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Journey Aravali Hill to Penang Hill

So it was a small but unforgettable time spent in penang hill as part of very well organised trip by Ghoom Lo Duniya.

GhoomLoDuniya is finest venture of human expertise launched by Monks & Monkeys Travels to make the abroad trips easier for Indian Nationals.

Coming back to the Penang Hill where we with a group of 56 explored Malaysia. It was Penang Hill which took the highlight. Set 821m above Penang’s capital, islanders call it Bukit Bendera and it is generally about five degrees cooler than Georgetown. It is the last patch of tropical rainforest in Penang so the flora and fauna here have been protected since 1960. It does not have the same prominence as Genting Highlands, Fraser’s Hill or Cameron Highlands but it is one of Penang’s best-known tourist attractions due to its fresher climate.

There is a food court called Sky Terrace where we sat 800 mtrs above the city and have some beer, where the live music was played as per our choice, there were other shops such as fruit and souvenir stalls, some gardens, an exuberantly decorated Hindu temple, a mosque, a police station, a post office: the original funicular train, built in 1897, is also on exhibit here.


Views from The Top From the top of Penang Hill.

On a clear day you can see the mountains of Langkawi and north Kedah but it is the night time sight of lit-up Georgetown that is especially rewarding. Most people simply come to enjoy the cool, unpolluted air and walk under 30 m-high trees along the nature trails. Additionally, over 100 species of birdlife, ranging from ordinary garden species to exotic deep forest inhabitants, call this hillside home. Two kilometres away from Bellevue Hotel is the Canopy Walk: this 220m walkway suspended between towering trees 30m above the dense jungle offers great views of the hillside. Opened in 2003, it was operational for a short time, and since then, due to its failure to attract sufficient customers, it has opened and closed without much announcement.

I hope you enjoyed reading the blog. Other videos and pictures would uploaded on the next blog. Stay Tuned.

Blogger: Punit Paliwal

Monks & Monkeys Travels Pvt Ltd


500, 1000 rupee notes cease to be legal tender.

Hello people,

Monks & Monkeys Travels have brought to you what’s new for the foreign visitors to India!

Well yes, the title says it all. Even we were shocked watching PM of India announcing on a news channel that from midnight 500, 1000 rupee notes cease to be legal tender.

If you are currently on a tour in India with us (monks-n-monkeys travels), You don’t need to panic even 1%. Our tourist guide with you is a problem solver.

For rest of the tourist :

You can change the notes at airports.

Secondly, Your 500 and 1000 rupee notes be accepted till November 11 at:

  • Petrol Pumps and government hospitals
  • Railway, airline, government bus  ticket booking counters
  • Consumer co-operative stores run by state or central government
  • Milk booths authorized by state governments
  • Crematoriums and burial grounds.


For Foreigners and Indian Nationals, all of your questions are placed and answered below. 🙂

1. Why this now?

There has been a rise in the incidence of fake Indian currency notes in higher denomination. More often that not, the common man fail to distinguish between original and fake notes. Fake notes are used for anti-national, illegal activities, misused by terrorists and for hoarding black money. As India remains a cash based economy and there is a rise in the circulation of fake Indian currency notes, the withdrawal has been introduced to contain the fake note circulation and to hurt those who keep unaccounted money.

Indian Currency

2. What exactly is this?

The legal tender character of the notes in denominations of 500 and 1000 stands withdrawn. In simple terms, all the 500 and 1000 rupee notes will be just paper, these cannot be used for transacting business and/or store of value for future usage.


3. How much is my Rs 500/1000 note worth now?

Your 500/1000 notes are worth its value till December 30, provided you deposit it in your bank account.


4. Can I get all in cash?

No. You will get up to Rs 4,000, per person, in cash and if you need more, you can get it credited to your bank account.


5. Why can I not get the entire amount in cash when I have surrendered everything in cash?

The scheme does not provide for it, given its objectives.


6. Rs 4,000 cash is insufficient for my need. What to do?

You can use mobile wallets, online payment methods, IMPS, debit/credit cards, and you can also pay by cheque.


7. What if I don’t have any bank account?

Don’t worry. Pick the bank of your choice, and get a bank account opened. Carry the necessary documents required for fulfilling the KYC requirements.


8. What if I have only a Jan Dhan account?

You can avail the exchange facility subject to the caps and other laid down limits in accord with norms and procedures.


