Weekly Photo Challenge : Off-season

The following shall be missed as it is an Off-Season

Strawberries (courtesy-pixabay.com)
Strawberries
Strawberries and cream
Strawberries and cream

Strawberries and cream, a mouth-watering delicacy.

Alphonso mangoes (courtesy www.mangosmumbai.co.in)
Alphonso mangoes

Alphonso Mangoes taste delicious in an ice cream, smoothies or just plain.

Travel in style #LufthansaPremiumEconomy

Indians always want value for money whether it is a movie, shopping or travelling. When travelling on long distance flights, the first thing that one wants is ‘comfort’. To define ‘comfort’ would mean that there should be comfortable seats, good food, clean place, hygienic toilets and travel in style. Lufthansa has made us comfortable by launching more Indian feeling in Lufthansa flights. The flights are now serving Indian food in Indian style.

Well, you might ask why I chose Lufthansa? Lufthansa has a good on-time performance. The flight tickets are a bit expensive than some other airlines, but it is ‘paisa vasool’ or value for money for their reliable services, be it in-flight or during ground handling. You can avail of wireless internet with a Telekom hotspot in all Lufthansa lounges across the globe.

courtesy- play.google.com
courtesy play.google.com

‘Lufthansa’, what does the term mean to you? Have you ever tried to find out? Do you just think it is just another airline? Well, here it is. Lufthansa or Lufthansa German Airlines is the largest airline in Europe because of its fleet size and passengers carried till date. ‘Luft’ in German means ‘air’ and ‘Hansa’ means ‘guild’ in reference to Hanseatic League. An encircled stylised crane in flight which is Lufthansa logo was created in 1918 by Otto Firle.

The headquarters are in Cologne. Its primary hub is Lufthansa Aviation Center in Frankfurt airport and the secondary hub is Munich airport.

Image courtesy -en.wikipedia.org
Image courtesy -Wikipedia

Lufthansa is also part of the Star Alliance, which is the world’s largest airline alliance that was formed way back in 1997.

Let us check out what does Lufthansa offers its passengers at the airport. There is a First Class Lounge, Senator Lounge, Business Lounge and a welcome Lounge.

  •  First Class Lounge– As you enter the First Class Lounge, you are welcomed into the warm colors and exclusive ambiance of First Class facilities on the ground which enhance moments of peace at the airport. If you are at the Frankfurt airport then a limousine service shall take you to the aircraft. Not only this, you also get a personal assistant to take care of your travel requirements.There is a ‘First Class Excitement’ in a Porsche drive too. You can drive a Porsche at a fee from Avis and save your transit time at the airport. Currently on offer at Frankfurt airport.
  • Senator Lounge– If you are a senator, then you are able to invite one companion and children under the age of 18, free of charge in a senator lounge.
  • Business Lounge– A range of services are offered to a frequent flyer to choose from a variety of culinary treats, selection of international newspapers and magazines and a separate room for smokers. The lounge is so comfortable that would make you feel that your flight would take off late.
    All this and more is just the ground services that Lufthansa has to offer its esteemed customers.
premium-economy.lufthansa.com

Let us check out what Lufthansa airline offers in-flight. Lufthansa has launched the Premium Economy Class which gives you comfort when it comes to leg room. There is 50 % more space to stretch out. There is also a drink holder to place your drink and a comfortable seat with a separate armrest so that your arms are comfortable and a footrest to stretch out for longer distances. Convenient storage, in the seat, to store your clothes and personal stuff. The Bathrooms are really spacious with the cabinets.

Lufthansa also offers FlyNet on its long distance flights. It offers two different services that are very useful– internet access via WLAN or mobile via GSM. FlyNet portal allows access to latest news about business, politics, sport and society. Live sporting events can be seen on Sport 24 TV channel.

The airline is currently offering #LufthansaPremiumEconomy” on Delhi Frankfurt and Bengaluru Madrid routes.

What more can you ask for? It is altogether ‘paisa vasool’ or value for money offer to travel in style, with more space, more service and much more. ‘Nonstop you’ is the right slogan with the Lufthansa logo. Way to go Lufthansa!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

Vivid
I clicked a few pictures this morning and this is what I observed.

