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DARSHAN FESTIVAL 2013
Sindhu Darshan Festival, as the name suggests, is a celebration
of river Sindhu, also known as the Indus. The festival was held
on 1 June this year and the celebrations continued till 3rd
June, livened up by the presence of a wide variety of cultural
troupes from various corners of India. The Sindhu Darshan Festival
is organised annually at Leh. People travel for a Darshan and
Puja of the River rindhu (Indus), which originates from Mansarovar
in Tibet. The festival is a celebration of this river. Troupes
from states where the mighty rivers of India run, bring the
water of all those rivers in earthen pots and immerse them in
the river Indus. Thereby mingling the waters from all over India
with that of the mighty 'Indus', the river that gave India its
festival aims at projecting the Sindhu River as a symbol of
multi-dimensional cultural identity, communal harmony and peaceful
co-existence in India.
is also an opportunity for people from around the country and
overseas to visit the beautiful regions of Leh and Ladakh. Whilst
promoting tourism to this area, this festival is also a symbolic
salute to the brave soldiers of India who have bravely fought
the odds at Siachin, Kargil & other places.
The three day programme is organized by the Government of Jammu
and of Kashmir with the support of Ministry of Tourism and Culture,
Govt. of India. The festival promises a kaleidoscope of Indian
culture and an exciting array of performing arts being brought
together at an exciting place.
SEAPLANE SERVICE FROM JUNE 2
a new era in the history of Civil aviation in the country,
the first sea plane commercial operations will commence on
June 2, with flagging off the service at Ashtamudi lake, in
the scenic backwaters of Kollam district in Kerala.
had already set up four water domes in Ashtamudi, Kumarakam,
Punnamada and Bakel, and the tourists from across the world
could be able to choose the service at affordable charges.
DEMAND PROMPTS MADHYA PRADESH TOURISM TO INCREASE NUMBER OF
CARAVANS FROM THREE TO TEN
Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) is
set to increase the number of its caravans from three to ten.
tourism board decided to increase the number of caravans in
view of the rising number of tourists in the state, and the
demand for caravans, especially during the summer. MPSTDC
has also received a national permit for its caravans.
the three caravans are being operated in Jabalpur, Indore
KONARK TO BE DEVELOPED INTO MODERN TOURIST HUB
Puri-Konark tourist cum pilgrim circuit is all set to be transformed
into a modern tourist hub. The proposed development plan was
prepared keeping in view the possible increase in tourist traffic.
Two important places, including 131 villages under Astarang,
Konark, Gop, Brhmagiri, Puri Sadar and Kakatpur were undertaken.
A contingent plan for the 2015 for the Nabakalebar ritual of
Lord Jagannath was also incorporated in the development plan.
Construction of a number of bus stands, multistoried parking
lots, market complexes, pilgrim shelter for ten thousand persons
would be erected.
This apart an ecological friendly tourist spot would be developed
in an area of hundred acres along the Puri- Korak marine drive
road near Ramchandi temple to woo the tourists. The security
of visitors and pilgrims also figured in the report which suggested
to remove all encroachments and to develop the Puri -Konark
PRADESH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO DEVELOP BEACH RESORTS
AT SEVEN PLACES
Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation plans to develop new
beach resorts at seven places. Andhra Pradesh Tourism is planning
to develop new beach resorts at seven places - Baruva and
Kalingapatnam in Srikakulam district, Chintapally in Vizianagaram
district, Kakinada in East Godavari, Perupalem in West Godavari,
Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district, Tummalapenta and Kotta
Kudur in Nellore district.
resort at Maypadu in Nellore district has been opened recently.
Government is also concentrating on restoration of old heritage
TRAIN TO GET CHARTERED LOUNGE CAR AND TOURIST COACH FACILITY
World Heritage Kalka-Shimla train is going to have two new added
attractions for tourists as catering to the need of high-end
tourists, Indian Railways has decided to introduce chartered
lounge car and tourist coach facility. Attached with compact
pantry, these two coaches have been fitted with sofas, that
would make the 97-km journey from Kalka to uphill Shimla more
comfortable. Popularity of rail journey on the 97-km heritage
track having 917 sharp curves, besides 102 tunnels and 988 bridges,
could be gauged from the fact that during holidays Northern
Railways is forced to run special holiday trains to cater to
the high demand. Trial for the luxury coach has already been
done while the trial of lounge car would be done after June
12. Facilities created inside these new chartered coaches will
match the quality of "palace on wheels". While the
lounge car would be 8-seater, the coach would be 9-seater.
