Family-Friendly Things to do in Melbourne this Christmas Holiday 2022

It’s almost the most wonderful, sparkling and spectacular time of the year again! Melbourne is indeed a very vibrant and lively city, a perfect venue for Christmas celebrations and cheer. Now that Melbourne is fully open for tourists and visitors, people around the world are free to experience the most magical time of the year in this wonderful city. Check out our list of the best family-friendly Christmas activities to enjoy here in Melbourne this holiday season. From kids from one to ninety-two, there’s something for everyone!

  • Christmas Square at the Federation Square

In the weeks leading up to Christmas starting from this month, Federation Square, located just across from Flinders St Station, is a must visit attraction for kids and adults alike! Here you can experience a magical Christmas wonderland with various activities, and marvel at the incredible 16-meter-tall Christmas tree. Little ones will be delighted to visit Santa’s workshop and can put in a good word for themselves with Santa himself. The festivities will continue until Christmas Day, so you can enjoy the festive cheer for weeks to come!

  • Christmas Festival of Lights at Adventure Park

From this month until January 1st 2023, you can enjoy a sight of over 1000 spectacular light displays at Geelong’s Adventure Park , bringing Christmas and fairy tales to life. Visit the Elf Workshop and write up your Christmas wishlist for Santa before sending it off to the North Pole. Who knows, maybe even Santa himself will make an appearance?
With so many festivities and a wide range of exciting rides and attractions, for those close by, Geelong’s Adventure Park is a must-visit.

Previous Christmas installations in Melbourne over the years
  • Carols by Candlelight

Held on December 24th, Carols by Candlelight, which has been running for 85 years, is a magical Melbourne event where you and your family can watch various incredible performers sing all of your favourite Christmas carols. Funds raised from donations, ticket, and candle sales will be donated to Vision Australia’s children services, making the festivities even more special and meaningful.

  • Myer Christmas Windows

The Myer Christmas Windows have enthralled Australian families for generations. The storefront window display is located in the middle of Bourke Street Mall on Myer’s southern frontage. The Christmas-themed display, which began in 1956, has since become a Melbourne Christmas tradition. Many parents and grandparents who remember going to the windows as children pass on the tradition to their own children. Each year, the design and theme are always different, making it a must-visit attraction and a wonderful addition to your Christmas traditions.

These are just a few of the many family-friendly activities you can experience in Melbourne this holiday season. There are many more to discover as you walk through the vibrant streets of the city with your family by your side.  From the bottom of our hearts, we at Gaura Travel wish you and your family the very best this Christmas season and hope that together with your loved ones, you are able to make precious memories that will last a lifetime.

Looking to fly home to India this January? We’ve got you covered! Save up to $500 on your trip home and be together with your loved ones in the new year. Check out our special flight deals today and get a head start on your new year resolutions!

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Gaura Travel Partners with Qantas Airlines at The Victorian Festival of Diwali 2022

Gaura Travel and the leading airline in Australia, Qantas, enthusiastically participated in Celebrate India’s Victorian Festival of Diwali that took place at Fed Square, Melbourne, on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

The Victorian Festival of Diwali returned after a two-year hiatus, and the Indian community felt more than happy to be able to spend the day at the vibrant festival together.

At the event, Gaura Travel and Qantas set up a stand that drew more than 1000 guests. The spin-the-wheel game, where players could win prizes after learning about Gaura Travel’s flight specials, delighted guests both young and old, and brought smiles to many faces.

This year marks Qantas’ first time partaking in the Victorian Festival of Diwali due to their recent launch of a new flight route from Sydney to Bengaluru, establishing the first direct flight connection between Australia and Southern India by airline. Moreover, it was announced that passengers who book Qantas flights through Gaura Travel will receive a special discount on the ticket fare.

CEO Ashwini Sonthalia preparing to give a speech.

In addition to the partnership with Qantas, Gaura Travel also sponsored a lucky draw for a chance to win a free flight to India. Gaura Travel is also proud to have participated in Celebrate India’s Pink Diwali campaign by donating $1 per ticket sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation during the months of August and September, the final amount adding up to over $5,000.

We at Gaura Travel are very excited to take part in future festivities and can’t wait until the next one! We’ll see you there!

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2022: Must Know Tips for Shoppers

Those who have lived in Australia for many years know that Melbourne is a city of joy with various of events, festivals and gigs. For the serial shoppers out there, Boxing Day and Cyber Monday are two of the most anticipated dates of the year because gifts for loved ones can be purchased at a discount. Black Friday and Cyber Monday fall on Friday 25th of November and Monday 28th of November, respectively. Both events are amongst the busiest shopping days of the year in Australia, the difference only lies in its platform, while Black Friday sales typically happen offline, Cyber Monday takes place online. National chain stores traditionally offer a limited wide range of goods in an attempt to get shoppers into stores while providing comparable deals online.


Black Friday was first used in reference to the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869. The connection to the holiday season is a little vaguer, but the use of the phrase Black Friday in relation to a widespread sales event might have originated in the early 1960s, when Philadelphia police officers reportedly used it to describe “the chaos that resulted when large numbers of suburban tourists came into the city to begin their holiday shopping,”. In the late 1980s the event became associated with the idea that stores operate at a loss throughout the year, but are able to earn a profit on the day after Thanksgiving, as it is when shoppers are most likely to spend money on gifts.

The term “Cyber Monday” started getting used in 2005 by the National Retail Federation (NRF), which needed a name for the flurry of online sales that takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving Day. On this year, NRF credited faster internet connections and this attracted online shoppers.

The online merchants wanted a chance to earn the same profits retail stores were making on Black Friday and customers were happy to shop from the comfort of their homes instead of standing in huge lines.

To beat the crowds, be sure to plan your shopping trip early in the day.

Deals We Can Expect

Black Friday deals typically involve massive discounts on the most recent technology, such as new 4K and 8K TVs, smart home devices, laptops, desktops, and tablets. If you want to refresh your home entertainment setup or give your PC a much-needed makeover, you should take advantage of these offers.

Given that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just days apart, many retailers opt to combine the two events. You will notice that many deals are still labelled as Black Friday sales, even when they occur on Cyber Monday. Think of Cyber Monday as Black Friday’s sister. Both sale events occur over the same long weekend and there are always loads of amazing deals to secure.

