Tall skyscrapers, frenzied partying, architectural brilliance, and the never-ending Mumbai monsoon…that’s Mumbai for you! Mumbai is India’s commercial capital, its entertainment capital, and is famously known as the city that never sleeps. Mumbai is India’s busiest and most-populous city, with the 2011 Census of India estimating that 12 million call it home. Gateway of India This magnificent monument was built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder in Mumbai in 1911. It now welcomes tourists from all over the world, and stands tall in front of the famous Taj Mahal Hotel. You can also take a carriage-ride around the area in quaint contraptions known as Victorias – horse-drawn carriages named for Britain’s second-longest reigning monarch. Though your Trabug smartphone can easily help you take a selfie or two, local photographers will be happy to click a picture for just 30 Indian rupees (USD 0.45). A weekend getaway to the nearby Elephanta Caves is a great option. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Caves consist of some stunning Hindu and Buddhist religious sculptures, some of which are estimated to be nearly 1200 years old. Explore your spiritual side The city of Mumbai is also home to two extremely popular places of worship – the Siddhivinayak Temple, and the Haji Ali Dargah.
Jodhpur is a city where Brahmin-blue houses stand cheek-by-jowl with 21st century architecture. The Blue City is literally Blue! It’s filled with glittering, winding, medieval streets, which do not lead you where you expect to go. The scent of roses and incense hangs in the air, with bazaars selling everything from bangles to saris to temple decorations to trumpets. Most tourists visit Jodhpur to take in its imposing forts and picturesque lakes. But whether you’re here to shop, stare, or soak in the atmosphere, you won’t leave Jodhpur without the city having made an impression on you. Top things to do in JodhpurExplore Mehrangarh Fort The mighty and wondrous Mehrangarh Fort tops our list. Use Trabug’s audio tour and spend the rest of your day exploring one of the largest forts in India. The sprawling complex includes many royal apartments, charming rooms, and delightful balconies, but one of these is special. Take a peep inside Phool Mahal – the Palace of Flowers. It is believed that this was a room dedicated solely to the pleasure of the Maharajas – where they watched dancing girls perform, enjoyed the rich art of their paintings, and had a royally good time. For adventurous tourists, the Flying Fox activity is a must. A zipline tour that sends you flying around Mehrangarh Fort’s moats and ramparts, the Flying Fox attracts customers from all walks of life, including, it seems, Boris Johnson, London’s erstwhile mayor and current British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
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.
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?