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Staying safe when travelling with family

It’s always a good idea to check the latest travel tips and advice when planning a trip with your family, now more than ever. Visiting home in India is not only for fun, but also reuniting with your beloved family members. Staying conscious of the latest restrictions and requirements for international travel is essential to keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Find out the best ways to keep you and your family safe while travelling and protect your loved ones back home.

Covid-19 remains an enduring global health pandemic

Despite the rising numbers of fully-vaccinated citizens across the world, many countries are still suffering from sudden Covid-19 outbreaks. Whether travelling alone or with family, you should always be aware of the infection rates of Covid-19 in your destination and consider the implications this may have on you and your travel companions. Whether domestic or international, all travel carries a potential risk of being exposed to, spreading or contracting Covid-19, especially if you’re travelling to a high-risk destination. As a conscious traveller, it’s essential to be mindful of not only yours but your loved one’s health and should not make travel plans if any of your family members are at high risk of severe illness.

How you should prepare to travel safely as a family together

Before travelling to India, it’s vital to check all requirements that you and your family may need to fulfil. This can include travel restrictions, vaccination status, quarantining and Covid-19 testing requirements in both your local area and expected destinations you’re planning to visit. Before and during your trip it’s highly advised to check the local government and Ministry of Health websites to stay updated on the latest information and changes that may disrupt your travel plans. In addition, checking ahead on options for healthcare, transportation, stopovers, food and accommodation at your planned destination would further ensure your family’s comfort and wellbeing during your trip, and ensure your journey is as hassle-free as possible.

If you are travelling with your family, here are some additional steps you can take to ensure a smooth journey:

  • Make sure that you and your family are up-to-date with routine vaccination requirements and testings, including MMR vaccine, seasonal flu vaccines and RT-PCR tests before your departure
  • Ensure that you and your family members passports are up-to-date and at least valid for the next 6 months from the date you plan to return home
  • Be careful to bring enough medication for the entire journey for any family members who may have health issues
  • Select the safest mode of transportation in advance to mitigate the risk of exposure to Covid-19 and other illnesses and limiting exposure to crowded public places, as well as frequently sanitizing your hands and maintaining social distancing where possible
  • Avoid travel during the peak times and congested routes wherever possible
  • Be mindful to gather in ventilated, open spaces while visiting friends or family, even for mass gatherings including weddings, pooja ceremonies or family events
  • Wear a mask while travelling or visiting high-risk locations
  • Follow the local public health advice and monitor symptoms if you or your family members become unwell before travelling

Being a conscious traveller and practicing good hygiene ensures the safety of both your family and the general public, and helps minimise the risk of contracting and spreading the Covid-19 virus around you.

Departing from Australia

If you’re travelling from Australia to India, it’s important to understand the risk of contracting Covid-19 in your destination. Therefore, some travel insurers currently offer limited cover for Covid-19. However, all passengers (including children) travelling to India must submit the ’Air-Suvidha Self-Declaration Form’ and present a full vaccination certificate or negative Covid-19 (RT-PCR) test report prior to departure.

Departing from India

Since July, it is no longer required for international travellers to fill the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration to enter Australia. Additionally, travellers are no longer required to provide their vaccination status to enter the country. However, depending on your transport providers and stopovers along the way, there may be additional protocols to follow and safety concerns, making it essential to check and confirm the local requirements of all your travel destinations in advance before arriving at check-in.

Over 15 years as your trustworthy travel partner, at Gaura Travel our primary goal is to reunite you with your family and loved ones and giving you a smooth and hassle-free journey to your dream destination.

See you on your next journey with us!

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Why fly with Gaura Travel?

At Gaura Travel, our priorities start and end with you! We dedicate ourselves to working hard to provide you with the best experience possible on your flight home. But what exactly does this entail? Here you’ll find the top reasons why our valued customers pick us as their number 1 travel choice for finding their flight home, and why we are so dedicated to doing what we do.

How we offer the best service through our values

We pride ourselves on being driven by our values – convenience, trust, customer experience, and the overall value we can provide to our customers. Hailing from India ourselves, our team understands the hardships and difficulties that come with being separated from your family. What’s more, with visa and entry requirements always changing, we know that the process of travelling to and from India can be daunting and confusing, which is why we are committed to helping you experience the smoothest and most stress-free journey possible. Your convenience is our top priority!

On top of utilizing the most sophisticated technology to help you find the best flights at the best prices, we also offer you customization in selecting your direct and return flights, allowing you to put your comfort first and experience your best way home. With our Mix and Match flights, you can customize which airline you travel with, baggage requirements, flight connections and more. After all, we all know about the struggles of returning home with your suitcase heavier than before you left!

Our dedication and hard work has allowed us to be accredited by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is not just an endorsement to our service, but also a reward we gain for your valued trust. If you should ever experience any hiccups or bumps on the road on your journey home, you can always rest assured that we are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, only a phone call away. Our highly knowledgeable staff are well versed in all things travel and will be there to support you wherever you go, no matter the time of day. Basically, we never take a break, so you can!

