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Itkhori to have world’s tallest stupa
Itkhori to have world’s tallest stupa
The world’s tallest ‘Buddha’ stupa will be built at Itkhori in Jharkhand, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has said. As per records, the 104 feet Buddhist stupa built by King Ashoka at Kesaria in East Champaran of Bihar is presently considered as the World’s largest Buddhist Stupa. A master plan would be ready by March and the detailed project report would be prepared by July, an official release quoting the Jharkhand chief minister said.

All set for Nanda Devi Rajjaat All set for Nanda Devi Rajjaat

Provided the persistent rain doesn’t plays a spoilsport, Nanda Devi Rajjaat Yatra is set to a jubiliant start with all religious fervor on Monday. After two years of postponement the eagerly awaited Rajjat Yatra will finally take place from 18th August to 6th September this year. The Nanda RajJaat takes place once every 12 years – the journey starts from Nauti village (Karnaprayag district of Uttarakhand). The 280 kms and 19 days trek reaches Homkund via the picturesque Bedini Bugyal, mysterious Roopkund (4501 m) and the very difficult Jyura Gali pass (4620 m).
 
 
Foreign tourist arrivals grew 12.9% in July Foreign tourist arrivals grew 12.9% in July

India has a good month of monsoon for the tourism sector. The number of foreign tourists coming to India has grown by 12.9 percent in July 2014 in comparison to July last year. USA had the biggest share among tourist arrivals claiming 16.88% of total tourists. Even in terms of foreign exchange earnings (FEE), July saw a robust growth of 19.9% over July 2013. In July 2014 total 5.72 lakh tourists arrived in India, while last year in same month this figure was just 5.06 lakhs.
 
 
Amarnath Yatra ends Amarnath Yatra ends

The 44-day-long Amarnath Yatra to the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas ended on Sunday, 10th August with nearly four lakh pilgrims paying obeisance to the naturally-formed ice-Shivlingam this year. 'Chhari Mubarak', the holy mace of Lord Shiva, proceeded for the holy cave for Pujan from Panchtarani early in the morning to have the 'Darshan'. Traditional rituals were performed and prayers were offered at the holy cave. This is one of India’s most famous and toughest annual pilgrimages, to what is considered as one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism.
 
 
Kerala Boat races in full swing Kerala Boat races in full swing

Snake boat "Chambakkulam Chundan", powered by oarsmen of UBC Kainakari Boat Club, won the 62nd Nehru Trophy Boat Race held at the Vembanad Lake in this District on Saturday, 9th August. Sree Ganeshan of Kanakari Freedom Boat Club, last year's champions, came a close second and "illikkulam Chundan" of Kollam Jesus Boat Club finished third in the annual event watched by a large number of people, including foreign tourists. Held on the second Saturday of August every year, it is the most popular of all boat races in the world.
 
 
Protecting Italy’s floating city Protecting Italy’s floating city

Big cruise ships will be barred from Venice's Saint Mark's lagoon, to protect Italy's floating city from potential damage caused by growing traffic. Venetians and environmentalists have long voiced concern about tourist vessels sailing close to the fragile city. Last November, Italy's government started limiting traffic on the lagoon and the Giudecca canal, which flows into the lagoon between the main island of Venice and the island of La Giudecca to the south.
 
 
Mountaineering gets costlier in Nepal Mountaineering gets costlier in Nepal

Foreign mountaineers will have to spend more for the insurance cover of their Sherpa guides to climb any Himalayan peak in Nepal including Mount Everest. Nepal is home to more than 1,300 Himalayan peaks - 414 of them, including Mount Everest, are open to foreign climbers who turn up in hundreds every year. An ice avalanche on Mount Everest in April killed 16 Sherpa guides in the biggest disaster in the history of the world's tallest mountain, highlighting concerns that the Sherpas were paid too little.
 
 
‘Small is big’ enough to woo tourists ‘Small is big’ enough to woo tourists

With the aim to promote themselves as world class tourist destinations, the Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli on Wednesday unveiled their new projects and plans to popularise themselves among domestic and foreign tourists. Their new logo – ‘Small is Big’ summarises the idea of all Union Territories – that while they are small dots on the map, they have so much more to offer in the form of culture, heritage, wildlife, architecture and natural wonders.
 
 
India's first jellyfish lake discovered India's first jellyfish lake discovered

Marine biologists have discovered a jellyfish lake in Gujarat, probably the first such in India. This is probably the first jellyfish lake to have been found in India. The concentration and density of jellyfish is very high here. Bottom of the lake, spread over 5-6 hectares, was carpeted with a type of jellyfish known as 'upside down jellyfish'. Another unique feature of the lake is that these jellyfish are present all around the year unlike other places where they are reported to be seasonal.
 
 
Trams on way back to Chandni Chowk! Trams on way back to Chandni Chowk!

Trams may be on the way to making a comeback in the Chandni Chowk area here if a PWD proposal is given the go ahead with the government agency also having chalked out a redevelopment plan to decongest the historic Old Delhi neighbourhood. An area of 1.3-km will be redeveloped in Chandni Chowk. As per the plan, trams are proposed to be operated so that the operation of auto-rickshaws, mini buses is stopped.