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Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love a vacation? We guess, no. Vacations become even more exciting if we are traveling to international destinations. New people, new culture, opportunities to experience foreign locations never fail to fill us with pure joy and eagerness. When planning a foreign trip, we often get overwhelmed. If you are one of them who don’t want to take the hassle of planning a trip on their own, there is a plenty of help available. Here’s a comprehensive list of top travel agencies of India:

Thomas Cook: Thomas Cook is one of the most popular brands in travel industry. Not just customizable holiday trips, they also offer a host of services such as foreign exchange, travel insurance and corporate travel facilities. In 2011 and 12, Thomas Cook was ranked as the Favorite Specialist Tour operators award at the Cond`e Nast Traveler Readers Travel Awards. Thomas Cook provides tour packages both for domestic and international destinations including Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and America. They also offer tour packages including Cruise holidaying, hotel stay facilities too. They also offer assistance on Passport and Visa facilities.

Cox And Kings: Cox And Kings is one of the oldest travel companies in the world. They are present in India and abroad and are known for their excellent service and professional approach. Their primary services include fixed and customizable tour packages, both in India and abroad. Cox And Kings also specializes in trade fairs, foreign exchanges, insurance, business travel and many more.

SOTC: SOTC’s tour packages are fully customizable and that is their biggest USP. Expert tour managers and planners at SOTC suggest tours and holiday packages keeping in mind your preferences and your budgets. SOTC is popular for the leisure travel, incentive travel and business travel that they offer. They offer tour packages for Honeymoon (both in India and abroad) and customizable holidays to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, USA etc. They also provide support for flight booking and hotel booking.

Oxygen Holidays Pvt. Ltd: Oxygen Holidays is a premium corporate travel management company that provided professional services to travel companies. They offer tour packages to locations across India and abroad. They offer tour packages for Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania.

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In a city cramped badly for space and full of urban chaos, more than often, we try to take a breather and spend a morning or an evening, enjoying a meal and a view! Mumbai has a number of such good restaurants from where you can enjoy a gorgeous view while having your food. Here’s a list of few such places with a stunning view:

Dome: Though, not your every day eating place, Dome has more than one reason to attract your attention, the to-die-for exquisite view being the primary one.  Dome is on the eight floor of the InterContinental Hotel, and offers an informal ambiance and an open-to-air cocktail lounge. To top it all, you can expect friendly staff, prompt service and a classy décor. The food served here is exotic too, try grilled meats or sushi, tiramisu or chicken tikka, while you soak in the view and fix yourself!

The Marina Upper Deck: This place is fondly called as South of France and we must say that it’s not an exaggeration. Located at Colaba, the place offers a perfect sea view from the top. The place is ideal for couples who are looking for some quiet and cozy time, away from the hustle-bustle of the city. The ambiance is welcoming and warmly lit. The delicious food, courteous staffs are the cherries on the top. You should try their Chicken tandoori platter, galouti kebab, and mutton seekh kebab while you are there.

Aer Four Seasons: From Aer four Seasons rooftop, you would be captivated by an aerial view of dazzling Mumbai city in the night. Aer really delivers no matter if you want to enjoy the live music, delicious food and the view with someone special, or you want to chill out with a bunch of friends. Don’t worry about the monsoon rain, as the place organizes a special windscreen and canopy during the rainy months. You can try their Pepperoni pizza, chicken satay and chicken tikka pizza.

Pizza By The Bay: No matter if you love Pizza or not, this place will surely leave you mesmerized as it’s one of the best beachside restaurants in Mumbai.  Pizza By The Bay offers a wonderful sea view, gourmet pizza, and helpful staff. Their desserts are to-die-for, too. So, next time when you are near Churchgate, don’t forget to drop in. The place is also famous for the scrumptious breakfast that they serve.

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India is a growing market for air travel; however, the Indian sky is not free from trouble, especially at recent times. Though, each year, the number of travelers in India is increasing, both in business and leisure categories. Air travel has become accessible for more number of travelers now with lower than before fares and increased awareness. The competition in the airline space is enormous and because of which the airlines are serious than ever before to better their services to allure passengers.