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In the above picture, there is a bird perched on the tree but not quite clear.

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In the second image, I zoomed in to capture the bird and noticed it is a vivid Kingfisher

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In the final image, it is quite visible with vivid Kingfisher’s beak turned to the left side.

3 Offbeat sites in South India

India is a country with many destinations worth exploring for a holiday. I shall focus on 3 offbeat sites in South India. Here is an insight into the unexplored, offbeat sites of Kodaikanal, Coorg and Yelagiri.

Kodaikanal is situated in the hills of taluk division of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is also known as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’. The climate is pleasant and the best time is April to June and from September to October.

Berijam Lake (Img. courtesy-commons wikimedia.org)
Berijam Lake
(Img. courtesy-commons wikimedia.org)

• Berijam Lake– the most beautiful lake in South India is 21 km from Kodaikanal. The lake has pure water and is the main resource of water for Periyakulam, that is located in the valley below Kodaikanal. Pine forest surrounds this lake where ‘magic mushrooms’ can be found in abundance. It is an excellent trekking route, but one has to be careful as there are wild animals like bison and leopard.

Kodai Lake (wikipedia.org)
Kodai Lake
(wikipedia.org)

• Kodai Lake The lake is beautiful and contributes to the picturesque hill station of Kodaikanal. It is in a shape of a star and has been artificially constructed over an area of 60 acres.
There are other places worth visiting here like Bryant Park, Kurinji Temple, Flora and Fauna Museum, SilverCascade Falls and Subrahmanya Temple.

Coorg– Located in the state of Karnataka, is a charming place with its range of hills, coffee plantations, and sweet oranges. Coorg has a lot to offer an adventure tourist with its high hills and valleys for amazing trekking experience. Coorg can be approached from 3 states of India; Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Beautiful coffee plantations can be seen here.

Coffee plantation in Ammathi, Coorg (pixabay.com)
Coffee plantation in Ammathi, Coorg
(pixabay.com)

Jungles of Coorg: Poisonous snakes can be spotted in the jungles of Coorg. Green snake and a viper resting on the leaves is an awesome experience. You can also find cardamom plantations. The atmosphere is peaceful.
Dubare Elephant camp: You can take an elephant ride in Dubare. Dubare elephant camp lets you explore them closer and watch elephants.
One could stay in Kodagu valley which is a secluded place away from the commotion of Madikeri town. A stay in Coorg or Kodagu valley is different in many ways; weather, the people, the greenery, the smell of spices….

Coorg-Kodagu (indianjaunt.com)
Coorg-Kodagu
(indianjaunt.com)

Yelagiri it is situated in the state of Tamil Nadu near the leather town Vaniambadi, Jolarpettai Railway station around 20 kms and from Tiruppattur around 27 kms. Yelagiri is not a renowned tourist destination in South India Holiday packages like Ooty, Munnar etc. but is worth exploring. The tall hill is visible from other hills in the surroundings as you cross Vaniambadi. Yelagiri Hill is located at a height of 1050 meters above sea level. Some renowned spots for sight-seeing at Yelagiri Hills are

Yelagiri Lake (commons.wikimedia.org)
Yelagiri Lake
(commons.wikimedia.org)

Punganur Lake span across 57000 square meters is an ideal place for boat riding.

Nature Park (commons.wikimedia.org)
Nature Park
(commons.wikimedia.org)

Nature Park has plenty of trees, walkways, beautiful lighted fountains, flower gardens and a fish aquarium.

Yelagiri Hills Adventure Camp, amazing bird nest
Yelagiri Hills Adventure Camp, amazing bird nest

Trekking at Yelagiri Hills: trekking assistance is given by Tourist Information center at Yelagiri. Some of the  trekking options worth checking out are – information center to Sunset Point 2km, Puthur to Perumadu Waterfalls -3km, Nilavur to Jalagamparai-6km. A visit to Yelagiri is quite enjoyable and refreshing.

So, go ahead and check out these offbeat destinations and have a wonderful time!

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