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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.

635.8% Growth in Arrival on E-Tourist Visa 635.8% Growth in Arrival on E-Tourist Visa

International tourists seem to be growing a big time fascination for India’s e-Tourist Visa schemes. A total of 1,03,617 tourists arrived in India on e-Tourist Visa in December, 2015 as compared to 14,083 during the month of December, 2014 registering a growth of 635.8%. UK continues to occupy top slot followed by USA and Russia Fed. amongst the countries availing e-tourist visa facility. Commencing from 27th November 2014 e-Tourist Visa facility is presently available for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India.
 
 
Islands & lighthouses to become tourist attractions Islands & lighthouses to become tourist attractions

The Ministry of Tourism has constituted a Sub-Group of Task Force to provide inputs for identifying islands for holistic development, indicate islands with historic places, and with tourism potential for holistic development. An Interim Report on holistic development of islands has been submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
 
 
Amur Falcons return to Doyang Amur Falcons return to Doyang

As two of the three Amur falcons tagged with satellite tracking chips last year returned to the north-eastern Indian state of Nagaland, central government has now decided to develop Doyang Lake as an ecotourism spot for bird-watchers across the world to have a wonderful and rare sight of Amur Falcons. Doyang lake is famous as a roosting site for longest travelling raptors Amur Falcons. They come every year at Doyang lake during their flight from Mongolia to South Africa.
 
 
Pangsau Pass Winter Festival from Jan 20 Pangsau Pass Winter Festival from Jan 20

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival (PPWF) 2016 will be celebrated from Jan 20 next year, after a gap of two years. As per the official record, PPWF in its last edition was able to attract two lakh tourists in three days which is a first by any state tourism festival in the North East. There are nine or ten state festivals, of which PPWF is ranked second after Tawang Festival but in terms of tourist inflow, PPWF tops the list. The flavour of the festival will be same and better from earlier editions and all the tribes of eastern belt will be called to add more zest to the celebration.
 
 
Beaches to Birds: Goa’s new target Beaches to Birds: Goa’s new target

Home to 400 of India's 1,100-odd avian species, Goa, in a fresh initiative, is now banking on the birds in the hope it can spur the arrival of high-end tourists in the state. Avi-tourism, according to Goa tourism ministry officials, will help the state attract high-end tourists through an inherent strength the tropical state always had, but never capitalised on.
 
 
'Tiger safari' in Madhya Pradesh's three reserves 'Tiger safari' in Madhya Pradesh's three reserves

Tiger Safari will be launched in three reserves in Madhya Pradesh to promote tourism, a move which is being opposed by wildlife activists. The three safaris will be created in Bandhavgarh, Pench and Kanha tiger reserves of the state. A proposal in this regard has been approved by the state government, according to the minutes of the meetings held on the matter.
 
 
Ladakh Festival from 20th Ladakh Festival from 20th

Like every year, as part of its efforts to attract tourists, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department will organise an eight-day festival later this month at Leh to showcase the rich heritage of Ladakh region. The Ladakh festival will commence on September 20 and conclude on the world Tourism day on September 27. Apart from showcasing the tourism products of Ladakh region, the festival would also witness handicrafts, Thangka and photo exhibitions, Musical Concert, Polo matches and ethnic food.
 
 
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.