Here’s a list of the top airlines in India:

Vistara: The new kid in the block, Vistara is a full-service domestic airline which started its operations in January 2015. Vistara is a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons and is headquartered in Delhi. The airline has a fleet of 24 Airbus A320 and 6 Boeing 737. After the debacle of Jet Airways, Vistara is arguably now India’s most premium domestic airline. They offer economy, premium economy, and business class seats. Vistara’s on-time performance record is pretty commendable.

IndiGo: One of India’s most loved low-cost airlines, IndiGo is now the number one carrier in the country on the basis of the size of the passenger base. It had the highest market share in the Indian airline market – 39.6% as per 2017 data. IndiGo, being a low-cost airline, doesn’t offer premium on-board services like free meals or in-flight entertainment services; however, you can expect to be on-time, most of the time as they have one of the best on-time performance records in Asia.

Air India: Indians have a love-hate relationship with Air India! This list of the top airlines in the country would be incomplete without India’s national carrier airline. This government-owned airline flies to both domestic and international destinations. As per 2017 data, Air India is the third largest domestic airline in the country in terms of passenger base and had a market share of 13.3%. Air India has a fleet of 172 aircrafts out of which 87 are owned and remaining is leased.

SpiceJet: Close to Air India in terms of market-share (as per 2017 data) is SpiceJet which is a low-cost airline and headquartered in Gurgaon. It had a market share of 13.2% in 2017.  The airline, which has been growing consistently and expanding its fleet, is trying to go for an image make-over doing away with the tag of ‘low-cost’ tag by offering premium services. As of July 2019, SpiceJet operates 306 flights daily to 35 Indian and 6 international destinations and has a fleet size of 107.

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The whole concept of carrying cash while going to shop is taking a back step in urban India and mobile wallets a.k.a m-wallets are becoming a rising trend.

You just need your smartphone to use any of these mobile wallets, which is both convenient and a safe way to pay. After demonetization happened in India more people than before have started using m-wallets. In the field of technology, digital wallets are one of the best innovations. Millions of common Indians are using e-wallets to make payments these days.

Here are the top e-wallets which you can use:

PayTm: Used by Millions, PayTm is one of the most popular mobile wallets in India. PayTm offers a totally secured online payment platform for almost all kinds of transactions. What makes PayTM standing out from the rest is it is the first one to be granted a license from Reserve Bank of India for starting India’s first payments bank. PayTm is available on platforms, Android and iOS.

MobiKwik: MobiKwik is an independent mobile payment network which lets its users add money using debit, credit card, net banking and even doorstep cash collection. One can also use MobiKwik for paying bills for electricity, water, gas, phone internet, recharging mobile, data card, DTH etc. MobiKwik is available to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users.

PhonePe: PhonePe was launched in 2015 and in just a few years it has been able to cross the 100 million download mark. PhonePe is useful from UPI payments to recharges, money transfers to online bill payments. PhonePe is one of the safest and fastest digital payment experiences in India. PhonePe is a part of the e-commerce giant Flipkart.

JioMoney: JioMoney has tie-ups with over 50,000 e-commerce websites in India. JioMoney offers a simple user interface and everything essential like wallet balance, the option to recharge, send/request money, and pay at a shop are displayed on the main page itself. It is available in Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Google Pay: Last in this list but obviously not the least, Google Pay is a part of the Google ecosystem. Google Pay has scaled up its user base really quickly, Though a late entrant, Google Pay now offers services like sending money, paying bills and buying online, or recharging phone. Since Google Pay works with the user’s existing bank account, one can be rest assured about the safety and security. Google Pay doesn’t ask for any KYC, as of now.

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India is among those countries where every second person rides a two-wheeler. In our country, the two-wheeler industry grew by almost 13%, and that figure has always been on the rise. Following is a list of top two-wheeler manufacturers of the country.

Hero MotoCorp: Hero MotoCorp has been India's largest two-wheeler manufacturer which sold a total of 4135200 units of two-wheelers during April-September 2018. The company has reported a growth of 9.18%. Hero Splendor and HF Deluxe have been the key contributors in this growth of the brand coupled with the overall increased sales of two-wheelers in Indian markets.

