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Mumbai gets India’s first AC EMU train

After a couple of years of trial runs, India’s first Air-conditioned EMU train hit the track for it’s maiden run on a Christmas morning. Before it’s inaugural run, Western Railway conducted a final test run for important officials of Western Railways and it was given a green signal for India’s first EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) train. This train was brought in Mumbai on 4th of April 2016.

Below features of this train give hope of easy travel to everyday commuter

Capacity: It has the capacity to carry 1,028 sitting and total of 5,964 passengers.
Emergency Services: It has Talk back facility at each doorway for Emergency purposes and also traditional chain system have been replaced with LED based coach identification system for door malfunctioning and chain pulling.
Comfort: Trains have been built with Air Suspension system which could reduce a bit of your back pain. Luggage racks are modular with transparent glass which is good. Coaches are comfortable made up of stainless steel with straight side walls.
Security: Similar to local trains, AC trains will also have RPF constables in each coach


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  • First and twelfth coaches are reserved for Ladies
  • Second and eleventh coaches have 7 seats reserved for Senior Citizens
  • Fourth and Seventh coaches have 10 seats reserved for physically disabled passengers

How frequent the EMU will run?

Each day this train will have 12 runs on Western Line of Mumbai Railyway except weekends. Eight of these will be running on fast lane between Churchgate to Virar with halt at major stations – Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayandar and Vasai Road. Three of them will run on the same fast lane from Churchgate but only till Borivali.
Rest of them will be running between Mahalaxmi to Borivali with halt at all stations.

How much will it cost?

Western Railway published the fare chart for the much awaited AC local to be effective until 29 December. As per railway officials, Base fares will be 1.3 times that of the first-class fares for single journey tickets. Surcharge of GST will be added on Base Fare. As a discounted offer for first six months, base fare will remain at 1.2 times of first-class base fares. MUTP surcharge for card ticket holder is Rs 6 for a journey between 11-150 kilometres

 

Best places to visit in India during Christmas Vacation

Not only the Catholics in West, the whole India are gearing up for Christmas.   Festive of forgiveness, affection and merry is shortly to arrive! Santa Claus would be coming in town soon. It is not merely exchanging gifts; it’s a festive of exchanging love. People are indulged in pre-Christmas decorations with zeal and enthusiasm.  India is a nation of diversity with different rituals, traditions and customs, Christmas has its own exquisite in India. We have our own way of enjoying the spirit of Christmas festive. The decorations, celebrations, gossips, smiles, and music all around make you overwhelm the winter blues and feel the warmth of Christmas.

It is celebrated in various parts of India with pomp and show. For the party freaks there are lot of places for partying. The shopaholics can enjoy enormous discounts on fashion, electronics, house decor items and a lot more. Plum cakes, candies, drinks, cocktails, local feast, mouth-watering sweets, I am desperately waiting for! So are you?

If you plan to celebrate your merry Christmas holidays in a merrier affair there are many places in India that are worth visiting during Christmas Eve. So why sit at home taking sip of your usual tea, provoke your festive spirit, and make your Christmas Eve special by visiting these places in India.

Goa

Goa is packed with a considerable Catholics population.  The Christmas celebration in Goa is out of the world, which offers you an experience of a lifetime!  Goa is well known for its all the year merriment, but during Christmas the place becomes livelier, is decorated like a bride with artistic props.  Sidewalk Christmas trees, illuminated malls, markets, cathedrals, restaurants, streets, bars and pubs make the place gleam like never before. The decorated beach shacks with live bands playing music spreads love in the air. Night long parties on beaches like Anjuna & Candolim, Mapusa are the special attractions of the place that make people flock from all around the world. The yummy plum cakes, date rolls, scent of poinsettia flowers, midnight mass in churches, and melody of carols lift up the festive mood.

