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Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned the project “Development of Rural Circuit: Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism Project’ in Kerala under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for Rs. 80.37 Crores. The project focuses on development of water based thematic cruise experiences in and around Valapattanam and Kuppam Rivers of Kannur District.

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.
 
 
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.