Savaari ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ Contest

Remember a time when All India Radio and shows like Rangoli and Surabhi on Doordarshan were the only way we could listen to music? Remember when television sets were rare and we trooped over to a relative or neighbour’s house to watch Mahabharat on Sunday mornings?

We’re getting nostalgic even thinking about a time in our lives when we received all our news, entertainment and information from our television sets. Even in black and white, these screens were the prized possessions of most homes.

Before there was Netflix and even before we had cable TV, we had shows on Doordarshan that taught us a bit about the world. For a lot of us who were growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, shows on Doordarshan were our windows to the world. We learnt about the country, about the world and ourselves.

But few things brought us closer to our neighbouring states and taught us what it means to be Indian like the iconic song Mile Sur Mera Tumhara.

The Contest:

Amidst all this nostalgia and celebration, we’d like to invite you to share this memory with us!

All you have to do is participate in the contest. We’re giving away Amazon gift vouchers worth Rs 1,000 each to three lucky winners!

Scroll down to the contest form, and tell us which languages the song is sung in, which celebrities appear in the video and who composed Mile Sur Mera Tumhara .

That’s it! We’ll pick three winners from the entries that have all correct answers.  The contest ends on the 21st of February.

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About Savaari:

Savaari Car Rentals is an online cab booking aggregator that aims to provide reliable and affordable taxi services to its travellers. With travel operations across more than 60 cities in India including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune & Delhi, Savaari is uniquely placed as the largest car rental company in India in terms of geographical reach. Savaari provides both intercity (outstation) taxi booking services as well as intracity (local) cab services.

Travels, begin with Savaari.

Travel tunes – Live the Melodies

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Have scenic destinations in Indian movies ever inspired you to pack your bags and travel?

We thought so.

Remember how Chapora Fort in Goa got popular after Dil Chahta Hai? We bet you went there with your college friends back in the day. Did the streets of Kolkata look intimately familiar when you watched Kahaani? Is Kashmir still on your travel bucket list after all the procrastination? Watching movies like North 24 Kaatham, Agneepath, Jodha Akbar and countless others sure does transport us subconsciously to vividly grand locations across the length and breadth of the country.

Indian movies and songs have always been a vicarious gateway to some great travel destinations. We think it’s safe to say that before there were online bookings and travel websites, we had Indian movies to thank for triggering our wanderlust.

In the spirit of celebrating the contribution of Indian movies to inspiring travel, we have put together a playlist of songs that remind us all of both home and our dream destinations. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, and from Kutch to Kolkata – we’ve picked songs that that’ll remind you of places you’ve been last year, and places you should visit in 2017.

 We are fairly certain that these songs would have reignited the passion for travel within all of you.  It’s never too late to do what your heart says. If they  haven’t, allow us to point you towards a nostalgic dose of road travel experiences from all of our childhoods.

And finally, do not forget to check out the special outstation packages at extremely affordable fares with Savaari Car Rentals. We assure you that any road trip that you book with us will be nothing short of memorable.

About Savaari:

Savaari Car Rentals is an online cab booking aggregator that aims to provide reliable, affordable and safe taxi services to its travellers. With travel operations across more than 60 cities in India including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune & Delhi, Savaari is uniquely placed as the largest car rental company in India in terms of geographical reach. Savaari provides both intercity (outstation) taxi booking services as well as intracity (local) cab services.

Travels, begin with Savaari.

Savaari Stayzilla Holiday Offer

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Hello Traveller,

So, your dream vacation is almost coming to fruition. Shortlisting your destination- check, crafting your itinerary- check, booking a homestay- check. The one final missing piece to this dreamy jigsaw is-

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Booking a Savaari Cab – Rs. 1000 Off!

 

We’re excited to partner with Stayzilla to offer you an exclusive year-of-travel-2017 deal. Read on:

Deal Details, Terms & Conditions:

  • Get upto Rs. 1000 off on your Savaari Cab to your Stayzilla booking.
  • This offer is applicable to only Stayzilla customers.
  • This offer is applicable for bookings from following source cities – Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai.
  • Get Flat Rs. 1000 off on booking car types – AC Innova, AC Full Size, AC Premium Mid-size, AC Premium Full-size, AC Luxury using code SZF1000
  • Get Flat Rs. 750 off on booking car types – AC Mid-size Plus (Toyota Etios or Equivalent) using code SZF750 
  • The offer is valid on an outstation cab bookings for trips of 3 or more days duration.
  • The offer is valid on Savaari trips booked on or before 28th February.
  • Cancellation policy applicable as per Savaari Terms & Conditions.

All bookings are subject to availability.

So what are you waiting for,

Book your Savaari Cab Now!

