur. You surely get dazzled by Southeast Asia’s most vibrant culinary scenes. The offer for you starts from USD 689.
  • Want to stroll through white beaches and take a selfie at picturesque harbors?? Then get your flight booked now at USD 818 to Dar es Salaam.
  • Feel the exuberance of Vietnamese culture amid Eurasian architecture in a tropical climate of Hanoi by flying there with starting fares of USD 790 and get enthralled by the mixture of dynastic and colonial history.

Getting eager to book your air ticket in Qatar????

This is just a trailer …… come and get bewitched by the full movie with Alexa Travel, as we have a lot more offers in our treasure(more than you can imagine….yeah) to serve you.

Do not wait any longer when you can get the best deals on air ticketing with Alexa Travel now.

Relish The Grand Flight With Emirates

By alexatravel on November 13, 2019 Alexa Travel

Relish The Grand Flight With Emirates

It is aptly said that it’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey.
EMIRATES, one of the best award-winning airlines in the world renders luxurious and innovative yet comfortable, non-stop services to its passengers throughout 140 destinations in 78 countries over 6 continents. The fleet of aircraft mainly incorporates three-class cabin configurations – First Class, Business Class and Economy Class, along with some two-class aircraft (Business Class and Economy Class). Numerous types of seating including suites, flatbeds and sleeper seats are facilitated in first-class cabins.
Wait! Wait! Wait! The comforts are not limited just to seating. Stay connected with the free Wi-Fi (limited) and in-seat power (have your calls onboard).
What’s a journey without meals???? Have a choice of regionally inspired or a matching meal with complimentary beverages. While sipping the refreshing meals explore up to 4500 channels including live sports, cartoons and over 1000 latest movies.
Now, you want all these cheesy elements in your flight and obviously at affordable prices. At Alexa travel, we understand your requirements and desires, so I’m going to give you a glimpse of certain offers which can make your fly cheaper.

    • Avail featured fares on current flight specials. Hurry, because it is first to come first have the opportunity and the offer is valid till August 8, 2019.
    • Bring down the amount with cash plus miles offer on selected flights and fares to your favourite destination. Enjoy exclusive cash + miles prices and make the most of your miles. Upgrade your miles with every booking.
    • Fly with Emirates this summer and take pleasure of accommodation in Accor, Armani Hotel Dubai, Emaar Hospitality Group or Marriott with exclusive rates till September 30, 2019.
    • Travel to Dubai with Emirates between 1 May to 31 August, 2109 and use your Emirates boarding pass as your key to avail exclusive offers at over 500 locations to take delight dine in some of the best restaurants, take leisure with family at world-class theme parks and relax at the spas ; in addition to this, see top cultural attractions.
    • Students, shine your Instagram grid with loads of different apparels as now you can pack more with generous baggage allowances especially for you to your destinations around the US, Toronto, Australia, Europe and Auckland.
      (The extra 10kg baggage allowance can be added to your 30kg allowance on flights to USA , Australia, Europe or Auckland and if you’re travelling to one of our 12 destinations in the US and to Toronto in Canada, you can carry up to 69kg of baggage with the addition an extra 23kg piece of baggage on top of two pieces of baggage weighing 23kg each that you are entitled to.)
    •  Aboard the Emirate and adore a two-day entry pass to various Dubai Parks & Resorts and utilize the package of offers for AED 495 for adults and AED 435 for children.

Have access to all four world-class parks of Dubai (Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, Legoland Water Park.
Feeling blessed! But that’s not it. The further advantages include AED 250 worth of credits on wristband for usage over the two days at restaurants and food carts, and don’t forget to have a photo souvenir of your visit, 10% off on all merchandise at the retail outlets inside the parks, 3 Q-Fast passes for each day to skip the long queues at the parks along with 15% off all food and beverage outlets at Lapita Hotel & Resort.

With the booking of Emirates, enjoy the warmth gesture of Marhaba( from the group of Emirates) for a marvellous airport experience.
So, fly to your destination through a resplendent journey with your true travel companion, Alexa travel, because we believe the joy is in the Journey.

