Did you know? Istanbul’s airport covers an area larger than Manhattan

The World’s Largest Airport is in Istanbul which has six runways covering an area larger than Manhattan and that’s surely some news you would not like to miss out on, especially an airport which in itself is a tourist attraction.

The new airport came to life from 29th November 2018 and is said to be fully functional over the next decade. When completed fully, it would be taking 200 million passengers in a year and would operate 2500 flights on a daily basis. Currently, there are three terminals that are planned for Istanbul’s New Airport with the first one opening on the launch of the airport.

The architecture of this airport has been designed to impress which can be clearly seen in the architecture which reflects the rich cultural heritage of Istanbul as the design is inspired from various mosques, baths, domes and historic structures. As you land, you are going to witness an ATC tower which has been designed in the shape of a tulip which is Turkey’s national flower.

On day one, there were two runways that were operational while the third one would be coming up in the next sixteen months. There would be 143 boarding bridges across 77 gates once the first phase is live. The airport has been designed in a way that it can handle fifteen A380s in one go and would be having 500 check in counters available. There would be as many as 114 narrow body aircraft which should be able to dock in at the same time at the airport.

More than 100 brands would be present within a total area of 55,000 square meters area and more than 30,000 sq meters for food and beverages in the first phase of the airport. According to the airport operator, the airport shall provide you with a shopping mall experience. The airport has a 42 km long baggage convener belt and with the latest technology one can even know the whereabouts each bag which would be on a separate tray.

It is being said that Turkish Airlines would be the largest user of the airport and would be opening up five different lounges for their customers at the airport that would handle more than 10,000 customers at one time. Turkish Airlines started operating five flights a day from this airport since 1st November 2018.

Plan your Turkey tour packages with Flamingo Transworld and don’t miss out on this new airport.

World’s Highest Railway Line From New Delhi To Ladakh To Be Opened Soon

Peeps! If travelling to Ladakh has been on your mind since some time now, this news is something which would surely delight you. Indian Railways is planning to connect New Delhi with the Ladakh region through the world’s highest railway line which would be across the Indo-China border.

The Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line would be built across the Indo-China border and according to PTI reports the location survey of the first phase is already complete. This railway line is surely going to come as a boost for the tourism sector in the Ladakh region which is currently connected only by road and air. Since the roads on this route are heavily disturbed because of heavy snowfall and bad weather, the rail route is expected to solve transportation problems for tourists who love Leh tours during winters.

The estimated cost to build this 465 kms line would be Rs 83,360 crore and the project would include 74 tunnels, 124 major bridges, 396 minor bridges and 30 stations on the line. Keylong station which would be built inside a tunnel at a height of 3000 meters would be the first in India and it is being said that more than half of the train route would be covered through tunnels; the longest tunnel would be 27 kms long.

The route will be connecting some of the important locations between Bilaspur and Leh like Sundernagar, Mandi, Manali, Keylong, Koksar, Darcha, Upshi and Karu apart from some of the other important towns of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Once the line is finished the total duration of 40 hours from Delhi to Ladakh would be cut down to only twenty hours which is a major boost for all the travellers who are in the rush of time. It is said that the rail line would be having the highest road point of 5,360 metres above sea level which can Qinghai-Tibet Railway Line in China, which is at a height of approximately 2000 meters.

Five Best Places To See The Southern Lights

If you have been fancying about Northern Lights all this while and making travel goals with your best friends about how you ought to see the Northern Lights, here is something which deserves equal attention. Very much similar to Northern Lights, yet less popular, Southern Lights should be your new travel goals because of the mystic views which you would surely make you go awe-struck. Avail the International Tour Packages and head down to these countries if you wish to experience the less cliché Southern Lights:

1. Southern Georgia Island

Southern Georgia Island is regarded as one of the most southernmost islands anywhere in the world and is enveloped by ice for most part of the year. The ideal time to visit is after March, since that is the time for the Antarctic Winter. You can easily reach South Georgia Island via cruise. South Georgia Island is one of the most uninhabited lands but come March and  it looks almost like a civilization because of the Southern Lights as people from round the world come down to see this natural phenomenon which lasts until September.

