Travel abroad, shop at home

World Tourism Day (WTD) is held annually on 27 September.

Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.

Its almost the end of summer in Europe while we in India break annually for the festival of Dasara/Dusherra. If you taking a break with the family this month, you can enjoy the last few days of summer in Europe. Watch the seasons change from summer to fall. Soak in the sights and sounds and food and culture. Do not waste time shopping.

Because when you head back home, in Bengaluru you can shop at our store at the airport for the finest of Europe – Swiss and Belgian chocolates, French and Italian wines, Italian and French perfumes, the best of Scotch from UK. There is so much more. Enough to please the whole family.

You can pre order everything, before you go on vacation to ensure that you are not disappointed on your arrival back home.

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Get ready to Fly Free with Us!

Planning exotic vacations, adventurous getaways or sophisticated escapades from the humdrum of life, is something we all indulge in. Sometimes, though, we don’t go through with our plans because travelling can burn real large holes in the pocket.
But worry no more, because Bengaluru Duty Free is bringing you a chance to realise your dreams and get a chance to Fly Free with Us!
Yes, that’s right!

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If your next destination is off shores, via Bengaluru, all you need to do is visit our store, at Terminal 2 at the Kempegowda International Airport, and make a purchase from the John Dewars & Sons Whisky Emporium, we’ve set up 🙂

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Once you make a purchase, you will have to fill up a ticket with your details and enter the lucky draw contest. *You could also begin keeping your fingers crossed.*
We will reimburse travel and lodging costs up to 1.25 lacs for our winner! Isn’t that something?

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But hurry, because we’re taking in entries only till April 30, 2016! The draw will be conducted after May 15, 2016 and our two lucky winners will be announced! *secretly hoping it is you, aren’t you?*

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So what are you waiting for? Shouldn’t let go of a win-win situation like this, like, ever. You get to get your hands on a beauty of a bottle, with a pick from the John Dewars & Sons Whisky Emporium aaaand maybe even win a trip, free of cost!

 

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So, plan an international trip through Bengaluru and drop by to our store real soon. Let’s see if Lady Luck is on your side! 🙂
Oh, also, doesn’t the store look absolutely gorgeous? Yeah, we love it too 😀

That’s not all, we have a plethora of other amazing products you can bag once you are here. Or, you could even pre-order, and pick up your purchase once you are here. Take a look at our collection with a click at www.bengalurudutyfree.in

Places to visit this Winter Vacation

Is Winter that time of the year where you dread getting out of the house because of the bone-chilling temperature? Is it also that time where you get into a monotonous routine of curling up in your blanket, sipping on tea and binging on comfort food while trying to warm the dampness of your bed? If your answer to all these questions was yes, fret not, we have just the solution for you. You need not spend your Winter vacation in bed, you can travel to any of these exciting destinations that will most certainly warm you up this Winter:

  1. Relaxing at a beach in South Africa

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For some strange reason, during the colder months, most of us fantasize about hitting a beach somewhere in a remote land. Guess what, you can convert these dreams into reality this Winter by sunbathing at one of the clean, white sand beaches in Cape Town, South Africa. There are quite a few spots in South Africa that will take you back to the Summers and have you escape the dreaded cold weather.

  1.    Mountain climbing in Australia

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There are more than just a couple of reasons why Australia is our favourite spot for the Winter. One – when the Winter is hitting the Northern hemisphere, things are heating up down under. Second – Australia is also home to dense forests, lush gardens and dozens of hiking trails. If you have adventure in your blood, then you must climb up to one of the many sandstone formations. If you’re not much of a hiker, don’t worry, there are also cable cars for the vertigo-stricken.

  1.   Sea-cruising through Greece

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Something absolutely mind-blowing about Greece are perhaps the tiny Greek isles that are breathtakingly alluring. You can hit the beach and have a mini picnic or you could cruise through the beauty of the multiple beaches and islands that are part of the Greek bounty and the Greek food will also leave you with a genuine Summer feeling.

  1.   Tango Dancing in Argentina

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You can immerse yourself in any of the various attractions in Argentina but our special recommendation is that you visit Argentina and learn the sensual Tango dance from one of the milongas (a centre for Tango learning and dancing) or you can just stroll through the sidewalk and find some enthusiastic dancers displaying their Tango skills.

  1.  Hiking in Costa Rica

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A place with true diversity when it comes to having a variety of terrains is without a doubt, Costa Rica!  From vibrant rainforests, diverse wildlife, clean beaches and an easy going culture. Everything about Costa Rica screams “Vacation” and if you visit this destination you’ll know why. If it is adventure you seek, hiking through these dense rain forests will give you a taste of it.