PASS OPENED FOR TOURISTS AFTER SIX MONTHS IN MAY
pass, the gateway to fascinating Lahaul and Pangi tribal valleys,
has been was opened for tourists after six months. The tribal
areas received several spells of moderate and heavy snowfalls
during the winters and the Pass was covered under eight to ten
feet of impeccable snow and even after the winter was over and
people had to wait for the pass to reopen. The thick blanket
of snow which was likely to last till July end would add to
delight of the tourists and thousands of visitors are expected
to throng the tribal valleys.
of vehicles headed towards the Rohtang pass were witnessed on
Manali-Rohtang Pass throughout the day and tourists held photo
sessions on the crescent of the Pass. After making preparations
and arrangements of adequate parking and security, tourists
have finally been allowed to drive past Rohtang top, the most
preferred tourist destination of Himachal.
FIRST-EVER MEDICAL TOURISM EXPO TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER 2013
Global Industry Solutions (SRSGIS) and Creative Associates will
organise Karnataka's first-ever premier healthcare and Medical
Tourism expo 2013 in October. The expo will bring together over
1,000 delegates, 3,500 healthcare professionals, hospital owners,
diagnostic centres, medical directors, biomedical engineers,
Health Tourism, Ayurveda and holistic medicine centres and health
spas from across the country. In addition to scientific deliberations
and interactions, the expo will provide an opportunity for Indian
and international hospitals to showcase their products and services.
The expo will be organised in association with the National
Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers
(NABH). The expo is a platform dedicated to knowledge sharing
and it brings together experts from major government and private
institutions. During the three days of the exhibition, one can
witness a unique concurrent conference and exhibition—a forum
on innovative trends and practices in the medical, dental, Ayurveda
and Medical Tourism industry," Rajesh said. A fashion show
on hospital garments will be an added attraction of the expo.
DELHI RESTAURANTS AMONG ASIA'S BEST
of the capital's tony eateries are among a list of 101 Best
Restaurants in Asia 2013. Varq at The Taj Mahal Hotel that serves
Indian cuisine was ranked at number six and ITC Maurya's Bukhara,
frequented for its delectable north Indian cuisine, was at number
24. The Taj Palace Hotel's Orient Express, which specialises
in French cuisine, was ranked at 55. The other Indian restaurants
which made it to the list include Indigo in Mumbai and Karavalli
in Bangalore. The former serves modern European cuisine and
the latter serves Indian cuisine. The restaurants have been
judged on the basis of cuisine, style, decor, service, value
and don't miss categories by the panelists of 101 Best Restaurants
in Asia 2013, which was conducted by New York-based food website
The Daily Meal.
PARK HOTELS UNVEILS 2ND PROPERTY IN MUSSOORIE
Park Hotels Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Ltd, has
expanded its bouquet of hotels with the opening of the brand’s
40th hotel, in India and second in Mussoorie - Fortune The Savoy,
Mussoorie. Established in 1902, the 50-room Victorian resort
has been restored to reflect the glory of its century-old past,
aided by thoughtfully conceived services and state of the art-technology.
The hotel is a judicious blend of old-world charm and new-age
conveniences and an expression of the Fortune brand promise
of unparalleled experience and exceptional value. The guest
rooms and suites at Fortune The Savoy have been specially crafted
with muted shades and unique design, combining elements of comfort
and convenience. The well-appointed rooms include 26 Savoy Chambers,
12 Fortune Exclusive Rooms and 12 Fortune Suites. The hotel
also offers state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities
that can accommodate upto 60 guests, with an open-to-sky venue
that can host a gathering of approximately 200 guests. Dining
options include The Grand Dining Room - A three-meal period
restaurant; Nostradamus, The Writer’s Bar that serves the finest
premium spirits, in a relaxed atmosphere; and the Fortune Deli
featuring light snacks and sumptuous confectionery.
HOTELS OPENS ITS FIRST HOTEL IN INDIA
Tune Hotel Ahmedabad, annexed to the newly-developed 4D Square
Mall in the city’s Motera area, is well-positioned on the
main thoroughfare to the state capital of Gandhinagar and
a stone’s throw away from Ahmedabad’s Sardar Patel cricket
will have five to six hotels in Gujarat as part of the company’s
20 planned hotels across India in the next three years. The
very first Tune Hotel, the Tune Hotel Downtown Kuala Lumpur
opened in 2007. With the opening of Tune Hotel Ahmedabad,
there are now 29 Tune Hotels in operation globally. There
are eleven in Malaysia, five in the UK, four in the Philippines
four in Thailand and four in Indonesia.
EXPANDS FOOTPRINTS IN DELHI AND MUMBAI
Limited, the 50-50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee
Company and Tata Global Beverages Limited, has opened three
new stores across Delhi and Mumbai, located at Greater Kailash
I - M block market, Nehru Place Metro in New Delhi and R-city
Mall, in Mumbai.
number of stores in India has gone up to 15 with 8 stores
in Mumbai and 7 stores in Delhi. Each of their store is strategically
located in both cities and caters to people of diverse ethnic,
income and age groups with varying tastes and interests.
