10 Navratri recipes you shouldn’t miss!

The nine days of worship to Goddess Durga, starting on 26th September and running until 5th October, is the best time to celebrate the blessings and good vibes for peace, happiness and prosperity for your family and loved ones! It is believed that whoever worships Goddess Durga with pure heart and devotion will have all troubles taken out of their lives, while finding peace and joy to cherish.

On this auspicious season, as you worship nine different forms of the Goddess Durga, celebrate the Shardiya Navratri or the victory of good over evil with delicious Navratri Vrat recipes after observing your fast. Traditionally, in this is the auspicious period, most Hindus keep away from alcohol and non-vegetarian food, as well as from grains, onion and garlic. Devotees choose to fast in this manner as a way of paying gratitude to the Goddess Durga and gives them a chance to get back to their roots and deviate from the daily goings-on.

As Navratri 2022 is just around the corner, let’s check out the 10 most popular dishes that we can prepare for this Navratri!

Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana, more commonly known as sago, is processed plant starch extracted from the cassava root. High in carbohydrates, it’s a perfect energy-boosting meal, ideal for fasting. Made with sago, peanuts, curry leaves and mild spices, Sabudana Kichdi is classified as one of the best fasting foods commonly eaten during Navratri by the traditional Hindu community anytime, whether it’s for breakfast or a light dinner.

Kuttu Ka Dosa

If you are a dosa fan, this is one of the Navratri recipes that you don’t want to miss! Also known as ‘Falahari Dosa’ or ‘Vrat ka Dosa’, this dish is a great food option for people who avoid eating kuttu or buckwheat in fried pooris or pakoras. Quick to prepare and gluten-free, this meal is widely considered as a great dietary option, with the delicious potato filling providing a good source of protein, iron and zinc. Cooking up this crisp dosa with mint and coconut chutney would make anyone’s day!

Singhare Ke Atte Ka Samosa

Spending the evening of Navratri without enjoying these delicious samosas would simply be incomplete! This is the best tea-time snack to enjoy, with the goodness of a Navratri twist, while fasting. Singhare ke atte ka samosa is a crisp, triangle shaped snack prepared with water chestnut flour, arrowroot powder, spiced chironji, and sendha namak, along with many more spices. You can enjoy this mouth-watering snack with coriander chutney and experience many health benefits including low calorie consumption, low stress levels, reduction in blood pressure and more.

Aloo ki Kadhi

Soak in this delicious, yummy kadhi with potato pieces and soothe your taste buds! Aloo ki kadhi is a delightful curry made with potatoes, chilies, singhare ka atta and many spices, making it a great lunch for the Navratri festival. Make your Navratri more special and healthier while fasting with this delicious curry.

Makhana Kheer

Who doesn’t love eating festival desserts, especially on Navratri? Makhana Kheer is one of the most popular sweet dishes in the Navratri feast. This low-fat sweet is especially popular during fasting, making it the perfect dessert to indulge in. Not only served as dessert after a great dinner, Makhana Kheer is also offered as a prasad for the pooja. This yummy dessert, made with milk, sugar, makhana or puffed lotus seeds, chopped pistachios and almonds with cardamom powder, is the perfect dish to fulfil your sweet payasam cravings.

Sabudana Khichdi, Kuttu Ka Dosa, Makhana Kheer, Singhare Ke Atte Ka Samosa

Banana Walnut Lassi

This creamy yogurt drink with walnuts, banana and honey will make your Navratri day a healthier and more energized one! This nourishing drink can be easily made at home and consumed as a sweet, chilled beverage while fasting during Navratri. Boost your energy for whole day with a banana walnut Lassi!

Vratwale Chawal ka Dhokla

Full of flavour, this gluten-free delicacy is a perfect accompaniment to any Navratri feast! Vratwale ka dhokla or Sama ke Chawal ka Dhokla is a healthy and delicious steamed cake made with little millet, tapioca pearls, as well as tempered whole red chilies, cumin, ghee and curry leaves. Spongy and light with amazing flavours, this recipe is a must have for your Navratri feast. Paired with some vrat ki chutney, you would find it hard not to have an extra piece on your plate this feast!


Have you ever tried spiced, vegetarian banana kebabs, flavored with ginger, coriander, green chili and aromatic spices? If not, this is the perfect time to try this delicious festival snack, that melts in your mouth with every bite.