Some companies will extend their Black Friday deals over the weekend and into Cyber Monday, while others will launch entirely new, eye-catching promotions to compete with their prior offerings. We may anticipate numerous discounts on companies such as Apple, Dyson, Bose, Cotton On, Myer, Amazon, and many others.

Shopping Tips for Australians

The first suggestion is to just buy what you need. You may think you’re getting a great deal, but in the long run if you don’t get any use out of it, it’s simply not worth buying. The second step is to avoid using credit whenever possible. If you have to pay interest on your purchases, you are not saving in the long run. If you do use credit, for example, to earn rewards, make sure you can afford to pay it off immediately or before the due date.

Yes, sales are designed to entice you to spend more money. However, if you are wise, you can use them to your advantage and save money. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are relatively new in Australia, and while some of us may be hesitant to participate, you can save a lot of money on a variety of things that you need.

In Australia, as indicated above, we have specified dates for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year. However, offers frequently begin before the actual day, so if you are seeking to purchase something in particular, it is a good idea to keep an eye out ahead of time. If you miss out on a local sale, don’t fret – retailers in the US generally operate a day behind Australian time, so you can still catch the sales for at least an extra day. Amazon, eBay, and traditional Australian retailers are all good places to look for savings. Don’t forget about supermarkets! If you shop ahead and score some amazing deals on Black Friday, you can save money on food throughout Christmas and the New Year.

Here are some additional tips for you to consider:

  • Write a Shopping List

Smart shopping is about buying what you need, so start by writing a list of all the things you need or have been putting off purchasing. Once you have written a list of things you need, the next step is to prioritize it. If you can only afford one item, which is the most important one on your list? If you are going in-store to purchase, what is the one item you do not want to miss out on?

  • Set a Shopping Budget

Most of us have wish lists longer than our budgets. Therefore, it is wise to know before you go shopping exactly how much you have got to spend. If you spend more than you have budgeted, that can mean paying interest on purchases and interest eats into any savings you may have made.

  • Track Your Spending

Once you have created a shopping budget, you are going to need a way to make sure you do not go over it! You can write down your purchases to keep a tally of what you buy, or you can use a money app to account for your spending. Consider using Goodbudget as one of the tools that you can use.

  • Research Sales and Purchases Beforehand

Avoid paying more than you have to by doing your research well before the sales. You have already got a shopping list and a budget – this narrows your research down. When researching sales beforehand, create a shortlist of potential brands/styles or models.

  • Wear Comfortable Clothing

If you are spending the day wandering stores, you will thank yourself if you wear comfortable shoes and clothing. If you are planning to try on clothes, then easily removable clothes and shoes are also a good idea.

Now that you have all the know-how, why not plan ahead and take care of some Christmas shopping at a discount for your loved ones back home? Of course, even if Christmas shopping is a bit out of your budget this year, your presence back home this holiday season is the best gift of all to your family. Check out our incredible flight deals to and from India starting from $999 and make some precious memories with your loved ones this holiday season!

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All about Scoot: High Quality, Low Cost!

Many people believe that anything low-cost inevitably indicates low quality; while this is true in many circumstances, it does not apply to Scoot. Scoot Airlines, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is a low-cost airline designed to appeal to the young at heart, value-seeking traveller. Since their inception in 2011, Scoot has expanded their fleet to over 60 modern aircrafts and flies to over 16 countries and 56 destinations across Asia, Europe and Oceania.

There are numerous reasons why Scoot is the airline to fly with; the low pricing, friendly crew and quality service, to name a few. In addition, Scoot has received numerous awards and accolades, most recently being named ‘World’s Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline’ by Skytrax in 2021 and 2022, following years of being named Best Low-Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by (2015-2018) and ranking within the Top 10 of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines by Skytrax in 2015, 2018, and 2021.

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It comes as no surprise that travelling with Scoot is extremely affordable; a ticket from Melbourne to Amritsar in February 2023 can cost as little as AUD 400.34. Despite having such low prices, no compromises need to be made when flying with Scoot, as the Economy Standard ticket includes 20kg of checked baggage and 10kg of carry-on luggage.


The Scoot crew is exceptionally friendly and accommodating and always ready to cater to whatever needs you may have during your journey. Crew members are always diligently educating passengers on how to use the ScootApp to help manage and book flights, as well as keep track of updates and possible delays. The facilities on board are always pristine, with the crew often racing in and out of the restrooms with cleaning spray in hand. When you board, you can expect top-notch, five-star service!


Passengers can enjoy inexpensive in-flight entertainment and regular meals on their way home and back. The meals are also fantastic, with options ranging from Nasi Lemak (fragrant coconut-flavored rice served with spicy sambal, tender chicken, long beans, quail egg, and otah – a type of grilled fish cake) to Ayam Briyani (a Singaporean take on the classic chicken biriyani), all of which are Halal-certified. Furthermore, as a Singapore-based airline, many of Scoot’s flights fly via Changi Airport, which is regarded as one of the best airports in the world, with a range of exciting activities to experience.
(You can find out more about Changi Airport here.)

Flying with Scoot Airlines is a necessity if you want to enjoy high-quality flying on a budget. Cheap tickets, clean planes, and trustworthiness are just a few of the numerous benefits you can expect from this airline. Furthermore, cancellation and long delays are far from common, meaning you can guarantee your trip will be smooth and stress-free.

Itching to book your next flight home? Give Scoot a whirl and discover for yourself the numerous benefits this airline can provide to you. Find all our Flight Deals with Scoot here and experience 5-star service at the lowest cost.

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Border Reopening: Looking Back To What Gaura Travel Has Accomplished

Being distanced from your loved ones is one of the most difficult things people around the world have had to bear throughout the pandemic; many living far from their home and families felt great sorrow during that tragic time. The feeling of helplessness and longing loomed over many hearts especially those who had to cross oceans to get back home.

With borders quickly shutting due to the pandemic, it became difficult, near impossible, to embrace your loved ones in person; however, Gaura Travel proudly came to the rescue by bringing estranged hearts back together. By securing deals with various airlines and the relevant government agencies, Gaura Travel was able to arrange a number of charter flights between Australia and India until eventually, on November 1, 2021, the border between Australia and India reopened.

In the last few years, Gaura Travel has achieved many great things, both before and after the reopening of Australian borders. Between 2020 and 2021, Gaura Travel flew 102 charter flights, reuniting over 20,000 separated families. Gaura Travel clearly shed a light of hope for those who desired to be closer to their family and friends at home. As a result, Gaura Travel earned a commendable appearance from the Indian High Commissioner and rose to the top of the Indian repatriation Charter Flight market.

