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Want to beat the Mumbai heat? Go to Lonavala

April 25, 2007 15:52 IST
Want to give the oppressive summer heat the skip? Want to holiday in the hills? Want to go somewhere nice and peaceful? How will you choose the right travel destination? How can you make your travel plans fit your budget?

If you are planning to explore the Kerala backwaters or a trek through the north-eastern part of India, find out if it is the right time to do so. How effective are online travel portals in helping people plan their holidays?

Amal Purandare, head, India operations, Arzoo.com answered to many such queries in an one-hour chat with rediff.com on Wednesday. Here is the transcript:


Amal Purandare says, A 'warm' Welcome to all customers in India (no pun intended!) and abroad..! From Amal Purandare, Head - India - Operations, Arzoo.com

BMDAS asked, I want to visit USA in tourist VISA in June2007. Who is a dependable out bound tour operator
Amal Purandare answers,  at 2007-04-25 14:32:02Obviously, Arzoo.com..!! We have a full fledged Outbound Team, who are experts in their feilds. Do log on to www.arzoo.com for more details
kumar asked, COOL PLACE NEAR HYD
Amal Purandare answers, Ooty, KodaiKannal are the most well known...visit www.arzoo.com for more details.
ishu asked, hi,i stay in dubai,can u please suggest a place where we can go and enjoy for 5 days 4 nights
Amal Purandare answers, Best options for you are Far East and Mauritius.
ishu asked, hi,i stay in dubai,can u please suggest a place where we can go and enjoy for 5 days 4 nights
Amal Purandare answers, For more details, visit www.arzoo.com, or call +91 (22) 67134444, or SMS 6767 55
vikash asked, which the right hotel to stay in Manali for a budget of approx.Rs.2000- for a double room ?
Amal Purandare answers, Snow Valey Resort hotel will fit your budget. For more details, visit www.arzoo.com, or call us on +91 (22) 67134444, or SMS 6767 55
Annu asked, Which is the best place for honey moon.... in India.....
Amal Purandare answers, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Uttranchal, Rajasthan, Kerala, Goa, depending upon the time of the year. One can also travel to Ladakh or Sangla, Kinnaur, if you want to give a adventure touch to your Holiday. For more details, visit www.arzoo.com, or call us on +91 (22) 67134444, or SMS 6767 55
cgasaha asked, Can you suggest me how to trek to high altitude in hilly region of north?
Amal Purandare answers, We can arrange for various types of treks and hikes in India, viz - Valley of Flowers, Chardham, or Ladakh, in north east we can do Neora Valley National Park Trek. For more details, visit www.arzoo.com, or call us on +91 (22) 67134444, or SMS 6767 55
llllllllll asked, Hi. I wasnt to plan for a 2 week vacation to Australia. How do I go about this ? What would be the VISA issues ?
Amal Purandare answers, For more details, visit www.arzoo.com, OR call us on +91 (22) 67134444, OR SMS 6767 55, OR e-mail us at support@arzoo.com Visa for Australia is not a problem if the documentation is in order. Do contact us on above details and we shall give you the details on documentation and package, as well as guide you for your trip.
megha asked, can any1 answer me
Amal Purandare answers, Sorry Megha, couldn't attend to you earlier. Could you post your question..?
RAO asked, COOL PLACE NEAR MUMBAI
Amal Purandare answers, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Igatpuri...
bpd asked, hello i am bpd from delhi, wants to orgnise one trip of my office. approx male female and couple including children will be 250. pl suggest
Amal Purandare answers, Could you give me details of your requirements, for me to help you? The places your would like to visit, date of travel, duration of travel, etc??
kumar asked, hi, can you pls le tme now us H1B Visa process
Amal Purandare answers, Your employeer in the US will have to apply for the H1 visa at the US emmigration. After your get the approval, some of the key documents required to be submitted in India are Educational Qualifications, Financial Documents, Contract copy with US employeer....
navneet asked, sir i am planing to go to some cool place as well pilgrimage with decent accomodation and good vegeterian food and off course economic budget ?
Amal Purandare answers, You can combine Himachal Pradesh with Vaishno Devi....
mani asked, Can you suggest some good places in INDIA which are yet virgin for the tourists? Duration will be 5-6 days. No matter it might be in any part of India but should be suitable for a family to go there in June
Amal Purandare answers, Tarkarli Beach in Sindudurg, Maharashtra can be a ideal holiday for 4-5 days. Nearest Airport is Goa.
rajesh asked, nice places in kerala?
Amal Purandare answers, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Munnar, Kovalam...are good places in Kerala.
aus asked, Do u have a kerala package for 5-7 days
Amal Purandare answers, Yes....
eskimo asked, any gud place... in Andaman...???
Amal Purandare answers, Port Blair and Havlock Island
anita asked, i am still waiting
Amal Purandare answers, Sorry Anita, too many questions. Could you repeat your question?
anoop123 asked, Hi, Which r cool places to visit in karnataka at this time of the year
Amal Purandare answers, Yes...Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty...
vsgsdfvbsfd asked, plz tell us about moderately priced pakage for goa(4 ppl).... am still waitin
