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    Finding a hotel that provides all the facilities that you need in your budget is tedious and time consuming job. We Bring some ideas to cut the cost of your hotel bookings.....

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    Delhi is not only rich in beautiful places to visit but also in shopping destinations, Actually Delhi is one of the finest places in India for shopping Here we list 10 best markets to shop in Delhi....

Thursday, 19 February 2015

10 Secret Tips to Save More on Hotel Booking

Booking a hotel for holiday or business travel can be a very daunting task, particularly if you are on a tight budget. Finding a hotel that provides all the facilities that you need within your price range can be a tedious and time consuming job. Here we have some tips that will help you cut the cost of your hotel booking.

1. Determine your budget:

The most important thing to do at first is to decide what your budget is. For example, if you are on a business trip you may need to have access to conference call facilities or fast, reliable Wi-Fi access, so it is always advisable to decide what you need first off and narrow down your search by looking only at hotels that meet your specific needs and that fall within your budget.

2. See what is and is not included in the price:

: Always check to see what is included – for example, different hotel tariffs include different things that others may well charge for – e.g. breakfast, free-

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shuttle service (either to and from the airport or even into the city centre or to the beach), free phone calls and Wi-Fi, use of gym/ spa, office facilities etc. Compare the price that you are quoted and the facilities offered with similar hotels to see which offers the best value for money. Don't forget that the cheapest price is not always the best value and may not include many important and chargeable extras.

3. Book early and (where possible) have a flexible schedule:

Almost every hotel runs early bird offers or special deals for times when they are not busy. For example, business hotels are generally quieter and have more availability (more availability = better prices) at weekends or during public holidays. Conversely, leisure and city centre/ tourist hotels will be busier during these periods. Plan your holiday as far in advance as you can (preferably at least two to three months before for leisure travel) as it may save you a considerable amount of money. Most hotels change their tariff every month or according to the season (high, low, shoulder season etc.) so if you don't have to travel in high season, you may well save a considerable amount of money by looking at alternative dates.

4. Be flexible on location:

Hotels near the city centre are almost always much more expensive when compared to hotels further out. If you have to be in the city centre (for example for a meeting or if you are only going to be staying a very short time), then you can expect to pay signifcantly more than a hotel in the suburbs or one at the airport or exhibition centre. If budget is an issue and you are staying for more than a couple of nights, check the prices further out from the centre and whether these hotels are well connected by transport links to the city centre. For example, you may find that a ten minute metro or bus ride into the city centre gets you a considerably cheaper hotel where you will get far more for your money. You may also find that it offers the bonus of being quieter in the evenings and you could even discover a part of the city that you might not otherwise get to see.

5. Do you know anyone that works at a hotel in the destination you are planning to visit?:

It may seem a strange suggestion but if you have any contacts e.g. friends (or friends of friends) or relatives that work in the hotel industry (especially in branded hotels that are part of a chain of hotels and have more than one property in your desired destination) you may get a significant discount – perhaps up to 50% off of the normal tariff. Almost every hotel has some special discount for their employees and their families and you may be able to get access to this discount.

6. Compare prices online:

It is very important to compare any prices that you find with other similar hotels and with other prices available for that particular hotel. There are many price comparison websites that will be able to help you compare like for like prices for any given hotel or destination. These sites get their prices directly from hotels or via travel agents such as Tickets to India which has specially negotiated prices and which most of the time will have rates lower than with the hotel directly.

7. Check for any special offers and discounts, deals and coupons:

There are many deal/ voucher sourcing websites such as vouchercodes.co.uk that collect and display deals from different websites. These deals can be in the form of cash discounts, cash-back offers, discount coupons etc. Simply visit one of these sites and search for deals on your desired hotel and redeem it on the hotel's website. Alternatively, do a search on a search engine for discount codes for your preferred hotel. Don't forget that some websites provide discounts or cash back on certain credit and debit cards.

8. Contact the hotel directly and be prepared to haggle:

If you have decided on a particular hotel, it may be worth contacting the hotel directly. Rates are not set in stone and there are many hotels that will allow negotiation on price (assuming you are speaking to the right person e.g. the sales team) which could save you some money – particularly if you are a frequent visitor to that hotel or if you are staying for an extended period. To strengthen your bargaining position, it is worth doing your homework and checking the prices or nearby cheaper hotels. Many hotels would rather have your business for a lower than advertised price (particularly during slow periods) than have no business at all. It is also possible that when you can't find availability for your hotel online, they may have access to more capacity.

9. Check for loyalty programmes/ schemes:

If you are a frequent traveller this option may help you to save a lot of money as well as giving you access to more services and facilities. Many travel agencies run loyalty programmes for loyal and repeat customers – for example, www.ticketstoindia.co.uk offers a flat £10 off of any second booking. Similarly booking.com’s “Booking Genius” scheme provides special offers and discounts to loyal customers. If you are returning to the same hotel (or booking a hotel via a travel agency where you booked your hotel last time) check whether they have a loyalty programme – if they do, join up!