The team standing proudly with Indian High Commissioner Mr. Raj Kumar during Gaura Travel’s 10k Reunited event

Gaura Travel has been in business for 15 years, have arranged 1.5 million flights, and looks forward to many more years of assisting people in reuniting and spending quality time with their loved ones. Gaura Travel has a 50% market share in AUS-IND Charter flights due to our clients’ faith in us. As well as this, Gaura Travel is also ATAS and IATA accredited, as well as an AFTA member.

Gaura Travel has also been a sponsor at numerous events such as India Fair 2015 and 2016, India Australia Friendship Fair 2015, Ganesh Festival 2017, and Diwali Festival 2022 in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney. In addition, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air India, and many more airlines have recognized Gaura Travel as a successful travel agency.

Singapore Airlines representative Aidan Truscott bestowing a Certificate of Appreciation for Gaura Travel’s arrangement of charter flights to CEOs Ashwini Sonthalia and Abhishek Sonthalia

While we are proud of our accomplishments, we know that we wouldn’t be where we are today without you. We are eternally grateful to all of our passengers for supporting our business and allowing us to soar higher than ever before. From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you for your continued support, and we will continue to do our very best to make you smile!

Interested in flying home this holiday season? Check out Gaura Travel’s flight deals to travel back home to India starting from $999! We are looking forward to catering to your travel needs soon.

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Normalizing Kindness: Celebrating 2022’S World Kindness Day

Falling on Sunday 13th November this year is World Kindness Day, a day where people around the world spread joy and kindness to one another. The celebration began in 1988, when The World Kindness Movement (WKM), a nonprofit organization, commemorated the event with the first ever World Kindness Day. The purpose of this movement is to create a more just and better world, and to encourage people to be kind to one another. It has no religious, commercial, or political objectives.

Active listening, embracing diversity and surprising your loved ones are just a few of the many ways we may inspire one another to be compassionate both to each other and to the world around us. This World Kindness Day, we’re here to share a few ways you can share kindness with your friends and family, or even a stranger, and make the world a better place.

Active Listening

Active listening is frequently undervalued; while anybody can hear, not everybody can listen. The goal of active listening is to increase mutual understanding through active hearing and response. In addition to this, through active listening, it becomes easier to read and understand non-verbal messages through expressions and body language.

Active listening can help you give others the sense that they are being heard and acknowledged, which is something that everyone secretly desires. If one does not feel heard or seen, life may seem lonely and isolating, despite the quality of life that person may experience. Active listening is also contagious; when someone feels heard or noticed, they might want other people to feel the same, therefore they might act in the same way towards others.

The next time you’re speaking with someone, try to be conscious of how you engage with them. Make sure you pay attention to what they have to say and provide appropriate feedback. Just one act of generosity and care can have a big impact.

Embrace Diversity

In order to avoid conflict, it is important to prioritize acceptance and understanding of different cultures and customs as globalization advances. Accepting the fact that people around the world are brought up following different traditions, life values, beliefs, and cultures is the first step in showing respect for them all.

One of the many advantages of embracing diversity is to be able to learn from one another and expanding your knowledge. There are so much to learn in this world, so what better way to learn if not from the ones who are living it? Diversity is what makes our world interesting, and learning from different cultures can grow your overall knowledge and understanding, as well as allow you to form a newfound respect for said culture. It also allows you to exercise your sense of empathy, which can drop the barrier of separation and establish a common understanding.

A small act of kindness can go a long way!

Surprise Your Loved Ones

Who deserves more kindness than the ones you love the most? Come home and surprise your loved ones as one way to honor World Kindness Day! They would really appreciate the gesture. Good news for you, you can fly home to India from Australia at a very special price starting from $999 this November! Check out our flight deals here,  and embrace your loved ones in surprise!

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World Kindness Day: Date, History and Ideas – Evening Standard


Guru Nanak Jayanti 2022: Interesting Facts and Celebration

One of India’s most appealing qualities is its unity in diversity, where many religions and cultures co-exist in harmony. The fifth-largest religion in the world, Sikhism, is one of the many faiths practiced in India. On Tuesday, November 8th 2022 this year, Guru Nanak Jayanti, a celebration honoring the first Sikh guru, will take place. The founding of Sikhism was made possible by the spiritual teachings of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru. A spiritual visionary, Guru Nanak travelled throughout Southern Asia and the Middle East to spread his ideals.

The birthdays of the 10 Sikh gurus are the focus of celebrations in the Sikh faith. The Sikhs’ religious views were molded by these gurus. Their birthdays, called “Gurpurab,” are times for communal celebration and devotion. The celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti includes devotional processions, hymns, free treats, martial arts (‘Gatka’), and community service.

3 Interesting Facts about Guru Nanak

  1. Even as a young boy, Guru Nanak appreciated the company of spiritual men and had in-depth conversations with them on the essence of God.

  2. In his youth, Guru Nanak objected to wearing the holy thread known as Janeu, declaring that he would wear the genuine name of God in his heart as a substitute for protection. He reasoned that the thread couldn’t provide any security because it could be misplaced, burned, become dirty, or broken.

  3. When Guru Nanak was twelve years old, his father wanted to teach him about business, so he handed him twenty rupees and told him to start a company with the money. Instead, Guru Nanak used the money to buy food, which he then gave to the impoverished and holy people. When his father questioned him about the state of business, he responded by saying he had conducted “true business.”
A historical painting depicting the meeting of Guru Gobind and Guru Nanak

How to Celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti

  • Inform the younger generation about the background behind the Guru Nanak Jayanti festival.

  • Together with your family, read the verses and hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book).

  • Prepare delicious treats and share them with your neighbors.

Did you miss your chance to make it home for Guru Nanak Jayanti this year?
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All About World Vegan Day 2022: History, Easy Recipes, and More!

World National Vegan Day is coming up soon on Tuesday, November 1st 2022, and what better way to celebrate than with cooking up some delicious vegan dishes? There is a misconception amongst many that vegan meals are bland and tasteless, as well as lacking the essential nutrients that a person needs to stay healthy, however this couldn’t be further from the truth! Eating vegan can help you lose excess weight, lower blood sugar levels, improve kidney function, and lower risk of diabetes complications.

