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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.

Nalanda Mahavihara Gets Inscribed in World Heritage List Nalanda Mahavihara Gets Inscribed in World Heritage List

“The Excavated Remains at Nalanda” got included in the Tentative List of World Heritage on 09.01.2009. The nomination dossier for ‘Excavated Remains of Nalanda Mahavihara’ was prepared by the ASI and submitted in January 2015 to the World Heritage Committee for the purpose of its inscription in the year 2016 and on 15 July 2016 it has got inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
 
 
Three new tourist circuits in President's estate Three new tourist circuits in President's estate

Three new tourist circuits, including one in the main building of Rashtrapati Bhavan, will be opened to the public from this month. A meeting was held recently by Omita Paul, Secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee, with 24 prominent tour operators to publicise three tourist circuits that are being developed within Rashtrapati Bhavan. The three new tourist circuits will be the Rashtrapati Bhavan main building, museums and the gardens which the visitors can see singly or in combination.
 
 
Now e-Visas for yoga and medical treatment Now e-Visas for yoga and medical treatment

The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken a decision to include short term yoga programmes in Tourist Visa and e-Tourist Visa. Besides, foreigners seeking medical treatment in India will also have a hassle-free travel soon as the government is all set to roll out e-medical visas for them as well. That all, when already 179.9% growth has been registered in Tourists Arrival on E-Tourist Visa in May 2016 over the Same Period in 2015.
 
 
Tiger Express from October this year Tiger Express from October this year

Expanding its foray into the tourist trains, IRCTC has now launched a ‘Tiger Express’ train. This semi-luxury train will start commercial operations from October this year. Train had a inaugural run in June first week with select media and other dignitaries. It was launched on 5th June, the world environment day to highlight the significance of environment in our lives. This is also the first semi-luxury train on a tourist circuit having a dining car.
 
 
Action Plan for Bed & Breakfast /Home Stay Scheme Action Plan for Bed & Breakfast /Home Stay Scheme

Ministry of Tourism has formulated an Action Plan for “Incredible India Bed & Breakfast /Home Stay Scheme”. As Home Stay / Bed & Breakfast is the need of the hour, it was decided to revisit the scheme guidelines and update it based on present and future requirements.
 
 
266% Growth in Tourists arrival on E-Tourist Visa in April 2016 266% Growth in Tourists arrival on E-Tourist Visa in April 2016

A total of 70,045 tourists arrived in April 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 19,139 during the month of April 2015 registering a growth of 266%. Commencing from 27th November 2014 e-Tourist Visa facility was available until 25th February 2016 for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India. The Government of India has extended this scheme for citizens of 37 more countries w.e.f 26th February 2016 taking the tally to 150 countries. The following are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during April, 2016.
 
 
No paragliding, snow scooters at Rohtang No paragliding, snow scooters at Rohtang

The National Green Tribunal has said that no activities like paragliding and snow scooters would be permitted at Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh as the "extremely eco-sensitive area" cannot be subjected to further degradation. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, however, clarified that it would be appropriate to permit some activities at lower levels so that its consequences upon the environment and ecology could be observed.
 
 
Fewer Foreign Tourists Visiting Taj Mahal Fewer Foreign Tourists Visiting Taj Mahal

Is the Taj Mahal loosing its sheen? One of the faces of India world over, the monument of love is seeing the gradual decrease in number of foreign visitors. Selected among the new seven wonders of the world, just a few years ago in an international campaign has seen as much as decrease of one lakh in two years. As per data released by the ministry of tourism the number of foreign visitors to Taj Mahal in Agra was 7,43,256 in the year 2012. It decreased to 6,95,702 in 2013 and further to 6,48,511 in 2014. Data for the last year (2015) is yet to be released.
 
 
Asia's largest tulip garden thrown open to tourists Asia's largest tulip garden thrown open to tourists

Asia's largest tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar was thrown open to visitors on 15th March about two weeks ahead of schedule as the Valley experienced warmer days leading to earlier blooming of the flowers. The garden was thrown open for the public ahead of schedule as the weather this year advanced the bloom of the tulip bulbs.