#TravelsBeginWithSavaari

End of the year Holiday Offer: Assured Cashback from Paytm

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Hello Travel-Lover!

2016 is almost coming to an end and we are sure that there are many items on your travel bucket list that are pending. We’ve all been there, and before you know it 2017 will be upon us and you’ll look back at the year gone by with much regret. So what are you waiting for- rent a cab with Savaari and hit the road!

If that wasn’t motivational enough>>

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Savaari Car Rentals is pleased to offer you exclusive assured cashback of upto 50% on all bookings made using your paytm wallet.

Alright, you better start making those end of the year plans by heading to Savaari Car Rentals.

We urge you to read the detailed Terms & Conditions before availing the offer:

  1. All bookings made with Savaari Car Rentals using a paytm wallet stand a chance to win upto 50% cashback on paytm. While the cashback is assured, the exact amount will be determined solely by paytm depending on your order amount.
  2. Savaari Car Rentals is not responsible for determining the cashback amount or resolving disputes related to the cashback.
  3. The offer is applicable on all successful bookings, regardless of the transaction amounts
  4. Maximum cashback is capped at Rs. 2500
  5. Cashback is applicable on trips starting between 9th Dec to 20th Dec 2016
  6. The Cashback will be credited within 3 working days
  7. Cash back will be cancelled in case of full refunds or cancellation of bookings made with Savaari
  8. In case of partial refund, a proportionate amount of cashback will be rolled back
  9. Your Mobile number needs to be verified to be eligible for cashback

So choose the best destinations to travel for Christmas and New year holidays!

Hills, Valleys, Heritage and The Good Life!

Are you in the mood to kick-back with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate on the hills? Or do you want to go backpacking with a camera and click enchanting flowers in the valley? Or are you someone who wishes to explore the age old heritage of India, see beautiful architecture and learn about the culture of this vast melting pot?

As the chill in the air sets in a lazy haze, we at Savaari thought you would appreciate a few holiday suggestions. Do check out these destinations and let us know what appealed to you the most in the comments!

1. Mysore, the Cultural capital of Karnataka :

Mysore Palace, built by Wodeyars in 1912

The tourist attractions of Mysore, which date back to the era of Wodeyar and Vijayanagara dynasties, attract art enthusiasts and leisure travelers from all parts of the world. The city carries a distinct culture of these dynasties through its music, paintings, art and dance. Read more here. Book a cab to Mysore from Bangalore here.

2.  Fascinating facts about Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan.

Taj Mahal is among the world’s most symmetrical structures. It is built using the principles of self replication and geometrical symmetry; its four sides are perfectly identical. Read more hereBook a cab to Agra from Delhi here.

3. Shimla – the queen of Hills

Shimla is home to a number of buildings that are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures.

Shimla is popularly known as the queen of hill stations. It entices travelers with its pleasant climate, snow capped mountains, charming lakes and lush green landscapes. Shimla is definitely one of the most visited tourist destinations in India because it offers a wide range of attractions and famous sites. Read more hereBook a cab to Shimla from Delhi here.

4. Adventure Sports in and around Lonavala

Lonavala is a mesmerizing hill station filled with lakes, lush green landscapes, waterfall and caves.

Lonavala also provides plenty of opportunities for adventure sports like hiking, rock climbing and paragliding. Enjoy the thrilling experience of Rappelling with your friends and family. Read more here. Book a cab to Lonavla from Mumbai here.

Let us help you achieve your #VacationGoals! Keep tuned in for more such suggestions. Happy Savaari to you!

Make your 2016 Travel resolutions come true!

Quitting Smoking, losing weight, saving money and travelling more show up on New Year resolutions all too often. Here are some specific tips to make sure that you actually see more of India and the world in 2016!

Become a Weekend Warrior

Don’t let public holidays catch you by surprise. Look up all the long weekends in advance and make your hotel and travel bookings. 2016 is offering a bonanza of vacation days with 14 opportunities to getaway – coinciding with Shivaratri, Easter/Holi, Republic Day, Independence Day and more!

Hampi, Karnataka
Hampi, Karnataka

Start putting aside a little bit of money for travel

It doesn’t have to be lakhs of rupees, just saving 5000 Rs every month can add up to a nice nest egg that will enable to take off on a week long vacation to any of the magnificent locations in India. If travel is a priority, you can cut back on frequent expensive dinners, drinking sessions, and impulsive trips to the mall so you can consciously save money for a more satisfying experience. Use money saving apps to track your performance and get motivated to meet your saving goals. And thanks to Savaari Car Rentals very soon you will be roadtripping towards a memorable destination.