Vratwale Paneer Rolls

Grated paneer with potatoes, sendha namak, spices and some raisins to add sweetness, all pan fried together with ghee. Aren’t these crisp, golden-brown rolls making your mouth water? These tasty paneer rolls are just one of the delicious recipes that you can serve as a mid-day snack during this Navratri festival. Enjoy this delicious treat with a sprinkle of mint leaves and chaat masala!

Vratwale Khatte Meethe Aloo

Sweet and sour in one perfect dish! Vratwale Khatte Meethe Aloo, made with potatoes cooked with a hint of lemon and chilies, is one of the most special and delicious fasting dishes that you’ll never want to miss from your Navratri feast bucket list. This dish offers a great balance of flavors, giving your taste buds an irresistible experience!

Navratri is not only about taking the troubles away from your life, but also allowing your body to detox all negative energies around you. Together, let’s pay gratitude to the goddess Durga this Navratri fasting season, while adding more positive energies to our lives. We hope these recipes will fulfill both your food cravings and health goals this Navratri!

This festival season, we are here to bring you to your loved ones back in India. We know that without having your family and loved ones by your side, Navratri simply wouldn’t be complete. That’s why we’re offering numerous Flight Deals to reunite with your loved ones to celebrate this festival season together.
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Shardiya Navratri 2022: Navratri Significance, History And 9 Days of Navratri Devi Names – India Times
15 Best Navratri Vrat Recipes | Popular Fast Recipes | Easy Vrat Recipes – NDTV Food
Sabudana Khichdi (Non-Sticky & Fluffy) – Swasthi’s Recipes
Kuttu Ka Dosa – Your Food Fantasy
Singhare Ke Atte Ka Samosa Recipe: How to Make Singhare Ke Atte Ka Samosa Recipe – Times of India
Low Fat Makhana Kheer – NDTV Food
Vrat ka dholka or Sama ke Chawal ka Dholka – Ruchis Kitchen

Flight Deals

Pick the best airline for you!

When choosing your flight home, we all know that the price is the most important thing – reuniting with your loved ones after so long should never put you out of pocket! But what many people don’t know is that the airline you choose to fly with can be equally as important for a comfortable and stress-free journey. Different airlines can offer different onboard services and amenities, as well as different baggage allocations and requirements, so it’s important to get all the know how and choose the airline that will best suit you. Check out our extensive guide on the different airlines we offer with our exclusive Flight Deals and book your next flight with confidence!


Travellers who fly with Qantas can expect a range of benefits for often no extra cost! For the light flyers or those who simply wish to save on luggage costs, Qantas Economy Standard tickets offer 20 kg of check-in luggage. You can also experience all the comforts of home while in the air, including a complimentary in-flight entertainment system, onboard amenities and delicious meals that suit your dietary requirements. For those who know they’ll be doing a lot of shopping on their trip, rest assured that for an extra cost, travellers can upgrade to Economy Plus which allows an extra 10kg of luggage, for a total of 30kg check-in allowance.

Here’s a cost-effective tip for the savvy traveller: with our Mix and Match flights, you can book an Economy Standard ticket and fly to India with a lower luggage allowance to save costs, then select an Economy Plus ticket for the trip back, so you can fill up your bags with goodies from home!

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Scoot is known as a low-cost airline carrier specializing in flightsacross Asia. While Scoot may be low-cost, that doesn’t mean low-quality, as with most other airlines Scoot offers a range of amenities and services. Travellers can enjoy in-flight entertainment and regular meals on their flight home and back. Offering 20kg of luggage on an Economy Standard ticket, Scoot Airlines is recommended for those who travel light and like to keep on the move. Being a Singapore-based airline, many of Scoot’s flights operate through Changi Airport, which is also known as one of the world’s best airports with a variety of fun attractions to explore. (Want to know more? Check out our detailed guide on Changi Airport here.)

Scoot’s main aspiration aside from keeping costs low for its passengers, is sustainability and eco-friendly travel. As a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, Scoot supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which they maintain by working hard to minimize carbon emissions of their aircrafts as well as giving back to local communities.

To check out our Flight Deals with Scoot, click here.