9. Where can I go to exchange the notes?

You can exchange the notes at all Issue Offices of RBI and branches of commercial banks/RRBS/UCBs/State Co-op banks or at any Head Post Office or Sub-Post Office.


10. Will I have to go to my bank branch itself?

For exchange up to Rs 4,000 in cash you may go to any bank branch but do carry a valid identity proof.

For exchange over Rs 4,000, which will be accorded through credit to bank account only, you may go to the branch where you have an account or to any other branch of the same bank.

In case you want to go to a branch of any other bank where you are not maintaining an account, you will have to furnish valid identity proof and bank account details required for electronic fund transfer to your account.

11. Can I go to any branch of my bank?

Yes, you can go to any branch of your bank.

12. Can I go to any branch of any other bank?

Yes, you can go to any branch of any other bank. But in this case, you have to furnish valid identity proof for exchange in cash; both valid identity proof and bank account details will be required for electronic fund transfer in case the amount to be exchanged exceeds Rs 4,000.

13. I have no bank account but my relative / friend has an account, can I get my notes exchanged into that account?

Yes, you can do that if the account holder, that is your relative / friend, gives you permission in writing. While exchanging, you need to show this proof and your valid identity card at the bank.

14. Should I go to bank personally or can I send the notes through my representative?

It is better if you can visit the branch. In case you are sending a representative, do give him an express mandate, that is, a written authorisation. While tendering the notes, this representative will have to produce the authorisation letter and a valid identity proof.

15. Can I withdraw from ATMs?

ATMs and banks will remain closed on November 9. It may take a while for the banks to recalibrate their ATMs, and once it’s done, you can withdraw up to a maximum of Rs 2,000 per card per day till November 18. The limit will be raised to Rs 4,000 per day per card from the November 19 onwards.


16. Can I withdraw cash against cheque?

Yes, you can withdraw cash against withdrawal slip or cheque subject to ceiling of Rs 10,000 in a day within an overall limit of Rs 20,000 in a week (including withdrawals from ATMs) for the first fortnight, that is up to November 24, 2016.

17. Can I deposit withdrawn notes through ATMs, Cash Deposit Machine or cash Recycler?

Yes, notes can be deposited in Cash Deposits machines / Cash Recyclers but not on November 9.

18. Can I make use of electronic (NEFT / RTGS / IMPS / Internet Banking / Mobile banking) mode?

Yes, these facilities will come handy. You can use NEFT/RTGS/IMPS/Internet Banking/Mobile Banking or any other electronic, non-cash mode of payment.

19. How much time do I have to exchange the notes?

The scheme closes on December 30, 2016. The banknotes can be exchanged at branches of commercial banks, Regional Rural Banks, Urban Cooperative banks, State Cooperative Banks and RBI till this date.

If you fail to exchange these notes on or before December 30, an opportunity will be given at specified RBI offices. You will have to provide necessary documentation as specified by the Reserve Bank of India.

20. I am right now not in India, what should I do?

You can authorise someone who is in India by giving an authorisation letter and get the notes deposited into your bank account. This person will have to go to the bank on your behalf, with a valid identity card and your permission letter.

21. I am an NRI and hold an NRO account, can the exchange value be deposited in my account?

Yes, you can deposit the scrapped banknotes to your NRO account.

22. I am a foreign tourist, I have these notes. What should I do?

You can purchase foreign exchange equivalent to Rs 5,000 using these notes at the airport exchange counters within 72 hours after the notification, but you will have to present proof of purchasing these notes.

23. If I have an emergency (hospitalisation, travel, life saving medicines) and is in need of cash,then what should I do?

You can use Rs 500, 1000 notes for paying off your hospitalisation charges at government hospitals, for purchasing bus tickets at government bus stands for travel by state government or state PSU buses, train tickets at railway stations, and air tickets at airports, within 72 hours after the notification.

24. What is proof of identity?

Valid Identity proof is any of the following: Aadhaar Card, Driving Licence, Voter ID Card, Pass Port, NREGA Card, PAN Card, Identity Card Issued by Government Department, Public Sector Unit to its Staff.


So what else, that’s all!!

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MICE With Us..!!