You may be thinking, that’s all well and good, but what about flavour? Well, with these delicious recipes, you can skip out on the meat and still enjoy a variety of scrumptious meals packed with flavour. Let’s celebrate World National Vegan Day together!


Before we get into the recipes, let’s brush up on the history behind the occasion.  It all started when Louise Wallis, a vegan animal rights activist, was looking for a suitable occasion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vegan Society in 1994. The celebration was intended to raise awareness for the vegan community, as well as to celebrate the fact that the word ‘vegan’ had entered the English language. Eventually, November 1st was chosen by Wallis because it falls in between October 31, or Halloween, and November 2, when the Mexican Day of the Dead is celebrated.

The vegan lifestyle is becoming more and more accepted as a way of life that can be lived effortlessly and, most importantly, without harming animals for one’s own food or clothing.

3 Ways to Veganize Indian Recipes

Making veganized versions of Indian dishes is simple and somewhat ‘required’ as many of them are vegetarian by nature. You can convert many of your favourite Indian dishes to veganism with a few simple ingredient changes.

  • Substitute Ghee with Vegan Butter

Ghee, a type of butter from India, is used frequently used in Indian cuisine. Ghee can be substituted with Vegan Butter that would offer a similar flavor; you can also opt to substitute ghee with oil, depending on the need from the recipe.

  • Substitute Meat with Pulses

When making curries, dals, soups, and any other meals, pulses (such as chickpeas and beans) can be used in place of meat.

  • Substitute Cream with Cashews or Coconut Milk

Cashew or coconut milk can be used in place of cream. Blended raw cashews, often known as cashew cream, typically perform incredibly well when an Indian cuisine asks for cream, and it will yield fantastic results.

Coconut oil and cream, legumes and nuts are a great substitute for dairy and protein

5 Easy Quick Recipes (Must-Eats)

If you are looking for rich tasting, comfort food, this delicious vegan chilli recipe will satisfy you. This dish is very flavorful and healthy. For a better eating experience, serve it with rice. 3 steps to make only.

These sweet potatoes can be served as a side dish at a barbeque or transformed into a summer salad by adding watercress or rocket. There are only two easy steps to the recipe, check it out here.

Many people thought that vegan foods are mostly savory, but this is untrue. There are various vegan recipes to cater to your sweet tooth, one of them being this vegan chocolate brownie recipe. Unlike the usual brownies’ recipe, this recipe is made without any dairy or eggs yet they taste just as good, if not better!

Craving for delicious, crispy bites? This samosa recipe will please your yearning! It can be served as an appetizer, snack, or finger food; a perfect menu to share with your family during gatherings.

This Indian cucumber salad recipe is incredibly simple to make and deliciously tasty. Serve it as a side dish with any meal. It is made with chopped onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers and is flavoured with various spices. It is gluten-free, vegan, and oil-free.

Pictured: Vegan Chilli, Brownies, Samosa

Now that you have these delicious vegan recipes under your belt, it’s time to cook up a storm!
Enjoy a range of flavourful vegan recipes this World Vegan Day and enjoy a vegan feast with your friends and loved ones!

Speaking of, for the best of the best when it comes to vegan food, why not take a trip home to India? We’re offering numerous flight deals now, with flights starting at just $699. Don’t miss your family this holiday season – fly home and make some precious memories together!

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Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet – Healthline
World Vegan Day on 1 November – Celebrating for a Good Cause

40+ Fantastic Vegan Indian Recipes – Rainbow Plant Life

Vegan Chilli Recipe – BBC Good Food

Barbecue Sesame Sweet Potatoes – BBC Good Food

Vegan Chocolate Brownies – BBC Good Food

Samosa Recipe | How to Make Samosa – Cook with Kushi

Kachumber (Indian Cucumber Salad) – Piping Pot Curry


Chhath Puja 2022: The Worship of The Powerful Sun God

Chhath Puja is a celebration that honors the mighty sun god Lord Surya and is dedicated to the welfare of all people. The two “aragyas” (river water offerings to Lord Surya) that are made during the festival take place as the sun rises and sets. The rising and setting sun evoke a sense of power and awe among the devotees who come to pay respect to Lord Surya.

The festival commences six days after the Festival of Light, Diwali. This year, Chhath Puja will be celebrated on
Sunday, October 30th 2022.

History and Legends

The legend associated with Chhath Puja is the story of King Priyavrat, son of First Manu Swayambhu, who had no children, and hence was very distraught by it. He carried out a “yajna” (a ritual sacrifice with a specific objective) for a son in accordance with Maharishis’ (Saptarishis, the seven ancient sages of the Rigveda) instructions. Following this, Queen Malini gave birth to a son, but sadly the child passed away at birth.

The king, as well as the rest of the family, were devastated by this. A figure then suddenly appeared in the skies, identifying herself as the daughter of Lord Brahma, Shashthi Devi, and that she had arrived to answer the king’s prayer. She conveyed to the grieving family that her purpose was to ensure the safety of all children around the world, as well as provide the ability to have children to families that were previously unable to.

Shortly after this, Shashthi Devi blessed the child with a touch of her hand, bringing him back to life. Following this, King Priyavrat was so grateful for the goddess’ act of grace that he vowed to pay eternal worship to her. Since then, the occasion of Chhath Puja became a well-known holiday observed all over the world.

Celebrations and Festivities

The festivities surrounding Chhath Puja include a lot of devotional music. The festival atmosphere is enhanced by the omnipresent sound of “Chhath geet” (prayers). To see the “arghya,” people swarm the banks before dawn while dressed in traditional attire. Cities like Gaya and Patna, for example, have excellent lighting in the morning’s early hours. Everyone adheres to the values of keeping cleanliness and mental purity, attesting to the undeniable sacredness of the festival. It is highly valued when devotees go through the hardships of fasting and renunciation during Chhath Puja.

The festival lasts four days with each day having its own unique traditions, as follows.

Devotees wake early in the morning to offer prasad and pray to the sun god.

  • First Day (Nahaye Khaye)

At dawn on the first day, worshippers take a holy bath in the Ganga or Yamuna. Along with cleaning their home, they make offerings for the God, which would eventually be consumed by the devotees. In order to shield the mind against the desire towards vengeance, vegetarian food may also be consumed.

  • Second Day (Kharna)

The second day, the devotees fast and refrain from even sipping water. Kharna means to fast for the whole day. They break this fast at night, and resume the fast until the evening of the third day.

