Why women like to shop @ duty free

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Guaranteed savings. Have you ever met a woman who doesn’t like a good bargain? The answer is NO. It is a known fact that duty free shopping is way, way cheaper than downtown retail. Did you know that you can save up to 160% on Liquor and more than 30% on Perfumes & Cosmetics? Need we say more?

 

An exclusive, international range. All women love flipping though international lifestyle magazines lured by the glamour of the glossy, colourful pages that are filled with style ideas and pictures as well as the larger than life product advertisements. Shop for a wide range of such world class products at Bangalore Duty Free. We have products you won’t find anywhere else in the city.

 

Duty free specials. Every month we are the first to receive latest products that hit the market in all categories. Find them on our shelves even before you can see them at the mall near your homes. How can any woman say no to exclusive products and new arrivals that you won’t get elsewhere in the city? Choose from the latest cosmetics, perfumes and more…

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Value for money. Every woman’s three favourite words, after I Love You. Duty free shopping is literally value for your money. Shopping at duty free for liquor is a total win-win. Not only do you get these products at a steal, but most of our liquor products are 1 litre, compared to the 750 ml bottles that you find in the city.

 

Widest range. Shopping at duty free for a woman is literally like taking a kid to a candy store. With more than 10,000 SKUs available it will be hard to decide on what to buy. Luckily since our prices are so affordable you can shop to your heart’s content for yourself and then for gifts for friends and family and still make it on time for your flight/taxi.

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Warm customer service. Our staff is well-trained and make you feel at home and ensure a comfortable shopping experience. This is what every woman wants when she sets foot into a store – a warm helper that is not overbearing with sales pitch. Just someone to point out the best deals and help with the big decisions.

 

Log in today to pre order on our website for duty free specials from the comfort of your home/desk so that you can gain more time to browse while at our store.

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

Best Chocolate Museums around the World

A good museum continues to thrill you even after you can’t officially be called a child. The same holds true for chocolate as well! So, lovers of chocolate and museums, unite! We’re bringing you the list you’ve never seen before but always needed – the world’s most stunning chocolate museums! Grab a bar and get nibbling… er… reading.

 

1. Cadbury World, Birmingham, England


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Cadbury World, South of Birmingham, tells the story of the Cadbury family and their chocolate business, from the first Easter egg to the construction of the Bournville garden village for factory workers – with free samples along the way.

Grab some Cadbury goodies, here.

  1. Maison Cailler, Broc, Switzerland

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With the highest per capita consumption of chocolate in the world, it’s no surprise that Switzerland is on our list. There are heaps of chocolate factories open to visitors, including Maison Cailler in Broc, Gruyère, where you can discover how the good stuff is made. They even offer courses for budding chocolatiers.

Indulge in fine Swiss favourites, here.

3. Choco-Story, Bruges, Belgium

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No visit to Bruges is complete without sampling a praline – or three – of finest Belgian chocolate. This museum caters to visitors in need of a bit of culture to accompany their daily fix of something chocolatey. It details the history of chocolate without overlooking the importance of tasting. It occupies a historic building on the corner of Sint-Jansplein.

Belgian goodies that will make you beg for more

  1. Museo del Chocolate, Havana, Cuba
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Really a cafe with displays related to chocolate making and consumption, this ‘museum’ serves cups of delicious, thick, pure chocolate. Lining up in temperatures of 35 degrees celsius to drink cups of hot chocolate in an air-conditioned interior may seem odd, but it’s worth it.

5. Cologne Chocolate Museum, Germany

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Cologne is home to the largest chocolate museum in the world, which sits in a enviable position on the Rhine’s left bank, near the city’s famous cathedral. Access to the museum is via a revolving bridge. A tour of this museum will take you through 3,000 years of chocolate history.

6. Hershey’s Chocolate World, Pennsylvania, USA

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You can’t escape Hershey’s chocolate in the USA and this giant attraction is sure to sate the appetite of the company’s biggest fans – particularly children. Tour the factory and meet the Hershey’s ‘characters’ on a day out to this entertaining Pennsylvania landmark.

7. Museu de la Xocolata, Barcelona, Spain

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If you like chocolate, Barcelona is the place for you. You can drink xocolata desfeta, chocolate thick enough to stand a spoon up in (great for dipping xurros into), see fantastic festive creations and eat unusual dishes such as chocolate with rabbit or squid. To find out how Barcelona’s love affair with chocolate began, visit the Museu de la Xocolata – which has some fantastically elaborate chocolate models on display.

8. Choco-Story Chocolate Museum, Prague, Czech Republic

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This pretty Czech museum explores Europe’s love of chocolate and explains the history of the cultivation of the cocoa bean and how the chocolate making process made its way to Europe. Of course, there are lots of delicious samples available as well.

Alright then! Is that you drooling over the list? Finish your bar of chocolate and start planning the trip of your life to these delicious museums! We’d suggest you share this list with some fellow chocolate lovers as well, they’d want to tag along with you.

Oh, also… you would need some chocolate for the journey, right? Why don’t you take a look at the marvelous chocolates we have at our store that you can pre order or pick up? Click here and feast your eyes!

 

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!

The power of Hello!

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Seasoned travellers would agree that if you try to speak just a few words with locals in their native language, you are sure to get special treatment! So, let’s start with the most basic conversation starter. Here’s how you say “Hello” in 50 different countries. Takes just five minutes to read and memorize and helps you be at ease around the world!

  1. Australia: Gi’day
  2. Albania: Tungjatjeta
  3. Armenia: Barev
  4. Belgium: Hallo
  5. Bosnia: Zdravo
  6. Brazil: Oi
  7. Bulgaria: Sdrawei
  8. Hong Kong: Néih hóu
  9. Cambodia:  Choum reap sor
  10. China: Ni hao
  11. Croatia: Bok
  12. Czech Republic: Ahoj
  13. Denmark: Hej
  14. France: Bonjour
  15. Finland: Hei
  16. Germany: Hallo
  17. Greece: Geia sas
  18. Hawaii: Aloha
  19. India: Namaste
  20. Indonesia: Halo juga
  21. Israel: Shalom
  22. Italy: Ciao
  23. Japan: Kon’nichiwa
  24. Jamaica: Wah gwaan
  25. Korea: Anyoung haseyo
  26. Lebanon: Marhaba
  27. Malaysia: Helo
  28. Mexico: Hola
  29. Nepal: Namaste
  30. New Zealand: Kia ora
  31. Norway: Hei
  32. Oman: Márhaba, ahlan
  33. Philippines: Kumusta
  34. Poland: Hej
  35. Portugal: Olá
  36. Qatar: Shlonik
  37. Russia: Zdravstvuyte
  38. Romania: Alo
  39. Spain: Hola
  40. Sri Lanka: Ayubuwan
  41. Sweden: Hallå
  42. Switzerland: Grertsi
  43. Tanzania: Jambo
  44. Thailand: Sawasdee
  45. Tibet: Tashi delek
  46. Turkey: Merhaba
  47. UAE: Asalam alaikum
  48. Ukraine: Zdrastuyte
  49. Vietnam: Xin chào
  50. Zimbabwe: Kanjan / Kanjani

Though all the words mean “Hello”, the sheer number of variations in the languages and dialects show how different and unexplored our world still is. So go ahead, pack your bags, travel the world and broaden your horizons but do come back home to shop at Bengaluru Duty Free or shop online at your convenience at www.bengalurudutyfree.in

Happy travelling!