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    From shopping festivals to new resorts and services, tips for smart holidayers you plan your holidays

    Air asiaWine and books
    Breakfast in Pune and lunch like a royal in Jaipur, courtesy Air Asia’s new flight routes. With Pune also added to the network, from Bengaluru, you have many reasons to pack in a wine-tasting holiday. And there’s no harm in booking ahead for the Jaipur Lit Fest either, from January 21-25. Promotional fares begin at Rs.1,499 from Bengaluru to Pune and Rs.2,999 from Pune to Jaipur. Daily flights from December 17. Details: airasia.com

    delorean-blackUber’s free rides
    The colourful Hornbill festival happening in Nagaland and the action packed International Tennis Premier league in Delhi are two of many events coming up. Rushing to the
    airport to join in? Hail an Uber on your smartphone. You get a luxe taxi ride and five free rides up to Rs.300 per ride till Sunday. All you need to do is select Uber wallet at payment option (promo code not necessary). Details: uber.com

    doha qatarRediscover luxe
    Kempinksi Hotels’ flagship resort in Doha, MarsaMalaz Kempinksi, The Pearl, is ready for guests. What you get, with your luxurious room or suite, is a secluded island with a private bay, water sports, an expansive Clarins spa and yacht jetties. The opulent Grand Ballroom is likely to see many big weddings and with six restaurants, the culinary choices abound. Rooms from Rs.42,000 per night. Details: 9744405334

    Xmas in Goacidade goa
    From mistletoe by the sea to a beach-front grill, Cidade de Goa is pulling out all the stops to make this Christmas memorable. Tucked away on Vainguinim Beach in North Goa, the deluxe resort has access to a 24-hour casino, Goldfinger, Ayurveda therapies, archery and more. There are fun options for the children as well. Their Discover package begins at Rs.12,000.
    Details: 0832 2454545

    Shopping marathon
    If you plan holidays around the Dubai Shopping Festival in January, The Oberoi has a package that includes complimentary transfers to Dubai Mall, a shopping bag collection service, and tips on deals. Plus, a deluxe room with breakfast for two. From January 2 to February 7, 2015, at approximately Rs.23,500 per night. Details: +97144441444

    ArcadiaFinding gravity
    So you need an excuse to visit Thailand this weekend? How about Gravity Thailand, an international dance and music festival, that begins tomorrow? Expect stage creations that give you the ultimate sensory experience, DJ talents such as The Bloody Beetroots, Roni Size & Dynamic MC, SKiSM, Far Too Loud, and Arcadia Spectacular offering a futuristic mechanical cabaret. Tickets are Rs.4,720 for regular entry and Rs.6,600 for deluxe entry. The show begins at 7 pm at Siam Park City. Details: 066 22623456

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