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FOREIGN EXCHANGE SERVICES IN INDIA - DOS AND DON’TS

If you are planning a travel abroad soon, you definitely must have made those currency calculations. You must be also wondering of how you will manage arranging foreign exchange and what all could you go through? Well, here are some sure things we can pinpoint in order to prepare you for your travel to INDIA. As per the guidelines of Reserve bank Of India (Central Bank Of India), a foreign tourist may carry along with him/her indian currency upto Rs. 5,000 from any country other than Nepal or Bhutan, and any amount in denomination not exceeding Rs.100 from Nepal or Bhutan. A person coming into India from abroad can bring with him foreign exchange without any limit provided if foreign currency notes, or travellers cheques exceed US$ 10,000/- or its equivalent and/or the value of foreign currency exceeds US$ 5,000/- or its equivalent, it should be declared to the Customs Authorities at the Airport in the Currency Declaration Form (CDF), on arrival in India. Go light on the cash. It is actually better to only carry 20% or less of your decided amount in cash.Therefore, get cash only when required. One should ideally follow the 20/80 ratio or the 30/70 ratio. Foreign currency exchange from airport may result in one paying commissions as high as 10 to 15 percent and therefore, exchanging at airports is not a great idea. Mahesh Iyer, senior vice-president and head of foreign exchange at Thomas Cook (India) has advised passengers to carry currency of the country they are headed to, so as to save on currency conversion charges abroad. (Thomas Cook Ltd. is an integrated travel and travel related financial services company) Following are the sites listed to check exchange rates: For USD TO INRhttps://www.compareremit.com/todays-best-dollar-to-rupee-exchange-rate/ For Citywise Foreign Currency Exchange Rates in Indiahttps://www.centrumforex.com/foreign-currency-exchange/chandigarh

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Compare International Roaming plan by T mobile and Trabug for India

Are you planning to travel to India?Before opting for an International Roaming Plan offered by T-Mobile, read this article. The information shared here will save you a lot of money and you can also travel across India without any hassle. International roaming plans prove to be very expensive and getting a local Sim Card after arriving in India can take a lot of time unlike UK, US where tourists can get pre-activated SIM cards off the shelf. You must be wondering what to do in such a situation. But don’t worry, there is a very elegant solution to this long standing problem. Get Trabug!Trabug is India’s First Travel Phone, specially designed for foreign travellers coming to India and it also comes with a 4G SIM card. You can avail this service on rental basis and save more than 70% on International roaming. Trabug delivers and picks up the Trabug Pack from anywhere in India and that too at no extra cost. So if you are landing in Delhi but leaving from Mumbai, you can still opt for Trabug. Here is a quick comparison between T mobile’s International Roaming plans for India and what Trabug offers: Table 1: T Mobile Postpaid International Roaming Rates T MobileData Charges$15 per MBText Message$0.50 per textTalking$3.59 per minute Table 2: T Mobile Postpaid International Roaming Rates and Trabug’s Flexi Plan T MobileTRABUG (Flexi Plan)Data charges 2000 MB$30000All in just $34.99 and a high-end Smartphone too.Text Message (50)$25Talking (125 minutes)$448.7

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Opening doors to Travel for the differently abled!

Neha Arora founder of Planetabled faced hardships in her childhood which motivated her to think out of the box and create something unique. After researching and thinking for two years she finally left her career at Adobe to start Planetabled. She loves to travel. She thinks people are not disabled, they are differently- abled.It is every child’s dream to go out for summer vacations with their parents. But have you ever thought about children who cannot travel because of their parents’ disability. Neha was one such child. Her father is visually impaired and mother, a wheelchair user. They both love to travel but it is not easy with their disability to travel. Also, there are so many places which become inaccessible because of lack of facilities.Planetabled has been appreciated everywhere and many people have also volunteered for the trips in terms of support during the trips and money too. It is a Delhi based startup and Neha has organised short trips to Agra and places in Delhi. She is planning on taking trips to Haridwar and Rishikesh soon. INSIGHT ON HOW THESE TRIPS ARE ORGANISEDAs we know there are more than a billion people in this world with different kinds disability. Disabled people also want to travel and explore new places but due to lack of accessible travel options they are unable to accomplish their desires and dreams. Planetabled understands this very well and organises tours and activities accordingly. Planetabled clubs people with different disabilities together in a group for a trip. There are 4 types of trips: Scheduled Group ToursAccompany them for a group trip with Strangers, but people like you, people who are passionate about travelling but have not been able to do so because of their disability. In this the destination is pre-decided and all you have to do is just register with them. Customised ToursIn this you can choose a place of your dreams. You also get an option of choosing whom you want to travel with. You can travel with family, friends, colleagues or even solo. They fill your trip with fun and adventure activities. Romantic ToursYou can Recreate the magic of love with their romantic tour package. Having company of your loved one is a different experience all together. Local City ToursOne day local city tours are organised for different cities. You can explore famous heritage sites, local markets, food etc.

