Forest Research Institute: Photos

Travel to north-india has always been a center attraction for me. It has variety in food, architecture, culture and nature as well. While travelling to my friend’s house at Dehradun, I was insisted to visit Forest Research Institute surroundings of Doon Valley which comes under ‘Dehradun Tourism’ and fall under the category of ‘Dehradun Tourist Place’. I did not want to visit it. I am more interested in photographing street life. Though, I did not want to make my friend feel bad. I took my DSLR Kit. We left in the first half after having some fruits.  I paid not more than 10 Rs. for ticket. Well, the moment I got into the main garden of FRI, I was surprised by its beauty. I could not wait to photograph it.  I made some nice photos and my friend smiled at me.  I realized that It would have been a mistake, If I had continued my journey without visiting this place.

Anyway, I bought a piece of booklet containing the information of FRI which goes like… “Forest Research Institute (FRI) is located in the north-west centre of the city, on the Kaulagarh Road. Sprawling over an area of around 2000 acres, this research institute was established in 1906.

The main attraction of this institute is the building itself, which has been constructed in Greco-Roman colonial style. This building houses six museums related to forestry, which include museums on social forestry, pathology, silviculture, timber, non-wood forest products and entomology.

In addition, the place also houses a Botanical Garden, which is a popular picnic spot among travellers. Besides, inside the estate, there is Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy that trains probationer officers of the Indian Forest Service.”

Photos by: Siddharth, Travel Photographer@ Cosmic Travel Hub


India Gate

At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an “Arc-de-Triomphe” like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.

It is one of the most renowned places in India. It is the symbol of pride and prestige in India and considered as one of the national monuments. Travellers from across the world visit India Gate every year in considerable numbers. Any traveller who comes for holiday in India don’t forget to visit it during the trip to Delhi. Tour and Travels Company in India always highlight India Gate in pre- scheduled trip.

Travel Photographer from Cosmic Travel Hub photographed India Gate. There are few pictures to share it with travellers across the world. More pictures are in the pipeline.

Photo by: Siddharth Malkania

Photo by: Siddharth Malkania

Photo by: Siddharth Malkania

Photo by: Siddharth Malkania

Thailand Pictures

Thailand is a country located in a peninsula of Southeast Asia. It is considered to be Kingdom, both from a political and geographic point of view. The North of the country has a mountainous area, the center is dominated by a river valley which runs into the Gulf of Thailand and to the West and East Thailand enjoys the gorgeous views of seas and oceans. In the past year, the tourism developed a lot, more and more people choosing this as destination for holiday & honeymoon tour packages.

Thailand becomes increasingly famous for culture, shopping, diving, snorkeling  swimming, many national parks, beautiful beaches. A good country to travel on your own, backpacking, or rent a car. Tourists are always interested for cheap flights & Air Tickets bookings. This country can provide almost everything starts from pure wild life to the dazzling skyscrapers in Bangkok, and exotic culture and a special civilization, attraction of all sorts and festivals.

Photo Credit: Wojtek Kalka

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On The Spot: Changes May Be Coming To Airline Ticket Booking

If you book an airline ticket through an online site or go to a travel agent, you get the ticket price and, thanks to recent U.S. Department of Transportation rulings, that price includes taxes and fees. What you don’t get — at least, not yet — is a price that includes ancillary fees (baggage, early boarding, seat choices), but consumer advocates are working toward that. But the changes in store for ticket booking may be even greater. Booking could be the all-new Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Or not.

The International Air Transport Assn., based in Montreal, is working on what it calls a “new distribution capability” for global distribution systems, which deliver airline ticket prices and schedules, whether you’re a consumer using an online engine or a travel agent doing a search for a client. If your eyes glaze over at that sentence, grab some coffee because the results of this change will be anything but dull.

Under the new model, you’ll see the price of your ticket as well as other things too — a sort of shopping experience — “a lot of new things around merchandising,” said Eric Leopold, director passenger (yes, that’s his title) of the international transport group. The new system “will really show the value of the products so you’re not just selling seats; you’re selling a whole experience to the passenger,” he said, referring to those things that are often covered by ancillary fees such as upgrades.

Leopold likened the experience to supermarket shopping. Some consumers “will buy what is on the bottom [shelf at the] lowest price,” he said. “Some will buy in the middle shelves,” which may cost more but may be a better value.

What IATA calls a “new distribution capability,” however, the American Society of Travel Agents is calling “authenticated shopping,” which means you tell a little about yourself (maybe your frequent-flier number or your ZIP Code) and you are offered products that are tailored for you, such as lounge passes and preferred seating. These bundled, or one-price offerings, may be based on your previous travel habits and purchases (Do you upgrade? Do you spend time in the executive lounge?) or your economic status (Do you live in a ZIP Code that’s “price sensitive”?) or other factors you may not be aware of.

That’s an issue for the national travel agents organization, said Paul Ruden, senior vice president for legal and industry affairs for ASTA. “The concern is with how you do business … in an environment where airlines are able to price discriminate, for example, based on your identity,” he said.

IATA says it isn’t using this proposed system to inflate consumers’ costs by foisting off pricier offerings on certain demographic groups. Ruden, who has worked with the Department of Transportation to try to get price transparency for airline pricing — not only fees and taxes but also ancillary fees — is not so sure.

In August, the Wall Street Journal reported that online travel agency Orbitz showed different and more expensive hotel options to Mac users, who presumably represent a wealthier demographic. “The Orbitz effort, which is in its early stages, demonstrates how tracking people’s online activities can use even seemingly innocuous information — in this case, the fact that customers are visiting from a Mac — to start predicting their tastes and spending habits,” reporter Dana Mattioli wrote in a story that refers to the practice as “predictive analytics.”

IATA and ASTA will sit down next month to discuss the possible changes, whatever they’re called. ASTA says it’s unclear on some of the mechanics of the process and is worried about the potential damage to its hard-won victories on ticket price transparency. IATA thinks the new system is merely a new way to display other offerings from the airlines in a way that the current systems — which IATA says are outdated — don’t allow.


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