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#OlaToNeemrana Instagram contest

Here’s your chance to escape the bustle of everyday life and indulge yourself in a luxurious vacation.

Ola Outstation, in association with Plush Escapes and Neemrana Hotels, brings you the #OlaToNeemrana contest. Participate and get a chance to win a complimentary stay for 1 couple for 2 nights at a Neemrana property, and a free trip on Ola Outstation. Just follow these simple steps to participate;

  1. “Like” the contest photos
  2. Follow @Olacabs and @PlushEscapes
  3. Leave us your city names in the comments as “plush+city name” (ex: #plushmumbai, #plushbangalore or #plushdelhi)

Those who complete the aforementioned steps could win a complimentary stay for a couple for 2 nights (inclusive of breakfast).

Terms & conditions:

  • The contest ends on 13th March, 2017.
  • The contest is open only to participants above the age of 18 years.
  • To enter, the contestant should have completed all the 3 steps of the contest
  • The contest is also valid only for participants from Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai.
  • The validity of the voucher from Neemrana Hotels is from 15th March until 30th September.
  • The winners will also get vouchers from Ola Outstation worth ₹5000, which they can choose to use on their trip.
  • Dates can be as per the winner’s convenience provided that the property chosen is not already booked on the date of the winner’s choice.
  • Neemrana reserves the right to deny the stay on some blackout days, which will be conveyed to the winner at the time of redemption.
  • This prize can’t be broken into halves for redemption at different times and can’t be clubbed with any other offer.
  • No cash payment will be made in lieu of the prize
  • Neemrana Hotels, PlushEscapes and/or Ola, shall not be responsible for any loss, injury or any other liability arising out of the Contest or due to participation by any person in the Contest.
  • Neemrana Hotels, PlushEscapes and/or Ola, shall not be liable for any loss or damage due to Act of God, Governmental actions, other force majeure circumstances and shall not be liable to pay any amount as compensation or otherwise for any such loss.
  • Ola retains complete discretion in deciding on all matters pertaining to this contest
  • Ola’s decision shall be final and binding on all participants

#OlaOutstation Travel Trivia Contest

Do you want to explore India; the land of thousands of hidden hotspots and experiences that can thrill and enthrall every kind of traveler? Participate in our Ola Outstation contest!

Here’s what you have to do; 
Step 1. Like and share the contest post on Facebook
Step 2. Identify the 3 places in the photo, and post your answers in the comments.

And that’s it! The winner is the person that identifies all the places correctly. He/She will be awarded an Ola Outstation voucher worth ₹2500! So hurry and post your answers now!

Terms and conditions:

  • The contest ends at 11:59 PM on 26th February.
  • The contest is open only to participants above the age of 15 years.
  • To participate in the contest, the contestant should have completed both the steps of the contest
  • Ola will not be liable in any way to any participant for any loss or expense incurred
  • Ola retains complete discretion in deciding on all matters relating to this competition
  • Ola’s decision shall be final and binding on all participants

Win Couple Passes & Listen to DJ Snake Live at #SunburnWithOla


Get ready for a musical joy ride of a lifetime! Play the #SunburnWithOla contest and win FREE couples passes to listen DJ Snake at the Sunburn in your city.

Here are the 3 simple things that you should do to take part in this contest.
1. Say “Yes” in the comments section of the Facebook post
2. Tag a friend in your comment!
3. Mention the name of your city in your comment

And that is all it takes to get a chance to win couple passes for the Sunburn fest happening in your city.
Go ahead and participate now, the contest ends on 4PM, 17th Feb, 2017.

The dates of the Sunburn fest are as follows:
17th Feb – Hyderabad
18th Feb – Kolkata
19th Feb – Chennai

Terms & Conditions:
• All 3 steps have to be fulfilled to be considered as an eligible entry to the contest.
• The contest is open till 4PM 17th February, 2017.
• This prize can’t be broken into halves for redemption at different times and can’t be clubbed with any other offer
• The winners will be notified through Private Message and the respective winners have to revert with their acceptance of the prize and with any details that is requested of them within 12 hours, else they will be considered forfeiting the prize and an alternate winner will be selected.
• No cash payment will be made in lieu of the Prize
• The winners get only the couple pass, any additional costs that they may incur including and not limited to food, stay and travel would be borne by the winner.
• Ola accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from the Prize winning. Winners will have to bear incidental costs, if any, that may arise for redemption of the Prize
• Ola shall not be responsible for any loss, injury or any other liability arising out of the Contest or due to participation by any person in the contest
• Ola shall not be liable for any loss or damage due to Act of God, Governmental actions, other force majeure circumstances and shall not be liable to pay any amount as compensation or otherwise for any such loss
• Ola reserves the right to change/withdraw the offer at its discretion
• In all matters related to the contest, Ola’s decision is final

Ola! Kozhikode

In our endeavour to make traveling easier for the entire country, we’re excited to announce the launch of our services in Kozhikode. Now you’ll be able to travel across Kozhikode in the comfort of AC cabs at affordable fares.