Why we do what we do  

Over our 15 years of operation we have flown 1.5 million passengers and reunited over 20,000 families and counting. Seeing your smiling faces as you happily embrace your family members after months, years or even decades apart fills us with the determination to work even harder to fulfil your travel dreams. We are dedicated to you and your experience while travelling to see your loved ones, and we always look forward to being a part of your stories. Making precious memories with your loved ones is essential to the human experience, so let us help you fulfil that goal and reunite with your family today.

Travelling in 2022 with Gaura Travel

As there are no quarantine or travel restrictions required in place, plan your journey to reunite with your family & friends with Gaura Travel in this year 2022. Find all available flights options with us.

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India’s 75th Independence Day 2022

Vande Maataram!

This year marks a massive milestone for our beautiful nation as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of our glory of victory and independence from British rule.  Though it hasn’t always been easy, it’s been an incredible journey as we’ve come to grow into one of the strongest nations in the world. Known as a historic and momentous occasion, Independence Day is an event that all Indians throughout the world can celebrate, especially those living in Australia, which houses the second-largest group of overseas-born migrants in the world.

Independence Day events in Australia

You might be worried about missing this big day to celebrate the glory of your nation, but rest assured! There are many events taking place throughout the country, from cultural performances to exhibitions, galas and more. Read more below to find out about local Independence Day events taking place in your city this August.

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Independence Day in Australia

Australian Capital Territory

Locals of ACT can witness the raising of the tricolour flag at the High Commission of India in Canberra, with the ceremony starting at 9am on August 15th. Later in the week on the 20th, celebrate with fellow members of the Indian-Australian community at the Weston Community Hub, where you can witness incredible stage show performances as well as art competitions and sample a range of tasty food. Festivities will take place from 4 to 9pm, and leave you brimming with Indian pride.

New South Wales

It’s all happening in NSW! Locals can enjoy an incredible exhibition of India’s finest textiles dating back to the 19th century at the Charkha and Kargha Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum Ultimo, which will start on the 13th. Later that same day kicking off at 7:45 pm, The Council of Indian Australians Inc will be throwing an India Day Dinner consisting of a luxurious three course buffet dinner and numerous stage performances at the Grand Royale Function Centre in Granville. On the 15th Sydney’s Consulate General of India will also be commemorating Independence Day with the annual hoisting of the Indian flag. Finally, share the love at the Australia-India Friendship Fair on the 21st, held at Prince Alfred Square in Paramatta, where fun and festivities await.

Victoria

VIC residents rejoice, for there’s a vast number of events for you to enjoy! This year’s Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will kick off on the 12th and run until the 30th , giving movie lovers a real treat to look forward to, with cricket star Kapil Dev and actor Amitabh Bachchan starting the festivities with a hoisting of the Indian flag. On the 15th Indians and Australians alike can witness the annual raising of the Indian flag at the Consulate General of India at 9am sharp, and celebrate with delicious food, drink and fun later in the week on the 20th at the Australian Indian Community Centre in Rowville, where the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria will be throwing a multicultural gala for locals to enjoy.


Queensland

Festivities in Queensland will commence with the India Day Fair, held at the Amphitheatre at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, where locals can enjoy a variety of festivities such as parades, live music, stage performances and of course delicious food. Later in the day the festivities continue at Centenary Heights State High School in Toowomba with a flag hoisting ceremony followed by cultural performances and the opportunity to try lots of delicious authentic Indian cuisine. Finally, on the 15th, the Honorary Consulate General of India will be holding its own official flag hoisting ceremony to officially commemorate and celebrate Independence Day.


Western Australia

Residents of WA will enjoy a fantastic evening at Sangam 2022, held by the Indian Society of WA at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event will feature a celebration of Indian music, with classical, folk and Bollywood dances to enjoy. On the 15th, Perth’s Consulate General of India will be holding the annual flag hoisting ceremony at 9am.

South Australia

Finally, in SA locals can experience a truly fascinating cultural event held at the Scott Theatre in the University of Adelaide. The Cultural Program, provided by the Indian Australian Associations of South Australia, will kick off at 1:30PM on the 14th, where locals can witness the flag hoisting ceremony as well as watch an educational cultural program with patriotic songs and enjoy a plethora of refreshments.

Here at Gaura Travel we hope you have a wonderful Independence Day and celebrate Indian pride with your friends, family and loved ones. Find out more about your local Independence Day events here:
What’s on – Indian Link

If these events aren’t quite what you’re looking for, why not experience the real deal and fly back home to India this August? Let us help you get there and have the best Independence Day experience with your loved ones.

Travelling in 2022 with Gaura Travel

As there are no quarantine or travel restrictions required in place, plan your journey to reunite with your family & friends with Gaura Travel in this year 2022. Find all available flights options with us.

https://gauratravel.com.au/flight-deals/

Visit us now at: https://gauratravel.com.au/ and let us provide you with your best way home.

