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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.

Incredible India Calendars launched Incredible India Calendars launched

In line with the Government’s Digital India initiative, Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology, K.J. Alphons has launched the “Incredible India Digital Calendar-2018”. He also released the Incredible India Wall & Desk Calendar for 2018. The Incredible India Digital calendar application enables users to know about the events & festivals happening in India on the go. The Digital Calendar can be downloaded on Android and iOS platforms.
 
 
108 Years Old Monorail now operational at National Rail Museum 108 Years Old Monorail now operational at National Rail Museum

Indian Railways rich heritage is open for visitors at National Rail Museum (NRM), Chanakayapuri, New Delhi. One important heritage attraction at NRM is 108 yrs old monorail which was used by Maharaja of Patiala, Lt. Shri Bhupinder Singh. Recently, National Rail Museum took initiative to start this train on every Thursday for visitors. This monorail hauled by steam locomotives is one of its kinds in the world. A journey in this monorail is a unique experience. In addition to this visitors can also experience other unique exhibits at the museum.
 
 
Guwahati to host International Tourism Mart Guwahati to host International Tourism Mart

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States is organising the “International Tourism Mart” (ITM) in Guwahati, Assam from 5-7 December, 2017. The event will be held in Taj Vivanta, and will be inaugurated on 5th December. The International Tourism Marts are organised in the North Eastern States on rotation basis. The earlier editions of this mart have been held in Guwahati, Tawang, Shillong, Gangtok and Imphal.
 
 
Winners of 1st India MICE Awards announced Winners of 1st India MICE Awards announced

The first edition of India MICE Awards ceremony was held on November 27th, 2017 The LaliT New Delhi. The event was held to honour the achievers of the MICE industry at the national level. India MICE Awards recognises the hard work behind the achievements and applauds the true leaders of the industry for their commitment and dedication. A first of its kind, India MICE Awards are based on Internet voting, and hence are fair and unbiased.
 
 
Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust nominated for UNWTO award Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust nominated for UNWTO award

Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust of Manglajodi in Khurda district in Odisha has been nominated for United Nations World Tourism Award to be given early next year. It is only nominee from India in this year’s UNWTO awards. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announces the winners of the UNWTO Ulysses Prize and the UNWTO Ethics Award, as well as 14 finalists for the upcoming 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism.
 
 
Seven companies adopt 14 monuments Seven companies adopt 14 monuments

Seven shortlisted companies were given ‘Letters of Intent’ for fourteen monuments under ‘Adopt a Heritage Scheme’ of Ministry of Tourism at the closing ceremony of ‘Paryatan Parv’ at Rajpath Lawns, New Delhi. These companies will be the future ‘Monument Mitras’ who would associate pride with their CSR activities. 
 
 
Maharajas’ Express launches two new tour circuits Maharajas’ Express launches two new tour circuits

The Indian Railway PSU, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd has decided to start two new circuits of their flagship luxury train Maharajas’ Express, this year. These two new trips have been named as “Southern Sojourn” and “Southern Jewels” which will cover prominent destinations in West and South India. The Southern Sojourn will cover Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Ernakulam, Kumarakom and Trivandrum. The Southern Jewels will cover Chettinad, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Hampi and Goa. Maharajas’ Express is known for recreating the royal journeys of yesteryears.
 
 
Bhitarkanika National Park closed for croc breeding Bhitarkanika National Park closed for croc breeding

With the onset of the breeding season of estuarine crocodiles, Bhitarkanika National Park authorities today clamped three-month-long prohibition on entry of tourists and visitors to the wetland sites of the park. The national park would reopen for visitors on August 1, said park officials. Prohibition is being imposed in view of the breeding season of salt-water crocodiles. Human interference would disturb the breeding animals, they said.
 
 
India ups its tourism ranking India ups its tourism ranking

India has moved 12 places up in Travel and Tourism Competitive Index (TTCI) of World Economic Forum from 52nd to 40th position. Rankings were released on 5th April 2017 and it was shared by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture with the media persons. The tourism sector in the country has been on a growth trajectory. India’s ranking in the above mentioned index moved from 65rd position to 52nd position in 2015.