2. Steward Island, New Zealand

Stewart Island in New Zealand is one of the easily accessible places if you want to experience Southern Lights. This island has a very wide range of accommodation options available even when there is a scarcity of population in this part of New-Zealand. Due to lesser population, it becomes easy for someone to find an isolated spot and experience Southern Lights. Consider going during winters when there are less day-light hours.

3. The Falkland Islands

This small group of islands lie 400 miles off the coast of Argentina and is home to some incredible beauty and wildlife in the form of penguins, elephant seals etc. The best time to visit Falkland Islands is in between April to September to see the Southern Lights. There is very less daylight which increases the chances of experiencing Southern Lights even more. There are a lot of accommodations available during that time of the year

4. Ushuala, Argentina

The reason why Ushuaia is one of the best place to see the Southern Lights is because of the fact that it is the Southernmost point of Argentina and boasts of stunning scenery which will leave you amazed. The wildlife of this region is also something you cannot miss out on. Since the city has it’s own airport, getting there would not be of any difficulty.

So get set for a unique tour to any of these destinations to experience not so common Southern Lights.

Everything You Need To Know About World’s Longest Sea Crossing Bridge In Hong Kong

The world’s longest sea crossing bridge has finally opened between Hong Kong and China after it took a total of nine years to complete this construction.

The total length of the bridge is 55 Kms and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. The estimated total cost that has been incurred while building this bridge is 15.3 billion dollars.

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Apart from being the longest sea crossing bridge, this bridge has been designed in such a way that it can withstand earthquakes and typhoons. This bridge is built using 4,00,000 tonnes of steel which is more than enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers, so you can imagine what an engineering marvel this bridge is and how amazing it would be for you to drive through this bridge, if you are planning a Hong Kong Tour or Macau Tour anytime soon.

This bridge has been built as part of China’s plan to create a Greater Bay Area including Hong Kong, Macau and nine other cities in southern China as the area is home to approximately 68 million people.

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Previously it used to take four hours to travel in between Hong Kong and Zhuhai but the new bridge cuts the travel time tremendously and now it would only take thirty minutes to travel in between Hong Kong and Zhuhai.

Those who wish to cross the bridge need special permits and all the vehicles also have to pay a toll. The bridge is not served by any public transport hence private shuttle buses will ply the route. There isn’t any rail link either.

There are special cameras which have been installed on this bridge which monitor certain things like if the driver is sleepy or has yawned more than three times, then the authorities are going to be alerted about the same. In order to help countering potential terror attacks, there would be 48 high definition surveillance cameras mounted at regular intervals alongside anti-terror police patrols.

Plan your Hong Kong Macau Tour Package with Flamingo and explore these destinations with surprising attractions.

Travel Hassle Free To Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia on One Visa For No Fee At All

Fellow Indians! Listen Up… If you have been making plans to visit Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia soon, here is something you need to cheer about. Recently, Malaysia has launched a multiple entry visa for Indian travellers. In a move to strengthen the relationship between India and Malaysia and to promote the tourism industry in between the two countries, Shenzhen type visa comes as a welcome blessing.

The no cost visa shall be valid for 15 days but before you plan your trip to any of these countries; it is advisable to check out the travel itinerary guides or plan your trip via Singapore Malaysia tour packages from Ahmedabad to ensure that your trip is well coordinated, hassle free and you get to visit all these places you have been planning to visit recently.

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak was quoted saying,” History binds us together. Indian languages, culture and food are popular in Malaysia. I’m a fan of Indian films, especially after visiting Chennai. I would like more Indians to visit Malaysia and have decided on no visa fee, online application approval within 48 hours, and multiple-entry e-visa to be accorded for Indian nationals.”

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Fortunately, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are the countries which are quite frequently visited by Indian travellers especially during summers. And with Singapore Malaysia tour packages the number of travellers who wish to travel to this part of the world has been seeing a gradual increase. In 2016 alone, around 5,40,530 Indians had arrived in Malaysia to get the better out of all the amazing wonders which the place has to offer.

