* Indian low fare airline SpiceJet is expanding its operations in North India.
In the first phase of its North Indian expansion from July 12, the airline connected Amritsar, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Indore and Srinagar to Delhi; and Srinagar to Amritsar and Chandigarh.
The airline plans to add more cities to its North Indian network soon.
Delhi will be SpiceJet's third hub, after Hyderabad and Chennai.
SpiceJet has recently taken delivery of five Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft and plans to use them to cover the North Indian market. The airline's fleet of Q400 aircraft now stands at 12.
SpiceJet expects that the addition of Q400 aircraft will improve air connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III cities and towns. The Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop is a short-haul aircraft that can accommodate 78 passengers.
* Do not even think of booking a ticket on India's Kingfisher Airlines.
As one private Indian airline SpiceJet continues to expand, the fortunes of another continues to contract and sink.
Things at cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines are getting worse with its pilots going on strike for non-payment of salaries for several months.
Kingfisher's pilots struck work on several days including July 10, July 11, August 8 and August 17 leading to cancellation of several flights from Bangalore and Delhi.
* Which is the most visited holy place in the world?
Did you know that the Venkateswara Temple in the South Indian town of Tirumala is the most visited holy place in the world.
More than 50,000 people visit the temple every day for a viewing of Lord Balaji's idol and earn his blessings. Commoners, film stars, politicians, businessmen and people from all walks of life yearn for Lord Balaji's blessings.
The visitor count at the temple jumps significantly during Hindu festivals to over 100,000. Given the surging crowds, devotees can expect to view the idol for no more than a few seconds.
On an annual basis, the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple attracts over 20 million visitors.
The 1,900-year-old temple is hailed as the "Vatican of the East" but eclipses the Vatican in the number of visitors and riches.
You can visit the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam web site
to know more about the most famous Hindu temple in the world and the facilities available there for travelers.