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Trabug was at GITB Jaipur

Trabug was at GITB, Jaipur. GITB is actually a 3 days event and stands for Great Indian Travel Bazaar. Main focus of participating companies is on inbound Travel. It is a buyer seller meet. Significant transactions and capitalization of business is expected from this meet between International buyers and Indian sellers.We had a unique experience and met some really interesting people from different countries like Bulgaria, Malaysia, Poland, Canada, Paris etc. Here are few glimpses from the event. Know more about Trabug Trabug Facebook Reviews

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India's First Travel Phone comes Calling! - voyagersworld.in

India’s first travel phone comes calling!Sunali Aggarwal, Co-Founder, Trabug, talks about a phone designed to facilitate easy communication for foreign travellers in India based on their travel duration and budgets. Trabug is India’s first travel phone that is designed to comply with Indian mobile networks all over the country. It helps one save over 70% of international roaming costs by enabling a local mobile connection with a compatible smartphone. A Trabug pack will be delivered to the guest at the hotel or place of stay upon arrival in India and upon departure, it will be picked up at no additional cost. “Trabug is a first-of-its-kind product in India that we have built and are getting great reviews from our customers,” begins its Co-Founder Sunali Aggarwal, while talking about how the phone has been designed to assist foreign travellers. “We have also added various important contacts like police, hospitals and embassies. You can tap on the device and get to create a hotspot and use internet on other devices. We also help travellers to exchange currency which is done via our Forex partners. Travellers can order currency via the phone and can be delivered to their doorstep.” “In a span of just three months, we have catered to over 100 tourists. This shows that our product is useful and relevant for tourists who prefer to travel on their own without a guide or an agency. We want foreigners to get services and products at fair rates. The platform in the future will also allow travellers to book event tickets, day tours and much more. Since we intend to curate content for them they would have an option from selecting only the best and most relevant options. We want to also focus on optimizing a traveller’s spend per day and obviously the end objective to attract and encourage more tourists to come to India.” Marketing Trabug markets itself via both online and offline channels. It intends to reach out to independent travellers and aims to serve more than 5000 tourists by the end of this year, besides hoping to raise funds to help it scale within India and to other countries. “We are primarily focusing on online marketing; we are active on Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We have tied up with privately owned hotels, BnB’s, guesthouses and travel agencies who are focusing on inbound travellers. We are partnering with embassies who host delegates of their respective countries. Medical tourism has been on a rise in India; so we are in talks with various agencies who coordinate on behalf of patients, with hospitals and also manage their stay and transport.” In the next three months, Trabug plans to add a lot more features to the phone and plans to launch in many other countries.

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Justin Bieber Concert in India 2017

Justin Bieber heart-throb of many will be performing in India On May 10, 2017 as a part of his ‘Purpose Tour’. Mark the date guys as it expected to be India’s biggest musical event in history. Bieber will be accompanied by his troupe of 150 people including backup dancers and choreographers. According to some sources his author film producer mother, Patricia Mallette will also be joining him for his India Tour. The organisers of the show will reach out to Ambani’s or Khans of the bollywood industry for Bieber’s Grand Welcome party. The event will take place at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium. Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez will be showing (taking) him around Mumbai city. Gateway Of India, Iskcon Temple, Colaba Causeway and also on auto ride through the streets of Bandra apart from a tour of Film City are the things on his exploring Mumbai list. Apart from Mumbai he’ll be travelling to Jaipur and New Delhi also during his week long stay. The exact itinerary is still to be decided but meeting A-listed singers and actors is also on the list. We will update this post as soon as we get the final itinerary. The Grand opening for the show is expected by Alan Walker. There are rumors that former One Direction member Zyan Malik might drop by during the event. Many Bollywood celebs will also be performing on this mega event. Our own Ms. Funny Bones, Twinkle Khanna will indulge in a tell all session with Bieber’s mother Patricia Mallette. Sonakshi Sinha will be performing on Bieber’s gig. Concert Tickets: The tickets for the concert are available on bookmyshow.com. The tickets can you cost up to 76,000 rupees but that is the price for VVIP. Tickets start from 4,060 rupees and are further divided in 3 categories Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver. Places to Stay Nearby: There are various options to stay near the DY Patil Stadium. You can avail discounts on online booking at different sites like expedia.com, bookings.com etc. For best advice and reviews visit tripadvisor.com. What else can you plan?

