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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.

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.
 
 
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.