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Hence, avail the Singapore Malaysia holiday packages  with Flamingo Transworld as it makes for a perfect getaway to some of the most beautiful attractions which you can be a part of in these 15 days like –Petronas Twin Towers, Mount Kinabulu, Resorts World Genting, Universal Studios, Gardens By The Bay, Marina Bay Sands and more.

Five Irresistible Reasons To Travel To Australia

Check out a list of reasons on why you should ditch all the destinations and travel to Australia for a perfect vacation.

Australia is one of the continents which has too much to offer to its tourists who are coming on Australia Tour. Keeping that in mind, we advise you to avail the Australia Tour Packages and check the list of the most authentic reasons which might tempt you to plan your trip to Australia.

1. Road Trips:

It is said that the best way to see Australia is through road trips hence, Australia is a perfect destination for road trips where you can experience the best of the country and explore some of the hidden gems which makes the entire experience nothing less than an adventure which you would like to miss out on. While you are on your road trip, you can also carry your tents as there are some beautiful campsites which make your personalized camping experience an affair to remember.

Check out the list of best self-drive routes in Australia.

2. Wildlife And Natural Beauty:

Australia comprises of wildlife and natural beauty in abundance. As soon as you leave the city, without any doubt you will get a chance to spot some of the wildlife. The best places to see various types of Australian animals are the Great Ocean Road in Victoria for koalas, Cape Le Grand National Park to see kangaroos and Ex-mouth in Western Australia for emus – and pretty much anywhere in Tasmania, you’ll get the chance to see all sorts of crazy wildlife that would leave you spell-bound.

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3. Beaches:

Australia boasts of a coastline that extends up to 25,000 kms. The beaches of Australia come in all forms and kinds, however the most popular beaches of Australia include Whitehaven Beach on the Whitsunday Islands, Bondi Beach in Sydney and Perth’s Cottesloe Beach, but there are thousands of other beaches to choose from.

4. Beautiful Climate:

If you are travelling to Australia, you ought to keep in mind that there is always summer somewhere and the huge diversity in climate is what makes Australia the best place to travel to during anytime of the year. Australia has desert and rain-forest, Mediterranean and temperate climates and even ski resorts that run in the winter.

Know about Australia’s must see UNESCO sites.

5. Friendly Locals:

Australians are popular for being known as hospitable people, and generally, they live up to their stereotype. Australians are incredibly friendly and talkative and love speaking to travellers to their country. The busy backpacker scene in Australia means that there’s always someone new to meet.

Australia Group Tour Packages with Flamingo Transworld  and are surely going to make your trip to Australia a trip to remember.

6 Destinations Around The World Which Are Still Cheap Even When US Dollar Is Strong!

“If travelling was free, you would never see me again”, how often have you heard people saying this? Quite Often right! We cannot promise you free travels but if there is one thing which we can make you feel good about, it has to be certain places around the world where the US Dollar makes certain things affordable that were almost un-affordable sometime back. In these places, the exchange rate would be your greatest savior:

1. New Zealand: (1 USD= 1.47 NZD)

Until a couple of years ago, the NZ dollar and the US dollar were almost at parity. But, today one would never deny that it is the perfect time to take a New Zealand tour which is a paradise for the nature lovers. Considered to be an “insta-worthy” place, New Zealand is a mix of adventure sports which you can indulge into and at the same time find your own corner and peace for a calm and peaceful getaway. If you are a foodie, well! You might never want to leave New Zealand.

2. Argentina: (1 USD= 38.18 ARS)

It’s a matter of fact that out of all the countries, Argentina is one such country which offers most savings for dollar carriers. Some of the additional benefits for the American travellers is that the Argentine government has removed the 160$ “reciprocity fee” for all the US Citizens and the foreigners would be getting a refund for 21% value added tax on the hotel stays. The quaint and bustling cities of Argentina are surely going to swipe you off your feet.

