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Astonishing View of Fort William, Kolkata.

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Kolkata, the city of joy, is home to many races and religions. Kolkata, the city capital of West Bengal, is the cultural center of India. Fort William is the most sought-after destination for international tourists.

Fort William

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

Fort Williams is in Hastings, Kolkata. The citadel was named after King William III of England in 1700. This fort was built in 1706, during the Bengal Presidency of British India. Robert Clive rebuilt this fort in 1758 after the Battle of Plassey in 1757. Fort is situated on the eastern bank of the Hoogli river. This fort is under control of Indian Army.

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What to See at Fort Williams

To explore the citadel, you need the permission of commanding officers. Fort William is famous for its architect and history. People from all around the world can visit the Palace any month. But it is excellent to see in October, November, and December to get the scenic view. The maidan in front of the fort is the biggest park in Kolkata. Tourist needs more than three days to explore all the areas of Fort.

HOW TO REACH Fort William

To reach Fort William, you have first to go Netaji Subhash Chandra Airport. Or you can access it via Howrah railway station.

Through airway:

It takes only one hour to reach Fort from the airport. There are 9 line buses and 138 buses available. It only cost Rs 50 to Rs 100 for a one-person ticket. The cheapest way to get to Fort William is line buses which cost Rs 40.

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Through Rail:

It takes only 19 minutes to reach Fort William from Howrah railway station by car. The distance between the railway station and the Fort is 5 miles.

NEARBY AREAS TO VISIT

There are several places you can visit:

  • Victoria Memorial
  • Indian Museum
  • Science city
  • Eco Park
  • Park street.

Unlike all the forts in India, Fort William is famous for the touch of aesthetic, artistic structures, and colorful history.

Reference: Wikipedia

Attock fort: The most fascinating fort in Pakistan

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Pakistan has several forts, and one of them is Attock fort (Urdu: اٹک قلعہ) which was built near Attock Khurd during the empire of the great Mughal Akbar in 1583. The primary purpose of making the fort was to protect the passage of the Indus River under the supervision of Khwawja Shamsuddin. We would like to take you on this journey to explore this fantastic historical treasure in Pakistan. Are you excited? So let’s dive in.

History of Attock fort :

When we are exploring the historical place, it becomes necessary to know the history behind these walls. So we will explain to you its colossal story in short. On orders of Akbar, a fort was built. It was used as a defence from pillagers. Fort remained under the control of the Mughals till the 18th of century. This fort got conquered by Marathons in 1758. After a while, when they couldn’t hold on to it, the fort was seized by Sikhs. And then by the British in 1812, which further got occupied by Pakistan after the Indo-Pak partition 1947. The fort was handed over to the particular service group of the Pak army in 1956.

 Construction of Attock fort:

The fort was built within two years (1581-1583). It covers the distance of 400 yards to 800 yards. The wall of the fort is around 1600 m long. It consists of several compartments and a total of four gates which are called Kabuli, Lahori, Mori and Delhi.

 Mori Gate of Attock fort

How to reach Attock Fort:

The fort is located between Peshawar and Indus river; it’s an 80km/two-hour drive from Islamabad (Capital city of Pakistan ) by road. The distance between fort and Islamabad can’t be covered by air as Attock doesn’t have an airport yet.

Tourism in Attock fort:

Earlier tourists were not allowed in the fort because it was only utilized as a military base. Still, it is reported that on the assistant of Prime Minister of Pakistan on 2nd February 2021 that the fort.    It will be open for the citizens and become an excellent destination for tourism publicity in Pakistan.

Sindhudurg Fort: The magnificent fort in India

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Have you ever gotten a chance to see a fort floating in the blue ocean? Yes, you heard it right. Sindhudurg fort floats on top of the ocean; it’s one of the many forts created by Chhatrapati Shivaji. The fort lies on the coast of Malvan in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. The Sindhudurg district has been named after the fort Sindhudurg which means “Fort sea”. Let’s take you on the journey of getting to know this historic treasure. Hope you are as excited as we were while exploring it. 

sindhudurg Fort
Sindhudurg Fort Arial view

History of Sindhudurg fort: 

The fortress is located on a small island surrounded by the Arabian sea. It was built on orders of Chhatrapati Shivaji, who had a fondness for creating forts. Initially, It was built as headquarters to provide security to Maratha people during wars.