5 Airport Tips For a First-Timer Flyer

By alexatravel on October 24, 2019 Travel Tips

5 Airport Tips For a First-Timer Flyer

1. Pack your luggage wisely
If it is your first time travelling by air, then make sure to pack properly. It is important to weigh your bag before reaching the airport. Also, make sure to keep your luggage light and not heavy as it will be easier for you to carry it while on your journey and in between check-ins. It is essential to keep a check of what all you need to carry and keep a record of it beforehand. Do carry out a thorough check on how much weight your airline permits you to carry. These numbers may differ from one airline to another which solely depends on which airline you have chosen for your air travel. The reason why it is advised to check the luggage eight beforehand or carry a portable weight checker is to avoid getting charged for carrying extra weight in your luggage. So, it is better to pack right before getting into so much trouble .

2. Flight ticket booking

Flight booking is an easy task but that is only if you get your ticket booked from a well trusted place. Getting a cheap, pocket friendly air ticket from an entrusted portal is a difficult task, but do not worry about it as we at Alexa Travel have come to your rescue. If it is your first time booking an air ticket, then make sure to go through the companies credentials properly before booking a ticket. This will keep you from getting fooled by those eye-catchy deals which in reality are a scam. Make sure to check the different deals that have been mentioned on our website thealexatravel.com for a wonderful air travel experience with the best.

3. Reaching the airport on time

For a first-timer, the best advice would be to reach the airport an hour before the given time. If the airport is far from your place, then make sure to leave way earlier before the given time. It is better to reach early and wait at the airport than to reach late and miss the flight. The best thing to do would be to reach the airport an hour early when boarding a domestic flight and 3 hours early before boarding an international flight. This will help you save on all the hassle that is usually involved during the check-in. Reaching early will also give you the opportunity to explore the airport well.

On arriving at the airport:

  • Make sure to have your air ticket in hand reach. You will keep needing it during your check-in. Also, keep an extra copy or a screenshot of your ticket just to be on the safer side.
  • Keep your ID card in hand, as it will be checked during your check in
  • Make sure to get your luggage scanned and weighed properly
  • Do not keep any breakable items in your check-in baggage.

4. The security check

Before going through the security check make sure to remove all jewelry such as earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, or any belts as they will set the alarm during the security check if you do not remove them during the check in process. It would be better not to wear them during your travel or to remove them before getting into the security check.

5. Identification mark on your luggage

Make sure to put an identification mark on your luggage. This is a must as there might be chances of other people carrying the same color of bag like yours. To avoid any kind of confusion while check-in or receiving your bags, an identification mark would be the best to help you find your bag. This saves on a lot of time and enables you to go about the check-in and check out procedure with ease and comfort.

Flight got delayed or cancelled..Why, What, How to do???

By alexatravel on October 21, 2019 Travel Tips

Flight got delayed or cancelled..Why, What, How to do???

Your flight has been delayed/ cancelled.” This statement strikes as a bummer. With every forwarding step towards the airport, every traveller dread the fateful situation of your flight getting delayed or worse, cancelled. The moment you hear this announcement that you are stranded, you got panic and a sudden burst of multiple thoughts cloud your judgement with a scenarios of what to do and what not to do…….. We have learnt it the hard way that you can never have guarantee of your flight schedule. Why get troubled when travel fly deals is here for troubleshooting. We know that there’s no fun way of dealing with this situation and the delays and cancellation is a part of air travel so, we will give a deep insight to the whole scenario.

Why flights get delayed or cancelled? Yeah….Why?

Why all this happen in the first place???

This is the prime question that pops up into the mind and there can be a number of reasons for this. Let’s have a glimpse into the most common factors

  • From the past three decades the count of passengers get approximately three-fold so, along with this rise the number of reasons for people boarding the flight late like health hazards, hunger or even over some petty fights.
  • With this ever-increasing travellers the number of flights increases in conjunction to this hence, your flights gets delayed in accordance with the air traffic restrictions of like changing routes or radar coverage.
  • We all concur to the fact that aircraft technology is improving with each passing day, but this still can’t put a halt to emerging technical problems which obviously needs to be documented and addressed because “safety comes first” and YES….. This causes a delay in your flight or sometimes be the reason of cancellation.
  • The factor why your aircraft is grounded id the regulations ensuring the rest of their crew which gets prolonged due to the delay of the previous flight.
  • Now, you can neither anticipate nor fight this factor –“act of God”. There are many instances when the flight get delayed and after that cancelled because of the adverse weather conditions.

