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The strict visa rule of India's home ministry is hurting Indian tourism industry. The rule states that there has to be a 2 month gap before they can re-enter India.
Goa is first to cry foul. A steep fall in foreign tourist arrivals, the Goan tourism minister has requested the central govt. for special concessions to Goa.
Most Goa tourists are repeat visitors. Most of them take a last minute decision to visit Goa. Now, instead of Goa, these tourists are visiting Sri Lanka or Thailand.
The charters have dropped to 288 from 700.
Tourists used to make Goa their base for 5 to 6 months, exploring neighbouring destinations like Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia for a few weeks and then returning back to Goa.
Long stayers from Western Europe have been affected the most, who used to spend their entire winter in sunny Goa.
Home ministry is still sticking to its guns. They claim the new norm is to prevent misuse of tourist visa - either to check terror, or preventing illegal acquisition of property in Goa.
Current baggage rules for Air France and KLM that have been enforced for the sectors between Europe and North America, have now been extended to the rest of the world.
Starting 28 March 2010, instead of using a weight concept, a per piece concept will be implemented.
What does this mean for the passengers?
The airlines will permit passengers to check-in up to 3 bags free, weighing up to 50 pounds each, depending upon the cabin class.
Those who are traveling as Flying Blue members are allowed one extra bag regardless what class they travel.
Baggage in excess of the weight limit 70 pounds shall be charged 100 Euros from Europe or $100 from elsewhere or equivalent in local currency.
For additional bags an additional 200 Euros or $200 per bag.Passengers who wish to check-in online get a slight reprieve in the form of a 20% discount.
Due to increased security requirements, Indian govt. has made it mandatory that a 2 months intervening period is required between two consecutive visits to India.
Southwest of Jaipur (130 km/80 miles) lies Ajmer in Rajasthan, by the serene waters of Ana Sagar (lake), an oasis wrapped in green hills. It is one of the country's most important Muslim pilgrimage centers though it is visited by non-Muslims as well. The shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti lies nestled at the foot of the Taragarh hills.