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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.

Domestic Tourism in India Booming Domestic Tourism in India Booming

Domestic tourism in India is booming and now there are stats to confirm this. Ministry of Tourism compiles data on tourist arrivals and visits to States/ Union Territories (UTs) on the basis of details received from various sources namely Bureau of Immigration and States /UTs.
 
 
Registration of Pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra 2017 begins Registration of Pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra 2017 begins

The process of registration of pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra 2017 has started from 1st March. Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board chaired by the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir has issued guidelines for registration of yatris through bank branches. The registration and issue of Yatra Permit (YPs) will be done on first-come-first-serve basis. As per guidelines registration of Yatris commenced from all the Bank Branches from March 01, 2017 onwards and one Yatra permit shall be valid for registering only one Yatri.
 
 
Pre-loaded sim cards for foreign tourists Pre-loaded sim cards for foreign tourists

Ministry of Tourism along with state owned telecom company BSNL has launched a pre-loaded Sim Card for foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa. The cards will be extended to all 15 airports in the country where the e-visa facility is available. The sim card has preloaded talk time so that the immediate needs of tourists can be met. Ministry of Tourism had also launched a 24 x 7 Tourist Helpline in Twelve foreign languages so that the foreign tourists can get the required information in their own language.
 
 
Registration starts for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2017 Registration starts for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2017

Registration for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra organised by Ministry of External Affairs has commenced on 1 February 2017. This year the Yatra is scheduled during the period 12 June to 8 September through two routes. Applicants for this Yatra must be at least 18 years and not more than 70 years on 1 January 2017 to be eligible to apply for this Yatra. Last date for registration is 15 March 2017.
 
 
World Wetlands Day celebrated at Bhoj Wetlands World Wetlands Day celebrated at Bhoj Wetlands

World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2 each year to mark the Day the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the Iranian City of Ramsar in 1971. India is a party to the Convention since 1982 and committed to the Ramsar approach of wise use of wetlands. This year World Wetland Day is being celebrated in collaboration with the Government of Madhya Pradesh at Bhoj Wetlands, Bhopal, which is one of the 26 Ramsar sites that India has designated under the Ramsar Convention.
 
 
19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav begins 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav begins

Offering a potpourri of plays from India as well as other countries, the 19th edition of National School of Drama's Bharat Rang Mahotsav began in New Delhi with much fanfare. The annual theatre extravaganza, slated to run through February 1-21, will see 14 foreign productions and participation of 12 countries. The audience will be able to feast their eyes on performances from England, Russia, Italy, Israel, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Romania, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, along with performances from folk artistes from around India.
 
 
Goverdhan Eco village in line for UNWTO awards Goverdhan Eco village in line for UNWTO awards

India’s Goverdhan Eco village is in line for this year’s prestigious UNWTO awards. Goverdhan Eco Village has been selected as one of the three global finalists for UNWTO Award in category for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organisations. The 13th UNWTO Awards for Innovation winners and runner-ups will be unveiled during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony to be held on 18 January 2017 in Madrid, Spain, organised in collaboration with IFEMA/FIITUR for the fourth consecutive time.
 
 
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.