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India at 75: Independence Day events in your city – Indian Link

What’s on – Indian Link

India’s Independence Day 2022 – OnlyMelbourne

Indian Independence Day – Cultural Infusion



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Importance of being with your family 

India is home to billions of people around the world, enriched by incredible cultural diversity with an array of ethnicities, languages and religions. All Indians have their own values and belief systems, but one that we can all share is the importance of family and the powerful role they play in our lives. 

What is the impact of being with family? 

Generally, Indians place a high value on unity and harmony within their peers, having a strong tie to their families, relatives, friends and community. Having a unified family support system to rely on is a foundation of Indian culture, which is why human touch plays such a powerful role in Indian society, not only for reassurance, but also to emphasize empathy, love and compassion towards each other.  

When you live far away from your family you may experience numerous emotions; sadness, loneliness and dejection to name a few. It has been proven that human touch can effectively make a difference on how we feel both physically and emotionally. As a family-tied society, it’s evident that individuals who are able to be physically present and spend time with their families have noticed significant boosts to their overall health and mental wellbeing.

Importance of staying close to your family 

Creating precious memories with your family and spending quality time with them is vital to the human experience, and provides numerous benefits to your wellbeing and state of mind. As the old saying goes, there is not an investment wiser than spending quality time with family. In other words, there’s no one else who knows you better than your family and they are one of the strongest sources of comfort, safety and love that you can ever find.

A family bond is a magical spell that soothes you at your worst and celebrates you at your best. A family unit provides you with a group of people who will catch you when you fall, guide and motivate you when you are lost, restore hope when it’s waning and most importantly hold you close and comfort you when you want to cry. A warm hug on a cold day, a meaningful pat on the back for a job well done or feeling your Mom’s hand tenderly squeeze your shoulder; these are just some of the ways that human touch can make an impact on your mood and confidence, and help you feel more connected with your loved ones.

The link an Indian person has with their extended family overseas is often much closer and stronger than most people in Western societies. Despite living abroad, they often have closer ties to their family remaining in India, which shows that no matter the distance, the strong bond between Indian family members can never be weakened.

Reuniting your families together 

Our team at Gaura Travel knows how important your family is to you, especially when living abroad in the land Down Under. Over our 15 years of operation, we have been committed to providing you with a smooth and stress-fee journey to reunite with your family back in India. Our top priority is to fulfil our obligation and duty towards you and provide you with the best experience imaginable. Proud to serve as the link between you and your extended family, we work hard to always keep you connected and continue to do our best for you! 

See you on your next journey! 

Sources:

10 Benefits of Spending Time With Familyhttps://www.healthguidance.org/entry/13683/1/Importance-of-Family-in-Our-Life.htmlhttps://www.hcf.com.au/health-agenda/body-mind/mental-health/benefit-human-touchhttps://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/indian-culture/indian-culture-familyhttps://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/indian-culture 

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Best Airports to travel to?

We all know that India and Australia have their fair share of airports. What’s more, is that India is known as the third largest domestic civil aviation market in the world right after the USA and China. With that knowledge, let’s dig deeper to discover the best airports in-between our target destinations of India and Australia.

Best Airports in India

Airports Authority of India (AAI) manages India’s main airports including 11 international airports, 81 domestic airports, 8 customs airports and 25 civil enclaves at defence airfields, which not only connect the cities, but also provide convenient and comfortable stopovers on your journey. At Gaura Travel we provide you with an array of affordable air travel options to the best airports throughout the country.

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Best Airports in India

New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport

Most of our outbound flights connect to different cities in India through Indira Gandhi International airport, New Delhi, which is known as the busiest airport in India, as well as 6th busiest airport in Asia and 12th busiest airport in the world. This year, Skytrax World Airport Awards has awarded the Delhi airport as the best airport in India for the forth time in a row.

Not only does the airport offer a world-class shopping and dining experience, it is also one of the cleanest airports that you can find in South Asian region, maintaining its hygiene and cleanliness to a high standard. All this and more has allowed the Delhi airport to cement its rank in the world’s top 50 airports.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai

CSMIA is known as one of the busiest and best airports in India, located north of downtown Mumbai. The airport was awarded with ‘World’s Best Airport in 2017’ and titled as ‘Best airport in India and Central Asia’ due to its services and convenience and accessibility to its passengers.

Chennai International Airport (MAA)

Chennai International Airport is located in the state of Tamil Nadu and is formerly known as Madras Airport. During the Covid-19 pandemic period, a majority of our Gaura Travel repatriation flights connected to the domestic flights at Chennai airport, as it currently acts as a hub for domestic airlines. Chennai airport is known as one of the busiest international routes connecting multiple locations across South Asia.

You can experience a wide number of services at Chennai airport including tourist and railway information booths, duty-free shopping, dining, currency exchange, security checks and much more.

