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Chennai: Commercial vehicle major Ashok Leyland Ltd will enter the Russian market with a local partner in a year's time, said a top company official.
He also said the company plans to enter the top 10 global commercial vehicle manufacturer's club soon and betting big on its modular platform.
"We have identified a local assembler in Russia to take our franchise. We will enter the Russian market in next 12 months," Dheeraj G. Hinduja, Chairman, told reporters here on Monday.
According to him, in the new markets, the company will have a local partner as there will be tax concessions.
Hinduja said large distributors in newer markets are now showing interests in taking Ashok Leyland franchise.
He said the company is looking at newer overseas markets like Indonesia, Malaysia and others apart from Russia.
As a measure to look at newer overseas markets, Ashok Leyland has decided to come out with a left hand drive vehicle for all its new models.
Currently, the company exports to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Middle East, Bhutan, East and West African markets.
He said, Ashok Leyland is faring better during this downturn as compared to earlier downturn in 2013-14.
"We have gained market share in the bus and medium and heavy commercial vehicle's segment. Our market share now is 31 per cent. We are also cutting costs," Hinduja said.
According to him, the company had a debt levels of about Rs 6,000 crore during 2013-14 and it has come down to about Rs 1,800 crore.
Hinduja said, earlier the company was in an investment mode putting money in joint ventures with John Deere, Nissan and others which was draining cash.
He said the company had exited the joint ventures with John Deere and Nissan.
Hinduja said the company saw good potential in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) rolled out by the joint venture with Nissan and bought out the Japanese company's stake in the venture.
Globally LCV's account for about 70 per cent of the market and the severity of the industry down cycle is lesser than that of the medium and heavy vehicles.
According to him, the company will be launching the BS-VI vehicles and the vehicles will be built on modular platform.
Queried about the time frame for Ashok Leyland to enter the top 10 global commercial vehicle makers club, Hinduja said the idea is to enter it soon.
"The last vision was to enter the top 10 medium and heavy commercial vehicle segment. That target was fixed in 2010 and was achieved in 2019," Hinduja said.
"I will be disappointed if we don't achieve this less than last time frame," he added.
He said the company rolled out about two lakh units last year and to achieve the global vision the volume required will be about four lakh units.
Hinduja said LCV's share in achieving that target will also be major.
According to Gopal Mahadevan, Wholetime Director and Chief Financial Officer the company will be focussing on customer solutions business that includes finance, fuel, vehicle performance management systems, maintenance parts, re-sale and driver skilling.
He said over the next decade one-third of industry's profits is expected to come from offering various solutions to customers.
The company's Chief Operating Officer Anuj Kathuria said the transition from rolling out vehicles confirming to BS IV emission norms to BS-VI emission norms will be smooth.
Queried about the costs savings by the company by going for modular vehicle platform having common parts Kathuria said it will be known only after stabilisation of BS-VI sales.
On Monday, the company showcased its BS-VI trucks and buses.
|Cache||From Our Correspondent GUWAHATI: India and Bhutan have underlined the need for joint district-level action to eradicate malaria in both the countries that share long international boundary. A meeting on the ‘Cross Border Collaboration for Malaria Elimination along the Indo-Bhutan Border’ was held here during the last couple of days. The meeting was attended by […]|
GUWAHATI: India and Bhutan have underlined the need for joint district-level action to eradicate malaria in both the countries that share long international boundary. A Meeting on the ‘Cross Border Collaboration for Malaria Elimination along the Indo-Bhutan Border’ was held here during the last couple of days. The meeting was attended by international malaria experts […]
|Cache||“If the policy does not have a good amount of happiness index, if the policy is not every environment friendly, if the policy will not be able to ensure that it will result in the well-being of Bhutanese, that policy will never be approved in the country.” Source: Meet the country that passes no law […]|
Bhutan – There are so many names that come to mind to describe this unique little country. ‘The Himalayan Kingdom’, ‘Himalayan Paradise’, ‘Abode of the Himalayas’, and ‘Happiness Kingdom’, are a few that ring a bell. But what makes this country so very unique? In this day and age of tremendous technological advancement, a looming...