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Trabug has Special Deals for Group Tours

You could be visiting India in a group for any purpose, be it a wedding, medical treatment, musical concert, business meeting or plain simple leisure with your family or friends.Whatever the purpose, everyone wants to stay connected and with each other and home, in a foreign country. Trabug understands your connectivity needs and offers solutions customised just for you.Trabug is a travel phone specially designed for foreign tourists coming to India. It also comes with a 4G connection and unlimited data.Trabug has special deals for people travelling together in a group. To know more contact: connect@trabug.com WeddingsHosting or attending a wedding in India? Get in touch with Trabug. You can offer Trabug to your guests or get one for yourself. It will help you sync up with everyone at the wedding, catch a cab, get to the venue, co-ordinate with guests and keep everyone updated of your whereabouts. Trabug is extremely popular with destination weddings. Indian wedding end up becoming a week long event. If you are hosting a wedding in India give your guests Trabug so that they can stay connected with you all the time. You can keep them updated about the various ceremonies that happen during the wedding. Help them feel comfortable while exploring a new place and culture. Medical tourismMedical tourism has grown multiple folds in last few years in India. Due to Inflation in other countries people come to India for their treatment at much lower rates. Another reason for Medical treatment in India is the Quality of care provided at Indian hospitals.There are many multi specialty hospitals in India which aim to provide best treatment to patients. The most popular treatment sought in India by medical tourists are alternative medicine, bone marrow transplant, cardiac bypass, eye surgery and hip replacement.In 2016 citizens of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Republic of Korea and Nigeria availed the most medical visas for India.If you are accompanying your loved one or coming with a patient, get Trabug to keep your family back at home informed about the condition of the patient. Business Meetings, Conferences and ExhibitionsAre you coming for a business meeting or a conference in India ?You cannot completely depend on hotel wifi. They are either slow or not secure. Getting a local connection. Trabug solves this for you. You can pre order Trabug for your next visit to India. Wifi facility which is just few taps away. All this at very nominal charges.

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17 Super Fun Things To Do In Rishikesh

The glistening Ganges is a charmer, the chants of Hindu prayers touch the soul, the scenic backdrop refreshes the senses and the adrenaline-pumping adventures wrecks the nerves the way it should. Often found as a highlight in most Uttarakhand tour packages, Rishikesh is a fusion of piousness and thrill, which is why the city has two names- Land of God, and The Adventure Capital of India. Thanks to the endless opportunities in this little city of Uttarakhand there are numerous things to do in Rishikesh, for people of all ages. Read More What is Trabug?Trabug is India’s First travel phone specially designed for foreign travellers coming to India. It comes with a 4G connection and available on rent. Delivery and Pickup of Trabug is done at no extra cost! Planning to travel to India soon?You don’t need a Sim card, you need Trabug. Review from a happy customer “Recently I went on a week long trip to India, and I rented a smart phone through Trabug in order to stay in contact with people in India as well as have access to apps. I was greatly impressed with Trabug! Their customer service was excellent, having a representative call me to check up on me. Their start up and closing procedures were simple. The only thing I had trouble with was the interface of the Galaxy phone, since I’m used to iPhones. I also had to figure out how to transfer photos and videos that I took. Having preinstalled apps was wonderful, especially Google maps and WhatsApp. And the price was very good! I would pay more if I bought an unlocked smart phone and a SIM card in India. I was glad that it was delivered to me and that they picked it up. I only wish that there were more drop off points at airports, which I think they are working on. Fantastic! Many thanks to Trabug for making this easy! Keep up the good work!” FrJay Kythe U.S.A.