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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’’).

Promise to make India safer for tourists Promise to make India safer for tourists

India’s tourism fraternity has vowed to make India safer for tourists. Tourism ministers of all states met in New Delhi on Thursday, 21st August 2014 for their yearly conclave and also kept cleanliness as one of its top priorities. In this regard even a new category was announced to be instituted in National Tourism Awards from 2016 to recognize best efforts in ensuring cleanliness at prominent places of tourist significance.
 
 
Nanda Devi on its way to Homkund Nanda Devi on its way to Homkund

Nanda Devi Rajjaat has completed its first circuit on way to Homkund in Himalayas for its once in 12 years visit. After starting from Nauti on 18th morning, Yatra reached Ira Badhani in the evening for the first halt. Second day it came back from Ira Badhani to Nauti. Today on the third day of its journey it is coming to Kansuwa again, thus completing a full circle of its initial journey before leaving for tougher part ahead.
 
 
Nanda Devi Rajjaat Yatra festivities begin Nanda Devi Rajjaat Yatra festivities begin

With rains relenting a bit on Saturday (16th August 2014), the festivities of Nanda Devi Rajjaat Yatra took off with a religious fervor when mythical four-horned sheep and the Raj Chantoli (a small palanquin with Nanda Devi’s small decorated idol) of Nanda Devi reached Kansuwa village near Nauti in Uttarakhand. Kansuwa is village of descendants of erstwhile royal family (raj kunwars) who have been traditionally organizing the Nanda Devi Rajjaat. After being decorated whole day on Sunday, the sheep and the Raj Chantoli will be reaching Nauti on Sunday night from where Yatra will finally leave for Homkund on Monday morning at 10.45 am.
 
 
Visa on arrival numbers double in a year Visa on arrival numbers double in a year

Visa on arrival are absolutely loved by the travellers. They not just save you from running to embassies and visa offices but also give lot of flexibility in travel plans. No doubt, when Indian government launched the scheme, it was well appreciated. The numbers are adding up fast for takers of this scheme. With more countries included in the list, Visa on Arrivals issued in July 2014 were more than double of what were issued in same month last year.
 
 
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.