10. Book a package:

It is almost always cheaper to book a flight and hotel together instead of booking separately. This is because travel agents use “nett” rates which are considerably cheaper than the published rates when used as part of a package. There are many, many online and offline travel agencies who provide flight and hotel packages.

11. Delete your browser history before search Online

Delete your browser history or active incognito mode before searching hotel or flights from booking engine may give you a cheaper price.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Top 10 Shopping Destinations of Delhi

Delhi is not only a city rich in beautiful places to visit but it is also a major shopping destination in its own right. In fact many would consider Delhi as one of the most important places in India in terms of shopping. From large shopping malls to local street markets, there are shopping options for just about anything you could imagine including handicrafts, jewellery, textiles, clothes, books, electronics etc. Below we have given you a guide to the 10 best markets for you to make the most of your shopping experience in Delhi.

1. Delhi Haat:

Delhi Haat, INA

Delhi Haat is situated opposite the INA market close to the All India Institute of Medical Science and the INA metro station. Covering an impressive 6 acres. Delhi Haat is renowned as the place to go for handicraft items. It has 62 hut shaped stalls giving it a cosy village feel. Stalls are allotted to craftsmen registered to DC handicraft on a rotation basis for a maximum of 15 days. At Delhi Haat you can find beautiful handicrafts and arts and crafts items from just about every state in India as well as delicious foods and cultural programs, Indian folk dance and much more.

2. Janpath:

Janpath Market

Janpath is one of the most famous and one of the oldest markets in Delhi spreading out from the outer circle of Connaught Place to Windsor Place. Here you can find many products that you won't find in many of the other malls and markets such as genuine Kashmiri Pashmina shawls, scarves, Kashmiri woolen shawls, Indian Kurtis, bangles, handicrafts and decorative items.

3. Khan Market:

Khan Market delhi

This is one of the most expensive retail markets in Delhi where you can buy just about everything including clothing and fabrics, jewellery, electronics, hardware and books. As well as the shopping options, there are many famous restaurants to cater for just about any tastes including American, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Continental, Malaysian, Burmese, Lebanese & Indian foods. Khan Market is also well regarded with locals for its delicious Momos and Kabaab.

4. Chandni Chowk:

Chandni Chowk Market

Although you can buy just about anything at Chandni Chowk, it is most famous for its saris with Zari work. There are a number of shops in a lane in narrow streets with a variety of clothes and fabrics from cheap to very expensive. There are other dedicated markets near Chandni Chowk including a specialist book market, the market at Nai sarak for pearls and jewellery, Dariba Kalan and Dariyanganj book markets, Bhagirath Palace for electronics and the Chawri Bazar for sweets and foods.

5. Sarojini Nagar Central Market:

Sarojini Nagar Market

This is another well known market for clothes. Given the keen prices here, it is particularly popular with those looking for a bargain. You can find products from well known brands here at very low prices compared to the malls and shops as it deals with seconds and otherwise rejected goods. Please note that this market is closed on Mondays.

6. Lajpat Nagar (Central Market):

Lajpat Nagar Market

This is a very popular shopping destination in the south of Delhi. At Lajpat Nagar Central Market you can buy just about anything you need including bags, footwear, suits, Salwar Kameej, Saares, Kurta as well as furniture and other home d├ęcor items.

7. Palika Bazzar:

Palika Bazzar Market Delhi

Palika Bazzar is a completely underground market located near Rajeev Chowk at Connaught Place. It has about 380 shops with a variety of products such as bags, clothes, footwear etc., however, the main draw of this market is electronics. You can buy just about any modern electronic gadgets including software, music, CDs, Pen drives etc.

8. Gaffar market:

Gaffar market

This is probably the best place for electronics lovers, particularly for larger household items such as TVs, fridges, AC units etc. Aside from the larger items, most people come to Gaffar for its mobile phones. You can buy anything from new phones to secondhand, including branded, Chinese and just about any other imported mobile phones released for the US and European markets . This market also has a reputation as a place where you can unlock mobile phones using specialist software.

9. Hauz Khas Village:

Hauz Khas Village

Hauz Khas Village was called the national capital of ethnic chic by the New York Times. At HauzKhas Village shops and boutiques are set in old homes that sell handicrafts items, curios, carpets and designer clothing.

10. Nehru Place:

Nehru Place

This is Asia’s largest computer market. Every type of computer, software, hardware, storage devices and accessories are available at Nehru Place Market at very competitive prices. If you are looking for anything related to computing, Nehru Place is the only place you will need to visit. Other than computers, the market also deals in branded clothes and there are book stores here too. Nehru Place is also infamous for dealing in pirated software.