Construction of Sindhudurj fort: 

The construction of the fort started on November 25, 1664, and it took three years to complete it under the guidance of hundreds of Portuguese. The fort covers an area of 48 acres having walls of 12 ft thick and 29 ft high.

Sindhudurg fort temple
Sindhudurg Fort Temple.

Things to see at Sindhudurg fort: 

This fort is one of a kind and holds great value as it has an idol of Shivaji in the attire of the boat’s man built by Chhatrapati Shivaji’s youngest Rajaram. It’s also valuable for Hindu’s for having shrines of Hanuman, Sambhu Mahadev and Bhavanimata. Also, the fort has three sweet wells. Isn’t it astonished to hear about it? Here’s more to see at this fort; it has branched coconut trees which are a great cause of attraction. 

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Sindudurg Fort Wall

How to reach Sindhudurg fort: 

Busses are used to reach Malvan, from where boats can be taken to reach the final destination, fort.

Tourism in Sindhudurg fort: 

Sindhudurg is a great destination for tourists to visit. Many tourists visit the fort for religious reasons. This fort is also famous for scuba diving. Isn’t it awesome?!

Park Hotel Group Opens Second Hotel in Japan

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Suite at the Park Hotel Kyoto. Click to enlarge.

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(16 Mar 2021)
Park Hotel Group has doubled its portfolio of hotels
in Japan, with the opening of the Park Hotel Kyoto.

Located about 200 metres away from
the Karasuma-Oike Station on Oike Street, one of the most famous
streets in the city, Park Hotel Kyoto is the group’s second
property in the country.

The Park Hotel Kyoto is jointly owned by Park Hotel Group and
Apricot Capital.

“Opening Park Hotel Kyoto complements Grand Park
Otaru in Hokkaido, offering our guests another beautiful
destination in Japan to experience our signature
culturally-rooted, globally-inspired hospitality,” said Allen Law,
Chief Executive Officer of Park Hotel Group. “It also represents
our commitment to expand in key destinations around the world
beginning with Asia Pacific so that our guests have more choices
when they travel.”


Suite at the Park Hotel Kyoto. Click to enlarge.

The Park Hotel Kyoto offers 112
guestrooms and two suites.

Guests can opt to check-in and out in the
traditional way or digitally using computer tablets.

Facilities include a rooftop
garden, free WiFi, a fitness room, and The Corner café and bar
which by day
is a café that offers breakfast, lunch, and tea; whilst in the evening, it
is a bar that serves drinks and light bites.

“With our ideal location so accessible to the iconic
attractions in Kyoto, our guests can enjoy the best of what the
destination has to offer,” said Kazuhiko Saito, General Manager of
Park Hotel Kyoto. “To ensure the safety of our guests and
their peace of mind during their stay, we have taken necessary
precautionary measures, which includes placing hand sanitisers in
the public areas and implementing temperature screening at the
hotel entrance.”

The Park Hotel Kyoto
participates in Room For Trees, the group’s sustainability
programme, which means that the hotel will plant a tree for every booking made with via its website.

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Marriott Opens Japan’s First W Hotel

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Indoor pool at the W Osaka. Click to enlarge.

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(17 Mar 2021)
Japan’s first W hotel has opened for business.

Located on Midosuji Boulevard, the
black monolith faade of the W Osaka was designed by
architect Tadao Ando, with the interior design conceptualized by
concrete, the Amsterdam-based design studio behind the
W London and W Verbier.

The W Osaka houses 337 guestrooms and suites, each
with floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious bathrooms with rain
showers and luxe amenities. To
represent Japan’s famous pink cherry blossoms and Osaka’s azure oceanside, color themes and neon light accents shine either pink
or blue on each alternate floor.


Indoor pool at the W Osaka. Click to enlarge.

We are excited to once again be partnering with Sekisui House to
welcome W Osaka to the luxury hospitality landscape here, and know
international travelers and locals alike will be drawn to the
hotel and its playground of possibilities, said Rajeev Menon,
President, Asia Pacific (excluding China), Marriott International.

Facilities at the hotel include two bars, four
restaurants, a 200 sqm Penthouse Suite, a gym, yoga room, a spa
with five treatment rooms, an indoor pool with an LED ceiling, as well as four event / meeting spaces.

The energy and eclecticism of Japan,
particularly Osaka, make it the perfect backdrop for a W hotel,
said Jennie Toh, Vice President of Brand Marketing and Brand
Management, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. From
unforgettable dining experiences and live music sets to the
thoughtful design rooted in the history and culture of the city, W
Osaka is a destination within a destination where international
jetsetters and local tastemakers meet and make magic.