  1.   Exploring temples in Cambodia

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If you are fascinated by historical monuments and temples with an intriguing mythological background, then Cambodia is the place for you this Winter. You could pay a visit to the largest temple complex in the world, Angkor Wat or take a trip to the biosphere reserve that is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. There is a lot to do in Cambodia if you’re a real explorer.

On your way back to Bengaluru, don’t forget to drop by at our Duty Free store to end your vacation with some savings. You can also log on to www.bengalurudutyfree.in to pre order.

Five insane food festivals you have probably not heard of

The most fascinating part about food is the diversity with which it is relished all around the world – the various flavours, multiple eating techniques or even weird delicacies and beverages that is one man’s poison but another’s dinner. The only thing more intriguing than the diverse cuisines found worldwide is probably the food festivals that commemorate these delicious or even strange foods in the most bizarre of ways. Here are our picks of the most insane food festivals around the globe that celebrate food in even crazier ways:

  1. Vegetarian Festival,  Phuket, Thailand

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When: October 15 – 23, 2015

For those of you who are thinking – where is the crazy in vegetarian food – let us tell you that this festival tops our list of eccentric food festivals. And here’s why! As legend has it, a troupe of Chinese opera singers was on a tour in Phuket in the 19th Century. One of them had an epiphanic experience where they failed to honour the Nine Emperor Gods and returned to China to invite the Gods back to Phuket. In this moment of epiphany, with a display of piousness, the troupe resorted to full abstinence, no meat, no sex, no drinking, no swearing and with time their health improved and a festival was born. But this is not even the most intriguing part about the festival.

As myths morphed into reality, with time, the changes in the festival now accommodate a rather peculiar tradition. During the nine days of the festival, onlookers will notice the streets of Phuket filled with people pierced with long pins, knives, swords, bamboo sticks or similar sharp objects. This is their way of displaying the belief that the Gods will bring healing waters and their wounds will be healed.

What to try: Look out for the yellow signs with red letters in stalls to help you distinguish the special vegetarian dishes.

   2.  Alba International White Truffle Festival, Alba, Italy

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When: October 11 – November 15, 2015

Prized for their medicinal and aphrodisiac qualities, truffles are definitely one of the finest and most prized delicacies of the culinary world. This is the mother of truffle festivals and it doesn’t require you to shell out big bucks in order to enjoy the festivities. Apart from truffles, there are other things on the menu which Italy is famous for  – cheese. cured meats, Wine, olive oil, pastas and honey. This is a festival in its truest sense as it also has Wine tasting, donkey racing, a medieval parade, cooking worships and ample opportunities to savour the best of truffles. The cherry on the cake is indeed the live auction of the most expensive tuber in the world.

This festival is an-invite only event, attended by celebrities and top chefs. The proceeds are donated to national and international organizations. Throughout the fair, the center of attraction is the Alba White Truffle Market, where you can immerse yourself in an environment full of the good black stuff and if you can’t buy them by the pound you could devour by the plate!

What to try: Pasta, Risotto or anything with a truffles adorned on top

   3. Baconfest, Pennsylvania, United States

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When: November 7 – 8, 2015

This festival celebrates the most popular food item in the United States; you guessed it right, Bacon it is! It is much unlike any festival because it has a concurrent event running simultaneously known as the Easton Farmer’s market. Here, you can purchase fresh organic bread, cheese, meat and other sustainable dairy products. Most activities in the Baconfest are free, the bacon however, isn’t.

This celebration is so special because it has something for everyone; there’s an activity area with pig-related games to keep your kids entertained as you eat your heart out. And if you’re an adult that loves the combination of pork and beer, then this fest is your dream come true. You can also participate in outlandish games where the best oinks and grunts win a prize or you can bid on your favourite porcine art.

What to try: Bacon jam, Bacon Bloody Mary, Bacon pizza, Bacon wings, Bacon polenta, and anything with Bacon in it ( which is everything in the fest)

   4. Csabai Sausage Festival, Békéscsaba, Hungary

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When: October 19 – 22, 2015

The only way to enjoy a kingsize celebration is by making the most of it. There is a lot that this Hungarian festival offers for those who are not there just to sample the world-renowned sausages. Most great festivals strike the right balance between food and entertainment just like this festival which is much more than just what its name suggests. What really contributes to the positive environment is the folk and popular music entertainers who really bring the life into this gathering.

You will be greeted by evenings with Hungarian and international performers. And if for some reason, you’re not really into the entertainment bit then there is also a Wine festival that accompanies the sausage festival and is the perfect opportunity for the Wine regions to showcase their specialities. There is also a Food and Agriculture exhibition that promotes the region’s food and agricultural products.

