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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.

3rd edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale begins Dec 12 3rd edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale begins Dec 12

An ambitious collaborative project, comprising works by artists from either side of Arabian Sea, will make its first run in parallel with the upcoming third edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, starting on December 12. 'Trans-Indian Ocean Artists Exchange', an initiative by Kochi Biennale Foundation and Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, and Dutch artist and curator Mo Reda, aims to build on historical forms of traffic between Kerala and West Asia and explore possibilities of developing new forms of exchange based on contemporary art and culture.
 
 
Bathukamma event enters record book Bathukamma event enters record book

The traditional Bathukamma event organised by Telangana government and attended by about ten thousand women has found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Event was organised at Lal Bahadur stadium in Hyderabad. The Telangana government has declared 'Bathukamma' as a state festival. The women sang and danced around the tastefully arranged flowers during the event.
 
 
Nagaland, Manipur cheer as Amur falcons arrive Nagaland, Manipur cheer as Amur falcons arrive

Thousands of Amur falcons, small birds of prey that undertake one of the longest migrations, started arriving on October 7 in Wokha district in Nagaland and Tamenglong district of Manipur. The first winged visitors arrived with unerring precision on the same day as last year. Wokha district is a declared second home of the Amur falcons. In neighbouring Tamenglong, officials and wildlife lovers have won over many tribals who were earlier trapping the birds during their famous migratory journey.
 
 
Ancient camping site discovered in Ladakh region Ancient camping site discovered in Ladakh region

An ancient camping site dating ninth millennium BC has been discovered by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on the way to Saser La which leads to the Karakoram Pass in Ladakh. While exploring in Nubra valley during 2015-16, ASI team observed both sides of hill and valley as the serpentine road, gradually climbed along the Saser Stream. After covering a distance of about 22 km, he noticed a section, exposed due to road construction, showing successive layers comprising burning residue and immediately stopped to explore the area.
 
 
India ranks 35 in Air transport Infrastructure India ranks 35 in Air transport Infrastructure

As per the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2015, of the World Economic Forum, India ranks 35th in Air Transport Infrastructure and 50th in Ground & Port Infrastructure from 141 countries of the world. India ranks 136th in terms of airport density and 76th in terms of quality of roads according to TTCI Report 2015, while according to the 2013 Report, India ranked 136th in terms of airport density and 85th in terms of quality of roads. The overall TTCI ranking of India has improved to 52nd in 2015 as compared to 65th in 2013.
 
 
Kerala Tourism bags six National Tourism awards Kerala Tourism bags six National Tourism awards

Kerala Tourism has bagged six National Tourism awards for 2014-15 in the marketing category for states. It received two more awards, including the one for its Responsible Tourism (RT) initiative in Wayanad. Kerala Tourism received three out of the six awards for states in the Tourism Promotion and Publishing category, including the one for 'Most Innovative use of Information Technology' - social media/mobile app.
 
 
Nathdwara, Govind Devji included in Krishna circuit Nathdwara, Govind Devji included in Krishna circuit

Ministry of Tourism has approved project worth Rs. 275 Crore for development of Krishna and Heritage circuit of State of Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme. The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) for the Swadesh Darshan Scheme met under the Chairmanship of Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, M/o Tourism to finalise this. Senior Officers of Ministry of Tourism and State Governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana participated in the meeting.
 
 
Contiki now launches India itinerary Contiki now launches India itinerary

After a forty year break from operating product in the region, Contiki has launched a brand new Indian itinerary – a move the brand’s Asia head says will increase brand awareness and encourage more young travellers to join trips abroad. The Eternal India trip will whisk intrepid young explorers away on a journey through India: from Delhi to Agra to Jaipur to Goa, immersing them in the magic and mystery of India at a relaxed pace. This incredible trip allows for solo discovery and exploration in each destination. The Eternal India trip is on sale now, with trips running from December 2016.
 
 
Costa Cruises enters India market Costa Cruises enters India market

Europe's number 1 cruising company, Costa Cruises, announced the highly-anticipated launch of Costa neoClassica in India at a press conference in Mumbai. For the first time, Indians can look forward to embarking from Mumbai and going to enchanting destinations within India such as Goa and Cochin and also to the very popular Maldives and Colombo. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 - 18th March 2017.