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Cruise on Ganga in a luxury vessel soon
Cruise on Ganga in a luxury vessel soon
You can soon experience a cruise on the Ganges in Varanasi on a spanking new vessel. The service is set to start in the next one week, sources said. While the devotees and tourists can take a ride on the 30-metre double-decked modern liner, Alaknanda, during sunrise and to see Ganga aarti during evenings, the vessel will also be available for special booking during the rest of the day for events, meetings and holding religious functions including ‘Rudhrabhishek’.

Adventure Tourism recognised as Niche Tourism Adventure Tourism recognised as Niche Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism has recognised ‘Adventure Tourism’ as a ‘Niche Tourism’ product to promote India as a 365 days’ destination and attract tourists with specific interest. A Task Force on Adventure Tourism has been set up in October 2016 to act as a forum for resolving issues related to development and promotion of Adventure Tourism in the country. It has also been decided to promote 2018 as the ‘Year of Indian Adventure’.
 
 
Khangchendzonga reserve in the world network of biosphere reserves Khangchendzonga reserve in the world network of biosphere reserves

The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve has become the 11th Biosphere Reserve from India that has been included in the UNESCO designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).  The decision to include Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in WNBR was taken at the 30th Session of International Coordinating Council (ICC) of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO held at Palembang, Indonesia, from July 23-27, 2018.
 
 
26 places identified for development under PRASHAD 26 places identified for development under PRASHAD

The Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance to State Governments/Union Territory (UT) Administrations under the schemes of Swadesh Darshan, National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) and Assistance to Central Agencies for the development of tourism related infrastructure in the country. The Scheme of Assistance to Central Agencies for Tourism Infrastructure Development aims at developing tourism related infrastructure through central financial assistance to the Central Agencies who own the assets.
 
 
1.6 lakh cruise passengers visited India in 2017-18 1.6 lakh cruise passengers visited India in 2017-18

A Task Force on Cruise Tourism has been formed jointly by the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Shipping with representatives of all major ports and stakeholders for coordinated efforts to create an enabling ecosystem for the development of Cruise Tourism in India. The Task Force meets regularly and the last meeting of the Task Force was held on 21.05.2018. During the year 2017-18, a total of 1,62,660 cruise passengers visited India at six major ports namely Mumbai Port, Chennai Port, Cochin Port, Kolkata Port, New Mangalore Port and Mormugao Port.
 
 
Kumbh to be promoted globally to attract foreign tourists Kumbh to be promoted globally to attract foreign tourists

The government has taken many measures to globally promote the 49 day Kumbh Mela next year and attract a large number of foreign tourists. Kumbh is scheduled to begin in January 2019 at Allahabad. Many steps have been taken in this regard and these include- launch of ‘Chalo Kumbh Chalo’ campaign across the country, branding and marketing campaigns for Kumbh, 2019 and advertisements at major international airports of the country to attract foreign tourists.
 
 
1200 permits per day for vehicles visiting Rohtang Pass 1200 permits per day for vehicles visiting Rohtang Pass

In compliance with the directions of National Green Tribunal in OA No.237/2013, permits are issued online, through the dedicated portal to the vehicles visiting Rohtang Pass. Average number of 1200 permits are issued per day (excluding Tuesdays, being maintenance day) as informed by Government of Himachal Pradesh. This was informed by the Tourism minister in the parliament in reply to a question.
 
 
Deccan Queen completes 88 years of service Deccan Queen completes 88 years of service

The introduction of ‘’Deccan Queen’’ between the two premier cities of Maharashtra on 1st June 1930 was a major landmark in the history of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, the forerunner of the Indian Railways. This was the first deluxe train introduced on the railway to serve two important cities (Mumbai & Pune) of the region and was aptly named after Pune, which is also known as ‘’Queen of Deccan’’ (‘’Dakkhan ki Rani’’).
 
 
Guidelines for Adventure Tourism launched Guidelines for Adventure Tourism launched

Tourism ministry has launched the Guidelines by the Government of India on Adventure Tourism. These guidelines on Safety and Quality Norms for Adventure Tourism in India have been formulated along with the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) in an effort to make adventure sports safer. These guidelines are a beginning to building adventure tourism in India.
 
 
Another 22 monuments adopted Another 22 monuments adopted

The 3rd Award Ceremony of Adopt a Heritage Project was conducted by Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), State/UTs Governments in New Delhi for awarding the Letters of Intent to the shortlisted agencies under Phase IV of the project. Awarding the Letters of Intent to 9 agencies for 22 monuments of Phase-IV, Union Minister for Tourism (IC) Sh. K. J. Alphons asked the stakeholders to ‘protect, preserve and market’ the heritage of India. The Minister also emphasised on creation of awareness amongst the corporates and citizens to adopt heritage sites under the project for creation, operation and maintenance of basic and advanced amenities at tourist destinations.