3. Norway:  (1USD=8.57NOK)

Norway is said to be one of the most expensive countries (in terms of cost of living) that you can ever come across. Nonetheless, Norway has become relatively cheaper from the previous days. Once you have explored Oslo and all that it has to offer, there is no greater joy and lifetime accomplishment of watching the famous Norwegian fjords

4. Colombia: (1USD=3193.95COP)

The change in exchange rate has made Colombia one of the most accessible and easy going country out of all the other countries in South America. The country has been going through a renaissance of sorts in food, art and technology. The remote regions of Colombia offer some amazing eco-tourism spots which can be called as those lesser heard spots which no one generally talks about.

5. Indonesia: (1USD=14578.65IDR)

Today, Indonesia gives you a better value for money in terms of Dollar currency than it used to give you couple of years ago. The most obvious yet the best places where you can spend the rupiah include the beautiful place that Bali is and Yogyakarta. Bali Tour Packages takes you to places where you can expect to find rich amount of bio-diverse coral reefs from across the world.

6. Mexico: (1USD=20.36MXN)

Mexico is still recovering from the devastating earthquakes which occurred last year but with all it’s might, Mexico is a country which happens to be a delight for the lovers of street food and with all the cultural wonders it puts up in front of its tourists.

So make your travel plans and explore these surreal destinations with Flamingo Transworld!

World’s Tallest Statue Set To Be Inaugurated In India

The towering figure of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was a popular political and social leader is set to be unveiled on October 31. The 597 feet tall statue of India’s freedom hero is going to stand above the Narmada river in the state of Gujarat. A total of 1850 metric tons of bronze has been spent in making the statue.

The announcement of this ambitious project was done way back in 2010 by the current prime minister Narendra Modi who was then the current chief minister of Gujarat. This new record holder would be taking over China’s Spring Temple Buddha which has held the status of tallest statue in the world since 2002.

Located 125 miles southeast of Ahmedabad, the total cost of this project has been 430 million dollar in total and 2500 laborers have worked hard for the final completion of the project. There were Chinese migrant workers as well who were assisting with the project.

The statue is expected to become a tourist destination and the viewing gallery near the chest of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would give visitors a magnanimous view not only of the nearby lake but also of the Shool Paneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary which is a wildlife sanctuary yet to be explored by many Indians as well as locals of the state.

The Prime Minister’s project includes a museum, research and entertainment centre and a three star hotel which has been built in a nearby complex. Previously the tallest Indian statue was the Statue of Equality standing tall at 216 feet and honoring the Hindu Philosopher Ramanujan.

This global landmark might turn out as a famous tourist attraction!

Azerbaijan : An Off-Beat Destination You Have Been Missing Out On All This While

Azerbaijan finds itself safely tucked not only as a lesser known destination in Asia but also in between the Caspian and Black Seas. A vital crossroad between Asia and Europe, Azerbaijan has rich tales of history attached to its name if we happen to talk about it. So, for a fact let’s consider this, if history is something that fascinates you, this historically pleasing destination is what you might be looking for. With Baku, being its capital city, this country offers to its tourists what many UAE countries fail to. Without much anticipation, avail the Azerbaijan Tour Packages and set out on this tour to explore places which are forever going to find its place in your heart.

While you are on your Baku Tour, these places don’t deserve to be missed:

1. Highland Park:

Highland Park is one of those points which boast a panoramic view of the entire Baku City and will surely leave you mesmerized. And while you have finished appreciating what you came for, take out sometime to visit Alley of Martyrs, Milli Majlis, and Flame Towers which are at a stone throwaway distance from Highland Park.

2. Flame Towers:

Talk about brilliance in architecture and you would fall short of compliments while gazing at Flame Towers which happens to be the 620ft long and consists of apartments, office blocks and a hotel. Numbers don’t lie; hence it took a total of dedicated 5 years (2007-2012) to complete these towers which are divided into three buildings – South, East and West. The facades of these Flame Towers are turned into gigantic display screens with the use of more than 10,000 high power LED luminaries. Explore this famous attraction with our Azerbaijan Holiday Packages promising an unforgettable vacation.