Think of inexpensive and memorable holidays

Transformative travel experiences don’t have to cost the earth, but they sure can make you feel like you are on top the world. Take a inexpensive bicycle tour of the spectacular ruins of Hampi in Karnataka, trek through the breathtaking Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand for as low as Rs 7300/- per person, or check into a charming hotel in Thekkady and experience relaxing Ayurvedic treatments, folk dances and walks through spice trails in gorgeous Kerala.

Valley of Flowers, India
Valley of Flowers, India

Block your calendar

Once you have chosen a specific location, block your calendar and take time off in advance. Do you want to get away in February over Valentine’s, or experience Goa in the Monsoons? Have a plan for the long summer holidays to engage the kids and extended family? or dreaming of a white winter holiday in Gulmarg or Auli…make it happen with advance planning. And tell the people who matter – by that we mean your boss.

Christmas in India: Three Blessedly Beautiful Destinations

Look past the crowded beaches of Goa, to these 3 destinations for a Christmas and New Year that will leave you with warm, fuzzy memories to power you through 2016!

Shillong

Celebrate a Christmas like no other in, Shillong, the Scotland of the East. The city has a large Christian population and is perfect destination during this festive season. Hire a Savaari Car and drive down 100 kms from Guwahati and soon you are in the hilly capital of Meghalaya. Walk along Laitumkhrah, go for a boat ride on picturesque Wards Lake, or attend midnight mass at one of the oldest churches in the North East, The Cathedral Church. You will certain avoid the usual touristy crowds, especially if you choose to stay in a traditional homestay, like this 70 year old bungalow in the heart of the city. The spirit of the season is everywhere with carol singing, markets bustling with shoppers, pine trees piled up in the Fire Brigade Field, and lip-smacking Bengali, Chinese and Khasi fare that will leave you warmly stuffed and satisfied.

courtesy India TV
courtesy India TV

Kochi

Hire a Savaari Car and drive down NH7 and the Salem – Kochi – Kanyakumari Highway and 10 hours later you are in Kochi. The last few weeks of December are especially festive in this Kerala coastal town, which hosts The Cochin Carnival. A year end procession featuring regal elephants, fireworks, fun games, dirt bike races and more, the carnival is a throwback to Portuguese New Year celebrations, and has been revived in the 1980s. You can be enthralled by local Kathakali and Mohiniattam performances, watch folk musicians or witness the famed Indira Gandhi Snake Boat Race, also held at the same time of the year. If you are a history buff this centuries-old port town will not disappoint with heritage churches and synagogues. And the celebrations truly taken on a special meaning if you are lucky enough to be part of the congregation at midnight, on Christmas eve, at St. Francis Church. Built by the earliest European traders, the Church traces its history back to the early 16th Century, and is sure to transport you to a different world and time

Kolkata

Christmas Tree
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Head to the grand old city of Kolkata for a colourful Christmas and New  Year. The Bengalis are known to celebrate festivals in style, and this season is no exception. Treat yourself to some decadent cakes and pastries at legendary bakeries like Flurys. Visit the city’s last Jewish Confectionary, Nahoum and Sons, who began serving customers just over a century ago in 1902! Go on a guided photo walk through neighbourhoods that will open your eyes into forgotten ways of living, and the diversity of the city’s culture. Get a glimpse into Anglo-Indian life in Bow Barracks as they celebrate their Bada Din on 25th December. Visit Chinatown, Portuguese and Armenian Churches all in Kolkata. And round off your visit with a visit to Allen Park where the Kolkata Christmas Fair comes to life. Browse through food stalls, listen to live music, join the gospel singers and admire the string of street lights and nativity scenes that celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Go on a Holi’date! Strengthen your relationship while on a road-trip

Mark Twain thought travel was the surest way to figure out if you hate somebody or like them, and we couldn’t agree more. We tell you how to take a Savaari style road trip to strengthen an existing relationship or even use the journey to figure out if you can go from light-hearted flirtation to a full-fledged relationship.

Go the distance, travelling as a couple
Go the distance, travelling as a couple

0 Navigating = Long Conversations

A road trip can tell you a lot about the other person because you spend every waking minute together. And thanks to the courteous and reliable drivers at Savaari Car Rentals chauffeuring you around, you are free to give your undivided attention to your partner. While you are not navigating on google maps or swearing at the L board ahead, you can really connect with your husband, wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend. Ask them about their childhood, their first crush, their deepest fear and their secret hopes and get them talking while you get to your destination.

Partners in Grime

It is hard to be perfect when you have had a long day on the road. Maybe you can’t wait to get to your hotel room and take a hot shower, perhaps your partner is craving paranthas and is sick of a traditional South-Indian breakfast everyday…or your wife is annoyed because you don’t like posing for pictures, whatever be the situation, travel can test the best of us. But can your partner make you laugh even when you are cranky and exhausted? Is your spouse willing to put up with the occasional problem and look at the bigger picture? Taking a trip together can really help you see the love of your life in a new light and appreciate them in small and big ways. And even if you end up having massive fights, think of it as a crash course in learning to communicate better.