Puducherry

Puducherry is known as little France; one could experience a perfect blend of Indian and French culture in Puducherry. It also has a good Roman Catholic population who celebrates Christmas with a gala note.  The Gothic churches and cathedrals are beautifully decorated during Christmas. Midnight masses and preaching remembering life of Christ by local pastors at various churches are joined by tourists, local dignitaries and common masses.  Sacred heart of Jesus, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, church of Our Lady lourde at Villianoor and Immaculate Conception church are the special attractions of night. Beach night decorations and Ornamented Christmas trees on the sidewalks make Puducherry upbeat. Hang outs at the serene beaches, gossiping and bands playing songs make people rejoice the festive. You can see a lot of travelers who add to the horde of fun activities & parties. Looking at the dancing ocean waves, eating your favorite cookies while sitting with your loved ones, makes the sight more striking!

Kerala

Kerala owns blend of Syrian and western culture. For beach lovers, Kerala is a worthy place to rejoice the Christmas vacation in India. Decorated churches, cathedrals streets, illuminated restaurants, propped trees makes Kerala look like a night queen. For foodies there are variety of cookies, cakes, cocktails & drinks with heavy discounts. Exotic delicacies and Evening buffets at the blazing beaches are worth witnessing. The priests enact Lord Jesus’s birth scene, sound of mid night carols soothers the ear and boost up the mood. Kerala has various flavors for a foodie- Achappam, bread with fish molly, beef curry are the famous temptations of Kerala. Common masses exchange platters of dry fruit cakes and traditional Kerala sweets; this is a great way of spreading love and sending warm greetings.  In Kochi, Trivandrum, Kovalam, Munnar, Wayanad you can enjoy beautiful surroundings, these cities are worth visiting during Christmas.  Enjoy the backwaters cruise & houseboats that turn them haven tranquility. Fishing and canoeing can be an added fun. The appealing scenery, rich cultural heritage would surely revive your mood and festive spirit.

Mumbai

Mumbai is one of the best Christmas getaways in India. The Mumbai folk possess high end spirit for festivities and fun. The zeal, enthusiasm of locals is worth seeing. Christmas trees on the sidewalks ornamented artistically, display the passion of people for the festival. Malls, markets, streets, houses sparkle in the bright lights. Church Gate, Western Suburb Bandra and Hill Road have major population of Catholics, so they are of added magnetism for the locals as well as the tourists.  Bakeries have a lot to offer to you; cakes, desserts & local feast is worth giving a go. Midnight masses, jingling bells, melodious carols & hymns blow-out harmony in the environment.  People attend mid night masses and lit candles in Mount Mary’s Basilica, Holy Name Cathedral, Saint Thomas’s Cathedral, Gloria Church and various other churches, with a belief that their wishes would come true.

Manali

Manali is a winter paradise in India. Loves to play with snow, why not celebrate this Christmas in Manali and give it a unique sensation? Skiing, snowboarding, playing with snowballs and a lot of plethora of fun activities are there to enhance your vigor and zest for Christmas celebration. Snow roofed mounts; snowman and horde of tourists would be your right companion while waiting for Santa to come! Hang out in the lovely weather, enjoying your favorite hot chocolate at the log huts surrounded by magnificent Deodar trees. Feel the sheer warmth and compassion while sitting by the fireplace with you loved ones; the gossips and carousing brings a hilarious feel that makes the Christmas a memorable experience.

Shillong

Admire the beauty of North-East; why not give a visit to Shillong this Christmas? The Catholics population in Meghalaya decorates the capital and other cities with zeal and enthusiasm. Its natural beauty, flora and fauna add to the colors of the festive. The engaging activities in December at Shillong are worth taking a part in.  The century-old fir tree and The Cathedral Church in Shillong is the famous attraction for pre-Christmas decoration and Christmas celebration. The hills around Shillong turn lively with chiming bells and melodious hymns. Jastem and Putharo accompanied with Dohneiiong is a delightful pork-based dish, worth giving a tang during this season. Along with Gospel music and Christmas cheer abounds in churches, local dance troops and the tribal music is an integral part of the festive. During Christmas the egalitarian society in Shillong distribute sweets, candies, food and gifts to the underprivileged

Virat-Anushka tie knot! The Exclusive Affair

Finally, putting a rest to all the speculations, rumors about their wedding, Anushka and Virat shared a picture of her wedding on Twitter at a scenic location in Tuscany, Italy. World can’t stop pouring wishes for this beautiful couple.

Here’s all you need to know about the gala wedding about Indian Cricket Team Captain and one of the most promising actress of Bollywood.