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|Cache||Virat Kohli, who turned 31 on Tuesday, took some time to thank his fans and former teammates for good wishes on his birthday. While Virat Kohli celebrated his birthday with his wife Anushka Sharma in Bhutan, fans and cricket overwhelmed the wishes with the captain of India. Former Versatile India, Yuvraj Singh, shared a feedback …|
Anushka Sharma faces brutal trolling after she claimed to be offered tea in Bhutan with husband Virat KohliCache
Actress Anushka Sharma recently made headlines after a former India cricketer accused a national selector of serving tea to her during this year’s cricket World Cup in England. Anushka reacted angrily to allegations made by Farokh Engineer as she posted a hard-hitting statement from all her social media pages. She had ended her statement by […]
|Cache||ಟೀಮ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ ನಾಯಕ ವಿರಾಟ್ ಕೊಹ್ಲಿ ಪತ್ನಿ ಅನುಷ್ಕಾ ಶರ್ಮಾ ಜತೆಗೆ ಭೂತಾನ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂತೋಷದ ದಿನಗಳನ್ನು ಕಳೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇದೀಗ ಮಗದೊಮ್ಮೆ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಜತೆಗೆ ಸುಂದರ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ಹಂಚಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. |
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"Es gibt Länder wie Bhutan, die sich eher auf Glück und Wohlbefinden als auf das Bruttoinlandsprodukt konzentrieren, aber dies ist das erste Mal, dass ein Land die UN-Agenda übernommen und in ein Lehrmodell umgewandelt hat", erklärte Italien Bildungsminister zu dem neuen Gesetz, das verpflichtenden Klimaunterricht an staatlichen Schulen ab 2020 vorsieht.
Der Beitrag Italien führt an staatlichen Schulen ab 2020 „Klimaunterricht“ ein erschien zuerst auf Online Nachrichten aktuell - Epoch Times (Deutsch).
3-Night Post-Trip Dubai Stopover: November 15-17, 2019
or add on a
5-Day India Post-trip Extension: November 15-19, 2019
plus an optional
2-Night Dubai Stopover after India tour: November 19-21, 2019
Estimated* Advertised price per person (30+ Travelers): $6,785 based on double occupancy
Estimated* Advertised price per person (18 to 29 Travelers): $7,095 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $850 per person additional (limit: 5 single occupancy rooms)*Estimated price based on 2017 International Airfare; subject to change up to date of ticketing
Day 1 | November 1, 2019 | Depart Florida
Departure from Orlando MCO Airport, Florida to Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 2 | November 2, 2019 | Kathmandu (4,593ft / 1400m)
Upon arrivlal, a OneSeed Rep will escort you to our hotel in Kathmandu and receive a trip briefing. Catch up on sleep or venture out to explore. This evening, join your OneSeed guides for a welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
Inclusions: international flight, airport transportation, dinner, accommodations
Proposed hotel accommodations: Gokarna Forest Resort- 4 Star hotel
Day 3 | November 3, 2019 | Kathmandu (4,593ft / 1400m)
Visit three UNESCO sites: Swayambhunath Stupa (the ‘Monkey Temple’), Patan Durbar Square and Pashupatinath temple. Discover the history of the Kathmandu valley, the ancient architecture, and understand the cultural differences between the two most sacred holy places of the Hindu and Buddhist followers.
Inclusion: breakfast, lunch, guided tour, ground transportation, all entrance permits, dinner,
accommodation; Proposed hotel accommodations: Gokarna Forest Resort- - 4 Star hotel
Day 4 | November 4, 2019 | Kathmandu to Nagarkot (7,136ft / 2175m)
Drive 1 hour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, one of Kathmandu’s great ancient kingdoms. This city can only be explored by foot winding through alleyways and temples. Visit a local market and learn about the artisans that built the city and produce beautiful pottery, wood carvings and metalworks. Continue on for an hour to Nagarkot, known for its views of the Himalyas. Check into your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore on your own.