Singapore Airlines

Known as one of the top airlines around the world, Singapore Airlines focuses its travellers’ experience solely on the five senses – sight, smell, sound, taste and touch, offering the best possible in-flight experience for all, with in-flight entertainment, delicious meals, comfortable plush seating and even a soothing, signature scent created with a range of floral notes. Despite appearing as a luxury airline, Singapore Airline’s ticket prices are more than affordable for the average traveller and even include 30kg of check-in luggage with an Economy Plus ticket at a reasonable price. Along with Scoot, Singapore Airlines also operates a majority of its flights through Changi Airport, giving you yet another excuse to extend your flight transfer time and enjoy a mini vacation on your way home.

To check out our Flight Deals with Singapore Airlines, click here.

Air India

Last but certainly not least on our list is Air India! Offering you the comforting feeling of home, even before you step on the plane! With multiple options for check-in luggage allowances, in-flight entertainment, vegetarian meals and much more, Air India is a top contender amongst airlines for Indians around the world. You can rest assured that Air India’s friendly crew will always be around to help you with any concerns and questions you have about your flights, from the airport check-in to going through customs in India.

To check out our Flight Deals with Air India, click here.

Now that you have the know-how, you can book your flight home in confidence! Rest assured that with Gaura Travel, your satisfaction is our number 1 priority. It’s our mission to ensure you have the smoothest, most comfortable flight home possible. Choose the best airline for your needs and book your flight home to see your loved ones for Festival Season today!

As there are no quarantine or travel restrictions required in place, plan your journey to reunite with your family & friends with Gaura Travel this year. Find more Festival Season flight deals now at:
We will see you there and sending our wishes for a happy Festival Season to all!

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Travel Guide

Masks mandates no longer in effect on domestic and international travel

Due to the ongoing pandemic, mask mandates during air travel have become the norm, often to the annoyance and discomfort of travellers everywhere. Well, ‘The Great Unmasking’ is now here!
As of September 9th, Australia’s Federal Department of Health has advised that masks are no longer required during air travel.  As a result, all flights travelling to Australia on or after 12.01am on 9th September 2022 (AEST) will no longer require its passengers to wear a face mask during the duration of the flight.

This change will affect all domestic flights within Australia, as well as international flights travelling to Australia. There is an exception to this, however, as different destinations may have their own mandates and requirements, certain flights travelling from Australia will still require the wearing of masks for the duration of the flight. Therefore, the Department of Health advises that travellers should be aware of the local requirements and restrictions of their destination prior to their departure.

On all Qantas flights enroute to London, Rome and the USA, mask mandates during air travel have been lifted. In addition, all flights operating through Singapore Airlines will also no longer require its passengers to wear masks, however this may also depend on the destination of your flight. While flights operating to and from Singapore, the USA, the UK, France, Switzerland, Thailand and New Zealand do not require its passengers to wear masks, travellers are advised to check the requirements of their planned destinations and follow the local health advice accordingly.

Domestic airlines have been encouraging passengers to wear facemasks on local flights since May 2020, and in the year following the federal government ruled it as a mandatory requirement on all domestic flights from and within certain states and territories. However, since mid-June this year, airports across Australia have announced that wearing masks is optional, and now that this choice has spread to within the aeroplane itself, travellers will be overjoyed knowing that they will be able to fly comfortably to the land Down Under.

As there are no quarantine or travel restrictions required in place, plan your journey to reunite with your family & friends with Gaura Travel this year. Find more Festival Season flight deals now at:
We will see you there and sending our wishes for a happy Festival Season to all!

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Travel Guide

Keeping you and your family comfortable during your flight

The thought of travelling back home to India brings lots of excitement – seeing all your friends and family, visiting all your favourite places and of course eating lots of tasty, home-cooked food! However, for some, the idea of sitting on a long flight for over 10 hours can be difficult – that’s why we’ve prepared a handy guide on how to stay comfortable during your flight home. Follow our tips and tricks on how to keep you and your family relaxed and content during your long trip and keep you energized for the adventures to come back home!


