The eight cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Gaya and Varanasi feature in air fare promotions presently on offer you from Thai Airways International or THAI, the Thai national flag carrier.
They are among almost 60 points worldwide presented in THAI’s ‘Fly Smart with THAI’ promotion. To Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai the roundtrip fare from Bangkok is priced (per person) from THB 12,260 economy/THB 29,520 organization class. To Kolkata the fare starts from THB 9,420 economy/THB 22,675 company class. Ticketing is up to 15 March 2017 for travel departure by 31 March 2017.
THAI is supplying flights to Gaya and Varanasi the ‘Special Bodhgaya’ fares, for ticketing and travel departure up to 31 March 2017. Also for travel from the Thai capital, the fare (per person) to Gaya begins from THB 12,995 a single-way/THB 20,220 roundtrip and to Varanasi from THB 13,535 one particular-way/THB 21,540 roundtrip.
THAI’s Bangkok to India flights can be booked on-line at thaiairways.com. At the Thai airline’s official site flights can be booked throughout its global route network of much more than 60 destinations in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East – such as flights from Bangkok to London, flights from Frankfurt to Bangkok and direct flights from Thailand to Australia. Flights within Thailand can also be booked, on the domestic route network THAI operates in conjunction with its subsidiary THAI Smile.
There are also wonderful bargains on flights to Thailand to search for, hotel accommodation and airport transfers that can be booked on the web in THAI destinations about the world and travel insurance that can be purchased. Enticing holiday product from Royal Orchid Holidays also functions on thaiairways.com
Thai Airways International is a founding member of the Star Alliance network which at the moment operates over 18,500 everyday flights in 192 nations. Among the Thai airline’s partner carriers in the alliance is Air India, which joined in 2014.
Gaya and Varanasi
In its marketing and advertising of the ‘Special Bodhgaya’ fares, THAI invites people to “stick to the Buddha’s footsteps” to the legendary cities of Gaya and Varanasi. A major tourist drawcard in Bihar state, Gaya is a city of ancient historical and mythological significance and attracts religious pilgrims from the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain faiths. Several travellers use Gaya as a springboard to the key pilgrimage internet site of Bodhgaya, exactly where it is believed that over 2,000 years ago the young Prince Siddhartha accomplished enlightenment and became Buddha.
In Bodhgaya is Mahabodhi Temple, said to be the location exactly where Buddha attained enlightenment and, considering that 2002, a UNESCO Planet Heritage Web site.
On the banks of the Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh state, the city of Varanasi is India’s spiritual capital and the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism. Home to thousands of temples, it draws spiritual pilgrims who come to carry out rituals and ceremonies along the revered river’s banks.
Varanasi’s attractions consist of Vishwanath Temple, among the most famous of Hindu temples and committed to Lord Shiva, and Sankat Mochan Temple which is devoted to the god Hanuman and house to thousands of monkeys.
The capital of Karnataka state, the southern city of Bangalore is the heart of India’s IT business and is typically referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. This rapidly increasing, demographically diverse and happening metropolis sits at over three,000 ft above sea level and enjoys a temperate climate.
Bangalore has undergone a fast transformation considering that Indian independence and delivers today’s guests royal palaces, Raj era architecture, a cosmopolitan nightlife and an active café scene. Attractions consist of the 19th Century Bangalore Palace modelled by the British on England’s Windsor Castle, the Tipu Sultan’s Summer time Palace, the 17th Century Kote Venkataramana Temple, the Hare Krishna Iskcon Temple and the somewhat chaotic Krishnarajendra Market place.
Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is amongst the Indian cities most visited by foreign tourists. Situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, it is the capital of Tamil Nadu state. Practically half of the overall health vacationers who pay a visit to India go to Chennai, earning it the nickname of ‘India’s overall health capital’, even though the city is also house to more than a third of the country’s automobile sector thus giving it the other label of ‘The Detroit of India’.
A destination of Hindu temples, colonial architecture, Tamil culture and performing arts, Chennai was named by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 cities in the globe to visit in 2015 and the “hottest” city (worth going to and worth living in extended term) by the BBC.
A reminder of Chennai’s earlier days as a British outpost is the George Town historic quarter and Fort St. George, while the Government Museum and National Art Gallery provide far more culture. Other attractions contain the iconic 16th Century Kapaleeshwarar Temple, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, the 16th Century San Thome Basilica built by Portuguese explorers and Marina Beach.
At practically 1,500 sq km Delhi is India’s most expansive city and its population of some 25 million tends to make it the second most populous city soon after Mumbai. Containing India’s capital of New Delhi (the property base of THAI’s Star Alliance companion Air India) within its sprawling size, Delhi is an intoxicating mix of beauty and brutality, prosperity and poverty, the new and the old.
Testimony to the old Mughal Empire is the sandstone Red Fort – the primary residence of the Mughal dynasty emperors for practically 200 years till 1857 and which today houses museums – and the Jama Masjid, one particular of the largest mosques in India with a courtyard that can hold more than 25,000 men and women. The grand, tree-lined ceremonial boulevard Rajpath (meaning King’s Way), meanwhile, is testimony to the days of British rule and is exactly where the annual Republic Day parade is held in January.
Other attractions in Delhi incorporate the busy bazaars of the Chandni Chowk shopping district, the Raj Ghat memorial and Gandhi Smriti museum which are dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the India Gate war memorial to the 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died among 1914 and 1921, Humayun’s Tomb which is a UNESCO Planet Heritage Internet site and the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, and the Aravalli Biodiversity Park sanctuary for native bird, butterfly and other animal species.
India’s fourth most populous city with a population close to 8 million, Hyderabad is the capital of the southern state of Telangana (formed in 2014) and the de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh state. On the banks of the Musi River, it was historically identified as a pearl and diamond trading centre and continues to be known as the City of Pearls.
Hyderabad blends its standard Indian heritage with its part as a significant centre for the technologies sector, thus modern offices stand alongside bazaars and centuries-old forts. Significant attractions contain the 17th Century Golconda fort that was capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, Salar Jung Museum which is a single of the three National Museums of India and homes art performs, manuscripts and artefacts from around the world, bustling markets like Laad Bazaar and the iconic landmark that is the 16th Century mosque Charminar.
The capital of West Bengal state, Kolkata on the banks of the Hooghly River is the principal industrial, cultural and educational centre of East India. It is also the country’s cultural hub, having extended been known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage and exactly where these days music, literature and art flourishes.
When the capital of British-held territories in India, Kolkata or Calcutta as it was then identified has lots of colonial-era architecture. Constructed in the early 1900s and committed to the memory of Queen Victoria, Victoria Memorial is these days a museum and tourist hotspot, although the 19th Century Marble Palace is a palatial mansion well-known for its marble walls and floors.
Kolkata’s other attractions consist of the Indian Museum – the country’s largest and oldest museum – with its rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies and Mughal paintings, the New Industry buying location where all manner of goods and products can be found, and Dakshineswar Kali Temple constructed in 1855.
Previously known as Bombay, Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and is India’s most populous city with a population of around 18.four million. It is the country’s monetary, industrial and entertainment capital and is residence to the enormous Bollywood film sector.
Mumbai’s essential attractions contain the 26 m high Gateway of India monument constructed in 1924 and which overlooks the harbour, the Kala Ghoda art district exactly where a lot of of the city’s heritage buildings, museums and art galleries can be identified, and the famously crowded shopping bazaars that sell all sorts of factors – amongst these Chor Bazaar, Bhendi Bazaar, Colaba Causeway and Crawford Market place.