Get Ready for a Christmas Dive: Scuba Spot Opening in 20 Days at Karnataka's Panambur Beach

Get Ready for a Christmas Dive: Scuba Spot Opening in 20 Days at Karnataka's Panambur Beach

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Published on November 17, 2023

Panambur Beach in Karnataka is on the brink of transformation, poised to become the state’s third scuba diving destination. The Kadali Beach Tourism Development, a unit of Bhandary Builders, is spearheading this initiative, with plans to introduce scuba diving within the next 20 days.

Lakshmish Bhandary, Managing Director of Bhandary Builders and partner at Kadali Beach Tourism Development, shared that a recent survey revealed a shipwreck off Panambur Beach evolving into a picturesque underwater site. The region, rich in marine life, offers immense potential for ecological exploration and attracting tourists, despite not having vibrant coral reefs like Netrani Island.

Alongside scuba diving, Kadali Beach Tourism has introduced various water sports activities, such as parasailing, speedboat rides, jet skis, and desert bikes. The demand for these activities, particularly parasailing, is already high, with around 150 rides recorded over the weekends. During the Deepavali season, the beach witnessed a significant increase in footfall, attracting up to 12,000 visitors during weekends.

Kadali Beach Tourism Development, formed in collaboration with Dr. Rajesh Hukkeri, is responsible for the development and maintenance of Panambur Beach for the next ten years. This initiative is part of a broader effort to enhance the beach's appeal and provide top-notch facilities to locals and tourists alike.

Bhandary also announced the upcoming inauguration of a beachside party space by the end of the month. Plans are underway to introduce beachside barbeque counters, available every day from 6.30 PM to 10.30 PM, offering families an enjoyable experience. These developments aim to establish Panambur Beach as a premier beach destination and reverse the trend of crowds favoring other beaches due to limited facilities.

The introduction of scuba diving and other water sports at Panambur Beach marks a significant milestone in Karnataka's tourism sector. This initiative not only diversifies the recreational options available but also promises to boost the local economy by drawing in both domestic and international tourists.


Wego and Jordan Tourism Board Team Up to Promote Jordan's Travel Wonders

Wego and Jordan Tourism Board Team Up to Promote Jordan's Travel Wonders

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on July 18, 2024

Wego, the leading travel app and largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has recently announced a strategic partnership with the Jordan Tourism Board. This collaboration aims to highlight the diverse and captivating travel experiences that Jordan has to offer.

Jordan is famous for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality, making it a top choice for travelers seeking unique and unforgettable experiences. Through this partnership, Wego and the Jordan Tourism Board will showcase the country's many attractions, from the ancient marvels of Petra and Jerash to the natural beauty of the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum.

"Wego is thrilled to partner with the Jordan Tourism Board to showcase the beauty and cultural richness of Jordan to travelers worldwide," said Mamoun Hmedan, Chief Business Officer at Wego. "Jordan offers a wide range of experiences for every type of traveler, from history enthusiasts to adventure seekers. We are excited to work closely with the Jordan Tourism Board to inspire travelers to explore all that Jordan has to offer."

As part of this partnership, Wego users will gain access to exclusive travel deals, curated itineraries, and insider tips to help plan the perfect trip to Jordan. Whether travelers are interested in exploring ancient ruins, embarking on desert adventures, or indulging in the country's delicious cuisine, Wego and the Jordan Tourism Board are dedicated to providing the necessary resources for an unforgettable Jordanian adventure.

The partnership will also include joint marketing initiatives, social media campaigns, and promotional activities to raise awareness of Jordan as a premier travel destination and encourage travelers to discover its hidden treasures.

About Wego

Wego is the top travel app and largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa. It offers award-winning travel search websites and top-ranked mobile apps for travelers in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. Wego uses powerful, user-friendly technology to simplify the process of searching and comparing results from hundreds of airlines, hotels, and online travel agencies. 

About the Jordan Tourism Board

The Jordan Tourism Board is dedicated to promoting Jordan as a travel destination by showcasing its rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and hospitable people. Through various marketing and promotional efforts, the board aims to attract travelers from around the world to experience the unique offerings of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.


Pacific D21 Mall Dwarka Hosts Inspiring Kavi Sammelan

Pacific D21 Mall Dwarka Hosts Inspiring Kavi Sammelan

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on July 17, 2024

Pacific D21 Mall in Dwarka recently hosted a captivating Kavi Sammelan, drawing around 100 poetry enthusiasts to enjoy an evening of exceptional poetic performances. The event was graced by the esteemed chief guest, Rashtravadi Kavi Dr. Arjun Sisodia, adding a touch of distinction to the gathering.

