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Cruise on Ganga in a luxury vessel soon
Cruise on Ganga in a luxury vessel soon
You can soon experience a cruise on the Ganges in Varanasi on a spanking new vessel. The service is set to start in the next one week, sources said. While the devotees and tourists can take a ride on the 30-metre double-decked modern liner, Alaknanda, during sunrise and to see Ganga aarti during evenings, the vessel will also be available for special booking during the rest of the day for events, meetings and holding religious functions including ‘Rudhrabhishek’.

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.
 
 
Tourists rescued in Nepal after landslide Tourists rescued in Nepal after landslide

More than 500 foreign tourists and their guides have been rescued after a deadly landslide in Nepal blocked a major highway, leaving them stranded in a border town over the weekend, Nepali hiking officials said on Monday. The mostly Indian and European tourists were returning to Kathmandu after hiking expeditions in Tibet when heavy rains triggered the landslide, blocking the Arniko highway to the capital and forcing them to take refuge in Tatopani town on the Nepal-Tibet border
 
 
Locals make authorities re-open tourist spot Locals make authorities re-open tourist spot

Nearly twenty months after the tragic incident in which five youngsters lost their lives, Mahogany Thottam, the river-side tourist destination located in the valley of Malayattoor hill on the outskirts of Ernakulam in in South Indian state of Kerala has been re-opened to the visitors. According to officials, a decision with regard to opening the tourist spot followed repeated requests from the local residents. In December 2012, five cadets under the Delhi Directorate of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) drowned in the Periyar here following which the Forest Department had closed down the spot for an indefinite period.
 
 
Spice route to be re-invented Spice route to be re-invented

Kerala Tourism has signed an agreement with UNESCO to begin a historic cooperation between the state and the world's foremost cultural organisation in promoting and protecting the ancient Spice Route heritage. The Spice Route project is a new milestone in the growth of tourism in Kerala. It is a revival of the ancient spice route that connected 31 countries. Spice Route Project brings together the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic civilisations and communities along the ancient trade route.
 
 
Peninsula Paris hotel opens doors Peninsula Paris hotel opens doors

After four years of refurbishment work costing 430 million euros ($575.67 million dollars), the Peninsula Paris hotel opened its doors on Friday, promising prince-like treatment to well-heeled visitors to the French capital. It is part of a battle to attract Asia's new class of super-rich that not only pits the world's top hotel groups against each other but also cities such as Paris, New York and London.
 
 
900 year old temple sheds castiest tradition 900 year old temple sheds castiest tradition

For the first time in nearly the 900-year-old history of the famous Vitthal Rukmini temple in Maharashtra, non-Brahmin male and female priests performed the puja on Friday The temple, a favourite of the Warkari sect in Maharashtra, attracts over two crore devotees a year. During the Hindu month of Ashaadh, lakhs of Warkaris and other pilgrims from across the State walk to the temple. The Supreme Court in its verdict on January 15, 2014, stripped Brahmin families (Badve and Utpat) of their right to appoint priests and keep the donations.
 
 
Rhino poacher killed in Kaziranga Rhino poacher killed in Kaziranga

A rhino poacher was killed in an encounter with forest guards at the Kaziranga National Park early Friday. A group of poachers at Mihimukh highland area in Park's Kohora range fired on the patrolling party of forest guards with one of the poachers being killed in the retaliatory firing. So far 13 poachers have been killed in encounters this year in the World Heritage Site, he said. But the fact is that rhino poachers have already killed over 20 rhinos so far this year.
 
 
Bhitarkanika national park reopens Bhitarkanika national park reopens

Bhitarkanika National Park reopened on Friday for tourists after 60-day shutdown. Forest department has procured four improvised boats worth Rs 4 crore for safe and comfortable movement of tourists in park-side waterbodies located in Odisha's Kendrapara district. The multi-hulled vessels have been procured at Rs 4 crore funding from a Goa-based company through a global tender. Each of these vessels can accommodate 20 tourists.