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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.

1200 permits per day for vehicles visiting Rohtang Pass 1200 permits per day for vehicles visiting Rohtang Pass

In compliance with the directions of National Green Tribunal in OA No.237/2013, permits are issued online, through the dedicated portal to the vehicles visiting Rohtang Pass. Average number of 1200 permits are issued per day (excluding Tuesdays, being maintenance day) as informed by Government of Himachal Pradesh. This was informed by the Tourism minister in the parliament in reply to a question.
 
 
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’’).
 
 
Guidelines for Adventure Tourism launched Guidelines for Adventure Tourism launched

Tourism ministry has launched the Guidelines by the Government of India on Adventure Tourism. These guidelines on Safety and Quality Norms for Adventure Tourism in India have been formulated along with the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) in an effort to make adventure sports safer. These guidelines are a beginning to building adventure tourism in India.
 
 
Another 22 monuments adopted Another 22 monuments adopted

The 3rd Award Ceremony of Adopt a Heritage Project was conducted by Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), State/UTs Governments in New Delhi for awarding the Letters of Intent to the shortlisted agencies under Phase IV of the project. Awarding the Letters of Intent to 9 agencies for 22 monuments of Phase-IV, Union Minister for Tourism (IC) Sh. K. J. Alphons asked the stakeholders to ‘protect, preserve and market’ the heritage of India. The Minister also emphasised on creation of awareness amongst the corporates and citizens to adopt heritage sites under the project for creation, operation and maintenance of basic and advanced amenities at tourist destinations.
 
 
Foreigners can now travel to Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur unrestricted Foreigners can now travel to Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur unrestricted

Foreign tourists, except those from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, will now be allowed to visit some of the most pristine locations of the country which, so far, were out of bounds for them without a special permit, said officials.  The Home Ministry has decided to relax the six-decade-old Protected Area Permit regime for Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur for five years with effect from April 1, a ministry official said.
 
 
Developed tourism infrastructure to augment night tourism Developed tourism infrastructure to augment night tourism

The Ministry of Tourism is promoting the diverse tourist attractions of the country which includes the large gamut of experiences available in the evening, viz. evening cruises, illumination of monuments, sound and light shows, evening arti, night bazaars, fairs, etc. The ministry is providing central financial assistance to the state governments/UT administrations and central agencies for development of tourism infrastructure in the country.
 
 
Six NE sites identified for listing under World Heritage Six NE sites identified for listing under World Heritage

As many as six monuments/historical sites in the North Eastern states have been identified tentatively for listing under World Heritage Site. A total of 83 monuments/sites of the North-Eastern States are centrally protected under the Archaeological Survey of India.
 
 
Now travel in a chartered saloon in a train Now travel in a chartered saloon in a train

India’s first saloon coach with air-conditioned rooms, attached bathrooms and valet services started it’s journey on Friday from Old Delhi Railway Station. Six customers of a private tour company availed of the services of the saloon car facility — initially reserved only for railway officials. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) officials told that the officials used the facility to reach remote areas not connected by road or air. The saloons or inspection cars can accommodate two families and are adequately built to facilitate stay for up to five days. They comprise of two bedrooms, a lounge, a pantry, a toilet and a kitchen.
 
 
4 projects sanctioned under the theme of Tribal Circuit 4 projects sanctioned under the theme of Tribal Circuit

Tribal Circuit is one of the fifteen thematic circuits identified for development under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism. Under Swadesh Darshan Scheme, Ministry aims to develop tourism infrastructure in the country in a planned and prioritised manner on the principles of high tourist value, competitiveness, sustainability, enriching tourist experience and creation of livelihood opportunities at local level.