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Indian Railways to offer ticket booking service via SMS

In order to felicitate smooth ticket booking options, Indian Railways is all set to start an SMS-based ticket booking services for its passengers from July 1, 2013. The new service will allow travellers with smart-phones to book their tickets by just sending an SMS or through option-based service.

A senior Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) official said, “The bookings can be made from anywhere and at any time in a secure manner. There is no need to log onto the internet or stand in a queue. Any mobile user can operate this system using handsets ranging from feature phones to smart-phones.”  

While booking tickets via SMS, travellers need to register themselves with their bank if they want to avail the benefit of the service. “This provision was made so that any other person does not use the number to carry out transaction. After registering with the bank, the consumer would get a pin, which would be sent with the SMS for transaction,” added the senior IRCTC official.

Phuket gets a new vacation club

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If you are planning a vacation in Phuket sometime soon, then you will have one more accommodation option to choose from, as Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has recently opened its Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao for travellers seeking creature comforts along with tranquil environs.

Conveniently located in northwest Phuket, the new resort is just 15 minutes from the Phuket International Airport and about 40 minutes from the busy life of Patong and features 70 apartment suites with an option of one, two and three-bedrooms and 30 spacious pool villas with an option of one and two bedrooms.

To enhance the living experience at the club, the new resort offers pool villas and apartment suite with a well-equipped kitchen and separate living and dining spaces thus creating a home away from home ambience at the resort.  

Other facilities at the resort include a large swimming pool, Jacuzzi, a 24-hour fitness centre, an Anantara Spa, an all day dining restaurant Chaam, the wood-fired pizza sala, Crust, and the swim-up pool bar Ripples. In case you want to explore the local area, there are bicycles available at the resort.  

Thai cooking classes are also available for those guests wishing to learn more about the Kingdom’s popular four flavour balance.

Rajaji Park to close  its gates for rainy season

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Rajaji National Park will be closed to the public from June 15 to November 15 during the rainy season, as the roads get damaged due to rundown tracks, heavy water logging and unchecked vegetation growth.

S P Subuddhi, director of the park said, “Forest personnel had intensified long distance patrolling on foot in all the ranges to keep a watch on the activities of poachers and the forest mafia. The park, a favourite haunt for the lovers of wildlife, is witnessing increasing footfalls every passing year.”

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