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Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned the project “Development of Rural Circuit: Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism Project’ in Kerala under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for Rs. 80.37 Crores. The project focuses on development of water based thematic cruise experiences in and around Valapattanam and Kuppam Rivers of Kannur District.

Sagar Islands to become biggest tourism hub in East Sagar Islands to become biggest tourism hub in East

West Bengal government, for the first time, is focusing attention on developing tourism in and around the Sagar Islands and trying to promote the destination as the biggest tourism hub in eastern India. The decision to do so was taken after the discovery of a number of virgin islands near Sagar Islands. The Gangasagar Island at the confluence of River Ganga and Bay of Bengal will get a major facelift with the Central government also sanctioning Rs 500 crore for its overall development. Gangasagar Island, with an area of 224 sq km, witnesses an annual congregation of lakhs of people from different parts of the country in January during 'Makar Sankranti', a Hindu festival.
 
 
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary reopens Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary reopens

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, a nearby getaway for the state capital and also a well known site for bird watchers from across the country, was reopened for visitors today, as few hundreds of birds from abroad are already setting up their nests. Located some 75 km from Chennai, the sanctuary spread over 30 hectare in Kancheepuram district is believed to be home to migratory birds such as pintail, garganey, grey wagtail, blue-winged teal, common sandpiper among others.
 
 
Tripigator launches Android App Tripigator launches Android App

The Android Mobile Application of Incredible India’s official trip planning and destination discovery App Tripigator.com was today launched by the Ministry of Tourism. Being the first and only instant travel planning engine Tripigator.com, the App creates personalized itineraries matching user preferences. It has integrated maps and geo-location based discovery of details which further improves travelers’ in-destination experience.
 
 
Migratory birds start arriving at Kodikkarai sanctuary Migratory birds start arriving at Kodikkarai sanctuary

With the onset of the North-East monsoon, thousands of migratory birds have started arriving at the Point Calimere Wildlife sanctuary, popularly known as Kodikkarai sanctuary in Nagapattinam district. A few thousands of birds, including Gulls, Flamingo, Teal, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whishered terns, Blue tailed Bee Eater, Red Shank, Little Stint, Painted Stork, Blue Jay, Egret, Myna, Drongo, Curlew, Sandpiper and other varieties have been spotted in the sanctuary now.
 
 
A new website for national museums A new website for national museums

With an aim to develop ‘museum tourism’ and attract international travelers, Culture Ministry has launched an online portal for national museums. The Ministry of Culture has decided to digitize the collections of all the Museums under its control as well as the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). In the first phase of this project, the 10 Museums under the Ministry of Culture have been digitized.
 
 
Nagaland turning into 'Falcon capital' Nagaland turning into 'Falcon capital'

With the hunters of migratory Amur Falcon birds turning into protectors, Nagaland has become the "Falcon capital" of the world. While migrating to African sub-continent every winter to escape the extreme cold of Siberia, thousands of Amur Falcon birds roost in Nagaland for over a month. Till two years ago, the raptors were slaughtered in large numbers by locals and eaten as food. Last week, the first batch of Amur falcons arrived in the Doyang Reservoir, after which the villagers of Ashaa, Pangti and Sungro once again reaffirmed their last year's commitment and dedication to protect the falcons.
 
 
Bihar developing 'footprints of Buddha' tourist circuit Bihar developing 'footprints of Buddha' tourist circuit

Bihar government has decided to develop the 'footprints of Buddha circuit' sites located in four districts of the state. Most of these sites are ASI-protected monuments which need immediate care and upkeep. To popularize and generate awareness about these places, the department of tourism, Bihar, has decided to organize 'walking tourism' from Bodh Gaya in December.
 
 
World Travel Awards winners celebrate in New Delhi World Travel Awards winners celebrate in New Delhi

China was among the biggest winners at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2014, with a host of awards headed for the emerging tourism powerhouse. Hosts The Oberoi, New Delhi also had reason to cheer, picking up the trophy for Asia’s Leading Luxury Hotel, while parent Oberoi Hotels & Resorts was recognised as Asia’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand.
 
 
International Tourism Mart starts at Shillong International Tourism Mart starts at Shillong

The 3rd International Tourism Mart, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States and West Bengal was officially inaugurated in Shillong, Meghalaya on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. North East India popularly known as the North East (NE), comprises the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim and is geographically situated in the North East corner of India.