Namaste people over there and people everywhere… 🙂 🙂

Monks and Monkeys Travels takes pride to introduce itself as one among the fastest growing event management company. Particularly We plan to base your events on the target as a festival, personal or corporate party or convention. Our event management services include a complete process. That is; budgeting, event dates and reserving the event location.
We also assist in the coordination of transport and developing a theme for the event. Or motive In the event speakers you need, we can arrange speakers for your event. Decoration of the site, catering services, event support and security is also provided at a reasonable price. Our team of professionals strives to offer excellence in case services for the benefit of our customers and to meet their demands.

Royal Wedding


Planning a wedding can be an intimidating task for anybody, especially when you have to overcome language, and logistical/operational barriers. Steeped in the history of the Matrimonial Bond itself, the Indian sub-continent is a one of a kind place where millions either dream or have dreamt of getting married. This is where we are your experts. We bring equal amounts of style and detail to every event – be it consulting, designing and/or coordination. We are part of a rare breed today, who can assimilate and bring together all those intricate things required to make a successful wedding. And we take pride in our ability to create the perfect experience, blending Indian traditions with the latest international trends. Our services cater to all cultures, budgets, styles and measurements. Rest assured, we bring the best vendors in the business together, to make your event, a truly memorable one. We assure that wedding ceremony should be no less than a dream come true…!!



India is emerging as an important MICE destination in Asia. With the advent of globalization, state of the art convention venues, including models hotels and resorts with meeting facilities come up. India with its ancient civilization, rich cultural and historical past as well as amazing architectural wonders, golden beaches, Ayurveda spas and its vast range of cuisine makes it a favorable destination for pre and post conference tours.

India has a large number of convention centers spread all over the country. Most of these are located around famous tourist attractions and at major cities like New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Hyderabad and Kolkata with capacity up to 2000 people. The majority of urban population is English Speaking and makes overseas delegates feel at home.

We at MONKS AND MONKEYS TRAVELS PVT LTD have a fully equipped team to handle your incentive or business meetings in India. We have an impeccable record of organizing and handling large and medium size events on a regular basis.
These include:

  • VIP meet and greet services.
  • Specials theme evenings and Gala dinners – Including classical Indian Music, dance recitals, outdoors activities etc.
  • Arrangements for chauffeur driven luxury cars, helicopters.
  • And highly trained Tour Directors and Escorts.

So, when are you planing your visit to India??


Thanking you all,

With love & respect

Monks & Monkeys Travels Pvt Ltd

India, A Hot MICE Destination


Monks n Monkeys Travels opening a new perspective in India.

India has destinations, which offer a backdrop of unmatched beauty for a business meet. You will find a fascinating amalgam of tradition & culture, beauty & nature, style & splendor, warmth, feelings & courtesies, comfort & convenience virtually everything the modern conference organizer or delegate could expect. Conferences here bring fresh meaning of the concept of combining work with pleasure.

Lotus Temple, Delhi


What makes India different from any other destination is the myriad of experiences that it offers. This is one land where the ancient and the modern co-exist. This is perhaps the reason why we have so many repeat visitors.

Enchanting India’s image as a conference destination is also projected through the chains of hotels, providing international standards in facilities and services. Exclusive business hotels and exotic resorts, with meeting rooms of distinction, spacious convention facilities, modern business centers and a wide range of conference facilities, the different cities and places across the length and breadth of the country.
Luxury Weddings

India is in a continual process of upgrading its MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions) facilities. There are multiple plans on the anvil for more world-class convention centers, airports that contest with the best in the world and efforts to team the famous Indian hospitality with customization as per a visitor’s requirement.

You could also offer the credit to the world class incentive programs, her ability to heal spiritually, her unmatched offering as a health destination or continually improved infrastructure facilities that over 25 million foreign tourists thronged her this year generating over US $200 billion as revenue, even as most other preferred hot spots marked a decline in their tourism graphs.



India is going the global way and MICE is fast becoming a major part of its travel and promotional budgets. In the Indian context, incentives is at present the largest component of MICE but in a maturing market, it’s only a matter of time before the entire gamut of MICE activities are undertaken by the Indian corporate world.
India is globally connected to a network of over 50 international airlines and several domestic airlines, which provide convenient connectivity within India.

And, to add to this, India offers an educated manpower base where fluency in English and other official international languages can be expected. A large number of Convention Centres are available in India with a seating capacity of up to 1700 persons. The important conference centres in the country are at New Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur & Kolkata.

Taj Mahal, Agra

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