OPENS TWO HOTELS IN AHMEDABAD; FOCUSES ON TIER II, III CITIES
Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced the opening
of two hotels in Ahmedabad, simultaneously, under different
brands, and the multinational hospitality major is looking at
Tier II and III towns and cities across India for expansion.
While its new 5-Star hotel, Aloft, is Starwood’s fifth in India
under this brand, the other one, Four Points By Sheraton, is
a conversion from an existing hotel and will be the Group’s
first one to be managed under this brand in India. Aloft Ahmedabad
has 176 rooms. Globally, the Aloft brand has 60 hotels in 10
countries. In 2012, seven Aloft hotels were opened worldwide
– five of them in India – while 18 are set to open in 2013.
Four Points by Sheraton Ahmedabad has 104 rooms. Globally, this
brand has 170 hotels in 30 countries, including four in India.
Under the Four Points by Sheraton brand, the company is looking
at opening more hotels in Gujarat towns like Rajkot, Jamnagar,
Vadodara, Surat and Dahej.
AMBIENCE HOTEL DELHI LAUNCHES CHERRY BAR
Ambience Hotel Delhi has recently launched Cherry Bar. The
addition is part of the hotel’s culinary offerings apart from
the three restaurants—Cafe Knosh, Mei Kun, and Dilli 32. The
Bar serves a variety of cocktails and premium beverages within
an ambience of lounge music.
a seating capacity of 65 covers, the 30-metre-long Bar features
sofas for groups. It prominently offers cherry-flavoured drinks,
while live instrumental music along with vocal performances
are part of the entertainment quotient. The Bar, housed on
the third floor of the hotel, is open from 12 pm-12.30 am
everyday. The elegant and relaxed ambience at the Bar is the
perfect setting for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail or a late-night
drink. This will especially be a great place to unwind for
guests at the hotel.
HOTELS & RESORTS OPENS NEW RESORT IN GURGAON
Hotels & Resorts has signed a new resort in Damdama, Gurgaon,
to be developed in association with Samak Dhoot Resorts and
Spa Private Limited. This is the first resort that has been
signed under the brand.
adjacent to the Damdama Lake, The Gateway Resort Damdama will
be spread over 16 acres of land. It will have 78 villas and
rooms in the main block. The property will be well equipped
with restaurants, meeting facilities and a wellness area,
comprising a fitness centre and spa. The signing of The Gateway
Resort Damdama follows the very successful launch of their
100th hotel in India, Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon, also in the
National Capital Region of Gurgaon. The Gateway Resort Damdama
promises to be an idyllic lakeside resort, set amidst very
lush landscaping, catering to travellers looking for unique
and exotic destinations in India.
WESTERN INDIA LAUNCHES BEST WESTERN AVN AROGYA IN MADURAI TO
PROMOTE MEDICAL TOURISM
Western India, with 41 hotels in operation and under development,
recently launched the Best Western AVN Arogya in Madurai, Tamil
Nadu, following a tie-up with AVN Arogya & Ayurvedic Hospital.
Through this launch, Best Western India aims to give a boost
to Medical Tourism in the region. The three-star Best Western
AVN Arogya features 20 cottages and rooms with up to two bedrooms
with a private Jacuzzi and attached private therapy suites.
The property also includes deluxe villas that can accommodate
four persons; classic villas; and deluxe AC rooms. Other facilities
include Dhyana (yoga centre), Saffron (Ayurvedic restaurant),
Tamarind tree (garden restaurant), Hotpot (coffee shop), Tejus
(beauty spa), Kaya (health club), Vilasa (indoor games area),
Apanika (gift and boutique shop), Bodhini (library ), Sabha,
(board room), Indraprastha (banquet hall), and an organic dairy
and vegetable garden. This is a unique tie-up in the region.
The Best Western International standards and experience of over
4,000 hotels worldwide and the AVN Arogya’s 80 years' experience
in the Ayurvedic field offer a unique blend to attract international
medical and wellness tourists to the region.
ADDS 7 FLIGHTS TO DOMESTIC OPERATIONS
IndiGo recently launched seven flights on its domestic network—a
daily, direct flight between Mumbai and Jammu; a direct flight
between Chennai and Kochi; a daily Mumbai-Srinagar service;
a second direct flight from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram; a
second direct flight between Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram;
a second daily, direct flight from Jammu to Srinagar; and a
third direct flight between Mumbai and Kochi. The additions
take the airline's total number of domestic services to 422,
connecting 33 destinations.