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Aida Cruises arrives at new Dubai Cruise Terminal

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Aida Cruises arrives at new Dubai Cruise Terminal

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AIDAprima and AIDAvita have become the first cruise ships to dock at the new Dubai Cruise Terminal.

The two vessels, operated by Aida Cruises, docked at the terminal earlier this month.

The new terminals at Dubai Harbour extend over 120,000 square meters, and are located between the islands of Bluewaters and the Palm Jumeirah.

“The most popular sights, beautiful beaches and world-famous landmarks of the city, such as the 250-meter-high observation wheel Ain Dubai and the Burj Al Arab, are just a stone’s throw away.

“The two international airports are also very easy to reach,” AIDA Cruises wrote in a release.

Between late November and mid-April, Aida Cruises is offering seven-day trips to the Orient from Dubai.

Thanks to an overnight stay, Aida guests have the opportunity to discover the largest metropolis in the United Arab Emirates on various excursions, the cruise line said.

Other destinations on these voyages include Abu Dhabi and the Muscat in Oman.

The United Arab Emirates has been one of the destinations of the Aida fleet since 2006.

Together with its local partners, the cruise company said it has developed the region into one of the most popular cruise destinations for German vacationers in the winter months.



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Bus to London to launch in April next year

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Bus to London to launch in April next year

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From two decades from the mid-1950s onwards, adventurous travellers would pack themselves in ‘magic buses’ and traverse the so-called Hippie Trail across Asia in search of spiritual enlightenment.

Now, the time has come to roll the dice the other way.

Adventures Overland has announced the longest and the most epic journey in the world, Bus to London by Adventures Overland.

Launching in April 2022, the journey will be the first-ever hop-on/hop-off bus service between Delhi, India and London, United Kingdom.

Participants will be travelling through 18 countries, covering 20,000 km in 70 days.

People from all over India have a chance to become part of this historic journey either for the entire duration or one of the four legs by signing up on the official website  .

“We share a common love for travel, and now we are thrilled to introduce the first-ever bus service from Delhi to London with utmost comfort and luxury.

“Providing a niche and classy experience in a secure environment is our top priority.

“The route of this journey is tried and tested as we have already executed three back-to-back road trips from India to London on the same route so participants on Bus to
London can get on board with the knowledge and confidence that they are in safe hands,” said Sanjay Madan, co-founder, Adventures Overland.

As part of this unprecedented, historic and life-transforming bus journey, participants will explore thousands of pagodas in Myanmar, meet rare species of Giant Pandas in Chengdu, hike the Great Wall of China and travel through the Silk Route in China & Central Asia.

Travellers will also visit the historic cities of Bukhara, Tashkent and Samarkand in Uzbekistan, and cruise on the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.

During the last leg of the journey, participants will also get a chance to explore historic European cities such as Moscow, Vilnius, Prague, Brussels and Frankfurt before finally concluding the longest bus journey in London.

After completing the journey in London, the bus will start its maiden journey back home to India by the same route.

On the return journey, to be called ‘Bus to India,’ participants again have the option to join for the entire duration or one or more legs of the journey.

The first season of Bus to London is slated to leave from India Gate, New Delhi.

“Every single route in each country has been vetted to ensure that the journey is seamless.

“We take charge of documentation, paperwork, visas and permits to ensure that the entire focus of participants is on experiencing the journey.

“We ensure an experienced English-speaking local guide is travelling with the group at all hours to ensure personal safety, smooth communication and travel.

“The bus on this epic journey is being customised to add all the necessities, comforts and luxuries which will ensure that participants travel in the lap of luxury from India to the UK,” added Tushar Agarwal, co-founder, Adventures Overland.

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Founded in 2012 Sanjay Madan and Tushar Agarwal, Adventures Overland is India’s leading and multiple award-winning expedition company which offers life-transforming road trips and cross border drives across six continents.

Adventures Overland is considered India’s Leading Tour Operator by voters at the World Travel Awards.



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Four Seasons expected to make Mallorca debut in 2023

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Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Emin Capital, a private equity investment company focused on hospitality and real estate, have confirmed plans for the hotel company to manage the former Hotel Formentor in Mallorca, Spain.

Originally opened in 1929, the existing hotel will undergo extensive renovations before it is unveiled as a Four Seasons in 2023.