Amal Purandare answers, Rs 5000...3 nights and 4 days per couple
svl asked, pls tell me d package for badrinath kedarnath
Amal Purandare answers, Char Dham package is on our site...pls check
ranjit asked, we from INFOSYS want to have to summer vacation trip to kerala for 5n/6d can you suggest us a package.
Amal Purandare answers, Please send your details on sales@arzoo.com and we will revert.
anita asked, we are a group of 14 adults and 1 child, with my son 16yrs being wheel chair bound, we are planning a trip to mauritius in 1st week of june 2007, how do we go about it
Amal Purandare answers, Visa for Mauritius is on arrival...minimum stay recommended stay is 4 nights. Flights and Hotels need to be booked well in advance. Send us your contact details with your requirements sales@arzoo.com and we shall get back to you.
vidya asked, mr purandare, which according to you is the best place to visit this summer? please tell a place which is NOT very crowded, is cool, and has good facilities? We are planning a holiday but don't know how to go about it... should we contact a travel agency or someone like you.. so help me
Amal Purandare answers, A 6 nights, 7 days package covering Parwanoo, Manali, and Naldhra would be ideal for your requirement...Send us your contact details with your requirements sales@arzoo.com and we shall get back to you.
Pbr asked, What will be the rate of hotels in Darjeeling in May?
Amal Purandare answers, 3 nights, 4 days package starting from Rs 7000 per person....
anoop asked, Hi, can you suggest some honeymoon package abroad for 7 days///not too expensive :)
Amal Purandare answers, Mauritius, Maldives, Phuket, Bali
ved asked, hi amol..can you tell me the right time to go to kerala backwaters?
Amal Purandare answers, Oct to March
suresh01 asked, Hi, Can you tell me what are the other places to see near varanasi???
Amal Purandare answers, Sarnath
Mihirk asked, I am planning a trip for 4 to maldives in June...is it the right time to go there and i am looking for a luxury hotel... a spa resort or relaxation. any suggestions?
Amal Purandare answers, Maldives is all year round destination. There are Spa's like suneva fushi
Sajal4ever asked, Hi Mr. Purandare..I am planning to go to Singapore on ney year's eve....is this the right time to look for any offers??
Amal Purandare answers, book your package well in advance...say by Oct
Shyam D asked, I am from pune and planning to go for vacation in May mid. Please suggest me some good place which will be entertainment for my son as well , who is 5 years old. Should be in India
Amal Purandare answers, For long duration ...visit Uttranchal with Corbett National park
madhu1 asked, Can u arrange for trekking to 'Hari ki Doon' in Uttaranchal. How much it costs for a group of 5 persons?
Amal Purandare answers, Yes we can arrange for the same....very much
sunitha asked, itinerary for kodaicanal within a budget of 7-8000/- for 4 days.
Amal Purandare answers, Package will include accomodation, breakfast for 3 nights and 4 days...
Deep asked, May will be too hot for Himachal visit
Amal Purandare answers, In fact May is the ideal time...
kk asked, good holetl for munnar 1000/- per night in june july
Amal Purandare answers, Hotel Hill View
Vagabond asked, What would a 5-day holiday for a family of 4 to Shillong cost? As per arzoo, that is...
Amal Purandare answers, 15,000 to 17,000 Rs per person...for 4 nights
vsgsdfvbsfd asked, right...i am interested in knwin....why should we opt for arzoo? What makes it better than other portals like makemytrip?
Amal Purandare answers, Good prices, good products, and excellent service...
atull asked, Hello Amal, which is best Place near Pune? Please suggest for this summer?
Amal Purandare answers, Lonavala...Mahabaleshwar
RAJESHCHATHNATH asked, I live in Mumbai. We are a group of 7 majors and 2 minors! What is the best place to go in say June-July in India for a week max?
Amal Purandare answers, Rajasthan, Bhandardhara, Kerala, Laddakh...
Pooja asked, What are the best places to visit near Mumbai
Amal Purandare answers, Lonavala, Matheran, Alibaug, Chiplun,
rohit_1 asked, What is the best time to visit Kerela.
Amal Purandare answers, Winter in India
rohit_1 asked, What is the best place to stay in Dalhousie, can you also tell me the rates available
Amal Purandare answers, Alps Holiday Resort or similar @ approx 1500 per night
anmol asked, what are the places around Jaipur to visit and suggest the best climate and total days to be planned?
Amal Purandare answers, Agra, Mandwa, Bikaner, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur
anmol asked, what are the places around Jaipur to visit and suggest the best climate and total days to be planned?
Amal Purandare answers, Best Climate is during winter for about a week
PTB asked, singapore: budget hotels, what is the avg price?
Amal Purandare answers, 3 nights about 125 USD
BeachLover asked, Eastern Europe? Can you please suggest some destinations.
Amal Purandare answers, Prague, Vienna,
ashu asked, Hi.. Which is the best season to visit Manali...I want to see the snow fall so can you pls guide me on to which place and when to visit? Thanks
Amal Purandare answers, Dec, Jan...
HITESH asked, I WANT TO KNOW IF U DO TICKETING TO NEWARK?
Amal Purandare answers, Yes
Amal Purandare says, Sorry Guys Couldn't answer all your querries...Thanks for your time!!

Amal Purandare says, Enjoy your Holidays Bookings from the comfort of your home through Online Travel Portals. GoodBye