Sometimes you get encountered with the most astonishing reasons like a UFO siting, long security lines, striking of a lightning bolt or the strike of the conjunction of birds, however most of the time you get to hear the most common expression “operational reasons” as if it serves as the waiver of every responsibility. There can be plenty of reasons for the terrible situation but you should be aware of the techniques of handling if you got stuck amidst the situation (hopefully which will not happen ever- prepare for the worst).

How to manage??

As a customer, you should be aware of your rights and power (they are quite few, but preparation is must). Initially, you need to enquire about the reason of the delay or cancellation of your flight then don’t be afraid to ask for the compensation from the airlines (some companies consider customer demand as the best option).

In US specifically, after a delayed flight airlines provide you with compensation according to some regulations, however, many airlines have their own rule book opt for what’s called a Contract of Carriage, which states that you are entitled to Potential food vouchers, discounts, refunds, or a hotel stay in the event of a flight delay when the airline is at fault.

If the flight is cancelled with the effect of adverse weather conditions then it comes under act of God, and you are entitled to any compensation. But, if the cancellation is due to any mistake of airline or airplane, then you have all the rights to avail about meal and accommodation vouchers and even shuttle ride to and from the hotel to avoid any panicking situation for the next flight.

It is easier to handle cancellations when you have your carry-on bags alongside you, but in case it not and airline has to reroute your checked baggage (which might take a little extra time), then your bags will get delivered to your destination without any extra expenses. In this case just ensure to have the receipts of your luggage till the moment you get your baggage.

If you have to linger for the night( in wait of the next flight) and your toiletries moved with your checked luggage then you can have an amenity kit containing some essentials like a toothbrush, toothpaste, a sleep mask, lip balm, ear plugs, lotion, etc. from the baggage service office of the airline. (Under Article 22 of Montreal Convention the customer is entitled to a maximum pay-out of approximately 5870USD when proven with the evidences of financial loss which could be avoided with the reasonable measures of the airlines) So, here’s a special note- to read all terms and conditions carefully before making any reservation and try to keep those handy. If you are on the check-in counter when you get this awful news then stay there and try to get rebooked on the spot, if not applicable (connection or delay to the destination) then you have the right to get a refund of your ticket.

Remember not to fall asleep awaiting your delayed flight. Sometimes, the airplane is ready prior to the prescribed time and if you don’t heed to announcements then you might miss your flight and be left there (without any compensation). Along with some out of the ordinary situations you are not entitled to any compensation if you got the information regarding the cancellation of flight two weeks before the departure or you are provided with a re-routing facility between 2 weeks to 7 days prior to departure scheduling your departure time not more than 2 hours before and your arrival time 4 hours after as planned and if the information gets to you in less than 7 days then the departure time can be 1 hour before with the arrival time of 2 hours after as pre-scheduled.

To gather more information for your compensation and to get your claim you can have a look at the EU regulation 261 (provided your flight is eligible under this regulation). I know the knowledge your flight getting delayed/cancelled is frustrating and spoils your travel plans in one go, but try not to panic and not to exasperate on the airline employees as it’s not their fault that you are facing this situation (being friendly comes out to be added advantage in getting compensation or re-routing). And don’t forget that Alexa Travel is at your service and make no stone unturned to facilitate you a safe and hassle-free journey.

How Much Gold Can a Traveller Carry Into India

By alexatravel on October 19, 2019 Travel Tips

How Much Gold Can a Traveller Carry Into India

How much gold you can carry to India from wedding to investment, there are lots of reasons which proves how much we Indians are obsessed with gold. Gold is the highly demanding asset and its value increases day by day. We can convert it into cash in an emergency. In need of this help as a friend, we Indians love to buy gold from foreign countries due to their low costs and quality.