Find a travelling style that works for the both of you
Find a travelling style that works for the both of you

Camping Vs Spa Holiday

As a couple you may have wildly differing tastes when it comes to planning a vacation. Perhaps one of you enjoys adventure, and the other would think twice about standing by the sea shore, lest the waves get at them. Maybe your husband loves budget travel but you dream of a fancy resort with an infinity pool, cocktails and swedish massages while you holiday. People who travel together have to find a way to compromise and do a little bit of what the other person likes. This give and take only makes for a stronger marriage or relationship. So maybe while your partner joins you for a romantic couples massage, you agree to rough it out and go hiking in the mountains for day. The fun part is in embracing new experiences and coming home with travel stories that you can reminisce over, in the years to come.

Peace Out – 3 Serene holidays to truly relax and unwind this winter

We go on vacations for some peace and quiet. For a change from the routine. To breathe in some fresh air and get away from the madding crowd. But nowadays, with more Indians taking vacations than ever before, there is no guarantee your vacation destination will be an oasis of calm. If you want to avoid places that are likely to be overrun by bus loads of tourists, lots of hawkers, and really need to peace out…check out these 3 destinations for a serene holiday!

Dhauli, Bhubaneswar

Aren’t you curious to pay a visit to the place that caused emperor Ashoka to have a change of heart and give up his violent ways for good? It is a little hard to believe that this sleepy little hill was where the bloody Kalinga War took place. But the bloodshed that turned river Daya red caused Ashoka to repent for all the unnecessary violence of war. Later, he became an emissary of peace. Today, you can book a Savaari Car and drive down in just 7 hours by road from Kolkata, to Dhauli.

Shanti Stupa, Dhauli, Odisha
Shanti Stupa, Dhauli, Odisha

Visit the calming, white Shanti Stupa built by Japanese Buddhist organizations in the 70s, pass by the daya river, check out the edicts of Ashoka on the road leading up to a hill with green all around…and soak in the air of tranquility. A short drive from the capital and temple town of Bhubaneswar, enroute to the beautiful beaches of Konark, and not too far away from the millenia old city, Cuttack, there is much you can do and see in underrated Odisha. Shop for beautiful silver filigree jewellery, be awed by the Sun Temple, try your hand at surfing at Puri or visit the vast Chilika Lake. We highly recommend Odisha for a peaceful, offbeat holiday.

Auroville, the ‘City of Dawn’

Auroville
Auroville

How about meditating in silence at the Matrimandir in Auroville, and see the golden structure lit up in the rays of the gentle morning sun, in winter. If that sounds too intense, you could always engage yourself in a bamboo jewellery making workshop, try organic farming, quilling, pottery making, or even yoga, with any of the practitioners and life-time residents of this experimental township. Auroville, a drive from Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu, and accessible via the beautiful ECR, is certainly a place like no other. A little over 6 hours from Bangalore and 3 hours from Chennai, it retains a laidback vibe, and if you are seeking a calming holiday, it may just be the place to recharge your batteries. Curious about the idealistic principles that drive this global community? Take a half day tour led by one of its longtime residents. You can stay in Pondicherry 12 kms away, or see if you can spend a few days in one of the guesthouses in Auroville. Once there, you can cycle or drive to the many restaurants that dot the area, for some raw vegan food, some handmade pizza, french cuisine and more. Or visit their store for some fabulous handmade paper, organic soaps, incense sticks and other goodies to bring back to your friends and family.

Seek the White Sands of the Rann of Kutch

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Seeking a place to gaze at the stars on a full moon night? Want to pretend to be royalty with your own well-appointed tent in the middle of a desert? Head to the beautiful and desolate salt-marshes Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. The area hosts the famed Rann Utsav, in the winter months, beginning in December. The state government hosts visitors in luxurious tents. The festival is designed to give tourists a taste of authentic local hospitality, cuisine and make them familiar with the region’s attractions. 80 odd kilometres from Bhuj, Dhordo and Hodka are entry points at the edge of the desert. Bhuj is a 5 hour drive from Ahmedabad, or a good 800+ kms from Mumbai. Tourists can witness folk dance and musical performances, shop for famed Kutchi handicrafts, and go on special sightseeing tours. You can walk along the historical Hamisar Lake in Bhuj, take a moonlit safari, be enchanted by the flame pink flamingoes who descend on Narayan Sarovar during the winter months, or walk through the Banni Grasslands. The holiday is also perfect for the devout and spiritually inclined, because you can visit the Koteshwara Temple or the Ashapura Mata temple, nearby.