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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.

A Temple That Opens Once in 12 Years A Temple That Opens Once in 12 Years

The Shree Ganga Godavari Temple at Ramkund on Tuesday threw open its doors after 12 years to coincide with the Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015 which has begun in the twin pilgrim centres of Nashik and Trimbakeshwar in Maharashtra. Thousands made a beeline for the temple, on the banks of the Godavari river, since early morning for prayers.
 
 
Tourist helpline to be in 12 International languages Tourist helpline to be in 12 International languages

Incredible India Tourist Helpline will be started in 12 International languages within a period of two months to assist the tourists visiting India. The Helpline is currently operational in two languages i.e. English and Hindi. Tourism depends to a large extent on the image of the country and the Ministry is making all efforts to facilitate the tourists to create a favourable impact on tourism.
 
 
Manali-Khardungla Cycling Championship from July 26 Manali-Khardungla Cycling Championship from July 26

The second edition of the Manali-Khardungla Cycling Championship will begin from Manali on July 26th and culminate at the world’s highest motorable pass—Khardungla at 18,380 ft on August 3. Endurance cyclists from India and abroad will negotiate challenging conditions and a tough terrain in the race, being organised by Northern Escapes & Cycling 4 Change.
 
 
Ropeways to promote tourism in Uttarakhand Ropeways to promote tourism in Uttarakhand

To completely exploit the potential of tourism in Uttarakhand state government plans to develop tourism through an ambitious project of ropeways. State government has sought central assistance in this regard especially for development of Kedarnath-Lincholi ropeway and ropeway between Tehri lake and New Tehri which provide a scenic view of the Himalayas.
 
 
Migratory Birds back in Bhitarkanika Migratory Birds back in Bhitarkanika

With the onset of monsoon, birds have made Bhitarkanika in Odisha's Kendrapara district their temporary abode again. The winged species, which thrive on rainy season, have thronged the heronry here in thousands for their annual nesting and breeding.
 
 
Hemis festival draws more foreigners now Hemis festival draws more foreigners now

Hemis festival in Ladakh, an annual affair at the 300-year-old Buddhist monastery here has been witnessing a dip in number of local visitors, while drawing in more international tourists, says Thuksey Rinpoche, who heads the monastery. "It is true that the number of locals attending the festival has reduced, but it is becoming very popular for tourists to enjoy," says Thuksey Rinpoche, who is ranked second in the Drukpa lineage hierarchy of Tibetan Buddhism.
 
 
46 Kailash Yatris enter China via Nathula 46 Kailash Yatris enter China via Nathula

A new chapter of friendship between New Delhi and Beijing began as the first batch of 46 pilgrims of the Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra via Nathula crossed over to China at the Nathula border post in Sikkim on Monday, 22nd June 2015. The pilgrims will be travelling by bus to Shigatse, some 1500 kilometres from Nathula, deep in the Tibet Autonomous Region, to reach their ultimate destination, the Kailash-Mansarovar.
 
 
Agatti, Minicoy Islands to allow entry, exit from India Agatti, Minicoy Islands to allow entry, exit from India

Agatti and Minicoy, two small islands of Lakshadweep, have been designated as authorised transit point for entering and exiting India by the Home Ministry. Agatti has an area of 3.84 square kms, whereas Minicoy is spread over 4.80 sq kms. Minicoy lies near one of the busiest shipping routes and is about 130 km from the northern-most island of the Maldives. Two new immigration check points will help easy access to ships, mainly luxury cruises, to India
 
 
Manali-Leh road reopens Manali-Leh road reopens

The road that connects this Himachal Pradesh picturesque town with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir reopened for motorists on Saturday after remaining closed for over seven months due to heavy snow deposits, an official said here. Due to late winters and some weather disturbances last month, this year opening of road was bit late. Normally, Rohtang pass will open by second week of May and other higher passes by early June.