But from past some years, there are so many prohibitive conditions and customs duty on this yellow metal by government. This import is disheartening for many people from India who used to buy gold from abroad many of you will have the same question in your mind is that how much gold now you can carry , what type of gold materials you can carry with yourself etc. So if you are in this dilemma then this post is only for you because we compiled a list of some important questions which will help you and overcome your stress.

What is the duty-free subsidy on gold for Indian passengers?

An Indian who has been staying in a foreign country for more than one year is permitted to bring jeweler up to an approximate weight of :

  • For the male passenger, the maximum limit is 20 grams.
  • For the female passenger, the maximum limit is 40 grams.

Is any subsidy applicable to kids also?

Yes, of course the duty-free subsidy on gold is applicable to kids also.

Can you bring a gold biscuit within the subsidy amount?

No, you can’t bring the gold biscuit within your subsidy amount. the duty-free subsidy is only on the gold jewelry. For any other form such as coin, biscuits you will have to pay the duty charges as per the rule of the Indian government.

From which method they calculate the gold price?

They calculate the gold price based on the value provided by the government of India. This value fluctuates with time, as per the market rates.

What is the maximum limit of gold that can bring after the free subsidy amount?

The person who has an Indian passport and if he is staying in abroad from at least 6 months then he can bring approximate 1 kg of gold along with him.

What are the criteria if not completed six months abroad? In that case, probably your subsidy charges will increase on all of your golds which will you bring along with yourself.

Why Receive Export certificate?

This certificate is issued by the customs department. This certificate consists of information such as details, weight, and description of the item. Departing passengers from India are eligible to take an export certificate for the jewelry or any high rated items. An export certificate is valid for a maximum of 3 years and in these 3 years you can bring your item to India at any of time without any disturbance, you only need to bring this certificate with your respective items along with you.

 Is it necessary to declare the gold?

Yes definitely if you have gold, above the free duty subsidy than you will have to declare it. In this case, No declaration of gold can be the cause of the penalty, not only penalty even you may be arrested too.

 Is any alternate option for those who don’t have money to pay duty charges?

If you are not able to pay money as the duty charge of your gold than the custom keep your gold with itself until you return. And whenever you are returning back from India they hand over to you your gold. So here these are some crucial information which you must know before carrying the gold while traveling in India, now we hope that this post will really are helpful for you especially for those who are visiting for the first time.

Explore these winter destinations in India this Year

By alexatravel on October 14, 2019 Family Vocation

Explore these winter destinations in India this Year

This winter says bye to your boring workaholic life and makes it adventures and delight. Get up people and pack your bags and explore your favorite destination in India from USA at the cheapest price.

If you are a traveler and want to explore India in this winter then this post is definitely for you, here we compiled a full list of some most highlighted destinations in India which you must visit at least once.

JAIPUR (THE PINK CITY OF INDIA)

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the pink city of India.

The city is famous for its royal beauty in all over the world and in the winter season, the city organizes many popular festivals which will definitely gives you internal pleasure and also in this weather you can be the witness of amazing sightseeing views of this royal place of India.

Hawa Mahal, city palace, Amer fort, Jal mahal, and janitor mantra will defiantly attract you from there memorizing beauty.

UDAIPUR (THE CITY OF LAKES)

After seeing the royal beauty of Jaipur Rajasthan has one more blast and that is Udaipur. You can also say one of the most popular romantic destinations of India and it is popularly known as the Venice of Asia. This city is spotted with remarkable palaces and heritage sites which are turned in some famous and luxurious hotels now. You can have a boat ride and get the delightful experience of sightseeing with your loved one. The beauty of jag mandir, city palace, and lake Pichhola will defiantly take your heart. Udaipur is one of the best places to visit in winter.

PUDUCHERRY (THE FRENCH CITY OF INDIA)

Can’ t go France don’t worry you can go Puducherry anytime and feel like you are in France. It has rich French colonies which will take you to France surely. The main tourist spot in Puducherry is basilica of the scared heart of Jesus, Pondicherry museum and immaculate conception cathedral which will surely attract you.