Inclusion: breakfast, lunch, guided tour, ground transportation, all entrance permits, dinner,
accommodation; Proposed hotel accommodations: Club Himalaya - 4 Star hotel
Day 5 | November 5, 2019 | Nagarkot to Pokhara (2,900ft / 884m)
Head to Kathmandu International airport for a morning flight to Pokhara (45 min.). Get settled into the hotel before exploring the Lakeside area of the city with your guide. Take a boat out on the Phewa Tal and marvel at the sacred unclimbed peak of Machhapuchre above you. Enjoy dinner at a lakeside restaurant.
Inclusion: breakfast, lunch, domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, ground transportation, boat excursion, guiding services, all entrance permits, dinner, accommodation; Proposed hotel
accommodations: Temple Tree Resort- 3.5 Star hotel
Day 6 | November 6, 2019 | Pokhara (2,900ft / 884m)
Get an early start about 5:00am to take a 1.5 hour drive to Sarangkot, a viewpoint where you will enjoy the sunrise and panoramic views of the Annapurna range and the city of Pokhara. Head back to hotel for breakfast for full day of sightseeing. Head to David Falls and the Gupteshwor Cave. Take a 1 hour hike to the World Peace Pagoda for more spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountains and Pokhara. For those that decide not to take the hike, visit the International Mountain Museum and Bindhyabasini Temple.
Inclusion: breakfast, lunch, ground transportation, guiding services, dinner and accommodation;
Proposed hotel accommodations: Temple Tree Resort- 3.5 Star hotel
Day 7 | November 7, 2019 | Pokhara to Kathmandu (4,593ft / 1400m)
After a leisurely morning, head to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Spend one last afternoon on your own in
the city, explore or buying that last minute souvenir on your own. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the Garden of Dreams.
Inclusion: breakfast, lunch, ground transportation, domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu,
farewell dinner, accommodation; Proposed hotel accommodations: Dwarika’s Hotel - 5 Star hotel
Day 8 | November 8, 2019 | Kathmandu to Paro to Thimphu (7,612ft / 2320m)
Time to head to the Kingdom of Bhutan with your flight to Paro. Keep an eye out for glimpses of Mount Everest. After arrival, a OneSeed rep will greet you. Take a 1-2 hour drive to the capital city of Thimphu. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding valley and the Pa Chhu river. You will visit a Takin preserve, the national animal of Bhutan. Next, view the majestic Tashichoe Dzong, the seat of the Bhutanese government, and the Memorial Chorten, a memorial monument. Visit Bhutanese markets, the National Institute of Traditional Medicines, and the Folk Heritage Museum.
Inclusions: breakfast, private airport transportation, international flight from Kathmandu to
Paro, transportation, city tour of Thimphu, all entry fees, guiding services, lunch, dinner, accommodations; Proposed hotel accommodations: Hotel Druk- 3 Star hotel
Day 9 | November 9, 2019 | Thimphu to Punakha (4,300ft / 1310m)
After breakfast, head to Punakha, a 3 hour drive from Thimphu. The drive will take you up the mountain road to Dochu La Pass at 10,300ft commanding a wonderful panorama of the. Eastern Himalayas. From the Docha La Pass, begin descending through forest before finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, The Divine Madm an’. In the afternoon, visit the Punakha Dzong, an impressive fortress located at the junction of the Pho-chu and Mo Chu Rivers.
Inclusions: breakfast, transport, tour of the Punakha valley, entry fees, guiding services, lunch, dinner, accommodations; Proposed hotel accommodations: RKPO Green Resort- 3 Star hotel
Day 10 | November 10, 2019 | Punakha (4,300ft / 1310m)
After an early breakfast, head to Mo Chhu valley to begin your whitewater rafting adventure. Enjoy class 2 and 3 rapids along the Mo Chhu river just below the Punakha Dzong fortress, visited yesterday. Have a relaxing picnic lunch by the river before trying a round or two of archery on the near field, the national sport of Bhutan. Then, you will take a drive to Talo for a short 1.5 hour downhill walk following a beautiful path that link the villages of Talo and Nobgang.
