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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’.

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.
 
 
Four MoUs for promotion of tourism in the North-East Four MoUs for promotion of tourism in the North-East

Development of the North East Region is of prime importance for the overall inclusive growth of India, and tourism development has always been one of key focus areas, keeping in mind the North East’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. MoUs with Airbnb are a step towards achieving aim of doubling tourist growth rate in the next three years, by creating more sustainable accommodation options and enhancing the hospitality service standards in the region.
 
 
Steps being taken to promote cruise tourism in India Steps being taken to promote cruise tourism in India

The Ministry of Tourism has recognised Cruise Tourism, as a ‘Niche’ tourism product in order to promote India as a 365 days’ destination and attract tourists with specific interest. The steps taken to promote Cruise Tourism include developing appropriate infrastructure at ports for handling cruise vessels and facilitating ease of movement of passengers. 
 
 
India safe for International tourists India safe for International tourists

The Ministry of Tourism has taken several initiatives to ensure the safety and security of tourists coming to India. It has launched the 24x7 Toll Free Multilingual Tourist Info-Helpline on 1800111363 or 1363 in 12 Languages to provide support service in terms of information relating to Travel in India and also offers appropriate guidance to tourists in distress while travelling in India. Besides, a Welcome card with “Tips to enjoy your stay” is being handed over to foreign tourists on arrival to make the visit of tourists a memorable experience.
 
 
Attempts to make tourist destinations friendlier for the Differently Abled Attempts to make tourist destinations friendlier for the Differently Abled

The Indian government’s Ministry of Tourism has taken many steps to make tourist destinations friendlier for the differently abled. These include asking state governments to create barrier free environment for differently abled tourists. This information was given by K. J. Alphons, Union Minister of State for Tourism in a written reply in Lok Sabha recently.