TO OPERATE DAILY FLIGHTS ON MUSCAT-MUMBAI ROUTE
has announced that it is set to increase the frequency of its
flights on Muscat-Mumbai route from June 16, 2013. The airline
which started its flights to Oman in October 2011 with four
weekly flights to Muscat will now operate daily flights from
Mumbai. The flight is operated by an A320 aircraft with a capacity
of 180 economy class seats. Flight 6E 81 will leave Mumbai at
8.20 pm and reach Muscat at 09:30 pm. Flight 6E 82 will leave
Muscat at 10.45 pm and reach Mumbai at 3 am. IndiGo is also
considering operating flights to New Delhi and a South Indian
destination by the end of this year.
AIRPORT AWARDED 5-STAR RATING
Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), operated by GMR Hyderabad
International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), has been awarded the prestigious
5-star rating by the British Safety Council for its health
and safety management system. RGIA is the only airport in
the world to receive this award.
criterion is very stringent. There are 995 safety compliance
requirements for the health and safety management system covering
57 elements. In order to get a 5-star rating, a minimum of
92 percent has to be obtained out of a total score of 5,000,
whereas RGIA scored 96 percent.
AIRPORT UP BY 2016
airport in Kishangarh near Ajmer will come up by June 2016.
The possession of 441 acres of land, being provided free by
the Rajasthan Government for the purpose, was today handed
to the Airport Authority of India(AAI). Earlier too, 221.2
acre of land was provided to the AAI in 2009.
is expected to be launched by July 15. Initially 2152-Mt run-way
will be laid for facilitating landing and take-off, of 90-seater
aero planes but at a later stage the run-way would be extended
to 2,500-Mt for facilitating landing/ take off of 320 seater
TO INCREASE FLIGHT FREQUENCY ON KOLKATA-HONG KONG ROUTE FROM
OCT 4, 2013
will operate an additional service between Kolkata and Hong
Kong from October 4, 2013. This will bring the total number
of flights between the two cities from four to five flights
KA168 will depart from Hong Kong at 2050 hrs to reach Kolkata
at 2315 hrs, operating on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays. Flight KA169 will depart from Kolkata
at 0010 hrs to reach Hong Kong at 0600 hrs on Mondays, Thursdays,
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
ASEMAN AIRLINES TO START FLIGHTS ON HYDERABAD-MASHHAD ROUTE
ON JUNE 30, 2013
carrier Iran Aseman Airlines is set to start direct bi-weekly
flights from Hyderabad to Mashhad on June 30, 2013, With the
introduction of this service, Mashhad will become the second
city in Iran after Tehran to have direct air connectivity
with India. Currently, there are bi-weekly flights from Mumbai
and four times a week flights from Delhi to Tehran.
Air, also a private carrier, is set to make the Delhi-Tehran
route a daily flight.
TO START FLIGHTS ON NEW DELHI-DHARAMSHALA ROUTE FROM JUNE 7
Ltd is set to start operating flights from New Delhi to Dharamshala
in Himachal Pradesh from June 7. Flight 2382 will leave Delhi
at 5.55 am and reach Dharamshala at 7.30 am. The return flight
2384 will depart from Dharamshala at 7:50 am to reach Delhi
at 9:20 am.
would be deploying a Bombardier Q400 aircraft on this route.
The Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft can accommodate
AIRLINES ADDS DAYTIME SERVICE TO MUMBAI FROM JUNE 3, FREQUENCY
UP TO 12 TIMES A WEEK
Airlines will be increasing the frequency on Kuala Lumpur-Mumbai
route to 12 times a week. Following the increase in demand
on this route, one additional service will be added on the
mentioned route operating on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday
and Sunday. The airline will deploy B738 aircraft on this
MH-174 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 09:20 hrs and arrive in
Mumbai at 11:45 hrs; while on the return leg, Flight MH-175
(on the same day) will depart Mumbai at 12:40hrs and arrive
Kuala Lumpur at 20:20 hrs. Malaysia Airlines currently operates
54 flights a week from India, specifically to New Delhi (12),
Bengaluru (10), Mumbai (11), Chennai (14), Hyderabad (7).
CHINA PLANS TO OPERATE DAILY FLIGHTS ON MUMBAI-SHANGHAI ROUTE
the national carrier of China and a member of Star Alliance
Services GmbH, is planning to operate daily flights between
Mumbai and Shanghai.
Air China flies to three destinations (Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru)
in India with 11 flights a week (four each from Mumbai and
Delhi, and three from Bengaluru).
Air China is looking at increasing the frequency of flights
on Bengaluru-Chengdu route to four times a week.
YOU KNOW ?
many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years
ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus