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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.

Land of dreams on a digital mission Land of dreams on a digital mission

USA has always branded itself as a ‘land of dreams’ for travellers around the world. So much so that it even launched a music video ‘Land of Dreams’ by Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal to market itself in potential markets. Interestingly four years after the launch this song still continues to be best showcase for Discover America. But now the dreams are being disseminated digitally as well. At least, that’s what the fourth annual Brand USA mission to India promised.
 
 
Train derails on UNESCO heritage track Train derails on UNESCO heritage track

Two British women were killed and 13 others injured when three carriages of a chartered toy train that was carrying a group of tourists derailed while negotiating a turn near Parwanoo on the Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge section, a UNESCO heritage track. The mishap took place between Kalka and Taksal stations. The Shimla-bound special train had left Kalka station at 12.45 pm.
 
 
Now enjoy Goa from the skies Now enjoy Goa from the skies

So you've swum and lounged on a Goa beach. You've partied and sampled Goa's nightlife. You've been to the state's temples, churches, waterfalls and forests. Shell out Rs 2,000 more and you'll soon be able to view the splendour of the western Indian beach tourism destination from up in the sky. The seaplane service, which is all set to be operational ahead of this year's tourism season, will also be of great assistance in search and rescue missions as well as to address coastal security concerns
 
 
'Floating huts' to be launched into Tehri lake 'Floating huts' to be launched into Tehri lake

Tourists visiting Uttarakhand's Tehri Jheel will soon have the added attraction of staying in 'floating huts' designed on the lines of the house boats of Dal lake in Jammu and Kashmir. It will give a new dimension to tourist activities in and around the lake spread over an area of 42 square km which is nearly double the size of the Dal lake. Initially, 10 floating huts will be launched into the lake and the number will be increased gradually depending on the response of tourists.
 
 
Helicopter service starts for Manimahesh Yatris Helicopter service starts for Manimahesh Yatris

Manimahesh Yatris can now avoid the last leg of 13 kms tough trek of the pilgrimage by availing Helicopter services. Located at a height of 13,390 ft feet in the Bharmour valley in Himachal Pradesh, every year an estimated half a million devotees undertake the arduous journey to take a dip in the Manimahesh lake, with the pilgrimage beginning on the eve of the Janmashtami festival.
 
 
HP to organise apple festivals to promote tourism HP to organise apple festivals to promote tourism

With an aim to promote tourism in Himachal Pradesh, an 'apple festival' would be organised in Manali on September 6 followed by another one in Shimla on September 12 and 13. The festival would be organised in Manali on September 6 by the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation in association with state, to be followed by another apple festival in Shimla on September 12 and 13, a Tourism Department spokesperson said.
 
 
Plan to Develop Islands for Tourism Plan to Develop Islands for Tourism

Promotion and development of tourism including tourism related infrastructure in their respective States/UTs including island is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments/UT Administrations. Ministry of Tourism under its various existing schemes extends Central Financial Assistance for development of tourism infrastructure to the State Governments/UT Administrations, subject to adherence to the scheme guidelines. In addition, under the recently launched Scheme of Swadesh Darshan, a circuit for development of Coastal Tourism has been identified for development of backwaters, mangrove and cruise tourism.
 
 
River rafting ban robs Rishikesh of its shine River rafting ban robs Rishikesh of its shine

A day after the National Green Tribunal accepted the Uttarakhand government's submission that no new licenses will be issued to rafting camps and that renewal of licenses will also not be considered for the time being, both the rafting industry in the hill state and the hordes of tourists from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh who troop in for the popular river rafting activity are an unsure lot. NGT has also directed the Centre to submit its views on the impact of river rafting in the area. Though there is no blanket ban on rafting as yet - the next hearing in the case is on August 7 - plans for the time being have gone awry.
 
 
'Akbar' to haul heritage train 'Akbar' to haul heritage train

"Akbar", one of the the oldest steam locomotives of railways, will haul a heritage train from Safdarjung and Old Delhi stations this month to commemorate 150 years of train services in the Delhi region. The steam locomotive, named after the great Mughal Emperor, is a Chittranjan Locomotive Works-built engine, which was inducted into active service in 1965. The locomotive was based at Saharanpur shed and gave distinguished service to the Indian Railway before being 'retired' from active service.