Inclusions: breakfast, transportation, whitewater rafting, lunch, archery, guiding services, dinner,
accommodations; Proposed hotel accommodations: RKPO Green Resort- 3 Star hotel
Day 11 | November 11, 2019 | Punakha to Gangtey (9,842ft / 3000m)
Head to the Wangdue district and the Wangduephodrang Dzong, another impressive fortress. Wangdue is famous for its bamboo work, stone carvings and slate, which is mined in the area. Then drive up a winding mountain road through the forest and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, a high altitude glacial valley in Bhutan. In the afternoon, enjoy a 2 hour hike on the Gangtey nature trail through the forest before emerging and visit the Gangtey Goenpa Monastery to complete the day.
Inclusions: breakfast, transportation, entry fees, lunch, guiding services, dinner, accommodations;
Proposed hotel accommodations: Dewachen Hotel and Spa - 3 Star hotel
Day 12 | November 12, 2019 | Gangtey to Paro (7,200ft / 2195m)
After a leisurely breakfast, we retrace the journey back to Paro, about a 5-6 hour journey. You will re-cross the Dochu
La Pass with a stop for lunch. Arrive to Paro in the afternoon and the rest of the day is yours to explore on your own.
Inclusions: breakfast, transportation, lunch, guiding services, dinner, accommodations
Proposed hotel accommodations: Raven’s Nest Resort- 3 Star hotel
Day 13 | November 13, 2019 | Paro (7,200ft / 2195m)
Head out for a moderate 1.5 hour hike to the 15th century Zurig Lhakhang, a fortress above Paro. Visit the iconic 17th century Rinpung Dzong, ‘The Fortress of the Heap of Jewels’. Descend to a covered bridge lined with giant stupas. If not interested in the hike, visit Rimpung Dzong and the Ta Dzong. Following, see the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. Continue with views of the snow-capped Mt Chomolhari, the third highest mountain in Bhutan. Enjoy a picnic lunch among the ruins. Now it’s time for an archery shootout and traditional dart game. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore.
Inclusions: breakfast, transportation, lunch, archery and darts, guiding services, dinner, accommodations; Proposed hotel accommodations: Raven’s Nest Resort- 3 Star hotel
Day 14 | November 14, 2019 | Paro (7,200ft / 2195m)
This morning, head out of an excursion to Taktshang Monastery, better known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The monastery has become the most famous icon in Bhutan located in one of the most beautiful places. Set on a vertical cliff face at 10,000ft, it defies all engineering logic. Hike 3 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. The hike demands a higher level of fitness. The hike involves a climb on a steep footpath through pine forest festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. The views are well worth the effort. For those not interested in the hike to ‘Tiger’s Nest’, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan. Take in a home stay to interact with local people and experience their daily lives.
Inclusions: breakfast, transportation, entry fees, lunch, guiding services, dinner, accommodations; Proposed hotel accommodations: Raven’s Nest Resort- 3 Star hotel
Day 15 | November 15, 2019 | Paro to Kathmandu (4,593ft / 1400m)
After breakfast, say goodbye to the legendary Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan and your OneSeed Bhutan team. Today
you head to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu and your international flight home.
Inclusions: breakfast, airport transportation, international flight Paro to Kathmandu, guiding service
PLANNED INTERNATIONAL AIR FROM FLORIDA - Emirates Airlines
Package cost includes round trip airfare from Orlando (MCO) to Kathmandu (KTM) with connection in Dubai (DXB). The estimated trip package price is based on 2017 international air pricing. International air prices can change up to day of ticketing which is expected to be completed approximately 120 days prior to travel. The SCSTC is not responsible if the trip operator needs to change airlines or the air carriers deletes or modifies the currently planned international flight schedules.
Optional Trip Extension to INDIA:
Delhi & Agra - 5 days / 4 nights
Estimated* Advertised price per person (12 Travelers): $1,465 based on double occupancy
Estimated* Advertised price per person (6 to 11 Travelers): $1,565 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $400 per person (limit: 5 single occupancy rooms)
*Estimated price based on 2017 International Airfare; Subject to change up to date of ticketing
Day 15 | November 15th | Kathmandu to Delhi
Head to the Kathmandu Airport and fly to Delhi. Upon arrival, meet an ‘Open Eyes’ representative and taken to the hotel. Delhi is a historical and vibrant city, now divided into two zones: Old Delhi, which consists of mogul construction, and New Delhi, the city built by the English in colonial times. Begin touring New Delhi through the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Residence of the President) and the Indian Parliament. The visit is made by vehicle and walking along the Rajpat Avenue, the royal road. Experience a walk through the narrow streets of Nizamuddin, the Sufi and sacred area in Delhi. The tour is guided by local youth who are trained to help you uncover the traditions, monuments and its’ history which is a vibrant mix of old and new, upscale residences and ancient tombs.