The evening featured a diverse group of renowned poets, including Dr. Sanjay Jain, Ashok Apshar, Dr. Nathu Lal Lotwada, Dr. Seema Vats, Seema Ranga, Rameshwar Dev, Geeta Raghav, Urvi Udhal, and Sirta Jain. Each poet delivered a powerful performance, celebrating the rich tradition of Indian poetry and leaving the audience enchanted with their artistic expressions and creativity.

Abhishek Bansal, Executive Director of the Pacific Group, expressed his joy and gratitude for the event's success. "We are thrilled to see such an enthusiastic turnout for our Kavi Sammelan. It's heartwarming to witness the community come together to celebrate the beauty of poetry and literature. Pacific Mall, D-21 Dwarka, remains committed to enhancing cultural events that bring joy and inspiration to our visitors," said Bansal.

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The Kavi Sammelan was more than just a poetry reading; it was a celebration of the enduring power of words to connect, inspire, and uplift. Events like these highlight Pacific D21 Mall Dwarka's ongoing dedication to being a hub for cultural and artistic gatherings, providing a platform for artists and performers to showcase their talent.

Through this event, Pacific D21 Mall continues to affirm its role in promoting cultural activities, creating an environment where art and literature can thrive. The successful Kavi Sammelan is a testament to the mall's commitment to enriching the cultural fabric of the community.

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About Pacific D21 Mall

Pacific D21 Mall is Dwarka's one-stop destination for a fun-filled day out. Conveniently located in Sector 21 and connected to the metro station, we offer a vibrant atmosphere for budget-conscious shoppers, families, and friends. Whether you're looking for the latest fashion trends, trendy homeware, or essential electronics, Pacific D21 Mall has it all. Plus, our delicious food court and a variety of restaurants cater to every craving, from quick bites to fine dining experiences. 


Seabourn Unveils New "Seabourn Journeys" for 2024 Grand Africa Voyage

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 16, 2024

Seabourn, the leader in ultra-luxury cruising and expedition travel, has introduced a selection of new pre-, mid-, and post-cruise "Seabourn Journeys" available to guests on the 2024 Grand Africa Voyage. These journeys offer in-depth, land-based cruise extensions that go beyond single-day excursions, providing guests with opportunities to immerse themselves in Africa's extraordinary destinations.

The luxurious pre-, post-, and mid-cruise Seabourn Journeys during the Grand Africa Voyage allow guests to further explore Africa's premier destinations. For those interested in joining a safari to see Africa's "Big Five," several mid-cruise Journeys options are available, providing opportunities for guests to stay in unique properties and national parks in Botswana, Namibia, and more. They may also explore sites such as the Kariega Game Reserve (Settlers Drift), Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, and Onguma The Fort. Guests seeking exclusive wine experiences can enjoy gourmet dining and wine tastings at La Residence Wine Estate in Franschhoek during four-day pre- and post-cruise stays.

"Seabourn Journeys allow our guests to create deeper, more immersive experiences of the destinations by extending their travel beyond the first and final ports of calls," said Natalya Leahy, president of Seabourn. "I am very proud of this bespoke collection of offerings and believe our guests will be delighted with these experiences. Whether spotting the 'Big Five' on thrilling game drives, or relaxing in luxurious accommodations, or savoring award-winning wines, every moment is crafted to enhance the voyage and create unforgettable 'Seabourn Moments'."

The new Seabourn Journeys for the Grand Africa Voyage include:

La Residence Wine Experience (4-Day Pre- or Post-Cruise Journey) Cape Town, South Africa | Pre: January 25-28, 2025 | Post: January 28-31, 2025

Guests sailing on shorter segments that either embark or debark in Cape Town on January 28 can enjoy a pre-cruise or post-cruise experience in South Africa's stunning Cape Winelands. Upon arrival in Cape Town, guests are transported to La Residence in the Franschhoek Valley, where they can relax and dine at their leisure in opulent surroundings. The second day features a tour of historic wine estates in Paarl and Boschendal, complete with tastings and a picturesque picnic. On the third day, guests further explore the region's esteemed vineyards and savor gourmet meals paired with local wines. A final morning wine tasting concludes the journey before guests either return home or board the ship.

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (4-Day Post-Cruise Journey) Cape Town, South Africa | January 28-31, 2025

Guests debarking their voyage in Cape Town on January 28 can embark on a multi-day post-cruise journey at the renowned Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Known for its conservation efforts and luxurious accommodations, Grootbos offers a warm welcome and transfer to the Forest Lodge, where guests stay in elegant suites surrounded by stunning landscapes. Activities include exploring the Milkwood Forest, botanical hikes, 4x4 flower safaris, and visits to the ancient Klipgat Cave and Walker Bay Nature Reserve. A private Cape Agulhas tour features wine tastings and a curated picnic in South Africa's southernmost wine region. Guests also enjoy a marine safari to see the "Marine Big Five"—whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins—guided by marine biologists from Dyer Island Cruises. Each evening, guests dine at Grootbos' unique lodge restaurants before relaxing in the serene wilderness.