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

In addition to New Delhi and Mumbai airports, Kempegowda International airport is acknowledged as the third busiest airport in India, located in Bangalore, Karnataka. The airport prides itself by being the first fully solar-powered airport operating in Karnataka and the 29th busiest airport in Asia. Voted as the ‘Best regional airport in Asia and Central India’, you can experience a range of cuisines, shopping, concierge services and more, all in one place.

Best Airports to travel in to Land Down Under

As Australia is known as the biggest country in the Southern Hemisphere, air travel is generally regarded the quickest and most efficient method of transportation both domestically and internationally. There are a vast number of airports in Australia with incredibly innovative design and architecture, as well as countless amenities and services at your disposal.

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Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is the second busiest airport in Australia after Sydney airport, serving more than 35M international and domestic passengers each year. A majority of international and domestic airlines feature deluxe lounges at the terminals in Melbourne Airport, where you can experience all the luxuries and comforts of a high-class hotel before boarding your flight.

Ranked as one of the top 10 airports in the world, you can experience world-class services such as duty-free shopping and dining, luxurious stayover hotels, and extensive facilities that provide comfort and convenience to its travellers.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport is the busiest airport Down Under, located in Australia’s largest city, Sydney. It features a range of amenities such as business and first-class luxury airline lounges, a variety of world-class branded shops and restaurants, and provides easy connections to public transport so that you can experience all this great city has to offer with ease.

Acting as a hub for a majority of international and domestic flights across the country, the number of passengers travelling through the airport increases substantially each year. Because of this, plans to expand Sydney airport have been implemented, so that in years to come there will be more of this iconic airport to enjoy.

Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport is the largest airport in Australia, as its location in Queensland is known as one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world. In a year it caters to more than 20 million tourists and features a variety of services including world-class dining and shopping. Like other major Airports, many airlines such as Emirates and Qantas offer luxury lounges for their travellers, allowing them to relax and unwind. Brisbane Airport is also renowned for its friendly airport staff, offering a warm welcome to all passengers excited to travel Down Under.

We offer numerous flights with major airlines including Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Air India and many more where you can easily access all these incredible airport destinations. You can find more information regarding travel restrictions and requirements on the official airport websites. Plan your trip with Gaura Travel and experience the best of the best when it comes to deals this year.

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Festivals of the Season  

Diwali is less than 100 days away, at Gaura Travel we celebrate India’s diverse religions and ethnic groups, where a vast number of local festivals are celebrated throughout the year. Each festival brings a unity of culture and celebration with festivities for families, relatives and friends to enjoy.

The next biggest festival of the season, Diwali, is celebrated nationwide in India on October 24th, 2022 and symbolises the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

Diwali – The festival of Lights

Diwali is a festival that symbolises the triumph of good over evil and is celebrated by many different religious groups in India, each with a unique interpretation. Hindus celebrate Diwali to celebrate the return of Rama to Ayodhya after defeating the evil king Ravana and the rebirth of goddess Lakshmi, whereas Jains celebrate and honour Lord Mahavira’s enlightenment. For the Sikh population, the festival is held to celebrate Guru Hargobind’s release from prison.

5-day celebration of this Holiday

This year, Diwali will fall on 24th October, with the 5-day celebration commencing on 22nd October with Dhanteras – the act of cleaning and purchasing gold, silver and other new items to decorate the house. For the second day, Choti Diwali, houses are decorated with diyas and candles, with families gathering to create rangolis. On the auspicious day of Diwali, extended families come together with their traditional attires and perform a ritual called ‘Lakshmi Puja’, afterwards celebrating with delicious food and lighting diyas together.

On the fourth day, Padwa, festivities are dedicated to celebrating the loving bond between husband and wife by exchanging gifts. On Bhai Duj, the fifth day, families get together to celebrate the special bond between brothers and sisters, with sisters tying a special bracelet called ‘rakhi’ around each brother’s wrists. In return, the brothers give gifts and sweets to their sisters and promise to protect them for life.

Diwali in Australia

Diwali or Deepavali is the most important occasion for the Indian community in Australia. To Hindus, this is a symbol of hope, harmony, joy and renewed togetherness of life. The Hindu Council of Australia is organising an array of cultural events to be held at Martin Place, Parramatta Park and other venues around Sydney by cooperating with the local Indian communities. These events will not only represent religious significance, but also have something to offer for attendees of all ages, from exciting Bollywood recitals, traditional foods and music, henna artworks and more. Entrance to many of the fair’s cultural events is free, and open to all Australians to experience the rich multicultural traditions, cuisines, music and much more.