  • Third Day (Sandyha Arghya)

Devotees decorate the banks of rivers with flowers and offerings on the third day’s nightfall. They embellish a bamboo basket and load it up with rice laddoos, thekua (an Indian cookie), and fruits (sweets). The followers break their fast after this ritual. 

  • Fourth Day (Usha Arghya)

The ‘arghya’ is offered to the rising sun on the last day, and blessings are requested for the children’s happiness. When night falls, devotees break their fast by consuming prasad (a devotional offering made to a god, typically consisting of food that is later shared among devotees, also known as parana). Then, prasad is given to family members and other members of the community.

Did you miss your chance to make it home for Chhath Puja this year?
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Chhath Puja 2022, Dates, Festival, Significance – India Online Pages

Chhath Puja 2022: Date, History, Significance and Rituals of Chhath Puja – Edu Dwar

Chhath Puja 2022 Date and Muhurat for New Delhi, India – AstroSage


Shedding Lights to the Distanced Hearts: Coming Home!

Chasing dreams to a faraway land requires sacrifices, one of them being away from the familiarity and comfort of being at home. Living a life that has been hoped for may be astounding, but never lose sight of the fact that there is always someone waiting for you to fly back home, reuniting the hearts that have been distanced for so long, if not, too long. 

Imagine what you could be doing with your loved ones once you are back home other than feeling their presence and embracing them in person.  

Walking Down the Memory Lane

Feeling nostalgic can be one of the most beautiful things that one could feel, especially being able to share it with someone special. 

When you return home, you can relive the memories with your loved ones and feel your heart overflowing with joy. Additionally, engaging in the culture you have been raised in will bring up memories of doing the same thing, decades before. People have aged and time has changed, but memories stay the same. 

Catching Up

A lot of things may have happened during the time you went away, and coming home means catching up with your loved ones of the times that have passed when you were apart. You may have heard the stories over the phone, and you may even have passed on your side of the story to them, but having in-person conversation just feels different.

Having a deep talk with your mother while feeling her warm embrace, or talking about business with your father and absorbing his wise advice is the definition of home and familiarity. 

Planning Ahead

We are all in need to come home no matter how settled we have been in a new place. Plan your travel ahead easily and comfortably with Gaura Travel. Find all available flight options with us, and get ready to step into your homeland, and feel at ease at last. 

Watch our special new music video, Coming Back Home, and remember that we’re always there for you to help you find your best way home. Your loved ones are waiting for you!

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Your complete Diwali Itinerary!

Diwali may still be two weeks away, but the festivities have already begun! For those unable to travel home to India this Diwali, fret not: there’s plenty of fun and excitement to be had right here in Melbourne! We’ve compiled the ultimate Diwali itinerary for you, jam packed with entertainment, amazing food, fun activities for the whole family and much, much more. Let’s come together this Diwali and banish all darkness from our lives, and allow positivity, love and prosperity to shine through!

Friday 14th October – Diwali Cruise
Where?: Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat, Pier VH08, 131 Harbour Esplanade Docklands
What time?: 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Let’s kick things off with a beautiful cruise! Enjoy live music, dancing, and delicious food and drinks all while sailing on an elegant cruise ship! With so much masti and excitement, this is the perfect way to kick off your Diwali celebrations!

For more information about this event and booking tickets, click here.

Saturday 15th October – Festival of Lights – Melbourne Diwali Fireworks
Where?: Footscray Park, Footscray
What time?: 4pm – 9:30pm

This free event will dazzle and delight your family with a beautiful Diwali themed fireworks display! There will also be plenty of carnival rides, market stalls and food trucks to explore, as well as live performances and dancing. Fun for the whole family, this event is a must visit on your Diwali itinerary!

For more information about this event, click here.

Sunday 16th October – Northern Diwali 2022
Where?: City of Whittlesea, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
What time?: 12pm – 10pm

Live in the far north and don’t feel like travelling all the way to the city centre for some Diwali fun? We’ve got you covered! Northern Diwali, held in South Morang, will feature loads of festivities and excitement with live DJs, fireworks, Bollywood dancing, rides, food stalls and much more! Trust us – you don’t want to miss this one!

For more information about this event, click here.

Tuesday 18th October – Diwali Rangoli
Where?: Brunswick Library, Brunswick
What time?: 4pm – 5pm

The kids are gonna love this one! Get together with the family and make some colourful sand rangolis on sticky templates to take home! Starting at 4pm, this event is perfect for primary to even high school aged students to experience a fun yet traditional activity after school.

For more information about this event and registration, click here.

Friday 21st October – Diwali Gala Family Dinner & Dance
Where?: Receptions at Sapphire, 11 Soden Road, Bangholme, Springvale
What time?: 6:30pm – 11:30pm

Experience the festivities of Diwali with sophistication and class at the Diwali Gala Family Dinner & Dance! Offering a sumptuous three-course banquet with unlimited drinks, as well as live entertainment, games and fireworks, this incredible event is surely not to be missed! Be sure to dress in your finest sari and sherwani, as this event has a dress code of Indian attire.

For more information about this event and booking, click here.

Saturday 22nd October – Diwali 2022 Cruise + Diwali @ Docklands
Where?: 111 Merchant Street, Docklands
What time?: 7pm – 11pm

After a sold out event last year, Victoria Star Cruises is back with a bigger and better Diwali cruise! Enjoy a delicious Indian buffet as well as top Bollywood dance numbers and DJ music all night, all while sailing with the wind in your hair. Don’t miss the fun and festivities and book yourself in today!

For more information about this event and booking tickets, click here.

Sunday 23rd October – Diwali Brunch
Where?: Horn Please, 167 St Georges Rd, Melbourne
What time?: 12pm – 3pm

A bottomless brunch with a Diwali theme? Yes please! Focusing on Indian food with a twist, Horn Please is holding a special brunch where you can sample some unconventional yet delicious Indian cuisine in a fun and chill atmosphere with your family. This is one event that foodies don’t want to miss!

For more information about this event and booking, click here.

Saturday 29th October – Victorian Festival of Diwali
Where?: Federation Square, Melbourne
What time?: 10am – late

Looking for the biggest and boldest Diwali celebration in all of Victoria? This is it!
After 2 years, Celebrate India’s Victorian Festival of Diwali is finally back, bigger and better than ever! With tons of market stalls to explore, as well as traditional and contemporary live music and dance, arts and crafts, games, henna painting and a bustling bazaar full of authentic Indian street food, wrapping up with a spectacular fireworks display on the Yarra River, this is the quintessential Diwali event that you won’t want to miss! Best of all, we will be there as well! Come visit us and spin our wheel for a chance to win numerous prizes!

