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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.

Travel to TAJ in 105 minutes Travel to TAJ in 105 minutes

Tourists to Agra will soon be able to travel to Taj city in almost 100 minutes in a very exclusive way-in India’s fastest train. The semi-high speed train that proposes to reduce travelling time between Delhi and Agra to 105 minutes will be named Gatimaan Express and will have LCD TVs installed behind each seat and emergency braking system.
 
 
Normal toy train services to Darjeeling to resume soon Normal toy train services to Darjeeling to resume soon

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) which had been running a truncated toy train service for the last three years may soon resume its normal service from Siliguri to Darjeeling, a senior railway official said. There is a hope that the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a Unesco world Heritage site would resume its normal toy train services from November. A landslide at Paglajhora on June 14, 2010 had brought to a halt the train services between Siliguri and Kurseong.
 
 
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.