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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’’).

Telangana celebrates Bathukamma festival Telangana celebrates Bathukamma festival

In an endeavor towards bridging a cultural identity, the newly formed state of Telangana concluded its colossal Bathukamma festival. Held at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Bathukamma, a prominent festival prior to Dussehra is a historic festival embedded with the lives of woman in Telangana. Bathukamma represents the cultural spirit of Telangana and signifies the Goddess Maha Gauri, the patron goddess of womanhood.
 
 
Six Pilgrim Special trains from October Six Pilgrim Special trains from October

With a view to promote rail tourism in the country and to provide reasonably priced tourism package to tourists, especially the pilgrims in the country, India Railways has finalised six pilgrim special tourist train packages in the first phase, which will kick start from 25th October 2014. The tourist packages are; Sukhamngalam Yatra, Dham special with Dakshin Darshan via Lucknow, Dham special with Dakshin Darshan via Jaipur, Shikharji Circuit Yatra, Jyotirling Yatra, and Takht Parikrama.
 
 
'Akbar' set to roll once again 'Akbar' set to roll once again

'Akbar' is set to roll again. Once again the steam tourist train consisting of two coaches hauled by vintage steam engine, named ‘Akbar’ is all set to commence its package tour between Delhi and Alwar in current season from 11th October, 2014. The 49 year-old steam engine ‘Akbar’, which will haul this train is one of the last surviving vintage steam locomotives and was manufactured at Chittranjan Locomotive Works, a factory of Indian Railways .
 
 
International Buddhist Conclave from 26th International Buddhist Conclave from 26th

India, the birthplace of Buddhism, has a very rich Buddhist Heritage, with several important sites associated with the life of Lord Buddha which are essential pilgrimages for followers of Buddhism the world over. With a view to showcasing and projecting the Buddhist heritage and pilgrim sites of India, the Ministry of Tourism is organizing the 4th International Buddhist Conclave in Bodhgaya and Sarnath, in collaboration with the State Governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh from the 26th to 28th September 2014.
 
 
An empty Mysore throne this Dasara An empty Mysore throne this Dasara

The golden throne at Mysore Palace, the cynosure of all eyes during Dasara celebrations here, was reassembled on Thursday (18th September 2014). The throne is an integral part of the Mysore royal family’s festivities. Since the abolition of principalities, the symbolic act of ascending the throne and holding the durbar was continued by Srikantadutta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the scion of the royal family, till his death last December. In his absence, the royal sword will be placed on the throne, described by many as a work of art, and worshipped by priests.
 
 
Neelakurinji adds colour to Munnar hills Neelakurinji adds colour to Munnar hills

The purple-blue neelakurinji is in bloom again in parts of the hilly grasslands of Munnar. The flower-covered hills are drawing scores of tourists, especially to Mattupetty and Gundumalai. Though neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) flowers only once in 12 years, there are many sub-species that bloom annually to even 16 years in a cycle.
 
 
Mumbai to have an open air Cultural Hub Mumbai to have an open air Cultural Hub

Mumbai will soon have a heritage and cultural hub on the lines of Times Square in New York. It will be developed by Maharashtra Tourism with help from Union Tourism ministry. This open air hub is proposed to be built in Kala Ghoda area of the metro. There are many plans to develop this area. Project has been approved and work will start on this very soon. . The vision behind Kala Ghoda is to provide popular entertainment as well as access to heritage and culture for the benefit of international tourists, domestic tourists and the people of Mumbai.
 
 
India to lift ban on satellite phones for tourists India to lift ban on satellite phones for tourists

In a move that could finally put India on the map as a destination for adventure enthusiasts, the government is likely to lift the ban on use of satellite phones for tourism purposes. This means that tourists trekking in the wilderness in the north-east or skiing in the upper reaches of Himalayas where there is no connectivity can use satellite phones for any emergency
 
 
Thousands accompany Nanda Devi on its journey Thousands accompany Nanda Devi on its journey

Thousands of people gave an emotional send-off to their mythical daughter Nanda Devi at Homkund at an altitude of almost 16 thousand feet right at the base of Nanda Ghunti peak, bringing to close a much awaited Nanda Devi Rajjaat Yatra which takes place in not less than 12 years. Called as Himalayan Kumbh, this Yatra started from Nauti on 18th August and ended at same place on morning of 7th September after customary rituals.