With joy and laughter in the air, there’s no better time to travel to India and celebrate this auspicious festival with your loved ones. Find out more about our special flight offers to India during the festival season here:

https://groups.gauratravel.com.au/flights/

Learn more about Australia’s Deepavali events happening near you;

https://www.sydneypoint.com.au/events/deepavali-festival/

Event Date: 24 October 2022 (TBA)

Venue: Multiple Venues, all around Sydney (Including Cherrybrook, Rouse Hill Town Centre, Liverpool, Hornsby, Sydney NSW)

Entrance: Free  

Travelling in 2022 with Gaura Travel

As there are no quarantine or travel restrictions required in place, plan your journey to reunite with your family & friends with Gaura Travel in this year 2022. Find all available flights options with us.

https://gauratravel.com.au/flight-deals/

Sources: https://www.asiahighlights.com/india/festivals-and-celebrations#Next%20Big%20Festival%20in%20India , https://www.asiahighlights.com/india/diwali , https://www.asiahighlights.com/india/diwali-legends-and-stories , https://www.sydneypoint.com.au/events/deepavali-festival/

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What you need to know when travelling with your kids?  

Visiting your family back in India or travelling to another country as tourists can be an amazing experience, especially if you’re bringing your kids along. Visiting grandparents, relatives and friends overseas is always a treat to kids and leaves them counting the dates in excitement. As parents who are travelling with under 18s, it’s vital to plan your journey ahead to ensure that your children are best prepared and travel safe within the requirements.

If you are travelling with children;

  • Research what kind of childcare facilities you intend to use for your kids during your trip
  • Before you leave the country with your children, make sure to get official consent from an authorised person or institution with all entry requirements documents to provide in other countries.
  • Check in advance with your airline regarding the children baggage restrictions, health and safety standards to confirm their regulations before your journey.
  • Learn the laws and local attitudes around discipline and taking care of your children during the travel without affecting the public.
  • Plan and get your children’s health check-ups and medication at least 8 weeks before your journey.
  • If your child is travelling without parents, with a guardian or just with a single parent, you have to follow the representative airlines’ rules and protocols for child’s travel.

Departing from Australia

In most cases, your child can depart from Australia with just their passport and appropriate visa. Most airlines have its own in-flight protocols and rules for lone youngsters, with the parents or guardians needing to fill out a permission form in advance for the child’s travel. In addition, all those travelling to India including minors must submit the ’Air-Suvidha self-declaration form’ and provide a fully vaccinated certificate or negative Covid-19 (RT-PCR) test report before departure.

According to the current review for India, you may be subjected to sudden Covid-19 restrictions, including local lock downs and curfews within a short notice. Therefore, always be vigilant and check the latest travel updates given by local media. With Gaura Travel, now you can find convenient one-way flights with a single stopover in Singapore with Singapore Airlines or direct flights to India with Qantas Airlines.

Departing from India

As of 6 July, 12.01am (AEST), international travellers are no longer required to fill in a Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration to enter Australia. Proof of vaccination status is also no longer necessary. However, the rules and regulations in each destination of your stop-overs along the way may vary so checking the local travel requirements in advance is essential for a smooth journey.

This year, passport fees for Indians have increased and a 5-year passport for children under 16 costs $155, with the overseas surcharge for child applicants now being $67. To find more relevant information click here.

Over 15 years as your trustworthy, intimate travel partner, at Gaura Travel our key intention is to provide you and your children a hassle-free journey with unsurpassed travel experience. Keep in touch and get more info for your next family holidays.

Travelling in 2022 with Gaura Travel

As there are no quarantine or travel restrictions required in place, plan your journey to reunite with your family & friends with Gaura Travel in this year 2022. Find all available flights options with us.

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Sources: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/before-you-go/who-you-are/children , https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/india , https://india.highcommission.gov.au/ , https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/while-youre-away/biosecurity-border

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Covid-19 vaccine status no longer required for arrivals in Australia 

Here’s some good news for you and your family! International travellers keen to travel to Australia will no longer be required to declare their Covid-19 vaccination status.  According to Health Minister Mark Butler, this recent change to the Biosecurity Act will take in place from 12.01am on Wednesday, July 6, based on advice from Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.

On the change, Mr. Butler has made the following statement.
‘The Australian government makes decisions on COVID-related issues after considering the latest medical advice, and unvaccinated Australians, as well as certain groups of visa holders, have been able to travel to Australia for some time. We will continue to act on the medical advice as needed.’

However, Covid-19 prerequisites such as wearing facemasks on inbound international flights, and state-based mandates on masks will remain in place for all travellers. However, due to recent negative feedback, Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil confirmed that travellers will revert to using paper-based incoming passenger cards over the newly introduced digital passenger declaration app, in an effort to make the arrival process more user-friendly for passengers.

Australia had shut its boarders due to the Covid-19 pandemic from March 2020 until November 2021, only allowing citizens and permanent residents to return home. In February the following year, the border restrictions were further eased to allow international students as well as certain visa holders (including those with a tourist visa) to enter the country.
Despite this, inbound travellers were required to possess a double vaccination certificate to pass through Australian border control under the Biosecurity Act until now.