The next time you need a ride in Kozhikode, simply open the Ola app, choose the ride category of your choice from Micro, Mini or Sedan and hit ‘BOOK NOW’.

As a welcome gift, we’re giving away flat Rs. 100 off on the first ride. Use the code CLT100.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Code CLT100 is applicable only for first time users
  2. Maximum discount upto Rs. 100 only
  3. Valid on Micro, Mini and Sedan rides in Kozhikode only
  4. Ola reserves the right to modify/ withdraw the offer

Click Your Traffic Woes Away With #TraPic!

There’s nothing quite like the rush hour! The unchanging traffic signs, the blaring noise, the distant smell of diesel and the excitement of getting back to work, or the peace of finally getting back home after a tiring day.

Here’s something from us, to help relieve your boredom, while letting you win some sweet Ola Money.

Introducing #TraPic! 

Capture the flow, or jam of vehicles and share it with us on Instagram using the hashtag #TraPic and get a chance to win up to ₹1000 in Ola vouchers.

Just follow these 3 simple steps.

  1. Post a photo taken in traffic on Instagram
  2. Tag @Olacabs to the photo
  3. Use the hashtag #TraPic

And don’t forget to follow @Olacabs on Instagram as well.

We will notify the winners by contacting them directly on Instagram where we will also feature the winning entries. Winners also receive ₹1000 worth Ola vouchers.

Click your traffic woes away with #TraPic!

Terms & Conditions:

  • Contest is open only to participants above the age of 15 years
  • To enter into #TraPic contest, the contestant should have completed all the 3 steps of the contest
  • If images are found to be stolen, contestants will be disqualified
  • Retagging of older pictures will not be considered. The date of posting the photo should be on or after 24th January 2017.
  • Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, image quality and presence of theme elements
  • Ola will not be liable in any way to any participant for any loss or expense incurred
  • Ola retains complete discretion in deciding on all matters relating to this competition
  • Ola’s decision shall be final and binding on all participants

PLEASE NOTE: You are welcome to send us as many entries as you like. However, only the photos that we choose will be eligible for the prize.

Book an Ola Prime Play ride and Experience the Magic of Ola Play Today!

We are happy to announce that Ola Play, our connected car platform for ridesharing, is now available for all our customers through the Prime Play category.

Ola Play was launched in November 2016, and until now it has been exclusively available for Ola Select customers.

Beyond offering a highly personalized experience for users during their rides, Ola Play also allows various partners like Apple Music, Sony LIV, AIB, TVF, Audio Compass and Fynd, to build a high quality interactive experience for users.

Ankit Jain, Head of Ola Play at Ola, said, “With Ola Play, our aim is to create an experience that is better than owning a car. In the ridesharing world, both drivers and riders are customers and Play has solved both their needs in a unique manner. The response from our Ola Select customers has been phenomenal and a vast majority of current users requested Prime Play rides for all their travel requirements. While Ola Select customers will continue to be patrons of this platform, we are excited to offer Prime Play for all Ola customers as we continue to transform the ridesharing experience in India.”

Here is what Uday Sodhi, EVP and Head – Digital Business of Sony LIV has to say about Ola Play, “Sony LIV recognised the changing face of mobility, very early on. Partnering with Ola to offer interesting, curated content for its Select customers was a good starting point. We have received encouraging response from Select users so far, and are extremely excited about reaching out to a larger audience base of all Ola customers, as we start to penetrate deeper into the audience mindspace, and entertain and engage them on the move with our unique content offerings.” 

Ola Play is currently available in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi and it will be extended to 50,000+ Ola Prime vehicles within the next 3 months.

Win Couple Passes & Listen to David Guetta Live at #SunburnWithOla


Here’s the best way to welcome 2017, time to get ready for a musical joy ride of a lifetime!

Play the #SunburnWithOla contest and win FREE couples passes to listen David Guetta at the Sunburn in your city.

Here are the 3 simple things that you should do to take part in this contest.
1. Say “Yes” in the comments section of the Facebook post
2. Tag a friend in your comment!
3. Mention the name of your city

And that is all it takes to get a chance to win couple passes for the Sunburn fest happening in your city.
Go ahead and participate now, the contest ends on 11th Jan, 2017.