3. Baku Boulevard:

Baku Boulevard stretches along a south facing bay on the Caspian Sea and if you love going on long walks, this place makes for one of the most scenic walking destination you can treat yourself with if you do not wish to be a part of the mad rush of life. If you are on a honeymoon or visiting Azerbaijan with your special someone, Baku Boulevard gives you a lovely backdrop to share some memorable moments. Baku Boulevard starts from the Freedom Square and continues to Old City and beyond towards the New Boulevard which is almost double the length.

4. Old City:

Old City is one of the most ancient gems of Baku and is surrounded by walls which speak in volumes about the rich history of the place revived in time. Boasting of historical and architectural monuments, the vibe of the old city goes unmatched. The Palace of Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower also became the first location in Azerbaijan that was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Nizami Street:

Nizami Street’s total length is 3538 mts and calls for some serious shopping if you are in the mood for it. The popular street begins from Abdulla Shaig Street which is a mountainous part of the city and ends at a railroad bed on Sabit Orujov Street. You can easily trace the history of this street by the town planning which was done way back in 1864.

6. Gobustan National Park:

Gobustan National Park is the place which takes you back in time and transports you a different time zone with the multitudes of things which it has to offer. Archaeological monuments; more than 6000 rock carvings depicting primitive people, ritual dances, bullfights, camel caravans; mud volcanoes and gas-stones are some major highlights of this National Park which still stands the test of time after being declared as a National Historical Landmark in 1966.

7. Fire Mountain:

Approximately 25kms towards the north of Baku, you would come across Fire Mountain which has blazing bodies of flame dance on stone and floor. A natural gas fire called Yanar Dag blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea. Visit this Fire Mountain to make yourself go awe-struck by this natural wonder.

Azerbaijan Packages makes for a perfect getaway if you wish to explore the country in rich detail. Book you holiday now with Flamingo Transworld.

You Know What? Sweden Lists Entire Country On Airbnb!

If Sweden has been on your travel plans for a long time, here is some hot news which you probably would not like to miss out on. The famous accommodation website AirBnb has listed Sweden on it’s website for FREE! Book a Scandinavian Tour Package so that you don’t have to face the minor hassles and confusions while you are on your trip, appreciating the beauty that Sweden is!

The free listing has come as a nod to Sweden’s long time law of “Right to roam” which gives any tourist the freedom to experience the Swedish nature without having to book an accommodation to visit the country or go to places you have always dreamed of.

In much simpler words, you can pitch your tent in any of the publicly owned land as long as you follow the decorum and discipline of not harming the nature and preserving the environment that is around you.

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According to President of Sweden,” You can camp or pick berries or hike everywhere, as long as you do not come too close to houses or disturb fields or animals that are grazing.”

Here is a list of things which you are allowed to do under “Freedom to Roam”

  • You are allowed to access any land apart from private residences.
  • You are allowed to collect flowers, mushrooms and berries.
  • You can take a swim in the lakes.
  • You are allowed to put up a tent.
  • You are allowed to drive on private roads unless there is a sign saying otherwise.
  • Fishing is allowed in any of the big five lakes and along the entire coastline.
  • You are allowed to access any beach as long as you are away from private residences.

Most of the countries consider taking tax from tourists on certain iconic sites but in Sweden you can very much make your way down to lakes and mountains as a responsible tourist.

Click here to check out some serene fjords in Scandinavia.

For those, who still don’t know the beauty of Sweden, Sweden is one of those Scandinavian Nation which boasts of coastal islands, inland lakes, boreal forests and glaciated mountains. With a mix of tourist attractions, Sweden has a medieval town, 50 bridges, a city like Stockholm which has been built on 14 islands (Yes, You read that right!) and royal palaces and museums. If you haven’t made  your travel plans, Scandinavian Package gives you the amazing opportunity to visit Sweden like never before with Flamingo Transworld.