In addition, Mr. Butler stated that there has been no advice given to Australia’s health ministers to re-instate mask mandates to deal with rising Covid-19 cases, instead it is encouraged for all Australians to get their booster shots if not already acquired.

International travellers left waiting for years to be able to enter Australia will be overjoyed with this recent development, allowing them to travel to their hearts content for years to come.

Thus, it’s high time to travel back to Australia and book your flights now or contact us on 1300 359 463. We’re here for you 24/7, every step of the way!

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Yoga poses to help you relax & destress!

Many individuals aren’t aware of the benefits of practicing yoga. Performing yoga at least once a day is known to help alleviate stress and help you feel relaxed. We have curated a shortlist of benefits of practicing yoga and poses you can try with your loved ones! Be sure to keep your mind body and soul aligned with yoga on your road to self-betterment.

International Yoga Day embarks to celebrate the mind, body, and soul. Balance your form as you learn new skills and moves. There are several benefits of practicing Yoga, including helping one’s well-being. If you’ve done your ‘downward dog’ yoga pose today, you’re most likely feeling relaxed, but many individuals aren’t aware of all the benefits of practicing Yoga.

Practicing yoga not only aids the body but most importantly the mind. Many people take up yoga as a hobby but don’t realize how positively impactful it is for other aspects of their life. Yoga is also known to help feel centered and destressed.

  1. Yoga improves strength, flexibility, and balance.
    Slow movements and deep breaths are known to increase blood flow and warm up muscles, ultimately helping your endurance. The Tree pose is famously known to improve flexibility, balance, and strength.
  2. Yoga can help with back pain relief
    The Cat-Crow Pose is known to get you the good stretch you’re after. Easing back pain and improving mobility, this pose is often recommended as the first source of action for chronic lower back pain.
  3. Benefits for heart health.
    The famously known Downward Dog Pose is known to benefit the heart and reduce levels of stress, including high blood pressure and excess weight gain.

What’s a nicer way to connect with people than a fun yoga class? Yoga can transform your body, your attitude and your awareness. By connecting with people through Yoga, you have the power to exchange energies and refresh your soul.

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Reduce & Re-use!

Doing the right thing!
At Gaura Travel, we try to be as environmentally conscious as possible, we try to do our part when it comes to lessening the use of single-use plastics by using our reusable water bottles, bringing our own cutlery / reusable straws as well as carrying a tote bag for our belongings. We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to be mindful of how much waste our nation produces and consciously work on reducing our impact on the Earth.

You might be wondering, why should you live sustainably, well, we have gathered some facts to blow your mind & put things into perspective!

  • Over 500 billion plastic bottles are produced worldwide every year.
  • In 2020, we generated more than 500 million tons of plastic worldwide, 900% more compared to 1980.
  • Our ocean is home to over 150 million tons of waste.
  • By 2025, the ocean could contain more plastic than fish.

It is crucial to preserve the quality of the planet for the well-being of our own lives as well as future generations. Make a change in the way you live and always remember to reduce & re-use.
The UN currently has 17 goals that not only focus on reducing waste but many other worldwide issues we need to be aware of. From eliminating global poverty to providing clean water and quality education, the UN has pledged to work on sustainable development goals which require all our help. Let’s work together to reduce & re-use because our planet is not single-use.

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National Brothers Day

Woah wait.. your most precious yet unbearably annoying brother gets a whole day dedicated to himself? Let that sink in first.

Let’s just accept it guys..You love ’em, you hate ’em, but you cannot go a day without them. Growing up, they often greeted us with either hugs or a black eye. There was no in between.  They are your first best friend, your survival kit, and the one you can trade the world for.

No matter how old you become, when you are with your siblings, you cannot help but relive your childhood. It’s the priceless memories of fighting for the remote, sharing that one chocolate and taking the blame for the broken vase, just to spare him the horror of your mom. Hands down, the best memories majority of us cherish in a lifetime are that of the time spent with brothers.

As life continues and you go different ways, the memories become much stronger. Time and again, you find yourself cherishing those carefree summer vacations from school, those innumerable fights and the countless car rides battling for the front seat. Thinking about those chaste memories leave you nothing but a smile on your face.

They are still your best friend, and if you fall, they will be there to catch you. Call them up today and tell them how special they are to you. This day, relive your childhood with them and tell them you are their number one!

Guess, its right when Christina Rosseti said, “For there is no friend like a brother in calm or stormy weather; to cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands”.

We’re here to bridge the gap between you and your brother, you are just a click away to re unite with your loved ones. Travel from Australia to India or India to Australia and make this year memorable!

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Places to visit in Mumbai

India is home to many iconic locations for individuals to visit, one of the most popular locations is Mumbai. Formerly known as Bombay, located on the west coast. This densely populated area is known for being India’s largest city. Mumbai is home to many travel destinations to explore with loved ones or friends! The fun continues as you discover the Gateway of Indian, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, and an array of beaches to soak up the sun. The historic and cultural structures have been preserved for years, holding great significance to the local citizens.