MUNNAR (TEA PARADISE )

Munnar is located in Kerala, and it is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. You can do so many adventures there such as: “trekking, rock climbing etc) usually you can visit Munnar in any of the months but winter gives you more adventure at Munnar with its marvelous sightseeing views. Anamudi, TATA Tea museum and Eravikulam national park is the famous tourist sight in Munnar.

KARNATAKA (THE ANCIENT GLORY OF INDIA)

when you will see the history you will get to know that Karnataka was the center of most powerful empires of medieval and ancient India. Karnataka is one of the most popular choices for tourism in India. Ancient model temples , well-established city, dense Forrests in Karnataka are the full package of the tour with the cocktail of adventure and peace. The breathtaking view of Jog waterfall will defiantly make you insane and also the beauty of Coorg hill station Karnataka will surely attract you.

MYSORE (KARNATAKA)

Mysore is also famous for its royalty. The remarkable places of Mysore will mesmerize you with its royal beauty. Not only the paces intact the food such as mouthwatering Mysore Pak will leave the remarkable dot on your heart. There is no place in Mysore which you want to skip. Trust me this royal city is one of the best places in India to visit in winter.Famous tourist attraction of Mysore is Mysore zoo, Mysore palace, and Jaganmohan palace.

SHIMLA ( THE QUEEN OF HILLS)

Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and also famous as the queen of hills in India. And Shimla is the most highlighted and one of the popular places to visit in India especially in winter. This city has its own charm and it leaves the remarkable dot on the hearts through its amazing beauty. You can get the experience of heavy snowfall in the valley in winter and also you can do an adventure like ice skating and skiing in winter.

Jakhu temple and Shimla ridge will defiantly attract you with its beauty. You must visit Shimla at least once in life.

MANALI

Manali one of the famous hill station of India and of course how can we all forget “ yeh jawani hai deewani”.this the most highlighted destination for adventure here you can get the experience of trekking, skiing , you can enjoy the adventure of tent life while your Manali trekking trip.

The mesmerizing beauty of Rohtang pass, Solang valley, and Bhrigu lake will definitely attract you the most

RISHIKESH

Rishikesh is also famous as the adventure capital of India and winter is the best time to visit in Rishikesh. You may cherish yourself with various adventure activities such as bungee jumping, clip jumping, flying fox and river rafting.

If you are fond of such adventure things then you must visit Rishikesh at least once in a life.

So, here some best places in India to visit in winter so now leave the boring life and fill your life with lots of memories and adventure activities. But before packing your bags pleas do like, share and comment on this post.

Here’s The List of Prohibited Items That You Cannot Carry To India

By alexatravel on October 12, 2019 Travel Tips

List of Prohibited Items That You Cannot Carry To India

Whether you are a first timer or a frequent flyer, there’s always a dilemma in what to pack and what not to………while going for air travel you should be aware what is prohibited at airport and what you can carry.

You must have heard or encountered people facing some issues before departure like repacking the stuff or paying hefty fines because of inappropriate items in the baggage.

To prevent this situation your true travel companion Alexa Travel has come to you with a list of materials which you should avoid carrying while visiting India.

Some Personal stuff

We all love our personal belongings, but to carry the stuff which can cause even some itty-bitty harm is restricted by the airlines which includes Lighters, Scissors, metal with pointed tips and no displaying of inner ninja out there with Realistic replica of any toy weapon.

Sharp objects

Keeping some things handy for a quick nose hair grooming in lavatory or to have a quick meal with your own sanitized cutlery??? Your airlines won’t allow you to carry all items like box Cutters, Ice Axes/Ice Picks, Meat Cleavers, Razor-type blades such as box cutters Knives (any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and plastic cutlery) , utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge(but excluding safety razors).

Just imagine a person carrying a sword at airport… to put a halt to this weird imagination turning to reality airlines put restriction on carrying Sabres or Sword.

 

Sporting Goodies

A big fan of sports??  To your disappointment you cannot carry your favourite sports item including Hockey Sticks, Lacrosse Sticks , Baseball Bats, Bows and Arrows, Ski Poles, Spear Guns, Cricket Bats, Golf Clubs, , Pool Cues(airlines consider these products ‘dangerous”)

No Weapons

Airlines give a big NO to each or any kind of weapon and you should never carry the products like Compressed Air Guns, Firearms, Realistic Replicas of Firearms, Starter pistols, Parts of Guns and Firearms, Pellet Guns, Ammunition, BB guns while going in a flight.