The property will offer 110 rooms and suites and is located on a 1,200-hectare (3,000 acre) plot of the Formentor Peninsula, offering access to a pristine beach, as well as a functioning vineyard a short five-minute drive away.

“Following our entry into Spain in 2020, we are very excited to continue this momentum and expand our presence in this important market with a resort in Mallorca, offering guests a unique Four Seasons experience in a top European destination,” said John Davison, chief executive, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

“It is a privilege to work alongside Emin Capital to create a new vision for this exceptional property and we look forward to a successful partnership for many years to come.”
Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, can be accessed via ferry or a short flight from Barcelona, with additional direct flights from many European cities.

Its natural beauty and easy accessibility long established the island as a top tourist destination for European and international travellers.

“Formentor is a landmark of Mallorca in a key and unique setting in the Mediterranean.

“For Emin Capital, the goal of our investment was to protect both, and to reinvigorate the resort with a great luxury brand such as Four Seasons.

“We are committed to implementing sustainable and green initiatives in our revitalisation of this property, while maintaining an exceptional design, facilities and renowned service,” added Jordi Badia, chief executive of Emin Capital.



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Newbury takes up new leadership role with Preferred

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Newbury takes up new leadership role with Preferred

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts has promoted Jonathan Newbury to the role of executive vice president of Asia Pacific.

Newbury brings 30 years of international independent hotel experience to his new position, which carries the responsibility to drive the strategic direction and evolution of the Preferred brand in the region.

As part of this transition, Newbury recently relocated from Chicago to Singapore with his family.

“Throughout his 12-year tenure, Jonathan has been a key driver behind our global development efforts, strengthening how we position the Preferred brand and innovating our approach to appeal to new types of hotel partners,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, chief executive of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

“We are thrilled for Jonathan to continue his evolution within the company as he takes leadership of our efforts in Asia and believe that his international expertise and perspective, innovative business practices, and thoughtful approach to fostering new alliances will be instrumental to our success in capitalising on the opportunities for growth we foresee in the region.”

Since Newbury joined Preferred in July 2008 – first serving as vice president of brand development and most recently as senior vice president of strategic development – he has transformed the company’s approach to development, targeting hotel owners, operators, asset managers, and management companies globally and fostering impressive growth for the company globally.

He has spearheaded a variety of global development initiatives that have helped fuel a 20 per cent growth in the brand’s hotel portfolio over the past decade, including the launch of the brand’s newest campaign, Freedom, that debuted in May last year.

Prior to joining Preferred, Newbury spent three years as vice president of global development for Small Luxury Hotels of the World, where he leveraged his international background to support growth of the brand with a focus on Asia.

Concurrent with Newbury’s promotion, Preferred welcomed Christopher Ahlgrim as vice president of development in 2020.

In this role, Ahlgrim will continue the momentum created by Newbury and Preferred’s Americas team and oversee growth of the brand’s portfolio in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.



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Byway marks first birthday with getaway promotion

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Byway marks first birthday with getaway promotion

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Leading the way in slow travel holidays, Byway, the flight-free travel company launched last year, is marking its first birthday with up to £100 off trips across the UK, France and Italy.

Trips mut be booked this weekend.

Sustainable holidays on offer include sweeping adventures through the majestic Scottish Highlands and Islands and the tumbling cliffs and coves of Cornwall, as well as hassle-free short breaks to the sunny shores of East Sussex and the wilds of the Yorkshire Moors and the Lakes.

Further afield, guests can travel to the Rhine Valley and Burgundy for slow cycles through vineyards, river kayaking and exceptional Alsatian food, or to Mediterranean sunshine from the Côte d’Azur to the Italian Riviera, exploring dazzling coastlines, hilltop villages and vibrant markets.

Launched last year by Cat Jones, Byway creates personalised ABTA-protected holiday packages away from tourist trails.

Byway trips are grounded in joyful journeys by train, bike and island ferry and celebrate the joys of travelling through rather than flying over.

The company offers on-demand support from its expert team via WhatsApp to ensure trips can be tweaked right up to the last minute (and even while away) and all holidays are covered by a 100 per cent Covid-19 refund guarantee.

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Add code ‘BIRTHDAY100’ at checkout for £100 off holidays over £1,000, or ‘BIRTHDAY50’ for £50 off holidays over £500, throughout the weekend March 20th-21st.

Byway holiday packages start from £198 per person for three nights based on two people sharing, including travel and accommodation.

To book, visit the website.



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