Tuscany – a merge of beauty of nature and millenary work of man (Source: Discover Italy)

Virushka’s wedding was one of the most talked about point in India. So when finally, it happened, it’s not only the wedding but also the place of the wedding is becoming the most talked about thing in India. Tuscany is located in Central part of Italy and its blessed with amazing landscape ranging from Apennine Mountains to Tyrrhenian Sea near the west coast of Italy. With population of just over 37 Lakhs, Florence province attracted more than 5000 tourists in 2016.

Islands such as Tuscan Archipelago have beautiful crystal clear sea whereas Versilia beach have amazing rocky cliffs. Etruscan Civilization footprints can be found in Tuscany with tombs in Populonia and Volterra, Orvieto, Arezzo, Populonia cities reminding us of the Roman Age. Thermal waters can be found in Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni which makes it as a place to relax.

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Many migrant birds such as pink egrets have their home in Orbetello Lagoon. Apuan Alps provides the most scenic beauty and evidence of uncontaminated nature.

With all the natural beauty with Medieval villages, churches, castles, historical town, Tuscany is a certainly a place which can give you memories to live

Who attended the wedding

Indian captain and Bollywood beauty known for keeping their private affairs off the magazines and glamour shows, kept the news of their wedding under the wraps and choose to marry in Tuscany, Italy. Only family members and close friends attended the wedding. Reportedly, amongst the cricketers Virat’s childhood friends and Under-17 team members shared the happiness with Virat on his big day. Most of the cricketers took to twitter to wish the newly-wed couple.

Reception in New Delhi and Mumbai

Virushka will be having a grand reception at New Delhi on 21st December and in Mumbai on 26 December for all those who could not make it to the wedding.

As per a statement by Sharma’s representative, the couple will fly to South Africa where the India will be playing their next series. After spending a new year’s eve, Anushka will resume shooting for her upcoming film with Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai. Couple would be shifted to Worli, Mumbai soon.

Above the clouds!

Clouds have always been a fascination for children as well as adults. Many poems have been written to describe the beauty of clouds. The famous poet Kalidasa referred clouds as “The Messenger”. If you are one of those who gets awestruck by the beauty of this Kalidasa’s Meghadoot (Clouds – The Messenger) then “Nandi Hills” is surely the place you must visit.

Located at around 60 km from the city of Bangalore, it is a perfect destination for a Winter weekend. We started our journey from Marathahalli at 3:30 AM before the first rays of the 2017 could lighten up the city.

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We planned to watch the first sunrise of the year at one of the most scenic place. As we were moving towards Nandi Hills, the dew, fog and strong cold breeze were reminding us at every moment about the fact that you have to find your way through the hurdles to experience the beauty. The fog was so intense that at one point we had to stop the car. But nevertheless, the breaks too turned out to be memorable with a “garam chai” (hot cup of tea) in freezing cold weather.

Finally, we reached the Nandi Hills gate at around 6 AM. But since it was very crowded, being the first day of the year and it was dark, gates were still closed. Sun was slowly rising up the hills as we were waiting for the gates to be open. That didn’t stop us from grabbing the glimpse of the rising sun.

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Soon, the gates were opened. As sun was slowly moving up,we were also moving upwards to the top of the Nandi Hills. Along the way we could seethe hills blessed with sunlight.

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As we reached the top of the Nandi Hills, we were speechless by the scenery we saw there. The whole city was covered by the clouds. It was feeling like being in a heaven. Clouds were all over the city. Watching the scenery of Sun at the top, clouds in the middle and the city at the bottom was the highlight of going to Nandi Hills. Sun’s slow progression towards the top was quite an experience. Truly a memorable one to watch and feel.

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After experiencing the clouds, we moved to the beautiful flower garden which is just as beautiful as the clouds. It was one of the most beautiful vegetation with variety of plants in it.Finally at 10 AM, we wrapped up the trip and started our return journey taking with us the most beautiful memories of clouds. As we headed towards our return journey we took us with us the vast amount of energy to kick start another beautiful year of our life. What can be more beautiful start of the year than this.

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To read more about the Nandi Hills, below is the link –
http://horticulture.kar.nic.in/nandi.htm