Ultimate Botswana Experience (7-Day Mid-Cruise Journey) Durban, South Africa | January 22-28, 2025

After disembarking in Durban, guests fly to Johannesburg and stay at the Sanctuary Mandela Boutique Hotel, Nelson Mandela's former residence. The next day, they travel to Botswana's Sanctuary Baines' Camp, known for its intimate setting and unique construction using recycled cans, offering game drives and mokoro excursions in the Okavango Delta. On the fourth day, guests transfer to the prestigious Chief's Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve, renowned for exceptional game viewing, including the "Big Five" and over 500 bird species. Guests enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, gourmet dining, and optional activities like scenic flights and spa treatments. The Journey concludes with a final morning game drive before flying to Maun and then Cape Town, where they rejoin Seabourn Sojourn to continue their voyage.

Kariega Game Reserve (4-Day Mid-Cruise Journey) Port Elizabeth, South Africa | January 25-28, 2025

Upon reaching Port Elizabeth, guests are transferred to Kariega Game Reserve, a vast 10,000-hectare wilderness known for its diverse wildlife, including the "Big Five", and abundant birdlife. Guests stay at Settlers Drift, a blend of tented safari and 5-star luxury, with private viewing decks overlooking the Bushman's River. Over the next two days, they enjoy exhilarating morning and afternoon game drives, optional activities, and gourmet dining. On the fourth day, after a final game drive and breakfast, guests are transferred to Port Elizabeth Airport for their flight to Cape Town, where they rejoin Seabourn Sojourn to continue their voyage.

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Escape To Etosha: Onguma The Fort (4-Day Mid-Cruise Journey) Cape Town, South Africa | January 29-February 2, 2025

This mid-cruise journey offers a luxurious safari at Onguma The Fort, a magical oasis where guests are treated to breathtaking views of the mesmerizing Namibian sunset. With its prime location overlooking the Etosha Pans, the fort envelops visitors in massive, cool walls adorned with a blend of African, Moroccan, and Indian influences, all while surrounded by diverse wildlife. Highlights include guided game drives to spot the "Big Five" and various antelope species, and opportunities to observe the breathtaking Namibian sunset from the main tower or during a sundowner safari. Visitors can relax in elegant suites with private verandas, indulge in delicious meals, and learn about rhino conservation efforts. After several days of adventure and relaxation, guests fly to Walvis Bay to rejoin Seabourn Sojourn.

The fully escorted Seabourn Journeys have been uniquely curated to give travelers more time in these locations to showcase the very best of the destinations via the experiential excursions they offer over multiple days. Most Seabourn Journey packages include select meals, transportation, and guided experiences for smaller groups ensuring intimate, personalized exposure to the location and its culture. Luxury hotels and lodges have been hand-selected to offer guests accommodations at the finest iconic properties in the best locations that showcase their surroundings and indigenous culture, with transfers between land and sea conveniently timed to the start or finish of scheduled Seabourn cruises.

Departures on most Seabourn Journeys are guaranteed with a minimum of just two guests. In addition, Seabourn offers a wide selection of mid-cruise overland journeys, that can become part of the overall cruise experience.

Departing on November 30, 2024, Seabourn Sojourn will sail roundtrip from Barcelona on a 90-day voyage that includes visits to 42 marquee and off-the-beaten-path destinations and cities in 20 countries, with seven overnight stays. For guests who cannot sail the entire voyage, shorter segments are available, giving guests more flexibility and opportunities to add pre- or post-journeys to extend their experiences. Shorter segments include the following:

  • 27-Day Jewels of Northwest Africa: November 30-December 27, 2024, from Barcelona to Cape Town

  • 17-Day Mozambique Channel Discovery & Zanzibar Nights: December 27, 2024-January 13, 2025, from Cape Town to the Seychelles

  • 59-Day Northwest Africa to The Mozambique Channel: November 30, 2024 - January 28, 2025, from Barcelona to Cape Town

  • 22-Day West African Discovery: January 28 – February 19, 2025, from Cape Town to the Canaries.

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For reservations or more details about Seabourn's Grand Africa voyage, please call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391, visit www.seabourn.com, or contact a professional travel advisor.

About Seabourn:

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury ocean and expedition travel and operates a suite of seven modern ships. The all-inclusive, boutique ships offer all-suite accommodations with oceanfront views; award-winning dining; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available at all times; renowned service provided by an industry-leading crew; a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel at home; a pedigree in expedition travel through the Ventures by Seabourn program and two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships, including Seabourn Venture that launched in 2022 and Seabourn Pursuit in 2023. Seabourn takes travelers to every continent on the globe, visiting more than 400 ports including marquee cities and lesser-known

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