For more information about this event, click here.

Sunday 30th October – 21st Diwali Fair
Where?: Springers Leisure Centre, 400 Cheltenham Rd, Keysborough
What time?: 11:30 am – 9pm

What better way to finish up your Diwali celebrations than with an exciting fair? Experience hours of non-stop entertainment with DJ music, dance performances, and singing, as well as rides, food trucks, variety stalls and much more! With tons of family-friendly fun for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy, end this Diwali with a bang and add this event to your itinerary!

For more information about this event, click here.

With our excitement-packed Diwali itinerary, the fun will never stop this October! Check out all of these fantastic events and have a blast celebrating this Diwali together with your loved ones!
We hope to see you there!

It’s true – celebrating Diwali without your loved ones near feels incomplete. So why not book yourself a flight to India or book a trip for your loved ones to come visit you here in Melbourne, so you can enjoy all these fun festivities together? Check out our Flight Deals for the month of October and get yourself booked in to see your loved ones today!

Find more Flight Deals and fly home in time for Diwali now at:
We will see you there and we wish you and your families early blessings for Diwali!

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Diwali 2022: Your ultimate guide for events in Australia | SBS Gujarati
Diwali 2022 Events & Parties In Melbourne |
Victorian Festival of Diwali – Fed Square, Melbourne Australia
AIII DIWALI MELA 2022 Tickets | Eventbrite


Get Tickled Pink with Gaura Travel this Diwali

For many of us, Diwali has been an occasion for celebration, festivity and splendour. For many others though, it comes down to the significance of the lamp itself. A lamp of hope, spreading its light of positivity to those living in moments of darkness.

Breast Cancer is one cause of such darkness. As the world’s most prevalent cancer, the World Health Organisation has estimated that in 2020 roughly 7.8 million women have been affected by breast cancer in the last 5 years alone.

For us at Gaura Travel, it has always been about going the extra mile. After a collaborative exercise with our staff, we decided to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the important work they do and make Diwali more meaningful.

September Special

For the month of September, Gaura Travel will be donating $1 for every ticket purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

This means that together, you, the community and us, can make a difference. We know that Diwali is a special occasion, where loved ones get together to celebrate this momentous festival. By booking your tickets with us, you not only stand to celebrate Diwali with loved ones but can also contribute through us to an organisation that the world needs.

Why this is important to us

Over the last 15 years, we at Gaura Travel have touched many lives and has been part of numerous stories of love, reunition and families. We make it our business to help families stay happy and healthy together.

It is critical to provide public health education to improve awareness among women of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. The importance of early detection and treatment, when breast cancer is first suspected, plays a big role in treatment and recovery.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding world-class, game-changing breast cancer research. Each day, 9 Australians lose their lives to breast cancer. They receive no government funding and need continued support to change the statistics – which is why Gaura Travel has made it a business priority to support their great work and facilitate much needed research.

Talk To Us

Remember this special initiative will only last till the end of September, so go ahead and call us! We would be happy to share more details about our initiative. Our friendly staff look forward to talking to you. Light every lamp this Diwali, knowing that you and Gaura Travel are together trying the very best to light up lives.

For 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, your Diwali simply won’t be complete. That’s why we offer numerous Flight Deals to reunite with your loved ones and to celebrate Festival Season together. Join in the fight against breast cancer and book your flight home with us today!
Find more festival season flight offers now at:

We will see you there and we wish you and your families early blessings for Diwali!

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Breast Cancer – World Health Organization
Breast Cancer Stats – National Breast Cancer Foundation
Diagnosis – Stage and Types – National Breast Cancer Foundation


Nine days, nine avatars – The nine days of Navratri

Shardiya Navratri, or the nine days of worship of Goddess Durga, starts today! Running until the 5th of October, Indians all over the world will join to celebrate each of the nine different forms of the Goddess Durga over nine days.  During Navratri, it is believed that whoever worships Goddess Durga with pure heart and devotion will find prosperity, happiness, peace and joy, as Goddess Durga abolishes all evils and bad vibes in their lives. As this is one of the most auspicious festivals among Hindus, according to the Hindu calendar, this festival is celebrated twice a year, with Chaitra Navratri taking place in Spring, while Shardiya Navratri is celebrated in Autumn to rejoice the victory of good over evil.

During Navratri, devotees fast for nine days to earn Goddess Durga’s blessings, and on the last day, they break their fast with a puja. There are two mythical stories related to this festival; the first tale depicts Goddess Durga slaying a demon named Mahishasura, who was known as an evil demon creating and spreading terror in the world. It is said that Goddess Durga was born to defeat Mahishasura, and after nine consecutive days of fierce battle, on the tenth day Goddess Durga achieves victory over Mahishasura by piercing his chest with her ‘Trident’, while he takes the form of a buffalo.

According to the second tale, Lord Ram worshipped Goddess Durga for nine days before his battle with Ravana to save his mother Sita from Lanka. Goddess Durga was pleased with Ram’s devotion, and on the tenth day of battle between Ram and Ravana, Ram finally defeated Ravana and conquered Lanka, which is celebrated as Dussehra on the 5th of October.

Let’s learn more about the nine forms of Navratri Devi, known as the nine avatars of Goddess Durga, and how devotees honour and celebrate their benevolence.

The nine avatars of the Goddess Durga

Goddess Shailputri

Navratri begins with worship of the Goddess Shaliputri, who is known as the daughter of mountains and often found in the colour of white. She is often depicted holding a Trishul in her one hand and a lotus flower in the other, while riding on a white bull named ‘Nandi’. This avatar of Goddess Durga represents a healthy life and on this day, devotees offer pure desi ghee, as well as food made with ghee to earn her blessings for a healthy long life.

Goddess Brahmacharini

On the second day of Navratri, devotees worship the Goddess Brahmacharini, who is symbolized as the mother of devotion and reparation. This form represents the Goddess Parvati while in deep meditation for years to gratify Lord Shiv. She is depicted wearing white clothes with a chanting rosary called ‘rudraksha mala’ in her right hand and a kamandalu in her left hand. By offering foods made of sugar, devotees pray for her blessings for loyalty, wisdom and knowledge.