Mumbai is a massive city and always has something to do, housing grand colonial buildings, the Bollywood, and don’t forget several bazaars packed with antiques and textiles. Feel refreshed as you’re met with scenic views and native animals. There are plenty of contemporary and modern art galleries to local museums with cultural treasures and exhibits. For those seeking a bit of adrenaline, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to amusement and water parks. Kids and adults alike are bound to have endless fun in Mumbai.

You will never run out of things to do in Mumbai, especially when you’re spending time with family or loved ones. From historic structures and art museums to amusement parks, there is something for everyone to do.

Plan your travel
If this sounds like a wonderful time, why not book your flights to India? Spending time with family is priceless, so why not make the most of it by discovering new places to visit in Mumbai together. Follow the link to book your flights to India or contact us for any inquiries!

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Best time to visit Delhi

New Delhi is known for its extreme weather as it gets extremely hot in the summer and the opposite in the winter! Many individuals travel to Delhi between February to March (spring) and September to November (autumn) which is the best time to visit Delhi . The weather in these months is pleasant for sightseeing, picnics, and enjoying time with your loved ones.

Known for its rich cultural heritage and architecture, there are many landmarks to visit in New Delhi. The most well-known landmarks to tick off your bucket list are the Taj Mahal, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, and the Red Fort. These structures display great architectural detail and are highly recommended to visit during your trip to India.

We have included the seasons throughout the year so you can plan your trip according to the best weather in Delhi.

MonthSeasonTemperature
December – JanuaryWinter5o – 25o
February – MarchSpring20o – 25o
April – JuneSummer25o – 45o
June to SeptemberMonsoon30o – 35o
October – NovemberAutumn20o – 30o

Looking to book flights to New Delhi, India? We’ve got your covered! Book your flights here and contact us for any enquiries or questions!

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Never miss your flight again!

There are few options when it comes to commuting to the Tullamarine airport from Melbourne CBD (Southern Cross Station). Choose carefully depending on your boarding call and stay ahead of your schedule!

  1. SkyBus Express Airport Transfer. This server runs 24 hours, and it takes approximately 30-45 minutes from Southern Cross station to the Tullamarine airport. Book and view ticket fares here.
  2. Uber. If you’re fond of some peace, quiet, and privacy, you’ll lean towards this option. An Uber ride from Southern Cross to Tullamarine airport will take around 3045 minutes and will set you back $48 – $60. You can check an Uber ride estimator here.
  3. Ask your friends or family to drive you. There is nothing like a warm heartfelt goodbye before you take off, spend your 30-minute car ride to the airport with your loved ones!

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We hope you have a safe journey, wherever you’re going!

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5 Must-try foods when you visit India!

Indian cuisine is a foodie’s ultimate dream, with many dishes to taste, one of them is bound to be your favourite! Next time you visit your loved ones in India, remember to try a few of these renowned dishes to spice up your vacation.

  1. Masala Dosa: One of the most renowned South Indian dishes which are popular all over the world. Usually stuffed with curried potatoes and served next to hot sambar, adding some spice to the dish.
  2. Chaat: New Delhi’s Street food stalls are sprinkled with varying versions of chaat. The meaning of Chaat comes from the Hindi words “a delicacy,’ ‘licking one’s fingers’ like the name suggests, this dish will leave you wanting more.
  3. Dal makhani: Most people would have tasted dal, but there is nothing that quite tastes like the original. This dish is often reserved for big events since it’s considered the best of the best!
  4. Pani puri: This dish originated in the northern state of Bihar, a perfect street side snack for a food lover. Eating this delicacy is an experience in itself as most Indians eat each pani puri in one swift bite!
  5. Masala chai: One of India’s most famous beverages, the masala chai. This drink can be found being sold everywhere, from high-end restaurants to chaiwallahs at train stations.

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How long is your next flight to New Delhi?

Known for its cuisine, rich culture, scenic views, and of course the Taj Mahal, New Delhi has gained popularity among tourists over the years. The bustling culture and its historic significance offer something for everyone to enjoy.

Many travellers are curious about how long their flights are. Justifiably so, you will be seated for many hours depending on where you’re travelling from. We have curated a list of travel durations from Australia to New Delhi so you can plan your trip accordingly.

  • Sydney to New Delhi – 1 non-stop flight per day 15h 35m+
  • Melbourne to New Delhi – 2 non-stop flights per day 12h 40m+
  • Brisbane to New Delhi – 1 non-stop flight per day 15h 20m+
  • Perth to New Delhi – 1 non-stop flight per day 12h 55m+
  • Adelaide to New Delhi – 2 non-stop flights per day 11h 55m+

Ensure you’re not bored on the plane by bringing a good book, your favourite magazines, or even a portable gaming console to enjoy your flight to the wonderful New Delhi.