Tools are safe at workplace

Until and unless you are a dedicated working person and get your stuff handy, why would anyone feel the need to need to carry products such as Axes and hatchets, Cattle Prods, Crowbars, Hammers, Tools (including but not limited to wrenches and pliers), Saws (including cordless portable power saws), Screwdrivers (except those in eyeglass repair kits), Wrenches, Drills (including cordless portables power drills) and Pliers in your baggage which can cause mayhem. So be careful and don’t pack your tools on a flight.

Martial Arts/Self Defence Items

It doesn’t matter how much you are concerned about your self-defence, airline won’t allow you to board the flight with destructive products like Billy Clubs, Black Jacks, Stun Guns/Shocking Devices, Throwing Stars, Brass Knuckles, Kubatons, Mace/Pepper Spray, Night Sticks, Nunchakus, Martial Arts/Self Defense Items or any kind of Martial Arts Weapons.

Items not to be Carried In Hand Baggage not Even As Checked-in Baggage

So, there are some things which you cannot carry, not even as your checked-in little luggage. You can never ever pack up some stuff no matter how important it is (though, the list doesn’t contain any such important materials).

Explosives

The first item on the list of strictly prohibited things is explosives. If you get caught up with any type of explosive in your luggage, then you are in a grave danger. So, be careful not to fill up your bags with Flare Guns,Flares (in any form), Hand Grenades, Gun Lighters and Gun Powder, Explosive material, Blasting caps, Dynamite, Fireworks, Plastic Explosives or any Realistic Replicas of Explosives.

Compressed gases

The thought of carrying a cylinder filled with some compressed gas is an eerie. The problem is solved by Indian airports by banning the stuff like Oxygen, Liquid nitrogen, Butane, and Aqualung cylinders whether it is deeply refrigerated, flammable, non-flammable ora poisonous one.

Flammable Items

Only a miniature version of products such as Aerosol for personal care or toiletries are allowed in limited quantities,  other than that no flammable item permitted in the airport premises including Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel), Turpentine and Paint Thinner, Gasoline, Lighter Fluid, Gas Torches, Strike anywhere matches, Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries

Oxidizing materials

You definitely have to kill your urge to have a nice pedicure session and keep the oxidizing stuff like bleaching powder and peroxides at your place.

Poisonous and infectious substances

Indians being good at hospitality kills any and all insects by themselves to provide supreme comfort to their guests, hence there’s no need to bring live virus materials, insecticides or weed-killers with you.

Radio-active materials

Consider the safety for everyone boarding the plane and don’t grab the CorrosivesSuch as alkalis, mercury, acids, wet cell batteries, oven or drain cleaners with you. Only the wet cell batteries in wheelchairs are allowed at airports.

Some Other dangerous articles

Adding to the list of denied items at Indian airports there are magnetized, offensive or irritating materials or any type of Briefcases and attaché cases with installed alarm devices are also not allowed.

Restricted Items

There are certain other things which are restricted at Indian airports, but you can carry that with only with advance approval in accordance to the norms of interlining carriers, Air Indiaand local regulations. The items included in this category are dry ice, portable medical electronic devices, Battery-powered wheelchairs with spillable/non-spillable batteries, etc.

There’s a Ban on Carriage of Self Balancing Devices powered by Lithium Battery in the Baggage. Hence, your iMac pro (limited series) cannot accompany you in your delightful flight.

You can carry some of your battery cells in but only in hand baggage for the usage in any electrical / electronic items.For portable electronic devices, if required some Batteries spare / loose, including lithium ion cells or batteries can carried but just in carry-on baggage. Pack up your lithium metal batteries or the lithium metal content for the flight considering the Watt-hour rating of your lithium ion batteries must not exceed 100 Wh and you should not exceed the quantity to 2 g for lithium metal.

Pack safe…. Fly safely.

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