Goddess Chandraghanta

On the third day, devotion is paid to the Goddess Chandraghanta, who is known as the avatar of the destroyer of demons. She is depicted with having ten hands, nine of them holding a trident, mace, bow, arrow, lotus, sword, bell and a waterpot, whereas the tenth hand remains in Abhay Mudra to bless her disciples. She was given the name Chandraghanta due to the curved moon on her forehead and is often depicted riding a tiger. She is often found in royal blue and her devotees believe that by offering kheer, she would take away their sorrows and pains.

Goddess Kushmanda

The fourth day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess Kushmanda, also known as Goddess of the Cosmic Egg. She is known to have eight hands and is often depicted riding a lion. Her devotees believe that she created the world with her divine and radiant smile. During this day, her devotees offer her favorite food, malpua, to worship the happy manifestations of Goddess Durga.

Goddess Skandamata

On the fifth day of Navratri, devotees pay worship to the Goddess Skandamata, also known as Panchami or Goddess of Motherhood and Children. She is depicted having four arms, two of them holding a lotus and the other two holding the sacred kamandalu, as well as a bell. She is also depicted having three eyes and a bright appearance. She is often shown riding a lion and carrying her son Lord Kartikeya or Skanda on her lap. Her favorite colour is green and her devotees pray for love by offering bananas, which is known as her favorite food.

Goddess Katyayani

The sixth day of Navratri represents Goddess Durga’s Shakti form, who is known as the Goddess Katyayani or the Goddess of Warriors. She is often depicted riding on a lion, with her four arms wielding a sword, shield, lotus and trident, respectively. Grey is her chosen colour and by offering honey and prasad, her devotees pray for her blessings on diminishing all evil around them.

Goddess Kalaratri

The seventh day is devoted to the fiercest form of Goddess Parvati, known as Kalaratri or Kali. As the legendary story goes, she sacrificed her fair skin complexion, becoming dark skinned to kill the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha. She is depicted riding on a donkey with three of her four arms wielding a sword, trident and noose. Her fourth arm can be found on Abhaya and Varada Mudra, to bless her devotees. Orange is known to be her favorite colour, and her devotees pay worship to her by offering jaggery as prasad to get her blessings.

Goddess Mahagauri

On the eighth day of Navratri, devotees dedicate their worship to the four-handed immortal Goddess Mahagauri, who is known to have the power to fulfill her devotees’ wishes. She is often depicted riding on a white elephant and holding a Trishul and damru in her hands. She is known to be fond of the colour of peacock green and her devotees offer coconut to her to pray for all their dreams to come true.

Goddess Siddhidhatri

The last day of Navratri is celebrated as the day the Goddess Durga was bestowed with her last avatar, the Goddess Siddhidhatri, as a symbol of perfection. She is known as the Goddess of Giving and Grants and is depicted having four arms, each one holding a mace, discus, book and a lotus respectively. Pink is known to be her favorite colour, and devotees pay worship to her by offering sesame seeds, while praying for safety and security from all bad vibes and evils around them.

Navratri is not only about taking all evils away from your life, but also, it’s the season to allow your body to detox all negative energies around you. Therefore, this Navratri fasting season, pay your gratitude to the Goddess Durga, while adding more positive energies to your life.

For 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, your Navratri will not be complete. That’s why we offer numerous Flight Deals to reunite with your loved ones and to celebrate Festival Season together!
Find more festival season flight offers now at:
We will see you there and we wish you and your families a blessed Navratri!

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Shardiya Navratri 2022: Navratri Significance, History And Navratri Devi Names | India Times
Nine days, nine avatars of Goddess Durga: Significance behind each Navaratri day explained | Economic Times
Worship the Nine Forms of Maa Durga On The Nine Days of Navratri | HerZindagi


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.
Find more festival season flight offers now at:
We will see you there and sending our early wishes for a blessed Navratri to you all!

Visit us now at: and let us provide you with your best way home.


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!

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


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!

Visit us now at: and let us provide you with your best way home.

Why fly Qantas – Qantas
Our Approach to Sustainability – Scoot
Our Promise To You – Scoot
Elevated Travel Experience | Singapore Airlines
Economy Class – Air India

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!

Visit us now at: and let us provide you with your best way home.

Masks are no longer needed on domestic, international flights – Executive Traveller
Singapore Airlines drops mask-wearing rules – Executive Traveller


10 Must Eat Foods This Festival Season

It’s the most joyous time of the year for Indians of the world! Festival season is here and in full swing, a time where families come together and celebrate their culture, religion and history through performing a variety of rituals and traditions. One of the most important aspects of any Indian festival is of course, the food! From sweet to savoury and everything in between, let’s have a look at the top 10 must eat foods this Festival season!

Let’s start the sweets off with Barfi! Made with milk powder, sugar, ghee and garnished with nuts, Barfi are a must have for your Festival feast! Sweet with a slight nuttiness and a melt in your mouth texture, Barfi is a familiar flavor we all know and love and no Mithai platter would be complete without them!

Kaju Katli
Directly translating into cashew slice, Kaju Katli is a traditional sweet cut into diamond shapes and decorated with edible silver colouring. Made with cream, sugar and ground cashews, it’s a sweet treat that is pretty to look at as well as delicious!

Gajar Halwa
A traditional North Indian dessert, Gajar Halwa is made by simmering grated carrots with milk, sugar and ghee. Although it directly translates into “Carrot Pudding” in English, this classic sweet has no eggs but rather is thickened naturally by cooking down the ingredients together for a long period of time until thickened. A favourite for many Indians, Gajar Halwa is a must have during Festival Season!

Gulab Jamun
A classic Indian sweet, often referred to as the Indian donut, Gulab Jamun is made by frying balls of dough made with milk solids and flour, then soaking in a sweet sugary syrup scented with rose and cardamom. Loved by kids and adults alike, this sweet is essential for Indian festivities and is a great recipe to make together with your loved ones!

Soan Papdi
A very popular Indian sweet ideal for any occasion, Soan Papdi is made from chickpea flour, ghee, sugar and milk, amongst other ingredients, and often topped with pistachios and almonds. Known for its flaky and melt-in-your-mouth texture, this treat is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face!

Kaju Katli, Gajar Halwa, Gulab Jamun, Soan Papdi

Starting off strong with the savory foods, we can’t forget Samosas! Samosas are small, triangle shaped, pockets of pastry stuffed with mouth-watering ingredients including minced meat, grains, curry potatoes and vegetables as well as different kinds of spices to add both flavour and colour. An all-time favorite traditional Indian snack, whichever festival you celebrate, it’s not complete without samosas.