Coming back to the crowd-pleaser, the reason behind the festival, the Csabai sausage is world-famous and all for good reason. You can purchase these from local sausage makers or enter a dozen other sausage making contests. There are a variety of sausage contests like dry sausages, pig-fest and a stuffed cabbage-making competition and where you don’t just get to make the food but also taste it.

What to try: The in-house speciality – Sausages from any of the local vendors.

  5. Honfleur: Shrimp Festival, Normandy, France

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When: October 4 – 5, 2015

     

An annually festival in one of the most gorgeous ports of Normandy, Honfleur Shrimp Festival attracts visitors from all over the world who come to town for the greatest shrimp-peeling competition. Apart from this, the festival also offers a hoard of other attractions such as concerts, an arts and crafts market and more. The whole theme is augmented with the sea shanties as old sea vessels in the charming port.

In addition to shrimps, crevettes and other seafood, the festival menu also offers cheeses, meats, pastries and bread as well as plenty of Calvados (apple brandy, a speciality of Normandy) and cider.

What to try: Fresh shrimps being served at any of the restaurants for just 1 Euro! You can enjoy a meal at the water’s edge.

Travel buddies you can’t do without!

Imagine this: for years, you have been planning that once in a lifetime trip to Norway to witness the supremely magnificent Aurora Borealis. You brave the Arctic wind chills for long hours and you are finally there, all excited to capture the long-anticipated Northern Lights, and just before you are able to get your best shot, your camera battery goes dead. Or imagine going to the US to attend your daughter’s graduation ceremony and instead of feeling fresh and energetic, you feel drained and jetlagged because you couldn’t sleep a wink during the flight.

Travel enthusiasts all around the world swear that it is the ‘little things’ that can go a long way in ruining your trip. These are lack of sleep, drained batteries, stomach bugs,  infections due to unhygienic restrooms, misplaced travel documents and luggage issues, to name a few.

Here are five simple travel hacks from Bengaluru Duty Free to make you a smart traveller.

Sleep set 

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A good peaceful sleep is without question the most important factor that can make or break a day. A good sleep keeps you fresh, energized and active. Only if you are well rested can you feel kicked about bungee jumping in New Zealand or skiing in Alaska or deep sea diving in Malaysia.

Bengaluru Duty Free offers you the complete sleep set – a comfortable neck pillow and a soft and cosy eye mask that will make you fall asleep as comfortably as if you were at home. Feel refreshed once you have reached your destination.

This highly useful accessory can be pre-ordered at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96 for just $14.

Toilet seat cover

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A good restroom session in the morning can make your day pleasant. You can be in Cherrapunji, the wettest place on earth or be somewhere in Egypt literally sweating your pants off, but nothing can disrupt your mood if you have managed to get done with your morning routine conveniently. However, when travelling, it is not always possible to get access to a luxurious, hygienic restroom with your favourite magazines on the side shelf.

So pre-order yourself a simple yet cool travel hack – Travel Blue’s portable toilet seat cover. Containing 10 easily disposable covers in a pocket-size pack, this travel accessory affords ideal hygiene protection.

Pre-order now at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96 for just $2.

Carry safe wallet

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When travelling, international passengers need to carry important travel documents like passports, visas, permits, foreign currency, travel cards, hotel reservation documents, identity proofs, you name it.  Our world is still not the way John Lennon or Jaden Smith imagined it to be, so until somebody invents digitized passports and travel documents, you need to constantly ensure their safety when carrying them around.

The Travel Blue carry safe wallet is compact, with multiple sections to hide away your important documents and an ideal foil for the sharpest thieves you may encounter. Travel safe!

Pre-order now at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96 for just $10.

Worldwide adaptor set

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While travelling, we need gadgets to capture, record and share our experiences, not to mention those we need for our personal comforts. So that you continue going about your routine without any interruption while travelling, you need to keep charging your gadgets. A common mistake travellers often make is assuming that their chargers can be plugged in everywhere.

Fear not, the worldwide adaptor set, with its multiple pin attachments, is your one-stop solution for all your gadget woes.

Pre-order this nifty accessory for just $12 at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96.

Combination strap

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A luggage bag is a reflection of your personality, a travel companion that tells stories of your travels. Many of us are emotionally attached to our carry bags. Despite this, identifying your bag from the tons of bags on the luggage belt can be a major task. Sometimes, the lock system of your bag may also get ripped while travelling. These are common situations many travellers find themselves in. If you don’t want that to happen to your luggage, order a Travel Blue Combination Strap today. It’s a unique solution that helps you to not just identify your bags but also to keep them safe.

Pre-order this handy accessory at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96 for just $6

These and more such useful travel accessories are available at the Bengaluru Duty Free and can be browsed and pre-ordered at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96. As always, their prices are reasonable and the products are durable and long-lasting. Travel hassle-free, travel happy!