Throughout your entire trip, it’s highly advised to stay hydrated – even before you board the plane! Experts recommend drinking 1-2 litres of water the day before, or even better, the morning of your flight. This can be a tall order for some – but studies have shown that increasing your water intake by even just a glass a day leading up to your flight can lead to better hydration and a more comfortable experience. While flying, be sure to keep your water intake up, and try to drink 2-3 litres of water over the duration of your flight. This might lead to a lot of bathroom breaks, sure, but being sufficiently hydrated can help combat common flight-induced ailments such as headaches, dizziness and lethargy.
It’s also highly recommended to eat as many fresh fruit and vegetables as you can in the days leading up to your trip as these can be limited during your flight, and will add a much-needed boost to your immune system, ensuring that you stay healthy on your journey. Bringing your own snacks along for the flight is a great idea – just stay away from fruits, vegetables and other organic matter as these will be confiscated at customs. Protein bars and mixed nuts are a great option, providing you with nutrients that can strengthen your immune system even more. Taking vitamin C supplements is also a great idea to give your immune system another boost!

Exercise and Comfort

Exercise is vital for a healthy lifestyle – not only is it great for your body on land, but in the air too! It’s highly recommended to get in some light workouts before your flight, even just stretching at the boarding gate can make a huge difference in combatting stiffness and discomfort. During your flight, be sure to move around the cabin when you can, stretching your arms and legs and walking around can help combat swelling and discomfort. Wearing comfortable and stretchy, breathable clothes is also a must – temperatures can sometimes fluctuate during air travel, so bringing a cozy sweater that is easy to take off is highly recommended. In addition, packing every-day toiletries and a change of clothes in your carry on makes all the difference and ensures you’ll stay feeling fresh and clean. For night flights, it’s a great idea to bring a neck pillow, noise cancelling headphones and an eye mask to help keep yourself as comfortable as possible for a restful sleep.

Tips for travelling with kids

For those of you travelling with little ones, it’s best to be fully prepared for any little hiccups that may happen along the way. While booking your trip, try to secure seats near the toilets and window seats – the latter being great for keeping kids soothed and calm by the passing view. For those travelling with infants, front row seats are recommended to ensure space for a bassinet, which can be requested in advance with your airline. The timing of your flight is also essential to keep in mind – for kids who are easy sleepers, night flights are a must to ensure your little ones stay rested and comfortable. For the fussier and lighter sleepers, a day flight will ensure that your fellow passengers aren’t kept awake. Making sure to bring enough supplies, such as medicine, food, spare clothing, entertainment and comfort items is essential. It can be difficult for children to stay entertained during a flight, so a great tip is to bring along something small and exciting for them, such as a new toy or activity book, that you can bring out to surprise and delight them and most importantly, distract them from any possible impending tantrums. Additionally, headphones provided by airlines are often too large for children, so if possible, bring along your own pair of kid-sized headphones, preferably volume-limiting, to ensure your child can safely enjoy any provided in-flight entertainment or games.

Keeping healthy

Airplane carriages can often become a breeding ground for bacteria – so it’s highly recommended to bring a set of anti-bacterial wipes and give anything you may frequently use or touch a thorough wiping to minimize the chances of getting sick. Additionally, it is recommended that you wear a mask and maintain distance with other passengers whenever you can, and stay up to date with any recommended vaccines before your trip.

Now that you know all the tips and tricks about flying comfortably, how about booking a flight home to India this Festival season? Our Mix and Match flights give you the customizability you need to ensure both you and your family are as comfortable as possible on your journey. Choose your airline, time of flight, luggage requirements and more and make your next journey home a smooth one.

As there are no quarantine or travel restrictions required in place, plan your journey to reunite with your family and friends with Gaura Travel this year. Click here and find all available flight options with us.

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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.

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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:

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

Event Date: 24 October 2022 (TBA)

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

Entrance: Free  

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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.

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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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After a 2 year wait, India resumes international flights.

This is great news for overseas travellers as they can resume their visits to India. The reopening of international borders has been long-awaited, there has been a pent-up need to travel to India for passengers waiting to see their family and loved ones.

After 2 years of suspended travel, India will reopen its international borders on March 27th, 2022. Travel industry professionals expect flight fares will be much lower than exorbitant bubble charges, but travellers are made aware that plane fares are unlikely to be close to their pre-pandemic prices. It is estimated that with the reopening of Indian international borders, there is a high opportunity for more connectivity/choices between countries, leading to lower fares. The Ukraine conflict will undoubtedly cast its shadow on these expectations.