Find everything you need
Looking for flights? We have you covered! Visit family and loved ones this year and fill your heart with love. Gaura Travel offers a wide range of travel options and destinations to suite everyone’s needs!

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Paying for your flights has never been easier!

Introducing PayID

We are proud to announce that Gaura Travel now supports payments using PayID! Never before has there been a faster, easier and more secure way to transfer and receive money from any account, without the need to remember any bank account details. Not convinced? Let us share with you a few reasons why PayID is paving the way to the future of online payments.

It’s simple – and fast!

Your PayID is a unique identifier linked to your transaction account and can be your email address, mobile number or ABN, making it super easy to remember. When using Azupay, a unique PayID is provided to you automatically, only valid for your purchase at check-out (in the form of a QR code and email address). You can then easily use this PayID to transfer money from your online or mobile banking app. PayID transfers are instantaneous even when sent between different bank accounts, so you can rest assured your money is going where you need it go, and fast.

Is it secure?

Of course! PayIDs are safe and keep you in control of your payment. When using PayID, you don’t need to provide any personal or financial information. PayID works within the security of your internet or mobile banking apps, which means that only you can authorize payments from your account to another person or business. If any issues arise during the processing of your payment, Azupay will immediately cancel and refund the transaction.

With PayID, organizing and paying for your booking is easier than ever. So why wait? Secure your booking and send your payment through to our unique PayID at payments@gauratravel.com.au. Let us help you make steps towards reuniting and spending quality time with your loved ones.

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Benefits of flying with IATA accredited agent

Gaura Travel as an IATA Accredited Travel Agent

Being accredited by IATA is a lot of more than a piece of paper, it means peace of mind. It means that you can trust us to get the best quality service for your travel needs. It means that we have got your back and bring you smoothly to your destination. If you are looking for a trustworthy travel agent to fulfil all these concerns, then we can assure that you can make your booking with us without any hesitation or doubt. Because we are guaranteed a hassle-free, seamless journey to you with the top airlines with best travel offers.

Enjoy the benefits of getting the service from an IATA member

You can enjoy multiple benefits while you are picking an IATA accredited travel agent including:

  • Best ticket prices and offers for your next journey.
  • Access to standard, secure and efficient payments and invoicing methods to save your valuable time and efforts on booking process.
  • Accreditation to ensure reliable and consistent standards in travel offers and booking that you’ve made with the diverse, recognized airlines.

As an IATA accredited travel agent, we have received a unique identifier code, which will assist you to identify our brand in the industry. Moreover, you can ensure that whether we follow the standard industry procedures and regulations according to the global consumer affairs, as your selected travel agent.

As part of our duty of care towards you, it becomes our obligation to take your stress away of travelling with us. As an IATA member, allow us to fulfil our promises and build meaningful relationships with you. Let us be the best travel choice, you’ve ever made in your life!

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Stay in the loop, find out what you need before your trip.

Be prepared
Gaura Travel’s new feature allows travellers to check travel restrictions, visa requirements, and required documents before they travel. The new feature asks travellers for some important information and provides information from Travel restrictions to additional information they might need.

Book your flights and travel with peace of mind knowing Gaura Travel has got you covered. No more guesswork, it’s as easy as choosing the country you’re travelling to and getting all the information you need beforehand. Being prepared has never been easy, find everything you need at Gaura Travel.com.au and travel confidently, knowing you have all the required documentation.

A better way to pay
Paying for your flights has been made even more easier l. You can now pay a deposit of the total amount of your flights to secure your seats.

Gaura Travel has optimized how our travellers use our services, we have ensured you find the best way home with our new travel restrictions, eVisa and new payment options so you’re prepared and always a step ahead.

Ready, Get Set, Travel!
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Do you need an eVisa?

Something new & efficient
Unsure if you need a visa for the destination you’re travelling to? We’ve got your back! Gaura Travel is partnering with Sherpa to ensure our travellers are fully prepared before their travel.

All you have to do is fill in some details and you will be on your way to travel safely. Apply for your eVisa in seconds and waste no time preparing for your journey. Electronic visas are easy to apply for and significant to have when travelling, our new feature allows you to check if you need an eVisa and apply for it.

Travel with ease
Alongside our new eVisa feature, Gaura Travel has released a few other features to make your pre-travel preparations easier. Our new Travel Restrictions feature will allow you to check restrictions for the country you’re travelling to as well as the important documents you will need before boarding your next flight. Stay in the loop with Gaura’s new Travel Restrictions feature and always be a step ahead.

Our new booking feature allows our travellers to pay 5% of the total amount of their flights to secure their seats, interest-free. We understand that it takes time to plan the perfect trip, with our new payment option, you can secure your seats first.

Ready, Get Set, Travel!
Borders are open, and individuals can travel safely, it is great to stay in the loop of things when it comes to pre-travel preparations. Head over to Gaura Travel flights and book you and your loved ones a flight to wherever your heart desires.

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