The dates of the Sunburn fest are as follows:
12th Jan – Banglore
13th Jan – Mumbai
14th Jan – Hyderabad
15th Jan – Delhi

Terms & Conditions:
• All 3 steps have to be fulfilled to be considered as an eligible entry to the contest.
• The contest is open till 11:59PM 11th December, 2016.
• This prize can’t be broken into halves for redemption at different times and can’t be clubbed with any other offer
• The winners will be announced within 24 hours after the end of the contest and the respective winners have to revert with their acceptance of the prize and with any details that is requested of them within 24 hours, else they will be considered forfeiting the prize and an alternate winner will be selected.
• No cash payment will be made in lieu of the Prize
• The winners get only the couple pass, any additional costs that they may incur including and not limited to food, stay and travel would be borne by the winner.
• Olacabs accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from the Prize winning. Winners will have to bear incidental costs, if any, that may arise for redemption of the Prize
• Olacabs shall not be responsible for any loss, injury or any other liability arising out of the Contest or due to participation by any person in the Contest
• Olacabs shall not be liable for any loss or damage due to Act of God, Governmental actions, other force majeure circumstances and shall not be liable to pay any amount as compensation or otherwise for any such loss
• Ola reserves the right to change/withdraw the offer at its discretion
• In all matters related to the contest, Ola’s decision is final

How India Commuted in 2016 – Our Insights

Being India’s leading mobile app for transportation, we have valuable information of  ‘how India commuted’, during the year gone by, through findings across categories on the usage of the app.

This analysis takes into account several parameters including traffic congestion in cities based on average speeds, traffic bottlenecks, most popular pickup/drop locations, as well as fuel and carbon emissions saved through the usage of shared rides.

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Taking into consideration India’s busiest metros – Bangalore, Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai; we found that urban India travels at an average speed of 22.7 km/hr.

Further, taking lowest speeds recorded and highest time spent, We have identified traffic bottlenecks in various cities. These bottlenecks indicate busiest routes and junctions across cities where, due to their location as central commercial areas, traffic is high and chaotic. These areas include Silk Board Junction in Bangalore, ITO crossing in Delhi and Kalanagar Junction in Mumbai, all prime locations for daily commuters.

Depending on the number of bookings made from or to particular locations, we have curated a list of prime pick-up and drop locations across cities. In Bangalore, these included Electronic City, Indiranagar, Cox Town and Koramangala; while in Delhi, they were the airport, Connaught Place and Asola. In Hyderabad, these included Charminar, HiTech City and Dilsuknagar. In each of these cities, these areas are a mixture of commercial, IT and residential hubs where frequent commute becomes necessary.

Additionally, Ola Share rides have saved 4 million+ litres of fuel in 2016, effectively keeping 6.5 million+ kgs of CO2 emissions out of our atmosphere.

Introducing Ola Share Express

Presenting Ola Share Express – Greater savings on fixed routes & no deviations!

Share Express makes ride-sharing even more pocket-friendly and seamless for you. With rides starting as low as Rs 30*, Share Express is up to 30% cheaper than regular Share rides and matches you only with travelers on your route.

This means you experience quicker Share rides on the most popular routes across your city, without going out of the way to pick-up co-passengers.

Update your Ola app to get started!

Wondering how you can book a Share Express ride? Here’s how:

Share Express rides only operate on fixed routes, your boarding and drop points would be on the fixed route but within walking distance.

 

Contest Rules for #OlaTakeToMeSunburn

Time to take out your dancing shoes for a joyride and be a part of the most happening party of the year! Play the #OlaTakeMeToSunburn contest and win FREE couples passes to Sunburn10, Pune.

The contest rules are as follows:
Step 1: Follow @OlaCabs on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram
Step 2: RT and Share the contest post
Facebook:

Twitter:


Step 3: Tell us what would be your “DJ name” with the hashtag #OlaTakeMeToSunburn on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Be creative, be whacky!!!
Step 4: Once you have done the above, shoot a Boomerang video of your favourite EDM DANCE STEP and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #OlaTakeMeToSunburn and tag @Olacabs

Don’t forget to use the HT #OlaTakemeToSunburn in all your post, keep your posts public and tag @olacabs so we can find you!

Go ahead and participate now, the contest ends on 25th December, 2016.

Terms & Conditions:
• All 4 steps have to be fulfilled to be considered as an eligible entry to the contest.
• The contest is open till 11:59PM 25th December, 2016.
• This prize can’t be broken into halves for redemption at different times and can’t be clubbed with any other offer
• The winners will be announced within 24 hours after the end of the contest and the respective winners have to revert with their acceptance of the prize and with any details that is requested of them within 24 hours, else they will be considered forfeiting the prize and an alternate winner will be selected.
• No cash payment will be made in lieu of the Prize
• The winners get only the couple pass, any additional costs that they may incur including and not limited to food, stay and travel would be borne by the winner.
• Olacabs accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from the Prize winning. Winners will have to bear incidental costs, if any, that may arise for redemption of the Prize
• Olacabs shall not be responsible for any loss, injury or any other liability arising out of the Contest or due to participation by any person in the Contest
• Olacabs shall not be liable for any loss or damage due to Act of God, Governmental actions, other force majeure circumstances and shall not be liable to pay any amount as compensation or otherwise for any such loss
• Ola reserves the right to change/withdraw the offer at its discretion
• In all matters related to the contest, Ola’s decision is final