Aloo Tikki
Aloo tikki are small, patty-shaped potato cutlets which are well-known as one of the indigenous snacks to the North Indian subcontinent. There are a few ways to call this tasty snack, as it is also known as Aloo Ki tikkia, Aloo ki tikki and Alu tikki. It’s prepared using boiled potatoes, peas, herbs and various authentic curry spices and served with a mint or yogurt dipping sauce. This is one popular street food snack that you’ll never want to miss!

Deep fried spiced potato and onion fritters coated in seasoned chickpea batter…aren’t you craving it already? Of course you are! When it comes to Festival season, this street food is a must have. Most Indian restaurants around the world serve pakora as an appetizer, so you can get your fix any time of year.

Dahi Bhalla
Dahi Bhalla or Dahi Vada is a kind of chaat originating from Karnataka, which are soft lentil fritters dunked in creamy yogurt and topped with chutney, then garnished with spices, nuts, and pomegranates. This is one of the most popular street foods eaten around India, which melt in your mouth and will satisfy your sweet, spicy, and salty cravings.

Poha Chivda
One of the most delicious snack mixes around, Chivda is a popular Indian snack made with a mix of flattened rice called poha, spices, curry leaves and nuts. This is eaten as a tea-time snack all year round and is made for festivals including Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi. However you prepare your chivda, whether in a thin, thick or medium texture, it’s a healthy snack that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Samosa, Aloo Tikki, Pakora, Dahi Bhalla

Festival season is the time to enjoy good foods, good friends and good vibes! With our list of favourites, you can make sure you tick off the essential foods on your Festival season bucket list. Reinvigorate your mental taste buds and get your appetite ready for a delicious festival feast!  

Missing home? Let us take you back home to your loved ones in India this Festival season. We know that without having your family and loved ones by your side, Festival season simply doesn’t feel complete. That’s why we offer numerous Flight Deals to reunite you with your loved ones, so you can celebrate the various festivities the best way – together.

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Travel Guide

Changi Airport – A Transit Metropolis

Formerly claiming the top spot on the SKYTRAX World’s Top 10 Airports and even now sitting comfortably in 3rd place, Singapore’s Changi Airport is known as one of the best airports in the world, renowned for its cleanliness, shopping, facilities and seemingly endless supply of entertainment. While an airport in both name and function, Changi also offers numerous attractions and activities for travellers to enjoy, so much so that many travellers often plan mini vacations within the airport itself rather than simply transfer to their next flight straight away. Let’s go on a tour through Changi’s facilities and figure out what exactly makes this airport so special!

Entertainment + Attractions
No airport in the world has Changi beat in terms of entertainment! Movie fanatics can enjoy a flick or two at either of the free 24-hour movie theatres located in Terminal 2 and 3. For the gamers out there, Terminal 4 also boasts an impressive Entertainment Deck where travellers can play their favourites on Xbox and Playstation. Travellers with an interest in art and history also have the opportunity to check out an impressive array of sculptures and exhibits, including the Kinetic Rain and Social Tree interactive exhibit, located in Terminal 1 and the Central Piazza. Little ones will be delighted by the numerous indoor playgrounds found within Terminals 1 and 3, the latter boasting the island’s tallest slide! For those looking to recharge and observe some greenery, travellers can check out the Cactus and Sculptural Tree Garden in Terminal 1, Interactive Enchanted Garden in Terminal 2 and even a two-story open-air Butterfly Garden in Terminal 3! Changi even has something to offer for those with some extra time and itching to do some sightseeing, operating 2-hour city tours at night for travellers at no extra cost. Finally, if you’re simply wanting to have a seat and surf the net, Changi Airport offers free Wi-Fi for all guests, so you can browse, stream and more to your hearts content.

Food + Drink
Travellers will never go hungry in Changi Airport! With over 150 restaurants and eateries spanning multiple different cuisines at different price points, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  The International Food Hall, located in Terminal 4, hosts nine mini-restaurants, offering anything from fast food to fine dining. There’s also the Food Emporium which focuses on Asian and Singaporean dishes, as well as the Heritage Zone where travellers can sample classic Singaporean hawker stall favourites such as chicken rice, curry chicken and more. Most eateries are open 24 hours, so you can get your fix at any time during your travels.

Changi Airport

Hotels + Spa
Exhausted from your flight and looking to rest and recharge? Changi has you covered!
Each terminal sports its own transit hotel, offering overnight and day rooms. Don’t want to book a hotel? No worries! There’s plenty of lounges available throughout the airport, offering food, drinks, Wi-Fi, TV and more for a fixed entry price. Some lounges even offer shower facilities and nap rooms at an extra cost, so you can board your next flight feeling refreshed and energized. Fancy a swim or workout? Grab a pass to the swimming pool, Jacuzzi and shower facilities at the Aerotel Transit Hotel for a small fee. And finally, for those looking for a relaxing spa treatment and pampering, Changi offers a wide range of health and wellness spas as well as beauty salons throughout Terminals 1 to 3.

Reflecting the enthusiasm for shopping held by the locals, Changi Airport is a shopaholic’s paradise! Sporting over 400 shopping and duty-free outlets, Changi is often regarded as one of the country’s hottest shopping destinations. With an array of stores spanning from clothing to souvenirs to electronics, there’s something to suit everyone’s needs. Why not stop by Asia’s largest Nike store and create your own custom-designed shoes? Or perhaps you’re looking to snag some bargains at the DFS Wine and Spirits Duplex? Have an interest in drones? Why not take one for a test flight at E-Gadget? Keen to bring some authentic Singaporean delicacies back home? Asia Favourites, Bee Cheng Hiang and Taste Singapore are waiting for you! Even for those only quickly passing through the airport to transfer to the next flight, worry not, as travellers can visit iShopChangi and buy their preferred items online prior to their flight and pick them up at their chosen departure terminal.

So, now that you know all about what Changi Airport has to offer, why not experience it for yourself?
Book your flight home today to visit your loved ones and experience a wonderful mini vacation in one of the world’s top airports along the way!

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Singapore Changi Airport – Visit Singapore Official Site
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Changi Airport – Wikipedia


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.


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.


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.

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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

Travel Guide

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.

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.

Best Airports in Australia

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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