TVS Motor Company: This is an old and established brand of India which started its operation in 1877. Though the company did business in sectors like automobile, finance insurance etc. since 1955, it began shifting its focus on automobile alone. In 1980s TVS collaborated with Suzuki Motors and brought in models such as Suzuki Samurai, Suzuki Shogun and Suzuki Fiero. TVS is largely known for its iconic brand Scooty which remains among the most preferred brand in its category over the past two decades. India’s working women and college girls have made Scooty what it is today.

India Yamaha Motor: A part of Yamaha Motor Company, Japan, India Yamaha Motor holds about 7.5% of the nation’s scooter market. On an average, 15,000 scooters are sold every month by India Yamaha Motor. A few of the popular models from Yamaha are R15, SZ-X, FZ16, Fazer, SS 125, Crux, YBR 110 and YBR 125.

Bajaj Auto: Talking about two-wheelers in India and not talking about this iconic brand is not possible. Bajaj is one of the few automobile giants in India that sells not only two-wheelers, but also three and four wheelers.  The company was established during the 1930s and since then the growth story of Bajaj Auto has continued. Some of India’s most popular two-wheelers are manufactured by Bajaj Auto which includes Avenger, Pulsar, Platina and Discover. The company also manufactures a few of the high-end bikes such as Kawasaki Ninja and KTM Duke.

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There couldn’t be a better time for the startup businesses in India. With the Modi Government back into action for the second time and a vast target audience at the disposal, startup ecosystem of India couldn’t have asked for more.  

The market in India is open to a variety of ideas. Besides this, foreign investments have been flowing in the country more freely than before which is leading to the rise of capital reserve of our country. With the advent of technology, startups in India are aided immensely and that is giving them the edge to further their growth.

Here are a few of the startups in India which are grabbing our attention for the right reasons:

 Swiggy: This food-tech startup was founded in 2014 by Sriharsha Majety, Nandan Reddy and Rahul Jaimini. The model of Swiggy is acting as a mediator between the customers who order food by using the online platform and the restaurants which prepare the food ordered by the customers. Swiggy was valued at $3.3B in Dec 20, 2018 and Naspers, DST Global, Tencent Holdings, Wellington Management etc. have been the lead investors for them.

Byju’s: Byju's is probably India' largest Edtech company which has truly reinvented the way learning is looked at in our society. Learning through app was never heard of in our country and Byju’s learning programs which are effective and interactive have transformed the perception of learning.  Byju’s offers courses for students of class 6-12, and also for competitive exams like CAT, IAS, and GRE GMAT. The company was founded by Byju Raveendran in Bangalore, Karnataka. Byju’s income crossed $1 Billion in the Mar 2017-Mar 2018 financial year.

Ola Cabs: Ola Cabs is a successful Indian Multinational cab aggregator company headed by “ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd”. OLA was founded in 2010 in Mumbai by Bhavish Agarwal and Ankit Bhati. Valued at approx. $4 Billion Ola Cabs is currently the only significant competitor of Uber India. Ola does business in 4 countries as of 2019 including India, Australia, New Zealand and UK and it acquired TaxiforSure in 2014 and FoodPanda’s India business in 2017. Though lately the driver partner of OLA (and Uber too) are complaining about decline in their income, it still is the only accepted alternative of public transport in Indian cities.

OYO: OYO Rooms, commonly known as OYO, is the leading player in India’s hospitality service and budget hotel network. It is a tech-driven startup which has successfully standardized budget hotels in 200+ Indian cities and over 7000 hotels. OYO was founded in 2013 by Ritesh Agarwal based out of Gurugram, Haryana, India. OYO was valued at over $5B as of Apr 1, 2019

Bigbasket: Bigbasket has revolutionized how urban India does its grocery shopping.  It is an online food and grocery store which is happened to be the largest online supermarket in the country. The company was founded in 2011 by Hari Menon, Vipul Parekh, Abhinay Choudhari, VS Sudhakar & VS Ramesh and was valued at $2.1B in Feb 08, 2019

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