Top travel destinations for 2015

As the New Year approaches, it’s time to think of resolutions to make for the coming year. Among the various ways in which you plan to improve your perspective on life, travel deserves a prime place as nothing opens you up to new places, people, cultures,  stories,  food and experiences as travel can. No matter how well-travelled you are, the world is never short of destinations that will amaze you with their diversity, colour, history, traditions, flora and fauna, landscapes, architecture, food and drink. So come 2015, be prepared to pull up your socks, fill your travel bags and go out into the world.

Here are some of the most interesting places to check out in the coming year.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

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One of the most picturesque countries in the world and quite off the beaten path, Bosnia and Herzegovina charms you with timeless fixtures like Bascarsija (Old Town), the Sutjeska National Park which is one of Europe’s last primeval forests, the Bjelasnica mountain containing one of the most challenging ski trails in the country, the 14th century Trvdos monastery and the Kravica waterfalls, to name a few. There’s no dearth of lush green landscapes, unspoiled nature and incredible views in this scenic European countryside that changes at almost every turn.

Turkey

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Turkey possesses an old world charm that takes you back to Arabian Nights stories you were told as a child. As you travel through Istanbul’s souks and spice trade market or make a trip to the Mausoleum at Harnicarnassus and the Temple of Artemis, the Seven Wonders of the World you get a magical glimpse into the past. If you are in an adventurous mood, you can witness the beautiful rock formations of Cappadoccia through hot air balloon rides, and if you are looking for a calm day of simple relaxation, then Turkey’s beautiful beaches won’t disappoint you.

Philippines

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A beach lover’s paradise, Philippines is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Take a dip in the pristine blue waters of El Nido and Boracay and enjoy the warm sun at Puerto Galera and Pagudpud beaches. If you are looking to spend time at places that are less crowded and distant, then the exotic beaches of Zambales and Botolan are a good idea. The beautiful coral reefs at Philippines such as the ones at Tubbataha Reefs National Park make the country a great attraction for divers. Apart from the picturesque waters, Philippines is also home to exotic animals and birds, many of them endangered and only found within the country.

Ireland

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Ireland is a land of magical scenery, temperamental climate and friendly people. Some of the most enchanting places to visit in Ireland include Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, the capital city of Dublin, Slieve League, Gleniff Horseshoe, Mullaghmore Beach, Ashford Castle and to top it off, a random jaunt along the glorious Irish countryside.  Interesting activities you can do while in Ireland include angling and fishing, cycling, horse riding, golfing, shopping, walking and hiking, water sports, theatre and more.

Tasmania

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An island state that is part of Australia, Tasmania has recently gained a lot of attention as a destination worth visiting in the Oceania region. Tasmania can be described as nature at its best with its fresh clean air, natural wilderness, beautiful landscapes, friendly locals, picturesque walking/ hiking trails and some of the freshest food produce. Some of the popular attractions in Tasmania are the Salamanca Market at Hobart, Mt. Wellington, Freycinet National Park and Lake St. Clair.

Chile

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Nature unfolds at a colossal scale in Chile, a land of extremes, with its deserts, glacial fields, fertile valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, clear rivers and fjords. In Chile, you can experience nature at every step, whether it is the sandy surface of the Atacama Desert or the deep blue lakes in Southern Chile. If you love hiking and treks, W Trek at Patagonia will not disappoint you and if the sea is your calling then you can head over to the exotic Easter Island and Robinson Crusoe Island and fall in love with the beauty and hospitable inhabitants.

Oman

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If you want to get an authentic taste of Middle Eastern culture, traditions and architecture, then Oman is the place to go. Travel through traditional villages and absorb a Middle Eastern way of life that is not engulfed by modernism. Walk through souks to explore the Arabian style of business. Learn about the Middle East’s rich past through a visit to its museums and world heritage sites like the Bahla Fort and Bat Tomb. Get involved in activities such as scuba diving, boating, desert safaris and camel rides. If you are a nature lover, there are lot of beaches, islands, mountains and deserts waiting to be explored.

Nicaragua

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Nicaragua can be best described as a budget paradise that offers all the beauty and excitement that many other popular destinations offer, but at a much lower cost. This country in Central America offers everything from adventure, sightseeing, beaches, eco-tourism, and historical sites to a pumping and vibrant city life with its active bars, discotheques and eateries. Nicaragua has been gaining high popularity in recent years for its great value-for-money offerings.

So now that your 2015 travel list is ready, block your calendar, book your tickets, pack your bags and get going!

And when you come back home, do not forget to shop duty free right here at Kempegowda International airport. See our range of great products and prices here: http://www.bengalurudutyfree.in