The aviation minister says “international operations shall be subject to strict adherence to (current) health ministry guidelines’ India’s strict health guidelines had prohibited the international borders from opening in December 2021 but was abruptly cancelled due to the COVID-19 variant Omicron.

COVID-19 Restrictions in India

From February 14, Individuals from 82 approved countries (including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Japan, and Thailand) are no longer required to take a pre-departure test to visit India, however, they must present proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated arrivals will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours.

How Russian airspace closure impacts routes to India

Unrestricted travel will give individuals more options to choose from, but the rising fuel costs will increase the overall ticket prices. American Airlines and many other airlines have stopped using Russian airspace to fly to India and making additional stops to refuel. On Monday United airlines announced they are suspending Delhi-San Francisco and Mumbai-Newark flight routes as they are no longer fuel or time-efficient as Russian airspace is out of bounds. They will continue shorter Delhi-San Francisco slights. Air India is one of the few airlines that continues to utilize Russia’s airspace.

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In nearly two years, Australia has finally opened its borders for international visitors and tourists

Australia has imposed one of the strictest restrictions and travel bans since March 2020 due to COVID-19, but this is all changing today. Prime Minister Scott Morrison celebrates the opening of Australian Borders with a cheerful and optimistic smile. Fully vaccinated travellers and all visa holders can travel down under. The Prime Minister said the condition is you must be double vaccinated to come to Australia,” as he reiterates the rules and expects all travellers to abide by it.

Wait is over for International travellers

This is the perfect opportunity for international families and friends to reunite in Australia as the borders opening is a wonderful news for international families patiently waiting to visit their family. This good news brings forth and opportunity to explore and discover new destinations within Australia, “This is the exciting announcement the aviation sector has been waiting for,” Australian Airports Association (AAA) Chief Executive James Goodwin said.

With the reopening of Australia, international travelers have a few things to look out for, double vaccinated individuals no longer require to quarantine where as unvaccinated passengers are required to complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense and require a valid travel exemption. Unvaccinated travelers will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements.

Western Australia opens on 3rd March 2022

Over 50 international planes are scheduled to land on Monday 21st February as all international travellers can enter all Australian states except Western Australia. Western Australia is set to open its borders on the 3rd of March and will require visitors to be vaccinated by the COVID-19 booster shot. Majority of Australian citizens were allowed to fly back since last year, but foreigners and tourists have had to wait the gruelling duration of international travel bans due to the widespread pandemic.

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Singapore has taken off from the list of Omicron ‘At-risk’ nations

India has removed Singapore from the list of Omicron risk countries

The removal of Singapore from at-risk countries has become a big relief to the Indian diaspora due to pent up travel demand between Singapore and India.

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Singapore no longer in ‘at-risk’ list amid Omicron scare

The central government has removed Singapore from the list of ‘at-risk’ countries which allows international travellers to transfer through Singapore and will not need to undergo further Covid-19 tests or quarantine.

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The current list of ‘at-risk’ nations removes Singapore, by classifying it as one of the countries which can move through for international travellers.

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The Modi Government removes Singapore from ‘At-risk’ list amid Omicron threat

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Singapore dropped from India’s ‘at-risk’ nations list

On Thursday the Union Health Ministry has removed Singapore from the list of ‘at-risk’ countries, by allowing travellers from the Southeast Asian nation. Therefore, they will no longer require to go through additional quarantine measures upon arrival in India.

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In a statement, Singapore Airlines said that move from at-risk nations means “passengers arriving into India from Singapore will no longer subjected to additional arrival protocols specified for countries categorised as ‘at-risk’ by Indian authorities. These additional protocols include a mandatory on-arrival RT-PCR test and seven days of home quarantine, with a follow-up RT-PCR test on day eight.”

So is that the safest place to be at right now? You bet!

And we are pleased to share that we are there for you 24/ 7 and fly our charter flights over the time no matter what!

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Victorians say ‘Hello home, goodbye quarantine’

No quarantine for fully vaccinated international travellers via Sydney.

Up until even a few weeks ago with surging cases of COVID 19 and unflattering vaccination numbers, for international travellers looking to travel into NSW and Victoria, no travel was complete without mandatory hotel quarantine and a series of COVID 19 testing requirements.