Inclusions: breakfast, airport transportation, guiding services, one way flight from Kathmandu to Delhi,
Day 16 | November 16th | Delhi
In the morning, we visit the tallest minaret in India “Qutub Minar”. We will take a city walk through the old part of Delhi
to visit Gandhi’s grave located near the lively district of Chandni Chowk, famous for its gold and silver merchants.
In the afternoon, we will see the magical philosophy of Sijism in a Sikh Temple. Explore the culinary culture of India'
most focused city with a cooking course with a local. Visit a local market to refresh the senses with the fragrance of fresh
spices & vegetables. Follow up with a full hands on cooking class & a meal (3-4h).
Inclusions: breakfast, transportation, guiding services, cooking class, dinner, accommodations Proposed hotel
accommodations: Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida - 5 Star hotel
accommodations; Proposed accommodations: Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida - 5 Star hotel
Day 17 | November 17th | Delhi to Agra
In the morning, we head to Agra. Along the way, we visit an authentic elephant rescue centre, and learn about
rescued elephants. You may even have a chance to walk with them and bath them. Arrive Agra and transfer to Hotel. Inclusions: breakfast, guiding services, transportation, accommodations; Proposed hotel accommodations: Crystal Sarovar Premiere - 5 Star hotel
Day 18 | November 18th | Agra to Delhi
Your dreams will come true when you visit the world-famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal, at sunrise. Visiting early will make for spectacular views and will give you enough time to soak in its beauty. Later visit Agra Fort. In the afternoon, we will stop at a café run by survivors of an acid attack and interact with the women entrepreneurs. In the afternoon, head towards Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to Hotel.
Inclusions: breakfast, guiding services, transportation, accommodations
Proposed hotel accommodations: Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida - 5 Star hotel
Day 19 | November 19th | Delhi
After breakfast, head to the airport for your international flight back home
Optional Trip Extension to DUBAI:
A 3-night stopover in Dubai following Nepal & Bhutan basic trip or a 2-night Dubai stopover following the India tour has been finalized. The Dubai packages INCLUDE:
-- 2 or 3-nights lodging at the Dusit D2 Kenz Hotel (4-Star)
-- Outbound and return Dubai airport transfers
-- Daily buffet breakfast in the hotel
-- Dubai City Tour and lunch on a private transfer
-- City VAT and Hotel Tourism Dirham fee
-- Emirates Air Ticket Stopover Charge Fee (non-refundable)
-- Gratuities for airport shuttle driver and city tour guide & driver
NOT INCLUDED: $40 per person Dubai Tourist Exit Fee (Paid by each traveler at departure from the Dubai Airport)
3-night Dubai trip extension = $495 Double or $680 Single Occupancy
0r 2-night Dubai trip extension after India Tour = $435 Double or $565 Single Occupancy
All itineraries (Nepal, Bhutan, India and Dubai) are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. The trip operator reserves the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide.
*Final payment will depend on any optional departure airports, air seat upgrades, Dubai stopovers, etc...
Trip Cancellation Penalties
Penalties for individuals withdrawing from this trip will depend on the date that the written notice of cancellation is received by the SCSTC Trip Leader and the number of days remaining to trip departure. The trip withdrawal cancellation dates and penalties are as follows:
Note 1: Plus any other non-refundable charges the tour operator has incurred for airlines, hotels and suppliers. No refund for unused accommodations or services will be made. Individual traveler trip insurance is highly recommended to protect against these penalties.
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UPI is going international – is already live in Bhutan and will soon be available in Singapore market. NPCI CEO has huge plans for UPI adoption (hint: offers on the BHIM app) and will be competing with the PhonePes of the world as well.
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