But all of that is set to change. With NSW announcing a few days ago that they would open up to the world, the Victorian government has responded in kind by announcing new regulations that make it easier for travellers from NSW to enter Victoria.

As of this morning, all of Greater Sydney will be ‘downgraded’ to an Orange zone.

For international travellers with Melbourne as the final destination, this presents a viable option to fly into Sydney and then make their way to Melbourne without having to go through hotel quarantine or any testing anywhere. 

The rules at a glance

Orange Zones

All Greater Sydney residents and International Travellers flying into Sydney will fall under the Orange Zone. For international travellers, please note that Gaura Travel will provide you with hotel accommodation in Sydney and also arrange for domestic fights to Melbourne.

Being fully vaccinated certainly does have its advantages – you do not have to quarantine or get tested for COVID 19.  

PLEASE NOTE: To travel into Victoria you will need a valid travel permit. For more information please go to:

Also, there will be no restrictions applicable in Sydney as fully vaccinated travellers will be free to do as they please.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

What does all this mean for travellers?

The relaxing of these regulations is a breath of fresh air. This finally means freedom from the shackles of hotel quarantine. This also means no more anxiety about the results of COVID 19 tests.

It really has come down to three simple steps:

  1. Get fully vaccinated, as mandated by the Australian Government
  2. Call and book with Gaura Travel –  we will get you onto a flight to Sydney
  3. Travel to Melbourne – Gaura Travel will organise accommodation and a domestic flight through to Melbourne.

We recommend that you travel with your Vaccination Passport (downloaded from your MyGov account) and have the relevant Victorian Travel Permits.

Once you reach Melbourne, you can head straight to the familiar comforts of your home (and not to a random hotel!).

Once again, if you have any questions, our team is here for you 24/7. As always, we take our responsibility of being your best way home quite seriously.

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Melbourne Welcomes International Travellers through Sydney

If you find yourself stranded in India, unable to make your way back home to Victoria, then the information provided below is invaluable.

Read it carefully and reach out directly to us with any questions you have.

Are you hoping to find a way back home from India (anywhere in the country) to Victoria in the month of August? Or know someone who finds themselves in this situation?

It is critical to look at the various options out there – hint: there are two options of which only one option is viable for the month of August.

Flight Options in August

Option 1: You can try and book through the Australian Government’s initiative through Qantas, but they are fully sold out for the month.

Option 2: The only viable option is to book through Gaura Travel’s flights in August (full dates provided below). We still have seats available, but you need to book them as soon as possible.

The Rules – International Transit through Sydney to Victoria

The Government has provided clear instructions on how passengers will be safely allowed to transit through Sydney on to Victoria.

International travellers from India are required to undergo mandatory quarantine in Sydney, following which, they are required to immediately  travel by car (or a cab) to the airport and take a flight to Melbourne. 

They are not allowed a detour or a stopover anywhere in Sydney.

The key difference to note here is that ‘Hotel Quarantine in Sydney’ is considered a GREEN ZONE, as opposed to anywhere else in Sydney which continues to be a red zone.

We can also confirm from passenger reports,  that the quarantine experience is the same in Sydney as you would expect in Melbourne.

Passengers will enter and exit GREEN ZONES as designated by the government without having to access any RED ZONE areas. Which means, travellers do not have to contend with the current situation in Sydney, if Melbourne is their final destination.

No Extra Cost to Travellers

As a show of our undying commitment to the community and our ambition to keep families together during these times, we will cover your costs to travel from Sydney to Melbourne. At this stage, we can confirm this initiative for the month of August, so please avail this while you can.

Direct Flights Options to Melbourne are Sold Out

After having spent months, and many over a year, stranded in India, we encourage travellers to think outside the box and avail solutions that are perfectly within the rules.

For the month of August, all flights directly to Melbourne are fully sold out. So please book your flights to Sydney and make your way to Melbourne, as explained above.  

Gaura Travel Flights Scheduled in August

These flights depart from Chennai and arrive in Sydney the very next day:

  • August 2nd   (Sold Out)
  • August 9th
  • August 16th
  • August 23rd
  • August 30th

India gained freedom in the month of August – would it be nice for you to unite with your families once again and experience that newfound sense of ‘freedom’ too?

Don’t wait. Book now: India to Australia Flights

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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.